CrazySexyCrafty: Mounting with Felt Foam

I wanted to mount my power strip above my work table for easy access. I didn’t want it on the floor anymore because I wanted to store things under the table, and I didn’t want to move everything from under there just to plug something in.  That meant that I would have to mount it on screws. Not too bad.

Except,  how was I going to mark the screw placement accurately?

This is the hardest part for me, because I want to guesstimate, but that doesn’t make for great installation, but does make some great headaches. So I went through a few ideas I had and finally found something that works too well!

Craft Foam! The kind with the adhesive on the back!

I punched holes with leather punches and stuck them where the screws were suppose to go. Then I dabbed some ink from a bingo marker (you can get them at the dollar store), and placed the power strip where I wanted it.

Voila! Perfectly placed marks!

You could also use those felt pads and cut them to the size needed.

If you don’t want to use ink on your white walls (totally understand!), then you can use toothpaste instead.  Just wipe away when done!

I use these now to mark where I want to hang just about anything.

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When life gives you a broken shelf…..

…you put it back to work!

My shelf broke on me! I bought it from Target on sale some time ago. It originally looked like this:

Well! It snapped in half! Luckily, the top half of the shelf was still workable, so I removed that part and  put some things back on it.

The bottom half didn’t look so hot. I was going to toss that part, but I wanted to save all the screws. While I was taking the shelf section apart, it occured to me that there was nothing wrong with the pieces of wood themselves. So, I bought some shelf brackets and put them back up on the studs:

I like it better! I can space the shelves anyway and anywhere I want, and I can use the top and botton of the shelf for greater storage.

This project is part of my re-organization of my studio. Lots my re-furb, re-fab and re-use ideas ahead.


Extreme Couponing: I’m about to step my game up!

Joanie Deemer makes couponing look good!

I just cannot get enough of TLC’s show Extreme Couponing! It’s a crazy idea, but hey, I am CRAZY sexy frugal after all.

You know what else is crazy? The savings these people are getting! I have to admit that I am more than a little jealous! Really, it just means that I will have to do more with coupons to get the tips, tricks and strategies down. I’m totally up for the challenges.

One thing I won’t be doing is spending 70 hours a week clipping coupons or dumping plans just to go shopping! I’m not letting the stockpile out into other areas of the house that’s not designated for the stockpile. Time and space are also very valuable especially in our house!

Since I’ve been studying each episode, I have noticed a few things already:

*You won’t save 98% percent of your grocery bill….at first!
Keep in mind the people on the show have refined their techniques over time. It didn’t happen overnight. Just because you won’t get those bottles of lotion for free right away doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use coupons. Even if you can get 50% off the retail price, that is fantastic!
*You have to take advantage of available resources and opportunities with no shame!
So you don’t have a store savings card? You didn’t use that coupon that printed while you were at checkout? You didn’t realize you could use the coupon that was inside the box? Skilled savers use everything they possibly can to rake in the savings and it pays off. They sign up for free offers, do short surveys, and call companies to ask if they have any coupons. If you’re hesitant to give your personal email, make one just for coupon deals, like yourcouponsavings@(yourhostnamehere).com
*Healthy eaters are NOT exempt!
So you’re not really interested in eating Yakisoba noodles or canned peas? I don’t blame you, but do you use toilet paper, paper towels, aluminum foil, light bulbs, toothbrushes, razors, tissues, hand sanitizer, and washing detergent? Vegetarians have to brush their teeth too, and if you can get toothbrushes for free with a coupon, why would you turn that down? I personally eat gluten free and sugar free, and I’m always on the lookout for healthy coupons. Guess what? They exist! A good place to find some is Whole Foods. Start there!

I’ve added some more links in the blogroll of some very awesome coupon resources like Hip2save.com and thecouponclippers.com Hip2save does the matchup work for you so you don’t have to look for at the sales to link coupons. Coupon clippers is a coupon clipping service that you may hear mentioned on the EC show. It’s way to get multiple coupons for the items that you want.

Save some money and if you see a lady with five carts full of stuff, you might not want to get behind her!


Get Rid of Cat Urine Odors Frugally and Naturally!


After finding out that my cat had been peeing on the carpet for weeks, having her checked, nursing her back to health, cleaning out the litter boxes thoroughly, changing the litter, removing the stains, and retraining her to use the litter boxes again, I had only one problem left: the horrible cat pee smell!

I had smelled that smell before but didn’t know what it was at first! I said to my dad, “What is that smell!” he said, “I don’t smell anything.” “It smells like something stale!” I said.  I wouldn’t find out what was going on for another two weeks!

I know that there are lots of great enzymatic products out there that really work to get rid of cat urine smells, but they can be  expensive. Luckily, I found a natural, less costly process that uses a few items you probably already have at home.

There is lots of debate about whether this method works or not. I think the older the stains are, the more work you may have to do. If the urine is fresh, you won’t have to work so hard and you may only have to do this method once. I had to do this about 5 times to finally get rid of the smell. Since the items used are very cheap, I was okay with this.

It’s also said that this method may ruin your carpet. We have white carpet here, so that wasn’t an issue. If you have colored carpet, you need to test in an area that won’t be seen. If you have color changes, you may need another method.

Olivia from the Hot and Handy Show shows you what to do to get rid of the cat urine smell with just five items:

*NOTE*-I find it works better to actually let the vinegar/water mix dry completely instead of blotting it up with a cloth.

Eric at getridofthings.com uses the same method for carpets, but he also shows you how to get rid of the smell from clothes, floors, and walls.

I’m so thankful I don’t have to throw out the carpet, my clothes or the cat!


The Everyday Products Every DIYer Should Have!


Yes, this list is based on what ‘I’ use, keep and think everyone should have on a day-to day basis if you want to make things and save tons of money as well. These are products that have multiple uses. To me, that is a good investment! I hate products that can only be used for one thing!

Vinegar-white distilled and apple cider (cleaning, cooking)
Epsom salts (laxative, garden fertilizer, bath soak)
baking powder (cleaning, baking)
cornstarch (cooking, making shirt starch, cosmetics)
Olive oil (cooking, cosmetics)
borax (cleaning, laundry, cosmetics)
bleach (cleaning, crafts)
lemons (cooking, cleaning)
vodka (drinking, cleaning, herbal extracts)
peroxide (first aid, crafts)
rubbing alcohol (first aid, crafts)

You can combine some of these products with others to get even more from them:

White vinegar + epsom salts = foot soak
baking powder + salt = tooth powder
olive oil + lemon juice = salad dressing
borax +olive oil + (beeswax) + water = lotion!
olive oil + water + (lye) = soap!
vinegar + water = window cleaner
olive oil + lemon juice + epsom salts = body scrub

There are many more combos, probably an infinite number of them, that can be created from the master list above. With the addition of a few more items, like beeswax, ammonia, and lye, there really won’t be any need for you to go out and buy, well, and specialty product, unless of course you want to!


So many wine bottles, so many uses!

See this?

This is my ever growing collection of wine bottles. What can I say? I have a family member whose all about the vino. Funny thing is, he’s healthier than all his brothers and friends his age! He’s doing something right!

When I see the glass bottles in the recycling bin, I have to save them! I actually rescue any unbroken glass. It’s just too nice of a material to let go of.

So I have a couple of ideas of what I’m going to do with the bottles and the corks, but it’s always cool to find a few more. I’m not the only one that’s putting wine bottles to good use.

There are five awesome projects at dornob.com

Drinknectar.com has a few more!

How about wine bottle plant nannies! I bought those plastic flower holders for grave sights at the dollar store to use! Just snip a small piece off the long stake and invert your wine bottle!
Salvagedgrace.com lists some really great ideas for using all those wine corks!


Never pay for phone calls again?


I’m on a roll!
Free t.v. is new to me, but not free phone calls! Years ago, I got into it when I didn’t have a cell phone, and the friends I wanted to talk to were all out of town. I didn’t want to get a cell phone just to keep in touch, so someone suggested I get a headset and use my computer.

I just recently let go of my cell phone. Nobody was really calling or texting me on it, and paying $40/month didn’t seem right just for ’emergencies’. I’ve been using the land line. I just recently reconnected with a friend who lives out of town, and I would like to be able to makes calls TO that person, without asking them to call me all the time or running up the long distance phone bill on the land line. So now I’m back to using the internet phone.

There are quite a few options. And those don’t even include Skype!

You won’t be able to use these services to call outside the U.S. or Canada (except for Skype!) and you can’t use them to make emergency calls. A land line will do for those.