Expert glass cutting on the cheap!

I’ve been looking high and low for tips on cutting glass, and I think I’ve found exactly what I have been looking for! Between these two videos, I think I’ll be in pretty good shape!

How to make your own bottle cutter:

How to make clean cuts every time:

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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!


CheapSexyEats: Chocolate Dipped Bananas

I love frozen bananas dipped in chocolate. You can put chocolate on (almost) anything and it will be loved, or least tried. I have to admit though…anytime I see this:

I think it’s just too phallic.

That probably says more about me than I should really reveal, but that’s how I feel about it.  I like sexy, not slutty. I like covert, not overt. Serving bananas like that is just too obvious! For me! So I’m going to take overt down a notch.

You need:
bananas
semi-sweet chocolate if you have it
if not…
cocoa powder
solid oil like coconut, palm shortening or even cocoa butter (food grade) if you have it
honey or agave nectar
toppings of choice like:
nuts or seeds
crushed cookies
coconut
leftover chocolate chips
crushed cereal

“Lean to the left, lean to the right, peel your banana and….cut into pieces!” You know you remember that cheer!

 

 

Place your sticks in now if you’re using them and place pieces on a parchment or foil- lined plate or cookie sheet and freeze for at least 30 minutes.

 

 

Melt your chocolate in a double boiler. Just put a bowl over a small saucepan filled with water. Let the water come to a low boil.

If you are using cocoa, melt two tablespoons of your hard oil (I had coconut) in the microwave in a bowl. Add two tablespoons of cocoa powder and one tablespoon of honey or agave nectar. Stir until smooth.

Coat bananas in chocolate once. Let cool. Coat again, then immediately roll in topping of your choice. Put pieces back in the freezer. Put the frozen treats in an airtight container if they are not going to be devoured in one sitting.


CheapSexyEats: Broccoli Potato Soup


I was inspired by Dana’s original recipe on her site MADE. I couldn’t have seen it at a better time. I had just gotten 4 pounds of broccoli on sale, and a BOGO bag of potatoes. I knew I would eventually tire of broccoli stir-fry and homemade potato chips, and this idea definitely fit the bill for variety.

It’s also super easy and quick! My version is vegan, and uses the ingredients I have on hand (like white beans instead of corn). I don’t buy commercial soup stocks, (there are too many chemicals and additives despite being overpriced!) so I have my own method of adding flavor to soups, without adding meat. If you run out or don’t happen to have any stock, you can use this method and still have a soup that’s flavorful.

1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 pound potatoes (2 large or 3-4 medium)
1 pound broccoli (about 2 broccoli crowns)
1/3 cup flour
4 cups water
2 cups beans (I used white beans that I froze)
salt and pepper to taste

In your soup pot, saute your onions in your favorite oil or butter or both! Add your potatoes. Let them brown and start to stick to the bottom just a bit. Add your broccoli. Sprinkle your flour over the vegetables and toss to make sure the veggies are coated with the flour. Add your water, making sure to run your spoon over the bottom of the pot to release all of the crispy bits (flavor!). Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender. Should take about 10-15 mins. Add your beans and let them warm through. Season to taste.


Cut the cord and still enjoy T.V.!


Ted Sherman ditched the cable and the high monthly fess, and still manages to get the most out of his television experience. He details how he did it in this article.


CrazySexyCrafty: Dyeing Shoes with Paint It Black


Simply Spray was kind enough to let me try another one of their products: Paint It Black. It’s a safe fabric dye in a spray can you can use to put back the black in your favorite clothing. This is obviously what it was made to do. I wanted to push the boundaries a little bit and see how far the product could go, and I had the perfect thing:

These shoes.

I bought these so many years ago at Target. I love them because of the Asian print (I have a love affair with all things Asian. I’ll explain sometime later) and the patent leather (or vinyl!) bow. Apparently, I love them too much, because they are DIR-TY! Luckily, there are no tears or holes and the sole is still in good condition. So this is great to try to paint black!


I wanted to keep the cute color pop of red, so I taped that part up with masking tape, making sure the area was covered well. I covered my work surface (I do alot on this surface!) and put up my paint guards, and got to painting.

When using this, it’s really important to spray lights coats, and let each coat dry before spraying on another one. Try not to saturate the item. The dye will just run off the fabric and make a really messy pool under your item. You’ll be wasting product. I probably could have used just one can to do these shoes, but I ended up using one and a half cans because I had to learn the hard way about light coats.

There was a little paint on the red. It comes off easily if you use rubbing alcohol and some cotton.

See?

Now, I have a practically new pair of cute flats! And if I need to, I can just spray on a little dye if I need to touch them up.


Happy 1/1/11

Happy New Year! Just look at those numbers. It’s a good sign that this year is gonna be fantastic! There’s so much more in store at CSF, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Cheers!

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