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!

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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!


MacGyver Guys are Sexy!

Have you heard about Mechanical Mashup?

They have this great project on making your own photo softbox that has inspired me to create my own. I just had to see what else they could do! Turns out, these guys could make a guitar out of a cigar box, pumpkins that flame, and disposable cups into iPhone holders! Sa-weet!

You know who else I like? The guys on the TV show Food Jammers! When I saw them make their own ice cream with a coffee can and a marble, I was hooked! Any guy that can do that has my attention!

It’s just a LITTLE disturbing that all these guys happen to be Canadian! Where are all my crafty American dudes! MacGyver can’t be the only one!


I’m donating socks!

I studied dance while I lived in Japan, and it was the highlight of my time there. I'm on the front row. To find me, look at the hands!

Between 1997-2000, I was an English teacher in Japan. Those three years were some of the best of my entire life. I have always had a real soft spot in my heart for Japan, because I got so much from the Japanese people. I was hired to teach English, but I was embraced, very well cared for, and learned so many things outside of my English classrooms. Even my family was treated so well when they came to visit me. I remember taking my father to the train station and not being at all worried because I knew someone would help him get to his destination.

Now, it’s my turn to give back!

I certainly wish I could give so much more! When you’re on an extreme budget, you often think that you have no way to give, but you have to think outside the box, just like you do when you are trying to figure out how to eat, drive, clothe and entertain yourself on half a shoe-string budget.

I was very excited to learn about Socks for Japan! My mom always buys bunches and bunches of socks. She gets them at the dollar store. I asked her if she would like to give some for the sock drive, and she was more than happy to contribute!

Of course, there are many other ways to contribute. Carly at Chic Steals has a great list of organizations that are accepting donations. And like she says, if you can’t donate money or items, donate a little time and spread the word! Even a little makes such a difference!


Follow the Bull!

If you’re coming to the All Arts Market this weekend, I’ll be at booth 309. I’m a basement dweller. Just look for the bull and you’ll be in the right place.

So what’s with the ‘Nandi’ name? Some of you already know that I use that name on stage when belly dancing.  There’s always more to the story!


I’ll be here this weekend!

This will be my first fair! I figured it’s time to use my skills and make things not just for myself. This is scary, since I’ve never done this before, but can’t let fear stop me or I won’t do anything! If you’ll be in Charlotte, stop by! There will be other great artisans there whose stuff I love!

Just a peek at what will be there:

I’ll also be adding new stuff to my Etsy shop after this weekend.

Gotta go back to sewing!


Travel Cheap!: Megabus Low Cost Express Bus Service

from boston.com

On February 19th, I got the chance to get away and spend the weekend in our nation’s capital.

When I was invited, I was a little worried about how I was actually going to get there. Flying was a “no”. Since I quit my job as a flight attendant last year, I have no desire to step into ANY airport, let alone pay a full price ticket. I would now have to wait in the ridiculous security lines. I’ll pass.

It was suggested that I check out Megabus. I was told that there were fares as low a $1! I had never heard of Megabus, or a $1 fare, so research ensued.

Because I was planning my trip far in advance, sure enough, I got a $1 fare going to DC and coming back home. Grand Total: $2.50 round trip (including a 50 cents reservation fee). Tickets can range anywhere from $1 to $20 one way.

With prices this cheap, there’s no way you could have a great experience right? Wrong! So very wrong! The bus was very clean! Alot cleaner than most airplanes that I have been on. I didn’t use the bus restroom, as there were plenty of scheduled stops along the way, but I was told that the bathroom was just as clean. There is wifi, but only 10 minutes after driving off from a dispatch stop. What does this mean? Don’t count on having wifi your whole trip. Plan on alternative ways to entertain yourself.

from blogs.buffalonews.com

To make things even better, I even arrived to my destinations 20 minutes early! I’m sure that wouldn’t happen every time, but the drivers do the best they can to stay on schedule!

I’m definitely going to use Megabus again! As my Uncle said, “You can’t get across town for $2.50!”

Low Fair Buses Doing Big Business!