Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Patron Bottle Soap or Lotion Dispenser

Repurposing liquor, wine, beer bottles DIY

This is so cute. I made one for my kitchen and I just love it. It would be great for bar bathrooms, the man cave, or lodge bath, and of course, a kitchen. Its easy, looks classy and the best part - its FREE.

An Empty Pint Patron Bottle
1 Can of Metallic Spray Paint (I used Silver)
1 Can of Chalkboard Spray Paint 
1 discarded wine bottle cork
1 discarded pump from a liquid soap dispenser and its container. (I used Jergens Hand Soap Pump)
Cordless drill and various bits

Rinse out the Liquor Bottle, soap dispenser and pump with warm water and allow all to dry.

Once dry, insert the pump back its original dispenser and screw it back on. Now, spray paint the pump with the Chalkboard Paint. Paint will spray over old container but that's okay because you will be throwing it out anyways. Its done this way to keep paint off the inside of the pump and to hold it upright while drying.

After the chalkboard paint dries, spray with the metallic paint. I reapplied the paint few times to make sure I got a good, even coat. 

While the dispenser dries, work on the wine cork. Choose a drill bit that is about the same diameter as the dispenser tube.  Insert the cork into the patron bottle and drill through the center of the cork. 

Next, this maybe tricky if the tube won’t pull apart from the pump, but if it will, match up a drill bit to the diameter of the  pump. If the tube doesn’t come off the pump, you will have to do your best at judging the diameter of the pump.

To judge how deep you need to drill the cork to accommodate the pump, insert the bit into the lid, up to the top. Tape the bit, even at the bottom of the pump.

Now, drill down into the cork until the tape on the bit touches the top of your cork.

Remove cork from the bottle and tap on a hard surface. You may want to blow through the cork hole to make sure all the loose debris is gone before inserting the pump. Attach tube to pump, insert through the cork hole and then, insert into bottle. Tip: if the tube is too long, use scissors to snip off excess.

Repurposing liquor, wine, beer bottles DIY

Now it’s ready to fill with your favorite liquid soap or lotion and use.

Repurposing liquor, wine, beer bottles DIY

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Quick Tip: Wilting fresh flowers?

Don't you just hate it when a beautiful bouquet of flowers start to wilt? You can prolong the joy of those flowers by tying a rubber band around the stems and hanging it upside-down on your door. The flowers will dry out and make a nice door decoration. You can tie a bow on the stems, or drape the arrangement with tulle to dress it up a bit. So the next time your fresh flowers start to wilt, try this and you will be able to enjoy them for weeks instead of days.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Easy & Inexpensive One Pot Stroganoff Recipe

easy beef stroganoff recipe

1 Large Bag of Wide Egg Noodles
1 Pound of Ground Chuck
1/2 Pound of Breakfast Sausage
1 Can of Cream of Mushroom
8 oz of Sour Cream
2 Cups of Milk
3 Cups of Water or Chicken Broth
1 Chicken Bullion Cube if using water instead of broth
1/2 Cup of fresh Chopped Chives or 3 Tablespoons of dried
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, brown ground chuck and sausage together, and then drain. Turn heat to low and add milk and water/broth. Stirring constantly, Add cream of mushroom, sour cream and if using bullion, add it as well. Next, stir in all the egg noodles. You will need to stir constantly to keep the noodles from sticking. Once the liquid is cooked to a gravy consistency, you can add the salt, pepper and chives. Remove from heat, and allow to set 15 minutes before stirring again, and then serving.

This dish is inexpensive, quick, simple and delicious.  Serves 6-8 people.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Beautiful Easter Craft That's FREE ~ Magnolia Faberge Eggs

magnolia seed pod as Easter eggs

For years, we've raked them up and threw them away. They are pretty when the red seeds first appear in them but become drab after their seeds have dropped. Every fall they drop from the trees like a pine cone, and cover the ground beneath the tree. I'm talking about Magnolia seed pods.

Recently, my mama and I were in the yard taking stock of the spring blooms. My little mama is my go-to person for all things gardening. She, with her green thumb, was giving me ideas of how to improve my home's curb appeal - for lack of better words - when she noticed the seed pods beneath my magnolia. I cringed; thinking, she is going to say how it would help if all the rubbish was cleared away. But she didn't! She asked, "have you ever noticed how these seed pods are shaped like an egg?" No, I honestly hadn't. But when she looked at them, she saw a beautiful Faberge' egg.

painted magnolia seed pods

That was it! The inspiration hit her, and the next thing I knew, she had me spray painting magnolia seed pods in festive pastels. It took several coats of paint, and flipping them several times, but they turned out beautifully. Once dry, Mama wired them on a grape vine wreath that she made, and painted white. If you don't have access to grave vines, or the likes, I did notice that the Dollar Tree now has them in their floral section.

magnolia seed pods Easter craft Faberge Egg

It turned out so cute that I think I will be collecting Magnolia seed pods from now on. They could be a very versatile floral item.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Single Earring Loss Solution ~ Repurpose

Earring as a pendant

We've all had it happen; the dreaded lost earring. Whether real or custom, its heartbreaking to throw out that one that remains. And lets face it, if we didn't love them, we wouldn't have bought them. I can't tell you how many, single earrings I've accumulated, thinking that the other would somehow find its way back to me. When I finally decided to organize my jewelry, I still found it hard to throw them out. Then it dawned on me, I can repurpose these pieces into something new.

Using cheap faux suede cord, I was able to turn many of those single earrings into pendants. Even the studded pieces can be used by simply pushing over the stud and pulling it onto the cord.

Others, I simply used an overhand loop knot to tie on the earring. You can also use this method for rings you have outgrown.
Earring as a pendant

You could also use this simple cord for hanging pendants that you no longer have chains for.
earring as a pendant

This is a fun and easy way to expand your casual jewelry without a lot of investment.
earring as a pendant for necklace