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

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Easy Refilling of Your Swiffer Cleaner Bottles

you Can refill your swiffer wet jet bottles

Bet you didn't know that you can refill your Swiffer cleaner bottles. It is so easy, and a lot cheaper to do so. Plus, you can use your favorite cleaner, rather than being at their mercy, to use what they offer. Don't throw those bottles out, keep them, and refill yourself with this simple technique.

In a small pot, fill halfway with water, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and insert the empty bottle, cap-side down, into the water. Make sure the entire cap is emerged in the water, hold and count to 15. Remove from water, and with a towel, twist off the lid. It will take a little force, but it should screw right off. Now, fill 1/3 of the bottle with your favorite cleaner, up to the bottom of the label. Then add lukewarm water up to the neck; just above the top of the label. Screw the lid on, as tight as it will go, and give a gentle shake. Now, it ready to use.

you Can refill your swiffer wet jet bottles

Monday, January 29, 2018

Inexpensive HE Washing Machine Cleaner Recipe for less than .50 cents a Treatment

Make your own HE washing machine cleaner for less

Folks, it drives me nuts that I have to pay for a cleaner to clean the machine that I already put cleaner in to clean the clothes I put in it. Whew; that was a mouthful. That H.E. washing machine cleaner is EXPENSIVE! Not to mention, if you don't use it regularly, the washer Stinks to high heavens. In a perfect world, I'd still be using my old washer and old detergent. I swear these new ones don't clean as well as the old. Whatever, we're saving the planet, so the effort is worth the reward.

Okay, enough with the soapbox speech. It is what it is and we have to deal with it. When I went to purchase, yet again, my washing machine cleaner, I cringed at the costs. It dawned on me; I bet I can make this stuff cheaper and possibly better than what I'm buying. That's all it took. I set off on a new mission to find out the ingredients and where to purchase them. Once I figured that out, I had to find, readily available items that were inexpensive...I've Done it!

This is so easy and inexpensive!

What you will need:
1 Measuring cup for just the laundry
1 box of OxyClean (I use the Odor Blaster version) $7.56 for 48 oz box .16 cents per oz
1 box of Washing Soda $3.97 for a 55 oz box .07 cents per oz

You will use 4 oz per treatment; 2 oz of each product for a total of .46 cents a treatment.

Please note: Read Warnings and Precautions on both before proceeding. 

In your measuring cup, measure 1/4 of a cup or 2 oz of OxyClean, and 1/4 cup or 2 oz of Washing Soda. Pour powders into the washing machine tub and set the machine for the Cleaning Mode. When cycle completes, open the lid, and leave open until ready to use. You should leave the lid open on the washer between uses to prevent mold and mildew from growing.

That's it! Less than .50 cents a treatment compared to about $1.50 a piece for the retail cleaners.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Sausage and Onion Hash Recipe - Breakfast, Brunch or Dinner Side

Hash brown casserole with sausage recipe
1 Bag of Hash Browns
1/2 Stick of Butter
1 Can of Cream of Onion
1 Can of Cram of Mushrooms
1/2 cup of diced onions
1 Roll of Breakfast Sausage
1 1/2 Cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese (1/2 Cup Reserved for sprinkling on top)
1 Tablespoon of Chives
1 Tsp of Black Pepper (I use fresh cracked but its totally up to you)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large casserole dish, add your butter and toss into oven to melt. In a frying pan, crumble Sausage, and add Onions. Cook until sausage is browned. Remove casserole dish from oven, pour in sausage and onion mixture, and add all other ingredients (Except 1/2 Cup of Cheese) and stir. Spread mixture evenly in dish, sprinkle 1/2 Cup of cheese on top, and return to the oven. Cook uncovered for 50 minute to an hour, or until lightly browned.

Enjoy as a breakfast, brunch or dinner side. You can make this ahead and refrigerate until your ready to cook. Simply cook the sausage and onions, and add all ingredients to dish. Allow to cool, then cover with foil, and keep in fridge until ready to bake. It can be held in the fridge up to 3 days. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Easily Make a Tiki Torch From a Wine or Liquor Bottle

Tiki Torch wine bottle instructions
Hand held cordless drill
3/8" Drill Bit

Items Needed:
Empty Wine or Liquor Bottle with lid
1/2" Diameter Torch Wick
3/8" Fine Thread Flare Nut (you get these in the gas hardware of your home improvement store)


On a hard surface, that you don't care if it gets damaged, lay your bottle lid upside down. Find the center of the lid and drill a hole through it. Next, measure your wick from the bottom of your bottle to about 1 1/2" above the top and cut. Thread wick through the lid and then, insert the bottom of the wick into the bottle. Tighten the lid, then thread the Flare, larger end down, onto the wick. The flare should rest on the bottle lid. Its now ready to decorate and then, fill with torch fluid.

wine bottle tiki torch instructions

Friday, January 19, 2018

Inexpensive Shower and Tub Cleaner That Really Works - about $1.40 for a 32 oz bottle

Shower and Tub Cleaner recipe about $1.40 for a 32 oz bottle

You can make a large bottle of this cleaner, and use straight out of the cabinet, but I've found that it works like magic when its warm. For this reason, I choose to make small batches each time I clean. Its simple, and no real thought has to go into it, if you have the measurement on the side of the bottle.


For 32 oz bottle:
4 oz. Blue Dawn Dish Detergent
This too can be purchase in many places but I purchased a 56 oz bottle at Walmart for $3.74. That's about .07 cents an ounce.
28 oz. White Vinegar
At Walmart you can get a gallon of White Vinegar for $2.66. That's about .04 cents an ounce.
1 Tbls of Salt
If you have hard water, you will want to add a Tablespoon of table salt to this recipe.

For 8 oz bottle:
1 oz of Blue Dawn Dish Detergent
7 oz of White Vinegar
About a 3/4 of Teaspoon of Table Salt (if you have hard water)

Spray bottle with ounce measurements on the side
Microwave safe bowl

For an 8 oz bottle of cleaner, start by pouring 1 oz of your dawn dish detergent into your measuring bottle. Next add vinegar to the bottle until you reach the 8 oz mark. Then add salt, if needed. Close tightly and shake bottle. Once all is mixed well, pour contents into a microwave safe bowl, and warm in 30 second increments. Continue microwaving until liquid is warm to the touch. If its too hot, it may melt or warp your spray bottle, but you want it warm, not hot, to the touch. Pour liquid into spray bottle and use as you would any sink, tub, or shower cleaner.

Shower and Tub Cleaner recipe  about $1.40 for a 32 oz bottle

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Toilet Cleaning & Deodorizing Bomb Recipe

How to make toilet cleaning fizzies and bombs

Let's face it, we all hate cleaning them. We all especially hate the idea of cleaning them when we've had guests. But its a necessity. I'm talking about the nasty subject of cleaning the toilet. What if you can prolong the time between deep cleanings, or easily freshen it up while you have guests? You can. All you have to do it toss one of these little guys in and let it do its magic. The best part? It only costs about .09 to .11 cents a tablet to make. Even guests can help out. Just keep an airtight container of them in your bathroom, in easy view, and label them, "Toilet Cleaning Fizzies." They'll get the hint.

Where to buy supplies.


4 Cups of Baking Soda

1 Cup of Citric Acid Powder

1/4 Cup of Salt (if you have hard water)

2 Tbls of Dawn Dish Detergent

30 drops of Peppermint or any Essential oil of your choice


2 - 18 count Styrofoam egg crates or 3 - 12 count egg crates
Cardboard or rigid item to turn cubes out on and to dry
Whisk or fork
Large mixing bowl

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the Baking Soda and Citric Acid. (Add Salt, if you have hard water)

Add 30 drops of Essential Oil and whisk into powders.

Add all of dish detergent and mix.

The powders may start to grow a bit but that is normal.

Press mixture into egg crates. Allow to air dry for about an hour. You can make smaller ones, in an ice cube tray, to use on a daily basis, if you wish.

Turn crates upside down on a rigid surface. You will need to press on the bottom of the crate of each cube, to get them to release and drop from the crate. Allow them to sit for about 4 hours to dry.

How to make toilet cleaning bombs and fizzies
Once completely dry, store cubes in an airtight container.

When you're ready to use, just drop one in your toilet bowl and let it do the work. It will work with the water in your bowl to deodorize and clean.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Liquor, Beer & Wine Bottle Recycle - New Uses for Old Items

Salad Dressing Carafe from a Patron Bottle

Now that the holidays are over, and you're in cleanup mode, lets give you uses for a few items that you might otherwise throw out. Look in your liquor cabinet for any bottles that are nearly empty or are empty. The pint bottles are perfect and some can be extremely elegant looking when used for purposes other than their original purpose. Click on the pictures below for instructions.

 Soap / lotion dispenser from Crown Royal Bottle
Soap or Lotion Dispenser

Candle Holder Wine Bottle
Candle holder

Salad Dressing Bottle from Patron Bottle
Salad dressing carafe bottle

Mouthwash Dispenser from a Wine Bottle
Mouthwash Dispenser

 Wine, Beer or Liquor Bottle Lamp with Shade
Wine & Beer Bottle Lamps with Lights on

 Wine, Beer or Liquor Bottle Lamps with Shade
Wine & Beer Bottle Lamps with Lights off

 Rustic Beer Bottle Lamps with Antler Shades
Rustic Beer Bottle Lamps with Antler Shades

Tiki Torch from wine and liquor bottles
Tiki Torches

Bird Feeder

Liquor bottles as vases

More Uses:
Olive oil Dispenser
Use as Condiment Bottles to Dress up an Event
Shot Bottles for Salt and Pepper Shakers
Storage for rice, dried beans, peas; etc.

Visit us often for cleaning supply recipes and other Tips for Cheap and Easy Living.
  • Toilet Cleaning Bombs for about .09 cents each. These are great for cleaning the bowl and giving your bathroom a fresh scent.
  • Sink and Drain Deodorizing and Cleaning Fizzies for about .09 cent each treatments.
  • Shower and Tub Cleaner for about $1.10 for a 24 oz bottle
  • Clothing Stain Remover
  • Dishwasher Cleaning Method
 Wine Bottle Lamps with Shades