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