DIY – recycle and reuse bottles

Now I know this isn’t a new idea. But the example I found is so fun I thought you’d like to see it 🙂

recycle and reuse bottles idea

You can tell how to do it just seeing the pic. Make a design using tape (or anything that would resist paint – hmm, maybe Vaseline-ish stuff that you’ve fingerpainted?) – then spray paint the bottle. Voila! Instant design. Use salvaged / recycled bottles, or tin cans, or plastic canisters.

Use containers with lids and you’ve got storage. Use several small bottles and you’ve got a collection. Use your own colors. This is a totally customizeable, do-able idea, it will only cost a smidge for paint – and it’s fun!

DIY the way it ought to be – cheap, fun, and even useful. Win!

DIY Christmas ornaments

I know, it’s nowhere near Christmas. But that’s the best time to think of DIY stuff – because then you have time to actually do it, when you get in the mood. And these ornaments are so cute!

do it yourself christmas ornaments using cookie cutters

As you’ll see when you click on the link, I found this super idea on Pinterest. The day I found it, the link didn’t actually work, so I haven’t investigated what else can be found on the original site, Moms Need To Know Blog. I’ll bet there are some goodies though – she thought of the cookie cutters idea and it is very cool!

There are no instructions on the pic itself, so we’re ad libbing here – but that’s all right. You could just tape your fave pics inside the cookie cutters – or use any pretty paper (recycled is better, of course!). Or follow the idea of a couple shown here, and use family photos! Talk about special ornaments for your tree, or for gifts for your sibs, or kids, or Mom.

To hang the ornaments, you could drill a hole in the top of the (thrift store) cookie cutter, or just tie on a ribbon, or use raffia, or, well, try a few experiments! Have fun. Make them unique and your very own – and share with loved ones. That’s the best Christmas ornament there is!

Early Saturday mornings …

This was one of those ambitious mornings – I got some orders packed up, little notes written, labels printed…. and I knew it was going to be hot, so thought it would be a good idea to go to the post office early. DH and I both had errands and sometimes (!) it’s fun to do them together. so at 8:40 am, we headed out. I felt extremely virtuous 🙂

I have now learned that the post office (in my neck of the woods anyway) is not OPEN until 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

It never occurred to me. Shows you how often I get there early on a Saturday (never). So we had to find something to do to spend a few minutes. Went over to my fave thrift store – and they didn’t open till 9:00 either! What else to do?

Donuts, of course. A darling little cafe that I’ve seen a hundred times – and never visited. Well this morning we did. Lovely donuts and fritters, and a table to sit outside. It wasn’t even hot (yet).

A nice way to start a Saturday!