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Meghan Monday: Reusing Glass Jars by Meghan
August 31, 2009, 7:49 am
Filed under: General Posts, Meghan Mondays!

more jarsWe all use items that come in glass jars… spaghetti sauce, pickles, olives, spices, apple sauce, jellies and jams. And if you are anything like me, you think to yourself “I could probably use this for something else” just as you drop it in the recycling bin or trash can. Well enough is enough! I’ve put together a list of fun and useful things that you can do the next time you have an empty glass jar on your hands. Next time you think “I could probably use this for something else,” you can just come back to this post (don’t forget to bookmark it) and get a great idea or two.

– Use the empty jars for storage. You could use them to hold screws and assorted hardware in the garage, to hold buttons and other crafty items, or even use them to hold baking staples that normally come in bags or boxes. If a plain jar just isn’t fancy enough for you, bust our your favorite adhesive and some ribbon and go to town.

– Use them for gift packaging. Have you been thinking about making your own bath scrubs to give as Christmas gifts? Saving smaller jars, from olives or even baby food, would make perfect containers for your gifts. Add a scrap of fabric and some ribbon to the lid so that your gift recipients aren’t put off by what used to be in the jar 🙂

– Jars make great receptacles for candles. This is also a great way to recycle your old candle wax into something new and useful. Buy some craft wick or make your own by braiding three pieces of 100% cotton string. Use a double boiler to melt your wax remnants and pour them into the jar around the candle wick. You will probably need to use a fork to push the candle wick straight down toward the bottom of the jar. Hold the wick in place while it cools by placing a pencil across the top of the jar and laying the end of the wick over the middle of the pencil. (suggestion from 10 Unique Ways to Recycle and Reuse Glass Jars)

– Larger jars can come in handy at your next party. One idea is to use them for vases. Another is to use them for candle holders. You can fill the jars with water and use floating candles. Or, you fill the jar with candy or coffee beans and then put a candle in the center. If you fill the jar with something fragrant, you will have a pretty candle AND keep your space smelling nice.

– Tiffany at Nature Mom’s Blog, suggests making a Jack-o-lantern jar. This is a great Halloween project. Cut shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth out of masking tape (or contact paper), and place them on the jar. Paint the whole jar with orange paint, and remove tape when dry. Add a candle or small light to make it glow.


Workin’ For the Weekend :: Hot Messes and Free eBooks by Laura
August 28, 2009, 3:08 pm
Filed under: Freebies, Giveaways or Great Deals, General Posts

Us creative types are usually up to 1 of 3 things on the weekend. Creating a mess, cleaning up a mess or out getting inspired for our next mess.

I’ve got helpful green tips and products to help with 2 of those activities!

Cleaning Up Messes: Have one of those pesky casserole stains on the bottom of the oven? Want to increase the efficiency of your faithful cookie oven?

Restore the Earth Grill & Oven Cleaner – spray it on to cut grease and soot using botanical-based ingredients such as coconut and soy oils; use steel wool as a scrubber for the full effect ($9/22 ounces).

Earth Friendly Products Orange Plus Complete – orange solvents in a superconcentrated liquid, so you get more for your money ($8/16 ounces).

DIY: Mix 1 cup of white distilled vinegar, 2 cups of hot water, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and a few drops of lavender essential oil in a spray bottle, shake it up, and you’ve got yourself a cheap, easy oven cleanser (though it takes a lot more elbow grease than the above options).

If you must use the self-cleaning feature, try not to use it more than a couple times a year, and fire it up after you’ve been cooking to make use of heat already lingering in the oven. Once it’s sparkling, maintain it by pouring salt on new spills and rubbing them away while the oven’s still warm.

Speaking of heat, get these free ebooks while they’re hot!

In the first eBook, Low-Cost Kitchen Crafts eBook, find fridge magnets, easy painting projects, organizing crafts and decorating ideas along with knitting crafts. Grab it now!

In the second eBook, Quick and Thrifty Crochet eBook, find 25 easy crochet patterns such as dishcloths, small baby items, flowers, plus much more! Check it out now!

In the third eBook, 24 Quick and Easy Knitting Patterns eBook, find Afghans, knitting for baby, knitting for kids, winter hats, scarves and mittens and plenty more. Read it now!

In the fourth eBook, Lace Knitting eBook, find Afghans, clothes, scarves, patterns for kids and babies and plenty more lace knitting patterns just for you. Grab it now!

In the fifth eBook, Quick and Easy Christmas Crafts eBook, find Christmas ornaments, home decor, greeting cards, kids holiday crafts along with some great gift ideas.

Thrifty Thursday :: Make Your Own Greener Cleaner! by Laura
August 28, 2009, 2:40 pm
Filed under: Thrifty Thursdays

This is stolen directly from one of my latest blog obsessions, Leo on the Loose.

This is a great, and incredible inexpensive way to create your own household cleaner. No goofy named and long list of ingredients, just reliable items that you may eaily have in your home already.

32 oz plastic spray bottle
2 cups water
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar (I used a cup b/c I love vinegar as a cleaner!)
1 teaspoon pure castile soap
3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
20 drops tea tree oil
20 drops lavender or lemongrass essential oil
10 drops citronella (optional, but good for an insect repellent)

Spray is suitable for acrylic, ceramic tile, wood, marble and granite.

Create and enjoy!

Waggin’ Wednesdays :: Get Out! by Laura
August 26, 2009, 4:34 pm
Filed under: Waggin' Wednesdays

Ok, I’m being lazy today, but it’s been a madhouse at work.

I DO want to mention how many great days there are to get out with your pets! We just recently took Isabelle in our new car (which actually fits us 3) to a cool mostly abandoned housing community, where she can run around like a crazy woman off her leash and explore new places. I’m also happy to report that the flora and fauna are slowly taking back the area!

Go out and have fun!

Eco-Friendly Cuteness :: Layer Cake Shop by Laura
August 25, 2009, 10:38 am
Filed under: News / Great Finds

I found a super cute shop I know everyone will love, and find at least a few ‘must haves’ – what is making it better? They have a Eco-Friendly section!

Have fun spending way too much time perusing all of the super fun and cute items, and then enjoy some Eco-Friendly items for your baking needs. I’m considering some biodegradable cupcake picks for the baby shower I’m co-planning, that works perfectly with my theme. I’m also debating on the double dainty icing flowers for toppers, since they’re even more Eco-Friendly, they’re edible!

Meghan Monday: Scrap Crafts – Mini Owl by Meghan
August 24, 2009, 9:15 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials, General Posts, Meghan Mondays!

owlOwls seem to be all the rage right now in the paper crafts world. I saw a post on the Paper Source blog about an Owl kit that they are now selling. Since I don’t have a Paper Source store anywhere near me, I decided to try to make one myself. I busted out some scrap paper from a journal project I’m working on and went to town.

For the body and the wings I used the Fiskars Cameo Appearance punch (XL). For the body I cut one oval and then cut off the top and for the wings I cut another oval and cut it in half. Just cut off some of the top to make your wings the desired length.

For the feet I used the Fiskars Seal of Approval punch (L). I cut one circle and then cut about the top third off. I cut two slits in the top of that third and attached it to the bottom of the body.

For the eyes, ears, and nose/beak I just cut up some scraps.


Sale Sunday :: Seventh Generation and Green Works by Laura
August 23, 2009, 10:48 am
Filed under: Freebies, Giveaways or Great Deals

Target is having a sale on the 100-oz. Seventh Generation or 90-oz. Green Works Laundry Detergent for only $14.99!

I can vouch for the Seventh Generation detergent, I love mine!

ALSO – Walgreens is havinga Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off with Yes To Carrots, Cucumbers and Tomatoes!