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When Hand Sewing Is Worth It

When hand sewing is worth it

Sometimes it’s worth it to fix up an item rather than trashing it. When you’re able to use things longer, you naturally are able to buy fewer things. With clothes, bedding, and fabrics, that’s when a little hand sewing comes in “handy!” I am not a seamstress by any means. In fact, I’m not great at sewing in general. But it only takes a couple of hours to learn a few simple hand stitches. I know this because I took…

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Shelf for projector

I’m finally getting around to making this and I’m so excited! The projector has just been sitting on the back of our couch in the basement, and it is not stable at all. Our “couch” is made from old mattresses and box springs. The back is quite wobbly and any movement would make the movie projection jump all over. Not the best viewing experience. I bought a shelf from the hardware store, and we already had everything else we needed…

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DIY basement flooring for next to nothing

The carpet in our basement was getting really gross. We keep the litter box down there and so litter was always getting into it, plus that’s where one of our cats likes to run to throw up. And his food is really good at staining. (He doesn’t throw up as often anymore now that we’ve got him on a special diet and hairball meds, but that’s a whole nother post.) So I decided that the carpet just had to go.…

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Cheap upgrade for air vents

Ever since we replaced our cream colored carpeting for honey strand bamboo flooring, my husband has hated our white air vents. To him, they stick out like sore thumbs around the rooms. But at that time, we researched the price of new wood air vents-and we stopped looking. It was definitely cost prohibitive, and that was how we felt when I was still working. ($20-40 per air vent) So, in keeping with my plan to show my husband that we…

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Four leaf clover jewelry

My daughter is one of the luckiest people. I’ve never found a four leaf clover, but she has found at least five in her short seven years of life. We picked and dried a few of them to make into these beautiful lucky necklaces. I’d never tried making this kind of jewelry before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was quite easy! I plan on trying my hand at a few other plant inspired pieces now that…

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Bay window curtain rod for half circle window

Our master bedroom has a wonderful huge window that is rounded at the top (uh, what’s this style called?) And I love it! For me, it is the main focal point of the room, working together with the bed. But for the longest time, we debated how to even put curtains up on this window because, in addition to the round top, the ceiling is also slanted on both sides. This makes it impossible to have a straight curtain rod…

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My gas company’s 10 tips for saving on winter energy bills

My gas company sent me a brochure in October with tips to prepare my home for the winter to help me spend less on the gas bill! I truly enjoy when my utility companies send me tips on how to save money by giving them less of it! Ha ha, it’s quite a deal, really. I often wonder if they do this because they want their customers to be more likely to be able to afford and, therefore, pay their…

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Homemade Shower scum cleaner

This recipe has been great for getting my shower clean and, most importantly, keeping it that way! I found this idea on Pinterest and it really works as a soap scum buster. I still had a store bought bottle of soap scum remover so I used that up first and reused the spray bottle (waste not, want not!) to hold the new chemical-free mixture. It’s only two ingredients that I already had in my house-equal parts vinegar and dish soap.…

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DIY curtain rod for odd length windows

I like looking around on Pinterest for diy ideas to try. Especially when something is going to cost more than I want to pay. Can I make it myself more affordably? We are trying to set our basement up for movie viewing with a projector, but a lot of light comes through two high windows. We really wanted a way to black them out as needed. So I Pinterested and I bought the supplies to make a curtain rod for…

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