Two Cost Saving Ideas Too Good Not To Share

icy tree

I waited on snow that never came yesterday.  We don’t get that white, elusive stuff often where I live and when its in the forecast, everybody gets real excited about the predicted inch.  Bummer! — only very cold rain and a little ice.  I was hoping for a little fun in an otherwise yucky, bronchitis-sick week.  No need for you to suffer without something good.  I’ve got two super-duper-save-you-bucks-easy-as-pie ideas.  Both recipes can be very inexpensive if you purchase the supplies at a dollar store.

Homemade Lotion Ingredients:

  1. 1 and 1/2 — large bottles of lotion ( I used Vaseline Intensive Care)
  2. 1 — large jar of petroleum jelly
  3. Several drops of essential oil  (optional)

Put all ingredients in a bowl and use a mixer to whip it together.  I use my Kitchenaid stand mixer.  The consistency should be like body cream. Put in containers.

This Homemade eyeglass cleaner by Jillee is wonderful.  My glasses are sparkly clean.

Homemade Eyeglass Cleaner Ingredients:

  1. 1 part isopropyl alcohol
  2. 1 part water
  3. 1 drop soap

Put all ingredients in a spray bottle.  Spray on glasses and clean with a lint free cloth like microfiber.

Blessings,

Mimi

“Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel.” Proverbs 27:9 NIV Bible

Friday Finds #4

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I have some fun finds for you today.  Just click on the picture to visit the sites.  Happy Friday!

This peach walnut dump cake looks yummy and easy from Mostly Homemade Mom. The other recipes look really good too!

These pumpkin designs are cool from Alisa Burke.

Halloween and Fall graphics from The Graphic Fairy and don’t you love that they’re free?!

50 Fantastic Halloween and Fall Graphics  //  The Graphics FairyAwesome and inexpensive Halloween crafts from Better Homes and Gardens — I think this wreath looks really easy to make.

Sophisticated Swarm Wreath

I think this idea from My Soulful Home is really clever.

Pumpkins from Scrubbing pads a repurpose http://mysoulfulhome.comBlessings,

Mimi

“Then I was the craftsman at his side.  I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence,”  Proverbs 8:30  NIV Bible

Friday Finds #3

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Friday finds are here again!

  • Best explanation of what it’s like to live with a chronic illness or disability, “The Spoon Theory”, click here.
  • Literary Tourism: Oxford, England from BookRiot, click the picture for more.

Radcliffe Camera Oxford England

  • I’m always amazed by the creativity of Mandi at Vintage Revivals and she has a way with words that always leaves me smiling.  Her project of turning an old leather sofa into a bench just blew me away.  Check it out here.
  • Found this great idea for DIY Mason Jar Solar Lights by Thriftdee, click here.
  • Love this piece by Lindsey Stirling, “Beyond the Veil”    

Happy Weekend!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Shout with joy to God, all the earth!”  Psalm 66:1  NIV Bible

 

Bonus Room Update and Move In Day

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Last week was a blur filled with packing up our daughter’s apartment and finishing the flooring in the bonus room upstairs.  My husband was literally installing the last of the baseboards in the room as Catie, Devin, and I arrived with all of their things from the apartment this past weekend.

This remodel began because their initial plans fell through and they needed a place to stay for a short period of time.  Although unexpected, we’re glad that we had a space for them.

A reminder of the room when we bought the house in 1997.

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And a reminder of where we started with this renovation — turquoise walls and pink floors and no real closet.  If you’d like more details on this remodel, click here.

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And how the room looked moments prior to their arrival with all of their stuff.

upstairs room

This picture of the closet doors shows a truer color of the flooring.  We went with a bamboo flooring that we found at Lumber Liquidators.  I like the sustainable quality to using bamboo and I think the flooring is pretty.  Plus, bamboo is much cheaper than hardwood and since bamboo thrives in a damp environment, the product is also water resistant.

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And the room 3 hours later —  I’m so glad that Jack took the above two pictures so I could share the finished room before all of the boxes and furniture were brought in.

move in

Catie and Devin love animals.  So, we also have a few additional pets living at our house.    I’ve forbidden her to add to the mix while they’re here.  They can visit the local animal shelter but NO TOTING the pets home!

Zara, my ‘grand sugar flyer’.  She doesn’t appear in the open often.  Not my favorite.  She loves blueberries and mangoes to eat.

zara

Opie, my ‘grandbunny’.  Opie is a Velveteen rabbit and is very, very soft.  I like him — might be because he is quiet.   He loves spinach, carrots, bananas, apples, and blueberries.

opie

Bella, my ‘grandcat’.  She is a Maine Coon mix.  This breed gets quite large and she is still growing.  Currently, she weighs 12 pounds, likes to perch, play in water, and chirps like a bird instead of meows.

bella

Catie and Devin have fish too.  Thank goodness, she doesn’t like birds or reptiles!

This week has been filled with unpacking and letting our bodies recover from the move and the work on the room.  The bathroom still needs work and the railing at the stairs needs to be finished but for now, Catie and Devin have a space to call their own.
Blessings,

Mimi

“He brought me out into a spacious place”  Psalm 18:19a  NIV Bible

Messes and Mishaps

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Renovating makes a mess everywhere.  Its not only about the drywall dust, the sawdust, the nails dropped everywhere, or the paint splatters on parts that shouldn’t get them or even, the dust being tracked down the stairs and into the rest of the house.  Most of that can be vac’d up.  The bulk of the chaos is all over the house in the form of boxes, bags and stacks from one end of the house to the other because the contents of this 400 square foot room had to be removed and go somewhere else.  Constant rearranging is required to get the one item you need behind the huge stack in front.  Here’s a view of our garage.  I parked my car in here a month ago.

garage pic 2

Our daughter keeps bringing boxes home as she unloads her apartment to move in with us.  Boxes are everywhere.  My patience… well… its hanging in there too.  I see the end in sight. This time the renovation won’t be calculated in years or months.  This time is different.  We will be done in weeks and we only have a week and a half left on our deadline schedule.  If you missed out on the beginnings of this renovation and you’re curious about it, click here.

The room is taking shape.  Most of the plywood underlayment has gone down and hopefully, the rest will go down this week and the flooring can be installed.

upstairs pic 1

Honey Do says DIY is stress reducing.

upstairs pic 2

I’ve learned over the years through our various renovations to always be prepared for it to cost more and take longer than expected. Mishaps happen.

Case in point: My husband dropped the edge of a sheet of plywood on his baby toe.  Doctor said he has multiple fractures in the tip of his toe.  Ouch!  He wouldn’t let me take a picture to show.  He said he has man toes.

Then, as he was nailing the subfloor tighter, he accidentally shot a nail through the wiring.  The power went out downstairs to our living room.  We had to call the electrician to come and fix it.   Between the electrician and my husband, they managed to drill five holes into the subfloor.  I’m sure a joke is in there somewhere about how many it takes.  While the electrician was working, he, also, accidentally cut a wire.  I didn’t have to pay for that one.

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When the wire had a nail shot through it, the spark was so hot it left scorch marks.  Fortunately, we knew quickly that the power was out so the problem was noticed immediately.  If it had been a less used area, we might not have discovered the issue and moved ahead with the flooring and had a potential fire waiting to happen.

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On a general note, we have an excellent site manager.  She is dutiful to cautiously and carefully inspect the room and its progress every day.  She is a hard task master.

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I’m hoping after this weekend, I can dazzle you with flooring and a functioning bathroom.  I sure hope the toilet doesn’t get a crack in it.

Blessings,

Mimi

“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,”  Colossians 1:10,11  NIV Bible

Progress on the Bonus Room Renovation

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Progress.  Oh, how I love progress in a renovation!  We had managed a sizable dent into the project at the end of last weekend. The framing for the closet was beginning, the nail holes in the wall were puttied, and the bamboo flooring was acclimatizing as the work ended.  Some of the wall also got painted to see if the color was the right choice.

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During the week, my husband  roughed in the closet and started preparing it for paint.

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A week ago, my son-in-law ripped out the flooring in the bathroom.  We discovered that the underlayment needed to be taken out because the previous owners had used the wrong kind.  They had used particle board.  Poor Devin, he was back at ripping flooring out this weekend too.  We have to put down plywood as an underlayment for the new floor.  They had also installed the particle board under the sheetrock.  Messy job.

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A lovely place to sit and contemplate … NOT!

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At the end of Easter weekend:

Ceiling fan: √
Closet: √
Closet Doors Installed: √
Walls painted: √
Flooring stacked and ready to go: √

 

upstairs reno 8

The end is in sight.   To see the renovation from the beginning, click here.

Blessings,

Mimi

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”  1 Chronicles 16:8  NIV Bible

The Unexpected Remodel: Part 2

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In my last post, I shared about our renovation of the upstairs bonus room for my daughter and her husband.  Today, the bathroom is the topic of conversation.

The half bath had a dark brown linoleum floor that was peeling up and a 1970s vanity complete with cultured marble sink when we purchased the house.   Serviceable, but nothing special.

upstairs bath 4After we moved in, I painted the walls black and wallpapered with National Geographic covers and this room quickly became the room my family loved the most and couldn’t wait to show their friends… wonders will never cease…

upstairs bath 3

This bathroom, though, needs a much larger countertop and storage capacity for my daughter and son-in-law.  Bye- bye vanity.  Bye-bye peel and stick tile. Thank you, son-in-law!

upstairs bath

The stairwell, when we bought the house, fortunately, did not have orange shag carpet like the upstairs room.  However, it did have this mottled brown shag that was well worn and looked like a mangy dog’s coat.  Nasty, too.  We ripped it up a long time ago and painted the stairs black.

stairs area

Progress is moving forward.  The ceiling fan is in and the closet is being framed up this week by my sweet husband.  The kids will be here this weekend to paint.  Only 3 more weeks to go before it must be move in ready!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved —-you and your household.”  Acts 16:31 NIV Bible