Long weekend’s to do list

Yay for Easter.  Un-yay for my parents and BF both being out of town.  Alas, the devil makes work for idle hands, and that’s the last thing we want on an Easter weekend.  So I’m forward planning some activities (and, to beef things up, I have listed all the other things I’d like to get done in the near future too!)

DIY stuff

  • regrout bathroom tiles: It’s all yellow :s  And when I did around the bath, I was not a pro, and it looks horrible.  So I will start with the walls, where I can practice without the added complexity/yoga poses, and hopefully brighten up the whole bathroom.
  • make cushion covers: I forgot I bought some fabric shopping with mum one day, and seeing I’m a ‘use it or lose it’ sort of girl, I better get them into a useful shape soon!  As for the other bit of fabric – I don’t have a plan for it yet…  Suggestions welcome it’s only about 1.5m long by 1m wide, if that.
  • paint damaged wall – I moved a canvas print, and it caused some marks on the wall from the adhesive 😦  The new picture in it’s place doesn’t cover the stains, so I’m going to paint the wall – luckily it’s the smallest wall in my apartment!
Stamp Map of the worldA source (not the original): http://www.designpoi.com/2010/11/stamp-map/

Stamp Map of the world
A source (not the original): http://www.designpoi.com/2010/11/stamp-map/

  • make a map of the world with my stamp collection – a pinterest inspired project (just found this wonderful site, that’s broken it down into a how to for me!)
  • complete contacting the base of my bins cupboard under the sink
  • change shower head back to un-eco-friendly for better temperature control

Nerdage (aka technology based stuff)

The Zippy Shaz (named so due to her SHZ numberplate)

The Zippy Shaz (named so due to her SHZ numberplate)

  • List scooter for sale: It’s been so long since I’ve ridden it, and even though I have crash damage (x 2 – once I was on it, once it was just parked), I’ll see if there’s takers.  It’s just wasting space in my car park, along with all the gear…  Got to this early!
  • Work out podcasts/music downloads on my phone. I’m so un cool, I’ve never had a ipod or the like, and so I’ve missed out on music for years now.

Enjoyment

  • See a movie: Maybe Broken City, or perhaps Great Expectations, or I give it a year, or Lincoln.  Perhaps even Oz: Great and Powerful
  • Watch 3 episodes of Gossip Girl
  • Read in the park or hang out in a book shop
  • Invite my brothers for dinner (and exchange easter eggs!)
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Jewellery organisation

Following on from yesterday’s post, which ended in the bathroom, I thought I would continue to show you some of the innovative storage and organisation solutions I have for my jewellrey.  Everything is stored in the bathroom, as it’s where I put on make up (and then jewellery) and where I take it off when I remove make up or shower.  The bathroom is also conveniently close to the front door, so if a last minute checks deems the need for some ‘bling’ it’s oh so close (rather than upstairs with my clothes/bedroom/wardrobe).

Earrings – Frame one

Some of my best ideas aren’t really mine! I see something out shopping, and I think, wow, I could MAKE that! I’d seen jewellery organizers made with ornate frames and the glass removed and replaced with mesh.  So one bored weekend, I raided my parents collection of surplus frames.  Given this was my first attempt, I didn’t really go for the prettiest, just one that I thought would fit all the earrings I owned.

Finding the ‘mesh’ was harder than it should have been.  See, I thought I could find something in an auto like shop – like a decorative mesh plate.  Sadly nothing seemed to suit what I was looking for.  I could also have used vent covers, as I’ve seen since on lovely blogs – but vents aren’t as common in our warm little country!  In the end, I settled for fairly rigid insect mesh! You can by this by the meter (or less) making it an affordable project.  I have enough left over that I could make another few for friends (add that to the ‘one day’ list).

Mesh earring and bracelet frame

Mesh earring and bracelet frame

I cut the mesh to size with scissors and then attempted to nail in the mesh.  It was a little a hard to hold and nail in the small recessed bit of the frame where the glass once sat flush against.  So then I tried a staple gun.  This also provided a bit of a fight, as getting the pressure for the staple meant pushing onto the mesh, and given the mesh isn’t 100% rigid, well, things didn’t always staple effectively.  Lastly, I tried some PVA glue around the edge.  IN the end, a combination of these three methods got the frame to ‘near enough is good enough’ (for me).

I quickly transferred all my earrings across.  I realised I could hang bracelets too – initially i used bent paper clips, but they weren’t standing up well! In the end, a sliced cork and a thumb tack (to hold the cork to the mess) worked a treat.  However, I soon realised that my stud earrings would be a bother to always put in, as I’d have to secure them with their backs through the mesh.  So the led me to a new solution…

Stud earrings

And then sometimes the solution to a problem comes from another problem.  My parents have a growing collections of wine corks.  So I did what any good pinterest fan would do, and I searched for projects.  There were some amazing ideas, but eventually, I stumbled onto the idea that an intact cork could happily be ‘pierced’ with my studs, without having to worry about removing and reattaching the backs.  There’s enough length on the posts so be inserted into a cork, with the backs still on.  And when I can’t be bothered with that, I just place the loose earrings in the velvet lined case, where the cork also lives.  Happy home for all the non dangley earrings.

Earring storage with rings (sorry for the sad photo)

Earring storage with rings (sorry for the sad photo)

Bangles

I wear a few bangles, but I did buy a collections of Indian bangles when I went to India a few years ago (yikes, are they noisy when you wear them all – and you shower glitter everywhere!)  Anyhow, seeing they are mostly ‘unworn’ than worn, I thought it would be nice to display them in a way that looks good (reminding me to wear them), but also keeps them neatly stacked together.  And seeing I’ve done a floristry course, I have a few vases more than your average, just sitting around.  So I decided to put one to good use!  (you can also use vases to store excess toilet rolls!).  And seeing those Indian bangles get the least wear, it’s not that inconvenient having them at the bottom!

Bangles stored in a vase - beautiful and simple

Bangles stored in a vase – beautiful and simple

Necklaces and rings – Frame two

With all my earrings safely stored, it left necklaces and rings to be equally ‘stored’ and ideally displayed in a way that would increase how often I thought to wear jewelry.  I’m an engineer, and by nature not girly, so I take some visual prompting! Spurred on my my earring frame, I thought I could do the same for necklaces, but I knew I’d need something firmer and more rigid than mesh.  And besides, how would I hold the necklaces onto the mesh?  So I asked the freecycle community for a long thin frame, something that would suit my longest necklace.  Of course, the Gods of freecycle delivered.  I decided I’d update the picture using some excess paint cards (cause of course they are in my favourite colours which happen to match the bathroom tiles).  Lastly, some small 3M hooks stuck onto the glass for each of my necklaces.  When I noticed I had some space at the bottom (and some rings that were not yet on display) I added some small hooks to include them.  I could also include my few bracelets, however, I have more space on the dangley earrings frame, so I settled with putting them there.

Re-purposed picture frame for necklaces and rings

Re-purposed picture frame for necklaces and rings

In terms of wear and tear, not everything stands up to being in a moist bathroom.  However, most of the my jewellry is from cheap stores, so I’m not too concerned about most of it.  The few real bits of jewelry are made of metals that can be cleaned and polished.

Blog giveaway

The tiny parcel of give away goodness!

The tiny parcel of give away goodness!

I was lucky enough to **WIN** a blog giveaway lately, thanks to Fairy at organised castle.  Generally I don’t enter giveaways, unless I’m sure I need what’s on offer.  So Fairy was offering a surprise, I was a little dubious. I shouldn’t have been – her blog aligns nicely with mine, all about making do and being frugal and having less clutter.  And sure enough, her giveaway gift was right up there with utility and style.

organised castle's Peg Bag giveaway

organised castle’s Peg Bag giveaway

What was it you ask?  Why it was a peg bag! Fairy’s pretty handy with the sewing, and she might have ever reused fabric from her thrift store shopping – who knows.  It’s a lovely shade of lime.  (I’m not being tongue in cheek – my pantry/linen closet is also lime – by choice!)

Pantry and Linen closet

Pantry and Linen closet

I need to find a coat hanger than fits in it a little better – perhaps mold a wire hanger a little better?  Here it is with a ‘normal’ plastic hanger:

Peg bag with my usual coathangers

Peg bag with my usual coathangers

It seems just a little too big, as you can see from the fabric straining. Thanks Fairy – next I need to load it up with my pegs!

Zero waste – things I learnt today

So I think I’m doing ok on my waste situation, but today I stumbled on some great things I hadn’t considered, and will look at starting to do.

Plastic funnel

Admittedly, I don’t currently have any funnels – I think I’m a pretty good pourer!  (I also don’t have a potato masher or a pastry brush – might have to acquire the former!).  However, I was made aware by Sarah at Suburban Pioneers that you can make them out of old plastic bottles.  BRILLIANT!  I’ll get on that with some of my excess recycled plastic bottles.

Simple and smart!Source: simpleliving-sherrie.blogspot.com

Simple and smart!
Source: simpleliving-sherrie.blogspot.com

Rubber Bands

I do have a stock pile of rubber bands from eating produce (if you read Sarah’s post, it’s quite funny as she suggest if you’re not collecting them you’re either not eating healthy or well.. not eating healthily!).  But I never thought to make them out of rubber gloves.  I don’t use rubber gloves to wash up anymore, but recently I’ve seen the damage it’s done to my hands.  So at least when I next buy gloves, I’ll have a ‘reuse’ in mind.

Fly paper

I don’t buy this, but I’ve been starting to think I might/could/should.  There’s some pesky little flying things, I’m not sure where they come from, but they aren’t leaving.  So I shall entice them with honey and sugar laden paper (cause I’m certainly not making a dent in my supplies of either over lent).  Trash Backwards had a great how to here.

Trash Backwards

Cling Wrap

I already don’t have cling wrap (though parchment paper and alfoil still hang out at my place).  I do have two ‘Abeego’ wraps (sadly I lost the most versatile large one), which are a company that make beeswax impregnated food wraps.  Now I know I can  DIY reusable food wraps myself.  Admittedly if I’m mailing ordering beeswax, perhaps it’s easier just to order the wraps from Abeego from Canada.  They do send lovely little messages on the invoice!

So versatile source: www.abeego.ca

So versatile source: http://www.abeego.ca

Furniture Protectors

Oh my, I’ve been to Bunnings Hardware FAR too often, and sometimes for little felt ‘feet’ for my dining chairs.  They come with velcro on one side, and felt on the other.  Weirdly the packets offer ‘extra’ felt, but not velcro, and I got sick of the excess felts, so bought a string of velcros – but of course I only need one side.  No matter which way I’ve been playing it, I’ve had surplus.  So, I was delighted to realise – i could use old thongs (flip flops to those that think I was talking about intimates there!).  My most recent dead thongs have long since done to landfill back in Oct, and my new thongs are going strong.

Door Stops

Now, I only have two doors in my house – the one on the bathroom and the entry.  So doorstop needs are limited.  But I did buy one rubber one, and it’s still going strong. However this is WAY nicer, and given all shoes live near my entry, it would work so well!

The best part of the Suburban Pioneers blog was Sarah saying if you’re so good that you don’t generate any of the things for reuse, your neighbours or friendly surely do! Awesome, and oh so true!