I was surprised by how cool these Plastic Animals Place Cards look. You buy a bunch of the toys at the dollar store, spray them with paint, and voila–an original and interesting place card, great for weddings or any other formal occasion.
Check out this shelving I came upon. It looks like identical tables that have been stacked on top of each other.
Whether this piece actually is that or just made to look like that, it brings up an interesting new way to use stacking tables. You would have to glue or screw the tables together and then paint to give it uniformity.
Here are a few clever organizing solutions I found while poking around the Internet:
I’m not sure where this picture came from originally, but it’s a great idea. Install a magnetic strip under the counter and then attach jars spices to it for easy access. The only thing I would suggest is to not use glass jars because light breaks spices down and makes them unusable. Try a metal spice tin instead.
2. Use a pocket organizer for under-the-sink storage:
This idea is especially useful if your bathroom cabinet is an odd size because you can cut it to any shape. As an extra bonus, this post explains how to make your own pocket organizer instead of buying one.
3. Store wrapping paper on the ceiling of a closet:
Use the wasted space of the closet ceiling to store wrapping paper. All it takes is four anchors, some screws, and some glavanized wire.
4. Use a wooden dowel to hang spray bottles:
By installing a wooden dowel under your sink, you can hang all your spray bottles to get them up off the floor and provide yourself with easy access. Great idea!
Apartment Therapy has a great front porch makeover for under $40. Amber Byfield had a problem with cats pooping next to her front door, so she took some paving stones that someone gave her and turned the area into an attractive porch instead of a giant litter box.
Since she only had to buy a few more pavers, the lawn edging, and river rocks, the whole project cost Amber $37. (That doesn’t include the new chairs and potted plants).
This is a great example of someone using resources on hand to improve the look–and in this case, the smell–of their house.
Here’s a trick I learned that I have to share. For awhile now, I have had a problem with pouring room temperature sodas over ice. For some reason, the ice makes the soda fizz and it often overflows and makes a mess.
The solution? Wet the ice first. I just rinse them in water before dropping in the glass and the fizzes disappear. No more messes to clean up.
I love clever storage solutions, and this one from PB&J falls under that category–Hide A Printer In A Dresser Drawer.
Looks like she removed the front of the drawer from the screws and put it on hinges:
Then she drilled a hole in the back of the drawer for the printer cables to go through. That way you would never know a printer was sitting in that drawer.
I love the idea of these Fruit Balloon Streamers from Oh Happy Day. Such a simple idea–just blow up different shaped balloons, combine with some paper leaves, attach to a string, and voilà, a colorful, creative party decoration.
I have always liked the musician Neko Case and now, after seeing this house tour of her 225-year-old house, I like her even more.
First of all, she has a piano in her kitchen–”an old piano she rescued from a nearby frat house.”
I love that chair.
The caption for this photo: “Everything in Case’s breakfast room carries a backstory: The wainscoting was constructed from her kitchen’s old cabinets; the slate panels hail from a schoolhouse; the flooring once made up a bowling lane; and the Viva Terra furniture sports recycled yardsticks. Even Case’s dog Liza started life in a shelter.”
She also has a garden.
Check out the rest of the house tour here.
Here’s a great tip from Frugal By Choice to make your own grapefruit-scented cleaner.
All you do is put the skins of a grapefruit (or any other citrus fruit) in a jar of vinegar and let steep for a month. At the end of that time, you strain out the peels and use the nice-smelling vinegar in your homemade cleaner.
I am going to try this!
ETA: I tried this with lemons and didn’t like it. It left a yellow lemony film on everything–not very clean looking!
This post is not an excuse to post pictures of kittens. It’s not!
People always ask me how I ended up with such friendly cats. (Some would call my cats overly friendly.) Part of this is that they have always gotten a lot of attention but part of it is that I picked good kittens in the first place.
Cat personalities can run the gambit from feral to lap cats. Lots of cats have no interest in people and don’t want to be the family pet, and so end up disappointing their owner. It seems to be a matter of how well the kitten is bonded to people in the first place.
Luckily, picking a kitten is not hard at all–in fact it’s very fun–but there are a few things to look for to make sure you get a good one. You want to make sure the kitten is friendly, healthy, and has a good personality.
There are other things to consider when picking a kitten–what it looks like, whether the cat sheds, and whether you want a male or a female (I usually get male cats but find the sex doesn’t matter as long as you get the cat fixed when it’s young). But if you focus on the following points first, you will be happy with your adoption.
When looking for a kitten, make sure the kitten:
Purrs when you touch it. Unlike adult cats, a good kitten will purr every time it’s picked up. I can’t stress enough how important this is for ending up with a friendly cat. A purring kitten means it’s used to being handled and that it likes people. A kitten that does not purr may be the cutest thing in the world, but if it isn’t bonded to people, it won’t have the same relationship with you that a kitten that purrs will. (Most likely, anyway–there are exceptions to every rule.) If you want a cat that comes when you calls, loves to cuddle, and follows you around, get a kitten that purrs when you pick it up.
Is healthy. There is nothing sadder than a sick kitten. You want your kitten to be in good shape and healthy. This includes:
A healthy coat. Cats show their health in their fur, so look for a shiny, thick coat. An unhealthy coat may look dull, feel thin, or even have bald spots.
A healthy weight. You want a kitten with a bit of fat on its body and good muscle tone. Skeletal kittens can have serious problems.
Clear eyes. It’s common for kittens to have runny eyes. Usually this is a simple problem that can be cleared up by medication, but it’s still something to think about.
Normal breathing. Kittens that wheeze, sneeze, or show other respiratory issues are doing so because they’re sick. Usually this is a common cold, but sometimes it can be more serious.
Seems energetic. Of course cats sleep a lot, but when the kitten is awake, it should show interest in playing and be generally bright eyed and bushy tailed.
Has a clean butt. Sorry, but you have to check under the tail too. You don’t want to see blood, diarrhea, or any other nasty-looking problems.
Connects with you. Wait for a kitten that has a personality. Usually, this means the kitten will notice and interact with you. Maybe he will come across the cage to see you, maybe he will bat at your clothes, or maybe he will fall asleep on you in the store, as in the case of our most recent cat. However this manifests, you’ll know it when you see it.
How did you know your cat was “the one”?