Make A Doily Lamp

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:14 am on Thursday, May 17, 2012

Here’s a DIY lamp made out of a doily. All you do is wet the doily with wallpaper glue, paste it on a balloon, wait for it to dry, and then pop the balloon.

Then all you do it insert the shade on the lamp. To be fire safe, use a cool LED light bulb.

This is a great way to put those vintage doilies that great aunt so-and-so made to good use. And it’s pretty, too.

DIY Laced High Heels

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:15 am on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Craft has a tutorial on how to add lace to your high heel shoes. You use an eyelet setter to insert eyelets into the shoe so that a ribbon can be laced through it.

There’s no need to just stick to high heels, either–you can make your own pair of laced up ballet flats this way or make your own pair of Grecian sandals. The creative possibilities intriguing.

3 Ways To Store Your Toothbrush

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:50 am on Monday, April 9, 2012

I think toothbrushes look better out of sight, but I haven’t figured out how to store them in my new bathroom remodel. In searching around, I came upon three DIY projects to store your toothbrush from The Family Handyman. You could:

1. Cut notches in the cabinet shelf and hang the toothbrush inside the medicine cabinet.

2. Use large grip-type clips to hold electric toothbrushes. These things:

3. Use a magnetic strip to hold toothbrushes. You do have to attach a magnet on the back of the toothbrush to get this to work.

Read more about these tips and others here.

Make Your Own Free Cross-stitch Pattern

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:50 am on Friday, March 30, 2012

Now you can make your own cross-stitch patterns at You put in any image you want and it will make the pattern for you in four different sizes, for free. It will even tell you want color threads to use. I put in this image:

And got this:

It works pretty well. [Craft]

Turn A Bar of DOVE Soap Into Liquid Hand Soap

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:40 am on Thursday, March 22, 2012

When I made the recipe for Turn A Bar of Soap Into Liquid Hand Soap, I was surprised at the number of people who tried it with Dove Sensitive Skin soap. Even more surprising, I learned that although the recipe works for most soap, it didn’t seem to work for Dove.

It turns out this is because the ingredients in the Dove Sensitive Skin soap is over 1/4 moisturizer, and so didn’t act like normal bar soap in the recipe. (I’m not sure what else is in Dove soap–if you know, I’d love to hear–but I noticed when I was grating it that is smells exactly like crayons.)

So I tried it again and came up with a recipe to turn a bar of Dove soap into liquid hand soap. There is good news and bad news in this. The good news is for those of you who were disappointed that the liquid hand soap I made isn’t foamy, the Dove version is a lot foamier. In its finished state, it reminded me of shaving cream. And since I added nothing more than water to it, it should work great for sensitive skin.

The bad news is that this recipe is less frugal than the original recipe. It uses two bars of Dove Sensitive Skin Soap compared to less than one bar in the original recipe, and it makes far less soap, only about 5-6 cups as opposed to something like 2 liters of liquid hand soap of the original. So in order to get ahead financially in making this liquid hand soap, it’s important to find the Dove soap on sale.

Turn A Bar of DOVE Soap Into Liquid Hand Soap


    2 bars of Dove Sensitive Soap
    4 c water


    Cheese grater
    A pot
    Measuring cup and spoons
    A spoon for stirring
    A soap container with a hand pump
    A container to hold excess soap


Using a box grater, grate both bars of soap. Transfer the soap flakes into a pot and add the 4 cups of water. Turn it on low heat and dissolve the soap slowly until it becomes smooth and you don’t see any lumps.

Take off the heat and let sit overnight to cool completely. It will firm up a little, but should still be foamy and soap-like when you stir with a spoon. Using a funnel, transfer the soap to the hand pump.

Eureka! Liquid hand soap!

Night Biking Gloves

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:44 am on Thursday, March 8, 2012

Check out these Night Biking Gloves from Fashioning Tech. LEDs light up when the hand is making a fist, making a turn signal that you can see in the dark.

Brilliant idea. I like that people are incorporating lights and other tech into clothing, and this is one of the more practical applications I have seen. [Craft]

Make Your Own Paprika

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:52 am on Monday, February 27, 2012

Who knew making your own paprika was so easy? According to Maggie’s Farm, all it takes is drying Hungarian peppers in the oven and then grinding them up. It took 15 peppers to make the paprika pictured above.

And best of all, if you grow the peppers yourself, the paprika is free. Something to think about when planning a garden this year.

Make Your Own Taco Bowls With A Muffin Tin

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:33 am on Monday, February 20, 2012

Emily Bites has a tip for making your own Taco Bowls with a muffin tin. The trick is to turn the muffin tin over and use the backside to cook the bowls in. The 6-inch tortillas form mini-bowls that way. From the site:

Sprinkle each tortilla lightly with water and stack them on a plate. Cover the top with another plate turned upside down and microwave the tortillas for 1 minute or until warm. Turn two 12 cup muffin pans upside down. Mist each side of a tortilla lightly with cooking spray and center it in the space between 4 muffin cups, creating a bowl. Repeat with the 5 remaining tortillas, forming 3 bowls on each tin (as pictured above). Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

Once you have the taco bowls, you can fill them with vegetables, ground beef, shredded cheese, and other ingredients for your own taco salads. Great idea. [Lifehacker]

Make Your Own Astronaut Ice Cream

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:04 am on Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Astronaut ice cream, which is ice cream that has been freeze dried, is pretty cool stuff. And did you know you could make your own?

Well, okay, this might be more complicated than I would ever try, but it’s still interesting to learn how to do it. Here’s a video on how to Make Your Own Astronaut Ice Cream:


The Hedgehog Mushroom

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 10:09 am on Friday, January 20, 2012

[Courtesy Bizarre Bites]

As I mentioned in my post about going mushroom foraging, my friend and I found two edible mushrooms, pig’s ear and hedgehog mushrooms. Pig’s ear mushrooms are a breeding ground for maggots and supposedly don’t taste that great, so we didn’t eat them. But we did try the hedgehog mushrooms. And I was impressed.

So, again, mushroom foraging can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s best to do what I did and go with an expert who can help you identify the mushrooms.

However the hedgehog, which grows through the United States and parts of Europe, is a very distinctive mushroom. Its underside has “teeth” that are reminiscent of the coat of a hedgehog. You know, these little guys:

[Courtesy World's Most Amazing Things]

According to the book All That The Rain Promises and More, the hedgehog mushroom “is a blessing for the novice: it is plentiful in many regions, it is usually free of maggots, and it has no poisonous look-alikes.”

My friend and I cooked the hedgehogs in olive oil with a sprinkling of Kosher salt. As they cooked, the mushrooms turned brown and became slightly crunchy on the outside.

We had tasted the hedgehog mushrooms raw and thought they tasted like a button mushroom with a little bit of spiciness. In other words, not impressive. But cooking them brought out a surprising amount of flavor. They were nutty and crunchy and so good, my friend asked if I had added any herbs in the pan when cooking.

Nope, I said. These mushrooms taste that good on their own.

Needless to say, I am now a fan of hedgehog mushrooms.

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