4R’s for Better Living

Do you follow any of the 4R’s? I try my very best to live by the 4R’s, REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE and REPURPOSE. I think it comes naturally to me as I am a vintage lover, hunter, collector and seller.

Besides simply buying vintage and using and repurposing I try to reuse things whenever possible. I’ve just recently completed a project that has been on my list for a while now and I am kind of obsessed. You will see that post in my annual 12 Days of Christmas posts (stay tuned an announcement on that will be coming soon).

In the meantime here are some of the ways I follow the 4R’s….

I REUSE tea bags….whenever I drink tea I save the bags you can put used tea bags into a pitcher of water, let it steep a bit and then water your plants.  Tea leaves are packed with nutrients and plants just seem to love tea (especially roses).

Sprinkle tea leaves into the litter box.  Let the tea bags cool and dry then cut them open and put the used and cooled tea leaves into the litter box. The odor absorbing properties of tea will keep things smelling fresher longer. No need to buy a product to do this for you when you can reuse your tea leaves and save some money and have a happy cat.

Don’t throw out your apple peels!!

 

Did you know that apple peels can  be used to remove stains from aluminum pots and pans?  Add some water to the peels in the pot or pan and simmer for roughly 30 minutes. It’s amazing how it works!

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Mother’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

I often try to think of different and unique ways to a wrap a gift. I have an absolute love of canning jars and vintage aprons so when I saw this idea over at Evermine blog I knew I was going to do this for my own mom this year for Mother’s Day.

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                                Mother’s Day Plant Idea – M.O.M.  Herb Container Garden                                                                 Another great idea and the kids can help too…                                   Full tutorial at JDaniel4smom

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I was so excited when I saw this as I’ve always wanted one. The title  says it all – check out the video tutorial. Continue reading Mother’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

Cat Bed from a Vintage Fruit Crate

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Back at the end of August when I did a post on “10 Questions” posed to a blogger, I mentioned the progress on my cat Mylo’s bed.

I FINALLY finished it this week and wanted to share how it was made.

I bought the vintage fruit crate at auction earlier in the year and couldn’t quite decide what to do with it.  Mylo seemed to be encouraging me to make him a cat bed so I decided I wanted to make it from all repurposed or recycled materials.

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Mylo was checking it out when I brought it home. I thought this was a sign of approval.

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I did a bit of looking on Pinterest and other fun sites to garner some inspiration. There was a lot to look at 🙂 In the end I chose something simple, easy and not really time-consuming, lol, although it seemed to take me long enough to find the time to finish this simple project. Continue reading Cat Bed from a Vintage Fruit Crate

10 Easy Halloween Crafts

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I am here to round up 10 Easy Halloween crafts and the best part is all of these crafts take 30 minutes or less to make.  No excuses …  You do have time to get creative and make something this Halloween!

For instructions on each project click on the underlined titles.

Mason Jar Lid Spider

Mason Jar Lid Spider
Halloween Decor Jars 

Canning Jar Ring Pumpkin

Framed Pumpkin

Slinky Pumpkin

easy pumpkin craft made out of a slinky

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Cheeseburger Anyone?

It’s been awhile since I heard from my friend |The Surly Mermaid” she lives back East and was probably buried in snow for the last while. I am so glad she has resurfaced as I love hearing about her quips and snibs of what’s on her mind. So without further adieu….
Cheeseburger anyone?

 So because of a health issue, I am on a diet. The bloody thing is so strict basically my treat is AIR. I am seeing results regarding weight loss on this diet, but it is hard, very hard to stay on track.

This morning, at dawn, I was walking my dog before heading off to work.  It was a balmy plus 4 degrees (oh joy). The birds were already out singing their songs.
One bird in particular took a fancy to me. The male black-capped chickadee. He was trying to woo me.
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Unfortunately for me his song almost put my over the edge!!  Why? is that what you are wondering?  Well ,you see this particular little bird is also known as the “Cheeseburger Bird”.  If you listen carefully to his song he is singing cheeeeeessseburger, cheeeesseburger.
That bird followed me all around my block screaming his retched little song at me. Mocking me with my every step. I couldn’t get it out of my head and of course, I craved a cheeeeesseburger all day long.
Tomorrow I have decided to walk my cat!
Take that you bird you!
Hopefully, there isn’t a bird that sings about wine or all will be lost.
Until next time….
The Surly Mermaid!

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DIY Recycled Cat Litter Containers

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I have this adorable cat Mylo, he doesn’t like having his picture taken but when I promise him a treat he sometimes cooperates. He received a few treats for this picture.

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With indoor cat ownership comes the need to have a litter box, clean that litter box and of course buy cat litter for that litter box.  I buy mine at Costco in the 30+ pound  container size. Once those containers are empty, instead of tossing them in the garbage, why not turn them into a reusable storage container.

Today’s DIY is another one of those under 30 minute projects that when you are finished the item is actually quite useful…and have I ever mentioned how I hate to throw out anything that I think can be reused, recycled or repurposed. Continue reading DIY Recycled Cat Litter Containers