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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A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2017 – Day 11

                                    A WandafulThing 12 Days of Christmas 2017 – Day 11

Welcome to Day 11 of my 12 Days of Christmas 2017.  I am so glad you are here.  If you have been following along for the 12 Days of Christmas 2017 posts you know that the theme of my 12 posts are about either thrifted, gifted or vintage Christmas presents that I am giving this year.

Today’s gift is a thrifted decorative sleigh filled with new and vintage items for a coffee or tea lover or both.

I found two of these decorative sleighs at a local thrift store for $1.25 (for both).  I am currently using the larger one to hold the TV and DVD remotes on my side table as I am forever misplacing them.  Oops, I digressed.

It would look great filled with Lindt chocolates, maybe the recipient will use it for a candy dish after they consume the tea, coffee and Swiss chocolates.

I found two cute vintage glass tea bag holders and a set of “tea” tongs.  I added a few Keuriq cups and a box of Peppermint tea and filled in the gaps with Swiss chocolate.

I think this is the perfect gift for anyone on your list that enjoys, coffee, tea and chocolate.

It’s been a great deal of fun showing you all the gifts I am giving this year, and I can’t wait to show you the final day tomorrow – be sure to come back for Day 12.

Here is a recap from what you may have missed along with links to all the Wandaful Things I created last year (2016).


Day 1 – “Be Jolly” serving tray

Day 2 – Wine Box

Day 3- Hostess Gifts

Day 4 – Shine A Light

Day 5 – Poinsettia

Day 6 – Peppermint Mousse

Day 7 – Picture frames

Day 8 – Angel Ornament

Day 9 – Apron et al

Day 10 -Snow Globe


Day 1 – Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies

Day 2 – Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Day 3 – Cork Reindeer

Day 4 – Salted Caramel Pretzel Pecan Bon-Bon

Day 5 –  O Christmas Tree Wall Hanging

Day 6 – DIY Table Decoration

Day 7 – Peppermint Bark Oreo Cookies

Day 8 – Jazzed Up Candle Holders

Day 9 – Shortbread Bars

Day 10 – Reindeer Cards

Day 11 – Edible Pretzel Wreaths

Day 12 – Deer Antler Door Decoration

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Thanks for stopping by….until next time.


Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #7

Welcome back to Vintage and Thrift Hunting this is Post #7. I am so happy you’re here and can’t wait to share with you my latest thrifty and auction finds!

Another of my favorite bloggers is Carlene from Organized Clutter.   Be sure to go check out her blog and I just know if you are a vintage lover you’ll be swooning over the ideas and things she makes with vintage and thrift store purchases.  I am always looking for ideas for odd things, especially some of the items you can find at farm auctions.  I look to Carlene for inspiration.

I hit another auction or two since my last post and want to show you a few of the neat things I bought.  Some I’ll sell, others probably not, lol and I wonder why I feel cramped sometimes.

I swooned over this little elephant teapot when I saw it. I’m not an elephant collector, I think it was that cute little trunk. I saw the exact one on Amazon for $34.95 . I sold this guy for $12.00 Continue reading Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #7

Vintage and Thrift Hunting- Post #5

Welcome back to Vintage and Thrift Hunting this is Post #5. I am so happy you’re here and can’t wait to share with you my latest thrifty and auction finds!

One of my favorite bloggers is Diana from Adirondack Girl @Heart and this week she said something rather catchy but it wasn’t exactly true for me this week. She said it was a vintage day in the neighborhood.  It wasn’t a total bust but it wasn’t my best week either. It’s a good thing that the garage sale(ing) season is just beginning so there will be plenty of time to scope out and buy vintage treasures.

I will show you some of the finds from those two fabulous auctions I mentioned in my previous posts as well as a few items I scored this week.

Here are two beautiful vintage cobalt blue bottles – the corks are not original.  These sell individually on Etsy for $12.00 a piece. I sold both bottles for $12.00

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Love Day Blog Party

Welcome to my ” Love Day” Blog Party.


If you didn’t get a chance to partake in my Winter Blog Party on November 27, 2016, I hope you can stop by on February 12th – 2017 to share something about Love Day a.k.a.Valentine’s Day.  Please feel free to post anything that conjures up a feeling of love for you. Be that a good book, a cup of coffee, your dog, your kids, a craft, an idea – well you get the point.

I am looking forward to curling up in front of my computer with a nice big box of my favorite chocolates (dark chocolate sea salted caramels – hey I know you were wondering) and a hot cup of tea (or three) and checking out your posts and blogs. So read the rules and I look forward to partying with you on February 12th.

For those of you who have never participated in a blog party before, here are the rules:

1. Choose your favorite post from your own blog, instragram, twitter or your facebook page. The subject of the post can be anything you like just try to incorporate Love in there somehow 🙂 Post as many as three but only one post at a time and be sure to spend time visiting others who post, but don’t start posting until February 12, 2017.

2. Copy the URL

3. Paste the link in the comment section of this post.

4. Blog posts only please (or something of your own from twitter, instagram, facebook etc.) No Amazon pages, YouTube, Spotify or Etsy promotion – I will delete these and any further links from anyone who ignores this.

5. Enjoy! Relax, pull up a chair and meet new people! Find new blogs, comment on their posts, be polite, courteous and respectful and don’t forget to follow, reblog, tweet, pin and share.

This is a really useful way of discovering new blogs. A good rule to follow is to check out at least two or three other bloggers for every link that you leave.

Please feel free to invite your friends and you can reblog this post!

Hope to see you there!


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