Category Archives: Re-use

Fall Floral Inspiration

Fall is among us and I couldn’t be more excited to finally see a few leaves change color! I started looking for fall floral arrangement ideas online and realized that there are very few that don’t look like they belong in a window display at Kirkland’s. But here are some exceptions that really stood out. Happy floraling!

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Re-useful

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I admit: I’m turning into my grandmother on certain levels. Not only am I finding a few gray hairs and leaning towards slightly powdery perfumes, but I’ve also been saving shiz likes it’s nobodies business! I recently found myself saving a butter container. Yes, I have an old Earth Balance tupperware under my sink right now. But ya know what – 1.) It’s the perfect size to save the little bit of frosting I had leftover from making cupcakes this weekend. 2.) It came free with 8 ounces of butter 3.) It’s a #5 plastic, people! It can’t technically be recycled anyway. So go ahead, judge me. You can’t say it doesn’t make sense though.

So plastic butter containers may not be on the top of everyone’s rescue list. But there is one thing I think we can all agree is hard to toss- a glass soda bottle. Yes, you could recycle it, but it’s just so darn charming. I know I’ve talked about my inability to chunk these items before. They really do make for an adorable little vase! But there are only so many bottle vases one little studio apartment can hold. In an effort to save my collection of Coke, Sprite, and Fanta glass bottles that were starting to become somewhat of an eyesore on my kitchen counter, I definitely turned to my bff, Google, for some advice.

First idea I stumbled across- Dish soap dispenser. And who doesn’t want an excuse to get that ugly plastic Dawn bottle off the counter. There’s really nothing to this one at all- wash the bottle, fill it with soap and top it with a pouring spout. I got my spout for $3 at Crate and Barrel. It’s also a good idea to dilute the soap so that it comes out a little easier. ThrifyFun talks about the benefits of diluting dish soap here. So easy, so cute and I saved the life of one more coke bottle! Next project: oil and vinegar dispensers! Ok, maybe I am going a little bottle crazy. I just need to take a deep breath and lay the rest of my collection in their recycle bin grave. Maybe…

Check out these other awesome ways to save the life of a glass bottle or jar!

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Dear Doily

Feewf! 30 Days of Happiness- harder than I thought it would be! I’ve realized that food and flowers are what keep me smiling most days. 🙂 To celebrate, how bout one more thing that I have a major soft spot for: The Doily.

Dear Doily,
You remind me of tea time and grandma’s house. I wish I could make you myself but it seems kind of silly to learn when I can buy you for 99 cents in a multitude of colors and sizes. Please continue to pop up in unexpected places and forms for generations to come.

Till we craft again,

Alex

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What makes me happy- Day #26

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Anthropologie’s window display that I saw while at the Grove today. This store in general is like my happy pill. I could spend hours there much to my boyfriend’s dismay. The idea for their current Earth Day window display is actually very interesting. Check it out!

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What makes me happy- Day#20

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You know about the penny, right?

I heard that repeated three times while walking with my bunch of tulips at the farmer’s market yesterday before I realized that this guy was actually talking to me.
“You know about the penny, right?”
“Ummm…no. No, I don’t think so, ” I replied.
“If you put a penny that was made before 1982 in the vase with the tulips, they won’t wilt.”
“Oh, wow. That’s good to know,” I said.

Not quite sure if this guy knew what he was talking about, so I went home and asked the guy I trust the most, Mr. Google. Sure enough, this flower-loving, market stranger knew his stuff. Check out ehow’s  How to Avoid Drooping Tulips. Apparently pre-1964 pennies contain almost 100% copper and are the best medicine for droopy lips- but those are also very hard to come by. So your best bet is to at least find a penny dated before 1982. After 1982, we were left with nothing more than a copper plated zinc penny (97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper.) Apparently, the copper helps decrease the pH level and works as a fungicide. Who knew, right?

Thanks random flower-lover. You made me happy!

~Alex

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