Caught a cold? Try hanging a bundle of eucalyptus (sold at craft stores and flower shops) from your shower curtain rod. “The heat and steam help to activate the herb’s essential oils, which can ease congestion,” Seo explains. Hang a bundle with natural garden twine (more moisture-resistant than cotton twine) on the shower rod, away from the spray of the water. Enjoy the scent for a few weeks as you take a hot shower.
Melt down the dregs of burned-out candles to make new ones in old flowerpots. You’ll give both items a new lease on life. 1. Scrub the inside of the pot only, leaving the outside aged. 2. Use a coin to cover the drainage hole in the bottom. 3. Insert a ready-made stiff cotton wick (sold at craft stores) or make your own wick out of cotton twine. To hold the wick upright, tie one end loosely to a pencil laid across the top of the pot. 4. Melt chunks of old candles in a pot set over a low flame or in a double boiler. Pour the liquid wax into the flowerpots. 5. Let set overnight and then trim the wick.
Next time you are making eggs, try using an onion ring from a spanish or videlia onion to hold the eggs shape.
Need to organize your cans in the pantry? Try using a cardboard soda pop case. You can decorate it any way you like!
Use a bread tab or pop tab to make your place on any roll of tape. Saves time trying to find the ends.
Cut a shoe saver in half and screw it into the cupboard door in your laundry room or bathroom to hold cleaners or hair products.
Herbal Fire Starter
Pinecones and dried herbs such as rosemary, sage leaves, and cinnamon sticks make fragrant kindling for a winter fire — and, unlike composite firelogs and lighter fluid, don’t rely on chemicals to ignite the flame. 1. Bundle dried herbs and small pinecones in a sheet of newspaper and secure the ends with raffia or cotton twine. 2. As you pile up logs for your fire, nestle the herb bundle underneath, with paper ends sticking out. 3. To start the fire, light the newspaper ends. As the paper burns up, the herbs inside will ignite and incinerate, giving the logs a chance to catch fire. Cost: less than $10 to make.
Fun Fall Place Settings for special occasions or just to amuse your family 😉
Candy Cane Fudge
by Heather McKillip
2 (11 oz.) packages white chocolate chips
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
1½ cups crushed candy canes, divided
Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil. Grease the foil.
Combine the vanilla chips and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
Stir frequently until vanilla chips are almost melted.
Remove from heat and continue to stir until chips are completely melted and mixture is smooth.
Stir in peppermint extract and 1 1/4 cups candy canes.
Spread evenly into prepared pan.
Top with remaining 1/4 cup candy canes.
Press lightly into fudge.
Chill for two hours in the refrigerator, then cut into small squares.
DIY Gnomes! : http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gnome-tea-cosy-and-toy-gnome
DIY Yule Log Candle Holder ~ A very long tradition, a yule log has been used for hundreds of years on the longest night of the year – Solstice and for Christmas traditions. This year we decided to take the idea of the yule log and turn it into a beautiful candle holder!
A log (ours is 15 inches long)
a wood chisel
a 1 1/2 inch Forstner bit
an electric drill
tea light candles
I know, just looking at that list, many people will say it isn’t easy. But really. If you have the tools, it takes less than 15 minutes. And everything you need, you can find at Home Depot for less than $15 (and there are MANY other times where I have used these same tools as well. At my baby shower with Logan we used the tiny white pumpkins and drilled holes to put tea lights in the center of each one… beautiful!)
1. First, you chisel off the bark on one side of the log. You can do this with other things as well, such as a putty knife, or a box cutter. It is just easier and safer with the chisel so if you choose to do it with something else, please be careful!
2. Then you lay the log’s bark-free side down, and make sure it doesn’t roll. Measure to the center and mark. Lay your candles on it, arranging them how you want, and then mark the spots on the log.
3. If it is an odd number of candles than set the forstner bit in the center and drill away! If you need an even number of candles for your log, then measure from the center, and start at one of the center spots.
Clean it up with the chisel and perhaps a bit of sandpaper if needed. Then put the candles in and decorate (we used hot glue, holly, and boughs from the yard).
Light and enjoy!