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Small Home Projects That Make Life Easier – Handbag Rack

Wall Mounted Handbag Storage
Wall Mounted Handbag Storage

In my last house we had several peg racks but in this house, we have a large closet and often smaller items are difficult to reach with all the overcoats for all of us plus guests. To make things easier I started hanging my handbag on the dining room doorknob, not really practical, so when out yard saleing on Saturday, I spotted this Shaker style 4 peg wall mounted wood rack that I thought would be perfectly placed under my shelf that holds my key dish and sundries. On Sunday after cleaning and polishing the rack, I drilled 3 holes in my plaster wall added 3 screw anchors and 3 screws and 20 minutes later it is up, holding my handbag and tote and anything else that I want to hang so it is ready to leave with me. Now that is what I call Style Organization!

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Ideas Worth Saving – Using what You Have -Matchstick Bamboo Blinds X 6 Ideas

Matchstick Blinds x 8 in Windsor ON
Matchstick Blinds x 8 in Windsor ON

Once we redid the Turkish room – an alcove off our sitting room, we had 8 matchstick style bamboo blinds left over! We gave some away to use as blinds and my daughter still uses one as a tablecloth/cover which simply transformed an ugly plastic rectangular outdoor table. The weight makes it very stable.

We also considered using it a screen to hide the air conditioning unit. Simply take bamboo poles, cut to size of blind plus 12 inches wind around each end securing with twine and press 12 inches into the ground.

Or use as

A sunshade hung up with bamboo poles, screws, hooks or clips.

Cut down and wrapped around large plastic flowerpots.

A potting mat to stand on in muddy areas which can then be easily hosed down.

As a curtain/blind to block out the sun on an open porch.

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$aver – Make You Own Cold Brewed Coffee

Enjoying a cold one in Windsor
Enjoying a cold one in Windsor

It is one thing to go out for tea or coffee but pre-made cold brewed coffee is something that I find extraordinarily expensive at the supermarket, especially as it so easy to make your own.

Make this instead! Iced Coffee Concentrate

Grind one cups of coffee beans coarsely, add the ground coffee to 2 cups of water that has been left to come to room temperature using a French press, large jug or jar. Leave covered on the countertop for 24 hours. Push down the press or if using jug/jar strain through a filter or cheesecloth. 

To serve: Fill a glass with ice (you can make ice cubes from the cold brew if you do not want the coffee diluted) Add your coffee concentrate, milk, water, soy, almond, cashew, coconut or sweetened condensed milk in whatever proportions you like. All are delicious. Try starting with half of each. If you take sugar, make a batch of simple sugar syrup to use with your cold drinks. If you want to make a larger batch, just double the amounts.

 

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Salads – Dressed for Success Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette

Dress Your Salads
Dress Your Salads
ADD TO A JAR THE FOLLOWING AND SHAKE FOR A PERFECT DRESSING
1/4 CUP OF OLIVE OIL
1/4 CUP OF FRESH LEMON JUICE
1 TEASPOON DIJON MUSTARD
2 TEASPOONS OF HONEY 
FRESHLY GROUND PEPPER AND SEA SALT TO TASTE
NO LEMON? TRY FRESH ORANGE INSTEAD!
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Using What You Have – Homemade Hand Scrub – Just 2 Ingredients

 

The garden looks great but what about your hands? In Windsor On
The garden looks great but what about your hands? In Windsor On

It’s that time of year again when hands and feet become rough and grubby after gardening, painting, cleaning and odd jobs.  To remedy simply take a little granular sugar and some olive oil in the palm of your hands to make a scrub. Rub into the skin gently and rinse with warm water. Wash hands if they feel too greasy. Now apply your favorite hand cream or body lotion. Voila, soft hands and feet! Use on knees and elbows too.
This scrub is also good in winter when hands begin to dry out.

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Buying Fruit – Cantaloupe Check 4 Ways For Ripeness

STYLE ORGANIZATION FOR HOME & BUSINESS
STYLE ORGANIZATION FOR HOME & BUSINESS
LOOK-The skin which should be a creamy-yellow-green not just green.
SMELL-The cantaloup which gives off a sweet fragrance when it’s ripe.
FEEL-There is a “button” at the base should have some give.
SHAKE-You can hear the seeds rattle if it’s ripe.
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Getting Ready for Children Visiting – Craft Boxes

Custom Craft Boxes in Windsor
Custom Craft Boxes in Windsor

I have made up two craft boxes for my friend’s children, I know they like arts and crafts. It is fun and easy to do. You can also have them on hand for small guests to keep them occupied. Just make sure that the crafts are age appropriate, if you are not sure check with Mum and Dad.

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How Cute is This? Basket + Scarf = Tote

How Cute is This? Basket + Scarf = Tote
How Cute is This? Basket + Scarf = Tote

Steal this idea to make a super quick tote for the warmer weather. Simply take a basket and a big enough scarf to fit around the basket. Knot at the corners and you are done. Simply change scarves or you can use a pretty piece of material to switch it up. For a more permanent solution, you can tack or use a couple of safety pins to secure the loose sides to look more finished.

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An Oldie but a Goody – Focaccia, Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

Focaccia, Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar
Focaccia, Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar
We dined out at an Italian restaurant last night and was served some nice bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, add the oil to the plate, drop some vinegar on top and swirl, very pretty and tasty, just tear pieces of bread and dunk. Nice with a drink to start your meal. You can also use any favourite dips and oils that are languishing in the cupboards. 
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5 Minute Makeovers – The Laundry Basket Made Over

Laundry Basket Makeover in Windsor Ontario
Laundry Basket Makeover

It is hard to find an attractive & functional laundry basket so when the basketwork started to break down, I simply added some fabric that was on hand that co-ordinated with both the paint and the trim on the basket. Cut to size, folded over neatly to hem and then stapled, this makeover took only 5 minutes.  I love the fabric and so was happy to use it.

Laundry Basket Makeover in Windsor Ontario
Laundry Basket Makeover