Waste Not Want Not

Discovering ways to re-purpose discards, making items from scratch and being self-sufficient.

Junk Mail, Magazines and Catalogs Make a Come

Got time and magazines on your hands? Check this out. You won’t believe what you can do with old junk mail, magazines and catalogs.

Abstract Octopus

I made this tutorial several years ago. Since then, I’ve seen my tutorial all over the internet, including Apartment Therapy.I’ve decided to share it again here.

I hoard magazines. I cannot bear to throw them away even if I know I will never take the time to look at them again. Here’s a way to use those magazines I feel too guilty to throw away and create a colorful recycled magazine box for your home.

These are the (much pricier) inspiration:

(Tutorial after the jump)

View original post 334 more words



Sweetened Condensed Milk Knock-off

Make Your Own and Save!!

This is a great tip for making your own sweetened condensed milk.  The price of this product has skyrocketed lately.  I use a lot of this during the holidays so having this DIY recipe is absolutely terriff!

Sweetened Condensed Milk
3/4 cup powdered milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup hot water
In small bowl combine the powdered milk and the sugar. Set aside Put hot water into blender. Start blender. With blender going pour in the powdered milk /sugar mixture. Blend until smooth.  This recipe equals one can of store bought condensed milk.

Plastic Grocery Bag Dispenser

You are going to love this idea if you are dealing with bag storage.  Also, this is a great idea for the diaper bag for disposal of soiled diapers, for picnic trash or just to take on camping trips, beach outings or just in the kitchen.  Thanks to tatertotsandjello for this idea!

Plastic Grocery Bag Dispenser


Warning if Using Chemical Flea Treatments


Under no circumstances should you try to save money by using flea control products for dogs on your cat. Cats are more sensitive than dogs to some insecticides, and using flea control products improperly can kill them. If you’re getting a product at the vet’s office to use on other cats at home, let your vet know if some of them are kittens. Products for adult cats may be too strong for them.

If It’s Good for Ducks It’s Good for Dogs



For years we’ve been plagued with oil spills worldwide and every time the poor little birds are covered with a sticky, gooey and deadly layer of ooze.  In the south those of us with pets, constantly fight a flea problem because of our warm climate and long warm seasons.

The last couple of winters have been very mild and that gives those tiny little blood suckers a longer period of time to catch a ride on my little miniature Dachshund, D.J.  Of course he brings them into the house and spreads the joy with Bama the cat.  The effective flea treatments are so expensive and on my limited income I was forced to start looking for alternatives.

Surprisingly the same product used for cleansing oil from our little feathered friends works well in the eradication of fleas.

Bama Big Fat Cat

Yes, Dawn dishwashing liquid.  Just prepare a little water wherever you bathe your pup and scrub him down with Dawn.  I leave the suds on for about five to eight minutes while rubbing it into the coat.  Rinse well with warm water and watch the fleas disappear.  Of course I don’t bathe my cat because I value my life.  But I can purchase the flea treatment for Bama and Dawn D.J.  So far this has worked great this summer.

I hope this helps your flea problem (if you have one).  If you have a tip, please let me know.

Have a happy!!




Mountain Dew Glow Stick

How about this trick?  For camping or late nights at the beach? Leave 1/4 of Mountain dew in bottle (just don’t drink it all), add a tiny bit of baking soda, a few drops of dish washing liquid and  3 caps of peroxide. Put the lid on and shake – BADDA BING!

There is another recipe for this concoction on the Internet that does not include the dish washing liquid. It will not glow!  As usual I want to try to get it right the first time so you’ll find a video below that shows you exactly which recipe to use and how to concoct it.

Because I haven’t actually tried this I’m not sure how long the glow will last or if you need to keep shaking it to keep it glowing.  But if nothing else it would make a pretty cool kids project (with supervision of course).  Maybe even a science project.

Thank you for the video, by Anne Helmenstine

FISH IN A BULB (Where do your fish live?)

Fish Bowl

I’ll bet they don’t live in a light bulb.  These certainly do and they seem pretty happy about it.  This would be a great idea for Bettas better knows as Siamese Fighting Fish.  Bettas do not get along with others very well and unless they are looking for a mate they don’t even like each other.  Because these fish get their air by swimming to the top of the water to get little snippets of air, this would be a perfect home for them.

As a note, be very careful to wash the inside of the bulb with extreme care as any frosting, glass or other tiny matter left in the bulb could essentially be a death sentence for your fish.

I would love to see your mini-aquariums so please send pictures and other ideas.