Monday, August 29, 2011

Pom Pom Rug in the making

I saw this cute pom pom rug on Lion Brand Yarn

I just knew that I had to make with the GOBS of yarn that I have.  Here is an easy way to make your own.

Start with a ball of yarn.

In order to make the pom poms, you will need to either make a nifty "U" shaped cardboard template, or use your fingers to wrap the yarn around.

Next, wrap the yarn around your "U" template about 30 times or more, depending on the fatness of the pom pom you want.

Then take a small strip of yarn and tightly....tightly wrap around the middle of the "U".

Now, cut the ends of either side of your wrapped yarn.
It should look like this now. 
You can shorten your edges and make it into a round pom pom (too much like everyone else, so I like mine shaggy)

Repeat this step however many pom poms it takes to make the size rug, blanket, craft that you want.  I am making a rug and completed over 30 and am about halfway done. 

This is a "before" shot when I laid out my pom poms on the island.

Doesn't this just make you wanna stick your feet in it and reminisce the shag carpet years?  I know, right?

As I laid out all of my pom poms, I thought.....what am I going to use to attach these to? 

What did I get?  A nonslip rug back from Dollar Tree.  $1 for the back, and I already had the yarn.  Gotta love what I can make from what I have!  What have YOU made from the stuff lying around your house?

I'm linking to Creation Corner.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A cute new apron rack.....remade

I didn't make this, and I want to give credit where it's due, so head on over to THIS AND THAT CREATIVE and check out the nifty remade Apron Rack from spoons

What a neat idea!

If I could just figure out how to repurpose coffee cups (maybe their handles???) I could make one to go in my coffee themed kitchen. 

 (I'm still working on the measuring cup this will have to wait)

Friday, August 12, 2011

New "Borrowed" Idea for Measuring Cups and spoons

How many times have you put your dishes away (or your kids put the dishes away) and that time spent on drawer organization just goes down the drain?  Let me tell you that I get tired of reorganizing the same drawers over.....and over.....and over.

am stealing saw another idea for the 3 sets (maybe 4) of measuring cups I have, so that they aren't all littered in my drawer.  (plus some are so faded you have no idea what the actual measurement is)

How about this for organization?
source-Family Handyman
While checking out Infarrantly Creative's blog, I checked out her source Family Handyman and even saw several more projects I'm gonna have to do!

Her is Infarrantly Creative's new spoon and cup organization and her tutorial on how to do it! 

Cheap and easy.  Those are my favorite words!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Free Suave Sample Box

Sign up for a free Suave Sample Box from Walmart. This box contains three free Suave samples.

Get it before the samples run out!

Office Max School Deals 8/7-8/13

Here’s a list of some of the best Back-To-School Deals at Office Max this week. Remember that these deals may vary by region so check your local ad online before heading to your local store:
Office Max filler paper — $0.01 (Limit 3)
Paper Mate pens, 10 pack — $0.10 (Limit 3)
Office Max school glue and glue sticks combo pack  — $0.50 (Limit 3)
Paper Mate mechanical pencils, 10 pack — $0.75 (Limit 3)
Office Max composition books, 100 sheets — $0.50 each with in ad coupon (Limit 3)
Paper Mate white or black eraser multipack — $0.50 each with in ad coupon (Limit 3)
Sharpie liquid pen style highlighters, 5 pack — $1.00 each with in ad coupon (Limit 2)

Office Depot School Supply Deals August 7-13, 2011

Did you know that even if you DON'T have kids, or your kids aren't in school, these are GREAT deals for you adults as well?  Why pay fill price for something if you don't have to.  Buy it now...then later reap the benefit of saving the money when you actually NEED it!

If you have kiddo's and need some supplies, check out the fantabulous deals this week!

Here’s the list of the best deals on school supplies this week at Office Depot. Remember that these deals may vary by region so check your local ad online before heading to your local store:
  • Scholastic school glue — $0.01 (Limit 5)
  • Sharpie fine-point permanent markers, 5-pack — $1 (Limit 3)
  • Office Depot staple remover — $0.50 (Limit 5)
  • Wilson Jones flexible poly binders — $0.50 (Limit 3)
  • Paper Mate Pink Pearl erasers, 3-pack — $0.50 (Limit 3)
Office Depot multipurpose paper ream — $6.49 (Limit 2)
Get $5.49 Visa gift card back via mail-in rebate
$1 after mail-in rebate

Friday, August 5, 2011

Raised Garden Beds

I finally got my raised garden beds completed, filled, and planted.  I already have some radishes growing. 
I don't have much "sunny" yard areas, so I made two 3x5 beds.

You can easily find instructions at

Here are mine I finally finished:

The hardest part was hauling the dirt from the driveway to the backyard.  I dont have a wheelbarrow (It's the cheap side of me that can't bear to buy one when I can wait for Craigslist to have one for cheap to free!)

 SO.... I filled the trashcan up 1/4 of the way and dragged it up the hill...I got my leg workout in those 2 days!!  And provided some amusement for my neighbors in the process.

Blueberry Angelfood Dessert

This is one of my favorite and easiest desert recipes. (from Taste of Home)

  Blueberry Angel Desert


  • 1 package (8 ounces) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese (softened or cubed), softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 prepared angel food cake (8 to 10 ounces), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cans (21 ounces each) blueberry pie filling---[I only use one can]


  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth; fold in whipped topping and cake cubes. Spread evenly into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish; top with pie filling. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting into squares. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Side note:  Blueberry filling is ghastly expensive at $4/can at the store these days.  I recently found some at Aldi for only $2/can, so I bought 3!