DIY Ottoman

I’ve always wanted an ottoman large enough to fit the couch blankets in, but refuse to put a couple hundred into it. So, I don’t remember where I saw this idea, but I love it! I bought the fabric during the crazy black Friday sales, and picked up the largest tub Target carried, and presto! A huge ottoman for under $30!

I used about two yards of Felt by Yard in gray for the tub, and about a yard of Faux Fur in black for the lid. I took notes as I winged this pattern, but I lost them! If I ever find them I’ll update this post.

This was my little helper during this project:

Quick Spare Key Project

I love this idea to attach a rock to a bottle lid for hiding a spare key! Found at the blog Apartment Therapy, this is simply genius! We have a ring of river rock around a bush near the garage door, so we grabbed a memorable rock, an old medicine bottle, and the spare key. When it came to glue… I was unsure. I thought it might be difficult to open the child proof bottle with a huge rock in the way, so in the end I used a small strip of sticky back Velcro that I had on hand. I put the soft side on the top of the bottle, the rough side on the rock, and… Ta-da!


Quick idea… if your rolling pin is broken like mine, use a mason jar!

DIY Toxic-Free Laundry & Dishes

I just realized that I haven’t posted our DIY laundry and dish soap! After much research into making your own laundry and dish soap, reviewing countless recipes on blogs and from library books, requiring all kinds of expensive ingredients, essential oils, specialty products, grated bar soap, fresh lemons, or lye, or hours long boiling on the stove… I instead tried the simplest solution first. Just mix a bit of Borax with Washing Soda, and eureka! Clean clothes, clean dishes, toxic free. We don’t measure the exact amount every time, just a sprinkle a bit of each and start the washer or dishwasher, although if you want a gauge it’s about a couple TBLS of each.

Everywhere you look there are articles stating that laundry soap contains chemicals that may cause cancer, or are just not good for the environment, we simply don’t need them in the water supply. The most disturbing thing I’ve heard is that most of the laundry soap is filler, to make you use more, and buy more. So, keeping in mind that chemicals are expensive, and soap is not, why pay more for the toxic stuff?

Also, it’s a known fact that your clothes last longer if you don’t put them in the dryer, so hang your favorite shirts and skirts like I do with this awesome Portable Umbrella Style Clothes Dryer! When we were in an apartment I’d construct this in the playroom, or entry way, but now with our new rented house, I leave it up permanently in the garage right next to the washer.

…a rolled up newspaper!

Just to keep in the back of your mind, if you don’t have a plastic flyswatter handy, don’t forget the age old flyswatter, a rolled up newspaper!!