Monday, August 31, 2015

Save Those Souvenir T-shirts~Part 2

Here's what I did with the rest of my 
super-cool souvenir t-shirt.
See Project 1, Fabric Wrapped Balls
I made 2 fabric necklaces. I saw lots of
them on one of our summer road trips to
Captiva Island on the west coast of Florida.
They came in all colors and are so
comfortable and lightweight to wear. of course
 in the cute boutiques they were $30-$40
 and mine
They couldn't be any easier to make.
Just cut off the bottom hem. Now cut across
 the bottom in about 1" strips. You'll be cutting
the front and back at the same time to create 
a long loop. Keep cutting loops until you get
to the armpit. That will give you a big pile
 of loops. You'll have more than enough to
make several necklaces. Now take a loop,
holding the ends in each hand and stretch
 the loops out wide. That will curl the knit
fabric into strands. Use as many strands
 for each necklace and loop them around
 you neck. You could also leave them
long and tie a knot in the front or at the side.
They are cool and comfortable to wear in the
 summer and using a t-shirt in fall colors,
 they'd be cozy and warm to wear in the fall. 


Monday, August 24, 2015

Save Those Souvenir T-shirts~Part 1

I have this super-cool tie-died t-shsirt from
Jamaica. It even has Hard Rock Cafe
embroidered on the front. Hard to believe
that I would cut-up this beauty,
but thats's what I did.
Cut out the embroidered front. 
 I used my old tennis balls.
*This craft will cost nothing 
*There's nothing to buy. 
*You only need 3 things,
free balls, old t-shirts, scissors
If you don't play tennis, get some from
 a friend or your local tennis club. 
 Save the empty tennis cans too!
 I have 1,000s of way to use those 
for storage. Let's continue, shall we?
Cut the fabric into strips and just wind
around the ball to cover. The t-shirt fabric
stretches a bit and clings to itself. You can pin
 the end if you want to but it's not necessary
if you're just going to pile them into a bowl.
 Now I have beachy-oceany-looking balls.
Keeps the spirit of our Jamaican vacation.
Think of the possibilities!
Seasons? Holidays? 
HERE are my Patriotic Balls
I can do this while I'm watching TV.
Then just pile them  in a basket or bowl
 and done.

I've also covered them with rope
as seen in this post.
Coming up next-part 2, another project 
using more of the same t-shirt. 


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My No-Cost Fern Hanging Baskets

Here are the no-cost hanging fern baskets 
I made for my patio using stuff from my yard.
I have 6 hanging baskets on my patio that 
needed new everything; new plants, and
new coco liners. That can get pricy-
$60 for the liners alone.
I thought I'd try to make my own with material
I had in my yard. It wouldn't cost me a thing!
I used the dried palm tree bark. 
Not really the hard bark, but the soft 
material we trim off the top. 
 I lined the metal hanging baskets with bark
to cover all around the inside.
I trimmed the edge with scissors.
The Boston fern has taken over our yard,
so we just dug up a bunch.
 I filled plastic pots with potting soil
and the ferns and dropped them in
the palm bark lined baskets.
They should be low maintenance and
last a long time.
Not bad for a FREEbie!
It's been several months now and they are all thriving.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Redneck Margaritas ~ Only 3 Ingredients!

These margaritas have a secret ingredient-BEER! 
Who would have guessed that beer was the 
perfect solution to a well-balanced margarita. 
You'll never know it's in there. It gives it
 a little fizz and a refreshing taste. I don't
 even drink beer and I love these. Everybody 
is surprised when I tell them it's in there. 
Use the limeade can to measure the 
ingredients. Adjust with extra water if 
the mixture seems too sweet. 
Redneck Margaritas
1 can limeade 
1 can tequila
1 can water
1 can beer
lots of ice
1 lime for garnish
Pour 1 (12oz) can frozen limeade concentrate
into a large pitcher. Fill the empty can with
 tequila, then again with water. Stir to
dissolve limeade. Stir in a 12oz can of beer.
 Add plenty of ice. Garnish with
lime wedges. Pour into glasses filled with
more ice and add a lime to the rim.
 *If you want first rub the rim of the 
glass with the lime and dip the rim in salt.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Horseshoe Napkin Rings

There's Nothing to do here except 
give the horseshoes a good scrubbing 
and a little oiling with mineral oil. 
I still had horseshoes left from my other
horseshoe projects, so I thought I'd use them
 to gather a napkin and flatware. 
Perfect for your next ho down. 


Monday, August 10, 2015

Thrifting at Faith Farm Ministries

I was a day late for the latest sale at my
 favorite thrift store, but how could I 
resist such a lovely email invitation.
Dear Rita,

Thank you for being a valued VIP and for supporting our ministry.  Your support saves lives!

I usually go first thing on Friday morning
when they are fully loaded. Moseying in
late Saturday morning I hoped I'd still
find a few things on my "Thrifting List"
Let's see....the usual suspects: dishes, mugs,
 bowls, oh, and maybe a couple of pieces of 
flatware I could leave in our van for our
Amefa Stainless Flatware from Holland-Vintage. 12¢ each
 road trips and new adventure - 
beach camping. 
Handmade pottery mug- 50¢
Crazy blue pottery mug to add to my
miss-matched blue and white mugs when
displayed on the mug rack. 
Valentine's Day mug- 50¢
Another Valentine's mug to add to the
 V collection. I gave a few to my daughter I needed more. 
38pc set vintage English Churchill china- $17.50
 Blue and white English Churchill
Staffordshire China in the vintage
Finlandia pattern.
It's 6 place settings plus a few extras.
Everything was half price for the sale.
Pfaltzgraff Sommersby Salad Plates
8 salad/dessert plates for 50¢ with
 a cheery strawberry pattern and a
blue edge to perfectly coordinate with
  all my blue dishes.
It's like a scarf but for dishes~
a nice seasonal accent.
Saucers 25¢
Misc saucers, 2 white ones for cups I have
and 2 just because they are pretty.
I'll use the pretty ones for fat candles,
 or jewelry plates, or a soap dish, or...
Cast Iron pan $4, Pastry Cutter 25¢ 
An oval cast iron pan. I can see a steak
 sizzling on it now, or a grilled sandwich. 
Two rattan trays I'll use as placemats or 
in the van for beach camping.
I took a close up of the flatware 
pattern to keep on my phone. I liked
them more when I got home. Doesn't
that happen often? I'll add those to 
the Thrifting List on my phone.
The dishes were unpacked and loaded 
into the dishwasher, the cast iron 
was scrubbed and oiled, the trays were
 scrubbed, and all was right in my world. 
Grand total $30. 
When you feel good about every penny
 you spend. 

Links: Dwellings, BNOP, Coastal Charm,
Common Ground, Facebook, Savvy Southern Style,