I totally pants (as in, ‘flew by the seat of my pants’) this tote, and—much to my surprise—it turned out great. Sometimes I think I do better withOUT a pattern than with. Hmmm . . . wonder what that means? I made it to fit my iPad and included a couple of pockets outside to house my wireless keyboard too. Perfect for trips to the library or coffee shop. Next time, a tutorial???
If you’ve ever used a Mason jar as a vase, you know that their wide mouths aren’t conducive to small bouquets. The stems just fall this way and that. That’s why they sell ‘frogs’ and frog inserts. Yeah, you don’t need to spend the cash on an insert. All you need is a plastic container cover. I made mine with the top of a Stonyfield 2 pound tub of yogurt in about 2 minutes. Maybe less!
I used the jar’s original insert as a template to cut a circle from the top.
Then I used a standard-sized punch to punch evenly-spaced holes in the plastic. One in the center, surrounded by 8, surrounded by another 8 evenly spaced between the first 8. (BTW, I’m going to make another with fewer holes for less stems but large blossoms. Maybe one hole surrounded by 4.)
One stem per hole makes for the perfect bouquet. And the nearly-translucent lid virtually disappears as you add flowers.
What I love about this arrangement is when it’s time to change the water, I can just unscrew the the ring and lift out the flowers in one go. This also means putting them back requires no re-arranging either. I can even trim the stem’s ends without any hassle. Love it.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The most simple hints and how-tos are the ones that, inevitably, blow me away. Take for example this little gem from Lowe’s. No annoying voiceover. There isn’t any need to even read the instructions. Basically, stripped screw + rubber band = one less home improvement headache. For me, this is big, as I have a habit of stripping screws. Now click and learn.
Cool, huh? I’m going to add a rubber band to both mine and the Hubs’ tool boxes immediately. This is only one of the fabulous clips in Lowe’s Fix in Six videos, which all last 6 minutes long. (Thus the name.) There’s another in the collection that uses a rubber band to help keep paint cans clean that will blow your mind. I will never paint the same way again.
This is what I like about Lowe’s. Of all the big box stores, they’ve truly embraced the digital age.
And speaking of digital age, I’m starting a digital scrapbook for our next not-TOO-big home improvement project. The master bath. Yay!
Yesterday I was actually AT Lowe’s. My mission was to find a new sink. It’s a relatively small bath (13” x 6” walk-through). Right now it has a pedestal sink, which I like in that it doesn’t take up a lot of space. After seeing all the pedestals Lowe’s has to offer, I’ve realized I can get a totally fresh look that doesn’t appear like a 1995 leftover. Here are my four favorites:
The first two, pictured above, have a more modern vibe. The Hubs likes the one on the left because of the integrated towel bar. (No water splotches on the wall!) I like the simplicity of the one on the right. What’s surprising about these two options is they have only one hole for the faucet (not the easiest to find in a pedestal sink) which we were really hoping to find.
What I love about making scrapbooks like this is seeing the prospective models right next to each other instead of going from one aisle to another (or iPhone photo to another) trying to compare/contrast. It makes makeover decisions so much easier. And we need that, considering the huge variety of bathroom sinks (and everything else) Lowe’s website has to offer. And because I can have items shipped to my local Lowe’s and pick them up there, I don’t have to worry about added shipping costs. Nice when you’re trying to stick to a budget!