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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wowser Wednesday - Fancy Doorknobs

My old house came equipped with fun antique doorknobs, but if I didn't have any, making a faux antique doorknob would be an awesome project. See Don't Buy It for that project and other things you don't have to buy.

I have an old metal filigree broach from an aunt that I never wear that would look good at the end of a door knob!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Make Your Own Easy Bake Oven Recipes

My daughter's cousin handed down her easy bake oven, but don't go looking at the stores' Easy Bake Oven mixes. They cost more than the grown up sized versions that would feed your entire household, not just one toddler.

So here are some sites with tons of recipes for the Easy Bake Oven, more than likely these will be plenty to satisfy an Easy Bake Oven miniature chef.[]=easy+bake+oven&ls=re

Monday, January 18, 2010

Hole in Wall turned into Vent

My house's duct work is worthless, but it will cost $4,000 to redo. Not the kind of money we have at the moment for this. Essentially, the people who built our house were not that bright. But I won't go there.

So, the wall in between our h/ac unit and the stairwell gets hot because the ductwork they put in leaks so bad that this is where the heat goes. In the summer that wall is cold, in the winter hot.

Well, hubby tripped going up stairs last fall and made a hole with his shoulder or head or something (This is not the first time he has made holes in things just by walking, I've lost track on how he did this one, don't worry, we don't visit china shops). And I've been lazy and putting off pulling out the joint compound just to patch this.

Well, we took a break from using the wood stove this past week and I noticed that this hole let all that stuck furnace heat out. It helped tremendously to heat the upstairs; it's almost too hot up there! So I'm thinking, why patch it up, let's use it!

So, I found the nearest stud and cut the hole to be even with it.

Took a register cover we salvaged from another house, painted it with the closest colored spray paint in our inventory, and screwed it in. Viola!

Now, I'm thinking, I'll put another one in on the other side of the wall for the downstairs and when I want the heat or cooling that gets stuck in that wall to go up or downstairs, I'll open one and shut the other. One of these days we have to pay for new ducting, but this will work to make use of the lost energy for now.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Chair Converted into Bedside Table

My church has a new pastor (Yeah!) and doubly pleasant is his wife has a thrifty streak in her. (My kind of gal)

She bought a beautiful old church chair for $5 and made it into a table for her bedside.

It's featured at junkmarketstyle, seems like a cool "place."

Monday, January 4, 2010

Paper Tape Dummy

I've given instruction links to a duct tape dummy here. And made a duct tape dummy for my toddler here.

This gal, ancien-nouveau, shows you how she made a paper tape dummy here.