DIY: Upcycle regular jeans into skinny jeans!

Upcycle old jeans into skinny jeans

If you have access to a sewing machine, you can turn some spent old jeans into skinnies. I mean, it’ll probably turn out better if you have some sewing experience, but given that I did this as one of my second or third sewing experiments ever, I’m proof positive that it can be done. Background: I don’t mind jeans with a wider leg, but in the dead of winter, I love to wear my boots. Wider jeans + boots just don’t work together very well. … Continue reading

DIY: Quick, Simple & Affordable Deodorant From Your Kitchen!

For years, my poor armpits have suffered. All of my skin is sensitive, but my underarms — whose smell begs to be tamed — get itchy and spotty from even natural deodorants from the health food store. I have not found ‘clinical strength deodorant’ (just antiperspirant), but I’d probably still rash out and itch as badly from it as with everything else. After years of experimentation, I’ve found a formula that has worked amazingly for months to keep me stench-free without any negative side effects. … Continue reading

DIY: Christmas wreath in less than 10 minutes

Things are — very gradually — getting festive in the Comma House. Christmas, as you might have heard, is expensive. I’d rather do something myself than spend $60 on a decoration we’ll have up for a month or two, tops. Therefore, this weekend’s super quick and happy project was… Materials: 1 plain, cheap wreath with no adornments from Michaels  — $9.99 + 50% off = $4.99 for 11″ diameter All purpose burlap — we used a 12 foot length but you can use more/less Pine cones, … Continue reading

Christmas Pinterest DIY Inspiration

I’ve been pinning my little heart out lately. By the way, if you don’t follow me yet, my boards can be found here. Here are a couple of ideas I’ve got a hankering to try this Christmas season. I could see the above being a bit of a fail. Have you ever filled a balloon with water to have it come out exactly round? Maybe using some cheap dollar store bowls and cracking the coloured ice out to make half-globes to line the walkway with … Continue reading

DIY: How to Freshen Up Old Jeans for CHEAP Using Fabric Dye

We all love our jeans (uhh, except for us pregnant ladies who haven’t yet attempted to DIY them into maternity jeans), but what happens when good jeans go bad? Normally, I’d donate them. This year, however, I’ve gotten really big into recycling, upcycling and refreshing just about everything. So when some of my jeans faded to ugly colours, I decided to look into ways to refresh them. I found this great tutorial. Too bad I didn’t really read it again a few days later when … Continue reading

Sew Interesting

Yep, I’m hoping to move right along into the year 1818 and grab me up a sewing machine next weekend. Why? Have you heard of maternity clothes? They’re hundreds of dollars if I want to wear more than a couple of outfits for the next 6 months. Have you heard of my closet? It’s full of jeans and tanks I don’t wear anymore due to maternity fatness and general lack of interest. Yes, I figure with a little effort, I can put together some good … Continue reading

DIY: How to Make a Beautiful Pallet Headboard for Under $30

upcycled pallet project

Well, I recruited the husband for yet another DIY. We’ve had our beautiful headboard for a week now, and I’m in love. (With husband, yes, but also — the resulting headboard.) Money-saving tip: Someone you know is going to have a spare everything when it comes to tools and supplies. Ask around. You will save so much money just by using things people weren’t using at the moment. They’ll probably be happy to let you use their stuff, too. Between Miklos’s dad, his brother, and … Continue reading

DIY: From Old Dresser to Pretty Vintage Bench

Holy cow! Remember when I said we were going to do a DIY using an old dresser we found on the side of the road? No? Me neither, almost. Except that it’s been in the basement all summer long (oops), staring and waiting for us to hop to it. Hey, we got married this year. As it turns out, that kept us busy this spring. Well, this past weekend we got to it. And as you can imagine from the blog title, we didn’t just … Continue reading

How to Bathe Your Cat Without First Buying Your Burial Plot

Ever wonder how to bathe your cat without having your eyes scratched out of their eye-holes? Like most cats, Rico’s biggest fear is water.  Well, when you have a cat who sheds day-in/day-out who hasn’t had a bath in say, years, and he’s been staying up nights to meow you awake lately, it seems to me that indicates it’s bath time.  And you know what?  This cat of mine did surprisingly well, aside from the fact he’s been licking himself for an hour since.  A … Continue reading