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Tip, Tricks & Ideas to help you be more crafty.

Simple straw repair

I loved the metal ‘crinkle’ tumblers from starbucks that were popular last year.  There were several color combinations and one of them was a nice gunmetal gray with a matching lid and straw.  I thought that was cool until I actually used the straw and found that I did not like the metal straw.

That was a simple fix, replace the straw.  I was able to find a gray plastic straw and that was fine until it got dropped a couple of times and I broke the tip.  Finding a second gray straw was not looking good.

When faced with the prospect of going back to the metal straw or, god forbid the Starbucks green straw, there was only one solution.  Fix it myself.

All you need for this fix it a serrated knife (I used an old steak knife) and a fingernail file.

I marked the edge a bit below the break.

Tumbler Straw

Broken tip.

Support the straw against a towel so it does not roll around much and saw through the plastic with slow, but smooth motions so you don’t break/fracture the straw below you cut point.

Tumbler Straw

Sawing tip.

Use your file to level off and smooth the rough edges. I used a glass nail file and it worked very nicely.

Tumbler Straw

Sawed tip.

Tada! One fully functional straw, no extra cost.  I’m a very happy coffee drinker. 🙂



Have fun.




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Squeeze bottles, not just for shampoo.

I had the chance to buy a gallon bottle of apple cider vinegar the other day for a great sale price.  The only problem with this is that I can’t really put it in the cupboard conveniently.  The fix for that is really a no-brainer, you put some in a smaller container and refill it from the larger one.

I was in a pinch for a smaller storage bottle though.  I grabbed a squeeze bottle I had bought for something else fully believing that it was temporary fix until I found something else.

Vinegar in a squeeze bottle.

Vinegar in a squeeze bottle.

When I used it for the first time it was like “OMG! This is cool!”. It was so easy to measure into any of the small measuring utensils. No more more overflows or cap spills. I will put several of the vinegars and light oils I use into these containers.

Now that’s making your kitchen work for you.


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More storage solutions

My kitchen cupboards are horrible. They’re a mess.  I can’t keep them organized.  It seems like every time I open the door something come hurtling out at me.  I want those pullout shelves that you can stack things on and keep them together.  Yea, that’s what I want… In several styles to accommodate the different types of things I keep in my cupboards.  Wow, that’s gonna get pricey.  Now we need to conquer it one cupboard at a time at that price.  So what do you do you do while you wait?  You make your own.

So today, you too are gonna be a crafty cook.

Take a space, any space, and decide what you want to do with it.  In this case I wanted to make the baking pans I use more accessible as well as contained.

Cupboard Space

Cupboard space I chose to work on.

After getting the measurements of the cupboard space, I took the cardboard box my sewing machine came in and cut it to the width of the space.  Then I slid the smaller of the two box pieces into the inside of the larger piece and taped them together to form one box.  This particular box had four bottom flaps, so I cut off two of them along the narrower edge to keep the bulkiness of the box down.  You can trim away as much excess box material as you need.

Arranging the contents.

Checking and arranging the contents. Note the smaller edge of box on the inside.

The next step for me was to see if my pans would fit.  Most of them did.  I do have a couple that will not fit upright, but that is a limitation of the shelf, not the box.

Cutting down the box.

Cutting down the box.

I also found that my box was a little to tall to fit smoothly into the cupboard, so I had to cut it down a little bit.  This is not a big deal as it is always easier to remove cardboard than it is to put it back 🙂

Containment achieved.

Containment achieved.

TADA! A temporary storage solution that is very functional and very sturdy.

The box below is another example. I was lucky with this one as I did not need to do anything with it.

Storage Containers.

Storage containers.

A cardboard box is certainly not the end all be all, but I hope this post will give you ideas on how to look at storage problems differently.


So, how do you think outside the box?
Let me know, I love new ideas!




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