How to Easily Remove Rust From Tools

Have you ever accidentally left a tool out in the elements to rust?  I knew I had a pair of red handled clippers but had not seen them for a long while.  A few weeks ago, while digging out compost to apply to my vegetable garden, my clippers appeared in the compost. Hurray for finding […]

How to Make Gourds Shine for Display

Nothing says fall like a bowl full of gourds.  Each year I look forward to buying gourds and enjoying them through Thanksgiving.  Gourds are pretty on their own but even prettier with a subtle shine.  A friend taught me how to make gourds shine many years ago and I’ve used her technique ever since. Purchase […]

Dog Food Storage–Vintage Style

Adopting Sherman, our 5 month++ pound puppy, has meant the addition of doggy supplies to our pantry.  I have treats and other necessities organized in baskets but it bugged me that bags of food were on the floor and didn’t look attractive.  I like to organize my pantry with vintage containers and a wooden barrel […]

Spray Paint Magic :: Trash to Treasure

  A beautiful milk glass florist bowl spray painted gold was a recent dumpster find.  It was in perfect condition and had a beautiful shape and pattern, so I kept it hoping that the paint would scrub off easily.   Scrubbing didn’t remove all of the paint, so I went to Plan B, spray paint.  […]

Helpful Hint :: A Handy Light for a Key

Most days, I leave home in the dark and by the time I’m home in the evening, it is dark again.  There’s no switch to turn our porch light off once the door is locked, which means most mornings I can be found fumbling in the dark to locate the correct key and then to […]

How to Add a USB Port to a Wall Outlet

Not so long ago I saw an outlet with USB ports on Pinterest.  I showed the pin to Mr. SP and asked if he could install one in our kitchen.  Only two supplies were needed to complete this project: a USB wall outlet and a new faceplate.   How to: 1.  Turn off the breaker […]

Refreshing Shoes :: Make Your Shoes Look Almost New

This past weekend I switched my closet from spring/summer to fall/winter.  We live in an older house with very small closets which forces me to keep out of season clothes and shoes in an upstairs closet. When I switched my shoes, I noticed that my favorite summer Danskos were looking a bit dull and scratched.  […]

How to Refresh Grout

Several years ago Mr. SP replaced the flooring in our bathroom with tile.  We’ve been very happy with the tile but don’t like that the white grout that we used won’t stay white. Over the winter Mr. SP noticed a product at Lowe’s called “Grout Refresh” and wondered if it might work on our not-so-white […]

Glogging 101 :: Lesson One

Last week I posted about Glogging and shared a sample Glog about our recent beach weekend.  Today I’m starting a “how-to” series on Glogging.  I hope that this will be both informative and helpful. Glogs are fun to make for anyone and are extremely useful for students.  Instead of making an old-fashioned poster to take […]

Garlic Harvest

Did you know that it is incredibly easy to grow your own garlic?  In my area planting time is fall and harvest time is early summer.  When the garlic foliage starts to turn brown, it’s your clue that it is time to dig. Usually I harvest garlic in June but this year I didn’t get […]