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My blog will detail my tips on how to save money, reuse items that are commonly thrown away and to post craft and sewing projects that can be useful.

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Litter box from storage box container tub
Saturday, January 22, 2011

I was needing a litter box with higher sides than I owned.   I already had the Jumbo sided litter box, but was still having a problem with spillage above the top of the box.  (Is that a nice way to put it? lol.)  None of the litter boxes I saw in stores were tall enough, or had two pieces that fit together as a covered litter box.  As my friends had told me, they can still get fluid through the tiny cracks where the top and bottom fit together.    So I decided to try using the storage box container tubs that you can get for less than $5.00 at a large retail store.    I had to be sure it didn't have large grooves or details sticking up in the inside of the container as some of them do.

Using a hot knife to help cut through the plastic and a heavy utility knife.  *Be very careful; very easy to cut yourself,  I cut the shape out of the front.  I traced with a pencil where I wanted to cut before cutting, that way I could get it halfway straight.  (Used a folded piece of paper as a template.) 

The cats adjusted to it well.  I leave the top off.   Mine aren't used to a covered box. 


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Stamp pad and ink storage using cd case inserts
Saturday, January 22, 2011

Here is a stamp pad and ink storage container that I made using the inserts from cd cases.    I just hot glued them together with a hot glue gun, until I got the size I needed.  Be careful though, hot glue hurts when it gets on your skin.  (Ask me how I know. lol!)  I should have worn gloves. 

I got the original idea from a poster on  named SewItSeams .  She took the thin jewel cases themselves and glued them together to make inkpad storage.  I had to have my jewel cases, but I had tons of inserts leftover from the regular cd cases to use, so I changed the idea to use the inserts.  Needless to say, hers turned out much prettier than mine, but mine is still functional.  I hotglued some messed up cds inside also for stability, and to get them out of my way. 


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Reuse or recycle thread spools as ribbon organizers.
Saturday, January 22, 2011

I finally thought of a way to store my loose  ribbon where I could see them easily. I had been saving all my empty thread spools, with the intention of using them to make ornaments with felt and little wooden heads, but then it occurred to me today to use them to store my ribbon. I had tons of them, so it worked out great. I actually had just enough to store what I had. I just used Scotch Magic tape and adhered them to the spool, then twisted them around it, and attached a piece of magic tape to keep them in place. For some of the thicker ribbon, I had to use regular tape, but I only had a few of those.  You could also use straight pins to adhere them, but that wouldn't be safe with pets or kids.  Also, I didn't want holes in my ribbon.
A lot of my ribbon is smaller pieces like a foot or so.  I left the cardboard spools of ribbon alone.  They work perfectly already.


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