Forty Ways to Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without

Dear Readers,

I’ve been trying to Use it Up, Wear it Out, Make it Do, or Do Without for several years now. Here are some of the things I’ve done.

Ways to USE IT UP:

1. Toothpaste- Take the end of your toothbrush and slide it along the toothpaste tube, pushing all the toothpaste up toward the opening to get out all the last bits. If you’re at the end and want the very last bit, open the end with scissors and just put your toothbrush inside. You’ll get a few more brushings out of the tube.

2. Lotions- If you have body lotion or baby lotion setting around unused, you can use it for shaving lotion. I just put some in my hand, add a bit of water from the faucet and spread it on my skin. The razor slides smoothly. The same is true for unused hair conditioner.

3. Lipstick- Use a lip brush or cotton swab to get the last bits out of the container.

4. Unmatched dishes-either your own or garage sale finds. Use these to give food gifts to neighbors or friends. We have had single neighbors who really appreciate a single serving of soup or whatever meal we’re having. Using the mismatched items takes the worry away about getting your dishes back. When they’re returned, it’s just an added blessing.

5. Oftentimes, I have leftovers that I like to try to remake into something else. Soup is especially good for this. Leftover meat and gravy makes a great soup base.

6. If you have leftover bottles of cleaning supplies, use them!

7. Declutter and sell your things at yard sales.
8. Declutter your bookshelves and swap on http://www.paperbackswap.com/ . Please mention me, lauraofharvestlane, as referring you.  I’ll get a free book!
9. Sell clothes at consignment shops.
10. Sell other things on ebay.

Ways to WEAR IT OUT:

11. I tear up old towels to use as rags.

12. Wear those old tennis shoes in the creek or to mow the lawn.

13. Wear old clothes around the house; save your nicer things for going out.

14. Wear used clothes from yard sales, thrift stores, or resale stores.

15. Pass clothing down to younger children or to friends.
16. Patch those jeans! Put a pretty patch over a stain on a dress or blouse.
17. Let down the hem on your girls’ dresses. If it’s worn, add some rick rack, flat lace, or fancy machine stitching.
18. Put a ruffle around the bottom of dresses that are too short, or around legs of boys’ shorts to make them hand-me-downable to girls.
Ways to MAKE IT DO:

19. I have brushed my teeth with baking soda sprinkled on my wet brush. I have also poured a tiny bit of peroxide over my toothbrush. I’ve not tried combining them yet.

20. I’ve used my lipstick as blush. Dot it on; then blend, blend, blend.

21. Cut up old clothes or sheets into your preferred napkin size. Zigzag stitch or hem the edges. Fold them and leave them in a basket on the table or counter. It works for baby receiving blankets, too.

22. When I make jelly, I use an old pillowcase that is clean and lint free instead of a jelly bag to hang my fruit mixture in to strain.

23. Remake used or old clothing by: adding pretty patches or yo yos, dying the cloth, embroidering by hand or machine around edges or wear lines where a dress or pants were let out, or adding a ruffle or lace to make it long enough and fresh.

24. The most romantic dinners that my husband and I have had since we were married were those at home. I’d feed the kids and put them to bed early. Then, I’d either prepare something for us; or, we’d eat take out. Sometimes, we’d eat at the kitchen table or dining table, or even at a little table in our bedroom. When we lived in a second floor apartment, I’d put a tiny round table and two chairs on the balcony. Each time I’d use a nice tablecloth, candles, china or nice dishes, nice glasses or stemware. Add soft music; and, you have a wonderful setting. Give it a try!

25. You can clean a lot of things with baking soda and/or vinegar. Do some research.
26. Old baskets can be had for a song at many yard sales. You probably have some on hand. They can be spray painted for an updated look or to put goodies in for a gift.
27. Mismatched dishes in a color scheme, from yard sales, look pretty when set on a lovely table cloth.  Right now, I’m collecting white stoneware.
28. A sheet will work for a tablecloth. A two yard length of fabric hemmed at the ends can also make a tablecloth for many tables.  Sometimes I don’t even hem it!
Ways to DO WITHOUT:

29. Don’t go shopping for entertainment. Stay away from the mall and on-line shopping. It’s a whole lot easier to do without the latest greatest if you don’t go shopping for fun.

30. Stay home. Gas is a luxury these days; so limit trips.

31. Combine trips when you do need to go out. We have to go to a nearby city for some things we need. I like to combine everything I can think of that I need to do in that city on that day. This gets me to Hobby Lobby more frequently than I would get to go otherwise. ~smile~
32. Use a bicycle, if you have one.
5. Shop locally.
33. Invite friends for a pot luck. Share the cost of the meal by having others bring dishes to share.
34. The fewer ingredients in a recipe, the simpler and more cost effective it usually is. Steak is a notable exception to this rule. ~smile~

35. Rethink why you eat. Really, it’s just to fill your tummy and to give you nutrition. Rice and beans can do that just as well as meat and potatoes.

36. Always think about what precedents you are setting with your children. A new bike for a birthday or Christmas sets a high precedent for next year. Designer tennis shoes or clothes set a high precedent for next year.
37. Don’t allow your children to watch Saturday morning cartoons. The commercials are designed to make your children into Gimme Monsters.
38. Stay away from toy stores and toy aisles. Don’t let your little darlings see what other accessories there are to go with their toys!
39. Stay away from craft and fabric stores!  Eek!  I knew you wouldn’t like that one!
40. Do a Bible study on contentment. “Do not covet your neighbors______. You fill in the blank.
May God bless you as you journey along this life using it up, wearing it out, making it do and doing without… CHEERFULLY! That part can come only from God!
Blessings,
Laura
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Another Busy Day Before Easter Resurrection Day….

On My Man’s agenda:

Buy or obtain:

baby chicken feed,

build a birdhouse with the kids at Lowe’s,

boxes,

shoes for just about everyone except the dog and the chicks,

straw bales for the garden,

clothes for him,

pillows,

and groceries.

I’m adding to the list:

yard sales,

coloring eggs with the kids,

resurrection cookies (just didn’t get to it because I was feeling ill),

an old Easter movie with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.  I think it’s Easter Bonnet or something like that.  We watched it Sunday.  It was Easter Parade.

and maybe a stop for a soda or cappucino!

Have a great Preparation for Resurrection Day!

Laura

Snow, Teas, and Infusions

I’m just sitting here, enjoying a quiet snowy day.

I love the way the snow glistens when the sun hits it.

I’m thinking of putting the kettle on and making a

nice cup of tea in a little bit.  You know they say that

nothing warms like tea.  I just read a book called Time for Tea

with  Mary Engelbreit.  It was filled with her delightful

whimsical art and lots of tea tips and lore.  It is a

nice light read.   She says that the herbal teas are

actually infusions.  I guess I love infusions as

well, then.   Here are a few of my favorite teas and

infusions. 

From Bigelow:

Constant Comment is my favorite Tea. 

It’s laced with the flavor of oranges and spice. 

If I could have only one tea for the rest of my

life, this would be it.  It’s refreshing hot or cold. 

I also like Bigelow’s green tea.  I must admit that

I drink green tea because it’s good for me.

From Stash Tea Comany:

Pumkin Spice and Ruby Mist

From Celestial Seasonings:

Honey Chamomile, Sugar Cookie Sleighride,

Tension Tamer, and India Spiced Chai Tea,

and Sleepy Time, known as Teddy Bear Tea

at our house.  We also drink Peter Rabbit tea,

which is of course, chamomile.

Do you have a favorite tea that I might like to try?

Well, I think I’ll go and put the kettle on. 

Keep warm!

Cozy at home, Laura

Christmas on the Cheap…and Nice

Many of us are called upon to give gifts in gift exchanges, at the office, to a teacher, to friends, the list goes on and on. Many of these gifts are supposed to be of the $5 or less type.

Why not shop in the comfort of your home, from your home? Go on a treasure hunt.

Entire article available at http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com .

Sewing for Fun and Profit….

 Hi I’ve Been Sewing for Fun and Profit…. 

New items coming soon in The Shop!

SALE Hen Pecked Tote or Bag
$15.00
SALE Dish Cloth, Hand Crocheted Cotton Dish Cloth
$3.00
Yo Yo Country Coaster, Hand Sewn
$2.00
Sunday Best Lacy Blue Girls' Socks
$4.95
Country Yo Yo Quilt Coasters- Set of six
$8.50
SALE  Shades of Denim Blue Crocheted Dishcloth
$3.00
SALE Facial Scrubbies Wash Cloths
$2.00
Blue and Silver Beaded Bracelet
$5.95

You’ve Found Me….

Hello ladies,

I’m so glad you’ve found me.  It seems that this is the blogsite that is listed on some of my blogging friends’ pages as one of their favorites.  If that is you, will you please update my address?

My new blog is at http://harvestlanecottage.blogspot.com .

I’m still Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage; I just like the way blogger lets me add more things to my sidebars like my favorites with updates and some of my items that are for sale in my shop.

Thank you all for your support.  It has been very rewarding blogging these last several months.  Some posts are just for fun; some have been heart felt, some have really given me a chance to sort through my thoughts.

The most popular posts continue to be my thrifty posts.  I have a category for thrift over at my other blog, Harvest Lane Cottage, as well as thriftiness here on this blog.  I encourage you to do some searching on this blog.  There’s some good stuff here as well as on the new one.

Today’s post at Harvest Lane Cottage is about God giving me peace beyond all understanding in a terrible situation.  Please come by.  I’ll be waiting for you. ~smile~  Please comment.  I love to hear from y’all.

Blessings to you all!

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

My Little Butter Fingers!

My Amy and I made butter today!

I just had to share a few photos.  She was just so cute!  I don’t know when she’s had so much fun!

First, we put the heavy cream that I’d skimmed from real live cow’s milk into the Bosch mixer.  We mixed it until Amy practically squealed that it was butter.  The mixing caused the butter and the buttermilk to separate.  I poured off about a pint of buttermilk through a small strainer into a pint jar.  My Matthew, 17, immediately suggested I make biscuits…maybe tomorrow.  Here’s Little Amy putting the butter into my Grandma Bern’s old mixing bowl. 

Making Butter with Momma 

Next she washed the butter.  She absolutely loved getting her hands into it.

Washing the Butter

Finally, all the buttermilk was rinsed out. 

It was time to squeeze out the last of the water.  I drained it and put it in the refrigerator for a bit to firm up.  Then I pulled it out and worked in the salt.  Last of all, I packed it into Tupperware to keep it safe.

It was great fun!

Oh, I added a set of cards to my shop.  I have more items to come including some cute little socks with crocheted lace trim. 

SCRAPBOOK STYLE FLORAL CALENDAR CARDS
$3.00
Crocheted Cotton Dishcloth - Yellow with Blue and Pink Speckles
$4.00
Crocheted Cotton Dishcloth - Blue Speckled
$4.00
Crocheted Dishcloth or Wash cloth, for Kitchen or Baby
$4.00
Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
harvestlanecottage.etsy.com

Have a great day!

Laura

Happy at Home