Pin There, Done That: Baking Soda and Essential Oil Room Freshener Jars

So with two cats, a potty-training toddler, my various kitchen experiments and a sports-inclined significant other all rattling around the house, you can imagine that an assortment of smells manage to waft through on a daily basis. That’s why I got really excited when I found some posts about making your own air fresheners from household items. All I had to do was whip up half a dozen to place strategically around the house, and my days of burning candles and chasing after everybody with Febreze would be done! Well, that was the plan, anyway. Ingredients roundup! Six small, clean jars that …

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Pin There, Done That: Vinegar Soap Fruitfly Traps

Behold, my friends, a thing of great beauty. Yes, I am sharing a cup of dead flies with you. First nettles, now flies — I really know how to charm ’em, right? Since our garden yields lots of fruit and I process as much of it in the kitchen as possible, fruitflies inevitably show up each year in early autumn. While they die away of their own accord after a few days, they can get super annoying when I’m in the middle of a week-long preserving binge. I’ve tried variations of this trap with juice and other stuff in the …

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Pin There, Done That: Sensory Bottles, Part 1

This was one of those projects that I had been meaning to make since Blob was one, but didn’t get around to doing until January of this year. To be fair, though, there is far less choice for large, sturdy plastic bottles in Finland, since they are considered horribly wasteful. Innocent Juice made the ones I was most happy with, so I started saving my juice bottles after we were done with them. The plastic is not as thick as I would like, but still highly resilient to toddler abuse. The mouth is wide enough to fit a variety of items …

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Pin There, Done That: Flower Ice Blocks

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I’ve seen how-to posts for doing flower ice cubes before, but not too many for doing larger blocks. Probably because the only places these remain viable for any length of time is in the frozen north. Lots of talk of wedding centerpieces and luminaries, mostly. However, on a trip to the garden store a few years ago, I saw that they had done several blocks using what I assume were leftover tulips from their florist counter. The effect was lovely and Finland can easily spend a few months below zero (Celsius) so they will last for longer than any other fresh bouquet …

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Maison Belle Laundry Softness

This is the stuff I’ve been using as laundry softener lately. I saw it on the shelf while I was pricing ingredients to make my own laundry detergents and softeners, and thought I’d give it a try, as a stepping stone away from the bottles of chemicals I’ve been buying. Not that I find anything particularly wrong with many of those bigger brands, and I will happily go back to them if my experimentation (still in the very beginning stages) in homemade detergent ends up being an epic fail. It’s just that we have to be more careful than most about …

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Shower upgrades.

Look what I finally installed in our shower last month! I’ve wanted one of these types of dispensers for years, but didn’t want to permanently attach anything to the walls of a rental place. They remind me of spas and hotels and keep everything so clutter-free. Added bonus? I’ve been using facial masks in the shower lately, so having buttons to press is immensely convenient, because I can access shampoo and conditioner without having to fumble around in the rack for specific bottles which I can’t see properly since I don’t want to open my eyes and get stuff running …

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Lace Picture Frame Earring Holder

I made this little thing early last year, after getting tired of constantly rummaging through little boxes filled with loose earrings trying to find a pair to wear on any particular day. I’d previously slapped something together back at the apartment using lace and a plastic hanger, but figured I’d go for a more presentable look now that we are homeowners and all. An old picture frame was pressed into service. I’d always thought it was a bit on the clunky side when used for photos, but the aged metal and wood make a nice contrast when paired with colorful …

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Pin There, Done That: Lampshades in the Dishwasher

This is the after picture of my kitchen ceiling lamp, probably the most used light in the house. It really is a shame I didn’t take a picture of this thing before I removed it for cleaning. It had been hanging there for almost two years, accumulating a thick layer of dust and dead fly carcasses. It was pretty gross. Nobody really wanted to wipe it down or even touch it. Happily, it was one of the first things on my list to clean when I started maternity leave. I had found a nearly hands-free way to wash that sucker, …

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Wall o’ Scarf.

I have a lot of scarves. Even before we moved to Finland, where you actually use them for more than half the year, I had a lot of scarves. My mom was paranoid that way. Back in Cali, however, they tended to just sit in a giant pile that was occasionally rummaged through on a windy day. As we enter my second Finnish winter here, though, I decided we needed a better system for making winter accessories easily accessible. Thus, the wall o’ scarf. It’s a IKEA belt/scarf/tie hanger nailed to the wall. Right next to the coat rack and …

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Spring cleaning and cheap organizing.

A while back, Cim mentioned a pet peeve about Finnish apartment shelves in her blog. I’d meant to respond to that, but for some reason never got around to doing so. Considering the amount of time I’d put into figuring out a system that would take advantage of deep shelving, I thought I’d babble on a bit about it in this spring cleaning post. The problem is this — most US shelves are made to accommodate just one row of folded clothing, typically making them about 12 inches deep. Give or take a few. The shelves we have here in …

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