Practically Free Lemonade used up the last of my agave nectar making zucchini bread. I apologize for the pic – mine didn’t turn out so I grabbed one off the net. I gave credit to the photographer in the link to the photo.

I turned the bottle upside down and let it drain into the measuring cup but there was still quite a bit of nectar clinging to the sides of the bottle so I added the juice from one lemon, filled the bottle to the top with filtered water, shook it up and had myself some practically free lemonade AND a bottle I could drink from and toss into a recycling bin when I was done. I’d call that a two-fer recycling job!

10 Ways to Use Pantyhose With a Run in Them

  1. headband
  2. ponytail holder
  3. soap sliver holder that can be used in the shower
  4. Teflon-safe pan scrubber that can also hold soap
  5. gentle scrubber for dusty candles
  6. strainer for a can of paint
  7. a free pair of Spanx
  8. stuffing for a scented sachet
  9. holder and dispenser for plastic grocery bags
  10. keep dirt from falling throught the hole at bottom of a plant pot

Book Tables

You’ve heard of coffee table books, you probably have a few adorning your own coffee table. Well after staring at a stack of books that I’d read many times it occurred to me that the stack was the perfect height for a coffee table. So I hot glued each book to the next, made several stacks, and had myself a book stack coffee table.

I finished mine off with a tray but you could also place a piece of glass over your book stacks. The end result can look contemporary, oriental, country, traditional, Victorian … well you get the idea, depending on what types of books you use. 


Easy End Table

Use the same idea as for the coffee table but stack your books to use as an end table. Since this is just one stack, even gluing them together won’t be super sturdy so you may want to use the directions below for a sturdy table.


How to Make a Sturdy Book Table

Use a wooden dowel or straight branch that is shorter than the stack of books by ½ the width of both the top and bottom books. Drill a hole through the center of each book (except the top and bottom books) that’s just a hair larger than the dowel. Drill the same size hole ½ way through the top and bottom books. Squirt glue into the bottom book’s hole. Insert the dowel. Spread glue around the one or two inches of the dowel that is sticking out of the top of the book and slide on the next book. Continue gluing and sliding on books until you come to the top book. Squirt glue into the hole in the top book and slide onto the dowel. I like to use these end tables in spaces where I need somewhere to rest a coffee cup but there isn’t enough space for a larger table.

The cool thing about this method is that you don’t have to worry about where the holes line up from  book to book as long as they’re roughly in the middle of each book. A slightly askew stack of books is charming.

Scented Powder

You can make your own scented powder by mixing equal parts baby powder or cornstarch and expired baking soda in a gallon size resealable bag. Then spray your favorite perfume on a cotton ball and put the cotton ball into the bag. After two or three days, you can transfer your new scented powder into a more permanent powder container. 

Ideas for a powder container:

  • an old powder container
  • a washed grated Parmesan cheese container
  • any container which you’ve punched or drilled small holes in the lid