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Stale Coffee + Melty Crayons

25 Jun

+ those teeny canning jars that jelly comes in and that are too small to reuse for anything useful =

COFFEE CANDLES! HOORAY! (btw- do I say ‘hooray’ too much, do you think?  hmmm…) Anyway.

I ground up my stale coffee, poured some in the bottom of a jar, & used it to stabilize the wick.

It's very scientific. I used about *that* much.

Then, because I am so crafty and full of awesome, I melted down some icky crayon bits I forgot to take out of my trunk during that heat spell we had a bit ago and poured them into the jar. I am so smart!

Some of the coffee grinds floated to the top. Groovy.

It's a green candle! (see what I did there?)

And… VOILA! A coffee scented candle! Hoor…uhm… I mean… Yeah, it was okay.

I had some stale coffee left, so I just put it into another one of the jars and hid it under the shoe rack by our front door.  It’s really nice to smell something other than feet when you get home. =)

How do you use up stale coffee?

The Power is Back!

31 Jan

…and so is Zoltar!  Woo hoo!  My awesomely amazing friend Jeff worked his IT voodoo magic on poor Zoltar, and now he’s back with a vengeance!  W00T!

(The IT magic involved some sort of silvery goo, some *teeny tiny* screwdrivers, and copious amounts of warm chocolate – cuz that’s the way Jeff likes it!)


I love you, Zoltar.

Oh, Zoltar – how I love you!  How I missed you!  How glad I am to be able to blog from a linuxy laptop again!  *ahem*

A bit over the top, you say?  Oh yeah?  Well, how long have you ever gone without your lappy, eh?  Zoltar, my long lost ASUS is back from the dead!

I will not mention that I may have gotten used to using Husband’s dual monitor set up.  I will not mention that I may have gotten used to the uber-excellent screen resolution on Husband’s compy.  I will not mention that Zoltar, though excellent for my 6-months-ago average computer usage, is now fair-to-middling at handling my current computer usage.


And I will definitely, DEFINITELY not mention that poor Zoltar is sitting quietly in the living room while I blog my little blog from Husband’s dual monitor Compy of Awesomeness.  Nope.  Not going to say a word.  My lips are sealed.


I WILL mention the following:

1. If the power suddenly comes back on, don’t blow out all your candles at once.  Seriously.  The fire department has enough to worry about without you setting off the smoke alarm due to sheer stupidity.


candle party!

2. Power Outages are exhausting for kittens.


I can haz nap?

3. When the house is quiet, mourning doves are not afraid to land on your balcony.


Three tiny bits of hope, just for me!

And with that, I’m off to the yarn store to stock up on some warm fuzzies for two projects: a custom winter set order for an Etsy customer and a delicious sweater for yours truly!  Hooray!


28 Oct

When your landlord decides to move into your basement and you therefore decide to downsize from a 4 bedroom townhouse to a 2 bedroom apartment (in exchange for a killer view of the city and fewer…uhm… creepy people living in your basement), and when you have exactly zero free weekends between *right now* and the day of your move, packing and downsizing tend to occur in fits and spurts.  Your hallway has this in it:

There are some actual, old school floppy discs in this box like the ones you used to play Oregon Trail in elementary school). Srsly. My husband saves EVERYTHING.

Your beloved craft room looks like this:

messy craft rooms induce panic attacks, amirite?

And that pile of boxes you were going to donate to Goodwill?  Well, there’s a three month waiting list for Goodwill pick-ups, so your basement will look like this until you decide on an appropriate back-up plan:

(I have no pithy comment about the boxes of junk in my basement.  They hurt my soul.)

So.  There’s your downsizing update.  We move in two weeks.  If you know of any packing god, or moving to an apartment god that I should be praying to, please let me know!   })i({