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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / McDonald's Cardboard Drink Trays on: April 21, 2008 06:33:29 AM
I couldn't find this posted anywhere.  Huh

McDonald's Cardboard Drink Trays

I get about 1 of these trays per week and would like to do something with them. These are the gray/brown 4-cup holder trays from McDonald's (and possibly other places). The trays are nicely rigid and appear to already be of recycled materials.

I'm betting a good soaking in water will break the trays down into a nice mush, but what then? And are there any other uses for the trays before I begin any water experiments?  Cheesy
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / What's above your kitchen cabinets? on: May 06, 2007 06:19:53 PM
Sorry if this has been asked before - what items/types do you keep in the space above your kitchen cabinets? I'm trying to clean/clear my kitchen, but I don't like the bare space above. I'd like to do a collection or two.

I've done tin cans before and love them, but visually they may be more of a space blocker. I'd like items that are smaller or see-through. I've done candles before, but they hold no function in this space and just collect dust. I'd like things that are inexpensive and that I can create or refashion.

I'd love to hear any ideas! Thanks!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Shelf Liner Striped Kitchen (uba tuba) on: May 05, 2007 12:37:27 PM
White walls don't bother me much.. it's having a decor that never changes that bores me to tears, so I updated my kitchen. This part of my update is simply a wall covering that's decently quick and inexpensive with good results.

Kitchen walls before

Kitchen walls after

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Some tools I used

The striped material is shelf liner... the thick cushioned kind. It comes in 12" wide rolls and are 84" in length. For my little apartment kitchen (about 8 x 8 ) it took 4 rolls of liner at $4.98 each.

I applied the liner just like wallpaper, brown bag techniques, and fabric wall treatments. Staples and nails leave holes and velcro, hot glue and other sticky stuff (even plain contact paper) can rip a layer off walls. I used plain ol' starch (used it for a full wall brown bag treatment a few years ago and it's wonderful stuff). I simply applied the liquid to each liner piece and the wall section with a paintbrush for best adhesion.

My kitchen feels like new and this stuff is SO easy to wipe clean. When I'm ready to move, it'll take all of 5 minutes to remove it. I'd do it all over again!

BTW, the name of the shelf liner design is "Uba Tuba"...  Cheesy
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / My booze bling on: May 04, 2007 10:43:38 AM
Someone posted here recently about jewels for possibly wine glasses (or something similar). I can't remember the exact post, but I was inspired nonetheless. I believe every room should have some bling just 'cause, so here is my 'booze bling' Smiley They look GREAT when light sparkles on them.

someone's been in my spirits... Roll Eyes

Thanks for the inspiration!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Curvy tape on: May 01, 2007 02:19:44 PM
Well, I wanted to paint the top of a dresser in a zebra pattern. I thought I could use curvy tape to help make the patterns (since I was too afraid to freehand), but I have yet to figure this tape out.

Has anyone used this before? Had any success besides very large and gentle curves?

Here's a picture of the type of tape I have:
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Mashed potatoes and cheeses on: April 27, 2007 02:35:25 PM
Hey everyone -- I hope this hasn't been posted before. These are my quick takes on mashed potatoes. I'm a big fan of "almost homemade" meals where I can use a few shortcuts, so these are great for either fully homemade or "instant" mashed potatoes.

Add to cooked mashed potatoes (4-6 servings) any of the following:
  • 1/2 cup pimento cheese (this stuff is great!)
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 6oz cream cheese

With any of these, the addition of rosemary is fantastic.

Pimento cheese? It's a mixture of cheddar cheese, pimentos and mayo. You'll find this orange spread in the grocery store, if not near the cheeses, next to the sliced deli meats, barbecue and slaw area.

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