I’ve been in a crafty, re-do, clean, and pitch mode lately. Working on our daughter’s first house, I’ve realized my own house could use a face lift on more than one face.
In the month of June, I discovered I love to caulk. Who knew. I love sealing cracks and holes and craters and anything else a spider can weasel his way through. I love getting a perfect bead of caulk on my project, and if it’s off a tad, I smooth it with a damp finger. I get a little obsessed actually, and spend more time on attaining a perfect line than is probably healthy.
But, looky here. Is this a nice line, or what?
I’ve enjoyed caulking so much, my husband bought me my own caulk gun. How sweet was that. It cuts the hole in the tip of the caulk tube, which our old guns don’t do. It’s amazing how little it takes to make me happy.
I’ve also been covering tin cans with decorative duct tape, an idea I saw on Pinterest. I’ve realized that food cans can be used to store various items. This might be an old idea to everyone but me. I don’t get out much.
Here’s a pepper tin and a baked bean can. (It’s best to cut the lid off the can with the kind of opener that leaves no sharp edges.) I’ve started saving cans and dish soap bottles and Lysol wipes bottles and prescription bottles and yogurt cups to makeover the garage. There are many ways to attach these containers to the wall to hold all kinds of manly odds and ends. My husband’s a little leery about me going into his man cave to organize, but he’s willing to see what I have planned. I promise to respect the testosterone that dominates the garage.
Another project I tackled this week was figuring out how to contain my two pairs of glasses, a few pens, and the remote control when I’m working/vegging in our den. I was forever asking my family if anyone had seen my glasses, or did they have a pen, or where is the darned remote?
I wanted something to hang over the Lazy-boy recliner arm that could also be reached if I was on the couch. (Once I’m plopped in the den, I don’t like to move.) I had just cut off the legs of my dad’s jeans to convert them into shorts, and I kept imagining I could use a jean leg somehow.
Our daughter rolled up the end of one leg to make a long cuff and suggested we tuck things in the cuff. I took the idea a bit further and came up with this – an arm chair caddy.
I sewed two vertical lines, dividing the cuff into pockets that could hold all my paraphernalia. I left the denim leg long enough to tuck into the seat cushion on the other side of the chair arm. This keeps the panel from slipping.
I love this little caddy. I love that I didn’t spend a penny. I love that it’s washable. And I love that I’ve not lost my glasses since I made it.
I get a kick out of upcycling and repurposing. I’ve said it before, it makes me feel smart and resourceful. I have an extra jean leg, if anyone would like to make an arm chair caddy of her/his own. Answer this question correctly, and I’ll mail you the jean leg. Yessiree, I will.
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Be the first to answer correctly by Friday at midnight, EST, and the jean leg is yours. Really. You won’t find a giveaway like that just anywhere. (UPDATE: jean leg was mailed to a reader in 2013.)