Duct Tape to the Rescue

The Head to Toe drawer in the curio cabinet encompasses a broad range of offerings.  This time around I’m sharing my new/old tool box.

I needed a(nother!) something to hold my burgeoning collection of art supplies. Paints! Brushes! Tape! Gloss medium! Gesso!  I had an old tool box… the rust could be sanded off but wouldn’t it be more fun to DECORATE IT????  Yes.  Absolutely. Off to Target for colorful duct tape and huzzah! A fun carrier for my overflow supplies. 

I’m sure they are much happier in this colorful case than they would have been in a plain grey metal box. Don’t you agree?

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Of Ants and Eggs

This drawer in the curio cabinet is devoted to products, ideas and tips to make your life a bit easier.  

We had a few too many sugar ants visiting late spring and well into June. So tiny, nearly cute,  but I still didn’t want them tiptoeing around my appliance garage. Peppermint oil to the rescue. I wiped the counter down with a mixture of soapy water and a few drops of peppermint oil. I soaked a few cotton balls with full strength oil and tucked them at the back edges of the garage. For a few days, I left the bottle uncorked in there as well. The house smelled delicious and within  a day or two no more ants.

It seems everyone has their secret trick for perfectly made and peeled hard-boiled eggs. Here’s mine:

Fill a pot with water and set it to boil. When it’s good and roiling, gently settle your eggs into the pot, allow the water to return to   a boil and set your timer for 12 mintues. When the time is up, turn off the flame and let the eggs sit in the water for a minute or two more. Rinse them in cool water, tap the bottom of the egg to crack the shell, and peel away. Voila! Perfectly hard-boiled eggs.



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