|In the three seconds |
it stayed on the wall
I checked http://www.etsy.com/ and found a ton of cutesoid stuff not in my price range. But! Hark! What was this? A 24 muffin tin Christmas Countdown calendar...for $45!! Golly, I could buy my own muffin tin for cheaper. And I did. A shiny silver one. The kids decorated circular labels. We filled each muffin with chocolates and sealed them in with the stickers. And I hung it up on the wall. It was festive! and fun to make! And it only cost me $10! And then the stickers started falling off one by one and the candy trickled to the floor. Not yet daunted, I pulled long strips of tape across the rows. It looked a little less cute, and the Kisses would be harder to pry out, but it was still kind-looking and homey and would do the trick. And then. Because all the covers were stuck together, the whole of them fell off at once and Kisses bombed the floor. And that is because they seem to only make NON-STICK muffin tins these days. Oh for the aluminum of yore!
|DIY marshmellows took on a gruesome look|
Heartened by this success, I began looking around for other costs to cut. I've made my own facial toner, a supply which has so far lasted me four years. I do spend quite a bit on my one bottle of facial lotion, but that's because my face demands it. And that's my only cosmetic expense. But what of toothpaste? Coyote is picky and has to have expensive fennel stuff. But the rest of us...we could go cheaper. So I found this recipe: 6 parts baking soda, 1 part rubbing alcohol, 1 part liquid vegetable glycerin, and some peppermint oil, which I already had on hand. I think some parts of these directions were missing. I mixed it all up and loaded my pastry bag and leaned it in a bowl in the bathroom. The next morning, the oil, glycerin and alcohol had all flowed out in to the bowl and a bunch of dry, minty soda was stuck in the pastry bag. And do you know how SALTY baking soda is?! Oh my god. No one will touch the stuff, but me and I'm not going to let my $1/2 go down the drain! But I could drink an ocean after I brush now. No...not an ocean, a salt-free aquifer!