Upcycle Old Tennis Rackets into Stylish Mirrors

Posted on August 17, 2010 at 9:08 AM Comments comments (1)

When I was clearing out my stuff before my big move, I found a couple of wooden tennis rackets long forgotten and collecting dust in the basement. What would be a clever way to reuse them, thought I? Well,  Country Living magazine has a clever and fun way of transforming them into stylish mirrors.

Here are the instructions:

1. Take a racket to a glass shop and ask them to cut a mirror to fit inside the racket. You could, if you like, also get them to custom-cut bevel the edges of the mirror but this can be pricey.

2. Following the package instructions, squeeze a mirror adhesive (Liquid Nails Mirror Adhesive $4.97 from onto the back of the looking glass and firmly press it onto the strings (be sure to protect your work surface with newspaper).

3. Let the adhesive dry overnight before hanging this decorative ace from a nail.

NOTE: If you have glass cutting tools and an old mirror you can use, measure the inside of the tennis racket and cut the mirror to fit. Then go to step 2 above to attach the mirror to the racket. You won't get a beveled edge with this mirror but you'll save money doing it yourself. Just be careful cutting the glass and make sure you sand the edges to avoid cuts.

Image Country Living magazine.

How to Recycle Glass Bottles and Jars

Posted on January 13, 2010 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Since selling my lovely vintage preserve canning jars, I started to think about how long these have lasted (mine were from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s and had a lot of use) and how many different ways I’ve used them over the years. No – I didn’t do a lot of preserving except for fruit jellies and jams which are easy to do. But these jars followed me from home to home and I always found a new use for them. Besides storing food supplies such as beans, rice, flour, and sugar in the kitchen, I also filled some with pencils, crayons, felt pens, buttons, elastic bands, and sewing whatnots in my studio. And they were great for my homemade soap bars and bath salts in the bathroom.


I also used some of them to hold votive candles when we ate al fresco on summer evenings. Some I sent away filled with dry cookie and soup ingredients to my daughter at university or to friends who needed a boost. And did I mention how great they are for sprouting seeds? If I still had them, I would probable use them as pieces of sculpture, leaving them empty in rows at the top of my bookshelves. But now most of them are gone – I sold them to a lovely guy who is rebuilding a farmhouse and will be using the jars in much the same way I did. It’s nice to know that these will continue to be used.


Of course, any type of glass jar or bottle can be recycled, vintage or not. All you need are the jars and I’m sure you can come up with dozens of new ways to recycle that jar. And did you know that by recycling a single glass jar or bottle, you can save enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for as much as 4 hours. So you’re also helping the environment. Cheers!

More Christmas Gift Ideas - Ah Fudge!

Posted on December 9, 2009 at 1:56 PM Comments comments (0)

I gave fudge as one of my homemade gifts last year and it proved such a hit that I'm repeating this gift again this year. Fudge is easy to make - I replace the light cream with 2% evaporated milk and soak the walnuts in water for 15 minutes to remove any bitterness. Drain the walnuts before adding to the mixture.



I've been collecting old glass preserve jars for years and now have quite a collection. Great for gifting and no wrapping.

Fudge recipe



How to get rid of sticky label residue

Posted on November 17, 2009 at 1:04 PM Comments comments (0)

I came across a brilliant way to get rid of the sticky residue that's left when you take a paper or plastic label off a glass, metal, or plastic container. Butter! I'm not sure why it works but it does. It may be that the lactic acid in the butter is what cuts through the guck. You slather it over the sticky area and leave it for an hour or so and wash off with hot water. You might have to do it again but it works very well. It is really great  on plastic containers as it does not scratch the surface at all. I tried vegetable oil but it only runs off and you waste a lot. I also tried vnegar and alcohol but these did not work and like the oil, just ran off.


So that's my tip of the day and it's a green solution.