Sunday, November 23, 2014

Black and Bronze Bottle Cap Christmas Wreath

You need to start DIYing early, If you want to make this year a crafty Christmas and I have just the project for you!

I poked around my bottle cap collection, got some Christmas decoration inspiration from this year’s popular bronze and copper color scheme, and made a glitzy bottle cap Christmas wreath!


bottle cap Christmas wreath


How in the world did I recycle metal bottle caps into something green AND glitzy, two words that normally don’t’ go together?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to Hide an Emergency Tool Box in Your Hair

Husband saw personalized Swiss Army type knives in a shop when we were on vacation one year. In a rare impulse buy we ended up with His and Hers Swiss Army knives. Husband got silly giddy and said I HAD to have the knife with Handyman engraved on it. Husband bought a matching one with his name on it to replace the knife he lost. 

We changed Handyman to Handyma’am with my wood burning tool when we got home.

Husband uses the screwdriver on his Swiss Army knife all the time so yeah, of course, I’m all for him getting a replacement.

Me? I didn’t think I’d use it but if at all but if all it takes to make Husband happy is to carry a Handyma’am Swiss Army knife in the bottom of my purse I get off easy don’t I?

Thing is, the guy knows how handy those little emergency tool kit knives are. He was right and I was wrong. Those little tools have gotten me out of a jam time and time again. For example, if you follow @condoblues on Instagram (click and follow pretty please?) you might have already seen this Doomsday scenario the corkscrew on my Swiss Army knife helped my sister and I avoid on a Saturday night.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Handmade Holiday Gifts: Easy Pet Portraits

Even though I will try almost any DIY project I haven’t done before, I still know my limits.

That limit is painting anything more complicated than a wall and drawing anything more detailed than a stick figure. I enjoy decorating with handmade art but unless it is a photograph, that artwork will not be made by me.

My friend Colleen from the blog Just Paint It is a professional artist. She painted a portrait for a friend whose dog crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

I saw the finished piece and it is such a loving tribute! Colleen captured the personality of that little pup so well that other blogger friends started asking Colleen to paint their pets’ portraits from photographs too.

It’s the eyes. I don’t know how she does it but Colleen manages to capture each pet’s personality and specialness in their eyes.

Just Paint It Pet Portrait
This bulldog is one of Colleen’s more recent commissions. Look at that sweet face! This isn’t even my dog and I want to hang it in my house.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

DIY Cashmere Sweater Cat Bed

It doesn’t surprise anyone that Husband and I will do absolutely anything to make sure our dog is healthy and happy. Lacey knows it too.

I’m glad I am not the only crazy pet parent  who will craft something solely for their pet’s comfort. Aunt Peaches is a woman after my own heart. She recycled a moth eaten cashmere sweater into a heated cat bed for her arthritic kitty (check out her tutorial here.)

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Photo of the cozy bed and happy kitty courtesy of Aunt Peaches.

From the looks of things, I’d say that is one warm and comfy cat bed! I wonder where I can find a big enough sweater to make one in Lisa size?

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Would You Install a UV Light System?

This time last year there were a lot of complaints that our city's water suddenly started to taste funny. Well, it didn't actually taste funny. It tasted more like someone dumped a bunch of dirt in every glass of unfiltered tap water I drank. Yuck.

Turns out the bad taste in our water was caused by a brown algae bloom in the city reservoir. Brown algae blooms are not the poisonous type of algae bloom. Water experts said even though the water tastes weird it passed all of the safety standards and was safe to drink.

To get rid of the bloom the city had to dump even more chemicals into our water supply than they already have to. Double yuck.

So I'm thinking maybe it might be worth my while to research installing a UV light system. It uses UV light to disinfect your household water. The infographic I have is too big to fit on my blog. You can click the graphic below to see a bigger version that displays all of the information better.



What do you think?

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Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Pelican Water. All opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Behind the Scenes of My Good Day Columbus TV Cooking Segment


Last Sunday, Good Day Columbus asked me to do a Lazy Budget Chef five minute crock pot cooking segment on their TV show.  I thought I’d give you a peek on some of the things that happen and what you should be aware of when you present a tutorial or recipe on TV.

When I worked in TV, I was on the other side of the camera. This felt weird.
All photos in this post are courtesy of my food blog Lazy Budget Chef.

First, before I commented to anything, I ask the producer a bunch of questions. They wanted me to teach the show anchors how to cook a comfort food slow cooker meal viewers can make later in the week during the upcoming Arctic cold front.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Watch Me Cook on Good Day Columbus this Sunday November 9th!

Wow, I am going out of my mind with this exciting news! If I am fortunate enough to be interviewed for television, it is related to everything I do on Condo Blues.

This Sunday, November 9th, I will be changing things up a bit and doing a cooking segment on Good Day Columbus on Fox 28 (WTTE) with my food blog Lazy Budget Chef




It's getting cold outside and if you don't want to leave the house,  I will be making a slow cooker recipe you can prep in the morning and it will be ready by dinner time.  

My segment will run Sunday morning at 9:45 AM on Fox 28. If you live in Columbus be sure to tune in or set your DVRs to cheer me on and hopefully I won't make a giant fool out of myself. Or if I do, Good Day Columbus gets more entertaining 5 minutes of TV than they originally planned.

If you don't live in Columbus, Ohio you can still watch me on the Good Day Columbus live stream here.

What a way to kick off my birthday!

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