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My Space Saving, Cutting Table

Hi ya,

Gorgeous warm, sunny day here in North Queensland and we’re right in the middle of a great week.

I read a while back on Karen’s Blog over at didyoumakethat that she cuts out on the floor. Not an option for me due to aged skinny bony knees and stiff joints but it got me thinking. I had previously cut on the dining table but it has its drawbacks, getting around it is hard and our table often has piles of stuff there waiting to go home. It’s our dumping place!

Any how hubby got me a piece of ply 92 x 100 cm which I started to use on the table as it was wider than the table. He sanded one side for me so that it didn’t catch on the fabric and pull threads. I recently thought to try putting it on the ironing board as a better option. I can adjust the height, full height is perfect for working also I can plant it right it the middle of the room and walk all around it. It’s super. When not in use I store the ply wood behind a cupboard in the spare/sewing/computer room. It is only a few mm thick so takes little room. I do need use care when I place heavy items but it’s not been a problem so far.

My home made temp space saving cutting table

Now I just gotta get/make one of those wrist pin cushions, I know it will also make life easier.

Hope you are having a good week.

Money Monday – Soap

Money Monday, saving money one Monday at time…


Do you sometimes think the kids must eat the bath soap? Lately our soaps have been going from this to this, at lightning speed; Way too fast!

It got me thinking…

What’s going on here, once our soaps would last for ages and ages now we’re lucky if one stays with us for 2 weeks???

A couple of days later, I remembered a lesson learned, a life time ago from a lovely lady, one of those special other Mother’s we all have. I remember her often, she was very dear…And I remember many lessons learned.

Get on topic girl; I remembered that lovely lady had soap everywhere: drawers, wardrobes, kitchen and linen cupboards, broom cupboard, under mattresses and of course the bathroom and laundry. One day it got the better of me and I just had to ask. The answer was so good I should never have forgotten! Purchase soap 2-3 yrs. ahead so it has plenty of time to harden then it will last longer. And it really did! So then, soap was something I never ran out of, until lately, ‘GFC’ hit our home too. Food prices going up and up along with everything else.

This week I got back on track, I bought a truckload of soap, well a trolley-load, okay, okay several boxes; To give my stash a boost I filled both racks in the oven with new soap, turned the oven onto the lowest setting and left them sitting there for a good while, (like 2 hrs). I turned the oven off and left them there some more. Well ’til the next day actually, because I forgot them!

(Please be careful with the oven, & be sure to check the oven is off when finished).

So there you have it, go get a soap stash.


Clever Blonde, Donna G

It worked, the soap lasted a month and a couple of days, twice as long as previously. Time to add to my stash.

7 months on: Now our soaps are lasting closer to 2 months. This is an awesome simple money saving tip.