Using leftover materials from around the house, you can make a cute picture holder.  Give it as a gift, or keep it for yourself, this is especially a great way to use up those last bits of ribbon that you would otherwise throw away.

Do you like wine?  I like wine.  There are so many screw top bottles now though that when I get one with a cork, I get pretty excited that I get to use my fancy cork screw.  And I always keep the corks...unless the removal process destroys them of course.

I recently used some of those corks to make great looking gift tags.  (Even though the gifts I gave with them guessed, you can use these on any gift.  That's what I'll be doing come December!

Cushions make great accent pieces and kids just love them, especially if they are soft, cuddly, colourful and have a cute character on the front.   It's a shame though that many cushions need to be thrown in the wash as a whole when they get dirty.  And kids make things dirty.  Really dirty.  Throwing the entire cushion in the wash really adds wear to it and changes the way the stuffing feels.  A lot of the time it's just the cushion cover that needs washing anyway.

Cushions with zipper closures can look very nice.  But the zipper can scratch certain surfaces like your furniture, or your kids, let me show you how to make an envelope cushion cover that can be easily removed when it needs to be washed and that won't assault your children in any way.  

I am swimming in thread. I tried organizing all of my spools by colour into zip lock bags, then in a box, but it was too hard to get to them all.   And I didn't want to spend the $$ on one of those special thread organizers.  Plus to find one big enough for my stash would have cost too much and would have taken up too much space.  I don't have an office or a place to display these types of things, so I needed to find something that could be a space saver as well.  Something I could just neatly store away when not in use.  Then on a shopping trip to Michaels, I noticed that all of the scrapbook organizers were on sale.   Plus I had one of those 40% off coupons they have every week.  I don't know which containers are made for what in the scrapbooking world, so I just looked for something to serve my purpose.  This is what I found: