Pennies & sense

Thrifty how-to's & such by Corina Ross

I turned this lonely wooden clog into an airplant ‘planter’. I love it!

corinaross:

Floral workshop + Chattanooga,TN

I had the pleasure of attending a floral workshop yesterday evening.  I now know how to effectively make a flower crown!

Rethink: IKEA ‘s stainless utensil basket


I love these things! (They’re cheap, functional, and super versatile.)

I picked up a few of these at IKEA and initially thought they would make great bathroom organizer bins. Then, my wheels started spinning. “This thing is handy!” I dropped my orchid in one, as then a maiden-hair fern. I did end up utilizing one for utensils like it was intended, but shortly after placed another orchid in it. They’re durable, rust-resistant, and offer excellent air circulation and drainage. It adds a little metallic-ness through-out the house, and I dig it. Rethink labels!

:Mini restoration to cast iron enamelware:


I scored this Le Creuset Dutch oven for $12 at a local thrift store. I was worried about the condition of the enamel at the bottom. It had been scorched brown, and was pretty gross. I tried soap and scrubbing with no avail. 

I asked my mother in-law if she knew any tricks on how to clean it.

Here is her secret:

1. Soak in scalding hot water
2. Add a dishwasher tab and let is dissolve and soak over night
3. Scrub with scotch bright the next day and rinse.

It did the trick!

I wish I had a before photo- just imagine you melted a chocolate bar and let it sit for a while.  (Yuck)

:Mini restoration to cast iron enamelware:


I scored this Le Creuset Dutch oven for $12 at a local thrift store. I was worried about the condition of the enamel at the bottom. It had been scorched brown, and was pretty gross. I tried soap and scrubbing with no avail.

I asked my mother in-law if she knew any tricks on how to clean it.

Here is her secret:

1. Soak in scalding hot water
2. Add a dishwasher tab and let is dissolve and soak over night
3. Scrub with scotch bright the next day and rinse.

It did the trick!

I wish I had a before photo- just imagine you melted a chocolate bar and let it sit for a while. (Yuck)

Think outside of the box (or planter for that matter)

Think outside of the box (or planter for that matter)

I enjoy free-hand typography (When I have a moment to spare).  I made this sign for my Facebook group Chattanooga Vintage goodness. My friend and I hosted a booth at St. Elmo’s Spring corner festival in April this year and needed signage!  We met some lovely enthusiast at the festival, and gained a few new group members. The group is a great place to gawk, sell, or trade vintage goods ( locally only ) . Let’s get the vintage train rolling in #CHA ! Join yourself, and tell your friends!

I enjoy free-hand typography (When I have a moment to spare).  I made this sign for my Facebook group Chattanooga Vintage goodness. My friend and I hosted a booth at St. Elmo’s Spring corner festival in April this year and needed signage!  We met some lovely enthusiast at the festival, and gained a few new group members. The group is a great place to gawk, sell, or trade vintage goods ( locally only ) . Let’s get the vintage train rolling in #CHA ! Join yourself, and tell your friends!

corinaross:

This is our #Microgarden this year 🍀🌿🌱🌰

This is our Microgarden this year. All organic heirloom edibles (whoop whoop!) tutorial coming soon on how I prepped this #stocktank into a portable garden bed !!

corinaross:

This is our #Microgarden this year 🍀🌿🌱🌰

This is our Microgarden this year. All organic heirloom edibles (whoop whoop!) tutorial coming soon on how I prepped this #stocktank into a portable garden bed !!

corinaross:

My morning attitude check : “Confidence comes from knowing and accepting your whole self as it is.” -unknown // I have struggled with acne for years. It has been one of the biggest confidence squashers since I was a teenager. I would get so aggravated when others point out their one tiny zit when I have an entire face full. I am learning to let it go! Everyone struggles with something or other. This is mine. I want to share to show myself I am bigger than my struggle, and I don’t care what others think. I have come to the conclusion that we all have something we struggle with about ourselves. No one is perfect, and that’s that. Be you! This is just a small part of me.  I love my husband, gardening, antiques, sewing, cooking, tasting new wines, trying on cloths, typography, yoga, going out with the friends, helping others, and learning something new! Don’t let your confidence squasher get you down. Show it who’s boss! It doesn’t own you. #truth #honest #beyourself #acne #struggles #namaste

This is only a small part of me. I’m quite mortified posting this ! But I hope others will feel inspired to just do what they do, and be themselves  relentlessly !

corinaross:

My morning attitude check : “Confidence comes from knowing and accepting your whole self as it is.” -unknown // I have struggled with acne for years. It has been one of the biggest confidence squashers since I was a teenager. I would get so aggravated when others point out their one tiny zit when I have an entire face full. I am learning to let it go! Everyone struggles with something or other. This is mine. I want to share to show myself I am bigger than my struggle, and I don’t care what others think. I have come to the conclusion that we all have something we struggle with about ourselves. No one is perfect, and that’s that. Be you! This is just a small part of me. I love my husband, gardening, antiques, sewing, cooking, tasting new wines, trying on cloths, typography, yoga, going out with the friends, helping others, and learning something new! Don’t let your confidence squasher get you down. Show it who’s boss! It doesn’t own you. #truth #honest #beyourself #acne #struggles #namaste

This is only a small part of me.
I’m quite mortified posting this ! But I hope others will feel inspired to just do what they do, and be themselves relentlessly !

penniesandsense:

I decided to give a-go at the cat flats. I thought they turned out rather well !

What I used : packaging tape, puffy paint, and a paint brush. I decided to use the puffy paint because I thought it would wear better if my shoes were to get a bit damp.

I bought the flats at a dollar store (winning) and had the paint from an old art project, but you can get it at a craft store or wal-mart.

There is really nothing to it! Give it a go!!

//Photobomb by miss b the calico

#tbt = cat lay shoes !