Saturday, June 7, 2014

Silicon Caulk is My Friend

I needed some new everyday flip flops.  I had just recently moved back to Minnesota from Idaho and had forgotten how professional sports can be so popular.  I went to TJ Maxx and found these sweet flip flops for a steal!
I was so excited about my purchase but my husband asked if they were giving them away at the store (he's a Dodger fan)  After putting them on and almost slipping several times I realized WHY they were so inexpensive.  Maybe they SHOULD have given them away.  They were so slippery but I wasn't ready to throw them away just yet.  My mind got thinking about how I could give the bottoms some grip. 
I remembered seeing silicon caulking used on the bottom of area rugs to make them slip resistance.  I had never tried it but since I have often joked that I should buy stock in caulking because I use it so much I was able to go down to my stash and find just the right kind.
This is a caulk that goes on white but dries clear...a perfect solution!  I no longer have to worry about slipping:)

New Use For Pool Noodles

Since we finally sold our house and moved to a new state I haven't had much time to build or create.  Mostly it's a space issue since I don't have a garage or workshop.  But I did come up with some good tips that I thought I would share.

While packing to move I needed something to protect all my fragile antique frames and framed photographs.  I went to the store and found thick heavy foam corners for protection.  I thought they were a bit spendy, $8 for one set, and I had some oval frames for which they would be useless.  So I came up with my own plan.

I tried to think of how I could make my own and save money.  I had seen dollar store pool noodles used for various things in the past and thought they seemed like the perfect idea.   So I went to the store and bought $8 dollars worth, which would go much farther than the 4 little corners I had previously bought.

I cut a slit down the middle and just tucked them over the edges of the frames.

I was even able to wrap them around my oval frames and tape them in place...wish I had taken a photo. Then I packed them in boxes in a vertical position.  This also allowed me to use them as spacers around fragile art I had created.

In the end I bought more than 20 pool noodles and used them all in my move.  They were perfect protectors and spacers.