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11 Alternative Uses for Bicarbonate of Soda

One of my little guilty pleasures is picking up the free Waitrose Weekend paper if I pop in there, and then coming back for a browse with a cuppa and a piece of cake!
In this week’s issue there was a small article with the headline “Bicarb rises to the beauty challenge” about how a celebrity make up artist uses bicarb to make a paste for facials.

It lists some other uses of bicarb too, and it got me thinking about all the myriad of uses there are for this wonder stuff!
So here’s my Top 10 11 (alternative) uses for…bicarbonate of soda

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Ten Ways to Upcycle Pillowcases

I sometimes think that pillowcases must breed in airing cupboards, as I always seem to find loads skulking at the back of the airing cupboard, on the rare occasion that I have a clear out!
If you too have a plethora of pillowcases (anyone know the official collective noun for pillowcases..?!), or if you find an especially lovely one in a charity shop, here are some great ideas for re-purposing them.

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Drawer to Bookshelf!

I’ve been wanting a new bookshelf in our bedroom for a while now, to try and alleviate some of the clutter of books and magazines that end up littering the floor by my side of the bed.
I’ve seen lots of ideas on Pinterest, and have been on the look out for something like an old fruit crate or a wine crate to nail to the wall. But everytime I”ve seen one, it hasn’t been quite right-too flimsy, too big, too narrow….

But then inspiration struck!
You may remember the upcycling extravaganza that was Hubby’s triumphant sideboard to guinea pig cage transformation.



After :)

After 🙂

There were a couple of draws left over, and I suddenly realised that when you turn a drawer on it’s end, it looks quite like a bookshelf!

Hubby is very clever, and made a little shelf to go across the middle, so that I can have two shelves.
We then painted it, and I dug out some old 1950’s magazines that I found at a Flea Market last year (I knew they would come in handy!) and deco patched the sides and then top.
I then went back to my (still) tidy fabric stash, and picked out one of my favourites, to use on the back.
(If you’re interested, I used Mod Podge to do both the paper deco-patching, and the fabric-I heart Mod Podge a lot!)


And here it is!

Lying down, looking a bit more like a drawer

Lying down, looking a bit more like a drawer

And on the wall, looking more like a shelf!

And on the wall, looking more like a shelf!

Apologies for the lack of ‘before’ pics.
MUST get more organised with taking photos. You would think I would have got the hang of this blogging thing by now…