Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pillow Talk

I have been searching for new pillows for our living room since we purchase our sofa/sectional back in October. I haven't had any luck. But while I was browsing the aisle in Target I came across these oh so cute place mats
Then I thought maybe this would work as a pillow cover. So at $3.99 each I took one home to experiment. I used tweezers to pull the stitching apart in the corner and made a hole about 3 inches wide. I only used tweezers because I didn't have scissors that are small enough to cut the stitching.
Next I cut open an old pillow I had stashed away and I transferred the stuffing to the new place mat pillow. Then I just hand stitched the hole back together. I actually was able to go into the small holes that were already there. The end result looked good. so I ran out and bought a second place mat and did the same thing.

And that's how I got two new pillows for only $8. Now I just need to find like 5 more that complement these!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Big Recycling News For Philly

Starting August 1st we can now recycle plastics 1-7 in Philadelphia! I am a little too excited about this!

Here's a run down of what the plastics can be recycled (courtesy of Philly Streets Department)

#1: Soda, water bottles
#2: Milk jugs, detergents, shampoo bottles
#3: Rigid plastic containers and juice bottles
#4: Plastic tubs and lids from butter, margarine or similar products
#5: Yogurt containers and deli trays
#6: Plastic cups, plates and to-go containers
#7: Many mixed plastic containers and plastic products

This is just an example. Always check any plastics you would like to recycle and make sure its numbered with 1-7. And as always make sure you remove any lids before throwing them in your recycling bin.

Somethings that still can't be recycled in Philadelphia include:

Metal: Aluminum foil, pots/pans, paper clips
Glass: Light bulbs, window glass
Mixed Paper: Hard back books, tissues, paper towels, napkins, wax-coated cups or containers, food-soiled paper, file folders
Plastic: Styrofoam, plastic bags, PVC pipe, packing inserts or “peanuts.”
Other: Chemicals, rubber, wood, and ceramic or porcelain plates or cups

This new recycling program in great news for that stainless steel trash can I have been eyeing at Homegoods that Jeff thinks is to small.

If you want more information on Philadelphia's recycling program go to Philly Streets Department. While your there check out their Recycling Pays Program where you get points for recycling each week that your can cash in for coupons and other cool stuff!