Guest Blogger: Creative Household Solutions for a Man
I’m excited to have my very first guest blogger today! My husband, Reid, is going to share some helpful tips on how to accomplish manly tasks using crafty items. Take it away, Reid!
Thanks Megan! Let me first begin by saying I am your #1 fan. I have read your blog at least 5 times. Homestyle Basil is my favorite blog…or whatever it’s called.
Manly Project #1
Ok, so for our first manly task I am going to demonstrate how you can fix a leaky pipe with a few simple tools and a couple scraps of Heather Bailey fabric. (Note: You can use other types of fabric but I have found Heather Bailey fabric to be the most durable in stopping leaks).
Like any normal plumbing job you will want a hammer, staple gun, crescent wrench, and hot glue gun. Pretty typical stuff so far. In addition to this array of tools you will also need some fabric scraps and a seamstress measuring tape. (Note: It is vital that you use a hammer that looks like it was designed by Playskool)
Now, depending on how bad the leak is, you may find it necessary to use an entire fat quarter. If that is the case I would STRONGLY recommend that you use Amy Butler. I can’t tell you how many leaky pipes I have sealed with Mrs. Butler’s bold and vibrant patterns.
Once you have determined how much fabric to use based on the size of the leak, the next step is quite easy. Simply take the fabric and wrap it around the portion of the pipe where it is leaking. You will then want to just, I don’t know, tie it in a bunch of knots and stuff. (Note: You must be left-handed for this to work).
To go the extra mile and ensure that the leak never rears its ugly head, take your staple gun and give that pipe a few shots, securely fastening the fabric to the pipe. That should do the trick. If the problem persists (which I doubt it will) you should go ahead and use the hot glue gun for a double dose.
Here is a picture of what you will look like doing this very manly project. You can order your authentic Reid mechanic shirts on my Etsy shop. We only have XS and XXXL left in stock.
Manly Project #2
Now we have all been in that situation where we are sitting on the throne and we find ourselves in that precarious dilemma of needing TP and not having any. So what do you do? Simple answer: Take those leftover scraps of fabric and vintage sheet material and store them in the bathroom to use for a more eco-friendly and frugal alternative to conventional TP.
I personally prefer the touch and softness of vintage sheets over fabric. Plus, the floral patterns found in vintage sheets take me back to the summers I spent camping as a child…we would often go to the bathroom outside among the wild prairie flowers.
Manly Project #3
For all you rock n’ rollers out there who enjoy banging their heads to hardcore groups like Hootie and the Blowfish and Creed, you will really benefit from this next project.
Playing the guitar (or at least pretending to in front of the mirror by yourself) with a strap can be rather chafing. How can you rock out for as long as you want while not rubbing your shoulder raw? Well this is where our friends fabric and vintage sheets help us out.
Take your favorite floral patterns (you know, the ones that scream “I am so hardcore it’s not even funny”) and tie them together for a no-sew guitar strap. I recommend using “double windsor navy seal bowflex knots” myself, but any old knot will do.
Simply measure out the fabric to the length that will make you look the coolest and voila! You are ready to head on down to the local tavern this Tuesday night to play in that Goo Goo Dolls cover band you’ve always dreamed of.
Manly Project #4
For my final manly project, I want to show you all how to make a high mileage motor oil out of common household products. (Note: This oil is only to be used in 1989 Buick Skylarks).
All you need is some Starbucks decaf ground coffee (use non-decaf for diesel engines), corn syrup, baking soda, hot fudge, Dr. Bronner’s soap, and worcestershire sauce.
Use a pinch of coffee, a dollop of corn syrup, a dash of baking soda, a heaping spoonful of hot fudge, a good portion of Dr. Bronner’s soap, and however much worsctershire sauce as you feel like in the moment.
Let the ingredients sit in the sun for 6 hours, boil it at room temperature anytime between 2:30 and 4:00 a.m. for 2 hours+3 more hours, then freeze it for a 1 hour less than what you boiled it for divided by the number of ice cubes in the freezer. Once that is done, put it on your nightstand and it will be ready for use the following morning.
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