Wednesday, May 11, 2016


It is so hard to get back to writing after a long break and I could not decide where to pick. So I am sharing one of the easiest and simple DIY which will not need lot of writing and formatting.

I had this kitchen tray on my counter-top to corral my oil containers. But over a period of time, it got messy due to oil drips despite me changing the liner regularly. I had to replace tray.
Three years ago we upgraded our bathroom floors from Linoleum to tiles. And Mr. had saved and store few tiles safely for those just-in-case-the-tile-in-the-bathroom-floor-cracked-and-we-will-not-find-a-replacement.

I had seen couple of bloggers who made tray from marble slabs and I had liked them. Since I already had these marble lookalike tiles, I picked one and went to work on it.

I used these:
  1. 11x14" marble lookalike tile (you can choose the size/color of your choice)
  2. Wooden spheres (or beads) from Hobby Lobby, these come in a pack of 16 for $3.99. Use your coupon.
  3. Glue. I use E6000 for my projects but on this day I could not find it so ended using glue from dollar store which also works fine.
I turned the tile upside down. The wooden spheres comes with one hole, so applied glue on the opposite side which has a flat surface.
I glued four of the wooden spheres to four corners of the tile.
Turn the tile right side up and place something heavy (books) on it so the glue sticks to the tile. Let the glue cure for 24hours.
Next day, I painted the now new wooden feet of the tray in white. Since it was unfinished wood, I applied 2-3 coats.
I made this tray sometime last year and I find it easier to clean. I wipe off the mess on the tile with regular dish washing liquid and sponge and rinse it under the tap.
The only concern I have is I might hit the tray against the faucet while washing. But I have been careful.
I spent less than $3 for this. I had the tile which cost us $1 each when we bought it years ago. I paid $2 for the wooden spheres and I have enough leftover for other projects and I had the glue.
How did Mr. Tweaks react when he came to know that the tile was one of what he had safely stored away? I will just say, I had almost removed wooden spheres to hand over his precious tile to him. No. It did not happen.

Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A perfect solution to ceiling fan.

Last spring, we installed ceiling fans in all the 3 bedrooms and in the family room. Though we have central air conditioning we also love having the cool breeze of the air that blows from the ceiling fan.

We did not go with having a ceiling fan for the living room for the looks. Mr. Tweak would have been ready to have one but I did not agree to it.

When we have guests over, we turn on the AC to cool the living room and dining room. We had a hot summer last year. And sometimes, we wished we had a ceiling fan in the living room too since the living room has high ceiling and it would take time to cool.

Couple months ago I was contacted if I wanted to review an Ozeri Brand oscillating tower fan.
Couple weeks ago, we had a get-together at home and the weather was warmer that day. That morning, I cut open the box and assembled the fan. Which took me less than 10 minutes.
I just had to screw the base to the tower and insert the included battery to the remote.
The fan comes with an extended range remote that has all the controls required. And the best part, the remote clips to the space provided at the back of the fan when not in use. 
Both the fan and the remote has these features:
  • Increase/decrease the speed
  • Oscillate fan at 60, 90, 120 or 360 degrees
  • Pick one of the 3 pre-programmed  airflow pattern
  • Increase/decrease the timing in 30 minutes increment

This stylish fan has a multi-colored LCD that displays the functions of the fan and also the temperature.

It fits perfectly in any corner of the room.
That evening when we had guests over, we had the fan turned on. We had this cool breeze all evening. And the person sitting on the chair was feeling chill, so we changed the oscillation to 90 degrees instead of 360.
Glad that I agreed to review the fan. A sleek tower fan, a perfect solution for not having a ceiling fan.

Ozeri 360 Oscillating Tower Fan can be found on amazon.

Have a great rest of the week.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. I did receive product from Ozeri/The PR Company for my review. All the opinions are my own.