That's not to say we haven't found ways to make do with what we have. When I needed to store those 4th of July rice krispie treats, I wrapped them in parchment paper and stuck them in a plastic bag. When Bella had a sore spot on her foot that she wouldn't stop licking, we fashioned a bandage from a piece of toilet paper, twist ties, and a plastic bag. When I needed a carrying case for some thank you cookies...well, basically it all just comes down to having plastic bags.
In honor of making do, and plastic bags, here's how you can make a decent thank you gift without the material requirements of Pinterest.
"Making Do" Thank You Gift:
Bake your most showy cookies (alternatively, buy a carton of showy cookies--that would have been a jillion times easier). I made cut out cookies. All of my cookie cutters are stuck in a carton on a boat in the middle of the ocean, so I used a cup to cut circles in the dough.
Find a carrying case for your thank you cookies. All of my disposable plates are stuck on that same boat. I upcycled one (that's Pinterest-talk for "scrambled around looking for anything that might work") from an old cereal box. I cut the box in half, width-wise, and wrapped it in foil to keep it all together.
|I've got to start taking photos in natural morning light.|
This will never be a serious lazy lifestyle blog.
Put the cookies in a European produce bag. Write a nice note using the magic marker you stole from the movers, and a half sheet of the printer paper stack you shoved in your suitcase "just in case." Slice a small hole in the paper, and shove one handle of the plastic bag through the gigantic rip that ensues.
Tie it all together, and reward yourself by eating 2-3 of the leftover cookies that wouldn't fit in the tray.
|Doesn't get much classier.|
We returned to IKEA yesterday (told you), in another futile attempt to purchase a mattress topper. The Tuddal, it turns out, is hugely popular, probably because it's the second-to-cheapest model, and way better than the other ones. We felt sad, but buoyed ourselves up by buying a bag of meatballs, a package of frozen fish, and six little planter cups with herb seedlings.
|Another example of making do:|
I didn't have plastic wrap to cover the seedlings.
Those are cut up plastic bags held on the cup with elastic bands.
Half are rubber bands, half are old hair bands.
|We have basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, and two other ones I don't remember.|
I'm beginning to feel better from my weekend infirmity. Until today, it's been a lot of sitting on the couch with this view:
|Could be worse.|