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Vintage Water Filter Idea

Here is another vintage idea from the old Ogden cigarette card collection. This card shows how to use a bucket with a hole drilled in the bottom for an emergency water filter.

According to the back of the card, this cigarette tip was Boy Scout Tip 47 issued by W.A. and A.C. Churchman, a branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co. The back reads: Continue Reading →


Match Lighting Tip

Lighting a match in the wind can be tricky.

Check out this vintage and useful idea for lighting a wooden match that provides extra burn time and protects the flame. I just love these old cigarette card tips. There are truly timeless.

Here is my wooden match that I cut. Continue Reading →


Aluminum Foil Box Tip

I just found out something that I never knew about Aluminum foil and plastic wrap boxes. They have these end tabs that you are suppose to push in to hold the roll in place. By locking the tabs on the box ends, it holds the rolls in place and prevents them from falling out. Oh you know what I’m talking about if you have had the whole roll fall out of the box and you had to roll it back up. What a pain, right?

Well I can’t believe after my 50 some years of life that I’m just now finding out this great tip. Continue Reading →


Unusual Mushroom

I found this unusual wild mushroom growing on the side of my home. It cropped out of the rocks and grew up against the siding. It is just so weird-looking and has stained black powder on the ground and wall of the outside of the house.

Black Ink Mushroom

Maybe it was just leftover from Halloween because this creature is sure strange and scary looking!


Recycle Wooden Pallets into Bookshelves

Here is some useful ideas on how to recycle old wooden pallets into bookshelves, wine holders and photo displays.

Just 3 cuts down the wooden pallet and a few finishing touches and you have some very nice shelves to hold books, toys, wine, photos, and just about anything else that will fit on the shelves.

You can find the original post about this idea at Me and Madeline which has more photos and details.

I just thought this was such a quick and easy way to recycle old wood pallets into repurposed shelves that I wanted to share it here at My Useful Ideas!