Vintage hanging lantern lit with solar lights

I bought this hanging lantern a few years ago at an auction we went to. It was wired to hang from the ceiling(I’m pretty sure this is an old restaurant lantern) the wiring was old and made me nervous so I removed it.
I love this lantern, but my ceilings are really low in the house so there isn’t anywhere for me to hang it up right now. I thought about using it as a table lamp downstairs but I think the cats would be a little too interested in trying to climb into it. The panels are glass, so it has to be someplace safe. Plus this sucker is big.
I’m not sure how I want to wire it yet, but I want to enjoy it lit up. While I think about what the final plan for my lantern is going to be I decided to put some solar lights in it. These are Solar net lights. I bought two sets on clearance after Christmas. Originally I was going to put them in the garden this summer. I put them in the lantern tonight. It’s not perfect, they don’t light up the entire light. My husband says it looks like there are fireflies in it which I thought was great.


Only one set of the lights is charged up so it’s not very bight right now, but I love that it is going to go off and on by itself. I put the solar charger panels in a nearby window and tucked the cords behind a picture frame.


Products for fine, thin, frizzy, hair

I thought I would put together some of my favorite hair products. These are not affiliate links, I didn’t get paid/compensated in any way for this. These are the actual products that I use and that work for me.

A few years ago I had my thyroid removed due to cancer. My hair which I never had a problem with up until that point, is now always dry and frizzy(ugh).(I never appreciated how easy my hair used to be)
I also shed a huge amount whenever my thyroid medication is changed, which makes my hair go crazy, and turns it into a tangly mess.

These are some of my favorite products so far that consistently work well on my hair. I have tried many more products that have not worked and just left my hair greasy or feeling weighted down which I hate.
They are all also budget friendly.


I use this almost every time I get out of the shower. It never makes my hair feel greasy or weighted down.

I lost what felt/looked like almost half of my hair volume in my last shed from a thyroid medication change. Even after deep conditioning in the shower and putting on the sleek and shine leave in conditioner, my hair was still a tangly mess that I could not comb(I use a wooden comb I picked up at Sally Beauty Supply for $5). I tried another detangler that did nothing. This one works like magic for me. A few spritzes and I can easily comb through my long hair.

I just started using this and the conditioner and so far I am very happy with it. I alternate it with my Dove shampoo and conditioner.

If my hair isn’t behaving too badly, sometimes I can just use this and don’t need to use the leave in conditioner. I don’t know that it is making my hair shinier as it claims but it conditions well.

I never really thought that there was too much difference in hair elastics/ponytail holders. I have always preferred the ones with no metal on them, but now I have been converted to these. They have no metal and are also flat which holds my fine, slippery hair better without damaging it.

Silk Drops silk serum
I have tried many other oil type products that left my hair really greasy and nasty. When my hair is super dry and frizzy I put this on the last few inches and it works wonders to smooth my hair.

This is my staple, go to shampoo. No matter how dry my hair is this always works on it.

Dove intensive repair conditioner

This is my staple, go to conditioner. No matter how dry my hair is this always works on it. I buy the biggest bottle of  this conditioner I can find. Sometimes they have big bonus bottles at Target.

I hardly ever use styling products in my hair.  When I want to get some more volume in my hair, or put some bun waves in I use this.

I cannot tell you how many other shine/gloss/smoothing sprays I have tried over the years. This is the ONLY spray that I have ever found that leaves my hair soft, smooth and shiny without being greasy or drying it out.

Valspar Fountain Mist paint – Ikea Billy Mod

I decided that I wanted to paint the back of my Ikea Billy bookcase. I looked at photos of this online and always thought it made an inexpensive bookcase really look snappy.
Normally I head right for the bright/bold colors. I wanted something different this time. I wanted the items I was going to put in the bookcase to not get lost to a loud paint color. I plan to use this bookcase as more of a display case. I wanted a paint color that would act as a pretty backdrop.
I am normally a big fan of semigloss paint but this time I didn’t want the shine of the paint to be distracting. I went to Lowe’s to look at paint and finally settled on Fountain Mist by Valspar in Eggshell.

Valspar Fountain Mist in Eggshell finish.

Valspar Fountain Mist in Eggshell finish.

This color and finish are a real departure from my normal choices but I have to say that I am loving it. It’s sort of a pale aqua, icy blue color. The color on the can lid looks gray here.




Primed Billy Bookcase Back

I spray painted the back with white primer. The back was already white, but I was afraid that it might be too smooth for the paint to stick well to it.

This is after the first coat of Fountain Mist. I know it looks like it is still white. Trust me it’s not. It’s hard to see unless it is against something that is white which my Billy bookcase is.

New iron and Amazon filler item ideas

After a very long day yesterday(9 hours in the ER with my dad-turns out he needs a pacemaker ) it was nice to come home to my delivery from Amazon.


A new iron, and since I only needed a little more to get free shipping,a small booklet of vintage butterfly stickers. If you need a cheap Amazon filler item and you like stickers checkout Dover Stickers.

There are all kinds and they cost approx. $1.50 or less and many qualify for the free super saver shipping where you spend $25.00 on qualifying items and get free shipping.

If you only need a few cents to get free shipping you can also look through the Amazon filler item finder. You put in the amount you need for free shipping and it finds items for you. I found things as low as 12 cents.

Sirloin Tips from Sirloint tip roast

This is either really smart of me or I’m dumb and just figuring out what other people already know.

I love sirloin tips. I usually buy a sirloin tip steak and cut it up into pieces and make sirloin tips from that. A few weeks back my grocery store had sirloin tip roasts on sale. I have no idea what a sirloin tip roast is but thought I could make sirloin tips from it.

“round tip roast = tip roast = sirloin tip roast = tip sirloin roast     Notes:   This roast is just a cut away from the sirloin, so it’s tender enough to be oven roasted or cut up into kabobs.  If the roast is trimmed of some fat and muscle, it’s called a trimmed tip roast = ball tip roast.    Substitutes:  tri-tip roast OR rump roast


After much Googling..I determined that a lot of other people had the same question and that some said yes and some said no to making sirloin tips from sirloin roast.

My husband even looked it up and he wasn’t sure either. What I do now is that a Sirloin tip roast cost almost less than half per pound that sirloin steak or sirloin tips.

We cut the roast into tip sized pieces. We got two meals worth of meat and froze one.

I used our Dutch oven on the stove top and first browned the meat on all sides in olive oil. I took the meat out and sauteed mushrooms and some onion. Once that was cooked down I added back in the meat and about 3/4 of a can of beef broth and some teriyaki sauce. I simmered on medium low for about 1/2 an hour (until the meat was tender).

I removed some of the liquid and cooked the rest down until it was the consistency I preferred(which is probably drier than most people like). Once it was cooked down to my liking I added the liquid back in cooked for another minute or two and served over rice pilaf.

It was delicious. Sirloin Roasts are supposedly tasty also cooked as roasts, but don’t be afraid to cut one up for sirloin tips if you find one on sale.  Was it officially sirloin tips? I’m still not 100% sure on that but it tasted just as good and the price was right so I don’t really care.