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TGIF – Weekly Wrap Up

Sous Vide Rental

If you have these things, please list them on Loanables.com

These are things people searched for this week that we don’t have on the site (or don’t have enough of):

  • Kids sporting goods – tball, soccer, football gear.
  • Industrial Clothes Iron
  • Legos
  • Concrete saw
  • Record Player

So many cool items were posted this week.  Here are just a few:

Event Space

Sous Vide Rental

Toy Rental

 

If you are looking for something on our site and can’t find it, email me.  We can usually find what you want within 24 hours!

Please comment and let me know what you’d like to know more about!  

Happy Friday,

Candace

How to Make Money From Home Without Working

I made almost $300 last month renting out stuff that has been sitting in my garage. All I had to do was get it out: it took less than 10 minutes total. That is equivalent to almost $1800 per hour!

Here’s what I rented:

Crawfish Boil Event Package – $40 each time x 5 times = $200
Turkey Fryer – $20
Camping Gear – $25 x 2 times = $50
12×12 Pop Up Tents – $10 each x 2 times = $20

It didn’t take much time; it was a good deal for the people that rented it; and, it’s great for the environment (we are sharing resources instead of over-consuming!)

The best part…

My kids want to rent their stuff out now. This is such a great way to teach kids about business. My son is going to rent out his nerf guns and use the money to buy more (the “buy more” part wasn’t what I was aiming for, but I think it’s still a valuable lesson). My daughter is “thinking about” renting out her baby dolls, but she’d rather just have friends over to play with them (it’s a process).

My husband, who was adamantly opposed to renting out any of his tools has now listed most of them. He was hooked after I sent him outside on 3 different occasions to get $40 out from under a potted plant.

Start ups are hard!

But, when you see your family excited to participate in what you’ve created, it’s all the fuel you need to keep going. I feel good teaching my kids about business and protecting the environment all while setting an example by following my dream. (Thanks for reading. I mostly wrote that last sentence so I can refer back to it for motivation on the really hard days when I feel like quitting) 😉

The Best Decision I Made When Taking Kids to D.C.

Last week, my kids and I tagged along on my husband’s
business trip to Washington, D.C. We’ve never done that before, but I couldn’t
pass up the opportunity for a free hotel room while sight-seeing in our nation’s
capital! Before we went, I searched blogs & websites for ideas on how to
spend our time and asked my BFF’s (okay, Facebook) what would be at the top of
their list for 5 & 7 year-old kids. The consensus was clear: Air &
Space Museum, Natural History Museum and the National Zoo. And, of course, the monuments and memorials all along the National Mall was a must.
When I studied the map of our hotel location and the
National Mall, I realized we were going to do quite a bit of walking to
accomplish all of these stops. Anyone with young children knows the torturous whining and complaining that would certainly ensue on mile-long walks between
museums and monuments, so I went on the hunt for other means of transportation.
My kids had learned to ride bikes just in the last month, so naturally, I went
to Loanables.com to search for bikes to rent. And you know what I found? Bikes in Austin, bikes in Knoxville, TN, folding bikes in North Port, FL, bikes in Chicago, an awesome Tandem bike in Delaware, OH, bikes in California, but how many bikes in
Washington, D.C.? None! Not a single bike for rent in Washington, D.C. So, I was
forced to hit Google and found Bike & Roll D.C. which was located just
about half a mile off the National Mall and had bikes for kids & adults
that included helmets and locks. Perfect!
We arrived and were fitted for bikes & helmets, given instructions about where to lock them up and were sent on our way! We rode up and down the
National Mall, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol; back to the Museum of
Natural History and to the White House; to the Air & Space Museum and to
the Museum of American History. We rode and rode and rode and rode. And you
know what? Not a single complaint of being tired or hot or hungry. They LOVED
it! The time spent riding in between sights was equally as enjoyable as the sights themselves.
A beautiful, picturesque way to spend our time together.
Now, when we dropped the bikes off and had to hike almost 2
miles back to our hotel…those were the worst 2 miles of our entire trip. The
whining was incessant. We must have stopped 14 times to rest. And that would
have been the ENTIRE trip had we not rented those bikes. So, the best decision
I made while on this trip…renting bikes! I do wish I could have rented the
bikes and gear from an individual because the pricing from individuals on Loanables looks a lot better than what I paid. So if you know someone who lives in D.C. please ask them to list their stuff
on Loanables!

And the next time you travel, especially with kids, check
out what you can rent for fun & entertainment, as well as transportation to
enjoy the journey even more! 

How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

If you have a closet full of old t-shirts that you never wear but you just can’t bring yourself to throw away, why not make them into a t-shirt quilt?  T-shirt quilts are the number one thing people ask me to make for them or want to know how to make themselves.  Let me tell you – they are SO easy.  Even if you are a beginning sewist you can easily turn your t-shirts into a work of art because you only have to sew in a straight line (or semi-straight – swervy seams just add character to your masterpiece).

Here’s what you need:

– T-shirts – I have made quilts that have anywhere from 9 to 30 t-shirts so pull out what you have.

– A large cardboard box (Optional) – to make a template for your t-shirt design

– Fusible fabric stabilizer –  Pellon 820 Quilter’s Grid and 821 Quilter’s Grid On-Point are great choices because they have grid lines that help with layout and construction – if you are a beginner these are for you!

– Iron

– Rotary Cutter and Rotary Mat – If you don’t own one, why not rent one from Loanables.com here?  Beware that you will probably decide it is something you can’t live without and end up purchasing one of your own.

– Fabric for borders (optional) and backing – the amount of fabric you need depends on the size of your finished quilt so you will need to figure out how you want your quilt to look and go from there.

– Batting – I like Natural Cotton batting – it stays put, is nice and flat and is easy to sew on!  Try Quilter’s Dream or Warm n Natural batting available at your local quilt shop or on Amazon.com here

– Sewing Machine – rentable on loanables.com here.

– Thread

– Sewing Needles

– Pins – quilting pins or safety pins

Making Your Quilt Top – Step By Step:

Step 1:

Lay out all your t-shirts and measure the largest design you want to include in your measuring tape.  Common sizes for your “squares’ range from 10” x 10” for children’s t-shirts up to 18” x 18”.  I often make a template that will cover the largest design and use it to cut out all of t-shirt designs.

Step 2:

Decide what size you want your quilt to be.  This will be dependent on how many shirts you want to use and how big your squares are.

Below are some standard quilt sizes (although your quilt can be any shape and size you want and it will still be perfect!)

– Crib – 42” x 72”

– Twin – 66” x 96”

– Double/full – 81” x 96”

– Queen – 90” x 102”

– Standard King – 108” x 102”

– California King – 102” x 110”

These dimensions can be made entirely out of t-shirts OR you can add sashing/borders between the shirts to get your desired length and width. (NOTE: I ALWAYS use borders – I think it adds to the quilt).

Step 3:

Cut the t-shirt fronts off of the t-shirt backs.  All you have to do is cut up the side seams and across the shoulders to free the shirt fronts from the shirt backs.  You can then use the designs on either the front or back or both!  I have even used little designs off of t-shirt sleeves as patches on my quilts OR I sew them together to make a larger square.

Step 4:

Cut squares out of your fusible fabric stabilizer the size of your desired t-shirt squares.  This is SO quick and easy if you cut them using a rotary cutter and mat.

Step 5:

Iron the fusible fabric stabilizer to the back of the t-shirt designs you want to use – be sure to center the design in the middle o the stabilizer.

Step 6:

Cut out your t-shirt designs around the edges of the fusible fabric stabilizer.  Again, this is VERY fast if you cut with your rotary cutter and mat.

Step 7:

Lay out your quilt top.  Make sure the t-shirt designs are where you want them to be and lay out your borders until you are happy.  If you are using borders, now is the time to cut your borders using your rotary cutter and mat OR, you can buy a Jelly Roll of fabric and use the strips as your quilt borders.

Step 8:

Pin the t-shirt design squares together directly or to a border.  I usually pin one, sew it, iron it, and then pin the next one on it.  Be careful ironing t-shirt designs as they may melt so make sure to use a low temperature iron.

Step 9:

Sew your shirts/borders together to make your quilt top.

Step 10:

Iron the whole quilt top so that it is really flat.

After you are done admiring your work, it’s time to construct the quilt back.  I often wait until the top is done to choose my backing fabric – I like patterned fabric on the back to pull all the colors from the front together.  Here is a quilt where I used  a great patterned fabric and the leftover shirt designs for the back.

To make the backing:

Step 1: Measure your quilt.  You will need to buy a piece of fabric at least as long as your quilt from top to bottom.  If your quilt is wider than 44” or 60” you will need double this.  There are some fancy ways to piece your back together using less fabric but for a first timer, I would go for 2xlength.

Step 2: Cut and piece your back together to be the same size as your quilt top.

Step 3: Iron your backing so that it is really flat.

Cutting the Batting:

Finally, cut your batting the same size as your quilt back.  I usually lay my batting out on the floor or a very large table and lay my quilt back on top of it.  I then cut around the quilt back using scissors or a rotary cutter.

Putting It All Together:

Now you are ready to assemble your quilt!  I have done this 2 ways – both are great – it just depends on the look you are going for.

The Flipping Method:

I love this method as it is easy and finishes the edges without having to “bind” the quilt.  To do this you should:

1 – Lay your batting out on the floor or a large table.

2 – Lay your quilt back face up on top of your batting so that the edges meet and are even.

3 – Lay your quilt top face down on top of your quilt back.

4 – Pin around the edges.

5 – Carefully pick your quilt up and sew around the edges leaving about an 18” opening.  I would allow about a 5/8” to 1” seam allowance – sometimes the edges are uneven so a slightly bigger seam allowance makes sure you catch all the edges and don’t have any holes in your seam.  If your sewing machine has a walking foot, it sometimes helps to use that to get the batting and quilt top and back through the machine evenly.

6 – Carefully flip your quilt right side out – the back should be on the back and the front on the front and the batting in between.

7 – Close the 18” opening by turning the seam allowance to the inside, pinning the opening closed and stitching close to the edge.

8 – Lay your quilt on the floor or table and pull it until it is really flat.

9 – Pin the layers together – I use a ton of pins…everywhere.

10 – Stitch through all of the quilt layers to hold them together.  I usually just stitch in the ditch (in between the shirts or between the border and shirts in a grid like pattern) so that your batting doesn’t move in between the front and back and your quilt stays together.  This also helps the designs pop out a bit.

The Sandwich Method:

This is a more traditional method with a binding.  It takes a little more work but it turns out beautifully.

1 – Lay your quilt back face down on a table or the floor

2 – Lay the batting down on top of the quilt back matching up the edges

3 – Lay the quilt top down on top of the batting face up so that you make a sandwich

4 – Pin the quilt all over to hold it together while you sew

5 – I usually sew around the edge about 1” from the edge of the fabric to hold everything in the sandwich

6 – Stitch in the ditch (in between the shirts or between the border and shirts in a grid like pattern).

7 – Add a binding to finish your quilt.  You can either make your own bias binding or buy pre-made binding from your local quilt shop or Amazon.com.

Here is a great step by step for binding a quilt on craftsy.com if you have never done a binding: binding a quilt

And that’s it!  I love to help people complete their projects so if you ever have questions, feel free to e-mail me at saraarizona2@gmail.com

Happy Quilting!

I made $230 for about 10 minutes of work from home!

I’m from Louisiana, and my husband from Indiana makes the best crawfish I have ever had.  That’s why I married him!  I mean really how can a farm boy from Indiana know how to boil crawfish better than the cajuns I grew up with?!?  He’s paradoxical, and I love him. But I’m not writing a love story…


So naturally we own a crawfish boil set up (huge pot with strainer, gas burner, big ice chest, etc,). It all sits in our garage 364 days per year unused.  I decided to post it and a few other things on Loanables.


Go to Rental Page

Last month, I rented it out 3 times!  I’ve already rented it more than that this month, too, but that’s not included in my $230!  (April is actually more but I’ll save that for another post).  Here’s what I rented out in March:


Crawfish boil stuff at 40/night. I rented it twice for 2 nights, and once for one night  = $200
Table at $10
2 pop up canopies/tents at $20. 

The day of, I texted the person renting and said it’d be outside my garage. They could leave money under my doormat (until someone pointed out I don’t have one), via PayPal, Venmo or the Square Cash. They sent money, picked it up and dropped it off. I never even saw them, though I did enjoy the occasional picture/video of them using it.  It made me feel good, plus I got money for something that has literally been sitting in my garage for over 10 years doing nothing but collecting dust. 

If you have a set-up that someone can pick up and easily have a party, it will rent frequently. Comment or email me if you want help!  

I’m on a rental high,

Candace

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Confessions of a Pinterest Mom

I admit it…I’m hooked.  I love Pinterest and all the amazing ideas that come with it.  As a mom of 4 kids 6 and under, I especially love the kid stuff: decorating for kids, kid crafts, kid parties, … and the list goes on.  And I don’t stop at Pinterest, I love to create new things – pull themes from Google, Pinterest, Facebook, etc. together to pull off amazingly creative stuff.  And when I don’t have time to do it all, I come up with the ideas and I outsource it.  

Most recently, I focused all these efforts on throwing a 5th birthday party for my daughter.  I know she would have happily had a bounce house and a piñata and called it a day but that wouldn’t be nearly as fun would it?  So, we settled on a cookie decorating party and decided to have it at our “new” house – a future demo project that happens to be sitting empty.  It was a lot of work but anyone could pull this off…even if you’re not a Pinterest mom.  Here’s how:

What you need:

  • Tables and chairs – especially important if you don’t hold the party at home – available on loanables.com here
  • Party supplies – plates, napkins, cups, utensils, table cloths, happy birthday banner, etc.  in the theme of your choice – tons of choices on Amazon.  We used these rainbow unicorns
  • Piñata and loot – available at Party City or your local party supply store – I filled mine with rainbow starburst, dum dums, and mardi gras beads – all very cheap in bulk at Party City


  • Cookies and icing – this is where you can outsource – if you are in Austin, check out junebugandmoo.com – my friend Megan is amazing and made rainbow unicorn cookies with special sprinkles and icing in squeeze bottles for the kids to decorate.  The cookies were easy and adorable!  

     

     

  • Aprons – you can rent these, buy them or make them.  I bought aprons in rainbow colors and embroidered the kids’ names on them (you can totally do it without their names but I can sew so why not?).  Then I hung them on the wall as decoration.   
  • Glitter handled spoons – I made these following the instructions here: Making Glitter Spoons   or you can buy them on Etsy here. I also found some cute tags on Etsy from NecessiTees to tie around the spoons.  

  • Cake – I bought a plain cake from Whole Foods and topped it with some extra special cookies from JunebugandMoo.com

  • Food/Snacks/Drinks – available from your local grocery (or Costco where I buy everything!).  I put mine in some tin buckets and labeled them with chalk labels.

When the kids arrived at our party, they found their aprons and headed out to decorate some cookies on the patio.  After they were done and had had a snack, we hit the piñata, collected our treasures (you can use the apron pockets as collection bags), and finished up with some delicious cake.  The kids had a blast and I was a happy Pinterest mom since the whole thing was so darn cute.  I just wish I had taken a picture of all the kids in their party aprons!

A Plea to Pinterest Moms

After my second child was born, I bought a sewing machine and took 3 lessons.  I sucked, and I didn’t enjoy it enough to focus and try to get better.



For my son’s 3rd birthday party and my daughter’s 1st birthday party, I threw lavish birthday parties. Again, I sucked at it, and it stressed me out.  Now they get a cake and a pinata and we call it a day.

For Easter one year, I went and got all the stuff for a craft day with the kids.  We were going to make and decorate an egg-shaped pinata.  I got all the step-by-step directions from a super-cute blog ironically named Oh Happy Day.  I can follow directions so shouldn’t be any problems, right?!  Well, you use a balloon as the form for the egg.  Ours blew up about half way through the project, giving my daughter PTSD and requiring us to repaint the ceiling in our kitchen (that flour mix does NOT come off).  

And then there was Christmas.. I  attempted to make a gingerbread house out of graham crackers this time from a blog lovingly named Happiness is Homemade.  By the time my kids were 2 and 4, I came to terms that I am NOT a Pinterest Mom.  Better than that: I’m ok with it. We all have our strengths; being crafty is not mine.


However, my kids go to these amazing parties, and they say, “can we do that at my next birthday?”  And, my response?  “No. because it makes mean mommy come out.”  I went to an awesome party Sunday, and it got me thinking…why don’t all you crafty, Pinterest moms put up the supplies and decorations for the rest of us to rent on Loanables.com?!?  




You could recoup some of the cost of your party, and do a good deed by helping a mom like me look like the super-mom I am not.  It could be a party in a box.  I’ll even create a category on Loanables just for these packages.  What do you say?!?

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How are you protected when you use Loanables?

My husband DID NOT WANT TO RENT HIS TOOLS! But I pulled the “you have to support me” card; so of course he did. He had the same question we hear all of the time: What happens if my stuff is damaged or if someone hurts themselves while using them?This is one of the main reasons you should use Loanables (even if you just want to lend your stuff to a friend). Both parties are protected by a loan agreement. I’m not an attorney so I have to say this: ask your attorney for legal advice. Treat this blog just like you’d treat a friend giving you advice (take it or leave it at your own discretion).


How the agreement protects you:
  • The person renting the item is responsible for any damage – they have to pay the rental fee plus have the item either repaired or pay replacement cost.  
  • The person renting the item agrees to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and operating instructions.
  • If the person renting the item is harmed in any way during use of the item, he/she holds both the owner of the item and Loanables harmless (Use at your own risk)

My Advice on the Security DepositThe security deposit could simply be the replacement cost of the item, or what the item is worth to you. Keep in mind, renters will consider this number as something they have to come up with at the start of the rental (even though it is refunded when the item is returned) so if the number is ridiculously high, people will be less likely to rent it. So, if it’s a family heirloom that is worth a MILLION dollars to you, let’s just not list that. Okay? Accordingly, if an item is nearing the end of its useable life or after several rentals when you feel you’ve earned enough to cover the money you invested in the item, consider reducing the security deposit so it is more enticing to renters.   Personally, I don’t follow my own advice (do you?). I actually don’t ask for a security deposit at all because I typically only rent to people in my hyper-local market (people that live really close or are part of a community I belong to (school, church, etc). I figure if something goes wrong, we will both want to work it out amicably. If you want us to create a private group link that allows you to rent with a group you know, like and trust, email us at info@loanables.com. Let us know the name of the neighborhood or type of group and we will get you set up with a link to invite your tribe.

Most importantly…Our community is built on trust, and this trust is fostered by our rating system.  We use the rating system to filter out bad users and continually improve service. After a transaction, both sides get the opportunity to rate each other. We are proud that the average user rating on Loanables is 4.8 out of 5 stars.

 

 

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Earn an Average of $3000 a Year Renting Stuff You Already Own

I’ve done an unscientific survey of stay-at-home moms and have found that most have at least 20 things on the list below.  You could earn an average of $3000 per year renting these things!


1 Ladder
2 Sewing Machine / Embroidery Machine
3 Power Washer
4 SUV
5 Tools (From Hammers at $2 to Saws at $50)
6 Kids Bikes
7 Theme Party Supplies (don’t throw them away after the party is over)
8 Musical instruments
9 Toys by age (don’t give them away put them in groups of 10 by age)
10 Kids Electric Vehicle
11 Skateboard / Hoverboard
12 Cooler (more for brands like Yeti)
13 Camping Gear
14 Sports gear
15 Kids Special Occassion outfits
16 Wii / Playstation / Nintendo / Xbox
17 Ski Clothes / Winter Wear
18 Formal Wear
19 Lawn Mower / Weed Eater / Edger
20 Steam Cleaner
21 Dog / Cat Crate
22 Table
23 Fold up chairs
24 Wagon
25 Fitness Gear (weights / bands / yogo mat, etc
26 Stroller
27 Car seat / booster
28 Ice cream maker
29 Crock pot / Slow Cooker
30 Tea Party Set
31 Glassware
32 Fishing Gear
33 Maternity Clothes
34 Dolly / moving blankets
35 Hammock
36 Shoes / Accessories
37 Meat Slicer
38 Freeze Drier
39 Dog / Kids Gate
40 Beach Gear
41 Highchair
42 Vaccuum cleaner
43 Animal Trap
44 Luggage
45 Tent / canopy
46 Outdoor furntiure
47 Metal Detector
48 Painting Gear
49 Picnic Basket, blankets & portable games
50 Board Games
List your Stuff at www.loanables.com and Start Earning some Passive Income!

Healthy-ish Margarita Recipe

It’s getting warmer which means it’s Margarita Season (my name for Spring).  In order to justify my indulgence, I came up with this yummy “Healthy-ish Margarita” recipe.

1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice 
1 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
1.5 oz Organic Tequila (no pesticides or fertilizers = no hangover according to some experts)

Put the ingredients in a shaker, and fill it with ice.  

Shake well then strain into a margarita glass (if you’re feeling fancy) or a solo cup (if you’re like me 😉

If you like it sweeter, make your own simple syrup: 1 Tablespoon Date Syrup + 1 Tablespoon Warm Water (can also use Maple syrup or coconut sugar).  Or, put these ingredients in a blender with your favorite fresh fruit (skip the artificial colors and refined sugars)



You can even make it a party with a margarita machine:
https://www.loanables.com/items/2948

Margarita Machine Rental in Austin,TX

For a margarita machine, you use:
1 Litter Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1 Litter Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
2 Litters Tequila
1 Litter Simple Syrup (only if you want sweet)

And, if you don’t want to work this hard, you can just use the mix that comes with the margarita machine rental. Let’s face it: “being healthy” is probably not at the top of your concerns when drinking margaritas anyway. 

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