Play Bingo At Home With Recycled Items

Board games are fun indeed and a great ice-breaker too. However, sometimes these days board games may not always be easy on our pockets. The moment you step a foot into a toy store and bump into a game you fancy buying, you realise that the prices are sky high. You end up panicking and rarely able to pick anything much from the store. But if you are clever enough, you can get handful of recycled items, craft it at home and have as much fun with your family and friends. When asked for a game for a large group of people, the first game that comes to my mind is bingo! The ultimate group game for people of all ages. Here are some clever ways to recycle items at home and have a bingo party!

Make Bingo Balls

The main component in a game of bingo are the bingo balls. Polystyrene balls are a great option. They come in parcels, hence are easy to find. Number these balls with a marker and you are good to go. You can also use plastic bottle caps and use them to mark numbers. If these two also don’t seem much of a good idea, you can take use carton boxes and cut them into round shapes and mark numbers from 1 to 75 or 1 to 90. They may work just well.

Ball Jumblers

As you know ball jumblers too are an intergral part of bingo. There’s always a bingo caller who picks out numbers from the tombola basket. You can use a simple box, make a hand-sized hole to pull out numbers. Easy peasy! You can also use a bag or a hat to do the same.

Bingo Cards

You have to admit they are perhaps the easiest of all. Making your own, nifty thrifty game of bingo couldn’t get any easier. You can take a cardboard or a thick material paper and make your own tickets. Once these are done, give players good markers to daub. You can also use an old CD case which has been lying around unused for quite sometime now. Best part is they can be used over and over. The reusability of a CD case as a card is the best choice.

You can use thrifty items at home or shops and make your own game of bingo. You can also try free bingo online which is and always will be easier on your pockets. All it takes is to think outside the box. Be as unique as you can. You’ll have a fun time.

Creative Ways to Recycle Your Old Bingo Cards

Do you regularly go to bingo halls or play bingo games online? But what happens to your bingo cards after you use them for one round of bingo? Whether you printed, made or bought your cards, you can make use of it after a game. You just need to be creative in making the most out of the materials that you have at hand. Apart from making unique items, you can also give them as gifts to people who love the game as much as you do. Instead of shopping from eBay, you can create your own handmade gifts. Here are some of the things that you can make out of your used bingo cards.


Bingo Card Journal
Not only that a home-made journal can be a great gift for Bingo lovers in your life, it can also be a perfect project that you can do during your free time. Aside from your old bingo card, you can make use of small eyelets, stationery papers and cotton binding thread in making a functional writing journal.


Vintage Bingo Card Tags
Using an old bingo card that you printed from online bingo card generators like Bingo Baker or DLTK-Cards, you can easily make your own vintage bookmarks. You have to simply cut it in half and put a hole at the top part of the rectangular cut-out card, where you can tie a piece of yarn, sari ribbon or lace. It is up to you on how you want it to be uniquely decorated. This is a perfect token for parties.


Vintage Picture Frame
In making a vintage picture frame, you have to use vintage bingo cards, lace paper doilies, old buttons, a fabric glue—basically all the crafty things that you think can make your picture frame unique. You must also prepare a thick cardboard that can be used as the base of your picture frame.

Indeed, bingo is a card game that is fun to play and bingo cards are perfect materials that can be used in making extraordinary items. You can give them as a gift to your friend who is an avid fan of FoxyBingo games or you can keep it to yourself. Either way, these unique items are things that you can use for your daily activities.

so tired of goodbyes

This last year has had many changes, many ups and downs, many happy times and some not so happy. I turn 40 this year and with being older comes being smarter, or at least that is how it should work. I have lost friends and gained new ones. With changes comes new understanding and this new understanding has shown me that I need to put my efforts toward loving others, and helping those in need.

I read on a blog these words and its always stuck with me, “I was always hesitant to start blogging. After all, it seems a *bit* indulgent and narcissistic.” And maybe this person is right in his thinking, I don’t think so though.  I am so thankful for all of you that do writes blogs, because if there were no blogs, I would have nothing to read and I love reading blogs. I will always follow Evan, from A Nerd Like Me, thanks for the lovely initial basket, I use it all the time, even in Africa. Oh and congrates Evan on the pregnancy, I am totally stoked for you two!  And of course, Joy the Baker, thanks for inviting me to your picnic! And Joy don’t stop creating awesome recipes because even if I can’t create them in Mozambique I can still drool over the photos.

I am tired of goodbyes and don’t want to say goodbye to this blog, but I need to.

I love all you lovelies out there that read this blog.

Thanks for all the link love and comments, they mean more than you know.

You all are stars!



Recycled Bottle Cap Coasters Tutorial

What you need:

Needle and thread


Bottle caps

1. Cut circles out of your material about 2 inches in diameter.

2. Using your needle and thread, pucker the fabric around the bottle cap.

3. Pull the thread tight and knot.

4. Sew 6 fabric covered bottle caps together like a flower.

5. Cut a 5 inch square.

6. Start folding the fabric under the bottle caps, making a hexagon shape.

7. Sew the bottle caps to the hexagon fabric.

And that’s it! You are done!

Now make 3 more and you have a set!

Recycled Bottle Cap Coasters

So some of you tried to guess what I was making, some good ideas too, but no-one got it right …. they are coasters. I got the idea from the pot holders that my hubby brought me back from up north on one of his many trips.

look how cute these are….

Check back tomorrow for the tutorial.

Guess What?

 I’m busy writing stories, editing photos, finishing up Christmas gifts, and creating new ones. I also am trying to fight off these parasites that seem to enjoy using my body for their home.

My husband and I were invited to the Japanese Ambassadors house yesterday to celebrate the Emperor of Japans birthday. There was a full table of lovely looking food and as we stood and listened to the ambassador speak I was checking out the buffet table, excited to try some new food. As the speech was coming to an end and the sushi was being brought out, I was off to find a bathroom. I came back to find the line super long and my husband had not got in line cause he was waiting for me. With my current condition, we thought it best we leave. I did offer to sit and wait while he ate but being the smart man he is, he said “Using the toilet 2 times in one visit to anywhere is acceptable but beyond that it looks suspicious.” So we left and went to the pharmacy for more medicine. I am hopefully on the mend, because we fly back to the states next week.

So on to something not so personal….

Can you guess what these are or what they will become?




DIY Baby Quilt

On my trip through Mozambique I found some beautiful Capalanas. A capalana is a length of material about 2 metres by 1 metre. It can either be used as a wrap-around skirt or can become a baby carrier on the back for ladies.

I am so excited for this, I think it actually turned out ok. I cant wait to finish it.

All I need now is some flannel for the back.

For the tutorial click on this link: Make Your Own Baby Stuff.

Children of Mozambique

I love looking into the sweet children’s faces. We went to places that hardly see cars, let alone white people, so sometimes me looking at them with a camera in hand can be very scary. We were driving on the dirt road way out in Zambezia province, away from all major cities and a group of kids were taking water home and we slowed down in front of them because there was a big hole and we had to take the car slowly over the hole and I assume, they thought we were stopping for them as they dropped their water jugs and fruit they were carrying and took of running. We felt so bad that we scared them but we also laughed at the fact that we are just too white. Here are some of my favorite photos of children that I took.

Can you carrry a coffin on your bicycle?

The bicycle is not only for a person to ride, here in Mozambique its the main form of transportation in some areas. They use them to hall stuff to their houses, to sell in the market and to get families from place to place. In Mocuba, Mozambique they have bicycle taxis. Its really fun to see what and how much they put on their bikes. Here are some photos, they aren’t the best quality because I was always in a car when taking these and sometimes the smashed bugs on the windshield made it difficult to see out of.

This guy is carrying two large bags of charcoal.

Coffin, it seems crazy but pretty amazing at the same time don’t you think?

I have seen up to 4 people on taxi bikes, with little kids on moms laps.

Some sort of plant, not sure.

These sticks are used for roofs, and that is a big bundle.

Yes that is a goat on the front of the bike and he is going to tie the other to the back.