Ikea Hack 2

September 2, 2008

Prototype

Oh, I am so ready for winter.  All this summer nonsense with trying to keep cool is making me crazy.  Give me the cold! And also the candles and hot drinks that I will use to heat my spouse and my house!!

I was thinking about hot drinks the other day and was wondering how I could keep my coffee piping hot in my freezing cold house during the winter. (Sorry, Lloyd.)  I didn’t want a plug-in warmer, since that goes against my eco-freakiness.  That leaves …. fire.  I searched on the internet for warmers that use tea lights as fuel and almost bought one that heats up a teapot, but then thought surely I could cobble something together myself.  As luck would have it, I saw the votive holder that Brad brought this summer. It’s called Oregano and it’s perfect for my mugs! This won’t work with my flat-bottomed mugs – they’ll slide right off.   Woo-hoo!  C’mon, winter!

Yeah, I took this picture in the bathroom.  The lighting’s better

*sigh*  When will we get an IKEA in Nebraska?

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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13 Responses to “Ikea Hack 2”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I wonder if you could cook pizza that way.

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  2. Beth Said on:

    So, the light box as a bust?

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  3. Deanne Said on:

    We want you to feel free to come to MD to our Ikea any time.

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  4. Peggy Said on:

    Amen! Come on winter … & I wonder if my house is colder than yours … I have a few extra of these that my family puts on upon entering the house, if you want me to send Lloyd one:

    http://www.udel.edu/PR/UDaily/2007/jun/southpole11lg.jpg

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  5. Lauren'sdad Said on:

    Nuthin’ like adding some extra CO2, etc., to our global “warming” problem!

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  6. kiwe Said on:

    Is the waste that you accumulate from the little metal non-recyclable tea light holders equal to the energy that you use with the electric cup holder?

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  7. Mark Said on:

    Aren’t you worried you’ll get candle soot on the table, your desk or a countertop?

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  8. Lauren Said on:

    I can see that like all great artists, no one will recognize my genius until I am dead.

    Reply

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