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Re-purposing What have you done lately?
April 18, 2013
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justdeborah2002
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BG, that is a great idea.  My garden is at a friend's house, since I live in an apartment, and they don't mind me mucking around their backyard.  I try to get out there every day, but sometimes life intervenes.  With the holey buckets, I wouldn't have to stress as much, and my garden would get a much more even watering.

Thanks for the great tip!

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April 18, 2013
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Buckeye Girl - That's how I use 2-liter pop bottles and milk jugs. I never had enough of the buckets to spare. This year the kitty litter buckets are about all filled with small saplings that I want to grow out a bit more in a protected area before planting them out. I make the drainage holes just like you described.

April 18, 2013
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I don't drink enough soda to come up with that many soda bottles, but the buckets are sometimes available from bakeries and delis or restaurants.  The soda bottles might be good because they'd fit in rows better, my tomatoes were grown in clumps because of the size of the buckets, but they wouldn't hold enough water for a truly arid climate (or so it seems to me).

Located in N.E. Ohio

April 18, 2013
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I don't drink soda at all anymore, but the recycling center let's me swipe bottles from the bin. Some places will, some won't.

 

June 30, 2013
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I like to keep bailing twine around for the garden and  just about everything else, the only problem is trying to store it without it becoming a tangled mess.  I discovered that the roll for a square bailer will fit snuggly down in a square litter bucket.  I would guess any 5 gallon bucket would work. I put the lid back on and made three intersecting cuts about an inch long.  I pushed the end of the twine through the middle of the star shaped cut and I have the perfect twine dispenser.  The twine doesn't get tangled and the mice can't get into it. Best of all I never lose the end.

February 2, 2015
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Last week, while "shopping" in our basement, I came across a smaller sized sampler that I had never framed. I love old frames, I pick them up at sales, flea markets, road kill (aka road side stuff) I clean them and hang them on a basement wall. I didnt have a frame small enough to fit the little sampler, so I made a backing to fit the frame, then use the lid from a shirt box  and made a mat to frame the part of the sampler that I wanted to display and covered that mat with a small piece of calico that I had, put it into the frame and it looks great. It now hangs in our kitchen.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

February 2, 2015
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I recently was trying to organize my thread and bobbins.  After several unsuccessful attempts I finally came up with this.  My husband is diabetic and therefore has used needles.  The needles were cut off and disposed of in a bio haz container.  The plunger was removed and place in the plastic recycle bin.  That left the outer casing and the rubber cap from needle.  The casing was clipped and the thread was placed on it and then the matching bobbin was placed on top of it and then the cap was put on to keep the bobbin on the casing.  Sometimes the casing was too short and the cap, which is graduated in length was placed on the casing and then the bobbin was pressed on until it was tight.  All were then placed in the sewing machine drawer and I no longer have to hunt for matching thread and bobbins.   

August 6, 2015
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Great idea for repurposing ( the plastic end caps of diabetic needles for sewing thread). 

How has your summer been in Kansas. What types of sewing projects are you working on? 

August 6, 2015
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luvsclassics, I haven't done a lot of sewing this summer.  We watch 2 of our granddaughters (10 and 11) 2 days a week and have had other things going on.  Hope to get the sewing room back into shape so that I can do some sewing this fall.  Have a lot of things I want to get done.

Summer is Kansas this year is either rain or heat.  Today is to bad temperature is in the 80's.  

November 17, 2015
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In my sitting I have a love seat, I keep it covered with a washable cover, sofa covers are nice, but there is the problem with the cover pulling loose every time someone on the sofa, I think I found an easy an inexpensive solution to my problem. I took a piece of one inch pvc pipe and cut a section the width of the sofa and pushed down in the back of the seat cushions and a piece on each side to push down by seat cushions by the arms. Perfect! The cover in place, no having to straighten it up every time the sofa is used---cost about $3. happy-flower

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

November 30, 2015
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I've been making patchwork potholders from my quilt scrap stash. I use pieces of a discarded cotton  mattress pad (from the thrift shop) for the batting. Everyone is getting fresh new potholders for Christmas!

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

December 17, 2015
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Me again...I've been cutting up old Christmas cards into circles to fit on top of the lids of canning jars. (The rings hold them in place.) They look pretty good! It fancies up the jars that are filled with homemade goodies for gifts...

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

December 19, 2015
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That is a neat idea about using the old cards for topping off jars.  I cut my old cards up to use for next years name tags on gifts.

January 2, 2016
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happy-flower

 During the Christmas season, I use large baskets of greenery to decorate in and outside our home, I uses to buy real greens, but that gets expensive and they get dry and very messy, so I watch after the holiday season when some of our neighbors  replace their artificial trees, and them I take the trees they dont want and dismantle them, I use the branches in my baskets, they nice, store easily  and I can reuse them, no mess, and the price is right.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

January 4, 2016
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Great idea, Joell!

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

January 9, 2016
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brookdale said
Great idea, Joell!

Thank you, I use some of the branches even after Christmas on the mantles, I have them in old crocks and add some sprays of red and white berries that I purchased  after Christmas at the craft store when things were on clearance and very inexpensive. happy-flower

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

January 16, 2016
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I am cutting down some cotton sheets that fit our king size bed (that we no longer have) into queen size flat and fitted. Also cutting down the king pillow cases to standard. The left over fabric gets turned into every day napkins. Worn out sheets are either used for shop rags or donated to the animal shelter.

January 22, 2016
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SM, Good idea about making the sheets smaller. How do you do the fitted sheets?

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

January 22, 2016
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I cut the sheet down to the size I want, drape it over the bare mattress and make corner pleats. Then add elastic, and they are done. I prefer to make casings for the elastic and put a light elastic all the way around. Better fit, and easy to replace the elastic when it gives up its stretch.

January 30, 2016
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Thanks, SM. I will try that, have a couple king size that need to be made smaller...

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

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