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Re-Purposing Old Things Into New
December 3, 2011
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gakaren
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My DH took a crib or youth bed spring & split it to make double gates for one entrance into my veggie garden.  It is wide enough for my little tractor & trailer to go thru.

Those old metal porch posts(wrought iron type)…I've buried a couple of them when I planted something to use as trellis.  My wisteria is on one.  I have 4 more corner ones to figure out where to put them.

If I learned something today, the day wasn't a waste!

December 5, 2011
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happy-flowerI am not sure where to post this but I will try here. It seems this time of year we get a lot of those fragrance adds, the kind where you lift the flap to release the fragrance, I cut that flap off and tape it around my toilet paper holder spool, the fragrance last for quite a while, and it is free.

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

December 5, 2011
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  omgosh…that's a new one and delightful. 

   yes.

  thank you,  jojo

December 7, 2011
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Hubby somehow came to own an old potbelly stove without the top piece where the pipe comes out. It sat around a few months without getting repaired, so I mentioned to him that he should make a table out of it.

A couple days later he brought the stove into the house with a nice round table top on it to match the shape of the stove. He had stained and finished the wood a golden oak color and polished the stove.

I loved it. It sits beside my chair as a side table. The table is just big enough to hold a lamp, a small decorative piece and a cup of coffee.

Cathy

Living the country life with the hubs, the kids are along for the hayride.

December 9, 2011
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This photo was taken right after the crib rail was put up. It now has the same two baskets, but the cat’s bench is lower (the cat food bin isn’t there) and there’s a good many more linens! The rails hang from rods that were also part of the crib (painted black) with wrought iron hooks on a painted board to hold the the whole thing up.   The Peterboro bicycle baskets are 2nds, and have more of the same hooks. (The hooks cost more than the wood, the crib, the paint & the baskets combined!)

 

Judi

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December 15, 2011
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I have my crafts in a shop now!!  I've been crazy for the last 10 days getting inventory back up and trying to find display pieces.  Putting the stuff in a shop is a little different than a craft show where there's a table or a very limited amount of room.

I shopped around the house and garage and found everything (except the spray paint…had to buy that).

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My photo display — photos are hung on an old bi-fold door.

Soap display — soaps are in boxes made from pallets and in baskets. (Wanting to do something other than tables, but my mind isn't coming up with anything at the moment.)

Old barn photo display — this is an old mirror frame with the pictures clothes pinned to a piece of cotton twine.

 

 

 

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Notecard display — the legs are from a dining room table found on the curb, the shelf is an old cupboard door, the pole is the top part of a stair banister, and the very top is an old crate.  The top spins around, too!  Found a lazy susan thingy I took apart and put in there.

Jewelry display — an old picture frame that was white (old white) that I over stained and put a piece of black fabric covered styrofoam inside.  The jewelry is hanging from straight pins.  The picture frame is sitting on an easel I made with old barn wood.

 

 

 

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Crocheted items and bath salt display — this is an old rack I pulled out of the dumpster a couple years ago.  It's been sitting in the basement waiting…..

 

The floor is funky yet, they're getting new linoleum to put in.  They just got the store last week but wanted to get it up and running.

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

December 15, 2011
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I found a old metal light fixture out side by road of a auction house today.  I am so excited.  I am going to spray it black and Hubby will rewire it and hang in dining room.  I am so excited  O yeah I already said that. HEE HEE. If I can figure how to take pics and post I will do before and after.happy-flower

December 18, 2011
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Cindy, I am impressed it looks great!

 

Linda, I'd love to see pics, when you figure it out.

 

Our latest/greatest is the “screen” that's going in front of my craft counter to hide the boxes of books. I've had the windows around forEVER,but never done anything with them. I'm really psyched they're finally going to be used! sun

 

Judi

shedding stuff like mad!

December 18, 2011
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Looking GREAT, Cindy!  The other pieces you need will present themselves in due time.  Just don't forget that the light coming in that window will fade things quickly, but figure you've already factored that into your plans.

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

December 18, 2011
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That's facing north, so there won't be any sun coming in on anything.

I'm thinking of redoing my plant stand turned plate rack into a soap rack……..not sure yet if I'm ready to part with it.

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.”  ― Alfred Sheinwold

December 19, 2011
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happy-flowerMY NEW COOKBOOK!!

 Like just about everyone that visits CITR I love to cook and bake, and have printed off 100's of recipes from the internet over the years, most of which I never use or never will, but many that I do use on a regular basis and stick them on a shelf or in a drawer to get “lost' or wrinkled , this week end I was boxing up stuff to donate and came across an old loose leaf note book and a paper punch, I gathered up all of my recipes and punched holes in them and put them into my new “Cookbook”, now I can find what I need when I want it…..I feel so organized! wink

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

December 19, 2011
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Great idea JOJO!

     I also have hundreds of recipes that I have printed and am planning on doing this, I have some plastic sheets with punched holes so I can slip the recipes in and they won't tear or smear when I am using them.

December 19, 2011
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My CITR recipes are in a notebook, too. I need another one, that one is full!

I also made up a book for my sister with the Quick Mix recipe and things to make from it. I’ll put it with the jar of Quick Mix I made for her (which is in a recycled jar!).

I’m looking forward to Suzanne’s cookbook.

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

December 21, 2011
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Today I made a draft stopper for the front door at work.  The girl that sits near the door is always cold because it's so drafty.  They were going to buy a new draft stopper on line for $39.99 I asked if I could have a shot at this.  I pieced together some neutral fabric to fit the door opening.  I stuffed the tube with all my tiny pieces of trim from cutting fabric.  I've been saving these trim pieces in a bag for a few months knowing that I would come up with something to use them for.  I figure I spent about 40 cents on this draft stopper.  It looks good and used up something I would have thrown away.  Wahoo!

December 21, 2011
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Yesterday, my BF made the headboard for my new bed from the restaurant seating I picked out of a dumpster a few months ago from a restaurant remodel.  It was a 4(?) person vinyl booth seat.  He cut off the bench and reinforced the bottom; drilled holes for the bolts to attach to the bedframe and voila!  Just need to paint the bedroom and get all new matching bedding.  A friend gave me a dresser that I believe I shall sand and paint black to match the headboard.

December 22, 2011
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I just came across this idea for reusing plastic feed bags,

http://www.instructables.com/id/Funky-recycled-pet-food-bag-pursetote/?ALLSTEPS.

My Dumours Chicken feed bag is looking like another grocery tote!

December 26, 2011
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I love this! The current catch phrase is “upcycling”. I save and reuse almost everything. I love to bring things home for the garden. I have large perennial beds that I like to put old things in and grow plants on. I have four wrought iron chairs without seats for next year's garden that I found dumped at the side of the road nearby. Two tall black ones and two with shorter round backs. Two are already black and can be used as is. The other two are white but I am going to paint them black too. All the “things” in my garden will get a coat of black spray in the spring. I think the chairs will be great for growing my tall dahlias in!

I rescued a like-new bathroom sink, complete with taps. I plan to paint the sink black and make into a bird bath with maybe a fountain from the taps. I have the small pump already.

I also have a dresser that I want to make into a planter like this.  You can see my dresser that I plan to use and a couple of the garden chairs on my blog here: “Junking in the Garden”.

I have another plan to use a very old bicycle as a trellis for a small climbing rose. I'm going to spray paint then entire thing black and stand it up vertically as a trellis. I already have a metal post in place to mount it on where I want it to go.

I have an old broken down wheel barrow that I will also spray paint black and plant in. I think I'm going to fill it with purslane.

My final plan to upcycle for next year's garden is a single metal bed frame. I don't have it yet, but don't think it will be hard to find. I will, also, spray paint it black. I want to plant it like this, but maybe without the canopy. If I can find one with a canopy I'll be thrilled but I don't think that's going to be easy to find. I'll settle for a simple metal one that I can paint.

Sheryl - sherylgallant.blogspot.com - providence-acres.blogspot.com

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December 26, 2011
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I am planning on turning all the property around my house into garden space. Not all planted but with trails and benches and olanters and shrub areas and so forth, hopefully all mulched. Mainly I don't want to deal with the grass. It will give me a large area to “reuse” things creatively!

Sheryl - sherylgallant.blogspot.com - providence-acres.blogspot.com

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December 26, 2011
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Wvhomecanner, I love that chandelier! I’d put it in the garden with candles.

I have a bathrub sort of tossed out in the wild field near the road. (someone dumped it there…) anyway, I’d love to haul it home and bury it to make a small lily/lotus pond. It’s just very heavy and I haven’t had the opportunity to get my little tractor out there to drag is back. One day, maybe this spring, I will do so!

I like to recycle clothing too, just haven’t had much time for it lately. I have a stash of clothing to play with when I get around to it. (I really need to clean out that work room!)

 

I plan to make some garden mobiles from old silverware and larger silver pieces too. I have been collecting them for awhile now, just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I want to make some jewelry from some of the old silverware pieces too. I LOVE these, made form old silver pieces!  I also LOVE these windchimes made from old silver pieces and flatware with beads. I’m definitely going to do a few of these next summer!

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"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."  - 1 Thes. 4:11

December 26, 2011
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kellyb said:

Today I made a draft stopper for the front door at work.  The girl that sits near the door is always cold because it’s so drafty.  They were going to buy a new draft stopper on line for $39.99 I asked if I could have a shot at this.  I pieced together some neutral fabric to fit the door opening.  I stuffed the tube with all my tiny pieces of trim from cutting fabric.  I’ve been saving these trim pieces in a bag for a few months knowing that I would come up with something to use them for.  I figure I spent about 40 cents on this draft stopper.  It looks good and used up something I would have thrown away.  Wahoo!

Another good item for stuffing things is old used hose/panty hose!  I've used that before for sofa pillows, works great & is washable & dries quickly!

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