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Re-Purposing Old Things Into New
January 23, 2012
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happy-flowerI am not sure if this qualifies for this thread or not, but early this morning about day break I pushed out trash container down to the road and noticed that on of the neighbors had put out several bicycles for the trash men (please tell me I am not the only one that notices these things) of course I had to go look, since it was not real light, I put up the hood on my coat and walked down the street, sure enough the were several bicyles there, all fairly nice, I ran them home one at a time as fast as I could, they are stored on my back porch, in the spring I will clean them up and donate them, I may try riding one, they say you never for get, it's just the bones are much older now!

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January 23, 2012
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You are not alone in this sort of venture. Bicycles almost never die from old age they seem to die from neglect. People toss all maner of things that are very much worth saving from the dump.

January 23, 2012
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Ross said:

You are not alone in this sort of venture. Bicycles almost never die from old age they seem to die from neglect. People toss all maner of things that are very much worth saving from the dump.

Thank you Ross, you are so right. I have to tell you I have plucked many items from the road side and fixed it up for reuse, in another post I gave it a name   Designer Roadkill  

  It always amazes me how many reusable items are crushed up in the “garbage scows”

I have a beautiful solid brass fireplace set–screen and tools that I found on my morning walk, it lives in my sitting room and I love it. It is an older set and just lovely.

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

January 23, 2012
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Speaking of bicycles, that reminds me, we have 2 in the basement that have not been ridden for years. I'll put them out by the road in the spring with a “FREE” sign on them…I'll bet they will be gone in one day or less!

We got rid of a wooden picnic table, swing, and some used tires this way last summer. Better than putting them out for the trash pickup. At least we know someone will be either using them or selling them.

We live on a back road but there's quite a lot of traffic with people going to work every day.

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

January 29, 2012
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A restaurant here put a line of old bikes up as a fence. It's charming & interesting!

 

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February 1, 2012
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My hubby and I are making barn wood mirrors, using the wood from our pig barn that blew down in a tornado that passed through our yard a couple years ago. We do a homemade Christmas each year. They were well loved gifts for each of our daughters. Word is out, so we have been making more. Great fun!!  :)

" life is not about waiting for the storm to pass...it's about dancing in the rain"

February 1, 2012
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I have a nine year old boy that likes to take things apart. On the computer I discovered these people that call themselves Steampunk. They take apart old radios, watches, clocks, anything, and rearrange all the pieces into something new and Victorian looking but with advanced technology. Like a freeze ray gun, or jet pack. This weekend we are going to the flea market to see what we can find to make a “new” toy! I think we’ll have fun!Image Enlarger

February 1, 2012
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That is so cool to do with him!  When I was a kid we screwed 'junk' to a chunk of plywood to make it look like a robot, and also took apart those clamp on roller skates and screwed them to the bottom of an “L” shape 2×4 contraption with a plywood brace at the junction, so it was like a scooter, and stuck a short piece of pipe across the top for handlebars, decorated with battery operated blinky lights etc… crazy but we didn't die! Making things that way is total BRAIN FOOD!

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February 2, 2012
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BuckeyeGirl said:

That is so cool to do with him!  When I was a kid we screwed ‘junk’ to a chunk of plywood to make it look like a robot, and also took apart those clamp on roller skates and screwed them to the bottom of an “L” shape 2×4 contraption with a plywood brace at the junction, so it was like a scooter, and stuck a short piece of pipe across the top for handlebars, decorated with battery operated blinky lights etc… crazy but we didn’t die! Making things that way is total BRAIN FOOD!

I did the junk nailed to wood too! I think he'll enjoy it and it's better than video games for a winter project. If we make something cool I'll put up a picture.

February 8, 2012
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We started a business that uses re-purposed wood and new wood and I believe we are the only coop company of its kind.  We firmly believe in re-purposed products and will always offer it to our customers.

 

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February 8, 2012
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happy-flowerHOT WATER BOTTLE WARMER

 A few days ago in one of my magazine, I saw a hot water bottle warmer that fits over the hot water bottle and had a turtle neck top opening, what a great and cute idea, I am not a knitter and not much of a sewer, but I found and old turtle neck and laid the hot water bottle on it, out lined it with stright pins and stiched around my outline several on the sewing machine, cut if the excess outside of the stiching, turned it right side out, and now I have the cutest and cozy hot water bottle  warmer–for free!

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

February 8, 2012
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Neat idea, JoJo! Can you post a pic?

I made a cover for mine from an old flannel shirt, put a drawstring in to close up the neck part. Yours sounds much easier!

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

February 8, 2012
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happy-flowerHi Brookdale, I wish I could, but I am not good at that sort of thing , my printer needs to be replaced, and I have not found anyone to hook up my new one–but I have a lot of promises wink

  I did mine in pink, it was a turtle neck that I really loved, but have not worn in years, do it now has a new use and I can enjoy it again, I think I will do another one in blue for Hubby.

I would thing they could be emblished with all sort of things for a child to use as well.

 I am wondering if you could not take an old teddy bear remove the stuffing  an create a space to hold a hot water bottle by opening a seam and then using hook and loop for a closure– or use faux fur to make one for a child.  Anthing soft and cuddly.

 If you do one, please post your pictures?

               Thank you

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February 8, 2012
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happy-flowerI wish I could share pictures with you, but if you are reading this thread you have a good imagination and can picture things in your mind.

 I want to share with you what I did with an inexpensive door mirroe at sells most places for $10 to  $12 I took the mirror and painted the little frame that goes around  the glass (your choice of color) I used an antique gold color and attached it to the wall with small nails, covered the nails with paint, My Husband cut pieces of a wide moulding to fit around the exsisting mirror and we tacked them up to form a nice large frame around the mirror and painted them to match, it gives you a beautiful decorator mirror for very little money, you can use any wood you have, just straight boards are good as well, I picked the moulding up from a neighbor that was throwing it away (more designer roadkill)  wink

This mirror would look good anywhere in the entry, bathroom or bedroom.

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February 8, 2012
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Here's a pic of my hot water bottle cover. I used an old flannel shirt, and a discarded shoelace for the string.Image Enlarger

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

February 8, 2012
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stealing your idea to make a heating pad cover. . . 

Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.

February 12, 2012
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Maybe no one here uses Crystal Lite but I do and I re-purpose the canisters to stow sunglasses in. When we travel dh has one pair for fog, one for rain, one for blaring sun and a pair with the built in reading lenses for map reading. This keeps the lenses scratch free and I can stash them in a travel bag between the seats. 

March 22, 2012
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I’m excited! Today I picked up a small antique-looking side table that I’m going to take home and paint, and replace the table top with something nicer (the existing one is damaged).  Sad to see that someone would throw away what (at least upon first inspection) looks to be a beautiful little table.  If I ever get this particular project done, I’ll be sure to post pictures!

 

I drive through some really rich neighborhoods on the way to work, and there are almost always lots of nice things out on trash day.  Good for me, anyway!

Check out my new blog: 'Farmer Near the Big City'

http://www.hocknewberryfarm.we...../apps/blog

March 22, 2012
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Hello Erica, another fabulous find of designer roadkill! I just want to add that enojoy your blog, and the new doelings are adorable. Give them a hug for me. hug

               

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March 22, 2012
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I once did some work for a woman who told me that she furnished the houses of three daughters from the cast-off household appliances and furniture that was set out for the trash pick up.

On another note when pants wear through at the knees and become cutoff shorts, the legs make really good bags when I stitch the bottom shut and add a drawstring to the top.

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