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Cherime
True Blue Farmgirl

1222 Posts

Cherime
Wasilla Alaska
USA
1222 Posts

Posted - Jun 13 2012 :  7:07:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
These mitts are recycled from old sweater sleeves.

CMF
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Rosemary
True Blue Farmgirl

1820 Posts


Virginia
USA
1820 Posts

Posted - Jun 14 2012 :  2:57:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had two heavy-duty metal rakes, like the kind you use for tilling, not leaf-raking. One of them was ancient, and the wooded pole broke on me one day a few weeks ago. Since I had another one, I repurposed the rake head by spray-painitng it with dull white Rustoleum and tacking it up outside the board-and-batten closet in my farmhouse bedroom to hand necklaces from. I love it!
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delicia
True Blue Farmgirl

917 Posts

delicia
cincinnati ohio
USA
917 Posts

Posted - Jun 14 2012 :  6:24:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love the rake idea. I have a ton of necklaces and have not found a good way to organize them. Your idea sounds great.
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Rosemary
True Blue Farmgirl

1820 Posts


Virginia
USA
1820 Posts

Posted - Jun 14 2012 :  7:09:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicole, what you have there might be an old spittoon. And if it's really copper, no matter what it's original purpose, it's very valuable.
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Rosemary
True Blue Farmgirl

1820 Posts


Virginia
USA
1820 Posts

Posted - Jun 14 2012 :  7:10:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
CJ -- WOW! That's awesome! It should have gotten into the new MJ issue focusing on Glamping.
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Rosemary
True Blue Farmgirl

1820 Posts


Virginia
USA
1820 Posts

Posted - Jun 14 2012 :  7:12:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rosemary

I had two heavy-duty metal rakes, like the kind you use for tilling, not leaf-raking. One of them was ancient, and the wooden pole broke on me one day a few weeks ago. Since I had another one, I repurposed the rake head by spray-painitng it with dull white Rustoleum and tacking it up outside the board-and-batten closet in my farmhouse bedroom to hand necklaces from. I love it!

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Rosemary
True Blue Farmgirl

1820 Posts


Virginia
USA
1820 Posts

Posted - Jun 14 2012 :  7:13:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rosemary

I had two heavy-duty metal rakes, like the kind you use for tilling, not leaf-raking. One of them was ancient, and the wooded pole broke on me one day a few weeks ago. Since I had another one, I repurposed the rake head by spray-painitng it with dull white Rustoleum and tacking it up outside the board-and-batten closet in my farmhouse bedroom to hang necklaces from. I love it!

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JerseyGirl
True Blue Farmgirl

181 Posts

Michele
Southern NJ
USA
181 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2012 :  05:08:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ceejay48

Aluminum siding, license plates, baling wire . . . and fun stuff!
CJ


..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
2010 Farmgirl Sister of the Year
Mother Hen: FARMGIRLS SOUTHWEST HENHOUSE

living life - www.snippetscja.blogspot.com

from my hands - www.cjscreations-ceejay.blogspot.com

the "Purple Thistle" http://www.ceejay48.etsy.com

from my heart - www.fromacelticheart.blogspot.com

from my hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com



CJ, I love that!
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houligan19
Farmgirl in Training

39 Posts

sarah
groton CT
39 Posts

Posted - Jun 29 2012 :  5:34:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I made myself a new bag out of my husbands old jeans. I used the back pockets as inside the bag pockets and the waist pockets as the sides of the bag. I used the strap from my old bag that had fallen apart, and an old quilt that I had started and never finsihed as the front of the outside of the bag. I love it and it is so sturdy!

http://earthhomevt.blogspot.com/
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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Jul 01 2012 :  06:26:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sarah, your bag sounds very nice.

This isn't that exciting, but I am re-organizing my kitchen as the cupboards get painted. I re-used a canning jar box for a drawer organizer (for cell phone charging cords).


Farmgirl #800
http://pioneerwomanatheart.blogspot.com/

http://scrapreusedandrecycledartprojects.blogspot.com/

From my hands: http://pioneerpatchworkhomespun.blogspot.com/

From my Camera: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pioneerwomanatheart/
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4204 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4204 Posts

Posted - Jul 01 2012 :  1:28:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I made a birdbath from a large pot and saucer, and a birdfeeder from a cappucino cup and saucer, using MaryJane's directions from her "Tips of the Week". I think it first posted last August.





Farmgirl Sister #1155
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nancypo
True Blue Farmgirl

362 Posts

nancy
boise idaho
USA
362 Posts

Posted - Jul 03 2012 :  4:06:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Recycled Screen Project/Cabinet- This spring I bought an old, vintage screen at a flea market, for $3.00-


I knew I could do something with this. I finally settled on asking Dave to build a cedar, "culled" wood cabinet of sorts, for our deck. It would add more storage, and get rid of our ugly white plastic shelf (left over from the first pantry closet attempt). I thought we could put our various barbecue and gardening stuff in it. It would age nicely, with the cedar top and sides. I asked Dave to leave the back open since it's up against the house, but he had to stabilize it. Since the wood was "culled", misshapen, split, etc., it was only about $5.00. Pretty cheap! For this kind of project I just wanted to keep the price down and be creative. Here's the "after", works great!




Be the change...

http://littlehomesteadinboise.blogspot.com/
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Mountain Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

806 Posts

JoAnn
Colville Washington
USA
806 Posts

Posted - Jul 03 2012 :  4:39:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love it!
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JerseyGirl
True Blue Farmgirl

181 Posts

Michele
Southern NJ
USA
181 Posts

Posted - Jul 04 2012 :  04:58:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love that, Nancy!
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thebyrdhaus
True Blue Farmgirl

520 Posts

Patty
Columbus Oh
USA
520 Posts

Posted - Jul 04 2012 :  06:50:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh how cute is that Nancy!


Patty #1840

http://ladygonegreen.blogspot.com/

A rind is a terrible thing to waste. Compost.

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”
-Jesus in John 6:12 NIV Bible
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Nanniekim
True Blue Farmgirl

200 Posts

Kim
Arizona
200 Posts

Posted - Jul 04 2012 :  08:45:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love it, Nancy!

Kim
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Simple Living
True Blue Farmgirl

1179 Posts

Joan
Staten Island NY
USA
1179 Posts

Posted - Jul 04 2012 :  12:37:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Nancy I Love it! What a super idea

A Friend is Someone who Reaches for your Hand, But Touches your Heart!
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mrsamy
True Blue Farmgirl

167 Posts

Amy
Milwaukee WI
USA
167 Posts

Posted - Jul 04 2012 :  8:24:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oooooh, Nancy! We got new windows and I saved the old screens. I will be trying this for sure!

Prayer costs nothing, but is worth the most.
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nancypo
True Blue Farmgirl

362 Posts

nancy
boise idaho
USA
362 Posts

Posted - Jul 08 2012 :  11:22:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks! And now for the new ones-
an old light fixture for $3.oo from a used home fixtures store-

Washed and re-painted-


Vintage kettle= cat food container:



Be the change...

http://littlehomesteadinboise.blogspot.com/
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13311 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13311 Posts

Posted - Jul 09 2012 :  04:56:05 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HONORED when Carol at MaryJanes Farm asked if they could include the photo of my license plate sign in the newest edition of the magazine. On page 10 of the new Aug-Sept. issue.
Thank you MJ and Carol!
CJ

..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
2010 Farmgirl Sister of the Year
Mother Hen: FARMGIRLS SOUTHWEST HENHOUSE

living life - www.snippetscja.blogspot.com

from my hands - www.cjscreations-ceejay.blogspot.com

the "Purple Thistle" http://www.ceejay48.etsy.com

from my heart - www.fromacelticheart.blogspot.com

from my hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com
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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2388 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2388 Posts

Posted - Jul 09 2012 :  10:54:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I couldn't stop giggling at your cat food tea kettle. I can just see out two trying to get the top off to get the goodies. Great idea!. Thanks for sharing.

grandmother and orphan farmgirl
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SandraM
True Blue Farmgirl

295 Posts

Sandra
Coldwater Michigan
USA
295 Posts

Posted - Jul 10 2012 :  05:50:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I went to a workshop that upcycled jars/tiles/sweaters.
Wool sweater: Made a tote
Jars: votive lantern: Sewing Kits
Tiles: coasters/Wall hanging.



Sandra
www.mittenstatesheepandwool.com
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SandraM
True Blue Farmgirl

295 Posts

Sandra
Coldwater Michigan
USA
295 Posts

Posted - Jul 10 2012 :  05:55:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I went to a workshop that upcycled jars/tiles/sweaters.
Wool sweater: Made a tote
Jars: votive lantern: Sewing Kits
Tiles: coasters/Wall hanging.



Sandra
www.mittenstatesheepandwool.com
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cori1312
True Blue Farmgirl

64 Posts

Leslie
Fairborn Ohio
USA
64 Posts

Posted - Jul 12 2012 :  12:20:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well it's not an original idea, but I've been saving all my pop-top tin cans for Christmas to stick in stockings. I open them from the bottom, use the contents, wash them out, fill them with wrapped candies, glue the bottom shut, and cover them in Christmas paper.

I got the idea from this website, and I think it's a great, creative way to reuse before recycling.
http://www.ourbestbites.com/2012/06/tin-can-treats-fathers-day-edition/

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mickib
True Blue Farmgirl

267 Posts

Michele
Coeur d'Alene Idaho
267 Posts

Posted - Jul 16 2012 :  11:25:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had three dresses with smocked tops that didn't fit very well (I guess smocking isn't a good look if you're chesty), so I remade them into skirts.
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