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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4204 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4204 Posts

Posted - Dec 20 2011 :  05:42:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have to re-visit this post from time to time. I am so inspired by everyone! Love the clothespin wreath craft for Christmas cards. So cute! Post a pic!

Also love the spoon-as-plant-marker idea. Clever and cute! Ursula, great idea about keeping extra water jugs frozen in the freezer, too.

Happy Holidays!

Nicole

Farmgirl Sister #1155
KNITTER, JAM-MAKER AND MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE
Chapter Leader, Connecticut Simpler Life Sisters

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horsefeed
Farmgirl in Training

29 Posts

Carol
Wrightstown WI
USA
29 Posts

Posted - Dec 23 2011 :  07:43:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think what you have done with the bags is great idea. Please post a picture when you do finish it.
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Annie S
True Blue Farmgirl

756 Posts

Annie
Custer S.D.
USA
756 Posts

Posted - Dec 23 2011 :  3:27:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just got a "re-purposed" seed bag bag from my darling DIL for Christmas - she didn't wrap it up. There is an awsome little shop in the town she lives in that do a smashing job of re-using/re-purposing all sorts of things. I bought her a bag last summer made out of neckties and bought a smaller bag for g.d. made out of a man's shirt. They also have a yarn shop that is to die for. They teach knitting, weaving, spinning, etc. and sell the wonderful things that people
re-purpose. Can't wait to go back and get more items for gifts for next year.
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13311 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13311 Posts

Posted - Dec 23 2011 :  8:16:05 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Cut a white tablecloth in half, made rod pockets and used tension rods so that I could have some "cafe" curtains for my two kitchen windows. I wanted something that I could take out and put in in a flash! Works like a charm!
CJ

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

From my Hands - www.cjscreations-ceejay.blogspot.com

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

From my Heart - www.fromacelticheart.blogspot.com

Through my lens - http://ceejayscamera.shutterfly.com/

From my Hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com
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birdie71
True Blue Farmgirl

254 Posts

Robin
Glendale Arizona
USA
254 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2012 :  08:11:20 AM  Show Profile  Send birdie71 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Our old picnic table finally fell over when my hubby tried to move! Instead of throwing out all the parts and pieces, my husband cut up parts and pieces for the benches from MaryJane's Ideabook. We actually have plenty of picnic table pieces to make several benches. I'm really excited!
My mom and I have wanted calendars that fit our needs and wants. So we built our own desk calendars out of small 3 ring binders, old Day Timer parts and pieces that she still had and then we prettied them up Farmgirl style. I sure like mine!
I love making something new out of the old...giving it new life rather than tossing it out!

Robin
Farmgirl Sister #1301
Farming in the Sonoran Desert? Hmmm?!

my mama's (ceejay48) craftiness ~ www.cjscreations-ceejay.blogspot.com
my daddy's craftiness ~ www.aspenforge.com

Edited by - birdie71 on Jan 03 2012 08:19:27 AM
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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Jan 06 2012 :  1:15:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a few projects brewing....I'll be back to post when they are completed.

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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birdie71
True Blue Farmgirl

254 Posts

Robin
Glendale Arizona
USA
254 Posts

Posted - Jan 07 2012 :  4:18:39 PM  Show Profile  Send birdie71 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
As promised, I now have pictures of the repurposed picnic table, old calendar parts, and am including one of our projects with old skis and skateboards...

These are the campfire benches from MaryJane's Ideabook...made from the old picnic table.


Here is the homemade calendar that I made from an old three ring binder and old calendar parts.

This my hubby's hat rack area that we repurposed with a snow ski and two of his retired skateboard decks.

This was all so much fun!!!

Robin
Farmgirl Sister #1301
Farming in the Sonoran Desert? Hmmm?!

my mama's (ceejay48) craftiness ~ www.cjscreations-ceejay.blogspot.com
my daddy's craftiness ~ www.aspenforge.com

Edited by - birdie71 on Jan 07 2012 4:19:52 PM
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13311 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13311 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2012 :  07:07:19 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
YAY!!! Birdie! Good job you two!
I'll look forward to sitting on your benches and checking out the hat rack project next time I'm there!
LOVE YOU!!!
Mom . . . aka CJ

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

From my Hands - www.cjscreations-ceejay.blogspot.com

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

From my Heart - www.fromacelticheart.blogspot.com

Through my lens - http://ceejayscamera.shutterfly.com/

From my Hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com
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graciegreeneyes
True Blue Farmgirl

3107 Posts

Amy Grace
Rosalia WA
USA
3107 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2012 :  08:08:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow - those are awesome projects! Thank you for sharing them.

Farmgirl #224
"use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without"
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Tea Lady
True Blue Farmgirl

645 Posts

Lorraine
Morris IL
USA
645 Posts

Posted - Jan 13 2012 :  3:07:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Birdie - those are great repurposing projects. Love the pictures. And you've inspired me to make a calendar out of a three ring binder - good idea! Thanks for sharing.

Lorraine
(aka Tea Lady)
Farmgirl #1819
www.birdsandteas.com
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GirlwithHook
True Blue Farmgirl

922 Posts

Alyce
Madison WI
USA
922 Posts

Posted - Jan 14 2012 :  09:41:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Mister needed a new overnight bag, and as it happened I had some old pull-on jeans. I cut off the legs and sewed the holes shut. One leg I cut in half the long way, then I sewed the short ends together and sewed it down the side for a strap long enough to go over his beanpole of a torso! The other leg I rebuilt into a fold-over flap with pocket.

He absolutely loves it. Whew!



A hook, a book, and a good cup of coffee....
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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Jan 14 2012 :  10:23:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll be back to post photos of my garden mushrooms. I made these many, many years ago, but need new ones. They are made from cut wood, and a painted metal bowl. I'm painting some today.

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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RosesAreRed
True Blue Farmgirl

62 Posts

Laurie
Lehigh Acres Fl
USA
62 Posts

Posted - Jan 14 2012 :  10:24:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have pet rats. The right sized rat cage is $100 in pet store, and we are broke. So, we repurposed an old bookcase tonight. Son and hubby built a door from 1x2's and hardware cloth. They sawed out pieces from the shelves to we could attach ladders from shelf to the next and bam! $62 later and one really big rate cage with room to run and climb!
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Mountain Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

806 Posts

JoAnn
Colville Washington
USA
806 Posts

Posted - Jan 15 2012 :  08:42:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kristina--can't wait to see the mushrooms! I collect everything mushroom--comes naturally when you are married to a retired mycologist.
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13311 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13311 Posts

Posted - Jan 19 2012 :  6:15:11 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Another lovely "Layer Cake" apron . . using a pillowcase, valance and two totally different curtain panels.
CJ

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

From my Hands - www.cjscreations-ceejay.blogspot.com

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

From my Heart - www.fromacelticheart.blogspot.com

Through my lens - http://ceejayscamera.shutterfly.com/

From my Hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com
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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Jan 20 2012 :  04:27:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I re-purposed several wooden drapery rings into Christmas ornaments:


For the entire story on how I created these, click on: http://scrapreusedandrecycledartprojects.blogspot.com/2012/01/christmas-ornament-using-thrift-store.html

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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cowgirlandboys
True Blue Farmgirl

308 Posts

Rachael
Missouri
USA
308 Posts

Posted - Jan 20 2012 :  06:39:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Those ordaments are so beautiful!!!!!!!!

Happy Trails!

Rachael
Farmgirl Sister #535
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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Jan 20 2012 :  09:01:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mountain Girl

Kristina--can't wait to see the mushrooms! I collect everything mushroom--comes naturally when you are married to a retired mycologist.



I finished the mushrooms. Here is one of them. The link to the project is: http://scrapreusedandrecycledartprojects.blogspot.com/2012/01/garden-mushrooms-made-from-metal-mixing.html



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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FebruaryViolet
True Blue Farmgirl

4810 Posts

Jonni
Elsmere Kentucky
USA
4810 Posts

Posted - Jan 23 2012 :  07:35:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Holy cow, Kristina, that's adorable ^!!!!!

I meant to take a picture this weekend of what I repurposed...it's not so much a repurposing as it is a reorganization, but I'm floored that I didn't think of it sooner! A few years back, I found this old wooden file cabinet with 4 drawers that sits upon a desk top. The drawers are index card sized, but it had been repurposed at some point in the 1940's for sewing notions by someone named "Irene". I found articles she'd cut out (dated 1940) and I found her ruler with her name carved that she had used to brace a drawer. The cabinet is painted a real "industry" shade of army green but I loved it and it was a steal.

I decided over the weekend that in order to get myself "back" into the habit of knitting, I really needed to have all my stuff in one place. So, I tried to fit my longest straight knitting needles in one of the drawers...yep, they fit! The drawers are both long and deep, so that my whole knitting needle case, rolled up, fits nicely inside. With 4 drawers, I have one for my straight needles, my circular needles, my double points and one for my knitting notions like stitch markers, row markers, tape measure, etc...All my patter books and internet patterns are on top of the cabinet in a Longaberger filing basket and as soon as that was finished, I immediately started knitting...so I think it worked!!!!

"Hey, I've got nothing to do today but smile..."
The Only Living Boy in New York, Paul Simon
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4204 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4204 Posts

Posted - Jan 23 2012 :  6:38:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kristina,

I love both of your recent projects! Jonni, your knitting cabinet sounds wonderful...how neat to find that 'history' in it. Post a pic! Would love to see.

Nicole

Farmgirl Sister #1155
KNITTER, JAM-MAKER AND MOM EXTRAORDINAIRE
Chapter Leader, Connecticut Simpler Life Sisters

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http://sfgblog.maryjanesfarm.org/
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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Jan 24 2012 :  11:29:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jonni, I agree with Nicole, the cabinet sounds terrific! Please post a picture.

I'll be posting a picture soon, on what I did with an old egg beater

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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horsefeed
Farmgirl in Training

29 Posts

Carol
Wrightstown WI
USA
29 Posts

Posted - Jan 27 2012 :  05:25:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can't wait to see the cabinet. Sounds like something I need for my needles and hooks. Plus all the Patterns I have. Thanks for sharing.
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13311 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13311 Posts

Posted - Jan 29 2012 :  10:34:04 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
My new ATC display: a nice 16x22 frame I found at a thrift for $1.00, wrapped and stretched with silver 20g wire in zig-zag pattern and glued on a variety of fun buttons. Use tiny clothespins or clips to attach ATCs.
CJ



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

From my Hands - www.cjscreations-ceejay.blogspot.com

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

From my Heart - www.fromacelticheart.blogspot.com

Through my lens - http://ceejayscamera.shutterfly.com/

From my Hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com
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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Jan 29 2012 :  11:10:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I made several pairs of earrings with these dice beads, that came from a broken hair accessory.



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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FieldsofThyme
Farmgirl Guide & Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader

4928 Posts



USA
4928 Posts

Posted - Jan 30 2012 :  04:06:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I finished a few more projects - vintage pastry blender re-purpose project and pin cushions to fill hope chests for my kids.





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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