Most of the furniture in our home has either been purchased from a garage sale, been handed down to us, or has *ahem* been trash picked. Yes, we’re dumpster divers. We’ve picked up some really wonderful pieces of furniture this way, and often all that is needed is a little tender loving care and homemade furniture polish to turn someone else’s trash into our treasure.Continue Reading
I enjoy taking something that no longer has use and making it into “something else”. Old glass bottles, a little acid etching cream, and that “something else” can end up attractive. Here’s how I do it:Continue Reading
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making ornaments for friends and family. This year, I wanted to make the ornaments from something I had recycled.
I thought that aluminum cans would be fun to use, but we do not buy anything in aluminum. I asked around and several friends quickly provided me with the raw material I needed.
The cans are very easy to cut with regular scissors and after cutting, aren’t as sharp as I guessed they would be. For most of the ornaments, I lightly sanded the aluminum first because I preferred a toned down color.
I played around with several shapes and used super glue to glue the shapes together as needed. I hope you enjoy my creations.
One of the most enjoyable things to me about having a cottage has been renovating and decorating it. The cottage was in poor condition and we (by we, I mean Mike) gutted it, raised the ceiling to make a cathedral ceiling, sheet-rocked, built cabinets, and so much more. I helped where I could and did much of the painting. We spent little on the decor, shopping at garage sales, dumpster diving and accepting the many beautiful gifts that friends offered. Here are a few photos – hope you enjoy.
I take reusable bags with me when I shop, so why does that pile of plastic bags behind my kitchen trash continue to grow? I’m convinced that they are like rabbits and breed incessantly.
I am my mother’s daughter when it comes to throwing things that still have use in them into the garbage. (Yes, I suppose I could recycle them). So I recently did some research on reusing bags and came up with a fun project.Continue Reading
I’ve begun to gather supplies I will need to start seeds for my garden. Mike was busy yesterday hanging plant lights while I made little pots from newspaper. I have some plastic starting trays, but not quite enough for the seeds I plan to start, so rather than purchase more plastic, I recycled newspaper into pots. I made 8 dozen pots in under an hour. Here’s how it’s done:Continue Reading