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Fiddlehead Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

4561 Posts

Diane
Waupaca WI
USA
4561 Posts

Posted - Oct 17 2012 :  5:58:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cute necklace! I think I like it even better than as earrings.

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I am trying to be the person my dogs think I am.

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
- E. B. White
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4156 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4156 Posts

Posted - Oct 17 2012 :  6:13:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Delicia and Diane, thank you! It was fun to put some broken stuff to good use!

Hugs,

Nicole

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

11329 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal Washington
USA
11329 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2012 :  10:30:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Awhile back I was in an 'apron swap'... the theme was 'Aloha'... sooo... I mean sew....
I perused the Thrifts & found this hideous MuuMuu... and low & behold transformed it into this...

added a few goodies and off to it's new home it went.


>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

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Fiddlehead Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

4561 Posts

Diane
Waupaca WI
USA
4561 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2012 :  11:35:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Awesome work Grace!


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farmgirl sister #922

I am trying to be the person my dogs think I am.

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.
- E. B. White
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

11329 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal Washington
USA
11329 Posts

Posted - Oct 25 2012 :  6:47:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanx ms Diane.....

oh and Annie, I love the pot holders you made from the sacks..... cute cute cute...


>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

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sherone_13
True Blue Farmgirl

2213 Posts

Sherone
Evanston WY
USA
2213 Posts

Posted - Oct 26 2012 :  06:52:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Grace,

That is such a great idea and you did a fab job on the apron.

Sherone

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Joey
True Blue Farmgirl

1702 Posts

Joey
Gulf Coast FL
USA
1702 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2012 :  07:30:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
LOVE it! Nicely done.

Well behaved women rarely make history.
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13227 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13227 Posts

Posted - Oct 30 2012 :  08:49:56 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Gracie,
A girl after my own heart . . . taking something "hideous" and transforming it into SPECTACULAR!!!
GREAT JOB!
CJ

..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
2010 Farmgirl Sister of the Year
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from my hands - www.cjscreations-ceejay.blogspot.com

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from my heart - www.fromacelticheart.blogspot.com

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

72 Posts

Terri
WA.
USA
72 Posts

Posted - Nov 07 2012 :  8:01:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Since this is "repurposing"..I thought Id ask about repurposing jeans into skirts...Has anyone done that?

"LOVING" life at 4000 feet elev.
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4156 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4156 Posts

Posted - Feb 23 2013 :  06:38:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not sure if this counts as repurposing or up cycling, or just "building a better mouse trap". My laundry room can't fit a big ironing board. For twenty years, I've ironed on a little tabletop one. It was no longer able to stand, and the top was horribly stained. Looked everywhere for a nice wooden one, even full size, to no avail. Lehmans no longer carries one. So I went to buy another tabletop one, only to find they are even more flimsy. So....I recovered mine. Took the hardware off. Found the iron had leaked and the particle board had rotted in places. So I got rid of the wooden bits, removed the old rotten foam, and used a thick, old towel cut to fit as padding. Then used fabric from my stash and a heavy duty stapler to cover. Banged out the hardware so it no longer falls, and used foam from an old baby carrier handle at the bottom to keep the board from sliding on top of the table. Better than ever now!


Now it works so well, I'll recover the full-sized one in my upstairs sewing room. The thick toweling is so nicer than the cheap thin foam boards come with.



Sorry could not get the photo to turn right for some reason.

Nicole

Farmgirl Sister #1155
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laurentany
True Blue Farmgirl

3259 Posts

Laurie
Patchogue NY
USA
3259 Posts

Posted - Feb 24 2013 :  6:28:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice work Nicole!
Hugs,


~Laurie
"Little Hen House on the Island"
Farmgirl Sister#1403

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Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.
~Robert Louis Stevenson
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4156 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4156 Posts

Posted - Feb 26 2013 :  12:51:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Laurie!
Nicole

Farmgirl Sister #1155
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13227 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13227 Posts

Posted - Feb 27 2013 :  06:57:25 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Thrift shop find king-sized pillow shams and inflatable camp pillows into glamping pillows that pack FLAT for tent glampers.
Will post pics later.
CJ


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

my aprons - http://www.facebook.com/FarmFreshAprons

living life - www.snippetscja.blogspot.com

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

from my heart - www.fromacelticheart.blogspot.com

from my hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com
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Beth Jones
True Blue Farmgirl

3196 Posts

beth
tallassee alabama
3196 Posts

Posted - Mar 04 2013 :  11:07:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Working on an Amish Star ornament. First one I've made...used some fabric I bought at the thrift store

You can never be to kind!
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prariehawk
True Blue Farmgirl

2914 Posts

Cindy

2914 Posts

Posted - Mar 04 2013 :  3:21:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have an old metal fire pit that I never use so I'm going to drill some holes in it for drainage, and plant my lettuce and spinach seeds in it. It has a mesh cover that I can put over it to keep out pesky critters. My neighbor said she knows someone who did this and the results were great. Now if it would only warm up...
Cindy

"Vast floods can't quench love, no matter what love did/ Rivers can't drown love, no matter where love's hid"--Sinead O'Connor
"In many ways, you don't just live in the country, it lives inside you"--Ellen Eilers

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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4156 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4156 Posts

Posted - Mar 05 2013 :  05:32:40 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great idea, Cindy. You'll have to post pics when it's filled with greens!

Nicole

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

104 Posts

Vanessa
Okehampton Devon
United Kingdom
104 Posts

Posted - Mar 05 2013 :  10:33:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am busy handwashing old antimaccasers ready to make into a new window valance :)

So much to do, so little time :)
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cj6
True Blue Farmgirl

196 Posts

cj

USA
196 Posts

Posted - Mar 07 2013 :  11:41:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have taken towels that are past their prime and soaked and washed them then cut them into smaller peices to use as wash cloths and dishcloths. For the washcloths I zigzagged the edges as is for the discloths,I cut them slightly bigger and put 2 together and zigzagged the edges together.

Polor fleece blankets make great insulating curtain for your windows...helps keep it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

I have antique suitcases that we store our videos and dvds in.They look cute and hide them very well.

So many things I have done and of course these are all I can think of at the moment.Whoever started this thread...Thank you!
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neeter302
True Blue Farmgirl

257 Posts

Anita
Hanover Indiana
USA
257 Posts

Posted - Mar 09 2013 :  06:21:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nicole FABULOUS!!! You are very resourceful, nice job !

Farmgirl #522
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chickensforme
True Blue Farmgirl

90 Posts

Anne
Coopersburg Pa
USA
90 Posts

Posted - Mar 09 2013 :  11:38:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello everyone,
I was given a pretty large metal birdcage, it is metal but a little ornate. I did not want to throw it out. I asked several people who have birds if they wanted it. Nobody I know wants it.

Does anybody have any ideas about repurposing it?

Thanks, Anne

" A dog's tail never lies "

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cj6
True Blue Farmgirl

196 Posts

cj

USA
196 Posts

Posted - Mar 09 2013 :  12:36:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Annie,what about using the bird cage for a plant..something like an ivy or other vine,maybe one with flowers?
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4156 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4156 Posts

Posted - Mar 09 2013 :  5:45:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Anita!

Annie, for your birdcage can you spray paint it and fill it with trailing plants? Or take the bottom out and set it over a plant in the ground? Oops I see CJ6 mentioned that too.

Nicole

Farmgirl Sister #1155
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Lisa_P
Farmgirl in Training

37 Posts

Lisa
Banks Oregon
USA
37 Posts

Posted - Mar 11 2013 :  09:46:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've torn an old sheet into strips to crochet a rug, and used the strips to tie up garden plants. Old tee-shirts can be cut into strips for crocheting. My favorite last year was buying dollar tee-shirts at Good will, and making skirts out of them. They are the best summer-time-keep-cool-work-around-the house skirts!
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brightmeadow
True Blue Farmgirl

2038 Posts

Brenda
Ray Township Michigan
USA
2038 Posts

Posted - Mar 13 2013 :  07:12:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm in the middle of two projects -

I'm repurposing an Altoids tin into a mini sewing kit. One component of this is a repurposed magnetized needle holder - My yellow pages phone book came with a advertisement for a dental office printed on a magnet backing - I cut this to fit the inside lid of the Altoids tin and used Mod-Podge to glue it in. I photocopied the cover of a purchased journal that had some artwork that I liked (raspberries, blossoms, birds and butterflies) and mod-podged it to the top and bottom. I'll post a photo when it is complete.

The other project is using a Simplicity pattern to make a cover to repurpose an ice cream bucket as a sewing supplies tote. Not very original, but I am having to make some changes. It seems the ice cream companies have changed the size of the bucket (Smaller, of course, not larger) since the pattern was designed!

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands - You shall be happy and it shall be well with you. -Psalm 128.2
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4156 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4156 Posts

Posted - Mar 18 2013 :  06:21:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I got this idea on Pinterest. Just finally joined and it is just what I thought...a big time sucker! Boy is it chock full of ideas, though. Anyway saw the idea for this. I repurposed an old tote into a summer purse using fabric scraps. I added an embroidered leaf to my flower and a crystal button in the middle, as well as made a cell-phone pocket for the inside and a snap to keep the top shut.
Also made a flat bottom for it by covering cardboard in fabric.


Can't get my photos to stop turning! Sorry!

Nicole

Farmgirl Sister #1155
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Edited by - texdane on Mar 18 2013 06:35:06 AM
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