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thebyrdhaus
True Blue Farmgirl

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Patty
Columbus Oh
USA
520 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2015 :  12:21:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I worked this weekend on additional seating for my living room. I repurposed an old bed into a settee. I made a box in it so I could store blankets. I painted it a light sage green. It turned out really nice. I really wanted a full size bed but could not find one at any of the second hand or thrift stores locally so I used a twin bed that I had stashed in my barn loft. I will keep looking for a full size bed or maybe even a queen. Someone will eventually throw one out on the curb. :)







Patty #1840

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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.”
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lovinRchickens
True Blue Farmgirl

2758 Posts

Kelly
Pipe Creek Texas
USA
2758 Posts

Posted - Jun 28 2015 :  12:44:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Patty
That is just lovely. Sure wish I had your talent.

Farmgirl #5111
Farmgirl of the month October 2014
Blessings
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4165 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4165 Posts

Posted - Jul 01 2015 :  06:52:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh my gosh, Patty, you are just awesome! That and your pie safe are so beautiful! Good job, farmgirl!

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Nicole

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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13257 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13257 Posts

Posted - Jul 02 2015 :  4:31:34 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Candleholder fashioned into glamping light with small solar lights, using pieces of cork in the bottom to push down over the metal spikes intended for candles. This was on our table at out glampsite last week . . . love the effect and they provide some pretty decent light!
CJ




..from the barefoot farmgirl in SW Colorado...sister chick #665.
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Song Sparrow
True Blue Farmgirl

1010 Posts

Amy
Talleyville Delaware
USA
1010 Posts

Posted - Jul 02 2015 :  5:40:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lovely, ladies! It ain't much, but I've be crazy lately making scoops out of plastic milk bottles. They are great for cat food, bird seed, fertilizer, you name it. And, an additional bonus, my 2-year-old granddaughter plays with them for hours on end!

Happy Day!
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13257 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13257 Posts

Posted - Jul 04 2015 :  9:03:14 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I use milk jugs, gallon size, to make drip irrigation containers for my tomato plants!
CJ

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

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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

6321 Posts

Denise
NJ
USA
6321 Posts

Posted - Jul 05 2015 :  12:41:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Patty, your settee is beautiful and CJ I love what you did with the candle holder!

CJ, How did you make the jugs into irrigation drips? Would you mind sharing?

~Denise~
Farmgirl Sister #43

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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13257 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13257 Posts

Posted - Jul 05 2015 :  1:39:11 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Denise,
I just poke one hole with an ice pick in the bottom at the edge so that I can set it close to the tomato plant. I put down black plastic to help keep weeds down and moisture in, plant the plants in a hole in the plastic and am able to set the jug close in and just fill it with the hose. Occasionally I will check to make the sure the hole isn't clogged.,
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

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from my hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13257 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13257 Posts

Posted - Jul 05 2015 :  1:41:06 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
P.S. Denise,
I use gallon size jugs!
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

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from my hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4165 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4165 Posts

Posted - Jul 13 2015 :  6:41:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
CJ,

Picture please!

Farmgirl Hugs,
Nicole

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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13257 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13257 Posts

Posted - Jul 19 2015 :  12:52:37 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Well, here is the pic. We use black plastic to keep down weeds and keep moisture in. The metal frames help keep the plastic from getting blown away. I cut a hole in the plastic, about 8 inches in diameter for every plant, dig the hole and plant the tomato plant. Collect gallon jugs, poke ONE small hole in the bottom where the bottom starts to turn into the side, fill with water and place with the hole next to the plant on the dirt. Bring the hose over and fill jugs as necessary. If the hole plugs (which they do because we use irrigation water) I just re-poke . . . GENTLY . . to clear them. Works pretty well!
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 heart - www.fromacelticheart.blogspot.com

from my hubby - www.aspenforge.blogspot.com
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13257 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13257 Posts

Posted - Jul 19 2015 :  12:53:22 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
P.S. You can't see all the jugs, but there are seven plants and each one has its own jug!
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 heart - www.fromacelticheart.blogspot.com

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

2926 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
2926 Posts

Posted - Aug 20 2015 :  08:38:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had two chairs in the back yard that had become un-sittable. I took off the back and will be using the spindles as garden markers and the curved back as trellises.



Marie, Sister #5142
Farmgirl of the Month May 2014

Try everything once and the fun things twice.
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melody
True Blue Farmgirl

3222 Posts

Melody
The Great North Woods in the Land of Hiawatha
USA
3222 Posts

Posted - Aug 21 2015 :  07:52:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've spent the last two days re-purposing wool slacks and skirts of every shade of deep earthy colors, warm plaid prints and some deep reds and blues cut into 1-inch strips to make my very first WOOL rag rug on my vintage Union #36 Rag Rug Loom!

Nothing like using wool instead of cotton for rag rugs. Cotton is so much lighter and summer like. The rugs I plan on making with the wool will be so soft underfoot and very warm come wintertime in the great North Woods! I'll post some photos once I begin weaving....

Melody

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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4165 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4165 Posts

Posted - Aug 23 2015 :  2:15:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Melody, that sounds lovely!

I love the spindle garden marker idea, too, and the bed to a settee is adorable. I have my daughter's old crib...the creative juices are flowing!

Farmgirl Hugs,
Nicole

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Cozynana
True Blue Farmgirl

1123 Posts

Kem

1123 Posts

Posted - Aug 24 2015 :  01:07:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am in the process of collecting beaded costume jewelry that I can repurpose the beads for a Chan LuLu bracelet class. I have collected quite a few beads in the past and getting more from a couple of friends. The bracelet I am using as a pattern has over 100 beads in each bracelet because it wraps around the wrist a couple of times. It is a great way reuse jewelry that has broken. I wish I had more wooden beads to put in the mix. The class is Sept 5th. I will try to remember to post pictures of the gals finished bracelets. I love the turquoise one I wear. I would encourage you to search on Pinterest for Chan Lulu bracelets if you don't know what they are. There are Youtube videos that explains the process of making them. I think they would make nice little Christmas gifts for friends. I get compliments on mine all the time.
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Audra Rose
True Blue Farmgirl

842 Posts

Vanessa
Brooksville KY
USA
842 Posts

Posted - Aug 26 2015 :  10:22:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

My husband passed his tablet to me and because I take it everywhere, I needed a cover for it. But, I couldn't see spending money for a bland cover. So I did a search for how to make them and voila!
Outside, it looks like classic literature, but inside is technology. The only thing I'd change is to make the holes for the elastic band farther in.

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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2335 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2335 Posts

Posted - Aug 26 2015 :  3:50:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Vanessa, great job!

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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4165 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4165 Posts

Posted - Mar 08 2017 :  06:16:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love this thread, but it hasn't been going for awhile. Thought I'd post here the soda crate I repurposed for my laundry room. It's on the Suburban Farmgirl blog. There is a giveaway there, too.



I love to repurpose soda crates! So many fun uses.

Farmgirl Hugs,
Nicole

Farmgirl Sister #1155
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Peg Graham
True Blue Farmgirl

280 Posts

Peg
Chesapeake Virginia
USA
280 Posts

Posted - Mar 13 2017 :  12:41:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Made an earring holder out of a vintage mirror (mirror was broken), so we added chicken wire and viloa!



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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

11518 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal Washington
USA
11518 Posts

Posted - Mar 13 2017 :  8:49:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Peg, luv your earring holder... did you use Milk Paint or????

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Tumbleweed
True Blue Farmgirl

619 Posts

Nancy
Riverside County CA
USA
619 Posts

Posted - Mar 13 2017 :  9:22:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Peg

I love making jewelry and have about 400 pairs of earnings. I did a similiar idea like your. I had some old picture frames, put screen material behind them and then added the earrings. Because the screen material has smaller holes I was able to also store post earrings. The only issue is lining up the posts with all those french hooks nearby. While trying to add the back nut to the post I was knocking out the French hook style earrings.I decide lining them up by style rather than color worked best.

TW

The fun begins where the pavement ends!
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13257 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13257 Posts

Posted - Mar 18 2017 :  3:15:25 PM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I have some terra cotta pots that have been outside in the weather for many years and are starting to fall apart. Instead of putting them in the trash I toss then into our gravel driveway, scattering the pieces around to add to the mix of gravel and dirt. If necessary I stomp on them to break them up more but generally they break apart enough just by throwing then hard onto the ground.
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

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Cozynana
True Blue Farmgirl

1123 Posts

Kem

1123 Posts

Posted - May 27 2017 :  11:55:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just finished this last night. I love it. It is going out on my back patio. This was so much fun to make and didn't take me even an half an hour. I took apart an old lamp and glued the solar lamp on top of the stand of the lamp.

Edited by - Cozynana on May 27 2017 5:29:25 PM
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nancydear
Farmgirl in Training

13 Posts

nancy
fernandina beach Florida
USA
13 Posts

Posted - May 27 2017 :  3:35:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Patty, I love the bench you made. You are so clever. I still remember the ironing board you put on top of the dresser. So smart.

Peg, I really like the way you have used the mirror frame to use for earrings. Such good ideas.


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