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AuntJamelle
True Blue Farmgirl

542 Posts

Jaime
South Bend Indiana
USA
542 Posts

Posted - Sep 11 2017 :  10:16:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
SUCH talent here!

Cozynana - I love your solar lamp! Simple and clever and looks fantastic!!!

I wanted to share a couple more projects DH has completed.

This one shows our new porch swing! The frame used to be rusty green metal and had a different type of swing on it that rotted ages ago. DH has been saving the frame FOR-EVAH. He recently sanded it down, sealed it and used a rubber cement like black spray paint to finish it off.

Then he took the white wicker porch swing we saved from our sun room before the housefire (was in an area not directly affected) and spray painted it brown to match our new deck furniture. We added a purchased cushion to match others on the deck and behold- a thing of beauty!


This next pic shows a couple of things DH has done. The cushions on the seating are all ones he sewed up using outdoor fabric and foam we purchased. I helped with the small pillows, lol!

AND if you look close you'll see a black, low table in front of it and although it is hard to tell, there are two small square matching tables to either side of the love seat. You can see the corner of one in the shot of the swing above as well.

DH was at our last KMart a week ago - they are closing it down - and they had their tables from the garden area marked down to $10 each. He cut it up, rearranged the legs and BAM - we have a coffee table and two end tables for the deck. So proud of him!

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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2335 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2335 Posts

Posted - Sep 11 2017 :  5:19:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Llos great! Nice job you two.

grandmother and orphan farmgirl
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4165 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4165 Posts

Posted - Sep 13 2017 :  3:01:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So many awesome ideas and projects completed here! I haven't been on this thread for awhile and I have missed it! Love the sitting area Jaime. All looks good. CeeJay I want to make the glamping lamp you made! I have an old cast iron candle holder like that. Awesome!

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Nicole
Farmgirl Sister #1155
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Audra Rose
True Blue Farmgirl

842 Posts

Vanessa
Brooksville KY
USA
842 Posts

Posted - Nov 02 2017 :  1:37:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used an opaque Mentos gum container to hold a few floss bobbins that I'm using for a cross stitch project. The top snaps shut and they are secure.

Farmgirl Sister #6754
Doxie Mom - Everyone loves a Weiner!

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Cozynana
True Blue Farmgirl

1123 Posts

Kem

1123 Posts

Posted - Nov 09 2017 :  06:02:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jaimie,I love your furniture redo. Tell you hubby is very talented.
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4165 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4165 Posts

Posted - Nov 09 2017 :  06:14:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Vanessa, that is a great idea!

I may have mentioned here before, but can’t remember. I have a friend who carries Epi pens. She gives me the plastic containers for my knitting students - they are perfect for holding crochet hooks!



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Nicole
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Cozynana
True Blue Farmgirl

1123 Posts

Kem

1123 Posts

Posted - Nov 09 2017 :  06:32:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been making drawstring backpack/sacks for part of my grandkids Christmas present. Actually I will give them a card and money tucked in their bag I choose for their personality. I am very big into repurposing and used old leather coats, jackets, and other shirts/blouses that I like the fabric. I even used recycled cording off of old cheapy drawstring advertisement bags. I can't have more than a dollar in each one because I purchased all the clothes on quarter days at our local thrift store. Here are examples of what I am doing. I would love to find a market to sell these. If so, how much do you think I could sell them for. Most of them are lined with the same fabric in lined coats. I also have plain black ones with embossed designs. I have some faux leather tooled fabric I am going to try one with. Love doing these kind of project. Wish I could find a way to make a living doing this kind of thing.

Edited by - Cozynana on Nov 09 2017 06:36:32 AM
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Audra Rose
True Blue Farmgirl

842 Posts

Vanessa
Brooksville KY
USA
842 Posts

Posted - Nov 13 2017 :  12:04:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

We bought nightstands from Walmart, but I found that they were too low for our bed (you'd think that companies would be aware of this..). So I bought 8 legs from Lowe's, stained them, then attached them to the bottoms of the stands. Now I can reach for my glasses without having to lean down so low that I practically fall out of bed.


Kem, have you looked into Etsy?

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Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
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Cozynana
True Blue Farmgirl

1123 Posts

Kem

1123 Posts

Posted - Nov 23 2017 :  02:36:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Vanessa, I have not looked into Etsy. I need to do that. I am making these like crazy and better find a place to try to market them. I like your bed side stand. A person really can't tell that is not suppose to be that way.Good job.
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

11518 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal Washington
USA
11518 Posts

Posted - Dec 27 2017 :  7:23:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Vanessa,,, you are so smart!!!

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Dreamer42
True Blue Farmgirl

879 Posts

April
Central Oregon
USA
879 Posts

Posted - Dec 29 2017 :  9:49:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cozy Nana,

Very cute cinch back packs bags! Etsy is amazing! I'm addicted to that website! I'd pay around $25 for one of your cinch back packs! Love the embroidered one!

Doxie Mom,

Your nightstands turned out great! Fantastic alteration!

Dreamer42
Farmgirl Sister #7038
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Cozynana
True Blue Farmgirl

1123 Posts

Kem

1123 Posts

Posted - Jan 05 2018 :  7:53:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
April, I will look into Etsy. I had thought about it before, but just didn't get it done. I am having so much fun making these cinch backpacks. I better find an outlet soon or I am going to be overflowing with these and where to store them??????

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Audra Rose
True Blue Farmgirl

842 Posts

Vanessa
Brooksville KY
USA
842 Posts

Posted - Jan 07 2018 :  10:11:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is so cold here, I took pity on the birds at my feeders and turned our dog's old metal food dish upside down and filled the circular area with warm water. I figured that they could either perch on the rubber edge or land on the flat middle to drink.

Farmgirl Sister #6754
Doxie Mom - Everyone loves a Weiner!

Today me will live in the moment unless it's unpleasant, in which case me will eat a cookie.
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HodgeLodge
True Blue Farmgirl

660 Posts

Tiana
Berkeley Springs WV
USA
660 Posts

Posted - Jan 07 2018 :  11:22:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
my last repurpose was an old quilt rack. I needed something by my front door to put our boots on, and hang a few things from for the winter. I had the rack and was going to thow it out. I sat it by the front door before thowing it out, and decided I liked it there. So far it is working until my husband can find the right wood and build me something there.

Farmgirl #4817-The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion

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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4165 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4165 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2018 :  06:08:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love all the talent and ideas here!

We have a large trash can in our master bath. It collects the trash from the smaller ones in my daughter’s bedroom and bath, before trash goes downstairs to be taken to the dump. I have to have a lid, so dogs and cats can’t get in, and because the litter bags would smell if there was no lid. I want my animals seen, not smelled, lol! When you walk in my home, you should not smell that we have pets! ANYWAY, the plastic one we had was broken, the lid no longer opened when you stepped on it. It was nothing special, and kind of bulky. My hubby wanted me to find something more “streamlined”. I found a vintage hamper with a lid from the 1950’s, might have been a large diaper pail back in the day. Anyway, it is cute, and works perfectly! A regular trash bag fits great, and because of the size, the trash bag doesn’t “fall in”. Now to solve that problem in the kitchen! Here’s a photo from the junk-tique store; it stands about 3 ft.





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Nicole
Farmgirl Sister #1155
Suburban Farmgirl Blogger
Chapter Leader, CT Simpler Life Sisters
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Fiddlehead Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

4561 Posts

Diane
Waupaca WI
USA
4561 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2018 :  2:47:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Nicole, that is a really great find and works perfect for a waste basket!

http://studiodiphotosite.shutterfly.com/
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.
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Fiddlehead Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

4561 Posts

Diane
Waupaca WI
USA
4561 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2018 :  2:54:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


It has been a while since I have been on the forum and am blown away with all the farmgirl innovation and repurposing talent! I wanted to share a couple of ugly arm chairs that I found at the thrift store and reupholstered and painted. What a difference a little paint and fabric can do. Now they live happily on my front porch alongside my repurposed crib settee. Can you tell that plaid is my favorite color?

http://studiodiphotosite.shutterfly.com/
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

11518 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal Washington
USA
11518 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2018 :  6:04:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ahh,, once again your talents shine,,,
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Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

4165 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
4165 Posts

Posted - Jan 22 2018 :  05:58:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Diane, they are amazing!!! I love your porch! Awesome talent and decorating! I can imagine farmgirls having coffee...

Farmgirl Hugs,
Nicole
Farmgirl Sister #1155
Suburban Farmgirl Blogger
Chapter Leader, CT Simpler Life Sisters
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AuntJamelle
True Blue Farmgirl

542 Posts

Jaime
South Bend Indiana
USA
542 Posts

Posted - Jan 22 2018 :  07:09:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Diane - SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! That is absolutely CRAZY AWESOME!!! And then the whole arrangement - that is magazine photo shoot stuff right there! Applause!!!!!!!!
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Fiddlehead Farm
True Blue Farmgirl

4561 Posts

Diane
Waupaca WI
USA
4561 Posts

Posted - Jan 22 2018 :  09:04:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for all the compliments! I originally made these chairs to sell in a booth at a local antique store but fell in love and kept them for my porch!

http://studiodiphotosite.shutterfly.com/
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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Lavender Rose
True Blue Farmgirl

1931 Posts

Brenda
Jackson MI
USA
1931 Posts

Posted - Jan 31 2018 :  6:44:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks inviting! Hot chocolate, cookies and a nice visit. Wonderful job. Love it.

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Brenda
#6218

Each day we add to our legacy-good or bad. Our Daily Bread
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Audra Rose
True Blue Farmgirl

842 Posts

Vanessa
Brooksville KY
USA
842 Posts

Posted - Mar 27 2018 :  09:44:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Two bird feeders that I made from random dishes, cups, and an empty peanut butter jar.

Farmgirl Sister #6754
Doxie Mom - Everyone loves a Weiner!

Today me will live in the moment unless it's unpleasant, in which case me will eat a cookie.
Cookie Monster
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

11518 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal Washington
USA
11518 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2018 :  7:05:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Vanessa,,, so cute! what a great idea to use the soda bottle to secure your tea cup feeder.

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

www.katmom4.blogspot.com & http://graciesvictorianrose.blogspot.com

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Audra Rose
True Blue Farmgirl

842 Posts

Vanessa
Brooksville KY
USA
842 Posts

Posted - May 10 2018 :  2:49:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

At an auction I got a box of assorted linens that included these pillows. I've removed the stuffing and washed it to make new pillows, and sewed up the openings to make doggie beds. They are still slightly padded and have the Tina the Wiener seal of approval.

Farmgirl Sister #6754
Doxie Mom - Everyone loves a Weiner!

Today me will live in the moment unless it's unpleasant, in which case me will eat a cookie.
Cookie Monster
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