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Making do on a moments notice

Posted: April 15, 2011 by kelleinmt in MacGyverism

When our chicks arrived 10 weeks ago, we had to find a place to put them( to many baby animals and not enough space) the front pork was cleared but the dilemma was no outlet for the heat lamp. My Dh had a screw in plug-in( from an auction treasure box) that screws into a light receptacles. Okay now the light cord isn’t long enough to get it down close enough to the chicks, so Dh improved this rig from parts and pieces.  Dh mad a clamp to clamp to the side of the wash tub, then used a piece of metal( he’s always collecting for blacksmithing) and  some chain I’d saved from a hanging light we took down and replaced. 

Here is the finished product and it works great!

Got a Macgyver moment to share? Email us at girlsgonetrashy


These are canning jars that we’ve emptied this week in our course of meal preparations.  When I look at these I see all the money we saved by not purchasing store-bought canned goods and I know how all of our produce and meats are grown and raised.

  We were running low on a favorite jelly( concord), so I sterilized a few pint jars and brought up a qt. jar of concord juice( canned in 2009) and made jelly. The batch actually made 4 pint jars, but one is in the frig, already half gone.

 A clothesline is another ( what I refer to as Common) reusable tool.  We use ours 85% of the time, only when it’s frigid do I use our electric clothes dryer and even then I typically use the wooden drying racks my Dh had, setting them up in front of the wood stove in the kitchen.  My Mom hates this, she says it looks like hillbillies live here. Then again thinking about it their( for two people) electric bill is on average $70, a good $20+ dollars higher than our average bill. Plus figure in we have two refrigerators( one for dairy and eggs) and three freezers( one of which is theirs) running on our power bill and in the summer our pump is too!

Just some everyday tools that you can reuse and reuse to save you $$$

Blessings for your weekend!

An introduction from; The Never Done Farm

Posted: March 10, 2011 by kelleinmt in An Introduction

Good morning everyone. My name is Kelle and I live on our small homestead/ farm called, The Never Done Farm, in rural Montana.  I’ve been married to my high school sweetie for almost 27 yrs( 16th of March). We have two children, both, now young adults. Our Ds has a family of his own now and our Dd is still living at home.  

My Dh and myself both come from small farm backgrounds but when we first married were convinced it would be better to live closer to our jobs, thus moved to the city. This proved to be a valuable learning lesson because after the housing crash( silicone valley crash) we were unable to sell our first home for more than we owed on the loan.  We did buy another home on the outskirts of the city with a 1/2 acre lot.  This period was our awakening, so to speak, to getting ourselves away from debt and living a more self-reliant lifestyle. Our Dd had some major medical issues when she was 2-1/2 yrs old( inoperable brain tumor), thus putting us into debt even further. Her health issues are related to a genetic disease, yet not on person on either side of our family has this disease. We began to ask ourselves, why, where and how our Dd ended up with it and the conclusion was our food supply was a contributing factor. We  began gardening, added fruit bushes and strawberries, even eventually added laying hens and a rooster. We began pulling away from commercialized/industrial farm raised foods and buying more Organic or natural foods. I  taught myself to can our foods, this  began our journey of eating “from scratch meals” some 7 yrs after we were married.  My Mom was not and still is not domestically inclined, she never liked gardening much either. She claims she’s always hated cooking, even though I remember her as a wonderful cook. 

While going through our Dd’s medical issues for several years we began prepping and stocking up on household and food items. This turned out to be a HUGE blessing. Because of our self-reliant lifestyle, we lived from our pantry for almost 4 month( purchasing only dairy and some personal hygiene items), allowing us to take all extra money and pay down our debt.  Part of this prepping was learning to make do with what you have,  put out the word what it is you are looking in hopes of getting it “Free” or shopping garage sale and thrift stores.   Myself, Dh and our children had very few brand new clothing items, I do NOT sew, this is one of my goals though.

If you are NOT afraid to ask, barter or scrounge for something, often times you’ll find what you need and more often than not, for free to very little money. 

My Dh is better about “thinking outside the box” and repurposing things than I am, but when you’ve been doing this for over two decades, it begins to become second nature.

Of course recycling, repurposing, garage sale and dumpster finds require labor and organization, which is the trade-off for money saved. We’ve torn down many a building and saved all the lumber( even the rotten or broken, is sued for firewood and kindling; as long as it isn’t treated wood) , hardware and even some of the bolts, screws and nails( especially if they are handmade “antique nails”)

We have lots of projects that will be sharing( past and future) here on Girls Gone Trashy. 

Look forward to seeing and hearing about your projects



Reuse old sweaters….

Posted: March 9, 2011 by kelleinmt in Crafts, wearables
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A recycling tip and “handy” to have around
If you have wool sweaters that are wearing out, have moth damage, or you accidentally shrank, don’t throw them out, recycle them into mittens. I saw a video not to long ago on “You Tube” about how to make these and started digging out old wool sweaters( Mike had one that was to small and we were given two others with moth damage) First step is to wash then in cold water( so colors don’t run) and dry in a hot dryer to shrink the wool.

Then you simply trace your hand adding about 1/2″ to 3/4 ” seam allowance. Pin this pattern to sweater and cut both layers at one time.

Now turn them right sides together and stitch using a small, stretch zigzag stitch.

The black pair is finished. You turned right side out again, the print pair is next on the list to be stitched.

Here is how they look on and they will keep your hands warm, although not sure how snow and below zero temps will affect them.

The print pair finished and turned right side out, aren’t they nice :o) I’m proud of myself, as I am self taught on sewing and it is basic to say the least!

So those of your who are creative, let your minds go to work and recycle those sweaters( wool is best and be sure to shrink it down by washing and drying in a hot dryer before you begin)

The possibilities are endless; hats, slippers, scarves, etc….