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Tree Stump Coffee Table

Posted: July 14, 2011 by peggylynn in Uncategorized

I am a bad trashy girl. I have not posted in a couple of weeks. Time just seems to get by me during the summer months. So many things keeping me busy outside. I will be starting Christmas projects next month so will post more… I promise. Meanwhile I find this idea at one of my favorite sites Tip Junkie .

Now that is something free and easy to do. Getting that time of year where we are all thinking firewood for winter. Save one or two stumps the size you like and either paint, stain, or poly and there you have a free coffee or even end tables…. I just love this idea!

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Transforming a Lamp

Posted: June 22, 2011 by peggylynn in Uncategorized

Katie from Matsutake did a great transformation on a floor lamp! I can’t believe all she used was duct tape and clear plastic coke bottles.


I have everything but the lamp and will be going to the thrift store tomorrow to search for one. Can’t wait to transform my own lamp. Am thinking of trying this on a table lamp too. The link to read the step by step and check out the rest of Katie’s blog is: http://go.tipjunkie.com/dc/1199/matsutakeblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/its-done-glampsformation.html

Treasures From The Dumpster

Posted: June 1, 2011 by peggylynn in Uncategorized

We have a awesome feedstore closeby. Since we are there so much getting feed and supplies for the animals the manager and staff know us really well. They gave us permission to check out their dumpster anytime. If fact if they are getting ready to throw away out of date feed, etc they will sometimes give us a call so we can go pick it up. When people bring items back that don’t work right or is broken they don’t send it back they just toss it in the dumpster. William has been able to fix over 90% of the items they toss in just a matter of minutes. It is unreal at the items that gets tossed but is sure a treasure to us. I now have 5 galvanized trash cans to store feed in. They were tossed because they were stuck together. We got them apart and though a couple have dents in them… who cares! I have solar lights along the front walk way. No one had bothered to pull the tab so the battery could charge. The tag said “returned because they don’t work”. I pulled the tabs and guess what… they work fine. I have birdfeeders that had a small chip in them. Yard ornaments with a dent or chipped paint. We always get dog food because it goes out of date. The food is fine just out of date that month. Some people turn their nose up at “dumpster diving” but I say don’t knock it till you try it. Be sure and ask permission first. At our feed store we don’t have to worry about digging through wet messy garbage as their trash is bagged up so the items that are returned or out of date stay dry and clean. Here is a photo of yesterday’s dumpster dive (Not the straw as we stopped by the dumpster on our way home from getting bedding straw for the animals.)


The sprayer got the wheel put back on and is working great. The shepherd hooks got the bent parts straightened out and are in use. The incubator we could find nothing wrong with. We left it plugged up overnight and the temp and humidity is where it should be so we are going to try placing eggs in and see what happens. The horse fly mask had a small tear in it. The sprinkler needed adjusting, the spray nozzle for the hose needed a gasket, the wash tub had a dent in it, the ladder had a dent that William fixed and the fence charger had been hooked up wrong and now works fine. The other stuff we haven’t checked out yet but will this evening. One Store’s trash makes this girl go trashy happy!

Bird House

Posted: May 18, 2011 by peggylynn in Uncategorized
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I love birds. I love watching them. I love listening to their beautiful songs. I just love birds period! So of course I have bird feeders all around the homestead. I have all kinds of birdhouses around too. When a teenage boy took a curve a little too fast and took our mailbox for a ride I decided to use it for another birdhouse. We got a new and bigger mailbox so why not let the birds have a new and bigger house.
First I painted it using paints given to me over the year by friends and customers. Then I got William to cut a square hole in the door of the mailbox but only on 3 sides. I wanted to lift the metal up from the hole to have a awning or cover for the hole. It now looks like a little cottage and hopefully a bluebird or wren will rent it soon.


The great thing about this is it cost zero dollars and only about an hours worth of time.

My New Tool Shed

Posted: May 11, 2011 by peggylynn in Uncategorized


I have been working on this for several weeks and still not finished. Who knew foam would be so hard to remove from a shipping crate!

I lucked out at a local college. They had these two tall shipping crates they were going to throw away but let me have them.

They even loaded them on the trailer with a forklift. Seems the crates use to have to be returned to the shipper but got too expensive for them so they told the college not to return them anymore. These had big tall lighting and speaker equipment in them so there was lots and lots of foam on all the inside walls. I am slowly taking the foam and the sticky residue off the walls. My intention is to put up hooks to hang my garden tools on. I even have a wooden shelf I found on a neighbors curb with their trash I am going to hang to set some of my gardening items on. When I get the inside all ready and the outside painted (with some free paint given to me) I will get William to help me move it near my gardens. The other one is William’s to use. I have a nice piece of roofing tin that will be going on the top of my garden shed. Thinking I might even paint a fake window on the side and hang a window box with flowers. I had wanted to wait till it was finished so I could show you the after photos, but being as I am slow I decided to go ahead and post the before. If you have a college, military base, or big company near you check with them for shipping crates. They are made out of nice heavy wood and come in all shapes and sizes. I have one I got from Ft. Bragg military base several years ago that I stained and used for coffee table for a long time. I kept extra blankets stored inside.

There are all kinds of possibilities and the best thing is they are free!!