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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!


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:

Winner of Book Contest Giveaway!

Posted: June 20, 2011 by hopejoyandfaithfarm in Uncategorized

Congrats to Cody, winner of the book “Back to Basics”. I’m posting it for Erin because she is still having internet connection issues…

Here is Cody’s winning submission on trashiness! Some great ideas here!


My trashiest moment required a little bit of ingenuity. I was touring with a comedic troupe doing small towns and colleges back in the fall of 2002. We were living hand to mouth. The tour would end just before Christmas. I’m from a family of 6, with our in-laws and extended family, that puts us around 13 people to buy for Christmas (we’ve since moved on to choosing names). I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a lot for my family for Christmas, but I did the best that I could that year. Suffice to say, people got some of the weirdest gifts from me that year. My oldest sister got a used bowling pin. We had a show in a bowling alley, and the dressing room was behind the alley and pins, so I took a pin with the owner’s permission. Another sister got a great garage sale find while we were in New Mexico. It was a sculpture of a foot that had a music box in it. She says it’s the best door stop she’s ever had. My brother got an ash tray that John Waters had ashed in, (he has no idea who John Waters is shamefully).

Everyone wanted postcards too. I couldn’t afford them, so I took the local attraction flyers at the hotel and collaged postcards for everyone. Everyone still has them to this day.

So those are some of my trashier moments. I think they were rather ingenious. Please enter me for your Back to Basics giveaway.



Chicken house “recycled”

Posted: June 15, 2011 by hopejoyandfaithfarm in Uncategorized

First off, I want to apologize for being a day late in posting this.  I got busy with sheep shearing and garden planting and spaced.  I’m sorry.

We built our chicken house about a year and a half ago.  We had to buy some new plywood and framing material, but most of it was built from leftover wood we had around and we used the neighbors old thrown away metal roofing.

We also used an old window that we took out of the pile we had fro the green house and the door off of our old manufactured home.

The inside we furnished with a rack of nest boxes made of plastic milk crates.  They are great.  The open bottoms allow the old hay to sift down and fall on the ground to be swept up, instead of keeping the poop and dust in with the eggs.


We also made the roosts out of fallen tree branches.  They are round, which allows the chickens to comfortably roost at night and we didn’t have to worry chemicals in the wood, etc.  Yes, they might rot faster than treated wood, but a walk up our mountain will give us a brand new supply.

You don’t have to build or buy fancy stuff for your chickens to use.   You can be a bit “trashy” and save some money

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!