Posts Tagged ‘repurpose’

The Linen Closet.

Posted: May 2, 2011 by emphelan in storage
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We live in a single wide trailer. The single most thing I hate about the homestead. We have finally resigned ourselves to the fact that because of the lay off we will be unable to build our dream house for a few years. Because of this fact we have decided to customize the aging mobile home. First is my linen closet. I do have a set of cabinets in the bathroom. Not enough room! Not only in the cabinets but also cramps up the bathroom.

Using old window sills and warped wood flooring, we created this.


Very simple and a wonderful solution to space.


I am working on a really great project from a huge shipping crate I got next to a college dumpster. Its not finished yet so that project will be next Wednesdays post. Until then I will share some of my favorite links of some very awesome trasy ladies! Check them out and see all the fantastic things they make from other peoples trash and be sure and tell them Peggy sent you.

Gail from Repurposed Life has lots and lots of projects from trash finds. You can spend days just drooling over her archives. Go on check it out but be sure and save time to visit Rose over at Confessions of a Curbshopaholic. She has a post up right now about her dogs but please scroll on down and see the most unique and beautiful things she makes from trash. She loves to travel around the neighborhood and pick up things people put by the curb. I have gotten lots of ideas from her and spend hours just going through her archives and dreaming and making notes. These two ladies make me want to become even more trashy than I already am! So please check them out and have a look see. I promise you won’t be disappointed and I bet you come away with some new projects you just can’t wait to get started on yourself.

My Little Water Garden

Posted: April 20, 2011 by peggylynn in Uncategorized
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A few years ago we redid our bathroom and removed the tub and toilet. I didn’t want to trash them as I knew I could find something to use them for. Well a couple years ago I decided I wanted a water garden. No money to purchase the kits and I really didn’t want to spend a lot of time digging to put the kit in the ground. The tub became my pond with a turtle fountain that was part of a water garden feature at Amazing Grace (a antique/collectible shop I had years ago). The toilet has ivy growing in the tank part and I usually have a fern in the bowl but this year decided to sit one of the split leaf plants on the seat and one by the tub. The chairs were found when curb shopping the neighborhood and the goose and bird welcome sign came from a dumpster diving trip along with the wood shavings on the ground around the area. Lucked up there and got 8 bags of those because they got wet and the store threw them out. I use them in flower, herb, veggie gardens and of course my little water garden spot. None of this cost anything but a little bit of time. I had gold fish in the pond for a couple years till the neighborhood kids begged me out of them. A friend has offered me a couple from her pond which I plan on taking her up on. I have water plants in the bottom of the tub that haven’t started growing this year. All in all I have a nice place to sit, relax and listen to the water for zero money and only a little bit of sweat. I just love being a trashy girl!!

Purposeful Jewelry: Wing nuts

Posted: April 11, 2011 by emphelan in Crafts, Gifts, Kids, wearables
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What you need is

16 gauge wire (hot fencing works great)
several wing nuts (depending on size and how big the wrist is)
wire cutters
needle nose pliers
screw driver (Phillips)

I seem to have lost my photos on how to make the rings. If you wire is dirty, use a metal cleaner (lemon juice works sometimes) and clean it up all shinny like. Next start wrapping it around the screwdriver. As tight as possible. Once you get to the end, slide it off, you should have a very tight spring.

Next cut the spring down the middle, making lots of small rings. As most of us do not have the fancy rotatory tools, they will look a little pinched at the cuts.

Next, take a wing nut, and attach 2 rings to one side. Squeezing the rings shut with the pliers. Then add two more rings to those rings, then two more wings, and then another wing nut.


Something like that.

Attach clasps on either end when finished, and Viola!

wing nut braclet

Workbook rack

Posted: April 7, 2011 by txmarina44 in Kids, White Trash with a Purpose
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Yesterday, peggylynn showed us how she converted a yard implement display into a dish drainer/storage rack. I was stuck for what to post (I won’t be able to start my next project until tomorrow, when I can get supervision). and I took a tour around my house to see what was my most creative yet simple repurposed item. I found what I needed in my living room: I’d taken my old dishrack (which hadn’t fit well over our double sink) and used it to store my boy’s various workbooks, folders of coloring pages, and portfolios. The wires that would normally hold up dishes are perfect for keeping things upright, and it’s easy to read the spines and grab the one we need.

Of course, this begs a few questions: why do we need so many workbooks for a kindergartener? and, why not use a bookshelf? Adding more bookshelves to the house is no longer an option (and those we have now are jam-packed); I’ve moved half of them out and my husband still complains about the ones that remain. As I’ve mentioned in my intro, my son was identified at 2 1/2 as having special needs (autism, severe language delay). His special ed preschool program was very heavy on paperwork. Their focus was educational and not social, so they had him doing seatwork instead of playing with others who could model proper social behavior and creative use of toys. So, in addition to making up for the lack of neurotypical peers, we also had to reinforce and build on extending his focus and attention span for activity pages and sequence projects (commonly passed off as art/crafts) whenever he had a break from school (weekends and seasonal breaks). Gathering everything into one portable yet accessible container makes it easy for us to change the workspace venue when necessary (during sister’s naptime, we head out to the picnic table on the side patio). Even when we build the actual classroom/therapy space, I’m sure we’ll keep the dish drainer for its new purpose.