Repurpose Your Stockpile: Wine Cork Stamp Valentines

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Wine Cork Stamp Valentines

  Valentine’s Day is on its way, and what could be better than handmade wine cork stamp valentines? I have a jar on my counter that I drop caps and corks into, with the promise of remembering the occasions that they celebrated, and a future craft that may happen.  Every once in a while, a neat idea comes up that I just have to try.  And if you don’t have any wine corks, stop by the nut and bolt section of {Read More}

Repurpose Your Stockpile: Frames and Calendars

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Finished Frame

  It never fails.  I usually forget a deadline or appointment or something every week or two.  As part of the New Year, I’ve vowed to get just a little more organized.  I’ve been working on carving out an office and helping my family get organized as part of the process.  As I was sitting down brainstorming one day, I realized that the one thing I really needed was a big calendar that I can see this month and what’s {Read More}

Repurpose Your Stockpile: Zippered Plastic Bags

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Zippered Packs

I recently purchased new curtains for my home.  They are fairly heavy duty, and came in sturdy little plastic bags with a zipper and hanger on the top.  As I hung my curtains, I wondered about the bags.  They are pretty well constructed and I hated the thought of just recycling them.  Here are a few of the things that I will be doing with them.  1.  Sewing Notions I have a TON of sewing notions.  I keep all my {Read More}

Repurposing Your Stockpile: Stale Peanut Butter

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Hanging Seed

Every once in a while, my kids go on a peanut butter kick.  That’s all they want to eat.  When that happens, I go couponing for great deals, or I make homemade peanut or other nut butter.  Invariably, I end up with peanut butter that goes stale, however.  Either the kids open more than one jar and I’m unaware of it, or I make far too much homemade nut butter.  I’ve tried it in cookies, but even there you can {Read More}

Repurpose Your Stockpile: Lint

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Winter Cardinal

Sometimes we take for granted the roof over our heads, and the warmth that we have in our homes.  A few feathered friends brought that to my attention last week as they were pulling a few tidbits of things out of the gutters of my home, and attacking the woodpile for stray leaves to use as nesting materials.  They were even checking out the lint trap that covers the dryer vent!  Watching them, so industriously working to make a winter {Read More}

Repurpose Your Stockpile: Fireplace Ash

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Fireplace Ash

The weather is turning colder, and you may use a fireplace to help heat your home, or maybe just provide a nice, serene backdrop to family activities.  If you burn wood, you know how much ash that can create.  But, what do you do with it all?  If you are like many people, you probably throw them away after they cool.  Check out these great ways to reuse the ash.  Remember, only use ash that is cold.  Using hot ash {Read More}

Repurpose Your Stockpile: Cabinet Chalkboard

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Chalkboard

It seems I never have a piece of paper when I need to leave a note for my kids.  And I NEVER have enough decorations that can be used from one holiday or season to the next.  So, imagine my delight when walking through a local repurposing store and I found a cabinet door for a mere $5!  It was a solitary, lonely door that begged to come home and become a beautiful, multipurpose chalkboard that is a place I {Read More}

Repurpose Your Stockpile: Wineglass Elves

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Finished Elves

I am in super decorating mode!  I love the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Years.  I decorate!  Over the years, I’ve lost a lot of the decorations given to me from my childhood, either by moving, breakage, or them just falling apart due to old age.  So, I’m working to make all kinds of new things from things I have around the house.  My favorite has been candle holders from wine glasses.  At Halloween and Thanksgiving, it was pumpkins.  Today, {Read More}

Repurpose Your Stockpile: Wooden Benches

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Wood Rack

It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention.  Those words are so very true when you have a new home.  A friend of mine recently moved and is finding this out.  I’m always looking for what she’s reused, repurposed, or plain made from scratch.  We were talking the other day, and she was telling me that one of her trees fell during a windstorm and she was cutting it for firewood.   She and her husband had repurposed a {Read More}

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