Creative Ideas

Creative Kitchen Sink Splash Guard

Have you ever considered how to prevent some of the water splashing around the kitchen sink. Outside of just skipping washing dishes, that is. When I repainted the kitchen, I had to repair some water damage above the sink, and I hate the puddle that forms when water runs to the side. So I came up with a pretty solution. This ceramic plate fits behind the faucet, and within the stainless steel groove of the sink. Now, when I get carried away with the soap and water, it runs back into the sink. It’s functional and pretty. There was a rectangle one […]

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Piano Bench Made into Upholstered Footstool

Once upon a time, I bought this piano bench at a yard sale for $1. I quickly stapled some fabric over the existing seat and used it for a while at the piano. But, then I upgraded to a nicer bench and put this one in storage. Until recently. See how lumpy it looks? I fixed that.  I wanted a footstool for when I sit in my bedroom in the wicker chair, but it had to be very small. Skinny enough to fit between the bed and the chair. So, I chopped about 6 inches off each leg on the […]

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What Would You Do With This Blah Corner of the Bedroom?

When I did my bedroom makeover, there was this corner that I just didn’t know what to do with. Yes. I am a writer and just ended that sentence with a preposition. I am waiting for the grammar police to come take me away. The TV has to stay here. Maybe someday, we will afford a wall-mounted flat screen. Maybe some generous sponsor will send me a TV for review. Hah. But in the meantime, my husband likes having a TV here. So, I was trying to figure out what to do with this blah corner.   I had these mirrors […]

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Garland Turned Wreath – Quick Makeover Project

A friend gave me this garland for my birthday with the permission to upcycle it in whatever way I deemed best. I loved it just as it was, but didn’t have the right place for it. But what I really did need was something to decorated these old skis. I had removed the sorry pine bough that was on it before because it was getting shabby.  I twisted the garland into the shape of a circle. Then I used floral wire to hold it in place.  Then, I hung it on the skis.  A quick and easy makeover! Michelle Trash […]

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Old Book Turned into a Pumpkin, Fall Decoration

Its What Would You Do (WWYD) Wednesday. What do you do with old books? Recently, I spoke for a women’s event and gave a presentation on trash to treasure decorating. Here’s a shout out to the women at Cornerstone Church in the Twin Cities! For a craft session, one creative gal taught us how to make a pumpkin from an old book. How fun! This one is made from an old hymnal. First, we ripped off the covers. That felt naughty. Then we started cutting the pages. Even naughtier. I had to cut a few pages at a time, but […]

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Upcycled Tin Can Snowman that Melts Your Heart

Where I live in Northern Wisconsin, we haven’t had a day where the temperatures have climbed to the 50s since sometime last year. Our winters can be long, and I leave snowman stuff out from November to the end of April.Yep. We get our use out of our winter decorations!My mom recently made me another snowman for my collection. She’s inspired by the plethora of ideas on Pinterest. And, being a school cook she has access to a lot of empty tin cans. So, she created this snowman for me. His arms are a little long, and they went off […]

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What Would You Do Wednesday Wicker Headboard

A T2T reader named Barb asks, “I snatched this wicker headboard from a trash pile…other than the obvious, does anyone have an idea what wonderfully clever thing I could do with this?”What do you think? For WWYD Wednesday, let’s address Barb’s question.   Michelle Trash to Treasure DecoratingView the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com Michelle Trash to Treasure Decorating View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

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Pinterest Project Wrap-Up

I hope you enjoyed the Pinterest Project. I’ll continue to post projects from time to time, but this concludes the 31-day experiment. On a longer-term experiment, I have a feeling that even more of what is posted on Pinterest might not work out quite the same in my own kitchen and craft room. I chose to feature things I could either accomplish in a very short time, or things that I had supplies already on hand for. Someday, I’ll tackle something bigger! So, now back to normal blogging, posting freebies to Kindle books, and on to new things, such as promoting […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 31: Hash Brown Experiment

I saw on Pinterest that I could make crispy hash browns in my waffle maker. Sounded like something I had to try. This photo on the Chow blog from a post titled “Common Appliances, Uncommon Uses” demonstrates how they ought to turn out. Emphasis on ought to. Mine didn’t work quite as well. But first, I have to admit that I’m running short of time at the end of the Pinterest Project and decided to use an experiment I conducted a while back. And I didn’t take pictures. So, I want you to close your eyes and imagine my waffle-maker. Now…Oh, […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 30: Digital Scrapbooking

I’ve spent the weekend and a crafting and quilting retreat where I have worked on my scrapbooks. I’ve been transitioning from traditional scrapbooking with paper and large totes full of supplies. The digital version is very flexible on the outcome, and involves hauling a laptop. How is the outcome flexible? Digital scrapbookers can create a purely digital finished product on a disk. Or, they can print 12×12 (and other sized) pages to slide into a traditional scrapbook. Or, they can order fully bound books from sites such as Shutterfly and Snapfish. Digital scrapbookers can choose from a host of programs to […]

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