Creative Ideas

Transformation Tuesday – Garden Rake Turned Wall Hanging

I confess, I have an addiction to rake heads. I picked up my first one for $1 at a thrift sale and brought it home to see if I could come up with something to do with it. I hung it on the wall and put some dried flowers and a few garden tools on it. Later, I would add it to one of my window art creations. Then I bought another one at a yard sale. This time, I hung a mini quilt on it and used the top part for a picture easel. You’d think that was enough, […]

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Celebrate the Little Things – It Brings Great Happiness

Sometimes, little things make me immensely happy. The other day, when I was freezing corn from the garden, I started cutting the kernels off the cobs with a big knife, but then I remembered a tool I had found at a yard sale earlier in the summer. I found a corn cob cutter slicer stripper knife (yah, I know it has a crazy long name) for 25 cents at a garage sale. This was the best 25 cents I’ve ever spent. within 15 minutes, I had a big pail of blanched corn off the cob. The cutter is designed to […]

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I Just Keep Finding Ideas for Old Fans

A few weeks ago, I showed several ideas from fellow bloggers for upcycling broken fans. Here’s another one! Rose is a self-proclaimed curb shopaholic and she made this sassy little planter from an old fan and a coat tree. Be sure to check out the full post for details from Confessions of a Curbshopaholic. Thanks for the great idea Rose! Now, I’m off shopping for the day. At yard sales of course! My boys and I are stopping by a few sales before we do our school shopping. I hope to find some T2T steals to share with you all. […]

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Get Creative: Free Printable Cards & More

If you’re looking for something cute and creative, but you’re fresh out of ideas, How Does She has some really fun printable projects. Just subscribe to the newsletter (see the pink box at the bottom of her blog page) and you’ll receive the password for the downloads. At the top of the list, you’ll find some back to school printables. If you’re like me, you take pictures on the first day of school. Just print the appropriate sign for your child’s grade and have him or her hold it in the picture. Here is an example from How Does She: […]

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Transformation Tuesday- Ikea Makeover

I’ve been trying to be very disciplined about several big writing projects, so I’ve not been able to do any of my own transformations to show you. However, my fellow bloggers never let me down with ideas.  Check out this fabulous re-do of Ikea furniture from Stephanie, blog owner of My Crafty Days. Stephanie did a great job and you’ll want to check out the full post on her website to get the step by step of her decision to paint her furniture. Here’s her before and after.  Now, I know some of you will find nothing wrong with the […]

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Transformation Tuesday

Since we’re still buried under a heap of snow up in Northern Wisconsin, I’ve not been out thrifting yet, but I’m counting down to spring. In the meantime, those of us who love thrifty decorating can get our fix from Craigslist. As I was searching around the web, I ran across a nice, simple Craigslist transformation. Erika showed her handiwork on her blog “Erika With a K” and I’ll show a few pics of her project, but you’ll want to click the links to her blog in this post to see the whole story. She started with a plain pine […]

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Transformation Tuesday- Reader Idea

Today’s Transformation Tuesday project comes from reader Jane Oetterer. She sent me photos and directions for a project she recently completed. When Jane had a chair that was beyond usefulness, she transformed it by taking it apart and recycling the pieces. Jane says, “I had an awesome old chair that wasn’t structurally sound, so I dismantled it.  I zig-zag sewed together the seat support strips in a weaved pattern.  Then I hand sewed on rope around the edge.  I’m kind of simple in style, so I left it plain.  But I think a valentine theme word could be attached to […]

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Show Us Your Transformation & Link Up

Transformation Tuesday It’s winter, and even though I’m not pregnant, nor do I ever plan to be again, I think I’m nesting. It’s cloudy outside. We get snow nearly every day. So, I’ve be puttering around the house cleaning this and sorting that. I gave the built-in hutch a fresh coat of poly since I had run out and didn’t give it enough way back when. I’ve organized my office, polished up the kitchen, and tossed a bunch of stuff. I promise, I kept my husband and teens! This week, I realized that the counter top that I so painstakingly […]

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Thrifty Thursday- Christmas Gift Idea

For thrifty Thursday, I’d like to show you an idea for a cute gift that is perfect for when  you need a little something to give. I’m giving them to my friends in my women’s group and I’ll be making a few more for little Christmas gifts.   This isn’t necessarily a decorating idea, but these post-it note holders would look so cute by the telephone that they are almost a decoration. Or imagine if you added a magnet on the back. It’s perfect for carrying in your purse as well. Now, you’re probably wondering where the trash part comes […]

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Antique Glaze Technique for “New” Old Look

For Transformation Tuesday, I’d like to feature a very helpful tutorial from fellow blogger Traci at Beneath My Heart. Traci transformed her patio furniture from this: Photo from Beneath My Heart  To this! Photo from Beneath My Heart  Traci’s full blog post gives a wonderful tutorial on how she did this fabulous “aged” finish. I love how she wasn’t put off by some crackles in the paint. She just used it to work with her finish. You’ll love the up close photos of each step in the process.  Do you have an idea for Transformation Tuesday? Send me an e-mail […]

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