Create a solar chandelier for your garden

I stopped at my favorite Goodwill store the other day and found a cute, broken chandelier, and instantly knew what I wanted to do with it.  I have been wanting an outdoor solar chandelier for a long time, I had already purchased the lights at the dollar store, but didn’t see a light that I thought would fit my style.  Until now !!

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I started working on it immediately, I stripped out the electrical wires and lights and cleaned up the metal and porcelain.  I glued the tops of the solar lights to the fixtures and hung it from a branch over a table I have under a tree.  I couldn’t wait until it turned dark !

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This little broken ugly old chandelier has found new purpose and adds a romantic and beautiful addition to my eclectic backyard.  This is one of my favorite repurpose projects and all for around 10 dollars.  Did I mention, I love it !!

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Soda Bottle Make-Over and Storage

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This saying describes my life !!  When you love to explore, create and try new things, clutter happens.  I was reading a Pinterest post, and had a thought. A friend dropped off her recycling and there were 6 2 liter bottles in it and I have tons of contact paper and vinyl on tubes and not a great place to store them.    Solution?

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I cut the tops off of the bottles, drilled a hole in the bottom and screwed them to the wall……

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The tops that I cut off make great funnels, but I don’t need 6 of them, so I will have to think of something functional for them 🙂

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Excuse the clutter in my office 🙂  This is what happens when you work from home !

I LOVE my local Goodwill store…..

I know that I have mentioned this before, but it is worth mentioning again, I have the best Goodwill store ever!

I went for my weekly visit, and I noticed a set of 6 ladder back chairs.  Everyone that knows me, knows I have an addiction to chairs, I have them everywhere, seriously, everywhere.  I have chairs hanging in trees, decorated in gardens, mounted to walls, in every corner, stored in my cellar and attic, as well as a warehouse we have.  I took at good look at the 6 chairs, and they needed work, each needed to have a new seat, but the price was 14.99 a chair, so I passed on the chairs.

I continued looking around and decided to look at the chairs again, and they weren’t 14.99 a chair, it was for the set.  If you know anything about Goodwill stores, they have colored tags and everyday they have a special color tag that is half off, and today was a green day and my chairs had green tags. Now my 14.99 chairs are 7.50 a set, and with my senior discount they are 6.75 a set.  SOLD

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Now the adventure begins….

I am very fortunate to have a store locally that sells  chair repairs supplies.  Unfortunately, she didn’t have enough rush to redo all six chairs, so she recommended flat reed splint seats.  I can cane and rush, but have never tried splint seats, but I have woven hundreds of baskets, so I was ready for the challenge.  I found many videos on YouTube and many sites with different patterns, but I couldn’t make up my mind on patterns.  The solution was easy, 6 chairs, 6 different patterns, how much fun will this be !

I don’t know if I am going to leave them natural or add a little tint to them, I guess  I will figure that out when I finish them all.

This has to be the best 6.75 I have ever spent..

 

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Playing (with) my old vinyl records

I dug out my very old record player today and decided to play some of my ancient vinyls that I have been storing for 30 plus years.  I was expecting to hear the sweet sound of a vinyl record spinning on a turntable playing the music that I love, but all I heard was scratches and skips.

Since I hate to throw anything away, I decided to go to Pinterest and see what everyone was making with their old vinyl records.  I can’t believe how many ideas I found, and now I have the bug.  I thought I would share a few of the things I made this morning….

Vinyl bowl using this tutorial, I also painted a chipped martini glass black and added it as a base…

Record Album Mail Organizer using this tutorial

Vinyl Bracelet using this tutorial

I made other things also, but I need to explore drilling holes and polishing edges on vinyl first, my fingers are crossed that they don’t break.

Have you ever made anything from old records?

Old Book Lamp

Do you have some old books collecting dust and you just don’t know what to do with them?  Why not make a lamp? I make several different ones and this one doesn’t require drilling a hole in the books.

Supplies needed:

  • Old books
  • Candle lamp
  • Doily
  • Glue gun
  • Mod podge or white glue
  • Twigs or vine
  • Old eye glasses

Pick out books that you would like to create the base of your lamp, you can choose as many as you like.  I like to glue the sides of the books with Mod Podge so when I pick up the lamp the books won’t open.  I let the books dry overnight, and when they are dry, I glue the books together, using a hot glue gun.  I glue the doily to the books and then the candle lamp, also using a glue gun.  I like to put some twigs or vines around the base of the lamp and add a pair of old eye glasses, gluing in place.  To add more country charm, add a silicone bulb.  If you would like t make your own silicone bulbs, here is my tutorial.

 

Have you made a book lamp?  I would love to see what you have created, please share your link.

 

 

 

Finally……

It feels great that I can finally take a breath and catch up with my “blogging” friends, I have missed reading all of your creative blogs.

I finally had the pleasure of going to lunch with my friend Val, and we talked forever.  Val sent me home with her “recycling”, and she has great recycling, take a look !!

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These are going to make wonderful gifts, especially the bottles with the porcelain stoppers.  I forgot the take a picture of the 3 wine bottles, ooops.  Thanks Val, you have the best recycling !

I am very excited that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I am trying some new recipes and will be cooking for days, one of my favorite times of the year.

It feels great to be blogging again 🙂  Look for my daily blog, I am back !

Plastic Water Bottle and Paper Bracelets

I saw a video a month ago showing how to repurpose water bottles into bracelets.  I bookmarked it and set it aside for another day since we don’t buy bottled beverages, I have a SodaStream.  I was at my cousins today and she had two water bottles on the counter for recycling, and I couldn’t resist and brought them home.

Materials:
Plastic water bottles with smooth sides with sticker/labels removed
Sticker removal product (like UnDo or GooGone)
Paper- scrapbooking, collage, or any decorative paper
Copper foiling tape – ¼” wide-self adhesive – silver or any color
Masking tape – whatever width you want bracelet

I had all of the supplies at home, even the foil tape, and had leftover paper from my tin can caddy.  I taped up a bottle using masking tape and it left behind a sticky mess.  I removed the sticky with GooGone and used painters tape, which worked very well. I cut the bottles like they did on the video and cut my paper and assembled it all and finished with copper tape.  I know from experience that copper tape is tricky, I always have issues with wrinkles, so I was very careful when applying.  The video was well done and she really explained things well.  After the first one, the other two were easy.

I am definitely making these again, imagine how easy it would be to have a bracelet for every outfit!

Thank you EcoHeidi for a great video.

 

Silver Spoon Rings

Back in the 1970’s, spoon rings were all the rage. They were very popular at flea markets and craft sales, they seem to be making a comeback.  If you follow my blog, you already know that I love to bend silver-plate flatware, and when my blogging buddy Pillows A-La-Mode asked if I knew how to make them, I decided to blog about them.  I didn’t have any rings to take a picture of them, so I spent time in my workshop this evening making a few.  I used a full sized spoon for one ring and a pickle fork for another.

You don’t have to have an appreciation of the 1970’s to enjoy the rings. Spoon ring patterns range from simple to ornate, from delicate to sturdy, depending on the type of spoon or fork used.  Best of all, these rings are relatively simple and inexpensive to make.

 

Printing on Old Book Pages

I am certainly not the first person to come up with this idea, it is all over Pinterest, but this is my first try at it.

I was at a craft fair a few weeks ago, and saw a booth with graphics on old book pages.  I have never had an up-close look, and instantly fell in love with all of them, and she had dozens of different ones.   I purchased one, so I could go home and analyze it……don’t we all do that?

I used old dictionary pages, bought at Goodwill for 99 cents and fired up Photoshop.  I always look for a reason to pull out my postcard collection and scanned a few Harrison Fisher postcards.  Harrison Fisher is one of my favorite illustrators, I have several magazine covers framed from the early 1900’s.  I also searched though the Graphic Fairy’s huge collection of free vintage clip art, and found a few to play with.

The trickiest part was adjusting my printers.  I am fortunate to have a business where printers are a necessity, so I had 5 to choose from.  I played with the inkjet and the colors were too deep, and I couldn’t see the text through the design.  I changed the opacity and it still wasn’t what I wanted.  I printed on the laser printers and I really liked the difference they made.  I wasn’t happy with making one, or two, or three, lol……I just kept making them.  This could be my new addiction!

mission accomplished !

I have been on a mission to find a great pattern for a heart rug, I posted the other day with my failed attempts, all 5, and I attempted again yesterday morning and failed.  I found a pattern last night and it looked perfect, so attempt number 7 began !  I bought the pattern on etsy, which I swore I would never do, but it was the best 5.99 I have ever spent.  Kelli wrote the pattern for beginners, and it was very easy to understand.

Since this is my first time doing the pattern, the rug is a little irregular, but I am excited to begin another one.  I picked up 4 sets of beautiful sheets at Goodwill yesterday for 2.25 a set, so I know what my nights are going to be spent doing, lol, making sheet yarn.

Thank you to all of my blogging friends who sent me links for heart rugs, you really are the best !