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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 !

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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?

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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.

 

 

 

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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 !

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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.