Transformation – odd birdcage to multiple planters

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Hi Everyone – it’s been a while! Today I bring you a story of a birdcage. I found this funny shaped one at a garage sale a few years ago and in all that time I have tried to find a purpose for it. I tried storing books or having it as something pretty to look at above my kitchen cabinets. Nothing ever clicked. Then I really looked at the shape of this thing and thought “this would make great planters – I just need to break it apart”. So I did! and it’s got a purpose now.  It just needs some hanging planter liner and rope. I can’t wait to get some flowers in these beautiful planters and show you the final product! Cheers.   ~K

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(Sorry for the crappy picture – overhead lighting is the worst)

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Sunday Morning Brunch

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Weekends are the best for pancakes. Last weekend my family had a Valentine’s Day breakfast complete with some heart pancakes and bacon. They were really easy to make too. Just pour the pancake mix in a V shape, wait for the pancake to bubble and then flip. Salty and sweet make for a delicious breakfast! Thank you dad for teaching me how to make pancakes when I was little. 

3 Ingredient Fall Decorating

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It’s officially pumpkin season! Time for mums, hot chocolate and Halloween costumes. My goal this holiday season is to use only what I can find around the house. Lucky for me I had some leftover supplies from other projects I could repurpose.

Autumn Inspired Bunting = hemp cord + leftover loose crocheted material 

Simple ghosts = copy paper + hemp cord 

The hemp cord is coarse enough to make this a tape free project! Everything stays in place. The bunting material was cut along the seams into arrow and twin tail ends, so no material was wasted. Recycle, reuse and thrift! It’s all about the simple things. 

Happy Decorating!

~K

   
   

The Last Minute Muffin Experiment

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Have you ever started baking and then run out of a really important ingredient? Like eggs? So when I was down 1 egg, I quickly searched for egg alternatives – thank you internet folks! 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder is 1 egg equivalent. I had no baking powder so I used baking soda -worked just fine for me. It’s always fun to tweak recipes and see if they are actually edible.

I also made a few more changes:
*The carrots and apples were supposed to be shredded but I don’t own a grater so I finely chopped them
*Substituted 1/2 cup brown sugar + 1/2 cup white sugar for 1 1/4 cups white sugar
*Substituted 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce for 1 cup of oil
*Substituted 2 cups of whole wheat flour for 2 cups of all purpose flour
*Bought whole walnuts and chopped myself (they were cheaper in the grocery store)

Morning Glory Muffins – final version
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Apple chopped (peeled and cored)
2 cup chopped carrots

Cooked for 20 mins at 350 F

Delicious!
~K

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Dressers Dressing

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Sometimes my favorite thing breaks and I tell myself “most of this is still perfectly good and I am saving it”. So I save things and most of the time they sit in a box somewhere shoved under my bed. Then other times, like today, when I look at something and an eureka moment happens.

I had a purse strap in good condition and a somewhat boring looking dresser. And here is what I came up with.

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I was inspired by pieces I spotted roaming the Internet a few weeks ago. I know it’s not perfect (it needs washers to prevent the strap from wearing out) but I love the mix of different materials and textures. Plus this only took 10 minutes to put together.

Happy Reusing and Remastering!
~K

Another hiatus complete!

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I know I am weeks late but Happy New Years to everyone! Between family visits, birthdays and traveling this winter break has been pretty busy. When I finally found some down time aka a stop along my ride back home, I took the chance to visit a Goodwill Outlet. Has anyone been to these? I had no idea what to expect walking into the massive warehouse with the signature blue and white Goodwill Outlet sign above the front entrance. It was quite the experience! Bins organized in rows full of clothing, homewares and toys with furniture along the walls. I saw a lucky fellow with a few nerf guns and ladies with carts full of clothing. And did I mention everything is cheap and by the pound?! I managed to find these cute lantern indoor/outdoor lights. They were in the original box and only cost me the change in my pocket ($0.50)!!! After all of the holiday debt, it’s nice to get something cute for a few quarters.

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Happy Thrifting!
~K

My Grandmom’s Lamp

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Hello Everyone,

Recently I went digging through my parents basement for lost treasures that my dad occasionally picks up from my grandmother’s house and found this beauty. I was told this was my grandmother’s and she used it until she bought a set of hurricane lamps. It is a bit banged up, missing a piece, should probably be rewired and has smoke stains but is still gorgeous. It looks like it is hand painted glass and may have used a standard lampshade. I am torn on what to do. Should this be rewired or kept in its original condition? And what lamp shade originally belonged to this type of lamp? I still have a lot of research to do, so in the meantime I will use this as a decorative piece. Any insight would be appreciated!

 

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A close up view of some of the stains, missing “scroll” element and frayed wire jacket.

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Happy Hunting!

~K