This summer I had a goal to start a balcony garden for as cheaply as possible. So I searched the apartment for any containers I already had lying around. Sadly I had many vintage Pyrex and other ceramics just collecting dust. So, I figure why not use them as planters or water pans. They add lots of character & are more affordable than planters from the box stores. Just be sure to add a layer of drainage to the bottom of the container (see the small gravel stone in the first picture).
Here’s a sample of what I have so far:
Good Morning Everyone! Remember my birdcage that needed a purpose? Here she is:
I can’t wait to see these marigolds bloom and fill in the new planter! The best part is the coconut fiber liner was less than $2 at my local hardware store. Coming soon is the birdcage top to hanging planters. Until then, happy thrifting!
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
(Sorry for the crappy picture – overhead lighting is the worst)
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!