April 16, 2014

Are you entertaining this weekend?  Today's short post might help
make your table a little more festive with a few creative tips.

Surprise your guests with folded cloth napkins:
Click here for a tutorial on how to fold
this darling bunny napkin.

Save lots of money by making your own whimsical centerpiece.

The Dollar Tree is a great source for inexpensive Easter supplies.

And what better time of year to "pink it up?"
Party City

Blue Sky

Paper tissue pompoms and egg garland - precious!

Top Dreamer recently featured beautiful DIY classic ideas:


I like the simple organic approach, too:
Love Grows Wild

Whether you choose formal or funny - better 'hop' to it!

April 15, 2014

It finally dawned on me why I'm not from "old money" - my
ancestors didn't invest in the right inventions.

Cow Shoes worn by moonshiners, 1922
By not leaving human footprints the Feds had a
hard time tracking the moonshiners.

Coin operated radio, 1922
When they were first manufactured radios were quite expensive.  This
invention provided the less affluent the opportunity to listen to the radio.

Motorized bicycle-sled, 1910
Introduced in Oslo, Norway, the motorized cycle
sled just didn't catch on in American.

The Yodeling Meter, 1925
How cool of a Christmas gift would the Yodeling Meter make?!
(Is that Tina Fey's grandmother on the right?)

 Walter Nilsson sitting on his Monowheel, 1933
I can't change a bicycle tire, how am I suppose to
keep this thing on the road?

In 1948 Joe Gilpin demonstrated his invention - a motorized surfboard.

The precursor to Google Glasses -
TV Glasses were introduced in 1962.  Love the rabbit ears.

The Plant Pain Meter, 1963
L. Ron Hubbard, American science fiction writer and founder of the
Church of Scientology, invented the Hubbard Electrometer - a device
to determine if tomatoes experienced pain.  His conclusion: tomatoes
"scream when sliced."  As a BLT addict, I feel bad for them.

The couple that smokes together . . . . .  

. . . . seriously, I have nothing.

Dog Restrainer, 1940
I'll bet that you could also use this device to
reach stuff at the very top of your closets.

Cat Meow Machine, 1963
A rat and mice deterrent, the Cat Mew was invented
in Japan but proved to be less effective than an actual cat.

I've decided to turn my family's fortune around
by investing in more modern inventions:

Move over, Martha Stewart, the Beer Platter is here!

The Cow Cleaner
Farmers no longer have to haul their cows to
the car wash for a spit shine coif.

Old is New Again!
There's a growing contingency of people (me) who consistently
misplace their cell phones and yearn for the days of the Big Box.

In case the Big Box doesn't catch on, I'll diversify:
After all, we have to charge our phones and iPods somewhere.

The Sandal Bottle Opener
 If we can get these into college campus
convenience stores we'll be rich!

I'm Awake Decals
 Another college must-have!  Stick these decals on your eyelids and
professors will think you're paying rapt attention to their lectures.
The decals will also come in handy when 7 year seniors start their first jobs.

Book Sheets
 Slightly more expensive than the Kindle, these sheets are perfect
for those of us who love to read in bed.  Plus it's really big print.

Forget IKEA!

 The Instant Room was invented for big city dwellers
who are comfortable in a 50 sq. ft. apartment.

Who wouldn't pay $10 for a gadget that allows
you to dispense 2/3's of a $1.25 soda?

Yes, even as I wrap up this post I'm feeling richer.

April 14, 2014

Monday might not be the most popular day of the week but it's one of the hardest working.  And that's what repurposing is all about - getting extra work out of just about anything.

Let's start this Repurposeful Monday with craft and sewing supply upcycling.

Brilliant idea - glue a measuring tape
around the edge of your sewing table.

Maybe I'll make a pendant out of one of my grandmother's thimbles.

Okay, I don't have the before photo but can you tell what this use to be?
That's right!  An outdated entertainment center
was converted into a sewing and craft station.

You'd either need a large light fixture
or a small fish to make this work.

What a cute way to display a collection of miniature ceramic animals.

At your next informal dinner party consider using
small craft watering cans as place card holders.

Vintage flatware and utensils can be repurposed
a multitude of different ways:

Yup, this fork was twisted into an egg cup holder.

These little guys are adorable:

Design Swan

Star burst mirrors are so popular.  This flatware
mirror looks darling in the dining room.

It's easy to forget that silver plated knife handles are hollow.  
Source via David E. Perry Photography
They make exquisite petite flower holders.

I really don't know why you'd need a tiara made 
from tarnished old flatware but it's a charming idea.

Here are some exceptional household and gardening repurposing tips:
A Twister game mat makes an instant tablecloth.

Do you lose your tweezers a lot?  Glue a small magnet to
the inside of the medicine cabinet, stick the tweezers there
and you'll never lose track of them again.

If you have a lot of old books that are damaged or
out-of-date think about turning them into a rug:
Pamela Paulsrud came up with this clever idea
for using the covers of hardbound books.

A painted or decoupaged bowling bowl makes
a beautiful gazing ball for the garden:
My Repurposed Life
Yard sales are the best venues to find used bowling balls.
They're inexpensive and almost indestructible.

Old drawers stacked on a ladder are ideal for holding potted plants:
And expired rusty car tags make quaint outdoor fence sconces.

Martha Stewart
An old bicycle mounted on the side of
the house makes a perfect vine trellis.

Now that warmer weather is here the Dollar Tree
is stocking $1 swimming pool noodles:
My Two Butterflies
They make sturdy bases for holiday wreaths.

Heck, you don't need a holiday to make a wreath:

There you have it - another Repurposeful Monday of exceptional upcycling ideas.  I hope these photos inspire you to consider other uses for everyday, ordinary objects in your home.

Make it a great Monday.