August is normally our hottest month of the year. Instead, I am writing this while wearing a sweatshirt and having a blanket tossed over my feet. I refuse to close the door, having it cracked just a bit for fresh air, hence the blanket over my feet. I am concerned at this moment that the gardens won’t have enough warm weather left to ripen and all will be lost. They are so close.
I was lamenting the size of the corn plants,which barely reach my granddaughter’s hip. She asked if she could pull one up to see if any corn was growing. I was confused for a moment, then she replied, “Like the carrots, potatoes and radishes?” I explained corn grows above the ground on the plant same as some of our other plants. Then I took her for a walk behind the cemetery to see the corn being grown as feed by the farmers. We found several ears starting, but they are so far behind where they should be as well. If you were to peek inside you wouldn’t find a single kernel forming yet. But she loved looking at the size of the corn stalks.
Okay enough lamenting the nutty weather,to keep things balanced, since I have often shown you the dumb things advertised for us to buy, I want to share with you some interesting upcycling ideas I have found recently. You may have some of these lying around the house, or find them at the thrift shop, or gasp by the curb as garbage. Let’s give them new life. If you make anything similar send me a picture, with your permission I would like to highlight some of your ideas for re-purposing. Better than recycling is re-purposing.
Would you like a beside lamp for a child that wasn’t fragile? Try this Lego lamp.
When you see a straw about to be tossed out save it to make this lampshade to complement the Lego lamp.
Have extra bowls, make a hanging lamp.
Not sure what to do with a broken fan, check this out.
Do you need a wall sconce? This might work for you.
If you have a broken umbrella, don’t throw it out, it may have anther use. Couldn’t you picture this on a porch?
Have you always wanted a chandelier in a nursery? Using a small appliance bulb this would be just the right amount of light to check on your baby without the cost. All you need is some cardboard.
What about candle light, would you like a nice holder for your pillar candle? All you need is a teacup and saucer.
From the Kitchen
Don’t know what to do with your record albums, make a Lazy Susan.
And in the island drawers you could store all your spices in baby food jars. Look how easy it would be to find the exact one you need.
Need more organizational ideas? With cereal boxes you can organize any drawer quickly.
Would you like some drink coasters? Look no further than your old CDs and DVDs, I would probably cover them with felt to absorb condensation,
Need a filing system or a place to hold cookbooks or children’s books? Try this, it does work.
Would you like to have a canopy over a bed, try using a hanging basket.
Looking to add a drying rack or another way to hang clothes? An old ladder will do the trick indoors or out.
Don’t have a lot of space but want a place to store magazines? An old shutter would work nicely. Couldn’t you picture this in a bathroom if you have family members who do their reading on the throne?
Your baby has outgrown the crib, don’t toss out the mattress, make a couch in the play room. The canopy above would be the perfect addition on the one end of this couch.
Want to create a mobile or wind chime, start saving your soda/beer cans for this project.
In the Bathroom
Don’t forget to re-purpose old toys, like this dinosaur as a toothbrush holder, or like Katherine did to hold her bracelets.
Not everyone will find a clean canvas in the trash like I did this past week. If you are looking for something to use to add art to your walls give a shoe box lid a try.
Turn a plain bookcase into an armoire with a couple of shutters.
If you live in a small space, like I do, finding enough room for a desk to work on can be difficult. Why not cut a table down and make your own. If you look closely a crib spring was used for a bulletin board.
And finally, for today, I’ve used cans to start plants in, but never thought to leave the lid on the can to label the plants.