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I'm a Floridian born and raised, but living the last 35 years in upstate NY. If I can't make it myself, I can probably live without it. Love books, music, trees, gardening, cemeteries, genealogy, anything old, rusty, and beat up. Sing Southern Gospel music with my husband anywhere we're invited.

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Red and white button flowers in salt shaker.

Button Flowers in Salt Shaker VaseUse your button collection to make these funky flowers. Add a vintage salt shaker to hold your bouquet.

 

Homemade fishing game view of the finished fish and starfish in bucket.

Homemade Fishing GameFor almost no cost, you can make a fun gift for young kids. I've seen this idea all over the internet and came up with my own version.

 

pedestal birdbath

Creative BirdbathsIf you enjoy watching a robin splash about in a birdbath and want to help our feathered friends to a cool drink during these hot summer and fall days, you don't have to spend a fortune on fancy, high-priced garden store models.

 

Sneakers with pole bean plants.

Upcycle Sneakers as Garden PlantersI couldn't bear to toss my favorite gardening sneaks. So I used them for planters instead. I nailed them to a fence post and planted some orphaned pole beans in them. Even if I get no beans from the plants, it will be an interesting look.

 

Summer Fresh Tomato Pie for One

Summer Fresh Tomato Pie for OneThis is a very juicy pie. It's tomatoes after all, so be prepared for drippage! If you don't care for tomato skins like me, they pull right off with your fork.

 

Zippered Bottle Container

Zippered Plastic Bottle ContainerTurn two pop bottles into a zippered container.

 

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Animal Cracker Magnets

Animal Cracker CraftsWhy should the squirrels in your yard get all the stale animal crackers when you can wear them as jewelry instead?

 

Thimble Necklace - worn by crafter

Thimble NecklaceAn old thimble becomes the flower pot and brightly-colored straight pins become the tiny flowers. This would be a great gift for someone who sews.

 

Heirloom Shadowbox with an old wathc

Heirloom ShadowboxesHere's a way to get your family mementos out of old shoe boxes in the attic or jewelry boxes in your dresser drawers and into display boxes where they can be enjoyed every day.

 

Silverware for Butter Dish Handle

Silverware for Butter Dish HandleUpdate a simple glass butter dish by adding a bent piece of silverware. Glue to top using a good adhesive like E-6000.

 

Quick Cheesy Egg On Toast on a plate with bacon bits as a garnish.

Quick Cheesy Egg On ToastThis is an easy alternative to the frying pan and requires only a tiny bit of butter, cooking spray, or diet margarine. Older children and teens can make this, or younger kids with adult help.

 

Vase made from old an old door nob.

Old Door Knob VaseEven the tiniest flowers in the garden deserve their moment to shine. But how to display them? Most vases are way too large for these miniatures.

 

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small green frog on leaf

Color Coordinated FrogPulling weeds is one way I like to relax, my moment of Zen, some would say. Every now and then I get a bonus. While reaching into a patch of day lilies, I discovered this little guy. Being so well-disguised by his coloring, I very nearly missed seeing him.

 

Earrings made with scrabble tiles

Decoupage Scrabble Tile EarringsEarrings are easy and unique when made out of Scrabble tiles.

 

Preserving Wild Flowers

No-Wilt WildflowersI always save the water spikes left over from florist arrangements. Whenever I go on a nature hike, I take a bunch along in my pack. I can get my wildflowers and other finds home without worrying about them wilting.

 

Recycled jar gaden vase on its own.

Recycled Jar Garden VasesHere's an idea for bringing a splash of color to those bare spots in your yard and garden.

 

A snow covered Christmas scene.

Miniature Christmas DisplayWhat is it about Christmas that makes us love things in miniature? I don't know, but I always have. Each year I make a miniature Christmas scene, mostly from found items and natural bits from my yard. This kind of display can be achieved with very little expense or effort.

 

Life Must Go On - Gravestone

Life Must Go On - GravestoneWandering through an old cemetery on top of a mountain in Pennsylvania, I came across this reminder that life will find a way. This beautiful gravestone wreath, fashioned from cold rock and standing colorless for more than a century, is coming to life in soft, green moss.

 

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