Up-cycling happy

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  1. Deana Tankersley

    Deana Tankersley Seedling

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    Sometimes I love finding another use for things we normally throw out. Just love being crafty and upcycle minded. What's some things you like to reuse?.Guess it's a bit of a habit for me. Cans, plastic bags,coffee containers, bottles...
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I love what you've done with 'useless' items Deana. It just goes to show that, with a little imagination, even what most people would think of as trash can up-cycled into something worthwhile. Well done!! :smt023
     
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    I second Eileen's "well done!"
    Here on the farm we use, re-use, and use until something is no longer usable. Large plastic coffee containers are under the kitchen sink holding kitchen scraps and coffee grounds for the compost pile; chicken feed bags are used to line the garbage cans in the barn and shed; the string from the chicken feed and bird feed bags are wound around old wooden thread spools, and the thread is used to tie and hang herbs for drying.
    My husband knows to NOT throw anything away until he has checked to see if it has another use (or two, or three!).
     
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    Deana Tankersley Seedling

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    :smt055 @eileen thank you for the beautiful compliment, a bit of a crafty habit I admit.@marlingardener you make absolute comforting sense..too much is wasted and can be reused.
     



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    Cayuga Morning Hardy Maple Plants Contributor

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    I have been making mittens from old sweaters. I have made more than 20 so far. I am giving them away as presents and perhaps I will sell some in handcraft stores come fall.
     
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    Deana Tankersley Seedling

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    That's fantastic Cayuga, I bet those do make fun and great gifts!:setc_034::smt023;)
     
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    Cayuga Morning Hardy Maple Plants Contributor

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    Thanks @Deana Tankersley . I actually have been having great fun matching the wool colors and thicknesses.
     
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    Nnamdi New Seed

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    You sure do know how to make things pretty again, your crafts all look great.
     
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    Not as pretty as Cayuga's mittens, but we do have a use for old crew socks. They are stretchy and when cut into 1" strips, make great tomato, pepper, any plant that needs it, ties. I use them in the tomato patch for the tomatoes and peppers, and on the trellis for the gourds. Some of the climbing roses are secured with soft, stretchy bands of old crew socks (and yes, the roses still smell like roses and not like old socks!).
    I confess, I save the ones I can for use the next season.
     
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    What is wrong with me? (Please don't answer, I don't really want to know).
    I was driving into town on Thursday for my usual "day in town to get stuff", and as I was driving along, I saw a bunch of five gallon buckets by the roadside. I thought they had sailed out of a construction truck that hadn't secured them. I drove a bit, and thought, "Those buckets are going to lay there until the road crew comes by and tosses them into the dump." Figuring there had to be a use for those buckets, I turned around, went back, and picked them up and secured them in my truck's bed. There were eight buckets!
    I didn't need them but thought the community garden might have a use for them (some of the older members do container gardening). So I went to the community garden, offered the buckets and told them they needed to be cleaned and have holes drilled for drainage. They were snapped up in ten minutes!
    I have now progressed from dumpster diving to roadside scavenging. What is next?
     
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    Cayuga Morning Hardy Maple Plants Contributor

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    Good for you MG! Our community garden has about 20 of those contractor buckets, yet still some days we have a shortage!

    Here's a photo of some of the mittens I have made. I have given away over 10 already. At this rate I won't have any left for Xmas presents!

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    I also just made an apron for the granddaughter of a cousin out of an old curtain. The granddaughter is 2 and the apron has a "hidden" pocket.
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    Can you see the pocket?
    Here's another photo with the pocket opened.
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    Cayuga, those mittens are gorgeous! If it got cold enough here to wear mittens, I'd beg a pair from you. And that apron--darling. What a lucky little girl to get her very own apron. Do you use a pattern or just sit down and start sewing? Either way, that apron sure turned out perfect.
     
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    Cayuga Morning Hardy Maple Plants Contributor

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    @marlingardener thank you so much! I didn't use a pattern, but I had made an apron like it for my daughter 20+ years ago(-she was a babushka for Halloween one year)& I just did the same thing again for this child. She loved the"hidden" pocket.

    At the anniversary celebration, I was able to give away 4 more pairs of mittens!
     
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