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uses for old phones 44 comments
I wrote an article for CNET on new uses for old phones. Here are two more ideas. Use it as a digital picture frame for your desk I personally hate staring at the shame photo day in and day out, so I like digital photo frames that displays a slideshow of photos. If you have a small desk, though, you may not have room for a full-sized frame. The solution is using one of your old phones as a mini digital photo frame. Download a slideshow app like Dayframe or use your phone’s screensaver mode to display photos. Use a […]

Two Uses for Old Phones


cutting a tshirt 15 comments
For my birthday one year, me and my husband went to a video game midnight release party for the Xbox One. I got a t-shirt as a door prize and guess what? The date, my birthday, was printed on the arm. I decided to make something special out of this tee. Here’s how I did it: First, I folded the t-shirt into thirds. Then, I cut 1/2 inch slits along the folds. I unfolded the shirt and stretched it to make the edges of the slits curl.   Finally, I folded the sleeves and cut them, too. Yup, that’s my birthday! […]

How to Cut an Awesome Web T-Shirt


Rug made out of a waterhose 51 comments
I needed a cute little outdoor rug to add some color to my hammock area. Luckily, we were about to throw out an old hose. I snatched it out of the trash and went to work. With just some zip ties and spray paint I was able to get just the look I wanted. Basically, all you do is coil the hose around itself and use zip ties to secure one coil to the next. While you coil, make sure that the ends of all of the zip ties are on one side. The side with the ends will be […]

How to Make an Outdoor Rug with a Water Hose



thrift store birdbath
Recently, we remodeled our bathroom.  We were left with a sink with an old sink from the demo. We tried to give the old sink away, but no one needed it, so I decided to turn it into a birdbath. First, I removed the sink from the pedestal. Then, I buried about 4 inches of it to make it stable.   I ran to the local Goodwill and grabbed some old dishes to use in my birdbath. I ended up getting a serving platter, a smaller plastic tray, a pretty glass and a little crystal bowl. It all cost me […]

How to Make a Birdbath out of Junk


vintage decorating 21 comments
Originally published April 16, 2014 The wall in my dining room was boring when you compared it to the rest of my home. I had to do something with it. I’ve always like the look of old, vintage prints. I remember my grandma had a tea pitcher with vintage ads printed on it. I loved looking at it while drinking a tall glass of sweet tea (Oklahoma, yall!). A few years ago, I rescued this old book from a 100-year-old farmhouse that was being torn down. (I got this cabinet in the same house!) Here’s my hubby tearing down the […]

Awesome Inexpensive Vintage Wallpaper Using Books


Solo Cup Craft 61 comments
My daughter bought a plant terrarium kit at Hobby Lobby and loved it, so we made our own at home. Here’s how we did it. First, poke holes in the bottom of the cup using a nail. Then, fill the cup with soil and add a seed or small plant. Tape another cup on top the cup containing the plant to form a dome. Then poke holes in the top using a nail.   When it rains, little drops of water will drip into the terrarium and excess water will go out of the bottom.

Homemade Plant Terrarium: Solo Cup Craft



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Two winters ago we had a really bad ice storm here in Texas and Oklahoma (I live on the border). As a result, my mom lost all of her silverleaf maple trees. That was around 20 trees! There was a lot of logs laying around after they cut up the trees and I smuggled some away for craft projects. The first project I did was set a few up in my living room as plant stands. So simple and looks so cool! Don’t you just love the silver bark? If you do this at home, just make sure that all of […]

Log Plant Stand for Cool Green Decor


homemade china hutch
I love finding things on the side of the road or by a dumpster and fixing them up. My motto: Years ago, I found this knickknack shelf beside a dumpster. I pulled the broken doors off of it and it stayed like this for a while: Then I removed the molding around the top and painted it blue: We used it like that for years, but I wanted a china hutch and decided that my little cabinet would work great. First, I needed to find another shelf that I could stack on top. I found one on my local Facebook […]

Dumpster Diving Transformation: Homemade China Hutch


upcycling 29 comments
Don’t throw out those broken headphones just yet. Here are two hacks that can make them useful again in just seconds. Replumb your Headphones My daughter hates earbuds and will only wear headphones. Unfortunately, she usually ends up wearing out the cord or connectors every few weeks. Headphones are typically more expensive to replace then earbuds, so I came up with a solution. I simply tucked a pair of earbuds into the padded flaps on the headphones and cut off the old cord. She still has plenty of comfort, but I don’t need to buy her new headphones. Of course, […]

2 Quick Hacks to Upcycle Broken Headphones



How to add straps to shoes 12 comments
I just bought a pair of flats that I love, but the straps were too small. So, I cut the straps off, but then the flats wouldn’t stay on my feet. You are going to love my solution. You can do this to any pair of flats that you have laying around the house and it looks great! Plus, it is super easy to do. Here’s how I did it: You’ll need ribbon and a yarn needle. Cut the ribbon at an angle so that it with thread the needle. Also, cut the old straps off of the flats. Poke […]

Update Your Flats in 10 Minutes DIY



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You may already know that I’m an artist. I run Art Questions Answered and do illustrations for books and magazines. Sometimes I like to experiment with new mediums. This time, I used metal that I found on the side of the road, in my junk drawer and laying around the house. You can make metal art, too. There’s no welding involved. All you need is some E-6000 glue and a canvas.  Take a look at my process:

Recycled Metal Art Anyone Can Do




crochet a tshirt rug 17 comments
I hate to throw anything away, so you can imagine how happy I was when I realized that you could make yarn out of old t-shirts! I was even happier when I realized you can crochet rugs with t-shirt yarn. Here’s how you can do it, too!  How to Make T-Shirt Yarn Making t-shirt yarn is super easy. I like to do it while I watch television at night. 1. Cut your t-shirt in a circle. Take a look at the illustration. You simply start cutting and go around and around the tee until you get to the armpits. Easy-peasy. 2. […]

How to Make a T-Shirt Rug




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    I am big on finding trash on the side of the road and turning it into something nice. Well, I found a huge nicknack shelf on the side of the road. It looked like a dog had taken big bites out of it, so I had to putty, paint, and tighten the whole thing. I think it turned out nice. Go through the pictures in the slide show to watch how I fixed it up.

Dumpster Diving Shelf Redo


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I drink wine and think the bottles are so pretty. I have rows of colored glass bottles in my living room windows (take a look, below), but I wanted to go a step further.I saw a liquid soap dispenser on Pinterest made from a Jack Daniels bottle and figured I could do the same with a wine bottle. I picked a pretty green one and topped it with a pump saved from an old bottle of lotion. Here is how to make the Bottle Top Mirror.

Wine Bottle Soap Dispenser Craft


how to make art with grout 56 comments
After redoing my kitchen’s backsplash, I had a lot of grout left over. I ended up using it to make some wall art for my bathroom as part of my bathroom makeover. Here’s how I did it: First, I taped a piece of cardboard to the back of a picture frame using Frog Tape. Masking tape would work, too. I picked an old, weathered frame for my wall art. Next, I flipped the frame over and filled it with grout using a putty knife. Make sure to get the grout right up to the edge of the frame. This is what […]

Super Cool DIY Wall Art Using Grout



Backsplash made with sea glass. 14 comments
Need a new idea for your kitchen? I had a bunch of sea glass left over from the decorations we used in our wedding and I wanted to use it in our house. I went out and bought some grey grout and went to work. I used a putty knife to smear the grout all over the wall. I kept smearing until I had a quarter of an inch of grout on the wall. Before the grout had time to dry, I stuck the sea glass into the grout.      

Mosaic Kitchen Backsplash with Sea Glass


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This post is a simple and quick solution to stuffed animal storage. Screw a cup hook into the wall, latch a canvas bag onto the hook and plop stuffed animals into the bag. Here’s how it ended up looking in my daughter’s room:As you can see, I hung up a large stuffed animal (with thumb tacks) beside the bag so that it looks like the plushie is holding the bag. Fun right? If you hang the bag low enough, your child can snag their favorite animal from the canvas bag anytime they like.

DIY Stuffed Animal Organizer


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I was poppin’ tags today. I got 17 items for $49. That included a really cute skirt, a bunch of shirts for me and 10 pairs of shorts for my girls. No I didn’t drive all over town. The only thrift store I visited was Goodwill. My best tip for shopping there is to find out what color tag is half-off that day before shopping. I got three brand new tees half-off because they had a blue tag. The tag color usually changes from week to week, so if you don’t see a sign on the door telling you which tag represents […]

Poppin’ Tags at Goodwill



DIY Lampshade 63 comments
This is a super quick craft for anyone that wants to change an old lampshade in a snap. My daughter grew out of this beautiful skirt, but I couldn’t give it away. I noticed that it is about the same size as the lampshade on my floor lamp and it color coordinated with my living room. Hahza!All I did was run a bead of hot glue around the top of the shade’s frame (I didn’t remove the old fabric) and then stuck the waistband to the frame. The skirt was a little bigger than the frame, so I pinched the waistband every […]

Amazeballs Lampshade DIY Using a Skirt


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How did I cover the tear without sewing? I used decoupage! Yep, that’s paper on there, not cloth.First, I tore a page from a quilting calendar that I have been saving since a press trip to Helena, Montana in 2008.I balled up the calendar page over and over again until it was soft like fabric. Then, I just glued pieces of the page to the purse using decoupage glue. I finished with a sealing coat of glue. It looks great!Here are the steps in pictures:    

No-Sew Patchwork Purse DIY ReMix