Caged Stones…

Create these quirky necklaces with a few pulchritudinous parking lot pebbles & bits you’re sure to have lurking about the house!

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Bard Breeches

How dost thee mend the breeches of the fruit of thine womb whence they canst be worn no more? With mine cunning wit thou may createst new from old. Tarry naught! I bequeath thee mine idea:

Don’t these adorable trousers bring to mind the breeches of the Elizabethan Era? Hence the Shakespearean English above…here’s how to make your own forthwith!

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Sad no more!

My husband spied this lurvly solid wood bench in a second hand shop window…

He immediately pulled over for a closer look & discovered 4 things: it was once the end part of a bigger piece (there were large screw holes on 1 side), it was greasy to the touch, the carving on the back appeared to be sad  & they wanted €40(!) for it. Clever hubby pointed out the obvious flaws & brought it home for €10. Fortunately I figured out how to deal with the oily wood & the tearful face + found a use (& place) for it in our ever-shrinking flat:

Our kidlet now has a spiffy new bench squeezed into the very last remaining nook in her tiny room.

What was my solution for the grody greasy wood?

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a dotty decolourization

As we’re now definitely into chilly, rainy fall I’ve been digging through the box of bought-at-the-end-of-last-winter-super-sales-to-hopefully-fit-this-year munchkin gear & am discovering more than a few fantastic deals that I’d forgotten about. Unfortunately, it’s becoming all too clear that the better the deal = the blander the item…fortunately my noggin is brimming with ideas:

Humdrum trousers become playful pants with a bit of bleach & 20 minutes!

Here’s how:

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I hoot doilies…

Another quick use for Oma’s old doilies…

…they make fantastic owl eyes!

Create your own hoot-y pillow in under 30 minutes:

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Table for two

Our fancy new fire engine red sofa was in desperate need of some end table friends…so I put on my thinking cap and headed down into our spooky basement storage room for a rummage where I discovered this beauty:

…another freebie from Tante Uschi that had definitely seen better days. I lugged it upstairs and in a quick 48 hours (with a bit o’ hubby-help) transformed it into these:

über cheery funky folksy end tables to keep the sofa company!

Here’s what we did:

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