Thursday, October 20, 2016

31 Days of Repurposing - What to do with old jeans

    Old jeans are probably one of my favorite things to repuspose. They usually have a lot of wear left in them and I like the way things that are made with them look. Here is a post where I show 24 different ways you can use old jeans.
I think that the most popular (meaning the most people visit it) post I have written ever was the one where I told how to make this fluffy denim rug. You can visit it if you like.

What do you do with old jeans at your place?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

31 Days of Repurposing - 16 ways to turn old t-shirts into new clothes

I haven't had a chance to get any new repurposing projects done this week - I have been doing oodles of canning instead (I think I am almost done for the year!) so I am going to share some repurposing posts from years past. I hope you enjoy this one where I share a bunch of different ideas for repurposing t-shirts. It is so easy to get a bunch of t-shirts laying around but sometimes they have some issue that makes it so they aren't a favorite (maybe advertising an event long past or a candidate or maybe there is a stain or it is to small - you get the idea) but you can make them into something else. What fun!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

31 Days of Repurposing - Redemption

Today I thought I would share some verses on Redemption. This is the act where God purchases back something that He already owned. He is going to make us new again. This is so wonderful!

Psalm 103:1-5
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle." 

Titus 2:11-14
"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds." 

Galatians 4:4-7
"But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law,  that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba! Father! Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, than an heir through God. "

This is Good News!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

31 Days of Repurposing - Boxes to Signs

 I had mentioned that I had a bunch of big boxes over taking my basement. I also was needing to decorate a float and I needed to make signs for that. Originally I had thought I would buy poster board to get the look that I wanted.
 But then I thought - why not just use some of the extra house paint that we have and paint the cardboard and then make the signs.
 So that is what we did. It added another step but saved us some money and used up things that we already had.

Mara, Aaron and Megan helped me paint while Jonathan did dishes instead and Ken worked on other float logistics. I am so thankful for my family!
 Our decorated float with those of us who were in the parade. The signs worked out just fine.

 My sister Keren drove the van and the rest of us walked.
Except for Megan who was flipping our big "coin" in the back that had Hillary on one side and Donald on the other. That was made with cardboard too.
The theme of the parade was "Proud to B" so we tried to follow it. :-)

 This picture is not related to repurposing cardboard boxes but it happened when we were in town for the parade and I found it funny so I thought I would share. While we were at Ken's office doing final decorations the kids and Kitchi walked up the stairs to where the apartments above Ken's office are. Once they got up there however Kitchi got scared and wouldn't come back down. Jonathan ended up having to carry him. He does our stairs fine at home but these were scary ones. :-)

Friday, October 14, 2016

31 Days of Repurposing - Fixing up T-shirts

 We were in need of "new" t-shirts for a parade. We decided to walk in the University Homecoming parade in order to spread the word about Evan McMullin the candidate that we are supporting for president but we kind of needed t-shirts for that. I had ordered one from Amazon for Ken but I was hoping to buy some from a bulk order that had been made by the MN team for the rest of us. However that shipment was taking a long time and it still hasn't come (one of the other couples on the campaign ordered it and then we were hoping to buy from them). So I decided I would make our own.

  We have been involved in enough campaigns over the years that we had a bunch of t-shirts that we had gotten given to us with them so I decided I would repurpose them. All of them already had printing on them so I would need to cover it up in some way.

So I decided to cut circles from the white one
 Which I then painted (and I don't think I really used the right paint for this - I used what I had on hand).
 I put the McMullin logo in the middle and then put other info around it.
 The next step was to use the iron on interfacing which stuck them together.
 Then we zig-zagged around the circle.
 Jonathan was my very reluctant model.
 This boy!!

Anyway - they aren't really professional but the got the message out and they didn't cost me anything. Hooray!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

31 Days of Repurposing - Packaging food in reused bags and containers

 One type of repurposing I do a lot is rather mundane. It is simply reusing jars, containers and bags for storing food and other things in. We put up a lot of food - from the garden, from my parents goats milk (making cheese and such), from the orchard, honey from the hives and meat from animals we butchered. If we bought new bags and containers for all the things we stored we would spend a lot of money.
I like peanut butter jars pretty well for a good size to put my honey in. They may not be quite as attractive as pint jars or a cute little honey jar but it works fine and saves me money.

 We did chicken butchering today. We now have a lot of nice meat stored up for the winter. I save bread bags, powdered sugar bags and any other sturdy bag we get food in (though I don't save any bags that have had raw meat in them - after this use they do get tossed) and I wash them out. We then package our meat in them. For an extra layer we put them in grocery bags which are very easy to come by (even when I remember to use cloth grocery bags I find that lots of other people save bags and are willing to share).
Mara doesn't like to be involved in the dirty part of butchering (the boys are better helpers there) but she did help with packaging.

 People also save us egg cartons to put our homegrown eggs in. Repurposing packaging saves a lot of money on the "farm".

Do you do this at your place?


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