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Downspout Strainer? Not In My Mind.



A downspout strainer (used to stop leaves from clogging a gutter) is transformed into a birdcage centerpiece for a child’s party. Wire strainers are available at Home Depot for $2-$3.00. I inserted a branch into the center, attached a craft bird, hot-glued moss to a cardboard base and glued the strainer to the base.


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Set The Table and The Mood With Small Surprises



Take a good look around your house and find second uses for ordinary things – your table will have more character and you won’t spend a penny…


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Everyday Beauty – Simple Items Can Be Stunning



My collection of corks are housed in an apothecary jar so that all of their interesting details can be seen clearly.


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Using Afghans & Blankets To Recover Seat Cushions



I chose a brightly covered afghan to cover the seat of this chair. The drab green paint against the vibrant colors of the afghan create a nice contrast.


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Inspiration From Nature



Autumn is the perfect time of year to go on long walks – natural beauty is everywhere. Bring a basket and let your kids fill it with acorns, leaves, twigs – whatever they find appealing. It is a simple way to enjoy time with your child and share a love of nature…


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