Woolie Tatoos

woolie tatooHave you ever heard of a Woolie Tatoo? I spent yesterday applying one to my favourite cool weather sweater. I don’t mind saying it turned out kind of cute!

woolie tatoosI’d like to tell you that this was done out of my creative aspirations, however the photo above tells all. This, my friends, is the bleach splatter that caused me to look for some way (any way) to save my beloved sweater. I’m not joking you, this sweater is to me like comfort food is to the body.

woolie TatoosMy first intent in covering up the bleach splatter was to slap a piece of flannel across it. Horrible, I know! But you have to understand this is my hanging out at home sweater, not one I am ever seen wearing in public. Once again Pinterest came to my rescue. While surfing there I discovered the amazingly talented Dottie Angel blog, which just happened to show a couple of examples of Woolie Tatoos like the one above.

Woolie TatoosBe smart ladies, don’t throw out your favourite sweater, pants, or whatever piece of clothing you love just because it has a little hole, a food, paint or bleach stain.

woolie tatoos

Within an hour you can stitch your very own Woolie Tatoo and rescue your sweater from the trash bin just like I did! If you’re not in a big hurry to get your project finished like I was, you can take the time to do a really bang up job on the embroidering. Have fun and use your imagination!

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Repurposed File Holder

repurposed file holderA repurposed file holder can be used for so many functions. I had thought of using the one I had bought as another flower planter. I don’t need a flower planter though with summer  nearly over now. As you may remember that is how I put the old lunch box that I had found to use here. I was sure I would find a kazillion uses for it when I researched Pinterest. Wrong, the only repurposed file holder I could find pinned was serving as someone’s kitchen cutting board holder. I liked the idea, but the last thing I need for my kitchen at this time is another object to clutter my counters!

repurposed file holderWell no matter, since I knew the moment I first laid eyes on this rusty old file holder exactly what I was going to make out of it. Yes, after I paid my toonie to the kind lady I was prepared to run home and convert my yard sale find into my very own First Aide Kit. Believe it or not, I have never owned a First Aide Kit and decided it was high time that I did.

repurposed file holder

That was over two months ago! But there I was last week, snooping around in the garage for heaven knows what, when I spotted the old file holder again. Bingo! The vision of the Swiss First Aide Kit appeared again. Now finally, I have finished my repurposed file holder project. I realize that it’s going to take a whole lot of bandages to fill this kit. No problem, I’m sure as I start to de-clutter the bathroom cabinets and drawers that I’ll find all that’s necessary in filling it!

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Roses in a Lunch Box

roses in a lunch boxRoses in a lunch box, kind of unusual. When I noticed that the neighbors roses were not going to be much longer to this world I wanted to bring the last blooms in to display as long as I could to enjoy them.

roses in a lunch boxI have sat on this lunch box (no, not literally) most of the summer, never really knowing what to do with it. I didn’t want to paint it since I liked it’s rusty original state. Then it came to me “Why not put the roses in a lunch box?”

roses in a lunch boxI bought my lunch box early in the summer at a yard sale in the little village where I live. It is a gold mining community. In fact, almost all of the homes in this town were built by the mine for it’s workers many years ago, our home included. It makes it very easy for me to visualize one of the gold mine workers riding down in a shaft with this very lunch box on his lap to his work destination far into the earth.

Rose in a Lunch boxI feel certain that the man, whoever he was or wherever he worked, never would have imaged there would be roses in his lunch box someday!

rose in a lunch boxIt won’t be a rose in a lunch box much longer. In a day or two the petals will fall. But I love this rusty old box and all the hard working men it represents, so I feel certain that I can yet create other uses for it.  I’m already thinking of a Fall display!

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Farmhouse Counter From Reclaimed Lumber


Farmhouse counter From Reclaimed Lumber
Farmhouse Counter From Reclaimed Lumber

I have been wanting a Farmhouse counter forever! Two years ago when we moved into our house, I spotted three huge hunks of reclaimed lumber in our garage. I knew right then and there that this lumber would make a beautiful Farmhouse counter for my kitchen.


Counter Made From Reclaimed Lumber
Counter Made From Reclaimed Lumber

I didn’t mention my dream to my husband just then. After all the house was in need of attention elsewhere (everywhere) at that time!

farmhouse counter
Farmhouse Counter Made from Reclaimed Lumber

A few weeks ago when I shared my idea with Tim, I don’t think he had the vision for the project at all. But he took it on and created this beautiful counter for me. Once he started sanding it didn’t take long to see how beautiful the wood was under all of the gray and weathered wood.


See what I’m talking about? The wood had been used as a work bench for many, many years.


 In the end we are both very happy with how it turned out. I’m thrilled because now I have even more space to display my Farmhouse treasures. Tim is  just glad to have somewhere store our canned goods! KIM I am partying here: Furniture Feature Friday Party@ Miss Mustard Seed Share It Friday@ Common Ground Frugal Friday Friday Features Home Sweet Home Party Shabbilicious Friday An Upcycled Link Party Saturday Sparks   Vintage Inspiration Party

Repurposed Wool Mittens

  Repurposed Wool Mittens
I promised I would show you the Repurposed Wool Mittens that I have finally completed, so here they are…..
(Oh my, I just realised my Deer are upside down)
Oh well, a little like me right now!
I think I like the underside of my repurposed mittens even better than the fronts!
Probably because of the patchwork of fabrics, versus the solid fronts.
Also, as you can see I did a little handiwork on them just to make them a bit more unique.
 I had made several of these repurposed mittens years ago, but have just now gotten around to lining them recently.
Now that is procrastinating, isn’t it?
The fourth pair of my repurposed wool mittens sold.
I do have another duplicate pair that I will show you when I finish the lining and cuffs.
They were my favourite pair!
I am so thrilled with how well my mittens are selling that now that’s all I want to do…
Too bad that I am working.
What projects have you been working on?
Anything special for Christmas gifts?
I can’t what my other project is right now because someone I’m making the gift for may be reading my blog.
You never know…..
Blessing to you all-Kimberly

RePurposing Wool Scarves

A few years back I started collecting wool plaid Winter scarves.
I didn’t really have any use for them then, but I liked them and knew something would come to me.
And it did!
Have you ever heard of wrapping a kitchen chair with a Winter wool scarf before?
Well I hadn’t either, but there was that little white chair all cold and frosty looking, so I just couldn’t help myself!
Here’s how I did it…
I tied the scarf in a knot in the back of the chair.
Next I added a little greenery, a crocheted star my SIL made for me, and a glittery ‘K’ for Kim.
You can see in the first photo that I tied a red silk ribbon to the front of the chair, just for a little added charm.
This scarf was for Tim’s chair.
I bet you wouldn’t have guessed that on your own!
Today is a special day for us.
Thirty three years ago our only daughter was born.
She has been a wonderful gift from God.
Happy Birthday, Emily!
Now, December is a busy month for us.
We have Emily’s birthday,
my birthday and my husbands,
and then our wedding anniversary.
Yes, a lot to be thankful for….
And on that note, I would also like to say how thankful I am for all of you!
I’m thankful that even though my life is pretty mundane and uneventful you are kind enough to drop by my little blog and listen to my weekly blathering and say nice things about my simple projects.
You bless my days with your comments.
I most sincerely pray that Gods blessings will be upon each and every one of you!
Merry Christmas