Monthly Archives— November, 2013

License Plates Create Colorful Shed Screen

Rather Than Toss, Repurpose! Together, Aaron and I have lived in five different states. Since we save nearly everything, we found ourselves with more than a dozen old license plates collecting dust. When we wanted to build a screen to protect the firewood crib from the elements, Aaron got the idea of connecting the license… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • November 17, 2013

Goodwill Outlets: There’s Treasure in the Bins

© ANDREA LEIGH PTAK As a crafter and a costumer, I am always looking for inexpensive materials. A friend suggested I check out the Goodwill Outlet Store to find clothes for a middle school production of Fiddler on the Roof. Goodwill Outlet Stores are where items that don’t sell in a Goodwill Retail Store go… Continue reading →

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  • November 14, 2013

Felted Pincushion from Scrap Yarn

Create a Simple Gift! When I have leftover, 100% wool yarn, I like to knit pincushions to have on hand as hostess or housewarming gifts. Someone gave me one years ago, and I loved it. I couldn’t find a pattern, so I studied mine and copied it. It’s basically a ball with a flattened bottom… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • November 9, 2013

Easy Dried Hydrangeas

Summer Flowers All Fall! One of the perks of having a garden is free flowers. I fill my house with blooms even in Seattle’s cold and rainy fall by drying hydrangeas at the end of summer. I had been apprehensive about flower drying after reading complex instructions that involved silica and space to hang them… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • November 4, 2013
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