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Abstract Garden Art from Tomato Cages

Protect Your Plants with this Simple DIY Repurposing Project I love my garden. And I love my dog. But the two are not always compatible. Though my dog, an energetic golden retriever, is well behaved and trained to stay out of the flowerbeds, it all goes out the window if there’s a squirrel in the… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • April 8, 2014
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Put a Shine on Your Shoes.

Restore their life and save some cash. After the wettest March on record in Seattle, my shoes look just terrible. Time to pull out my shoeshine kit and give them a second life. I am not one of those women that lives for shoes. I tend to buy only a few pair of high quality… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • March 31, 2014
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Rescuing Dog-Toy Plushies

Like children, dogs love their plush toys. But unlike children, dogs enjoy chewing on and ripping apart their toys. It’s a natural canine behavior that shouldn’t be discouraged. Unlike some, my dog takes a while to tear into her plushies, preferring to gnaw on them, shake them, snuggle them and carry them around, indoors and… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • March 3, 2014

Make Your Own Yarn Caddy

Repurposed plastic containers protect yarn. If, like me, you knit in a home shared with pets, you sometimes have added “fibers” in your finished project. Though I use a tote to hold my knitting projects, the yarn doesn’t feed well from it. I always end up taking it out and putting it on the chair… Continue reading →

  • Words by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • February 24, 2014

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

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

From Top Sheet to Nightgown

Rather Than Toss, Repurpose! Now that sheet-sets are so popular, it’s hard to find individual sheets for sale. If you want 100% cotton and a decent thread count, it’s almost impossible. Unfortunately, the bottom sheet tends to wear out well before the top, leaving you with a big piece of useless fabric. It ends up… Continue reading →

  • Image posted by Andrea Leigh Ptak
  • October 11, 2013
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