Rusty Wringer Washer
Wringer Washer Makeover
By Erin Huffstetler | 06/13/2019 | 1 Comment
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Shortly after we bought our cabin, some of our back-to-lander neighbors gave us a fully-functioning wringer washer that they were no longer using. After several years of doing everything the hard way, they’d decided to buy a modern washer and dryer.

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Uses for Corn Cobs
Uses for Corn Cobs
By Erin Huffstetler | 08/06/2015 | 5 Comments
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I’ve been shucking, blanching and freezing lots of corn lately, and that got me thinking about the cobs. I don’t really like to add them to our compost pile, since they take so long to break down, but throwing them away just feels wasteful. Were there other uses for them that I was overlooking? There sure were. Check out all these cool uses for corn cobs that I recently discovered (and can’t wait to try).

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How to Recover a Lampshade
How to Recover a Lampshade
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/22/2015 | 4 Comments
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Thrift stores are full of lamps that are just begging for a makeover.

Thrift Store Lampshade Before

I mean, take a look at this vintage lamp that I found at a thrift store a few months ago. I was immediately drawn to the color and the raised bamboo pattern. It just needed the right lampshade to bring it back to life.

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Washi Tape
Let’s Talk Trash
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/05/2015 | 9 Comments
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I’ve shown you many of the things that we’ve rescued from other people’s curb piles over the years, but I haven’t shown you what we rescue from our own trash. And that’s as much a part of how we save money. So, let me take you through some of the things that we’ve deemed too good to throw out, and I’ll show you how we use them.

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Free Hangers
Free Hangers for Consignment Sales
By Erin Huffstetler | 04/01/2014 | 1 Comment
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I’m busy getting ready for another kids’ consignment sale, but really I’ve been getting ready for this sale since the last one. To avoid paying for hangers or giving away our “good” hangers, I’m always on the lookout for free kids’ hangers. Here’s how I manage to round up enough for each sale:

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Shower Cap Bowl Cover
New Uses for Shower Caps
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/23/2014 | 4 Comments
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When you stay in a hotel, you probably snag the shampoo and maybe even the coffee and tea, but I’m betting you leave those shower caps behind. Not me. I take them home, and use them for all sorts of things. Take a look:

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New Use for Conference Name Tags
New Use for Conference Name Tags
By Erin Huffstetler | 01/22/2014 | No Comments
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I attend a couple conferences a year, and I’m always stumped as to what to do with those conference name tags when I get home. I mean, some of them are kinda nice. Maybe a little too nice to just toss in the trash. Which is why I’m happy to report that I finally found a use for them: luggage tags. Yes, luggage tags. I mean, think about it, they already have your name on them, so if you just stick your contact information on the back, you’ll be good to go. And if your name tag already has your e-mail address printed on it, you may not even have to do that.

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Spice Jars
Make Your Own Spice Jars
By Erin Huffstetler | 05/16/2013 | 2 Comments
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Like to dry your own herbs and make your own spice blends? Then, start saving the lids off of your Parmesan cheese bottles. They’re a perfect fit for regular-mouth canning jars.

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Make Your Own Kids Hangers
Make Your Own Kids’ Hangers
By Erin Huffstetler | 03/26/2013 | No Comments
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Need more kids’ hangers? Skip the trip to the store, and make your own. If you fold in the ends of a wire hanger, it becomes the perfect size for pint-sized clothes.

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