Carefree Poly Furniture Review: Quality Long Lasting Outdoor Furniture

Colorful Adirondack Chairs from Carefree Poly Furniture

It’s not often that you get to buy a great product and do something that’s truly beneficial for the planet, too. But that’s what we found at Carefree Poly Furniture – a ’net-based company that sells Amish-made poly lawn furniture. If you’re not familiar with poly lawn furniture, which many consider to be the “next…

What NOT To Do with Old Jeans

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When I saw this table in a restaurant on a recent vacation, I knew I had to at least comment on it. And my comment is, “Never do this to a pair of old jeans!” There are countless other things to do with old jeans….recycle them into insulation, cut them off to make shorts, Make…

Get Organized Using Your Recycled Jars

Recycled Jars to Organize

A recycled jar “carrier” can be used for so many things. I like the idea of silverware and napkins for a buffet, but it could hold candies, craft items, office supplies and more.  This is also a good project to do with kids since you can have most of the cutting done at your local…

Make a Stylish Burlap Lamp Shade

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Burlap is a forgotten fabric that has it’s place in the home in all sorts of creative projects from table runners to lamp shades. Perhaps you have a tired lamp that could use a breath of new life. The shade may be soiled or faded and it’s making the entire lamp look like it needs…

Turn a Used Sweater into a Pillow Cover

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When a favorite sweater doesn’t fit anymore, don’t throw it away, turn it into a pillow cover and enjoy it years longer. That’s exactly what our friend Jennifer did with her baby sweaters. My Italian Grandma was a prolific knitter. For my 7 siblings and me, both of my parents, and countless others, she knitted sweaters,…

Learn How to Judge Flea Market Finds

Fine Fabrics from Flea Markets - MattandShari.com

You’ve heard one man’s trash is another man’s treasure?  Well garbage day can prove that if you get out early and scour the streets for the most amazing things people will throw away! Is trash day just another day around your house? Well, to me it’s like having Christmas delivered right to your curb. Yes,…

Recycle Christmas Cards into Puzzles

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Instead of throwing away those beautiful winter scenes and holiday photos from your Chritmas cards, cut them up and turn them into fun puzzles to entertain both kids and adults! We all enjoy getting Christmas cards, but they are not without problems.  Should you display all your holiday greetings, or just keep them all in…

Host a Recycling Party and Discover Treasures

Host a Recycling Party

 You’ve heard that one man’s trash is another’s treasure, well the same goes for recycling, and having a party brings out all the best stuff! There is something really rewarding about fixing something old up to look new again or just finding a new way to use something that may have been tossed out by…

Make Recycled Cereal Box Book Holders

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Kid’s really enjoy crafting and what better way to spend some time with them than to craft and recycle at the same time!  Well this great kid’s book holder will give you the opportunity to do both. Aside from teaching recycling, you have the opportunity to discuss how to care for books and good ways…

Replant Your Christmas Tree After the Holiday

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Why not plant your Christmas trees in your yard instead of chopping them down and tossing them in the tree lawn after the holidays? Growing up, my mom, my brothers and I would always have a live Christmas tree. It was, to me, the beginning of the season when right after Thanksgiving we would all go…

7 Ways to Reuse Last Year’s Christmas Cards

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Last year’s greeting cards can be recycled into holiday artwork, gift tags and more to save you money this year! My Grandmother was a professional recycler, and I’ll bet many of yours were too!  They lived through the Great Depression and they knew how to stretch a dollar.  Or maybe I should say a dime in those…