I am going to Do Something Crazy for Good, as in Giving Back Kind of Good.

Oh, The Good All My Crazy Could have Done in my Past.

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Like the Time I Went for a Hot Air Balloon Ride in New England.
Okay, Okay, This one was tethered down, but it did  Go up Around 12-15 Stories!

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Or Like the Time I Talked Jim into Parasailing with me on my Birthday in the Bahamas.
Well, It was not So Crazy for Me, But Talking “Fear of Heights” Jim into my Crazy.

Okay, here is it…

I’m Taking The Plunge.

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No, Not a Bungee Jumping Plunge.

Been There and Done That in Australia!

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No, Not Plunging into the Deep Blue Sea.

Although I will Do that More for Sure!

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No, Not Doing the Trapez…Again!

Once in Brattleboro was Enough!

Drum Roll Please.

I am doing…
The Respiratory Health Association Skyline Plunge!

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Before I tell you what that is exactly, Please Read Why I am Doing it.

I am Raising Money for an Organization that Supports a Health Issue that is                           Near and Dear to Me.

I suffer from 2 Respiratory Diseases.  

I take daily meds twice a day and have had 3 surgeries, But…

I do Not Let Those Ailments Keep Me From Being Crazy.

With Money for Research for Respiratory Health Issues I  now can be as crazy as I wan to Be and Still Live!

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And No, It is Not Another Zip Lining Adventure like this one I did with my nephew in Honduras!

It is Kind of Like Something I have Done before. A Long Long time Ago.

In college I Rock Climbed, I Dropped Down Caves for Exploration, and I did and led High Ropes Courses.

But…It’s not exactly any of these that I am going to do for this Plunge.

It is the Rappelling Part.

I will be Rappelling Down the Side of The Wit, a 27 Story Hotel, in The Loop Downtown Chicago!

Yes, I Will Be Dropping Myself Slowly down 27 Floors on a Rope!

Told You I was Crazy!

But I do Crazy Well.

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Like Surviving Crazy Ass Honduran White Water Rafting with my Teen Nephews.

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Like Surfing at 45 years old…for kind of…the first time!

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Snowmobiling at 50.

Okay not that crazy, but the trails were tight and rough so it was for exciting!

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And I even trusted Jim to lead a pack of Dogs while I relaxed on the Sled.
Now, I am just reaching for straws.

If I only had photos of the the horrid drug boat “ferry” ride from Honduras to Belize, My Rock Climbing in the Days of Less Safe Equipment, Dropping down into 200 foot Dark holes to Cave explore, hitchhiking with a Scot in Australia, Finding out I was swimming in the Amazon Jungle with Candiru (fish that swim up your urine stream), Running into Tear Gas in Venzuela because I wanted to take Photos of the Student Protests, Hiking in Malaysia Through Leach Invested Water and Jungle and Actually finding a Leach on me (they are quite cute before the suck your blood),  that time when the “captain” of the small dory boat said he can make it to shore in the storm which in the long run he did not, Jumping off 30ft or higher cliffs into rapids because the locals did it, of course tandem skydiving, And I could go on.

Although, I could show you After photos of my 3 Respiratory Disease Surgeries…

But I will Spare you Those!

Back to the Matter at Hand, Please Donate to my Fundraiser.

Any Amount at All Is so Very Highly Appreciated!

To Learn More and to Donate Click Below: If this does not work, please copy and paste!

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Photos to Follow after the Event on May 22, 2016!

I Thank you in Advance!
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It all Started with the above tins that my Friend sent me.

You see, many years ago I turned tiny tins into nicely decorated pills boxes for all my girlfriends. I used to make small Christmas gifts for most of my friends every year. I guess she thought I could do something with her collection.

I had recently moved right into the inner city of Chicago. Along with the Skyscrapers, great views, museums and awesome restaurants there are also people down on their luck. I had not been in a living situation in a long time were I saw people who were homeless, out of work and/or sick asking for money in my neighborhood, every day, every where I walk. My heart was breaking for them.

I came up with the idea to use the tins to decorate and insert some  money and small things for these people, my TINS of LOVE! Then I realized they were way too small for what I wanted to do.

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I was saving Toilet Paper Rolls for Art projects. When I realized the tins were too small, I looked at a roll one day and thought this size would be better, my TUBES of LOVE!

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The plan was to start handing them out right before Christmas and throughout the winter for as long as I had supplies.

I had already been collecting 1 dollar bills and quarters to put in my TUBES of LOVE. I told a few friends and family about my plan. My Mother Inlaw, who collects a lot of stuff, sent me a box of stuff to stuff in my TUBES of LOVE! I also bought big multi-packs of gum.

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After Halloween, I collected leftover single wrapped candy from my neighbors and bought bags on sale for the TUBES of LOVE, for a bit of fun.

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I made a list of all Shelters, Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Warming Centers in Chicago for each one of my TUBES of LOVE.

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On the Sheet of Paper, I wrote a Note.

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I thought of items besides the money and candy, and thought soap and aspirin could be helpful. I had some hotel soaps and shampoos. The little bars of soap were too big, so I started to cut them down to a size that would fit, wrapped them in clear cellophane and labeled them.

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I also divided a large bottle of acetaminophen into packs of 6-8 pills each too.

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I had to cut the sheets of info down to fit better inside the tubes.

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The plan was to roll it all up and then stuff it in the TP Roll/Tube!  Yes, All of the below would fit into One TUBE!

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I started with rolling the items up in a dollar bill.

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Then I would roll that up with candy on each end in the folded in inforamtion Sheet.

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Easy Peasy!

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It all Fit Perfectly!

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But just so stuff would not fall out when it was opened, I put a small piece of tape at both ends.

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After I stuffed around 30 Tubes, I then decorated each TUBE of LOVE.

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Just Basic Decorating, as I was going to Wrap them as well.

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First Round of TUBES of LOVE Ready to be Wrapped!

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Fun and Light-Hearted. Literally, there are little hearts on them!

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Stuffed with Love!

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Part of the Idea for TUBES of LOVE is Recycle / Upcycle. So along with all the other items I saved, I also saved paper bags. I cut the bags up to lay out flat.  I painted it all

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I had 2 sessions of fun using paint and markers.

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I wrapped them “candy” style using string at each end. The First Batch was Done!

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They were all handed out before we left town to have Christmas with out family. During the time away I got my nephew and nieces involved with making more TUBES of LOVE! We also handed some out in Sacramento, CA, where they live. The rest I brought back to Chicago with me. Below is two of the TUBES of LOVE my twin nieces Stuffed, Wrapped and Decorated.

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I received 3 boxes of supplies from friends and family!  I was overwhelmed and very happy.  After exploration of these boxes, I realized many of the items were over-sized for the TUBES of LOVE.

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So I went bigger, Bigger TINS, that is! It all started with tiny tins and now I was back to tins, but bigger and better! I went to the Salvation Army Outlet Store here in Chicago. I bought Tins, and Socks as I learned they were highly needed. The women checking me out, actually gave me a better deal on the items after she heard about my TINS of LOVE project.

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So Much More Love Stuffing! The tins I used would vary in size, but I do not want to go too big as I need carry them as I give them out.

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I still decorated the TINS of LOVE like I did for the TUBES of LOVE, but since many of the TINS were already nicely decorated, I now do less decorating and more stuffing!

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At Top of the Above Photo, on the right and left, you will see TUBS of LOVE. Yes, I have expanded to using Plastic Tubs/Containers/Jars as well. Happy to recycle/upcycle as much as I can!

The TINS of LOVE above are my current batch.  I am down to just a few more as I handed some out the other day.

I have supplies to make more, but I need more containers!  I will do another batch of TUBES of LOVE before I get more TINS/TUBS. I am going to Cleveland soon and will see if I can give away some of the TUBES of LOVE there.

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I will hand them out for the rest of Winter or until my supplies run out.

If you have any questions on how you can do this as well, please comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Or if you want to donate any stuffing items to my TUBES/TINS/TUBS of LOVE Project, please comment as well and leave your email address for private communications.

By Education, I am a Recreational Therapist. I have worked with Youth a lot in this position and my favorite activities were art related, if I could include a lesson that made the project even better.  I would love to do this project with more Children. I can volunteer with programs within Chicago if you would like me to lead this project at your program!

Thank you and I hope you Enjoyed this project of mine!

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They Say It Is THE WORLD’S LARGEST YARD SALE!

And, Oh Yes We Did!

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Okay, We Did not Do All 690 Miles from Addison, MI to Gadsden, AL…
But We Did Check Out Some Ohio Bits.

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I Would Like to Say We Covered a Lot of Ground…
But Stopping Approximately 10 Times a Mile Made That hard!

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We Did Make it Around 34 Miles…
In Around 11 Hours on the Road. That is around 3 Miles an Hour! Hee Hee!

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Such a Scenic Drive, So Going Slow was Easy!

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Barns Filled With Love Stuffs for The Hub and I do Go Through!

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Beautiful Old Barns!

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And Cool Old Boots and Bowling Shoes!

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Bikes Too.

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Blue And Green.

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Without Motors And With Motors Too.

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While The Hub checked out the below BMW Beauty…

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I Checked Out This Even Older Whizzer!

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Awesome Bike…But it Was Not For Sale!

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Let’s Get to the Items That Were For Sale!

Chairs, Cute Cute Chairs.

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Retro Chairs.

Chairs that Need to Be Sat On, Now!

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And Then Let the Good Times Rolls!

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Speaking of Rolling…
This Radio Flyer Will Get You There!

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More Time for Wheels?

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How About These Wheels Too?

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You Must Be Tired.

Have a Seat…
In A Little Blue Settee!

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Pull Up a Seat, And Read a Book or Two!

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Here’s Some of the Fun Stuff We Brought Home with Us to Our Own Big World!

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Literally, those are Going to Our Mid Century Gnomad Pad for the Christmas Holidays!

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This Very cool Retro Ceiling Light Will Soon Be Up For Sale on Our Etsy Shop!

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Oh, for the Love of Vintage Pyrex Coffee carafes…
Yes, I bought All Three.

And 1 of of them Will be For Sure Up For Sale Soon!

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This one Interests Me.
I have a small collection of Hand Made Wire Flexible Vintage Baskets, But None are Shiny.

They are all browned or rusty.
This One is Very Very Very Interesting!

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These Cuties will Both Be Up for Sale.
The Hub and I Both Had Napkin Holders In Mind!

Speaking of Cuties….

I will End this Blog Post with a Cuteness of a Different Kind!

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These Two Cute Buddies Were Laying About Together Not Too Far From One Barn Yard Sale.

The Scenery, the Weather, the People, the Items and the Junk were All Perfect On our Bit of the World’s Largest Yardsale.

They were Two Perfectly Junky Days!

Check Into the Esty Shop to See What Else We Found to Sell!  OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

Come Back Soon to See What We Have Made or Picked Just For You, You and You!

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If You Have Seen Any of my Other Posts, You May Know I Like using Od Leather Belts in some of my Projects.

DON’T MAKE ME TAKE MY BELT OFF!

And

BELT CHAIR

Well, I have Not Stopped.  Actually, I have bumped it up some.

We moved from a house in rural Georgia to a tiny apartment in the Loop in Downtown Chicago.                                 I could not bring many craft or art supplies.  I grabbed what I could, and that was belts.

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You can Take me Away from All my Supplies, but You can’t Take Crafting Away from Me!

We Moved into said Tiny Apartment with No Art or Decor on the Walls.

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What is a Craftsy Artsy Girl to Do?  Make her own Decor and Wall Art Pieces!

And All I Had Was Belts!   So Belts I Used!

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There are the Buckets for my Jewelry!

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And the Bathroom Cotton Ball Bucket!

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But all These Buckets Did not Help Decorate My Walls.

So, I had to Up My Belting Game!

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Bam!   Belt Art!

The Above One for the Living Room.

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And This One for the Grey, White and Black Bathroom!

Oh yea…I Was on an Old Leather Belt Art Hot Streak.

So Don’t Stop Me Now Lord!

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I Needed something More Flowing and Organic-like to hide the spread out holes in the Wall.

I Put my Mind to the Test and This is what My Mind Did…
With the Help of some Recyclables!

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Two Belts and Cut Up Toilet Paper Rolls!  

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My husband LOVES this one. I Love the Other Two Wall Pieces.

And I am Not Done There.

Yes, More Belt Decor!

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This One Has a Purpose!

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One Day I Got Sick and Tired of My Knotted Tangled Up Necklaces.

I Had the Wood Board already, but Could not Find the Right Hooks, that Weren’t Hooks.

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And Then It Came to Me!    BUCKLES!

I Have Lots and Lots of Buckles!

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My Necklace Problem is Solved.

And I No Longer have a Blank Bedroom Wall!

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Although It Seems like we are Crowded with Belt Decor…it is Spread Out enough Not to be Overwhelming.

This is Now how the Couch area Looks, Minus the End Tables and Lamps that have been Added!

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Not a Belt to Be Seen!

Mind You Guests do Not Miss the Old Leather Belt Theme We Got Going On Up in Here!

Wait!
I am not Done with My Leather Belt Upcylcing Art Extravaganza!  No, I Am Not.

There were Bits and Pieces of leather Belt that I Did not Want to Waste…
So Here Is What I Did with Them!

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Yes, Greeting Cards. The Above is My Dot Dot Dot Collection.

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And That is My Dash Collection of Greeting Cards.

And with that, I will Now Sign off…
But Before I Go, I Must Inform You that All of This is For Sale.
And If Anything Above is Not on my Etsy Shop Yet, Just Let Me Know!

OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

Good Day to You.
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Alert Alert! Christmas in August!

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Big Move to Small Place in January Has Had me Way Off My Regular Blogging Schedule…
But I’m Back at it Now.

Sooo….

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I LOVE Christmas. And I LOVE to Decorate for Christmas.

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We live in temporary places most of time for The Hub’s work.

Last Christmas we were packing during the holidays which is a very sad sad thing to do…

For Yet Another Move.

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So I Had to Make My Own Happy…

Literally, I made my Own Happy…

Happy Signs…That Is!

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We were going to spend most of Christmas Eve and Christmas day with my parents, who no longer put up a Christmas tree.

 

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I was prepared to be bummed about the lack of Christmas Decor that would be around me on Christmas Day.
So I decided to do something about it.

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Let me go back a bit here, the name of the blog is from a scene in the move ELF.
That is all I will say about that, if you do not know ELF by heart by now…you better get started!

G.R.E.A.T Movie!

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I went into DIY Christmas Elf Decoration Making Overdrive!

Besides the Red Felt and Vintage Sheet Music Garland I made Ornaments!

Star Ones!

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Ones from Old Wood Thread Spools!

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Snowflake Ones!

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And Speaking of Snowflakes…

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And This One!

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And This One!

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Let Me Not Forget This Garland Too!

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And Signs…I made Signs!
This Way>>>>>

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<<<<And That Way!

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And Trees…I Made Tiny Little Christmas!

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I Made It All, Packed It All Up and Off to Momma’s House We Went for Christmas Eve Dinner!

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My Mom Has Had that Christmas Table Clothe Forever and It Just Makes Me Smile!

Full Bellies, We All Went to Bed.

And Then The Hub and I Got Up in the Middle of the Night!
Shhhhh!

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And Went DIY Christmas Elf Decor Cray Cray!

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Quietly, Like Little Christmas Elves!

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The Parental Units Did Not Even Wake Up with Our Elfing Shenanigans!

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Even When We Dragged the Tree In From Outside!

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No Space Was Left Un-Decorated!

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Even The Wrapped Presents Matched!

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If You Ask Me…

IT WAS MAGICAL!

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The Best Christmas Gift Ever Was the Look on My Parents Faces on Christmas Morning!

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And Now I Bid Holiday Adieu to You, You and You and You!

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PS…
There are 141 DIY Decor Making Days Until Next Christmas!

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And to Break It Down For You, That Is…
3,350 hours, 200,997 minutes, or 12,059,813 seconds to Christmas!

Now Go Have a Great Rest of Your Summer!

If You are Interested in Purchasing any of the items seen in this blog or want me to make some of your own…
Please Contact me at OUR OWN BIG WORLD ETSY SHOP
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Okay, Let Me First Say…

I am usually not into revenge, but do like humor and to stand up for myself/home/family/friends/property.

And this is how I Stood Up for my Property…

Passive Aggressively.

Pre-Story (This post is wordier than most of my posts, but I feel I must explain my DIY actions):

We came home one day and found our old orange tree cut down to just the trunk with all the branches laying about the yard.

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I asked around and no one knew who did it, until I stopped the next door neighbor driving away.  I , all 5 Foot 3.5 Inches of me, went up to his huge SUV and asked him if he knew who did it.  He got out of his, all 6 + Foot of him, standing right in front of me.  He told me it was him as he walked past me towards The Hub. He told The Hub that his father owned Orange Groves and that he cut it down so it grow back better.  We know nothing of the orange tree, so we said, “Okay.”  Until we found out what this guy has done before to other neighbors.  And the fact that nothing grew back from that tree…still nothing 1.5 years later.

In the above photo, 6+ Foot Tall neighbor’s yellow/brown house is behind the dead orange tree trunk. As you can also see in the photo, he could barely see our orange tree behind other big plants along the property line.

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I do believe this man is maybe bi-polar and does not take meds for it because he seems to do this sporadically and manically. I feel for people with any kind of health or psychological issues, but not when my property or people are endangered.

And to let you know how far he has gone, let me tell you other things he has done.

1) Killed plants along the fence of his neighbors on the other side of his property.  They no longer have any plants along that fence line.

2) The old guy who owned our house before us would fall asleep with his TV loudly on.  The cray cray neighbor threw something big (I heard a log) into that bedroom’s sliding glass doors breaking them both. The doors are new there.

3)  We live on a court and another neighbor asked him if she could put a basketball hoop on the line that boarders my yard and his yard.  He has a son that could use it too.  He agreed.  Slowly it moved to in front of our side yard, which was fine and dandy with us.  We still would see him and his son out there playing b-ball.  While we were away he took the hoop and dragged it 1/2 a block to the owners of the hoop and threw it on their driveway.  The woman (a tiny woman mind you) dragged it onto MY driveway.  He then went on our property, took the hoop dragging it back to the owners house and again throwing it back in their driveway breaking it.  This 6+ foot guy got into a verbal fight with a 5 Foot Nothing woman about it, using a lot of curse words.  Cops were called, but that was that.  The cops just told the tiny woman to stay away from him.

4) Our once lush hibiscus plants along our back fence that borders his tiny side yard (the side where you would put your trash cans), are now dying along the top…as if someone threw something over the top of their fence to kill them.  We have done several things to bring them back, and they seem to be having a hard time.  I believe the cray cray neighbor is doing something to them while we are away.  It is a good time of the year for them to be trimmed back, which we are having done by a professional, for them to grown back anew.  We will see.

Everyone is afraid of this guy.

I am not, but I am not going to push it to make it harder on the other neighbors or for him to do more damage to our property.

At first, The Hub and I decided to not cut down the dead orange tree trunk in honor of all the oranges our deranged neighbor aborted, and as protest to what he did to our poor old orange tree.

Then I came up with an idea and this is how I am now PASSIVE AGGRESSIVELY getting back at him…

DIY Style!

I needed this…

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Which so happened to be in the Basketball hoop neighbor’s front yard to be picked for free!

I then pulled it apart which used up a lot of aggression and anger!

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Then I cut the pieces up which used up even more aggression!

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I cut them up into arrow shapes!

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Do you Get Where I am Going Yet?

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I then pulled out the paint!

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I did not paint most of the wood…this one was just a mistake.

But I did write things on the arrow shaped pieces of wood!

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Places Where The Hub and I have Lived Together!

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With fun extras!

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Now, Do You Get Where I am Going with This?

If Not, Here You Go!

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There is one extra “Place” and that is all I will say about that!

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This if the view from the side yard close to our garage. It is not fully noticeable from the street.

Yet, I feel vindicated.

In one of the photos, you can see our back patio. I noticed from there you only see the back of the signs.

So next step is making signs of places The Hub and I have visited together that we love.

San Francisco and San Blas signs are already made.

Now Need more Pallet!

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I do not believe in keeping quiet and ignoring bad things/people.

A good way to fight anger and bad people/things is with love, happiness and humor.

There are times we must be creative on how we stand up!

This is How I Creatively, Funnily, Happily, Lovingly and Passively Aggressively Stand!

Hope it made you smile!

I have made other things from pallets and other old items.

Some of them are for sale as well as vintage/antique old things at Our Own Big World!

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It was the birthday of a new friend…

A new picking/antiquing kind of friend.

We have an eye for similar old things.

So I made her something new from my photos of old things.

A small book of old things.

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I first picked the photo, size and then printed them all out!

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Cutting them to size was next!

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Cutting them included nice pretty corners as well!

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I then made the pages of the books.

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I attached the photos with double sided thick tape so they stick up a bit from the pages.

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I attached all the pages together with cute ribbon, yard and a tiny crown!

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And there you have a gift made special for that special someone, new or old, silver or gold!

Some of my photos are framed and for sale at OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

If you see a photo you would like that is not up for sale or you would like a different size,
Please comment here or on the shop.

Happy Day!

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DON’T MAKE ME TAKE MY BELT OFF!

Posted: September 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Although those days are long gone, I hope….

PLEASE TAKE YOUR OLD BELT OFF AND UPCYCLE IT!

That is what I have been doing…

It started with a chair I did quite awhile ago now. You can see it at BELT CHAIR !

After collecting more belts and having several ideas that I never started.

This rustic chunk of wood came into my life.

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Lovely with all the nails with bits and pieces of material and vinyl of days gone by stuck to them.

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It, too, sat around for awhile.

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Until I decided to paint it, that is.

Which I did not like at all.

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Then I took the sander to it.

I loved it and at first came up with the idea of putting colorful plastic rulers on the top,

Another collection of items I have laying about.

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But the leather belts won out!

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After attaching the top belts, including 2 old western style ones with the names Garrett and Jack on them,

I decided to wrap the top edge with 2 buckled belts.

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And There you Have it!

Even though I love it, I made it to sell. You can purchase it here BELT BENCH! !

Can you guess how I used belts on the piece below?

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Guess before you scroll down!

Okay, Now start to scroll!

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First, I removed the heart “doors” and painted it!

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And then started to add the belts…
Yes, White leather belts!

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I put them across the back and wrapping two around the whole piece.
And as you can see, I played with buckles for extra decor.

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But ended using upholstery Studs instead.

This is also for sale, but comment below if you are interested in it!

What can you make with old belts?

Here is another project I have in the making…

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An Old Suitcase Valet…

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Turned Side Table!

I use it in my own home without attaching the belts.

Any other suggestions for this piece?

If you are interested in seeing what else I make for sale or my old things for sale,

Please visit my online shop at OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

Thanks for visiting and now, GO CREATE!
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Summer Loving…

Is a Great Time to Craft!

And Since Summer is Over…

It is a Great Time to Get Back to Blogging, especially since I have not posted crafts in quite a while!

The following projects will have to do with items in the photos from my last past, HOW WE MAKE A HOUSE A HOME OVER AND OVER AGAIN .

I’m feeling frisky, let’s start in the bedroom!

Get your mind out of the gutter, we just needed some storage! I found this, yes without a drawer, for cheap!

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I saw it and had an idea which I had to talk The Hub into, as usual.

Sanding came first…

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And then the painting!

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Have I ever told you, “I don’t like painting.” But it was worth it, especially with my decision to paint this one area red as it goes with the soda crates I am going to use as storage really well!

Next Decision…

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What kind of Knobs?

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Neither one of those…
Something Completely Different!

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My Dresser, craft storage, make-up and hair do-ing area! Done and Done!

Continuing on with the Bedroom…

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The Wall Decor!

Although I have no photos to show how I did this…

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I am confident that you can take a needlepoint hoop, material and do it yourself!

The interesting thing is that some of the material I designed myself. Oh yes, I did!

You can see how I did this in one of my first posts on this blog at WHO KNEW?

Don’t mind the bikes…
They were part of the decor for a while!

Now on to the kitchen and the ever-changing lights!

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I started out with this yoke double light. I just used two small work lights, but took off the pinching attachments.

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I wound the wires around the rings for them to blend in and put the wire in the back of the yoke to hide them there as well.

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And there you have it!

But then I had more stuff and got creative…
Again!

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This is what you do with an old soda shop crate, an old colander, an old dog chain and a light fixture!

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Pretty much straight forward…
Put a hole in the colander, put the light fixture through it and then through the crate and line wire along the center chain.

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And there have it, once again.

Now, to the front porch!

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It all started with this 75 cent table that was falling apart.

Literally, it is made of particle board which was dripping apart slowly!

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I used glue, in the form of Modge Podge and an old book to keep it all together. I decoupaged underneath it where it was also falling apart!

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And I painted it.
Again with the painting!

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It has sat on my front porch for over 4 months and no more falling apart!

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“Awwwwesooome,” if I do say some myself!

The table sits in front of another one of my summer loving projects!

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And it all started with these…

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Which I painted. What is with all this painting?

In the above photo there are pieces of wood in the background which I put across the seats of the chairs.

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On top of the slats I placed lots of pillows (yard sale finds). The seating pillows needing hiding…

So I put a vintage 1970 avocado green round table cloth with fringe on them.

I am sure you are interested in why I went that color and style, right?

Well, it is the only thing I found to match this…

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Which I already had on the front porch!

But, wait…there is more for the porch.

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Look What I did to this thing to match the other things.
Oh so Matchy Matchy…

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But not too matchy matchy, right?

And here are a few more touches!

Plain ugly rug that The Hub insisted on buying….

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Meet Spray Paint and a Stencil!

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Not sure I love the turn out…
But anything is better than that the original fugley thing!

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Oh and Look what I did with the tons of twigs that fall in my yard!

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Twig Garland!

And yes, I added a mosquito net to the Porch Lounger! Love it, Right?

And I know you will love this too…

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So much cuteness mushed together right next to the front door under the maibox…
What a Greeting!

Have fun making your own stuff…
I hope I motivated and inspired you!

GET OUT THERE AND CREATE!

And just to let you know…
I sell old things and things I make from old things!

If you are interested please visit my shop, OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

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The GNOME SHACK!

It is a pick storage unit, a craft in action, a never-ending evolving gallery…

BUT MOST OF ALL IT IS OUR HOME FOR NOW!

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WELCOME!

Something that many do not know…

Is when we move, we move with just a limited amount of stuff.

So I pick, thrift, yard sale, flea market, estate sale & auction to make a new place our home.

Photo Details:
1) Picked the pallet the The Hub never took apart…so went through scattered pickings and ended up with the idea of the tar sap cups flower pockets!
2) Picked the galvanized gas can which holds the locally made wood Sweet Vidalia Onion!

Since we have not gone in yet…
Let’s check out my now Beloved Southern Front Porch…
Gnome Shack Style!

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Inviting, eh?
And we are not even inside!

Photo Details:
1) Retro Orange Pretzel Tin Can…it travels with us…for now!
2) Got the awesome never been used 1970 hammock at an Estate Sale in Savannah!

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The Porch Conversation Area!

Photo Details:
1) Got the Porch Swing at the Peaches to Beaches 700 Mile Yard Sale and then painted it!
2) I bought 4 ladder back chairs with very damaged seats and came up with this design for what I love to call my “Porch Lounger”.
3) A 75 Cent Table that I decoupaged and painted!

Now, Let’s Go Inside!

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The Front Siting Room, Which Doubles as a Guest Room!

Our place is small!

Photo Details:
1) Couch was bought at a Savannah Estate Sale.
2) Retro Folding Chairs Travel with us as well as vintage wood/metal boxes
3) My painted framed photography also travels with us…for now.
4) Most on mantel is for sale, except Gnomes!

We do not have an official entry way/foyer, so I had to make one!

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And here it is!

Photo Details:
1) Coat Rack I made from pallet board and thrift knobs.
2) Thrift store Mid Century Shelf turned Shoe Rack.
3) A Men’s valet for keys and extra coats recently bought at a flea market.
4) Sandal bin is vintage enamel pan recently bought at a yard sale.

Two More Views of the Front Sitting Room!

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Vignette Areas…
Or More like Picking Storage Spots!

Photo Details:
1) Vintage suitcase Valet turned side table with painted glass frame turned tray!
2) Picked Very Rustic Wood stool, Thrifted Mid Century Clock & Junk Store found Antique Chimney Screen!

To the Left of this Sitting Room is our Bedroom.

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And there it is!

Okay, it is also a bike, craft, arts and tool supply storage area!

Photo Details:
1) Suitcase night stands and stairs for old cat to get into bed are also used for storage.
2) I recently bought the missing drawer dresser on the cheap, repainted and such, and there you have it.
3) Mid Century Shadow Box / Bar Mirror for my pretty up area.
4) Lights over dresser are yard sale found trouble/mechanic lights.
5) Circle Art are  Yard sale found Needlepoint hoops with some material scrapes and some material I personally designed!
6) Tool, Arts & Crafts Supply Shelf bought at a Yard Sale.
7) I made the Hat Rack out of Pallet Board and Thrift store Knobs

Now Back into the Front Sitting Room! You can go straight through it to get to the Dining area of the very large Kitchen.

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I’m realizing it is very mid-century in there!

Photo Details: 

1) Table we brought, but will probably sell before we leave.
2) Tension Pole Light in corner is very much for sale.
3) Shelves on both sides are filled with picked decor pieces, photos, kitchen supplies and a bar supplies.
4) Beloved Step Stool was picked in a junk shop.
5) Art on wall was picked recently and for sale!

Through the dinning area is the kitchen!

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The Kitchen Side of the Huge Room.

Photo Details:
1) Yes I have vintage hand strainers as wall decor and canvas carpenter bags as recycle bins!

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The Main Kitchen Corner!

Photo Details:

1) I made a light out of a dog chain, a vintage soda shop glass crate, a colander and an Ikea light fixture.
2) The decor on top of the fridge is part of my picked galvanized metal collection.
3) And counter storage is in vintage tin colanders!

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The Other Side of the Huge Kitchen is the Laundry Room!

Photo Details:
1) Old gas stove burner grates for wall decor!

Through the middle of the Large Eat In Kitchen is the Family Room!

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View from the Door…this is where we spend most of our time at home!

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View from the side with Wall of Windows.

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Big Overstuffed Chair The Hub has had for, maybe, 15 or more years!

Still Comfy!

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The Rest of the Family Room!

Photo Details:
1) Wall Decor Over Couch is a piece of old factory life. It states the days that has gone by without any accidents. The numbers can be changed on the back. Picked this as a gift for The Hub…who is a safety freak.
2) Other Wall Art is My Photography.
3) Cat Throne is vintage blue suitcases, an old moving blanket stuffed into the top one and a vintage piece of chenille bedspread covering to make it pretty! And yes, that is our 18-year-old cat asleep, wheezing, snoring away on it!
4) The desk is an old chrome and Formica table yard sale pick!
5) Round Table picked at a Junk shop.
6) Side table are part of my old wood food box collection!
7) Wood piece in corner is the bottom of a mid-century coffee table!

Almost Done Touring The Gnome Shack!

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The Tiny White Bath!

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And the very stained sink!

But this little room holds some of my favorite pieces!

Photo Details:
1) To left of toilet is a vintage galvanized metal miners milk can recently picked
2) To the Right is vintage adult and child’s enamel chamber pots.
3) Under the sink is an antique maple sapping bucket with a recently picked stool and metal box that I have had for maybe 20 years.
4) There are curtains on the wall close to the sink, not because there is a window, but a door.  In renovating, I guess they forgot to take the door out!

That is the Gnome Shack!

It is home for now.

I used to say, “Home is where my Backpack is”
But now Home is where The Hub and His 18 Year Old Cat is.

All the things…
Are just ships passing us in the night.

We help it all find it’s forever home…
If we did not adopt it ourselves!

If you are interested in buying anything you have seen in this post or are interested to see what I do have for sale,
Please Visit My Online Shop…

OUR OWN BIG WORLD!

If you can not find an item in the photos that you are interested in buying, please comment below and I will get back to as fast as I can.

Thank you for visiting OUR OWN BIG WORLD…

We Hope You Like it Here!

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