Tag: recycle

How to Turn a Coffee Maker into a Fish Bowl

How to Turn a Coffee Maker into a Fish Bowl

I’m not sure if you are aware, but I love coffee. In fact, I can’t go more than a couple of hours without coffee (I’m aware of how sad that is.) So you can imagine how upset I was when my old faithful coffee pot […]

DIY Easter Egg Crayons

I’m always on the lookout for a great alternative to the plastic eggs I once put in my children’s Easter Baskets.  This year I decided to make some Easter egg crayons.   Here’s what you will need to make your own: broken crayons  (at least […]

DIY Vintage Tray Magnet Boards

Magnet Boards Desk 2

I have a major organization issue in my home.  I get gifts and freebies from people, the items come in, I have no place for them and they never leave. Meanwhile, I boxes and bags of things that I have to sort through, many of which have sentimental value.  So many of these things I ultimately give away to thrift stores, through Freecycle, or regifting.  But I keep some. 

Magnet Trays All


My mother gave me a few beautiful jewelry dishes and vintage trays that she’s had forever. I couldn’t bear to give them up but I also had no flat surfaces to display them on.  When a family of 5 lives in a 970 square foot home there isn’t a lot of room to spare.  We put a lot of things on the walls or utilize the floor to ceiling book shelves that have made life much more organized.

Magnet Tray PatternJust look at this pattern! How could I give it away?

3 out of 4 of the trays were magnetic. That gave me an idea! I decided to organize my desk (with minimal space) by adding 3 super-cute magnetic surfaces to the doors.  All it took was Command Picture-Hanging Strips to hang up my new magnet boards.

Magnet Board Backs

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My magnetic stapler, to do list (with fab chicken magnet), and stamps have a new home!

Now I want to add magnet boards to a couple of new places that could use some paper organization.  Good thing my local Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Store is full of them!

Magnet Boards on Desk

Head over here for the DIY to give your magnet boards extra style with home made bottle cap magnets!

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I Gave My Son Regifted Presents for Christmas

Finale is going to be 17 months-old in time for Christmas.  Lately, he’s shown an affinity for cars or anything with wheels, which he calls “beep-beeps”.  Every chance he gets he is knocking at Mysterious’ door chanting “beep-beep, beep-beep” because he’s begging for one of […]

10 Amazing Recycled Crafts for the 4th of July

This spring has been so hectic for me that all I’ve had the time to do is browse Pinterest on my smartphone and pin like a mad woman.  My own creative ideas have fallen by the wayside.  But I won’t let that stand in my […]

How to Spray Paint Snow

I love winter.  I always have.  If it’s snowing, I’m happy.  As a child I would spend the entire day outside in the snow.  I would sled, build snowmen and igloos, and spray paint the snow. 

Now when my kids head out to play I give them each a spray bottle with a different color water.  Simply fill old spray bottles with cold water and between 20-40 drops of food coloring and send them out to paint the snow like this.


Here’s to enjoying the snow!

love DB

The Top Five Unique Ways to Recycle

It’s America Recycle’s Day! Everyone knows about traditional recycling: You put your approved and rinsed recyclables out on the curb on trash day to be picked up or you drop them off at a local recycling center.  But there are non-traditional ways to recycle that […]

Upcycle Your Weekend – Bottle Cap Magnets

  Upcycle Your Weekend is all about fun, easy upcycling crafts that you and your family can make together.   Various sizes of bottle tops and caps Mod Podge Dimensional Magic 2oz Craft Glue Button Magnets Toothpick Beads – You can buy beads or you […]

Save or Recycle: Crayons

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 If you have children, chances are, you have crayons in your house.  I have children.  I have crayons in my house, melted in my car, outside under the deck, in the hamper, in toy bins, in my purse…. Ok.  I’ll stop now.  You get the picture.  There is an abundance of crayons in my life.

broken crayons


My kids are always breaking crayons.  When crayons get broken down into bits they won’t use anymore, I have the urge to throw them out.  I fight that urge because there is SO MUCH you can do with them when their coloring life is over.

Here is a list of great ideas to use your bits of crayons that are laying around your house, car, purse, bag, hamper, toy bins, under the couch…….





Join Lori at La-La’s Home Daycare as she shows you how to bake your crayons into a muffin tin to make beautiful rainbow crayons.





There are so many bloggers out there who show us how to melt crayons onto canvas to create great upcycled art for your home. But Leslie at Leslie Loves Makeup takes it up a notch by demonstrating how to make a chevron melted crayon masterpiece.





I am privileged this week to have written a guest post for Simply Rebekah.  Learn how to melt down your crayons into fun, color-consistent shapes and be entered to win fun, work-free race car crayons.


Happy Recycling!

love DB


Save or Recycle?

My house if full of “treasures.”  I have “treasurers” in boxes and on shelves.  I have “treasures” in bags and under my bed.  A friend of mine recently asked me, “How do you choose which “treasures” to throw out or recycle and which to keep?” […]

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