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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Happy 4th of July ~ Plus A Little Re-Purposing


I hope you are all having 
a wonderful 4th of July.

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Some of you may remember the two twin beds that I purchased 
at a yard sale a while back.  
I made a bench with one that I have on my back porch .  
This is the other one.  
I needed a little more seating on our little front porch.
So, last Wednesday I went into Steve's woodworking shop 
and was able to put this together without 
one single penny out of pocket.  
Steve had a lot of good sized pieces of wood in his scrap pile, 
and I had almost a full quart of exterior white paint.

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I used my Circut cutter to make 
a "Welcome" stencil.

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The last time Steve and I went somewhere 
with our portable lawn-chairs, 
the cover to his got destroyed 
(we think with battery acid).  
Anyway I have been having a ball 
re-purposing from my bag of old jeans, 
and decided I could figure out 
a new carrier for my honey.  
I made him this from the leg 
of a pair of old bib overalls.   
I even used the shoulder strap to 
create a shoulder strap, LOL.
Still having a front and back pocket, 
provides a place for keys, change, or maybe a hanky.

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This is what his old bag looked like.

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While I had the sewing machine going 
and was in the mood to sew 
I came up with this clothes-pin bag. 

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And this market bag.
This pair had Cargo pockets 
with Velcro closers.
I was able to put a pocket on both sides. 

I hope that I am stirring up
your imagination, 
and that you think twice before 
throwing away another pair of old jeans.

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I feel very blessed to have so many lovely blogging friends.
I truly appreciate your stopping by to visit,
please leave a comment . . . I love hearing from you.

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You're always welcome here.

Have a beautiful day!

Connie 

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53 comments:

  1. You have just provided me with the perfect idea for my camera tripod! I can use a pair of jeans! Amazing - and thank you!

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    1. Hi Linda, I is great seeing you here this morning. I'm glad that I could help with a idea for your tripod bag. Have a great day, Connie :)

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  2. I am VERY inspired. Thank you for all of these wonderful ideas. You are very creative. I got your e- mail. I will respond as soon as I have time to look and see if i can remember...right now i'm in the process of insulating our bath/laundry room. Ugh!

    Cindy bee

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    1. Hi Cindy, I'm sorry that it took me so long to respond to your comment. I have been out of state all week . . . and without internet. I just got home and it might take me a day or two to get back into my normal groove. I'm happy that you were inspired with my projects. Hope you had a great 4th of July. Connie :)

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  3. Connie- I love all the things you made but that golf bag is especially creative. How good you are to your hubby! Blessings-xo Diana

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  4. I love, love, LOVE your Americana style front porch! I love porches and how people decorate them! Yours is super! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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    1. Our front porch is a tiny little porch, but I'm pretty proud of it, because I built it all by myself, one day while Steve was at work (about three years ago). You should have seen his face that evening when he got home. I sure surprised him, the next day when he went back to work, he was telling everyone what I did. Connie :)

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  5. Connie, your porch is so AMERICANA and SWEET! All this talent you have with these denim blue jeans is AMAZING! I think your new nickname should be CONNIE JEAN! or CONNIE BLUE JEANS! LOL!LOL! You are making a profession out of this....your mind is in JEAN mode! Can't wait to see what you come up with next! From one sweetie to another...Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, it is funny that you would give me the name Connie Jean. When my brother and sister-in-law married, she also had a little sister named Connie. When they married I was 3 years old and she was 5. We grew up always hearing our middle names, because that was the only way the family knew which Connie they were talking to, or about. I am Connie Rose and she is Connie Jean. Every time something arrives in the mail addressed to Connie Rose, I know it is family even before looking at the return address. I'm very happy that you liked my Jean Projects. Connie :)

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  6. Hi Connie,
    Thnaks for stopping by my blog. I love yours!
    Beth x

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    1. Thank you, Beth. I'm happy that you stopped by for a peek. Connie :)

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  7. All these projects are gorgeous but the lawn chair bag is genius! You could make your fortune with those ;) Have a Happy Fourth!

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    1. Hi Nicola, what a sweet thing to say. As you can see from his old bag . . . the idea came up out of need, LOL. Have a great day, Connie, and thank you for stopping by.

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  8. i'm always amazed when i stop by your blog. that bench you made from a bed is so cute and looks perfect on your porch! thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. That makes my day :)

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  9. I am looking for something new to do to my front porch. Love your ideas! I stumbled upon you while reading another blog. I am a new follower. Hope you'll follow me.

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    1. Hi there, I'm always happy to make a new friend. Thank you for stopping by and I'm delighted that you like my little front porch ideas. Of course, I'll follow you. I'll be visiting in just a few minutes. Have a great day and thanks for following. Connie :)

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  10. Hello from Scotland. Just to say Thank-Yo for the lovely comments left on my blog Connie. I absolutely love all your pieces, but specially that chair on your porch. How amazing. Now I am, off to view your blog properly. Hugs Rita xxx

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    1. Hello Rita from Scotland. I am so very happy that you like my porch bench. It was fun to build and a nice place to sit and enjoy the neighborhood in the afternoon when it's shady out front. Thank you for popping in and visiting, Connie :)

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  11. Just came across your blog whilst blog hopping and love the things you've made, you're a girl after my own heart. I'm you newest follower.

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    1. Hi, every-time I get a new follower I also get a little thrill of excitement. I have been having so much fun meeting like-minded creative people. I'll be visiting your blog in a minute. Have a great day and thanks for the sweet comments. Connie :)

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  12. Love the bench! You are so handy and I love your blog and the things you make. Thanks a lot for sharing:)!

    Best wishes /Maria

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    1. Hello Maria, you are so sweet! Thank you for stopping in and visiting and for your lovely comments. Connie :)

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  13. Happy 4th of July! hope you have wonderful day, your up-cycling is very clever, you porch looks very welcoming, I love the new bench
    Thea x

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    1. Hello Thea, and thank you so much for stopping by. Happy Anniversary, your photos are lovely and I think that you did a beautiful job on your cake. Connie :)

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  14. Btw, my sister in law now has a button for following her blog now :). Check out lenaspysselatelje.blogspot.com.

    Have a great day and happy 4th of july!
    Maria

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    1. Hi Maria, I am now following your sister-in-law . . . and yes, we do have a lot in common. Have a wonderful day, Connie :)

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  15. Awesome repurposing! Happy 4th of July!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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    1. Hi Queenie . . . I hope that you had a great 4th of July, too. I spent mine with my daughter and granddaughters and it was a delight. Connie :)

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  16. Hi Connie,
    Hope you have a good 4th July . Your porch looks wonderful, you are so clever with the things you make! When I was looking through your blog yesterday I came across Butchy too and thought our dogs looked similar too. Daisy is a West Highland terrier what breed is yours?
    Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah,. . . I had a great 4th of July. I spent mine with my daughter and granddaughters and it was a delight. You may not like my answer . . . because Butchy is a mutt. He has miniature poodle and who knows what else. He is a very sweet little dog, and is our baby. Connie :)

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  17. Connie, You are the sewing queen. Those things you just whip up are adorable. I love the little bags too. Smiles, Susie

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    1. Thank you Susie, I'm am delighted that you like my sewing projects. Connie :)

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  18. Hi Connie,

    I love that bench! You and your husband are so handy. The chair cover is so much nicer than the nylon one. I bet Steve loves it! Cute looking clothes pin holder and market bag.

    Happy 4th of July!

    Dee

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    1. Hi Dee, I'm very happy that you like my bench. Our front yard is shady by 2:00 in the afternoon, so it's a nice place to sit outside and enjoy the neighborhood. I had a wonderful 4th of July, I spent it with my daughter and granddaughters. My daughter just got accepted into a three year nursing program, so she had to move to a new town. That is where I spent my holiday. Meeting her new neighbors and exploring her new town. Thank you for visiting, and please come again, Connie :)

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  19. Neat idea for a bigger seat!
    My oldest two girls made me a new clothes pin bag for mother's day. They are taking lessons from my MIL, she sews too!
    Happy Fourth

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    1. Hi, I am happy to hear that your daughters are learning to sew. It is very relaxing and they will be able to make so many things for their own homes someday. Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Have a great day, Connie :)

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  20. Dear Connie!!!
    And THAT'S WHY I am passing you the SUNSHINE AWARD!!!
    YOU are ADORABLE!! I read your post and then at the end you thank us for reading, say you love our comments... WHO can RESIST YOU???
    Please see my latest post to read about the Sunshine Award!
    Now, YES, you were stirring up my imagination!
    I have some old jeans! I need clothes badly - I buy stuff for the house but seldom buy stuff for me! Anyway, I love your ideas!!! i love the little bench, awwww! I want one! HUGS and Happy 4th of July!!!!

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    1. My dearest Claudine, You are a total sweetie pie and thank you so much for thinking that my blog deserves an award. I'm afraid that I do this for fun and not for awards. So thank you from the bottom of my heart, but I just don't have the time to go through all the steps. You made my day, just by liking the projects that I post here. Have an absolutely incredible week, Connie :)

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  21. You are so creative, Connie! The bench is amazing, and I just love your little clothes pin bag! Have a happy 4th!
    Blessings,
    Janet

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    1. Hello Janet, Thank you so much, I am very pleased that you like my bench and cloth pin bag. Have a wonderful week, Connie :)

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  22. You have such great ideas here! You are very creative!

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  23. Love your front porch!! And all your uses for blue jeans...just the best!!

    chris

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    1. Hi Chris, thank you for your sweet comments, I'm delighted that you enjoy my efforts. Have a wonderful week. Connie :)

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  24. Hi Connie,

    I tried to respond to your e-mail and you are a noreply, so it didn't go through. So that e-mail is out there in 'no reply' land! I'll do it here. OK - I created a new blog exactly how you said you were going to do it. Through Dashboard and New Blog. I'm not as computer literate as you think. I never thought about losing my old blog! But I didn't lose it, so I say give it a go and see what happens. I LOVE the idea of the guitar lessons blog, and it would sure help me with learning to play. I tried looking the new blog up through the help button and I see what you mean. Not much information. The one thing I did not do on my own was add the "House on Hilltop Farm" button on my sidebar. I had a computer literate friend help me add that. I hope it works out for you. I added you to my side bar on my blog. I love your creativity. I'm not giving any more denim away! And, did you see the aprons in this issue of Mary Jane's Farm magazine? LOVE THEM!

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Hi Cindy, thank you for all your help. I think that I will get on that sometime next week. I've been away all this week and you should see the weeds that have come up while I was away. My dear sweet Steve watered and kept everything alive, so I didn't loose any potted flowers in the heat~wave they had, but boy did the weeds grow. I use to subscribe to Mary Jane Farms, but not any more. Now that I'm blogging, I fine so much to read and gorgeous ideas on line, that I'm saving money on magazines. You have been such a wonderful help. Thank, thank you. thank you, you're a sweetheart. Connie :)

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  25. Hi Connie, hopped over here from Cindy Bee's and I love you blog already! Going to browse around a little more and follow you!

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    1. Hello Brenda, I am tickled pink to make a new friend, and delighted that you find my blog worthy of following. I try to fill it with interesting posts, but like you, my life goes in many directions. Therefore; my blog is not really based on many one subject. I'm happy to meet you and looking forward to becoming great blogging friends. Connie :)

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  26. Love your bench, that is fantastic.
    I like the lawn chair bag as well :)
    Very creative

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  27. Oh yes and thank you for sharing that blog with me. I love it :)

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    1. I'm very happy the you like my bench and chair bag. Some folks might think them a little cheesy . . .but they work for us, just fine. I am also glad that you liked the blog link that I sent . . . she did have some great trailer photos. Have a great week and keep smiling. Connie :)

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