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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

French Laundry Rag Pail


My Old Bucket's New Home
 

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This old galvanized bucket has been around our house for so long that I do not even remember buying it.  It has been very handy when washing the car.  It has been a great bucket to have beside me when I'm pulling weeds.  This old bucket has lent a helping hand to many projects throughout it's life.
Now I'm moving it into the house.
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The other day I was washing windows outside and I asked Steve to run in the house and get me a couple more rags.  I told him they were folded on the dryer.  
Well, being a man . . . he came back with new dish towels.  
They were folded on the dryer, too.   
So, today I had the great idea to make a special place for cleaning rags 
(old stained, raggy and worn out wash cloths, dish towels and tee shirts).  
 When looking around for a container, 
this old bucket caught my eye.
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I made a stencil with my circut cutter.
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Dry brushed the bucket with a little white paint.
Applied the stencil using burnt umber paint 
and trimmed it out with freehand lines
that I put on with a brown sharpie pen. 
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It's not fancy . . . but my sweet hubby 
won't get new dish towels and old rags mixed up anymore. :)
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"HAPPY CLEANING"

Connie
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95 comments:

  1. I just love the way you think Connie! xx

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    1. Hello Anna, thank you, I guess? The truth is, I sometimes have some crazy ideas . . . the ones that don't turn out, will never get posted, LOL. Have a marvelous week, Connie :)

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  2. You are one of the most clever people I know! I love this - as my Dad would have said "who'da thunk it?" - this is fabulous! Now I want to find an old bucket...hmmm

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    1. Hi Linda, I am happy that you liked my old beat up bucket re-do. The best part is, Sunday when Steve wanted a rag for a job out in the backyard, he knew right where to go. That makes me happy, because now I won't see my nice dish towels ruined with stains and paint. Have a great week, Connie :)

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  3. Love the bucket makeover!
    June

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  4. That's beautiful! I wish I had one too:).
    Maria

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    1. Hello Maria, If you would have seen it in the backyard over by the rakes and shovels, you would have walked right by. Isn't it delightful how you can slap a little paint on something and make is lovely. Have a great week, Connie :)

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  5. The bucket idea was Great! I especially love the size and design of your stencil!! Did you say you had a machine that did that? Can I buy one? I want to stencil different size/shapes words on pillows this winter..or would it be cheaper just to buy stencils already designed? mmmmmmmm.....any tips would be great! From one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, I make my stencils on my Provo Craft Cricut. They can be very expensive, but mine is the first model and you can find them pretty cheap, just ask around. You may even have a friend that up dated to a newer model and has an old model stashed in the back of their closet, or even ask on Craig's list. As long as you have one good alphabet cartridge you can make stencils that say anything you want and with letters from 1 inch to 5 1/2 inches tall. That's what mine does, but like I said it is the oldest model, the newer one do even more. They even have a model made just for cutting fondant frosting. You name it, they make it, these days. Good luck finding a cheap deal. If it's used , try it out before buying. Have a great week, Connie :)

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  6. Great idea on the old bucket fixup!

    Beth

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    1. Hello Beth, I was so excited when I saw your photo in my followers list this morning. Thank you so much. I am looking very forward to getting to know you better through blogging and in trying some of your yummy recipes. I am happy that you like my bucket idea . . . just Sunday afternoon my hubby needed a rag for a job in the backyard, and he went right to the bucket. I'm excited about not having anymore ruined dishtowels.
      Have a wonderful week, Connie :)

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  7. My old rag box is jealous of your beautiful rag bucket! I just love it! It is such a wonderful make over :)

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    1. Thank you . . . the best part is, no more ruined dish towels. Thanks for stopping by, I love company.
      Have a great week, Connie :)

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  8. my hubby would...he'd pick up the closest towel he could find and claim he never saw the gorgeous bucket! VERY CUTE! I know...I sound mean saying that about my Shug, but it's the truth!

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Hi Cindy, It took me thirty six years of marriage to finally have a special "Out-in-the-open" spot for rags. As long has he had to take a lid off, or hunt for a box in the closet . . . he would just pick up a dish towel. It's a man's thing. Last Sunday he needed a rag and to my delight he went right to the rag bucket. I am hoping that a "good boy" and a little scratch behind the ears and he'll remember how sweet it is to not mess with my dish towels. I know that I have little pet peeves that bother him, too. Like putting away the remote when I dust the family room, LOL. It doesn't belong it the cute little remote carrier I bought him, it belongs right by his side of the couch. Isn't life wonderful . . . we have so many little things come up each day where we can choose to get upset, or laugh it off. I love a good laugh! Here's wishing you the best day ever, Connie :)

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  9. It looks great and I love how it came about!
    Men need clear instructions on such matters, and being told that the rags are in the bucket with French Laundry on the side will make it so much easier next time!

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    1. Hi there. Thank you so much for stopping by. You are so right . . . next time has come and gone and he found it perfectly. Have a great week, Connie :)

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  10. I have a cheap, not-so-old stock pot that warps when it gets hot on the stove that I've decided not to use again but wasn't quite sure what to do with it. I thought about drilling some holes in it and using it as a planter but I just might paint it up and use it to store our rags. Thanks for the idea!

    I'd also love to hear any other ideas you may have for my stock pot!

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    1. At the moment I have no ideas, but I'll bet if you take a photo of it so we all can see it, and ask this question in a post . . . you will get many creative ideas. Have a great week, Connie :)

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    1. Welcome to Crafty Home Cottage . . . I am delighted to get a new follower. It will be wonderful making a new friend and sharing our blogging experiences. Have a sensational week, and thank you again for your encouragement and support, Connie :)

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  12. Hi Connie. I have an old bucket like that kicking around our garden. I too would like to know what it was that you used to cut out the stencil and where you can buy one? Men! they never seem to get it right do they? Bless them. Have a great week.
    Patricia x

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    1. Hi Patricia, We can't live with them and we can't live without them.
      I'm sending you the information right now. Have a great day, Connie :)

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  13. That's so funny MEN geez. Love your bucket, oh I am so envious you have a cricut, what fun. I can't wait to see your hat stands, it is so fun to see other peoples interpretation

    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol,I was delighted seeing your hat stands and what timing. Right? I have been having fun working on them, but took a break today to clean my house . . . Seems that when I play all day . . . the fairies play, too . . . where is my little fairy god-mother . . . bi-bitty-bobitty- - - POO!----------- she doesn't clean house.
      Have a great day, Connie :)

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    1. Hi Kerri, and thank you very much. Keep smiling, Connie :)

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  15. You are so clever, Connie! It turned out to be very pretty, as well as functional. Hope you have a great week!

    Kathy M.

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    1. Hi Kathy, it is always a pleasure to see you here. I hope that your week is a great one, too. Connie :)

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  16. It looks fabulous-and what a great idea.

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    1. Hi Monica, and thank you. My sweetheart has already been using it and my dish towels (so far) are not getting pulled out and ruined. Yippee! Have a great week and thanks for stopping by, Connie :)

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  17. wow, what a fabulous idea! And so cute..

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    1. Hi Becky, and thanks for the compliment. I hope that your week is the best ever, Connie :)

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  18. This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing it. I found your blog from a comment you left on another bloggers page. I thought it was super funny so I came over here to check out your blog & it's so cute! Can't wait to read more :-D

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    1. Hello, I am delighted to see a new face and excited to have a new follower. I'll be right over to visit your site.
      Thank you for the lovely compliment. Connie :)

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  19. Thanks again Connie for the INFO! I will keep this in mind! Also, I came across a NEW BLOG called "OUR BIG JOURNEY TO CREATING OUR LITTLE FARM" Her name is Kelly, and her family is on their way to become a self-sustaining farm! Please visit her blog...she's a SWEETIE! Thanks again....From one sweetie to another~~~~Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, thanks for telling me about Kelly. I am now following her blog, too. She sounds like such a sweetheart, and it will be fun following their farming adventures. Have a great day, Connie :)

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    2. Oh, thank you guys! You are both too sweet!!!!

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  20. I tried commenting yesterday but it didn't go through. Love the bucket.. great makeover. You are clever aren't you!

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    1. Hi Carolyn, I'm glad that you didn't give up on my comment box . . . it is so nice to have you visit. I'm happy that you like my old bucket re-do. The best part about it is that Steve is already using it. Yippee! No more ruining my dish towels. Have a great day, Connie :)

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  21. Cute, cute bucket! I love it. Thanks for telling me about your blog. - Revis

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    1. Hi Revis, I am so happy to see you, thanks for popping in. Glad you like my old bucket, and thanks so much for following my blog, I truly appreciate it. Connie :)

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  22. Oh, way to go, Connie, I love it! And how enterprising, making your own stencils and all - lovely!

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    1. Hi Lynne, Thank you . . . I use my circuit cutter, mostly for making stencils, it works so well.
      Have a great day, Connie :)

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  23. I ♥ this bucket! You are so creative!!! I am so glad we found each other! I love crafting and this is what I need to get inspired!

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    1. Hi Kelly, I am so very happy to see you here. I'll bet a rag bucket might be just a handy dandy thing to have around a farm. Thanks for visiting and especially for following . . . have a lovely day, Connie :)

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  24. I think I would love having a circut cutter. I love the bucket, and the way you have labelled it. Thank you for stopping by my blog so I could find yours! I am your newest follower.

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    1. Hi Debbie, thank you for your sweet visit and have a very happy and wonderful day, Connie :)

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  25. How simple and effective, hope your hubby brings you the right rags next time!
    Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah, the opportunity has already shown it's face, and he passed with flying colors, A+. Yippee, no more ruined dish towels. Thanks for the sweet visit, Connie :)

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  26. What a cool idea I love your style of handwriting! Thank you so much for following my new blog x

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    1. Hello Eleanor, it is so nice to get a visit and thank you for the compliment. Have a great day, Connie :)

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  27. HooWee I love your attitude girl. Thankyou for visiting me so I could meet you! I am a follower now and hope we can be friends.I like, no LOVE the faithful French bucket. Why is it you have to dumb down something so a hubby can understand...lol. Gootah love'm though.
    I have two old milk cans wonderin what to do with. hmm. Have a great weekend!
    Friends call me Toodie. You may also ;-)

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    1. Hello Toodie, and Welcome!
      I am so happy to count you among my lovely blogging sisters.
      You also have a great weekend, Connie :)

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  28. What a wonderful new job for an old galvanized bucket!! It's new look is very becoming. Thanks so much for your comment on my paperdoll post. I agree, one of the reasons they are so much fun is you can daydream and draw you own clothes for them. I did that a lot when I was a girl. And I do similar things today with Polyvore. Have you tried that yet? (look on my sideboard.) It allows you "grab" pictures of clothes to create any fashion look you like. Perfect for people like me who have always enjoyed dressing dollies, or children, or cats, or anything else that would hold still for two seconds.

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    1. Hello there, and thanks so much for visiting. I have not heard of polyvore, but I will check it out. Since you are a lover of paper dolls, you may want to check out the mobile that I made . . . you can find it on my sidebar "Past Posts" under Re-Purposing Can Be So Much Fun. It might be something you would like to make. I have really enjoyed your visit, do come again. Connie ")

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  29. Very well done! Absolutely shabby chic! LOVE it! Thanks for visiting my blog and being my new follower. I am having a giveaway - it would be great if you participated! Have a wonderful day - glad you found me! I shall add you on my blog list! Christa

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    1. Good Morning Christa, I sat down at my computer this morning and there you were, a new and lovely follower among my list of creative blogging sisters (a few fellows too). I always get excited when I see a new face added to my list, it is so encouraging. I appreciate each and every one on that list and I get great pleasure in the process of sharing ideas and making lasting friendships. Thank you.
      P.S. I am also adding you to my blog-list. Have a wonderful weekend, Connie :)

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  30. Your vision and creativity is amazing! You have transformed a shabby bucket into a chic (and practical) collectible. Hope that you and your music are doing well, mon amie!

    Bises,
    Genie

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    1. Hi Genie, I'm glad that you like my shabby bucket. The best thing about this project is that my dear sweet husband is no longer ruining my dishtowels, now when he needs a rag, he knows right where to find it. :) Thank you for stopping by . . . I love your visits. Connie :)

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  31. Hi Connie,
    I visited your blog today - I saw you on 'Cottage and Broome." You have such a charming blog. While I was scrolling down, I noticed the book for your bloggy friends. It was so colorful, pretty, and unique. Yes, my bloggy friends mean the world to me too. Me and my daughters also have a blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would enjoy coming back to visit with you. Your blog is filled with simplicity, which I appreciate very much. I hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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    1. Hello Sheri, Thank you for this sweet visit and I'm on my way to visit you back. Have a marvelous day, Connie :)

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  32. Oh my, this bucket is sooo stylish!!. You did an amazing job up-cycling it :). I too love giving old things a new life. Thanks so much for following me :)

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    1. It was very sweet to see you here this morning. I am delighted that you like my old bucket and even more delighted that you're following my blog. I love making new friends, Connie :)

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  33. Thank you Connie - for your lovely comment! I know what you mean: It's encouraging to see that others like what you are doing. After all we all spend a lot of time and our heart into blogging... Thank you so much for adding me to your blog list. That's really generous! Have a good and peaceful Sunday! Christa

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    1. Good morning, I am sitting here with my morning coffee, waiting for the phone to ring. My nephew and his wife, from Arizona, are visiting and although they have to cut their vacation short and pack up their motor-home and head home this morning, they want to take us out to breakfast.
      Thank you for this sweet comment. I so enjoy your blog and your photography is amazing. My husband and I ran a photography studio for eight years until I decided to go back to school. I know that most people think that you need a super camera to take great photos. Untrue. If you don't have an eye for light and composition you'll never take good photos no matter what camera you are using. You have a eye for the camera and your shots are spot-on outstanding. I am looking forward to a wonderful blogging friendship. Have a fantastic day, Connie :)

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  34. Hello Connie,
    I was delighted to see I have a new follower. I thank you so much for leaving your lovely comments on my blog
    I look forward to getting to know you too.
    I like this post you wrote.. especially about the bucket. How I love your bucket. I would die for it. I would fill it full of dried wild flowers.
    you might want see my post about my new patio.. i also wrote about a tin chestnut burner. I found it in one of our shops and I use it to hold my roses. I have a vase inside it.
    I read above, that you were out to breakfast with your nephew.
    wishing you a great Sunday
    val

    valerietilsten59blogspot.com

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    1. Just got home from breakfast and saying our goodbyes to my nephew, before they head south towards Arizona. Now, I have a one hour break before heading into town to the senior center for a once a month concert. I play guitar and sing with our Old Time Fiddlers group. Some days are mellow and laid back, and others like today, I'm jumping through hoops. SO GOES LIFE.
      Thank you so much for responding to my comment and for following my blog. I greatly appreciate it and I know we will become great blogging friends, Connie :)

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  35. Cute as a button! I love galvanized buckets, now I'm needing one like yours. *wink*

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    1. Hello, it is always fun getting a visit from a new blogging sister. I am delighted that you like my old galvanized bucket. The best thing about it is that my husband is not ruining my dishtowels now.
      Have a wonderful week, Connie

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  36. Hi Connie--Great job on the bucket...soo cute!! Terrific stencil! I'm glad your hubby won't get the rags mixed up anymore ;)
    Thanks for your kind words and visit to my blog. I'll be back :)
    Have a great week!
    ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

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    1. Dear Lorraine, thank you for the sweet comment. I love making new blogging friends and I will be looking forward to your next visit. Connie :)

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  37. Hi Connie!
    I will have to make one of those laundry buckets! How are you? I've missed dropping by, as I am really working steadily in my art studio, more often. I've created more Christian crafts than "you can blink an eye at," as my grandma would say--LOL! Today, I am answering emails and visiting my favorite blogs. Your blog is always a treat to visit and I love your art doodles--I had to play "catch-up" on the postings I missed. I'm so glad that I found you and your blog many months ago! It is a blessing to my soul! Many blessings to you and yours. ~Cynthia

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    1. Hi Cynthia, thank you for this sweet visit. I tried visiting your blog but couldn't get through. These new Google profiles come up and I do not know how to go from there to blog. I'm a old dog trying to learn new tricks. Have a great day, hope you get this. Connie :)

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  38. Awesome pail!
    You did such a great job on the pail, Connie.
    Love that you just re-purposed it.
    We are such kindred spirits that way :)

    I re-purposed my old galvanized pail into a hanging light on the back side of the garage.
    I'll have to post it one of these days :)

    Have a happy week !

    Smiles :)
    Kerin

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    1. I would love to see your galvanized hanging light. It sounds very cool. I hope that you do post it, and let me know so that I don't miss that post. Thank you so much for visiting. Have a great week, Connie :)

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  39. What a super idea...I love it. Great idea to use your cricut for the stencil as well. :)

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    1. Hi Tanya, Thank you for the lovely visit and the sweet comment. I love using my cricut for stencils, in fact that is what I use it for more than anything else. Have a great week, Connie :)

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  40. Love how your bucket turned out, super cute!! Thanks so much for stopping by our blog and your sweet comments. Am your newest follower, looking forward to seeing more of your great project. Laura

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    1. Hi Laura, I am delighted to have you as a new follower. Welcome! Have a great week, Connie :)

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  41. You are very creative- the rag pail is a great idea!

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    1. Hello Terri, it is so nice to see a new face on my blog. Thank you so very much for following, and I'm delighted that you like my old rag bucket. Have a great week, Connie :)

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  42. Hi Connie, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog a few weeks ago. I love what you've done with the pail, it's fantastic. The yard sale chest of drawers below are great too :-)
    Anne x

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    1. Hi Anne, it is so sweet to get a visit from you, and thank you for the delightful comments. I do hope you visit again, real soon. Have a great week, Connie :)

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  43. This is wonderful! great idea & oh so clever!

    I'm now a follower :) Have a wonderful day, Connie!

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    1. Hello, it is so nice to see you . . . and thank you for following. I love this little Betsy McCall thumbprint, how clever and cute. Have a wonderful day, Connie :)

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  44. It's fabulous - such great customisation.

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  45. this old pail looks great! my family owns several of them to get water out of the well sometime! yep, still to this day

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    1. Hi Daniela. Back in the years 1965 through 1973 I lived in an area where we used a bucket to carry our water, too. Sometimes from a well and sometimes from a spring. It is very hard work especially on laundry day, but you do what you have to do. Because, of living that way, I think it makes me not take running water for-granted. Many times when I'm in the shower, I'm thanking God for being able to just turn a faucet and enjoy. Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you so much for following my blog I truly appreciate it. Connie :)

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  46. Hi Connie! This is a very cute idea. I love how this looks like an item that you would see for sale in a specialty shop for $30 dollars or more! I love the concept of making old things look new and fashionable and you are so good at that!

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