Lamp made from old Shutters

Upcycled Shutters Lamp diy

Add to Flipboard Magazine. ,   As a self-professed scavenger, I get my ideas and my supplies from just about anywhere.  I’ve been known to root around in a dump or two, flea markets, thrift stores, abandoned homes, junked cars…to … Continue Reading →


How to wire a homemade Lamp

How to Wire a Lamp (with pictures)

Add to Flipboard Magazine.   Before I get into how to wire a lamp, you can find the above 4 lamps here…   Post lamp   Giant Spring Lamp    Shutter Lamp    Pipe Lamp All homemade, all recycled/upcycled. Have … Continue Reading →


Halloween Spell Book and Apothecary Jar diy

Halloween Apothecary Jar and Spell Book

Add to Flipboard Magazine. The other night, while cruising around the World of Pinterest, I happened upon these fantastic Apothecary Jars  from MagiaMia.   I thought they were so cool.  I even eyed the vitamin container in my own  bathroom trashcan. … Continue Reading →


Spider Halloween Wreath diy

Spider Halloween Wreath diy

Add to Flipboard Magazine. An easy project for Halloween and for my husband who always gets the shivers every time we mention spiders. You will need the following… grapevine wreath white spray paint ugly spider fake spiderweb sticks hot glue gun Gather … Continue Reading →


Dartboard Cabinet diy

Dartboard Cabinet DIY

Add to Flipboard Magazine. Ok, this is the third time, and more than likely not my last, that I’ve mentioned the Route 11 Yard Crawl  that I went to with my 2 sisters and my youngest son, Nathan.  I’ve already … Continue Reading →


Homemade Halloween Costumes, box costumes, Halloween

My 2 Favorite Box Costumes

Add to Flipboard Magazine.   As you all know, October is the month of Halloween.  So, just as you are thinking about what your little munchkin may be, I’m throwing out a couple of ideas.  Both made of boxes , … Continue Reading →


DIY Wood Countertop

Wood Countertop DIY

Add to Flipboard Magazine.   If you’ve been following my blog, I spent all of last week in my laundry room showing my cabinet transformation.  From transforming laminate cabinets to the diy pallet crates you see above. I was now … Continue Reading →


Farmers Market galvanized tin bucket

Farmer’s Market Galvanized Tin

Add to Flipboard Magazine. For my birthday this year, my oldest son and my daughter-in-law gave me a whole bunch of “stuff”.  That’s really the only way I can describe it.  It was an interesting assortment of what can you … Continue Reading →


DIY Coca Cola and Borax crates

DIY Pallet Crate

Add to Flipboard Magazine.   On Monday I shared with you my refaced cabinets which I had added a shelf to.  I didn’t want to have just an open shelf.  I  really wanted a crate, preferably old, but my biggest … Continue Reading →


Refacing Laminate and Oak Cabinet Doors DIY, laundry room makeover, cabinet  door, recycling old cabinets

Refacing Laminate and Oak Cabinets DIY

Add to Flipboard Magazine. When we moved into our home  in 1992 we had no cabinets in our laundry room.  We needed some type of storage, and what was current at the time, but probably on their way out, were these … Continue Reading →


DIY Orb Chandelier

DIY Orb Chandelier

Add to Flipboard Magazine. Last month I had an enjoyable day  scavenging the  Route 11 Yard Crawl with one of my sons and 2 sisters.  By all appearances, I ended up with a pile of junk, but it was gold … Continue Reading →


Pallet Wood Wine Rack

Pallet Wood Wine Rack DIY

Add to Flipboard Magazine. My son Kevin, and his then fiancee, Mollie, showed up on my doorstep one day wanting to do a project.  They had been living in a apartment for over a year, and were anxious to make … Continue Reading →


Pallet Wood Sign Post DIY

Sign Post made of Pallet Wood

Add to Flipboard Magazine. I love signposts.  With just a name they can bring you hundreds, if not thousands of miles away.  While they should be at a crossroads, to let you know whether to go to Emerald City or … Continue Reading →


Pallet Wood and Bedspring Light

Pallet Wood and Bedsprings Light DIY

Add to Flipboard Magazine. When I first came upon these bedsprings, I immediately remembered all my pinterest searches about what to do with old bedsprings.  Wreaths, candle holders, christmas trees, angel, snowman…so I began to unscrew these springs from the … Continue Reading →


Lowes Chandelier

Pottery Barn vs Lowes Chandelier

Add to Flipboard Magazine. One of my favorite shows on HGTV was the High Low Project with Sabrina Soto.  Though I haven’t seen it in a while, this is my contribution. Back in April, when I was searching for a … Continue Reading →


Bowling Ball Bench

Scavenging Ideas around Takoma Park Maryland

  • By Joan
  • September 1, 2014
  • Comments Off on Scavenging Ideas around Takoma Park Maryland

Add to Flipboard Magazine.   For my birthday over the weekend, my 3 fantastic sons treated me to a walking tour of Takoma Park, their farmer’s market, lunch, and a fantastic upcycling store that was right up my alley. And … Continue Reading →


Upcycled Rusty  Giant Spring Lamp

Upcycled Rusty Giant Spring Lamp

Add to Flipboard Magazine.   This project all started a few weeks ago… very innocently I might add… when my husband, Brian, and I were enjoying a nice afternoon hike.  The sun was shining, the birds were singing, we spotted … Continue Reading →


Mom's  Old Letters Pillow DIY

Moms Old Letters Pillow DIY

Add to Flipboard Magazine. My mom and dad were originally from St Louis Missouri.  Right after they got married they moved to El Paso, Texas where  they lived in a tiny little trailer while my Dad was stationed in the … Continue Reading →


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