Chalkboard Gift Tags

I am not the first, nor will I be the last to use these for something other than gifts, but they are so sturdy I had to post! Now I won’t drop these baskets on my head anymore trying to remember what’s in them. The cute chalkboard gift tags are from Target and the baskets I already had from IKEA. With a little twine they can look cute labeling almost anything, and at $2.99 for 4 tags why would I use anything else?

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Use Flowers in Gift-Wrapping

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If you have roses at your disposal, they make an excellent bow stuck in amongst the tissue paper. Just remember to scrape off the thorns!

Tea Cart Salvage

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Last year one of our foster dogs (Birdie – yeah, I’ll name names) destroyed an antique tea cart I had sitting on the patio. She was afraid of the fireworks, I’ll forgive her, but it look me a solid year to get over it enough to strip the pieces of their hardware. Yesterday I added this handle to our rolling butcher block. It’s just an IKEA business, bought on Craigslist when we first moved here, and we seldom roll it out because it’s heavy and needs two hands to grip the sides. Not anymore!

To do this you will need to have a drill, screws and a handle.

DIY Jameson Whiskey Bottle Bird Feeder!

You know what I think is the best about this picture?
The closet door that I cleverly removed from our bedroom closet and left outside to die –
there’s some MarlaneDesign underbelly for you.
The little walkway behind our house has always been so glum, and you can see it from one of the office windows. So I decided to put a birdfeeder here in hopes of livening it up!

 

Got the directions from “Esprit Cabane: The Magazine of Crafty and Green Living Ideas” which I cannot vouch for as a publication, but their “make a bird feeder out of random things” got me moving!
bird feeder
Theirs looks a little more au natural, but mine was truly from found objects: random wood, random wire, used screws, an empty bottle and a cat food can from the recycling.
Now we wait~!