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How To Make A Denim Dish-Carrier Using Old Jeans

by Texas Homesteader ~

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I’m pretty eco-conscious, shunning excessive or unnecessary trash wherever possible. Even when RancherMan & I go out to eat, I bring a small lidded glass dish into the restaurant with me to hold my leftovers. That keeps me from having to accept their Styrofoam packaging.

But one of my self-imposed rules about my crunchiness is that I want to make it ‘un-weird‘ in public to keep RancherMan from feeling uncomfortable. He assures me my eco ways don’t make him uncomfortable, but I still want to be considerate. And let’s face it, carrying a small casserole dish through a restaurant does not blend in with the atmosphere. So I decided I needed a carrier that looked almost purse-like.

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How To Make An All-Natural Air Freshener For Pennies

by Texas Homesteader ~

Years ago I did away with artificial scents in our home. Oh how I used to love those reed diffusers, plug-in room fresheners and scented candles! But I decided those artificial scents just weren’t right for me or my family.

These days I’m more apt to use essential oils for room fresheners than a plastic-packaged plug-in delivering a sometimes overpowering artificial scent. Recently I made a super-cute room freshener using a repurposed canning jar and leftover lace. So easy, so inexpensive!

I don't want artificial air fresheners & scented candles in our home. So I easily made my own air freshener with baking soda, essential oil, a repurposed canning jar & leftover lace #TexasHomesteader

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How to Make a Christmas Santa Sleigh with Candy

by Texas Homesteader ~

Several years ago our kids requested no more toys for Christmas for our grandkids. They already had so many toys that the mountains of additional toys they received each Christmas was beginning to be overwhelming. So we started a tradition of Experience Gifts for them. We’ll gather them all up and go do something fun with them. We’ll take them out to eat, do a fun activity together and bring them to the Homestead to have a slumber party with their cousins.

Sometimes the activity is a live Christmas play, the Children’s museum or a drive-through Christmas light display at the lake. This year we took them to a Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course and also Rock Climbing. This annual experience gift is so much fun for them and us too!

But when we gather as a family on Christmas day, although the grandkids already  received their gift a couple of weeks earlier,  I hate that there’s no gift for them on this day. So I decided to make Santa Sleighs for them this year. A cute gift and a little sumpin’ sweet for them too.

You can make a cute Santa sleigh using candy canes and candy bars. A cute gift for kids, teachers, or anyone else! #TexasHomesteader

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Cute Decorative Pillow Made With A Flannel Shirt

by Texas Homesteader ~

Fall is here, y’all! Now I know some folks relish in changing the decor for their homes or porch with each changing season. Although it looks great, seasonal decor changing has never appealed to me. I guess I’m just not a Pinterest-worthy decorator.  LOL

But still, there’s just something about the arrival of cool temperatures after a long, blisteringly-hot summer…  I started getting the hankering for some cute flannel and/or plaid accents. So I thought it would be fun to make flannel-shirt decorative pillows for our guest bedroom.  It was easy, even for my novice sewing skills. And here’s the kicker: I use those decorative pillows in my guest bedroom to store my spare sheets. Clever, no?

I made some cute decorative throw pillows for our guest bedroom from repurposed flannel shirts. And I use them to store our spare sheets! #TexasHomesteader

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1882 Elwood Barbed Wire Art – Wall Crosses

by Tammy Taylor

Recently I wrote about framing a very large mirror with wood removed from our 1880’s barn during it’s exterior renovations.  The mirror included embellishment using our Elwood barbed wire dating back to 1882.  We enjoy using items from our ranch’s past and bring them close to us in our home.

We used our 1882 Elwood barbed wire found on our Texas ranch to create beautiful art for our home. Beautiful! #TexasHomesteader

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Old Barn Wood Mirror

by Tammy Taylor

When we decided to save our 1880’s barn by having a contractor come shore up the exterior, we originally asked them to remove the the old ragged exterior boards and replace them onto the barn after the repairs were made.

But after removing these old boards and sorting through the ones too far gone for the barn, it was apparent there would be nowhere near enough wood to replace the entire surface.  So we had them use new similarly-styled wood planks.  We allowed the new wood to age for one year and then we sealed it for protection from the elements.  They did an awesome job and our old barn has maintained it’s beautiful old look.  (If you’d like a virtual tour of this beautiful old barn you can see it here.)

We used reclaimed wood from our 1880's barn to make a beautiful mirror frame for our home. #TexasHomesteader

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