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How To Make A Denim Dish-Carrier Using Old Jeans

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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.

Recently I made a super-cute room freshener using a repurposed canning jar and leftover lace. So easy, so inexpensive and so pretty!

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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How To Get Cute Gingham Cloth Napkins for $1

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I’ve used cloth napkins at our meals for decades. I mean, why not? They can even make a meager meal feel decadent! 

Recently I found myself wanting some red/white gingham napkins. But y’all know how much I hate to get rid of this whatsit to buy that whatsit. It just seems like an environmental waste to me.

But I REALLY wanted those cheery red & white napkins!

I wanted cute red & white gingham cloth napkins. A small tablecloth and a few minutes at my sewing machine was all it took. #TexasHomesteader

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How To Repurpose A Canning Jar For Rustic Flower Vase

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It’s all the rage to decorate farm style or country chic. I love the simplicity of using canning jars for flower vases.

One day RancherMan & I enjoyed a little exploring time in an area on our property where previous homesteaders took their ‘trash’ decades ago. There were several unbroken old canning jars, no longer fit for canning obviously.

I love to catch a little glimpse into the past when I see what those homesteaders long ago discarded. Especially when I can repurpose those things into something I love for our home.

Cute rustic country canning jar vase with raffia bow and zinc lid. #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make A Cute Clothespin Apron

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

People have various methods of holding their clothespins when they’re hanging laundry. I’ve heard of clothespin aprons, sewing the bottom of a cute baby’s dress and using a hanger to keep it on the line, and more.

I love to hang our laundry on the line. There’s just nothing like that gorgeous Texas blue sky and sunshine to add the delightful aroma of pure sunshine to our clean clothes. 

My sis is like me – loving the smell of sunshine on her clean laundry. So she hangs her clothes out to dry as well.

When she had a birthday recently I put on my thinking cap. Y’all know we like to make homemade gifts whenever possible, but what would she like. Hummm… I KNOW! I’ll make her a clothespin apron!

I used some fabric from a thrift store and some cotton cording to make a cute clothespin apron. It was an awesome gift! #TexasHomesteader

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