Friday, March 29, 2013

Don't Toss That Old Ping-Pong Table

Once part of a ping-pong table!
My father found what was left of his old ping-pong table hidden in the basement of my grandparent's home. Oh great, a giant piece of green wood, thanks dad. However, I did love the faded green color. It possessed a worn look that I could spend hours sanding and trying to achieve. With the help of a saw (and the strength of my father and brother), I suddenly had a collection of smaller pieces of wood and a developing idea of what to do with all of it. My cheapest project was soon invented. The wood would serve as signs with a painted quote, design, monogram, etc. The possibilities (and wood) were endless.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Utilizing Childhood Toys

Lending me a trunk
For Christmas, my sister found her "crafty" thumb and handmade my gift. I love the present for many reasons: I am obsessed with elephants, I can actually use it, it was inexpensive to make, she made use of a childhood toy, and she made it herself (THANKS KATE!!!). Plastic animals are a classic children's toy. But did you ever think they could be used to hold your keys? Here's how...

Monday, March 18, 2013

From Video Cassettes to Running Shorts

About 20 years ago, my grandmother stubbled upon a sea foam green dresser at a garage sale for $20. This "lovely" colored chest of drawers was painted over with a shiny red, a color similar to the lipstick worn in the 90's. For years it served as storage to Barney In Concert, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, and countless other classics. The drawers never smoothly opened or closed, so we usually just let them hang out, which once resulted in a busted lip for the boy down the street (the blood blended in perfectly with the color of the chest).

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Welcome to my new blog, The Crafty Farmer!

I've always had a "crafty" thumb, if you will. However, my attention span and budget always get the best of me. My projects get pushed to "tomorrow", which turns into a collection under my bed of half-painted frames and empty bottles of Mod Podge. Eventually, I forget my original visualization. 

I'm determined to break this habit of mine and utilize my enjoyment for crafting. The catch is that I'm a college student. Not only do I have a lack of time, but also a lack of funds. I hope you appreciate my journey! I will do my best to provide simple directions and plenty of pictures.

Whether it's a Mason jar hidden in your grandmother's kitchen or a piece of wood from your dad's old ping-pong table, you never know what potential crafts are sitting around your home.