Frog Coat Hook Turned into Painted Garden Art

I found a lovely old metal Frog clothes hook at the thrift and knew it could be reused, but how?  You can hardly tell they are frogs? They need something, they need color, I know they need clothes!

  True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.

Albert Einstein 
Here is the before frogs

Plain coat hook

I thought I would paint outfits on the frogs and hang it outside in the yard.  Here are the pictures.


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What do you think?  I love unexpected Garden Art.

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If you were a blog post?

If you were a blog post what would you have too say?  I am in need of something to write about. I probably could write about my dog and her new toy or if the cat as a in house cat should or shouldn’t go out, or work, or dating and living with someone after being married 20 years, or why my divorce isn’t final or what I am doing for the holidays (take your pick on which holiday) or why I would like to camp next year or which craft I will be working on or what really is involved with having a Facebook page and blog or what I will be baking this holiday season or… well you get the idea.

What would you write about and what topic would you like me to post about?

Loves to see and go outside


PS: the dog loves her new work toy.

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The Big Deer Hunt

Its been a long year, and lots of talk about the deer hunt by Countryman. Now, mostly I don’t know anything about deer hunting and simply say “That’s nice” when he talks about it. He goes with his  family up North.

This time when I asked about the upcoming weekend plans, he said he wasn’t going deer hunting and that he needed some new boots instead.  I think that sounds like an even trade deal- deer hunting to boots. Yup, I’d go with the boots too. It was very windy for beer  deer hunting this weekend in Minnesota anyway. The boots he got and heavy duty ones for working outside.

I would like to think he decided not to go deer hunting, not only because he needed new boots ,but because if he didn’t come home, he wouldn’t have seen me in such a long time.  He would have been away working all week, out with the truck and then straight deer hunting, not seeing me the whole weekend, and then back to work Monday, gone for another week.

Here is the only deer he got:


Enjoy your day Chris

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Scarecrow Little Miss Muffett

It’s that time again, decorating for fall.  I love the cool weather,signalling the time to put out fall flowers, pumpkins and gourds.   I wanted something different, something more, so I came up with the annual scarecrow and that would be a theme scarecrow.  Last year was the tumbling boy and girl scarecrows.

 For months I toyed with what theme this year should be.  I came up with the 2013  theme ….drumroll…..Little Miss Muffett. 

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Once I knew the theme I was going for, i went to Goodwill to find the perfect outfit.  I had teased my facebook friends by showing off the nice hat. Here is the cost breakdown.

  • scarecrow face 3.00 (menards)
  • Hat. 2.99
  • Black Velvet Dress. 3.99
  • Peasant top .99
  • spider  2.00
  • wood, duct tape-free
  • bowl, yellow ceramic. 0.49 cent but too nice to use for the scarecrow. I have it inside.
  • curds of whey container- free

Total 13.00$

Wow, that’s a deal for a creative unique scarecrow.  How does it look?   I’m already thinking about next year theme

~enjoy chris

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Candy Corn Bottles a Halloween Pinterest Win

I loved these Candy corn Bottles.

Frugal Home Hindsight candy corn bottles

Frugal Home Hindsight candy corn bottles

I had seen them on pinterest and had wanted to try the project. To be honest, I have wanted “to do” a lot of Pinterest projects and really never make time.

  Who has time and for that matter, money.  I  have a crazy work-life schedule and then  supplies can up to 25 $ which has me thinking ” do i really need to make that”?  This one was different, quick, cheap and easy.   It sounded easy enough, grab any bottle, jar or vase you like and spray paint it white, then orange and then yellow.  How easy is that? very.


I had three old wine bottles I had saved because I liked the labels, but I will to give them up for this project.  I placed them on a stick upside down and sprayed them white and let it dry. The paint  was the only supply needed, and was 96 cents at Menards, for basic white spray paint and I also grabbed yellow and orange, those cans were 3.oo each. That’s a total of 7 dollar to create Candy Corn Bottles.

I love how it turned out.  What do you think?

Frugal Home Hindsight candy corn bottles

Frugal Home Hindsight candy corn bottles

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Frugal Home Hindsight candy corn bottles

Frugal Home Hindsight candy corn bottles

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Garden Art


Found these nice flower plates, orange and pink, at the dollar store and knew it was time to try a project I had seen on Pinterest about making garden art out of them. I did a little research, got some glue and I picked up some squared vases and a little bowl and a little plate  for the centers and glued them to the front and the vases on the back of the plates.  Once dry I used sticks to anchor into the ground.


How cute is that!

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  • Project Cost under 10$
  • Flower Plates
  • vases
  • glue
  • dowel sticks
  • Little plate/bowl
  •   Next project, picking up more vases, like the blue one and clear glass ones pictured, stacking them and making more garden art.
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Before and After Container for my Jewelry Making Supplies

Here is the “Before” Jewelry container I had for my supplies.  I liked it.  The picture, below, shows a the small box on the right, This is the BEFORE. It was two levels, small rectangle box and the top box would lift out and has separate compartments.  I lost the cover.  As you can see, it become too small and all the hooks, beads, wire was all tossed into the box, nothing was very separate.


The New “after” on the left was on sale at Menards for 4.99 and has two sides with a total of 36 compartments. It can really hold a lot and easily flips ( over) sides and has the easy to open clips on the top.  Be sure to open the right side! LOL


I have bead bags on one side and the other sides holds the pliers, wires, hooks, and fasteners. I save all odds and ends pieces of jewelry; you know the one earring when you can’t find the other, yep into the box it goes, one day it may be part of a bracelet to be Up-cycled.  This new box,  I can find what I am looking for at a glance.

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You can use this containers for anything, I bought another for my sewing supplies. Its hot today, this 10-minute activity was enough for awhile. Time for lemonade.


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