Many uses for old tires!

How many of you have either come across tires, have a pile at your place or  just see them thrown out on the road side or in empty fields in the boonies next to your home? *raises hand* I do!!! I see them all over the desert out here and the reason why is because here we can’t take them to the dump or when there is a place to take them, they CHARGE you to drop them off. But thankfully, due to Pinterest, I came across an abundant re-uses for old tires!!!!! How awesome is that!

 

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Check this out! This first collage is a big gathering of 13-15 of my top favorite tire uses I’ve found on Pinterest. Every single one of these I personally want to do. And when I do, you can bet that I will share each project when they happen!

 

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This is just a few samples of all the different ideas to REUSE old worn out tires in a garden! Whether that be a vegetable garden, a potato tower or just flowers!

 

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This is beautiful! I can see this in many cute areas around my farm! They take the inside of the tire and cut it so they can then fold it out and it create this flowering look! Of course, you then paint the outside of the tire any color you want. I love how they layered short flowers around the edges with tall ones in the center!

 

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Here is another idea to make a w hole flower bed look like an actual flower itself!

 

 

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This is cute! This might be a little girly for my taste but I think any little girl would love to help make this for our special little spot in the flower garden!

 

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This arrangement of tires that almost looks just randomly thrown in something that really speaks to me. It almost looks like tires were painted red, thrown on the ground and nature took over and grew within it. I love the  mix of green plants in the red tires. This may be something I do near my front porch area to add some green and color! Maybe an herb garden off the front porch?

 

 

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There are so many uses for tires OTHER than in the garden. These ideas above are my favorites!

 

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How cute are these tire swings! I want to do at least one of these for sure!

 

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This is a cute remake on a tire swing but they planted some flowers in it instead and I think it’s just plum adorable!

 

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I love the “seats” in the background where they stack two on top of each other, secure them together, make a top out of (I’m assuming) plywood cut into a circle covered in foam and cloth to create an outdoor seat! So this project wouldn’t be totally free but it’s super adorable nonetheless. A good way to throw some random seats around the porch, shop or garden when you or visitors want to just take a minute to sit down.

 

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This is cute as well and if you have an extra piece of glass of find one at a flea market or garage sale or something then you could put together this table in a snap!

 

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This is a personal favorite of mine because it is super cute! In the picture though you’ll see a little sign on the seat portion that says “Do not sit”. I would have to make these secure enough people could sit on them because how do you make seating so adorable and not allow people to sit on it. Maybe I could do 2 tires from the floor up and 1 as the back that way there are 2 forms of support and there ya go!?! This would be cute in a she shed, a tiny house, a gardening shed or in the shop!

 

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Reuse old tires to make a waterer or feeder for animals! I love this!!! I will definitely be doing this for those future pigs of mine!

 

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A dog bed! How adorable! You literally just clean it up, paint it however you want it and stuff a big enough pillow in the bottom of it! Simple!

 

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This one is a little more artsy but super adorable still! They put feet on the bottom and I’m assuming plywood support in the bottom as well as on the top above the padded seat portion. Just another take on the same idea above but with feet, very cute!

 

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After I came across all these ADORABLE and amazing ideas and ways to reuse tires I got to thinking and I remembered my dear neighbor telling me that she accumulated some great building materials and items a few years back because she just asked family and friends to bring her anything that they were going to be taking to the dump, that she might be able to use! It would save them money and she would get some useful items for free!

 

THANK YOU, ROSE!

 

The idea was born! I have plenty of room to pile and sort items and a blog I follow recently made a bartering poster that they posted up on a bulletin board at a local small gas station to let others know they were looking for certain materials and eager and willing to barter. Then my idea was born!!!

 

I decided to make a poster (made in PowerPoint turned into a jpeg file so I could share it online easily) and instead of printing and taking it around to places I just got to sharing on a bunch of local Facebook pages and groups I’m on. I put it in every one I could that was no more than an hour away from me, as I assumed most people wouldn’t want to travel or haul anything more than an hour to dump it for free.

 

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Here’s the ad I made! I made sure to be clear on it that not all items would be accepted, did not provide my exact location so people don’t come and randomly dump things on my property (although it’s entirely fenced and locked so they’d have a hard time actually getting in, lol, thank God!) and I just invited people to reach out to me and let me know what they had they’d like to get rid of!

 

AND IT WORKED! Within 30 mins I had people commenting on the numerous posts and one Facebook friend of mine asked me right away if he could bring me an old washer and I said yes! Because I had heard that you can reuse the motor parts out of a washer and you can also use the guts to make fire pits! He was at my house within a couple of hours dropping off my first free items ready to be reused, yay!!!!

 

Then I had a guy ask me if I’d take tires and I said ABSOLUTELY (thinking of all these wonderful ideas) and he said he had 50!!!!!!! I said, “Bring ’em on!” It was the weekend before he had time to get them to me but I’m sure glad he did!

 

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Look at all those tires! We stacked them up nicely, 3-4 tall on each row and, man….50 tires is a lot when you get them all in one place, lol! I’m not overwhelmed by this at all. I have no rush or timeline to do these projects but I’m sure glad I have ample tires to work on all the above mentioned projects! And aside from that, I’ve had other people reach out to me to bring me other items and we’re working on getting a time right for everybody. If I score anything huge and wonderful from this poster in the future I’ll make sure to write about it.

 

This is something you can implement where ever you are as well! You can do the paper flyer in a shop method or you can go viral online and post on craigslist (I did that, too!), share on Facebook groups, tweet about it, share wherever online you can. Just make sure not to put any real personal info on the flyer so that people have to contact you to make it work. And then that way you can quiz them on what they have.

 

Another tip: Don’t say yes to everything. Just because someone has 2 items to get rid of and 1 you could use but the other you can’t, don’t take an item you can’t find a use for. If you don’t KNOW if you can reuse it just research it online. A woman messaged me yesterday and asked me if I’d take OLD asphalt roof tiles and I thought “What in the world would I use that for?” assuming that they were damaged and that’s why they were re-roofing the house. And then I realized I could totally use that on the roof of future animal shelters, even if I had to do 2 layers and maybe do some patch work, that is at least free roofing materials for any future out building! So I told her “Hell yes!” and we’re going to sort that out this week!

 

Side note: Another woman asked me if I’d come take a car from her. It peaked my curiosity so I asked a bunch of questions about the car. Turns out her ex had it, did some work on it, then he left her and left the car and she doesn’t need it and she’s just pissed it is taking up space in her garage. It doesn’t run so she can’t take it anywhere to sell it. I have 3 good local friends who are great mechanics. So after talking to my friends they said they’d take their trailer and go pick it up for me if I ended up getting it and they’d help get it running order while also teaching ME how to do said work (which I’d love!) so I’m working with her to research the VIN and make those arrangements on the car. If I do end up getting a free car out of this flyer….believe you me…I’ll be ecstatic and will definitely do a while post devoted to that!

 

XoXo,

Elizabeth

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DIY Peppermint Bath Salt

This time of year I always make peppermint skin care – something! Not only is peppermint notoriously our “seasonal scent” around the holidays but for me personally it is a smell I love year round, it has numerous health benefits and…it just makes me happy!!!

 

So this year I made 2 peppermint skin care products and one I’m going to share how to do with you now is the DIY Peppermint Bath Salt!!!

 

This was my first time trying to make a bath salt as I’ve been making sugar scrubs for years but I did a little research on the bath salts first to make sure I knew what I was doing. If you check out this blog post she explains in depth the importance of understanding how to use essential oils in your bath water! In order for it to work properly and not risk causing skin irritation you have to use a carrier oil in your mixture and also put your essential oils in the salt that will help disperse the essential oil throughout your bath water! Good info!

 

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Your ingredients are:

2 cups of epsom salt

1 tablespoon carrier oil (jojoba, coconut, olive, or other) 

15-30 drops of essential oil

 

***Warning; as I’m using peppermint oil in this recipe please note that peppermint is one that can cause a skin irritation and so it is essential to use it properly. That’s why this recipe calls for a carrier oil, which you should use with all essential oils, not just peppermint. But be especially mindful of peppermint in facial products and use less than you would of other essential oils. This recipe calls for 15-30 drops and I honestly used about 17 drops, as the smell was prevalent and more didn’t seem necessary.

 

I had found this adorable green glass bottle with a cork at the Dollar Store for…$1!!!! So I had to have it. When I decided to put together this bath salt recipe I knew this was the bottle for it because how cute will that bottle be sitting in the shower or tub!?! Right!

 

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You put your epsom salt in your mixing bowl and when you add your liquid oil (I did coconut oil – for moisturizing) and then add your drops of essential oil on top this is what it’ll look like.

 

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But after mixing it around a bit by hand it turns into THIS! What I lovely refer to as “Peppermint Snow” because the texture of it reminds me of fluffy snow!!!

 

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Now I included this photo as a full disclosure that I am not always the smartest nor do I always just know the best ways to do things. Trial and error is the theme of my life! =D I did not have a funnel (and as I write this now I wonder why I didn’t just grab the funnel out of the trunk of my car…doh!) So I thought “Hey, I’ll grab some paper, make a funnel and we’ll be good to go, right?” Wrong! The paper was too flimsy, the peppermint snow was just clumpy enough and the bottle of this adorable glass was TINY! None of which make a good combination. So after a few failed attempts at that, I refused to give up on the glass bottle so I just started paddling it in the top of the bottle with my kitchen utensils, about 1/2 teaspoon at a time! Haha! Yes…it took awhile!

 

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And…it made a mess! BUT…messes can be cleaned! My whole recipe didn’t fit in the glass bottle but I knew it wouldn’t so I had a little plastic container for the extra that I saved it in to use that first before I break into the glass bottle.

 

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And so since messes can be cleaned…3 easy minutes later, here is the finished product! A super easy, very simple and rather quick process if you don’t choose a small mouth glass bottle!

 

Also, you can make this recipe with any essential oil and even a combination of a few different ones. Pick oils that either are scents you love, are mood boosting or relaxing or even have health benefits for you!!!

 

XoXo,

Elizabeth

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DIY Laundry Stain Remover

Every time I mention homemade laundry stain remover on my Facebook here I get questions and comments and asked for the recipe. So this last time I made it I decided to do a blog post to share with you guys and I’ve also pinned it on my Pinterest board “DIY home products” here. There is ample information for all things homesteading, DIY and self sufficiency on my Pinterest profile so please check it out when you have a chance!

 

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Let’s get down to the recipe!

I first found the recipe on Pinterest on this woman’s blog here so let me give credit where credit is due! The ingredients are simple things that almost anyone has at home.

You need equal parts of:

-Dawn

-Baking soda

-Hydrogen peroxide

 

(Insider tip: In case you didn’t already know 1- Dawn is amazing and 2- Hydrogen peroxide almost always gets out blood!)

 

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So I was originally going to put this in a cute glass bottle and then I realized I really don’t need that much mixed up at one time so I thought this small little bowl with a lid would better do the job, although not as pretty. This little guy holds maybe a cup. In my mixture I did 2 tablespoons of each product so that in the end my final mixture was about 6 tablespoons total. Keep in mind, for a stain you may only need 1 TEASPOON to treat a spot. So make however much you feel your family may need.

 

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I put in my baking soda first, add my hydrogen peroxide and then pour over the dawn. You can see when they start to have a natural reaction or a “bubble party” as I like to call it. These ingredients are happy together AND they also do a good job!!!

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You just mix it all up and you’re good to go, it really is that easy!

 

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Here is a photo of my finished product. This sits on the shelf above my washer in my laundry room and over time you might see the ingredients separate a little bit. All you have to do is give it a little shake then take the lid off to use however much you need.

 

XoXo,

Elizabeth

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06-13-15 Adapting to life in the country

As with any older home, especially one that has been through several remodels and then sat empty for a bit…you are bound to move in and then find problems just from living there and using everything. The first major problem we had was a water leak on the part of the water main that comes into the property.  Here we have city water AND a private well. The city water goes to the house and the well provides water to several water spigots throughout the property. In the future I’d like to have the well on the house as well to get rid of city water to try to go as off grid as possible BUT prior to that happening, the well will feed into a large irrigation system I plan to setup for our garden, fruit trees and many plants. But back to this story, we had a leak. I am an avid Do It Yourself-er so I began researching. I found numerous videos and articles online telling what this problem was and how to fix it.


The dogs liked the water leak, although it made a mud puddle they would still run over there everyday to lap it up.


After going to the store and buying a couple of different wrenches I couldn’t even get the damn nut off of it. It was so tight and I was afraid if I used all my force I might break or crack something since it is aged metal that has been in the sun…for forever. Not to say that I have he man strength but when you’re pushing something so hard that the whole thing is moving…I’d rather leave a problem then make a problem worse. So I relented and after a week and a half and 4 failed attempts to fix it myself, I called the seller. Within a week or so he had someone out who promptly fixed it…awesome! #thatwaseasy At least I tried!


Riley made fun of me when I bought a little Home Depot apron like this for him and me because in our adventures to try to fix that water main and work on the front gate we’d get all the way out there with the tools in our hands and if I wasn’t wearing jeans to stuff my pockets full…one or both of us would end up having to walk back to the house or shop just to get 1 tool we had forgotten or didn’t have room to carry. So, these did serve as useful and I snapped up 1 quick shot of him wearing his because he said “You better not tell anyone I ever wore this thing!” hahahahaha!


Our dogs! Our fur babies and the loves of our lives! Max is on the left, he’s our baby boy. Although he’s older than Bella and almost 5 or 6, we call him baby boy because he is scarred of everything and he’s smaller than Bella. He is a mix between Pitbul and Calhouta Leopard dog…which is a breed I had never even heard of prior to adopting him. He basically is built like a pit but has shorter legs, has a hunting dogs tail (like a pointer) and his coat looks like gray camo! He also has grayish eyes! He’s gorgeous!!!!


Bella Marie is our golden lab that my ex and I adopted while together because he wanted a female dog and one he could train to go hunting with him. So we found her and rescued her and she is THE love of MY life! I call her big girl just because she’s bigger than Max and probably the biggest dog I’ve had since I was a kid because small dogs have seemed to find their way into my life although I much prefer larger breeds. She is the most gorgeous color of blonde and also has these yellow or honey colored eyes that just…melt my heart. Her looks wouldn’t be so stunning if it weren’t for her personality of being the sweetest, most gentle dog. She listens well, is very grateful for being rescued,  absolutely adores affection and she likes to “slap hands” and give you her paw…all the time! <3 Some days she even wakes me up by giving me a “slap hands” on my face, haha! But most, this big girl loves to be outside! She’s a true lab at heart with that love of the outdoors and she’ll just run and run and run and run until she can’t breath anymore and sometimes even then we have to make her come in so she will lay down. She is my girl and sleeps on her camo bed at the foot of my bed although I do invite her in my bed when I just feel like it because…why not.


Max is Riley’s BFF and has been from Day 1. We got Max maybe about 6 months after my younger son Konnor moved to his Dad’s in Arkansas so Riley was really needing some sort of companion around because he wasn’t used to be without that little brother that followed him around everywhere and got into everything he was doing. So Mr. Max sleeps IN bed with Riley, EVERY night, without fail. It can be 8pm or 10pm and I tell Max “Time to go to bed” and he will run to Riley’s room and jump on the edge of the bed. Riley has a twin size bed now and he himself is almost as tall as me, although he’s only 11. He is about 5 foot 2 inches and so that twin bed WITH  Max in it…they are close to running out of room, lol!


My lovely Bella!



One way I began adapting or reverting back to country life is that I knew I had to start stocking up on tools, all varieties. This jig saw I found at a yard sale and once I got home I realized I had just bought MY FIRST POWER TOOL, EVER!!!! I immediately told my Mom, because I knew she’d be proud of her baby girl. Then I took this ADORABLE selfie and posted it on facebook! My Facebook friends were just as happy for me, haha! I’ve yet to use this for any project but I have several in mind where I’ll need it so I’m so glad I got it!



One thing I realized about myself a couple of years ago was just how much I enjoy doing things myself. Sometimes I’ll do something because it is cheaper than buying it or paying someone but other times I do it just because it makes me feel good. It is something about feeling capable and able to do something that really makes me feel like the most useful human being. It was one Christmas maybe 4 years ago when my Mom and I were discovering Pinterest and found a homemade facial sugar scrub and that, with the help of Pinterest, led to endless ideas of DIY heaven!!! So, after we were settled in the new house I had been wanting to try this DIY homemade Febreeze! First, let me say, I love Febreeze. It is probably a daily ritual with a son and 2 dogs for me to go through the house every morning and spray the furniture, bedding, dog beds and curtains. So…when I found this recipe I just had to try it. Honestly it is so super easy, that after the first time I didn’t even need the instructions to make it again. I will share the link to the blog with the instructions I followed:


In pulling up recipes of my homemade sugar facial scrub to send to a friend who had asked for it I came across a recipe for a DIY Sugar Shave Cream. It is all the same stuff you use for the sugar scrub but a different consistency and  you use this in place of shaving cream or soap and it is great to shave with while also giving you a light exfoliation! So of course, you skin feels amazing after! And FYI, you can never have too many mason jars on a farm or homestead! 


And here is a shot of the shave cream on the left and the facial scrub on the right, you can see how the consistency is different. These two I didn’t even put any scents or essential oils in because I didn’t have any at the time and smell is more for aromatherapy benefits. But typically I’ll do a coconut scent and then around the holidays I’ll do a peppermint scent because I love peppermint! But if you have certain things that you use aromatherapy for go with that. For example, citrus smells are mood boosters and help to reduce anxiety and the blues. If you need calming and relaxation, go with lavender. Just research which one would be best for you. Here is the link to the sugar scrub that I use most often:


In case you don’t know yet, you will soon learn I am a lover of Coconut Oil! It is one of the very few things I’ll use on my face. In fact all I put on my face is make-up, sugar scrub, coconut oil and Shea butter. I don’t buy any make-up remover, face wash, face scrub, moisturizer, etc. I use all natural and people often compliment me on my complexion and I’m quick to tell them how easy, cheap and simple it is to go all natural on your face. I think it really is the “secret” to youthful skin! Here is a good article!


So in June that is where we were on adapting to life in the country! And finding it pretty splendid, if I do say so myself! =)

XoXo,
Elizabeth
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