Today’s post is from a little project I put together back in 2012. It was very simple to do and fast forward 5 years and it’s still going strong. The plants have changed and the outside is a little faded, but the coffee bag planter is still together. All it takes is a little twine for the hanger, some drainage holes in the bottom and a small hole cut in the side for planting. Get creative and see what you can come up with!
The area we live in makes it a little difficult to garden. With all the red dirt and clay our garden has always been some type of raised bed or in planters. This year I’m trying something new with the feed bags that I save when ever I buy chicken feed. I cut a small hole in the bottom and hammered in a tomato stake. The stake goes into the ground about 6 or 8 inches. Then I fill with a garden soil compost mixture. The stake helps support the planter bag and it will also help support the vegetables. We’ll see how this goes…I have about eight more to put together.
I’ve run out of paper plates many times and in a pinch have used paper towels instead. Only for sandwiches and dry snacks. A easy solution was to cover the plates holders with new $1 shower caps from Dollar Tree! I wouldn’t recommend using this method with hot foods but it works great with snacks and sandwiches! When dirty just toss them into the washer with your cold wash items and line dry.
If we ever have another drought all we need is for the government to make everyday a holiday…guaranteed to rain!
At least now all my rain barrels are filling back up. They had to be drained and moved when we had the house painted. All of the rain barrels ended up needing a good rinse too since so much gunk had settled in the bottom.
Since they are back in place I’ve been thinking of a way to cover them. When I first made them I painted them so they wouldn’t stand out (they were blue). This time I want to wrap them in something, something interesting and unusual but I’m not sure what as of yet… stay tuned!
Read more about the rain barrels here – Rain Barrels
Meet Mister Black – a.k.a. a $2 American Tourister train case from the 1970’s. I’m thinking for this one I’ll add some white or pink transfers on to the outside and spruce it up a little. This case has an adjustable and removable mirror inside and also a tray. It’s a lot lighter than the blue one that I posted about in my Glamping Project post a few weeks ago. The handle doesn’t lay down flat like my blue one and it’s missing the key for the lock, but it will do just fine for storing small items or just sitting out as a type of decorative tote.
How do you think it will look with maybe some white flower or maybe even some light pink or red graphics? Too hip for someone like me to use as a carry-on bag? My last trip through the airport I didn’t notice any bags like these, but I might next time. It’s kind of like when you purchase a vehicle that seems to be not so common and then you see them everywhere you go.
For this case I did not have to do any major cosmetic work and the inside is in great shape. Here’s a few tips and tricks that I used to perk up Mister Black:
- Wipe down the exterior and interior using a mixture of mild soap and warm water
- Use a magic eraser to take off any paint transfer or sticky places on the exterior. Don’t rub too much or you will dull the exterior
- Wipe down with Armor-all wipes or leather cleaner to treat the exterior and help bring back the shine
- Fill with four cups unscented cat litter – place in a sealed garbage bag for three weeks to help remove any odor – if there is still a smell change out the cat litter and leave it for a couple more weeks
- Decorate and have fun with your new train case
Update: Meet Big Brown Vintage Taperlite Suitcase