Just Like That, I am Back

 If I said I was back, would you believe me? Blogging is complicated, and there are so many "get rich quick" blogging schemes that make it look like you are a lost cause if you are not currently earning money blogging. And why are you even blogging if you don't have multiple streams of income and entertainment. If you don't have a brand? I do have this website, but I do not have Instagram, Twitter, TikTok (you don't want to see me dance), or whatever is next.  Heck, I haven't even updated this since before the pandemic. So why am I here, writing about being back and then, probably ghosting for another two years? Life has been rough. It's been painful and overwhelming. I am so thankful for you my readers, or what is left of you. I am so thankful you are reading this post. I am so thankful that you are still committed to making the world a more exciting and more sustainable place.  Keep up-cycling my friends, and you never know, I might be back again with an

Creations By June's Clock Makeover

Meet June from Creations by June.

During a Half-Marathon (a girl after my own heart!)

June admits that she has a stash problem and is doing what she needs to to bust it (check out the blog and here stashbusting accomplishments). Today she is sharing her Clock Re-Do:


So why did I sign up for this? I tend to buy ahead... I see something and think "oh, I could use that.. for something" "It's such a deal/steal/find" "It won't take that much room!" Well, with this behavior pattern, I end up with stuff, here and there and everywhere. I thought if I signed up, I would actually use what I have instead of bringing more home! My favorite up cycling projects are the ones that help me save money. Something that I need or want, but are just ridiculously priced, then you make it for pennies on the dollar. For instance, I just made a dog hammock car seat cover. Spent a whopping $9.10 and still have about a yard of webbing left over. Or I could have bought a new one for anywhere from $50-$190! I save a ton of money, it does a great job, I used an older blanket from Salvation Army and I had instant gratification since I did not have to wait for it to come in the mail. Now I still have fabric left, so will see what that turns into!

Crafty/Earth day tips. The biggest one would be to look around and use what you have. There are a lot of new products that just are not built the way things used to be, so you are better off re-using and re-purposing. We don't have to think big to make a difference, its the small things that add up. Remember the saying one man's junk is another man's treasure? Well, just keep that in mind. I grew up in a bit of a hippie area in Oregon, recycling, re-using, creating your own items, I always thought it was the norm.

Oh why do I blog?? That is sort of a hard one. I started out not sure how to start, but now, I use it as a way to promote the things that I enjoy, the things that make me happy or something I have learned. I have family and friends all over, and this way they can see what I have made or how to make it. I am also a 4-H leader, and the kids look at my blog to see how to do some of the things I talk about and to get their own ideas. Mainly, its for fun!

What are my inspirations? hmmmmm, my family, my friends. I see something that reminds me of them and go from there. Or maybe they have accomplished something very special, I want to honor that. Where do I get my ideas? I craft lift... a lot! I will see an idea on someone's blog or at a craft store or an item for sale that I like or think someone else would and then the mind starts trying to figure out how its made and what can I add to make it my own and it just sort of snowballs!

I have made some very big life changes in the last 5 years with the latest having moved from a farm to a townhouse, with no yard, and a teenager, 3 dogs and a very obese cat. My oldest is 22 and engaged and graduated from college and making his way in life and my youngest is 17 and thinks he is 30. I am trying to live healthier, simpler and enjoy what I have instead of worry about what I don't have. even though things are not always perfect, I have come to realize exactly how fortunate I am. I have made a conscious decision to enjoy and be thankful I have enough.

Check out how she made her new clock



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