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The idea of building a home hangout down the garden was born in November 2009, after many seasons spent outside sitting around an open fire playing musical instruments jamming with my friends, we decided it was just getting too cold for it and dreamt up the idea of building something using recycle materials. We'd all heard of people building sheds from pallets and so we jumped on the net and had a good look around. After stumbling across your site amongst others it was a done deal, my brother in law Tom works for a camping shop warehouse and as such had a plentiful supply of pallets coming through the doors every week, he had a word with his boss and we suddenly had 206 pallets to hand. In the March of this year (2010) I hired a van to collect the pallets and spent a day with Tom and my good friend Russ shifting that lot, back breaking work but so rewarding as well, just knowing what was coming.
The Pallet Fence We had the need for a fence and since I had access to a large number of used wooden pallets we decided to put them to a good use. This is another example what can be done with recycled products. The following pictures show the end results. A total of sixty five pallets were used so far which is sixty five pallets that didn't go to the local landfill.
If you have access to various sizes of free pallets, consider this idea for your next fence. Now I know for a fact that I would rather dig a ditch with a spoon than pull "nailed on boards." But when faced with the retail cost of a new fence from the Home Improvement Center, I will happily run for the hammer when the cost is nearly nothing. Untreated, stained, or painted to your preference, a pallet fence should last for many years, although I strongly advise you at least treat the dirt-bound end of your posts with Thompson's Water Sealer or some equally comparable preservative.
At some point near the middle of March, I always decide that I’m “done” with winter. The sweaters and jackets get pushed to the back of the closet, the flip flops come out, and I inevitably freeze my butt off for several weeks until the weather catches up with my warm-weather state of mind. Likewise, my cravings for fresh herbs and veggies are always a little ahead of the season.
by Terri Heck Photographs by Gina Jennings, Kathy Long and Jill Splan When you think of corn shucks, what do you think of--livestock feed, corn shuck mattresses, dolls? Irene Haymes has another use for corn shucks. She makes chair seats out of ropes made of corn shucks.
by Leigh Ann Hicks Photos by Mary Schmalstig, Drawings by Patsy Watts Tatting has always fascinated me, for I can remember when as a small child, I loved to sit and watch my great-grandmother, Ruth Courtney, tat away the hours. Her speed and skill in putting the pieces together seemed almost magical. She would sit there talking to me without looking at her hands, which were busily making the intricate lace.