Day 13 – What does your toolbox hold?

Nothing says working man to me than a guy with a toolbox. At our house the toolbox is an important piece in many operations. First off, a toolbox is mounted upon almost every tractor on the farm in some way. Whether it holds pins to hook up wagons, has vital wrenches for minor breakdowns or a grease can the toolbox holds the things one might otherwise forget or be in a bind without. Secondly, there is a tool box in our stock show truck. When we are on the road showing cattle all over the United States you never can guess what crazy adventure might come up the requires some tools. No matter is we are ten or 600 miles away from home the tool box accompanies us in the truck. The last place the tool box is vital is in our show box or in the show barn. Instead of a clipper box Big Ron houses his clippers and clipper accessories in two red toolboxes. Although, the toolboxes have changed over the years they are consistently red. If we forget the red clipper boxes someone is in a lot of trouble. So when I think of a toolbox I think of these things. However, when I saw this awesome DIY idea that incorporated a toolbox, I thought it would be a great way to restore Big Ron’s beat up clipper toolbox into something lovely and unique. I think this is on my list of crafts for next spring. Check it out a toolbox that doubles as a flower pot! Nifty, eh!

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Day 8 – Springs and Things

As mentioned before sometimes we accumulate some piles of what I deem “junk” on the farm. Usually comprising of rusted metal objects that have worn and were changed out. From hay tines, to springs and everything in between. I have always tried to find away to repurpose these “rusted treasures” but try as I might never really came up with much. That is until I found these cute ideas. I never would have thought about cleaning and repurposing rusty, greasing things to make them napkin ring holders and candle holders! I think I may have to go “junk” pile diving tomorrow! What are your thoughts?

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Napkin holders out of springs and much more. Click on the picture to get to the etsy site with even more ideas!

Napkin holders out of springs and much more. Click on the picture to get to the etsy site with even more ideas!

ADORABLE!

ADORABLE!

Day 3 – Funnels

Running a little behind with today’s post, but late is better than never. Today’s DIY revolves around funnels. Now if you farm is anything like ours, we have funnels everywhere in all shapes and sizes. That being said most of them are covered in oil, grease, or smell like gas and other various substances that have been ran through them. So before I would jump on doing any of these projects I would be giving our funnels a thorough cleaning!!

Funnel Christmas Tree. Find out more by clicking on the photo!

Funnel Christmas Tree. Find out more by clicking on the photo!

Rusty funnel tree.

Rusty funnel tree.

Our first funnel DIY gets you prepared for the upcoming Christmas holiday season. Introducing the funnel Christmas Tree. I find this to be adorable, yet something I never would have thought to do!

Another option with funnels, is more geared to outside your home and during the spring and summer months. Have you ever considered using a funnel as a pot for plants? If you answered no, then you and I had the same answer, however someone else did and I think it turned out pretty darn cute. I assume they put something across the hole to keep the soil in, but still allows that water to drain through. I think I may be going on a search for funnels this winter to hang from shepard’s hooks next spring. (See photos below)

The last Funnel DIY for the is for someone who wants to look farm chic all year long. Perfect for in the kitchen or over a dining room table. What am I talking about? FUNNEL LIGHTS!!!! If you don’t have a green thumb, but have a way with electricity turn your funnels into lights for home.funnel light

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I really like how they used old chains on this one as well. Great to replace an old tree swing or an empty spot in a yard

I really like how they used old chains on this one as well. Great to replace an old tree swing or an empty spot in a yard

Funnel "hanging basket" planters.

Funnel “hanging basket” planters.

Playing Barber Shop

Yesterday my fiancĂ© and I played barber shop with one type of haircut… Buzzed. Now relax I did not partake in this and shave my head nor did he rather his families show heifers were our subject. Each year about this time many show calves across the states are sheared out. Shearing is when we basically buzz their hair off leaving about half an inch to an inch. We do this for several reasons. First, the winter coat is too heavy now and they start rubbing and sweating leaving bald spots or scratching themselves. By shearing we get rid of this dead hair and allow them to be cooler which will allow a new coat of hair to grow. Second many parasites and fungus grow and thrive in the sweating dead coat of hair so by shearing the cattle we remove the likelihood of getting these fungus’. If the animal still get one of these you will be able to identify and treat it easier as you can visibly see it. After we were done yesterday the show heifers and replacement heifers were kicking up their heels as felt so good and so much lighter!

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