Editor's Choice: Abby's Favorite Posts of 2009

Editor's Choice: Abby's Favorite Posts of 2009

Abby Stone
Dec 25, 2009

Let me know how you can keep something out of the garbage by finding another use for it and I'm all over it, so a lot of my favorite posts have that theme in common. Also, like many of you, I'm drawn to stuff that I can use in my house and everyday life, whether it's stuff that solves a problem or stuff that I can envision living with. Here's my list, in no particular order.

1. 7 Ways to Reuse a Banana Peel: Bananas. What's not to love? Conveniently shaped and packaged for easy eating out of the hand, we'd never thought of another way to use the peel (apart from using it to induce a pratfall) until we read this post. We tried the suggestion to use it to remove a splinter soon after this posted. What can we say? We used it. It worked. We're sold.
2. Creative Reuse of Vintage Books: We've got a stack of books by the bed we're been meaning to read for, well, years, collecting dust. This image stuck in our head. Suddenly a pile became something much more.
3. 50 Ways to Reuse Your Yoga Mat: Okay, I confess, I wrote this post but the reason I love it is the same reason I wrote it. This is the kind of thing that often goes in the trash that you just know might find a second life. Or 50.
4. 6 Ways to Reuse Buttons: Who doesn't have a button box? Or a mother or grandmother with a button box? This has some of those of course ideas that make you smack yourself upside the head. The button magnets are definitely on our list of craft projects we can actually tackle that will make a cute holiday gift (okay, post-holiday gift). And the red button wreath? Love.
5. 7 Easy Ways to Reuse a Plank of Wood: Benita of Chez Larsson is up there with Martha in our home idol department. She has a talent for turning the most mundane objects into something covetable and stylish. Her ideas for what to do with a piece of board are no exception.
6. How To Turn Just About Anything Into a Lamp: Have you thought about buying a lamp lately? We have. Argh. Ridiculously expensive. So when we saw this post, we were excited especially since we have a lot of beautiful vases we never use that would make beautiful lamp bases.
7. How To Repurpose Old Sweaters Into Chair Covers: We've got a lot of old sweaters with holes in the elbows that we're reluctant to give up because they're so cozy and soft. And a lot of chairs that are not so soft. We love this as a way to solve both of these challenges as well as a way to cozy up our home for the winter by incorporating a cool, crafty look without it looking too homemade.
8. How To Make Napkin Rings From a Cardboard Tube: Napkin rings are one of those old school things we love for dinner parties, but somehow they never make it on to our shopping list. And seriously, what could be easier than these. Instead of fabric, though, we'll probably wrap our version of these in all that beautiful ribbon we've saved from our holiday packages. Ah, now we know why.
9. How To Get White Socks Without Bleach: I love white. What I don't love is when items become grey. I also am not a big fan of the smell of bleach. Put those two things together and I am in a lot of trouble. This post was my answer.
10. Pixelated Art Made From Paint Chips: Serendipitous timing as I was helping a friend look for inexpensive art. C'mon, this is just cool.
11. 10 Simple Uses For Spaghetti Jars: In a friend's teeny tiny kitchen we took this one step further and glued the tops of the jars to the undersides of her kitchen cabinet giving her an easy place to store bulk items (flour, sugar, rice, etc.). The jars were accessible, didn't take up cabinet space, and were also decorative.
12. Ink Calendar by Oscar Diaz: This just boggled my mind. How did it work? I still don't understand it but it rocks.
13. How To Store Fresh Herbs So They Last: I buy lots of herbs at the farmer's market intending to use them, but they often go bad before that happens. This helped stave off the problem.

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