Monday, June 9, 2008

A Time to Repurpose

Repurposing has become very popular these days in decor. This "tweet" little birdhouse is made of repurposed barnwood. I love to find different uses for an item, other than it's original intended purpose. It really spikes my creativity. Have you ever seen a display where the shopowner used a candy dish to show off handmade soaps? What about a crock that was repurposed as a makeup brush holder? These things intrigue us because they stretch our imaginations and cause us to think outside the proverbial box. So now I am issuing a challenge to you:

I am holding a contest this week! So what items have you repurposed? Take a picture and email it to me at and I will post your pictures on my blog. The most creative will win, so put your thinking caps on and let's get started!!! The contest will be judged by my family. Oh... deadline for picture submissions are Monday, June 16. I will announce a winner on Tuesday, June 17...MY BIRTHDAY!!! So, let the games begin! Woohoo!!!

Now for the prizes...I am sure you are wondering about this...well, you will have to wonder a bit longer. I will announce that later. I'll be looking for your emails!


Cottage Collections said...

I love the look of old barnwood. Back in the day we use dto work with a lot of it. Great birdhouse! It could be either prim or cottage or chic!

Susan said...

Well, gosh, oh, gee, you already have my what do I do? LOL!!! I could spend all day taking pics in the shop, you know that, don't you! But, it will be fun to see other outside the box people!

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...


This is a wonderful challenge! It makes us think, to be innovative!
I love that birdhouse~ the colour attracts me!

Pei Li

Inka Thomas said...

I will be looking for something too. Sounds like fun.

Cottage Flair said...

Great contest idea! I'll have to starting creating.

Brenda @Just a Bed of Roses said...

Hope I remember to get you a picture of something this week, will check back to see other's ideas, around this place they will be wonderful!

Lisa said...


Love your birdhouses, they are so creative. I love any kind of old wood.


Noelle Garrett Designs said...

This sounds like such fun. Great birdhouse! I will put my thinking cap on!

gail said...

Hi Carolyn,, cute bird house. I love barn wood. I love your contest, so I will be working on that!!! I have added you as on of my blog links... luv, gail

Anonymous said...

Beautiful birdhouse and what a clever challenge. ;o) I can not wait to see who the winner is, you will have to show us the runner ups repurposed goodies too.
Hugs, xoxoxo

Beloved Creations said...

Love the bird house. Very nice.

Michelle M. May said...

Love the birdhouse. It's so charming with the old barnwood.


Janet Bernasconi said...

Hi Carolyn!

Oh I just looove birdhouses! I had one a while ago,but it fell off t he tree and broke. Guess it wasn't a good one. LOL What a pretty birdhouse Carolyn. I also love the old barnwood. It looks like an antique. So glad I stopped by.
Thanks for sharing Carolyn!
Janet's Creative Pillows

Andie-The Brown Bee said...

Great challenge you've come up with Carolyn! I'm in for the contest of course....and your little birdhouse is the cutest! =0]

Sweet Necessi-Teas said...

Carolyn, Great contest idea. I have something for it... I need to take pics.

Kelley said...

What fun! Does this contest mean ANYTHING repurposed? I'll have to give that one alot of thought! Great blog!


Rose Petals & Blooms said...

Wow Carolyn, that's a great idea for a contest! This should be easy for me, I generally start with old items and reinvent them... My problem is going to be getting photos of the before and after. I'm leaving for Illinois tomorrow to pick up my GD for the summer, and won't be home until June 18.. eeek! So, I will try to participate, it's hard to pass down a contest! lol..

I love your barnwood birdhouse! I used to do home shows and made benches with barnwood.. It looks great!

Big Hugs,

Patricia said...

Love old barnwood, along with the barns,lol. Repurposing---hmmmmm! have to look around the house, seems like the whole place is repurposed.


Sharon said...

mmmm~ I am going to have to think on this one~ most often my hubby like things used for what they were meant for~ so I may have repurposed something in secret~:-) ~S

Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn,
So nice to meet you. Thank you for stopping by my blog & for your congrats on our anniversary. I am always finding things to repurpose so if I get a chance I will send a picture of something I have done. Best wishes on your up coming birthday. I hope to meet you at the Williamsburg MMP retreat.

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