A garden table upcycled from an old weather vane cupola and a cabinet door - StowAndTellU.com

Upcycled Cupola Garden Table

You are probably wondering what on earth a cupola is, right? Well, it’s that small boxy looking extension piece that is often found on top of a roof. You know that thing. It usually has louvers and it always has its very own tiny roof. In the old days they were used as a look-out […]

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Walking tour of Philadelphia and some of the sites you can see car-free in one day - StowandTellU.com

Car-Free and Charmed in Philadelphia

I’ve always wanted to see what it was like to live in large city and get around without a car.  I know people do it all the time, I had just never experienced it myself.  But when my son parked his car on the street after our day trip to Valley Forge and Amish Country, […]

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A grapevine wreath is painted red, white and blue and turned into a birdfeeder - How to make a patriotic bird feeder wreath - StowAndTellU.com

Patriotic Bird Feeder Wreath

Last summer when we moved in, we had a bird (of some kind) nested up under our awning, and it lived there straight through the winter. By early-spring a similar but more showy looking bird showed up and started helping bird#1 build a cozier nest. Not too long after, we started hearing baby chicks a’chirping […]

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Kids name plate idea using an uncolored coloring page for the background, foam letters, decoupage, card board - StowandTellU.com

Coloring Page Name Plate for Kids

This is an idea craft that was born from the twig name plate I made for my nephew.  I was originally going to use a coloring page as the background for the twig name, but found that the twig name didn’t stand out like it did on glass. I had some colorful foam letters that […]

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Open floor plan/Loft style basement makeover: Walls are taken down and everything in the basement is painted for a total cost of $1200 - StowandTellU.com

And the Total Comes to: $1200 – Open Floor Plan Basement Complete!

I wanted to take you back one very last time to what I can now officially call our open floor plan basement makeover which ended up costing just about $1200.00 to complete. I finally had a chance to pull out those receipts from the townhouse basement update and add them all up once and for […]

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Breezing Through Amish Country. Is it Worth It?

The Amish people have always been somewhat of a fascination for many of us. The fact that these people forgo all of the modern necessities for a simpler life style seems almost unbelievable in this crazy, mixed up world. But like the doubting Thomas that I am, I wanted to see it for myself. Now, […]

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Turn a miniature house or birdhouse into a planter. This one was a tealight holder, so it had an open area where plants could be tucked into - repurposed-birdhouse-tealight-planter - StowAndTellU.com

Miniature House Upcycled as a Planter

What junk have you been collecting lately, just to turn it into something else?  I’ve been collecting miniature houses that range from faux birdhouse to brightly painted cottage.  Each piece seems to have another purpose, such as a tealight holder or tissue dispenser, but I’d like to upcycle all of these in some other way. […]

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Bicycle Built for a Pair of 90s Coat Rack Shelves

This was a case where the 90s called and wanted their shelves back, but I had to tell them, sorry, no can do.  After “not” painting the living room and rushing through the $100 dollar guestroom/ office update, let’s just say that the get-er-done approach was trending in our new little home, and I honestly […]

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Chimichurri sauce made with cilantro and lime rather than vinegar and parsley, goes very nicely with many Mexican dishes and as a salsa or pico de gallo - StowandTellU.com

Lime and Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce

If you can get past the part about jamming your mini food processor, and I’m sure most of you don’t have that problem, then you will really enjoy this variation of chimichurri or chimmichurri sauce as either a homemade salsa or as a marinade for cooking meat.  I was given this recipe from a workmate […]

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Twig name art for kids room. Fun nature crafts idea that can be fancy or a primitive nature project made by a child - StowAndTellU.com

When you spell a child’s name with twigs, then art happens!

I spent some time with my three-year-old nephew last week with the objective of getting him out of the house and away from my sister-in-law. She is trying to rest and recover after breaking her leg in eight places. Ouch!!  I know, right? Fortunately, she is on the road to recovery, but every little chance […]

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