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Natural Cat Toys You Can DIY

More and more in today’s society it has become a necessity to be ever-conscious of what we allow in our environment and how we are taking care of our bodies with nourishing foods. Nobody should have to bear a toxic load, and that includes our pets. Today, I have a fun DIY tutorial for you today that will give your furry feline family members a treat that will not only entertain, but will be free of poisonous rubbers and harmful chemicals. Interested? Let’s get our craft on and make some natural cat toys!

Calico Cat Playing with DIY Natural Cat Toys by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Aside from being healthy, the best part about these natural cat toys is that it makes perfect gifts. It only takes about 20-30 minutes of your time, and once you get the hang of it, they’re easy to whip one up.

Supplies to Make DIY Natural Cat Toys by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com Read more

Wooden Toys ~ It’s Time to Play!

Why does it seem that your children grow right before your very eyes? I mean, precious are the days we have with them. One day their toddling, then the next they’re driving away. sniff, sniff. In order to preserve some of that time, I tend to live vicariously through my children by creating all sorts of toys, especially dolls and wooden toys.

So, for this Trash to Treasure Tuesday (where my blogger friends and I share our thrifty makeovers the second Tuesday of each month) I am showing you how I made some special gifts for my littlest girl.

Trash to Treasure Tuedays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

This is my pile of junky goodness of crib spindles and scrap wood that I’ll be turning into some wooden toys.

Scrap Crib Parts and Salvaged Wood Turned Toys by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

First, I’d like to show you a few of the things I’ve made in the past…(mind you I do go overboard, but I don’t care!) hee hee hee Read more

Upcycled Leather Pot Holder from Purse

It’s Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time today! Every last Tuesday of the month I share a new project making use of something we have in our home in a different way. Today, I’m taking an old leather purse and turning it into an upcycled leather pot holder. Check it out…

Thrifted Leather Purse Before Upcycled by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This is a purse I picked up at the thrift store. Yes, I scour the purse section for real leather so I can cut it up. haha. Doesn’t everyone? In the past, I’ve made headbands for my girls, toys, craft parts, and more from cast-off purses.

DIY Leather Headband from Upcycled Leather Purse by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Not only purses, but you can use backpacks, leather coats, and even leather couches. Seriously, you find Read more

Speaking the Truth No Matter What

Have you ever encountered a situation where someone is trying to keep you from speaking the truth? It can leave us questioning our motives, our purpose, and even our worth. That’s exactly when we need to speak up and NOT SHUT UP.

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces on Speaking the Truth No Matter What | prodigalpieces.com

I’m going to share with you three different stories in my life where I have been under attack for speaking the truth. There are more than three instances, but Read more

Repurposed Desk to Console Table

‘Tis the season for cabin fever! Anyone with me? Here in Ohio the days can mainly consist of gray and dull. However, there is a highlight when it snows and makes everything new. Unfortunately, it can still keep you shut in for longer than you might like. I’ve decided to make a happy place showing you how by using a repurposed desk. Check out this vintage beaut I found…

Thrifted Vintage Desk Before Repurposed Use by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Oh yeah…it’s totally got the late 80’s, early 90’s vibe going on. haha. I guess that makes me vintage since I was born before this era. And, I daresay I’m rockin’ it y’all. woot!

I was drawn to the Read more

Upcycled Wooden Signs into Farmhouse Decor

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…the wood section of the thrift store is veritable gold mine of sorts. You might be scratching your head at what I mean, but you have to remember all the fun I’ve had with the loot I’ve had. I’m going to have some fun and show you what I did with these upcycled wooden signs. Yeehaw!

Thrifted Wooden Signs Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

First, before you think I’m needing more coffee (1) I don’t drink coffee, I’m a nut all the time and proud of it. tsk. (2) think about the versatility of wood in general. I mean, wood…one of the most readily available resources we have for creating homes, furniture, and so much more. Read more

DIY Wool Dryer Balls from Upcycled Sweater

Yippee!! It’s the last Tuesday of the month which means it’s Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time! This is so fun for me because it’s a great way, for me to get into my other creative zone and (hopefully) inspire you. Today, I’m taking this thrifted wool sweater and creating DIY Wool Dryer Balls. (giveaway alert!)

Wool Sweater Before Upcycle into Dryer Balls | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION series hosted by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Come learn to create for you and your home | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

At this point, you are probably scratching your head wondering, “What in the world is a dryer ball?” Well, lemme tell you that you will be so glad to learn something new today. Why? Read more

Vintage Rocking Horse Makeovers for Farmhouse Style

Do you ever have a certain item that you can’t resist? For me, that goes without saying. ahem. I have many vices and one of them is a vintage rocking horse…in any size. Small toy-size ones, medium ones for tiny tots, and then there’s ones like THIS.

Vintage Rocking Horse in Attic Before | prodigalpieces.com

I do believe I have never passed one up whether at the flea market or thrift store. Back when my oldest turned two years old, I created one just for him. Even my kids have reworked a few. You can see another I’ve done in this post. They’re just so fun, provide wondrous play, and even make adorable decor for children from 1-99. However, this particular vintage rocking horse has a story.

THE BACKSTORY

I’ve often mentioned my friend, Mandy, and her ministry Paid in Full. I belong to her group on Facebook and like to do what I can to help. She offers items to those who need it for free, but also auctions items off to help offset funding the group needs. When this wooden beauty popped up in my feed, you can bet Read more

Upcycled Christmas Sleigh from Trash Finds

Do you like to take on challenges that get you thinking outside your norm? I do!! That’s half the fun of being a DIY blogger or just an everyday mom. I mean, don’t all mom’s step outside their “box” for their kids? You know it. tsk. I am super excited to share an upcycled Christmas sleigh made from these misfit items below.

Salvaged Parts Before Use to Create Upcycled Christmas Sleigh by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You may be scratching your head at what that is up there, but there’s a backstory to it all. First, the piece of siding was found over a year ago curbside along with the underbed drawers I turned into a farmhouse workbench – one of my favorite builds (see HERE). I have more sweet Read more

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