Outdoor Lamp

Ok, first off I have to say that I love my husband to death. It was so dark in between our houses (we stay in a travel trailer out front of the main house that my daughter stays in) that I get a bit scared of stepping on something when I go between the two houses after dark. When I talk about stepping on something, I mean something like a rattle snake or a tarantula. Talk about traumatizing. I don’t want to go through that. I enough issues without adding to them. So what has he done to make me love him so much?

He made a light to go in between the two houses that I can see without a flash light (since I can never find one when I need one!). Apparently he’s been collecting the stuff to do this for a couple months now, but it didn’t cost him anything but time.

Yes, I know it’s not the prettiest thing, but I have been telling him for years, that I need functional, not pretty. I don’t care how something looks as long as it works when it’s supposed to work.

And this one does!

He used an axle for the post, a tire for the base (lord knows we have a lot of them laying around here), a globe from another light fixture that no longer worked, a daylight sensor and an extension cord for power. So this light only comes on once the sun goes down and it shuts off when the sun comes up in the morning.


Just proof that what many would consider junk can be brought back to life with a new use.

I would love to see what you have used that others would call junk to make something useful. Leave a comment and let me know what you are doing.

Have a great day!


Ways to Make Money on the Farm

So one of the things I got asked quite often is how do you make money on your farm or your homestead. There’s actually several ways that this can be done. The most common is by selling your surplus this could be eggs animals or produce out of your garden.

The other way as by using what your animals provide you to make other items such as soap moisturizer Cheese and other Dairy items. These are probably the most common ways to make money on your farm.The next ideas are to get creative. You can make all kinds of stuff out of most peoples trash. If you know how to weld you can use any scrap metal and make different things towel holders paper towel holders toilet paper holders magazine racks you can come up with so many different things that you can make out of scrap metal.

If you can crochet you can do blankets or scarves or hats or beanies or dolls any number of things that can be done with yarn. Or if you’d like woodworking you could do something with that you could make signs you could make wreaths to hang on the door.


There are really so many different ways that you could make money on your farm. A little hard work and a lot of creativity can bring quite a bit of money in.  Still it may not be enough to live on but it can be a big help in the long run.


Have a great day!