I called Mom and Bill to see if they had any old, unused stirrups. Mom has a whole shed of "someday" tack. You know, the tack you don't want to get rid of because you might need it someday. Turns out she didn't have a spare set of stirrups, but Bill did. Weird, I didn't expect him to be the one with the spare stuff, but I wasn't going to question it.
I took the old stirrups and screwed them to the wall outside of our front door and voila! sunscreen and bug spray holders. I love them and they make me smile every time I pull up to the house.
|Aren't they the cutest?|
|Close up just in case you couldn't see them properly :)|
With all of the work we're doing under the tree with the picnic table and stuff, I thought I'd find another set of stirrups to put on a post there so we could have easy access there, too. I stuck it in the back of my mind to find a consignment store to pick up another pair of used stirrups cheap.
As with so many of my brilliant ideas, my second set of bug spray holders got changed when I bought new boots. I'd been dreading buying new boots for a couple of reasons: 1) boots are expensive and 2) I loved my blue Justin Gypsies. But those boots had finally worn out. I threatened to get them re-soled, but the insides were falling apart, too. It was just plain time to suck it up and buy new boots.
Don't get me wrong, I love my new boots. I do. Now that I bit the bullet and bought them, they're lovely. Less obnoxious than my blue ones, but lovely. When it was time to throw my old boots out, I just couldn't do it. I physically could not put those boots I've had since before Jay and I met into the trash can. Instead, I decided to make the bug spray and sunscreen holders out of them.
|I was surprised at how easy it was to cut these apart.|
|Jay punched holes for me and I stitched the bottoms shut with leather lacing.|
|A couple of screws to hold them to the post.|