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Here are some of my inspirational ideas and "how to" projects:

I'm posting additional projects on a regular basis.   Most of my web pages will show pictures of projects I've done, and detailed instructions of how I did it.  If you have any questions about a certain project(s) you see, please don't hesitate to contact me.

As you will find, most of the things I use to decorate and make cool things with, are from garage and yard sale finds.  It really isn't just luck.  Anyone can find great values; it just takes a little time and patience. 

Taking your time is the key when you shop at bargain places.  If you just quickly scan over everything it'll all look like junk and you'll miss the true treasures.  It's like mining for valuable gems...you have to dig deep and sift through a lot of worthless rock to find a few precious stones.

Have you heard about my award-winning BladeEater® holster invention?   It has been tested by the Handyman Club of America and won it's Seal of Approval, and was featured in the Handyman Magazine.  



The BladeEater® makes it easy to snap segmented utility knife blades, safer and faster, using only one hand.  It also has a blade storage compartment to hold spare blades.  The holster is designed to hold other brand name utility snap knives and blades. 

My invention has been featured on HSN, and received rave reviews at the National Hardware Show, and also from top names in the hardware industry, such as Stanley, Olfa, American Cutting Edge, and many more. 

Schoolhouse General Store

 

We invite you to come and visit us at the Schoolhouse Restaurant and General Store.

Store hours are:

  • Thursday: 11:00-2:00 & 5:00-9:00
  • Friday: 11:00-2:00 & 5:00-9:00
  • Saturday: 5:00-9:00
  • Sunday: 12:00-8:00
  • Monday through Wednesday: Closed

The Schoolhouse is located at:

  8031 Glendale-Milford Rd.,
  Camp Dennison, OH 45111

 For driving directions click here. 

  General Store:(513) 831-2247
  Restaurant: (513) 831-5753  


The Schoolhouse restaurant was opened in 1962, in a 2-story Civil War era schoolhouse by Don and Phyllis Miller, with the idea that everybody needed a place to go and get a great home cooked meal at a fair price. It is still run by the same family, with son Chris at the restaurant, son Jeff at the General Store, and daughters Pam and Beth helping when needed.

Though not an official family member, "Chef" Pat Draper is as close as it gets and is the one responsible for keeping the people coming back year after year. The menu is handwritten on the original slate blackboard at the front of the old classroom, and to make you feel right at home, each of the large round tables has a lazy susan, so you can help yourself to all the cornbread, salads and vegetables that you care to eat. The fresh baked pies and cobblers are delicious if you still have the room.

After dinner, you can walk the grounds and feed the goats and geese, or play a game of tetherball. Before you leave, make sure to stop in and browse the General Store, which is located in a refurbished barn out back. We have a lot to see, such as Ohio Amish oak furniture, old fashioned toys, afghans, and many other beautifully crafted gifts, and home decorating items. 

The Schoolhouse was built in 1863 and is believed to be the first two-story school to be built in the renamed town of Camp Dennison, formerly called New Germany, which was a recruitment and training camp for the Union forces during the Civil War. Over thirty thousand troops came through the camp during the war, which also served as a hospital barracks for wounded soldiers.

Abraham Lincoln visited the wounded soldiers at the barracks in Camp Dennison, during the war, and was said to have visited the Schoolhouse while he was there. One of the only military actions north of the Ohio River and the only known death happened in Camp Dennison, when John Morgan and his infamous Morgan's Raiders, burned government wagons in a skirmish with Union troops.

The skirmish resulted in the death of Daniel McCook, who was not enlisted but was riding with the troops as a volunteer. Several of Morgan's troops were captured, but Morgan escaped.

The camp was disbanded in 1865, but the railroad insisted the town retain the name of Camp Dennison. The Schoolhouse was a 2-room school, serving all grades through grade 8. Upstairs was the auditorium and community meeting room. The schoolhouse was a working school, until 1950, when the children transferred to the Indian Hill school system.

Snap your knife blades fast!

The patented BladeEater® holster snaps blades faster and safer, using only one hand!

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DO-IT-YOURSELF IDEAS

 
Welcome.  I hope diy-Inspiration
inspires you with new ideas to help
you with your next building or craft
project.  And, if you're like me,
you just might get inspired  to
do-it-yourself! 
 
Yours truly,
Mary Kay Hansen

Real Cork Top LED Lights

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 Light up your party with these real looking led string lights for bottles!

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