I've told you (many, many) times before what a handy guy my husband is. If he doesn't know how to fix it, he will make it his mission to learn. He's a diy natural and we've had a lot of fun collaborating on projects around our house. We tend to take turns being the voice of reason, but every once in a while something a little crazy gets through. This one probably falls into that category...Read More
When we went to visit our son at Lackland last week he requested that we bring him dinner to the base, since he couldn’t leave. When we asked what he wanted, he said anything was fine. He’d had MREs for lunch that day so you’d think the bar would be pretty low, but I felt a huge amount of pressure to find him something GOOD. He’s been eating Navy chow since early December, and I felt like whatever we brought should be pretty amazing. I turned to Yelp, and we ended up taking a chance on a place called Papa’s Burgers. We needed somewhere fairly close so his food wouldn’t be cold by the time we got it to him, and this restaurant was only a couple of miles away. When we pulled in, my husband and I thought we might have made a huge mistake.
It was in a fairly sketchy part of town and, to be honest, looked a little scary from the outside. But all the reviews I read said to look past the appearance. We walked by an outdoor eating area that looked like it was being held together by sheer will. We stepped inside and were greeted by a quirky, but clean, interior and one of the nicest people we met in San Antonio (which is really saying something). He explained the menu, took our order and even offered to grill the onions for my burger. He was joined by another friendly guy, and together they made magic.
I’m not even kidding, it was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. The buns were amazing, the meat was cooked perfectly and the ingredients were fresh. If you’re ever in San Antonio, I highly recommend a visit to Papa’s Burgers. You won’t be sorry.
Which leads me to this week’s Friday Favorites. At first, looking around this burger joint made me dizzy. So many different things and nothing matched. But when I really stopped and LOOKED, it was kind of incredible. Lots of things were made by repurposing something, like the register counter that was made using wood pallets and an old truck tailgate, complete with working lights.
The seating was all made from various seats out of cars. The tables were giant wire spools. I wish I would have taken a closer look at the outdoor area, because I’ll bet there were lots of treasures I missed. I guess I’ll just have to go back. Darn.
Reuse: A Bulldozer sprocket
The holes are perfect spots for the little plants to pop through. From Blue Roof Cabin.
Reuse: Salvaged rebar
It looks great on this rail, and really fits in with the rest of the house. From Sun Valley Mag.
Reuse: An old pickup tailgate and license plates
I had to include this one because it would fit right in at Papa’s Burgers. In fact, I wouldn’t mind it on my own deck. From Kathi’s Garden Art.
Reuse: Cardboard cereal boxes
Yep, for real – cereal boxes. From Thrive.
I had no idea that they peel apart and are so shiny and colorful inside. From Me and My DIY.
Reuse: Wool sweaters
We’re talking about a lot of sweaters, but the end result looks so cozy. From Yellow Suitcase Studio.
Reuse: Tire rims
For all your outdoor cooking needs. From I Save A2Z.
Reuse: Men’s dress shirt
I love that she kept the collar. From Gabriel’s Good Tidings.
Reuse: Empty deodorant containers
Smart way to keep sidewalk chalk dust from getting all over your little artists, and great for storage. From de Tout et de Rien.
Reuse: Tin cans
I’ve seen cans reused in all kinds of ways, but this copper is so pretty! From Homey Oh My.
I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work. Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website. You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board. Thank you!
I’m a little competitive. Maybe more than a little. The problem is, I’ll accept a challenge, then drive myself batty trying to knock it out of the park. That’s what happened to me recently, when I was contacted by Earth911 to compete in another Reuse Design Challenge.
This is the challenge:
Upcycle used/old/worn out cookware (pots, pans, utensils…etc) into something completely different, but useful. We are looking for creative AND practical reuse designs, not simply decorative.
What I finally came up with was a kitchen command center, made from an old cookie sheet, an Altoid container, an old pen cup, wood clothespins and a custom made shopping list:
I’ll tell you more about how I landed on this project and how it was made next month. If you’d like to vote in the challenge, visit Earth911 before this Friday!