Our Christmas mantel with lots of silver, gold, crystals, lights and greenery!!!
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ProcrastinationBack when my brother was still a bachelor, I helped him get rid of a few things that were cluttering up his basement. One of those things was an old steel bed spring that had been left there by the former owner. Judging by its size, it was probably from a child’s bed.I thought it would make a fun garden trellis if I painted it, so I took it home. I stashed it behind some bushes along our driveway fence – just temporarily, of course, until I had the time to paint it.That was about 10 years ago.Earlier this summer, when Chris rebuilt our driveway fence, he came across the bed spring – still sitting, unpainted, where I’d left it. The steel had rusted over the years, and the rust looked (to me, at least) more interesting than any type of paint.Sometimes it pays to procrastinate.
This was last years Christmas mantel - probably my favorite of all time. I stenciled the verse sign on some cheap wood from Michael's and also painted the "JOY" letters. Much of the other decor is yard sale finds. Find more and full tutorials on my blog.
It’s amazing how I change my style just a tad here and a tad there every year and somehow my house looks radically different each Christmas season (at least to me!) This year I wanted something a little bit more simple for a neutral farmhouse Christmas mantel. I went to my trusty Christmas source, Hobby Lobby, and picked up a few things to throw together this mantel for less than $100.
Each spring I do a big landscaping update to the mulched bed sections of our front yard. I always have to wait until Mother’s Day for the maple helicopters to stop falling (we get a ton) before I can get started raking them up.This year I started the big project on Mother’s Day and ended up spending seven hours on the first day. Sometimes I like doing manual labor, ha!This is the before we were working with. One year old washed out mulch, overgrown lily patches, all the helicopters, and some random weeds.
Guys, since forever I’ve wanted a potting bench! Some girls want diamonds… fancy clothing but not I (truthfully I won’t turn my nose up at that stuff – HA)! But, seriously I love to putter and create so much, give me some vintage misfits and a few tools and I’m very happy creating all the things! Like this potting bench, I simply LOVE the way it’s turned out – some (I won’t name names) thought I had lost my mind – and maybe I have a bit… haha! But – now it’s his favourite thing on the porch! Ain’t that the way?
Can I tell y’all how much I love to create cutesy crafts? These super sweet and kinda sassy Patriotic Clay Pot Love Bugs went together in just about 30 minutes with simple supplies from Dollar Tree (and my craft stash)! Get the kiddos involved and then have some family fun time, being creative.
It's spring and I'm eager to work in my flower beds!! One of the projects on my to do list is to make a trellis for my Rose bush to climb on. Every year my Rose bush produces long runs and they always end up going behind the deck or up the foundation headed for the siding.I normally end up cutting the runs off and its a never ending cycle all summer long. So this year I will be able to use my new trellis and hopefully enjoy more blooms!This trellis also would be amazing for a veggie garden as well!
I love old road maps and have a stash of them at home that I keep for crafting. They are cheap craft paper, that can really add interest to a project. One of the most popular map crafts on my post is my pretty map roses.This time I decided to make some fun map buckets that I used as plant pot covers. They only took 10 mins to make and are waterproof as well as looking funky.
Our front porch had no privacy, it faces the neighbours' windows on one side and the street on another. Also, because it was so open, the patio furniture often got wet from rain and faded from the sun. I’d been mulling over the easiest way to address these issues and after eight years I finally tackled it.
Couldn’t resist making one more fun piece for my garden before getting on to things I should probably really be doing. 🙂I’d like to attract more birds, and thought a small feeder in the garden would help.An old metal chicken feeder has been hanging in my garage for several years now, so why not put it to use.
Are You Looking for More Outdoor Entertaining Space? Oh Good! Me Too!Maybe You have a Small Section of Dirt Just Sitting Doing Nothing.Our Eyesore Dirt Patch is Just Off the Patio.This is Prime Real Estate that Needs Some Major Oomph.It Needs BRICKS!
On another one of my thrifting trips to Second Chance Thrift Store, which seems to be daily lately. I found this super cute little tray, it was plain and boring but I had an idea! Right before I stopped at the thrift store I was at Ocean State Job Lots (a discount store here on the East Coast) and I found these Patriotic paper placemats, it had 4 different Patriotic designs. I had never even heard of such a thing, how did I not know about paper placemats?! They are so fun and can be used for so many things! Did you know about them? I knew that I wanted to add one of these placemats to my thrifted tray! Let’s get started on this DIY thrifted flag tray!
Today I’m sharing How to Build a Wooden Garden Trellis or Free Standing Obelisk Pyramid, using a reclaimed porch railing that was discarded after a recent porch update. These easy, step by step instructions, will keep your new plants vertical and off the ground. I began looking for a some inexpensive ways to build a trellis or free standing obelisk and finding some reclaimed wood was the perfect solution.
This post just a follow up on our office place. The built in finished completely (finally handles came in) Beautiful so it did worth the wait (black walnut and gold). As I mentioned in my earlier post we had a nook which probably meant for a built in but it was too small to execute it. So after much consideration I just wanted a built in bench with additional storage and pillows. Easy enough and not to blow the budget( purchased wood before the lumber price increase) Kept the same paint color as the built in same top as the desk (white oak) and after getting prices on a custom made bench cushion decided to make it by myself.Anyway,here are some pictures.P.S I wanted shiplap to the beck of the wall but it wasn't in the budget and might do it down the road or not:)
If your bathtub face boring and flat like mine, do this! For under $10 and an hour you can elevate the look of your bathroom with PVC box trim. This project requires no power tools! My favorite projects are always cheap, easy, but impactful!
Welcome 2021, Happy New Year! Oh boy, 2020 has been quite a year, hasn’t it? I know that most of us have dealt with personal challenges, I mean that is life in and of itself, right? Life is a crazy ride on a good day, but this past year it’s been extra “special”. As I look back on 2020 I personally don’t want to focus on just the negative(s), I really want to try to focus on the silver linings that presented themselves. One of those good things has been the first Saturday of every month, the Cozy Living series has really been a light for me and has kept me wanting to be creative. As I share this Scandinavian inspired candleholder, my first project for 2021, I want you all to know that I am truly thankful to have you here sharing in my little corner of the world, it means so very much! Thank YOU! Cozy Living Team
Since buying my home, I have always wanted a workshop/craft space. Nothing extravagant, just somewhere that I can piddle and work on projects in my spare time. Ideally I would have loved to construct a garage, but the cost to construct a garage on our property just wasn’t worth it in the long-run. That being the case, I knew that I was going to have to get creative if I wanted to construct/have a workshop/crafting space. One early Saturday morning while everyone else was still asleep, as I stared out the window watching the birds and sipping on my coffee (sounds relaxing, right?! My favorite kind of mornings!) I suddenly had the idea to turn my 8x8 shed into a me-space”…no a “she-space”….oooh…no no… A “SHED SHED/CRAFT SHACK”!!! I purchased this shed a few months prior to this day from my local community college. I got an absolute deal on this shed and was ecstatic that I would be able to get even more use than I anticipated out of it! My absolute first step was to get rid of some of the shelves and items that I had stored in the shed. This is just the first step in my She Shed conversion, but here is how I did it!
I recently acquired an end table from my mother-in-law's home. It was from my husband's father's mother. The end table was in the garage collecting dust for years since she passed in the early 2000s. It was unique in style and had many decorative accents that I thought would be a great DIY chalk paint project I could try with Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue chalk paint. Check out how I updated this old and not loved piece.
One of my very first yard projects was to create a planter bed and then my husband and I made pathway adjacent to it. Our plan for the backyard was to create a deck at one end of the path. However, our plan changed and now we are breaking down the path! Of course I can't just toss the Irish Moss I had planted between pavers. I will transplant them to the front yard and show you how!
I make lots of DIY signs for my home. But when you are squeezed for wall space, it's really nice if those signs can actually DO something other than just look pretty, am I right?In some cases, I'll create signs on top of bulletin boards because that's useful! Or add hooks to hang things.But this round, I wanted to create a way to hide some woodworking tools in the kitchen behind some art...Here's the pretty fix, that's MUCH more productive!