Every morning I when I walk my dog, Toby, I pass a tree that shreds the cutest littlest pinecones. I can't help but stop and pick a few up and pocket them.I have used a couple of these pinecones in the past with some cute upcycled Christmas cloches I made (see here). I decided to use these pinecones in a totally different way and make a lovely fall/Christmas decoration for my mantle.
Enlarging a pond in Medinah,IL. Adding an additional waterfall, Led Lights and some out-cropping stone
Pond that was decommissioned, is now back in service.
50 year old concrete pond on the south side of Chicago gets a face lift!
So, whether we like it or not, winter is coming! I thought I'd do a little post about some last minute projects I'm doing to get my yard and garden ready for winter. I absolutely love gardening and yardwork, but when we moved into an apartment a few years ago, I thought that was a done-deal! 😥 However, after talking with my landlord, he gave me full reign of the yard! So I definitely took advantage of it! I planted a garden, made several planters, did some landscaping... and have more plans for next season! But, it's now time to wind down and get ready for winter. Here's a few projects I'm doing to prepare for winter ...Garden beds...
A little history behind my latest creation. I went with my friend Susan to a little boutique in my town called The Dirt Road. As soon as I walked through the door, I was inspired at what I saw sitting on the table before me. The first thing that came to my mind was, “Heck, I could make that from one of the old guitars I have upstairs.” Therefore, I did.The photo below is of the wooden jack-o-lantern that inspired me.
It’s no secret that I love woodworking. There is something so deeply satisfying about taking simple boards and creating pieces of significance and staying power. Call it the romantic in me, but I love how beautifully crafted furniture can be passed down as precious treasures. Every night my little family eats around the same table on which my great-grandmother and then my mother served their home cooked meals. That is just beautiful poetry to me!I’m not going to lie, I am totally one of those weirdos who geeks out over different types of woods and swoons over a baby smooth sanding job. It’s kind of ridiculous! The good news is that you do not need to be some woodworking connoisseur (notice I am being way more upbeat than saying “freak” lol). Nope, this project is literally about glueing and sanding. You could cut your own wood, but you could even have the hardware store do that for ya if you wanted! Simple, simple when it comes to this DIY marble and wood cutting board. Zest it UpPhoto Cred: Anya McInroy
If you know me you know I’m obsessed with a good basket wall! This is a trend that I can’t let go of.When it comes to basket walls I do not strive for perfection. What I think is cool about them is the imperfection! Baskets add so much to a space like color, texture, and warmth. The coolest thing about this project is its easy, affordable, and anyone can do it!
Earlier this week, I was helping a friend empty a storage unit and I came across several little treasures that were destined to end up at Goodwill. My friend was overwhelmed with the task at hand and told me to take whatever I wanted…so I packed up a few boxes and squeeled with joy all the way home! I just love FREE STUFF! One special decor piece that I could not wait to get my crafty little hands on was a pair of wall sconces from probably 15 years ago. I got to thinking, I bet there is a cool way to update those tired sconces. Hmmmmmmm.
Giving these old TV Tray Tables a fresh new look with a simple makeover means they won’t be hidden away now. I’ve had these trays for years and they do come in handy at times, but they were in need of a new look. A couple of coats of paint and stencils took them from looking old and dated to fresh and new.
I had recently seen a really nice pillow that I thought would look so cool on my front porch bench. But it was 80 bucks. Dang. That’s a lot of money for a pillow. So what’s a crafty person to do? Figure out a way to do it cheaper and better! Mine has not one, but two messages on it, suitable for fall and winter, so I can use it a couple of different ways. First stop – Fabric Store. On my trip to JoAnn Fabrics, I picked up a 14x28" pillow form that was a nice size for my bench, and I had a 60% off coupon. Next, I found a remnant bolt of outdoor fabric that had a burlap look and it was on sale. And I found the cutest remnant of plaid flannel which was super cheap. (You’ll see what that’s for in a minute.) Triple score!
We’ve been talking about building a pallet tiki bar for a LONG time. We had this perfect empty spot in our back yard under a palm tree that was just screaming for a bar! My husband dubbed it the TreeKee bar instead of the Tiki Bar since we planned to use the tree as part of the actual bar. Confused? Don’t be. Keep reading to find out how we did it.Step 1 – Measure and map out the area…We played around with a layout and decided we were going to use 2 pallets in the front to make the actual bar area. Each pallet is 4 ft wide which would make it 8 ft across. We felt this would comfortably seat 4 bar stools. We knew we'd need at least 6 posts to hold up the pallets and the roof. As for the roof we planned to put one on, but the tree branches would remain on the roof as part of the ‘tiki look’.
Just a couple of weeks ago I fixed this old bench using wood putty and Dark Walnut stain. Of the three benches my grandparents made that I have this one had taken the biggest beating. But, with just a little elbow grease I had her looking almost like new again. After that I made a no-sew cushion for it complete with tufting and buttons! Check out the post all about it here.Stencil Revolution makes really neat and high quality stencils and they were kind enough to offer me two! My first post using one of their stencils was my Mother’s Day sign using their Greatest Mom in all the Land stencil. The other one I chose was this Country Fresh Produce stencil.
If you love carving pumpkins, you will love this spray!The best part is it has NO bleach! This makes it safe for kids, pets, or anyone with breathing issues. Many of my family suffers from breathing issues (asthma), so we can't use bleach around the house.This is why I love to create alternatives for you!