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I love all things Spring, especially gazing balls! Florida really does have seasons, albeit not the four commonly known to the rest of the world. For us SW Floridians it's a brief but great time of year between our seasons: blistering heat, torrential rain, hurricane/mosquito and tourist season.For the past few years I've fought the urge to purchase a gazing ball, in part due to price in part because I don't want to clean up glass if it shatters into smithereens. I decided I would make one, but wasn't sure just how I wanted to concur that and then, it struck me!I've have several packages of air dry clay in my closet for months, purchased for a something I just had to do, but.... I didn't get around to it & now it doesn't seem important. Then a few weeks ago, WHAMO like a ton of bricks the idea for my gazing ball struck me!
When the sun is shining, I love to sit in my little town garden sipping a few cocktails with friends. Last week it finally felt that summer was on it's way so I decided to cheer up my outdoor space with an upcycled happy hour cocktail window. Here I'll show you both how I made my Happy Hour window and the cute cocktail caddy to go with it.
Is spring cleaning and organization still happening? I was super happy to get this cabinet organized. I started realizing that with cabinets, items get tossed to the back and are never seen..which means never used and it's hard to know what you really have. The solution was to create pull-out drawers so every item in the cabinet was accounted for.To see how these hold up, or for other DIY ideas, make sure to check out my Instagram.
Aarrgh!!!! It won’t stop raining here! I know getting all of this precipitation is good to fight against the fire season and inevitable drought. The flowers I just planted are probably loving all of the moisture. But I am personally ready for some sunshine. I don’t know about you but I am one of those people whose mood is definitely affected by the weather. The good news is that there were enough breaks in the weather for me to get my latest project done and it has solar lights which most definitely is not sunshine but they are sparkly and cheerful and fun.Have you seen those lighted watering can displays all over Pinterest? I have really been wanting to make my own. I thought it was going to be a simple project but I did run into a few bumps along the way. There must be different types of solar lights that you can buy but I used a single 72-foot strand so I had to think about how to string the lights and where the solar panel was going to go. Anyway, after a little trial and error, I was able to figure out the project.When I started the area looked like this and I thought that I was going to spray paint the watering can and the planter, add some flowers, string the lights, and be done. In the end, the whole display got a lot bigger but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
I needed a heavier gazing ball and though heh why not try a bowling ball.. see how it turned out.Pop over to my blog for more free home decor and furniture tutorials. Be sure to subscribe if you like what you see to get all my tutorials delivered to your inbox!
Making fun things for the garden is one of my favourite things to so so I decided to create some repurposed garden flowers using thrifted strainer steamers.
In my quest to make my garden pretty this year, I have a bunch of fun projects I want to complete. I am taking you all with me on my garden decorating journey! I made the Garden Stepping Stones, and the Garden Flower Stake. They came out so cute! Today we are going to make a super cute clay pot garden gnome.Follow along and make one for your yard too!
Spreading kindness can be done in so many wonderful ways, one of which is painting rocks and scattering them around for others to find. This is the best guide to painting rocks that also gives you some tips and tricks of how easy it can be done to create magnificent results.
After getting locked out of my house once, I vowed NEVER AGAIN! So I combined two trendy DIYs- stepping stones and mosaics- and added a secret key hider underneath. Click HERE for the full tutorial...including my secret trick for a fool proof stepping stone!
Around Christmas I fall in love with wine cork crafts because they are some of the easiest and most fun DIY projects out there. You can check out my little Christmas trees projects. I love the versatility of craft ideas that wine corks have inspired. That's the reason I did this project too. Ever since a saw this idea a know a had to do it some day. Wine cork crafts are the proof never to throw anything just yet, you never know where you can use it. I'm sure you've seen this succulent wine cork magnets project somewhere before, so I'm just giving you my version.
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.
If you follow my blog you will know that I try and create all my projects from recycled materials. In our house, we all love Pepsi Max, which leaves us with a fair few aluminium cans. Instead of sending them to the recycling centre, I wanted to try and create an aluminium can wall hanging with them. Because aluminium cans are not very big, I wanted to create a wall hanging that was made up of smaller panels that could be arranged in different designs on the wall. So your wall hanging can be changed around when you get bored with the design.
This time of year is the greatest … back out in the garden, in the sun, doing yard work, and mowing. I can get some of my best thinking done while I'm on a mower.I love to repurpose and upcycle, so it's also the perfect time to start pulling out my stuff and making new things for my yard and garden.
I had this armoire in my one bedroom at the cabin and the brown was not working. It had been years and I was putting it off. Call it lazy, or just not inspired, but either way I didn't want to tackle it till now.I'm so glad I did!First step that everyone knows, wash it down and prepare for sanding.
Today I’m sharing how to make a plate wreath. Before I begin getting into the details I’m going to share how this project began. As a rule, I make an effort to use pieces in our home that are sentimental. Because I have a collection of antique tea cups from my grandmothers. I am deciding how to display them in our home. I’m currently in the beginning phase of deciding the best way to display these. After thinking for a bit using the saucers came to mind and that’s how to make a plate wreath began.Of course I didn’t want to damage or harm these specials pieces. My grandmothers found these pieces out antiquing on weekends. Also a few of these are from my mom’s own collection. You can imagine these pieces are especially important to me mostly the pieces from my mom. My mom and I were extremely close. Anyway I can keep a piece of her around me I work to make it happen. So I came up with the idea of of sharing how to make a plate wreath. Because I do want to be careful with these special pieces this took some planning and thought.How To Make A Plate WreathFirst of all, a wreath form is needed. I did have to take a look around for the best one. Luckily, I did stumble upon a 16″ gold mesh hoop wreath at Michael’s. Because of the mesh I knew this would give me stability to make a plate wreath. After getting this home I did decide to spray paint both sides with Rust Oleum Chalked Paint in Linen White. Let dry.
One of my least favorite chores has to be cleaning out the bathtub. It’s so awkward to reach into and scrub clean all of the surfaces. I’m not crazy about using smelly harsh chemicals and most natural cleaners that I had tried just didn’t cut it or required a fair amount of hard scrubbing. Well a few years ago I stumbled upon this method by doing some of my own experimenting, and I have been cleaning my bathtub this way ever since. All you need is three simple ingredients that you most likely already have at home. Read below to find out what my secret is to get the cleanest bathtub... with zero scrubbing required!
So, I had a pair of nightstands that were destined for the dump. I kept them around for several years with the intention of throwing them out but for some reason I just couldn't part with them. I finally made the decision to give them a second chance!
Okay... I am back with one of my favorite DIY/crafting items of all time - Sugru! If you check my other Hometalk posts, you'll see how I created a really fun gardening caddy (using an old shovel and cake pan!) with Sugru, and how I also used it to make super fun junk pumpkins for Halloween! I've also used it to fix several household items, including my ironing board and crock pot. My dad even used it to fill in holes on his metal workbench. It is so versatile!Today, I am going to show you how to fix a garden statue. After a long, cold winter, I found that my sweet bunny had lost part of its ear to a fallen branch.
Mounted ferns add beautiful decor to your inside or outside walls. You can use a wood slice, cutting board, or an old fence board to mount your fern onto. This living wall art is unique and beautiful. Be sure to subscribe to my blog at 804sycamore.com for more DIY and decorating projects and inspiration~
If you are like me and you like to eat outdoor rather than indoor. It doesn’t matter if you are just having your breakfast alone with the songbirds or a big family gathering. It’s always better outside. But, i found my round 4 chairs faux wicker table quite annoying. It’s small and not my style. For that, we thought about something built from scratch. That way we decided on the style, the size, the color and the BUDGET. The one we want is an 8 to 10 chairs capacity depending of the size of chairs. it’s exactly eight feet long, 42 inches wide and 28 inches high.If you have a small knowledge in working with wood this project is for you. Also if you are used to use the following tools the work gonna be much easier for you. You will use the miter saw, the kreg jig and the drill. We really didn’t use any extraordinary technique or tools to build it.I was inspired by the pottery and barns farmhouse table design. It has a beautiful X brass legs and along board as a table top we added a thin frame all around to bring everything together. For the table top boards we bought a specific wood boards that facilitate the assembly. They can go into each other without leaving any gap. I know how frustrating to get those beautiful X legs done and all the required tools and techniques. Here we did a little trick to have it done. Clever husband hhhh.the general cost of this table is 210 dollars. Did I Said 210$? Yes, that Includes wood boards, screws, stain and protection formula. A judge table like this will cost not less then 800$ from any store. So you are saving a lot here.
Have you struggled with how to clean your patio cushions? I have got you covered.Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner.That means lots and lots of time on the outdoor patio.Who wants to sit on a dirty, mildewed patio cushion?Not me!And, I don’t want to buy new cushions either.We have had our outdoor patio furniture for 4 years. I love our patio set. However, it is constantly covered in dirt and grime because we live in a constant construction zone.One day, in the near future, there will be an end to this construction. But, I will not be buying new patio furniture.And, right now, on the weekends when the construction equipment is parked, we still love to sit on the patio - in spite of the filth.But, I still don’t want to sit in the filth.Here is the method I have found to clean my cushions that I have found to work fabulously! Even on white cushions. My method will also get rid of any pollen and mildew. And, it will help delay mildew build up if your cushions sit directly out in the elements. The best part - I am betting you already have most of the supplies needed on hand.Supplies5 gallon bucket1/2 cup granular Tide1/2 cup BoraxWater1/2 cup vinegarLint free rag or clothwater hose with jet spray nozzleDirectionsPlace the Tide, Borax, and vinegar in the 5 gallon bucket.Add the vinegar.Using your water hose, gently fill the bucket with water. (You do not have to be exact).The mixture will foam up so don’t turn the water on full blast.Using a lint free rag, sponge the mixture onto your cushions and pillows liberally.Use a scrub brush to work on any stains.After generously soaking the entire cushion, place them in the sun for 15 minutes.After the first 15 minutes, flip them and repeat the process for another 15 minutes.Next, turn your hose sprayer to jet and spray the cushions with water until no suds run out.Flip the cushions on their side, zipper side down and allow the cushions to dry completely. It should not take more than an hour or two for them to dry on a sunny day.You are now ready to enjoy your just like new patio cushions the entire season.
Do you enjoy cooking with fresh herbs or want to create a way to enjoy more plants in your small space? Check out how you can transform a thrifted shelving unit into an herb or garden planter for the porch or patio. This would be an easy and inexpensive option for those limited to apartment balconies as well.
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?
Have you struggled to find the best method to clean your glass mirrors and windows without streaking?I have a simple solution for you.IT IS TRULY THE BEST SOLUTION!Our patios get filthy from the construction constantly happening on the property.In order to keep the patios clean, I often need to hose the dirt off the flagstone.This leaves me with water droplets and dirt covered doors and glass.The cleaning solution I use quickly brings all the glass and mirrors back to perfection.Supplies2 cups water1/4 cup white vinegar1/4 cup rubbing alcohol1 T corn starchSpray bottleSeveral lint free microfiber clothsDirectionsPlace all of the ingredients in a spray bottle.Shake well.Remove any heavy dirt or grime off the windows using water (especially if outside) so that you don’t have to change out your dirty cloths as much.Next, spray the windows liberally with the mixture in the spray bottle.Using a lint free cloth, wipe the windows down.If the cloth becomes dirty, switch to a clean cloth.Allow your glass surfaces/windows/doors to dry.Your glass and windows will be the cleanest they have ever been.You probably have all of these supplies already on hand. After you use my method to clean your mirrors and windows one time, I highly doubt you will ever buy another bottle of Windex again.