jack o lantern guitar

Jack-o-Lantern Guitar

A little history behind my latest creation. I went with my friend Susan to a little clothing 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.

a mudroom hideaway

A Mudroom Hideaway

On a whim, I decided I wanted to turn our utility room into a mudroom. It was for good reason, though. Whenever we have visitors, it never fails, they come to our side door. Our side door opens into our utility room. Our utility room houses the HVAC system, our massive hot water heater, our fuse box, cable box, my craft supplies, cat food/litter box...I think you get the point. (I cleaned up/out the room before I took the following photos.)

diy canopy bed

DIY Canopy Bed

I would like to preface this with a few facts. 1. I copied this post from my now-defunct blog from many years ago. 2. I feel that my taste in home decor has improved vastly in the 7 years since I first blogged about it. 3. I am only posting this to INSPIRE you; please look past that hideous comforter.***************************************************************Ahhhh.....the canopy bed! For years, it has been romanticized in movies and on the covers of those naughty novels. (You know the ones--where Fabio is laying across the bed, with his shirt unbuttoned and a rose clenched between his teeth.) So, I decided I wanted one (canopy bed...NOT Fabio). Without having to buy a new bedroom suit, how would I be able to do that?I had an idea.On my shopping list were some hoops. So I trotted down to my local Hobby Lobby store and found a package of four brass 4" hoops and one 14" hoop. Then I made a quick stop in Walmart and found the cheapest nylon thread (a.k.a., fishing line) I could find. Last thing on my shopping list was four sheer curtain panels.

diy grapevine st patrick shamrock wreath

DIY Grapevine St. Patrick Shamrock Wreath

Valentine's Day is over and, lucky for me, there's still an abundance of hearts everywhere. Even better than that-- they're on clearance! That's a good thing because I came up with a way to use them for the next holiday. (No, I'm not talking about President's Day.) In this instance, I made a St. Patrick shamrock wreath using heart-shaped grapevine wreaths.

faux brick wall

Faux Brick Wall

My son and I had been talking about redoing his room for years. We already knew what we were going to do…a faux brick wall spray painted with graffiti. All he had to do was keep his room clean (or at least manageable). Needless to say, he never did. If truth be known, I think I was wanting to do this to his room just as much, IF NOT MORE, than he did. I needed a creative outlet and his eyesore-of-a-room was it!!I started on a Friday, after my daughter had gone to school and worked all day on it. I predicted that this would take the whole weekend. Wrong-o. It took me a full week. You’re probably thinking that I must be one of the slowest painters in the world but you need to keep in mind that the stencil I was working with was a four-brick stencil (two full bricks on top with one full brick on bottom with a half brick on each side). The following diagram is an example of my stencil.

diy white deer head

DIY White Deer Head

I want to ask a favor of you. Please don’t assume I’ve lost my mind until you’ve read the whole post. I will admit, there are going to be times that you will realize that I may very well be completely off my rocker, but try to stay focused. Just keep repeating “She’s not crazy; just creative.”

refurbished coffee table

Refurbished Coffee Table

What better housewarming present than a much-needed coffee table crafted by your mom. Am I right?My son moved out this year and it was bittersweet. For one, I’m thinking, “Yay! I finally get to clean out his room and turn it into my office!” On the other hand, I miss him. :’-(So far, his bachelor pad has been furnished with hand-me-downs. My parents, which are avid auctioners (not to confuse with auctioneers), have a garage full of furniture they’ve bought. Besides giving him a couch, chairs and other necessities, they’ve also given him a coffee table. This coffee table is kind of dated but beggars can’t be choosers, right? It was an ornamental iron table with a glass top. (It looks like something from the 90s, I’m guessing.) He didn’t like the color so he brought it over for me to repaint.

diy lighthouse just add sand

DIY Lighthouse - Just Add Sand

I honestly had no idea what it was in its previous life, but as soon as I saw it sitting at the thrift store, I knew exactly what it was destined to be. (Any guesses?)

i turned a sewing cabinet into a tea cart what

I Turned a Sewing Cabinet Into a Tea Cart (What??)

A few months back, I was perusing Hometalk, looking at all of the amazing things creative people had fabricated, when I saw that someone had made a tea cart. At first glance I thought, “OMG. They’ve taken an old sewing machine cabinet and turned it into a tea cart…what a novel idea!” I decided I should read the article to find out exactly how they did this. To my dismay, it was then that I learned they had taken an old tea cart and turned it into a new tea cart. :-\ Although they did a remarkable job on the transformation, there was nothing novel about it. That’s when it occurred to me, “I COULD TURN A SEWING MACHINE CABINET INTO A TEA CART!”

silverware skeleton wind chime

Silverware Skeleton Wind Chime

UPDATED!!Here it is…October 1st. The first day of my favorite month. Basically one month before my favorite holiday and I couldn’t think of a better time to show you my latest creation. It’s a skeleton wind chime made only from silverware.I don’t know how I’ve amassed so much silverware. *pause* Never mind. Yes I do. It’s because I was buying every silverware storage box I could find to make Some were full and some were empty. Needless to say, I have more than enough silverware to serve all the Knights of the Round Table. Well, as long as are were no appetizers (more on that later). For the life of me, I can’t remember what caused this creation to come to fruition. All I remember thinking is that forks could work as a ribcage. (For the record I don’t normally sit around thinking of ways kitchen utensils could be used as parts of the human anatomy.) Enough of the backstory, or lack thereof. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty!After digging deep in the pile of silverware, I found a single serving spoon. This would act as the head and spine. First thing’s first-I had to flatten the “head.” (I used a rubber mallet to do this.)

Heather McKinney
Heather McKinney
About meDuring the day, I work as the social media manager for a home decor franchise that's spread across the southeast. At night, I'm building and creating and refurbishing anything that's not nailed down. ;-)