dollar store hurricane candles, christmas decorations, crafts, seasonal holiday decor, The possibilities are endless and seasonless

Dollar Store Hurricane Candles

I've been seeing these dollar store hurricane candle holders all over the internet and decided it was time to make myself some! Wish I'd done it a lot sooner! These are so easy and inexpensive! So versatile too!!

pallet swing, diy, pallet, repurposing upcycling, woodworking projects, Hung it and added some pillows

Pallet Swing

We had a few pallets leftover from our backyard projects and decided to build a pallet swing with them!

building a backyard shed shop, concrete masonry, diy, home improvement, outdoor living, Exterior lighting was added

Building a Backyard Shed/shop

As a part of our backyard transformation, my husband had to have a shed/shop! This is a chronicling of that project!
Tons of pictures and more information is available if wanted!

stenciled rug, flooring, home decor, outdoor living, painting, So far has held up well

Stenciled Rug!

I needed a new rug for my outdoor patio but didn't want to spend too much so I found a rug at Home Depot for $17, applied a stencil pattern to it and sealed it with spray on poly. Not sure how it will hold up but our weather in South Texas is mild so I'm curious to see how it does! At this price, I may make another one for the holidays!

backyard retreat wooden awnings, curb appeal, diy, how to, Adding hanging planters completed the look

Backyard Retreat -- Wooden Awnings

We've done a lot of DIY projects in our backyard and I'm showcasing them all in a series called Backyard Retreat! First up in our series is "wooden awnings"!
To see how we did it, please drop by

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Painted Settee With Chalk Paint

I found this settee at a thrift shop for $38. The bones were good but it was tired looking and a little worn. I decided to try my hand at painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

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Spring Porch

Warm temperatures are arriving in South Texas so it was time to tweak the front porch for the beginning of Spring!

repurposing the kitchen eating area, home decor, kitchen design, and after

Repurposing the Kitchen Eating Area

Since we are empty nesters, we hardly ever use our kitchen eating area for eating anymore. My husbands computer had made its way down from upstairs so we could be together during the evenings yet be on different computers if we wanted to. It was driving me crazy so we repurposed the room and now it fits our needs perfectly! Additional info and pictures can be seen at!

extend outdoor living area create privacy from neighbors with arbors, gardening, landscape, outdoor living

Extend Outdoor Living Area & Create Privacy From Neighbors With Arbors

We wanted to increase our outdoor living area and create privacy from neighbors! Solution: pavered patio and arbors!! You can see the whole story and more pictures at!

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Garden Stool Makeover/Upcycle

I have been looking for a garden stool for what seems like forever but didn't want to spend the money they were going for!