Archives for October 2013

31 Posts in 31 Days Ultimate Blog Challenge Wrap Up

Let's just do a quick review of the last month. I crammed a lot in 31 days - in case you didn't notice. One post a day for 31 days. I'd be lyin' if I said it was easy - Fun yes, easy, no. Here are some of my fave posts:  Antique Night Stand Re-do. It's not very often that a project turns out better than I imagined it. Then there was my Kitchen before and after - my own little Hobbit House in the making. Lots of fall deco - Thanksgiving table project, Fall porch deco, Repurposing kitchen accents My trip to Virginia turned into a huge DIY project, check it out here - Front room transformation I'm not going to continue posting every day - the 31 posts in 31 days was just a challenge that got my blog going. My main goal is to share what I know and what I find others are doing. Continue reading

Super Simple DIY Poinsettia Flower Arrangement

Super Simple DIY Poinsettia Flower Arrangement

I'm almost embarassed to show you this DIY project. Not because I don't like it. On the contrary. I like it A LOT. But...since it was so easy, I'm not sure I can even call it a DIY "project." Last week I showed you how to paint a silver painted decorative vase. Today I'll show you how to arrange silk pointettia flowers in that same vase. Why do people pay $30.00 for a seasonal flower arrangement? Let me encourage you - Do it yourself! This is what I started with - a typical fake poinsettia plant. It cost me "nada." I like "nada." "Nada" makes me happy. Can anyone say, "Gag me?" I'm sure at one time it was considered lovely. OK, I'm not sure. But somebody had to have thought it was something of value. Sorry if you're the one Continue reading

DIY Workbench for our Garage

DIY Workbench for our Garage

My DH and SIL are starting a new business and needed a work area - one that is clean and organized. Since neither of those words describe our garage, my DH tore down one set of shelving in our garage and put together a new workbench. I will let him tell you about it since I have no idea what he did. Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start...   I chose the garage over the shed I had intended to put it in for several reasons. More room Concrete floor Electricity It’s getting cold and it’s much easier going to the built on garage than the shed that I would have to shovel my way to in just a few weeks. The garage wall started out with some homemade wood shelving. This had to be disassembled. Fortunately it was decently made and was put together with Continue reading

Quick Tip: Use a Golf Tee to Fix a Door Hinge from Houzz.com

Houzz.com shows us a quick way to fix hinges when the screw has been stripped, originating from Grainda Buildres, Inc.   You will need a hammer, wood glue, a golf tee and sharp utility knife, and of course a screwdriver or pliers to yank out the screw.   It probably wouldn't hurt to have a drill on hand  for a new pilot hole to hold the new screw.   I suppose you will also need a wobbly door hinge.   Just click on the picture to go to the tutorial. Thanks Houzz.com!       Go to Houzz.com to see the whole tutorial.   If you have a stripped phillips screw head, place an elastic band between the screw head and the screwdriver to give yourself more grip.     Continue reading

DIY Silver Painted Decorative Vase

DIY Silver Painted Decorative Vase

Here's another simple DIY spray painting project for you. I have a dozen clear glass vases from my daughter's wedding two years ago. ...along with a bunch of other stuff, but let's not go there. I also have a bunch of similar vases that are left over from burning Candlewick candles that same daugther gave me. Sense a theme here? I thought about donating them, but who would want them? YET, there's GOT TO be a use for them doesn't there? So, the "saver" that I am (DH probably prefers "hoarder") kept them these 2 1/2 years thinking I could find someone who could use them.  Then I found someone! ME! Check this out. I took one of the glass vases and wrapped rubber bands around them in a not so perfect pattern. I'm not perfect enough to wrap them Continue reading

Ever Try Flower Arranging? Here’s a couple of DIY Videos for You

Ever Try Flower Arranging? Here’s a couple of DIY Videos for You

The first time I received flowers was in the middle of a huge family Christmas party at my parent's house. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was 16 and had only known Mark for a few weeks. I remember stepping around my family members holding the vase, trying to get up to my room where I could open the card in private. I took a lot of razzing, but it was worth it. Don't you just love flowers? Flowers talk. They say, "I was thinking of you." Unless of course they are lillies and you are my mom. Then they just say, "Go ahead and faint while I watch." So I guess you need to be careful to say the right thing to the right person. Anyway... Too often we hire out or order from "professionals" something we didn't think we could do. Or maybe we didn't even think. We just Continue reading

Thanksgiving Table DIY Projects – What will be on your table this year?

Thanksgiving Table DIY Projects – What will be on your table this year?

This is going to be a short one. I think a little munchkin I hugged on in church may have gifted me with her stomach flu. At least that's what my stomach told me all night last night and today. But I did want to connect as well as keep up on my 31 posts in 31 days. If this post stops in the middle of the sentence, you'll know I passed out on my keyboard. But don't worry, my DH is due home soon. I've been thinking about our Thanksgiving table this year and how to decorate it. I have my silver and gold painted maple leaves. So I searched the Internet for ideas. I want to start with color - lots of color. source source Here is an 8x10 print from Lindsay Letters that would dress up the table. I think I will do something similar on my chalkboard. source I'll be hitting Continue reading

Easy DIY Rescue of a Damaged Side Table

Easy DIY Rescue of a Damaged Side Table

What do you do with a side table that has a damaged surface? Years ago I bought this blonde side table at a garage sale for a few dollars and put it beside our bed when we moved to Wausau, on my husband's side. It was in a hallway for years, but I thought it would be nice from my DH to have it since I gave away his Aunt Emily's table to my daughter to refinish. See her project here. Guess what? The top of the table developed some mysterious white rings and most of the top was water damaged. Don't worry my DH, I won't tell anyone it was you. Besides, you did me a favor! Read on... I had thought for a year that I would have to sand it down and restain it, but really didn't like the blonde look, so I put it off since I wouldn't have anything I really liked anyway. I liked the style of the piece, just not the Continue reading

Our Kitchen Before and After

Our Kitchen Before and After

We vacated our tiny rental house in old people's land, downtown Wausau, and began our much sought after fairy tale a year ago. Our new Hobbit House was a foreclosure that had been vacated for a year - Hobbitless, you might say. There is something to be said for the hominess of a Hobbit Hole. I wanted my home to be cozy and homey like Bilbo's. source Fortunately the structure the house was decent - it just needed a little TLC and I had to get my vision. (No, the picture above isn't my house - it's a Hobbit-Hole.) Here are before pictures. Not bad, but not what I call home. And certainly not fit for a Hobbit. NOTHING short of fairy tale is good enough. My home is where my grandkids and I were going to snuggle and read stories and have adventures. This is where my family and friends would Continue reading

10 Steps to Decorating Your Home on a Tight Budget

10 Steps to Decorating Your Home on a Tight Budget

I've given a lot of thought to my DIY projects. I search the Internet for ideas. The thing I enjoy the most is looking at other blogs that focus on home decor. But they can be my worst enemy at times too. Why? Because I don't always feel I can measure up. The problem with looking at what other people do is I tend to compare myself with them - oh boy, that can be a big mistake if I'm not careful I can become discouraged. We will always find someone who can do it better than us. The key is to realize that and use their example as inspiration rather than let it defeat or discourage us. Some of the home decor blogs are amazing! They have perfect houses and perfect photography to share their home decor. Oh, and let's not forget, they have perfect writing styles, and even perfect pictures of themselves on their sidebar where they introduce Continue reading