Archives for May 2014

Are you tired of expensive planting supplies?

Are you tired of expensive planting supplies?

Here are two DIY planters you can make with trash. Yep, that's right. Trash Free, easy, and green - literally.     Cut the bottle in half.    Remove the cap. Flip the top half and stuff it into the bottom half.   Grab a coffee filter and place it in the top half.   Fill it with potting soil.   Plant a seed and watch it grow! See how the water drains into the bottom but no dirt falls through? Genius! You can cut off the bottom of another pop bottle and place it on top to create a green house affect. We did this back in May when we started our seeds. Here's the little seedling I transplanted into the pop bottle planter. I used Continue reading

Antique Chair – Better than a Hobby Lobby Hack

Antique Chair – Better than a Hobby Lobby Hack

The front porch needed some serious help after our long winter, so the first step was to fix my antique chair, one of my first projects from last year.   Welcome to my life... (no pretending to be perfect here)     See it tucked in the corner behind all the big pots next to my grandson's worm collection?     We got this and two other chairs as part of an auction bundle, spray painted it and have had it on my front porch for a year. I wondered if it would survive the winter - yep, I was too lazy to take it in and just kept brushing the snow off as I passed by. The seat only had a few scratches on it, so that is easy enough to fix.  It's hiding a couple of ugly electrical boxes. I thought to just go ahead and paint the chair Continue reading

The 13th Colony Antiques of Minoqua

The 13th Colony Antiques of Minoqua

  We came across The 13th Colony on our way to Minoqua. WI. There are three reasons I stop to shops like this:   1. I like to support Mom & Pop shops.   2. I enjoy getting ideas for my own home, mostly on how to use what I already have in a new and different way.   3. It helps me establish what I do and don't like for my decor.   I rarely buy anything at places like this because I am a DIY'er and very cheap! But I did find their prices reasonable and the selection of never before seen products was intriguing. They were kind enough to let me photograph their store. I'll let the photo essay do the talking. Continue reading

Make Arrangements to DIY – Grab and Stuff!

Make Arrangements to DIY – Grab and Stuff!

Psst. Pssssst. There is something you need to know. You may have never been told this before, but believe me. I know what I'm talking about. OK, I'm going to say it..     You don't have to pay anyone to do it. You don't have to take a second job to afford it. And the best part is - you can do it in 5 minutes. What am I talking about? DIY arrangements - arrangements you can copy. Easily. This has to be one of the easiest DIY's I've shared. Grab and stuff baby.   GRAB . AND . STUFF .   Go to Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or anywhere that has a variety of flowers and accessories like leaves, twigs, branches, sprigs, whatever - you know, the foofy stuff. Decide what you like, buy it along with some sort of Continue reading