A couple of years ago I bought foaming dish soap with a coupon. I'll try new things if I can get it for a bargain. I decided to try to make my own once it ran out. After all, it couldn't be too hard, could it? There was no way I was putting out $6.00+ for that little bit of soap. Here's my recipe. Hold onto your seats! It's really complicated…N.O.T. I filled it with water to the top of the Dawn sticker – I did think about measuring it so I could give accurate measurements, but after all, it's not rocket science. I added some regular dish soap, and voila! It foamed when I pumped it. I felt so smart! Check this out. Do you think I should be a hand model? I should probably stick with being on this side of the camera. Back to soap… I've been refilling it every so often for about 2 years. How's … Read more
FIX UP THAT OLD PIECE OF FURNITURE DOWN IN THE BASEMENT My oldest daughter, April, had an old bookshelf down in her basement that she wanted to use for her homeschooling books. It looked like it had been in a circus wagon! She bought white primer and a gallon of dark brown paint from Menards and used a hand sander on the bookshelf to ready it for the primer. I was supposed to help her, but had guests on the week she wanted it done so she forged on alone. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Here is the “before” bookshelf. She sanded it, primed it, and then painted it dark brown. After April painted the bookshelf, she took a sanding sponge to it to rough it up a bit to give it the old and worn look. The Shabby Chic look is in these days. Here it is all dressed up and pretty. There’s a certain satisfaction … Read more
My friend, Linda, sent this picture to me. She said, “Here you go. This is my garden shed my husband and friend built for me. The original handle fell off and I got another friend to put this up instead. I stained the handle so it looked aged.” It’s amazing the things people come up with! We have an unattractive shed on our property, well, actually two of them that I’d like to spruce up like this. My poor DH. I’m always thinking up new things to do around the house. But the thing is, he’s always saying, “Happy wife, happy life.” Anyone else out there have a cute shed to show? I’m definitely in the market for ideas. Click here for a slide show by HGTV (love that channel) of some really inspiring garden sheds. Please leave a comment below if you have any ideas to share.
A local farm was selling pumpkins for $2.00, so I bought 3 to use on my porch. There’s something very satisfying about supporting local businesses. For my fall porch deco I used my funky candle holder, a basket I found at Goodwill for $1.99 (I painted the sign with chalkboard paint), and a mum plant I bought on clearance at Walmart for $3.99. I added some of my other diy projects and some fall finery from our yard. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Easy project – spray paint an old banged up watering can! Click here to see more fall decorating projects on my Pinterest board. What’s on your deck?
Nine projects – one day. Add half a dozen more. Try ths easy DIY fall kitchen decor – you will enjoy your kitchen more if it's pretty to look at. Are you happy with how you store your kitchen goods? This is how I kept my dry goods for years tucked away in my pantry – pretty unimaginative, I know. Not being a "pink" person, I was glad to get rid of that bucket. What do you have sitting around that you hate to look at? There's nothing I can say about the baking soda. It is what it is. Enter the mason jars. Five dozen mason jars in varying designs allowed me to pick out some of the unusual ones to use for my kitchen fall decor. Paint mason jar rings your accent color and then fill them with dry goods. Make use of a wire basket that has been sitting around. Metal baskets … Read more
Today is the day I get to use all the things I bought this week Let’s do some Fall Decor! I can’t wait to show you what I did today. I need to hurry or I will have to change that to “yesterday.” This is what I started with: Bag of 12 hand painted ceramic pumpkins – $4.00 at Goodwill Funky Candle Holder – $3.00 at Goodwill Little metal vase – $.86 at Nice as New consignment shop Metal hanging thingy – $1.50 Nice as New consignment shop Ugly green pumpkin – $1.99 at Goodwill Little orange pumpkin – $.75 at Goodwill Black sequin pumpkin – $1.00 at Target (Tar-jay as I like to call it) Blackboard spray paint – $3.98 at Menards Jelly Jar – old deco from years ago Two decorative glass canisters – $1.99 & $1.49 at 2 different Goodwills Bag of caramel chocolate brownie flavored Cameron’s coffee beans – $3.00 at Walmart Quart Canning Jar – … Read more
FRONT DOOR DESIGN What’s your door flavor? We just replaced our front door and I’m trying to decide how I want it finished both on the exterior and the interior of the house. If I had my choice, I’d have a Hobbit door, but since I have to live in reality… Take a look at these from Saffronia Baldwin Interior Design. I definitely want the crown molding over the door inside the house – and we are going with the white trim. Here is another door with crown molding, only this one is on the inside – pretty close to what we want for ours. It’s from I Love Trim. Here are some more interesting designs from All Super Design. My Front Door Project in the Works – “Before” If we’re going to re-do our front door, then we need to make it more grand than it was before. Here is “before.” The front door at our “new to us” … Read more
Guest Post by Andy Whiteley, Co-Founder of Wake Up World Looking for a healthy way to get more from your garden? Like to know your food is free of the pesticides and other nasties that are often sprayed on commercial crops? Re-growing food from your kitchen scraps is a good way to do it! There’s nothing like eating your own home- grown vegies, and there are heaps of different foods that will re- grow from the scrap pieces that you’d normally throw out or put into your compost bin. It’s fun. And very simple … if you know how to do it. Just remember … the quality of the “parent” vegetable scrap will help to determine the quality of the re-growth. So, wherever possible, I recommend buying local organic produce, so you know your re-grown plants are fresh, healthy and free of chemical and genetic meddling. Leeks, Scallions, Spring Onions and Fennel You can either use the white root end … Read more
To Garden or Not to Garden, That is the Question I’ve become interested in growing my own food both out of necessity (to save money), and because our new house had a ready made fenced in garden area (out of obligation to use God’s gifts to us). It has become a family project that surprised us all by producing well our first year. We have a dozen tomato plants full of soon to be ripe tomatoes that we plan to can (a future blog post!), along with beans, broccoli, corn, watermelon, lettuce, leeks, squash and peppers. We even grew flowers, cilantro and parsley. Needless to say, we are very excited! To see the fruit of our labor (literally!) has been such a blessing. ” src=”http://lovemydiyhome.com/wp-content/plugins/ckeditor-for-wordpress/plugins/wpgallery/images/spacer.gif?t=F7J8″ title=”gallery ids=”428,424,427,429,426,425″” /> A Garden that Produces Well is Very Inspiring It has been a joy to watch my grandsons along with their parents plant, weed, and care for our garden. I have actually enjoyed … Read more
Here’s a simple piece of DIY decor for you – use words as accents for home decor to add interest to any room. (UPDATED) In my guest room I want to create a warm cozy feeling, something that would reflect how we feel about our guests. There’s nothing like feeling loved! The “L” – second hand store for $1.25 The “E” – TJ Maxx for $5.00 The “V” – from Hobby Lobby, $2.00 after using a 40% off coupon. The heart shaped pine cone wreath is an old piece of decor that’s been floating around here for years. Here it is all put together: I want to paint one or more of the letters, but have not decided what colors to paint them. What do you think? I am going back and forth with color choices because I want to use some of the same letters to change it up at Christmas time to say NOEL. The room is a … Read more