Make a Pillow From a Reusable Shopping Bag

Make a Pillow From a Reusable Shopping Bag

 

make an outdoor pillow diy project

I have a collection of reusable shopping bags.

It’s like the collection that I never intended to have.  I just couldn’t help it.  I would be checking out in line somewhere and there they would be….

….the reusable shopping bags.

Patterned and cute and colorful and full of life.

“I’m going green,” I would tell myself, “for only $1.75.”

And another shopping bag would wind its way to Thistlewood.Continue reading


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Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin

Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkin

 

word-find-chalkboad-pumpkin-project

I am up to my elbows in acorns and spray paint and wooden bowls carved from stumps and mercury glass pumpkins….

….decorating for the fall house tour on Monday.

And I can’t wait to share it with you.

In the meantime….please enjoy a repeat of one of my favorite projects from last year.

Because nothing says fall….

….like a chalkboard word find pumpkin. :)

 

Remember when pumpkins were orange?

Back in the day.

Before anyone ever painted pumpkins?

Before burlap pumpkins and dryer vent pumpkins and can lid pumpkins and straw pumpkins and pumpkins made from pallet wood.

Just orange.

Orange pumpkins from the Piggly Wiggly with a carved face.

Nothing too fancy…..

…just a face with triangle eyes and a triangle nose and a moon for a mouth.

And some years you were extra fancy and cut a snaggle tooth grin.Continue reading


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How to Build a Pallet Wood Letter

How to Build a Pallet Wood Letter

 

distressed pallet wood letter

Remember the original Real Housewives of Orange County?

The one that started it all.

Remember Laurie and Jo and Jeana and Kimberly and of course….Vicki.

The show was fascinating and glamorous and they wore evening gowns to go shopping and diamond tiaras for lunch and ate at restaurants that looked like art galleries…..

…..and had shoe closets bigger than my living room.

Television at it’s finest.

And even though I wore sweatpants to go shopping and a black rubber band for lunch and adore Cracker Barrel and put my shoes in a big jumbled pile in the middle of my closet….

….I never missed an episode.Continue reading


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Wool Felted Acorn Garland

Wool Felted Acorn Garland

 

felted acorn garland project

Once upon a time I used real acorns for decorating.

I was having a party and I wanted to create a truly authentic fall feel for the house….

….so I brought the outside in.

Just like they do in the magazines.

I filled giant glass urns with acorns and tucked branches into them and strung tiny bits of twine from branch to branch and wrote thankful quotes on torn pieces of card stock and tied them onto the twine.

And I finished off the look by gluing oak leaves to the branches.

Can I tell you how amazing I thought I was?

Seriously.

All that fall glory for (almost) free.Continue reading


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How to Build a Bench From a Door

How to Build a Bench From a Door

 

transform door into bench

Remember the time that a friend gave your mother a door?

Not just any door.

A beautiful, chippy, multi-painted layered door with an amazing patina and a story to tell.

And then my brother transformed the door into a bench for my mother’s front porch…..

….in one hour.

Yep.

Sixty minutes.

Thirty six hundred seconds.

Exactly the time it takes me to curl my hair. Continue reading


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Kitchen Organization Project

Kitchen Organization Project

 
kitchen organization project

Happy Labor Day rock star.

May your day be full of fun without any labor in sight.

But just in case you wanted to plan a little organizing for the rest of the week….

….here’s a fun kitchen organization project.Continue reading


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Tips and Hints on How to Shop at a Flea Market

Tips and Hints on How to Shop at a Flea Market

 
tips and hints on how to shop at a flea market This weekend we spent the day at the Nashville flea market.

And as far as days go….it ranked up with other life changing events in my life.

Like the first time I realized I could wear white pants before and after Labor Day.

And chalk came in colors.

And zucchini could be made into bread.

And that french fries totally count as a vegetable.

Just kidding.

Maybe. :) Continue reading


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How to Build a Giant Abacus

How to Build a Giant Abacus

 

how to build a giant abacus

This is a DIY project that has been years in the making.

I’ve wanted to build it ever since I saw it in the Pottery Barn catalog years ago.  I knew that I knew that I knew…..it would be perfect in the house.

If only I could figure out how to DIY it.

I could figure out the sides and I could figure out the metal corners and I could figure out the rods in the middle….but I couldn’t figure out how to make the beads that you used to count with.

Giant wooden discs?

Too flat.

Giant metal washers?

Too un-round.

Giant beads?

Too round.

And then one day I saw these.Continue reading


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