Don’t Talk to Me

Seriously I don’t like it when soicitors come to my door. It happens a lot. Or at least it was. One or two a day for weeks in the spring. Usually I ignore the door if I don’t know the person. My dogs drive me bonkers though. Solicitor rings the door bell and I have 2 dog bells that go off for another 3 minutes. Trust me it is the longest 3 minutes of my life. So with that being said the next project was born.

Solicitors, lets face it. It’s weird. A random stranger at the door asking me personal questions to get to know me to sell me something I most likely do not want or need. With that said here is the sign. By the time I put it up I had 2 neighbors ask if I could make them one as well. LOL! Of course.

(It’s been 2 months and not one solicotor since)

A HUGE HEART

So I know it’s only January but February has my very favorite holiday. I love Valentine’s day. We were married on Valentine’s day. We found out we were pregnant with our second son on Valentine’s day. We all make special homemade cards for each other, including the kids. I decorate a tree for the holiday because we all know it’s not a holiday unless there is  a tree involved. LOL! I love red, and pink, I love hearts. It’s just my thing. Seriously wait till you see the huge herringbone heart I made  just getting a start for this February.

So it took me  a while to get the hang of the layout as I had no cutout or stencil for this. It was the first one I have ever made. My hubby helped of course. He was the reason it actually was finished being he did all the major cutting for me. Let me tell you I LOVE IT!

So it all started with a freehand drawing and a cutout on some 1/4 inch plywood. The hubby cut it out for me. You can see that I had a pattern of boards going on behind it to make sure it fit. I think used some wood glue between the boards and plywood then stapled that sucker down with all that I had. Hubby cut around the back piece which was like a guide.

All cut out and ready for some homemade whitewash.

All cut out and ready for some homemade whitewash.  Then I hung it on a very empty wall in the living room.

Here’s a size reference. It’s a HUGE heart.

I added a string of poms poms to add a splash of color for Valentine’s Day.

Garbage & Recyling

Okay I promise this is my last post of the year. I believe I am caught up with all the projects done during the holiday season.

Let me say good grief and what a huge pain in the arse that garbage and recycling was in our kitchen. We had a stainless steel can with a step lever for the lid. It’s no where near big enough for a day and as for the recycling, well it accumulates in a paper bag, on the counter, in a row on the floor next to the said bag and anywhere else the kids will put it till I am screaming and asking for the 56th time for them to take out recycling.  One day is all it takes to build up in a family of 6.

Needless to say I found a cute bin on Pinterest. Yes time time void website. LOVE IT! Somedays more that others. Any who I found this bin and have been wanting my hubby to help make it for about 3 years. So finally he designed it on his computer and started lying it out.

One trip to Ace, and 2 trips to town, Home Depot and Lowes and finally we have everything. We needed a new tool as well so out total topped out about $175.  It was not a cheap project but well worth the money spent. There were no directions on how to build this specific one that I could find so we winged it. I’m sure there may have been easier ways to do things but it is done and looks super fab in the nook in the kitchen and it gets rid of all the over flow of  recycling. In all it took a full weekend to build and paint.

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See? It’s so much better than the before picture which I did remember to take for once but am not posting  because run away recycling everywhere is embarrassing.  Let me know what you think fellow DIY’ers. Have you built one? What did you do different? Wanna try it?

 

Christmas Signs

Lots of signs and lots of decorations happened this season. We started decorating for Christmas as soon as we finished eating the Thanksgiving turkey. I LOVE HOLIDAYS AND DECORATIONS! Remember I have a thing for twinkle lights and that does not help one little iota. So the house was decorated inside and out. This is just a few of the DIY’s we tackled for the for holidays. I also inherited a new decoration. It was this vintage candle holder that I added white paint to…of course. The word trees I dreamed up  and absolutely love them. I had to make one for me and one for a friend. These were fairly simply if you have the right tools. I love that they were a 1 day project. Quick and easy.

 

I figured I would share some of my other DIY’s and favorite areas of my house as well for the holidays.  Inside and out. I hope you all had a very happy holiday season fellow diy’ers. Happy Painting.

 

Blanket Ladder DIY

It’s been a busy month and I haven’t updated forever so with that being said be prepared to be bombarded by post in the next few days as I play catch. With projects, family, holidays, vacations and life there just didn’t seem to be enough time in the day.

Today’s DIY was a quick blanket ladder. It took maybe an hour to make including staining it. I love quick projects. Instant gratification is nice on occasion. Especially after some of the projects I did this last month.

The ladder I had some extra planks laying around so I showed my husband what I wanted and he put it together. I had most of it cut already. I love it. I think next time we will angle the ladder sides so it “v”‘s in more at the top and give it more the vintage look.

Stuff It

The other day I stumbled across a stack of old clothing and fabric. One sweater was one from when I “borrowed”  it from my husband, which i did often when were in our 20’s. Another was a favorite white sweater of mine that is almost as old. So obviously I just couldn’t get rid of them or donate them. I could however repurpose them.

I had some pillows stashed away taking up valuable real estate in my closet that  I have been meaning to give new life to for quite some time.

So wah-la. Today’s projects. Sweater covered pillows. Easy and pretty fast.  They are so fun and soft and love how much charm they bring to the room.

I really didn’t want to toss the sweater remenants so I came up with a fun idea with fall around the corner. Sweater pumpkins. I really have a slight obsession with pumpkins and leave them out year around. Now I will be selling these little charmers as well so you can soften up your fall decor.