Since mixing silver and gold accents is all the rage in home décor these days, I thought I would set about creating my own silver and gold Christmas ornaments. My tree from last year primarily had gold, red, and green ornaments, with crystal accents sprinkled throughout. This year I also wanted to incorporate some silver mercury glass ornaments into the tree, and thought it would flow better if I created some transitional ornaments with both gold and silver on the same bulb. This easy, quick and fun DIY took only minutes per ornament.
Have a chair that needs a facelift? Wondering what to do with it? Here are a few simple and easy steps to rejuvenate that chair. This particular set of chairs I purchased at an antique shop a few years back for $25 each. I fell in love with the cane back and all the beautiful wood curves….It is amazing the character and life that a few coats of paint can add to an old, worn-out chair!
So if you love to go antiquing or search out a good chair bargain at Yard Sales like I do you, or you already have a chair you want to redo, this might be just the perfect DIY to rejuvenate that gently loved piece of furniture, turning it from “okay” to “fabulous!” in just a few steps.
Do you have any old rusty tools and whatnots lying around? Maybe you have some miscellaneous items of your husband’s, father’s, or grandfather’s that you have no clue what to do with, and they just sit there in your garage or project room year after year collecting dust. Well, here is a notion to help you get those items out of the forgotten corner and make them useful again. How about turning them into a garden chime to enjoy throughout the year!
With a bit of jute twine, a pair of scissors, small hand drill (optional), and said items above, you are good to go. Think of what a fun DIY this would be for kids (of any age) to make for the dad or grandfather in their life!
If you are like me, are over thirty, and/or love the Goodwill and yard sale shopping, you may have a lot of décor that has a gold appearance. With all the mercury glass and silver & grey décor in vogue right now, I wanted to find a solution to my “gold problem” without spending a lot of money.
My solution was found in a bees-wax-based metallic rub called Inka-Gold, made by Viva Decor, and priced at just $6.99 at Jo-Ann Fabrics. Fabulous things come in small packages and this little jar of paint is no exception, transforming everything from picture frames to wall sconces. The bonus is that it is quite easy, fast, and fun to do as you jazz up your décor!
Do you remember the day when we would take a valentines card or treat to our neighbors and friends by first placing the Valentine on the door step, ringing the door bell, and then running or hiding? I wonder – do children still do this tradition? Ahh, the 70’s in small town, USA!!!
My inspiration for this blog was a craft I actually made out of red netting and yarn when I was in Elementary School for just that tradition! It’s an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift idea for someone special on Valentine’s Day – your honey, friend, or child.
You might want to try this fun DIY craft! All you need is a bit of burlap, needle, thread, scissors, paper, and a few Valentine day treats, and you are good to go.
Ah, Mother’s Day, the day of the year we have the best opportunity to tell those special women in our lives just how much we care about them, whether they be our mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, or friends. One of my favorite holidays of the year. When I think of my own dear mother, I think about note cards, post cards, and thank you cards. Any type of card, because Mom loves sending out cards.
So today’s post is all about the cards. Note cards, gift cards and postcards of Italian Frescoed Paintings that you can print out for any occasion.
So I’ll bet that title intrigued you a bit :) What exactly is a bubble wrap & duct tape mattress, anyway?
Have you ever stopped and wondered what it might be like to be homeless? How do you stay dry and sleep at night? I personally can’t even begin to comprehend what it must feel like and what challenges they must face. Even with a sleeping bag, it is a challenge for those that are homeless to stay warm and dry. Having a barrier to the cold AND moisture, such as a bubble wrap mattress, might just make all the difference to how comfortable you night will be. Although over time the “bubbles will pop”, they will still provide a barrier for the blanket or sleeping bag from the moisture-ridden ground.
So how did I get involved? For a group I’m part of, it all started with a birthday wish. All Tracey wanted for her birthday was to make mattresses for the homeless in Portland, Oregon. She had learned about this amazing concept from the story described here. So Tracey’s close friend, Jacki, who is founder and President of Mother’s Legacy Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “build a legacy of hope, voice, change and compassionate influence for our world family,” planned this amazing activity where 32 bubble wrap mattresses and pillows were made.
As it turned out, making Bubble Wrap/Duct Tape Mattresses was an easy and fun activity that, with a bit of planning, can be a huge success if you are looking for an opportunity to serve others in need, or even make a couple of roll-up mattresses for your own use.
Pallet wood projects are very popular these days, as the look provides a rich and rustic texture in many of your projects and decorations. Plus, it can be fun for you to mix and match using older, aged wood with newer-looking pieces. I’m always on the lookout for creative usages of this cheap and widely available material, and while visiting my sister last week, watched her and her family build a fantastic wall made up of recycled pallet boards. I simply fell in love with it and can hardly wait to find a spot in my yard to re-create it! Do you have an area that needs to be covered up, maybe your garbage cans or gardening tools? This may be just the project for you :)
Today we have a fabulous guest post from Adrienne over at Chic California. When I saw Adrienne’s very clever DIY post on how to transfer vintage maps onto drop cloths to create beautiful pillows, I was so in love with them that I asked her if she would mind sharing how she created them here […]
Last week my brother-in-law, Dix gave his wife Jane (my sister) an amazing 50th birthday party. He and daughter Louisa have been working on this celebration for months. It was a phenomenal success, and everyone there had a fabulous time. It was quite the happening event, complete with a caterer, decorator, and even a live […]