I recently shared a post of 10 adorable crochet Christmas ornaments all with free patterns. But for those of you that do not crochet but still like to craft and create, I have gathered a collection of lovely ideas for easy-to-make, non-yarn related Christmas ornaments.Continue Reading
I admit, I didn’t give much thought to building a collection of dowry items or trousseau when I began dating my husband. We met while I was in high school and, more because it was a useful piece of furniture, my parents gave me a ceder hope chest as a graduation gift.
I just refinished this vintage chest with chalk paint and I am really pleased with the results.Continue Reading
When our youngest daughter moved into a place of her own, she left her bedroom a wee bit of a disaster. This creative girl had enough stuff to fill two bedrooms whilst working on her digital animation projects for college. It was full of computers, lighting, video and camera apparatus with room darkening curtains and nail holes in the walls too numerous to count.
It took days and lots of trash bags just to empty the room. But I was determined to reclaim the space and create something lovely. A DIY Bedroom makeover from messy teen room to Mom’s French Country retreat. A bright and beautiful place for reading, resting and relaxing and all done on a budget. Continue Reading
A Christmas tree is a traditional part of our holiday decor and many people cherish a live tree. Artificial trees are lovely, convenient and can be used year-after-year. But, they do not compare to a real tree to bring the outdoor beauty and fragrance into our homes. Keeping a real tree healthy, green and above all safe is of major concern. This recipe for a live Christmas tree fire retardant along with other safety measures will help make the holiday season a happy and safe one.Continue Reading
NOTE: Humidity has a lot to do with good bubble making so you might want to add a little more or less water to get a good consistency. Since it is so humid here in August, a little thinner was better.
Directions: The photos will be a help in making the wand
- Drill a small hole in the end of each dowel.
- Screw the Eye Hooks into the holes you just drilled until they are secure.
- Cut a 70-inch piece of cotton string. Cut another piece of string that measures 30-inches. You can make the string as long or short as you like just as long as one string is longer than the other.
- Put the 3 to 4 nuts through the 70 inch string.
- Put the ends of both pieces of string through one of the eye hooks and tie a knot. Do the same thing on the other eye hook. Now you should have a long string and a shorter one that runs from one dowel to the other.
- Head outside with your bucket of solution
- Put the end of the dowels in the bucket so the string is submerged in the bubble solution.
- Bring the ends of the dowels up from the bubble solution, together until about chest high.
- Then separate the dowels by pulling them outward so the string makes a triangle that points down. The washers will weigh the center of the bottom string down. see photo below.
- Step backward quickly so that the air goes through the bubble solution between the dowels and makes a bubble.
We had to give it a few tries before getting the hang of making the bubbles but as you can see, even little kids were quickly able to master it.
And the big kids couldn’t resist a try 🙂
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|Fourteen years ago I had no problem climbing ladders and standing on scaffolding to hang this wallpaper way up in the stairwell.|
But something troubled me with this design.
well, I’m getting there.
Here is how it looks so far.
There are a few more projects I am working on for this area and will share them soon.
But now I have to try and repair my fingernails and hands, get ready for a two week visit from my daughter, Jill and her family arriving Thursday night, Erin’s birthday on Friday, a high school graduation party for Abbey on Saturday, and all of our August family birthdays!
We’re celebration someone’s birthday today! Our sweet Keri Jill is turning SIX!
Keri likes twirling and singing and being creative. Drawing, painting and poetry too. And, girly things. So, I made her a pretty chalkboard for her bedroom. A recycled and re-purposed garage sale framed mirror became a chalkboard birthday gift for this little girl turning six years old. It is an easy DIY project.
Robin’s Egg Blue/Aqua Wall Paint from Lowes
Curtains were one sheer panel pulled up with satin ribbon for each window.
I found the ceiling medallion in a clearance bin long ago and after painting it white attached it to the ceiling.
Remember this little table in need of a makeover? The one my husband got for $5.00 at a garage sale? A little sanding… a little stain… and a few coats of urethane and… a lovely refinished half-circle table.Continue Reading
At last, the air has warmed and the birds have returned and again the front porch has become a very enjoyable place to rest. A welcoming place to sit a spell. Front porch living includes pretty daisies in a sprinkling can sitting atop a little round wicker table.Continue Reading