Merry Christmas

Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!

My Scrap Wood Christmas Tree

We have a decorative rustic fence near the road by our house that I usually
decorate up for the holidays.. for the fall I had a pumpkin and scarecrow
and fall floral/country wreath.
Well, I decided to make a Christmas tree to put there this year.
One with lights was my goal.

So I started with a scrap piece of wood that I dug out of the garage and just
drew a whimsical tree shape.. nothing fancy.
I cut it out with my jigsaw, gave it a light sanding, and then a couple coats of
spray paint.
Green of course. :0)

I brought the 'tree' indoors and decided to use battery powered with a timer
lights..  In debating how to put them on, I decided to use burlap ribbon.

So i cut a little opening every so often to insert a light.

Then took a look at my finished burlap lights, and
made sure they still worked after prying around on them to shove them
through the holes. :0)

Then I was trying to figure out how to attach it to my 'tree'..
Staple gun!

So I started by getting the battery pack fixed to the back.. I just 
used my staple gun on the cord and then using the plastic container
that the lights came in cut it to slide over the battery box to keep the elements
out.   (but left the bottom open so I can still turn on the timer etc.)

Then I stapled the burlap ribbon on in a zig zag random pattern.

Lights still working.. yay!

Then I added a 'Merry Christmas' ornament to it..
(staple guns are great!) :0)

and here she is outside..

She looks pretty at night too.. and I have always wanted to put lights there but
never have before.  Yay for battery powered lights with a timer!

Total cost for this project was less than $10.00 since I used scrap wood that was
leftover from other projects, and already had the paint and ribbon on hand.
The lights were less than $6.00 and the ornament was $1.00.
Gotta love low cost projects! :0)

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Happy Thanksgiving

Hope that you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving holiday!
We have so much to be thankful for.

Guest / Craft Combo room and my new chair

If you saw my recent post I just redid a kitchen table and turned it into my new
craft space desk..  You can see that full post Here.

Well, of course I decided I needed a chair.. makes sense right? :0)

And recently we stopped in a goodwill and I actually spotted a bar stool that I
planned to buy and cut down and use that, but then around the corner..
there it was.. and at a better price!

Actually there "they" were..
There was a pair of solid wood Ethan Allen chairs.. both were
in need of some help but one was definitely better than the other,
and I picked the better one out looked it over, and it came home with us.

It had a lot of scratches and the bottom portion of the chair
let me know they must've had a puppy..

A puppy with lots of teeth and that liked to chew on this chair. :0)

However the puppy must've favored the other chair even more, that is why
that chair stayed in the store and I didn't bring it along as well. Ha.

So sanding was definitely required..
a lot of sanding..
a whole lot of sanding..

Did I mention sanding!

Then finally after all that sanding, and sanding, came the paint..
Yep, the pretty shade of blue..
I decided that it might as well match the desk.

and the dresser..

Isn't it pretty?

and here is my Craft / Guest Combo room..
all decorated up for Christmas.


Can you guess what my headboard is?
It is actually the table leaves from our kitchen table.. Yes, it has 3 leaf inserts 
and the table get's massive,
but we have never used them because our table is big enough as it is. 
Well,  I was debating on where to put the table leaves to get them out of my laundry room 
and thought of this..  and it actually looked good! Ha.. 
One of those win/win things. :0)

You may be wondering where all my craft supplies went if you remember
my Craft Room reveal.. 
Well, notice that I didn't show off the closet - that is another story, 
for another time. :0)

Thanks for stopping by!

DIY Kitchen Table to my new Desk

I have been looking for a new desk for my craft/guest combo room..
and just couldn't find one that was affordable and made from real wood.

I use to actually use a small kitchen table in this room before I decided
to turn it into a combo room.. and I decided I didn't have much to lose by
cutting it down to see if I could make it work in this space again..
after all it was just sitting in the garage taking up space there.

So I went for it.

Here is a quick recap on how she looked before..

Ya know, before changing this room into a guest/craft combo room and having to move
a lot of things out to accommodate a bed and dresser into this small space. :0)

So I drug the table out and decided on the width I wanted to fit the small space I had to place
a desk, and marked the table off at 19",  and I got started 'winging it' as i went, cutting.

After I had it cut I flipped the table upside down,
then proceeded to cut the brace boards.
(as the blade wasn't deep enough to get through the depth of it.)

Then I removed the legs off the scrap side of the table..

Then simply removed the brace boards..
(which was a lot easier than I expected it to be)

After that I measured what I needed to cut the brace down on the wannabe desk 
so I could make it fit all fit back together onto the bottom of my new desk.

Of course in looking back I probably could've done something to not have a 
seam on the ends..
but at this point I was pleasantly surprised and happy with how this was going
and was okay with having a seam. :0)

Attached it all back together after getting the board cut down, and then
got to work with wood putty (for the seam) and sanding.

Quite a bit of sanding.. this table had certainly seen better days before ending up my
craft table.  :0)

After sanding.. 
a new coat of paint was in order.

Remember my dresser I redid not long ago?
(You can see the post on that Here)

It also lives in this room so I thought it was fitting to use this same pretty shade
of blue.

And now this beauty has a new home in my craft/guest combo room. 

Since I had everything on hand.. this was no dollar project.. just a little time
and a little elbow grease and I have a beautiful new work area that fits my space perfectly!

See my chair that I redid and how I decorated this room
coming up tomorrow.. :0)

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The Scoop
Inspire Me Tuesday

Christmas Wreath 2015

If you remember I used a vintage wood frame with ornaments last year..
If you'd like to see that post go Here.

Which I loved, so unique and so pretty!

However, I am using that frame elsewhere in the house and I decided I would like
to be able to light it up this year so I decided to go a little more traditional.

So I purchased a plain green wreath, a set of battery powered lights with a timer, and got
out my Christmas theme florals/ribbons and decided to see what I came up with.

First I fluffed the wreath up some, and made sure my lights worked. :0)
Then I strung the lights and attached the battery box to the back of the wreath.
(using craft wire)

So far, so good.

Then I just started tucking things in.. some glittery picks, poinsettia's, and some
sticks to add a little rustic charm.. :0) then I added a simple burlap bow.


Scrap Trim to a Christmas Tree

Christmas decor is up..
 and Oh, so pretty.  I absolutely love this time of year. :o)

Well, I decided to share this simple DIY project I did in a very short amount
of time.
I used a piece of faux wood looking baseboard trim and using my compound miter saw simply
angled the ends..
and as I cut them I placed them in a 'tree' shape.. no measuring, just eyeballing
it cutting each one smaller as I went.
I wasn't looking for a perfect 'tree' after all.

I also cut the backing piece to use to attach my "branches"..

Here it is all placed together:

Then I simply attached it together using screws.
Then placed it in a container and added some florals.

linking up at:
Flaunt it Friday

Utensil Art for the kitchen

I decided to make some new artwork for my brand new pantry..
(See the details of my Pantry Here)

So I gathered a few supplies..

  • a previously used corkboard
  • decorative papers
  • modge podge
  • paintbrush
  • spray paint
  • and silverware

I started by cutting my decorative papers.. and using my paintbrush and modge podge
put a light coat on the cork board and attached the papers.

I used a 12" x 12" sheet of printed scrapbook paper for the center portion,
and solid coordinating colors for the edges due to the fact that the 12" paper
wasn't big enough to cover the length of the cork board.  Plus I really wanted
a pop of red with my turquoise.

Then I decided to distress it just a little with a ink pad.

After it was dry, I gave the top a coat of modge podge and let that dry.

While that was going on inside.. 
This was going on outside:

Using spray paint, I gave a set of silverware a coat of white (front and back), after that 
dried.. a coat of red.

Why did I use white first? Well, my red shade is a little darker than I wanted so I 
painted it white first to try to brighten up the red a bit.

Next step..
glue. (I used hot glue but e6000 would probably be better)

and waaaahlaaa..

Fun utensil artwork for the pantry. :0)

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Brag About it link Party,
The Scoop