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Tutorial on how to turn an old, grey wood bench into colorful patio furniture. Easy DIY project.

Saving an Ugly Wood Bench

Refinish an old wood bench with Varathane stain, and turn an outdoor eyesore into beautiful patio furniture. When we moved into our mid-century home, there were two wood benches in the backyard that looked like they might have been built when the house was. They were old and very gray. The be...
PVC pipe and fitting make great industrial closet hardware and at a much cheaper price than galvanized pipes

PVC Curtain Hardware

PVC pipes and fitting painted silver make beautiful curtain hardware for these closet curtains. I really like how the industrial pipe she...
Use lace, plants, fabric, and candlelight to create an elegant, romantic setting for a dinner for two in your own backyard

A Romantic Outdoor Dinner Tablescape

A fun, romantic outdoor dinner inspired by The Legend of Tarzan is easy to make with some lace, plants, candles, mosquito netting, and any other odds and ends you can find. My husband and I went to see The Legend of Tarzan, which is a perfect date movie with lots of action and adventure and even...
Painting the edges of business cards

The Liebster Award

I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award, which is an internet award given to bloggers to help create a sense of community and connection in the blogosphere. About My Nomination The Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to recognize and praise other bloggers (like the Academy Awards, only no...
How to make simple closet curtains from sheets.

Closet Curtains Made from Sheets

We made simple closet curtains from bed sheets for my kids' closet so they can easily get into their closet and easily close it up again. Either way, it looks nice. My daughters’ closet used to have large sliding doors. They were ugly. They also only let you see one side of the closet at a time...
A patriotic DIY centerpiece with blue and white vases and red carnations

A Red, White, and Blue Centerpiece

A Patriotic centerpiece made from spray painted old bottles and red carnations. Hello, readers! Today's post is being published on Sugar Bee Crafts blog. Click here to go read all about this colorful centerpiece display....
Make a simple DIY fairy garden fence with popsicle sticks and wire.

How to Make a Fairy Garden Fence

Make a simple DIY fairy garden fence with popsicle sticks and wire. It adds the perfect miniature detail to any fairy garden. For the final piece from my daughter’s fairy garden birthday party, I have a video to share! We made a fence for each of the kids at the party to place anywhere in their...
Lessons learned while buying a fixer-upper

Want to Buy a Fixer Upper? Use a Realtor®

This post has been sponsored by National Association of REALTORS ®. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I’m excited to write this sponsored post for the National Association of Realtors® because it gives me the opportunity to share a little about what we learned when we bought our home four...
A Death Star light for a Star Wars nursery

How to Replace an Old Fixture with a New Light

or Installing the Death Star Light from Ikea This weekend we added a new piece to the Star Wars nursery: the light. This meant taking out the original light fixture in the room, circa 1950s, and replacing it with a new light from Ikea. As we’ve learned living in an older house, replacing some...
A fairy garden birthday party where each guest creates their own personal fairy garden

Create a Fairy Garden in a Flower Pot

Create your own personal fairy garden in a flower-pot. Fairy gardens don’t need to be big, after all, fairies are small. You just need a flower-pot. For my daughter’s fairy garden birthday party, each guest created her own small fairy garden in a flower-pot. This project is a great craft for ...
A fairy garden birthday party where each guest creates their own personal fairy garden

A Fairy Garden Birthday Party

Fairy gardens are really popular right, so my daughter wanted a fairy garden party for her birthday this year. The guests each made their own personal fairy garden. Our fairy garden party was less about fairies, and more about gardening and building. Most of the fairy garden birthday party id...
A retro-style light from Parrot Uncle with tips on how to install a pendant light

Beautiful Vintage-Style Pendant Light from Parrot Uncle

We got gorgeous a new pendant light from Parrot Uncle, and I'm sharing step-by-step instructions of how we installed it. As part of our kitchen remodel, we planned to hang a pendant light over the sink. Ideally, we probably should have put the light in after we installed new cabinets, but when P...
custom-car-illustration

A Custom Illustration of His Car Makes a Great Gift

Need a gift for a guy that loves cars? Give him a custom illustration of his favorite car. A messy desk is supposed to be the sign of a creative mind. I definitely have a very creative husband. For his birthday, I wanted to make his work space look nice. Tidying up the desk was the first ste...
How to make a fairy house from stuff you already have

A Fairy House Made from an Old Bottle

Building a fairy house doesn’t need to cost a lot, or even anything. It just needs some imagination. Fairies love creativity. They also love nature. And if they love nature, that means they really like recycling. It only makes sense, then, that the perfect fairy house is a recycled containe...
a DIY soccer goal made with PVC pipes

DIY Soccer Goal

Make your own DIY soccer goal with some PVC pipe and joints and some netting. It’s an easy DIY project, and a great gift for a soccer-loving kid. I’m excited I can finally share this project with you! It was a birthday gift for my daughter, and I couldn’t share it until after I’d given it...
Save water and money with a DIY rain barrel

DIY Rain Barrel

A rain barrel is wonderful for saving rainwater to water plants later. It’s also an easy DIY home project. All of the rain we’ve gotten this year has been wonderful. The plants and landscaping around our house look green and lush. Flowers are blooming, and plants are growing like crazy with a...
An irrigation timer makes watering plants easy and convenient

The Irrigation Timer

An irrigation timer is a must-have for my garden so I can set it and forget about watering the plants myself. The timer gives them just the right amount of water, just when they need it. I was going to include adding an irrigation timer in my post on irrigation valves, then in my post on installi...
A special message hidden in a bottle

Love Note in a Bottle

A subtle love note disguised as a message in a bottle adds a little bit of fun to a romantic gesture. Today’s post is going to be short because it’s my anniversary, but I wanted to share this simple gift that I made for my wonderful husband. It’s a vase of flowers with a secret love note in...