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A Nerf dart costume made into a steampunk blaster. Perfect for any steampunk costume.

Nerf Steampunk Gun

Turn a plastic Nerf dart gun into a steampunk blaster. It’s easy to make a steampunk gun with just a little paints and some details. For my birthday this year, my husband gave me two awesome birthday presents. First, he gave me a Nerf dart gun turned into a steampunk accessory because I love al...
How to restore an old or neglected wood deck

Reclaiming a Worn Out Deck

A wood deck that has seen better days can still be restored to a beautiful and functional space.  With some hard work and the right supplie...
Bring color and light to any cabinet or bookshelf by adding removable wallpaper to the back.

Adding Color to a Cabinet with Removable Wallpaper

Use removable wallpaper from WallsNeedLove to make the back of any shelves or cabinet more bright and colorful. I have a vintage 1940s cabinet that I love. It looks perfect in our mid-century home and fits exactly on the one wall in our dining room. It’s not too frilly, but it has some beautifu...
Tips and hints to grow a successful succulent garden in your backyard.

Planting a Succulent Garden

A succulent garden is easy to grow and care for. There are just a few things to remember when planting these beautiful drought-tolerant plants. Last week I shared how I used the 6 principles of design to create a succulent garden, but I also wanted to tell how we prepared the garden and planted...
Learn how to use the 6 principles of art to design your garden or landscape

Principles of Garden Design

Use the principles of design to make your garden look beautiful and well-designed. Create proportion, emphasis, balance, movement, rhythm, and unity in your landscape. Our home has a triangular-shaped planter at the back of the patio. It’s an odd shape for a planter, and we struggled to find pl...
Create a fairy garden campground with a teepee tent, a campfire, and even a cave to explore, all miniature.

Pete’s Dragon and Fairy Garden Fun

We've created lots of fun fairy houses and accessories for our backyard fairy garden, including a campsite with a teepee, campfire, and even a cave to explore based on a scene from Pete's Dragon. Since this post is the last one before school starts for us, I want to share a few of the many w...
Learn how to build a kids' sandbox with this DIY tutorial

Building a Sandbox and The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge

Inspired by the upcoming U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge, we built a kids’ sandbox in our backyard. Read about the Sand Sculpting event and how to build your own sandbox. The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge This Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, the biggest sand sculpting contest in the world will h...
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...
simple practical beautiful tools

Simple Practical Beautiful: Year 1

Last July I started Simple Practical Beautiful as a way share all of my homemaking projects and all the improvements my husband and I make to our 1950s ranch-style home. I can’t believe it’s been a year. We’ve finished a lot of projects, but there’s a whole lot more we still need to tackle. ...
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 shelves in my son’s room look with galvanized steel pipes. I wanted to use that same look in my daughters’ room for their curtain hardware, but paint the pipes...
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 ...