Keeping DIY Simple and Fun!

                                               

I love building things! To start with raw materials and create something original is pure fun. I like the challenge of figuring out the how-to and when it's all said and done there's a feeling of connection to a better part within me. I especially love to up-cycle and when I have all the materials I need without buying anything to complete a project, I'm in a state of grace. Life can be just that perfect sometimes!

Click on the "READ MORE"  link for the basic know-how of how to create these projects for yourself.


Birdseed Birdhouse

 

 

 

 

Someone once said that "winter is for the birds", and they didn't mean it in the kindest way! But here is a project to help your birds out this winter and an opportunity to gather some friends together for a fun afternoon. Just a few simple componants but no special skills required.

I'm always looking for projects to make with children especially if it can promote good citizenship. Nothing like combining an afternoon of fun with a great message! In this case,  compassion for wild life is the message and kids of all ages enjoy coming together to make this project.    Read More

 


 

The Blue Shelf 

     

One thing that's definitely permitted is that girls can change their mind. The farmhouse came with a utility room- 7.5' x 7.5', which is not a whole lot of space, but fit a washing machine, furnace and freezer. I didn't need a freezer and the furnace was on it's last legs so once they were gone, the room was dubbed the laundry. Upon close inspection, the washing machine that came with the house was a little cruddy, so I got rid of it, too. In the interim, it's become a catch-all room. I've started to think of this space- this teeny, tiny space- as a craft room. But this required organization! READ MORE    


 

The C Table -  Is the "C" for Couch or Computer?

 

You've just got to love it when you realize you have all the materials you need to build something you've wanted for a while. Such was the case when I came across 4 black L-brackets in my "junk" drawer- just what I needed for the laptop table I wanted for the farm house.

I had picked up two trim boards (1 x 4 x  8') from a collection of gray shiplap specialty wood from Home Depot, just because it was good looking and may come in handy sometime. It's hard to find real barn wood that has weathered to a natural gray. Many years ago I was gifted with a nice slab of cherry which I had been saving for a special project. Now with the L-brackets, it was time to put something together.  READ MORE...  


Inspiration Board

 

 

One of my winter hobbies is to try and find practical uses for the stuff that accumulates– you know what I mean, stuff that you really don’t need or want but can’t throw away? In the DIY (Do It Yourself)  world, it’s called up-cycling

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I started with a 24” x 30” black picture frame and thought it could be repurposed into an inspiration board with clothes pins (I had some very small ones) and wire to hold pictures. I got rid of the glass and backing, painted the frame gray, and drilled small

holes on the sides and strung the wire through, stapling it on the back. 

But I wasn't happy with it.... what to do? READ MORE

 

 


Lavender Wands

 

One of my most favorite herbs is lavender. It's easy to grow and my current "mama" of the garden is over 10 years old and still produces a fortune in blooms. Bees love it and it's one of the most showy plants in my garden during bloom time.

But the story today is about lavender wands, a perfect way to save the precious blooms to fragrance your wardrobe, sock drawers or bathrooms. They make a beautiful from-your-garden gift.  

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