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 satisfaction- like I've connected 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.

Hand Made Paper with Flowers and Seeds




Here's a project for  the kiddos and adults alike and just in time for Mother's Day.  It's super easy to make your own paper and you probably have everything you need to do it at your finger tips.

You'll find many uses for this artisan papier.


Garden Trug



How many times have you gone to the garden for a tomato and come back with a pepper, green beans, a cuke because they were ripe and ready for harvest? You can make this cute, rustic gathering basket I call a trug. Rinse the vegies with a garden hose before bringing inside!   READ MORE


Garden Benches




Last summer I often thought a garden bench would be the perfect addition to the garden- a place where I could sit with the flowers and enjoy nature. Light weight and easily movable from porch to garden to extra dining at the table, these cute little benches are quick to build and  affordable.

Easy to customize! For directions, READ MORE HERE.

Tips For An Ergonomic Garage Make Over



Trying to fit everything a crafter needs into a single car garage is tricky and it's easy to lose control of our workshops. And as we age, certain tasks become harder.

Here are a few tips to keep crafting fun AND easy on your back!


Christmas Crate Using Freezer Paper to Transfer Image



I'm always looking for ways to use what I have, so when I had a few Mason jars left over from another project, it was just natural to try a new transfer idea I'd read about on line- freezer paper transfer.  I love how the farm truck image looks on wood which I used to make a crate. And it was easier than I thought.               For directions,  READ MORE...

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


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.