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Branch Slice Decor – upgrading a dollar store vase

Remember how I pruned the heck out of the pine trees in my backyard last week?  Well, it left me with a truckload of branches for the compost centre and one or two for home decor projects... like this branch slice vase; This project is so easy to do, and this time of year is PERFECT because not only are branches beautiful in Fall vignettes, but finding fallen branches and/or pruning them is right in season! I set up a piece of 2x4 on my mitre saw and clamped it in place so that wood that butt against it would [...]

Gold handles – why you shouldn’t spray paint them

I'm sorry. I wrote a post a few weeks back that showcased a DIY way to get your own gold handles.  I used some spray paint over the old plastic coated handles and showed how easy and inexpensive the makeover was. But look what happened: This is after a few weeks of use.  My beautiful gold paint chipped and scratched and is showing dirt from my sawdust hands.  This was SO disappointing - especially since I endorsed the technique on the blog. Turns out spray-painting handles is not the ideal way to go, and while it might be less expensive [...]

(Faux) Metal sign

Are you a Joanna Gaines fan? I'm not really country or farmhouse chic - but there's something about her style that appeals even to me.  Maybe it's the warm and welcoming feel.  Maybe it's the metal sign she hangs in every house. Smooth lead-in right?  (not entirely cohesive, but I got the "metal sign" in there lol.) Houseful of Handmade made a gorgeous hammered metal sign that looked so much like the real thing I had to give it a try myself....  but there's no point repeating her project entirely, when I could put a different spin on it right? [...]

Bryson’s Big-Boy Desk – navy blue desk makeover

I have been a painting phenom over here!  The weather has been gorgeous so I've been out in the garage making over just about anything I can get my hands on. A friend wanted to come over and take a stab a refinishing, so I invited her to come and play with me. This is the desk Trish started with; It was in beautiful condition, very few marks and no scratches - it was almost painful to watch her sand it down - but she wanted a navy blue desk for her son Bryson. We roughed up the surface with [...]

Best Dog Ever! (a DIY photo frame)

I have the best dog ever. Actually, I've always had the best dog(s) ever - every single one of them - I'm using "Best" as a class, not a singular achievement. I mean, don't we all have the best dog ever? Time to celebrate it - and use up a bit of scrap wood in the process. This DIY photo frame is so simple to make - you'll want to decorate everywhere with them!  All I did was cut a couple of scrap pieces of plywood down to 7 ½" by 9" and a second one cut to a triangular shape [...]

Fall Front Porch

I've plugged away at my Fall front porch for about a week now. I haven't done anything exceptional, because I didn't really know what to put out to make my home feel warm and welcoming, so I'd set something out, move it around, take it back in and start again. I think I've just about got it now - or at least I'm stopping now before it's time to decorate for Hallowe'en - so I thought I'd share a few photos of my 2017 Fall front porch: The DIY wheelbarrow you'll remember from last week. I wanted to go navy [...]

Fallen Log Succulent Planter

I'm so excited to share today's post - it is one that has been on my wish list to make for 3 years now. THREE YEARS! It was about 3 years ago that the city cut down some dead trees on the walkway behind my house. Look at that! I walk by this everyday as I walk my dog and every single day my brain screams "GET A CHAINSAW"! Serendipitously, WORX Tools contacted me and asked if I'd like to try out their 10" pole saw (which consists of a 10", 8AMP chainsaw and a 10' extension pole as two [...]

Tweens and self-esteem – The be.Tween Project

When did parenting get so hard? Actually, when hasn't it been hard? I'm in a household with two "tweenagers" (9 and 11) and each phase of their lives has presented different challenges - from learning to walk, to potty training to letting them assert some independence. But these tween years - all of their struggles seem to be internal, which is NOT an easy fix. How they look, how they act, what they wear, what they play with, even what they eat becomes a categorizing factor in friendships.  The recent, and continuing, growth spurt have arms and legs somewhat at [...]