Camping Round Up

Hello!  Is everyone out of school yet?  If so, hooray!  Time for Summer!  If not, I am so sorry.

One of the things my family does every year is go camping.  Mom even has two camping trips planned for this summer alone.  As I’ve gotten older, I haven’t enjoyed going as much.  But, I definitely enjoyed going as a kid and having fun at either the beach or the lake.  But I have put together a list of some things that you might enjoy for your next camping trip.

And at the end of the post, comment where your favorite place to go camping is.  Maybe I can check them out one day. 😉

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Campfire Cones from Hip 2 Save

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How to Create a Comfortable Tent Bedroom from Echoes of Laughter

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Bacon Ranch Chicken Tin Foil Dinner from Dinner at the Zoo

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Cute Camping Printables from Frugal Coupon Living

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Camping Pizza Nachos from Cooking with Janica

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Smores in a Bag from Thirty Hand Made Days

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How to Use and Over the Door Shoe Organizer for Your Kitchen from Life Hacker

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Popsicle Stick Playing Cards from Instructables

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How to Make a Doggy Zip Line from Go Pet Friendly

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How to Make your own Solar Lights from Home on the Corner

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Decoupaged Gold and White Flatware Box

Good morning! Are you ready for summer? Do you have projects lined up to work on or are you just taking time to relax? I hope I can do a little of both. I want to thank all of you for showing up each time I post. I really appreciate all of my readers! I know I have been a little hit and miss lately, and I thought summer would be better, but it doesn’t look like it will be. Anyways, thanks for hanging out with me when you can!

I have had this project set aside for awhile and just couldn’t quite figure out how it was all going to work. Even now, I’m not completely satisfied, but it didn’t turn out too bad.

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I received gold flatware for Christmas, so I needed place to store it. I had picked up the box at yard sale awhile back and knew it could be perfect. I had some gold polka-dot napkins I had picked up at the .99 Cent Store, some white paint, pretty fabric and some dowels I already had.

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I painted the box first. I chose white, of course. I gave it several coats of paint. I decided to try to decoupage the top. I had some white and gold polka-dot napkins and I figured they would go well with the gold flatware. I hadn’t decoupaged before, so my first attempt didn’t go so well. You can see how wrinkly it is. I ended up sanding this off and trying again. The second time, I let the Mod Podge set for a couple of minutes before laying down the napkin, and that worked much better.

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After the paint dried, it was time to glue the fabric into the bottom of the box. I measured it out by setting the box on top of the fabric and tracing it out a little larger. I knew I wanted to fold over the fabric to make a clean edge, so I added a little extra fabric.

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Once I had the right measurements, I ironed down the edges to make them flat. I had some spray glue, but I think any glue would work. I would brush it on if I used tacky glue. I sprayed the glue onto the bottom of the box and carefully laid the fabric on top of it.

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Once the fabric was in, it was time to add the dividers. I used some dowel I had and cut it into 4 pieces which fit snugly inside the box. I put some glue on the ends of the dowels and then placed them where I wanted them to go.

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I forgot! I also added some sparkly chipboard letters to the top of the box! I thought ‘SPARKLE’ was appropriate!

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I’m so glad to finally have a special place to store my flatware!

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It’s even pretty enough to leave out!

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Thanks again for coming by today! I will keep on plugging along over here and hope you join in with me!

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Father’s Day Round Up

Hello!  How is everyone enjoying their summer so far?  Or are some of you still in school?  Sorry…I apologize.

Father’s Day is around the corner and if you are like me, I don’t have a gift for my dad yet.  So, as I was scouring the internet (aka Pinterest) for an awesome gift idea, I thought I would share some of my favorite ideas with you.

Enjoy!

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Fathers Day Grill Plate from Crafty Mama in Me

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Sock Flowers from One Good Thing

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Dad’s Toolbox from Moms and Munchkins

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Hand Print Baseball from Sunny Day Family

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Fathers Day Cardboard Wallet from TrimCraft

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iDad from She Knows

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We Are Nuts About You Frame from Happiness is Homemade

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Father’s Day Goodie Bags from Little Family Fun

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Father’s Day Glasses from Mr. Printable

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Father’s Day Cake from Love Laughter Forever After

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A Special Space in My Backyard

Good morning and Happy Memorial Day! Today is the official kick-off to summer! I still have 4 days of school left, but we are definitely all in summer mode. To get prepared for some wonderful summer memories, I fixed up a small backyard space perfect for relaxing and enjoying the nights. I am so excited to share it with you!

Side note: My pictures were also featured by Serena Appiah from Thrift Diving. Here is the link if you want to see some other great yard makeovers.  https://www.facebook.com/ThriftDiving/videos/1562465847212403/UzpfSTQxODQyODM4MTYzMDE0MzoxMTQ3OTQ5MzY1MzQ0NzA0/

I have this area in my yard that isn’t really usable for entertaining. It’s around the corner from the patio and is pretty narrow. So this is the perfect fit! First of all I had my husband build me this small structure out of 1 x 2’s. Funny thing- we used the basic idea from the cat hutches he built for the animal shelter! Hey, if it works! We did add a pitched roof on this one though. Here are a few of the pieces I hoped to use inside.

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We ‘rescued’ the chair from a backyard at an abandoned house, Steve picked up the small heater at a friends house, the large stump came from a neighbor and the other pieces I already had laying around.

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The picket fence actually came from my grandma’s property many years ago. Obviously, it needs some fixing up and refreshing.

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For the roof, I used a large curtain I had from a sale many year ago. I believe it was a hospital curtain. The eyelets were only on one side, so I cut another strip of eyelets from another curtain and sewed it to the other side. I used some pieces of rope to attach it to the frame.

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Progress! Here is some of the pickets reattached. Now it just needs a fresh coat of paint. I also cleaned out some of the weeds and added the walkway. I would like to add some pretty plants in front of the fence.

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I gathered up a bunch of stuff I already had and picked up a few more things at thrift stores. I was originally going for more of a boho look, with lots of colors, but I ended up with turquoise. Big surprise, right?

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The vintage brown bike in the first photos got a fresh coat of paint. Doesn’t it look pretty! I love spray paint! I added a faux succulent wreath to the handlebars.

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I love the lacy curtain and the green velvet pillow.

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I had these solar mason jars at the old house and reused them here. I actually had kind of forgotten I had them. I was cleaning out some cupboards and rediscovered them. They work perfect on the metal planter as a chandelier.

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I added the chippy window to the back of the gazebo with piece of fabric over the top.

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Ezzy loves the soft pillows!

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My neighbor had this stump sitting next to the house and I finally asked him if he wanted to get rid of it. Yep! Sometimes you just have to ask! I found this cool yellow lantern at a thrift store. I love how big it is!

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I added a few more green and turquoise items to the small table.

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I had to add a pink flamingo!

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I would eventually like to add some gravel to the floor, but I had this small scrap of carpet and decided to use it for now.

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At dusk, I turn on some of the lights and it looks so pretty.

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I can’t wait to be able to enjoy this special space!

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That was a lot of photos! Thank you if you made it through them all! Do you have any special spaces in your yard? I would love to hear about them. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Graduation Ideas

Congratulations! Graduation season is upon us and many people are moving onto to bigger and better things.  If that means going to high school, college, or your dream job, it’s a huge accomplishment to graduate.  And if you need some last minute graduation party ideas, I am here to save the day!

Here are some awesome ideas for decorating for a graduation party.  Enjoy!

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Large Photo Numbers from Play Party Plan

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DIY Graduation Wreath from DIY Beautify

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Tissue Paper Numbers from Sugar Bee Crafts

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Cute Letter Pressed Card from Eighteen 25

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Graduation Cap Topppers by Lil Luna

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Black White and Gold Party from Pizzazzerie

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DIY Tassels from Style Inked

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Memory Jenga from Must Have Mom

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Peacock Themed Graduation Party from Home on the Corner

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