Robin Egg Blue Beachy File Cabinet

Good morning! Ready for another hot summer week? That’s all we have been having for several weeks now. Over 100 degrees every day. I think there are a few 90 degree days thrown in, just so we survive. ­čÖé But I have been able to get a few projects done!

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My first project was this file cabinet. Steve got this from his work place. They were getting new office furniture, so 2 of these were up for grabs. Haley took one for her room and I decided to make over the other one. First order of business was wiping it all down. It was pretty dirty!

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After a good cleaning, I spray painted Rust-oleum primer all over the whole thing, including the handles, locks and other pieces. I decided later to switch out the handles, but it made painting a whole lot easier.

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I tried out this Rust-oleum paint this time. I had never used it before, but I love this color! My only complaint, was that the spray was kind of wide and seemed to take more to cover the cabinet. I was really glad I had used Rust-oleum primer first, because I’m sure I would have had to use more. The color is amazing though!

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Here are the handles I decided to use. Here are some┬áthat are similar. I bought these from HomeGoods quite awhile ago thinking I would use them in the bathroom. Unfortunately, they didn’t fit and I didn’t feel like changing the holes on the cabinets. But they worked perfect for the file cabinet! I love the look!

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I already had the pretty file folders and they go perfect with the color. Here are some other pretty ones.

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The dachshund pillow cover came from Amazon.  I love to have little touches of doggies around!

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I hope you enjoyed this makeover! I’m excited to get all my papers organized and have everything put out of sight. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

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Christmas in July! Kid-Friendly Strawberry Basket Snowflake Ornament

Good morning! How is your summer going? Mine is going too fast! This past week was a busy and emotional one. I helped Lauren move, drove to Fullerton with Haley for orientation, said good-bye to our Chica, celebrated Rozy’s 2nd birthday and helped out at the shelter. I can tell you- this schedule makes it difficult to get any projects done! ┬áI thought I would share one Christmas in July project. This involves strawberry baskets, so start saving them! This is a perfect one to do with the kids!

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You will need a strawberry basket that has the ‘X’ design on the bottom. I happened to find a couple of them in my stash.

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Cut off the bottom of the basket and cut off any edges until you have the snowflake design. These cut really easy-I just used regular scissors.

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I painted glue all over one side of the snowflake…

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and then sprinkled on the glitter! It’s that easy! You could use whatever glitter you like! I used silver and clear, so some of the turquoise showed through.

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After the snowflake is dry, turn it over and do the same on the other side. Add a string or ribbon and it is ready to hang on the tree. So pretty!

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That’s it! So simple, but looks so pretty! I would love to hear if you try it too!

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The Post That Didn’t Happen

I had it all planned. I prepped, painted, and planned. And then..forgot the after pictures. I painted something for Lauren for her birthday and then totally forgot to take pictures after I was done. So close to amazing!! Which brings me to KariAnne’s book! Like how I did that?! If you haven’t heard about it yet or missed it, KariAnne Wood has written a book, ‘So Close To Amazing.” It is amazing!! I tells about the family’s trip from Dallas to a farmhouse in Kentucky and all the adventures along the journey. You can pre-order the book here.

Since I don’t have a new post, I thought I would re-share this one. Enjoy!

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I don’t know about in your part of the world, but here in California, we need to make reservations for camping in the summer, in the month of March. Crazy, huh?! So when I made a couple of reservations, it made me think of these solar lights I made. I’m sure you have seen these all over the internet, by instead of mason jars, I used plastic peanut butter jars. This way I don’t have to worry about glass breaking in the trailer or at a campsite. ┬áI started with a clean jar.

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I bought a couple of solar lights from the 99¢ Store. I removed the clear plastic cover off the light.

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I cut a square in the top of the peanut butter lid. I used a razorblade for the first one. It was a little tough, but it was so windy outside, I really didn’t want to go out. The second jar, I used a dremel. Much faster!

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After cutting out the hole, I used E6000 to attach the solar light, making sure the solar part is facing up. ┬áI’m sure other types of glue would work too. ┬áLet it dry for about 24 hours.

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I added some twine and string just to make it look pretty. I also spray painted one of the lids so it would match my camping dishes. I put some rocks in the bottom so the lights wouldn’t get blown away or topple over.

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Doesn’t ┬áit look nice! I love how it adds just a little bit of light, especially at night.homeonthecornersolarlight5

(I didn’t actually go camping to take these pictures. They are in my backyard. That explains the cat on the table! She was being nosy!)

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It’s also nice if you have to go out later. You will have a little light to guide you.

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These would work great for your yard too. Last year, we had our power go out for awhile. I brought a bunch of these in so each room had a little light.  It sure made getting around a little easier and safer. What do you think? Do you make reservations already for camping? If you try these out, let me know how it works for you!

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DIY Wooden American Flag

It’s the day before 4th of July! What are you up to today? Do you get together with others or go watch fireworks? This is our first Fourth in this neighborhood, so we are going to get together with our neighbors and have hot dogs and hamburgers. We are even able to see the city fireworks from our neighbors front yard.

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I created another little flag from some of the scrap pieces of wood I have laying around. This one was already painted red, so I figured that would work well for the stripes. Now, I made two mistakes on this craft. 1. I forgot to take pictures of all the parts of the process. It’s not too difficult, so I’m sure you will be able to figure it out. 2. I forgot to paint the star part of the flag white before I painted it blue. But I did come up with a solution.

Like I said, my wood was already red, so I taped off the part for the stars. If I had been thinking, I should have painted this square white before putting the stickers on, but, alas, I didn’t.

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I found these stickers at Dollar Tree and stuck on 50 of them. That’s when I ┬árealized I should have painted it white, but I really didn’t want to have to redo the stars again. So I just spray painted navy blue over everything.

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Once it was dry, I peeled the star stickers off the board. I have a white Sharpie paint pen, so I colored in each of the stars. It really didn’t take too long since the stars are small.

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I didn’t get the pictures of the white stripes, but they are book pages with torn edges. I wanted 6 white stripes, 3 short ones and 3 long ones. For the long ones, I had to put 2 pieces together. I used Tacky Glue to attach them.

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Really pretty easy! I know you got this!

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Happy 4th of July!

Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue!

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Let the celebration begin!! Are you all stocked up and ready for the 4th of July? I set up a table with some fun kids stuff (big kids too!) that I received from Oriental Trading. ┬áHave you checked them out? The Oriental Trading Company ┬áis a direct merchant of value-priced party supplies, arts and crafts, toys and novelties and school supplies. It’s a great place to order all you party needs and, should I say, school supplies. Nope, it’s too early for that!

*The contents of this blog are sponsored by The Oriental Trading Company.*

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I love decorating this picket table my husband and I made. It’s the perfect spot for a snack or beverage table. I decided to mix a little Americana and Nautical together.

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I thought these Mini Stars and Stripes Bubble Bottles looked like fun! It helps keep the kids entertained until the fireworks start. The Rustic 4th Napkins look great with all the other accessories. Do you notice the Cotton Plant Garland? I know it might seem a little out of place for 4th of July, but the valley I live in grows a lot of the U.S.’s fruits and vegetables, and cotton. So this is just a little nod to my community!

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I placed the bubbles on one of the trays. By turning it upside down, it makes a great spot and makes them easier to see.

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I love these Patriotic Yard Bursts! I placed them inside a couple of bottles I got from Hobby Lobby. They make quite the statement!

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The Nautical Fabric Pennant Banner is my favorite. It looks like it belongs on a sailboat somewhere. I like the solids and stripes and it’s even on twine! It goes well with my Wooden American Flag. I will be posting the DIY for the flag next week.

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The Patriotic Food Trays are the perfect size for a bunch of cookies, or chips or any other snack. I added these cute little Shining Sea Pinwheels too. They would look really nice in a plate of cupcakes.

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Flag Tootsie Rolls anyone? I probably shouldn’t have ordered these. I will probably eat them all myself! The little cups are the perfect size to hold your goodies in ( I ordered the cups from Oriental Trading too, but I don’t see that they are available anymore).

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I’m all ready! Now it’s just waiting for the celebration! Happy 4th!

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***Total aside***

KariAnne Wood, my most favorite blogger, has written a book!!! All her goodness in one place! The book is titled ‘So Close To Amazing‘ and it is stories about a DIY life gone wrong, and learning to find the beauty in every imperfection. KariAnne is a wonderful storyteller, she is real and funny and amazing! If you would like to check out her incredible and beautiful blog, head on over to Thistlewood Farms. I am already pre-ordering, and if you would like to, here is the link to Amazon. ┬áI know you will enjoy every minute you spend with her!