What’s been happening here!

Good morning! I’m so glad you stopped by today! I don’t have a new completed project today, but I wanted to catch you up on a few things that have been going on around here. I have some projects done, but got started on them before taking picture. Oops! I have some projects in the middle of completion, but I have one I can share next week! Yippee!

Here’s the project I will share next week:

 

I recovered two of my outdoor chairs with…shower curtains! I will detail the process next week. Don’t they look so pretty!

Project number 2: See the wall at the bottom right of the first picture? It was a half wall with posts on the top. Very 1960’s. My husband tore all that out and oh my goodness! What a difference! It really opened up the room! I love it! He also took the drywall off the header above the opening and we are going to try to make it look like a beam. I’m so excited!

 

Steve also made this plant holder. Lauren featured this on her Garden Round Up Friday post and we both decided we wanted one, so Steve got busy! I planted a couple of succulents and some basil seeds in the others. I love it by the fountain!

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I hope you all have a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

 

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It More Pumpkins!

Hey everyone!  I hope everyone is excited for Halloween!  Any awesome costumes?

Well this week the blog is really short, but I wanted to show off the pumpkins I created for the pumpkin decorating contest at work.  It was really simple, but I love it so much!

They are chocolate covered strawberries!

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Aren’t they cute?

So that’s it!  Super short and sweet but still lots of fun!

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My Vintage Chair Makeover

This is a re-post from last year. Hope you enjoy!

I’m back today with another makeover! I have so many projects and I am trying to get them done before  summer will be over and I will be back in school!! It’s much harder during the school year.

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This chair belonged to my Grandpa, my dad’s dad. He was born in 1898 . He sailed here from Holland and met his wife on the ship. They were married after they arrived in the United States. We have even found their names on the registry at Ellis Island. So much history! My dad received this chair after my grandpa passed away many years ago and it was in my parents room for a long time. My mom was ready for something different and asked if I wanted it. Of course! It has sat in Lauren’s room for a couple of years and I finally decided it was time to renew it.

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First I had to take off all the old material and batting.  Do you see all the little nailhead tacks? Yep, I had to remove all of those, plus staples.

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I used a small screwdriver and pliers to help me pull them all out.

This isn’t very pretty :(. I will have to figure out something to cover it up.

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Here is what was underneath everything. I pulled out all these nails too. The ‘stuffing’ is just a pillow inserted into the middle.

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Here it is, all naked. I tightened up the straps with a few more staples underneath and gave the wood a good cleaning. Then I used some antiquing wax on the brown wood to freshen it up a bit.

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I used the material from the old cover as a pattern to cut out a new one. I had some painters cloth and decided to use that for my cover. I laid the old one on top of the cloth and cut around it. I had to do some trimming afterwards.

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It didn’t quite come out straight! After trimming, I sewed the two sides together, leaving the back open to insert new padding.  Notice, I purposely left the hem on the back so I wouldn’t have to sew it! 🙂 #justLOVEsewing!! #NOT!

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The padding that was in it was in pretty good shape, so I used it again.

I found this pretty twisted trim at Hobby Lobby and thought it would look relly good with the chair, plus it would cover up all the ugly holes. I used the tacks again, but no as many this time.

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I did freshen up the paint a bit too, but just with the same color. It’s done and ready to live out more days in our home.  It’s perfect with the beach theme right now!

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I used neutral colors so it would go easily into any room in our home.

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Thanks for coming by and hope you have a wonderful week!

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Click on a picture below to see more makeovers!

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Fun Braided Leather Headbands

Hello everyone!  We are here with another simple blog, but it is very fun and easy to do!  I hope you are all excited!

I was in Target in the dollar section (a very dangerous section of the store for me and my mother) and found this awesome leather ribbon.  I loved the colors and knew that they would look great as some sort of project.  I didn’t know what, but I would figure something out.

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And that I did.

I took each piece and measured it out to the size and a half of my head.  I then added a little extra for safety.  I did this with all three pieces for all three of the designs I am about to show you.

The next thing I did was tie a knot in the end with a loop.  This was going to be the end of the headband.

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The first design I did was a simple chevron design.  I had the brown as the outside strands, white as the second and fifth strand, and blue and the middle two strands.  I crossed the outside strands over to the middle from both sides to make a v shape.  I then continued this pattern until I finished the entire headband.

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The second design was a bit more fun, but tricky.  I laid the leather out in the same pattern.  But this time instead of doing a chevron design, I did a bow design.  I tied a bow about the entirety of the leather and put the tails in the middle to use again.  After tying 3 bows of each color, I then braided the rest of the leather in a simple three strand braid.

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The final design was the most complex, but probably the most fun.  I separated the strands into two sets of three, with one color in each set.  I then started with a braid and went a short distance.  After that, I tied a knot around the entirety of that set, five knots for each color.  Unfortunately, the strand was a lot shorter than I expected it to be.

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So with the other set, I did a simple braid on the entire thing.  When I finished that braid, I tied the two together so they wouldn’t come apart.  Unfortunately, it looks a little silly, but it works if you have a side braid or ponytail.

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And here are the three finished looks!

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And there they are!  I really like how they turned out and they were super simple and easy to make.  And the supplies weren’t super expensive!  If you have any questions about how I made any of these headbands, please let me know!

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DIY Wooden Ocean Buoys

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Good morning! Today is my first day back at school with students! Eek! I’m a little nervous because some I have never met before. But I know I have good help in my room and hopefully everything will go smoothly.

I know most people are getting ready for fall, but it is still over 100 degrees here! It’s hard to think about cooler weather projects when it is still so hot! So today is another summer post! It’s pretty simple though.  I actually had everything on hand already. I have been wanting to make these for awhile and I finally got it done.

I had some 4 x 4’s (actually 3.25 x 3.25!) in my wood stash and had my husband cut them in various heights. The tallest one is about 13″ tall and the shortest one is about 8″ tall.  I also had him taper in the tops on each side. They don’t quite come to a point, but are flat on top. I also drilled a hole, large enough to get some rope through. The diameter of the hole would depend on the type of rope you are using. I picked up some more Waverly Chalk Paint at Walmart, this time in ‘Ocean’, ‘Pumpkin’, and ‘Lagoon.’

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I first painted each piece with either Waverly ‘Plaster’ or ‘Mineral.’ 2 of each! I didn’t cover the wood too well, because a real buoy would be worn by the sea and sun.

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After the paint dried, I used painter’s tape to mark off where I wanted to put the colored stripes. Make sure to really seal the edges of the tape so the paint doesn’t go under and bleed into other areas. Take off the tape soon after the paint starts to dry. I started with the smallest one and decided to paint just one color around the whole thing. This one will be ‘Lagoon.’

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I did a variation of the 3 colors on each buoy. This one will be ‘Pumpkin’ and ‘Lagoon.’

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After the paint was dry, I sanded the piece all over to give it a rough and worn look. Here is the small one. I love it!!

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I took a length of rope, ran it through the hole and tied it at the top. I should have rolled it in the dirt first, so it wasn’t so new looking! I’m sure it will look more worn before long.

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I am so pleased with how these turned out!!

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I can’t wait to really display them next summer!!

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I hope you all have a great week and I will let you know how my first day of school went!!

 

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