DIY Lanterns

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We got a new outdoor fireplace this year and I was trying to make our patio into more of an outdoor living room.

I added the painted pots I made here two weeks ago, but I needed to add something on the other side.

So, I decided I would figure out how to make lanterns.

I started with a trip to Lowe’s  to pick up the lumber. I bought a four foot by eight inch board and several trim pieces to use for the supports.

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I stained the wood before I cut it so I would just have to touch it up before assembling the pieces.

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I made three lanterns.  12 inches, 20 inches, and 30 inches.  I found drawer pulls at a flea market to use as lantern handles.  I attached them first.

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I predrilled holes into the four corners of the tops and the bottoms.  I used wood glue to stabalize the supports.

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I attached the tops and the bottoms and purchased indoor/outdoor LED candles to put in my lanterns.

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DIY lanterns

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Now, it’s time for a glass of wine and a fire…Until next time, happy creating.

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Painted Pots

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We had a beautiful week here, which inspired me to plant spring flowers.

(This was  against the advice of my local nursery who said I should wait until Memorial Day, but I have decided to go against some solid advice and arm myself with sheets in case of a frost.)

That being said I planted LOTs of flowers outside this weekend, so I am simply hoping for weather above freezing until Memorial Day.  Fingers crossed.

While shopping for flowers I was also looking for some new planters for my patio.  The prices of pots that I am going to fill with dirt seem a little high, but plain terracotta pots are very affordable.

These are some pots I found that I liked.

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 The larger pot was $15 and the small one was $10.

Then I found these terra-cotta pots outside.

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For the same size pots, I paid $5 and $2.75.

I then walked myself over to the spray paint.  I chose a bright teal color.

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I took the pots home and sprayed the top edge of the pot.  I did not worry about getting paint on the lower part because I was going to paint the rest of the pot black with a brush.

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Partially painted pots

I simply painted the bottom with a black enamel paint that I had left at home from another project.  I put my newly purchased plants in the pot and set them on my patio.

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 Until next time…Happy creating.

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Mini Gallery Wall

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Because of the crazy weather this year, my school schedule and my kids school schedule were not quite the same over Easter break.  So, I found myself with two days all to myself.

If you know me at all, I can not just sit still, so I decided something needed to be done about this wall…

the blank canvas

I walk down the stairs every morning and it taunts me with its nothingness.  It was time to put a stop to it.

I gathered old frames that I had lying around, purchased the wooden R from Target, and set about my project for the day.

It turns out that my island was the perfect size to replicate the wall space.  I covered it with wax paper to protect it from the paint, and started laying out the frames I had.  After moving them around a lot, I decided on this layout.

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It is not very pleasing to the eye right now with all of the different colors and textures, so I grabbed a can of black paint from the basement and set to work painting them.  (One of the frames is made out of plastic, so I roughed it up a little with sandpaper to help the paint adhere better.)

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Much more uniform.

Once they dried, I hung them up…

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I even painted the frames you see on the distant wall.  They were a dark wood, but I wanted them to match the new gallery wall.  I put black and white photos in all of the frames so the look wasn’t too busy.  I had a great time going though old photos and picking my favorites.  I choose old ones for the distant frames, the boys got a kick out of looking at themselves…”When we were little.”

Gallery Wall

The black piece you see that looks like it has a white circle in it is a hook my Mother-in-Law bought me years ago.  It is a little architectural piece with a crystal doorknb and two hooks.  It is unusual and I love it, we use it to hang car keys when we walk in the door.

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 (Last summer we went to Charleston, SC and the iron work there was amazing.  The boys and I took pictures of pieces that represented our initials.  You can also buy letter photos at most craft fairs these days, it was just more fun to find them all ourselves.)

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initial gallery wall

Gallery wall 3

Until next time…Happy Creating.

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Category: Create, Decorate

Bathroom Remodel Phase 2

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A couple of disclaimers on this post.
1. This should probably be entitled DIY with Greg, because there is no chance I could have done this on my own.
And 2. I did not post pictures of phase 1, so don’t look for it.  If I find the original photos I will post a phase one, but sadly that phase was done a year ago, we just got back to this project last week. So it may take some digging.
Anyway, here is how it looked last Friday.

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This was phase one.  We took out the old single vanity, and put in double sinks, mirrors and lights.  In ordervto do this we had to remove a floor to ceiling cabinet which left this hole. (For a year)

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If you don’t look up, its okay.  We also installed a pocket door which really opened up the space. The door used to open into the bathroom cutting the space in half.

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We also installed part of the underlayment for the new tile floor so it woukd extend inder the new vanity.

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This is the surround and tub before we ripped it out.

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Here are some pictures of the tear out and installation.

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We are a long way from a completed bathroom, but we have an awesome new tile floor.  Next step will be to install the new plumbing fixtures and to tile the shower surround….

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Until next time, happy creating….
Dawn Marie

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DIY Spring Wreath 2015

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Yes, I am aware that I made a wreath last year for Spring, but as my husband I’m sure will attest, I am constantly changing things in my house.

Also, truth be told, the yarn I used last year faded, and I am no longer happy with the way it looks. You can see the original here.

I also changed the pillows on my front porch to grey which you can see here.

All that being said, it just made sense for me to make a new one.

So with a quick trip to Joann’s, I purchased my supplies.  It turns out that I purchased way too much felt, but I will put it away for a later date.

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First, I wrapped the yarn around the wreath.  It took two packages of yarn.  When I got to the end, I tied the two ends together and cut off the excess.

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Now it is time for the flowers. I used a CD to cut circles out of the felt.  I then cut the circles into spirals.

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Start with the center of the spiral and wrap the spiral around the outside and use hot glue to secure the end.

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I made yellow, white, and grey flowers and arranged them on the wreath.

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I attached the flowers with hot glue, added a yellow bow, and hung it from the front door. Now lets hope for Spring!

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Until next time…happy creating.

Dawn Marie

Category: Create

DIY Lamp Update

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Here is an easy one.

I have had this lamp since I was about eight years old.  My mom painted it to match the pink flowered comforter I picked out…it also coordinated with my pink wall to wall carpet and matching pink walls, also my choice. (It may surprise you that I no longer enjoy the color pink.)

When we decorated our babies room, I used the lamp, with the flowers facing backwards and a light green shade, but other than that it has been in my basement for years.

So, with my mothers blessing, I decided to give it a facelift.  My boys had recently knocked over the lamp in the family room playing catch, so I needed a new one. (Who allows kids to play catch in the family room you may ask?  Someone who lives in the frozen tundra known as Western New York.)

Here is the original lamp.

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I decided to use an enamel spray paint.  Enamels are more durable than a traditional spray paint.

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 My garage was freezing because it was zero degrees outside, so I set up a heater in order to paint.

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 So, here are the results…

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Until next time…happy creating.

Dawn Marie

Category: Create

DIY Five Minute Table Runner

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Honestly…five minutes…maybe less.

If you have not been to a fabric store lately, you will be shocked by the types of burlap that exist these days.  I mean really…

 

 

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It comes in all sorts of patterns and colors, even metallics.

I picked out a white burlap and bought half a yard.

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Then I simply pulled out several of the threads on each side to give it a frayed look.

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I then ran one line of fray check down the back of each side to prevent other threads from coming out.

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I added a stamp to the end for decoration.

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And that is it!

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Happy Creating!

Dawn Marie

Category: Decorate

DIY Keychain

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I have been wanting to try metal stamping for a while, so I created this little project for Valentine’s Day.

I ordered letter stamps on a jewelry site for $14.  I also ordered the metal pendants that I used on the site as well.

I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to make, so I ordered some different sizes.  The pendants are mostly under a dollar each.

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metal stamps

metal pendants

Once I recieved them and could better gauge the size (It is hard for me to visualize things measured in millimeters).  Then, I planned out how I wanted them to look.

I decided on the phrase “Amor Vincit Omnia” which means “love conquers all”.

Then, I just grabbed a hammer and tried it out.  It was extremely easy.  I should note that I have seen people do this on washers to make necklaces and so far I have not been successful doing this, they are really hard metal and the stamp slips making a double imprint.  I will keep trying and see if I can find the right formula and let you all know.

I have also seen people use a black sharpie or acrylic paint to emphasize the letters, but I did not feel that I needed to do this.

So, here is the final project.  Now I have to hope my husband doesn’t look at my website before Saturday.  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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metal keychain

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Until next time, happy creating…

Dawn Marie

Category: Create

Organizing a Mud Room

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When we moved into this house, one of the first projects we did was the mud room.  It was a dark, wood paneled, poorly organized space that I knew could be better utilized.

We all secretly dream that we have this perfect space to put all of the coats, and shoes, and backpacks, but unless you are willing to give up an entire family room worth of space, it is hard to have enough space for all of the things that would go into a mud room.

The total space of this room is about five feet by seven feet.  However, the seven feet includes three feet of space that is only three feet wide, so in reality, my working space is four feet by five feet.

My husband and I built four cubbies, one for each member of the family.  We put a bunch of hooks in each one to accommodate various sweatshirts and coats.

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I added baskets under the coats to hold hats, gloves, scarves, sunglasses….

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There is a bench to sit and put on shoes or the put things down when you first walk into the house.

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Under this are cubbies with bins to hold shoes.  I rotate out the shoes that are appropriate for the season.

On the opposite wall is a dry erase calendar so we can keep track of the various school events, sporting events, and other activities.

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Under the calendar are hooks to hold the boys backpacks.

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There is a space above the cubbies where we store snacks for lunch boxes.

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I painted the door with chalk board paint so that I can leave last minute reminders, or the boys can just doodle.

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mudroom door

mudroom door

The floor is ceramic tile because it is easy to clean up.  In the winter there is a large mat and a boot tray for snow covered shoes.

It is one small step in my battle to stay organized…
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Until next time, happy organizing…

~Dawn Marie

Category: Organize

DIY Wooden Snowmen

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Well, all of my Christmas decorations are packed away and my basement is mostly organized.  (Emphasis on mostly.)  But with the cold and snow outside, I had a hard time saying goodbye to my Christmas decorations this year.  I decided I needed some cheery, little, winter decorations.

I saw snowmen similar to this on Pinterest, but I wanted to put my own twist on them.

I started with some scraps of 2x4s (not pressure treated), some “lonely” socks, and some paint.  I really do not understand what happens to socks.  How can they be worn by someone with two feet, put in a laundry basket, brought to the washing machine, switched to the dryer, then when they are ready to be folded, mysteriously, there are missing socks!  It drives me crazy…but I digress.

I cut the 2x4s to various lengths (sort of in representation of our family) and painted them with some leftover white primer.  I then added little eyes and a carrot nose with some acrylic paint.  I aslo added several buttons.
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Then I made their little hat and scarf. I simply used string to tie the top of the hat.
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I then cut the scarf. Cut at an angle so you can make the scarf any length that you want.
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Just dress the snowman, and and you have some little snow friends.
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Until next time…happy creating.

Dawn Marie

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