Friday, July 22, 2011

Recycle Transformation

Dear hubby bought me a lucky bamboo a little while back.  This was its original container.  I really did not like it.
 So I switched it to this~a recycled Starbucks Frappuccino bottle.

 I really did not like the roots showing through so I added some jute twine.  I only had a little bit of it at home and I didn't want to go out to buy more.  Unfortunately, you can see the stamped writing on the bottle.
 I decided to hot glue a starfish onto the bottle and it covered it perfectly.

 Loving the new look.  So much better and I did it all with things I already had at home.
 I won a coffee sack giveaway on Jamie's blog.
 I was absolutely thrilled.  I have a few project ideas in floating through my head.  I need to decide what exactly I want to do.
 There is a wonderful old rocker in my basement that I rescued from my neighbor's trash.  It needs new life and I am thinking that this amazing bag will be part of it.

Love the type written tag that Jamie added  the bag.  So sweet.  

I hope you are all keeping cool with the heat wave most of us are having.  It reached 103 here by noon.  The humidity is high so we are hibernating inside with the ac.  Keeping cool.  

Enjoy your weekend!!

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Yarn Wreath

Our front door has been in need of a new wreath for a long time.  I finally took the time to make one. I have fallen in love with the many yarn wreaths in blog land and knew that was what I wanted to make.  I purchased some Sensations Lovebug yarn at Joann's for a different project (coming up).  This yarn is so soft and  this color was perfect.
 I had a wreath form waiting around to be used so I wrapped the yarn around it.  It took two rounds to fill it in nicely because of the texture of this yarn.
 Next step: make a messCreate~ I dug around for some felt in my craft room.  I really didn't have the colors I really wanted but I made do with what I had.  I used different size bowls to draw some circles on the felt and I cut them out.  I always have my cup of coffee to keep me company.

 I cut the circles into swirls.
 Here they are all cut up
 I also cut some into strips
 Fold them in half and hot glue or stitch them~I hot glued~so much easier and quicker
 Then cut notches along the folded edge
 Roll them up and you have these cuties
 Don't forget to hot glue the end
 Next~finish the rosettes~I have craft ADD and hop around from one thing to another~maybe one day I will complete them in order~
Roll the felt swirls
 Hot glue the end~done~you have a pretty rosette.  I made some larger and some smaller ones.
 Hot glue your flowers to your wreath.
 The finished product.  Isn't it sweet?  
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Friday, July 8, 2011


I have seen these posts in blog land and thought it would be fun to give it a try.

I'm listening... to the softball tournament across the street.

I'm eating roasted veggies and sweet potatoes fries.  Yum~my favorites.

I'm drinking water~trying to rehydrate after being outside in the sun.

I'm wearing capris and a pink t-shirt.

I'm feeling happy that hubby is home on vacation.  

The weather is hot but the sun is shining.

I'm wanting to finish up some unfinished projects to post.

I'm needing a good manicure.  DIY is rough on your hands.

I'm thinking about how fast time goes by and we need to cherish each moment.

I'm enjoying the carefree summer days with the hubby and kids.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

June Recap

June has been a whirlwind of activity.  It seems like only yesterday the kids were glad that summer break was beginning and now the first month has past.  We have been a busy bunch here.
 June has a few celebrations for us.  We celebrated Father's Day followed by our daughter's 18th birthday. We took her to an Japanese Hibachi and Sushi bar.  She had always wanted to go.  It was wonderful.  The food was so good and the chef was fun to interact with. We also had a graduation dinner for our daughter.  It was small, it's what she chose.
 A few simple decorations for her big day.  Love those pompoms.

This past week hosted a 4th of July cookout.  My brother usually hosts one but this year he was taking a break so we jumped in and decided to do it.  It was short notice and we were scurrying to get things prepared in time.
This cake was a must.  So patriotic and the best part is it is so easy.  You can find it here.  Betty Crocker to save the day.

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Roadside Bench Transformation

One of our neighbors was moving and this bench was in her garbage pile.  I just couldn't resist and I snagged it.  I've had it for quite a while and never got around to painting it.  Today was the day.  It was an eyesore and needed help.

 Such a sad shape to be in
 I took time to clean it up and scrape away all that paint.  Gave it good sanding and made sure to wipe away all the debris.  A quick trip to Lowes and I found Valspar Spray Paint in Sea Glass.  Loved it immediately and knew this was the right color.  Here is the after:
 Isn't it a beauty~It took about five coats.  I used less than two cans.  I am thrilled with how it looks.
This little roadside find only cost me $8 for the spray paint to make it lovely.  I love roadside finds.  I don't usually get lucky enough to find one.  This time I sure did.

Now I will surround it with pretty flower pots. It is just darling.

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