Saturday, July 9, 2016

Fence Post Back Bookshelf

Saw this pallet backed bookshelf over at and really liked it.  So, I set out to try and make one....with the help of hubby.
I didn't have a pallet, but I did have fence posts that were used in my yard to help stop water run off.  They have been in the ground for a couple of years, but it was time to get them up and do something else to help with the water running down the hill.  Instead of trashing the fence posts, I could use them for the backside.  Found that termites and bugs had pretty much damaged the part that was in the ground.  Couldn't use most of them.  But after a good scrubbing, letting them air dry, some were very useable.
I wanted to make this as a place for the grandchildren to put toys.  Vertical space is prime real estate, especially in a small house.  It seemed like the perfect solution, to get toys off the floor and out of baskets. To use those old fence posts and make something unique and very functional makes me happy. 
First, I went to Big Lots and bought a tall book shelf.  I didn't use the piece that is used for the back.  Originally, I was going to cut the pieces horizontal, just like in the picture I was copying.  But, vertically, they fit perfect and there was no need for cutting.
I really like. I like it so much, I am going to buy a smaller shelf and put it right beside the tall one.  :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Backyard Bubbles.

I found these cool, homemade, huge backyard bubbles online. (I always try to give credit when I find a project to copy.  They looked easy enough.  So, me being me, thought I would give it a try.

I need to make a better bubble wand.  Maybe using pipe cleaners wrapped around a bent metal coat hanger.  But the string and straws were a good beginning. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Mason Jar Night Light

Came across this night light on Pinterest.  Yep, seemed easy and inexpensive. Which is right up my alley.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Drop Cloth Tassel Bed Skirt

I saw two bed skirts online.  I like both of them.  My first choice is the tassel one.  But I think, it looks best with white bedding. The white bedding with the color of the tassels is just so pretty.  I don't have white bedding.  And I really am not wanting to buy white bedding. 
And I like the rustic look of this simple DIY painters drop cloth bed skirt.  It is a neutral color and would go with any color or pattern bedding.
  I decided to try the painters drop cloth and make my own tassels and see what happens.
Home Depot for less than $20.00

 I cut the drop cloth straight down the middle.  That gave me two 15 ft pieces.  I started at the top of the box springs and hot glued it down.  Then I just folded over a little fabric, to make a ruffle and hot glued it to the box springs.  I have always hot glued my bed skirts to the box springs. No one will ever see it and it helps hold it in place.  I went all the way to the middle of the foot.  I have a cedar chest that is at the foot of my bed, so I just cut the cloth and glued it in a spot behind the chest.

I googled how to make the tassels.  Very, very quick and simple.  I then spaced and hot glued them several inches apart.  I did go back and remove the pink ones.  There were just too many colors.  I then slid the mattress over and did the other side, stopping in the middle.
  I like it and it cost less than $25.00 for a king size bed skirt.  Works for me.  :)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Broken Pot Fairy Garden

Being my crafty self, I am always looking for a new craft to conquer.  I can spend hours on Pinterest, looking for something easy and inexpensive. I see these really cute fairy gardens, made from broken Terra Cotta flower pots, succulents and little fairy figurines.  Here is the one that made me think, I want to try and copy.

Here is my stab at making one. 
I had one large pot that was already cracked

I broke it a little more.
I broke another pot to try and get some small pieces to use as steps.  It is hard to get the pieces to break to the exact size you need. And I hate breaking the pots and then only to realize I can't make this work, and it's all trash.  :(  Also, you can see, I have my ipad outside, so I can keep looking at the picture, I am trying to copy. 
Looking good.  But I am not sure what's going to stop the dirt from coming out from under the steps once it rains.  Maybe it will stay compact.  We shall see.

Ta-da.  Hmmm.  I like it.  I think I need more practice.  But, yeah, I will make another one.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Monster Spray

Plastic bottle from the Dollar Tree, add a few stickers, a set of googly eyes, add some water and VIOLA, you have Monster Spray.

You can spray under the bed, in the closets, or wherever those pesky scary monsters hid.

It couldn't be any easier.  Or any less expensive.  But the memories you will make spraying monsters is well...priceless.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ruffled Curtains

I want a new bed skirt.  To be exact, this is the bed skirt I want, but it cost more than I want to spend.  So, my next thought is, I can try and make it myself.  But, I don't know how and have never made a bed skirt, much less a ruffled bed skirt.
I came across a tutorial for a ruffled curtain.  Yes, start small and see if I can do it. 
   I think it came out pretty good.  And only cost about $10.00  :)
I want to make one more small curtain, just to try and work out the kinks before I start out on the dust ruffle for the bed.  Wish me luck.