Outdoor Christmas Decorating: Reclaimed Wood Reindeer

Outdoor Christmas Decorating: Reclaimed Wood Reindeer

The other night, we were all in the car driving home and it started.

We started to sing Christmas carols.

I know its early.  But it was so much fun.  And the only one we all remembered all the words to...Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.

What is it about him that we all love so much?

And I couldn’t be happier with our version – a reclaimed wood reindeer.

As soon as I saw this picture in the Sundance catalog, I knew it was the perfect use for the reclaimed wood we still had from my Grandfather’s house…

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DIY Art -Yardstick Deer Silhouette

DIY Art -Yardstick Deer Silhouette

Today I want to share a fun project with you - a yardstick deer silhouette.

I have had this deer wood cutout in my craft supplies for a bit.  Then I was back at the craft store and saw it again – I picked up a few more.  I was beginning to feel self conscience of all these deer heads I was gathering when I didn’t know what I was going to do with them.  And then it hit me – a yardstick deer silhouette.

This is where I started.  A simple wood cut out.  Now, I chose to use a deer silhouette, but this same technique could be used for almost any design.

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Ikea Hack Craft Table

Ikea Hack Craft Table (& Craft Paint Storage!)

Ikea Hack Craft Table

When we started out reworking our office space to also be a crafting space, I knew I wanted a craft table to work at.

I already had an Ikea tabletop that I had been using as my desk, so I decided it was the perfect project for an Ikea hack craft table.

Ikea Hack Craft Table

We have a limited floor plan for the amount of things I wanted to use this space for, but I had planned it out so that this table would fit in this corner by the railing.  This area is open to the family room and kitchen below.

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Craft Room Storage Cabinet (Knocktoberfest!)

Craft Room Storage Cabinet (Knocktoberfest!)

Hello sweet friends!

If you are visiting from Brooke of All Things Thrifty and her amazing knockoff, welcome!

When Lindsay of Makely School for Girls invited me to be part of Knocktoberfest – I knew, somehow, some way, I was going to figure out a way to store my ribbon hoard and create a craft room storage cabinet.

It is true.

I am a ribbon hoarder!

And I have so many great ribbons thrown in random places and I can never find them when I need them.  I have had this cabinet in the basement sort of storing ribbon for a while now.

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Fall Decorating: Updated Kitchen Garden

Fall Decorating: Updated Kitchen Garden

The reality is, this year, our garden challenged us greatly.

We battled too much rain and an attack of squash bugs.

When I started to think about our fall decorating, I knew I wanted to take the few pumpkins and gourds that made it and display them proudly.

Our kitchen garden is right outside of our kitchen and visible from all parts of the kitchen and the family room, so I decided it would be the perfect place for us to enjoy the fruits of my husband’s labor (he really took the lead on the garden this year).

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Fall Decorating - DIY Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins

Fall Decorating - DIY Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins

Hello fine friends.

I love nothing better than to create something new that would have otherwise ended up in the trash.  And that is truly the case with my reclaimed wood pumpkins.

Do you happen to know what a squash bug is?

I do.

They are nasty little creatures that we have battled for years and they destroy all of our vine plants in our garden.  And if a pumpkin or two manages to survive the onslaught of these buggers, then the rabbits eat them up.

So this year, I decided to be ready.  If no pumpkins make it, no worries, I am making my own.

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Upcycled Vintage Door Beverage Bar Station

Upcycled Vintage Door Beverage Bar Station

Upcycled-Vintage-Door-Beverage-Bar-Station

 

Today, I am sharing an upcycled vintage door beverage bar.

So the summer weather is winding down in our area here.  The windows are open and the air is letting us know it is coming to an end.

But that doesn't mean I am ready to go inside yet.  I am hoping to still use our porch into the fall, just start to wrap ourselves in quilts and blankets.  For the past two years since we have had our porch, we were hit with a hurricane at the end of the summer season.  We had to quickly "batten down the hatches" and get ready for the storm.  We closed up early and didn't open again till spring.

This year, I am really hoping to be able to use the space well into the fall, have friends over, share meals.  And what better way to to do that then with a fun beverage station.

Technically, this could also be considered a potting station, but I am just being honest here, for us, it is a beverage bar.  It is perfect for our screened porch.  Every time we had people over, I was bringing a folding card table out here for drinks.  Not only did it not look cute, but it was always an awkward height to serve from.

Now, we have the perfect space to serve drinks for the whole crowd.

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DIY Desks from Vintage Doors

DIY Desks from Vintage Doors

Some men bring home jewelry for their wives.

My husband, brings home old doors – and I am so glad.

Many years ago, Dana was driving past Drewsville General Store in NH, just an ordinary day.  And then he saw them – four perfectly old and chippy doors – each for $1 – and he scooped them up.

But the problem was - they were in NH.  But one day (we are debating if my father-in-law brought them down in his pick-up or his brother brought them down when he drove down Dana’s John Deere Tractor), they made it to NY.

And they sat.  For a very long time.

And one day, I had a great idea for a project and I quickly ran to get them from the side of the garage, from under the tarps.

And then I realized that was also where the snakes were cooling themselves for their summer.

So, I decided my idea really wasn’t that good.

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DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

DIY Backyard Kitchen Herb Garden

Every year I have grand gardening plans.  But then as the weather gets hot and sticky and buggy – I start to loose interest somewhat.  But this year, with Hubby around, he has taken the lead on the garden and it is doing really well.   Our garden is a good size, but kind of far away from the house.

I have a tendency to start cooking and then realized I want to add some herbs from the garden.  So, this year, I decided to put some herbs right on the back deck where they can easily be grabbed.  And since, it is an herb garden, I decided to go ahead and “decorate” it with a kitchen them.  I found some inexpensive bowls, plates, cups and spoon rests at a local discount store.

Putting the garden together is rather easy and be customized many different ways.  We chose to use galvanized containers because I have a lot of them – so many, in fact, I made a Christmas tree out of them.  However, any selection of planters would work.  We also used a small vintage door but that could easily be replaced with painted plywood or stained hardwood.  Or, you could create something similar to this project.

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DIY Mason Jar Solar Light

DIY Mason Jar Solar Light

I have a long standing love affair with vintage blue mason jars.

So it only made sense that I would use mason jars to make simple DIY solar lights.

I simply used some ground hooks to hang them around the pool, but they work just as well on a tabletop.

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Wicker Chandelier

Wicker Chandelier

Did you ever do a project that you really just love?

Did you ever love it so much, that you thought maybe you should share it again?

Maybe you are new around here and you never saw our wicker chandelier on our porch.

What I love the best about this project is that anyone can do it and the materials can so easily be found.

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Sharpie Art Coffee Table

Sharpie Art Coffee Table

So, things have stalled a bit in our office.  End of school and life changes have kept us pretty busy these days.  But that is okay, this week we are going full steam ahead!

In the meantime, I am still enjoying the one corner of our office we have had a chance to complete.  Our gallery wall is bright and colorful and the sofa is a cozy place to hang out.  And today, I wanted to share our Sharpie Art Coffee Table.

To start with, I found this table in the "as-is" section of a home decor store.  She was sad and lonely table with no legs.

I quickly scooped her up and knew right away what I would do with her.

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