Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tuscan Crate

This has to be one of my top favorite projects to date!

Custom Planter Crate

It all started when…..

During my trip to NY, my MIL gave me a plant she had setting on her porch after I mentioned  that I liked it.  Funny thing is that she received it as a gift when she mentioned to her friend that she liked it!  Whoever said New Yorkers aren’t nice?!?!

Sago Palm

Here is my new plant, a Sago Palm.

Tuscan Style Magazine

Last Friday, the Hubs and I had a date night and one of the things that we both love to do is visit the book store.  We’re not nerds, we just like to kill time at the book store between eating dinner and waiting for the movie to start.  Well, I just had to have this magazine even if it was over-priced!  As you can see from my stickies, I am getting a lot of ideas and inspiration…. like this project! 

I saw not one but three plants potted in the most gorgeous crates.

Crate pieces

Low and behold, my father had this pile sitting on one of his work benches the very same weekend.  What luck!!!  He had ordered a new piece of equipment and it was shipped in a crate!  Yes, this project was meant to be!  Wouldn’t you agree?

Okay- so my father opens crates like a two year old opening their presents on Christmas!  But that’s okay because I wanted to customize it and make it the perfect size for my new plant.

DIY Crate

I started by cutting all the sides and 4 small pieces that will be used to anchor the corners.  Check to make sure everything lines up.

adding handles to DIY Crate

I wanted to cut out handles on the sides.  With a pencil, I outlined where the handles will be, drilled a hole big enough so that I could get the zig-saw blade in, and cut out the handles.

Building a Wooden Crate Box

Next, I routered over the edges of the handle (to take off the hard edge) and sand to a smooth finish.

DIY Wooden Crate Box

Glue and nail all the sides together and then lightly sand all over with a fine sand paper.  I used a light touch, trying to leave the rough wood on the crate face.

Staining Crate

Applied a light golden color stain all over the crate.

Stenciling a Wooden Crate

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to stencil on the front but I did know that I wanted it to mean something and not just random words that I didn’t know.  I found a site that would translate English words in to Italian and I was able to come up with this design.   It spells out our last name, our city, and  our state in Italian.  With the three kids and their friends, sometimes I do feel like I’m running a hotel or B&B.

Using my Cricut machine to cut the design out on vinyl, I stuck the vinyl down on the crate and used it as a stencil.  The vinyl didn’t stick very well to the rough wood but using a very dry stencil brush it turned out great.  Actually better than what I expected.  I also applied the dark color over the corners, along the edges, and then lightly sanded over the stencil to age the finish.

Wooden Crate Box

The crate was made a tad bigger than the potted plant to give it room to grow.  Wouldn’t small cube like crates, filled with herbs, be fantastic?!?!

Stenciled DIY Crate

Have a great holiday weekend!

Linking up to these fun parties – go and check out all the projects!


Foyer~ Part 2

The new addition to the foyer 

a pair of 

DIY Demi Tables!!

Overhead view of foyer

I am so over joyed at the results!   The table/disk  didn’t cost more than $20, however,  the fabric was a bit of a splurge.  Up till now I have managed to keep my foyer decorating cost very low.

I  realize that the flooring that I currently have needs to be replaced.  For now I’ll just have to live with it, but hoping to have it replaced this fall. 

Foyer Part 2

Okay I’m rambling on about all the things I still want to, need to, wish to do in the foyer and what I really need to be talking about is how I made these tables……

DIY Demi Table

I purchased a round disk, measuring 24” across, at Lowes  (Home Depot no longer sells them)  found in the moulding isle.   Then I had my Dad cut in half for me. 

Demi table Bracket

I made a bracket to mount the half round disk to the wall.  My original plan was to mount the disk to the wall using simple metal L brackets but my genius father suggested this type of bracket so if the table on the left side of the front door (at the foot of the stairs) could be removed (when hauling large objects up and down the stairs) with easy.  The wedge in the bracket makes a snug fit and holds it tight but it still can be lifted off.

Foyer Demi table skirt

Foyer Demi Table trim

I found the fabric and trim at Hancock Fabrics.  Actually I found several that I really liked, but this one was still in my budget.  I wanted a fabric that was classic yet with a contemporary flare.  I think this fabric does just that with it’s swirled pattern.

I sewed a simple half skirt and stapled it to the back of the table.  The best thing about the easy accessible brackets is that it will allow me to change out the skirt quickly.  I would love to have several of them for the different seasons and holidays! 

Left side of foyer

Traditional Foyer

Foyer lamp

I found the lamps at a bargain discount store (Fred’s) on sale for $7.50 each!  The lamps measure 22”, a bit shorter than what I was hoping to get.  Not to worry, I thinking of a way to solve that problem. 

Potpourri Box

Here is a lovely potpourri box that my parents made me!

Foyer skirted demi table

Okay, I don’t want to hear it…. I know the candy dish is empty!  I’m a bad hostess.  Actually, that candy dish is just holding the spot until the silver palmetto (SC state tree) dish that I’ve had my eye on goes on sale!!!

Foyer demi table


That’s a lot of photos for one post!

My foyer is taken on quite a traditional style.  I’ve never felt like I would classify my style as one way over another, but rather, I enjoy all styles to some degree.   I’m a bit nervous that this foyer is leaning heavily on traditional.  I am currently in search for a new mirror for the opposite wall.  Will I shake it up and find something totally unexpected? 

Linking up to these fun parties – go and check out all the projects!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shelstring Giveaway


I am so delighted to bring you something sparkly today! 

I’d like to introduce you to Shelstring, an online store filled with handmade artisan jewelry.

This lovely boutique is filled with the most colorful and delicate pieces, you’re sure to find something lovely for yourself.  Perhaps one of your  girlfriends has a birthday coming up?  And it’s never to early to think about Christmas!!

Ooooh, the eye~candy!

Earring collage

Necklaces collage

Bracelets collage

Big & Chunky collage

Be sure to check out the entire collection.

Shelstring is offering one lucky winner a

$25 shop credit!

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment saying    “Sparkle”

Additional Entries

(must leave a separate comment for each entry):

  1. Visit Shelstring and get lost among the gorgeous selections.  Pick a favorite piece then name it in a comment.

  2. For additional chances to win, link to this giveaway on Facebook and/or on Twitter, then leave a comment telling where you mentioned it!

{That gives you 3 possible entries!!!!  Please leave 3 separate comments.}

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, July  5 at 11:00 EST.


Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Red, White, and Two Patriotic Crafts!

Yep, today you don’t get one but TWO patriotic crafts!  They’re both very simple and took me less than the a few hours to complete both. 

First up…..

A very simple Patriotic Wreath.   I actually had an inspiration photo in my files for along time.  Since blogging I try to save the website with the photo so that I can give credit to the source but because I have had this in my files for so long I not sure where to give credit.  Sorry

Red felt wreath for 4th of July

The wreath is so simple I think that’s why I love it so much.  Plus, my house sits about 800 feet from the road so most wreaths that I hang on my front door just look like dark blobs but not this one!  It just pops out and screams

“I’m Proud to be an American!”

wreath form

I started with a blank wreath-form bought many years ago, I believe, from the Dollar Store.  About 6 years ago, a Dollar Store opened up in my town.  Less than two years later it closed.  Have you ever know a Dollar Store to close it’s door?  Needless to say, I have not been to a Dollar Store in years.

attaching floral foam to wreath form

Next, I cut up one floral foam into several pieces and held it to the frame with floral wire.

appling red felt to wreath form

I guess I got a little excited working on this project because I forgot to take some photographs.  Here is what I did- I cut 3”x3” squares out of red felt and used hot glue and a crochet hook to poke the center of the felt square into the floral foam.

Patriotic Wreath

Added a blue ribbon and white star and called it finished!

The blue ribbon came off a fleece blanket that I purchased years ago!  It had Velcro on the ends making it so easy to make a loop!  Can you tell I try to not let anything go to waste?

Patroitic red, white, and blue Wreath

I love this wreath!  It didn’t dawn on me until I was actually hanging the wreath that I could use this over again for Christmas and Valentine’s Day! 

Next up…..

Patriotic Vinyl Wooden Blocks

I cut up some left over 1x4 boards into three blocks, routered the edges with a round-over bit, painted the blocks, distressed the edges, and cut some vinyl on the Cricut machine.  I found this font by Googling “Patriotic Fonts”.

USA wooden blocks- Patriotic Craft

I  just love quick and an easy projects!

Linking up to these fun parties – go and check out all the projects!


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Amaze Me Monday #30

Good Sunday Evening to everyone!

I pray that everyone had a safe and wonderful weekend.  Myself, I had out-of-town family that came to visit for the weekend.  We all had a great time just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company mixed with a lot of humor and laughter!  If your being picked on, you know you are loved Open-mouthed smile

I did manage to complete a project, start a new one, and find a few new project that I want to work on!  Coming up on this week’s Dittle Dattle:

      • Part #2 of the foyer
      • A fabulous giveaway!
      • A patriotic project
      • and a magazine inspired project!!!


Addressing a Side Yard Eye Soar by Pebble Beach Court

Modular Shelving Tutorial by Sew Woodsy

Bedroom Makeover by Homemaker on a Dime


Oriental Chicken Salad by Our Seven Dwarfs

Going Camping! by Sunny Simple Life

Dress for Your Body! by While He was Napping

Amaze Me Monday Blog Party Link Up

Dittle Dattle

Friday, June 24, 2011

Decorating the Foyer Part 1

Foyer decorating

After several long road trips, hiring painters, and heading to my son’s national in a few weeks, there isn’t a whole lot of  “Moolah” left for “Momma” to decorate.  That means I have to make my brain work over time to find creative ways to decorate the foyer. 

{Expect a lot of DIY projects in the future!}


On very little money I think I’m off to a great start! Here’s a break down of all that I did.

{Custom Framed Artwork}

Make 4 Frames the same size

I have oodles and oodles of piles of frames in the attic, the garage, and in my craft room!  {don’t ask why}

I was looking for 4 matching frames about 11x14 .  However, what I did find were 2 - 11x14’s and 2 - 16x20’s.  No problem.  I split the 16x20’s at two opposite joints, trimmed to measure 11” on one side and 14” on the other, and then glued and clamed back together to give me the size that I wanted! {I even had enough moulding left over to make another smaller frame.  Nothing goes to waste when money is tight!}

Oh, and the glass was left over from the one that we broke when making the very large frame that hangs over my son’s bed.

Custom Gold Photo Mats

I really wanted these frames to look like high-end artwork and that I spent big bucks paying someone to custom mount them, but my broke butt had nothing. 

Time to shop my parent’s house!!

My mother had a mat cutter and some odds and end piece of mats and mat board.  Here’s what I had to do to make it all come together…… 

Mom had some random 11x14 mats with 8x10 openings {not shown} but they were all different colors.  Nothing a can of spray paint couldn’t fix!    Let’s not stop there…..

To take this project up a notch, I cut four more pieces of mat board with an opening of 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”.   All I did was paint a small boarder in gold metallic.

Sticking 2 mats together

Used 2-sided tape to attach the two mat boards together

and assembled the rest of frame together.

Foyer Art

VoilĂ !

Totally FREE artwork.  Please do not ask me where that bridge is as I surfed the internet for free black & white photographs.  I found 4 landscape photos that I liked and printed them off of my home printer. Yeah for FREE


{Plastic Wall Sconces}

Cutting a pot in half_picnik

I love wrought iron and would have loved to purchase two wall scones for this area {still may someday when the wallet gets thicker} BUT….

I had to get creative!

I had a plastic pot, I believe around 6 inches, laying around not doing nothing.   I wondered if I could cut it in half?!?! 

I marked out half with painter’s tape and a sharpie marker.  But what could I use to cut it?

  • Table saw???? No because the blade wouldn’t come up high enough.
  • Jig saw????  I tried but the blade kept bouncing around on the plastic.
  • Rotozip???  That would work but we didn’t have any accessories that would get the job done.

A quick phone call to my mom and she suggested the band saw.

It worked!  Cut it like it was butter! 

Trust me, I am finding all new ways to use my Dad’s tools that he probably never thought of.  Once, I even cut a large frozen block of ground meat into more manageable sizes with this same band saw!!  (Not to worry, He had just put on a new blade.)

DIY Wall sconce

I spayed the pots with an ORB finish.  My ORB paint is not intended for plastic but I’m not worried about it because no one should be touching it.  As you can see from the above photo, the back side doesn’t look so great.  I filled the insides of each pot with floral foam and attached using hot glue and duck tape. 

Here is my only expense…… I purchased some faux plants from Wal-mart.

Floral pick used as a hanger

Here’s another question that quickly popped up- 

How was I going to hang up the planter/sconce?

At the end of this project, I spotted these floral picks in my arsenal.  Why couldn’t the little curve in the pick be used to hold a nail? 

I hot glued in place two floral picks/hooks in the back through the duck tape.  Working quickly, I pressed the hooks in but left them out past the pot’s edge, and then pressed the pot against the wall.  That pushed the hooks in and made sure the hooks are on the same plane as the pot.  (did that make sense?)

Wall mounted planter

VoilĂ ! again.

Not bad for very little money.  This will give me a start and I can always update down the road. 

Here are some more photos of the two projects together.

Adding Artwork in the Foyer

Part 1 decorating the foyer

Foyer Part 1


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