We ripped out a whole bunch of ugly hedges beneath a real problem area by our front door. By creating a nice vignette of fall elements like gourds, pumpkins and a raven, we were able to make an ugly spot look a little bit nicer.
Turn your old washing machine into a fire pit.
OK, this is not a beautiful transformation, but it sure works great. Take the drum out of an old machine and use it as a fire-pit. I don’t think they are so aesthetically pleasing “as-is” for a backyard, but let me tell you, these wash tub fire pits are perfect for beach bonfires and camping […]
If you can wrap a gift, you can recover a chair cushion….
…. well, temporarily. Here’s the situation: I love our dog, but she isn’t too nice to our outdoor furniture. We have a set that is super comfy, but she has gotten up onto the cushions to sleep. That has made them dingy and a little thread-bare in places. We host Thanksgiving and Mother’s Day Brunch […]
The Blue Twig Chandelier. (who knew?)
This is the project I did for last week’s One Month To Win It challenge. It gave me so many problems that I almost included a “rest in peace” wreath when I sent it off to the judges. Shockingly, this project won for the week. (In spite of my son telling me it looked like […]
Rust Converter: Outta the auto shop and into the craft store.
Spring has (mostly) sprung and I am beginning to turn my attention to my patio area. Not. Good. I have some tall hurricane lanterns that have been sitting out in the elements (if Southern California really even has elements) for 2 or 3 years, and although we had sprayed a clear sealant over them, the […]
The chameleon chandelier is back. Again.
Handsome Hubby asked me if I was going to use THE chandelier in our Christmas decor this year. Originally I said no. I’m so glad I did not listen to me. This free chandy has gotten a lot of use. Who knew?! (Well, I knew when I got it….) It’s been done for Christmas, for […]
How to make a Haunted Tree. (With things you already have, of course.)
I’ve mentioned that we’re throwing a Halloween Party and I am trying my best to decorate for pennies on the dollar. So far I’ve spent about $38 on supplies ($30 of which went to black spray paint) and I think I’m in pretty good shape. We have a bare planter that is right off our […]