All the Wonderful Uses of a Junk Chair

When I first saw this lovely pile of junk, it was a chair sitting alongside the road. By the time I got it into the back of my car, it had already started falling to pieces.  Knocking it around a few times finished the job so I could fit it neatly into a box. This is what’s left; some of the pieces have already gotten new life. The spindles that supported the legs make perfect handles for wood totes.  I made a couple using the wood I rescued from the bon fire pile.  

Even the seat split into nice straight pieces.  I used a couple of those pieces for the “N” in my NOEL sign (still need to paint the sign – it’s sitting there unfinished until it tells me what color it wants to be LOL). 
My favorite is this little hanger.     I attached a few 2×2 pieces to keep it upright and give it support, painted it and attached a cast iron hook I found at Hobby Lobby.


I love lanterns!  I picked up 6 of these cream color Ikea lanterns from a Craigslist ad for about $1 each.  I used some watered down black acrylic wiped on then off to make this one a little messy.  

Do you love junk as much as I do?

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Little Lemonade Cart

Isn’t this the cutest little cart? I probably should have staged it, but it’s late & I’m too excited to share.  I have a few finishing touches to add then it will be ready to sell at the upcoming NV Dream Market.    
I absolutely LOVE building things from scraps.  With the exception of the top and the wheels, this is made entirely of scrap wood from our pump shed build.  In fact, my father-in-law thought he would be helpful and haul the scraps to the back of the property (to the bon fire pile).  WHAT?!?!?!  I surely drove myself back there, rummaged through that big heap and loaded my car.  I keep trying to tell him that I’ll use any scraps over 1″ long HAHAHA.  

I think it needs a little towel bar or hook and a chalk board sign.  What do you think?


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Custom Name Sign

This is one of my favorite projects!!  I made it for a friend who recently moved into their newly built home (my girls want to know why I didn’t make one for us).  

Since I’ve been playing with vinyl, this seemed like the perfect project.  

  I used a piece of 1×6, cut two pieces 20″ long.  Then attached them with pocket hole screws using my Kreg Jig .  The whole sign measures 11″ x 20.”

I stained the whole thing using Minwax Dark Walnut, cut stencils on the Cricut, painted the ‘C,’ once dry painted on the remain words, very lightly distressed, then sealed with several coats of Polycrilic.  

  This was a fun project – I like it when I can see them come together fairly quick.  I have orders for several more – how fun!!

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Miscellaneous Projects

Working on my little projects makes me happy & completing them even happier!!  All of these projects were made using scrap wood (because I don’t like waste).  I’ve been busy cleaning/purging in my house which also motivated me to clean out my corner of the garage and move some scraps.  

I pulled my Cricut machine off the shelf & have been playing with that (I’m very inexperienced with vinyl). I made the ‘WELCOME’ sign using letters I cut.  I’d like a Silhouette so I can create & cut my own images but can’t justify until I have a little more experience.  Here’s a little tip I got from Pinterest: use dollar store contact paper for stencils.  I tried both my more expensive outdoor vinyl & the contact paper.  For me contact paper won; it was thinner and I got sharper lines when I used.  

After being dormant for months on end, I’m feeling pretty motivated to keep the blog going.  Stay tuned…


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Faux Gingerbread Houses

The third of my Twelve Crafts for Christmas are fun faux gingerbread houses constructed with Graham Crackers.


Gingerbread houses are a super fun Christmas tradition; a fairly recent tradition for us. So fun because you can customize however you want!

Three years ago on a whim, I picked up a kit that included gingerbread, icing, and candy for four little houses. Perfect for a fun family evening; my husband, both girls and I each decorated a gingerbread house. Although the houses were very small, they all turned out great. Now we’re hooked!

In 2013 (year two of our tradition), I saw several Pins (yeah Pinterest!) showing gingerbread houses made using Graham Crackers – GENIUS!!! Here’s a picture of our houses in 2013.

Although I can’t claim the idea as my own, I did put my own stamp on it. Instead of royal icing, I use Tacky Glue to build the houses. We don’t eat our houses – we think that would be gross after sitting out for so many weeks – just our personal preference. (Since we put so much time and energy into personalizing our houses we display them all through the Holiday season.)

Here’s some shots of the construction process (this took me several days – mostly because I didn’t ‘t have a whole afternoon).
To make the graham crackers easier to cut, I wet my fingers, rubbed them on the cracker, microwaved for 10-15 seconds then used a sharp knife.


Here’s our 2014 houses – we kicked it up a notch this year. It’s hard to tell in the pictures but the houses are much larger this year. Next year I’m giving everyone a box of Graham Crackers so they can construct their own.


Lance’s house – the girls & I are extremely impressed!!



Have fun making your own! I can’t wait for next year!!


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String Art Ornaments

These little string-art ornaments are the second of my twelve crafts for Christmas.

I love all the fancy string art I’ve seen on Pinterest. String Art was very popular for a while when I was a child – my Mom covered the wood with fabric then meticulously hammered LOTS of nails in a perfect pattern. Mine are NOT in a perfect pattern but I love the rustic and slight messiness of them.

I have boxes of scrap wood (can’t stand to throw something that could become perfectly useful at a later date). I dug through my stash for ornament sized pieces, hammered on some little nails, then tied and twisted embroidery floss. I finished them with screw eyes and natural jute. The possibilities are endless!!! I have other patterns/colors running through my mind as I type.

IMG_0626.JPGDo you have any good string art projects to share?

Welcome back Louie

Our elf, Louie came back several days ago. We found him sitting on an old wooden duck decoy, with a Duck Dynasty cup and a sticky note that said “I ‘m back Jack.” So far Louie hasn’t been too mischievous nor has he been terribly clever this year, but Ashton still LOVES getting up and looking for him.

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Pine Cone Ornaments


Today is the first of twelve, cute, low-cost, and green Christmas crafts I’m sharing with you this season. Follow my blog to have future posts delivered directly to your email.

I actually posted this last year, but unfortunately it was the only one of the twelve crafts that got posted – our family is BUSY and time gets away from me.  This year, I’m ahead of the game!

We love decorating for Christmas.  We put up a tree in the dining room, the living room & my girls each put a tree in their rooms.  My living room tree was loaded with gold ornaments for years – this year I’m going for a more rustic look. I’m reusing a few of my gold ornaments, but I’ve made (or revamped) the majority.


I’m SO excited about these pine cone ornaments!! They didn’t cost me a dime (I had everything on hand).

We got the pine cones at a house not far from home. One day as the girls and I were driving, we noticed pine cones on the ground in a yard. We stopped and asked the homeowner if we could pick some up – he said “anytime” – saves him the trouble (so we cleaned the yard). We got a very large bag that day. Woo Hoo!!


Here’s how to make them…


Pine cones
Nail clippers (if you have prickly pine cones)
Natural jute (or other yarn or string)
Material (to make rosettes)
Glue gun & glue
Glitter glue


If your pine cones are prickly (like mine), remove the thorns with a pair of nail clippers.

Cut about 10 inches of natural jute, fold in half and tie the ends together (in a knot). Use a dab of hot glue to glue the knot to the top of the pine cone.

I had a roll of natural jute on hand, but as you can see, with a 40% Hobby Lobby coupon it only costs a couple of dollars and it goes a VERY long way.

Embellish however you like… I made rosettes using fabric that I had on hand (the cranberry color rosette was formerly a shirt & the canvas color was from another project – I purchase canvas at Harbor Freight – $7.49 for 4′ x 12′). For a few, I added some greenery (cut from some garland from years past).




To add some sparkle, spread glitter glue on the ornament I find this method to be more efficient (and less messy) than the glue and glitter method.

Let it dry, hang on your tree, and stand back and admire.




Hope you enjoy making your own…

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