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Friday, July 13, 2012

DIY Outdoor Drink Holder Tutorial

Good afternoon!

Friday the 13th - anyone superstitious? My husband and I actually got engaged on Friday the 13th and we've been married almost 19 years. So it is a lucky day for us!

Anyway, today's post is for something that I think 'can' be quite useful (no pun intended). How many times have you sat in your yard and had a drink in your hand and no where to put it? I know it happens to all of us. Well this cute drink holder solves that problem!

I'm sure you have figured it out by now that I like projects that upcycle or repurpose every day items. This one is no different. A simple tin can turns into an outdoor drink holder - not only something useful and cute, but it also keeps a can out of our landfills!

Do you need one? Well, here's how to make one for yourself - just follow my link:

Thanks to for the tutorial!

Hope your Friday is fantastic (even if it is the 13th)! See ya soon.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

T-shirt Fringed Flip Flops

Good Afternoon!  

It's been a while I know, but my hubby is on vacation and we are enjoying his time off! Swimming, grilling, relaxing have been our mantra for the last week or so.  We even fit in an awesome day trip which I will tell you about soon!

Today my post is about flip flops. You know the ones I mean - the not so cute ones that are about $3. Well they CAN be cute with this method.  If you are like me your kids or better half are an ever ending supply of old t-shirts - and that's just what you need to make these flip flops! 

Got you interested? Wanna know how? Well, follow my link to get the scoop!

 T-shirt Fringed Flip Flops, large

Thanks to Michael's Craft Store for the inspiration and instructions!

Have a terrific Tuesday! And a Fantastic 4th of July! See ya soon.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Freestanding Trellis - Lowe's Creative Ideas

Hey everyone! Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!

Just me with another thing to add to your honey do list for outside!

I like many of the projects at Lowe's Creative Ideas and this one is no different. It is unusual and seems fairly easy to make. I just love climbing flowers like morning glories or clematis - don't you? This trellis would be perfect for either or both!

Check it out here!

Three trellises along walkway to a front door

Have a wonderful day! See ya soon.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

DIY Mason Jar Solar Lights

Good morning!  

Have you been tackling all your outdoor to do list items? Well, I just might be adding to that list! I came across this project on pinterest and thought you might like them as much as I do!

I have to admit that this is the first time I have seen the technique of coloring the jars with Mod Podge, but I really like the way they look. It is very simple and has a great result.  The jars look good day or night!

I was thinking that these would like nice setting on your tables outside as well. So that would give you another option as opposed to hanging them. Well, if you want to know how it's done - follow my link!

A big shout out to Amanda at for sharing her tutorial - thanks a bunch!!!

Hope your Saturday is sunny - see ya soon!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

DIY Beaded Flip Flops

Good morning!!  

Summertime is quickly approaching! And with summer comes our favorite footwear - flip flops!!!  If you're like me you live in them during the summer. They are definitely my go to shoe when it's hot outside. 

Sometimes you are wearing something that just makes it hard to wear your good old stand by - the flop flop.  But fear not - that problem is now solved - easily and inexpensively!

Today's post give you the know how to dress up those boring flip flops into something glamorous! I even think that these would be awesome for the bride getting married on the beach or outdoors this summer - don't you agree?

Peeked your interest yet? Well, you know the drill - follow my link to get the scoop!

Beaded Flip Flops DIY

A super big thank you to for the tutorial!! 

Have fun creating your beaded flip flops - it will take them from blah to beautiful in no time at all! You may even want to do a few pair - LOL!!

Have a terrific Tuesday - see ya soon!

Monday, June 4, 2012

DIY Ribbon Lei Version 2

Good morning!

I promised you another ribbon lei today - so here it is!

I think this one is just beautiful and really looks like some type of Hawaiian flower! It can be done in any color combination of your choosing. I have not made one yet, but I am planning on doing one this week! 

I'm thinking I will use nylon thread or even fishing line since it is not only invisible but also very strong and difficult to break and will make this lei last for a long time. Don't you just love this version? I thought you might.

You know what to do - follow the link - and get to creating!

Big, huge thank you again to Penga at!

Have a marvelous Monday!  See ya soon!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

DIY Ribbon Lei Version 1

Good afternoon! Hope your weekend has been fantastic so far!

Well, it's June already. Can you believe it? So it's graduation time again.  Whether it be graduation from high school, college, pre-k, kindergarten or middle school - it's something to be proud of and celebrate!

Last year I posted about money and candy leis. This year I want to show you ribbon leis. They are easy and very pretty.  I like the solid color as well as the combo colored one! Which is your favorite?

If you have a graduation this year - this would be a nice addition to the money or candy lei.  I'm told that you can never have enough leis!!! So follow my link to get the scoop on how to make them:

DIY Ribbon Lei v1 This is instructions for the solid colored lei.

DIY Ribbon Lei v1.1 This is step by step for the double colored lei.

I want to extend a great big thank you to Penga of for the tutorials!

Well, that's it for now but tomorrow I have another ribbon version from Penga to show you so stay tuned.  Have a wonderful evening and see ya soon!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DIY Concrete Bench

Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!

As a homeowner there is always something that needs done - remodeled, repaired, and/or removed - all for the sake of improvement. Of course, you need to be independently wealthy to do some projects! That's why I'm always on the lookout for relatively inexpensive DIY projects. Today's post fits that to a tee!

Ample outdoor seating can be a problem. Or you have a space that just isn't right for patio chairs. Well, whatever the reason - this project will help. I believe I came across this on pinterest and I want to pass it along to you.

As soon as I saw it I knew it was something that I wanted to put in place in our backyard.  We have this strange space between our deck and the garage man door that is just awkward.  Plants won't even grow there - so how bad is that? This concrete bench is just what is needed in that space!!  It not only solves that weird space, but gives us extra seating at the same time and will be the beginning of our new patio area that we want to do! 

So, if you have the need for more places to sit comfortably or have a strange space this just might be what you need to do too! Follow my link!

Outdoor Room

I like the look of the rocks but I don't think that will be part of our plan. Also, I am thinking that painting the concrete blocks would make this more appealing to the eye! (My hubby says you can paint anything and after almost 19 years of marriage - I believe him!) 

I'm wondering if I can figure out a way to get some matching foot stools, too. would be nice to prop your feet up, huh? I definitely want to keep with the whole concrete block or weather proof materials. 

I'm hoping this project can come together over the next couple of weeks (fingers crossed).  I will take pictures as we go and post them when we have it all done!

Have a great Wednesday - see ya soon!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Buggy Birdfeeder - Lowe's Creative Ideas

Good morning!

It's been a long time since I posted, hasn't it? Sorry about that. I was spending a good bit of my time online looking for a car since one of ours died. No shame really since it was 10 years old! We've replaced it and now Mom has a new taxi!!

Anyway, today's post is a project that caught my eye at Lowe's Creative Ideas and I knew I would pass it along to all of you.  I have to admit that I have a soft spot for the birds and these feeders are just too cute.  It would be a nice project to do with your kiddo(s)! Check it out here:

Buggy Birdfeeders

buggy birdfeeders

Have a good over the hump day!  See ya soon!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Hey, everyone!  I know - 2 posts in one day - can you believe it? I came across this recipe a while ago and I keep forgetting to post it - so here you go.  

I have 3 dogs and they all LOVE peanut butter. So when I saw this recipe I had to bookmark it and keep if for them.  I have not made any yet but I do have all the ingredients for them.  I'm sure they will be a big hit in my house - how about yours?

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

A great big thank you to Missy at!!!

DIY Wooden Floor Mat — Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Good afternoon!  Hope everyone had a good weekend.

Our weather here in North Carolina has been downright summer like - with temperatures in the 90's already.  Thankfully we had a cold front come through this weekend and now it's feeling more like spring.  But today's project is good for any season!

I love the look of this doormat.  The colors would just make your porch come alive!  The project information at Lowe's states that the project is about $30 to complete, but I think you might spend a little more if you didn't have the paint already. Also, as one of the people who commented - I would put squares at the ends to cover the bare rods and give it a more finished look. 

Want the scoop? Follow my link!

Porch mat made from multi-colored wooden strips

I think that even a solid color would look good - what do you think?

Have a super day - see ya soon!

Monday, April 30, 2012

PVC Mother's Day Bud Vase

Good Monday morning! 

Short post today.  Mother's Day is right around the corner and this project is perfect for the Mom who has everything.  What Mom wouldn't want a custom picture bud vase to admire along with some pretty flowers? I know I would love it.

Follow the link to see what's up:

Mother's Day bud vase from a PVC pipe. ~ Mod Podge Rocks!

Thanks to Mod Podge Rocks! for the tutorial!

Have a super Monday - see ya soon!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Easy-to-Make Vases

Good afternoon!

Spring has sprung and with that comes Mother's Day and Teacher Appreciation Week. Today's vases would be appropriate for both of them! 

As you may have noticed by a few of my previous posts - I am a fan of the Lowe's Creative Ideas website as well as their monthly publication.  This is one of their projects. It appears to be fairly easy to make. These vases are quite unique and would be great in any color to match any decor!

So if you know a deserving teacher or are looking for a new way to give Mom flowers - check out the link to get started!

Easy-to-Make Vases - Lowe's Creative Ideas

PVC board vases

Don't they just make you think of spring and summer?

Hope your day is fantastic - see ya soon!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Easy Clothespin Snowflakes

Good morning! 

Spring break is's time to get back to the grind.  School will be done in about 51 days and this school year is just flying by so quickly. I guess before we know it it will be Christmas time again - LOL!!!!!

So I figured for my post today I would show you a Christmas project, which quite frankly I wish I had come across sooner. We decorated our Christmas tree this past year with only white lights and snowflakes.  We made most of the snowflakes and these would have fit right in with the decor. The instructions are very simple and I'm definitely going to make a bunch.  Although I love the natural wood appearance, I will probably paint some of them and even add a touch of sparkle!

You know it's never too late to start your holiday craft projects - so why not some Christmas in April or May or June - well you get the picture!! Want to know how to make them? Follow my link:

Clothespin Snowflakes

A great big thank you to for the tutorial!! She has some amazing project tutorials - if you have time be sure to check them out.

Have a wonderful Wednesday - see ya soon!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Paper Bunny Pops Craft

Good afternoon!  

I have one more post for a last minute Easter Basket filler.  I love how simple these bunny pops are to make and that they are so cute! The link takes you to the instructions and printable bunny outlines.  Very Easy!!

Check it out here!

Paper Bunny Pops

Have a fantastic Friday!  See ya soon.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter Basket Cake Recipe

Good afternoon! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.  

Well, it's official - spring break has begun!!!  No school until April 16th!! And my hubby managed a 4 day weekend - awesome!!  Tomorrow is "Gotcha Day"!!  It's the day that we became a family and is a special day for us. So our son is having a friend spend the night, then Saturday we are going to ride go carts and have lunch at a pizza buffet (pizza is one of his favorites)!  He pretty much gets to choose what we do and that's what he picked this year!!

I wanted to do a post today about another Easter cake I found that I think is cute and would be easy to do. So if you're still on the fence as to which cake you want to make for your holiday - here is another to consider! 

Go here for the recipe and a downloadable PDF of the diagram:

Easter Basket Cake Recipe

Easter Basket Cake Recipe

I've included the diagram just in case you have a problem on the site. Thanks to Taste of Home for the recipe and instructions!

Have a super rest of your day! See ya soon.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

DIY Grocery Bag Easter Basket

Good morning! 

Are you ready for Easter? We just have a few last minute things to do and then we'll be ready. I was browsing pinterest yesterday and I came across this cute upcycle!  I thought it was a perfect little basket and it can be made at home! Plus, the instructions appear to be straightforward and it probably wouldn't take that long to make.  Need a cute basket for someone and don't want to go to the store?  Well, here's your solution! Go here to check it out:

DIY grocery bag Easter basket

Thanks to for the tutorial!!!

Have a terrific Tuesday! See ya soon.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bunny Butt Cake - CUTE!!

Hello, again! I just couldn't wait to show you this Easter Bunny cake!  It's a bunny butt!!!!  Isn't it adorable?

You know the drill - go here to see how it's done:

Bunny Butt Cake 

Bunny Butt Cake

This cake just makes me smile!

Have a great rest of your day! See ya soon.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Easy Bunny Cakes

Good morning!

Here we are with only a week to go until Easter and I had to pass on these cute bunny cakes! The recipe appears quite simple to do and the end result is sweet - don't you agree?  Wanna know how it's done? Go here to see:

Easy Bunny Cakes

Easy Bunny Cake

Now I'm totally torn as to which cake I will make for Easter......especially after I show you the last one that I came across yesterday.  Tune in tomorrow to see that one!

Well, it's TGIF and I hope your day is fantastic! See ya tomorrow!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Easter Bunny Cake - Landing Feet First!

Good morning!  I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since I posted!  I've been dealing with a sprain/strain of my knee - hurts like the dickens!  So today will be a short post.

I came across this cake on the Wilton website.  I thought it was cute and so I decided to pass it along to you!  Go here to get the scoop:

Landing Feet First! Cake

Super cute, huh? I might just have to think about getting that cake pan!

Have a great day - see ya soon!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Awesome - Crazy Colored Eggs

Happy T.G.I.F.  How is everything in your neck of the woods?  Rainy and gloomy here, but at least it's warm!

Easter is just around the corner and with our son getting older I was thinking he may not be as interested in coloring eggs this year.  That is until I came across the method I'm posting about today!

I think once he sees this picture he'll be excited to dye eggs!  They look so cool and different!  Don't you think?  I absolutely love these eggs! Well, you know the drill - follow my link to see how it's done!

Coloring Eggs


Super big thanks to Jayne at for sharing with all of us!!!!

Have a fabulous Friday!  See ya soon!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cute Easter Bunny Cake

Good morning!

Are any of you finding it hard to believe that it is March already?  Doesn't it seem like it was Christmas just yesterday?  Wow - the older I get the faster time seems to fly by!

With that said, Easter is just around the corner.  I had previously showed you a bunny cake that I made in the past for Easter.  The one below is one that I would like to try but I'm not sure the coconut would go over well with my family.  I suppose I could just use icing with a tip to give it definition.....

Anyway, here's the scoop so you can make one, too!

Easter Bunny Cake Recipe from Betty Crocker

Easter Bunny Cake

I have another bunny cake to show you as well.  I think it is really cute!

Have a great day!  See ya soon.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Homemade Girl Scout Samoas

Good morning! How is everyone today?

It's Girl Scout Cookie time again! Don't you hate when you can't get them again until next year? Well, here's your solution. In my world wide web travels I managed to  stumble upon a wonderful blog with some pretty fantastic recipes (Shannon at Best of all, she has given us the opportunity to enjoy homemade Girl Scout cookies all year long.  Her homemade versions of Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs and my hubby's favorites Samoas.  Check it out here:

Homemade Girl Scout Samoas

A big thank you to Shannon for sharing all of your recipes with us! (I've already tried her strawberry cream cheese croissants and they were awesome!)

Hope your Wednesday is wonderful. See ya soon!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Bachelor and Redneck Wine Glasses

Good morning!  Hope everyone is well. I wish that I could say that I am. I've been fighting a terrible cough and cold - the darn thing just wants to hang on forever! So I haven't been feeling the best and many of my projects have fallen behind as a result.....

My hubby and I have been watching The Bachelor this season. We really liked Ben from the Bachelorette and felt bad for him when Ashley turned his proposal down. So we were happy to hear that he was going to be the next Bachelor. I don't know how many of you watch, but what about that Courtney?  Do you love her or hate her?  For us, she's in the hate category. I really do not want him to end up with her, but I've got this bad feeling that it will go that way!!!!!  I think he and Lindzi are a so much better suited couple.

And speaking of Lindzi, did any of you catch that they were drinking their wine in Redneck Wine Glasses? I thought that was awesome! So in honor of Lindzi and Ben and their hometown date, I thought I'd give you the heads up on making your very own redneck wine glasses - super easy, super inexpensive, and in my opinion super cute!  You know what to do - follow my link here:

Hillbilly Crystal/Redneck Wine Glasses

Big thanks to Cindy Eckhart (Sweet Tea with Cindy) for showing us how it's done!!

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday! See ya soon.
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