October 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
October 4, 2012 § Leave a comment
I saw these pumpkins and pinned the picture. We tried it at home. I’m not really into Jack-o-lanterns, but these are so friendly and warm. First we painted the lantern design. We used a small kitchen knife and a large bore drill bit to carve the windows. Much of the paint came off with carving so I repainted and spray with a fixative after the design was done. Delightful.
September 20, 2012 § 4 Comments
I have had this set of spigot handles pinned for a long time. From an etsy seller whose collections I really love. But I didn’t want to pay $54. Something about the colors, size and texture I love. So I found a set of 20 knobs on ebay. A few needed help with color, but most are originally chippy, roughed and delightfully heavy. I used shadow boxes from Joanne’s with the glass removed. I like being able to touch the shapes, as if they are installed on the wall. And I have 2 sets! I’m having trouble with where to hang them. Which set do you like better?
September 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
August 17, 2012 § Leave a comment
Filling a boot tray with rocks seems rather silly, but it makes muddy boots infinitely more stylish. Or anything wet coming into the house. River rocks are least expensive at the Dollar Store. We have also found the rocks useful for other things like one memorable rock skipping contest. We also used them (scrubbed) as filler to bring a wine demijohn up to the proper lever. Handy things to have around.
Those purple and black shoes are Merrell Pace Gloves. Best shoes ever! They are minimalist runners and I use them daily and cannot say enough about how comfortable and durable and washable! they are.
One other little pinterest handy helper we have used is to get travel soap containers to corral card games. These work perfectly and are hardy for travel and kids.
July 13, 2012 § 1 Comment
The drought friendly symmetry of succulents is very much in vogue this year. Lots of trendy home decor stores have stocked them and I can not get enough of their blossomy shape. On our recent spring/summer wandering, we spent 52 days and over 7000 miles enjoying new places and people. I brought along planted cups of succulents to leave with some of our gracious hosts. Pinterest shows many images of the beautiful plants. I ordered a box of 36 assorted succulents from Amazon here. Though it arrived badly bashed, the plants were packed pretty well, and most survived transplanting and thrived.
I used a glass bit to drill holes in thrifted pots and dishes, and got the colorful mugs from Marshalls. Succulents are planted in special soil which I got at my local nursery and seems to be crushed rock. They must drain well. I covered the soil with gravel, which makes it look pretty and professional.
I carried them in a crate in the car and they traveled beautifully. They can take the heat of a hot car and only need to be watered about once a week! Here you see them in our car contents on the right.
May 8, 2012 § 3 Comments
There are so many cute teepee’s used in nurseries and children’s rooms and featured on blogs. You can view some of them here. I used Butterick pattern B4251 found at the fabric store. I really love the 6 sided shape and large size; it is five feet high inside. Lots of children can fit in this one. I got the outdoor canvas fabric at deep discount and along with the PVC poles, the cost of this project was somewhere around $50.This tent folds up really easily and tucks into a corner, and the kids can set it up themselves. I just don’t like the pattern though and am selling this one. A plain tea colored canvas one is in the works now, I like it lots better. Though the pictures are outside, we use it only indoors.
May 4, 2012 § 1 Comment
Hearts and maps go together so well, speaking wordlessly of the places you love or that have significance to you. There are tons of happy DIY projects with maps on pinterest. See here and here. So I got a US atlas and world atlas at Goodwill, about $2, cut out hearts of our places of birth and places we’ve lived, and put together a shadow box using one I’ve had stashed forever and a bit of blue painted artboard. It is personal and colorful and goes beautifully in a memory filled gallery.
It also makes a terrific gift!
April 21, 2012 § 1 Comment
We went to the Mile High Marketplace today north of Denver. It is large, it is well marketed, it is not at all chic, it is very fun. A great sunny spring activity. We found some sunburn, a mile or so of cheap and ugly plastic goods, kettle corn and turkey legs. I think I’d classify Mile High as more of a tourist trap than either the new vintage goods marketplaces or the old-fashioned junk tables of southern flea markets.
For thrifty buying, the most impressive selection is from the acres of tools available.
I wish I had taken a photo of the 4 foot Cinderella pinata. I can just picture a bunch of kids bashing the princess with sticks.
Here is our small trove. Finger bananas $2. Bolo tie $1. Rake for a friend (see this project). Bags of roasted chilis $6. I think that is my favorite part of the market. The rolling barrels of roasting chili peppers and their smell wafting strongly. It is uniquely Colorado to me. Old fishing lures $4. Basket $20.
And the basket. Kind of steep for a flea market. But I’ve bought some of them full price and this was a deal. I love these guys. They are made in Ghana and sturdy and moldable and beautiful.
I really wanted to find old outdoor faucet knobs, but no luck. Here is my inspiration.