Category Archives: DIY

Trivet Using Paint Chips

Everyday, sometime during the morning or evening I can find my husband in the den on the computer.  I finally goy tired of the phone book he was using for a trivet.

DIY Titled

All you need is a plain white tile, paint chips, paper cutter, brush and decoupage, polyurethane, some felt and a glue gun.  I say it shamelessly, I hoard paint chips.


The chips that came striped with multiple colors was perfect.  I used my paper cutter and ended up with various sizes.  I was going for a geometric design that would imitate the den rug.  I used decoupage glue to secure the strips, then followed up with two coats over the top.    Once dry, I added a couple coats of poly to seal it.  I also glued felt to the back of the tile.

Trivet 1

Trivet 2

The geometric pattern isn’t a perfect match to the rug, but I still like it.

Rug comparison

This was quick to do and the most important thing is my husband loved it!  Do you make your own trivets?  Do you hoard paint chips?


Flower Power DIY

I love it when I pull up to a “nothing-looks-good tiny little garage sale“ and I find that one item to bring home.  Large or small, it’s just fun.  This time I found a step stool, I think originally from IKEA, around the $20.00 price.  I paid $2.00.  I knew it was a good item to find because I had just told the hubby I needed one.  You know what happens as you get older?  You get shorter!

I sanded it, primed it, then spray painted it white, but it still needed something.  Then I gave it some flower power!


I’m no stranger to adding duct tape to wood.  I’ve been a true fan of the decorative tape since I used it on my white dresser in the woman cave.  It’s a simple as laying on strips of the tape down, overlapping slightly.  I decided since flowers in the  gardens aren’t matched up perfectly, the duct tape shouldn’t be perfectly aligned either.

Stool 3

Stool 4

How abouta Before and After?

Before After

If you want more ideas for Duct tape or even washi tape, check out my For The Love of Tape post.

So what about you?  Have you had a chance to get creative with duct tape?


{DIY} Fall Décor Vases and a Paint Chip Banner

I am slowly getting my house up and running with Fall décor.  I’m not much of a Halloween decorator so what goes up will stay until the Christmas bins get pulled out.

I wanted to share a couple of simple projects.  Because I’m a craft hoarder I didn’t have to go to the store for any additional items.

FALL Decor Vases

I picked up these 3 amber colored vases a while back from the Dollar Store for yep, $1.00 each.  Apologies for the picture.  The weather outside wasn’t helping much.


I grabbed some ribbon out of my stash, some old jewelry and my glue gun.

Full Decor Vases titled

Decor Vases 1  Decor vases 2

The vases are sitting on some faux leaves.  They came in a pack of 4, 2 packs for $1.99 at Rite Aid.  I’m using some in another vignette also.  I’ll shaer in another post next week about that.

Decor Vase 3

Jewelry close up

Fall Decor Vases

I also picked up some red vases for the Christmas season.

Paint Chip Banner

You saw the Happy Fall banner when I shared my mantle the other day.  I made it from my paint chip stash.  It was pretty easy.  Just use a hole punch to put holes in the top left and right corner of each chip.  I added some scrapbook sticky letters I had on hand, then fed some twine through the holes of the chip.  How easy!

Happy Fall Banner


Have you got your Fall craft on yet?  If not, I’m linking up to Layla’s Fall craft party and you should probably check it out if you want loads of ideas.  Have fun!


{DIY} Ombre Painted Wood Stand

I’m not quite sure what to call this little project outcome.  I found this piece of wood on the curb at least a couple of months back.  Yep, a freebie.  I brought it home and put it in the garage to store for a rainy day.  I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with it.

The inspiration came a few days ago when I was tidying up my 62 cans of spray paint.  I’ve been wanting to try the ombre look so I freehanded it.


It went from plain to perfect in seconds thanks to Rustoleum moss green, green apple and strawflower, all in satin.

before ombre stand after

I started with the darker moss green spraying lightly left to right.  I then added the green apple followed by the strawflower yellow.  It took me a couple of times to get it to my liking.   I’m thinking someone made this to be an outside plant stand or maybe it’s the beginning of a trivet? What do you think?

For now, I’m using it for a base for some flowers I just picked from my yard.

side view

close up

Top View with Border


Happy Wednesday!


{DIY} Bulletin Board in the Den

I have an endless amount of frames stashed in my closet.  My neighbor has a framing business and he is constantly offering  display or out-of-season  items to me.  My husband just keeps asking me if I ever say no and I say well, to some things, but never frames {smile}.

I pulled this gold frame from my stash.  It came with the bulletin board but you could easily frame any square piece of cork.


before and after

Using Rustoleum white enamel, I taped off the corkboard and spray painted the frame.  I decided to leave a tiny piece of the frame golld sine the den walls are of similar color.  I spent $2.00 at the Dollar Tree and bought a placemat and some thumbtacks.  I cut the placemat down with pinking shears and used the tacks to attach.  The blue is mucher better than plain cork to look at, right?  It was quick to hang on the wall with command picture hooks.




BB1  BB2

It’s Wednesday, Yay!  Have a great day!

{DIY} Doodle Pen Holders

I was sitting at my desk in the woman cave today.  I turned on My Doodle Lamp and that gave me a little idea.  A 5 minute idea.  An idea that took all of a few minutes watching American Pickers.  I love that show by the way.  I have a couple of small white pots that I use for pens and highlighters and thought hmmm, why not doodle them.

5 Minutes + Black Painter Pen =

Free  Form Doodles!

doodles full pic

Like I said, they now match my doodle lamp.

010-2 013-1

Instead of white painter pen on black, I did black on white.

013 doodles 1

The fun and best part is there’s no pattern, you can just doodle, squiggle, circle to your hearts content.  Much better then plain white, right?

Doodle and white

doodles full pic

What silly moments gives you an idea?Sharing at Monday Funday.  Have a great day!


Organize and DIY Your Refrigerator with Placemats

Happy Friday!  Do you ever get an idea in your head and decide you need to do it right then and there, no matter what time it is?  Some of my closest friends think I’m hyper.  I prefer to define myself as I like to stay busy.

A few Friday nights ago the hubby had already gone to sleep and that’s when the refrigerator started bugging me.  Marinade from the steaks had spilled over, the catsup bottle was put away sticky and the milk was expired.  Ever experience this?


My spurt of energy began at midnight and by 1:00 a.m. my refrigerator was the bomb.  I tossed food and cleaned the fridge shelves and doors. My cleaner of choice for all things dirty is Krud Kutter.  L.O.V.E love it!  Then I came up with a marvelous idea.


I decided the red and blue checked July 4 placemats would do the trick to dress up the refrigerator shelves and also save them from future spills and disaster.  After all, the no stick shelf liner and contact paper came from the Dollar store so I wasn’t freaking out on cost.  If they get thrown out it won’t hurt my feelings.  You could also use the shelf liner without the contact paper protection, which is what I will do in the future if I have to replace the existing liners.

full refrig

I call the top shelf my healthy shelf.  Well, except for the mayonnaise.  But I don’t like mayo except when it’s mixed with other items for a dressing.  The yogurt and cottage cheese are good choices.  Although it contains sugar, my raspberry and strawberry jam are musts for me too!  It’s perfect with a toasted bagel and a little cream cheese.  Am I making you hungry yet?

top shelf red

I alternated the placemats between the red and blue and used some additional liner, cut to size, for the bins.  I won’t show you every shelf.  I’m sure you get the idea.  But here’s the bottom shelf that holds all kinds of drinks.

bottom shelf blue

This is a nice way to add some order to the refrigerator for a very small cost.  Who knows, maybe you’ll find an hour this weekend to tackle your own?  What do you do to organize your refrigerator?

I’m linking to a couple of blog parties; go check them out when you have a chance!  Tatortots and Jello and Serenity Now.

Have a great weekend!


Save the Citronella and Other Ways To Keep Bugs Away

Our summer here in the Northwest has been absolutely beautiful.  In July we had the lowest precipitation in 53 years, meaning almost none.  August is starting out just as nice.  One of our favorite things to do at night is sit in our backyard, playing a game of cribbage, sipping a drink, talking with the fire pit lit, eating dinner.  Anything!

That means bugs and bites which I’m not fond of.  Lets face it, I’m a magnet for the bug world.  We were going through lots of citronella candles.  We’d burned them so much there was still some wax to burn, but the wicks were gone.   My hubby was ready to throw them in the garbage but I said No!….


I gathered the candles and some wicks fro Michaels.

used candles  candle wicks

Using a knife, I cut out the good parts.  A few spots were not worth saving.  I grabbed a fry /wok  kinda pan from the garage .   I had picked it up at a yard sale for a $1.00. and used it as my double boiler.  I melted the wax until it was liquid.

dounle boiler 1

If I had some extra citronella oil I would of added it, but I didn’t so I went without.  I poured the liquid back I the empty candle dish from Home Goods, then immediately dropped four wicks in it.  The wax hardened within the hour, but I let it sit overnight before I lit it.   Make sure to have a piece of foil under the dish when pouring the liquid to catch the drips.

final product

My pretty new citronella is working fine and looking  good in the backyard.

outside 1

outside 2

outside 3


We purchased a couple of Tiki Torches at Home Depot, 2 for $40.00.  I love that they stand on their own, there easy to move around, the cans of citronella fuel is replaceable, and they come with a lid to protect them when not in use.

Tiki Torch

We also purchased a bug zapper.  I think it was from Fred Meyer, but cannot remember.  We bought it early in the season and I tossed the paperwork so I can’t tell you much more.  I do remember shelling out $30.00 for it.  The zappper has a cord to plug into for recharging and operates on an infrared light.  I think it’s been pretty effective.

bug zapper

Do you like to spend your evenings outdoors?  What do you do to keep the bugs away?

I’m joining the  linky party at House of Hepworths.  Check it out for some inspiration!



This Little Piggy {Bank} Got A Makeover

My child is grown and grand children are a ways away so I had a personal chuckle about making over a piggy bank!

Titled Piggy Bank

My neighbor’s daughter, who is entering her sophomore year of college, is home for the summer.  She’s cleaning out her closet and gave me this piggy bank that needed some TLC.

Before and After

I spray painted it all gold and then I decided to give it to a co-worker for her grand daughter.  So I spray painted it white and added some large gold dots to make it a bit more kiddish.  I covered the nose with scrapbook paper to hide a crack, hot glued some buttons on the snout, ears and eyes, and then decided it was one cute pig!

side view

spot closeup tail


I’d have so much fun saving coin if I had this bank!  Did you have a piggy bank growing up?  Do your children?

Linking to the weekly party at Tatortots and Jello


For The Love Of…Boxes

What can I say?  I love boxes;  cardboard, wood, big small.  It doesn’t matter.  Many are saved from my recycle.  Some find their way into my house via places such as Michaels and Hobby Lobby.  I’ve dressed them up using paint, ribbon, buttons, contact, scrapbook or wrapping paper.  I love little boxes as much as I love trays!

I think that’s the reason why boxes are next up in my For The Love Of series.

For The Love of Boxes Collage

A scalloped wood box covered with scrapbook paper and ribbon makes     decorated bird boxes.

Cover empty cell phone boxes with scrapbook paper or duct tape.

I used wrapping paper from Home Goods to cover a  boot box and gave it to my outdoorsy neighbor.

Use paint and a stencil to make a cute green ivy box.  I use it for recipes.

Bright pink  or blue paint and buttons made a set of cute boxes for a friend’s birthday.

3 drawer storage box always comes in handy.

Silver paint and glass squares made these  mirror boxes.

Do you have a love for boxes?  If you want to see other loves in this series just click on the page.  It’s noted at the top of the blog.  Happy Monday!