From Old Picture to Pretty Tray

I have another easy picture frame project to share today. Do you have that one thing you look for when you're junkin", yard salin', or thriftin'? For me, it's frames. I surely do not need them. It's just that there are so many things you can do with a simple picture frame. So I always keep my eyes open. I gave this one a new life as a pretty tray:   There are so many uses for a cute lil' tray, right?  Here, I'm offering you sugar and starfish. What??  (Just go with it and think, … [Read more...]

How a Girl Built a Gate

It's true! I built our gate all by myself.  I've been asked several questions about my gate, so I thought I would share how I made it. My husband and I had just finished building the fence. (I give him credit for all the labor-intensive work there. I just held fence pickets.)  Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the gate built before our weekend was over. My husband is very busy with work during the summer and I was growing a bit impatient. I really wanted to get going on our gate. We … [Read more...]

Plain Old Box gets a Harlequin Twist (& a How-to!)

Hello friends!  I have another simple painted project for you today.  Don't you just love a good before and after?  How about we do a good after and before?  ...As in this awfully cute chest: Here it is before: Many of you may know what kind of chest this is...   Were you right? It's a flatware chest!! I know you all want to go dump out your granny's silver so you can have one of your very own! Although I do generally love a touch of purple velvet now and … [Read more...]

The Easiest Way to Water Your Garden

I recently shared a very detailed post on how to create a landscape from scratch.  I wanted to talk about watering your garden in a separate post so I could go into a bit more detail. I can't stress how important it is to provide your garden with the water it needs to stay healthy. We are all guilty of purchasing plants or flowers in a feel good moment the minute warm weather declares  it's here to stay, only to neglect them once the real heat rolls in...when they need us the most. My … [Read more...]

New Life for Outdated Frames

  You see, I have this problem. It's with my car, actually. Every Monday, after my cleaning is done (Monday is my cleaning day), I sit and make a quick menu of what we are going to eat for the week. Then I make a list of what I need to buy and head to the grocery store. But instead of heading right to the grocery store, my doggone car keeps taking a detour into the Food Lion parking lot (this is not the grocery store I am aiming for)...which just happens to have a Good Will next … [Read more...]

How to Create a Landscape from Scratch

I have really enjoyed sharing my landscaping makeovers and hearing all of the awesome feedback. It was a lot of hard work that is really paying off.  I love my outdoor space. I have been asked several questions about my makeovers with the most frequent one being, "How did I know what plants to buy?" First I am going to share with you how I came up with my landscape plan and the work that went into creating my planting beds.  After all, you can't plant anything until the beds are ready, … [Read more...]

Back Yard Makeover

This is where our entire landscape transformation began. My husband came home one frosty January day and said, "I hear if you want trees removed, this is the time to do it."  I think he barely  got the words out of his mouth before I was on the phone setting up estimates.  We had thirteen trees removed from our itty bitty back yard. Most of them were gumballs. We had always dreamed of having a yard where our kids could run and play in the grass; laughing as they hurdled the sprinkler.  … [Read more...]

Front Yard Transformation

  I am  really excited to share my outdoor makeover  with you.  I spent a lot of time online looking for inspiration for this project. I was basically starting from scratch. This was before Pinterest came into my life! I wanted a garden, not just a carefree landscape which is what I kept finding in my searches.  I am sharing this early enough in the season so that someone might find some inspiration for their own yard.  However, because my garden is still a bit sleepy and just waking … [Read more...]

Recycled Granite Block Patio

Now that the warm weather is almost here, many of you are starting to think about outdoor cleanup and possibly what new outdoor projects you want to tackle this year.  I have an awesome project to share with you that I completed last Spring. We actually completed an entire landscaping overhaul including our front yard, side yard, and back yard. I am excited to share it all with you, but consider this a sneak peek! This is my new and improved side yard:  Want to see the before? Okay, … [Read more...]

Sweet Spring Table Setting

Today is the first day of Spring, so it's a perfect day to share a Sweet Spring  Table with you.  Actually it's freezing outside and calling for possible snow today,  but we can pretend it's sunny and warm, okay? I found the cutest little unfinished birdcages at Michaels this weekend and although I had no idea what I was going to use them for, I bought some anyway!  Then last night, while I was trying to go to sleep, I got the idea to use them to make napkin rings! Here is how they turned … [Read more...]