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HeaderMaking a traditional Christmas wreath using simple materials you may already have is a fun way to go back to basics plus save some money on decorations, which I’m all in favor of!

Supplies you will need are:

  • Small tree branches (pine, fir, cedar)
  • Two wire coat hangers
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral wire
  • Pruning shears
  • Any decorative items you choose to add to your wreath

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Making little pumpkin votives

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It is difficult to believe that Thanksgiving is upon us.   The holidays have snuck up on me.   A couple of days ago I was looking at the little pumpkins I have on my hearth and thinking I didn’t want to simply throw them away.   So I decided to try something new to use them one last time…making them into votive holders for our Thanksgiving table. read more….

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Making maracas from dried gourds

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Decorated gourds make beautiful centerpieces, bird houses, baskets, candles and … maracas! When visiting our pumpkin patch this year we were inspired by the display of beautifully carved and painted gourds that have been crafted into instruments and other decorative pieces.

The pumpkin patch had piles and piles of old dried out gourds of all shapes and sizes. It looked like a graveyard of gourds making for a cool looking Halloween display. The very small gourds were the perfect size for maracas so we bought a few to attempt making our own instruments. Cleaning, filling and painting the gourds turned read more….

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Remodeling is not for the faint of heart….

Have you ever started a remodeling project and then found yourself wondering “What have I done?”  In order to explain this one I need to go back in time a little…

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Approximately 4 years ago I decided that I could not live with the carpet in our house any longer.  So, we proceeded to rip the carpet out of our family room, hallway and bedrooms.  For a while, actually quite a while, I was fine with living on plywood sub floor.

Time passed and one year became two years…

Finally, after many distractions it was time to purchase wood flooring.  We purchased our flooring from a well know company.  I won’t mention their name but their initials are LL.  We rented a truck and headed to the Seattle area to pick up our new floor.   Mike unloaded 42 boxes of flooring into our garage.

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Armoire makeover using Chalk Paint

Armoire MakeoverWe’ve been in our new home since March and I’ve been itching to make a few changes. Each time we move my mind starts to imagine all the possibilities and my ‘to do list’ is almost always at least 3 times what is feasible. Reality sinks in and I realize I can’t buy a new sofa, armoire, bedroom set and all the other items I so vividly picture in my head. So, what can I do? Hmm, first of all I can buy pillow covers for my ‘oh so brown‘ sofa. After a trip to IKEA I cross that task off the list. Next, after several moves across the country the green armoire we’ve had since the kids were in their early teens is in dire need of a facelift. Originally used to house the TV it is now used as storage for glassware and linens. Future plan is to buy a ‘real’ curio cabinet, but for now a new coat of paint on the armoire will have to suffice. read more….

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Rekindling the art of macramé plant hangers

Post Picture mainHouse plants and macramé plant hangers were the rage in the 70’s. I had no idea at the time how healthy house plants were for you, I just knew I liked having them in my home. Plants were an inexpensive way to decorate and making my own macramé plant hangers made it even more affordable to have them hanging in every room. I enjoyed doing macramé back in those days, but my plants and macramé fell by the wayside through busy years of keeping up with life, kids and working. read more….

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How to Make a Lavender Wreath

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Every year  on the third weekend of July thousands of people converge in the small city of Sequim, Washington for the annual Lavender Festival.  It is harvest time for lavender and it is in full blossom…the fields are absolutely gorgeous!   It is a busy weekend with festivities both in downtown Sequim and at the many lavender farms.

Sequim is located in the Olympic rain shadow making it the perfect place to grow lavender.   The first lavender was planted in Sequim approximately 20 years ago and there are now dozens of lavender farms across the Sequim-Dungeness Valley.  Sequim has actually been nicknamed the “Lavender Capital of North America”!   I’ve included a link to a great article if you would like to learn more about Sequim lavender. read more….

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Felt Pouch Craft for Ages 3 to 90!

IMG_5606A work related project commonly becomes a whole family affair in our home! Recently I had to come up with a craft project for 15 “90 somethings”. For this project I wanted something that would be fun and functional. If any of you have ever worked with the elderly you know that Bingo is one of the most anticipated of weekly activities. Our community is no different, and to make it even better our residents earn Bingo Bucks that can be used to purchase items at the Bingo Store. The thrill of the “BINGO!” just became even more exciting! After the game the bucks are generally tossed into a walker, stuffed into a pocket or plastic baggie, or mistakenly left behind when dropped on the floor. I thought it would be fun to make a small “Bingo Bucks” pouch for attaching to a walker or wheelchair for “buck” safekeeping. read more….

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