IDEAS, THOUGHTS AND THINGS TO INSPIRE US
With Spring yard work comes trimming the apple trees and other branches around the yard back - we can't have them remaining all scraggley and scaring the neighbors now, can we. So, why not put them to good use... instead of tossing them into the firepit or the woods... they are good for so much more!
Here's a great website with some fun and simple ideas on how to incorporate the natural beauty of wood into your decor: http://www.savethedateevents.com/dinner-party-using-tree-branches
I love anything that's creative, colorful and that I can "hide" in my gardens or along the yard's edge...ya know...where you can't really see it until you look closely... like, that frog hiding underneath the plants. If they are pieces I can make myself then I love them even more because that usually means a "money-saver", too <---another one of my favorite things.
Here's a great website with step-by-step tutorials on how to make mosaics for that special spot in your garden: http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-mosaic-art-for-your-garden
We've all see that hardware on a door, window or piece of furniture that has years of caked on, layered paint. Sometimes I just wonder what the hardware looked like BEFORE all that paint. Oh, I'm not even going to pretend I haven't added my own layers here and there but I always think to myself, am I hiding a gem here?
I've used paint stripper, as I'm sure many of you have, so I don't have to tell you what a mess, and burn, that process can be. So, more often than not, I leave the painted hardware or sometimes even replace it. Well...not anymore. I haven't actually tried this method but hey...it sounds easy enough and I just happen to have an old, smaller crock pot we don't use anymore.
Click here for more details and a few good tips: http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Doors---Windows/Door-Repair/how-to-remove-paint-from-hardware
We've all seen those old tin ceiling tiles...some still in old buildings in town and others for sale at antique shops, etc. I love those tiles - especially the white ones - ya know..."shabby chic" kinda thingy. Here's a great website using items from the...wait for it...Dollar Store...to make your own faux tin tiles...and in any color(s) you like. I'm totally going to do this...someday (with the exception of the cork board...I think I can come up with a way to display them that is more...me.).
Click here for a step-by-step tutorial: http://suzyssitcom.com/2012/06/feature-friday-faux-tin-tiles-tutorial.html
I don't know about your husband, but I do know MY husband and he can't help himself when it comes to keeping excess wood, old 2x4s, and every other size he's used in one project or another; all those left over pieces are sitting somewhere in the yard tree line in a big pile. However, in that pile there are also a few old wooden pallets. My thought was to burn them one of these spring or fall days...until now. There are so many cool ideas for upcycling old wood pallets...and for once...I'm grateful that my husband has some "hoarding" tendencies! ;)
Every spring I plant and tend to my herbs all summer long. I love growing sage, lavendar and rosemary then I cut and bundle my own cleansing smudge sticks. I'm not going to blog about that because I actually have a page here at my website where I've already "talked" about it.
Last year, I cut my herbs and brought them inside to hang and dry. At the time, I wasn't sure WHERE I was going to hang them, so I fashioned them to an overhang in our kitchen. However, THIS year I'm totally going to use that old wooden ladder outside instead! This is a great idea and it's just another piece of "junk" I can get out off the ground and put to good use. It would be gorgeous with a ton of drying flowers hanging, too!
I believe here they screwed one side to the wall and wrapped the other side with chains that from the wall but this could also be suspended from a ceiling on the porch or somewhere inside the barn or house.
Have you ever seen these Pottery Barn Mason Jar Chandeliers before? They are gorgeous and somewhat pricey. Lord knows...I love the "gorgeous" part more than the "pricey" part so here's a great website I found with step-by-step d.i.y. instructions to make one of these beauts for your own home... for a LOT less than Pottery Barn can sell you one for. :)
Click here to find out more: http://theabegreenfamily.blogspot.com/2012/02/diy-mason-jar-light-fixture.html
Finding used items to use as headboards is nothing new. However, some of these ideas are certainly new to me - pillows? Check out this great website where you'll find 20 more ideas for cool headboards. Click here: http://www.furnishburnish.com/diy/20-cool-headboard-alternatives/
I'm always on the lookout for a great shelf idea and one that's inexpensive and creative like this is right up my alley. Personally, I would change, or paint, the brackets but if these match your decor or you tend to fancy them then...by all means...leave them! I'm sure old books can be picked up at any Goodwill or second hand store and if you can't find colors you want then hot glue your favorite colored material to them. For step-by-step instructions click here: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/home-improvement/create-book-shelves-00000000035586/index.html
With February nearing the end... just around the corner are the 2 months that make the wait of the cold winter all worth it, the time when the snow starts to melt and then we're belted with that one last snow storm... March & April. I spend a lot of time during those months thinking about, and planning out, our family veggie garden. I love planting the staples from roma tomatoes - I make and can a lot of homemade marinara sauce, to new things we try every year, last year okra - sometimes they work - sometimes they don't...okra didn't.
There are a lot of you who like to start your seeds indoors beforehand. Other don't always have the time or the space (or in some cases even the desire) to tend to a large garden but still want fresh herbs without having to run to the farmers market or grocery store everytime they need them. Well...here's the answer. I absolutely love this idea! Even if you decide not to mount them to the wall...any sun facing window sill will do! For directions on this great spring project click here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/07/diy-ideas-wall-planter_n_1326824.html