Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas 3-Tiered Galvanized Tay

The thing I love best about this little
3-tiered tray is that it has endless
decorating possibilities. 
 It takes about 10 minutes to change it
for the seasons and holidays. 
 I just gather a little this-and-that and
I've got a whole new look. I'll
sometimes tweak a bit, adding things 
as I unpack little Christmas treasures. 
 It's perfect for puttering, 
if you're a putterer, as I am. 
 Mr. & Mrs. Claus salt and pepper set
from Publix. They sell them every year.
A little corner of Christmas cheer.

Monday, November 28, 2016

DIY Christmas Sign

& to all a good night
My new sign this year.
It begins, as all my sign projects do, with
a trip into the garage for a piece of scrap
 wood. We cut off the uneven pieces a bit 
 but didn't straighten it out any more 
than that. It still has a rustic edge.
 Painted it white. 
 Sanded the edges. 
 I found a font I liked and just kept enlarging
a photo of it until I had it large enough for 
my board. Later I did find the font's name. 
It's Boho Script. Note: I always space my
 saying on the board without having to worry
 about the length. I just cut the board when 
I'm done to the proper length. 
 I lay the 3 pieces of copies on the board. 
Then I used carbon paper between the
 paper and board to outline the words.
That's the easiest way to transfer any
lettering. It's the method I use 
on all my signs.
 I lift the paper and carbon a few times
to make sure I got all the lines. Note the
  "g" loop is not complete. Easy fix.. 
Then I use a Sharpie to paint in the letters.
 I will hang this over the bed or give
it as a gift and make another one. 
 All finished and on my Christmas bed.
 Attach hangers to back for hanging as i
did in this post HERE.
 I think this is such a fun scripty font.
If you can't find it you could enlarge the pic
above and use that .
I really get lost in font many 
I've already downloaded for free. 
Let me know if you've made a new sign
for this Christmas. It's addicting, 
especially when they are so easy and
free to make. 


Monday, November 21, 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Ghost Pops!

I'm making ghost pops for the 
They are so easy to make. Just center the 
lollipop on a tissue (or a coffee filter) fold over
 and tie with a black or orange ribbon or yarn. 
Use a Sharpie to add eyes. 
I used tissue because it's cheaper, 
and just the right size. 
 These take very little time to make.
 They're also cute stuck in a basket.
 Happy Halloween!


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Between Naps On The Porch

Monday, October 17, 2016

How To Survive Cold and Flu Season

If you've been walking around your house 
with a  box of tissues, then this little tip
is for you. 
 I keep an empty tissue box next to the full 
box, because I need a place to dispose
 of the used tissues. This Nantucket-Style 
basket holds both boxes for easy 
carrying wherever I go.
Don't forget to drink lots of hot tea too!
In the meantime, if you don't 
have a tote, you can simply wrap 
a rubberband around the boxes
to hold them together. 
Feel better soon!


Monday, October 10, 2016

What I found At The Yard Sale

Here's what I found for $21.
The annual Fall Community Yard Sale
in neighboring Cooper City was Saturday.
It was just after Hurricane Matthew had
missed most of south Florida so everybody
was happy to be out again.
 New hurricane oil lamps---how appropriate.
New wine glasses- replacing the occasional 
           broken ones
Spice rack turntable with 20 spice jars-
                  they will get new printable
                       labels and transform my spice 
                      cabinet into a thing of beauty.
 The turntable went into the bottom rack 
of the dishwasher. It came out shiny clean. 
 The spice jars and lids went on the top rack.
 Ditto clean. 
 The vintage camelback trunk had a rotted 
bottom. We found a piece of plywood 
(it was saved from the back panel of a TV 
cabinet and finally found a use...yeah!), 
 and used that to replace the bottom. 
It will be a great storage trunk.
 Sofie approved. 
Before and after.
Sofie also thinks I should cover up a 
few of the nicks on the front.
Before and after a little touch-up
with a black Sharpie.
Before and after. 
I washed it, vacuumed the inside, then I
 used a little mineral oil over the outside. 
The 2 red and white pillows are Solarium 
and will go on the patio couches. 
Here's the list of finds. 
1 vintage camelback trunk-$7
1 spice jar turntable w/ 20 jars- $4
2 Sunbrella outdoor pillows- $2
2 new glass hurricane oil lamps-$3
1 wrought iron magazine rack- $3
4 new tall wine glasses-$2
Spending a beautiful fall day in the sunshine, 


Monday, October 3, 2016

Easy Fall Centerpieces

Here's another easy centerpiece for fall. 
Nestle string lights between pinecones 
in any container for an enchanting 
autumn vignette.
I'm using a dough bowl that I bought in 
Colorado years ago.
 I needed to elevate the candles. I used
 scrap 2x4's for the bottom.
I filled the bowl with small pinecones. 
The candles are circled with cinnamon sticks
 which is just the look I wanted. I always
 light the wicks so they don't look unused. 
I found 2 antique brownish cable thingies 
and stuck them in the ends. I originally 
thought I would use them as interesting
 curtain rod finials. (if anybody knows what 
they really are, please leave a comment.)
That didn't take long at all.
It did need a little night time pizazz.
I found this package of starry lights
at Target and knew they just made for
my centerpiece. They are tiny lights on a
copper wire that blends into the pinecones.
 It's battery operated, so it can go anywhere. 
 Just flip it on when it gets dark. 
 Pinecones and tiny lights. 
The copper wire make it easy to bend and tuck.