Category Archives: DIY

How to “solar!” – Part 1

So, as many of you are aware, we recently went “solar.” I talked about it a little in this post. I don’t think we showed you the finished result up on the roof though! So here it is.   Prior … Continue reading

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So, now that Christmas is over ….

…. I can go back to my “regular scheduled programming” and carry on with doing things around the house.   Halloween and Christmas sort of happened in mid-home improvement flow and was put on hold.   We still have the … Continue reading

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Personalized Christmas Morning Pajamas

A few month ago I came across some very early and therefore very cheap red and green stripy children’s pajamas.   I know a lot of people do the matching pajama thing for Christmas morning, but so far we never … Continue reading

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Our Christmas Tree

Yesterday I put up our tree! As I have mentioned before, this is the earliest I’ve EVER put up a tree. Usually I try and keep it as close as possible to Christmas, but this year it seemed ok to … Continue reading

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Snowball Ornaments

I have to say, none of the photos do the true sparkle of these justice, believe me!   Before we start, I want to introduce you to the German Glass Glitter. It’s essentially very finely crushed glass. And it glitters … Continue reading

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Christmas Stocking

Initially I wanted to make a version of a pillow inspired by this one:   but then I thought that it might look really cute in a simpler form on a stocking!   For the stocking material I used Painter’s … Continue reading

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Festive Votive Candle Holders

a.k.a. glass etching project #1 and Mercury Glass post #3! Are you sick of my Mercury Glass experiments yet?   I saw some similar votives at Michaels the other day and thought they might be easily re-created with all the … Continue reading

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Faux Mercury Glass Stars

Since experimenting with some ways to create Faux Mercury Glass a few weeks ago, I realized that I am not quite done with the whole Mercury Glass thing! Since I decided that this year we are going to have  a … Continue reading

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Birds On A Wire

What you’ll need: – black jumbo paper clips – 1 sheet of black card stock – Mod Podge Gloss Finishor  Mod Podge ® Dimensional Magic. – toothpick or bamboo skewer – hot glue gun (optional) or glue – black string … Continue reading

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The evolution of our backyard

This was the listing photo of the backyard when we decided to take a look. Not great, but not horrendous either. The reality was a little worse though. It was a dirt and concrete patch! The grass was burnt away … Continue reading

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