Monday, July 6, 2015

Camp Care Package


It's summer and that means summer camp.  I truly love everything about summer camp and have tons of fond memories as a kid away at summer camp.  But perhaps one of the best parts about summer camp is receiving care packages!

This summer my girls and their cousin will be going to sleepaway summer camp for two weeks and they are over the moon excited.  Naturally I had to prepare a camp care package and I'm sharing my list of ideas with you.  I will ship the package ahead of their departure because I know after a few days of settling in at camp they will be eagerly awaiting a care package.


First up, the small things.  Think of small sized items that would be useful at camp like a travel tissue pack, hair binders and a flashlight and pack it all in a small container.  Of course they will have packed a flashlight and hair binders already but it can't hurt to have a back up (ever leave your flashlight on all night?) and girls are notorious for loosing hair binders.  I had to throw in some candy but individually wrapped pieces means hopefully they are more likely to share with bunk mates.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

DIY Star Napkins



Who's ready for a little holiday?  July 4th is days away and I have a fairly simple table decor project: diy star napkins.

Use premade white cotton napkins or hem up cotton fabric then paint a simple red star at the center.  I'll show you how down below.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Deck the Walls



Easy and inexpensive wall decor that you can make from wood and fabric scraps.  I'm sharing how to make this simple wood bunting over at Remodelaholic today, click here to see the full tutorial.

And I promise there's no sewing involved!

If you have wall decor projects you'd like to share be sure to link up at the Deck the Walls party here. Features will be chosen and posted this Friday.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Field Day Station Signs


While summer is now in full swing and most field day events are long over I still thought I would share how I made the field day station signs for our school and you can pin for later.


These station signs are completely portable, self standing and the game names are interchangeable which makes them reusable from year to year.

To make 8 station signs I used the follow supplies:

8 - 2x3x8 studs
2 - 2x8x12 boards
1 sheet - 1/2" plywood
16 hooks and eyes
2 1/2" & 1 5/8" exterior wood screws
2" finish nails

Follow the step by step instructions below to build your own field day station signs:

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mailbox Debate: Post or Wall


Secretly I really love a big mailbox on a post at the end of the driveway.  Perhaps because that's how I grew up, running to the end of the driveway to see what that big black box would deliver.  However, in our current neighborhood all the mailboxes are right at the house (which I must say makes it so easy especially in bad weather thank you US Postal!) but let me show you the before:


Yes there's the beautiful copper mailbox on a post right by the back door.  As convenient as it may be it was also an eye sore and a problem for a few reasons.


1. The garbage men need access to that gate right behind the mailbox and it was sort of blocking the pathway.
2. The door on the mailbox was ripped and hard to close.
3. Size - it's super big.  We're a family of five and never ever did we come close to filling that mailbox.  Granted it is good space for small packages but those can be left just inside the storm door.


So I removed the mailbox cutting down the post and hung a wall mounted version.  It's streamlined now and I can guarantee I won't have any of the garbage men telling me they cut themselves on the ripped metal of the old mailbox.


I placed my diy planter in the corner with a fern and I'm loving the new look already.  I'm still a little bit sad about not having a mailbox on a post but this back door refresh is working just swell. 



I'm linking up to:
TDC Before and After

Monday, June 22, 2015

Balance Board


Summer is finally here and I'll do anything to keep my kids busy outside so today I'm sharing this diy balance board made from scrap wood.  I can't take full credit for this project, I found my inspiration here, but I did write up plans for my version below.

Friday, June 19, 2015

"C" is for Cupcake Tray Carrier


I'm over at Pretty Handy Girl today sharing this fun cupcake tray carrier.  All the plans and step by step instructions are over at Brittany's place here.

Happy Friday friends!

Monday, June 15, 2015

"G" is for Grill Cart / Bar Cart


Today it's a grill cart / bar cart just in time for summer!  I built my own version of the grill cart that is part of The Home Depot DIY Workshop coming up this Saturday, June 20th at 10am:


I can't wait to show you all how to build the grill cart Ben Uyeda of HomeMade Modern designed for the workshop!

This Saturday, June 20th, I'll be at the Buffalo store #1286:

The Home Depot #1286
4405 Milestrip Rd
Buffalo, NY  14219


Below you'll find all the details on my version of the grill cart.  I actually made the grill cart into a bar cart for our purposes.

Friday, June 12, 2015

"K" is for Kids Cubby Organizer: One Board Project


We have seven birthday parties next week during the last week of school.  Yes seven.  Instead of running to the store to buy more plastic toys wrapped in plastic I pillaged my scrap wood pile and built a kids cubby organizer.

This is a one board project meaning you could build this organizer from one (1x4) eight foot board which costs about $5.  Or you could use scrap wood and then it's a free project.


Two down, five to go!

I'm sharing the free plans down below including materials, cut list and step by step instructions.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"B" is for Build Besties: Part Two

Build Besties: Part Two


Buildy friends it's another installment of Build Besties and these are the people you want to follow for tons of DIY building inspiration.  We all build furniture and share a love for making pieces out of wood for our homes and the people we love.  Please know this is not a finished list, I'm always on the lookout for more buildy bloggers.

Below are brief snippets of these build besties which I guarantee does not do them justice - please go visit their blogs to see much more! (Click on the image to go directly to their site.)

Monday, June 8, 2015

"D" is for Drawstring Backpack


Who's ready for summer and camp season?  I'm sharing a fairly simple sewing project today: drawstring backpacks.  I made these for my girls to take to camp this summer (I have blocked out the camp name for safety reasons) just so they have something to tote around small necessities when going down to the lake, taking a day trip, etc.


There are lots of drawstring backpack tutorials out there so this is nothing new but I thought I'd share how I made this version along with the personalization tutorial.  (I followed the Purl Bee tutorial here as a starting point.)

Also I used drop cloth canvas on the exterior and cotton gingham for the lining.  The pink drawstring poly rope can be found at Home Depot.


The finish size you see my girls (ages 9 and 10) wearing above is:

11 1/2"w x 13 1/2"h

If I were to make these again in the future I would definitely make them bigger.

Below are the materials and step by step instructions:

Friday, June 5, 2015

"K" is for Kreg Tool Giveaway


It's Friday and a great day for a giveaway!  Yesterday I shared my diy outdoor hose hiding planter and today I want to follow up with a tool giveaway.  I partnered with the nice folks at Kreg to bring you the planter and now it's your turn to get building!

Today's giveaway is one Kreg DIY Project Kit which includes the following:
- Rip-Cut
-Kreg Jig® R3
- Shelf Pin Jig

The DIY Project Kit is the ultimate three must have tools for any DIYer and makes the perfect starting point for anyone looking to build home projects.

A speaking of home projects below are some beautiful outdoor projects shared by my fellow DIY bloggers:


Each project was built using Kreg joinery and you can get the free plans to build your own version by clicking on the links below:


Enter below for your chance to win a Kreg DIY Project Kit and you'll be cutting plywood with ease, assembling your projects with pocket-hole joinery and creating custom adjustable shelves like you never thought possible!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

"H" is for Hose Hiding Planter


Ready to get building for outdoors this summer?  Together with Kreg Tool a group of us buildy bloggers have come up with some awesome outdoor diy build projects.  Today we are all sharing different projects with details on how to build your own!


This is my hot mess of a hose area.  Granted we are only entering our third summer at this home so tackling this eyesore was pretty far down on the to-do list.

The hose spigot is actually behind the fence (in the front yard) but we need the hose accessible to the backyard so it used to rest in a pile amidst hosta and ferns.


Until I decided to clean up the area and create not only a pretty spot for flowers but a place to hide the hose when not in use.  I'm sharing the plans on how to build your own planter down below.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

"W" is for Workbench Inspired Desk



Hello readers!  I'm over at Simpon Strong Tie's blog: DIY Done Right today sharing my industrial workbench inspired desk.  I built this desk using the DIY Done Right Workbench or Shelving Hardware Kit and I've put together plans so you can build it too!


Click here to get the step by step instructions, materials and cut lists and you'll have a grand workspace that you'll never want to leave!


And if you're curious about the stool click here for plans.



Disclaimer:  I have partnered with Simpson Strong Tie to bring you this desk.  I was provided materials and/or compensation to create and construct this desk.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

"D" is for DIY Workshop: Grill Cart


It's time friends for another Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Workshop at The Home Depot!
For this workshop we will be building a grill cart just in time for Father's Day.

Please come join me at The Home Depot Store #1286 in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, June 20th at 10am.



The Home Depot is the place to shop for tools, supplies, lumber, and lawn and garden products and while you're there stop by to learn how to build this awesome grill cart designed by Ben Uyeda of Homemade Modern.

The Home Depot #1286
4405 Milestrip Rd
Buffalo, NY  14219


New to power tools?  

I'll be co-teaching this workshop to show you how to make this beautiful grill cart with user friendly power tools.  Through a step by step demonstration we will make your outdoor space more functional with this grill cart and before long you'll have the skills and confidence to do it yourself.


The Home Depot holds DIY Workshops on Saturdays and Sundays every month covering lots of different home maintenance and renovation topics.  We will be building a functional project for outdoors but they also have workshops on how to tile, gardening, deck staining and more.

Please come join me and The Home Depot team on Saturday, June 20th at 10am.

To register click here.

 *The Home Depot partners with bloggers such as me for DIY Workshop program.  As part of this program, I received compensation for my time.  They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts.  The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.