Thursday, April 20, 2017

DIY Giant Marquee Letters

Today I'll show you how to make giant marquee letters (4' x 3') because it's easier than you think!

diy giant marquee letters tutorial

I recently made three giant marquee letters for our school spring auction and I have the steps down below to show you how to do it yourself.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hello Haven 2017

Hello friends and a special welcome to all you readers coming from Traci's place at Beneath My Heart.  I'm Jaime for anyone new and that's me below waving to you in front of my giant USA map I made for the Haven Conference last summer:  


giant USA map made from Purebond plywood


I'm here today because I've been selected as a Haven Mentor for the 2017 conference and I thought I'd share a bit about myself as a DIY blogger.

Haven Mentor blog hop

How many years have you been blogging?

I've been blogging for 7 years and it has flown by in a blink!  I started, as most bloggers do, wanting to share a kitchen renovation with my friends and family so everyone could see the progress and change in tidy little post packages.  That kitchen renovation led to sharing all types of projects (and I cringe at those early posts now!) from sewing to painting and my all time favorite - building.

kitchen renovation 2010

SECRET #1: I used an iphone for ALL my photos for the first 3 years of blogging!

What is your favorite DIY project that you have completed?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Vertical Succulent Garden Frame

* This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Today is the day we celebrate with a virtual party!  Ten diy bloggers sharing their custom versions of the vertical succulent garden Do-It-Herself Workshop project.  I opted to make my planter into a vertical succulent garden frame: 

diy vertical succulent garden frame

The DIH workshop at The Home Depot is happening this Thursday, April 20th at 6:30pm, click here to register at your local store.  Learn to make a vertical succulent garden with just a few simple steps.

DIH workshop at The Home Depot vertical succulent garden

The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.  There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Vertical Succulent Garden DIH Workshop at The Home Depot

* This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Happy Monday and what better way to start the week than with the 2017 Do It Herself Workshops annoucement at The Home Depot!  I'm over the moon excited to be part of the DIH Workshops team again along with a few of my fellow diy bloggers.  We're kicking off the workshops with this beautiful vertical succulent garden project:


Vertical Succulent Garden DIH Workshop at The Home Depot

Looking for a fun Spring project?  Gather a few friends together for this Do-It Herself Workshop at The Home Depot.  The DIH Workshop will teach you how to make this vertical succulent garden.

@ your local The Home Depot store
Thursday, April 20th, 2017
6:30 - 8pm

register button DIH Workshops at The Home Depot

Did you know The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels.  There are three types of Workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids.

Customers can learn how to build d├ęcor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions.

Visit http://workshops.homedepot.com to learn more.

My fellow diy bloggers and myself will be making our own custom versions of this vertical succulent garden and sharing our projects next Monday, be sure to check back for lots of inspiration and ideas!

And if you want to follow along as I build my garden I'll be sharing sneak peeks over on Instagram here.

Lastly if you have previously attended any Workshop at The Home Depot and would like to provide Feedback please feel free to use this form here.  Your experience and response helps The Home Depot make improvements and changes.

Workshops Feedback Form

* I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this Workshops Program.  As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot.  All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words.  My post complies with the WOMMA Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

DIY Fence Style Easter Basket free plans

A super cute fence style Easter basket made from scrap wood and paint stir sticks.  I'm sharing the free plans to build this fun Easter project down below.

diy fence style easter basket

Earlier this week I posted my Martha inspired Easter basket complete with all the chocolate bunnies and eggs.

diy easter basket with faux chocolate bunnies and eggs

I  promised plans for the actual basket and I'm here to deliver.  But if you want more details on the faux chocolate bunnies and eggs plus check out 5 more Martha inspired blogger Easter baskets click here.

Down below I share the free plans in addition to real life steps as I built these baskets.  Be sure to read through all steps before beginning.

Monday, April 3, 2017

DIY Chocolate Easter Basket


Sharing my Martha Stewart inspired Easter basket today and I decided to make a chocolate Easter basket.  Real chocolate is always a good idea for any Easter basket but my version is full of faux chocolate bunnies and eggs.

diy chocolate easter basket

I'm joining with five other crafty bloggers who created Martha Stewart inspired Easter baskets to celebrate the season:

Martha Stewart inspired Easter baskets


Be sure to visit each one as they are all unique and completely doable!


A special shout out to Ariel from PMQ for Two for organizing this blog hop and challenging us, I'm so happy to have my chocolate Easter basket included.

faux chocolate easter basket

I used scrap wood and plastic eggs then painted everything dark chocolate gloss to make it all look like real chocolate.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

"H" is for Handsome Nightstand

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diy pottery barn inspired owen nightstand

Build this handsome nightstand with free plans from Ana White here.

diy pottery barn inspired owen nightstand

After building the pipe and wood slat bed you know Ana and I wouldn't forget the nightstand!

diy pottery barn inspired owen nightstand

diy pottery barn inspired owen nightstand

DIY Apple Pencil Holder

Looking for a unique teacher appreciate gift using scrap wood?  Make this super cute diy apple pencil holder for your favorite teacher, I'll show you how down below.

DIY apple pencil holder

After all teachers do for our kids the least I can do is make a pencil holder!  Grab your scrap wood and let's whip up this project today.

teacher appreciation gift idea

This apple pencil holder is a very generous size and holds a ton of pencils or whatever utensils you want to put inside.

Keep reading down below for the step by step instructions to make the apple pencil holder.

Camp Care Package

diy 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.

diy camp care package small container

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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.

"L" is for Lockers

A DIY locker and bench unit for my friend's mudroom area.

diy locket and bench mudroom unit

Locker Style Mudroom: Shoe Cubbies

* Edited 1/20/2017 to make changes as per comments. *

diy locker style mudroom shoe cubbies

Free plans today friends for this large five cubby locker style mudroom.  I built this piece over 3 years ago back in July 2012 and posted it here but I've had so many requests to create proper plans that I finally decided to do it.

diy locker style mudroom

Yikes that's an old cringe worthy picture but still a great project so I'm reposting.  This is my friend's house and she has four kids and no mudroom so we created one with this extremely user friendly locker cubby system.
diy locker style mudroom

This build is actually two pieces: shoe cubbies on the bottom which also serve as a bench and locker style cubbies up top with shelf storage.  Today I am sharing the plans for the shoe cubbies only.