Saturday, August 31, 2013

DIY Sunday Showcase

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It's another week of the DIY Sunday Showcase! Check out all of the favorites we pinned to the DIY Sunday Showcase Board this week!
There are 5 of us pinning, so sometimes you may find yourself on there several times! Either way, it's all good, because the more you share, the more we favorite, and the more we pin!
Only a few rules:
Linking up allows us to pin you to our Pinterest Board and possibly be showcased as a favorite on Saturday's post.
Link up as much as you want, but we are looking for awesome crafts and DIY recipes to share and favorite!
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Saturday Favorites



From now on we are going to do things a little different. Each of us is going to pick out our one favorites from the previous week's links and they will be showcased here! You can now find the Saturday favorites by heading to PinkWhen, VMG206, MinettesMaze, Recreate & Decorate, and Fresh Idea Studio.
Remember if you were not listed here, you may be on the DIY Sunday Showcase Talent Pinterest Board!
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You can click on each of the project pictures below and be taken directly to the site so you can see exactly how it was done!
First up in the favorite from Therese over at Fresh Idea Studio. She says, "I absolutely adore this upcyle: Vintage wood into a creative & colorful beadboard project! On a bookcase and ceiling no less! Woozer, that's a whole lot of Awesome!" our-completed-beadboard-project-a-view-towards-the-living-room-Living-Vintage

Here is the favorite from Megin over at VMG206. Megin says, "From Black Hope Chest to Blue Vintage Trunk by Pneumatic Addict. I love how this hope chest turned out. What a wonderful facelift for a family treasure."


Shelly chose Natalie's Light up Arrow over at Doodlecraft! Shelly says, " Because this is just a FUN SIGN! You could really put this anywhere, kids room, family room, kitchen, or I ,might make one for garage flare....?! Just an over all easy DIY project!"
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Jennifer chose the DIY Burlap Leaf Table Runner from Gail at Purple Hues and Me. Jennifer says, "I think everyone knows I am a burlap fan, and this is just an exceptional and fun project! Perfect for the fall!"

DIY Burlap Leave Tablerunner
And lastly, Wanda chose the no sew ruffled table runner from Kimber and Ashley over at The Pinning Mama!
Wanda says, "Ya'll know I love the no sew projects and the pinning mamas!"

I hope you enjoyed all of our favorites, and make sure to head over to the DIY Sunday Showcase Talent Board to find the rest!
Check back tonight at 5pm to link up again for our next party!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Vintage Dresser ~ Big Blue

I scored this Blue Vintage Dresser from Craigslist last winter for $25! Of course it's been sitting in the garage for quite some time. I loved it, but just wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with it.

Well it dawned on me to put some legs on it and use it as an entertainment center! And I say add legs because the only air vent we have in the living room is of course under the TV. So the air needed to get through.

First we took out the drawers. And excuse the white little specks on them. That's actually Styrofoam from another project. When my husband was cutting it, the wind was blowing all the little white thingy's (LOL) where everywhere.

I love this blue color and the vintage handles! 

The legs are actually spindles from Menards. I believe they were less than $3 a piece.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

DIY Sunday Showcase

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Welcome to the 

DIY Sunday Showcase! 
We have partnered up with a few more of our favorite bloggers to bring you a BIG party!  We all like to party, but big parties are REALLY cool!! 
Welcome to Wanda from Recreate and Decorate
Therese from the Fresh Idea Studio
Together, we are going to bring you the all new DIY Sunday Showcase!
Here are the new simple and easy rules:
*Add your favorite post, or posts to share!
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*By linking up you give us permission to share your post on either the 
DIY Sunday Talent Board, or on our Saturday Favorites post!
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Now let's get this party started! 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Yard Bench Redo- in Memory of Jason

I got this old yard bench for FREE! And finally I had a reason/theme to redo it.

A friend of mine that grew up on the same block as me was killed in a car accident this summer. And his family is having a benefit to raise money to pay for his funeral expenses. So they had asked me if I would make something and donate it for the silent auction. So I thought that something little wouldn't probably bring in a lot of money. But this bench may help! And it is kickoff season!

I had a feeling the wood would still be good after I sanded it down.

After Sanding..

I did apply a light coat of primer. Then once I started painting I didn't really care for the back metal piece.

So Decided it had to go! Unscrewed it and it was gone!

I taped it off before I spray painted the arms and legs.

I cut and screwed a board to the back, and this helped support it. Because it was pretty wobbly. And then hand painted the Husker logo.

In Memory of
Jason Robert Hawkins
  • January 22, 1983 to June 20, 2013

This is Jason and his daughter.

I will always remember the great times we all had growing up. From bikes and skateboards, to sneakin over to Snyders Pond to fish.

Rest in Peace Bud!

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Meet my Guest~ Kendra Thornton for some helpful Travel Tips

I would like to introduce Kendra Thornton. She's 37 year old and a mother of 3.  Before being promoted to the full time position of mom, she was the former Orbitz Director of Communications where she was able to travel a great deal. Kendra has been to 28 countries on 6 continents, and has been quoted in the news about seasonal travel trends and destinations all over the United States. She now resides in Chicago and have taken on the role of being number one wife and mom to her family.  

Enjoy a Fun Family Vacation This Summer!
It's not too late!!

Can you believe it is already August? The summer may be cruising along, but there is still plenty of time to get a family vacation together. Whether you have infants, toddlers or teenagers, there are many things to consider when planning a family vacation. Start planning today, and consider some of these tips to help with your preparations.

Tip 1: Getting Through the Airport

Getting through the airport is never going to be a quick process, but there are ways to make it considerably easier on your family. Have your boarding passes printed out the night before you leave for the airport. Make sure everyone wears shoes that are easy to slip on and off, as you’ll need to remove all footwear when going through security. And most importantly, bring with you what I call a ‘travel pack.’ This should be in your carry-on luggage, and should have in it anything that might be needed in case of an emergency. I use this term loosely, but in case of flight delays or long layovers, have things like snacks and juice boxes, your child’s favorite toy, a change of clothes for the baby, a pacifier, and whatever else you deem worthy.

Tip 2: Packing Tips

Before leaving, it is imperative to make an extensive list of what you will need to get done before leaving, as well as what to bring. This should be done well in advance of the actual vacation, as this will allow you time to periodically add and cross off items from the list. Some important things include stopping mail service, getting medications filled at the pharmacy, and bringing appropriate clothes for your children. If your list is likely to be lost somewhere in your purse, or somewhere in the house, download an app to your mobile device like Packing Pro. This will allow you to create the list right on your smartphone!

Tip 3: Accommodations

Make sure you look for a family friendly hotel when planning where to stay this summer. While it is tempting to simply pick the cheapest available option, you will thank yourself later if you research the hotel’s amenities beforehand. Research and read actual user reviews of the hotels, rather than just checking out the hotel’s website. When in Florida last year, I used Gogobot and read through user reviews of numerous Orlando hotels until I found one I felt comfortable in housing my family at. Look to see if the rooms are spacious enough to bring in a rollaway bed, and if this is an added fee or an included option. Also, check if the rooms have microwaves and refrigerators; you can use the microwaves to heat up meals and the fridge to store food in, saving you from having to spend extra money on restaurants for every meal.

Tip 4: Photography

When traveling this summer, make sure to bring your camera as well as extra batteries and/or a charger. Also, teach the kids a fun, creative new hobby in photography by providing them with their own disposable cameras! The kids will love this, as they get to soak in the vacation fun while documenting their favorite parts of the trip. When you return home, you can sit down with your children and scrapbook the photos together, providing you with some wonderful family bonding.

Tip 5: Making the Car Comfortable

Road trips may sound time consuming and the length may be intimidating, but they can actually be a lot of fun! Especially if you have little ones who have never been far away from home, they will get excited about the prospect of a long adventure to somewhere new. Bring games for the car, and consider bringing a portable DVD player or an iPad to entertain the little ones (and maybe even the adults!). Also, make the car as comfortable as possible by bringing plenty of blankets and pillows for all. If you are traveling with children who still nap frequently, invest in car window shades to help them sleep easier in the back seat.

There is still time to plan a wonderful, stress free summer vacation for your family! I hope these tips help you in this process, and remember: have fun!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Cubby's Old/New Bar Tables

A good friend of mine owns a local bar not too far from our house. He had asked me if I could redo or say up-cycle his old bar tables for him. He bought the bar from his dad about a year ago and he thinks now is the time to give it a little face lift. Because he FINALLY decided on a theme. And he chose Husker theme because no other bar in town has that! (I know believe it LOL) 

He had seen my projects:

And this gave him the idea to redo his tables for his bar!

Here is the 1st one!

A little sanding and priming..

There was a lot of years of "stuff" on them! But a sander and a little elbow grease, no problem!

Definitely took awhile to free hand this!

Meet Jeff, aka Cubby! They call him "Cubby" because his dad's nickname was "Bear". And the bar at that time was Bears Bar and now it's Cubby's Bear Trap! Kinda quirky HUH?!

Here are 2 more projects that are still in progress but I thought I would share anyway.

I decided that the chrome/aluminum piece around the edge would be kinda cool to keep! So it has been taped.

This is that table now! But still drying in the garage as we speak.

Here is the 2nd table I have been working on today.

I thought he needed a "Fun Table" to add in the mix!

So all still a work in progress but it's coming along!! 

Here is a custom one I made for a friend!

Whatcha think?!??

This made the top 10 Pick at..

Tammy from The Happy Handicap said this about the tables:
“Why I love it? Shelly is talented! Her bar table upcycles are a work of art. Let’s all take a roadtrip to Nebraska to visit Cubby’s Bear Trap and behold those tables! I also think it’s cool Cubby knew great talent when he saw it which is BIG kudos to +Shelly Minette .”

Totally made my day!

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

DIY Sunday Showcase

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Welcome to the DIY Sunday Showcase! 

What a week! Have you seen all of the fun projects that have been linked up over the last few weeks?

You can find all of those here, at the DIY Sunday Showcase Talent Board!

Just a couple of rules to remember:

  • Make sure to follow your hosts and let us know so we can follow you back!
  • Comment here if you are new! We would love to hear from you.
  • Either grab a button from the DIY Sunday Showcase Page or a text link to add to your post.
  • By linking up you are giving us permission to feature your project on the DIY Sunday Showcase Pinterest Board as well as a possible feature on the Saturday Favorites Post


Monday, August 12, 2013

Gotta Love Mini Pallets!

So everyone knows I love my pallets! And I'm always looking for some new ideas for things I can make outta pallet wood!

I scored this little beauty FREE! Because believe it or not you sometimes hafta buy these little guys. This one has been hanging in the garage for awhile because I just couldn't make up my mind on what I wanted to do. Well Husker season is approaching....

Ding! I needed new HUSKER YARD FLARE!!

Well since I do live in Nebraska and football here is like a religion.... The requests have came in for one! And no time to search for the mini lil guys. So I thought....why not take some scrap wood (I already have on hand) and create one or two...three?!

Scrap wood downfall.... your gonna hafta cut them to size.

These are screwed together. And they will stand on their own! No need for boards on the back, like a pallet does. 

And here are a couple work in progress pallets!

In the Husker imagination station (aka garage)! Yes I do have alot of Husker flare in there. LOL

Anyone else out there have a DIY project that they have done for their favorite team?
Share em!

Don't forget to check out my-diy-patriotic-yard-decor out of a mini pallet too!

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