• Outdoors

    Starting Plants In Toilet Paper Rolls

    Do you remember the adorable heart shaped stamps I shared around Valentines Day? Well, this time I am bringing you a completely different use for a toilet paper roll. These little cardboard tubes make a fantastic, decomposable home for starting plants.

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    Here’s how I turned this trash into treasure!

    First, I started saving our empty toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls and wrapping paper rolls months in advance, so I was prepared to begin the seedlings.

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    Next, I cut four slits in one end of each cylinder, about 1 1/2 inches deeps. This created four little flaps.

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    Then, I folded opposite flaps inward to make a base.

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    Finally,  I lined up the cylinders in a large container, added some dirt to each one, and planted the seeds.

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    It is important to label the tubes. This way the plants aren’t mixed up when they are transfered outdoors in May.

    I thought about writing directly on each one, but my two little guys helping me with planting and their listening skills weren’t exactly the best. They would put seeds in whatever spot they wanted. My system of coloring coding toothpicks worked amazingly. After the kids sewed the seeds, they placed a toothpick in the corresponding paper roll.

    This key will help me later with identifying each plant.

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    They may not be the prettiest planters, but they are definitely practical.

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    Spring is in the air, or maybe just in my head, but now is the perfect time to start growing your vegetables and herbs indoors. Don’t throw out your toilet paper rolls. Put them to good use.

  • Crafts,  Outdoors,  Painting Projects

    Numbered Mailbox

    Do you have projects around the house that you keep putting off?  Me too and this was one of them. Our mailbox was in desperate need of replacing.

    About  3 months ago the flag fell off. With the use of duct tape, I was able to make it work for about another week. Then, the tape became useless and so did I. Instead of replacing it, I would just drive to the post office to drop off our out going mail. A couple times, I even wedged the old flag in the front of the mailbox hoping the mailman would get the hint. Yes people, this is laziness at it’s best.

    Finally, it was time. I had put it off long enough. I just had to get a new one. So I headed off to Lowes and bought the cheapest one I could find. To jazz it up a bit, I decided to painted our house number on it.


    First, I printed out the letters and number out on plain white copy paper. Then, they were traced onto freezer paper.


    Next, using an x-acto knife, I cut out each piece to create a stencil.


    With the help of these floating hands, I taped the stencils to the mailbox.


    After testing some different types of paints on the bottom of the mailbox, I realized none of them were going to stick unless I sanded first. So using a pencil wrapped with sandpaper I roughed up each letter and number.


    Because I don’t have one of those fancy spouncers, I use a regular old sponge brush to apply white exterior latex paint. This type of paint seemed to adhere the best.


    Finally, I removed the stencils and voila. I have a numbered mail box.


    I am really happy with the results. I think our mail man will be please to no longer be notified we have outgoing mail like this:


    What projects on your to-do list do you keep putting off?


  • Furniture Makeovers,  Organization & Storage,  Outdoors,  Painting Projects

    The Garage Files

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    The garage files? No, what I meant was the filing cabinet in the garage. You see, I had this old filing cabinet, just sitting around, not being used for anything. (I bought it around the same time I purchased {the dry erase board turned chalkboard.}) For years, I had no idea what to do with it, so there is sat, collecting dust.

    At one point, I even tried my hand at stenciling in an attempt to spiffy it up and you can see how well that worked out. Oops.

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    But then I came across {this} on {Pinterest} and I knew that there was still a future in store for my little metal organizer.

    I started out by giving it a good wipe down to remove the dust. And cobwebs, which don’t really go well with anything except Halloween decor. Next, I removed the drawers and sent them packin’.

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    Stripes are pretty cool and I knew I definitely wanted to put a stripe on my cabinet, but I also wanted to include some type of text. I figured “clean up” was pretty motivational for garage organization, so that’s what was printed on a large waterproof label. The problem was that I didn’t realize that the label I had just printed out on my inkjet printer was actually for a laser printer. Oops #2. The ink attached itself to everything my hands touched, as I struggled to cut it out. Smudgy Smudgerson.

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    However, I didn’t let a little ink stop me. On went the painter’s tape and the sullied words.

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    Using semi–gloss white paint, I carefully brushed over the words, being mindful of the tape edges. After a bit, everything was dry. When I removed the tape and letters though, I found that the paint had leaked through (under?) and messed up my cute wording. Oops #3.

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    So I used a handy dandy craft knife to carefully peel the excess off. It actually worked pretty well.

    Then, my hubby helped attach four casters to the bottom, which would make it much easier to move our new garage storage around.

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    As simple as this project should have been, it ended up being a big pain in the rear because of all the little Oopsies. Luckily, they were able to be recovered, for the most part. (Sorry drawers. Enjoy your new life on the curb.)

    The best thing about this project is that it was F-R-double-E. Free. In the future, we may add some sort of dividers along the top to help keep things more upright, but we are happy with how it turned out for now.

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    Linked up with East Coast Creative #cwts2014

  • Build It Yourself,  Furniture Makeovers,  Outdoors,  Painting Projects

    Patio Makeover Part 3: The Final Reveal

    Adam and I have been working hard on our patio furniture, and we can finally say we are finished. That means it’s time for the Patio Makeover Part 3: The Final Reveal. Yay!

    These little white tables were more curb finds. After a little spray paint, they work perfect with the love seat and pallet table.

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    Making the cushion and pillows for the love seat has kept me extremely busy. I am a fairly experienced sewer, so I was completely surprised and embarrassed when this happened. I guess it is true what they can, “Measure twice, cut once.”

    (Cushion) Too Big.

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    (Pillow) Too Small.

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    Finally, just right. Yay!

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    We love out “new” patio furniture. It’s so nice to have a relaxing outdoor space to hang out.

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