Monday, March 28, 2011

DIY Cheap Chargers

Boy do I have spring fever!  I have been on a mission, lately, to spruce up my back patio.  I dream of an outdoor space where I WANT to unwind, a place where our family can spend time together and a place that I want to show off!  Of course, I also want that space cheap:)

My first plan of action was to create an outdoor dining area.  We love ourselves some cook-outs!  We purchased a patio set last summer but I never did anything decorative with it. 

***Many of you have sent emails asking where I got my patio set and we purchased it on-line at Home Depot.  It is a Martha Stewart set and I LOVE it!  It was shipped for free and 20% off!  Check out the circulars in your Sunday paper because they run great deals on patio furniture!***

Back to the Chargers!

I love the look of chargers for a tablescape but the price tag on most of them busts my wallet, especially for outdoor dining!  I had a vision and I went with it!

I picked some 1 x 12's from my scrap pile and got to work!

I cut 6 pieces at 12" (I might add that my husband was over-joyed for me to get rid of some scraps;)

I gave each piece 1 coat of Minwax Dark Walnut Stain

and followed up with 1 coat of Minwax Polycrylic.

That was it!

Seriously, that was it!  Very little time and they were FREE!

I also cut one 1 x 12 at 24" for a centerpiece and I love how it shows off my citronella lanterns!

Please excuse the mess, we are installing a pool right now (which is another reason I am ready to spruce up my outdoor area;)

If you don't have 1 x 12 scraps laying around you can purchase one 8' board at a hardware store for around $13.  That's less that $2 per charger!  To make it easier, you can have it cut for you while you are at the store.  From there, your only job is to stain and finish:)

I am so in love with these chargers!  I love the natural look of them and I LOVE that I can use them for inside dining as well!  Now, I'm off to set up my inside dining table!


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Pier 1 Outdoor Dining for Spring

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pier 1 for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I just had a super fun experience at Pier 1 in Southlake, Texas!  The employee's there were more than helpful and made my shopping experience very enjoyable and easy.

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I went with outdoor dining in mind for this spring and I came away with so many goodies!

I started with two great Indoor/Outdoor pillows.

I found these great, pale yellow place mats that I thought complimented the green pillows. 

The napkin rings were so fun to shop for!  They have a ton of super cute napkin rings at very affordable prices!  I went with these pretty rust colored flowers.

The final pieces I picked up to complete my spring dining look were these beautiful Garden Lanterns!  I thought these would make a perfect center piece and I could use citronella candles to keep the bugs away!

After a quick and easy check-out, I couldn't wait to get these home and on my patio table!

Ahhh!  Ready for spring!

The napkin rings are the perfect touch for spring dining!  I love that they are so versatile and can be used for inside dining as well!

These indoor/outdoor pillows are perfect!  These are heavy enough to withstand the high march winds and they are soft enough for inside! 

The Garden Lanterns are my favorite final touch!  I love that they are decorative and functional at the same time!

We are all set for our first spring party and I spent right under $100!  I chose items that I could use inside and outside to get the most for my money.  These items are very durable and the quality verses the price is outstanding, not to mention how beautiful my patio table looks now!  I'm ready to show it off!

March 20th is the first official day of spring!  Head on over to Pier 1 and get started on decorating your patio! 

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Shirt for her Birthday... And The Sale!

Hey guys!!  We celebrated my daughter's birthday today.  When I saw the fabric interfacing out from Silhouette I thought this would be the perfect time to try this stuff out!  I wanted to make her a shirt to wear to her birthday party.   I am a sucker for fabric.  I walked into JoAnn's to get only fabric for the shirt and walked out with enough to make a matching skirt... Ahhh.  Addicting.

Let me show you how cool this stuff is. Here is her shirt...

All you have to do is iron your transfer material onto your fabric.  This takes just a few seconds.

You stick your fabric on your cutting mat and run it through the machine.  The settings come on the instructions.  Super easy!

Once you are done you start pulling away the excess fabric.

And your design peels right off!  Whoop!

Your last step is to iron it on.  I used the sewable transfer with my design since it would be on clothing.  I wanted it to look a bit messy and rough as it washes so I added a fun zigzag stitch around the whole design to seal the deal.  The other option is clean cut which does not require any sewing but you do have to hand stitch it if you are wanting to machine wash it.  I think it would be great for pillows and home decor projects!! I have a few in my head at the moment :-)

I finished it up and got a few more pictures of her before the fam came over.

And the skirt :-)

Fun, Fun. Hope you like it!!

For those of you that are still here... Here is the sale! :-)

For those of you that still need a Silhouette machine...

This month's promo is great!

Just use the code SHANTY at checkout to receive...

Silhouette SD Machine
Sewable Fabric Interfacing
Clean Cut Fabric Interfacing
White Flocked Heat Transfer (I LOVE this stuff)

All for $229!!

For those of you that have the Silhouette and want to try out this great interfacing you can use the code SHANTY to receive 25% off all interfacing!

This promo starts the 21st and is good only through the 27th!!

Hope you get to take advantage of that and let me know if you have any questions!!


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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Kitchen Sign... All Finished!

What up??

Hope you guys are having a great weekend!!  This is birthday weekend for one of my little ladies so things are a bit crazy around here.  Not too crazy to sneak in this post though:-)

I showed you guys the beginning of my kitchen sign in my last post.  Here is how I finished it up...

After distressing all my letters my sign looked a bit like this.

I then took an 80 grit sanding block to all my edges like this.

Once I finished that, I added a line of dark walnut stain around the raw edges and wiped off my excess with an old cloth.  It's a perfect touch to make it look just a bit older.

My final step was adding a sawtooth hanger to the back of the board and putting it on the wall.

What do you think??

Hope you like it!  It was a great piece to break up that big blank space I think.  We will start this month's Shanty Silhouette sale on the 21st.  I will be back before then to show you a great new product.  Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Have a great weekend!!


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Crates for the Storage Bed

Hey guys!  I am loving this spring weather we've been blessed with in Texas this week!  Perfect building weather:)  I finished the storage bins for the full sized storage bed I build last week. 

I designed my own plans for these.  My goal was to achieve the most amount of storage space with the least out of pocket!

I started with two 8ft. sheets of 1/4" plywood.  I had the guys at Home Depot rip each sheet at 10.5" x 8'.  I also purchased two 1 x 10's.  (You can have them cut the rest of the measurements but I just used my miter at home).

Here are my measurements:

1/4" plywood:

12 - 10.5 "x 10.5" (sides of crates)
12 - 10.5 "x 28" (bottoms, back and front of side storage crates)
6 - 10.5 x 24 (bottoms, back and side of the end of the bed storage crates)

1 x 10's:

4 @ 29.5" (face of side storage crates)
2 @ 25.5" (face of end of the bed storage crates)

These are the 1 x 10 faces.

I used Gorilla Glue Wood Glue for every joining piece

and followed up with my Ryobi battery-powered nailer.

I used 1/4" plywood to make the entire crate to maximize the storage space. 

Here is where the 1x 10's come in.  For aesthetic reasons I did not want to use the plywood for the face of the crates so I used a ton of Gorilla Glue Wood Glue to attache the 1 x 10 to the front of the crate.  No nailing needed!

I left it to dry....

Crate 1 down:)

After building 5 more crates it was time to stain!  I stained the storage bed with Minwax Dark Walnut and I wanted a contrast for the crates.  I went with my gut and purchased Minwax Special Walnut and applied one coat to the face of each crate.

I followed up with one coat of Minwax Polycrylic in Clear Gloss.

Now for the handles!

I purchased this rope at Wal-Mart for $4.97 and it was more than enough!

 I found this big ol' drill bit in my hubby's tool box and it was the perfect size for the rope!

Next I measured where I needed to drill for the handles.  On the 4 side crates I marked at 19 3/4" and 9 3/4".  On the short end crates I marked at 16 3/4" and 8 3/4".  I placed the marks 6.5" from the bottom of the crates.

I drilled each hole...

and then cut 6 pieces of rope at 28".

I pushed one end through the front of the crate and tied a knot at the end

and I followed up with the other side.

To keep the crates from scratching the storage bed...

I purchased these felt pads at Wal-Mart for $4.97.

These are easy, just pull off of the sheets and stick to the bottom of the crates.

I put four on each crate.

Now the reveal!

I purchased the bedding at Wal-Mart, on clearance, for $10 marked down from $39!  The throw pillow was $1 down from $10! 

I am going to build a headboard for this next and I have changed my mind on the one I am going to build.  I fell in love with the Reclaimed Wood Headboard on Ana's site!

I think it will finish this look of nicely!  In case you were wondering, my 7-year-old is in LOVE with his new bed!  He has asked to take a bath and go to bed early every day for the last week!  The new will wear off but it's nice for now;) 

Hope you all have a great Spring Break with your families!


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