After such a terrible winter, we were very worried that some of our bushes were going to be too damaged to come back this year. Fortunately, we have some very hardy ones! Every year we prune them to help the growth, but it seemed a shame to throw out their beautiful leaves. So Alberto brought in some of the clippings, and now we have a couple of bright spring arrangements for the house. Read more →
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While we were at the salvage yard a couple of months ago, we saw a great wrought iron table frame. It was missing a leg, but we really liked the way it looked. How should we transform it? Well…we are thinking of adding another frame as the missing fourth leg, this one made out of wood, which also gives it a more updated look. Read more →
We love our front porch, and we have a beautiful Wisteria that sits right on the other side of the wall. We decided to build a trellis that will sit at that end of the porch to allow the Wisteria to climb in and around it. We’ll hopefully get to see the beautiful blooms through the summer, and it will create a natural privacy screen on that end of the porch. The trellis was designed so that it echoes the decorative arts and crafts beams we have on our house…perfect for our crafty home! Read more →
We were looking through a magazine this weekend, and we saw these great side tables that looked like they were simply tree trunks that have been sanded and sealed. (And they were going for about $200 each!) Alberto immediately thought of the wood blocks sitting in the back yard from several trees that we had cut down last Spring. Read more →
Okay! Call me superstitious, but I think our Winter Glass Tile Wreath was just courting Mother Nature to bring even more snow and ice to our area. And after snow last Friday, we were done and took it down.
Now, being that Easter is only a couple of weeks away, we wanted to entice the warm weather to hurry it along a little…so we’re making a sweet wreath made out of jelly beans.
Yes, jelly beans. We had wanted to use something different to make the wreath interesting and the pastel beans we found at the local grocery store were perfect for our project! Read more →
Tomorrow we’re going to visit a couple of friends we haven’t seen in a while. They are not drinkers (the reason we don’t see them often), so we didn’t really know what to take to their house. Our de facto host gift is actually not very crafty (a bottle of wine) but this won’t work for them. Read more →
We really do love our dogs, and they make us very happy…most of the time. Unfortunately, last Wednesday evening wasn’t one of those times. After letting them back in from outside that evening they all ran into our bedroom before we had a chance to stop them. They immediately jumped right on top of the bench that we did last September and completely covered it with mud. We tried cleaning it but the fabric was stained and thus, ruined.
Se la vie! At least we didn’t need to start from scratch. We only had to recover the top of the bench. One of the great things about doing these projects is that you can always redo it when something like this happens to you. Even if it doesn’t…it’s great to be able to change up the décor of a room without much cost! Read more →
A few weeks ago our friend Jen invited us over to look at some old pieces that she liked but was having trouble finding a functional use for them. She was hoping that we could come up with something crafty instead of having to throw them out. One of the things we found was a very old side table that was on its last legs (so to speak). It was wobbly and the leg reinforcements were broken. She liked the shape of the top, but the legs were too unstable and delicate to be of any use. Read more →
Alberto and I went to a salvage yard in Barnegat, NJ a couple of weeks ago. I love salvage yards because you’re only limited by your imagination. They always have lots of great stuff, and the owners are usually willing to negotiate on the price. This time around we actually saw a big concrete relief of Daffy and Porky Pig dressed as Sherlock Holmes and Watson with a title of “Mystery.” I wish we had a yard big enough for a garden so that we could make that the centerpiece! (Alberto disagrees) Read more →