Hobbits, Fairies & Mice

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Hobbits are described as members of an imaginary race similar to humans, of small size, with hairy feet.  Fairies are generally described as human in appearance with magical powers and mice are small mammals with pointed snouts and little rounded ears.    Who wouldn’t want any one of these little critters living in their garden!?

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With a few pieces of scrap wood, a scroll saw and some paint you can have hobbits, fairies or mice living in your garden.

cut out a small door – 6″ high x 4 1/2″ wide

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cut 2 half circles out of wood for the bridge

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cut 2 1/2″ pieces of wood trim, glue and nail them on the half circles to make the bridge

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cut more 2 1/2″ pieces of trim to use for stairs

I painted some wood grain and a door frame on the door  and painted my hinges black with outdoor deco art patio paint

I used a little wooden bead for the door knob, painted it black and screwed it on.

I glued the wooden heart on the door with outdoor wood glue, then put 2 small drill holes through the heart and inserted fishing line so I could tie the door to a tree trunk.

I added a bit of brown paint to the stairs and bridge to make it look like wood grain then varnished all pieces with water based outdoor varnish.

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I gotta say it looks pretty darn cute at night with the garden lights on.  A little magic door for tiny little critters.

If you don’t feel like making your own but would love one in your garden they can be custom ordered in my etsy shop.

Anyway 😉

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DIY Styrofoam Yard Displays

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Start by sketching on a piece of paper whatever you want to cut out of your styrofoam.

Once you get your pattern done you can either freehand it lightly  or project it onto the styrofoam.

As long as you don’t press too hard while sketching you can cover up any mistakes with a light sanding and paint.

When you’re happy with your pattern cut it out with an exacto knife.  This is easy but messy. After you have it cut out you’ll need to sand the edges with sandpaper to remove all the little loose pieces,  just when you thought it couldn’t get messier 😉

If you’re sweeping, rather than vacuuming it helps to spray a little water on the broom and the floor to help sweep up the all the staticy little pieces of styrofoam.

Now for the fun part… painting!!!  Styrofoam is one of my favourite surfaces to paint on. It’s so easy to blend and float paint on.  I used regular Deco Art paints for mine and they’ve been fine outdoors in wind, rain & snow.

After you’re done painting, glue a piece of wood to the back with an all weather glue, screw a smaller piece of wood to the bottom with a hole drilled in it so you can stake your display in the ground.

You can also add a small screw to the wood near the top.   Then you can tie fishing line to the screw so you can tie the display to a fence or railing for added security from the wind.

Hopefully it’s awhile yet before we see this white stuff!!!

Who Wants To Play Checkers

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After I painted the garden stool I thought it would be fun to paint a wooden tv tray to match the stool.

Using the same deco art patio paint I decided to do a checkerboard with rainbow colours rather than black and red.  The picture below is the point where I was about to give up and chalk this project up to scrap.

I realized the checkerboard was kind of small in comparison to the table top but then I had the brilliant (if I do say so myself ;)) idea to paint the edge with chalkboard paint.  This little table has just turned into a 3-in-1,  checkers,  x’s and o’s and hangman.

I painted ants on the squares that would be black and ladybugs on the squares that would be red, picked up the little wooden boxes from the dollar store along with the river rocks and the butterflies to use as checkers, painted the boxes and glued a piece of felt on the bottom of the butterflies so they’ll slide easier.

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This is my 4th outdoor sign for the hot tub.  I added some fun little mini lights that are battery operated and can be easily turned on and off by a switch on the back of the sign and I dotted around the lettering and on the background with tulip glow in the dark fabric paint.  If it’s ok for the washing machine it should be ok for the rain too. The mini lights are in the middle of the stars. All the glowing made it hard to get a good night time picture.

I can think of a few projects in the future that may feature these mini lights.

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I found  this awesome pom pom tutorial on pinterest and had to try them.  They definitely turn the room into a party. They look beautiful and they were so easy and fun to make.

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Stools That Spin Are More Fun!!!

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Turn a Plain Stool into a Swivel Stool

1)   unscrew stool top from the legs

2)   get yourself a richelieu swivel plate from any hardware store. cut a 1” plywood base a little smaller than the top of the stool

3)   paint and decorate stool top, legs and plywood base

4)   the swivel plate has small screw holes on one side and bigger screw holes on the other side.  centre the swivel plate on the plywood base with the small screw holes down – screw in place

5)   drill one hole only right through the plywood using one of the bigger screw holes as a guide

6)   centre plywood base on stool top with the wrong sides together.  looking through the drill hole, line it up with the swivel plate screw holes and add screws in all 4 holes

7)   centre legs on plywood bottom, screw in place and voila your plain old stool is now a fun swivel stool

I painted the above stool with deco art patio paint so it can be used outside and the stool below was swivelled and painted with deco art acrylics about 5 years ago. I painted a set of 3 for my breakfast bar.  They have had a lot of use and abuse and are still in great shape.  

There is so many things that would be so much better if we could spin ’em 🙂

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Welcome To Our Cottage

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Due to the fact that we’ve had nothing but sunshine and warm weather the last two weeks I have not been too productive in my cave. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it 😉   A friend asked me to help her make a garden stake for her backyard. While I was cutting out some leaves for her I cut some for myself too.  When I started painting them I decided to make the stake for a cottage rather than a backyard.  Had I known that when I was cutting the wood I would have cut fish rather than leaves.  O’ well, another project for another day.

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I spent some time giving my favourite bird feeder a makeover.  I get cardinals, blue jays, yellow birds, blue birds and lots more at this feeder.  It’s quite entertaining. I love before and afters!   This isn’t the 1st time I’ve repainted this feeder but I think it will have to be the last.  It’s starting to get rust holes in it but for now it looks good for another year. Amazing what a fresh coat of paint does.

Did I mention squirrels!?

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I cut and painted a few more wooden blocks that I will add to my Etsy shop.

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And that is a wrap for May.  Check back soon for made in June.

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What better way to start a new month

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than with a new baby!

Introducing the newest member of our family, Charlie Brian Paul, born May 1st at 1:00 AM. 8lbs and 5 healthy ounces of pure sweetness!!!

O’ my goodness he is adorable!!!

Charlies dad, my nephew, is in a band called “The Noise”.  He’s the one playing guitar on the left.  Yes I am a proud aunt / great aunt!

The lead singer in The Noise is Ian Blackwood who just happens to be the brother of Sarah Blackwood from Walk Off The Earth.  I’ve included links so you can check them out.  So much talent!!!

So my creations this month started off with with some fun stuff for Charlie.

I grayscaled some music notes on my printer and podged them onto wooden blocks, then added the initials with vinyl that I cut on my cricut.  They’ll be a fun way for Charlie to learn to spell his name one day.

 

This tiny little jean jacket caught my eye.  I could picture The Noise’s newest and most awesome fan wearing it.

I painted the band logo on the jacket with tulip soft fabric paint and for Charlie and his sister I made an “I Love Charlie” tshirt, a matching headband and the onsie using steam a seam and fabric paint.

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I finished my 3rd sign in a series of 4 that I am adding to my Etsy shop.  Life is Cool by the Pool is available with or without the heavy duty plastic pegs for hanging towels.

This door knocker was an Esty order.  No Boys Allowed Except Daddy. Love It!!!

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Here’s my “summer” letters and my tipsy pots in my garden.

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and these are my new form of creativity … YIKES!!!  not really yikes.  I did alot of research on these pupsters before I invested in a pair for me and my daughter.

I do agree. So far, so good even though I’ve only used them a few times.  I was able to do a few laps on a track that I wouldn’t have made 1/2 way around with runners on and nothing hurt the next day.

Now I just need discipline and time!

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Where the heck did April go!

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It’s just crazy how fast the months fly by!  Way too fast and the older we get the faster they fly!

I planted my flowers in the garden on the weekend along with my tipsy pots.  I hope it stays warm enough for the flowers now and I do enjoy the tipsy pots.  I was hoping to get a picture of them today but it’s raining out.

This weekend I cut and painted “SUMMER” letters for my backyard.  My plan was to have them sit on my table but the wind will keep blowing them over so I decided to put stakes in the bottom of them so I can stick them in the garden too. I drilled a hole in the bottom of each letter for 1/4″ doweling.  I won’t glue the dowels, that way if I decide I’d rather they sit on a table, I’ll have that option.  The dowel will be enough to hold them in the garden.   My best buddy who does not like clutter is starting to shake his head.  I think that means enough.  He worries that I may overdue it.  I won’t 😉  I’ll add a picture of the letters and my tipsy pots in my next post.

Transforming a plain piece of wood with a little bit of paint always amazes me and the possibilities are endless.

I used DecoArt Patio Paint so they will be fine outside all summer.  Check out their website.

There’s a lot of fun project ideas and how-to idea videos.

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I enjoyed painting my Margaritaville sign so I decided to paint a few more.  Who doesn’t love a little Happy Hour?!  I’ve started a Pool sign and I’ll probably do a Hot Tub sign and then i”ll add them to my Etsy shop.

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On to May…

We have a new baby due in the family this week. May 4th is his expected arrival date.  He is my first May project priority.  I’m excited to start making him something.

Anyway 😉