Friday, August 5, 2016

Stonehouse Garden Revamp

When we purchased our stone house last year we just didn’t have time to get the front garden in shape. We did redo the path and front steps to the door, but the rest of the yard had to wait. This year we finally decided to do something about it. We hired a friend, told her the plants we wanted and she went to it. Now that we have the basics, we’ll take over, plant more and grow with it.

There was a tiny manmade pond we thought of removing, but I convinced my husband, with the installation of a very affordable fountain, we can bring this water feature back to life. We’re so glad we kept it!

Once the weed barrier, soil, plants and mulch were in place, I added some stepping stones to create paths through the garden.

With the addition of a hammock, the sound of water and some patio lights, our garden has become a true sanctuary.

Here are the BEFORE photos:

AFTER photos: A work in progress

We even have a few "tenants"

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Little Table That Could

I AM A DUMPSTER DIVER. It's one of my favorite things to do. I'm actually furnishing most of the small cottage with stuff I find...don't worry, I clean it really well before it's displayed or used.

Found this cute table literally in a huge dumpster outside my apartment. My doormen (and my husband) think I'm crazy, 'cause I'm always dragging stuff in through the lobby.

I lightly sanded the table, then dipped a rag into the paint and rubbed it into the wood. Never used a brush.

Once the paint was dry, I lightly sanded the edges of the table and legs to expose some of the raw wood.

I decided not to paint the drawer and leave the original crystal knob on it. Not bad for a "trash find" and a little elbow grease.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Birthday Hat Cupcake Topper DIY

Celebrate a birthday by decorating a cupcake with this simple and festive craft. You probably already have all the materials on hand :) A fun craft to do with the kids.

Facci Designs Birthday Hat Cupcake Topper DIY

Materials Needed:
Lid or circle template
Scissors (scallop or pinking shears optional)
Curling Ribbon

1. Gather your materials
2. Fold paper in half, trace around your lid to create about a 4” circle. Cut out to create 4 circles.
3. Once all circles are cut, fold circle in half, cut in half, then trim edge with fancy scissor
4. Cut into ribbons a few times so it’s easier to split your ribbon in narrow strips.
5. Gather one of each color and cut length of ribbon to about 2.5”. Tape to center of your half circle.
6. Roll up to create a cone and tape closed.
7. Slightly curls the ends of the ribbon with the edge of your scissor.

Place on top of birthday cupcakes.

• Try using colored or patterned paper
• Use leftover wrapping paper
• Write the name or age of the birthday person on the hat
• Decorate the paper with markers, then roll.
• Use glitter to add some sparkle
• Create the hats in different sizes