Summer is in full swing at our house. Most days are spent outdoors but we still like to come inside for a break from the heat and to try a fun craft. Looking for some fun patriotic crafts to do with your kids (or just on your own!)? If so, you’re going to love what these bloggers have come up with! (Links and credit below the pictures).
Hey guys, it’s Shara here! I know, right? Who in the world is Shara? Only the
coolest nerdiest person ever!
I am a blogger over at Woodshop Diaries and I so excited to be guest posting for Katie today! I am a woodworking/remodeling/DIY addict and I am lucky enough to have friends (like her) who believe in me enough to let me make a few of their things 🙂 Today, I’m going to show you the super simple DIY shutters I made for Katie’s amazing office (by the way, you guys have seen it already, right? Can I just said I am PB and JEALOUS?!). So, without more blabbering about me, let’s jump right to it, okay?
So she asked for some shutters for it a long time ago and I’ve been slacking and just now got around to making them. But I don’t know why it took me so long because I had them knocked out in a couple hours. It’s always the quick projects that are so easy to put off forever, isn’t it?
To see the whole tutorial, click over here. It’s only four steps and you can knock them out in no time!
Once they were finished, I brought them over to install. To hang them, I used 2 1/2″ outdoor deck screws and screwed them into the siding. I used 4 screws per shutter.
Here is her adorable office before the shutters. It’s cute even without them. (Seriously I am in love with this–inside and out!)
But, then look how much cuteness they add once they are up on the windows?
See how cute?! I know, right? These simple projects can have such a big impact. Don’t you love them? I would like to thank Katie again for having me today on the blog to share these shutters! I hope you guys enjoyed! Feel free to stop by my projects page and see some other fun projects that I’ve done (some others that I’ve even done for Katie!).
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I am so excited to share with you that I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers to bring you 19 outdoor decorating ideas for fall! Whatever your style, there is something here for you. Ready to get the fun started?
Welcome to my front porch! Jewel tones were the inspiration for this year’s porch decor. I love traditional fall reds and oranges but I wanted to take it a step further and give my porch a pop of color. Adding teal and purple was exactly what it needed. Take a look!
What’s great about being part of a group like this is that there is something for everyone. For more inspiration, click on any of the links below!
Fall Outdoor Hop
It’s almost October! I feel like I blinked and the year was gone. How are your fall decorations coming along? Honestly, I’m behind. Once I finished the front porch, I took a break and am just now getting back at it. How about you? Need some ideas? Check out what these 10 great bloggers came up with! (Links below the pictures.)
Welcome to my front porch! Of all the porches I have decorated and shared with you, this has to be my favorite so far. The colors, the foliage…I seriously love every element that went in making this porch happen. I tend to stick with traditional colors and textures in my fall porch decor, but this year I added some pretty jewel tones to the mix and they worked out perfectly.
I’ve included the entire source list for you down at the bottom of the post. Ready to see the porch?
It’s hard to see the tiered tray underneath the decor, but it’s the cutest little metal and wood tray that I found for $20 at Cost Plus World Market. The ceramic pumpkins were from Hobby Lobby and they fit in perfectly with the other colors.
This is the story of my first home. I am an absolute sucker for fixer uppers and this was no exception. I bought that house for $59,000 in February 2010. It was the sweetest little house–3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a family room and a fenced backyard, it sat next to a park and was close to my family. From the first time I walked into that house, I knew it had lots of potential. It also had a lot of problems. A. LOT. Besides the cosmetic issues, it needed a complete electrical upgrade, new water heater, new furnace, the bathtub had rusted through at the drain and was leaking into the crawl space…the list was LONG.
Fortunately at that time, I got a first time home buyers tax credit and used that money to do a lot of repairs. I also have a very skilled family which definitely helped to offset the costs. The rest of the repairs happened over time. The cosmetic changes–a lot of elbow grease.
I owned that house for 6 years and I’m happy to say that in June 2016, we received an offer in ONE DAY and sold it for $87,000! Had we not outgrown that house, I would still live there today. It was a treasure and I had wonderful neighbors. Ready to see the before and after pics?
Here’s what all we did to the house:
Electrical upgrade and rewire
New water heater
Vapor barrier in crawl space
Complete bathroom and kitchen renovation
New gutters and soffits
Removed old carpet, restored original hardwood floors in front of house, replaced carpet in back of the house (addition)
New paint and trim
New exterior doors
New walls in master bedroom
Summer is in full swing around here and it’s time to dive right into some fun summer activities and crafts. (P.S. If you haven’t made a Summer-On-The-Go kit, you definitely need to. It’s a lifesaver.) I love doing patriotic projects with the kids. Not only do they always turn out cute, but it’s also a great opportunity to teach them about our country. Two of our favorite projects are the Patriotic Windsock and the DIY Patriotic Outdoor Garland:
Ready for some more great ideas? Check out these fun patriotic projects! (Links and credit below the pictures).
I’ve posted about my yard sale Cracker Barrel rocking chairs before in 3 different posts, but I have never shown you the entire beginning to end transformation of these beautiful chairs. When I got them, they were in pretty rough shape but they still had great bones. And they were cheap–I only paid $75 for the pair.
Spring break just wrapped up for us, and let me tell you, I got a lot of indoor and outdoor projects done. I felt so accomplished and inspired that I wanted to share some inspiration with you! Here are some of my favorite spring DIY projects and I hope you love them as much as I do! (Links and sources below each picture).
March is such a teaser month, isn’t it? Technically spring begins in March but the weather here is usually wet and coldish. That doesn’t mean I can’t try to will it along with a pretty spring wreath though! Having bright, fresh colors on the door just makes me happy.
A ribbon-wrapped wreath really is as simple as it sounds. Just take your favorite spring ribbon (mine was 1 inch wide) and wrap a wreath form until it’s completely covered. Use tacky glue to glue the ends.
Then, add your bow (or bows!) If you don’t like to make your own bows, you can easily find a pre-made bow at any craft store and most box stores carry them too. The Easter egg ribbon came from Michaels. The aqua dots, solid and pink all came from Walmart.
Remember my St. Patrick’s Day wreath from last year? Well, I recycled the mini chalkboard from it and used it for this wreath. Chalk lettering is not my strength so I used this little trick to write “spring” on it. The decorative Easter egg came from Hobby Lobby.
What do you think? For more seasonal wreath ideas, check out the Seasonal Wreaths page!