Birdhouse Stands

Birdhouse StandBirdhouse Stands

Another project for the craft shows. I had a little trouble coming up with a title for this post. These stands can be used outside with flower pots in them, or inside as storage decor. We have one we use inside to hold newspapers, but it could also be used for magazines or bathroom storage.

My husband and I have made these before, but it has been years. Actually, I don’t think we have made these since moving to Kansas from Colorado (15 years ago) so this will be new to our shows here.

DSCF4932Now to be honest, hubby did most of the work on these.

After ripping the boards to the right width, the back pickets were cut into birdhouse shapes and the holes were drilled.

DSCF4935Hubby built the boxes…

DSCF4938…and half of the stands…

DSCF4942…while I painted the birdhouses.

DSCF5051After the birdhouses were painted he was able to complete the stand and add the eaves.

We made several so if you are in Ark City, Kansas this Saturday, come check them out at the Last Run Car Show.

Enjoy!

Crocheted Sunflower Pattern, ~~~~~ Sara Evans Concert and Tomatoes

Crocheted Sunflower PatternCrocheted Sunflower Pattern

You probably think none of the things listed in the title go together, but welcome to my world. 😉

A few months ago I posted finished sunflower appliques in my Etsy shop, but I never shared the pattern. It’s summertime and we are quickly sliding into fall so I thought I should get that pattern done.

It’s quick and easy. I hope you enjoy it. You can find the pattern here.

Outdoor concerts and tomatoes are other summertime favorites. Well, at least for me, and at least for this last weekend.

IMG_20150815_174307503This past weekend was my anniversary and thanks to my hubby and Middle Kid I was surprised with a Sara Evans Concert. I was given very few details on where we were going. I kinda figured it was a concert, but I was thinking on a much smaller scale. We love a certain local artist and try to see her where ever she is playing. She is who I thought we were going to see. I was a little confused when we ended up at 7 Clans Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma, but the billboard said it all. I know it is hard to see in the photo, but trust me, it’s Sara Evans. It was outside and it was wonderful!

IMG_20150815_192413052_HDRPlease excuse my terrible photos. None of them came out great, especially the ones after dark because I took them with my phone.

IMG_20150815_210858200_HDRThe concert was on Saturday, but our anniversary was actually on Sunday. Kinda hard to do better than the concert so we decided to spend a quiet day at home and cook a special dinner that night.

DSCF4862So what’s up with the tomato? This year we have the smallest garden we have ever had, but it is producing like crazy. We picked this huge tomato on Sunday. I think it’s the biggest tomato we have ever grown so we had to get the scale out to weigh it.

It weighed just shy of 1 1/2 pounds and was 5 inches wide. Isn’t it pretty?

Enjoy!

Wood Pile To Garden

7-DSCF4090Rain, rain, go away!

This process is taking much longer than we anticipated, in large part because it won’t stop raining.

3-DSCF4053This is where we finally moved my wood pile. When we moved into this house in Nov./Dec., we were trying to beat the bad weather and the wood was piled next to the driveway. The plan was to move it to a spot beside the house and put in a garden where the wood had been.

It has taken forever!

2-DSCF4052I didn’t get a before pic of the old wood pile, but after getting it all moved and the grass trimmed, this is what our new garden area looked like.

5-DSCF4060We decided on a raised-bed garden. The frame actually went together pretty quickly.

6-DSCF4088We then lined it with landscape fabric and had a load of dirt delivered.

And then the rains came again. I really wanted to finish this post with wonderful plants planted nicely, but we have been waiting for the mud to dry out enough to work in. Who knows how long that will take. Like a good portion of the Midwest, we have had rain, are having rain, or expecting lots more rain.

sigh…well, eventually…

4-DSCF4055At least the wood pile looks good!

Enjoy!

Hanging Tire Flower Planters

2-DSCF1451Hanging Tire Flower Planters

Just had to share my husband’s latest trash to treasure project.

I can’t say that old tires are items that get my mind to clicking when considering new trash to treasure projects, but I kinda dig this idea.

I had a tractor tire for a sandbox when I was little and there was always a stack of old tires in the barn. I mirrored that statement into adulthood. When my husband and I moved to town, there was no need for the tractor tire anymore, but somehow the old tires followed us.

3-DSCF1450About a month ago my sister-in-law shared a photo she had found on Facebook that was the inspiration for this project. There was no tutorial or link to follow, but it seemed pretty easy to figure out.

1-DSCF1448Basically, my husband hung large hooks on the fence, drilled a few drain holes in the tires and added soil and flowers. Easy peasy! We took the rest of the tires to a place in town that recycles them.

Enjoy!

I WAS FEATURED!!

Creating Really Awesome Free Things


Rooted In Thyme
Places I’m Partying This Week:
Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Show and Share at Coastal Charm

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

Rustic Signs for the Guys

6-gone...signPurging my over abundance of stuff has me looking at things with a critical eye. While moving one son asked me what I was going to do with some of the weathered boards that were split and broken. Well, to most people these scraps probably should have never been saved, but the rustic, natural, oldness (is that a word?) appeals to me.

1-gone...signI created stencils with my Cricut…

2-gone...sign…sized and cut boards for each stencil…

3-gone...sign…stenciled the signs…

4-gone...sign…and attached rusty wire hangers.

9-gone...signThey didn’t seem quite done, so I raided my oldest son’s tackle box for bobbers to put on the fishing signs.

7-gone...signWhen we moved, two large baskets of toy cars surfaced. Since my kids are grown, I figured I was safe to pilfer a few for the mudding sign.

8-gone...signLastly, I dug out some metal stars and bottle caps for the garden signs.

Enjoy!