Category Archives: DIY

Outside with Pinterest


I have found some cool ideas for outside spaces on Pinterest.

Here are a few of them.

I think this planter/floating candle thing is awesome.

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 Love, love, and love!!!
This is something I could live with.
 
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I think this is very clever.
The title of this picture is “Spilt Milk”.
I could never do this because Big Ran would weed eat this all down to nothing!
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Outdoor Twister! 

Now this looks like fun!

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What have you pinned lately?
 
 
More later…………………..Sally

Decluttering


I am starting a decluttering program.

Since I will be moving to a new home sometime this year, (fingers crossed) it only makes sense to sift through some of the great stuff that I have collected through the years.  As far as I can recollect, I have lived in the house that I am in now for 16 years, give or take a few.

I am actually doing someone elses plan, Beth’s plan at  www.mysimplelife.com

Hey it’s worth a try!!

 

More later………………Sally

  

Christmas at Moms


Mom had her table set in blue.

It was really pretty.

This is what everyone sat down to.

After dinner she got out the carom board.  Have you ever played carom?  It’s kind of like pool except your fingers are the pool cues.

  Mom made lasagna!!!  Her lasagna is the best I have ever had.  Everyone else agrees with me.

Gracy getting ready to dig in.

This year we drew names out of a hat for the gifts givers and receivers.

 Then we decided that all the gifts had to be homemade.

Kamille and Justin drew out Mom’s and Megan’s names.  They made candles in wine bottles that they cut off themselves.  Pretty impressive.

Nic had Kamille’s name, he made reindeer out of a six-pack of beer and some coasters for her beverages.

Bill had Big Ran’s name.  Trust me, he really did like his Osborn green and orange Christmas bulbs.  What a hilarious picture!!!

Megan had Kayli’s name and made her a cool teacher crayon wreath and some zebra coasters.

Mom had Madison’s name.  She made her a picture frame with pictures of Madison and Dad, and other pictures of Mom and Dad in their younger days.

  It is awesome!

Here is a picture of the super heroes and their capes.  Bill, Nic, and Justin, I’m sure they are probably wearing these capes now!!

We had our celebration on the 23rd of December, so we also had a little rum cake for the twins birthday.

Yes, that’s right, Mom went all out!  It was a great time!!

Oh yeah, Kayli, I am still waiting on my homemade gift!!!!!

More later………………………….Sally

A Christmas Project


For Christmas at my mom’s house this year we drew names and the only rule about the gifts were that they had to be homemade.

Big Ran and his tape measure getting our project started.

Madison is in the background doing what she does best…………..TEXTING!!!

The names we drew out of the hat were Justin (Kamille’s new husband), Bill (my brother), and Nicolas.

So this idea was easy to come up with for these heroes.

Being a left-handed person, I can’t cut anything.  I try not to use scissors at all.  So, Big Ran did all the cutting.

Yep, you guessed it!!!  Superman capes!

Not just Superman capes, Reversible Batman/Superman capes.  Here are the guys with the super hero capes on.  Bill, Nic, and Justin.

These were fairly simple to make.  I used 1 yard of blue and 1 yard of black fabric for the capes.  Big Ran cut out the emblems and I spray glued everything together.  Just added velcro to keep them together.  See, fairly simple.

I have more pictures of the projects that everyone else made coming.  Stay tuned.

More later……………………………………….Sally

The Smells of Christmas


Every year we have a real Christmas tree.

Big Ran always had a real one growing up, so he thinks that we should have one, too.

There are positives and negatives on this.

  Negative – it sheds all over the place and months from now I will be finding pine needles in every nook and cranny of the house.

Positive – I love the smell and look of a real tree.

Another smell I love is this potpourri that I found on Pinterest

It is made of oranges, cranberries, cinnamon sticks, and cloves.  The smells of the evergreen, cinnamon, orange and spice all smell like Christmas to me.

You just quarter the orange.  Put all the ingredients in a sauce pan or one of those small crock pots.  Fill with water and enjoy.  You will need to add more water as it cooks down, so keep on eye on it.

More later…………….Sally

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