DIY Window Shelves for Plants

I recently shared my craft room tour. And as a little reward for cleaning up that chaos and getting organized, I treated myself to a little DIY project. I love one of the windows in this room. Here’s how it looked in the past:

vintage craft room

The window shown above nearly reaches from floor to ceiling and with the two different sized windows in the room (one tall window with trim original to the house/one high small window with no trim), window treatments always felt tricky or lopsided. 

So why cover that beautiful trimmed tall window at all? It faces the back of the house, it’s a second story window and it’s not a room for dressing or a need for privacy. I’ve always wanted to put shelves on a window for plants. Plenty of sunshine should assist in changing my luck with plants, right? 

Here’s what I did…

Materials:

  • (3) 1 x 4″ pine boards for shelves
  • (6) shelf brackets
  • Minwax Polyshades (Ebony)

I decided where I would attach the brackets to the window trim to calculate the measurement of my shelves.

measure

Then cut my shelves. 

window shelving tutorial

Sanded the rough edges and wiped them clean. 

window shelving tutorial

Then brushed on the Polyshades using a foam brush. I let it sit for a few minutes then wiped the stain away and let dry. I did all sides. (I may apply a wax finish to the wood shelves for further water-proofing but I was on a bit of a deadline.)

window shelving tutorial

Next I marked the holes for the brackets and drilled a pilot hole.

window shelving tutorial

Then I just screwed the brackets into the window trim/pilot hole (can always be patched with wood filler in the future). *Use a level to be sure they’re ‘level’. 

window shelving tutorial

Attach the wood shelves to the brackets with screws (be sure these screws are smaller than the shelf thickness so the screw doesn’t poke up from the bottom).  

It adds a bit of privacy without a long drapy curtain panel but still lets natural light into the room.  

window plant shelves at diyshowoff.com

It’ll take some maneuvering/removing plants to open the window but the shelves don’t interfere with the function. 

window shelves at diyshowoff.com window succulents

 

before

vintage craft room

after

Craft Room at diyshowoff.com

 

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New Orleans Getaway

I just had the pleasure of spending a few days in New Orleans, you guys, and had the best time! Gina from the Shabby Creek Cottage and I celebrated our birthdays with a girls’ getaway weekend. And rather than staying in a hotel, we used Trip Advisor’s vacation rental property site, FlipKey, to find a beautiful home that would fit our needs.  

New Orleans rental studio apartment at diyshowoff.com

Our experience felt way more personal and special because of staying in a residential area, almost like we were one of the locals. Well, locals with cameras, no sense of direction in an unknown city, wide-eyed and excited to see the sights!

New Orleans mardi gras beads

There were so many options on Flipkey, with the ability to select the property features in any area (pretty much anywhere in the world). We found the cutest rental (here) in a beautiful historic mansion (but still close to everything) to spend our time. And wow!, were we ever happy with our decision (this location is said to be perfect for Jazz Fest!). New Orleans home

We chose a small studio apartment (beautifully decorated by the homeowner – with a few fun DIY accents too)! Take a look at how pretty and comfortable our little home away from home was – sweet decorative accents and smart ideas for small space living… New Orleans small space living LOVE pillow original photo by TG Herrington

Minimalistic small space living was a pleasant change and so motivating to make de-cluttering a part of spring cleaning this year.

eclectic entry area New Orleans studio apartment living room small space living console table mirror

The description: The flat is open, airy and just plain sexy. It features high ceilings, large windows, painted hardwood floors, central air, a queen sized bed, flat screen TV, petite couch, an Eames rocking chair and a few other things. The kitchen has all stainless steal appliances, microwave, washer/dryer and an expresso machine. It really feels like a suite in a boutique hotel, its about 500 sq ft. In addition, all linens and toiletries are provided.

New Orleans studio apartment kitchen Small? Yes. But still way roomier than a hotel room. kitchen shelves

The Mansion has some incredible history: it was built by the Storyville Madame Josie Arlington. Although it was her private residence, it was known that she entertained some of favorite client’s here. Josie’s once famed parlor is now a private flat on the west side of the estate with its own private entrance. The bathroom was small but made the best use of space.

small apartment bathroom

Modern, clean, full of charm and beautiful architectural detail. The homeowners were very genuine and friendly and even treated us with a sweet mid-morning snack. 

biscuits and jam

Knowing our obsessions with homes, the homeowners invited us to tour the main house and another rental they’re working on…that decorating and home improvement eye candy was a definite highlight for these DIY girls! Stunning! I guarantee you’ll see their home on the glossy pages of a home magazine one day in the future. And again, getting to know the property owners was way more fun and interesting than strictly polite business of hired hotel staff.

We kept the theme of our getaway schedule-free, stress-free and low key but still managed to eat amazing food, win $9 at the penny slots, walk the French Quarter,

French Market Place carriage tour Rue de Chartres

 sample beignets

hot chocolate and beignets

at Cafe du Monde,

cafe du monde

shop Magazine Street,

Magazine Street

take a cemetery tour (or two)

St. Louis Cemetery 3

and to drool over the history, beautiful trees and architecture in the Garden District, actually in the entire city to be honest. 

New Orleans Garden District New Orleans street car New Orleans historic home

If you haven’t been to NOLA, it’s definitely a spot you’ll want to add to your bucket list (if you need a travel buddy – let me know! I’m ready to go back!) and if you have visited, what was your favorite thing about the Big Easy? I’ll share a bit of what I loved most next week. 

Disclaimer: I was offered a free trial, in part, through FlipKey. As always, opinion is 100% my own.

Better Homes and Gardens Makeover Madness

Wahoo! I have some fun news to share! My chandelier planter is a contender in the Better Homes and Gardens Makeover Madness event! 16 bloggers’ makeover projects are competing to become the top 4 finalists to travel to the BH&G headquarters to participate in a DIY challenge. FUN stuff! 

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

Remember the DIY chandelier planters my family and I created last year? One of my favorite DIY projects and evidently a favorite at Better Homes and Gardens too. Wow! It’s such an honor to be chosen to compete!

DIYShowOff chandelier planter

chandelier planter tutorial

I’m humbled to be included with some pretty amazing bloggers and their creative projects! You can check out your favorites and vote here. Voting for my project in the first round is today only (you can vote once per hour all day long).  

  Better Homes and Gardens Makeover Madness DIYShowOff chandelier planter

Voting for the DIYShowOff chandelier planter? You’re the best! Thanks so much in advance, my friends! ~xo

Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control Review and Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Honeywell International Inc. for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

We weren’t in the market for a new thermostat. Our older digitial Honeywell thermostat did the job but when the opportunity to try the new Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control came up and after doing a little research, we decided that the options were super cool and convenient and something we wanted. 

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1 – Voice Control. Of course the fact that it has a voice control option is cool and super high tech but it’s also convenient. (And yes, maybe even a little lazy…but the same was said when the television got the remote option and we didn’t have to get up off the couch to turn the tv channel. Remember that? Now we can’t live without it!) So, saying “Hello Thermostat.” and “Make it 2 degrees warmer (or cooler)” without getting up is a luxury! It recognized the voice command on the first try and even when I accented “Helloooo Thermostat” in the same way as Jerry Seinfeld’s “Helloooo Newman”! It even has volume and sensitivity settings. And you’re likely to lose your voice less often than you are a remote. ;) 

2 – Remote Access. Another convenience! I can check and control my thermostat from any computer by logging into MyTotalConnectComfort.com or using the TotalConnectComfort app on my iPhone (also availabe on Android). So just like I can warm up my car with remote start, I can also warm up or cool down my home before I arrive or make adjustments if I forget when I leave the house. Or mess with my husband when he’s home alone. haha!

via computer

MyTotalComfortConnect

via app

Honeywell TotalConnectComfort App

3 – Easy Installation. I didn’t include a tutorial because more than likely your wiring is different than mine and Honeywell provides well written detailed instructions as well as a quick start guide and helpful installation videos. With everything I needed right in the box and just a few tools (tiny/precise standard screw driver, Phillips screwdriver, level and drill for making pilot holes) as well as helpful installation videos online (including support and different videos for differing wiring options), installation was so simple, I was able to install the thermostat myself while my husband prepared dinner. WiFi set up and registration are simple too! Note: It’s tinier than it looks! See my picture below. So you may need to touch up your wall paint if previous thermostat was larger or a different shape. It looks like a shadow in the picture, but that’s paint I need to touch up. 

4 – Smart Response. It’s pretty neat that outdoor and indoor temps and humidity are displayed. Custom scheduling is another awesome option. I work from home so we don’t have to schedule Mon-Fri to accomodate being away from home but for us to schedule heating and cooling that works for our routine means waking to 70 degrees and falling asleep to 67 degrees seven days a week. Having it automatically adjust means no waking up sweating in the middle of the night because we forgot to adjust the thermostat and having to getting up and walk downstairs to make the change and not stepping out of bed and shivering first thing in the morning is pretty nice too!

5 – TouchScreen. Easy to read and customizable. I can choose screen colors that match my decor! And we’re not talking just tacky primary colors. Options include Midnight, Aurora, Plum, Blaze, Tangerine, Ice, Rose, Lavender, Chrome, Cabernet, Waterfall, Pear, Emerald, Berry, Sunshine. Something for everyone! My husband prefers the Midnight…black for a sleek, high tech look. I may change it to Rose or Cabernet for Valentine’s day when he’s not looking.

Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control

Pretty cool, right? How can you get one? Before deciding if this is the right thermostat for you, review the details and specs here:  Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control. The Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is available at Home Depot, Amazon.com and BestBuy.com. The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control was named Best New Product of 2013. You can also enter to win one right here! 

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2. Giveaway runs today, right now and ends Friday, January 24th, 2014 at midnight EST.

3. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after.

4. Open to US residents 18+ years of age only.  

5. One entry per person.

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That DIY Party Highlights – Helpful Tips & Tricks

Don’t you just love those little helpful tips that make life easier? Me too! Here are some awesome helpful tips and tricks from That DIY Party…

Helpful Tips & Tricks

Picking up thread at Seasoned Homemaker

picking-up-thread at Seasoned Homemaker

DIY frame repair at Forever Decorating

FrameRepair at Forever Decorating  

Beginner’s Guide to Hemming Pants at Vintage Zest

Hemming Pants at Vintage Zest

Removing wax from candles at Decorating Cents

removing wax from candles at Decorating Cents

Gift wrapping tips from A Brand Made of Glitter

perfect gift wrapping at A Brand Made of Glitter

DIY fruit fly trap at Saving 4 Six

Fruit-Fly-Trap-Supplies at Saving 4 Six  

How to cut fabric/Temporary cutting table at Oy Vey a Day

Homemade-Fabric-Cutting-Table-Taping_Oyveyaday

7 ways to remove sticky jar labels at Lazy Budget Chef

7waystoremovestickyjarlabels at Lazy Budget Chef

Decorating tip from Setting for Four

Design Tip 60-30-10 Color Rule from Setting for Four

How to Unify Painted Furniture at Resposhture

how to unify painted furniture at Reposhture

See more DIY:

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Thanks to these talented ladies for linking up their inspiring creativity and hard work! 

That DIY Party Highlights – Creative Repurposing

Finding a new purpose for something old is so much fun, isn’t it? I looooove being creative. And that’s one of the things I love about the weekly That DIY Party – seeing your creative ideas. Check out these awesome repurposed projects from the past five week’s of That DIY Party:

creative repurposing ideas

Vintage spool window treatment at Plum Doodles

Tie-burlap-to-vintage-spools-for-unique-window-treatments at Plum Doodles

Toothbrush holder at Zefi’s Blog

toothbrush holder at Zefis Blog

Repurposed baking tins at Shabby Gals

repurposed baking pans at Shabby Gals

Vintage ironing board chalkboard table at Sypsie

vintage ironing board table at Sypsie

Upcycled bait basket pendant light at Lisa’s Creative Designs

upcycled-bait-cage-pendant-light at Lisa's Creative Designs  

Vintage jelly mold light at Vintage Prairie Style

vintage jelly mold light at Vintage Prairie Style

Funnel lights at Shabby Love

funnel lights at Shabby Love  

Wood scrap DIY at Painted Therapy

wood scrap DIY at Painted Therapy

Blanket ladder at Day 2 Day Super Mom

blanket ladder at Day 2 Day Supermom

See more DIY:

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It’s been so hectic around here and with visiting five week’s worth of projects, I did a lot of pinning and gathered some collections of features along with been pinning your inspiring projects to the above board. It didn’t leave much time for commenting so I want to say thanks to these talented ladies for linking up their inspiring creativity and hard work! 

DIYShowOff Gift Recommendations

Who could use some cold hard cash to get a head start on holiday shopping? Or how about something for yourself just this once? (Hey, I know you and I’d say you deserve a reward!) I’m joining a talented group of awesome blog friends in sharing some gift recommendations AND we’ve gathered together to offer a fun giveaway too!

*** UPDATE 11/12/13: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lisa F!

Earlybird Xmas giveaway

I LOVE LOVE LOVE giving! I spend a lot of time choosing just the right gift for each member of my family, so as I sat down to research my gift recommendations, I struggled with how to recommend something for someone I don’t know/something more generic. And after nearly 12 hours of browsing and editing a draft post 35902 times…I realized it just wasn’t going to happen or feel inspiring.

However! My family has already asked me for my Christmas wish list…so, here are some things I love and recommend (for me) but perhaps you’ll spy some great ideas for your holiday gift-buying (or your own wish list).

All year long our extra cash goes towards DIY home improvement and decorating and that wish list is loooooong, believe me! So for fun, I made a detour from the usual DIY theme. Each item listed is way below $250. Gotta love more bang for your buck! 

Winter Woodland Warmth

 
Roeshel's Wish List 1

H M pink sweater
$24 - hm.com

Boots
lucky21.com

Kate Spade earrings
lordandtaylor.com

Tube scarf
jcpenney.com

Wall art
urbanoutfitters.com

H M candles candleholder
$6.37 - hm.com

H M holiday decoration
$4.77 - hm.com
 
Or something a little more relaxing…
Comfort & Joy
Roeshel's Wish List 2

 

What’s on your wish list? How can you enter to win, you ask? 

earlybird xmas $250 giveaway

  • Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
  • Giveaway is open to all readers 18+. 
  • Giveaway starts Tuesday, Nov. 5 th at 7 a.m. EST and ends 12 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12th.
  • Winner will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after. 

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There’s a $100 Overstock gift card being given away to two lucky DIYShowOff readers too! 

Visit these sweet blog friends to see what’s on their wish list…

Xmas Giveaway

Jen at City Farmhouse
Roeshel at DIY Showoff (you’re already here!)
Krista at The Happy Housie
Liz at Love Grows Wild
Rachel at Maison de Pax
Jenna at Rain on a Tin Roof
Jamie at So Much Better With Age
Corey at Tiny Sidekick
Laura at The Turquoise Home
Katie at Upcycled Treasures

Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

I know it’s not even Halloween yet but I have had Christmas decorating on my mind early this year for many reasons. One of those reasons: I’m so excited to be participating in the 2nd annual Michaels Dream Tree Challenge! 

Last week, I took a moment to run into Michaels to browse the Christmas decor and craft selection for the challenge. First, there is no such thing as just running into Michaels. Is there? I’m always there way longer than intended – a DIY/crafter’s dream come true! Who would have thought the aisles would be stocked for the holidays so early? It seemed they were still working on it but there were so many glittery, beautiful, fun themes that it’s difficult to know where to start.  Michaels Craft Store

Traditional red and green? red and green Christmas

A more natural vibe with burlap? Love the pinecone garlands natural Christmas

and how sweet is the printed burlap ribbon? burlap Christmas

Silver? silver Christmas

Country? country Christmas

Pastel? pastel Christmas

All white Christmas? white Christmas

Silver? silver Christmas

Fun, bright and colorful? Colorful Christmas

 

I’d say there’s something for everyone!

Christmas decorating is one of my favorite things about winter. I love it! Now, I’m not a fan of taking it all down, organizing it and putting it all away but when the days are short and cold, I can ignore my dislike for the winter season by getting my home all warm and festive.  turquoise white Christmas tree

And festive it is. I decorate the dining room, living room, family room and sitting room. My most favorite holiday decoration: our Christmas tree! Make that plural. Do you decorate more than one tree?  burlap natural Christmas tree

My tree decorating tradition has changed since my girls are no longer little and at home but I still love playing Christmas music even if it’s more of an event for one. And when it’s all done: hot cocoa, only tree lights glowing in the room and reflecting on the year’s blessings. Do you have a tree-trimming tradition? traditional Christmas tree

 Six Tips for Decorating a Christmas Tree

If you could decorate your tree any way with any theme, what would you choose? Come back November 1st to see my choice…it may be early but I’m going to be ready for that holiday home tour. ;) 

*Michaels provided me with a 7 ft lighted tree and gift card to participate in the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge. As always, the post above is in my own words and my own opinion. I’ll be sharing my decorated tree and a DIY ornament tutorial in the near future.  

  • Michaels has a HUGE selection of pre-lit artificial trees. 
  • Did you know each tree purchased at Michaels comes with a 5 year tree warranty and a 2 year warranty on the lights? Now you do!
  • Heads up: On November 3 through November 9, Michaels is hosting a special tree event.
  • Follow the hashtag #JustAddMichaels to see more!

Best Home Blog {DIY category}

How fun would it be for us to go shopping together?! 

Good morning, DIY friends! I know I said I’d be scarce this week, and I will be. But Have I told you lately how happy your support, encouragement and friendship means to me? When I started blogging six years ago, I had no idea that I’d make so many awesome friends, friends who share my passion for all things DIY and home. Your visits and comments and us sharing DIY and decorating is a HUGE party of my every day life. Thank you!

DIY Show Off

Lamps Plus is recognizing and rewarding the best Home blogs and I’ve been nominated! (hurray!) for the Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Awards in the DIY category.

Starting Monday, October 14 through November 15, you can vote at Lamps Plus Facebook page. There are four different categories for your favorite home blog. Individuals will be able vote for their favorite blogs once every 24 hours. 

That’s where I can use your help! 

The highest vote-getter in each of the four categories will receive a $1,000 shopping spree from Lamps Plus. In addition, one lucky voter will receive a $500 shopping spree too.  So YOU can join in on the voting. 

Complete list of the nominees for the Best Home Blog Contest in the four categories can be seen here:

I’m in good company so even if I don’t end up with the highest popular vote, you can bet I’ll be cheering for the 24 DIY blog friends also nominated. 

If you’d be so kind to pop over to the Lamps Plus Facebook page and vote for DIY Show Off once a day (click the button below) for the next month along with your friends, as always, I’d be forever grateful. Thank you! 

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How fun would it be for us to go shopping together? – I’d love  it!

What’s at the top of your wish list?

Good luck (to us both)! Have a great week!

DIY Recycled Brick Patio & Walkway Tutorial

What DIY project has taken us all summer long to complete?

Tutorial slideshow story of how half buried brick became a beautiful walkway and patio.

Tutorial slideshow story of how half buried brick became a beautiful walkway and patio.
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Recycled brick patio & path tutorial.

Our DIY recycled brick patio and walkway under the grape arbor/gazebo is finally done! A true labor of DIY lovin’. ::high fives all around!::

Because of the large volume of pictures from start to finish (it took me days to organize and edit the MONTHS worth of photos), I put together a slide show of the progress from uncovering the brick on our property to putting it to good use by creating a walkway and patio under our grape arbor and gazebo. Now not only can we enjoy our backyard patio for dining al fresco, the covered barn patio for entertaining, we now this quiet beautiful private little space too. That’s where you’ll find me on pretty days. Just wait until next year when I can add some fun DIY decorative accents! 

I love the herringbone pattern and that we were able to use bricks we already had on hand. It’s such a good feeling and the fact that it’s old and not new? Loooove that the most! It looks as if it’s been here at least half a century and fits with the age of our old home.  recycled brick patio and walkway tutorial

See the entire grape arbor gazebo before and after reveal here!

It may have taken all summer but Mr. DIY did an awesome job at repurposing all of that brick to create a gorgeous recycled brick patio and walkway, didn’t he? What do you think? Love it? Not your style? We’d love to know your thoughts. 

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control and fun giveaway!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is Kate from Just Cute Kate! Congratulations! I’ll be emailing you! 

With the cooler temps fast approaching, we’ll be firing up the furnace as well as installing some much-waited-for new windows. Good bye drafty old house! Helloooo efficiency! As you know, I am not a fan of winter and cooler temps. When winter arrives, you’ll find me blogging all bundled up in layers.

So when Honeywell asked if I’d review and share the new Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control, I watched the videos, read the specs, slept on it and decided it was something I couldn’t live without. Simply calling out “hello thermostat” (do you say that with a Jerry Seinfeld “Hello Newman” accent or is it just me?) and asking it to adjust the heat from across the room is well, “cool”! Isn’t it? Maybe “hot” is a better word in my case. In addition, if I turn the heat down before I leave for the day, I can log into the Total Connect Comfort app from my smart phone and adjust the settings to arrive home to a roasty toasty house. I love the ‘remote start’ on my car and this seems to be along the same lines for me…an awesome way to get through winter. Another bonus? I can customize it to accent my home decor! I’m eagerly awaiting the “clean house” command! 

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I should be getting it in a few weeks and I’ll let you know all about the installation and convenience first hand. 

See more details here: Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control

One thing I do love about winter? The holidays! How about a little shopping spree to get your holiday shopping started?

$100 Amazon gift card giveaway!

  • Leave a comment below with your suggestion for a voice command that you wish your thermostat could fill. Cook dinner? Transport me to Aruba?
  • Giveaway starts when this post publishes and ends Wed., October 9th at midnight EST.
  • Winner will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after.
  • Open to US residents 18+ only. 
  • Good luck!

 

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Before and After Contest Voting Begins!

All summer long, the Before & After Contest supporting Habitat for Humanity has been going on, organized by OPC’s The Better Half: Jocie. Not only is she super sweet and talented but she’s one heck of a party planner! 

I hosted the contest one of the weeks and loved looking through the entries {here}. It was a tough choice…

Before & After DIY highlights

but I chose the awesome DIY bathroom makeover at Design Dreams by Anne

Bathroom Reno @ DesignDreams by Anne

Now it’s time for Anne and the other weekly winners to compete! Head over to the Before & After at One Project Closer to see all 13 winners and to vote for your favorite starting 9/26 at 10 p.m.! 

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Mission: It’s our hope that you will be inspired to get involved with Habitat for Humanity. You don’t have to be a professional or give weeks of your time or have lots of money. Every little bit counts! Find out more about volunteering or providing financial support with Habitat for Humanity.

Country Living Fair Ticket Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. 

Winner of two weekend passes to the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH (chosen randomly by Rafflecopter is Leslie from House on the Way! Congratulations, Leslie. An email has been sent with instructions on claiming your prize!

Guess what?! I have the fun opportunity to pass along 2 weekend passes to the Country Living Fair in Columbus to one lucky DIY Show Off reader! In less than two weeks September 13-15th, we could be talking face-to-face, shopping, filling up on delicious goodies and gathering some DIY and fall inspiration…together! 

Country Living Fair

{photo courtesy Country Living}

The Country Living Fair in Columbus will give us the chance to enjoy the Country Living lifestyle in a fun, festival atmosphere with cooking, crafting, and other DIY demonstrations, as well as fantastic local and artisanal food. In addition, we’ll be drooling, buying and getting some DIY inspiration from more than 200 vendors offering antiques, gifts, home décor, jewelry and more.

Country Living Fair

{photo courtesy of Country Living}

Country Living Editor-in-Chief Sarah Gray Miller and many of the magazine’s editors and contributors will be on-site to bring the pages of the magazine to life. That’s exactly what my experience has been like going in the past: walking through the pages of a my favorite magazine. Special guests scheduled to attend the Columbus Country Living Fair and participate in book signings, demonstrations and panel discussions include:

  • Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, of Cooking Channel’s “The Fabulous Beekman Boys”
  • Cari Cucksey, estate sale expert and host of HGTV’s “Cash & Cari”
  • Faith Durand, executive editor of TheKitchn.com and author of “Bakeless Sweets”
  • Allison Chapman, owner of Igloo Letterpress in Columbus
  • Kelly McCants, founder of Modern June and author of “Sewing with Oilcloth.”

TONS of fun! Fall is the perfect time of year. I’d love to see you face-to-face! Interested in going?

Country Living Fair

{photo credit: courtesy Country Living}

For additional details visit www.countryliving.com/fair; to buy tickets visit www.stellashows.com or call (866) 500-FAIR. 

Tickets:

  • Admission is $13 in advance and $16 at the door; three-day weekend passes are available for $15 in advance and $20 at the door
  • An Early Bird 3-Day Weekend Pass is available for $40 (in advance only) and grants early admission on Friday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. (no early admission on Sunday)
  •  Children ages 16 and under are free
  • Ticket prices include admission to the Ohio History Center Museum.

Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; gates open for Early Birds at 8:30 a.m. Friday & Saturday.

OR enter to win one for you and a friend right here:

Country Living Fair ticket giveaway

  • Giveaway starts now, Monday, 9/2 at 9 a.m. EST and ends Thursday, 9/5 at midnight EST. Winner will be announced Friday, 9/6. 
  • Prize is two (2) weekend passes to the Columbus, OH location, good 9/13-15.

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DIY ShowOff Country Living Fair 2010 

Hellooo, Farm Kings! #farmkings

Uh, hello? Where have I been? Have you heard of the tv, the docu-reality show called Farm Kings on GAC? A show about an amazing mom, her 10 kids and their farming? I hadn’t. And they are nearly geographically right under my nose. 

Farm Kings

farm kings family

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Well, the day that you realize that family is seriously practically your neighbors (as in less than 10 mi. away), that Freedom Farms sells pasture raised, antibiotic/hormone free chicken, beef and pork, non GMO foods, AND fresh flowers for all of those room makeover props and that they have their own tv show is the day you’re completely star struck. And your usually controlled crazy gets loose like the time I learned that Brett Michaels is from my hometown too. Craaaazy! The Kings are hard working good people and they live local! So in a small effort to support local business along with my shopping, I felt they deserved a bit of a “show off” in a DIY Show Off post. 

And so even though I’ve eaten their pies and carved their pumpkins, Bri and I still couldn’t resist the temptation to make a point to stop by the Freedom Farms just down the road on the day their new season starts. I did have to pry myself away from the Farm Kings marathon leading up to the season premier. Okay, no need to whisper that I’m being borderline stalker crazy. I’m well aware. But it just seems so cool and now that I’ve had a chance to see a little behind the scenes to “tv-meet” the fam, I’m a fan.  

Roeshel and Bri

Me and Bri at Freedom Farms 

Oh and I have to mention it – these are four of the brothers.  No further comment needed. If you’re not familiar with who I’m referring to, here you go: 

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You’re welcome!

I’ve never been able to get on board with reality tv but this show and family has won over my heart. Since I raised two girls on my own for a very long stretch of time, I have to tell you that if I ever have the chance to meet Lisa, I’m giving her a big high five. Smart, strong and funny. And well, I did have the chance to meet her today but since I’m shy, I was too chicken to approach her. How do you do that anyway without being so awkward? So I purchased some fresh green beans and leaf lettuce, the Freedom Farms magazine then couldn’t resist a bouquet of beautiful fragrant flowers from Lisa’s Garden…

Flowers from Lisa's Garden

I’m pretty excited to have a very local place to shop for hard to find NON GMO food! I’ve been asking Bri to get started on a blog to share her wealth of non GMO knowledge (will keep you posted). A major obstacle to changing our diet has been the inconvenience and difficulty finding non genetically modified foods. So this is BIG! 

So…who’s seen this? Who’s looking forward to the new season? Who’s watching today and tonight? And why didn’t you tell me? 

New to you too? Meet the King family tonight (July 11th) at 9/8c on GAC. Check out more info here. You know where I’ll be on Thursdays.

Farm Kings Show

 Shop for Farm Kings Things here.

ps. This is not a sponsored post. :P

Free Standing Pallet Herb Garden

Our vegetable garden is located a few acres from the house. Wanting to have a small herb garden closer to the patio, grill and kitchen and inspired by so many vertical pallet planters (thanks, Amanda!), Mr. DIY and I created a free standing (moveable) vertical pallet herb garden.

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden

 Here is what we did:

Materials: (if referring to our tutorial for your own project, completely read through what we did as I recommend some changes to our experience)

  • Kiln-dried pallet in good shape
  • Scrap 1×4 wood
  • Scrap block 4×4 wood
  • Scrap 2×4 wood
  • Nails
  • Wheel and hardware/screws to attach
  • Wood stain
  • Protective clear coat
  • Staples
  • Fabric weed barrier
  • Potting soil
  • Herbs

1. We have plenty of pallets stacked around here and chose a kiln-dried one, marked with “HT” (heat-treated and less likely chemically treated) and gave it a good scrubbing with bleach as well.

2. We removed a three of the horizontal boards from one side with a pry bar to create a larger space for working and tall growing herbs.

pallet 3. Then sanded down the splinters, rough edges and hammered down all of the nails.

4. We added a piece of scrap wood to the bottom of one side (1×4) to create a ‘shelf” type surface to attach a caster/wheel. Inserting the 1×4 took some playing around (prying up one of the pallet boards to squeeze it into place.

vertical pallet garden

5. The other side of the bottom got a 4×4 block (double check for leveling with the wheel side) and a miter-cut scrap 2×4 for support. (If I had to do over, I would skip the wheel and use a 4×4 block and mitered 2×4 on both sides since the wheel is convenient but the vertical height makes it unsteady.

vertical pallet garden tutorial

6. One to two people can easily move the herb pallet garden with the supports only and without the wheel. Our original plan was to also attach a handle to the one side (for tipping and wheeling around however kiln dried pallet wood is VERY dense and our screws just kept breaking off…so, no handle for now).

7. Next I stained the pallet using Rustoleum’s Wood Stain (Kona), wiping away after applying. I let it dry and cure for a few days (although Rustoleum’s stain dries in about one hour).

staining pallet

8. I moved the pallet outside and gave it a spray of protective clear coat.

vertical pallet

9. Once that was dry, I used junk mail/newspaper to create a pattern, including room for folding the fabric edge under and the sides of the pocket. Then used my pattern to cut the fabric weed barrier to size.  vertical pallet garden tutorial

10. I folded under the edges and stapled the fabric weed barrier into place between the pallet boards to create a pocket.

vertical pallet garden tutorial

11. Corners were tricky…do what works for you. I can’t explain my complicated folding technique. I think I got a little staple-happy.

12. I just kept cutting and stapling the fabric weed barrier into place. My pallet has 12 planting pockets. All done!

planting pallet garden

I’ve started some herbs from seed, but I purchased these already started herbs from Lowe’s to fill it up. Instant fresh herbs! Hurray! I planted:

DIY herb garden

  • basil
  • parsley
  • rosemary
  • dill
  • oregano
  • thyme
  • peppermint
  • chocolate mint
  • spearmint
  • tarragon
  • lavender
  • another type of spicy globe basil

Next I moved it into place. Unfortunately our patio is getting a little crowded so rather than have it free standing/showing both back and front, up next to the patio swing seemed to be the best location. (Until I rearrange…you know how I love to move things around!)

vertical pallet herb garden

Again, I’d recommend support on both ends instead of the wheel. It’s unsteady with the one wheel/one person. Live and learn and DIY experimenting. It’s easy enough, even planted, for one person to move without the wheel. I think two side supports is a better option. It’s also two sided. It’s perfect for creating a border on a patio. Great for small spaces too!

Doesn’t it look amazing?! I looooove it!

free standing vertical pallet herb garden

We spend most of our time on the patio on pretty days…I love the fresh herbal scents too!

free standing pallet herb garden

And having fresh herbs right off of the kitchen is so convenient.

free-standing-vertical-pallet-herb-garden

Whatcha think?

More patio projects…

patio-makeover   outdoor patio swing makeover

 

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Update for Hurricane Sandy Relief ~ Socks for Sandy

Socks for Sandy

UPDATE: 11/9 - PLEASE DO SEND UNDERWEAR – ALL SIZES AND ALL AGES; AS WELL AS SOCKS FOR ALL AGES.

What do we send?

Warm socks, gloves, mittens, and winter hats - for all shapes and sizes of people, from babies to the elderly, and everyone in between.

New packages of underwear - again for all shapes and sizes of people, from babies to the elderly – are desperately needed too.

SOCKS FOR SANDY FAQ

I don’t know about you but I love the feeling I get when when my cold feet are warmed by a pair of fuzzy socks and I just feel worse when my hands and head are cold. Wearing gloves and a hat makes being cold more tolerable. It’s heart warming. That feeling of warmth and comfort is something I sometimes take for granted. For the victims of Hurricane Sandy, it’s a reality. I just want to wrap my arms around those suffering from this natural disaster to warm them up. There is a way to help warm those who’ve lost so much from this natural disaster:

socks for sandy Laura, blog friend and member of Hometalk who lives in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, was fortunate that her neighborhood was spared with only minor damages. But just a few minutes down the road, entire areas were wiped out and just across the bay, families also suffered extraordinary damage just as every barrier island and shore town up and down New Jersey’s once-beautiful coastline has.

Laura couldn’t stop thinking about something her sister-in-law (volunteering at the local hurricane shelter) told her: that people were walking around barefoot and just wanted a pair of socks. Even as donations started to pour in to the shelter, Laura couldn’t get the idea of warm socks out of her head. Her idea of Socks for Sandy was embraced enthusiastically with offers of help to make her idea reality.

So here we are. Our mission is a simple one. And has a super fast turn-around time too.

We want to provide socks to warm one’s feet, gloves to warm one’s hands, and winter hats to warm one’s head. All to warm one’s soul. Now.

You can help us gather up some warmth to share by collecting socks, gloves and winter hats, and sending them to:

Socks for Sandy
P.O. Box 520
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087

Please mail by Friday, November 9, since the need is urgent.

This can be a great project to involve your kids in, because it all comes down to giving a bit of warmth to someone in need.

Laura will receive all packages and immediately take these to the local hurricane shelter. Any excess will be given to the other hurricane shelters up and down New Jersey’s coastline.

What started as an idea has blossomed into warmth. And it is simple to get involved.

Another option:

Donating directly to the Red Cross is still the fastest way to get your money into the hands of those who need it the most.

Socks for Sandy: Helping Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Socks for Sandy

I don’t know about you but I love the feeling I get when when my cold feet are warmed by a pair of fuzzy socks and I just feel worse when my hands and head are cold. Wearing gloves and a hat makes being cold more tolerable. It’s heart warming. That feeling of warmth and comfort is something I sometimes take for granted. For the victims of Hurricane Sandy, it’s a reality. I just want to wrap my arms around those suffering from this natural disaster to warm them up. There is a way to help warm those who’ve lost so much from this natural disaster:

socks for sandy Laura, blog friend and member of Hometalk who lives in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, was fortunate that her neighborhood was spared with only minor damages. But just a few minutes down the road, entire areas were wiped out and just across the bay, families also suffered extraordinary damage just as every barrier island and shore town up and down New Jersey’s once-beautiful coastline has.

Laura couldn’t stop thinking about something her sister-in-law (volunteering at the local hurricane shelter) told her: that people were walking around barefoot and just wanted a pair of socks. Even as donations started to pour in to the shelter, Laura couldn’t get the idea of warm socks out of her head. Her idea of Socks for Sandy was embraced enthusiastically with offers of help to make her idea reality.

So here we are. Our mission is a simple one. And has a super fast turn-around time too.

We want to provide socks to warm one’s feet, gloves to warm one’s hands, and winter hats to warm one’s head. All to warm one’s soul. Now.

You can help us gather up some warmth to share by collecting socks, gloves and winter hats, and sending them to:

Socks for Sandy
P.O. Box 520
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087

Please mail by Friday, November 9, since the need is urgent.

This can be a great project to involve your kids in, because it all comes down to giving a bit of warmth to someone in need.

Laura will receive all packages and immediately take these to the local hurricane shelter. Any excess will be given to the other hurricane shelters up and down New Jersey’s coastline.

What started as an idea has blossomed into warmth. And it is simple to get involved.

Another option:

Donating directly to the Red Cross is still the fastest way to get your money into the hands of those who need it the most.

Adventure at Antique Emporium

This week Bri and I ventured to a {LARGE} antique shop in Beaver Falls, PA called Antique Emporium. I’m pretty sure I’ve been there before, but before a major re-organization. If I have the place right, before it was packed full from floor to ceiling and quite chaotic (I love that kind of place – where you have to get dirty and dig for treasures and decide you want to see the vintage lamp that’s on top of an armoire sitting on top of a dresser) but this day, in this place, everything was organized into awesome groups. It was still packed from floor to ceiling on all three levels

{3 floors!}

every one of over 100,000 antiques neatly in their place.

antique emporium

It’s the kind of place where you wish you were a contestant in a shopping game. Imagine running through the all those aisles upstairs, down stairs and in my lady’s chamber (remember that frightening nursery rhyme: Goosey Goosey Gander?) filling a shopping cart! Dreamy! But then, stairs (the nursery rhyme!) are not ideal shopping cart terrain, and I’d trip and get scraped knees and a broken arm and knock down the Hummel display {how sad!} and security would not so kindly escort me out and there was a heavy downpour going on with super scary lightening and exploding thunder, so I controlled myself and maintained a leisurely normal person’s stroll up and down the aisles instead, ’cause it’s a classy antique emporium and not a candy shop and I’m a grown up, not a kid. 

So…Upon entering, we were welcomed by the friendly clerk and given instructions detailing the 3 {THREE!} floors of antiques (I almost wanted to ask for a treasure map so I could mark “X’s” on where I wanted to go). We were invited to help ourselves to the wine bar…don’t mind if I do! Although I didn’t…it was still before noon after all and that fear of wine+stairs+crashing hummels shattering into 100,000 pieces…no wine for me.

wine bar

Here are some pictures I managed to sneak in with my i-phone. Doesn’t it make you all nervous to whip out your big ‘real’ camera, set up your umbrella lights and re-arrange the decor? Oh, another dream. haha! I always feel like I have to be sneaky because more than likely – I’m the one being filmed looking all suspicious with my camera-phone, glancing over my shoulder to make sure no one is watching me snap inconspicuous pictures for the sake of blogging.

antique settee {drool!}…

antique settee

However, I’m sure the friendly, knowledgeble owner – or as we like to refer to him now after our tour around the store, our good friend, Jim, wouldn’t have minded in the least.

Jim was super helpful in answering our questions as well as pointing out favorite antiques and entertaining us with “Jim humor” and interesting stories behind certain treasures. 100,000 antiques and 100,000 facts in that guy’s head. Amazing.

Bri really wanted one of these antique printer shop racks but they served a ‘small world’ display purpose and weren’t for sale (well, everything has a price…just not in her price range). They’re not the print shop drawers that we love to use as shadow boxes, they’re more like pieces of furniture, sort of like a leaning cubby shelves.

antique print shop rack

Something for everyone…

Medieval antiques…I had my eye on a crown. Shining armor without the knight.

Plenty of home-making gadgets from the 1800s including antique apple corers, hand mixers, old washboards and wringer washers, rug beaters, meat grinders…all for women. Makes me oh-so-thankful to be living in modern times!

antique trivets

antique trivets

Cast iron skillets and a few baffles. Baffling!

cast iron skillets

We contemplated taking home an antique toy truck…

antique toy trucks

for Cappy, who wants to do something like this…

antique toy truck

inspiration image courtesy: Farm Chicks

I wanted to dig out my dimes and play carnival games to win this pretty antique depression glass but fought the urge (remember carnival coin toss or am I showing my age?)…

antique depression glass

Lots of lanterns…

antique lanterns

Are you an antique geek {I mean that in a flattering and positive way}? We love antique and vintage for decorating and collecting but not for ‘museum’ style display. I mean, if I found out I owned something really rare and worth a gazillion dollars, I’d ‘freak’ like I won the lottery but there might be the chance that I cleaned it wrong or broke it or gave it a distressed paint technique or repurposed it so for the most part, we collect old cool things no one wants or things that have little value. We’re okay with that. :)

road signs and license plates…

antique license plates

antique crocks…

antique crocks

What a crock! I love this one! But the price was a little steep at $125 considering I just purchased an old milk can with spout for $15 at a yard sale a month or so ago, I wanted it but I didn’t “need” it…

{hummels unbroken!} and so many antique clocks.

antique clocks

I’m starting a clock collection. Isn’t this sweet:

clock wall

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What else did I see? Too much to mention!

  • Collector’s items like “Coca Cola” and Santa, even “dogs”
  • Shining armor without the knight
  • Antique doilies and lace
  • Antique radios and old records
  • Vintage ceramic animals – elephants are a sign of fertility so I quickly moved on.
  • Vintage keys
  • Pocket watches
  • Antique tins and baskets. I love these types of storage possibilities, but these were rare tins and baskets…pricey.
  • Antique prints, art and posters. Bri snagged a framed vintage ad. Forgot to get a picture though.
  • Vintage mason jars – love!
  • Old crates – more love!
  • Estate jewelry – I love vintage jewelry, especially watches.
  • Antique cameras and photographs.
  • Antique morgue accessories! Oh yes I did but didn’t nose around too long in that section!
  • Vases and urns
  • Vintage Barbie dolls and dolls
  • Vintage hats and mufflers, even boots and a few dresses
  • Plenty of electric fans – no a/c and it was hot hot hot in there!
  • What didn’t I see?! I don’t know! I think they had it all!
So what did I buy? It was antique overload and believe it or not, I only purchased one thing. The price wasn’t too bad (think of what it’d cost at Pottery Barn or even TJ Maxx). I spent $50 for this GINORMOUS beautiful Victorian terrarium…

antique Victorian terrarium

{Thank you, Jim, for braving the torrential downpour to haul this to my car for me!}

Ideas?

  • Reptile cage (highly unlikely since I’m not really a reptile loving kind of girl).
  • Repurposed bird feeder. I’m sort of upset with the birds around here for their use of the bathroom in my pretty barn patio so no rewards for birds any time too soon.
  • Display case. Since I didn’t find an antique crown for my not-so-royal head…probably not. I could fill it with my clock collection though!
  • Bakery case. Bakery goodies! Yum! But, gasp! Chocolate fingerprints on glass! No thanks! Okay, for real…with my sweet tooth, it’d be displaying sugary crumbs more often than goodies.
  • Kitty time out chamber. Just kidding!
  • Vignette under glass – I probably will do this with it on occasion since I love to re-arrange and decorate. Something pretty for Christmas with faux-snow and pine!
  • aTerrarium! {ding.ding.ding.ding.ding! We have a winner!} A plant house (that’s what my receipt reads) Original, no? I’m thinking the cutest little fairy garden with pretty plants, a little path, a fairy, a butterfly, glitter dust, a bottle of Alice’s “drink me” to ‘shrink me’ so I can wander along the pretty paths and nap under a mushroom.

All of this dreaming today, huh? I promise you that none of the following were consumed while writing this post:  Wine. Mushrooms. Glitter. I claim a little exhaustion combined with paint fumes. ;)

What would you do with it?
See more thrifty treasures at Rhoda’s:
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If you’re local and want to check it out, here’s the scoop:
Antique Emporium
818 Seventh Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
75 Dealer Booths on 3 Floors
Over 100,000 items ~ 28 years in business
No Crafts & Few Reproductions

See what I’m doing with it and where it’s going coming soon!

*This is not an advertisement. I’m not affiliated with Antique Emporium or being paid to write this post. I’m just sharing our antique adventure and my thrifty treasure. 

May you’re weekend be filled with thrifty treasures! 

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Before & After Series for Habitat for Humanity

Supporting Habitat for Humanity

The work that the non-profit organization, Habitat for Humanity is so important. They’ve had a huge impact all over the world. It’s only fitting that DIY’ers support the cause (since we too love home improvement). That’s the reason for One Project Closer’s annual Before & After series. OPC started this event four years ago as a way to help raise awareness for Habitat, and to support their mission to provide decent, safe and affordable places to live.

How it Works

If you’re not familiar with the series, here’s the basics: you submit pictures and a story from a home improvement project you worked (no contracted jobs) sometime over the past year. Every week of the summer (June 20 – September 21), a winner is selected and their story is published online. Each winner gets a $50 gift card to either Lowes, Home Depot, or Amazon, and we make a donation of $100 to Habitat for Humanity in their honor! At the end of the Summer, the best submission, as voted on by readers, wins a bonus $150 gift card to one of the three stores above.

This year is different and even more AWESOME because One Project Closer has asked 13 blogs to get involved, each hosting a week, picking that week’s winner, and featuring the Before and After article on their site.

This week’s host is OPC’s The Better Half and the first before and after story is being feature TODAY - here! I hope you’ll check it out and submit your own before and after story!

Supporting Habitat for Humanity

How to Enter

If you want to submit a before and after story, email your submission to beforeandafter@oneprojectcloser.com or enter via the link party to show off your great transformations HERE. You have all summer long to link up. I’ll share a reminder and link each week.
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