Friday, August 28, 2015

6 DIY Geometric Wood Projects


Last Friday in August friends, we're turning a corner and for me that means back to real business and getting some work done!  I thought I'd round up some inspiration: a few of my favorite DIY geometric wood projects made by my buildy blogger friends.

If you save all your wood scraps like me then finding a way to make them useful can sometimes be alluding.  These 6 geometric wood projects are all great options to make use of that scrap wood.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wood & Leather Shopping List Board


"Add it to the shopping list."

I heard myself saying this repeatedly to my kids this summer.  To which they would respond, 

"But where is the shopping list?"

and then I would have to give detailed instructions such as on the counter next to the tissue box or some other guided information.  By the time I was done explaining where the shopping list was they would have forgotten what they wanted to add to the list.  And then they would get mad at me for not buying said item at the store when it wasn't even on the list to begin with.

I'm finally got off this merry-go-round by making a wood and leather shopping list board with a paper roll.  It's perfectly placed smack between the refrigerator and pantry and hung low enough so all my kids can reach it.

I'll show you how to make this wood and leather shopping list board down below.  


Everyone can add whatever their little heart desires to the shopping list now.

Monday, August 24, 2015

DIY Workshop: Hanging Planter


It's time friends for another Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Workshop at The Home Depot!
For this workshop we will be building a super simple hanging planter.




Not in the Hartford area?  Check here to find your local workshop location.  A few of my other DIY blogger friends will also be co-hosting workshops at the following locations:

Friday, August 21, 2015

Scrap Wood Wall Art


Gather up your wood scraps friends because if you're like me then I know you have tons of pieces lying around.  Today I'm sharing the plans for this scrap wood wall art down below.


I kept the wood natural here but you could go crazy painting or staining your pieces all different colors to highlight the pattern.  This version is made from 1x4 cedar boards with a 1x2 cedar frame, pine boards would work too.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DIY Kids Scooter


Popping in with a super quick and simple kids toy idea.  I'm over at Brittany's blog Pretty Handy Girl sharing how I made these kids scooters.  Check it out here.

And if you're looking for more kids toys to build head to my build page:




Monday, August 17, 2015

Paper Cross Stitch for Fall (free printable)


I've been cross stitching ever since I was a little girl and I love coming back to it time and again.  I think it's the nostalgic feel of handsewing and repetitive pattern left behind by the thread that wins me over.  Today I'm cross stitching on paper and sharing this paper cross stitch artwork along with the free printable patterns down below for you to make your own.


Simply stitched onto paper and then nailed to a piece of scrap wood this little acorn is too cute next to the big pumpkin.

Friday, August 14, 2015

5 Years Blogging Giveaway


How did this happen?  Five years of blogging may not seem like a big deal but in my book it definitely deserves a celebration.  I have all of you readers to thank for clicking and reading and sharing your comments over the years so today it's a big giveaway for one lucky reader!

Want to see where it all started, enjoy some cringe worthy photos and hear 5 secrets about me?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bathroom Makeover


Hallelujah!  Isn't that how we all feel when you finally complete a long awaited room makeover?  I'm kicking myself for waiting two years to tackle this bathroom but life happened.  At any rate it's done and my whole family is loving it! 

The true testament - the before and after:


A little bit about this bathroom, we live in a 1740 saltbox farmhouse and this room is original to the home although I believe the doorway was originally where the mirror is leading directly to the living room.  

Monday, August 10, 2015

Colorful Wood Bunting



How fun is this colorful outdoor wood bunting?  A very easy project that adds tons of punch and color to any space.  I made this wood bunting for our pool fence but you could hang it practically anywhere.

And because this is an outdoor project I used DecoArt's Patio Paint Outdoor acrylics, they are available in 53 beautiful colors and I choose 8 bright summery colors:

Monday, August 3, 2015

Back to School: 5 DIY Projects


Back to school is rapidly approaching around the country and I for one couldn't be more excited!  This is my most favorite time of year (even more so than Christmas to be honest) and I rounded up some of my favorite past projects that are perfect for Fall and back to school. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Simple Mirror Frame


If you follow me on Instagram then you know I've been slaving away in the bathroom recently working on a little makeover.  Today I'm sharing how to make this super simple mirror frame out of wood that will go in the bathroom.

Yesterday I shared a sneak peek of the newly framed mirror hung in place:

Monday, July 27, 2015

Open Media Shelf


Truth be told I previously shared this open media shelf way back when.  This was before I figured out how to make proper plans so today I'm reposting this build with step by step instructions including detailed plans and cut lists.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Build It: Back to School


Hooray for back to school!  I'm a huge fan and while we still have 6 weeks of summer left here in New York I know some folks are nearing that first school day very soon.  Today I'm sharing some wood projects you can build for back to school, things to keep you organized and a few fun builds that all kids are sure to enjoy.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mason Jar Tote



I know you all have mason jars looking for a home so today I'm sharing how to build your own diy mason jar tote.  We actually built these totes during the Make & Take class I taught with Jen from House of Wood at the Haven Conference last Friday so I thought I would share the plans with everyone.

Here we are with all the completed totes:


A huge thank you to everyone who attended our class.  You were so enthusiastic and quick too!


This tote is sized for three regular mason jars.  Of course you could fill the mason jars with almost anything and you have a great gift all packaged up!

The step by step plans including materials and cut lists are down below:

Friday, July 17, 2015

One Board Challenge: Bench



It's a great day to share a ton of one board challenge projects!  My buildy friend Jen at House of Wood organized this Build It Blog Hop challenge whereby DIY bloggers take one board and build anything.  No rules except it can only be a 1x8x8 board.


Please be sure to stop by all these awesome DIY bloggers to see exactly how creative everyone can be with one board:
Below is my one board challenge project including the plans to build your own!