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MY FISHING POLE LIGHT FIXTURE IS A GREAT IDEA FOR A DECORATION OR GIFT!

Whether it’s for your Fisherman’s man cave, to hang by his favorite chair or to light up his desk, this is a fun and useful re-purpose that will definitely make a statement! This project is super simple and took less that 2 hours of time! The Only part of this project that is not re-purposed is the 11′ wiring kit I used for the light …

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Our Old Box-Fan Gets Autumnized! (my new word)

I had a small 14″ old metal box fan that looked like it was ready for the trash bin. It was yellowed and so rusty, and no amount of cleaning changed that. But the thing still worked! As a “fan” of all things autumn, I love rusty colors and textures so I decided to just enhance it a little, by painting a few fall leaves …

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Antique Tape-Measure Cross Plaque

It’s the perfect gift for anyone, and for any occasion! Do you ever just need a little something to give as a gift? Make my Antique Tape-Measure Cross Plaque. It is super simple, and if you have what you need around the house it may not even cost you anything but a little time! I hand cut 9 crosses out of 1 antique folding tape-measure. …

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MASON JAR LID PINCUSHION PROJECT

MASON JAR LID PINCUSHION PROJECT  I have been asked several times to re-post my Mason-Jar-Lid Pincushion Project.  They are a great gift for the person that has everything, and are a quick and easy to make!  Get as creative as you like and design your own custom pincushion. Mason Jar Lid Pincushion Tutorial Please read through all of the instructions first before gathering supplies. There …

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A Rustic Frame Made From Scrap Wood For Under $1.00

When I build projects, I save any left-over bits and pieces that I think I can use later, whether I have something in mind at the time or not! This project is totally from my bits and pieces bins. Want to make one?   How-To make your own Rustic Scrap Wood Frame for under $1.00 What you’ll need: Any piece of wood larger than your picture …

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How-To make you own Jewelry Display Frame

Do you keep your jewelry in a box? I did, and because of that, I hardly ever wore any of it! It wasn’t convenient.  I didn’t normally have time to search through my jewelry and then possibly have to untangle a piece. I had to get to work! And, you know the saying, “out-of-sight out-of-mind”, well, that’s true too. Most of the time I didn’t …

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New Printer Shelving Unit and Super Easy Under-the-Bed Storage Drawer How-tos, Plus a few inspiration ideas!

Anyone that knows me, knows that I’m always re-decorating, re-arranging and re-organizing. No surprise, but I had to do it again after the Holiday Open House, just so I could get to the desk in my office. Seriously, I had moved so much stuff into the office that I barely could get in there to do anything! So, I pulled everything out that I knew …

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Homemade Bed Risers and Creating Extra Storage Space

I just can’t trust bed risers that are plastic! I’m afraid that they’ll break, or that the frame leg will jump off the tiny lip at the top of the riser if it gets bumped too hard or there is too much weight put on it. Who likes the way they look? And the “you-pay-for-what-you-get” rule definitely applies to plastic. So here is my version …

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Dad’s Denim Jacket and Templates

I often write about my parents, the love they shared, their creativity and the skills they helped all 5 of us kids develop. Today my dad is in the forefront of my mind. I miss him a lot. I have tons of memories of my dad, and my favorites are of us working on a project together in the shop. In most of those shop memories, he’s wearing an old denim jacket, and he’s …

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Autumn

I love Autumn…   The cool crisp airHay rides Hot caramel apple cider The rich vibrant colors of the leaves Fairs and festivals The decorations Pumpkins Scarecrows The taste and aroma of baked apples and cinnamon Leaf pile jumping Acorn and pinecone gathering And the excited screams and laughter of children Trick-or-Treating   Oh how I love Autumn

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Thank You!!!

I want to thank everyone for coming to my fall open house. It was really nice to see your smiling, friendly faces again, and I was glad to be able to hug a neck or two or fifty! I really appreciated all the wonderful comments and that you took the time to write them down. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you, all! I …

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FINAL: Straw Bale Garden Update – Mystery, Adventure and More!

Okay… This is the last post about the Straw Bale Garden, at least for this season. What you’ll get in this post is mystery, adventure, tips for people considering trying this, a recipe for “24 Hour Pickles” and photos of my garden as it was winding down for the season. It was surprising to watch how fast everything grew! We’d spot a new baby melon …

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