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Pallet Potential

More & more people are recycling pallets.  Pinterest is loaded with pictures of pallet furniture, home decor, & art.  I have never worked with pallets until recently after being inspired by the projects my friend Audrey has been creating lately over at Iron Dragonfly Signs.  So, I threw caution to the wind, rolled up my sleeves, & got to work breaking down 3IMG_5818 pallets I scored from another friend’s place of employment (with permission).

This baby looks innocent enough……..right?

I found out breaking pallets down was not as easy as I anticipated…..then the husbster said “let me show you a trick” & whipped out the sawzall.  He had it cut apart in about 2.5 seconds.I thought that trick was pretty nifty since it will save me oodles & boodles of time.

Once the pallets were cut apart then I    had several nails I had to pull out   which again seemed like an innocent enough job…..once I had the hang of it then it went pretty quick.

I found several ideas on Pinterest that I wanted to try which included painting & stenciling signs & various designs.  I made a trip to Hobby Lobby in search of stencils & employed the help of my handy dandy Cricut.

I cut enough wood to make 3 signs each measured approximately 14″x20″.image


To secure the planks together I nailed wooden strips to the back of each piece. This also served as a place to attach the hangers.


Next, I stained each piece with whatever left over stain I had stashed.  Usually, you apply stain & then wipe it off – the darker you want the wood the longer you leave on the stain before wiping it off; however, pallet wood soaks up stain so wiping it off was not part of my process.



I used white chalk paint on 2 of them to serve as my background.  You could paint them whatever color you wanted, though.


I really liked how the dark stain peeked thru the white paint which, to me, added some additional character to the piece.



I really liked how the stain was absorbed by the pallet wood.  Usually, I would need to wipe the extra stain off after a few minutes  but not with this project which helped save time!

Pallet Wood Flag

After months of browsing Pinterest & creating a bazillion boards with hoards of ideas, I knew I wanted to create several flags made from pallet wood.

1st:  I grabbed a roll of painter’s tape & taped off the stripes

2nd:  I taped off the section for the stars

3rd:  I used my Cricut to cut 20 paper stars, rolled up small pieces of masking tape & put them on the back of each star & eyeballed where I wanted them

I used a small paint roller to speed up the painting process.

Tip:  I stored my paint rollers in snack size plastic bags in the fridge to keep the rollers moist & save time

Finally……after all the painter’s tape & star stencils were peeled off & a couple of coats of spray sealer was added for extra protection…..

…..I have this finished beauty!

Pallet Wood Flag

Pallet wood flag

 How cool is that???!!!


DIY Spring Baskets



Look at this adorable Spring Basket I made for one of my daughter’s friends.  So cute.  I have a fascination with strawberry and fruit baskets.  I collected quite a few of these on one of our many RV adventures on the road.  I found most of them at local farmers markets.  They were all so friendly to share.

Lately I have used these baskets to display gift towels, crocheted items, and now treats for my daughter’s friends.




I gathered up my supplies; cute Strawberry basket, trusty hot glue gun and glue sticks, hole punch, frilly pink ribbon, pink cardstock, stickles glitter glue, “treat” themed stickers,  and shiney pipe cleaners.  All of these items I had stashed away in my scrap room.


I punched a hole centered on two sides of the basket,  fit the pipe cleaner on each end to make the handle, and cut off the excess.  I hot glued the ribbon around the top of the basket (cutting off the excess) for the decorative trim.  I then took some colorful stickers, backed them with pink card stock, and decorated all four sides of the basket with my trusty hot glue gun. Its not shown in the final picture, but I also made a tag out of the card stock with her friend’s name printed, outlined the tag and other stickers with the glitter glue.  You gotta have some glitter. Right!

Once your basket is decorated with the glitter, frills, and sparkles, just fill with whatever goodies or treats for the occassion.  I filled the basket with sparkley tissue, candy, and lip glosses. Her friend loved it all.


Pretty in Pink

imageI found this lovely shabby pink file cabinet at a local estate sale. It screamed “take me home”, so I did. Feeling like some pink needed to be added to my booth for spring, this piece fit the bill. I wanted to add some shiney gold to give it a little something special.

So I got out some basic gold metallic paint and some butterfly stencils and got to work. I did prep the metal cabinet with a bit of light sanding, then laid my stencil in a fun pattern all over. Got out the sponge brush and got busy with it.


I applied the stencil on top, the sides and the front.  Once the paint was dry. I sealed the cabinet with clear acrylic spray sealer.

TADA!! I think the cabinet turned out pretty good. A fun piece that would look great in any room of the home.


Food for the Soul

A week’s worth of creativity is food for the soul…….

in this previous post I provided detailed instructions about how I create wooden signs.

My focus last week was completing a dozen signs……….

Here are some of the results ……..

Wooden Signs




All you need is love

 All of these signs started off as scrap pieces of wood and masonite.


  • Paint – I used what I had  (2 coats)
  • Stencil – 2″, 3″ & 4″ letters (I outlined the letters w/a white watercolor pencil then filled in with paint)
  • Stained – left the stain on for a few minutes & wiped off
  • Sealed – I used crystal clear enamel spray

Most can be found here at my Etsy Shop.

Please feel free to post or email me with questions.

Thanks so much for stopping by our site!

Let class begin….

01037639a1f5ede7d7cff262c912683bd81aece546This piece brought back memories!

I found this old desk at a garage sale a while  back & wanted to give it a face lift.  After debating about my color scheme, I finally decided to go with the ever so popular CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint in teal color & a chalkboard painted desk top.

The hardest part about this project was painting the inside of the bottom of the desk.  It was a bit of a tight space.

What have you found lately that brought back good memories?


Chalkboards are everywhere we look these days.

Even IF I were to make chalkboards & signs for the next 20 yrs, I don’t think I would be able to use all the scrap wood that seems to multiply like rabbits in our shop while we’re sleeping……

Soooooooo……. I decided to use the wood clutter we had lounging around our shop…… waiting for me to trip over it.

Cabinet doors turned chalkboards are hot items these days….. actually just about anything painted with chalkboard paint sells like


hotcakes.  I took this spare cabinet door & slapped some  barn red paint on it…… although red doesn’t seem to sell as well, at times, as other colors I really like deeper shades of red.

And yes, I will usually paint the back of my projects because it gives it a finished look even though I know some of you think it’s a waste of time & material.  I always think of a customer possibly having a cool & creative new idea to use my product; however, they might not be able to do so if the entire piece isn’t finished which in my mind might make or break the sale.

Anyhoo……after painting front & back……I painted 3 coats of chalkboard paint onto the front but left some of the original white paint showing  to frame it.

Cabinet door


Chalkboard cabinet door

I think the white frame gave it some nice extra detail.

I put a couple of coats of clear wax on the red painted area to seal it & added a burlap bow.

There you have it!  A cute fun & easy project



Thrift stores have a wealth of resources for re-purposing……….which is where this little lamp came from……….

I wish I’d taken a picture of the “before” because it was a maroon-purple-ish color on the base……….screamed 1980’s………..big hair & Bon Jovi……….

She needed a face lift & little TLC………….

I lightly sanded the base so the paint would grip better……….

painted with a chrome metallic silver paint……….

found a shade that fit – in fact I think I had that lamp shade in my stash………

added a burlap sash & flower


She looks much better & sophisticatedly vintagy (yes I sometimes make up my own words)

Do you have a small item that needs a face lift with a fresh coat of paint?


You light up my life……

as well as what I might be reading…….hehehehe

Lamps & lighting are a necessity but who says they have to be boring???

New ideas have emerged about how to get creative with lighting & lamp shades ……….. out with the old & in with the new…….. or just use the bare essentials

This was a vintage table lamp I picked up & sold last year (or maybe the year before ……. yikes……..time flies when I’m having fun!)

Materials used:

Chalk Paint (turquoise & white)

Dark Wax

Clear Wax

Burlap strips for the shade


 I love how it turned out – so fun & unique – especially since we don’t see lamps like this made anymore

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Bumpkins & Purlap

As I was sitting on my couch sipping java, looking out the window watching it snow this 19-degree-but-feels-like-11-degrees kind of morning I was contemplating what to blog about……..truth is I’m just now getting into the habit of taking pictures of the process when doing projects.

However, as I became more alert (thank you Maxwell House) it occurred to me that I have a bazillion (well maybe not exactly a ba-zillion) but at least ALOT of pictures of finished projects………so I decided that finished pieces could take center stage for now…….until I gather more pics of diy processes……….or until more inspiration hits……….

So…….. I’ll start with a a really simple & fun project I did this past fall………. after our annual Halloween bash I had a plain ole’ plastic pumpkin that contained candy corn & peanuts (aka crack…….that sweet & salty is soooo tasty)…… after the sweet & salty goodness was inhaled I decided to do something crafty with the pumpkin container………..

I had some burlap laying around in my stash that I cut into strips & glued onto the pumpkin……

Next, I rolled a stem & secured it with hot glue so it wouldn’t unroll……

Then I hot glued a bird nest upside down to create a little texture around the stem & hot glued the burlap stem to the nest ………..

hot glued a strand of beads around the stem………

created a lace flower out of some lace trim I had & hot glued a vintage button to the middle of the flower……….

hot glued the flower at the base of the burlap stem………

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and tadaaaaaaaaaaaa……………. a cute & easy fall project completed in a short amount of time

What everyday item do you have laying around that you can re-purpose?


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