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Chain Link Gate to Hide an Area of the Yard

January 15, 2018

Here we are at the beginning of a new year and I want to hide an area of my yard using a recycled chain link gate.  We have a storage shed but I need a place to hide flower pots and ladders.   My goal is complete concealment of unattractive items in the yard and I think this a great step toward that end.

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DIY Side Yard Landscape with a River

October 24, 2017
Side Yard Landscape with a River

I decided to landscape my side yard with a dry river because I love the country.  Our area has been extremely dry the last five to seven years but we finally got some rain this year.  Most people are abandoning their thirsty yards and installing rocks, bark, and succulents.  The side yard has always been an awkward area so river rocks were installed and basically forgotten.  I’m sure you know the story.  The next thing I know it is covered with weeds and very ugly.

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DIY Jacaranda Mimosifolia Bouquet

August 7, 2017
Jacaranda Bouquet

The Jacaranda is one of my favorite trees in the area.  I think the purple blooms are so pretty and the leaves are really nice and similar to ferns.  I need to trim my beautiful overgrown tree though.  So why not make a nice bouquet from the trimmings.   I just have to find a large vase and trim the ends of the trimmings and place them in lots of water.  Below is a picture of my Jacaranda tree.

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Easy DIY Dragonfly Yard Art

May 23, 2017
Easy DIY Dragonfly Yard Art

I love everything dragonfly so I wanted to make a cool unique one so without further ado here is my DIY dragonfly yard art.  I hate wasting anything which I guess comes from growing up poor so it is fun to repurpose things.  My DIY yard art started life as a ceiling fan.

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DIY Home

Door Repair after Severe Sun Damage

May 7, 2017
Repairing Sun Damage on an Outside Door

My stained front door was sun damaged on the lower half so badly that it had small cracks in two locations. We have an exterior storm and screen door but it doesn’t protect the door from the sun.  I did not want to sand the entire door, stain it again, and varnish it.

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DIY Furniture

Do It Yourself Spidey Decoupage Step Stool

March 27, 2017
Do It Yourself Spidey Step Stool

I picked up this step stool at a garage sale and wanted to do a Spidey theme on it for my Grandson.  An old Spidey calendar had the perfect images to decoupage on the stool.  I am sure Michael will love it because he loves all super heroes.  The step stool is very boring and needs some added interest for Michael to pay any attention to it.

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DIY Organizing

Creating Cork Projects for an Organized Home or Office

March 10, 2017
Creating Cork Projects for Organizing

First of all, I love working with wine corks and I love getting my home and office organized too. The corks have the winery’s logo which adds interest to any cork project.  Cork projects always turn out cute and useful. I love the useful projects because I am trying to cut my material items.  Personally, I am beginning to work on an only have what I need or love items in my home.

I completed a corked roof on my mailbox last year which I still love today.  Recently, I found solar-powered flashing light string.  I placed the lights around the outside of the house mailbox and it really looks cute at night.  Please take a look at the Wine Cork Mailbox Roof.

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How to Install a Flag Pole Mount on an Awesome Stone Surface

February 20, 2017
How to Install a Flag Pole Mount on an Awesome Stone Surface

Generally speaking, a flag pole mount is pretty easy to install.  It is a little more difficult to install a flag pole mount on stone.  The wind can be very fierce and I didn’t want to drill into the stone, damage the stone, and then for the flag pole to not hold properly in the stone pillar.  Maybe I worry too much but I didn’t want to damage the house.

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Beginner’s Guide: Tile a Backsplash

February 14, 2017
Beginners Guide to Tiling a Back Splash

This is my first tile job and I chose to install tile on my backsplash. I didn’t realize it but the tile pattern I chose was not the best tile to choose for a beginner because of the pattern requiring many extra cuts on the tile saw. The blue arabesque tile was purchased by now so the process was already started and would be completed.

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