Simple DIY raised garden beds

I know it’s March, but for some reason it feels like summer in Colorado! It may be early, but I’ve already been bitten with the Summer bug!! 

This summer, instead of planting in the ground, I wanted to give raised garden beds a try. Raised gardening helps a lot in keeping plants warm, controling weeds and keeping higher quality soil. I created these great beds for next to nothing using free palettes, some stain and weed barriers. 


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Step 1: Search for palettes. Many places are happy to get rid of these for free. Just ask before you take. I was lucky enough to find two extra large palettes 5ftx3ft. 

Step 2: Cut out the center strips of wood to create a hollow center. 

Step 3: Stain or finish to your desired look. Palettes are made to withstand harsh conditions, so leaving them untreated is fine as well.  I used Danish oil in Dark Walnut on these.  
RUST-OLEUM 242220 Watco Quart Dark Walnut Danish Oil Wood Finish

Step 4: Staple a weed barrier cloth around the inside so that the garden bed will hold soil. 
Dewitt 4-Foot by 50-Foot 12-Year Weed Barrier Fabric 12YR450


Step 5: Plant and enjoy!! (Since it’s March, and Colorado, I will be waiting a bit before I plant, but will update when I do)

***Coming Soon- DIY Arbor, stairs and wood paths ūüėÄ Stay tuned!***

Halloween Decor: Create a mad scientist’s Labratory¬†

This year for Halloween, I wanted my mantel to tell the story of being inside a dark and dreary scientist’s lab.  I love going for authentic looking, non cheesy decorations so I started my search through the thrift stores. I was mostly looking for erie pieces, beakers and anything that had an industrial feel. 

While beakers were hard to find, I ended up just using neatly shaped glass bottles and fish tubing. I found a nice site for inexpensive beakers here but never actually used it. 

While most everything came second hand to me, I did make one awesome purchase to complete the look:


A 3-D printed switch plate! You can get yours here

After assembling and rearranging everything, here is the final look:


For an added touch, I added a shadow box frame with a serum inside, lab coats hanging around the house and some custom creepy art for the mad scientist. 

For an extra punch, if you have a black light, fill your beakers with tonic water. You will end up with a neat glowing liquid in the dark!


Like the lobster? This was supposed to be a brain, but as I didn’t have one, a glowing lobster seemed the logical choice! ūüėÄ

Fall/Thanksgiving Mantel

I am so excited to host my first Thanksgiving this year!  Here is my fall mantel design for 2015:    Simple, festive, natural and bright. I choose orange and gold for my theme this year. I also created some cinnamon … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

  

I can’t believe it’s that time again! Thanksgiving! Soon the house will be covered in glittery red and green. But first, here’s some easy ideas to tide you over to that fancy feast and to show off your fall decor for a few more weeks!

First, pillows! This is the first year I’ve added fall pillows but it has made a huge difference! Easy and stylish. 

  

Next, there should always be something on your table for the big feast. I added a white wire basket filled with fall leaves and three green and orange bottles. These bottles were from the dollar store, so they were very economical. I finished the look by adding a couple of white pumpkins to the ends.

 
Finally, the mantle. I added a lantern, fall leaves and some wheat on top. I also added a basket of wheat on a crate on the side and a wreath above everything. I plan on adding a few more fall leaves to the wreath, but even without them, it looks great! 

 
This year I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house, so I am sure some more  fall posts are on the way! Until then, shop my  Etsy page for your early Christmas shopping needs!
  

Here is a great new YouTube Channel

If you like simple art projects that anyone can do, be sure to subscribe to Alexander’s Art.¬† Alexander is three.¬† He loves art, trains and YouTube (crazy young people.)¬† So, he created this great, fun new channel!¬† Check it out!

Here is the link to his first video:¬† Alexander’s Art- Great family art projects

Alexander will be adding many more projects, so be sure to follow!!

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A Great Art Project for Kids

It seems like it’s been a while since I have posted. Life has a way of sneaking up on you! I haven’t gotten myself into any crazy projects lately, but here is something my son and I worked on last night. 

I’m sure that at one point in time, every one has completed the trite “hand turkey” but I am posting it here because it really was so much fun! (Especially with the use of real feathers and glitter!)

If you have kids, I suggest you give it a try, you will end up with a beautiful Thanksgiving decoration that will be enjoyed by all! 

  
To make this, have your child trace and cut out his hand, add a triangle for the beak and then decorate with feathers and glitter. Simple, fun and festive!!!

Black & Ivory Halloween Mantel

  
 Finally! Here it is! The big Halloween mantel reveal. I went with ivory, black and wood tones and tried to make it look like an abandoned witches home: 

   

    
    

Plus the rest of our 2015 Halloween decor: 

  

    
    
    
   
 
I hope you enjoyed our virtual Halloween tour!! Be sure to check out my Etsy store to shop some more great treats!!