Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Sign from the Heart

I have a friend who is running the Boston Marathon. That just seems crazy to me. I run . . . but it's a struggle to keep my mind off the fact that I'm slamming my feet into the ground, constantly thinking about how many more steps I have until I'm finished.

But this friend is running for a cause . . . kids who have cancer. That hits home for me since my son battled leukemia less than 2 years ago. No child and family should have to battle that horrible disease and the only way to combat it is research, research, research. And that takes money. John is doing his part. And now I'll do mine.

I created these signs, costing $26.20 each with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program at Mass General Hospital for Children.


If interested in purchasing a sign for this charity, you can find them here on my Etsy page.

If you would like to donate directly to John's cause, please go to this link.

Thanks everyone and have a great day,
Debbie

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Ping Pong Sign

After visiting my sister and her family, I got to see their new basement renovation, featuring a ping pong room. I had forgotten we had one in our basement as a kid. It was very nostalgic and thrilling to see these teenagers enjoy the game as much as I did at their age. They are an athletic family and talked about how cool it would be to have a hockey rink sign, with all it's warnings, but not for hockey, but ping pong. No such sign existed. Until now.



I framed it out and then distressed it a bit. I wanted the sign to look worn, like something you would see from the movie Ice Castles. Yup, I'll admit it right here. Loved that movie.


My niece and nephews are perfect little dorks.


Here they are in action (bet you didn't think I would post this Samantha):

video

Haley came back from the weekend obsessed with ping pong. We don't have the room for a full sized table, but they are happy with this one. :)



I not only need a sign for our room, but a helmet as well.

Have a fabulous day,
Debbie


Monday, December 1, 2014

Racing Bib holder on reclaimed wood

OMG. I just realized that I had no posts in November. Life just got away from me. Honestly, I thought by now, I could be posting 2-3 times a week. HA! I guess I (and you) will just have to be happy with the occasional monthly post. :)

I hate throwing away my running bibs. On down days, I could always look at them and say, "See, you did that." Then I'd have another cupcake. Anyway, they have been stored in between pages of my notebook for years and then I thought they would make a great display.


After deconstructing a pallet, I used some of the larger pieces of wood to make these displays. The hooks along the top left are obviously for holding the running bibs and the hooks along the bottom are for hanging medals (you've scored the jackpot if you get a medal AND a T-shirt).


After sanding down each piece very well, I just used paint and THIS technique for making the lettering.

I love this: I Did It. And I'll do it again. It's so badass.


This sign is one I have to keep reminding friends who worry about their times:


You don't need a Silhouette machine to cut out your fancy fonts either. You can just type it out in a word processing program, shade the back of the paper with pencil, then transfer it onto your board. If you want one for yourself or a friend, and just say the heck with making them on your own, you can purchase them here and here in my shop.


Well, off to sign up for more races to fill up my racing bib holder. Because . . . . you know . . . . I did it . . . . and I'll do it again. :)

Have a splendid day,
Debbie







Thursday, October 30, 2014

Meet Jenna, the hutch

Meet Jenna, the hutch.


She's a solid piece of furniture but a bit outdated, for my tastes anyway. I had to do something about that.


First, I knew the glass had to go. Personally I have no problem with glass, but I've always wanted to add chicken wire to furniture and she is my guinea pig.


I wanted the contrast from the creamy white to the pop of blue, and I continued that throughout the whole piece.


I love furniture that has keys intact. It gives it a bit of historical charm.


I wish I had room for her in my little cape, but alas, someone else will have to dress her up with their books, baskets, plates, and other knick knacks.


Have a great day,
Debbie


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DIY Cornhole Boards (AKA: Making your husband happy)



So, my husband's weekend away with the guys was fast approaching and he decided they must have a cornhole set for their big getaway. Now, I've been to parties where the game was played and remembered the flimsy sets you can buy at the sporting good stores, and knew those bad boys wouldn't hold up to a weekend of drinking beer and tossing bean bags. In so many words, he said to "get on it". That was translated as, "get your butt in the garage and make me a sturdy cornhole game in the limited time you have." :)

Whenever I take on a new DIY project, I scour the internet for tutorials. I read quite a few of them and often take a little bit of information from each. But I settled on one cornhole board tutorial because it was so complete. You can find the link to the tutorial right here.

I have to say . . . . . he was happy.


This particular tutorial had the legs going back at quite the angle to avoid collapsing legs during play. Wouldn't want to mess with the scoring.


Well, I just couldn't keep it white, now could I?!? Some painters tape and you've got stripes.


Handles are necessary as these bad boys are heavy. Making jute rope handles is super easy.


 I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the stencil for the scorecard. Drilled holes and golf tees got the job done.


I screwed a little storage cup on the underside of one board to store the golf tees for scoring.



I purchased the bean bags from this retailer on Amazon.com


The boys enjoyed themselves, and my husband sent me some camera phone photos as proof.



Now to practice on my cornhole skills. :)

Have a great day,
Debbie



Sunday, September 28, 2014

From piano bench to coffee table

This happened.


I made it for our living room from these fabulous plans on Ana-White's website. Note to self: do not use coffee table as a train. Second note to self: never put wheels on tables; kids will always use them as trains. Kids and adults, that is. ;)

In her glory days

Anyway, we needed a new coffee table and in a hurry. We had guests staying at the house the following week and they needed some place to drop their refreshments. Since I had to move fast, I used what I had sitting in my garage. And here she is.


Yup, a piano bench. And one in very sad shape at that. This was left in the house when we bought it and I held on to it for some reason, and now it's going to make itself useful. From a wallflower piano bench to a showcase in our living room.


We wanted a smaller table for the space, so the footprint of this piece was perfect. I just cut the legs down to size and added a bit longer and wider top to fit our needs. I even kept the door that hinged open so we utilize that storage. I didn't want to mess with making a new hinged top, so I decided to just build the new top on the old.


First I covered the yellow paint with brown paint/primer, added Vaseline to the edges and other parts of the body, painted with black paint, then lightly sanded. Where I applied the Vaseline, the paint just fell off. That achieved my shabby look. But I also wanted it to be rustic, so I went for the 5/4th inch wood at the lumber yard for the new top and shelf. It gave it a beefy feel. I used Minwax Provencial stain in a few coats and also lightly dry brushed on some black paint, before sealing it with coats of polyurethane.


I had almost finished when I remembered to add the shelf for the bottom. I am all about getting the most storage you can get, so it seemed wasteful to not use it. :)



I love the way she came together in just a few short days. It really doesn't take a whole lot to completely transform a piece. It's just perfect for our room. But I will miss our train rides . . .


Have a great day,
Debbie




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Update on the Gutter Garden

You can find the first post about our inaugural gutter garden here.

So, we are three months in. And now we have an update . . . . . .


We still have strawberries, and they did very well, the ones that made it, that is. I had transplanted the strawberries from someone else's garden, so I blame their death on my inexperience. But we did have three harvests with our lettuce.


 I've replaced many of the flowers, since they did not bloom all summer.


Herbs love the gutter garden.


What I've learned about our gutter garden:

1. Birds love strawberries. Make sure you cover them up with netting.
2. Not all flowers will bloom well in shallow soil. Will have to do research on better garden flowers for longer blooms next year.
3. Lettuce and herbs are the way to go.
4. If you are going away for a week in the summer, expect on coming home to a thirsty garden.
5. If you plan this with your 5 year old, yup, you'll be doing it all by yourself.

Thanks for reading,
Debbie