DIY Lawn Dice & RYOBI Giveaway

Hello friends! This month’s theme over at Ryobi Nation is “FANtastic” Sports. It could be anything sport-related so I chose to make Lawn Dice.


“Yahtzee is a sport, right???


These dice are big so you can roll them in the lawn. They would be fun to play with at end-of-summer cook-outs, picnics, and of course tail-gating parties! I’m heading to a family reunion picnic this weekend and a set of these are going with us!


I even painted a set in my favorite team’s colors. Go Steelers!

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Head on over to RyobiNation to get the compete, detailed instructions on how to make your own lawn dice!

The winner of last month’s Ryobi giveaway was chosen and notified of her prize. I’m sorry it wasn’t you : (

HOWEVER, I have the best news!!! Ryobi is giving me another 12″ Sliding Miter Saw with Laser to give away! WOOT! WOOT!

Ryobi Nation September Prize - TSS102L Sliding Miter Saw


This is a fantastic prize with a retail value of $299! Like I said last month, I have this meter saw, use it all the time, and I love it!

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Trivets made from tile samples

Hello friends! Today I am happy to be participating in Lowe’s DIY Days. What is Lowe’s DIY Days you ask? Well, one day a  month, has a few bloggers take on the challenge of buying a product from Lowe’s and use it in an unexpected way in a DIY project. It’s fun to walk up and down the aisles in Lowe’s and come up with unexpected uses for products. I had several ideas swirling around and decided on the most simple of the ones that I thought of (and it was also the cheapest).


I bought three of these 46 cent 6 x 6 white tiles. (I told you it was an inexpensive project idea ; )


Decorated trivets were my unexpected use. They say necessity is the mother of invention. Very true in this case. I need trivets. Especially during the holidays when the counters and tables are full of hot dishes and I run out of hot pads.


I chose to decorate mine with vinyl cut with my Silhouette machine. I already had the vinyl on hand so each trivet really did only cost 46 cents!


If you don’t own a Silhouette, don’t despair. I’ve seen beautiful artwork done on ceramic tiles using sharpies!


Or paint them. The craft stores carry lots of different paint that are appropriate for painting on ceramic.

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To finish them, you can add a coat of a clear, acrylic sealer and then add felt or cork to the bottom of the tiles to keep them from scratching your surfaces.

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Please make sure you visit all of these

fabulous blogs to see their Lowe’s DIY Days Projects.

*(please Pin these projects from their respective blogs)

Lowes DIY Days Projects


What Meegan Makes:

DIY Bathroom Shelf

What Meegan Makes


One More Time:

Farmhouse Table Lamp 



SondraLyn at Home:

DIY Magnetic Spice Board

SondraLyn at Home


The Everyday Home:

DIY Galvanized Wall Bucket 


All of these projects have been shared on Past projects can be found by

searching #LowesDIYDays .

Fabric Covered Nightstand

Have you heard of the Fab Furniture Flippin’ contest? Every month a group of bloggers submit a furniture makeover project.


There is a different sponsor and theme every month and this month’s sponsor is D Lawless Hardware. The theme is Icing on the Cake. I decided to enter my fabric covered nightstand that I just finished.

Take a look at the before photo of the nightstand that I bought at my neighborhood yard sale for $5. It needs a little love.


While I didn’t mind the chippy paint or even the paint color, I did have a problem with the water rings . . .


. . . and the drips of paint on the side. Not to mention the dirt and grime.

So of course I was going to clean it up and paint it. But then I had an idea. Why not decoupage it? At first I thought paper, but then I thought why not fabric? I could envision the type of fabric that I wanted. I wanted floral. And I also wanted it to be vintage-looking. I went to a thrift store in search of vintage sheets. No luck. But then I found the perfect fabric at JoAnn’s. And there was just enough left on the bolt for my project.


I made the patterns for the fabric by laying the night stand on brown craft paper, then tracing it.


Once all of my pattern pieces were cut out of the craft paper, I laid the pattern pieces on the fabric and cut.


I adhered the fabric using a spray upholstery adhesive that I found at JoAnn’s (but you could also use watered down white glue or Mod Podge).Once all of the fabric pieces were attached, I brushed on a fairly heavy coat of Mod Podge. Once it was completely dry, I trimmed off the any excess fabric to get a clean edge.


Now it’s time for the “icing on the cake”.


I hot-glued a pretty trim to the edges and added the pretty drawer pulls that I got from D Lawless Hardware. Aren’t they just perfect against that fabric! I love ’em!


I love how this night stand turned out with the vintage-looking floral fabric.


And the trim and drawer knobs were the perfect icing on the cake!

A huge thank you to D Lawless for the complimentary hardware!

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If you like this nightstand makeover, I’d love YOU if you would Pin it!  Thank you so much!

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Please visit the hosts of the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest and check out all of the other amazing projects!

Evey’s Creations
Anastasia Vintage
Fern Avenue
Thirty-Eighth Street
Dandelion Patina

Sharing at Shabbilicious Friday, Feathered Nest Friday,

School Bus Photo Frame

I was thrilled when my friend Wendi asked me join in this month’s Power Tool Challenge. The challenge is to create something using a designated power tool. There is also a theme to follow. This month’s tool is the jig saw and the theme is “back to school”.  So, in other words, I need to make something using a jig saw – which is a tool that I’m admittedly not that good at using. And that “something” has to be related somehow to “back to school”. This IS a challenge!

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It took me a while to come up with my idea. My kids are grown and “back to school” doesn’t really affect me too much anymore. My days of back-to-school shopping are over – YAY!!!!

Anyway, here’s how I made my school bus photo frame.

school-bus-photo-frame-1 First, I cut out a paper template of a school bus.

school-bus-photo-frame-2 Then I gathered up school pictures of my kids.I managed to dig up 12 wallet-sized school photos. (That was a fun stroll down memory lane ; ) OMG, look how cute they were! (They’re going to hate me for this).

I had to make some adjustments to the bus template once my photos were all lined up.


I made 13 paper templates for each cute, little face that would be showing through the school bus windows . . .


. . . and laid them out on the paper bus template to make sure they would all fit.


Then it was time to cut out the bus. This was fairly easy because of all the cut were straight and were on the outside. The windows however, were going to be a challenge.


Instead of drawing around each paper window template, I designed the window shapes on my Silhouette Cameo® and cut out the “frame” using adhesive vinyl. This way all of the rectangles (windows) would be the same. I simply traced around the inside of each frame with a pencil.


To cut out the windows, I first drilled holes into each corner.


Then I could slide the blade into each drilled hole and cut out each rectangle. I’d love to say that each window came out perfectly. They did not. I need more practice with the jig saw ; )


Okay, so once all of the windows were cut out and the entire bus was sanded and painted, I applied strips of double-faced tape to the back of the frame to hold the photos in place.


I used strips of black adhesive vinyl (black tape could also be used) to define each window (and also hide the unevenness of those windows – shhh, don’t tell anyone!)


I just have to smile every time I look at these pictures. What memories they bring back!

I think I’ll have to make another for my grandson (after I get more practice time in with my jig saw ; )  It will be fun to see it fill up with a new photo each year. He’s going to second grade this year so it will be a while before it’s filled up. But we all know how fast those years go by!


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Please visit my friends in the links below to see more Back to School projects!

Home State Sign

It’s been a few months since I’ve participated in a Silhouette Challenge, but when I saw that this month’s theme was “Home Decor” and the bonus challenge would be to use wood – well, heck yeah, I’m in!

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Home state signs are very popular right now and it’s so easy to make one yourself. Here’s how I made mine using my Silhouette Cameo® to make the stencil.

Supplies (with affiliate links):


First you need an outline of your state. I “googled” Pennsylvania outlines, clicked on “Images” and had a bunch to choose from. I copied and pasted the image into Silhouette Studio, and traced the outer edge. I then found another image on Google that had the counties outlined within the state. I scaled this down to fit over my shape and inserted a heart shape into the my county.



I right clicked on the heart and clicked “send to back”. Then I deleted the image of the state with the counties and was left with an outline of my state with a heart designating where I live.


Next, I typed out the word “home” in all capital letters in a font that I liked. I scaled down the state shape to fit in the place of “O”. Then it was time to cut. Now here’s where you have some choices. I chose to cut my shape out of stencil blanks. You could also use freezer paper, vinyl, or even card stock for a one-time use. I may be making more of these as gifts, so that’s why I used stencil blanks. They can be used many, many times.


Because I can be a lazy crafter, I only wanted to paint my sign once. That meant that the letters and state would be the plain wood showing through black paint. In order to do this, I applied repositionable adhesive to the back of the letters and state and painted over the whole board.


Here’s what it looks like after the shapes are removed. Not too pretty, huh? But after some sanding and distressing . . . .


. . . it looks much better!

What I like about making these home state signs yourself is that you can make them any size, color, and shape that you want! Distress or not distressed. Chalk paint, lacquer paint, spray paint – the choices are limitless. These would also make great gifts! And they take very little time to make and if you have scrap wood laying around, they cost practically nothing to make especially if you have lots of paint in your craft closet! Speaking of paint, did you see the paint storage solution that I made? You can make one, too. Check it out here!

I went digging through the archives here at Create & Babble and found seven more ways I’ve used my Silhouette to help me with home decor projects:

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  1. Subway Art Pillow
  2. Distressed Welcome Sign
  3. How to stencil fabric
  4. Baby Nursery wall art
  5. Chair Makeover (my favorite!)
  6. Appliqued Pillow
  7. Fall Wreath

And here’s even more ideas!

My Silhouette Challenge friends and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so browse through the projects below for a lots more Silhouette Home Decor inspiration!

1. Whatcha Workin’ On? // 2. Two Purple Couches // 3. Made in a Day // 4. Ginger Snap Crafts // 5. Architecture of a Mom // 6. Simply Kelly Designs // 7. Crafty Bonds // 8. Practically Functional // 9. DailyDwelling // 10. DIY Just Cuz {Sam} // 11. unOriginal Mom // 12. Decor Adventures // 13. Creative Ramblings // 14. My Paper Craze // 15. Where The Smiles Have Been // 16. Get Silvered // 17. DIYJustCuz {Brittany} // 18. Weekend Craft // 19. Create & Babble

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Monday FundayInspire Me Monday / Inspiration Monday  / Project Inspired  / Something to Talk AboutCreative Spark / Tweak It Tuesday / The Scoop / Tutorials & TipsHit Me With Your Best Shot/ One Project at a Time / Show & Share / Whimsy Wednesday /  Wow Us Wednesdays / This Is How We Roll / Weekend Retreat / Creativity UnleashedThe Creative CircleFreedom Fridays / Feathered Nest Friday / Link Party Palooza / Foodie Friends FridayThe Party Bunch / Furniture Feature Friday / Party Junk / Think Pink Sunday / Finding The Pretty & Delicious / Making Monday  /  That DIY Party /


Paint Storage Shelf + Ryobi Giveaway

Hello friends! I am so very excited about today’s post for two reasons. First because my first official building plan as a “celebrity blogger” is up over at RyobiNation! And second, because I get to give away a RYOBI 12 in. Sliding Miter Saw with Laser to one of you!

Ryobi Nation August Prize - TSS102L Sliding Miter Saw

I own this miter saw and I absolutely love it and use it all the time!


In fact, that miter saw is what I used to cut the wood for the paint storage shelf.

If you’re anything like me, you accumulated a ton of craft paint bottles, spray paint cans, and lots of those sample paint containers and they’ve over run your craft area! Visit RyobiNation and get my free plans on how to make a custom-sized paint storage shelf to corral all of those paint containers on one neat, and attractive shelf.


Make it as big or as little as you need, depending on the size of your paint and stain collection! So go ahead over to Ryobi Nation and get the complete instructions and plans. But before you go, be sure to enter this fantastic giveaway!

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Card Catalog from a $5 Yard Sale Find

Happy August friends! This summer is really flying by fast isn’t it? I took a few weeks off to spend time with family, to travel, and to recuperate from some elective surgery. I’m on the mend quickly and am ready to get back to work! Although, I must say that blogging to me is not work at all. I love it! And I’ll have some exciting news to share on that front soon. In the meantime, I want to show you what I’ve been working on. You know those old-time card catalogs that were in every library back in the day? At least they were in “my day”!  Well those card catalogs can now be found at antique stores for a pretty penny! (It does make me feel old that items that I grew up using are now being sold as antiques or vintage ; )

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I found two boxes of drawers at my neighborhood yard sale for $5 and with a little paint and new drawer pulls from D. Lawless Hardware, I turned them into a card catalog.


This is how they looked when I bought them.


I simply painted all of the drawers and the boxes and turned the front of each drawer to the back and put the new pulls on the old back which is now the front ; )


Here is one painted with the label drawer pulls attached. One down, one to go.


With them stacked together, it really does look like an old card catalog. Except that the card catalogs that I remember weren’t painted pink and distressed ; ) But they weren’t in my craft room either!


I used the Print & Cut feature of my Silhouette to make the labels.


Everyone needs a drawer for ring dishes, right? Maybe not . . .


. . .  but certainly washi tape!


It’s taken me no time at all to fill those drawers and I love my new, er, “antique” $5 card catalog!

Thank you very much to D. Lawless Hardware for providing the drawer pulls!


DIY Farmhouse Bench

The wood scrap piles in the basement are getting a little out of hand so I want to make some quick, little DIY projects to use up some of that wood. The first thing I made was this DIY Farmhouse Bench. I’ve been wanting to make one and this was a good opportunity to challenge myself to use up some of that wood, but also to make a drawing in Sketchup so I could share the plans with you.


My plan is based on using 1 x 3’s, 1 x 4’s, and 1 x 12’s because those are the sizes of the wood scraps that I had. Feel free to alter the plans to make your bench. Also, the plans are for a bench that is 48″ long. Again, these plans can be altered to make a shorter bench, too. In fact, I’m going to be making a 2-1/2′ bench next. *NOTE: I did not enough length of the 1 x 12 and 1 x 4 so I cut down some 3/4″ plywood that I had left over from other projects for the legs and brace.

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If you don’t have any scrap wood, the image above has a shopping list for you.

 In addition to the wood, you will need:

  1. wood glue
  2. wood screws
  3. brad nails
  4. jig saw
  5. wood filler
  6. stain/paint or both

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frame for bench

STEP 1: Assemble the frame using the 1 x 3’s as shown above.


I put my frame together using wood glue and pocket holes with 1-1/2″ pocket screws.


STEP 2: Cut inverted “V” shapes out of the two pieces of 1 x 12’s using my Ryobi Jig Saw.


I definitely need to improve my jig saw cutting skills ; ) but after some sanding, it looks just fine.


Step 3: Attach the 1 x 6″ boards with glue and nails.


STEP 4: Make a angle cut at each end of the two 48″ 1 x 4’s. These will be the front and back “aprons” of the bench.


Step 5: Glue and nail the apron pieces to the front and back of the bench. I used my Ryobi Brad Nailer – what a time-saver! Also, glue and nail the brace in place as shown in the image above.


Step 6: Fill the nail holes, then stain or paint as desired.


I was going for an, old, been-hanging-out-in-a-barn-for-years-look.


I think I nailed it. I sanded, stained, and sanded. Then I painted, sanded, and stained. Then sanded some more – in that order – to get the old, worn look ; )

What do you think? Could you use a little farmhouse bench at your house? I didn’t actually know exactly where I would put mine, but I love it outside in the flower garden.

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Easy and Fast $5 Patriotic Pillows

It’s the 2nd of July! Are you hosting this year’s Fourth of July get-together, BBQ, picnic or party? Are you ready? Me neither. But I did make these two cute, red, white and blue, striped patriotic pillow covers for less than $5 and in less than five minutes each!

Yes, they only took about five minutes each to make and all I bought to make them was a 4-pack of cloth napkins that I found at HomeGoods for $4.99. They were exactly the right size to cover two pillows that I already had.  patriotic-pillow-pin Since the edges of the napkins were fringed, I just sewed them (wrong sides together) on three of the four sides.  I left the fourth side open to slide in the pillow form. Since my pillow was feather and down filled, it was easy to stuff the pillow away from the fourth side and slide that seam under my presser foot on the sewing machine. No hand sewing – yay!


As I said the other day, I’m trying to improve my video-making skills, so I made a video of this pillow-making adventure.

FAIL! For whatever reason, I turned my camera vertically which is a no-no for making videos. That’s why this video has black margins. Ooops. I have a lot to learn apparently.

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July. And if you need to make a pair of quick and inexpensive pillows covers, go ahead and pin this post for future reference!



Patriotic T-Shirt

Do you remember the patriotic onesie that I made last year for my granddaughter? (free cut file here) I used that same file to make a Patriotic T-shirt for myself.


I just had to enlarge the shapes for an adult t-shirt.

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I drew a box around them, grabbed the arrow in the bottom right corner of the box, and dragged to expand.


Of course I had to use glitter heat transfer vinyl (my favorite) for my patriotic t-shirt. And since I only had white and red glitter HTV, I picked up a navy blue t-shirt from AC Moore.

Speaking of heat transfer vinyl, I literally just got an email from Happy Crafters informing me of a sale they are having on white and black heat transfer vinyl.

Essentials Sale

They are offering 10 sheets (12″x15″) of black or white heat transfer vinyl for $17.50 today through Thursday. No coupon necessary. It’s a good time to stock up! Click here for more details.


I thought it would be fun to include a video of the heat press process of making this T-shirt. I’m just starting to dive into the world of creating videos, so please forgive the “amateurness” of this video. I have a lot to learn!


The exploding star at the bottom of the T-shirt was the result of a mistake. It was originally intended to go on the back of the T-shirt, but apparently the vinyl went askew in my Cameo when my head was turned. I just couldn’t bear to throw it away so it laid on my craft room floor for a day before I came up with the idea to apply it as it was. Right on the hem of the T-shirt.

(That star shape is from the Silhouette online store (design ID #6443) a rhinestone cut file that warns you not to change the size – but if you’re using glitter vinyl you can make it any size you want! I also used that file for this canvas wall art)


It looks intentional, doesn’t it.

So there you have it. If you make a crafting mistake, just hold on to it for a day or two. You’ll figure out what to do with it!