DIY Overload

As if we weren’t busy enough getting settled in after the move, here comes the Christmas season where I go into DIY overload. 

If you follow any of my blog posts or Instagram feed you’ll see I’m always up to something and also have a project in the making.  You’ve all heard those adrenaline junkies who are like let’s try this…… well I’m not that person, unless of course it comes to DIY/crafting.  I like my feet on the ground and my hands busy.  It’s a much safer way to calm the mind & feed the soul. Although I do tend to get carried away sometimes.  I scored a vintage screen window (my featured post image) from my mother-in-law and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with when we got moved into the barn.  Long before I could get unpacked, I had to stop what I was doing and get it hung.  Ah, the relief and joy I felt when I finally saw it hanging on the wall.  What a great way to display photos when you’re super tight on space.

From that point on I kicked right into holiday project mode.  There is just something about making things with my own two hands that make me happier than just buying something out right.  Let me tell you that the saying “why buy something for $7 when you can spend $92 at the craft store and make it yourself” rings so true.  The time and money I spend making things is much less economical, but it truly brings me joy and I think it means so much more.  Here is peak of what I’ve been working on.

Soy candles, Christmas Jam and homemade lip balm
Concrete Planters

This was my first time ever making jam.  I kept one for myself just to be sure it was edible before I handed them out, and it was pretty good and I don’t even like cranberries.  Who would’ve knew! And you can’t possibly go wrong with soy candles and lip balm can you?  I don’t think so.  My favorite DIY project so far this season is those concrete planters.  Are they not the cutest little things ever? I’ve got some ideas for the next batch, but with Christmas sneaking up on us, we will see if I have time.  I just hope I keep the plants alive until they find their new home.  Cross your fingers for me.

That does it for my inside projects. I did manage to squeeze in one outside project with the help of the hubs and a chainsaw.  I found a dead tree in the woods about to come down on the fence so the hubs dropped it and I found its new purpose.  I made two of these, one for each side of the entry door.

Cedar and Bittersweet displayed in a tree trunk
Snow Covered Bittersweet

Let me tell you those stumps were heavy & no way was I going to be able to haul those uphill out of the woods, so thanks again to the hubs who drove the tractor down and got them for me.  I couldn’t do half my silly projects without his help.  I had previously picked my cedar and bittersweet with this project in mind so all I had to do was drill a hole big enough to fit the cedar and bittersweet and viola, an au naturel holiday display.   I discovered bittersweet a few years ago and I absolutely love the plant.  To some it is an obnoxious plant and it can, and will kill other plants due to its smothering vines so, if you can find a place to grow it on its own and away from other plants, it makes beautiful wreaths.  It’s also nice to see that pop of color as everything else in the winter is dying out.  Not to mention it’s super gorgeous to photograph after a snow.

There you have it folks, I think I’ve accomplished a decent amount in the last few weeks on top of the otherwise hectic schedule.  So, here’s to all my DIY’ers out there, stay busy my friends.

till next time…

A Simple & Humble Season

Christmas is just around the corner as is another year come and gone.  The hustle and bustle of the holidays seem to overpower the reason for the season.  It all starts on Thanksgiving as we give thanks for everything we have and the next day the crazy comes out and won’t end until the New Year.  However, this year may be our most humbling and simple Christmas to date.  As we finalized our move over to the barn we realized just how much stuff we had accumulated and it was overwhelming.  As we are limited on space (4 people in 600 sq ft) we had to decide what was most important to bring with us and what to store until we get the house built.  I did manage to squeeze a small Christmas tree in.  Although the ornaments are in storage it luckily still had lights on it and I chose to display old vintage Xmas cards I had so the tree was not completely bare.  Nonetheless, bare tree or not, it will not make or break Christmas.  As we were making our holiday schedule for the rounds my mother told me things were going to be different this year at grandmas. This year there will be no presents and we are to bring our own meals as she can’t do it anymore.  Instead of presents or a meal that requires cleanup and/or hectic pot luck planning she just wants to break bread and spend time with her family.  I will not argue with that.  She is from a much simpler time and I think we could all use a good dose of her holiday spirit.  Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the season get to you.  Remember what’s most important is right in front of you, you just have to stop and slow down to see it!

till next time…

Slice of Life

Happy Monday ya’ll.  Actually, I’m not a big fan of Mondays but I do look forward to being able to re-live the weekend by sharing it with you.

Mother nature was kind this weekend and blessed us with blue skies and sunshine & it looks like maybe we are finally out of the danger zone of another freeze. That meant I made my first yearly trip to the greenhouses.  The next town over has a large community of Amish & they have several greenhouses, bulk stores, sawmills, etc.  Their businesses are located at their homes and outside of city limits so if you don’t know about them, they are hard to find.  I by no means have a green thumb, but I love gardening & planting flowers so turning me loose in a greenhouse is dangerous. Continue reading “Slice of Life”

New Life for Old Things

This weekend was the first time we stayed the night at the lake house and we woke up to find that Easter came in with a cold snap.  I looked outside to see all the spring blooms drooping and covered in ice.  I sure hope they survive the freezing temperatures.  This Easter was a little different for us.  We celebrated on Saturday with our family.  Our oldest spent Easter day with his girlfriend’s family and our youngest didn’t want to spend the day at the lake house so she visited a friend on Easter.  It was just me and hubs eating leftovers by ourselves.  Times certainly change the older the kids get.  I find myself changing as well.  These days I find that time is the most priceless thing to me.  We are only allotted so much and once it’s gone there is no getting it back.  The hustle and bustle of life to be able to keep up with the Jones’ is less and less appealing to me as I age.  Not to say I don’t like nice things, but we don’t have to have the best of the best.  I tend to find that what I love most is old and/or outdated.  Our lake house is starting to be my favorite house because it is small and we incorporated salvaged materials throughout the house which turned out to be my favorite parts.  It brings me joy to find something old that may not have a purpose anymore and find a new life for it so it can be enjoyed for many more years to come.  Continue reading “New Life for Old Things”

All Work & No Play

Metal Shelf Brackets


Another weekend bites the dust.  There just isn’t ever enough time to squeeze in all the things we want/need to do.  Good news to pass along though is that our daughter went to district band competitions this weekend and will proceed to state! I was told that was pretty unheard of for a freshman.  So proud!  Our son also accompanied his girlfriend to prom this weekend.  They looked amazing, but I am a bit impartial.

The lake house is coming along good especially with the limited time we’ve had to work on it.  The bathroom & bedrooms are finished with the exception of putting up blinds and shelves in the closets.

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Backyard Adventures


As another warmish weekend came to pass I couldn’t resist but to sneak outside and enjoy the weather.  We all know life is busy and we can’t always travel nor do we need to always travel to find adventure.  This weekend adventure was right in my back yard, literally.  Our lake land is surrounded by Corps land which is public so I moseyed off through the woods.  I was surprised to find what was left of an old homestead.  An old chimney was still standing and part of the foundation was still visible.  Obviously made for an awesome background as I practice for my upcoming modeling career.  (Just Kidding)!

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Arkansas Bound

This last Friday we took the day off and headed into Arkansas to hike the Ozark National Forest, and in particular, to see some waterfalls.  It was a beautiful hike and well worth it.


Our first hike was to the Glory Hole.  The hike down the trail was not bad, but coming back up was a good workout.  There is no sign off the side of the road for the Glory Hole so when you lookup directions, you will need to pay attention and follow them closely.

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