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Topography Inspired Planter

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Did anyone else have to create a topography map in school growing up? I remember cutting cardboard with an X-acto knife into dozens of oblong shapes and gluing them together. I can't remember what made me think of it the other day, but I started to think about how topography maps are really cool to look at. The thought process progressed and the next thing I know I am gathering plywood scraps and cutting out oblong shapes to glue together.         I think the view from the top is my favorite!   My first idea was to make a vase and I made this before the planter. Since both the planter and the vase are basically made the same way, I have … {READ MORE}

Metal Projects and a GIVEAWAY!

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My blogging friend Laura from Finding Home Farms is tall, sassy and one of the kindest people I have ever met. She is also ridiculously talented. Her husband recently quit his corporate job to pursue his passion and they now have a thriving maple syrup business. It is really an inspiring story. You can read about it here. I first met her in NYC at an event and fell in love with her fun loving spirit. She recently came out with a book called DIY Rustic Modern Metal Crafts (affiliate) that is full of metal projects. It is beautiful!     It is filled with 35 tutorials and bright photos.   Some of them are super simple like this fun stand and all the … {READ MORE}

Make Your Own Bird Feeders

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Did you know that February is national bird feeding month? Probably not. But I did because I have a bird crazy kid who lives at my house. Remember when we drove up HWY 101 and had to hit all the bird watching spots? Yep. We know all about birds at our house :) For the past couple of years we have talked about making bird feeders but just never got to it. This year we decided to make it a priority. It is really simple to do, so I feel silly we took so long to do it.     I had read on several sites that you should use plain gelatin. I used two of the little packs from the box (I used the Knox brand) and added 1 cup of water. I heated it in the microwave and then added … {READ MORE}

10 At Home Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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For the majority of our 16 year marriage Shane and I have had stay-at-home date nights almost every weekend. Whether it was because we lacked babysitters, or our budget only allowed for one night out a month, or just out of pure "I don't feel like going out" laziness, over the years we have come to be fans of staying home and being creative. When Wayfair had the idea to partner up to promote at home date night ideas, it was super easy to say yes. In fact, I kind of can't believe I haven't already blogged about it! Here are my top 10 ideas....   #1. Planning a Vacation Shane and I love to talk about and plan dream vacations. We snuggle up with the laptop and research far … {READ MORE}

The Filing Cabinet That Doesn’t Look Like A Filing Cabinet

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A couple of months ago I gave these white cabinets a makeover. I built them several years ago and had never really liked them. I had reached the end of my "decorate the office" budget (and my patience if I am being honest) and just kind of threw them together using pieces of plywood and laminated pine I had already on hand. I think I did have to buy a little more to make the tops. I tried to use the router to make the edge of the doors look nicer since they were bowed and a little cracked and I ended up not loving it. The cabinets were not square and I was not proud of the build. I also didn't take pictures along the way so I never posted a tutorial. I also had never shown you how they … {READ MORE}

My Home Office Reveal!

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You have seen snippets here and there but I am so excited to show you the full reveal today! Every time I finish a room I think "This is my favorite room in the house" and this was no exception. It is currently the only room in my house that is 100% done ever since I went all crazy and paint the whole upstairs white. The family room still has a few finishing touches. I just got a love seat back from the upholsterer (more on that later). My kitchen still needs new doors for the cabinets along with new hardware and the bathroom is all torn apart. But this room....this room is DONE!     Okay so technically I still need to hang the curtains, but other than that I have … {READ MORE}

PUR Prize Pack Giveaway!

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Last week I posted one of my favorite winter weather drinks (which I ended up drinking a lot of when I got sick right after posting) and I promised to giveaway a PUR prize pack this week. Before we get to the giveaway, I wanted to show you how easy it is to install the faucet mount filter. We are talking the 5 minutes kind of easy.     When we lived in Las Vegas our tap water tasted so bad! So bad in fact that I didn't know anyone who actually drank it straight from the tap. Most people had water delivered, a water cooler, bought it at the store, or used a PUR water pitcher like we did. Those pitchers saved us from nasty tasting water. When we moved to Utah I was so … {READ MORE}

WINNER of the Best DIY Contest of 2015!

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Ahhh! It's finally here! The results. I have checked periodically throughout the week and it was fun to see the votes coming in for your favorite projects. I swear I am more nervous than anyone else waiting to see who it will be! I want to thank everyone who took the time to vote, those who created the projects, and the judges for their help in narrowing it down to ten. This contest is always a fun thing to coordinate. All of you who linked up projects, especially those who made it in the top 10, have inspired people. You have sparked ideas, encouraged, and as a result there will be many projects started this year maybe even by people who haven't ever done a project before. You … {READ MORE}

45 Organizational Products and Tips! {GIVEAWAY!}

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It's a new year which means a new chance to wrangle all the clutter, purge the things we don't need, and organize all things we do end up keeping.  I've been going room to room making sure everything has a place and tossing things out like mad. It feels good! To get your organization juices flowing, here are a few....err, how about forty-five, ideas to help you get your stuff together this year :) Make sure to read clear to the bottom since there is a BIG giveaway for two lucky readers! **NOTE: Each link contains affiliate links to Amazon. These posts are not sponsored and each blogger has selected their items based off personal preferences and experiences. The bloggers … {READ MORE}

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