• DIY,  Home & Decor

    DIY Console/Bar Table – Total Cost $20

    Since we moved last August, we’ve been entertaining a lot more than we could have imagined.  I’m grateful for that because we really enjoy having friends & family over.  And because we love to eat & drink.  Having all these parties and get togethers made me realize that something was missing in our dining room.  At first I couldn’t quite put my finger on it; not until things died down a little after the holidays, then it hit me. I need something to put things on in there.  Okay that sounds a little… off.  But it’s literally what was missing.  I was either always setting the table for family style…

  • DIY,  Home & Decor

    Wine Cork Wreath

    A few years back I decided to start keeping my wine corks.  After a while I had more than enough to make this wine cork wreath to hang on my front door.  It is so me and tells the world before even coming in that we are wine drinkers, and that anyone can join in but cannot judge. Well recently (like 10 months ago, but still recent) we moved and there were casualties.  Some things got left behind, some things got a little “damaged”, and some things just didn’t make the cut.  Sadly, my wine cork wreath did not fare well in the move.  Darn movers – overall great, but…

  • DIY,  The Green Life

    “We” Built A Raised Planter Box

    I have been”working” on some table legs for this table top that I purchased from a Pier 1 closing sale.  I tried these legs from Ikea, which are super cute but very lightweight and – silly me – did not fit the inner dimensions of my table top. I tried buying stock bookcases, but again they were either too lightweight to be sturdy or not the right fit. Finally I decided on making my own.  And since I love my power tools I was excited and ready to “git ‘er done”, as they say.  Except for 1 thing… drawing out the plans.  I’m not 1 for recreating the wheel and…

  • Bench with Nailhead Trim
    DIY,  Home & Decor

    How to Make a Custom Bench

    I am now at the point where I know what pieces can live on forever and what will be past it’s prime (and useless) by the time the fabric wears out (or is outdated).  So over the years I have been able to save loads of money by purchasing what I think I’ll be able to upcycle or recycle when the time comes. One such forever piece is the ottoman.  Let’s think about this… an ottoman is really just a wooden box that has been upholstered.   When the upholstery has seen better days, the wooden box is still solid as… wood.  In other words, it’s still sturdy and usable,…

  • DIY,  Home & Decor

    How To Make A Wine Cork Wreath

    I am a wine drinker, I mean I really like my wine.  So like most people, I mean those who choose to keep their corks rather than throw them out, I “stored” my corks in decorative glass hurricanes, bowls, whatever I could find to hold them.  I always had the intent to do something with them and here is my first wine cork project – a wine cork wreath.  LOVE! Just trying to get the wreath started and I am prepared – have all my materials right at hand… INCLUDING the bottle opener should I require more wine!  I mean corks.  ;-p         Clearly my first “technique” DID NOT work –…