{our yard} pallet xylophone

I’ve had 3 pallets in our backyard for almost 3 years.

I had one idea for a project and it just didn’t end up working out.

So, the pallets leaned against the fence for the kids to climb on and look over into our neighbors yards.

Until a couple weeks ago.

I took a jigsaw and a dremel saw-max to the pallets.

Now, I have a few projects in mind for the pallet parts and pieces.

Here is the first one…

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…pallet parts and pieces…

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…power tools…

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…paint…

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…and a puppy dog helper.

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{You can see another spray paint project that I have been working on…trying to add more color to the backyard!}

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Once all the boards were painted I just screwed them into the partial pallet.

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I just lightly spray painted the pieces so that they have a weathered look.

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The final product makes me smile.

home is…pallets, paint, and power tools.

 

 

lighting up the world

Globes.

They are everywhere.

Really, they have been the last few years.

A few weeks ago mother in law emailed me asking if I had seen the February issue of Country Living because a project looked  similar to the globe lights I was selling in my etsy shop, colton+cadence, last year.

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When I finally got around to buying a copy it was similar, but not the same. {I love the idea of drilling the holes and may give this a try if I find a globe thirfting}

Then, when I flew to Colorado last weekend I picked up the new Vintage Style magazine and found another photo of a globe light just like the ones I was selling on etsy.

The fact is, I wasn’t the first one to come up with the idea.

I mean, I had it in my head, made one for a graduation gift a few years ago, and then started selling them on colton+cadence.

When I started selling them on etsy, there wasn’t anybody else selling them, but I did see a few photos of similar lamps on Pinterest.

There are still only a handful of shops that sell them and I am not sure why.

Maybe it’s because they are so easy to make on your own.

Anyway, they seem to be HOT right now, so I thought I would share my tutorial {originally posted in August 2013} on how to make them once again.

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It’s much like my tutorial for the mason jar pendant light, but easier!

Supplies:

  • globe
  • pencil
  • exacto knife
  • light kit (i get mine at IKEA)

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How to:

1. Cut globe in half…most globes are made of cardboard or chip board and are put together as two pieces at the equator. You can cut along the equator with an exacto knife, but there usually a supporting ring of thick chipboard at the equator that you cannot cut through. I actually put pressure on the equator (with my hand, elbow, or knee) like you do with those pop open cans that cinnamon rolls come in. I do it all the way around the equator…careful not to crush the globe…and it usually comes apart on it’s own without any cutting!

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2. Trace around your light socket at the top of the globe and cut a hole with your knife. There is usually a metal ring in between the layers of the chip board at the top and bottom of the globe (where they usually attach to their stands). This is usually the same size as the socket, so if you hit metal, just cut to the outside of the ring and you should be OK.

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3. Insert your light kit into the hole and secure.

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4. Insert light bulb. I always use a low wattage (40 watt) or fluorescent bulb for safety since the globes are made of paper.

You can also embellish you globe on the inside or outside like I did with these…

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home is…making the world a little brighter.

oh boy

I spent last weekend in Colorado so that I could co-host a baby shower at my mom and dad’s home.

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I was in charge of the invitations, decorations, and activities.

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My mom provided a beautiful venue, and with help from my aunt, delicious food to snack on!

It all came together on a sunny, Saturday afternoon in the Colorado foothills.

I have to say that i think it turned out fabulous!

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The main decoration was actually our activity of decorating onesies for the baby.

Vintage toys, bright pendant banners, tissue puffs, paper lanterns, and scrapbook paper flags were scattered around the food and activities for extra pops of color.

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The decorating a onesie activity took most of the first hour, but was a great ice breaker for a large crowd of people.

Once most of the guests were done with the onesie activity they began to eat and  fill out a “Wishes for Baby” sheet that the parents can make into a book or put in a scrapbook.

The last 45 minutes were spent watching the baby momma open the gifts. So much fun!

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Best of all…I got to spend time with some of my favorite ladies that day! My mom, sister, niece, aunts, and cousins!

I will follow up next week with the details about how I made the decorate a onesie activity pretty easy for a big crowd of people, and the rest of the details about the invites and activities!

Stay tuned!

home is…celebrating new babies.

feed the birds

christmas is over.

the decorations are stashed in the attic.

the tree is outside…

but we’re not done with it.

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i asked ryan to haul the tree around to the backyard so we can redecorate it.

eventually, we will use it for firewood, but until then we will feed the birds.

we made birdseed ornaments to place on the tree!

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before i go on i have to admit that the first batch (above) was an epic FAIL! i got ahead of myself, didn’t mix the ingredients correctly, left the mixture IN the cookie cutters overnight, and they all fell apart. 

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so i started over this morning…

i used the following recipe:

  • 1/4-1/2 cup HOT water
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 package of unflavored gelatin, such as Knox
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups birdseed

{go here to get FULL instructions on how to make them as my instructions will be VERY simplified}

before you mix the ingredients, prepare the cookie cutters by spraying them with non-stick spray and place them on a cookie sheet or wax paper.

mix the water, gelatin and corn syrup together until the gelatin dissolves (i heated my water to boiling in the microwave and mixed it all together in a glass measuring cup).

measure the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the liquid mixture. stir together and create a paste the consistency of a cake mix.

add the birdseed and stir until coated.

fill the cookie cutters quickly {the mixture begins to harden fast} and pack them tight. this step was messy and when we make more ornaments we will probably do this outside.

before you remove the shapes from the cookie cutters make a hole for the string {go here for directions}.

carefully remove the shapes from the cookie cutters and place on a wire rack to dry…for at least 6-8 hours…probably best overnight.

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i also used a muffin tray and packed the mixture into the coated tray, made my hole, and removed them from the tray.

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place string through the hole and tie a knot for hanging.  any type of string, twine, yarn, ribbon or raffia is suitable {avoid fishing line, however, as it can be dangerous to birds that may find it after the ornaments are consumed}.

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i’m hoping that the leftover string will be used for nest making material this spring!

hang on your tree!

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or, if they don’t work out, put the pieces on a tray for the birds to find…

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*here are two additional blog posts with more ideas on how to create the ornaments:

saltwater-kids

eclectically vintage

of course, there are more ideas on Pinterest…you can view my “winter” board here!

home is…fun with nature.

annual playgroup christmas party

Can it really be only 9 sleeps until Christmas?!

This weekend we went to our annual playgroup Christmas party.

My friend Melissa hosts each year and it is always a fabulous success.

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Her home is always beautifully decked for the holidays.

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The past few years we have included the daddies which always makes it more fun!

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As always, Santa makes a special stop at the party.

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This year we took a group photo of Santa with the kids.

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There were some tears…

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a few escape artists…

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but, we got *almost* all of the kids in the photo…without crying.

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I think there are SEVEN kids missing from this photo…

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and to think we started six years ago with one child each…

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and they weren’t even crawling!

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This last photo cracks me up beacuse the kids were told to raise their hand if they were good this year…notice the boy in the teal shirt (and his partner in playgroup crime) in the front row?! They are the ONLY kids NOT raising their hands!

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She even had an adorable craft for the kids, but they were so busy playing that nobody did it…

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Reece, however, knew there was a craft and wouldn’t leave until he had a chance to do it! So, we overstayed our welcome and did the craft. I love that my boy didn’t want to leave the party with out doing the craft!

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We each bring something to eat and there is always plenty of food!

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I neglected to get a good photo of my fruit plate garnish…a sprig of rosemary from our garden decorated with mini pom-poms and bakers twine! I was pretty happy with my last minute creativity!

I love this celebration every year.

home is…sharing traditions with friends.

joy full

Did you see this at Target?

Lit Vintage Tin "Joy" Sign - Brushed Bronze

Well, I did NOT and I have walked the Christmas aisles a couple of times already.

However, I did see it on Instagram, and went right to Target.com to see how I could get it.

It was not available for online ordering, but was available for in-store pick up.

PERFECT!

I set everything up to pick it up from my regular Target yesterday.

When I brought it home and opened it I was in love, but I knew it could be better.

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So, I painted it.

Then I hung it on a piece of wood that has been outside since we moved into our house almost 6 years ago. It’s nice and weathered.

I thought I would like the “JOY” to be horizontal, but the letters were taller than the board.

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So, I went vertical.

And, I love it!

This is definitely something that will stay in our house year round.

I started out styling it in our front entry as a Christmas vignette…then I decided against it.

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I’m not ready to have Santa and Christmas trees out quite yet and the front entry already has A LOT going on.

So, I moved it to the family room, and styled it for fall.

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PERFECT.

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And, I can change some of the items out to style if for Christmas in a couple of weeks!

{FYI…I know a lot of the stores are already out of stock on this item. Best bet is to check online and see if you can do an in-store pick up…they will hold it for you for 2 days!}

Good luck!

home is…spreading joy.

{at the craft table} gobble, gobble

I always love a good craft.

Even better if it is quick and easy.

Our craft table always has something going on…either for me, the kids, or both of us.

I’m not even sure how it happened, but Lorelai and I were sitting at the craft table. I was working on cutting vests out of paper bags for her class Thanksgiving feast, and she said that she wanted to do a craft.

I looked over to our craft cart, which I regularly change out with craft supplies for the kids or myself.

I grabbed…

  • crayons
  • pad of scrapbook paper (I buy them on sale or with a Michael’s coupon)
  • glue stick
  • paper cutter and/or scissors

I had Lorelai choose a few different patterns of paper that I cut into strips.

I then cut some of the strips into little pieces.

Now, neither the strips or the little pieces need to be perfect…this is supposed to be quick and easy.

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Then, I told Lorelai to hold tight while I made an example for her to follow.

Here is what I came up with…

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I traced my hand, closed up the bottom, and added legs.

Then, I drew the beak and waddle.

You know the drill.

Then I just put a little glue on the strips and pieces of paper and started to glue them to the tail and body of the turkey.

I was done in less than two minutes.

Lorelai LOVED it!

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This was something she could easily do BY HERSELF.

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Reece even made a few, but had more fun drawing pictures of him shooting the turkey, or taking pictures of the turkey, etc.

Either way, the kids were being CREATIVE!

I put the scraps in a bowl on the table with some glue sticks nearby.

This way, if they want a craft to do they can make another turkey, or two.

home is…creating with my kids.

flowers and words…

i love flowers.
i love words.
i love katie daisy because of her words with flowers.
Wonderful World  -   horizontal print
(Steven Pressfield was new to me, too…I am buying his book…The War of Art)
Daisyfield  -   vertical print
I want to buy all of her prints.
And, she lives in Oregon!
I would love to meet her someday.
home is…pretty things.

{hello friday} 2.15.2013

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just a quick hello to you on this beautiful friday in the pacific northwest. it is supposed to be 60+ degrees today, so i am trying to get errands and cleaning done so the kids and i can play once reece comes home from school.

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thrifting: i already have a few vintage typewriters, but when i opened the case for this one i knew i couldn’t pass it up. it is probably one of my favorite finds so far…

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colton+cadence: i have a few new items that i will to add to the shop soon. here’s a preview…

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creating: new things from old things…

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projects: batman went the way of the buffalo. reece’s new room design is almost done…

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{promise to do a tour when it is finished}

celebrating: valentines day, of course!

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playing: new vintage toys…

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learning: he remembered all his classmates in alphabetical order when he was labeling and signing his valentines…

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enjoying: make believe…

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that’s it for now…

home is…a sunny friday in the pacific northwest.