I participate in quite a few weekly “linky parties” as you see in all the links at the bottom of this post. I have to say honestly discovering this world of blogging has really been a lifesaver for me. While there is the obvious reason that I blog-getting to share my love of creating with others who understand my excitement over burlap & chicken wire, lol-it is so much more than that. It has been a tough transition the past few years, separating after 22 years of marriage & feeling the pressures of having to support a household of 3 on my own, not to mention the maintenance of keeping up the house, now moving my youngest daughter into College 3 hours away. This blog has kept me busy, focused, excited, allowed me to be home but still have something for me separate from my children. I have been encouraged & inspired by so many it just amazes me. The wonderful comments, emails & “features” have made me smile more times than I can count. I am forever grateful. Ok, can you tell I’m emotional-two days before my baby leaves! Now one such lady who has inspired me, not only with her incredible talent-her artwork is breathtaking-but also with her overall positive attitude, is Lucy from http://www.craftberrybush.com. I participate in her Thursday party & follow her blog. I came across a gorgeous natural fall wreath she shared & she also included a tutorial on how to make it. I made a few changes, as I had a Big Shot Die of leaves so used that rather than hand cutting leaves. Here is mine:
While this was a Graduation Party, so many ideas can be used for any outdoor party. This party was done on a budget with a lot of repurposed items, not only because of cost but also because I love the look! First I have to show a pic of the Happy Graduate!
Now let’s party! First as guests walked in I set up a table with grad photo frames that her friends could sign. Thought she could bring these to College with her & when she was feeling homesick she could think about all the people who love & support her. These were bought from the Dollar Store!
Today I am sharing these Wine Bottle Solar Lights. This idea happened totally by accident-don’t you love when that happens? I had today off prepping for my daughter’s graduation party. I was putting together the wine station, because-really-doesn’t every party need a wine station? (over 21 only) I thought about what would happen when it got dark out-how would we see to pour our wine 😉 I had picked up these solar lights from the Dollar Store & thought how cute it would be to have one by the wine, then of course I had to think about what to put it in when I saw the twine covered wine bottle I had planned to put flowers in. I grabbed the solar light & did a little happy dance when it fit perfectly on top!! I didn’t glue it because then I can use them in the yard later.
I continued in the backyard and have lots of DIY projects that I did prior to my blog. First I hung a mosquito net over my hammock. Not sure if it keeps Mosquitos out, but it sure looks pretty!
I have lots to share so thought I would do two posts to make it easier. First I worked on the back deck. I picked up this set on clearance at Target last year & love it. It is made really well & makes this space feel like an outdoor living room.
As I’ve mentioned before, my youngest is graduating high school in 4 short weeks and will be leaving for College 3 hrs away shortly after. Anyone who has experienced this understands how bittersweet this is. This is what we have worked for and what we want for our children, but at the same time not having them in the same house or zip code for that matter is a huge change. I have faith that her Dad & I have raised her to make the right choices. Anyway, my daughter loved, loved Fairy’s when she was little. She had collected the Winx Club dolls & we watched the movies over & over. I also think there is something magical about them, so when I saw all the gardens on Pinterest I knew I would make one. It does bring back great memories. I asked Amanda what I should name the fairy & while she looked at me like I had seriously lost my marbles, she did say Annabel, which is perfect!
I’m really excited about this next project! Dare I say it is my new favorite! I was outside last night on my deck about 10 PM drilling holes as I knew I would not be able to sleep until I finished this. Please tell me I am not the only one like this?! This piece had been sitting in my garage for years. I had no idea what it was & even showed a pic on FB asking if anyone had any ideas. Finally I took a good look at it and thought the front piece looked like a window box, or could look like one. Here is the before:
My Dad built me a picnic table last year and it was in dire need of painting. It sits under trees and needed a pick me up. Here is the before picture:
We are all serious readers in our house, although the topics may be different, however we do have Harry Potter in common! I saw similar signs on Pinterest that were hung on a stake in the yard. This tree is visible from my top deck and I hung my hammock from it, so I thought it would be a good spot for some signs. I chose some of our favorite children’s books, Peter Pan, Narnia, Peter Rabbit (my fave as a kid) and Winnie the Pooh, along with Harry Potter. I liked the look of the old pieces of wood I had, so just gave them a quick brush of different paints and hand wrote the letters. They are fun & quirky! Happy Saturday!
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I wanted to make a Solar Light Garden Post for some time and finally had a chance to complete it. We have limited outdoor lighting and a long driveway so it really makes it difficult if you are carrying things in at night. I have been pricing outdoor solar lanterns, but they are out of the budget, so I went to Lowe’s with a vision in mind.
The supplies needed:
4x4x8 foot post cut in half $9
2 solar lights-mine were $4.97 each
Clay pot clips Wal-Mart one set $5.98
House numbers I paid $1.29 each
Pansies $5 6 pack
4″ clay pot/saucer
2″ clay pot/saucer
I painted the post in two coats of semi-gloss white and simply screwed in the solar light. Here is a similar solar light cap: Solar Light Cap
I attached house numbers and found these awesome clay pot clips at Wal-Mart, but there are similar ones here-Flower Pot Klips
I attached one on each side. I planted pansies and added the clay pots to the post. I dug a fairly deep hole and secured the post. It really gives off a good amount of light and I love how it looks at the end of my walkway and for about $20 a piece you can’t go wrong! Hope you enjoy this Solar Light Garden Post!
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