Archive for December, 2012

Welcome Sign

Monday, December 31st, 2012

In November, my aunt and I went to First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas. If you ever have the opportunity to go, it is an amazing experience. It is the biggest Flea Market/Craft Markets I have ever been to, and I enjoy going year after year. It is a great place to get junk at great prices, and a great place to get ideas for DIY projects. One of the covered pavilions had these great signs that I really loved; They combined ironwork with distressed wood for a real shabby chic feel:


I mentally broke the piece down and saw that it was basically 2 metal shelf brackets and an old cupboard door on a 1×2 furring strip (along with paint, and vinyl lettering). I made a note to pick up some brackets from one of the 2 huge suppliers of metal out there (2 for $5) and I looked around for some cabinet door. I never found any cabinet doors out there, but I ended up going to the ReStore and I scored a door there for $2.

To get the cabinet to the same shape, I tugged, pulled, and cut one of the sides of the cabinet door off (make sure that you pick up a door with a wood or mdf insert – hardboard inserts which are so common now may work, but won’t give the same feel). After I figured out the center was tacked to the frame, I used a nail set to push the nails far enough in to enable me to remove the center. I then cut the arms of the door to an angle (30 degrees?) using my compound miter saw, and replaced the center.


When I did a rough fit with the furring strips ($0.87), brackets and door, I noticed that the sign could be horizontal or vertical, so I took a few minutes to decide if I wanted it vertical or horizontal.

Horizontal Rough Fit:


Vertical Rough Fit:


Ultimately, the vertical sign won out (not to say I won’t make a horizontal one eventually). I base painted the entire sign with Kilz Aerosol ($5), then added black spray paint (had on-hand from a previous project), vaselined the edges, ivory spray paint (on-hand from the shutter table project), vaselined the edges again, and finally gave it a coat of matte cinnamon-colored spray ($3).

I then cut out the vinyl with my Cricut. To save vinyl, I used less than a 12×12 piece of vinyl i had on hand by breaking the words “welcome” and “home sweet home” up and using squares to realign the words after cutting. The dots under “SW” will be put on the dots above “EET” to create the longer word “Home Sweet Home”, and “Welcome” will follow suit as well.


Finally, I mounted the entire project on the wall, and it is done (but may be moved higher, depending on if my husband walks straight into or not!). Total material cost: less than $20. Satisfaction: immense!


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Friday, December 21st, 2012

Travis and I have talked about adding a covered porch to the back yard since we bought the house. Our backyard has a northern exposure, which means that there is sun in our backyard almost all day during the summer. The following picture was taken from the corner of our yard on April 30, 2009 (when we first fell in love with the house). As you can see, it is a very sunny area with little to no cover. Without cover, it is hard to grill or be outside (especially in the rain) – we have done it, but it is hard.


 So with Travis’ connections, we started building our new patio on December 18, 2012. Day one work was setting the foundation for the support posts (digging the holes, leveling the posts, pouring the concrete). Day two work involved placing the headers at the top of the post for support of the roof. This picture was taken about midday on day 2, please ignore the mildew on the back of the house, it will be powerwashed by the end of the project.


By the end of day 2, the roof supports (trusses) went up and the siding came down. You can see the blue insulation exposed on the back of the house, as well as part of  the window siding is gone. Part of the upstairs window will be covered by the trusses, unfortunately, but not alot.


Day 3 started with a torrential downpour in the early morning hours, so T went to get a bleach spraying system to avoid any potential mold issues and the guys sprayed the affected areas – I came home to a bleachy smelling house, but definitely better than mold. Then the guys finished up the framing of the roof and added the roof decking (plywood) to prepare the roof for shingles.


And that is where we are starting on day 4.

Cute Snowmen

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

I came across this idea on Pinterest. Shauna from MyMixofSix created these wonderful snowmen from 2 dollar store fish bowls, a white tube sock, white string Christmas lights, fleece, and a few baubles and buttons.


I followed Shauna’s steps for the most part, but I cut out a few unnecessary steps. I used 20 count white christmas lights, and placed half in the plain fish bowl, and the other half in the fluted fish bowl. I left the plug hanging out the back side. I then took a white men’s sock, and first put the plain fish bowl all the way in to the toe of the sock. After, I put the fluted fishbowl in the sock to where the cuff of the sock just reached the base of the bowl. The plug feeds out underneath the cuff of the sock (no cutting of the sock required) and the middle of the sock sits inside the bowls.


I then made the hats for the snowmen following this youtube video:

After fitting all the hats and scarves, I took some of the baubles and buttons from my office and added eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons to finish off the snowmen.