Happy 4th of July – 2022

We are visiting family in Jackson, Missouri for the 4th – One son and his family yesterday and today, the other for dinner on the way home. Thankful and blessed. And, if you get up early here, you get the patriotic donut! 😂

We watched fireworks from various neighborhood displays from the deck last night, but seriously with this view no fireworks were even needed! However, we were treated to about an hour of some beautiful fireworks.

This morning we had the honor of a Cardinal visit, perched at the top of a cedar tree. As my sister mentioned when she saw this video clip, “You never know what you’ll see when sitting in the clouds.” 🥰

A Patriotic Holiday Fruit Bowl

Sometimes just a small change can perk up my kitchen. I thrifted this metal bowl made of stars several years ago with the intention of painting the stars red, white, and blue for patriotic holidays.

I did a few stars then got bored and quit. So this morning I decided to finish just around the top. The metal was already distressed from age so my paint job looks a little distressed, too.

🙂 But hey! It makes a great holder for the extra fruit we always seem to have on hand. And it’s just in time for The 4th of July!

Wall Art for Outdoor Living

I have a huge tub of faux flowers and foliage and a piece of driftwood we found on our Florida vacation last year. I was inspired by an image that came up on Facebook.

So….I made this last night and this morning. I just have it hanging on the back of a bench with the jute rope, but it could be hung many different ways. I think it would look great hung on the wall on a patio or deck.

A High End Look for a Dollar Tree “Frog” for Cut Blooms

I am still obsessing with a Oui yogurt jar, a Dollar Tree wire canning jar “frog” and wild Chicory blooms. But this morning I dressed it up a bit with burlap trim from Dollar Tree.

I left my cuttings in the sun yesterday and the blooms quickly faded. So this morning I removed the old blooms because I had new ones! Yay!

I used just one section of the burlap trim (1 yard) and hot glued it around the top and sides. It went around three times, covering the lid with even a bit left over.

I think the burlap trim gave it a high end look. It molded easily to the lid with the hot glue and makes it look like it came that way.

How pretty it looks with other glass jars on a window sill!

The reed diffuser is from Dollar Tree.

Distracted from Cleaning – Creating a Calming Zen Display and Another Use for a Oui Jar

I was starting to clean up my messes (and put a few bags of DT items away) 🙄 and had a bit of a new DT “plank look” rub on transfer from covering the coaster I made yesterday. I also had some pieces of boho looking transfer left from another project …. and a rock.

The DT coasters are actually really nice, but I thought the “plank” rub on transfer might tone this one down some and it did! You can still see the wording even after I sealed it with Mod Podge Pearlized Glaze sealer.

I had a rock and some of that transfer leftover. I looked at the rock, then looked at the transfer, then thought ….I wonder what would happen if I covered the rock with it? Wow! I love the look! I may never paint another rock! Well, as long as I can still find this transfer. Lol

So then, I added some of the boho looking fish transfers and ….Voila’! I had a beautiful little Zen display… and I had something beautiful and calming from practically nothing!

But I wasn’t finished yet!

I’m also putting away some gifted Oui jars. But….the other day I found these wired canning jar lids at Dollar Tree. I wondered if they would fit over a Oui jar since I knew the seals did. Yes, they do. Like a charm!

So, I put into these little jars some of the beautiful Missouri Chicory that grows through cracks in the asphalt in the grassy areas along our roads. I knew the blooms/buds would be mowed down soon, so I cut some. I also had a beautiful goblet I had thrifted the clay “frog” I made the other day and put some blooms/buds in it.

They turned out so pretty! Can you image a big display of different size glass jars and bottles for blooms? You could easily buy a bouquet of real flowers at the grocery store or use blooms from your own garden and do the same.

Boho Wall Hanging

Last night I made a simple macrame boho wall hanging….while I watched TV. It was fairly time consuming so I recommend TV watching while you do this. 🙂

I had a dowel 16” long by 3/4” diameter. A slightly smaller one would work as well. A cut down plunger handle from Dollar Tree would be perfect.

I unraveled the whole nautical rope from Dollar Tree. It made 3 strands. Then I cut those strands in half and I had 6. Then I cut those in half and I had 12.

I attached the 12 strands to the rod with a larks head knot (a basic macrame knot). That was the quick part. Here’s a tutorial on how to attach the strands to the dowel rod: https://www.macrameuk.com/amp/2018/03/02/beginners-macrame-knots-1-larks-head-knot

I know had 24 strands to unravel. The time consuming part was unraveling all the strands until I got the look you see in the photos. Take your time and do just a few strands at a time or you will get it all knotted at the end. Trust me… I know. I did use a dog brush I bought at Dollar Tree for macrame projects and brushed the strands out as much as possible after I separated them. Then I trimmed the bottom a little trying to go at angles toward the center.

I attached a flower and foliage with hot glue. I bought four flower pots with a variety of high end flowers and foliage through an online auction for just $8.50 for all four after fees. They were originally priced at $10 each! What a bargain! If you haven’t tried online auctions, you should!

I then used some of the burlap trim from Dollar Tree to make the hanger. I wrapped some around a small metal book ring from Dollar Tree, hot gluing it as I went around. I took the length of one of the pieces in the package and cut it in half. I wrapped one end of the piece completely around the dowel rod, securing it with hot glue. I did the same for the other side. Then I brought the ends together, put them through the covered ring and hot glued them to the ring on the back side. I did that twice to make them very secure.

I took photos hanging from my fireplace and French Door. I especially love how it looks hanging from a fireplace for summer!!

A Boho Greenery Arrangement in a Oui Jar

This beautiful boho greenery arrangement is just another way I have found to use a Oui yogurt jar.

  • I sprayed the inside of the jar and the top edge black.
  • I cut a styrofoam ball in half and then trimmed down the edges and glued to the bottom inside of the jar.
  • The boho fringe was a left over piece of a Dollar Tree hula skirt, trimmed to fit the jar and glued in place. The original hula skirt was too yellow for me, so I dyed it with coffee grounds. Love the color now.
    *I cut two stems of high end greenery and stuck them into the styrofoam.

I love taking photos of the projects I do outside on sunny days.

For more ways I’ve used Oui jars:

* Faux Depression glass

* Christmas Decor

Nature in a Bottle

This was a quick little project this morning for my kitchen window sill.

I was gifted this awesome bottle with such a cool shape! I think it held some type of oil and vinegar. It had white script writing on the front, but that easily washed off.

I simply placed (well, shoved and rearranged with a chopstick) a sprig of faux greenery and a blue flower bud in the empty bottle.

I whittled down a wine cork to fit the top and that was it!

It will sparkle in the sunlight!

My Reward for Cleaning My Kitchen – a small DIY woven rope vase

It all started this morning when I decided to give myself the incentive I needed to start some deep cleaning I’ve been putting off….so I started with my sink area.

I saw an idea for adding a pedestal to your sink area for your dish soap, etc. I just happened to have one I made.

I glued a round piece of glass I had to the bottom of a small bowl. I’ve been using it in other places. I had this thick round piece of glass I got at a flea market one time, but a wood round would work, maybe even the plate from an old microwave.

Then I cut a placemat to fit it. I had a plastic hand soap dispenser I already made and cleaned off the label on another one.

Of course, I just had to add some small transfers I found at Dollar Tree just because.

Then I was ready to start deep cleaning……

My kitchen is now clean! Yay! So my reward to myself was creating this little boho woven rope vase!

I’ve been seeing similar rope vases all over. In fact, I could buy one for $50 from this vendor. Or…. I could create one myself, which is so much for fun and cost saving, too! 🙂

I saw this woven rope idea and tutorial on Pinterest.

https://pin.it/bxRLiUf

I had already spray painted a little red glass vase I had with metallic gold paint.

The rope was from a Dollar Tree mop head I cut apart. I used 15 strands of it and hot glued each strand side by side from bottom to top, laying the vase on its side to work. Then I separated the strands into groups of 3 and wove them over and under (spot gluing ever so often to hold them in place) until I got back to the beginning. I cut each group of 3 even with the beginning edge and hot glued in place.

Whew! Oh! And my clean kitchen. Here you go!

Now, for a late lunch and a much needed rest before I tackle another room. 😂

Air Dry Clay Bud Holder and A Couple of Birds

I saw an idea for making a bud holder using air dry clay so I just had to try it. I had a bit of clay left over so I made a couple of little birds, too.

Amazing how fast air dry clay dries on a hot, sunny day. 🙂

I made a bud holder to fit the small red glass vase I had, painted the bud holder white, sealed it with Mod Podge spray, then used watered down gray paint to bring out the detail of the stamp. If you look carefully, you might be able to see the image of a bird imprinted into the clay. Then I sprayed it with Mod Podge Pearlized Spray for a bit of glimmer.

I painted my little birds a dark blue and distressed them with white wax.

Then I added some Mimosa blooms from my tree. Beautiful!! And Wow! They smell sooo good!