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Kitchen Island Ideas

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I’m in the process of updating the kitchen island. (I’ll have pictures soon.) The thing that is keeping me from finishing completely is color. I don’t know what color to paint it. While white would look clean and fresh, the kids sit there and the wall ends up with marks on it.

Now I’m thinking I want to repaint the sunroom and kitchen while I’m at it.  Amazing how one thing leads to another!  The island is seen from both rooms, so if I repaint the walls, then I may have more color options for the island.  😉

Here are some pictures I found for inspiration.  My cabinets are a honey color.  Any suggestions???

Painted Kitchen Island

Custom Designed Stove Hood Doubles as Pot Rack

Country Combination

Timeless Traditional Island

Arts and Crafts Kitchen

Small kitchen

Chandeliers Add Glamour to Classic White Kitchen

Kitchen with Triple Tier Island

kitchen ideas with island


Model Home Decorating Ideas

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One of my most favorite ways to get decorating ideas is to go model home hopping.  That means I take my camera and my BFF and we find all the new construction model homes and take a tour.

The best thing to do, if you model home hop, is to be honest with the sales person there.  Don’t pretend to be a potential home buyer.  It’s a waste of their time.  Tell them you are just out looking at model homes for fun and they will leave you alone.  They are actually used to people looking a model homes for decorating ideas.

Here are some pictures I snapped yesterday.  Now I have even more ideas running through my head! 😉


The butler’s pantry in this home is also a bar area.

bathroom cabinet color

I took this picture because I liked the color of the cabinet. Notice the plain, boring mirror on the wall! Tisk Tisk! 🙂

bedroom ceiling

I don’t need to say anything about this photo, but I will… Look at that ceiling!!! Love it.

bedroom wallpaper

The wall behind the bed is covered in wall paper. Makes a great accent wall!

dining room windows

Look at the arched windows in this photo.

dining room

The ceiling in this photo is covered in wallpaper. The back wall is painted a chocolate brown. I’m not a fan of dining rooms, but this is a pretty space.

framed bathroom mirror

This builder did frame out the mirror. Do you see how they added an extra horizontal board?

kitchen eating area

A cute kitchen eating area.

master bedroom

Bright and happy master bedroom.

pool room with wood beams

Beamed ceilings! Ahhh… someday.

red bedroom

In this bedroom, board and batten was used as a headboard effect. This has my head spinning with ideas!


Beautiful staircase. The dark wood against the white! Love.

upstairs hallway

I took this picture because I like the hallway floor. Although the different levels could be dangerous in the dark! (If you’re me!)

white kitchen

White/Cream cabinets.

hanging kitchen light

Love this lighting over the kitchen table.

island hanging lights

These gorgeous lights are hanging over a kitchen island. I wish I would have asked where they came from.

Have you ever model home hopped?

Lego Loco

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In the mist of the New Year’s “I want to throw everything out and get organized mode, I came across bins of Legos.  Big bins.  Oodles and oodles of money spent bins.

My son is in high school now and hasn’t played with them in years.  He was obsessed with Legos when he was little.  It’s his childhood in those bins.  I  can’t bear to throw them away or give them away.  Just for fun, I Googled “Lego ideas for home decor”.  There’s actually stuff!  You gotta take a look!

I have a feeling I won’t be using Legos as accessories in my home.  But I’m thinking what a totally awesome Grandma I will be when I pull out this ginormous bin of Legos for my grandchildren to play with.  Yep!  I’m totally going to be the way cool favorite Grandma! 😉  And even better, with age comes wisdom (or so I heard) – so I will know to ALWAYS wear shoes when Legos are on the floor!


Munchausen Lego Kitchen Simon Pillard and Philippe Rosetti



Lego - boys room

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DOUBLE chain LEGO Heart Necklace, Lego Heart Friendship Necklace - Gift For Couples, Family, Friends, BFFs - 2 necklaces make 1 Whole Heart

LEGO Toothbrush Holder

LEGO Table Lamp designed by Jung Ah Kim02 LEGO Table Lamp designed by Jung Ah Kim

Wood Wall Planks

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Have you ever walked around a home improvement store and see something you didn’t even know you wanted?  A project you hadn’t thought of before and suddenly a light goes off and you think “Where have you been all my life”?

It happened to me.  What was the object of my desire you ask?  Wood wall planks!

I know, they’ve been around forever, but it never occurred to me to think about the possibilities.  I have a couple of projects on my radar at the moment; redoing my son’s bathroom and doing something with the kitchen island.  I think I just found my inspiration!

Dark wood paneling

I absolutely adore navy blue! How beautiful is this!?

Love the horizontal paneling

Horizontal! Oh the possibilities.

an idea of what i am looking to do with beadboard paneling in the bathroom - like the trim on the top

bathroom mirror ideas for a small bathroom

full bath after remodel with MDF on sides of tub

Creative Gift Wrap Ideas

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Have you started Christmas shopping yet?  Are you finished?  Or somewhere in between?  Check out these creative ways to wrap those gifts!

Kid’s artwork as gift wrap

Wrapped in canvas or duck cloth for a coastal look

Clever Cans

Gifts in a can

Use a bigger box to hold an assortment of smaller gifts

Kraft paper gift wrap

Vintage linen wrap

Fabric Wrap

burlap and lace

Burlap and lace

Newspaper and single-letter gift tags - love.

Newspaper gift wrap


Gifts wrapped in kitchen towels

Wrapping with the Sunday comics

Magnetic Gel Nail Polish

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My one “luxury” I do for myself is get my nails done every two or three weeks. I love groovy nails!  I usually do Shellac nail polish in dark purple or dark blue. The bolder, the better.  Shellac is the polish that goes on your natural nails and sets under UV light. It last two weeks or more without chipping. Awesome stuff!

Yesterday, however, my lovely nail chick, Wendy, introduced me to magnetic gel nail polish. It goes on the same way, sets under light, and last for two weeks or more as well. But… it comes with a magnetic tool and when you hold it over the wet nail polish, it pull the metal up and makes whatever design the magnet has.  I hope I explained that right.  If not, let’s just say it’s MAGIC!  I laughed out loud when I saw the results.  Totally cool!

Maybe I need to get out more, but I never heard of magnet nail polish. Magnetic nail polish also comes in regular polish you buy at the drug store or beauty supply store.  (By regular I mean the polish that comes off with polish remover and a cotton ball.)  Wendy let me borrow the regular magnetic polish to use with my daughter.  We had a blast trying it out!  Stocking stuffer idea? 😉

I feel like I discovered something new!  (Now I know it’s not THAT new.  I’m just slow!)  But if you get a chance, give it a try!  It’s fun!

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Perfect for the holidays! When it comes to my nails, I will never grow up! The funkier, the better!


The polish I used on my daughter had a curvy design instead of the diagonal lines. She loves it! Please don’t judge me on my nail painting skills! ha! Seeing close up and depth perception are not my specialty! 😉

“Magical” Christmas Mantel – update

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Remember my “Magical” Christmas Mantel post where I said I redid the mantel three times before I was happy with it?  Well, it’s four times now.  It’s a sickness.  I can’t help myself. 😉  THIS is the final mantel.

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The Bell Garland came from my friend CereusArt. Check out her Etsy shop for really cool coastal decor accessories and beach themed gifts!


Linking to: The Lettered Cottage

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

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We just decorated our Christmas tree this weekend.  The theme at my house this year was decorate with what ya got.  However, had I seen some of these trees earlier, things may have been different. 😉  Check out these lovely and unique Christmas tree decorating ideas!

Turquoise and green

Snowy white

RAZ 2012 Snowdoodles 2

Happy snowmen


Beautiful Christmas Tree

White and silver

Red, green and snowflakes

RAZ 2012 Telluride Sleigh Ride 1

Cozy cabins

Bold and Bright Christmas Tree

Merry and bright

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

Green and gold

Modern Idea for Your Christmas Tree This Year

What a hoot! I love the owls!


Oh Christmas tree! Oh Christmas tree!

Candy sweet

my tree

My tree. The theme… memories. 😀

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Ideas for Old Books

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Old books can be found everywhere.  From Goodwill and Habitat Restore to used Book Stores and garage sales.  Libraries even sell out of date books for very little money.

I have been wanting to make my last name initial from a book to put in my bookcase.  I had seen it on Pinterest, where they used a jigsaw and a template made from a large cutout printed font.  While looking for that particular project, I came across oodles of  ideas for projects using old books.  They are so clever!  Who knew??  Many of these would make great gift ideas.  The holidays are just around the corner, ya know.   Take a look…

Click on pictures for source and instructions.

Recycled Book Keepsake Box

Recycled Book Keepsake Box

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Book Binding Wall Art

Repurposed Book Frame

Re-purposed Book Frame

Wreath Using Book Pages

Book Shelves

Recycled Book Clock

My Favorite… Book Initial

unconsumption:    Here’s a tutorial from Home & Garden Television (HGTV) on how to make a stacked-book table lamp using hardcover books, a lamp kit, lamp shade, drill, and screwdriver.   (Even though new uses for old books is a recurring theme here on Unconsumption, if you’ve got books you no longer want, but think could be of interest to other readers, then consider selling them or giving them away instead of using them as raw material for lamps or other projects!)

Book Lamp

Simple Fall Crafts - Book Pumpkins

Book Pumpkins

Re-purposed Book Letter Storage

Book cover purse

Book Cover Purse

Entryway Ideas

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Because I’m me, I am always changing something in my house.  (It’s a sickness, I think.)  My current obsession is doing something with my front door entryway.  It has had two different benches, two different tables and now it’s currently empty.  Why you ask?  Because the first bench I bought quickly lost my interest.  The second bench I made, but I have since put it outside on my front porch.  The first table I had, I traded it for a friend’s table, which I then refinished.  It looked lovely in the entryway, but it was still not quite the look I wanted.   Now that table is living in the nook of the den’s window.  It’s happy there, I think.

I can hardly keep up with myself, so I apologize if your head is spinning.  My Hubby can’t keep up with me either.  His only hope is that the couch is still where he left it in the morning so he knows where to sit down when he comes home in the evening.  So far, he hasn’t landed on the floor. 😉

Anyhoo, now the entryway is completely devoid of anything except two screws in the wall.  Not very inviting.   Check it out…

My Sad, Sad Entryway!

I did what any obsessed girl would do… I scoured Pinterest and the internet for some ideas and inspirations.  Check out what I have found.  See anything that may look fabulous in your house??

After seeing the picture of my desolate entryway and viewing the pictures below, feel free to offer your suggestions!  Please?  Pretty Please?  😀

Beautiful tile work at the door elevates the space. (

I like this one because it’s simple. I have oodles of “builders” bathroom mirror I took down and stored away. Awful looking things they are! But I could get some chunky wood, beat the heck out of it, stain it and make a custom framed mirror that looks similar to this one. 🙂

This one is lovely. Makes me want to stain my railings! I like the wainscoting/board and batting on the wall.

I never thought to hang curtains on the front door! I like it. Maybe just some simple white ones. It makes the entryway look cozy.

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Board and Batting. I love it! I have a two-story entryway though. Not sure how high I should go with it.

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More curtains! It just looks sweet! And those dark railings again. Is it a sign? My next project I wonder? 😉  I adore the horizontal wood planked walls too.

Now this I love!! Look at the cool wood on the wall! Not quite the style of my house, but I might have to find a wall somewhere and do this. LOVE!

narrow hallway mirror

Fancier than my house, but again, just a simple mirror may just do the trick.

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This looks inviting with the long narrow table and the collage of framed pictures on the wall. Beautiful.

Well, that’s it folks.  Opinions are welcome!  What is your favorite?

DIY Table Runner Ideas

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I have been searching for a Fall DIY table runner to make.  There are oodles of great ideas out there.  I haven’t decided on what I’m going to make yet, but here are some of my favorites.  While all of these would be great for Fall, many could be used year round.

Being a girl who loves tools, my favorite is the ruler runner.  😉  What’s yours?

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via Country Living

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via Crochet Today

Lacy Table Runner

via Better Homes and Gardens

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via Just Sew Sassy

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via Carter and Cook Event Company Blog

french runner graphic

via The Shabby Creek Cottage

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via Indulgy

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via Pinterest (specific source unknown – please let me know if you find it)

via Diary of a Quilter

Wednesday Wisdom

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Dreaming of Redecorating

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Happy Monday!

Well, I just redecorated my whole house… in my head! 😉  Have you been to Kirkland’s lately or looked on-line?  They have some fabulous pieces.  I wonder if Hubby would notice the house or the bank account if I redecorated.  My guess is definitely the bank account.  I can hang a picture on the wall and be tired of it before Hubby even notices it’s new.  HA!

Check out these beautiful pieces…

Sofa Table

This piece would look great in the entryway or as a sofa table.

Storage Cabinet

I would use this piece as the mail center. Mail in the baskets and phone books in the cupboard. Yes, I occasionally look up a number the old fashion way. 😉

Dresser night stand

I love this as a night stand.

craft table

OMGosh! I want this as my sewing/craft table! Please?

media console

Media console for the one and only flat screen TV we have! I love this!

night stand

Night stand for my daughter.

night stand

Night stand for my son. Maybe in black.


Bench at the end of the bed or in the bedroom somewhere.

bar stool

Kitchen bar stools. They would brighten up the kitchen.

night stand

Another night stand or end table.


I LOVE this one. It’s only 12 inches wide. I would love to have it in the front door entry way. Something different from a console table.

Just love the colors. It’s happy!

More color!

Message board for the kitchen or in my daughter’s room.

This is just different. I like different!

Wednesday Wisdom

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Cleaning My Way

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Hubby thinks this is not what the “mattress experts” had in mind when they said you should vacuum your mattress.  I don’t get it. 😀

FYI… it worked just fine.

Laurie… aka The Rebel Mattress Vacuum-er! 😉


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There is hope and change in every new day!

CereusArt - A Coastal Lifestyle Blog

what a difference a day makes

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DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas

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Updated.  Originally Posted 6/2/2011

I am a fabric freak.  The fabric store is my favorite place to be!  Love it, love it.  It makes me happy!!  One birthday, my best friend went to every fabric store in our area looking for discontinued fabric or fabric books they were going to throw away.  She presented me with boxes and boxes full of material.  Oh my gosh!  I have a whole closet full of containers filled with fabric.  (Filled with possibilities!)

The pictures below are things I have made at one time or another. Most of these projects take very little fabric, a Fat Quarter or less.

So start sewing!  Remnant fabric pieces can be used for so many projects.  And these projects make fabulous gift ideas…  Purses, Key Fobs, Cell Phone/Gadget Holder, Tissue Holders, Doll Quilt Blanket, Crayon Roll-up, Valances, Runners, Place Mats, Fabric Coasters, Memo Board, Pillows, just to name a few.  The possibilities are endless.  It will keep me up at night just thinking about them! ha!  Hold on to your fabric.  You never know when a piece of fabric will inspire you to get creative!

I don’t sew with a pattern, I wing it as I go.  There are tons of free patterns on-line, though.  Sew on!

DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas

Hip Bag and KeyFob

DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas

Tote Purse

DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas

Cell Phone/Gadget Pouch

DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas


DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas

Patchwork Pillow

DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas

Doll Blanket and Pillow

DIY Fabric Remnants Ideas

Business Card/Mini Wallet

Creative Ideas for Maps

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Before I was married, maps were never a part of my life.  I guess because I never went anywhere that required visual aide to get there.  Not that I would have actually been able to read a map anyway.  That would mean knowing if I were headed North, South, East or West.  I’m lucky to know my left from my right.

But when I met my Hubby, one of the first things I learned about him was is love of maps.  Whenever we went anywhere, here or in another country, his favorite phrase would be “Let’s consult the map”.  And he would hold it in the palm of his hands, up to the sky, like it was a little piece of Heaven.  🙂

Now maps are in my life too.  Not to read them of course, but to use them as inspiration for DIY and decorating!  (You didn’t really think I have learned which direction is which, did you?)  😉

I found some very creative and inspiring ideas to do with maps.  Some of which I can’t wait to get started!  Click on the picture to see the source and directions.  (If there is not a link, it’s because I could not find one.)  Enjoy and create!

Map Projects and IdeasHubby loves maps and I love pillows. It’s a perfect match!

Old world home office, A home office/den. We faux finished the walls w/ a distressed look and had a custom canvas map mural made by Primal Colors installed on the ceiling by our local wallpaper guy., home office with distressed faux finished walls and custom canvas map on tray ceiling. We had Primal Colors make the map and our local wall paper guys installed it., Home Offices DesignThis is beautiful!

Map Projects and Ideas

Map Chandelier

How cool is this?

Map Projects and IdeasMap on a canvas.

Map Projects and IdeasThis is HAPPY on a wall! I’m doing this!!

Map Projects and IdeasDecoupage dresser.

Map Projects and IdeasI posted this fabric map before. Still on my list of crafts to do! It’s one of my favorite ideas!

Map Projects and IdeasMap letters.

Map Projects and IdeasThis is from Etsy. A perfect piece to store all your travel treasures.

Map Projects and IdeasLight fixture cover with circles of maps.

decorating a door with maps.

Map Projects and IdeasLove this table. I think I have found my unfinished round table inspiration!

Is Your Outdoor Space Ready for Summer? Plus a Giveaway!

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I was recently asked by Procter & Gamble and The Home Depot if I would be interested in writing about tips and products for getting your outdoor space ready for summer.  My reply was “YES!” 

Is my outdoor space ready for summer?  NO!  My deck was painted in the spring.  But back went the dirty grill and the table and chairs.  I also have a screened-in porch that has… well, nothing really.  Some of you may remember my post in the spring when my brother tiled the porch floor and painted the ceiling a Haint blue.  It looks fantastic!  But then I stopped.  I didn’t buy chairs or anything to make the space inviting.

So, accepting this assignment meant I was going to face my dirty, neglected deck.  And while no one said I had to decorate my screened in porch, who am I to turn away from an opportunity to change the look of a room? 🙂  

I received a bottle of Mr. Clean Outdoor Spray, Mr Clean Outdoor Pro Magic Eraser, one Bounty Paper Towels roll, and a natural colored canvas The Home Depot apron.  I was armed and ready!

I used Mr. Clean Outdoor Spray on the outside of the grill.  It worked great! I took a picture of how dirty the towels were, but decided it was just too disgusting to show you.  It seems you are actually supposed to  clean the outside furniture and grill once in a while.  I just assumed the rain did that. 😉

Look how shiny and clean it looks! I think the sun is even shining a little brighter now.

My son actually liked cleaning the porch with the Magic Eraser! It looks like my son. It doesn’t act like my son. 🙂 The Magic Eraser worked great on the white-painted trim.

 Here are a few tips to get you ready for some outdoor entertaining from P&G and Home Depot…

Maintain your outdoor furniture – Keep it looking good all summer.

– Inspect your deck – Give it a good once over, check for loose nails, bricks, cracked concrete.

– Remove the clutter – Clean up, power wash, remove unnecessary items/debris.

– Accessorize – Add in the little touches (i.e., plants, outdoor lighting, lanterns, centerpieces).

– Clean your grill – Give your grill a clean start this season.

According to a recent Procter & Gamble (P&G) survey, only 25 percent of consumers clean their grills and only 20 percent clean their outdoor furniture.  Keeping them clean can help them last longer. 

(Nope, rain doesn’t count as cleaning I found out!)

I desperately needed to get my newly tiled porch some furniture and accessories .  Not wanting to spend much money, I found some chairs, very similar to my deck chairs, at The Home Depot for $14.00.  I bought three for a total of about $45.00 with tax!  I love a bargain!  I had bought an old iron and wood table at an antique store quite some time ago and it never had a home in my house.  Now it’s the table for the porch.  It’s perfect!  I added some plants, a lantern, coasters made with tile and scrapbook paper, and pillows I already had.  I’m not quite finished, but my porch is coming together!   Take a look around your house.  You probably have accessories perfect for your outdoor space.

Before and After. My $14.00 chairs from Home Depot! All the trim and railings got a good scrubbing using Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Magic Eraser.

Another Before and After. While my son helped me with the cleaning, my daughter helped me with the decorating. (and modeling! HA)

Procter & Gamble and The Home Depot sent me a prize package to give away to one of my readers, which includes:

  • A full-size bottle of Mr. Clean Outdoor Spray ($3.97 retail value)
  • Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Magic Eraser ($9.97 retail value)
  • One Bounty Paper Towels Roll ($1.97 retail value)
  • A custom LeatherCraft 2-pocket natural colored canvas The Home Depot apron (.77 retail value)

If you are ready to spruce up your outdoor space and would like to enter to win this prize package, just leave me a comment and I will add your name to the drawing.  (Drawing will close in 2 weeks from today.) 

Just a reminder… The Home Depot is a one stop shop for purchasing P&G products, including Mr. Clean Outdoor Spray, Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro Magic Eraser and Bounty.

Thank you Procter & Gamble and The Home Depot! 

Disclosure:  Procter & Gamble provided the prize pack for my consideration as well as the prize package to one of my readers.  All opinions are my own.


DIY Project Ideas for Summer

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Pinterest has been a fun and addictive place to get ideas and inspiration.  The problem with me is that I pin something awesome to my board, and I never see it again.  I’m collecting, not actually doing.

So I went through my DYI Ideas and Craft Ideas board and picked out some of the projects that I may actually try this summer.  Lords knows I need to keep myself busy or I will go coocoo.  Many of these projects are great gift ideas too.

Click on the picture to view the source and instructions.

Photo Frame Display 

I have so many un-used frames.  Spray painting them all one color would help unite them.

 DIY Night Stand

Handcrafted Mason Jar Pendant Chandelier  w/ Rustic Vintage Style Wood Crate CanopyDIY Chandelier


Fabric Covered Desk

Yarn Balls

Yarn is plentiful at my house!  What color would you like? 😉

Pinned ImageModPodge Marriage or Birth Certificate

This is a great idea! Get a copy of a marriage or birth certificate or even a copy of a degree or diploma.

Handmade Bookmarks

This makes me smile!  How cute it would be to give to grandparents. 

Map Decorated Candles

The map is ModPodged to the candle.  I love the idea of taking a section of a map from your favorite vacation and gluing to the candle. 

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