Turn a vintage box into a keepsake box ~She sent me what~

I’ll admit, I was a little nervous when Jen Rizzo asked me to participate in this crazy fun party! Buying something “interesting” from a thrift store, mailing it off and another blogger does the same for you.

What if I got the Billy Bass Singing Fish or the George Washington Chia Pet or a gold plated toilet seat, yes I was a little worried.  So when my package arrived  I was thrilled to see it was from the talented  My Sweet Savannah.  I slowly opened the box, peaked inside and to my delight were three gorgeous vintage boxes! Phew!

Turn a vintage box into a keepsake box

Thrift store redo

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DIY Speckled Robin’s Eggs

Today is the first day of Spring so I thought it would be fun to share some DIY Robin’s Eggs. I love the look of robins eggs, something about their soft beautiful colors. OK and I’ll admit, the chocolate robins eggs are my absolute favorite!

DIY Speckled Robin's egg

This is such a simple project and most likely you have all the supplies needed at home.

Plastic eggs
Soft blue craft paint
Brown craft paint
Small paintbrush

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DIY Installing faux stone indoors

Space underneath the stairs is often neglected yet the possibilities are endless with what you could do with this tiny space.  About 7 years ago when we tore down our family room wall we decided to have our contractor open up the space under our stairs. 1/4 of the space became our wine cellar and the other 3/4 a  place to hide all my junk!


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How to make a DIY pom pom paper lantern

Today begins the official start of a beautiful summer. I love having outings to the beach, pool days,  a little camping here and there, cook outs and bonfires, time spent at the lake and my all time favorite; sharing our backyard with friends and family. OK let’s be honest, there will be a lot of I’m bored, I’m hungry, there is nothing to do that I know I will hear everyday mixed in with all the fun.

For the next two weeks an amazing group of bloggers will be sharing some fabulous summer crafts, recipes, decorating ideas and so much more.

I decided to liven up our backyard space by hanging pom-pom lanterns and making one large pom-pom made from tissue paper and coffee filters.

Materials needed:
    • Paper lantern (I purchased mine at Cost Plus for $4.00)
    • Lots of tissue paper and coffee filters
    • Glue gun
    • Patience
    • Cord kit or some sort of LED light or string of Christmas lights

Cut squares out of the tissue paper

Scrunch the bottom part of the tissue paper

Put a dab of glue at the bottom of the tissue and attach to your lantern.

Continue this for a really loooong time until your paper lantern is covered. It was about the second layer down I said oh my gosh Kristin what were you thinking.  It’s not like this was my first time working with coffee filters, funny how your mind forgets things.

You can alternate between the coffee filters and the tissue paper to create your own design.

Once finished I decided to add a LED light from a broken candle and attatched it to some cardboard instead of running out and purchasing a cord kit.

 I hung up all the lanterns I purchased at Cost Plus (4 for $12 with my coupon) and added my home made pom pom lantern  I love how everything illuminates our patio and gives off a romantic vibe.

During the day it looks just as beautiful.

The beautiful towel is from the amazing Jen Rizzo.

Check out all the other fabulous stops for our fun Summer party!

Make sure to stop by the ever so talented and sweet Kim from Sand and Sisal to see her simple summer centerpiece on Tuesday.

Cupcakes and Crinoline  is sharing her beach inspired dessert ,does that not look delish!

Sand and Sisal’s  Summer table, it is just gorgeous with it’s combination of shells, jute, votive’s and flowers.

Simple Summer Centerpiece + Sisal Votives
Adventures in Decorating Summer porch is perfectly decorated and ready for guests.
 Setting for four shared her beautiful Summer beach inspired mantel.
Summer Beach Inspired Mantel from Setting for Four
 Fox Hollow cottage made the most adorable  Aloha Summer wreath.
Aloha #Wreath Flip Flop Pool Noodle #DIY Summer #Craft
 Debbiedoos shared a few Summer craft ideas.
Check out French Country Cottage gorgeous table setting using blue mason jars and  fresh cut flowers.
Domestically Speaking shared her All American Sundae on Thursday. I may just have to drive the 45 minutes to try one, it looks delicious!

At the Picket Fence made the cutest DIY outdoor coffee table.

chalkboard-outdoor-coffee-table At the Picket Fence

Yellow Bliss Road has the most beautiful sweet & simple summer mantel.

summer mantel - Yellow Bliss Road

JoJo and Eloise shares her yummy avocado, blueberry & coconut cream popsicles.

avocado-blueberry-coconut-cream-popsicles-gluten-free-dairy at JoJo & Eloise

DIY Showoff has the funnest Carnival mantel!

summer carnival mantel

On Thursday June 27th we are wrapping up  with a huge link party and giveaway, I can’t wait!

Turn a wine crate into a serving tray

~Hi Friends~

  I had some really nice wooden wine boxes that a local winery gave to me awhile back so I decided to transform one of them into a serving tray.  I have been working in the backyard and decided we were in need of a serving tray for when we set out food and drinks.

I simply gave it a coat of paint (same paint I used in our laundry room years ago) and stenciled on a design for a little interest using a sharpie. Since it would be housing beverages I sealed it with wax so liquids would not cause any damage to the wood.

I had purchased these gorgeous knobs awhile back from Cost Plus and decided they would make perfect handles.

Total cost $4 for the knobs

Super simple, fun and makes for the perfect tray.

You can find my homemade strawberry lemonade recipe here