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Easter Boo Boo Bunnies with FREE Printable!

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I have 6 adorable littles (aka Grandbabies) who I wanted to love on this Easter.

I went looking on my Easter Pinterest board for inspiration and found something that I had pinned earlier that seemed quick and easy.  Two of my favorite things!

This was the original pin

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I was hoping for a pattern, but she made them free hand, so I went about reinventing the wheel …

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I coercedbribed, asked, if my Mom wanted in on the fun. She agreed, and while I made the pattern and traced around them, she cut them out for me.

I have the bestest Mom ever! Thanks Mom!

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I had a few false starts.

I wanted my ears to be fatter, and we won’t even mention the times that I sewed the ears on wrong!

Ugh!!!!!

They are filled with rice so they are able to go in the freezer or heat up in the microwave for my  littles. They will be tucked in boxes and baskets and leaving Minnesota tomorrow for other states.

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One other thing that I did differently … I stenciled my littles first initial on the bunny belly so that there are no mixups or arguments about who’s bunny is who’s.

I was a mom once! ;)

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In one family, 3 boys and 1 girl (aka 2 polka dots, 1 blue, and 1 pink), and 2 more families with 1 girl each (1 pink each).

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I didn’t want you to have to come up with your own pattern, if you just wanted something simple to copy, so I made a free printable that you can download to your computer.

FREE BOO BOO BUNNY PRINTABLE

Happy Easter to you and your families and  a special thank you to the woman who gave me the inspiration

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Hugs,

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Building a “Milk Crate” coffee table

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An easy “Do-It-Yourself” project is this coffee table. This is not a new idea and it has been done over and over again by others.

My Minnesota daughter found the idea on Pinterest and promptly let me know that this was something that she would like me to make for her. I pinned it to my Pinterest board for a time when I could make it. Her 9th Anniversary was this month and I thought this would be the perfect time.

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Home Depot had a sale going a few months back on wooden crates, so I bought them, and set them aside. They were a bit heavier in construction than the ones I saw at Michaels. Better for a coffee table!

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I had the conversation of “if” and ”when” I would make it … would she like it painted or stained? And what color paint or stain? She decided she wanted a dark stain which was perfect, as I had Jacobean by Minwax, on hand.  This is the first project that my mother has seen me work on so I had company while I was making it.

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I have plywood of all shapes and sizes left over from various projects so I didn’t have to buy a special piece to use as a base and I purchased swivel casters to make it easier for my daughter to move when she was vacuuming or exercising.

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Stagger the milk crates and screw them onto your 1/2 inch plywood.

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Hide said gift around the corner, in the downstairs, so that the surprise is not found.

This child of mine finds everything before she is supposed to see it!

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I added 4 “L” brackets, for a piece of plywood to sit on in the middle, and then decorated it with rocks and a candle that is battery operated.

No burns for my grand daughter!

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Finished and ready to be delivered.

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The little one has already deemed this a fire pit for her toys. Hahahahahaha.

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Hope this finds you having a GREAT day!

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Making a beer caddy

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Boss’ birthday … quick, what do you get them?

EVERY year it is the same “hard to come up with a great idea that he will like.”

That’s right. He. is. a . guy.

Girls are easy peasy, men not so much.

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Word has it, he likes a good beer every once in awhile.

Don’t you just love the internet?

Evidently, there is a Beer of the month club.

Yup.

You could just give the person the gift card but I am all about the presentation.

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Back to the internet I went.

No time to remake the wheel so to speak.

I found a pattern HERE and headed out to get this thing made!

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I made a few changes from the pattern.

Mine has 3 pieces of wood on each side, a square handle, and I hung a bottle opener to the side.

Tied, so he wouldn’t lose it.

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I stained it my favorite stain color ever.

Jacobean.

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A piece of drawer liner was added.

(Just in case the bottles were cold and had condensation)

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I personalized it and added the “Beer of the Month” gift card.

Easy one day project completed in the nick of time.

Have a great Monday,

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A child bench re-do

 

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Sometimes, we are given the gift of changing something old into something new again.

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My daughter, found a piece of furniture at a garage sale that she thought would be just perfect in her home to help corral shoes and give Miss G, a place to sit while putting them on.

When you live in a state that has snow, you do not want them walking all over the house with snow and salt dripping on the carpets and floors!

Can I get an Amen?!

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We were away and she called to see if she could borrow our truck to pick it up.

I guess I forgot to tell Mr Man. Um, sorry honey!

When he opened the back of his truck, he texted me to find out if he just stumbled upon a surprise.

Nope.

Just another project of love.

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My daughter thought that the sitting area was made of cedar, but in taking a closer look, I discovered it was just stained a more reddish color. The top of the bench had a train painted on it and she wanted it removed.

I tried to get her to let me do something creative and spectacular to it, but she shot me down.

(Insert pouty face here)

She just wanted it to be stained and rustic.

Simple.

No frills.

“Got it, Mom?”

“Got it!”

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I love the sanding part of the job. It gives me time to think about who owned it. It lets me feel the wood and how it is made, see the imperfections, figure out what needs to be fixed, and time to create what I envision the finished look to be. You know you really like what you do, when you enjoy spending time with your project! LOL

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This little gem had some deep scratches in the sides, was all different shades of stain, and had sharp edges on the top that would need to be addressed. Sanding out the sides a little more took care of the scratches, I chose American Walnut stain, and rounded the top of the points while I was sanding. I did have a repair to make on the back where wood was missing and a screw was sticking out.

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A fun and easy project that only took a day to finish.

It is now at it’s new home and being used just as my daughter had envisioned.

I call it a good day!

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Homemade Natural Dog Treats

 

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When Miss “G” comes over for our weekly sleepover, a fun activity we enjoy, is baking.

Not such a good idea for my waist line!

Not wanting to stop an activity that is so fun for us to do together,  I wondered what we could make that we could use up every week.

Enter, my dog Paxton, and her dog Pinker.

They love treats and they eat them daily … and I had a recipe that we could try!

Of course I bought two bone cookie cutters and found an easy recipe.

 

Below is the recipe that we use and the dogs LOVE!

 

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I have pinned (on Pinterest) other dog treat recipes that I have tried, or will try. You can check out my Pinterest board [here] and

please feel free to share your dog treat recipes with me. I would love to pin them on my board and share them with others!

Hugs

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A Mothers Day Gift idea

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My mother is aging and has not been able to visit us in 8 years here in Minnesota. I have been fortunate to have completed a few projects along the way and wanted to share them with her. #Shutterfly had a #groupon to buy a 8×8 hard cover photo book and I jumped at the chance to buy it. What a fun way to share photos for her to see!

I just made, ordered it, and it will be on its way and delivered before Mother’s Day on May 11, 2014!

If you want a sneak peek at what you too can do, click on the link below.

Happy Mother’s Day 2014

 

Hugs,

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Minneapolis Home and Garden Show 2014

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Nothing makes me happier, than going to a Home and Garden show

(especially in the winter!)

to see, dream, and get ideas.

Now, if I could just get the weather to cooperate! I want spring PLEASE!!!!

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While inside this spring time wonder, you can almost forget the 3+ feet of snow outside.

Almost.

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They even had a Geyser

(they were promoting Yellowstone National Park)

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While Mr Man where taking our extensive walk through the isles, we were chatting about how throughout the years, our focus has changed depending on what we were working on. We do not need windows, counters, cabinets, painters, and carpet.

But we are very interested in garage floor sealers, garage doors …

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and front doors.

I do not like our existing front door at all !!!!!!!!!!

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Most of what we are working on at our home this year will be concentrated on the outside.

Speaking of outside … they had Minnesota wildlife!

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I still have plans to make a covered area in my back yard so I am always on the lookout for ideas :)

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I am definitely in the mood to build something!

Hugs and have a great Monday,

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Making an UGLY chair BEAUTIFUL

My adorable daughter LOVES garage sales.

Me? I start warming up after we find some fun treasures.

2 summers ago, she found a desk and chair that had been stored in a barn, was the ugliest thing I had ever seen, and paid $25 to take this “treasure” home.

I was challenged to making this atrocity look adorable for my musé.

For the last 2 years it has taken up residence in my garage and I have had no inclination, whatsoever, to finish it or to waste time dreaming up fun ways to make this into something special.

Curious about the chair?

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First step, bring in said chair from the Frozen Tundra garage to warm it up to room temperature.

Facts about this chair

1. Dirty

2. Paint color is a dirty mustard

3. Only has 3 pads, so there is a wobble

4. It is outlined in Green

5. Upon closer inspection, it is not the original seat cover.

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Mr Man caught me in the living room staring at the chair and asked me what I was doing.

well … 

I was studying the lines, wanting this chair (and desk) to grow with Miss Precious.

I want it to be a wonderful piece of furniture to be taken care of …

and not thought of as just a garage sale find.

I was thinking about colors and fabrics.

and then, I got to work …

There was a seat to be taken off.

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A good scrubbing, to remove all the dirt and reworking the lines of the seat.

(Corners are too sharp and not enough overhang in the front)

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I gave it 2 coats of primer.

(While I was warm by the fire)

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All the while, dreaming about what I want to do with the back section.

(Stay tuned) 

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And then I did something that I have never done before.

I bought a can of horribly expensive paint.

(Glidden – Bright White, Door and Trim Paint with Gelflo)

The reason? I wanted this chair to have a super high gloss.

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This chair is growing on me.

I am loving the transformation.

(and in a Black and White Photo … it has a look of an era past)

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I am excited to share the finished chair with you, but, we have to wait until the paint dries.

(This high gloss paint takes a while to dry!)

Make it a great day.

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Easy DIY End Table Tutorial

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I am creating a small space  (a corner)  in my bedroom to read, so I removed the armoire from the corner of the room. (It made it as far as the hallway as it is so heavy, I am having to take it apart in order to get it downstairs! Ugh!!!) Mr Man helped me, by hanging the TV on the wall, and I started looking for a side end table for the chair I was going to use.

While looking for an end table I came across a pouf and pillow that will look great in the room with the new color of paint that I have selected.

I searched everywhere! Is it me? or is furniture way, way, way overpriced?! While I was in #Target I thought I would see what they had. I was thinking affordable. Oh my! They had one made with a tray table on top and it cost $59.99. REALLY?!

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Yup, it irritated me.

Certainly, I can make one for a lot less money and have it look nicer.

(Sorry #Target! I love you but not your end tables)

I found a tray and set about figuring out plan.

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I took the measurement of the tray (2 inches in height) and deducted it from the height I wanted to make the table.

That means I needed, 4 – 2×2′s at 19 inches high.

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 I used 8 – 1″ x 1/4″ for the sides.

I attached them around the sides with 1 inch screws.

(4 At the top and 4 a couple inches from the bottom)

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Sometimes, I like to work down stairs watching a movie on TV while I work.

I get to hang out by the Playhouse too ;)

One coat of primer, one coat of white glossy paint, and it is ready to attach to the tray.

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I used a small amount of Power Grab to the top of the 2×2′s before setting the tray on top.

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Just a quick comparison …

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Really, a quick and easy project! and now I can enjoy it, right next to my chair!

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I think I am going to kick back, and enjoy reading my book.

Have a great Monday!

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