Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Under $100 Linky Party!!

Oh my, where have I been?  So sorry for my little unexpected blogging break.  No worries, all is fine, just busy, busy and away from the computer.  With 2 kids in track, 1 in HS and 1 in MS, I have been averaging 4 track meets a week, and let me tell you, track meets aren't short sporting events (or for the faint of heart here in MT--I have been sitting through all kinds of weather and was even attacked by a flying high jump pit that got caught up in a whirlwind).  Then I had company over the weekend and blah, blah, blah!  
So let's get rolling with some fabulous links from last week!
What fun party trays at Tattered and Inked!
I want to try this planting idea from Tracy:
Or how about making some adorable platter art from House of Hepworths?  You have to see what this started out as!
And what little boy (or girl) wouldn't love all of the creative space party ideas from My House of Giggles?
These beautiful PB inspired candle holders from Finding Fabulous would be perfect on a patio,
Confessions of a Curbside Shopaholic got me again with her bench!
And I am so loving this DIY artwork from The Thriftress!
So, link up, show us what you got and think spring!  (We are supposed to maybe have a foot or more of snow by Friday!)  Oh, and please remember to link to the SPECIFIC post!

Under $100 Linky Rules:
1. Please include a description in your link post.
2. Only post an idea that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you tell us the cost of your project, but not a must.
3. Please link to the specific post, not to your blog.
4. Please grab my 100 ideas under $100 button on the side bar and include it in your post so people can find us.
5. Check and make sure your link works--I often click on people's links and they don't work. If it doesn't, try again--you can let me know and I can delete the one that doesn't work.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Under $100 Linky Party!

I know--I didn't get to my I Was Inspired post this week--I guess I won't feel guilty about it.  I have been enjoying the beautiful weather we have had--hiking and being with the family and I have been to lots of track meets.  I will show off some inspired work next week.
The general consensus seems to be in favor of the picture linky, so I am going to stick with that.  I have new questions for you, are there too many linky parties going on?  Are you tired of seeing the same things at each one?  Should I change my linky party to once a month?  I love your feedback, thanks!  And now some of last week's goodies:
I fell in love with this crate table--I want a shipping crate.
Check out this adorable PB knock-off!
I am a sucker for step ladders--this one is fantastic in the garden!
Be Colorful stole my heart with this piece:
In honor of Earth Day, look at this recycled concrete walkway--lots of work, but worth it.
and if you are hungry, try this yummy recipe from Stone Creek Market!
As always, I look forward to each and every post--I view each one and try to comment.  Thanks for taking the time to link up, I appreciate it.
So on your marks, get set, link!
Under $100 Linky Rules:
1. Please include a description in your link post.
2. Only post an idea that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you tell us the cost of your project, but not a must.
3. Please link to the specific post, not to your blog.
4. Please grab my 100 ideas under $100 button on the side bar and include it in your post so people can find us.
5. Check and make sure your link works--I often click on people's links and they don't work. If it doesn't, try again--you can let me know and I can delete the one that doesn't work.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

repurposed mirrors http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2010/04/mirror-mirror-on-wall.html
This is a fun way to use extra hand mirrors you may have, and to add a little something to reflect some light in a room.  I think this one is self-explanatory--my only tip is to use epoxy to hold those mirrors on!  Oh and clean the mirrors before showing them off :).
repurposed mirrors http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2010/04/mirror-mirror-on-wall.html
Linking up to:
Kimba's DIY Day

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Primping the Porch


It was a beautiful spring day here, a great day to pretty up the porch, which had been much neglected over the winter and now looked like this:

I will not plant my pots for another 3-4 weeks, too many below freezing nights left.  I wiped everything down with some soapy water. I made a coffee sack curtain to hide the mess under my potting table by threading the burlap onto a piece of wire strung between the table legs.

I used this toolbox that was full of this (there was fun junk in there!):
to make this little vignette.
I cleaned off my little table and chairs--$10 total for the set, purchased separately at garage sales.  I painted the tabletop.
I didn't do too much with the red chair and stool by my front door.  The stool is from my grandparents patio and holds many memories of fun BBQs and the red chair is from my in-laws place.  The black tubing is part of my drip system.
I can't wait to get some plants out here, but until then, it looks much better and is ready for morning coffee.
Find more ideas at:
Funky Junk Interiors

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Under $100 Linky Party!!

Beyond The Picket Fence
*Having some problems with Mc Linky--think I got another linky tool to work, would love your feedback on these new thumbnail links.  Pros? Cons?  Also, sorry about the weird spaces in post, can't find them in HTML to get rid of them--and it looks normal in compose.
Thanks for joining me and welcome to anyone who is here for the first time.  What is THIS linky party all about?  It started with my love of the magazine 100 Ideas Under $100.  I decided to show you my own 100 ideas under $100 (I have totally lost count BTW!).  And then I decided I want to see your ideas too.  So, please join us, linking up any type of idea (I am all about good food too!) that is under $100.  Please read the rules before linking.  What did you miss last week?  Here are a few things:
Rose at Confessions of a Curb Shopaholic redid this wonderful chest of drawers, and this is her first blog entry!
La Chambre de Leah stenciled this nightstand--she did a beautiful job:
The birds over at Cedar Junction's place get to camp out in style--in an airstream birdhouse!
Bobby Pins Boardwalk gives an excellent tute on some fun and funky art.
4 Sweet Peas in a Pod is keeping time at her table,
and finally My Frugal Lifestyle tells us how to clean our dishwashers with Kool-Aid!!

Under $100 Linky Rules:

1. Please include a description in your link post.











2. Only post an idea that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you tell us the cost of your project, but not a must.
3. Please link to the specific post, not to your blog.
4. Please grab my 100 ideas under $100 button on the side bar and include it in your post so people can find us.
5. Check and make sure your link works--I often click on people's links and they don't work. If it doesn't, try again--you can let me know and I can delete the one that doesn't work.
If you haven't had a chance to check out the Junk Fest girls, hop down a post and take a look.  Oh, and a giveaway winner for commenting on last week's links will be drawn on Friday!  And if you did comment on at least 8 links last week, make sure you left a comment here.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I Was Inspired By...

This week I was inspired by some of my favorite girls, The Junk Fest Girls from ND.  I even recently had the pleasure of meeting Andrea (although we didn't have time for junking or a glass of wine).
The Junk Fest Girls know rusty, crusty and fabulous and have been inspiring me for some time.
Look at this recent pantry door they created--they give a great tute on it too.
Here is a beautiful, junky display they showed off for So You Think You Can Decorate:
Love this old rusty heater (?) repurposed into a great wine area.
And here is just one picture from their fantastic fall junk fest sale.
When I saw this great centerpiece by Andrea, I knew I needed wanted to make one too.
 I dug around in my junk (neatly organized in a dresser in the garage I'll have you know!) and this is what I came up with.  The main piece is also a canning jar holder, like Andrea's and the candle "holder" is a campfire toaster.
I used doorknobs for added interest and tied a #8 on the side.

Flowers would be great too, but I felt more in a candlelight mood seeing we got 5+ inches of snow today.  I used a piece of a coffee sack as a cloth underneath.  Note to self, don't put the words that you most want to show in the middle of the square that will be covered up by the centerpiece.

Thanks girls for the inspiration and check them out today!
Linking up to:
Blue Cricket Design

Monday, April 12, 2010

Relax, Soak, Enjoy

We needed a place to hang towels by the hot tub.  I saw a palette on the side of my house and decided it would be perfect.  I used the jigsaw to saw off what I needed.  I then painted the words--I freehand these mostly because I don't want to take the time to do anything else.  When you are painting letters and numbers it is much easier if the paintbrush is always going in a downward motion--a little different from writing.
I loved the patina from the wax on the spool top so I used it again.  I added some hooks where the wood supports were and screwed the whole thing into the side of the house.  The entire project took maybe a half hour.
Find more ideas here:
DIY Day at Kimba's
All Thingz Related
Reinvented
My House of Giggles
Oh--and here is a picture of my teenager on his very last run of the season--the ski hill posted it as their photo of the day.

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