Friday, September 30, 2011

Medieval Torture Device?

What do you get when you attach some leather belts to an old ironing board?  A medieval torture device?


Or how abour a wine holder?  It can be hung on a wall or propped against it.  I have more ideas I want to try with the belts as wine holders, old doors, barn wood, etc.  Find more ideas at Donna's Funky Junk Interiors.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Under $100 Linky Party

Aaah, another week has gone by--I did manage a few posts.  I have been busy working on a special order--10 items painted for a gal.  I have 3 more special orders to do, my own stuff to do for my booth (did I tell you I got a space once again at the antique place I work at?), have taxied kids from here to kingdom come, made it through homecoming week, and mostly working through helping my freshman in college who is struggling.  Seeing all that you have been busy with makes me smile and is a great little escape.  Check out some of these lovely links:
Lovely Etc. shared a to die for makeover.
Homeroad's apple crate is beautiful and oh so rustic!
You's be sure to keep this desk top clean from Ethereal PlusWhat I Love.
 
Make a statement with these rings from Etcetorize.
NEED this pie from Screaming Sardine NOW!
No bake chocolate cheesecake recipe
My daughgter has already made one of these thanks to A Heart Full of Love's link.
American Girl Doll Headband

Thanks for linking up and for sharing you with us :) !!

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1. Please link to the specific post, not your blog!
2. Please only post ideas that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you share the cost of your project, but not necessary.
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5. Please check and make sure your link works. If it doesn't you can delete it and try agai
6. Please no direct links to sales sites, i.e. ETSY or just a plain ol' commercial site, we are looking for inexpensive ideas we can recreate, thanks!



Monday, September 26, 2011

Apple Time

After 6 years of patience, we finally have a nice crop of apples on our three little trees.  Coming from California where as a kid we had peach, apricot, plum, and apple trees, pomegranates, grapes, blackberries, and plentiful strawberries, I am always excited for anything that will actually grow in our extremely short Montana growing season.  I whipped up a gluten free apple crisp to celebrate our harvest.
I made up this recipe--it is quick and easy and yummy!

Gluten Free Apple Crisp
Peel and chop enough apples to fill a greased 9x13 pan.  Sprinkle and toss with some cinnamon and sugar (gluten free brands of course if you have to be gluten free).
Mix together:
1 C. gluten free oats
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. gluten free baking mix (I used Pamelas--by far the best we have found)
some shakes of cinnamon
Spread over the top of the apples.  Melt 3/4 C. butter and pour over the top.  Cover with foil and bake at 350 for about 45 min.  Uncover and bake another 15 minutes or until apples are tender and the top is crisp.  Serve with gluten free ice cream--mmm!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Small Town Proud

Today is our little town's annual Fall Festival.  We first attended this event when we moved here 20 years ago, before we were parents, when we were oh so young.  The event always starts with a parade and the playing of the national anthem.
My son was on the football float,
my daughter was on her dance school's float (that's her with the goofy wave!),
and hubby (who is the assistant principal at the HS) got to get flushed--hit the target and a toilet flushed water over the victim.
Off to the homecoming game. it is a spectacular day.  I love my little town's annual festival, love seeing so many wonderful people (some whom I taught 20 years ago and now are parents), love the small town feel.  What makes your town special?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Under $100 Linky Party

I am here, still alive and kicking.  Sorry I have been absent.  It has been a busy and quite frankly, rough week or two.  Life just isn't easy sometimes, but through it all I am constantly reminded of God's love for me and my family and that he never lets go of us, and that brings me comfort and peace.  He also has placed the sweetest friends in my life who I know are always there for me.  Blogging friends make me smile too, thank you!  And I promise to show some new stuff off soon, junking and creating keep me sane (so does a good glass of wine in the hot tub--hitting that soon!).  But, before I do, let me show off a few of your goodies (so hard to choose!).

The Little Green Bean's magnetic memo window board is so darn cute!
Check out how Live a Creative Life made this fantastic art.
I am so jonesing for this coffee table from Henry's Family.
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Fabulous fall football food from Sweet Little Smoothie, mmm!
I adore everything about this sunny yellow mirror from Tres Chere.
And even I think I have time to do something fun with this sweet, FREE printable from The Letter 4.
If you are still working to get organized with the new school year, Delightful Order shared a great plan!

Thanks for linking up and for sharing you with us :) !!

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1. Please link to the specific post, not your blog!
2. Please only post ideas that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you share the cost of your project, but not necessary.
3. Please include a brief description in link up.
4. Grab my Under $100 button on the sidebar and include it in your post or a link to Beyond the Picket Fence so people can find you and more great ideas.
5. Please check and make sure your link works. If it doesn't you can delete it and try agai
6. Please no direct links to sales sites, i.e. ETSY or just a plain ol' commercial site, we are looking for inexpensive ideas we can recreate, thanks!




Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Under $100 Linky Party

How do I love thee, my linky friends, let me count the ways:
1.  I love that you take the time to link up!
2.  I love that you link back to Beyond the Picket Fence.
3.  I love that you keep your links under $100.
4.  I love that you follow the "rules".
5.  I love that you comment and are just so darn sweet!
6.  I love that you take the time to visit each other.
And now on to some linky love:
Peanut Butter Plaza's hard work paid off on this buttery dresser.
Whisperwood Cottage showed the power of DEconstructing!
Burlap and lace makes a beautiful combination from Poppies and Pinwheels!
Lovely, Etc. mailed up a fun and creative bulletin board.
SKINNY spinach dip from Hungry Homebody.
And if you save the calories on the dip, you can indulge on this from Sweet Sewn Stiches.

Thanks for linking up and for sharing you with us :) !!

Under $100 Linky Guidelines
1. Please link to the specific post, not your blog!
2. Please only post ideas that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you share the cost of your project, but not necessary.
3. Please include a brief description in link up.
4. Grab my Under $100 button on the sidebar and include it in your post or a link to Beyond the Picket Fence so people can find you and more great ideas.
5. Please check and make sure your link works. If it doesn't you can delete it and try agai
6. Please no direct links to sales sites, i.e. ETSY or just a plain ol' commercial site, we are looking for inexpensive ideas we can recreate, thanks!

Monday, September 12, 2011

When Life Gives You Scraps...

I have been collecting a pile of leftover painted wood scraps from my various projects this summer and finally decided to use them.  I had a free mirror that I first glued down to a random board that was in the garage (hope it didn't have a purpose honey!).  Then came the piecing. 
I played with the pieces, cutting them smaller as needed--this took about an hour or so.  When I had everything where I wanted it, I used the nail gun to secure each piece in place.
A little sanding of the rough edges and some wax was all it took to finish up my scrappy mirror.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Scrap Happy

Oh, how I love scrap wood.  It makes me smile :).  After slapping some paint on a few scrappy pieces I nail gunned them to the back of this windowless window frame (the window frame has it's original paint--I did wax it)

and added some hooks for a functional piece with great color and ooey-gooey weathered wood loveliness (why ooey gooey, why not?). 
I will definitely be making more of these!  Find more great ideas at Donna's Funky Junk Interiors!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Under $100 Linky Party

Well, so much for the feel of fall, summer seems to be reappearing for now.  That is ok, snow will fly all too soon and I will be longing for warmer days.  Have you decorated yet for fall?  Do you decorate for fall?  I add a few orange touches here and there, some fall leaves on the porch, but nothing too loud or literal.  At any rate, I know y'all have been busy based on your wonderful links, such as:
Happy chair describes this redo by Fab Rehab Creations perfectly!
I love the rosettes on this mirror from Pelican Design.
Type A shared her first chalk paint piece--lovely!
This elegant salt and pepper garland from Curtains in my Tree is divine--I need to make one!
What fun lollipops from Red Tart Art!
Marvelously Messy showed us a perfect pallet perch for your pooch!
and what a fun way to dress up a backpack from What Allie's Making Now.


Thanks for linking up and for sharing you with us :) !!

Under $100 Linky Guidelines
1. Please link to the specific post, not your blog!
2. Please only post ideas that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you share the cost of your project, but not necessary.
3. Please include a brief description in link up.
4. Grab my Under $100 button on the sidebar and include it in your post or a link to Beyond the Picket Fence so people can find you and more great ideas.
5. Please check and make sure your link works. If it doesn't you can delete it and try agai
6. Please no direct links to sales sites, i.e. ETSY or just a plain ol' commercial site, we are looking for inexpensive ideas we can recreate, thanks!
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