DIY Yardstick Star + What’s Shakin’ Around twelveOeight

My sweet little peanut is two months old.  TWO MONTHS OLD! 
He is so very sweet, and is letting mama sleep a little better at night now, 
and just has me in awe of how much we can love these little guys.
I’m a goner, I will block this post when he gets old enough to read 
the feed so he won’t know that his Grandma will probably say yes
to everything.  Oh what the heck, let em see it, he will realize it soon
enough hee hee!
We had a few inches of snow a couple times this week, and I got a chance to hang
out with some awesome fellow bloggers and shake our groove thing too.  More 
about that in a bit!
He is what getting “snowed in” looks like in my neck of the woods.  We don’t get
a ton of snow in this part of the Pacific NW so I stocked up on Diet Coke, chocolate,
burlap and hot glue.  Then I dug around in a stack of yardsticks and put together
a big country star for my porch.

Making a big star out of yardsticks required no cutting and brings a huge pop of light
to a dark area on my front porch for Christmas.  Best part? I plan on taking the lights
off after the New Year and using my big star somewhere fun inside.

Double use, fabulous!

Here is what I used to make a super thrifty star for my porch/living room/hallway
or who knows where it may end up:

5 yardsticks
Hi temp hot glue
Paint (I chose Chalky Finish by Americana available at The Home Depot)
White mini lights on white wire

I began by arranging the yardsticks in place and using hot glue to connect the overlapping
ends to secure.  Next I applied two coats of paint and allowed it to dry well.  It took a
couple tries to space the lights correctly so I had enough to go around each yardstick.
But I got it on the second try and plugged fired her up that night!

I had the pleasure of hanging out with one of the most welcoming, creative women in the DIY/
Cooking/Craft/Home Decor world recently too.  Kim, the fabulous and creative dynamo who 
authors Today’s Creative Blog had a super fun event  in her home recently, and after we 
shook it a bit we got a chance to eat, talk and laugh a lot. 
smile while you shake it

I had so much fun at Kim’s (Today’s Creative Blog) Smile While You Shake it event! Great swag supplied by Honey Bunches of Oats, along with Matthew Meads Holiday Magazine, a romantic novel by Portland author Marlene Hill and wonderful eco friendly LOQI bags supplied by Bright & Bold. Every week until June, Honey Bunches of Oats is giving away $500 gift card from the pool of videos! So what are you waiting for? Go Smile While You Shake it!!

Don’t forget to head over and enter to win!!

I thought I would share a couple more picture from a fun week as Abbie makes the trek across
fresh snow at a local park.  She made it about ten feet sledding and opted out after her trial run.
But we did ok, I brought a huge blanket and we snuggled with Penny dog and drank cocoa 
while the boys used their new sleds.  I brought a huge waterproof camping chair too.  It’s
like a Lazy Boy you can fold up.  I am sure someone at the park called me silly, but I was 
warm and my butt wasn’t frozen!

And before the temperature rose so much that the snow was all gone, the kids decided
the best way to work with what they had was a “snow castle.” Yep, plastic buckets
packed with snow (hopefully clean snow) with little twigs and leaves on the top.
These are actually staged and arranged pretty well too, perhaps a few more little
DIY’ers will join our ranks someday!

Have a wonderful, blessed weekend.  And if you have shopping to do like me, I am wishing you
close parking spots, short lines and good deals 🙂


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  1. I love your yardstick star Tanya, if only I could get my hands on some yardsticks! Your family pics are adorable too!

  2. Love the yard sick star! What a fun idea and the party at Kim's looks amazing!

    Happy day to you friend!

  3. He is absolutely adorable! It's grandma's job to spoil! Enjoy!

  4. Your grandbaby is precious! And I love your star 🙂

  5. Oh my goodness, that baby is adorable!!! How much fun are you having? Almost as cute is that yardstick! I lucked into a huge stash of them recently, definitely putting some aside to make this project next year. Pinning, love it! Thank you so much for sharing at Redoux! Thank you for all the gorgeous projects you have shared, you are so talented!

  6. Thanks for the article.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

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