How to paint patio furniture the easy way

how to paint patio furniture, diy home decor, summer decor, patio decor

I mentioned recently that I am doing a quick (well, hopefully quick) makeover on
our back patio for summer.  The challenge is to clean up and restore the existing
patio furniture that has taken quite a beating over the past 5 years.  And add some
accessories, lights & pillows that will make my space feel like a backyard retreat
perfect for a summer evening!

If you are repainting plastic, just make sure and use
a spray paint that adheres to plastic as well as metal, wicker etc… I ended up using
two cans of spray paint.  Better to buy more and have a bit leftover.  The more area
you have to cover the more paint you will need.

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trending now: decorating with pastels

Pastels are super hot for Spring 2014 fashion, and it looks like the lines have blurred as usual,
with home decorating trends also leaning towards the lighter side of color.
I hope these beautiful spaces and home decor ideas inspire you as much as they have me.
I even have an area cleared out in our garage to get painting
as soon as possible, I love springtime!

DIY Rag Rug Throw Pillows


 We seem to go through pillows, or pillow covers quickly.

For me it is more of an evolution of an admitted pillow addiction.  But for the kids, it is survival of the fittest.  Especially pillows that are destined (or have the unfortunate luck) to end up in our playroom.

I love our playroom.  I have dreamed of having a space for the kids to play, build forts, snuggle up and watch their favorite movies, and do a little dreaming too.

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8 Ways to Say Be My Valentine | Party Features

If you are looking for a new way to say Be Mine this year, you are in luck! Today’s party features include two beautiful (free!) printables, a gift from the kitchen, and enough Valentine craft & gift ideas to give your loved ones something handmade that
says “I love you”.

From my heart, to yours.

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valentine ideas 1

valentine ideas 2


I’m so inspired! Now I just need to keep the kids busy long enough to
get crafty today –

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DIY No-Sew Deer Placemat Pillow

Now that I have more pillow forms than could ever be needed in a lifetime, I have
a really hard time buying new pillows when I know I can recover my own easily.

And, throw a no-sew option in there, and I am ALL in! If I had the space set up,
my fabric organized, and a working machine I would probably sew more. 
That’s actually one of my hopes for the new year is to get my Grandma Edith’s
Bernina (this was my inheritance from my wonderful Grandma, that story soon)
up and running finally.

So for now, here is the story of a frazzled mom (played by moi) shopping at
Target to find sanity within it’s glorious walls.  The aforementioned mother
looked as though she had not shopped alone in a very long time.  She took it
all in as if Target was the mother-ship that had finally brought her home.
Iced chai tea in hand, she threw goodies in her cart like she was leaving the
country, when in fact she was only two freeway exits away from home.
But it was far enough to breathe, and create.
And find the perfect placemats.
Oops, I mean placemat.
Yep, this lovely deer placemat was rolling solo the other night.
All by his lonesome.
What am I going to do with ONE DEER PLACEMAT?
But before I could go on an internal rampage of how wrong that is, it hit me.


I grabbed up that placemat and stuffed it down inside my cart, now worried that
someone else may see a no-sew pillow in it’s future too.

Here is what I used:
-One placemat, in the style of your choice
-Fabric to back it, I used a scrap of linen left over from another project
-Pillow form
-Stitch Witchery
-Iron set on high with no steam

Using the placemat as a guide, I cut the fabric backing about 1 inch bigger around all the
edges.  I folded them in, pressed them then attached the placemat on top creating a
seam around all edges but the bottom.  Make sure and follow instructions on package
for best results for the no sew bonding material.  I placed my pillow inside, and applied
the last strip of no sew material across the bottom, pressing until it was sealed, cooled
and ready to use!
I don’t usually sit in a slipcovered dining chair on the edge of my yard, but I couldn’t

get over how pretty emerald the grass looks in the fall.  It had been raining all day, and

finally let up long enough for me to play stylist outside for 15 minutes.
So, that’s it! Easy, and thrifty, and this entire project cost just under $4.00 since I only
needed to buy the fabulous deer placemat.
I have named him  in case you were wondering, I named him Walter.
He just really strikes me as a Walter.

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19 Great Summer DIY Ideas!

Happy Monday everyone!

With summer upon us, I am so excited to bring you
19 great summer DIY projects
that caught my eye last week from
the Pretty Things Link Party!
If you haven’t already shared your projects this week,
the party is in full swing here
Did you catch the 23 Painted Furniture Projects
I featured last week? Get caught up here

Get ready to be inspired, and please pin
from the original source, thank you and have fun!


19 GREAT summer DIY ideas

DIY Painted Planters-Southern Scraps

Inspiring Summer Home Tour-The Happy Housie

Must see pretty Summer Mantel-Embracing Change

DIY Wood Beach Sign-Upcycled Treasures

Add a Coastal Touch-Southern Charm

DIY Summer Drink Coasters-Hickory Trail

Kool-aid Slushies-Blissful Roots

Painted Mason Jar Vases-Orchard Girls

Beach Bag Essentials-This Girl’s Life

Ice Cream Pizza-Just Us Four

Free Printable Summer Fun Schedule-Hi It’s Jilly

 Watermelon Mint Iced Tea-Family Home And Life

Pottery Barn Kids Inspired Rope Mirror-Our Pinteresting Family

Barnwood Planter Box-Creative Raisins

No Sew Burlap Tree Skirt

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
I like to decorate my front porch for Christmas (ok every season-but especially Christmas) almost as much as the inside of my home.  I have had these two mini trees for years, and have always loved using them on the porch, or fireplace hearth.  This year they are back on the porch and finally getting a proper tree skirt.  They have been naked all this time and never complained. 
I tried a red and white gingham, then a brown and white polka dot, but the burlap won.  Burlap wins alot because it is forgiving, and shabby, and gorgeous, and I love it.  I think there are a lot of us burlap lovers out there.  Besides chevron and mason jars it has to be the most Pinned thing in the world.  And rightly so!

First I measured under my tree (I am making these for small trees, but the same applies to a full size tree, just more burlap) and decided that I would like a skirt about 14 inches wide.  Whatever size tree you are making a skirt for, you just want to make sure your finished skirt is a few inches larger in diameter than the bottom of your tree.

I cut two pieces of burlap from a piece about 2/3 of a yard long.  Measuring a 14″ x 14″ square, and folding into a quarter, made it much easier to cut into a circle.  Next I made a slit in the burlap circle from the edge into the center.

I cut my remaining fabric and scraps into strips and frayed them a bit at the edges.

Using my hot glue gun I pinched and glued the burlap pieces around every raw edge until the tree skirts looked rustic and pretty.  And I was out of burlap, so they were done!

I included a few pictures of the porch and a few things I have done for Christmas.  I put a few pretty sparkly sugared fruits and a bit of real evergreen garland on my chippy avocado green table. 

My six year old, who assisted with so much of our outdoor decorating suggested we use red ribbon on the pillows out front to make them look like presents.  I tucked a little sparkly sprig in behind each ribbon.  It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Begonia’s…not what you were expecting? Me neither, we don’t usually have them still going in early December here in the Northwest but this little gal is a fighter.  The big blossom finally gave up and came off today.  I included some of our signature moss that grows amazingly well here too.  This is my North garden so there is even more moss.  I have to keep moving quickly or the moss will begin growing on me too, ah you gotta love a rainy climate. 

I love fresh evergreen garlands around my doors and above my windows at Christmas.  They are such a treat and they smell amazing.  I have a ruffly burlap wreath up with a glittery jingle bell reindeer inside of it.  My Let It Snow sign is more of a desperate plea for snow than a greeting.  I love snow and we sometimes see a couple days of it each year.  I miss those years growing up in central Washington, when it seemed like winter lasted forever.  I had purple moon boots that I lived in, and only went inside to eat and sleep during the winter .  I wouldn’t trade that for anything.  I sure do hope we get snow this year.  Those boots are around here somewhere…

What are you up to this week as we are now officially in December? Are you done decorating or have your begun? I think I am almost done, but there are a few things to make still.  And the baking and goodie making (my favorite part!!)
Thank you for reading, hugs & blessings from my heart and home to yours 🙂
xoxo, Tanya

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How to Save Money On Decorative Pillows

Pillows are one of my favorite ways to quickly change the look of a room when you are trying to decorate on a budget  This is probably the #1 thing I use my sewing machine for,  making or recovering pillows.  Here is a little bit of inspiration, as well as some of my money-saving ideas on how to decorate with pillows and save a bundle.



While I still have been able to save quite a bit of money by making many of my own pillows, I was excited to find quite a few nice quality pillows at local thrift stores lately.  Some I loved, and will use for a while before recovering, but quite a few I purchased just to use the form inside.  If this pillow-form is in good shape, a good washing can make it an excellent (and very affordable) base for your next pillow.




If have been following me for a while, you may have read my post about my chevron pillows and what I used for pillow-forms. I will let you in on a little secret if you have not read about them yet. I used chair-pads that I found at my neighbor’s yard sale. I washed them well, folded them in half, and used them to fill my “new” chevron pillows.


Another thrifty idea when making your own pillows, is to look for your fabric in unusual places.  I recently found a beautiful table-runner (very similar to the pillow below, I know right?!) for $2 and it will be easy to turn into two bolster pillows for my sectional.
When I do purchase decorator fabrics to make or recover pillows,  I have found that most of them are dry clean only.  If the fabric is neutral ( or will cover dirt and stains pretty well) they usually clean up very well with a damp cloth.  Every so often I like to use an at-home dry cleaning system in my dryer as well to refresh all of the pillows.  Happy decorating, and have fun seeing how much you can save by thinking a little outside the box!
xoxo, Tanya

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