A fifty-cent DIY. So cool.

We were at “Teeny Tiny Red Cabin” last weekend. Remember, I told you we pulled up carpet the weekend prior? Well, we painted this time.

And, guess what?

My favorite white, Cottage White by Behr, does not look good. Thank goodness my husband feels the same way. It was a horrible job. It was over paneling and if you’ve never painted over paneling, you have no idea. You have to paint all the groves with a brush because a roller won’t get in the seams. And, of course, it takes two coats.

The cabin kitchen/area is very small, 12x 14 and it took us over ten hours! Let me repeat, ten hours!!!! You can paint a huge room in that same amount of time.

So now we’re going to have to paint it again. However, it will only take a few hours as it will be white over white and all the hard work is done. Can’t want to show you the final pictures but it might not be until the fall as we won’t paint if it’s hot. We want to enjoy the summer as we’ve had no spring.

I was able to visit one of my favorite thrift stores where I spent a whoppin’ fifty cents.

I bought this wreath and this “ball” garland twenty-five cents each.

ball fringe/wreath/DIY

ball fringe/wreath/DIY

ball fringe/wreath/DIY

ball fringe/wreath/DIY


Here is another look at the spacing.

ball fringe/wreath/DIY

Obviously, I just wrapped the yarn around and around. There must have been fifty yards. After about the first ten rounds I started crisscrossing to fill in the bare spots. Because the balls were about three inches apart I had to be creative. When I had about two yards left, I cut it off and cut the balls off the string. I glued the back of each ball with a glue stick and strategically placed them as needed. I also added some dimension by placing some balls on top of other ones.

I would’ve used a glue gun but I couldn’t find it.

ball fringe/wreath/DIY

ball fringe/wreath/DIY


The white specks you see are not white at all, they are pieces of glitter that were scattered throughout the garland. ball fringe/wreath/DIY


Here is the final project. Seeing as red is the accent color in the cabin, I’m using it year-round.

ball fringe/wreath/DIY


This is a hard week. Last year at this time, I was spending most of my time at my mom’s as I “knew” she was dying in a few days. You’re wondering, how did I know? All I can say is that I just did. I think God made me hyper-aware during this period. She didn’t get out of bed at all on this day last year and I just knew. So, please, think of me this week.

God bless and have a good day and give your loved ones some extra hugs.



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