Tag: DIY

Some posts to inspire you starting tomorrow.

I don’t know why but the other day I started thinking about life and how sometimes I feel like I’m falling through the cracks. I’m sure it has to do with my mom’s death.

So for the rest of the week, here’s where we’re going.

  • Tuesday:        “How to walk in the woods without a light.”
  • Wednesday:  “Jumping from a plane without a parachute.”
  • Thursday:      “Walking on water without a life jacket.”
  • Friday:           “How to walk on a tightrope without a net.”

While they all have the same “theme”, I’ve approached each of them from a different perspective.

Just so you know, I wrote these last week and scheduled them for this week. We are finally heading to the cabin for a longer period of time. I need to be at my special retreat. It’s where God refreshes me and at this point, I need some refreshing.

I’m going to study my Bible, read a couple of novels, take naps, sleep later in the morning (that probably won’t happen but I can dream, can’t I?), hit some thrift stores and overall just relax.

Just in case you haven’t seen some of the pictures of inside the bunkhouse, here’s a few. I’m always changing things.



(The “thewomrninmyapple.com” that is overlaid on the picture was the former title of this blog.)

This is my “kitchen” in the bunkhouse. I love the way the hanging light fixture projects the stars on the blinds.

Here’s the progress of the “love u more” plaque.

love u more sign/diy

love u more placque/DIY

llove u more sign/diy

love u more sign/diy

The outside of the bunkhouse had to match the cabin so it’s red, white, and black on the outside. Here’s where you can picture me napping and reading (not at the same time 🙂 ). I’ve just sewn new covers for the back cushions.

bunkhouse porch

I hope you have a wonderful week and God bless you today.


farmhouse basket

great farmhouse basket and “zen” birdbath

Hit some garage sales again. Thought I’d share some treasures with you.

This is a wonderful old wooden basket I bought for fifty cents. Funny thing, though. I now have two of them and have no idea where I got the second one. I lightly sprayed it with whatever white paint I could find. Then I used a black marker to spruce up the wire handle.




This is the only kind of dog I will ever have in my home. No pooping, no barking, no biting, no shedding, no chewing. He was $3.00 but I talked the seller into $2.00 because his right front leg was cracked. Wouldn’t you know I cracked it some more when I took it out of the trunk. So I took tissue paper and white glue and made a kind of “cast”. Then I painted over his leg and all is well. He goes great with my new shabby chic living room.


This next picture is perhaps my favorite “find” so far. The base is from a birdbath. Cost: $2.00. The tray is metal and has one missing “leg.”  What to do with this tray? Bingo. Went outside and stuck in on the pedestal base.

Cost of the birdbath? Only $2.00 for the pedestal base.

I placed a rock on it for butterflies. It has a real “zen” feel, don’t you think?

I just love it when I have days like today when all the creative juices are a firin’.



God bless and have a good day.


A DIY to brighten your bedroom.

After a glorious and sunny Saturday, Michigan has returned to the dark and gloomy. So I thought this might be a good day to post a picture of a DIY project I completed a few months ago.

I found these blue “sconces?” at a garage sale a couple of years ago. If you look closely, you can see the underneath color. I forgot to take a picture but it was kind of a tan. I spray painted all three of them with a bluish-green color. Again, forgot to take a picture of the spray can and don’t have any left over. I know it was by Rustoleum 3X and it wasn’t Aqua. Does that help?




Next, I joined two pallet boards with a metal brace.



I carefully measured and spaced the sconces equally across the board and marked the holes with a pencil.



I took them off and turned the pallet boards over and attached two eye-hooks at each end. I wrapped wired through these so I could hang like a picture.



This is a close-up of the “sconce”. They are just plastic.



Then I added flowers and voila’! Oh, I did whitewash the pallet boards haphazardly.






This was an easy and fun DIY project and was great for the blank wall in our orange and bluebedroom.


God bless and I hope you have a good day.

antique frames

A simple Diy using an old picture frame and wallpaper

I thought I would share a couple of my favorite DIYs over the next couple of weeks.

This one was ridiculously simple and cheap and yet really accomplished what I wanted it to.

We had recently repainted a guest bedroom and I had a blank wall. I needed something to fill it and I wanted it simple and clean.

I love wallpaper samples and wallpaper books. It’s hard to come by them anymore but I happened to have some scraps on hand. I can’t even tell you how I came up with the birds. And I knew I wanted just one single item.

I had purchased these frames a few weeks earlier because I loved the frames. They are a beautiful deep gold and very well made. But I hated the picture.

antique frames


I decided on birds, one per picture. I had metallic wallpaper and because there was only going to be one bird per picture, I wanted them to really take center stage. So I cut out a bird shape and a wing shape. Easy, peasy.

antique frames


I had some off-white tag board. I played around with the placement and came up with this.


This is bird number two. Then I drew in the feet.

Here is one in the frame.


And finally in the bedroom. They really added a nice touch and I love the simplicity of them.

bird pictures


Here they are in the bedroom. They just “work” don’t they? Did you ever decorate a room and not feel you had to ever change it again? Well, this is that room. I did this three years ago and haven’t changed a thing. Yea. It’s probably the only room in the house that I’ve left alone this long.

guest bedroom

DIY/magazine paper fun

In case you don’t know, I love paper. I love tearing it, pasting it, cutting it, and of course, buying it.


We were at the cabin and I had to create something. It was one of those days when I needed to be distracted.

Instructions for the pinwheels can be found all over Pinterest or you can go to my Pinterest page labeled “paper projects”. I used magazine pages although I’ve made them from scrapbook paper as well.

But I haven’t seen any projects on Pinterest where the two projects have been combined.

I’m considering making a garland for the bunkhouse, maybe with lights poking through the middle. Would be cute don’t you think?



At this point, you could glue a round mirror on top.





As you can see there are some imperfect folds. Just keep creasing them with your fingers and they kind of correct themselves.



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