Burnin’ Rubber


I really like to burn rubber, so pretty much all the tread on two of my tires was gone — it was time for new tires for my little red SUV. We ended up replacing all four tires, and we tossed the two really bad ones, but for some reason decided to hang onto the two that weren’t that bad. The hubs and I were cleaning out the garage the other day and saw the two tires stashed in the corner. My husband was ready to take these two beauts to the dump, when I had a vision — a vision that became a reality this past weekend.

I used an old tire, an old rim and some left over plywood to make this one of a kind garden planter. Let me share with you how I did it!

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I started of by giving the outer edges of the rim a fresh coat of black paint. I used just regular flat black spray paint for this. I didn’t worry about doing the inside or bottom because this part is not seen.

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I needed to put a bottom on the tire to hold dirt, so this is where the plywood came into play. I set my tire on top of my piece of plywood and I traced around the inside with a permanent marker. I angled the marker in a little bit to get under the edge.

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I also traced around the outside of the tire.

I then used my jigsaw to cut around only the outer marks. I only marked the inside so I knew where to place my rim (you will see this in the later steps).

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After I got my “circle” all cut out, it wasn’t quite a perfect circle, but I was recycling an old piece of plywood, so I wasn’t too concerned with the shape. Plus, this is hidden under the tire.

I placed the rim on top of the plywood, making sure the bolt holes (I think that’s what they are called) are closest to the plywood.

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Then, taking a marker and sliding it through the bolt holes in the middle, I made some markings.

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I used a half inch spade bit to drill holes where I made my marks.

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I also drilled some additional drain holes for when I will be watering my flowers or plants.

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I used 3″ bolt with a nut and washer on each end to attach my rim to my piece of plywood.

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Make sure you use washers on each side for extra durability.

After I had it all bolted together, I spray painted the plywood black to match the rim.

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I then put the tire on my work table, and then put my rim/plywood base upside down on top of it. Using screws, I drilled right through the plywood to attach my base to my tire.

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Flipped it over to see what I had. It was looking good… but it still looks like a tire, and that is just tacky, so it was time to give this thing a face lift.

I got out some contact cement and got some clothesline rope.

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I purchased clothesline rope because it is by far the cheapest, and I used contact cement to adhere the rope to the tire.

To cover the tire I needed an extra set of hands, so I enlisted the help of my mother. I would brush on the contact cement and she would follow me around with the rope.

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This was the longest part of the project. It took us about 45 minutes – an hour to do this. I don’t have many pictures cause we had to work really quickly. It was a very hot day and the contact cement was setting really fast. This was good in a way because we could wrap really fast rather than waiting for the rope to stick… so I wasn’t complaining!

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I gave the top of the tire a little coat of white paint just to pull the whole look together.

Here it is out front and center of our store. If you are ever in Thamesford — stop in and see us, and see this planter up close and personal!

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I still have one more tire, so I am gonna make another one this weekend. I may try and paint the rope a different color and see what happens!

Let me know what you think about this project! Have you ever done any DIYs with a tire? Share your projects with me!

And in the meantime,

Keep on makin' stuff!


Little DIY, Big Dream


Hey guys! Holly here, and I have a cute little DIY for you today. But first, does this ever happen to you— you look at one word for so long and then it starts to look funny, like it almost doesn’t look like a word anymore? I was staring at the word dream for almost an hour while I was making this sign and it really started to look funny, and then I thought that it was starting to affect the look of my DIY. I will never look at the word dream the same way again… just kidding, I will get over it. Just something funny I thought I would share with you guys. Let me know if this has ever happened to you, too!

Anywho… on to this DIY! This is a cute little rustic piece that would look great in any room. I made this one for my daughter’s room. Ava is seven and she is quite the little dreamer, so I thought she would love this! Let’s get started!


  • Rustic piece of wood (mine was from an old fence)
  • Rope or twine
  • scissors
  • E6000 glue
  • Hot glue gun
  •  A word of your choice printed out on card stock
  • Embellishments


I printed out the word “dream” in Bromello font. You can download this front from dafont.  I LOVE this font, it is one of my favs 🙂 The rolled flower embellishments I got from Micheal’s. They were only 50 cents for the entire package! The three large flowers are pony tails from the dollar store. The wood was free and I am gonna say that the twine was free cause I took it from my mom’s stash…shhhh….don’t tell, teehee. So this is a super cheap DIY. Even if you had to buy the twine it would still be cheap!


Using your hot glue gun and your twine you are going to start at the beginning of your word and start gluing the twine onto your word. You want to make sure you print your word out on and heavy card stock. This will support the twine and glue, and also make it easier when it comes time to cut out the word.


You will also notice that my printer cut off the bottom of my word… I hate to waste ink, so I just winged the bottom parts.13499961_10154313025249851_2115693949_o

There isn’t really any rhyme or reason as you do this, just follow along with the words. Depending on the font you choose you may have to cut your rope along the way and then restart.


When you are all done you will have something that looks like this…


And your fingers will look something like this…13499576_10154313026194851_1835786464_o

I don’t know why I can’t work with hot glue and not get it all over my finger tips. How do you fare with hot glue? Got any tips for me? I swear I don’t have any fingerprints left!


Next, you cut your “rope” word out of the card stock. 13493315_10154313026919851_2002897157_o


This is as far as I got with my large scissors 13493373_10154313026719851_608610647_o


I switched to these little nail scissors. They are much easier to control and fit great in the tight spaces. I highly suggest getting nail scissors for crafting. I use these lil guys all the time! 13493565_10154313028744851_1405676360_o

I put my word down on my wood. I didn’t like how it looked, and felt like the word should stand out a little better, so I just brushed the wood with a little cream colored paint (sorry, I forgot a pic of this step). I pretty much just lightly brushed the wood with the paint.


I used E6000 (best glue in the world!!) to glue the word to the wood.


Before I glued my flowers down, I removed the pony tail and clip…why was a good pony tail, am I right?


And…. ta da!!


Pretty cool, right? I love this little piece!! I am gonna try another one with a different word and different font, so let me know your favorite font! I am always looking for new fonts.


Ohh… and don’t forget to keep on dreamin’! (that’s punny) 🙂



Rustic Picture Holder


Hey everybody! It’s Mandy here, and I thought I would share with you a neat little project that I did. You mostly hear from Holly on here, but I can’t let her have all the spotlight! 😉 (and fun!)

We were working out in the backyard of the store the other day, and we were busy taking down the old, fence. Since we have DIY blood flowing through our veins, we never, ever throw out anything! You never know what you can turn something into. We were left with all these small pieces of wood from the corner fencing, and I knew that they could be turned into something. This is what I came up with …. 13493361_10154299060539851_1199376828_o (1)

This DIY is so quick and easy! So find yourself a piece of rustic wood, a little rope and get craftin’! And, in case you are wondering, that is my beautiful mother in that pic alongside our dear Auntie Grace. Auntie Grace was the center of our whole family, and we even named our store for her! (Gracie’s Place)


  • Piece of rustic wood (can be any size you like, just big enough to fit a picture)
  • Rope
  • Craft glue
  • Scrap booking Stickers (I got mine from the dollar store)
  • Contact cement
  • Scissors
  • Metal clip (purchased this from Micheal’s)
  • Hammer
  • Picture hanger



Step 1

The first thing I always do when I am making something that will be hung on the wall, is hammer my picture hanger on the back. We have learned the hard way why this is so important. It is very hard to put on a picture hanger if you have a bunch of bulky items on the front. Plus, it can ruin your stuff on the front, too!


Step 2

Start by taking your rope and wrap it around your piece of wood, starting about half an inch from the bottom. Make sure that you secure the rope with the contact cement as you are wrapping. 13461031_10154299060709851_238855437_o

** I used contact cement because I wanted a really strong glue for the rope and that is what I had on hand. It worked really well! That’s the great thing about DIY — you never know until you try! You could also use E6000.

Step 3

Cut the rope off after you have wrapped the rope around three times.


Make sure that the cut ends of your rope are on the same side of your piece of wood. Secure both ends with a bit of contact cement. 13493248_10154299060819851_86449939_o

Step 4

Take off a sticker of your choice, and using craft glue, glue it to the rope. This is where you use your own creativity. Use as many or as little stickers as you see fit! Allow the craft glue time to dry.


Step 5

Use the contact cement to glue your metal clip in place. Allow at least 12 hours for this to fully dry before placing any pictures on it.

Now all that’s left to do is to attach a picture and hang up your piece!

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Easy, right?

What do you think? Is there anything you would of done differently? Let us know, by commenting below!

I may not be back for a while, as my daughter Holly does most of the blogging, but rest assured that I am here behind the scenes. Me and my DIY doggy Bella,are always keeping busy!


Black and Gold…. and a little lace

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Chic home decor does not have to cost you a ton of money. I repeat —Chic home decor DOES NOT have to cost you a ton of money, and I am going to prove it to you! This whole project cost me under $10.00! ($5.00 if you count the face that I already have the spray paint, candle and lace)

This DIY is super easy and really quick, too! So let’s get started!


  • Square glass dish – $2.00 at Dollarama
  • Gold spray paint – already had
  • Black sand – $2.00 at Dollarama
  • Rocks – FREE from the ground (score!)
  • Painters tape – $1.50 at Dollarama
  • Round candle – already had
  • Lace – already had

Step 1

First step in my DIY was to paint my rocks gold. I went a little crazy with the rocks… I clearly did not need this many, but I love to spray paint, so now I have some extra deco rocks.

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Step 2 

Taking my square glass container, I wrapped all around it with painter’s tape about a couple inches from the bottom, and I taped off the bottom, too.

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Step 3

More gold spray paint!! I sprayed my glass container with spray paint, but if you are going to do this DIY, make sure you put your glass container upside down. I wasn’t thinking and I had mine right side up and the inside was full of spay paint. I had to then use paint thinner to clean out the inside. (oops.. we all learn from our mistakes, though.)

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black and gold and a little lace, home decor, painting

Step 4

While I was waiting for my spray paint to dry, I found this old crummy candle that needed a little TLC. I took a pair of scissors and started scrapping off the red film. It came off really easy and to be honest it was a little therapeutic sitting in the sun scrapping this stuff off.

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Step 5

After I got all the red stuff off, I taped off the wick with painter’s tape and then spray painted the candle black.

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Step 6

Now while this paint was drying, I went back to my glass container. It was such a hot day the paint dried super fast. I peeled off the painter’s tape and this is how it looked…

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So chic!

Step 7

Next, I filled my glass container with the black sand. I left about an inch of room at the top.

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Step 8

I then starting putting in my gold rocks, leaving room in the middle for my candle.

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Step 9

Back to the candle. Once the black spray paint was dry, I slid the wick through my piece of lace and then secured the lace on the bottom with some painter’s tape. You need to make sure that the lace is nice and tight around the candle.

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black and gold and a little lace, home decor, painting

Step 10

I spray painted over top of the lace with the gold spray paint.

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Step 11

After I let the gold spray paint dry, I removed the lace and this is what I had! EEEK… love it!!

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Step 12

Ta-da!! There it is… proof that chic home decor doesn’t have to break the bank!

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So… what do you think? Is there anything that you would change. I think I am gonna head back to the dollar store to get another glass container! I might try this out with a different color, so if you have any suggestions, comment below!

Remember, sharing is caring…so share this post with all your friends so that they know they don’t have to spend a fortune on home decor!!

Keep on makin' stuff! 


It’s T-shirt Time!


Hey guys! So I have been seeing a lot of really great DIYs on how to upcycle and revamp an old t-shirt. I have wanted to do one for a while now, and last night I decided that it was the night to finally do a T-shirt makeover. I had one small problem, though. I didn’t have a plain t-shirt. Weird, I know, but all my t-shirts have some sort of logo on them. Then I got the brilliant idea to use one of the hubby’s tees. It was perfect!

This T-shirt makeover is so easy to do, just follow these simple steps and you can make your own, too!



For this DIY you will need:

  • T-shirt
  • Fabric
  • Button
  • Iron
  • Iron on adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Pocket template*

*For the template for the pocket I used a free printable from Oh the lovely things blog.


Step 1 

Print out your template and cut it out. Lay your template on your t-shirt where you would like your pocket to be. This is just to double check the size and positioning.


Step 2 

Lay your template down on your fabric and cut your fabric pocket.


Step 3

Once you have your fabric cut, you are now going to cut out the inner shape on your template.


Step 4

Lay your new template in the middle of your fabric, making sure that your fabric is right side down. Fold the edges of the fabric over top of the template and then press with an iron.


Step 5 

For this step I would suggest fabric glue, not hot glue. This is all I had, though. So I went with it! Glue the edges in that you pressed with the iron.


Once you have glued the edges, this is what it should look like…2016-06-09_22.56.45_wm

Lookin’ like a pocket!

Step 6

Cut out a piece of iron on adhesive. I did just the outer edges. My pocket is just for design, not a functioning pocket. I wanted a really good seal, but I also didn’t want it to be too rigid and stiff.


Step 7

Iron on the adhesive to the back of your fabric, remove the paper liner, and then iron on your pocket to your shirt! It’s that simple! No sewing needed!


Step 8 

Time to ditch the hems! I tried my new pocketed shirt on, but it still looked like my husband’s gym shirt, so I decided to cut off the hems.


After cutting off all the hems, I tried it back on, again. It still didn’t look right, so I decided to cut up the back. I don’t have a picture of this, but it is super easy! Lay your shirt on a flat surface and cut straight up the back, all the way until it is completely open.

Step 9 

Now I needed to attach the back at the top. I have seen other DIYers use velcro, but I wanted something a little more fancier… and I have quite the button collection. (This isn’t even half of what I have!)2016-06-09_23.03.51_wm

After about 20 minutes of searching through buttons, I narrowed it down to these.


And then after about another 10 minutes, I finally decided on this beaut.  What do you think? Which button would you have picked? 2016-06-09_23.04.55_wm

Step 10 

Sew on your button at the very top of the back of your shirt. You just want to connect the two sides of the shirt at the very top, now that it is cut.


Now you have this super cute peek-a-boo back.


I couldn’t wait to wear my new top! You wouldn’t even recognize that this use to be my hubby’s t-shirt!


I am so happy with how this little project turned out!


If you like this t-shirt, show me some love!! Sharing is caring!




9pm Piñata


So this past weekend we had a big celebration for my Grandma’s birthday and knowing that there was going to be a bunch of kids at the celebration, I wanted a fun game for them to play… and what kid doesn’t love a piñata? There was one small problem, though — I kinda left things to the last minute. So there I was the night before the party, nine o’clock at night making a pinata! This DIY took me about 2 1/2 hours to make. (If you want to make it, it will probably take less time due to the fact that I was taking pics)

I am so glad that I fought through my tiredness and made this piñata because the kids LOVED it! The piñata was a huge hit! So if you want to make a popsicle piñata for your next party just follow these instructions!



  • Cardboard box
  • Three different colors of tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Painters tape or masking tape
  • Marker
  • Heavy Packing tape
  • Twine (not pictured)
  • Light cardboard (not pictured)
  • CANDY or Small toys

Step 1

Using the large side of the box, draw a popsicle like shape. It is a super easy shape to draw, so I just drew it free hand.


Step 2

Using your scissors cut out the popsicle shape


Or… do as I did and switch to a knife. It was a lot easier to cut this thick cardboard with a large kitchen knife. Just be careful 🙂


Step 3

Place the piece that you just cut out on the other side of the box and trace around it. This is just so both popsicle pieces are the same size. Cut out your second popsicle piece.


Step 4

Make a loop with a piece of twine and tape it on the inside of one of your popsicle pieces. I use painters tape and then several pieces of heavy packing tape over top.

**After using the piñata this weekend, I have to say that the tape didn’t hold up… at all. It actually fell out before we even hung it up. So the next time I will use a heavy duty glue (like E6000) and then the tape.


Step 5

Next I took my lighter cardboard, cut it to size, and taped it in between the two popsicle shapes using the painters tape. You don’t want a heavy duty tape for this part, especially if it will be younger kids trying to break the piñata.



Step 6

STUFF IT! I like to do a mix of candy and some small toys, too!


Step 7

Take a piece of cardboard from the box you cut the popsicle shapes from, and cut a strip to fit the bottom opening. Tap it on with the packing tape.


Step 8

I cut my tissue paper into strips and then frayed the bottoms by cutting it with scissors. Using white craft glue, I glued the strips on in pattern that I liked.


I also cut a popsicle stick shape out of some cardboard and taped it on the bottom. (Sorry I don’t have a pic of this step… this was at about midnight and I was spent!)


So that’s pretty much it! One popsicle piñata ready for a party!

The kids couldn’t wait to take a swing at this thing!

Since my twine hanger fell out we had to improvise with what we had 😉


So let me know what you think of this one, guys! And as always, leave me some love below!!

Til’ next time!



Fancy Little Mouse Pad


I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate the track pad on my laptop. I can’t man that thing to save my life. I don’t know if it is because it is ultra sensitive, or if I just have heavy fingers, but either way within a day and half of owning a laptop, I made the decision to invest in a wireless mouse. Best 14 bucks I have ever spent!! Okay… maybe not the best 14 bucks, but well worth the money!!! (I have got some pretty sweet shoes for 14 bucks, so it is hard for a mouse to top that…love my shoes!) I have been happily using my mouse, but I just recently realized that I don’t have a mouse pad! I have just been using the corner of my laptop.

mp8And I guess this works okay, but it was time to have a nice mouse pad for my desk. Sure I could of just went and bought one, but why buy when you can DIY!! (ha! that rhymes…sweet!)

So off I went to my favorite store (the dollar store, of course!) in search of something cheap to turn into a mouse pad. Wanna see what I did!? Well that’s good, because I am gonna show you! You can make a cute little mouse pad for your desk, too! It is super easy and only took me about 10 minutes!


  • Cork Trivet
  • Felt
  • Fabric
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Wine – I was having a wine and craft night, so I apologize for the pic quality 😉


**I always do quick little crafts for wine and craft night. I have a strict no power tool rule for these nights. (For safety reasons — I would like to keep all my digits!)

Step 1 

Take your cork trivet and trace around it onto your piece of felt and then cut out your circle.


Step 2

Lay your fabric down wrong side up, and then place your cork trivet in the center. Start folding over your fabric and hot glue it to the trivet. Make sure you pull the fabric nice and tight so that your mouse pad has a smooth surface.


Step 3

Cover your felt circle in hot glue and then secure it to the trivet to cover the cork that is exposed. This will help to keep the fabric in place.


And that’s it! You’re done!! One mouse pad! Super easy and super cheap! mousepad2

I slip this little pad into my laptop bag and take it with me when I am on the go, too! It also brightens up my desk, which I love!!


So what do you think? Let me know by commenting below! 🙂 Also if you have any ideas for DIYs you want to see, let me know!

Til’ next time!