We Added A New Member To Our Crazy Fam!

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Hey everyone, you might have noticed that I have been a little MIA recently! Well I have some big news!!

We added a new member to our crazy little family!! ๐Ÿ˜€

That’s rightย โ€” we now have a four legged fur baby!

Meet Zoey.

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Zoey is a sweet little pup that we picked up just this past weekend. It’s been a little crazy in our house as we are adjusting to life with a puppy.

I am surprised at how good she is, though. We have a had a few accidents but not as many as I thought!

Zoey is 1/4 bulldog and 3/4 pug. She is fun and playful and has totally fallen head over heels for my daughter Ava.

Seeing the two of them playing and having fun just makes your heart melt.

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Before picking up Zoey on Saturday, I knew I couldn’t welcome her into the family without making her somethingย โ€” that’s what I do! I just love to DIY gifts.

So I made her her own little bed from an old chair that I picked up at the side of the road.

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I only needed two tools to do this, too.

My Ryobi Jigsaw and my Ryobi Palm Sanderย 

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I began by using my jigsaw to cut of the legs of the chair. This was so easy to do and this handy little (but mighty) jigsaw cut right through without hesitation.

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Once I had the legs gone it looked like this

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Next, I used my palm sander to sand down the edges where I cut.

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This sander is the best! It’s quick and easy , plus it operates off theย RYOBI ONE+ batteries. Getting these batteries was the best thing I ever did! I am slowly building my tool collection so that I have all theย RYOBI ONE+. No power cords required!

Makes me think it’s time to upgrade my jigsaw! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Time to paint!!!

I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Smitten mixed with just a tiny bit of Timeless.

I added the Timeless shade just to dull the smitten just a bit. I didn’t want it to be too bright.

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After the paint dried, I used my Cricut to put Zoey’s name on her gift!

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Kind of looks like a hard bed, though right? Don’t worry, I can fix that!

Here is the no-sew pillow bed that I made to sit on top of the chairย โ€” I mean, bed.

I started with an old pillow and two old receiving blankets that used to be my daughter’s.

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The pillow was just a little bit too long for the chair seat.

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I used a pair of scissors and I cut the pillow to fit the size of the seat.

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I laid the pillow on top of the two receiving blankets. It doesn’t matter at this point if they are right side up or down.

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Next, I cut off the corners, like pictured below.

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Then I cut little slits in both receiving blankets, making my way all around.

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Separating the two receiving blankets, I then laid one down, then the pillow and then the other receiving blanket on top.

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Now all that’s left to do is to tie the frayed pieces together. Just a simple knot will do.

For extra strength at the corners, I crossed the frays and tied them with the fray diagonal to it.

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Once the frays were all tied, I had a cute little pillow for Zoey’s new bed.

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Now all we need is a Zoey!

There she is!!

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We love our new little pup! ๐Ÿ™‚ She has become quite the loving addition to our family!!

If you have a pet that would love a little bed like this make sure you pin this idea to your DIY board!

 

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If you know someone with a dog that would love this, make sure you share it with them, too!!

Keep on makin' stuff!

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Is It Too Early For Fall Decor?

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Ok, so don’t get mad at me, but I am wishing the summer away. Why, you ask? Well, because after summer comes my most favorite time of year โ€” Fall!

I am noticing a certain theme among many of the DIY bloggers that I follow and that is that we all seem to really love Fall. How could you not, though? Everything from the crisp colors, the leaves, pumpkins โ€” even the fashion is amazing. Who doesn’t love a chunky sweater with a great pair of boots?

This week I have started to plan out my Fall front porch. It is our first Fall in our new home and I really want to do it up nice. Don’t worry I am not going to be the kooky lady on the block with her porch decorated for Fall in the middle of August, but I am definitely in plan mode.

If you’re ready to plan, too โ€” take a look at some of these gorgeous Fall front porches to get some inspiration.

Front Porch Signs

The Wood Grain Cottage

Jennifer Allwood

Bless This Mess

Ella Claire

Crates, Baskets & Hay

Fall Crate Display

Gray House Studioย 

Anderson + Grant

Three Pixie Lane

OK – I want that screen door!!ย ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Our Vintage Home Love

Taryn Whiteaker

Last but not least โ€” a good Fall tartan

Stone Gable

FALL BACK PORCH- Antique Buchanan Tartan-stonegableblog.com

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Make sure you have all these ideas when it comes time to decorate your porch! Pin this image to your design board!

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Know someone that loves Fall? Make sure you share this with them, too!

Keep on makin' stuff!

 

DIY Stoplight Nightlight

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So my little guy has been asking for a night light and I decided that it was due time that I made him one โ€” cause why buy when you can make, right?

My mom had these old lights at the store that have been kicking around forever and I thought that they would be perfect for stoplights โ€” and I was right!

Just take a look at this DIY nightlight I made! Be sure and watch the video at the end to see thing thing in action, too!

Here are the lights before I painted them.

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I also got this great piece of barn board that I scooped up off the side of the road on the ever so famous Thamesford Spring Clean up week.

I cut the barn board to the size that I needed using my Ryobiย Orbital Jigsaw. This Jigsaw is easy to use and I have used it for so many great projects โ€” one of my go-to tools.

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Next, I painted the inside of the lights with an acrylic paint โ€” of course, I painted them the colours of a stoplight.

 

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To make this a functional stoplight, I used my drill and a 7/8 spade bit to drill three holes in the barn board so that I could feed Christmas string lights through.

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I attached the lights over the holes where the Christmas lights were coming through and viola!

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Pretty cool, right?

It looks even better all lit up at night in my son’s room.

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Give this video a quick watch so you can see this DIY come together from start to finish!

If you like this project make sure you Pin it!

You never know, you may just come across some lights like these, too!

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Keep on makin' stuff!