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Woven Macramé Chair Tutorial

Guys! It's like DIY project week around here. Two tutorials in one week, that's like super crazy. If you've had any trouble viewing the blog this week, I apologize. My host's server was down and it was causing my site to load very slowly - because of this I've been not been able to reply to comments. It should be better now, so please check out the Trellis tutorial and giveaway from earlier this week if you haven't already. I'm really excited to share with you an updated version of the Macrame Chair Tutorial that I originally posted two summers ago. I was def lacking on details last time I shared this project, I guess I didn't realize so many of you would be in to learning the ways of my macramé secrets. I thought I'd fill you in, giving you all the details! While I was planning the tutorial it just so happened that Mollie Makes Magazine asked me to feature the same project. The chair was published in issue #40 last month! It was such a thrill to be in a real deal magazine - cool times. You can find the pattern I used for the project right here. Supply List (Supplies for Woven Macrame Lawn Chair) Aluminum chair frame 200 yards of 6mm Macrame Cord (I used 100 yards grey, 50 yards green, 25 yards pink, 25 yards yellow) 2 Crochet Hooks Size Q   Tip: Keep your skein of cord under the chair. It will make weaving much easier.   1 Tie Cord in a Square Knot Face the chair from the front left side. Tie a square knot around the left side of the front bar. 2 Create Get the Scoop [...]
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Hey Guys! It’s Monday. I know, sometimes Monday’s are the worst, but I’m hoping that this post will bring a cool vibe to the beginning of yer weeks. Today I’ve got a really awesome DIY to share with you and a super sweet BLACK+DECKER AutoSense cordless drill giveaway! I spent the afternoon yesterday building a trellis-planter-box combo for our backyard. Some of you know that I’ve been trying to pretty up the concrete pad that we recently enclosed when we installed our new fence. The kids play back there all the time – which is fantastic – but the space needs a little softening up. I thought a planter box with trellis would be a good solution as it would help add height and greenery without taking up valuable play space. It’s also on casters so it can be moved easily if needed. Word up to thinking ahead! Supply List (Supplies for Trellis & Planter Box) 5 - 2" x 8" x 32" Douglas Fir Boards 4 - 2" x 8" x 10.25" Douglas Fir Boards 14 - 1" x 2" x 32' Strips 2 - 1" x 2" x 64" Strips 4 -2" x 2" x 12" Strip 1 Box 1-1/4" Screws 1 Box 2-1/4" Screws A set of 4 Rubber Casters BLACK+DECKER AutoSense Lithium Drill Drill Bits Stain 1 Attach four 2 x 2 x 12" posts to one 2 x 8 x 32" board Attach the four 12″ post to each of the corners. Drill pilot holes through the bottom of the long board and into the posts, then attach with a 2-1/4″ screw. 2 Attach boards to create a box Begin to attach the boards, start by drilling pilot holes through the board into Get the Scoop [...]
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Hey Guys! It's finally feeling like spring is happening here in the midwest. Trees are budding, grass is greening up and everyday I spy more and more plants in my yard that are poking through the dirt. It's all really exciting, and is by far my favorite time of year. Finn and I have been planning an addition to our raised bed veggie garden for months. We've been waiting weeks for the weather to turn so that we can build it. Finally, that day has come! We spent all of the day yesterday outside building our new raised bed garden! Two years ago we built our first raised bed garden on the side of our house. Since then we have become much better gardeners and have learned a lot about what grows well in our tiny space and what we like to eat. We finally felt like we were ready for an expansion, adding more leafy greens and trying to grow some french fries (aka potatoes) for the first time. Supply List (Supplies for 2' x 8' Raised Bed Garden) 2 - 2" x 6" x 8' Cedar Boards 2 - 2" x 6" x 2' Cedar Boards 32 - Screws Drill Bits Rubber Mallet 4 - Burpee Pivot Corners Level Square Shovel Edger 4 - 40lb Bags of Top Soil 4 - 40lb Bags of Compost 1 Large Bag of Peat Moss This is the second time we have used pivoting corners to build our gardens. Now you could just skip this using 2x2 boards to square off your garden but I think the pivot corners are really great for a few reasons. Firstly, you can angle your garden, not everything has to be square people! Our first garden angles and follows Get the Scoop [...]
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The Hidden Cord

Ha, if you thought this post was about Minneapolis' very own 90's-indie-rock band, The Hidden Chord, I really got you fooled. Props to those who got the very obscure reference, to the majority of you who have no idea what I am talking about, I sincerely apologize. This post is actually about hiding unsightly cords and cables. Okay, okay, so I'm not reinventing the wheel or anything, you guys probably know all about products that make it easy to disguise your cords. Cable upkeep is often overlooked and just happened to be one of the last things on my sunroom-makeover to-do list. Since it's cold, grey and still not springy out, I took I'd take it upon myself to finish this one last task while at the same time reminding you all to put cord tidying on your spring to-do list. I'm sure you never noticed these cords in my sunroom photos I shared two weeks ago, that's because my photographs are just lies. LIES! I hide all that ugly stuff in secret hiding spots or sometimes, gasp, I even photoshop them out. If you guys even knew the truth. For instance in my living room, there is a piece of artwork that is not centered on the wall - instead of taking out a hammer and nail and centering the frame like a normal person would, I photoshop it into place every single time I share photos of my living room with you. I am such a liar, you guys! Sometimes living the lie just seems easier and more convenient then facing facts, manning up and tidying up my space. I promise, I'll hide the cords and yes, I'll even get out my hammer Get the Scoop [...]
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It’s Spray Painting Season!

You guys, it's that magical time of year where we can just venture outside and spray paint the heck out of anything we want. I have been marveling at the power of spray paint ever since I started using it in my kitchen makeover to make small improvements with hardware. It's amazing stuff. I've been eagerly waiting for the opportunity to get outside and spray paint a few things, and it finally happened this week! We had a couple of days with temperatures in the 40's! Planters and pots can be expensive - lots of times as expensive as the plant if not more. Clay pots however are very inexpensive, usually they are less than $4 for a pot and tray depending on what size you get. I'm no newbie to spray painting clay pots, I've painted a few in matte black this fall, and so far the results are all positive. There has been no unexpected blistering from moisture or anything like that, so I figured I'd give it go and give these pots a dipped look. I masked off the tops of the pots and spray painted the trays and bases. It was super easy. I applied two coats of paint. I also painted this cheap-o lamp I picked up at Target earlier this month. It's not bad in the enamel grey, but I thought it would look way better in satin white, so I painted that too! See! Easy! Everything is masked and painted. I didn't use any guidelines when masking the pots, just picked a spot and taped around the top. I didn't even care if it was even! I know, I know, I am so crazy. The lamp is my fav, I love it painted white! Don't Get the Scoop [...]
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