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Hi!  I am sharing today as part of the Craft Lightning Patriotic!  I am excited I am able to participate in this blog hop.  It includes a lot of bloggers making “lightning crafts”.  These are crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less (excluding drying time).  I used some dollar store mason jar glasses and jazzed them up for a 4th of July celebration.  Now they are the perfect patriotic glasses.

I created some fun  patriotic decor last year for the office so I was excited to make more this year.

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

 

Patriotic Glasses

Supplies Needed:  I am including some affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

Mason Jar Glasses

Oil Based Sharpie Markers – Red, White, Blue, Silver  (my photo shows a black pen instead of a silver one but I changed my mind)

Oven

Rubbing Alcohol ( just in case you make a mistake)

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Let’s Get Started

I wanted a hand-drawn look for these glasses so I chose to just draw my stars onto the glasses free hand.  If you don’t like this idea you can make a stencil or use a pre-made stencil with stars on it.  And if you hate what you drew or you make a mistake some rubbing alcohol and some paper towel or a q-tip will remove the marker and you can start over.

This is so easy.  All I did was draw a 5 point star with the marker then color it in.

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I had four glasses and I mixed up the colors a little bit.  On each glass I used two colors for the stars and then two colors for small dots as a filler.

Glass one – red and white stars with silver and blue dots

two – red and blue stars with white and silver dots

three – blue and white stars with red and silver dots

four – silver and red stars with blue and white dots

When they are done place them on a cookie sheet into a cold oven.  Turn the oven on to 250 degrees and let the glasses “bake” for 2 hours.  Then turn the oven off, keeping the glasses inside until the oven is cool.

This should make them safe for washing in the dishwasher but I would really recommend hand washing.

The Final Result

They are so festive and it is fun to have patriotic glasses for my 4th of July celebration.

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I love them.  If you love them as well don’t forget to pin them!

 

Jazz up some dollar store drink ware into the perfect patriotic glasses using Sharpie markers! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Michelle

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Hi!  I am back with another Silhouette Challenge today.  I missed last months but in March I added some pizzaz to the top of this little table with an Irish Blessing design.  The project for this month is much, much easier.  I would say easy peasy!  I decided to create a bottle opener.

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Silhouette Challenge

I love this Silhouette Challenge and I am so glad that Cat from Pocketful Of Posies hosts it every month.  Each month we are given a theme to work with.  Since Father’s Day is approaching the theme was “Man Up”.

I had to really think about what I wanted to make for this since I don’t do a lot of “man” projects.   The bottle opener came to me and I thought it would be a fun project.

Supplies Needed:

I have included some affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

Scrap piece of wood – It just needs to be big enough for the letters/words you choose

Bottle Opener

Silhouette Cameo

Vinyl

Wood Stain

Ceramcoat Cadet Grey Chalk paint

Ceramcoat Antique Wax

Foam Brushes

Drill

Sander or sanding blocks

Screws to attach the bottle opener

Getting Started With Your Bottle Opener

I did not cut this piece of scrap wood at all.  I just dug through our pile of scrap pieces until I found one the size I wanted.  But it is 5.5″ wide by about 10″ tall.

Sanding the board is the first step.  The palm sander is my friend!  It took all of about 3 minutes and I was done.  I really hate sanding.

When the sanding was done I used some wood stain that we already had and stained the board on all sides.

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

Cutting Out The Letters

Next came the Silhouette part of the project. I needed letters to mask the wood.  I decided on “Open Bottles Here” for my words and  kept them approximately the same width and height.  Because of this the word “bottles”  has slightly smaller letters but it creates a uniform look even though it ended up being a little longer as well.

Here is the screen shot of my design.

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The vinyl is the perfect material for masking.  I got a piece ready on the cutting mat.  The suggested needle depth is 1 but I always use a 2.  This seems to work well for me.

Once the letters were cut I placed them onto the wood as a mask. Do you like my pink vinyl?  I had to get something girly in their right?

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

A ruler helps to keep things lined up.  I also placed my bottle opener at the top so I knew how much room to leave for it.  I was debating whether or not to add a small wire basket to the bottom so I left a little bit of room just in case.  In the end I decided not to but if the bottle caps get left around I still may add one later.

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

It took a little bit of moving the letters around until I was happy with the placement.  Be sure they are completely adhered to the wood.  We are painting over them and don’t want the paint to bleed underneath.

Painting The Wood

This is the fun part!  I used a foam brush and my new Ceramcoat chalk paint in Cadet Grey. It is a light grey and was perfect for this project.

I only gave it one coat then was able to peel off the vinyl letters to reveal the stain underneath.

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I love that.  After admiring it for a few minutes I used a sanding block and gave it a good sand.

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

 

Finishing Up!

The next steps are the fun finishing touches.  First was the wax on the top of everything.  I love the wax for two reasons.  It tones down the paint color a little bit and second it gives it a nice, smooth finish.

The wax I used for this was Ceramcoat Antique.  This and the grey paint are from Plaid.  I do not find them online at any of the major hobby stores such as Hobby Lobby and Michaels but I do find them on Amazon and I have to say that I really like them.

When the wax is dry it is safe to add the bottle opener and I added a picture hanger on the back to hang it up.

Then it is finished!

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

What do you think?  If you like it don’t forget to pin it!

 

This bottle opener tutorial is really easy and will only take a day to complete! www.michellejdesigns.com

 

You will love all of the other blogger’s awesome projects as well.  Be sure to click on the links below and read about all of them.

 

 

How to Make an Easy DIY Bottle Opener – Michelle James Designs

DIY Drink Local Beer Opener – Rachel Theodoro

Etched Glass Gifts for Dad – Morena’s Corner

DIY Personalized Tap Handle – Uncookie Cutter

DIY Fathers Day Candy Banner – Pocketful of Posies

DIY Treasure Chest Toy Box – Houseful of Handmade

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Michelle

 

 

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Drink Station From An Old Table Top

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Hi there!  I am back today with my usual, awesome DIY post!  This time I am going to show you how I created a drink station out of a table without legs.  Or, how I took this lemon of a table and created some great lemonade.  Or at least a station that can serve some lemonade!

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

Create Your Own Drink Station

This was a most fun project and I know I say that a lot but they are like my little babies.  Each one is equal to the next.   This  is my fourth month participating in the Furniture Refresh Challenge and the theme this month is Chalkboard paint.  This time only two of us participated.  That is ok.  We had fun!

This drink station started out as a table.  But this table had no legs.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

We bought the table for $5 at a thrift store just for the legs.  I really wanted the modern, tapered legs for this bench we made for Ian and Hailey but each leg was about the cost of this table.  So, being a thrifty girl, I bought this table for the legs only.  So this poor table has been in the garage for a while.

I contemplated what to do with it and even sent a picture to Peggy for her ideas.  She found some very helpful pins.  One of them was a table like this one (with the legs) that had the top shelf part open for drinks.  I thought it was very clever so I started thinking about that.

I came up with this little, pathetic sketch and asked texted it to Jeff.  He loves it when I do that.  LOL!  But, he thought it was doable.  Yay!

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

Supplies Needed:

I am including some affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

This seems like a ton of supplies.  Most of it we already had in the form of scrap wood, etc.  We just like to use what we have instead of purchasing whenever possible.  Plus there was a lot to be done to this bare bones table top.

Two Tiered Table (with or without legs)  – I see these all of the time at garage sales and thrift stores.  Grab one and if it has legs…BONUS you can save them for another project later.

Some sort of handle – we used a 1 inch dowel and scrap 1×3 pieces.

Scrap wood for holding in the ice caddy – we used square pieces of basswood that measured about 6 inches in length

2×4 wood scrap

Lath wood pieces

Wheels – we had some already

Round wooden pieces for small feet

Drill

Screws

Tiny eyelets or cup hangers

Bottle opener

Rustoleum white flat paint/primer

Rustoleum Serenity Blue Chalked Paint

Paint Sprayer (optional)

Rustoleum NeverWet

Chalkboard Paint

Chalk/Chalboard Markers – I used white but I want some fun colors for next time

Hardware Cloth or small square/rectangle baskets

Fishing line/filiament

Plastic Canvas

 

 




 

Let’s Get Started

Jeff did a lot of work to this to get this drink station into shape.   We got the handle ready first.  He used two pieces of scrap 1×3 and cut them at the perfect angle to get the handle in the right spot.  This really was a trial and error process until it was where we wanted it to be.

These were placed on the back/bottom of the table.  He bore holes 1 inch around part way into the wood on the inside of each piece so the dowel would fit in.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

He clamped the angled pieces onto the back so he could get the dowel screwed in.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

Then he permanently attached the angled pieces to the back.  He added this 2×4 to the bottom so the wheels could be attached to something a little more sturdy than the side of the table.

He used pieces of lath all up the back to hide the ugliness of the back/bottom of the table.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

It looks so much better already.

Then he added some small feet to the to the bottom so the entire bottom of the piece would not be sitting on the ground.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

These wooden knobs have a flat area on one side.  We ended up screwing them in so they would hold up longer and be much stronger then if they were just glued on.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

This little area is where the ice will be so I wanted something to hold in the ice caddy insert I will be making.  Jeff added these scrap pieces of basswood to the bottom.

Let The Sanding Begin

When Jeff got done with his part I sanded and sanded…then I wiped it off and sanded and sanded again.

The table top was slick wood veneer and I did not want to have issues with the paint scratching or not bonding well.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

I also sanded the wood arms for the handle really well.  They had some pretty sharp corners so I softened them up a lot.

After the sanding was all done it was ready to prime.  I used my “go to” primer, Rustoleum flat white paint/primer.  I sprayed the entire piece.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

The Pretty Stuff

Once the primer was dry I was all set for the pretty paint.  The nice people at Rustoleum sent me some of their Chalked paint to try.  I am in love with the Serenity Blue color.  I used it on my  herb planter last week and couldn’t wait to get it out again.

I thinned the paint and used my HomeRight paint sprayer to speed up the painting and leave a nice, smooth finish.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

Then I got to use the special Rustoleum NeverWet.  If you guys haven’t seen this you must check it out.  I think it is a fairly new product and it makes things water repellent.  I am serious the water just beads up and rolls off.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

So this is a 2 step process.  There are 2 cans in the box and they are clearly labelled step 1 and step 2.  You just spray the first product, let it dry for at least 30 minutes then spray the second product.  After 30 minutes it should be water repellent.  Pretty sweet, right?

I sprayed my entire piece.  I knew there would be ice inside the drink caddy part and the bottle opener is at the top so if some spilled it should just bead up and roll off.  I probably didn’t need to do the back but I did anyway.

The only thing I don’t like about it is the weird feel of it when it is dry.  It seems like it is getting on your hands but it’s not.  You just have to trust me on this.  I ended up sanding some of it off the handle so it wouldn’t be so weird.  LOL!

More Pretty Stuff

When the base painting was done we started adding all of the things.  I have already sold this piece to my friend Jill.  I had texted her a picture of my silly sketch and she loved it.  Haha!  She had a Coca-Cola bottle opener from her grandmother that she wanted to incorporate into the drink station.  It was really fun to add a personal touch.

I made some wire baskets to hold things like napkins, straws and one to catch the bottle caps.  I used hardware cloth for these.  You can see my tutorial here.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

The baskets will be hanging on the little eyelets.  I really wanted cup hangers but the smaller ones only come in brass.  I did not want brass for this project.  Normally I would just paint them but I knew that the metal baskets would end up scratching the paint and they would look terrible.  So we picked up tiny eyelets that screw in just like the cup hangers.  The only problem is that they are not a hook. they are an eyelet.  We fixed that problem with wire cutters.  Just cut off a bit of the eyelet to create your own hanger.

They are a little hard to see but they are there.  I used two for each basket.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

Jeff added the wheels on.  That was fun!

And as you can see in the photo above I painted the chalkboard paint on the front of the table.  It looked great…and then I ruined it.  I added too much crap and made it look awful.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

Isn’t it terrible?  The thing is I didn’t even stop there.  I thought I could fix it by adding even more.  OMG!  What was I thinking?  Needless to say I sanded, re-primed, re-painted, repeated the NeverWet process and re-painted the chalkboard paint all over again in this area.  Sheesh!  What a time-suck!

When the chalkboard paint dried I used the side of a piece of chalk to season the board, wiped it off with a slightly damp cloth and used my chalkboard marker to make my Drinks design.  This was super fun!

Ice Caddy Insert

I wanted something for the ice and I wanted it to fit perfectly in the space from the table.  Well, of course I couldn’t find anything.  Jeff had the brilliant idea to use the plastic canvas.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

I cut the pieces to size and sewed them together on the sides and the bottom with the fishing line/filament.  Jeff is going to cut a piece of 1/8 inch polystyrene to fit in the bottom to keep it nice and sturdy for the heavy ice.  And the best part is that it is all water proof.

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

I was done!!!

The Final Result

You guys I couldn’t be any happier.  It works and it works well.   The only thing I may add for Jill is fabric liners for the baskets.  I added a small piece of the plastic canvas to the bottom of each but the straws are still a problem.  They like to make their way to an opening and fall through.  At least that is an easy fix!

What do you think?

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

I just love the way it turned out!

Don’t forget to pin it!

 

This drink station started as a table without legs. It was transformed into the perfect outdoor drink companion. Come see how we did it! www..michellejdesigns.com

 

Now be sure to check out Michele’s project too at Shelstring Blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Michelle

 


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Today’s post was a really fun project and, although a little bit “rustic” it serves it’s purpose and still manages to look adorable.  That is the goal when you create a hanging bottle opener...am I right?  Take a look!

 

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Create A Hanging Bottle Opener

So you may or may not know that I have been creating some projects for my friend Peggy and their new T@B camper.  I made them some popcorn and s’mores to take on one of their trips but have actually been planning a bottle opener since before they even picked the camper up from the lot.

I really wanted it to be a surprise but the thing is small and storage needs to maximized in order to fit everything in.  You can see Peggy’s camper organization tips on her blog.  So I needed to discuss it with her to figure out the best way to make it.

There were several options but she knew she didn’t want it hanging from any of the walls.  Who knows if the command hooks would hold up to all of that bottle opening.  LOL!  And she didn’t want’ the wall coverings to tear over time.

So, we came up with a plan that involved hanging it over the cabinet in the outdoor kitchen right next to the small fridge.  PERFECT!

After seeking out several design options on Pinterest she decided on the vertical shape with basket to catch the bottle tops.

Just after Peggy decided on this design I got an email with a new post from Sarah at Sadie Seasongoods.  I love her blog but in this particular email she had created the perfect bottle opener.  My favorite part was that the bottom opened up to allow the caps to fall effortlessly into the garbage.  I LOVED it and knew I had to incorporate that into this one too.

So here are some of the supplies that I gathered for this:

 

Bottle Opener - www.michellejdesigns.com - Create a hanging, over the counter, bottle opener. This one is for my friend to go into their camper!

 

Supplies needed:  I have included some affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

Wood piece – scrap piece

Recipe box – mine was from a  thrift store

Over the cabinet hook

Bottle Opener

Spray Paint

Hack Saw

Screws and Electric Drill

Felt

Stick Pin

Magnet – These are from Ebay

Moxxie Scrapbook Paper

Silhouette Cutting Machine

Mod Podge

Foam Brush

Clear Coat Finish

Sandpaper or Sanding Block

Balsa Wood strips

 

Prep Work

Sand the wood scrap first then spray a couple of coats with the paint.

I needed the top of the recipe box to be the bottom of the bottle cap catcher so I removed the piece at the top that said “recipes” and I removed the actual bottom of the box.  Then I turned it over.

It had some rough, uneven edges so I used some balsa wood strips to trim out the top edges.  After the glue was dry I painted the box the same yellow as the wood piece.

 

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When the paint was dry it was time to put it all together and add the fun stuff.

 

Adding The Fun Stuff

Jeff used the hack saw to remove the “hook” part of the over the cabinet hook.  We just needed the part that would allow the bottle opener to hang.

He screwed the cap catcher onto the bottom part of the wood piece, the bottle opener at the top of the wood piece and the hanger onto the back of the wood piece.

I didn’t want the screws on the back to scratch up the brand new camper cabinet so I added a piece of felt to cover the metal part.

 

Bottle Opener - www.michellejdesigns.com - Create a hanging, over the counter, bottle opener. This one is for my friend to go into their camper!

 

Now when I got done painting the extra layers of paint allowed the bottom of the cap catcher to stay shut but before it was painted it would not stay shut.  After a lot of use I thought it may eventually get back to that point.  So we added a pin and a magnet so it would always work the way it is supposed to.

 

Bottle Opener - www.michellejdesigns.com - Create a hanging, over the counter, bottle opener. This one is for my friend to go into their camper!

 

B@R T@B

Peggy and Andy named their camper the B@R T@B so of course that had to be on this right?  I used my Silhouette and cut out the letters from the Moxxie scrapbook paper.  It still needed something across the bottom half so I just cut a strip of the same paper and added it across the cap catcher.  The Mod Podge was the best way to adhere it.

After it dries spray a clear coat over the entire piece to help protect it from the elements.  After all they do have an outdoor kitchen.

Even though some of the edges are uneven and it could have been sanded a tiny bit more in places it looks super cute hanging in it’s little camper ready to help with the refreshments.  It functions well.  Jeff and I had to try it out to make sure!

 

Bottle Opener - www.michellejdesigns.com - Create a hanging, over the counter, bottle opener. This one is for my friend to go into their camper!

 

 

Bottle Opener - www.michellejdesigns.com - Create a hanging, over the counter, bottle opener. This one is for my friend to go into their camper!

 

But it doesn’t work if you already have a poured glass of wine.  Haha!

 

Bottle Opener - www.michellejdesigns.com - Create a hanging, over the counter, bottle opener. This one is for my friend to go into their camper!

 

I hope you liked this project and it will inspire you to create your own bottle opener like Sarah from Sadie Seasongoods did for me.  If you do like it…go ahead and pin it!  I love it when people share.

 

Bottle Opener - www.michellejdesigns.com - Create a hanging, over the counter, bottle opener. This one is for my friend to go into their camper!

 

Have a great day everyone and, as always, thanks for stopping by.

Michelle

 

 

 

 

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Hi!  You guys know I love flowers but am not much of a gardener.  My yard is starting to look pretty good.  Every year I add some flowers to the buckets I have hanging on the fence.  I am going to show you the beginners guide to creating a colorful fence!

 

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Creating a Colorful Fence

Many many years ago I picked up four of these buckets that hang on the fence.  They have been great each year.  They used to be light pastel colors and eventually faded until they were all the same color…faded white!

A couple of years ago I decided they needed a “sprucing up” so I took the spray paint to them.  Ever since they have really brightened up the back yard and have helped me in creating a colorful fence.  But, they need flowers right?

Step number two in the two-step process is adding some colorful blooms.

 

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I have tried different flowers a lot and this year is no different.  I found these  in a 4 pack.  They are called Torenia.  They said “part sun” on the card so I was hoping they would work.  I cannot choose anything that says they need full sun.  It will not happen at my house.

This part of my yard gets morning sun but it is definitely filtered.  So far…about a week in.. they are doing pretty good.  I am hoping they keep it up.

Sometimes I will move the buckets down onto the patio where the sun seems to linger longer in hopes of keeping them pretty and full.

I planted these guys into the buckets.

 

Creating a Colorful Fence - The Beginner's Guide - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Then just hung them up on the fence!  See how easy?

 

Creating a Colorful Fence - The Beginner's Guide - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Creating a Colorful Fence - The Beginner's Guide - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

What I love about this is that not only do the flowers add the color but the planters as well.  And if I am tired of these colors I can re-spray them to make them any color I want.  I love that and it is why I love spray paint.

 

Creating a Colorful Fence - The Beginner's Guide - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

So what do you think?  Did you find this an easy way of creating a colorful fence?

 

Creating a Colorful Fence - The Beginner's Guide - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Creating a Colorful Fence - The Beginner's Guide - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Creating a Colorful Fence - The Beginner's Guide - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out some of my other outdoor posts too!  I would love for you to stick around a while and see what’s going on.

See you,

Michelle


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I created this pretty outdoor space but I knew I wanted something humorous in the space because that is just me!  So I created this wooden garden gate sign.  What do you think?

 

Wooden Garden Gate Sign - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this wooden sign using scrap wood, my Silhouette machine and some paint! It adds a bit of "me" to my outdoor space.

 

Wooden Garden Gate Sign

This is a tutorial I wrote for Life With Lorelai, a blog a contribute to twice per month.  Check out my post over there for the full tutorial.

It stared with a scrap piece of wood and some paint but it turned into something fun and, hopefully, somewhat original.

I love a little humor so I wanted to add some to my outdoor space.  I think this did the trick.  With a little bit of paint and my Silhouette machine I created a little conversation piece.

 

Wooden Garden Gate Sign - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this wooden sign using scrap wood, my Silhouette machine and some paint! It adds a bit of "me" to my outdoor space.

 

This is the screen shot of my Silhouette Studio screen before I cut out the words.  It really was a fun sign to create.

Please hop over to Life With Lorelai to see the entire tutorial.  And you can check out how I created my outdoor space here!  I just love it!

Have you created an outdoor area that you just love?  Please comment below and tell us what you did!  Or…better yet, place a photo on my facebook page!  That would be fun.

Wooden Garden Gate Sign - www.michellejdesigns.com - I created this wooden sign using scrap wood, my Silhouette machine and some paint! It adds a bit of "me" to my outdoor space.

 

I hope  you enjoyed seeing my wooden garden gate sign.  Please share if you did.

If you would like to check out some of my other outdoor projects you can see them in my gallery here!  While you are at it you may like to check out all of my galleries.  Just click around on the menu at the top of this post.  You will find Furniture Makeovers, Home Decor, Storage and Organization and more!

I have also added a store to my sight.  Have you seen it?  It links to Amazon but contains a lot of the products I use all of the time and LOVE!  I hope you will check that out too!  You can find it by clicking the shop option on the menu at the top then clicking the My Favorite Things Store or just click this link!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Michelle

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Hi!  If you know me at all I am not an “outdoorsy” person but I do like creating pretty outdoor spaces to enjoy while being outdoors or to see when I arrive home after work.  It just makes me smile!

 

Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love to see flowers and pretty outdoor spaces when I look around my house. This is how I create them!

 

Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces

When we moved into our house 20 years ago the back yard was nothing but a pile of dirt and a bunch of weeds.  I knew I wanted a nice patio area where the boys could play, we could entertain, or just a place to sit and relax.

So we added pavers, a fence with a gate and a nice tree.  We topped it off with a nice piece of play equipment for the boys.  It has been one of the best things we have done to this house.  But maintenance can be a bitch!  LOL!  Of course that is with any yard and landscaping.  It is just not our thing.

There have been times when the weeds behind the garage have been up to my waist.  I kid you not.  But, I have really tried over the last couple of years to keep it up and looking pretty so we can go out there and enjoy it.

I have been looking for an old garden gate to purchase and use as decor but hadn’t found one until this year.  I finally found one and I love it!  So, this is what I did to create these lovely outdoor spaces!

 

Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love to see flowers and pretty outdoor spaces when I look around my house. This is how I create them!

 

The first one is the most prominent along the side of the house as you walk up to the back door.

This is where my new garden gate is.  It obviously needed something around it.

I purchased some different flowers and greenery and went to work.  Chloe, once again, is my helper.

 

Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love to see flowers and pretty outdoor spaces when I look around my house. This is how I create them!

 

The boys’ Radio Flyer wagon just sits in the garage so I thought it would make a nice place for a lot of the new plants.  I added some gravel on the bottom for drainage then some potting soil for the plants.  Remember that I am not an experienced gardener.  I just plant what I like.  I do look at the shade/sun requirements on the tags.  I have a lot of shade so full sun plants don’t do well.  The larger pot at the top of the steps in the photo above did not specify so I just took a chance in a part sun/shady area.

 

Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love to see flowers and pretty outdoor spaces when I look around my house. This is how I create them!

 

I just decided where I wanted everything and planted them into the wagon.  I had some of the plants leftover for more of my outdoor spaces.  But this is what the wagon looked like.

Then I got busy with some pots.  They are mostly by the back door.  But I also wanted on on the other side of the gate.

 

Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love to see flowers and pretty outdoor spaces when I look around my house. This is how I create them!

 

I like the white plant stand but I am not sure it matches with the wagon and the gate.  I am on the search for a fun wooden chair to put in it’s place.  What do you think?  In the meantime it stays.

I was also able to somewhat hide the little gray box on the side of the house a little bit with the wagon.

I created a fun sign for the gate too.

 

Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love to see flowers and pretty outdoor spaces when I look around my house. This is how I create them!

 

Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love to see flowers and pretty outdoor spaces when I look around my house. This is how I create them!

 

I love to see this everyday!  And I am more willing to take of the weeds because I want to keep it looking nice.

Here are some more pics of my outdoor spaces.  I still need to fill the buckets on the fence and one more container but I think I have created an nice place to relax and have a glass (or two) or wine.

 

Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love to see flowers and pretty outdoor spaces when I look around my house. This is how I create them!

 

And I topped it off with a new, colorful door mat from Lowes.  Pretty, right?

 

Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love to see flowers and pretty outdoor spaces when I look around my house. This is how I create them!

 

I am hoping these little petunias will fill in around the tree soon.  They are somewhat skimpy right now.

 

Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love to see flowers and pretty outdoor spaces when I look around my house. This is how I create them!

 

One of my friends gave me some Iris last year.  I had planted some of them on the other side of the fence but never got these got in the ground until now.  They survived outside in the plastic bag all winter and now are happy in their new home.  Above the Iris you can also see my Dollar Store Outdoor Lighting.  These things are still working.  LOL!

 

Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love to see flowers and pretty outdoor spaces when I look around my house. This is how I create them!

 

Creating Pretty Outdoor Spaces - www.michellejdesigns.com - I love to see flowers and pretty outdoor spaces when I look around my house. This is how I create them!

 

It makes me happy every time I look at them and wonder why I don’t plant more.

If you like this post….as a special treat I have some other outdoor space ideas from my blogging friends you can check out below!  If you have an outdoor space post please feel free to link up and share!

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle


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Hi friends!  I am excited about yet another class to offer.  This project celebrates spring and getting outdoors when the weather finally warms up.  I hope you like the sisal covered pot outdoor lighting class!

 

Sisal Covered Pot Outdoor Lighting - www.michellejdesigns.com - Create this awesome sisal covered pot with a special dragonfly solar light just in time to sit out and enjoy it

 

Sisal Covered Pot Outdoor Lighting

This is a super fun project.  You will be creating a unique, original pot by wrapping the sisal rope around it and giving it a little color and transforming the solar light into a dragonfly.  It is perfect for your outdoor table.

 

Sisal Covered Pot Outdoor Lighting - www.michellejdesigns.com - Create this awesome sisal covered pot with a special dragonfly solar light just in time to sit out and enjoy it!

 

The class will be held on May 3rd and May 5th, 2016  (You choose the evening you would like to attend) at 6:30 pm.  It will be held in our usual location at the Emmetsburg Episcopal Church.

You must sign up and pay by April 20, 2016!

If you would like to register online just click the “add to cart” button below for the night you would like to attend.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

 

If you would like to pay by check please send a check by the deadline made payable to Michelle James.  Send or drop off at 802 Palmer Street Emmetsburg, IA 50536

Be sure to let me know which night you want to attend.

 

Sisal Covered Pot Outdoor Lighting - www.michellejdesigns.com - Create this awesome sisal covered pot with a special dragonfly solar light just in time to sit out and enjoy it!

 

Refund/Exchange Policy

There are no refunds or exchanges after you have signed up and paid for the class.  If something comes up and you are unable to attend, your project will be available to pick up in the form of a kit which will include supplies needed and written instructions with a color photo so you can complete the project on your own time.  (paint brushes and various other supplies that are shared during class will not be included in the kits)

I am really looking forward to this class and I am looking forward to setting this outside on my patio and soaking up some warm sunshine.

If you like this class or you just want to be included in future offerings, please sign up for my email/newsletter.  You can do this by entering your email at the top of this post or in the subscribe box in the side bar.

Also, don’t forget to follow Michelle James Designs on all social media including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram.  I appreciate the new likes and follows that I get everyday!

Thanks for all of your support over the past few months.  The classes have been great!

For all of you who have been asking for kids classes.  We have one in the works and it will be announced soon so PLEASE keep checking back or sign up for the email/newsletter so you don’t miss it!

Michelle

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