DIY Wood Pallet Projects Book Giveaway

Today is an exciting day for my friend and Haven Conference roommate Karah, who blogs at The Space Between. Her book, DIY Wood Pallet Projects: 35 Rustic Modern Upcycling Ideas to Personalize Your Space is now available and you can win one in this giveaway.

Karah spent several fast and furious months not only making all of the projects and writing the book and making all kinds of publishing decisions in order to get this book on the shelves. I’m so proud of her! It’s an amazing accomplishment to produce a book.

DIY Wood Pallet Projects Book

Inside, Karah outlines what pallets are all about, how to disassemble and prepare them for use, plus she shows dozens of ways to use pallets for home decor, holidays and more.

DIY Wood Pallet Projects Book

After you read it you’re going to want to rescue some pallets of your own. There are so many ideas I’d never even thought of and I’ve been wanting make something of my own for a while. This book will walk you through everything you need to know about working with pallets and turning them into beautiful, functional pieces for your own home.

Read all about Karah’s behind the scenes experience writing and making the book here. And enter to win your own copy via the Rafflecopter form below.

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Reupholster a Bench in 30 Minutes

I bet there’s times you’ve seen furniture that you wanted to give a quick makeover. Whether it was the fabric or paint or both. Today I’m at Redhead Can Decorate to show you how to easily reupholster a bench {or even a chair} in less than 30 minutes. All you need is some of your favorite fabric and a staple gun.

Read the post here. Don’t you love the zebra fabric?

How to Reupholster a Bench

And come back tomorrow for a giveaway of the new book by Karah at The Space Between. It’s called DIY Wood Pallet Projects: 35 Rustic Modern Upcycling Ideas to Personalize Your Space (affiliate link). And it’s filled with creative and practical ideas to make items from your home with pallets.

But don’t forget to enter the Ball Canning products giveaway here too!  See you soon friends.

Tomato Canning Tips + Ball Canning Products Giveaway

Ball Canning Products Giveaway

Now that fall is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to harvest your fruits and vegetables and do some canning. Ever since I watched my mom can tomatoes when I was young, I’ve been interested in learning how to preserve the season’s best flavors with nothing but jars and a hot water bath.

Now that I get to can on my own, I’ve learned how to preserve green beans, make tomato sauce, can tomatoes, fruit and more. Today I wanted to share some pictures from my recent tomato canning adventure and I have a special thank you for you, a Ball Canning products giveaway! At the end of the post you can enter to win all of the following:

  • The New Limited Edition Spring Green Heritage Collection Jars: These limited edition jars commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Ball brothers’ “Perfection” Jar and come in a beautiful green tint.  These are being produced only in 2014 and are available in both pint and quart varieties.
  • 4-pack 16oz Drinking Mugs: These sturdy handled mugs are perfect for entertaining and serving mocktails, cocktails or simply infused water!
  • Mason Jar Infuser: This sturdy BPA-free plastic top fits on any wide mouth mason jar and is equipped with a hanging basket which you can fill with your favorite herbs, fruits, etc to add a hint of flavor to water, tea or spirits.
  • Sip & Straw Lids: Fitting perfectly atop any Wide Mouth or Regular Mouth Ball Jar, these easy sip lids allow you to enjoy every last drop of your beverage. Use along or with the included reusable green striped straw for convenience on the go.

Ball Canning Products Giveaway

Have you ever tried canning? Or maybe you would like to learn? It’s pretty easy, all you need are a few supplies to get started and you can end up with a cupboard full of food to use all winter.

For the items I can, I follow the Blue Book Guide to Preserving by Jarden Home Brands*. It’s all you need to can hundreds of items.  This was the first year I made and canned tomato sauce and will be the third I do green beans. Recently my mom came over to help me with tomatoes, which have a few steps, but are very easy.

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Hanging Curtains in a Bay Window

Hanging Curtains in a Bay Window

Continuing on with my home office makeover, one major project I had to tackle were the windows, particularly how to cover them. We inherited blue metal blinds from the previous owner, which I’ve since taken down, but have yet to identify affordable shades or other nice, normal blinds of this decade. But in the mean time I had to figure out the hanging curtains in a bay window situation.

Hanging Curtains in a Bay Window

I had seen rods that came in three connected pieces that flexed where they were joined, but they didn’t extend long enough for my windows. In the end I decided just to get three separate rods and hang those over each window, knowing the curtain panels would cover the gaps in the rods and the space on the walls.

First, I determined where my curtains should hang. To do this, put the curtains on the rod and get up on a ladder to see where the rod should go, based on where the curtains graze the floor. Some people like their curtains to pool on the floor, but I’m not a pooler. I think they collect dust, then its hard to sweep anyway. I like my curtains to float just above the floor. It’s a pretty scientific method.

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Home Office Makeover Plans

Home Office Makeover Plans

One of the worst parts of being a blogger is having to show you before pictures of spaces.

The mess! The outdated decor! The downright embarrassing pictures!

But the good news about before pictures is the possibility in them. The makeover ideas, the new paint colors. It’s all very fun for me and I love creating warm, comfortable spaces for my family and friends.

In our house we are lucky enough to have 4 bedrooms, one of which turned into a home office for me so I had my own space in which to do grad school homework and keep all of my own things like photo albums, books and favorite art. I’ve been working on this space for a few years with lots of changes in between, but before I get to the after I have to show you the before. And my plans for what I’d like to see in the space.

Home Office Before

Home Office Before

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Learn How to Make Built In Shoe Shelves

You know those home improvement projects that scare you? The ones you’re afraid to try? And don’t even know how you’d start?

Built in shelves used to be that for me, but today I’m over at Pretty Handy Girl showing you how to make built in shelves for shoes. Turns out, it’s very easy!

Built In Shoe Shelves

Read the post here and let me know if you have ever made built in shelves, or maybe need a little shoe organization in your life? These will help.

See you later this week when I show the before and master plan for my home office makeover.

Fall Yard Clean Up Checklist

Fall Yard Clean Up Checklist

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Happy September! Although it is really hot here today, I’m already thinking of all the projects I can get done while I am sill mobile and my big belly isn’t getting in the way. One of which is cleaning up our backyard and getting it ready for fall. We planted lots of vegetables this year and had our patio makeover, so we have a few things to take care of before it’s winter.

Since I love to share helpful tips I’ve come up with this Fall Yard Clean Up Checklist, so none of us forget what to do to our beautiful yards outside when the weather changes and we are ready to snuggle inside for a few months. I won’t mind if you sip a Pumpkin Spiced Latte while you read this!

Here are 10 items for you to get done before it’s too cold.

Trim, and Prune all Plants

There are sure to be plants in the yard that will die once the summer is over and all dead leaves, branches, etc should be clipped off and composted or thrown away.  I showed how to prune roses and fall is when all the leftover blooms and rose hips can be snipped off and discarded.

I’ve been using Rubbermaid Roughneck storage containers since they hold a lot and I don’t have to empty them too often.  Plus the handles make it easy for me to carry them around the yard. We use these all over the house, specially to store things in the attic.

Fall Yard Clean Up Checklist

Fall Yard Clean Up Checklist

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