Good morning, coffee lovers! Julie here stopping by from redheadcandecorate.com where my husband and I have been working on a really large front porch project 😯 with DIY mahogany stained wood. I am very very excited for the reveal coming up soon (subscribe now so you don’t miss it), but no one can work without coffee, right? That’s why I decided it was a great time to get this coffee party started over here at the fence. I hope you enjoy these “Unique Coffee Ideas” I found through some of our talented friends from blog land, and there’s one from me, too.
Hello At the Picket Fence friends! It’s me Julie from redheadcandecorate.com and I’m stuck indoors these days due to the frigid temps, how about you? I thought it would be a perfect time to show you some of my “Window Treatment Ideas”. I warn you though, some of my window treatments are a little outside of the box, or should I say “off the window”?
First, let me explain that I am actually not a big fan of window treatments for a couple reasons. As we all know window treatments are extremely expensive, difficult to install, and attract dust. In addition, if you have a beautiful view, they block it and the sunlight that comes with it. Let’s face it though, we need privacy, and we need to be able to block the light if we don’t get up at the crack of dawn, or if we enjoy taking naps-like me.
I am lucky enough to not have to worry too much about privacy because of the distance between our homes and the privacy the trees give. However, I am not a morning person, so I need to block the light. Let’s get started and I’ll show you what I’ve done to solve these issues…
Hi friends! Can you believe it’s already November?! My Thanksgiving meal plans are already well underway and while it may vary from year to year, it is never complete without my pecan and sweet potato pies. I think I would be forgiven for leaving the main attraction i.e. Tom Turkey off of the menu but never for forgetting these two dessert favorites!
I love serving them on my wood slice serving trays and I wanted to give you a chance to make some of these yourself for the holiday season.
They are a fun way to bring the outdoors in for the holidays and these rustic refined DIY wood slice Thanksgiving serving trays have just the right amount of bling to make them a perfect addition to your holiday dinners!
Stacked or standing side by side, your desserts will take center stage when displayed on these serving trays. Finish them off with a favorite quote or saying to make them truly personal and unique!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Wood rounds (can be purchased at hobby and craft stores or use rounds cut from stumps) / wood craft feet and rounds (purchased from hobby and craft stores) / wood glue / gilding liquid and paint brush / wood burning tool and letter stamps (optional for lettering)
One morning, while upstairs putting on my makeup, I had the news on in the background and, as always, had my ears tuned to the weather segment. It was finally time for Mr. Al Roker to have his turn. He weaved his weather prediction magic and soon I knew just what the temps would be all over the country.
But when it came time to talk about the west coast, specifically my beautiful Pacific NW, he just kind of casually waved his arm and said, “And there will be rain in the Pacific NW.” I stopped dead in my tracks…eyeliner in one hand and coffee cup in the other, unsure if I had heard correctly or if in my usual morning stupor I had misunderstood him.
The title of this blog post should really read, “The aged galvanized metal tray that really didn’t want to age.”
And maybe it’s the fact that I turned 40 this year that made me feel a lot of sympathy towards this tray and its unwillingness to let me give it a faux aged look even while I was cursing it under my breath.
Happy New Year, At the Picket Fence friends, from redheadcandecorate.com!
It’s brutally cold up here in the “mitten state” (Michigan), but I’m making the best of it by keeping busy indoors which can be nice and cozy with a hot cup of tea.
However, on the other hand, we traveled through Canada to Western New York last weekend and I captured this unique photo on the New York State Thruway, that I thought would be fun to share with you. My husband was driving and I saw the sign approaching quickly, so I grabbed my phone and got it just in the nick of time. I’ve lived up here most of my life, except for a 6 year transfer to Jacksonville, Florida. I must admit that I have never seen a neon “LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING” sign ever in my 46 years.
It’s been such a blessing to work with The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation during their Celebration of Service Campaign, these last few months! From DIY American Flags to DIY Military Shadowboxes to this beautiful DIY Holiday Wood Planter, its been such a privilege to create one of a kind project to honor our veterans!
I love Christmas and it was so much fun to present this Holiday Centerpiece to a precious widow of one of our nation’s heroes. I’ll be sharing more of my afternoon with Ms. Harris, but for now I’m excited to give you the details on how you can build your own DIY Wood Centerpiece Planter!
Have you ever dreamed up an idea and you just knew you were going to love it….if you could pull it off? You could see it in your head. Envisioned exactly what it would look like. You might have even wondered why no one else had thought of this idea yet, and you smiled to yourself knowing you had come up with a brilliant idea.
Then reality set in when you realized that for this marvelous, original idea to come to fruition, you would have to create it yourself. From scratch! The doubt begins to creep in a little and you wonder if your idea…. was just a dream after all.
I watched him as he gathered up his uniform and tucked it under his arm carrying it, and his basic training yearbook, over to the couch for us to see. As I painted alongside where he sat, I listened as he shared stories from his days in Vietnam. The impact that it had on him, on his family.
When I finally had a chance to present him with this gift, a place to proudly display those tangible memories from days that are forever etched in his mind, it was such a joy. A joy to know that something as simple as creating a box, could give honor to these treasures of his.
Do you have a veteran in your life? This DIY Military Display Shadowbox is a great way to help preserve and display their uniforms, metals and so much more.
It may be November, but we are getting patriotic around here in honor of Veteran’s Day! As the daughter-in-law and wife of veterans and the MOM of a United States Army soldier, anytime I can create something that honors their service, and the service of so many others, I jump at the chance!
This Saturday, November 7th, I am going to be partnering with The Home Depot, at their Buckhead, Georgia location, to celebrate our greatest heroes…American Veterans! Home Depots, by you, will be hosting a workshop where kids can create a special veteran’s day project, during the DIY Kid’s Workshop, for them to take home. Not only will our Home Depot location be creating fighter jets, they will also be helping me to create a special patriotic project that will be presented, the week of Veteran’s Day, to The Shepherd Center, a non-profit foundation committed to helping veterans recover from brain injuries and post traumatic stress syndrome. I feel so honored to be part of this celebration of service!
In the meantime, I’d like to share how YOU can create your own 3 FT BY 5 FT DIY Wooden Handprint American Flag!