Gate Update


Hi there- how was your weekend?  We spent the weekend replacing gates in our backyard for our new puppy, Chloe!  It was a birthday gift to me from the family: the puppy, not the gate!  It was looking a little tired: both the gate and myself!!    Both gates just needed new doors as the posts were [Read more…]



Okay, this post title makes me giggle!  I have tried for eight years to grow pumpkins in my backyard.  Every year yields big leaves and no pumpkins.  A few years ago our  neighbors sneaked into our yard while we were out and “planted” full size pumpkins in my pumpkin patch!  It was the cutest, most [Read more…]

Bird Seed Balls


Look what I found at this fun place  I talked about earlier this week.  It’s called The Barn and it is a collection of vendors selling all kinds of stuff. It’s like an indoor tag sale!  I saw this and just couldn’t pass it up.  I know the perfect place for it in my backyard! It’s [Read more…]

Thrifty Outdoor Lighting!


For the record, my {first} husband named our thrifty outdoor lighting “trailer park trash lighting.” Our backyard is in chaos, meaning we have no idea what we want to do. Well, that’s not true, we would love a water feature (thinking cascading waterfall down our hill and ending near a gas fire pit (we live [Read more…]

Garage Door Makeover for $40.00


This is the after photo.  I say this because it’s not a brand new door! At least not this year.  Our neighbors are slowly getting the new garage doors with the decorative hardware finishes.  Well, we are the family trying to pinch pennies with college tuition looming. We  are in the process of “trying to get a few [Read more…]

Thrifty Tombstone Tutorials


After chasing the Styrofoam tomb stones down the street last year  I knew the windy autumns days {and nights} of Colorado would require sturdier tomb stones for my Halloween Yard Display Steps for Tombstone Success 1.  Plywood boards (Home Depot) 2.  Trace tombstone shapes on plywood 3. Jigsaw to cut out shapes 4. Sandpaper to smooth the edges 5. Stencils, paint [Read more…]

DIY Floating Ghost


Ghost spotted outside the house!  The first time I saw my ghost floating  around in the tree, I jumped.  He looks like the real deal.  This post is a re-mix. I am slightly overwhelmed with my wordpress migration! After years of seeing tutorials for this easy project, I finally created my own.  I’ve had the supplies [Read more…]

What the…. Deck?

Grip it and Rip it!  Getting a new deck is a 2 person job!

Sometimes the house wins! In this case, our deck was rotting from under our feet {literally}.  We have spent the last 3 weekends month and half  pulling the deck apart!  And, as we pulled the boards off the joists, we quickly realized that the  builder {or his subcontractors} used interior drywall screws. Do you like the Vera [Read more…]