How to Identify Yellow Jackets and Protect from Being Stung

Honeybee vs. Yellow Jacket | Pretty Handy Girl

Summertime is here and I can’t keep shoes on the kids…

Honeybee vs. Yellow Jacket | Pretty Handy Girl

…or clothes for that matter.

Honeybee vs. Yellow Jacket | Pretty Handy Girl

I think my kids inherited it from me. I have fond memories of running around our backyard as a child barely clothed. I also have a not so fond memory of stumbling upon a yellow jacket nest. I ran until my little legs gave out and I hit the ground face first as those little devils stung my backside several times. Nothing puts a damper on summer fun like a bunch of yellow jacket stings on your hiney. Two years ago, my oldest son had the unfortunate experience of stumbling upon a nest in our yard. If I could have taken the stings for him, I would have. Lucky for us, he didn’t experience an allergic reaction on top of the stings. But, allergic or not, yellow jackets are not welcome in my yard!

That summer that I got stung, I learned to tell the difference between yellow jackets and honeybees. Do you know how to tell the difference? It’s important to stop and take a moment to identify which you are dealing with. Did you know that honeybees and yellow jackets are very different in appearance? Once you know what to look for, you can easily identify them: [Continue reading...]

Separated at Childhood – Q&A with The Space Between

Separated at Childhood | Pretty Handy Girl & The Space Between blogs

I’ve often wondered why some women are handy and others haven’t embraced their inner handy girl yet. Karah is definitely one super handy gal! She’s in the process of completely renovating a bungalow in Key West. We were talking on the phone one day and discovered that we lived very similar childhoods. Suddenly, there were a lot of “Really?! Me too!” exclamations. We thought it would be fun to quiz each other and see how similar we really are. We’re calling this our Separated at Childhood Q&A (complete with the obligatory awkward childhood photos)!

If you haven’t met Karah yet, I know you’ll be fast friends. Karah blogs at the space between. Both Karah & I love serious DIY. We both grew up in houses that were always at one stage or another of completion, which has probably heightened our ability to deal with all of the house projects we seem to always be tackling. Growing up around sledgehammers, extension ladders and the sound of saws whining first thing in the morning seemed natural to me. To this day, I still love the smell of sawdust first thing in the morning.

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But enough about me, let’s get to the questions and Karah’s answers!

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Q. Sweet tooth or Salty Snacks?
A. sweet for sure, all day, every day

Q. Coffee or Tea?
A. coffee … black, strong and tall … wait, we’re still talking about coffee, right?!?! ;-)

Q. What was your first DIY project?
A. I can’t say I remember my very first, we were always making stools and desks and tables for around the house. But there was this time my brother and I tried to build a boat out of scraps of plywood. My mom wrote “Aug 82″ on the back so I had just turned 6. Spoiler alert – plywood does not a good boat make.

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Karah from the space between

Q. Who encouraged you or where did you get the empowerment to take on your first project?
A. I grew up on a farm, which is a very do it yourself environment from fixing tractors to haying fields. But my dad definitely fostered the house project empowerment by taking me to Bring Your Child to Work days and teaching me how to use a slam hammer when I was in Jr High I think.

Q. Were you a tomboy or a princess as a child?

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Painted Vanity Nightstand

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In the quest to makeover our master bedroom and save money, I’ve been painting several pieces of furniture to coordinate with the new bed I built.

One of the pieces I painted was this small desk that doubles as a nightstand. Our bedroom isn’t very large and our master bathroom is even smaller than what can be described as a “master” anything! Doing my hair and makeup in our bathroom isn’t a viable option, especially when both Pretty Handsome Guy and I wake up at the same time. When I saw this little desk at a local thrift store, I grabbed it. Especially because she was only $20!

Painted Bedside Vanity | Pretty Handy Girl

She had lots of age, but not much character.

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However, she was the perfect size and had just enough storage for a makeup vanity.

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DIY Anthropologie Inspired Pillow

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Hi there! It’s Melissa from The Happier Homemaker back again this month with a super easy knock off project today. I don’t know about you but I just love looking at stores and catalogs for my DIY inspiration.  I recently saw this gorgeous Anthropologie octopus pillow online but one look at the $168 price tag […]

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Farmhouse King Size Bed with Storage

Modified King Size Farmhouse Bed with Storage Drawers | Pretty Handy Girl

The master bedroom is almost finished. If you’ve been following along, I decided to give our bedroom a makeover when we upgraded our mattress to a king size. That decision has resulted in a few “give a mouse a cookie” decisions. Every time we needed a new mattress, we discussed whether it was time to upgrade to […]

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Aqua Dresser Makeover – What’s Knot to Love?

Facelift for a Knotty Pine Dresser | Pretty Handy Girl

You know you’ve seen those knotty pine dressers from yesteryear. Their spotlight has faded and they are finding themselves at thrift shops, ReStores or worse yet…at the curb. I’m begging you to let this knotty eyesore back into your home. It doesn’t have to be banished. It’s KNOT her fault she was built from cheap pine. All this […]

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DIY Striped Euro Shams

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Every DIYer loves a little drop cloth project right?  Jaime from That’s My Letter here to share how to make striped euro shams. Using drop cloth and acrylic craft paint, I made these grain sack inspired shams to finish off our new poster bed. I added piping to finish the edges. It wasn’t too hard, […]

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What’s Holding Us Back

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I’ve been putting off this post for a long time. I probably should have written it three years ago. But, each time, I thought to myself, “I don’t want to write about negativity on my blog. I want this to be a positive and empowering space for people (especially women) to be inspired to pick up […]

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Corn Salsa

Best Corn Salsa Recipe | Pretty Handy Girl

Y’all, I have THE BEST Corn Salsa Recipe ever! It is amazing as a side dish, especially with Spice-rubbed salmon. But, it’s also delicious for dipping chips into. Serve this at your next picnic and watch it disappear. Ingredients:

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Savory Spice-Rubbed Salmon

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Summertime is here and I’ve been in the mood for our favorite salmon recipe! Spice-Rubbed Salmon is the perfect meal for a hot summer evening. The spices cook to a sweet and spicy crust over deliciously flaky and healthy salmon. Normally, I’d throw the fish on the grill, but it seems like every night this week […]

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DIY Lemonade Lip Balm

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Happy Summer! Warm days and soaring temperatures always put me in the mood for lemonade. For a little end of the year gift for my sons’ teachers I whipped up a small batch of DIY Lemonade lip balm. But, this is a fabulous gift to make for a girlfriend or anyone who needs a little […]

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101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for Friends

I’m excited to share 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends. I am joining creative forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! The collection is live now, so be sure to jump out of bed and find a fabulous gift […]

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How to Paint an Ombré Wall Technique

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Ombré painting is EVERYWHERE. Clothing, home décor and even wall paint techniques. An ombré wall is the paint technique I chose to create a misty and ethereal look in our master bedroom. It started when I fell in love with Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore but didn’t want to make our entire bedroom too dark […]

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32 Colorful Doors to Adore

32 Colorful Doors

Hello Pretty Handy readers! I’m Colleen from Just Paint It! Blog and today I have a collection of 32 gorgeous colorful doors to inspire your next curb appeal project. With warmer temps here, most of us are spending more time outside, sprucing up our yards and outdoor spaces. One simple way to make a big impact is to paint […]

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How to Paint Your Room Twice as Fast – HomeRight PaintSticks Review

HomeRight PaintStick vs. EZ Twist Review | Pretty Handy Girl

Remember when I declared that I only use a handful of painting products that I’ve used for 15 years? I usually detest “new and improved” painting gadgets. I’ve tried many and they are usually a flop or not as efficient as my current arsenal of painting tools. So, you’ll understand that when HomeRight first approached me about trying […]

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Decorative Metal Flashing Orbs

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Happy July friends! It’s Jessica from Decor Adventures. I hope you are enjoying all things summer and have a close friend or relative with a pool, if you don’t have one yourself. It is super hot here and I’m glad my sister finally opened hers. Otherwise, to stay cool I hang out in our basement where […]

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DIY Button Pendant Light {#LowesCreator Idea}

DIY Button Pendant Light | Pretty Handy Girl

While I was house touring on Tybee Island and having  fun antique and salvage shopping in Savannah, I spied some bare lamp shade frame hanging lights. They immediately inspired me to design a DIY Button Pendant Light for over my bedside table in our master bedroom. Part of the desire was born out of the necessity to have more […]

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How to Decorate Series: Color Harmony in Decorating

How to Choose Colors in Your Home | Pretty Handy Girl

One of the most frequent complaints from homeowners is struggling to choose colors for their home. When you walk into the paint store, the color selection can seem overwhelming. Choosing a rug or furniture can be equally daunting. Today I’ll give you some tips and tricks for creating color harmony in home decorating. You’ll learn a little knowledge […]

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Grilled Fruit Kabobs with Coconut Honey Dip

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Hi there! I’m back this month with a fun summer recipe that’s just as healthy as it is delicious-grilled fruit kabobs with coconut honey dip! While fruit kabobs are nothing new, taking them to the grill adds an extra special flavor that’s perfectly complimented by a creamy yogurt dip sweetened by honey and coconut! Ingredients: […]

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How to Trim & Install Closet Doors {Dremel Ultra-Saw Review}

How to Trim Closet Doors with Dremel UltraSaw | Pretty Handy Girl

I have a friend named Holly. She and I live in the same neighborhood and we help each other out with DIY projects. Last week she asked me to help her come up with a solution to hide her dirty laundry. Holly and I were trying to figure out how to replace her sad laundry […]

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