#DIYCourage with Sawdust Girl and Chip & Pauli Wade

#DIYCourage Live Blab - 1st Monday of the Month at 8:30p EST | Pretty Handy Girl

Monday night is going to be EPIC! We will have so much DIY Talent in one Blab that we might just explode the social platform. In fact, I think this should be our goal. Let’s get so many Blab views that we shut the place down.

Come join myself and Sara Bendrick (DIY Network host) as we break down how to take on a home renovation with the fabulously talented cabinet designer and woodworker, Sandra (known in the blog world as Sawdust Girl.) Sandra is always a blast to hang out with and she’s sure to have you laughing as soon as we get going.

Then we’re welcoming Chip Wade & his wife Pauli who will be telling us more about their new HGTV show Wise Buys. Chip is a contractor and Pauli is a realtor. Their new show promises to be addictive to watch as they help homeowners find the true diamonds in the rough.

You probably remember Chip from some of his many appearances on HGTV, including Designed to Sell, Curb Appeal, and Elbow Room.

Where are you going to be Monday night, February 1st from 8:30pm EST/ 5:30pm PST? The right answer is sitting with us and chatting on Blab with Sandra, Chip and Pauli! Make sure you brush your teeth because you can join us live on video!

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How to Make a Snowman without Snow

Build a Snowman and Win a Getaway for 4 on a Disney Cruise! | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you wanna build a snowman? Come on let’s go and play! Ha, my apologies if you have that popular Frozen song in your head now. Do you have snow where you are? We are on the tip of an “epic” winter storm that is rolling into North Carolina right now. I hope we’ll get some pretty white stuff. Unfortunately, we usually get a heaping dose of slick ice and sleet, and not the fluffy white powder.

We won’t let that stop our fun! If you are cold and tired of winter already, you might want to listen up. I’ve teamed up with Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioningone of North America’s largest HVAC companies, to help you get warm during this cold and brutal winter. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is hosting an unFROZEN contest! What is an UnFROZEN contest, you ask? It’s a challenge for you to build a snowman and be entered to win a 7-Day Disney Cruise and Airfare for four!

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All you have to do is make a snowman and submit a picture to be entered! Your snowman doesn’t technically have to be made of snow. You could use anything you have lying around to make one. Bubble wrap, blankets, plywood, etc. Watch this video for more information (and a quick tutorial for building your own snowman without snow!)

Enter by March 11th, 2016 and you could be sunning yourself on the deck of a beautiful cruise ship. Ahhhh.

How to Build a Snowman without Snow:

Build a Snowman and Win a Getaway for 4 on a Disney Cruise! | Pretty Handy Girl

Are you excited about the contest? Do you have snow? If not, want some help making your snowman without snow? No worries, I got your back. You’ll need a few tools and supplies to build a snowman without snow. Keep in mind you can substitute any of the materials for something you already have on hand.

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DIY Like a Boss Link Party – Week 2

#DIYLikeaBoss Weekly Features - Week 1

You all really brought out the amazing DIY projects last week! I’m so impressed by your creativity. I had so much fun looking through the links. The party was amazing, was it not? I have to say, it was really exciting hanging out with so many kick ass women DIYers. Let’s do this more often! As a matter of fact, let’s do it every week! We can hang out every Thursday.

You’re Invited Every Thursday
starting at 6am EST to

 ~ DIY Like a Boss ~

a link party designed to share the best DIY and home decor projects
in blogland with you each week!

To join in the fun, scroll to the bottom of this post and use Inlinkz to submit your work. We’re so glad you’re here and can’t wait to be inspired by your #DIYLikeaBoss ideas!

If you just arrived, I have partnered with four other amazing bloggers to bring you a fabulous weekly party where you can share all of your amazing DIY and home decor projects!

DIY Like a Boss- The only DIY and home decor link party where you will be featured on 5 blogs + Hometalk! ‪#‎diylikeaboss‬

This party is for DIY home decor projects, DIY furniture projects, DIY craft projects, DIY sewing projects, and anything you can DIY!

This is my way of keeping up with all the fantastic DIY projects you’ve been working on. Plus, you’ll be getting exposure with hundreds of other DIYers who will be linking up as well. AND, I’m on the hunt for a new contributor, so this will be a fantastic place for you to showcase your skills (DIY projects, photography and writing.)

And now…

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DIY Stacking Storage Cubbies

These DIY Stacking Cubbies are a great storage solution for stuffed animals, shoes, and more!  The plans and tutorial make it easy to build as many as you like!

Hey everyone!  It’s Katie again from Addicted 2 DIY.  Today I’ve got a project to help keep things organized around the house.  These stacking storage cubbies are perfect for stashing away those growing stuffed animal collections, shoes, toys, books, etc.  They were so simple to build and they are easy to customize to fit your needs.  I’ve got the step-by-step tutorial for you below, and you can also stop by my site to download the printable plans.

Materials:
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  • 2 – 1″ x 12″ x 8′ pine boards
  • 1 – 1″ x 6″ x 8′ pine board
  • 2′ x 4′ sheet of 1/4″ plywood (I used some that I already had on hand)
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad Nailer
  • 1 1/4″ pocket screws
  • 1 1/4″ brad nails
  • 5/8″ brad nails
  • Kreg Rip-Cut
  • wood glue
  • orbital sander
  • 220 grit sandpaper

Cut list (for each storage cubby):

  • 2 – 1″ x 12″ @ 12″ (sides)
  • 1 – 1″ x 12″ @ 15″ (bottom)
  • 1 – 1″ x 12″ @ 16 1/2″ (top)
  • 1 – 1″ x 6″ @ 16 1/2″ (front)
  • 1 – 1/4″ plywood @ 12 3/4″ x 16 1/2″ (back)

Instructions:

Start by cutting all of your pieces for the cubbies.  Drill 3/4″ pocket holes into the bottom 1×12 pieces.

These DIY Stacking Cubbies are a great storage solution for stuffed animals, shoes, and more! The plans and tutorial make it easy to build as many as you like!

Attach the sides to the bottom using wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket screws. [Read more…]

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Raleigh Home Show Announcement

Downtown Raleigh Home Show

I’m super excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at the Downtown Raleigh Home Show this coming weekend! If you live in the Raleigh-Durham area, come on out and learn 15 Things You Can DIY to Increase Your Home Value!

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I’ll be speaking on the main stage at 1pm on Friday, 4pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday. And, I’m sharing the stage with two other celebrities:

RaleighHomeShow-guests

 Kevin O’Connor (Host of This Old House) and Leanne Lee (DIY Network’s DIVA of DIY)

If you’d like to attend the show, I have a special $3 off the $10 admission for you. Use the coupon code “PRETTY” to get your discount online. Tickets can be purchased here. Hope you can come out to say “Hi!” I’d love to see your smiling face.

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How to Sew a Custom Canvas Tote

Tote Week | Pretty Handy Girl

Hey guys! Do you know what today is? It’s the beginning of Tote Week! What, you had no idea? Tote Week here on Pretty Handy Girl is five days devoted to Tote Bags! Learn how to sew adorable tote bags and how to customize store bought tote bags.

If you’re just joining in here’s the line up:

To start us off, Jaime is here to give you the basic sewing tutorial to make your own lined (and monogrammed) tote bag. Jaime is from That’s My Letter, a blog filled with DIY Tutorials. Today, she’s showing you How to Sew a Custom Canvas Tote complete with painted monogram:

canvas tote

This tote makes a great everyday bag or purse, just big enough for all the important stuff but not too bulky.  The finished size is 16″w x 9″h x 8″ square at the base, and the handles extend about 6″ in height.

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The tote is fully lined and includes an interior zippered pocket.  The zipper is easy as pie I promise!  I’ll show you how down below.

You can add any monogram or name to personalize the tote.  Then you’ll be making canvas totes as gifts for all your friends.

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The square base makes for a nice wide tote and the canvas is super durable:

canvas tote 2

Materials:

  • drop cloth canvas (1 yard)
  • blue canvas (1/2 yard outdoor patio fabric Sunbrella or the like)
  • lining (1 yard)
  • medium weight fusible interfacing (1 yard)
  • firm interfacing – 9″ x 9″
  • 1 1/2″w cotton webbing (1 yard)
  • 9″ zipper
  • lightbox
  • small paintbrush
  • acrylic paint
  • sewing machine, thread to match, iron, seam ripper

Materials Cut List:

Base:

  • 1 – blue canvas 9″ x 9″
  • 1 – lining 9″ x 9″
  • 1 – drop cloth canvas 9″ x 9″
  • 1 – firm interfacing 9″ x 9″

Body:

  • 2 – drop cloth canvas 10″h x 17″l
  • 2 – med. fusible interfacing 10″ x 17″
  • 2 – lining 10″ x 17″
  • 2 – blue canvas 4″h x 17″w

Handles: 2 – 1 1/2″w cotton webbing @ 17″l

Instructions:

canvas tote fabric cuts

Step 1: Cut materials (see cut list above).

canvas tote base

Step 2: Prepare base.  Sandwich drop cloth, firm interfacing then blue canvas. [Read more…]

Mark Your Calendar! 2015 Holiday Home Tours This Week

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Happy Holidays! I’m very excited to invite you into my home this week to see the holiday touches I’ve put on our home. I hope you’ll stop by all the homes on the tour for some holiday decorating inspiration.

The tour starts tomorrow and continues through Friday.

Monday, December 8

Just a Girl
The Inspired Room
Kevin and Amanda
Home Stories A to Z
Décor Chick

Tuesday, December 9

Thrifty Décor Chick
Eleven Gables
Hi Sugarplum
Tidy Mom
Beneath My Heart

Wednesday, December 10

Sand and Sisal
Nesting Place
Ask Anna
Not Just a Housewife
My Blessed Life

Thursday, December 11

Tatertots and Jello
320 Sycamore
Jenna Sue Design
DIY Showoff
Pretty Handy Girl

Friday, December 12

The Hunted Interior
Four Generations One Roof
A Thoughtful Place
Southern Hospitality
Songbird

I’ll be waiting for you! Come on in.

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DIY Gift Idea: Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar

diy gift idea hot cocoa mix in a jar

I love making homemade gifts during the holidays. Not only is it more personal than something store-bought, but it’s a budget saver as well.  One of my favorite quickie gifts to make is hot cocoa mix.  With mason jars being all the rage, this gift in a jar is the perfect neighbor or teacher gift for the holidays!

Supplies:

  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 8 tbsp powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 16 oz pint sized mason jar (I used a wide mouth jar)
  • sandwich bag
  • scrap fabric
  • ribbon

homemade cocoa mix ingredients

Combine powdered milk, sugar, and cocoa mix in a large bowl until well blended. Pour mix into a mason jar. If necessary, wipe down the inside of the jar to remove any mix residue on the top half of the jar.

cocoa gift in jar

Add marshsmallows and chocolate chips to the sandwich bag.  Squeeze all excess air out of the bag and twist to form a “ball” of marshmallows.

packaging cocoa jar gift

Carefully place the marshmallow bag on top of the cocoa mixture with the excess plastic at the top so the lid will conceal it.  Be sure to add your bag slowly so that you don’t cause the cocoa mix to spill.

mason jar topper diy

Cover the mason jar top with fabric. It’s a fast and easy way to make the packaging look a little more “fancy!” Simply cut a piece of scrap fabric slightly larger than your top.

making mason jar topper

Place the fabric and top on the jar and use the canning ring to secure it in place.  Tie a ribbon around the top to finish it off! Gift with the instructions to add 3 tbsp to 8oz of hot water.

how to make hot cocoa in jar

Do you like to make homemade gifts as well? What are your favorite DIY gifts to make or receive?

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DIY Snow Globe Ornament

snowglobe ornament

Jaime here today from That’s My Letter and it’s officially holiday prep time!  Today I’m sharing a DIY snow globe ornament with a wood base that makes a perfect gift for anyone big or small.

This snow globe ornament is constructed on a wood base where all the interior pieces can be glued to the base and then the clear globe is placed over the scene.  The globe is plastic and the entire ornament is very lightweight so it won’t weigh down your tree branches!

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You can put nearly anything inside the snow globe as long as it fits under the dome.  I used bottle brush trees, wire candy canes and a wood dowel sign with the family name printed on cardstock.  Add a little faux snow and you have the cutest little winter scene.

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The faux snow will cover any unsightly hot glue and adds just that tiny bit of sparkle.

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Add a small wood ball on top to compliment the wood base with a string for hanging and you have a keepsake ornament that will look beautiful on or off the tree.

snowglobe ornament 1

Materials:

snowglobe ornaments supplies

  • 3″ clear plastic craft ornament
  • 2″ circle (cut from cardstock, only used as a template)
  • 3″ wood square (1/4″ plywood)
  • mini pom poms
  • mini wire candy canes
  • mini bottle brush tress
  • 1/8″ dowel
  • small wood balls with hole in center
  • red string
  • white glue
  • paint brush
  • faux snow
  • x-acto knife
  • sandpaper
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • black sharpie marker

Instructions:

Step 1: Using an x-acto knife cut around the ornament opening enough to remove the neck portion.  Don’t worry about being neat here the goal is to remove the neck and have a wide enough opening for scissors. [Read more…]

Aging Galvanized Metal Quickly

galvanized metal bucket aging

Hey everyone, it’s Jacque here from The DIY Village!  I am so excited to share this DIY tutorial with you.  I love the look of old metal buckets, but finding them with the nice patina is easier said than done. I am constantly coming across nice, bright and shiny buckets. I finally found a bucket that I liked the shape of and decided I would age it myself. Get ready to learn the quick process of aging galvanized metal that allows you to age it in minutes instead of decades!

Materials: 

  • Galvanized Metal Bucket
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Spray Paint
  • Cotton Balls
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Sand Paper
  • Zep Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Steel Wool

Instructions:

Start with a clean galvanized metal bucket.  Make sure all debris is removed by wiping the bucket down with a damp rag.

metal butcket

Decide where you’d like your painted stripe to appear on your bucket.

sand band

I positioned mine where the bends in the bucket are.

Sanded

Tape off the rest of the bucket leaving a metal band showing through.

tape off bucket

Spray a couple coats of spray paint in the color of your choice on the band area. (Red would also be a fun option for a vintage look.)

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Folding Laptop / Writing Table Tutorial #DremelMaker

Folding Laptop Writing Desk | Pretty Handy Girl

My favorite place to write my tutorials is outside on our screen porch when the weather is pleasant. I love listening to the birds and feeling the breeze blow through the screens. Up until this weekend, I was using an old card table as a desk. But, it was heavy, large and awkward. I wanted a table that was the perfect height and that I could fold and store away when I wasn’t using it.

Folding Laptop Writing Desk | Pretty Handy Girl

As a brand ambassador for Dremel, I enjoyed the challenge of designing plans for this simple farmhouse style folding laptop/writing table. The materials are simple 2 x 4’s and 3/4 inch plywood. The majority of the steps can be done using simple handheld tools like a drill, Dremel Multi-Max and the Dremel Ultra-Saw. (Feel free to use other tools or alter the plans to fit your size preferences.)

Be sure to read to the end of this tutorial to enter to win a Dremel Multi-Max MM30! It’s one of my favorite tools!

Materials:
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Cut list:

Folding Laptop Writing Desk | Pretty Handy Girl

Top:

  • 3/4″ finish grade plywood cut to 18″ x 36″

Apron (use 1×3 boards or you can rip excess plywood):

  • 2 – 1″ x 3″ cut to 14 1/2″
  • 2 – 1″ x 3″ cut to 34″

Legs:

  • 2 – 2″ x 4″ cut to 28 1/4″
  • 2 – 2″ x 4″ cut to 26 3/4″
  • 1 – 2″ x 2″ cut to 14 1/2″ (if ripping a 2″ x 2″ yourself, remember actual size is 1.5″ x 1.5″)
  • 2 – 1″ x 4″ cut to 14 3/8″

Hardware:

Tools:

Additional materials:

Instructions:

Cut your lumber to the size specified above in the cut list. [Read more…]

DIY Personalized Wall Shelf

personalized wall shelf

Happy Wednesday Pretty Handy Readers!  Today’s project is a DIY personalized wall shelf and I’ll show you how to make it.  I’m Jaime from That’s My Letter, a fellow DIY blogger who builds, paints and sews.  I made this wall shelf as a gift for Bryce’s birthday, it makes a great statement AND it’s useful too!

personalized wall shelf 1

Just a bit of painting and assembly to make this awesome, personalized wall shelf.  And of course you can adjust the paint colors to fit your scheme.  Bryce happens to have navy painted walls in his bedroom so I know this wall shelf will really pop once hung in his space.

personalized wall shelf 2

The stained wood shelf adds just a touch of warmth and coordinates well with the hardwood floors.  For a deeper shelf, use a wider board. I used a 1×3 but you could use a 1×4 or larger.

Materials:
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personalized wall shelf supplies

  • 1/2″ or 3/4″ plywood cut to desired size (approx. 2′ x 4′)
  • scrap piece of 1/2″ plywood approx. 4″ x 36″
  • 1×3 pine board cut to width of plywood
  • 9″ MDF Pre-cut letters
  • Single robe hooks
  • French cleat kit
  • paint, roller & brush
  • stain & foam brush
  • sandpaper
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • wood glue
  • 2″ wood screws
  • 3/4″ wood screws
  • drill & bits
  • nailer & finish nails

Instructions:

Before beginning, layout your letters onto plywood and cut the plywood to size based on the length of the name.

Step 1: Apply stain to the 1×3 shelf piece on all sides using a foam brush. Wipe off the excess.  Set the shelf aside and let it dry.

personalized wall shelf step 1

Step 2: Paint your letters.  Paint your plywood back (not shown).

personalized wall shelf step 2

Step 3: Distress the edges of the letters using sandpaper. [Read more…]

DIY “Eat Your Veggies” Cloth Napkin Gift Set

DIY Message Cloth Napkin Gift Idea

Bringing a hostess gift to someone whose home you are staying in is apparently a pretty universal thing.  I had never heard of such a thing until I was in my late 20’s.  It’s not a mind blowing concept but I have come to appreciate the simplicity of the thoughtful gesture.  Granted, if you are a “Real Housewife”, then I’m pretty sure if you don’t show up with a bottle of Cristal you get the stink eye.  Hostess gifts don’t have to be spendy, they just need to be thoughtful.  Today I am going to show you how to create an inexpensive gift for the hostess with a sense of humor. Gather around and learn how to make these “Eat Your Veggies” cloth napkins.

Materials:

  • Silhouette Cutter
  • Computer
  • Iron on Heat Transfer material
  • Napkins
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Towel
  • Tape Measure

Instructions:

Start by pre-washing the napkins.  Measure how big the lettering should be by folding the napkin (half fold or quarter fold napkins) and measure the printable area.

hostess gift idea

Arrange the words as you would like them to appear on the napkins.  Watch your dimensions!  Duplicate the image as many times as you have napkins.

hostess gift idea

Right click on the image and flip the image horizontally.  This will be the mirror image allowing the words to be read once they are applied to the napkin.

hostess gift idea

Send the wording or images to the Silhouette or other craft cutter.

hostess gift idea

Once the image is cut,  weed out the negative spaces. [Read more…]

How to Paint an Ombré Wall Technique

How to Paint an Ombré Wall Gradient | Pretty Handy Girl

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 (I have a hard enough time waking up in the morning.) I decided a good solution was to use the dark charcoal gray color on a focal wall behind the headboard. But, I didn’t want to stop the color in the corners and create a sharp line.

How to Paint an Ombré Wall Gradient | Pretty Handy Girl

Instead, I wanted a softer edge that would make us feel like we were being hugged by the room.

How to Paint an Ombré Wall Gradient | Pretty Handy Girl

I used Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore to paint the other three walls in the bedroom, but created a random ragged edge where the two colors meet.

How to Paint an Ombré Wall Gradient | Pretty Handy Girl

This is how the side walls look in preparation for the ombré wall technique.

How to Paint an Ombré Wall Gradient | Pretty Handy Girl

Materials:

  • Dark latex paint color (Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore)
  • Lighter latex paint color (Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore)
  • A small container with a mixture of the two colors to create an in between gray
  • Paint brush
  • Dry brush
  • Water-filled spray bottle
  • ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape
  • Damp car wash sponge
  • Rubber gloves
  • Wet wipes or wet rag

Instructions: [Read more…]

Easy Card Table Makeover

Super easy card table makeover
I can only imagine that Matt and I are not the only family in America with a less than stellar card table.  In fact both of ours were hand me downs from grandparents and though they may have been fabulous in the 80’s, now they are really lacking in the attractive decor department.  A few years go I picked up some vinyl table clothes with hopes of breathing new life into our sad card tables and once again life got in the way and I never recovered them.  I recently came across the table clothes and decided it was time to move on with my project but there was a small problem, I no longer liked the table clothes I had previously picked out.  Have no fear, after a quick trip to Target I was back in business and ready for my amazing, fabulous, incredible card table makeover!

Materials:

  • Card Table (old or new)
  • Damp rag for cleaning
  • Ratchet with socket
  • Vinyl Tablecloth
  • Drop Cloth
  • Spray Paint
  • Sand Paper – 180 grit
  • Drop Cloth
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Scissors

Instructions: 

Card Table

Give the table a good wipe down with a damp rag to remove any dust or possible cobwebs that may be lingering on the underside of the table.

Table

Remove the top of the table from the frame and legs. (Be sure to store your screws in a safe place because you will need them later.)  Most tables will be attached with a few hex screws that can easily be removed using a ratchet and socket or a socket wrench.

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Best of #PrettyWaterlogueApril Week 4

Best of #PrettyWaterlogueApril Week 4

I have to send everyone who participated in #PrettyWaterlogueApril a big thank you! Thanks for participating because you blew up my Instagram feed with gorgeous images everyday! I truly couldn’t wait to check the hashtag feed to see all the beautiful creations. I hope you will consider continuing the challenge in May and beyond. I won’t be able to officially showcase my favorites, but please know that I’ll be following along. In order to create a more “lasting” hashtag, I’ve decided to change the hashtag to #PrettyWaterlogueGallery. Feel free to post your favorite Waterlogue creations using that hashtag to share and continue to gain new followers! I can’t wait to see your newest artistic creations!

Once again, this week was truly a challenge. I had over 100 favorites and had to narrow it down to 20.

Here is my week four showcase: [Read more…]

DIY Lollipop Stand

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Happy Spring folks!  Jaime here from That’s My Letter back to share a fun DIY party decor idea: make your own lollipop stand.  I promise it’s fast and easy and adds tons of charm and sweetness to any party.

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This lollipop stand holds a ton of lollipops – 52 to be exact!  You could probably even use this stand for cake pops.  (The tutorial for the ‘celebrate’ script sign can be found here.)

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Materials:

lollipop stand supplies

  • 1 – 1 1/4″ wood dowel x 11″ long
  • 1 – 1×5  cut to 4 1/2″ (or any scrap wood 4 1/2″ square x 3/4″thick)
  • white gloss spray paint
  • sandpaper
  • 1 – 2″ wood screw
  • countersink bit
  • 5/32 drill bit
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  • drill
  • glue
  • scotch tape

Instructions:

Step 1: Mark the center point on the 4 1/2″ square wood base. [Read more…]

Knock off Garden Table

Knock off Partridge Garden Table Tutorial

I often find myself searching online looking at furniture and decor on sites that I consider full of unique items.  I recently came across the Anthropologie Partridge Garden Table and fell in love.  The creative use of old mismatched legs was awesome.  Then I saw the price; a mere $ 148.00.  As cool as it is, spending that much for a plant stand is way more than I could ever justify.  I knew I could make it cheaper and am excited to show you how to make your own!

Materials

  • 3 different banister Spindles or table legs
  • 10″ clock face round
  • Wood Glue
  • Nail Gun
  • Wood Filler
  • Painters Tape
  • Three different colors of Paint
  • Sliding T-Bevel Square
  • Miter Saw
  • Spray Paint (Rust-Oleum Rustic Mist)
  • Spray Paint (High Gloss Sealer)

Round Legs

Instructions

1.  Lay  out the spindles and decide which sections will be used for the legs. [Read more…]

Tybee Whitecaps Tour

Whitecaps Tybee Island Home Tour | pretty handy girl

First let me say, I truly saved the best for last on this Tybee Mermaid Cottage house tour. Whitecaps is one of the old Officer’s homes and it is dripping with details. From ornate coffered ceilings to gorgeous furniture and antiques.

White Caps Tybee Island House Tour | Pretty Handy Girl

And with a front porch that looks out over the sea, you can not find a more relaxing place to sit and sip coffee.

White Caps Tybee Island House Tour | Pretty Handy Girl

Before we begin the tour, I have to share some exciting news with you. Mermaid Cottages has offered to let me giveaway a two night stay in one of the Mermaid Cottages on Tybee Island, GA. I can’t even begin to tell you what a sweet little vacation this would be for the winner! Be sure to read to the end of this post to learn how you can enter to win!

The tour of Whitecaps begins…now!

When you walk up to this beautiful house, it’s impossible to overlook the gorgeous original brick sidewalk leading to the front entrance.

White Caps Tybee Island House Tour | Pretty Handy Girl

Old Reynolds Block bricks pave the path. Each brick is glazed and some are stamped. Beautiful colors make up the varied color palette. A quick internet search led me to the origin of Reynolds Block. They were made by the Tennessee Paving Brick Company of Robbins, Tennessee.

White Caps Tybee Island House Tour | Pretty Handy Girl

Whitecaps was built circa 1897 for the officers during the Spanish-American war.

White Caps Tybee Island House Tour | Pretty Handy Girl

It is situated on the Northern end of Tybee Island in the old Ft. Screven community.

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The front door opens into the most amazing and breath taking foyer! [Read more…]