DIY Bee Trap

DIY Bee Trap

Hi Friends! This week’s DIY project is wonderful for the Spring and Summer months. If y’all are anything like us, we have a HUGE problem with carpenter bees. Those little stinkers have drilled holes all over the outside of our shed. And as aggravating as they are, they are even more harmful to your outdoor wooden structures!

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You see, when carpenter bees drill their holes, they may only appear to be an inch or two deep, but it rarely ends there. The carpenter bee will turn 90 degrees and bore a channel from 6 inches to as long as 4 feet. Over time, this can cause weak areas in your lumber, and can become very unsafe.  It is not uncommon to find several pairs of carpenter bees nesting in one structure.  They frequently nest near each other and often in the same area year after year, causing extensive damage.  So, you may find old holes near newer ones.Continue reading

DIY Laundry Detergent!

DIY Laundry Detergent!

Happy Friday, Friends! This week’s DIY project is all about that dreaded DIRTY WORD that all mothers HATE to hear…LAUNDRY!!! And boy, does our family know about dirty clothes!?!? As a family of 6, we have to wash 1-2 loads per day just to keep up. If not, our clothes pile will look like the size of MOUNT EVEREST!

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YIKES!!! Anybody have some climbing gear!?!?

 

With our family generating such a large amount of laundry everyday, you can only imagine how much we were spending in detergent. In reality, we were literally pouring money right down the drain every time we washed a load of clothes. So, we began researching alternative ways to save some money on our laundry detergent.Continue reading

DIY Hanging Jewelry Organizer

DIY Hanging Jewelry Organizer

Happy Friday, Friends! We are back with another great DIY project for y’all! And as always, it is very cost effective and time friendly. Depending upon paint drying times, it should not take more than a few hours to make. We were able to pull together our material list from scrap lumber pieces, paint, and wire left over from previous projects. But you could easily find all of these materials at your local hardware store without breaking the bank.

This design came out of my own desperate need of somewhere to organize and store my hanging earrings and necklaces. I had a very small jewelry box that I would typically cram all of my jewelry into. But after many years, it became obvious that this was no longer a working option. Every time I would go to pull out a particular piece of jewelry, I would get a crazy, tangled ball of jewelry that looked like this….Continue reading

New DIY Project In The Works!

New DIY Project In The Works!

We are working on our new DIY project for this week! Any guesses on what it will be?

HINT: I am going to use it to organize this BIG mess of mine…..

A HUGE TANGLES MESS!

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“Tip Of The Week” How To Remove Permanent Marker From Everything

“Tip Of The Week” How To Remove Permanent Marker From Everything

Hi friends! Here’s a nice little “how-to” list for permanent marker removal. If any of you have been thinking of refinishing some of your pieces due to permanent marker damage, this list may save you some time and money!

We have not tried all of the solutions listed here, but can vouch for the rubbing alcohol method on wood. And if you do not have any rubbing alcohol on hand, hair spray works quite nicely! We have had to use this little trick first hand since we have 4 little ones.

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If y’all have tried any of these methods, or have any special tricks that you have used, let us know in the comment section below!

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Tip Of The Week! “Easy Paint Storage”

Tip Of The Week! “Easy Paint Storage”

Hello Friends! In this weeks “Tip of the Week,” we will show y’all some cost effective, simple ways to keeping your paint from never drying out. We promise, it works! When we built our home 6 years ago, we learned a wonderful trick for keeping our paint fresh. It has not only saved us time and money, but also the headache of trying to get our paint “color matched” (which almost NEVER comes out correctly).Continue reading

Tip Of The Week! “Easy PVC Organization For Tools”

Tip Of The Week! “Easy PVC Organization For Tools”

Alrighty, Friends! Here is our tip of the week: “Easy PVC Organization for Tools!” If y’all are anything like us, tools can be difficult to keep organized. If they do not have a “specific” place to go, they typically end up getting thrown into our shed. Before we know it, we have one big disorganized mess! And the Spring and Summer months seem to be our biggest challenge when it comes to keep our shed clean. Well, that is all about to change!

We found an amazing way to keep all of our tools organized and in their proper places. Simply cut small portions of PVC pipe and secure them to your wall. Then attach a name tag on the front of each one! Now you have a place for each tool, which helps to keep your shed safe and clean! And it can save you money in the long run, too! With all of your tools in their proper place, you will know exactly where they are at all times! This will eliminate the need to head out to the hardware store to pick up another replacement tool up because you cannot find your original.

 

 

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Tip of the Week! Tricks to Keeping the Rim of Your Paint Can Clean!

Tip of the Week! Tricks to Keeping the Rim of Your Paint Can Clean!

Hi Friends! Anyone who has ever painted knows the struggles of dealing with a messy paint can. And we all know once paint gets collected and dried along the rim, there is NO WAY that the can will ever properly seal again! Paint can quickly collect along the inside rim due to wiping off of the excess paint from your brush along the edges of the can. This can cause a thick, gunky mess. Over time, this will also create an issue with proper sealing of the lid and can cause the remainder of the paint inside of the can to dry out and become old. We have provided some GREAT TIPS below to help stop this issue before it even starts! Continue reading

“Tip Of The Week” A Great Mounting Tip

“Tip Of The Week” A Great Mounting Tip

We just wanted to share this little mounting tip we ran across. The next time you have to mount something, make a copy of it. Use the print out to line up the mounting holes.

It’s usually the simplest things that make your life so much easier.

 

 

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