10 Easy Projects Made From Yard Sale Finds

10 Easy Projects Made From Yard Sale Finds

 

(this hutch was $75 dollars at a yard sale)

The other day I was driving down a winding country road.

You know, the one next to the chicken barn right after the fork in the road.

Out of the corner of my eye–I saw it.

Something that made my heart beat faster.  Something that made my eyes light up and my hands twitch and my hair curl up at the ends a little more and sing “Don’t Stop Believing” at the top of my lungs…

…a multi-family yard sale sign.

More than just one family’s abandoned treasures on display for only a quarter.  Welcome to yard sale season.  Before your next trip, here are some of my favorite yard sale finds ever and what I made from them.

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Simple Handmade Gift Idea

Simple Handmade Gift Idea

 

One of the things I learned in the process of writing this book is that it takes a village to make it all happen.

No author is an island.

There are editors and copy editors and a marketing team and a PR specialists and publicists and people who check to make sure you’ve turned in every last exclamation point.

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9 Easy Spring DIY Projects

9 Easy Spring DIY Projects

 

I seriously am jumping up and down right now because just heard the most exciting news.

Truly.

It’s something I’ve been hoping for and longing for and wishing for with all my might.

I couldn’t wait one more minute to share so we could celebrate together.

Are you ready?

Are you sitting down?

Let’s all take a moment because I have it on super good authority that….

….STIRRUP PANTS ARE COMING BACK.

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Every Table Needs a Superman

Every Table Needs a Superman

 

Today is all about keeping it real.

The realest of the real.

The kind of real where you don’t want to talk about real and you want to act like real doesn’t exist and you want to hide your head under the covers and talk about anything else besides real.

See this table?

This incredible, amazing, wonderful first-time table that my husband built.

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A Tour of the House for Hope

A Tour of the House for Hope

 

I have written 1,315 posts on this blog.

Some of them funny.

Some of them not as funny as I thought they were.

Some of them introspective.

Some of them room befores and afters and furniture makeovers and DIY projects and the occasional post about hay bales and gas station pizza in the country.

But this post?  The one you are about to read?  Of all the more than thirteen hundred posts…

….this one is the longest.

I couldn’t help it.

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What You Can Make With a Piece of Floor

What You Can Make With a Piece of Floor

 

The year for Christmas, my sister gave me a piece of ordinary.

Something everyday.

Something simple.

Something underestimated.

Something we see and overlook and walk and stomp and dance and tiptoe and tread on every single day.

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Five Last-Minute Valentine Gift Ideas

Five Last-Minute Valentine Gift Ideas

 

I don’t have the DIY to show you today.

I fully intended to with every single fiber of my being and the bobby pin I’m using to help grow out my bangs.

I was going to edit the photos and write out the instructions and astound and amaze you with my incredible insight into the world of do-it-yourself.

And then?

The superbowl kind of happened.

I wasn’t even going to watch it.  It was supposed to be background noise with the occasional running into the room to watch the commercials.  I don’t even have a team I’m rooting for.  I’m a Cowboys fan and we didn’t make it past the play-offs.

And besides.

I thought it was over.  I thought the Falcons had won.  Winning like hand over the ring and cue the gatorade.  Then just as I sat down to work on the post, my family called me in.  Watch this, they said.  You’re never going to believe this, they told me.

The rest is history.

If you are a Falcon’s fan, I’m sorry.  Truly.  Your team played with such heart.  If you are a Patriots’ fan, you need to send Julian Edelman a thank you note. 🙂

And for everyone else….

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The Year of Handmade

The Year of Handmade

 
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Twelve years ago we started with the handmade gifts.

It was born of necessity.  There were brothers and sisters and dads and moms and cousins and grandmas and nieces and nephews who gathered around the Christmas tree every year.

And none of us were millionaires.

Not even close.

It helps that we are all a little competitive, my siblings and I.  We all wanted to be the best.  We all wanted to make Santa proud.  So there were gifts of lampshades made from my father’s old slides and bowls carved from fallen trees and entire books created from old love letters and a thistle created from the first 750 words from my blog.

So today, on the last day of November with December knocking at the door, I thought I would share some of my favorite ideas for a handmade Christmas.  Some are easy.  Some are a little harder.

But all are hand-crafted.

Hand-loved.

Handmade from the heart.
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