DIY Christmas Sign

With Christmas almost here I thought I would try my hand at a Christmas sign. We had some extra wood around (of course) so I cut some planks (3×15) and glued them together.


Once the glue dried I put a coat of white paint over the entire sign. After the paint dried I started to add the words and graphic. I have horrible hand writing so I had to come up with a different way to transfer the text I wanted to the board. I ended up printing out the text I liked and then colored with a pencil on the back of the paper. When I flipped the paper over and traced the text onto the wood it copied over clear as day.


I was going to paint everything red, but then decided to just use a red sharpie and color everything in. Paint would look a lot better, but from a distance you can’t really tell.



I was able to complete this entire project in 2 evenings after Margot went to sleep. Not too bad!!

DIY Swing Set

Fall in Florida means we can finally start going outside. This also means we need more outdoor activities for Margot. Margot loves swinging and we just happened to have a corner of our small yard that wasn’t being used.

We’ve actually been saving this corner of our yard since the beginning of summer. We knew we wanted to put a swing set there, but building one in the summer in Florida would be pointless. So now that it’s fall we got serious about our swing set. We looked at a lot of swing sets and I mean A LOT. We checked every possible place on the internet, the local swing set shops, CraigsList and even eBay. They all seemed way too big or way too expensive. We just wanted something simple.

This is where my brother (Justin) comes in, he designed and built a swing set for his yard that was absolutely perfect! Now, all I needed to do was convince him to help us build a similar one for our yard. Luckily, Justin loves helping out his little sister and offered to help build it on my birthday weekend!!!


5 – 10inch carriage bolts ($12)

4 – eye bolts ($12)

8 – S hooks ($3)

2 – lag bolts ($3)

2 bags of 80lb cement ($8)

6 – 3inch construction screws

2 – 2x6x10 ($14)

1 – 2x10x10 ($11)

3 – 4x6x10 ($58)


swings (we found ours on Craigslist)



the hardware

Step 1: Dig 2, 2 foot deep holes.


Step 2: Layout the frame on the ground and sink the lag bolts into the lumber. 1 lag bolt at each corner (total of 2), attaching the top beam to the 2 side beams.


Step 3: Attach the 2x6x10s to both sides of the top beam. Use the 5 carriage bolts (2 on each end and 1 in the middle)


Step 4: Attach the 2x10x10 to the top of the top beam. We used 6 construction screws.


Step 5: Add the eyebolts. This is where the swings will hang, so it’s up to you on how far apart you want them. We decided to put an eyebolt every 2 feet.


Step 6: Prop up the frame so that you can tighten the carriage bolts underneath. Big brother, Justin, taught me that the correct order is washer, lock washer, nut.


Step 7:  Stand up the frame in the post holes you dug earlier. Make sure everything is level.


Step 8: Mix cement for the post holes. We used an 80lb bag for each hole.  And then let sit for 24 hours.


These men completed the swing set in just under 2 hours!

Step 9: After the cement has hardened, you can add the chains and swings. We used the S hooks to attach the chain to the eye hooks on the top beam. We also used S hooks to attach the swings to the chains. Now your swing set is complete…enjoy!!

2015 Ornament Exchange Link Party

Ornament Exchange Link PartyWelcome to the first 2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange!

Want to see all the amazing ornaments we have shared?

We are linking up all of our ornaments in the link below so everyone can see all the beautiful handmade and/or store bought goodies we came up with!

Let’s all get inspired this season!

The Hosts of the Exchange~Ornament Exchange Hosts

My Pinterventures | Made in a Day | The House Down The Lane | The Kolb Corner | Intelligent Domestications | Where The Smiles Have Been | Ash and Crafts | Inside the Fox Den | C’mon Get Crafty | Olives-n-Okra

We want to say a huge “Thank You” to all the blogs that shared the exchange announcement on their sites, we could not have done it without you! Hugs! Ornament Exchange Helpers

Lexi Michelle Blog | B is 4 | Xo, Lorey | Craving Some Creativity | Cherishing a Sweet Life | Our Crafty Mom | MidMichigan Mom

Make sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! All of their incredible creations are linked in the link party below.

DIY Adulation | The Farmhouse In The Field | Tastefully Frugal | My Sweet Things |Christmas Tree Lane | Simply Kelly Designs | Munofore | Decor To Adore | Tulips & Orchids | Rhinestones & Sweatpants |Happily Ever After, Etc. | From This to That | DIY Just Cuz | This Design Journal | I am Homemaker | Organized by Sunshine | Displaced Yinzer | My Life From Home | Nets Blog About Jnets Line | 10 Acres and 6 Chicks | Books and Life | Gardenchick | Two Purple Couches | DIY Just Cuz | Across the Blvd | Kentucky to Cali | Insolence + Wine | Our House Now a Home | Weekend Craft | Mary and Martha’s House | Random Bits of Happiness | Dragonfly and Lily Pads | Garden Matter | Recipe For a Sweet Life | Mama’s Journey | Amber Downs | Toolbox Divas | Craving Some Creativity | Vikalpah | Flourish & Knot | Raising Fairies and Knights | Blue Willow House | The Road to Domestication | Love My Messy Messy Mess | An Oregon Cottage | Home On The Corner | Fearlessly Creative Mamma | The Evolution of Mom | The Green Mountain Couple | Simply Home Love | Run with Jackabee | | The Chilly Dog | Try it – Like it | Gypsy Road | Playfully Tacky | Wife Mommy Me

We want to see your ornament tutorials too! Show us your creations by adding your post to the party below! Please add only ornament tutorials to the party. Thank you!

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