Home Renovation–The fireplaces

There are two fireplaces in the 1956 Fixer Upper House that we are anxious to use, but not before they are checked out.  We do not know if the previous owners had the chimneys cleaned or inspected so for safety sake we are using a professional chimney sweep.  I will admit I priced the wire brushes and rods and contemplated very briefly having hubs get on the roof.  However, the cost of the equipment was about 1/3 the cost of having it done professionally and hubs wasn’t too keen on climbing the roof.
chimney sweep 3c
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Turn a cheap cake plate into a designer piece

I have several cake plates of the plain Jane clear bargain variety that were begging for an update.  I think I picked this one up a while back for about $12.  If you keep your eye out you might even find one cheaper than that at a garage sale.  They have been quite useful but it’s time to do some quick and easy make overs that will elevate them to a new and improved designer piece.  I came across a can of shiny metallic silver spray paint to use on the first one.  I feel contemporary coming on…
diy Designer cake dome from Dollar Store


Trim an overgrown cedar tree into a life size Bonsai Tree

There was an overgrown evergreen tree next to our entry gate that we thought was in need of removing until we discovered the beautiful trunk beneath all the overgrowth.  This is how it looks (on a very windy day!) and you can see some progression shots of the hidden beauty.
bonsai sunset c
I love how it turned out and how the sunset shows off its shape and form.

Izea test



Colorful Spooky Fall Kid Craft

The 7 year old Girl Grand wanted to make something while her mom and I crafted door wreaths last Sunday so we set her up with some basic supplies and let her come up with her own creation.  Because it's fall and spooky is in season she decided to make several bat puppets.  She used markers to draw her one of a kind designs on several different color sheets of craft paper and cut out the shapes.  To make them work like puppets she punched little holes and inserted colorful pipe cleaners.  After she played with them for hours it was time for clean up.  We gathered up the puppets and stood them by the pipe cleaners in a white milk glass vase.  They are sitting on a shelf above my sink now and I can't tell you how much we have enjoyed the whimsicle look.  I call them my bat boquet.
kid art craft bat boquet