Repurposed Ashtrays into Oriole Feeders

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Monday I took a trip to one of the local thrifts in the area for their 1/2 off day.  Found these beauties. Not sure if they’re vintage ashtrays or current.

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The first thought that came to mind was to make Oriole Feeders. One for oranges & one for jelly. 

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So far they have a feeder for oranges I hang from the tree and they have the nectar available too.  For some reason they’re not a fan of it.  I’ve seen the male Oriole eat from the suet that I have for the Woodpecker.  The female comes daily to eat the oranges and if the male is coming more often, I don’t get see him.

To pull this project together I used some beads and rope from Home Depot. Pretty simple and took me a few minutes per dish.

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I absolutely love the way they came out.  Sad to say that now I don’t want to fill them. LOL I’m having trouble with ants and flies eating the oranges.  As soon as I get control of the ants I’ll see what I can do about the flies.  Hopefully I’ll be able to fill it soon. I’m sure by then the Baltimore Orioles will be long gone.  But seeing these beauties fly in the wind satisfies my heart 😉

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Entry Focal Wall… in progress – Sneak Peek

Think I spent most of my evening stalking Pinterest.  There’s been a wall that I’ve needed to repaint… well maybe some rooms to repaint.  However, I’m starting with the half entry wall that you see as soon as you enter our house.  It’s a half of a wall because the bottom half of the wall let’s you look into the family room.

Last night I ran to Home Depot to get some paint.  I saw this color on Pinterest when searching “dark doors with white trim”. 

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This is Behr’s Caramel Swirl.  Absolutely beautiful.  I’ll admit I became a little nervous after my husband saw it and thought it was a bit dark.  I showed him the pin on Pinterest and he still had some reservations. 

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This is the wall after 2 coats (not completely dry).  This paint also has the primer included.  I’m thinking about trimming the wall out with some moulding.  Then, I’ll add my African masks to the wall.  I also have a picture my husband bought me from a friend of his who’s an Artist.  I’m going to play around with some layouts hoping to include it with the masks. 

My goal is to not go willy nilly nailing holes in the wall like I usually do.  After painting the wall I realized that I had more than enough paint leftover and that will be used to do the downstairs bathroom.  This Caramel Swirl adds so much warmth to the entry.  Makes it warm and inviting.  Can’t wait to do that to the guest bathroom as well. 

Isn’t this Caramel Swirl beautiful?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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My craft corner cubby makeover

Oh, the things I’d do for my own craft room.  I have a board on Pinterest with nothing but craft room inspiration and organization ideas.  Having a craft room would either be a blessing or a curse.  More room to hoard craft supplies would be the curse, but if I’m a good mama… it would be a blessing with a spacious organized area and room to do craft projects.

Well, with that being said, my husband came across another awesome find at the goodwill.  He found 3 cubby units. I’ve been wanting an expedit from Ikea, but I haven’t been to Ikea in YEARS!  There’s one not extremely far from us, but far enough that I haven’t had the motivation to visit.

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The cubby shelving was white. I picked up some brown paint and began it’s transformation. 

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If I remember correctly I may have applied 4 coats of paint. I did use a primer, but it was white.  I’m far from an expert painter and hoping I’ll learn some tricks or techniques as I continue to paint furniture pieces.

After the bookshelf was painted I didn’t load it up for a couple days. Probably should have waited a week, but my family room looked like a disaster.

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Our family room is a bit dark, but I’m sure you can see how nice it looks.

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On the other wall I had my husband hang some shelves that I had and that’s where I’ve put my Cricut cartridges and embellishments on the shelf below. The items underneath I’m looking for some other storage solutions. Everything is contained now, but I’d like a neater look.

Another project off the list for now. What have you been up to?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Homeschooling: Animal Alphabets

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Today we made some alphabet animals. An idea I got from Judy over at What I live For. She’s shared many other craft projects like this, but I finally had a chance to share it with my daughter and we had so much fun. I’m hoping to do these more often and possibly hang them on her wall in her room after they’re done. I enjoy Judy’s blog because she shares some easy, fun and creative craft ideas to do with the kids. Thanks for sharing this on you blog, Judy!

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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DIY/Crafts: Making Play Dough

If I had a dime for every time my daughter asks to do a project, I would be a Mama with a whole lotta dimes!!!!  A few weeks ago when she asked her famous question.

Ma, can we do a project?

So, I did a YouTube search to find out how to make play dough and this is the video I found.

We headed into the kitchen and took out all the ingredients that were instructed in the video and got busy.

After cooking up the ingredients for the play dough, I had my daughter knead the dough and have some fun.

O.K. Mama had fun too, making play dough pretzels 🙂

It’s been at least 4 weeks since we did this project and the play dough is still in tact after storing it in a storage container.

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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