Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Under $100 Link Party

Oh happy day one and all!  Some big changes will be coming to my weekly linky party.  I will share them NEXT week, but it will be bigger, better, more exposure for you!!  Here are some great links from last week's party:
AMAZING wall art from My Altered State
crown moulding wood art
Lovely Weeds' red wagon table
Knick of Time shows us how to make vintage inspired flash cards
Antique Flashcard Printables from Knick of Time
Outdoor kitchen from Simply Vintageous
Organizing your thread from Patina General

Under $100 Link Guidelines:
1. Please link to the specific post, not your blog!
2. Please only post home decor ideas that cost $100 or less--it would be great if you share the cost of your project, but not necessary.  Only share current projects, i.e. from the last 3 months.
3. Link up YOUR OWN IDEAS--not a roundup of other people's ideas.
4. Grab my blog button on the sidebar and include it in your post or a link to Beyond The Picket Fence so people can find you and more great ideas.
5. Please check and make sure your link works. If it doesn't you can delete it and try again.
6. Please no direct links to sales sites, i.e. ETSY or just a plain ol' commercial site, we are looking for inexpensive ideas we can recreate--YOUR ideas, NOT roundups of other's work!
7.  Please do NOT link up the same thing week after week--keep it fresh
8.  PLEASE visit the link and repin from the blog. not here--thanks!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Picking Paint Colors

Today I get to be a kid in a candy store, aka, I am going to pick new paint colors.  

I love color, love paint, love looking at hundreds (maybe even thousands) of paint chips.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Christmas in July

Christmas in July?  Have you heard of it?  

The first time I ever heard that such an event existed was almost 30 years ago wen I was working in Glacier Park.  The employees celebrated with a Christmas tree in the lodge (probably illegally cut down in the Park), gift exchanges, and a party--we pretty much found any reason to get together and celebrate.
This is Lake McDonald Lodge
Christmas Ideas

A little history for you: Christmas in July's beginnings are not clear, but most likely started in Europe as a way to "beat the heat" in the summer.  

Another possibility says it was started by a group of Irish tourists in 1980.  Story is, they were so overjoyed at seeing snow while on vacation that they decided to celebrate by holding a "Yulefest".

At any rate, we picked up on it here and the US and the tradition seems alive and well in blogland.  If you are a planner and love to get ahead, NOW is the time to get a jump start on the holidays.  
Christmas Ideas

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Under $100 Link Party

Ah, I just got off the river from a lovely day of floating!  I mean, a perfect, relaxing day.  Ain't summer grand?!  And now, we can enjoy these most wonderful links from last week and share your own!!
The best mud pie station ever from Bliss Ranch!!
Christmas in July with the cutest spring tree from Organized Clutter
Industrial Spring Christmas Tree Tutorial

Monday, July 14, 2014

How To Letter A Sign WithOUT a "Machine"

What's your sign?  Here's your sign?  Do you know the signs?  Follow the sign.

Signs are definitely (and have been) all the rage in home decor.  With a sign you can express yourself, your values, your humor.  Words inspire us and we love to see those and share them with others.  
How to letter a sign

Friday, July 11, 2014

One of These Things is Not Like the Others

One of these things just doesn't belong...were you a Sesame Street kid?  I sure was, back in the late 60's and early 70's.  

I remember loving a couple things in particular--the baker who fell down the stairs and the song about the one thing that did not belong.  I can still sing it all and was singing it the entire time I made this bench/coffee table.
reclaimed wood bench and coffee table
This is very similar to the one I made last week (TUTORIAL HERE), except I painted the legs 4 different colors.  When attaching them I realized one leg, aka spindle was different.  Can you see which one?  (The legs look a  little crooked, but they are not--it is the grass.)
reclaimed wood bench and coffee table

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Under $100 Link Party

Hey all--hope you had a lovely fourth, hope you are enjoying the dog days of summer, hope you have air conditioning, at least if you are experiencing 90 degree weather like we are.  Perfect weather to spend an afternoon inside enjoying the cool air, iced tea, and lovely blogs like these:

Frumpy Bumpkin Designs shared a cheery sign
Summer Centerpiece from Chipping With Charm
Chipping with Charm: July 4th Centerpieces...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Refreshing on a Monday

refresh:  verb \ri-ˈfresh\: to make (someone) have more energy and feel less tired or less hot : to give someone more of (a drink) : to fill (someone's glass, cup, etc.) again 

It is Monday after a long holiday weekend.  Are you feeling the need to refresh, reenergize?  

I sure was.  How do you refresh?  Do you? (You need to!!)
I started the day with a hike.  It always feels so good to that first thing in the morning.  I may whine every now and then on the way up, but on the way down I always say, "Let's go again tomorrow!"  Nothing like a little sweat and amazing views to refresh the senses and clear the brain.
I also love to peruse blogs and sites that are visually delightful.  This refreshment is not about collecting ideas, it is about seeing something that makes you smile, something that makes you sigh and say ahhh, something that gets the creative thoughts flowing.  These are sites that might feature a totally different style than mine, a different product, a different view on life. Places like:
Jeanne Oliver - Part 3