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Freebie - Pumpkin Spice Smartphone Lock Screen

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice – Smartphone Background / Lock Screen!

It's that time of year where everything becomes Pumpkin Spice flavored! Now you can spice up your smartphone background with a "Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice" background! Click here to download your own free lock screen and set it to your background too! You may have to "right-click" and "save-as" to download the photo if you're on a computer. iPhone instructions here. Make sure you set it to "static" and not "perspective" and to zoom out to 100%. Android users click here. If you like this and want to see more, let us know by voting below! [thumbs-rating-buttons]...

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Frued’s 100 Tooth Diablo Ultra Fine Circular Saw Blade – Review

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” - Henry Ford We definitely learned a lesson last week when we lent our 12" Dewalt sliding miter saw, which by the way is amazing, to a relative so he could cut some laminate flooring to go in his house.  No big deal right; I'm of course happy to help family! Well, unbeknownst to all parties involved, laminate flooring is the executioner to standard wood cutting saw blades. Mistake made and lesson learned. Not a terrible loss though, as we were thinking of upgrading to a fine tooth blade anyway. As luck would have it, I happen to have a talented mentor who had already given us some advice on what blade to get when we were ready...

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Millionayres Pen Holder - Final Product

Solid Wood Pen Holder – Happy Birthday Mrs. Ayres!

So last Friday was my lovely wife's birthday and she had mentioned wanting something cute to hold her pens. We had recently seen where someone had drilled holes into a small block of wood to hold their pens, so that was a great place to start. Off to our local Woodcraft I went! It's important at this point to note that this project was a surprise to the wife, so all photos and video were taken with my phone by myself, so please excuse the lower quality photos! This is a roughly 7.5" long by 2" tall by 2" deep block of Texas Ebony. It's technically a turning blank, for making pens or other type of items, but for our purposes it was perfect! It's sourced by a...

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New Year, New Batteries

It's a new year. Do you remember the last time you changed the batteries in your smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector? I don't. This year it's a goal resolution of ours to be more on top of things. Batteries are one of those things you don't think about until they're no longer doing their job. So, this is your friendly reminder to swap out or at least test the batteries in your home's smoke detector to ensure they'll be doing their job when you need it most. I just found out about these batteries pictured above. I'm not a spokesperson and I'm not being compensated by Energizer for this. The Energizer LA522SBP 9V Lithium Battery for Smoke Detectors claim to last 10 years in an...

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Christmas Wreath Makeover

I wanted to include Jute Webbing in our Christmas decorations this year so I picked some up from JoAnn Fabrics, being sure to use my coupon of course. I wasn't exactly sure how much I'd need, because I also wanted to use some on the mantle above the fireplace. I guessed about 8 yards and that was pretty spot on once all was said and done. Since I know that I'm never exactly married to one design choice I wanted to make sure any changes to the wreath wasn't permanent, so that's where lovely leftover pipe cleaners come into play. Since the branches of the wreath are adjustable, I knew I could hide all my connection points so the color of the pipe cleaners didn't...

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign

I don't necessarily change up our Christmas decor from year to year, at least not on a drastic level (read: 'cause we're on a perpetually small budget) but I do like to add a few elements here or there when I can. So this year we created a few wooden mantle signs out of spare wood and spare vinyl. I dusted off my neglected Silhouette machine and created the templates for the signs you see above. I enlisted the help of our 5 year old to give the wood a good white base and after they dried, I simply applied the vinyl down (with the letters removed) as centered as I could and gave them a light coat of craft paint. The brown paint I had was...

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Trick or Treat Yo’Self

So remember the kid's lemonade stand? Well, it was given new purpose in the form of a candy stand for Halloween. Like many parents of young children, you head our early while there is still light out and shuffle your kids around from different events of door to door in your neighborhood, but I always felt bad not leaving anything to hand out to the children who stopped by while we were out. So we set up the stand and left a message for kids to "Trick or Treat Yo'Self" (shout out to all my Parks and Rec fans!). It also served as a great ledge for our freshly carved pumpkins!     By the time we got home there were only a few pieces left and it...

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Our Magnetic Chalkboard Build

What do you do when you have a giant 10 foot empty wall? Fill it with a 4'x8' Magnetic chalkboard of course. We had talked about doing something big with the back wall of our dining room for a long time and until I can settle on a paint color to cover up the wine red (ick) we figured why not cover it up with a chalkboard that would make a huge statement in the room. Doing nothing the easy or expensive way we knew that we'd need to DIY it to make it affordable. So seated behind our Fancy X table we hung this awesome Magnetic chalkboard. Making the chalkboard magnetic was important to me because there are 1.2 BILLION pieces of paper that come...

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Not a Trick, Out of Treats

You might remember this sign from a few years back, well when I pulled it out of storage recently I could see that the years had not been kind to it and it was time for an upgrade. So, I sketched out a little concept on some paper and with the help of a little ink and watercolor, brought it to life. Now when all the goodies run out on Halloween night, I can just hang this cutie on the door and let the would-be trick or treaters know we’re all out of sweets. I thought you all might want in on it too. Click here to download your own free printable and hang it on your door this Halloween!...

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Scrap Wood Lemonade Stand

Our neighborhood was having a community garage sale and the kids had been asking to have sell lemonade for a while. We thought that would make a perfect weekend since our house isn't exactly on a main artery of our neighborhood. This way, they were more likely to gain exposure as mass amounts of people drove around looking for a bargain. Honestly, who can resist kid entrepreneurs, and sweets. Chris and I rummaged through our scrap wood in our garage and were able to come up with a simple frame for the stand. Using left over scrap plywood, we made a table top and added a big overhead sign for the kids to advertise their business. We used chalkboard paint that we already had left over from...

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