“Gingerbread” Village

I have confessed it here before, but I will do it again… I am a Christmas décor collector and creator. At the end of last year, I acquired several small house/buildings made of chipboard from sellers on Etsy. I intended to paint them to look like gingerbread houses and display them, but time got away from me. I recently completed my painting of the “gingerbread” village and will share the extreme makeover results below:

“The Gazebo”
(Carboard Fairy House – DIY)
via littlevillagehouses on Etsy




“The Bakery”
(Putz Style Carboard Houses- Large Shop – DIY)
via littlevillagehouses on Etsy




“The Mansion”
(Putz Style Houses- Large Vintage 3 Roofs House)
via littlevillagehouses on Etsy




“The Cottage”
(DIY Easiest Gingerbread House Ever)
via RetiredLetsDoLunch on Etsy




“The Hotel”
(DIY Kit- Funky Little Chipboard Gingerbread House)
via RetiredLetsDoLunch on Etsy




“The Log Cabin”
(DIY Kit- Basic Chipboard Gingerbread House)
via RetiredLetsDoLunch on Etsy




“The Chapel”
(DIY Kit- Little Chapel Chipboard Gingerbread House)
via RetiredLetsDoLunch on Etsy






Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle (Part Two)

Here it is – the big finish.

The first part of this DIY project can be found HERE.

To complete this upcycled pallet table you will need:

-wheels (the ones we used were from
-scrap plywood
-primer and paints of your choice
-a router
-2X4 scraps
-wood glue
-washers, bolts and nuts that fit your wheels’ specific dimensional needs
-saw (we used a table saw for expedience but a handsaw will do the job)
At this point, your table top is complete. Now you get to be creative and add your own aesthetic preferences to this piece.

To complete our table we used some scrap (to keep with the “reduce, reuse, re/upcycle” theme) plywood (1/8” thick) which we cut into triangles to serve as the leg supports to connect the table top to the wheels. For each of the four legs two supports are required. Between the two plywood pieces we affixed a (7 1/2” long) piece of plain 2X4.

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Before attaching the vertical supports to the 2X4 drill a hole through them so that you will be able to attach the wheels (the size of the hole you need to drill depends on the size of your bolts, which depends on the diameter of the holes in your wheels). We also decided the legs looked a little bulky, so we used a router and rounded the points and cut a smaller triangle (with rounded angles) out of the center of the (total of 8) supports. This step is by no means necessary; you can leave the supports whole, create a simple cutout or an ornate design if you like.

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The next step is to prime the plywood pieces (and wheels if you want to paint them). For this project we used RUST-OLEUM Painter’s Touch Flat Gray Primer. Priming is important, do not skip this step. After priming all of the pieces (follow the directions on the can) you can apply the first coat (and subsequent coats, if desired) of your final paint color. For this, we opted for RUST-OLEUM’s “Hammered Copper” for our wheels and “Hammered Brown” (also by RUST-OLEUM) for the eight support pieces. We really liked the hammered texture for this project; it made our wooden wheels look metallic. We also decided to use earth tones for this table so that the reclaimed wood and supports complimented each other. At this point it is also a good idea to paint the washers and bolt heads as well.

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Once all of the painted pieces are properly dried, you can glue them to the 2X4 pieces. After the glue has set, align each wheel with their leg. Run a bolt through a washer, outer leg support, wheel, and inner leg support. Add another washer onto the bolt and tighten down a nut to hold all of the pieces together. Repeat this for each of the remaining three legs.

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You are almost done!
The last task is to align each of the legs where you want them to go on the underside of the table top. Our pallet had two cutouts on each of the side support pieces; we decided to center our legs in each cutout. Once you have determined where you want the legs to go, mark the inside of the support piece on the top where you will attach the legs. Attach the legs to the tabletop with long bolts. This keeps any messy glue from seeping through the boards of the tabletop and keeps the sides of the table clean (no extraneous screws or nails).

Once all of the legs are attached, flip it right side up and voila! you have a recycled pallet table with your own unique style.

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I hope you enjoyed this project, I had fun making this gift for my sister. If you make your own pallet table please tell me about it/share pictures of it in the comments or email me (; I would love to see your projects!

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Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle (Part One)

I had hoped to have this post completed by Earth Day, but I suppose the first part prepared for Arbor Day is just as good. (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Replenish & Restore)

My family and I have undertaken the task of creating a coffee table, for my sister’s new house, from an old wooden pallet.

Due to the crazy Texas weather and my recent travel schedule, this project is still a work in progress…
Here is what we have completed so far.


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You will need some basic tools for the first portion of this project: a hammer(s), pry bar(s), a saw (we used a circular saw, but and hand saw or table saw will do the trick too), a pencil, measuring tape, scrap wood pieces, a drill, eye protection/safety goggles, sandpaper, saw horses make this project easier on your back but are not a necessity, and of course you need a reclaimed wooden pallet (which you can sometimes find, literally, on the side of the road or you can purchase them from The Home Depot.

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START by pulling off all of the pallet boards from the side you designate at the underside of your table. Make sure to keep these.

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Measure and mark the desired dimensions of your table top.

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We quickly created a jig to better drive the circular saw along the lines we marked for the width of the table top; if you are confident you have a steady hand you can simply saw along your markings without a jig.

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After cutting along your marks, carefully pry the small pieces of wood from the side supports that have been severed from the rest of the pallet.

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Remove the rusty nails to be used again later for a cohesive final appearance (shiny new nails would ruin the rustic/reclaimed look).

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Place the side support piece under the freshly cut new edge; affix it temporarily with clamps and then drill holes along the top of the boards to make driving the reclaimed nails into the wood easier. We chose a sort of random pattern (three nails to the wider boards and two for those more narrow, etc.)

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Once all of the boards have been attached to the side supports on both sides of the “table top” measure the distance between the boards and see if any of the boards you removed from the other side can be used to fill in gaps. Some of the spare boards may need to be ripped down a little to fit the spaces.

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Be careful and watch for splinters. Gloves might be a handy thing to use during this project.

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Once you have your chosen fillers, drill holes and hammer nails to attach these boards to the side support pieces. After they are fastened to the sides, simply saw off the excess.

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After that step is completed, use sandpaper to smooth any ragged splintery edges. Then, voila, you have the top of your reclaimed wood pallet table.

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As soon as I get this project completed I will post the rest of this how to.
One important component of this table is its legs… We have opted for small wheels. You can find a variety of wheels like the ones we will be using one Etsy.

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 Click HERE to see how we finish this project.

Easy DIY Valentines Wreath

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What you will need:

-1 wire (shirt) hanger

-pretty paper (scrapbook paper, construction paper…)


-tape (Scotch, masking, duct…)

-pretty ribbon



Bend the hanger like so…

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STEP 2 –
Cut the paper in free-handed spiral like so…

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Roll the cut paper like so…

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If your pretty paper is one sided, roll it so that the pretty side is on the inside.

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When done, they will look like this-

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Affix the pretty paper roses like so…

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on the back, just make sure the roses are securely attached.)

Add a pretty piece of ribbon to the hanger and voila!

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Employing “The Secret” – Affirmations Jar

After reading The Secret, I have been working very hard to apply the concepts and change my negative (previously seen as realistic) default settings. I have created a vision board (both a physical one that is now hung on my wall and a secret one on Pinterest). Lately, I have noticed that affirmations are a hot way people are harnessing the power of the Law of Attraction.

I sat down and typed up 100+ affirmations, printed them out and cut them apart and folded the sentence strips. I then cleaned out an old candle jar and put the affirmations in it. The idea is that each day I will shake up the jar and draw out a single slip; then meditate on that one affirmation for the whole day.

Affirmations Jar For Blog