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My husband has been asking to build a garden full of fresh vegetables for a long time now. I have always been in favor, but we could never find a place for it. After thinking on it for awhile, we found a spot in the front yard and Matt got to work.

He up-cycled old pieces of wood, our wonderful neighbors gave us some dirt that was left over from their front yard project, we bought some chicken wire to keep the deer out. Then we all went and picked out the fresh, organic veggies….beans, watermelon, strawberries, lettuce, cucumbers.

Oh, I can’t wait to have strawberries and lettuce!

And as Matt was walking around the perimeter of the garden putting up the fence, I noticed that there was going to be left over wire.

The wheels started turning and I knew I would be putting that to good use.

So I searched the basement for an unused frame and made a few Miner adjustments. “Lettuce” get to work, shall we? Sorry, I couldn’t resist!

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Up-cycled White Washed Picket Fence Backdrop

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My husband is a pretty easy going guy. When I give him a list of things to fix or create or do for me around the house he is pretty agreeable about doing it.  I love that man.

So when we took our picket fence down, I had a ton of ideas of what to do with the wood. 

And when I posted my February mantel here, I got a lot of emails about the backdrop. Funny, how so many people loved on it and my husband, although he gladly made it for me, very much disliked it.

OK….he hated it.

Oh boy, did I hear complaints about it. 

So here are the directions for making your own…just give them to your husband….or if he isn’t into it, make it yourself….it is so easy.
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You need:
wood planks, small nails, nail gun or hammer, wire, eye hooks

To Make:

Lay out your planks {I used 8 to fit my wall space}

Put another plank vertically on top and nail it to all the planks.  Do the same at the other end.

Screw Eye hooks into each vertical plank.

Twist wire onto the eye hooks

Once it was put together I white washed the planks….mix 1 part white paint and 1 part water…brush on and wipe off to your liking.

Hang and enjoy!

I also added a nail to the bottom corner, on the front, to hang a picture frame on it. 

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Now that I have had this hanging for awhile, my husband doesn’t complain about it anymore. It is even been rumored around here he now loves this hanging over our mantel. 

Hmm, what is next on my list for him?







 

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Stenciled Leather Coasters

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Hey y’all! It’s Ginger from Gingerly Made again. I don’t know what it is, but we can’t seem to keep a set of coasters around my house! I think the kids play with them and then loose them. Usually you can only find 1 or maybe 2. So since they are prone to getting lost, I periodically need to get more. But I don’t want to spend a lot of money. So what do I do?… Hit the thrift stores. Thanks to a thrift store find and some craft supplies I already owned, I was able to make these stenciled leather coasters for $2.00!!

I was looking for some stone tile type coasters, but only found paper ones and these “Patriots Colony” tin and cork coasters. I liked the cork bottom and knew I could upcycle these into something much prettier, so even though it wasn’t what I was specifically looking for, I went with it.

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Annie Sloan® Chalk Paint Dresser

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When did you know that you were finally all grown up?

It is a tough question to answer especially when we do not really ever want to grow up. 

I think, for me; even over getting married, starting my teaching career, or having children the moment I knew that I had grown up was when I had a knock-down-drag-out week of debate with our gas company over a major mishap with our bill. And it was a mishap on their end, I might add….but isn’t it always?

I know what you are thinking….that isn’t glamorous. at. all.

But I kept my cool. I researched my account. I didn’t yell at the very misguided business manager. I fought smart. And in the end {without getting into the messy details} I negotiated a very fair deal with them that settled the whole dispute. I was finally. all. grown. up. [Read more…]

Scrap Fabric Easter Basket

Hello! Jennifer from Satsuma Designs here and very excited to be back at Just Us Four blog – thank you Shannah! At Satsuma Designs, I create Seattle-made baby products and content that help make caring for kids as easy as child’s play. At my blog, you’ll find crafts, organizing tips, recipes, holiday and everyday treats to delight you and your kiddos. Come by for a visit!

Spring is upon us and so are all the festive holidays of the season. With Easter right around the corner, I wanted to share my scrap fabric Easter basket tutorial that’s easy, fast and fun for kids to try. Using a few scrap materials, you can whip up this scrap fabric Easter basket in no time. If the kids are interested, it’s a great craft to teach dexterity, pattern and patience!

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Here’s what you need to make your own scrap fabric Easter basket:

  • Cotton material ripped into 1″ wide strips. Your strips can be as long or as short as you like. I used 4 yard long strips to make my little Easter basket shown here. You could double the strips to make a larger basket big enough for an Easter bunny, some candies and a book for Easter morning.
  • 1-2 yards of jute rope or cotton cording. I had a bunch of this brown jute rope left over from a Valentine’s Day project that was the perfect gauge or diameter for this craft. A clothesline works great for this too.
  • Scissors

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Moss Wreath for Spring or Anytime

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I love bringing the outdoors in! My personal home decor style is all about things that are light and bright with lots of outdoorsy touches for a clean and fresh feel. This moss wreath is the perfect addition to your front door or over your mantle. The green is perfect for this time of the year too. It transitions perfectly from St. Patrick’s Day, to Easter, to plain and simple Spring decor.
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Bedroom Makeover Ideas: Playroom Turned Guest Bedroom Retreat


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Spending time with family is so precious now that we are spread out all over the state and country. We love to have everyone come visit at the holidays and this year was no exception. 

The problem though?  We didn’t have a proper bedroom for my brother and his new wife.

And my brother and his new wife are now expecting their first baby. We couldn’t be happier for them, but that is a dilemma.  

How could we have them sleep on an inflatable mattress for 4 nights?  

No question about it…we just couldn’t. 

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Rustic Valentine’s Mantel & Garland

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Did you know that there is a website where you can order an envelope full of glitter and a note. Then they send it to someone that you truly despise? 

Let me introduce myself. I’m Trina Miner from A Few Miner Adjustments. By day, I am a reading teacher and by night, a blogger. I love cozy blankets, Friends reruns and anything DIY. I want to give a big shout out and thank you to Shannah for inviting me to be a monthly contributor. It is a thrill to be here with all of you! [Read more…]

Don’t Talk, Act. Throw Pillow

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Hi everyone! I’m Ginger from Gingerly Made and I am so excited to be joining the Just Us Four team as a contributor. I’ll be bringing you some simple and easy to do home decor projects that I hope you love as much as I do.

I have been really inspired by the New Year. I haven’t actually made any concrete resolutions, but have a “big picture” in my mind. I want to be healthier, I want to be more present when I’m with my family, more organized, etc. All those things that we resolve to do EVERY year. To stay on track I thought I could use a reminder. Something that I saw daily and helped me to maintain my resolve. [Read more…]

Chalkboard Menu {Guest Post}

I am so excited about today’s post! You see, Sarah {from Little Red Brick House} and I have something major in common: a love for chalkboard paint. Combine that with a love of staying organized and menu planning and we might as well be sisters. She is sharing her awesome chalkboard menu here today.

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I’m so, so excited to be guest posting here today on Just Us Four! Thank you so much, Shannah, for having me! My name is Sarah and I blog over at Little Red Brick House about all things creative, with an emphasis on DIY and home decor.

I have a small obsession with chalk boards. I mean, there’s one on my Wall Organizer in the front entry, one as a Calendar/Memo Board in my dining room/schoolroom (we homeschool) and now one in my kitchen! I would probably paint everything in chalkboard paint if my husband would let me. ;)

I like to plan my meals for the week ahead and I got tired of searching for my meal planning notebook every time I needed to know what was for dinner. Not to mention, an old spiral notebook isn’t very inspiring! I decided to make a chalkboard menu for the wall so I could just glance over at it when needed. It was such a simple project but it’s been super functional for me and I’m loving it so much!

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