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Landon (with Tater’s help) made this amazing table for us.

We were offered my parents scrap marble piece as it was the cutout sink part from their kitchen countertop. Tater is always resourceful and know he can use things to create something new. Here is how it was made.


Reclaimed horse stall wood, Marble Top, Screws, and Biscuits


Air compressor and blower attachment, Power washer, Table saw (regular blade and dado blade), Compound miter saw, Palm sander, 4 – square, Pencil, Drill, Drill bits, Biscuit joiner, One-hand ratcheting band clamp, Tape measure, rubber mallet, and glue.



  1. Blow off dust from reclaimed horse stall wood


2. Power wash off remaining dirt


3. Measure and rough cut the edge pieces of the table.



4. Using a Dado blade, he cut the dado. This was because the marble was rough on the edges, and we wanted to hide that.


5. Cut 45 degree angles on the top edge pieces


6. Secure the top edge pieces with biscuit joints.



7. Insert the marble top into the dado


8. Clamp them together using a clamp and let glue dry


9. Measure and cut table legs

10. Sand legs with palm sander.


11. Predrill holes and attach the legs to the table top with screws


12. Sand table top edges

13. Cute and sand the supports for the legs


14. Mark the spot to pre-drill pocket holes


15. Pre-drill pocket holes


16. Screw on the 3 supports at 7 1/2 ” from the floor. We kept the front open to allow our craft cart to fit under this occasional table.


Ready to use!!!




Landon qualified to take it to the IL State Fair.


It was a fun experience. It was our daughter’s birthday, and we made a day of it! Donut party on the way down.


We had to check out the horse barn for the birthday girl!!



Here he is getting judged and explaining how he made the table.



It was a highlight checking out the new baby piggies that were just born.



Tailgating supper stop on the way home. It was a good day for a good day!

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Getting a light for this bathroom was a challenge. The electrical box going into the wall is not centered over the sink and mirror. So we got creative. We used pipes so that the arms of this fixture can be different lengths to center it.

Landon and Tater made this for a 4-H project so you can follow along on the how to guide if you wish to create one yourself. We had a light bulb hanging out from the wall for several years, so it’s a fun change to actually have a fixture! We have since painted white the wood circle attached to the wall and are enjoying our new light on a dimmer switch!









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We did several wood projects below:

First of all, Landon made a Farmhouse Address Sign for our house a few summers ago for 4-H. We got the idea online and wanted something similar for our place. Here are the details if you are interested in making one!




  • Old barn door wood
  • Stainless steel screws
  • Caulk
  • House #s
  • Plastic bag
  • Potting soil
  • Succulents


  • Table saw
  • Compound miter saw
  • Circular saw
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Pry bar
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Tape measure
  • 4-square
  • Caulk gun
  • Pliers
  • Awl
  • Rubber mallet


Here is what the old barn wood started as. We used a chisel, hammer, and pry bar to remove old hardware and nails out of the wood.





Then we were able to cut it to the size of our liking using a circular saw and table saw.




Next, he measured the reclaimed wood for the planter box.


He used a 4-square to mark the wood.


Then we used a compound miter saw to cut the wood for the planter box.


He drilled partial holes in old door supports and used screws to make the sign more sturdy as the old nails had loosened over time.



Then they attached the planter box to the sign using screws.


Then he ripped more barn wood to the thickness of the sign.


They used the compound miter saw to cut wood to make a frame.





They secured the frame with screws.


Next up were the house #s. They used an awl to mark the location of the drill holes.



We caulked the back of our numbers so that insects could not make nests and burrow in behind the numbers.


We drilled holes for the numbers slightly smaller than the stud that was on the back of the numbers. After that, we used a rubber mallet to tap the numbers in place.


Looks like a sign! Now the fun part for me.


We lined the planter box with a plastic bag to keep the soil moist after watering and not drip mud onto our house siding. We filled the bag with potting soil and planted our succulents. 


Ready to hang on the house!


It was a fun project, and he ended up getting Best of Class. I love seeing it hung on the house knowing they made it in love for me. 


While working on the address sign, another wood project was going on.  Tater made me a huge planter box for our front yard. You may have spied it in our house painting post. It was not yet painted. He used my parents old siding. We have used their siding to make so many things! The girls enjoyed using it to play in for the day.




He also added a nice wood back to our dinner bell and hung it on the house. 😍

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We had ordered some wire from Vintage Wire and Supply for our light project. The company sent some fun extra wire for us to enjoy. Our son was excited to use the wire, and the guys used it to create a vintage hanging light together. They ended up writing out the steps to use for his 4-H presentation.

This is what he put together… just in case you’re interested in making your own fabulous vintage hanging light. 🙂























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Our old coffee table was old, scratched up, and brown. It needed a face lift. We actually weren’t using it at a coffee table anymore, so we thought of what else we could do with it. We had some chalkboard paint on hand and painted the top of the table with that. We painted the base of the table with some other paint we had left over. Color: Aqua Glow by Valspar. We are using the table in our studio as a kid’s play table.

Artwork from the kids… Can you spy: an upside down monkey with crazy long hair, a flower, a rainbow, and a whale with a polka dotted tail?

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We have been doing a lot of studio and home projects lately.

Project #1: The Office Chair

Tater found a chair on the curb near our subdivision last October. The weather has been nice, and we now have been able to finish this one up. We are going to use it as one of our studio office chairs. Here is the before and after.

We were planning on putting silver studs on the edge of the seat cushion. Now, we are not so sure.
Projects # 2-5 coming soon! 🙂 Stay tuned!

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Recently I had the opportunity to co-host a baby shower for one of my best friends. She has done so good throughout the years at throwing the best parties for other people that I wanted to do something special for her.

We knew that she was expecting a boy, and we were so excited! We had to postpone the shower date back a little as she got put on bed rest and the little dude made an earlier appearance than expected. 🙂 We were excited to be able to have the new little baby (Dylan Edward) at the shower.

Here are all the shower details:

Pom-poms were hung above the eating tables. Click here to find out how to make these.

I was having a girls day with my mom and sisters, and my sister pointed out the flowers that were sitting at our table at Cyd’s. They were made of napkins. I was going to do fresh flowers for the shower, but this inspired me to try something different. The napkin flowers are made like the poms.

I was checking google reader one day as I was planning for my shower and ran across one of my friend’s posts. I took the advice that others had given new moms and used those as table decorations.

We had a slideshow of all her maternity images playing at the food table.

I got a new Macro lens for my birthday, and I’m in love.

The cupcakes were from Janet’s Cakes and Catering and oh so yummy!

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So our kids are getting older and that meant a new phase of life and a more functional playroom. Remodeling the playroom was our family Christmas gift to each other. When we moved into this house, this room was a dining room. Knowing that we needed it for additional space we turned it into the playroom. Eventually we puttied the walls, and painted them green with texture. Tater and his brother added the baby gate. For the first several years this room acted as a large playpen. It was wonderful. Then the kids got bigger and more toys were added making it not so baby proof. Since little furniture was in there, the kids would drag out their toys to our main living area. We knew we wanted a place that was just for them (kind of their hang out spot). 🙂 So the new phase began and the baby gate came down.

We first changed the room to a white with metallic glaze walls to make the room brighter. We also painted the furniture white. Then we added our Christmas gifts… a collection of Wild Sorbet frames, Pottery Barn kitchen set, and Land of Nod play table.

I have always struggled with knowing what my God given talents are. Talents always seem easier to find in others. I have known though my LOVE for organizing. It comes as a fault at times. Bringing me back to growing up…

I ran the sink water to get the water warm before washing my face. As I was waiting, I went back into my bedroom to get something. BIG MISTAKE! Totally forgetting that I left the water on, I began to reorganize my ALREADY organized room. After awhile I hear commotion downstairs, and my heart sank to find out what had happened. My washrag had fallen into the sink blocking the drain. During my ‘oh so organizing fun times’, the sink and bathroom filled up with water. My parents were downstairs and heard a big pop! The water had gone down to the main level and the Tiffany light on the ceiling had filled up bursting the bulb. Let’s just say the nice wood ceiling didn’t look so smooth after I gave that room a makeover. My parents were very forgiving and even gave us a lesson on water – how it comes into the house and even explained that we pay for it. ha! Something I did not know. 🙂

Okay, back to organizing. We wanted a display area for our kids’ artwork and important papers. So we use these attached to metal bars found at IKEA. The tins hold up their art and hold the girls dress up play jewelry and hair pieces inside.

I remember reading The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room when I was growing up. I was totally inspired and drooled over the closet that they had organized at the end of the story. I knew I wanted that for my kids someday. So here is our attempt. 🙂

We definitely have been enjoying our new space! Here are a few of our favorite toys besides our everyday princess shoes, dolls, legos, dinosaurs, coloring books and of course the Wii…

Calm Down Boris: a book full of tickles, kisses and giggles!

Magformers: loved by both my boy and girls.

Ball Popper: my young ones love this.

Zingo: great family game for those with young kids!

Go Fish Guys – Let’s Sing (Sing-a-long DVD): makes for a fun dance party! All of their music is fun!

Melissa and Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set: anything from Melissa and Doug is fantastic! Helps spark the pretend play for my kids.

The Jesus Storybook Bible: a great way to cuddle and end the day together.

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We got these Jones Sodas for the kids’ birthdays. They thought it was so cool that it had their very own picture on the front. They begged to drink their special pop on the new patio. 



For those of you who participated in our Summer Mini Sessions ~ If you receive the Master Blaster Package, you will get a free 6 pack of Jones Soda with your image on the front! A personal message can be placed on the bottle like you see above. Be thinking of what message you would like on yours. 🙂



At the beginning of the summer, I had asked Tater to help fix our deck. With 3 little kids at home, I knew I probably wouldn’t be getting out much, so I wanted a little area that I could take the kids out to play. Our old deck was a splintery mess, so we really never used it. The front yard was also a problem. I would get the kids all situated with their toys… before I knew it, I had to run in quick for a kleenex, run in to help somebody go potty, run in to grab a burp rag, run in to… you get the picture. Well, when I needed one little thing, we ALL would come in (so no one would wonder off or go in the street). As you can imagine, we were in and out a lot.

Well, our summer project is now complete! What you see below is the finished product of our new outdoor space. I love it! Tater not only built me a new deck (splinter free!), but we also added on a patio by Concrete Evolutions and window well screens (so the kids don’t fall in) with a stone wall. We also decided at the end to add a bamboo fence for privacy and wind control. 



The kids are enjoying our new outdoor living space too. We put up baby gates on the deck for the times that I do need to go in and out, in and out, and in and out… But this time I don’t have to take everyone in and out with me – AAH! 😀



The party lights that hang above add a special mood to our area in the evenings. We are so thankful, and truly have been enjoying these beautiful summer nights. God is so good!



In fact, we aren’t the only ones enjoying this new space… We got some little feathered friends who are also taking advantage of it. Notice our new little friend “Mr. Owl” (whom I’m bound to get rid of one of these days). He is out there to scare the birds away. 😉

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