Category Archives: 4th of July

My Fence Fell Down, So I Made Stuff


The morning after a wind storm we awoke to our fence laying flat on the ground.  Not the best news, but at least I had a whole bunch of distressed wood to make a few things.  I wish I had patterns to tell you for these, but really I just got out the skill saw and drill and went to town with no real plan.  Here’s what I did:

US flag: Wood split in half longways to make smaller pieces.  I used barn red, navy, and off-white paint and made the vinyl wording and star stencil with my Silhouette.

flagGarden Table: I made this garden table as a gift for my cousin.  I love how it matches her door!  I did have to get some 2x4s for the base, only the top is wood from my fence.

table“Be the Good”: This sign hangs in my kitchen.  I love the message!  Again, I made a stencil with vinyl, then painted it colors to match my decor.

be the goodFront Entry Sign: This hangs on my front porch.  I love how it compliments the color of my house.  I use the little knob to hang seasonal signs.

front signFrame: I tried something new with this, still deciding if I like it.  I had a green distressed frame, so I made a pallet background for it to help it to stand out and make it look bigger.  I covered it in Mod Podge (after washing with water) to give it a shiny look.  I like how all the grain shows through, but not sure if I like the overall look.  This is just a stock photo added in.



Patriotic Dessert


I give myself a B- on this dessert attempt.  Professional cake pop dipper is not in my future.  Here’s the picture I found on pinterest and tried to replicate, but no link to a blog:

And here is my attempt, I call it “the shabby chic” look… to make myself feel better:

Need a few hints?

-I used my Babycakes I got for Christmas to make the actual cake centers.  I used the vanilla cake recipe that came in the box and it was really yummy.

-You need 25 blue, 29 red, 35 white… in case you don’t want to get real close to the computer screen and count like I did.

-I tried coloring white melting chocolate with blue food coloring… didn’t work very well.  The chocolate lost its creamy feel and just got chunky.  I used it anyway, but never again.  I had red melting chocolate from Joann’s, so didn’t need to dye the red.

-I got white melting chocolate in bulk at WinCo.  Super cheap.

-Dipping?   No advice for that.  You’re on your own, baby.