greenhouse diy

Lets build a greenhouse! Best yet, lets build one as a gift, for a special someone we love.

Of course we referred to Ana White for our DIY greenhouse plans (see the link here).

Here is the super cute greenhouse that Ana built (and the one that we are going to build too!):

The family and I set out on our greenhouse DIY adventure this weekend with a goal of having it completed by the weekend of the 16th.  All of the plans and materials needed are posted on Ana’s site for FREE! She’s amazing. We set out to Home Depot to purchase  our supplies.

Ana’s list consisted of the following: (see the highlighted notes, we did not have the tin roofing at our store)

Shopping List:

Materials for 32″ stud walls -

3 – 2×4 @ 10 feet long – use on back wall
5 – 2×4 @ 12 feet long – use on sides/ridgepole DO NOT CUT)
32 – 2×4 @ 8 feet long
11 – 12 foot long x 26″ wide standard corrugated plastic greenhouse panels
1 – 8 foot long x 26″ wide standard corrugated plastic greenhouse panel (use on door side)
3 – 12 foot long tin panels (use on sides and back) *we purchased house siding, tin panels not available
1 – 8 foot long tin panel (use on front) *not at our store, special order only
Tin screws
28 – 4′ long ribbing strips
L flashing (optional for the corners)

ADD ON:

*plywood for making the gussets

*a box of 2″ screws (mostly for the plywood gussets)

We made the mistake of buying corrugated tin paneling from the same area where we purchased the corrugated greenhouse panels. Not the same as tin roofing (oops!).  See that pretty silver stuff on the trailer? Yep, that’s not the right stuff! We returned it and bought regular ole’ house siding instead. The tin roofing was special order at our store, and we wanted to get this project done so we decided that house siding would work just as good (and we can paint it to match the house).

for example:

This is tin paneling. It would have worked for this project but it is not as thick nor is it as sturdy as the tin roofing. Plus, we would have to cut it to fit this project (cutting tin is not our area of expertise).

This is tin roofing. Heavier, and more sturdy. In addition to that it was exact width and lengths as sides of the green house, therefore no cutting necessary (that would’ve been nice).

And here we are gettin busy!

That’s me, making the side walls! Holla!

My little helper!

Our handmade gussets made out of plywood… Ana’s video was very helpful!

Applying the gussets to the beams (glue and 2″ screws)

Lots of beams, oh yeah!!

Making progress!! Whoo-Hoo!

All framed! WOW.

Here is where we’re at of of the end of a 2 day weekend! I can’t believe how much we accomplished. This project, so far, has been relatively easy. We spend about 3.5 hours on Saturday (that includes going to Home Depot and getting our supplies) and about 6 hours on Sunday (including 2 trips to Home Depot and a lunch break).  I do have to mention that we were short one drill. Usually when we build something like this we each have a drill. Unfortunately we were missing one drill (let someone borrow it) so we were left with our cheaper, plug in drill. It all worked out fine but we could have accomplished more with two drills and no cord! But hey, I’m not complaining… look how awesome this has turned out! Can’t wait to finish her off! Whoop! Whoop!

Nothing like a beautiful sunset at the end of a long day.

Until next time,

have a great one!!

parrot costume – no sew!!

Lets make a parrot costume! As in a NO-SEW parrot costume that’s totally easy and SUPER cute!

I’ve broken this down into three parts; part one is the body, part two is the feet and part three will be the hat for the beak and eyes!

Here is our final product. It turned out super cute and believe me when I say it was far from perfect… but the imperfection is what made it so adorable and my son loved it! So have fun with this one, it’s worth it!

First you’ll need some basic supplies. I used some things I already had and I purchased a few things.

PART ONE – THE BODY:

Step #1.  Seriously, I am so simple that I had my 5 year old son put the long sleeve shirt on, then I cut a few holes in his shirt accordingly and as I dreamed up. Pretty much the elbows and one hole in the back of the shirt and used pipe cleaner to tie it onto the shirt. I figured pipe cleaner was soft and better than using wire, cuter than string, plus I have a ton of pipe cleaner so it was a perfect fit for this costume.

Step #2.  Maybe have your child take the shirt off for this step… I had my son leave his shirt on and he started to get very restless, waiting on me. I applied fabric glue onto some of the feathers and then pressed them directly onto the shirt. It was really that easy, honest!

Step # 3. Repeat step #2 until you have a fair amount of feathers/boa lued onto your t-shirt. No need to glue all over the shirt, just a bit here and a bit there. Have fun.

You basically have one boa on the left side, tied at the elbow and another boa tied to the elbow on the right. Noah was pretty little here and we used ONE BOA on the arms and one boa wrapped around him and glued all over the shirt! I tied the the string at the end of boa and put it on his wrists, like a bracelet and it just hung off his wrists. See the first picture in this post. It gave a great “wing” effect when he held his arm out!

PART TWO – THE FEET:

All I did for the feet was cut out a few of the fingers and left a few, I wanted them to be comfy yet a misfit sort-of cute. Totally accomplished! Best parrot feet EVER!

PART THREE – Beak, head feathers and eyes!

Here we are so far, without the head dress.  {silly, cute boy of mine}

Supplies I used for the hat (I had all these items on hand): adjustable baseball cap, more glue, felt and pom pom balls.

STEP #1. I cut out a few “fake” feathers out of felt. I did orange, yellow, green and black because that’s what I had. I drew directly onto the felt with a marker and cut them out , I love felt!!

STEP #2. I glued an entire piece of rectangular 8×11 felt onto the bill of the baseball cap (see the green outline) then I cut it out accordingly (see photo above, cut lines are pink). This was the easiest way I could think to make a beak. And it worked! So put glue on the top of the bill only, press your felt down, centered and hanging over the front, then cut it out around the head of the hat (be sure not to cut your hat) and cut a triangular shape on the front of the hat.

Step #3. Flip the hat over, tuck your sides under and glue them down.

*** Keep gluing until you have a beak shape. Trim if you need.

STEP #4. Randomly glue your felt cut-out feathers (from step #1) onto the front of the hat. No need to be perfect, and be sure to layer. I cut slits into the felt feathers to give some dimension. I also stuck a few feathers from the boa in with the felt feathers. Once I was done I trimmed up the front with a thin strip of the yellow to make it look clean and finished.

STEP #5. Add some eye balls! Two white pom pom balls and two smaller brown pom pom balls. Glued on and done! That was easy!

And the FINAL product (that took me less than 2 hours to make, for reals!

TRICK OR TREAT! Give this Parrot a worm to eat!!

Happy Almost Halloween!!

hanging bed “how to”

Lets touch base on how we did those phenomenal hanging beds in the boys bedroom makeover (see more post and photo’s here, here, and here).

Here is a photo of the loft style hanging beds that we made (quite simple actually):

Here is the “basic” stuff for a hanging bed shopping list at your local hardware store:

This next photo pretty much sums up where we used all the items from the shopping list (however, this is only ONE corner of the bed. Each bed has two corners that attached to chain, and the other two corners were fastened to the wall studs). There are 2 items not pictured below. One item not show in the photo below are the hex-bolts. We used the hex bolts on the back side of the bed, underneath the bed on the frame, and drilled thought the 2×4 frame into the studs into the wall. So our beds aren’t actually hanging, they are the “illusion” hanging beds. No way we were going to have swinging beds in our boys room… that would have been a real disaster! The second item not show are the bolts used in the ceiling (crown/eye bolts) were used in the ceiling (as well as the bed), for the chain.

The beds were super easy to make. Two adults to hang them (find and mark your wall studs first). We were so excited (and so were the kids) to get the room finished, we hung up the beds before sanding and protecting them (shame on us). We still need to fill the nail holes, for a finished look , lightly sand and clear coat (for protection). We love the pine look and how it ties in with our wood floors, so we are not staining or painting any of the wood. Au’natural!

Banquette Update

An update for the post I originally posted HERE on our banquette adventure. We’ve made changes since these pictures and still haven’t quite settled into the area but it’s starting to feel a bit more “like home”.

Here is where we left off:

And now we are here:

That’s progress!!! Yeah! It’s coming along well. Looks comfortable and ready for use!

AV Mode

Want that sharp photo with a blurry background? Here is a simple, quick tutorial of using your “AV” mode on your camera to achieve those more ‘blurry’ backgrounds.

Please note: This is for an somewhat experienced photographer (no, you don’t have to be a pro, but practice helps… so don’t be afraid to try & try again. But don’t give up if you don’t get it right the first time).

 

First, set your camera dial (I am using a Canon in my examples, so if you shoot on a different camera, it may look different but essentially it is all the same). AV is your aperture priority mode, GET TO KNOW IT. Practice on this mode and get comfortable with it. I shoot in AV and Manual mode all the time, I never shoot in Auto (but that’s me and I love telling my camera what to do).

PRACTICE, and keep practicing. This is what is so great about digital photography, you have endless amounts of shots… no film that you will run out of and you can check your work immediately and adjust accordingly (to your desire). Your f/stop is how much light you are allowing into your lens (the higher the f/stop the less light you are letting in). The ISO is pretty much like your film speed… remember the days of buying 400 speed film? 200 speed was for outdoor use, 400 was a good speed for average every day stuff (a little daytime indoor and okay for outdoor too), then there was 800 and up, used for darker situations. In my opinion,  the easiest way to look at ISO and understand it is to think of the film days,… the lower the ISO setting, like 100, 200, 250… the less light you need: best for outdoor, sunlit areas. ISO of 400-600, afternoon shots, or daytime indoor shots with natural light being used. ISO of 800 and up, you need more light (and you already have your f/stop wide open). Learning to shoot in “P” mode is the very first step toward manual photography. “P” mode is your ISO. If you aren’t there yet, I highly recommend coming back to this tutorial once you are comfortable in using at least that setting. 

AV mode is almost manual mode. The camera is still doing some of the work for you, controlling your shutter speed.  I also recommend metering, however that can be another lesson in itself.

Don’t give up, practice and find your own style.  Most of all, HAVE FUN!

building a banquette

I love the idea of having built in seating. Actually, I am really fond of ‘built-ins’ in general.

Our kitchen has seen quite a few transitions in the past two years…  but nothing seemed “fitting” for our eat-in dining area. We started with a long, farmhouse table and benches. This looked good and was very functional however, for me, it just didn’t seem to flow (and looking back at the pictures, I am assuming it was because the space was a complete disaster!).

See the disaster photo below (yikes):

I do have to say that this was in the midst of all our kitchen remodeling. But this picture really takes the cake for awful! No flooring or baseboards and those brown walls! Ugh!

The window in this area is lovely. We have the most beautiful view out back (see our view here). Eating at the table, as a family, is our nightly routine. I love the farmhouse table that the HH built and I was hard pressed to change anything as it possibly meant parting with the table. However, we decided (yes we), that a banquette with a round table would probably be more suitable for this space. Not only that, we needed to break up the monotony of the ‘rectangular-ness’ of this entire space. It’s long and narrow, so maybe a round table would spice it up a little!

Here is a very rough plan of what we’d hoped to accomplish (and yes, we tried the kitchen table in the kitchen too… we were up for anything that might work):

At least there is flooring in this picture! And it shows how much progress (or regress) we’d made on the kitchen {painted cabinets & removed peninsula as seen here and here}.

So our plan was to extend the counter top another 3-4 feet, giving us some much needed space. The fridge would go (it was more of a bulky eye sore) and under counter refrigerator drawers would take it’s place – creating a long counter while still having a fridge. At the end of the counter would be the banquette/built-in seating for a new, round table/eating area.

We jumped right in! We started with blue painters tape, taping off the area where we wanted our new seating. Once we had what we felt was a good fit, we framed out the banquette with 2×4′s.  **Side note: That cute, round table was also made by the HH (I’m a lucky girl), and we used it as our ‘guide’ for shaping the seating area. We ended up purchasing a pedestal table in the end, better for overhang when the kiddos sit at the banquette.

It’s coming along nicely. A cushion might be tricky for the shape of the seating area (after thought) but I’m hopeful that I can come up with a creative & inexpensive way to take care of that.

More Banquette photo’s to come soon!

:) Heidi

 

Photoshop Actions

Actions are fun! Don’t be intimidated, just go for it. Eventually you might just find yourself making your own… oaky, but one step at a time.

I found a fun polaroid action for free so I thought I’d give it a whirl. I love it! SO fun and it’s super easy to use! Now I’ll show you how quick it is to upload an action to Photoshop.

Here is the final product…

Isn’t it fun?

It sort of reminds me of those Instagram pictures that are popular right now.

Okay, so let’s get down to biz-ness. Download or purchase the action that you want to upload. I provided the link to the free polaroid action that I used at the top of this post.

Wherever you have your action (I prefer to have mine right on the desktop so they are easy to find and drag into the folders.

Step 1. Go into your Photoshop folder. Accessible through  >APPLICATIONS > PHOTOSHOP

Keep going… >PRESETS >ACTIONS. Here is where you will drag and drop the actions icon.

Now that you have put your action into the PRESETS folder, open up Photoshop. Also you will want to open up a picture, any picture is fine.

So now we are in Photoshop and we need to LOAD our new action. First, be sure your ACTIONS window/tab is open. If you cannot see it then go to WINDOW> ACTIONS and you will then be able to view your actions (if anything, you should at least have “default actions” already loaded. Now we want to LOAD our newest action. That tiny drop down button on the top right of your actions menu, click on that (only need to click once) and a drop down menu will appear.

Select LOAD ACTIONS from the drop down menu…

Here is where you locate the action that you just uploaded from your desktop. The action I chose to upload was “polaroid generator”. Once I find the action I am looking for, I click LOAD. ** Hint, if you have a hard time finding the action, it should be located > APPLICATIONS> PHOTOSHOP> PRESETS> ACTIONS and then you should find the action you uploaded.

Once you clicked load, you will automatically be taken back to your Photoshop screen and it should show the new action(s) in your action menu.

That’s the way to load an action!! Yeah! Wasn’t too hard, right?

Just to double check that everything works correctly, I tried the first action “Type 660″. Amazing! Love it. Actions are so cool. Love how the program does all the work to make my photo look so super-dooper cool!

I went one step further and added some text to the bottom of my new polaroid.

ALWAYS, SAVE AS when you are done. And, if you are not going to make any more changes, FLATTEN IMAGE, then SAVE AS.

All done! What a snap!

Hope to see some cool polaroid snaps soon.

Porch Update

A quick update I did to our porch, with a great impact!

This was under $40, it was easy and took me under an hour to complete. Now that’s my kind of project!

Here is our porch before my little update.

Remember, I live in a seasonal area. We only get summer for 3 full months (at best). It’s June but my plants are just blooming. We had snow here in MAY!! Crazy but true!

I have summer fever!! This quick, easy update was just what I needed to get in the summer mood! Some pretty red and white flowers to liven up the place and get me into the mood to do more!

I purchased 3 hanging baskets. I already had some soil and a few plants. PERFECT!

 

Ahhhh… I feel good that I finished something for my yard accomplished! Now I need to get on that drip system (see all that ugly, black tubing all over the place), it needs work and it’s NOT attractive!

For now… Happy Monday. Nothing like some good ole’ planting to freshen up the day!

 

Fence project

Just an update to our WEEKEND PROJECT that I gave you a sneak peak of last weekend.

Well, I am proud to say that we came, we saw, we ACCOMPLISHED!! Go US!

Here is a quick tease of what we did…

 

Lets just say that our “free ranging chickens” were FREE ranging a little too much. Eating the few living flowers in our yard, pooping everywhere (and having to constantly clean it up), and the occasional worry that a neighborhood dog would have a big lunch… we decided we desperately needed a fence for our girls. So, we set out and we DID IT!

We did learn a few things and took a little short cut that now, looking back, think we would not have chosen to do had we had more knowledge.

Good news… the hens seem to like their new space! And, they get to roam the property everyday, but only for a few hours rather than the entire day!

All is good in the hen world at the Kruger’s.

I’ll be back with more pictures and how we did this fence project.

Mother’s Day Gift

Another Pinterst Inspired Project.

You can see my pin for the original project here.

And here is what I made!!

Supplies:

Clay pots, 3 sizes (you could use plastic containers too)

Vinyl numbers (I used my Silhouette Cameo to make these)

Spray paint (2 or three colors, your choice. I needed 2 cans of the red and 1 can of yellow)

1 can LeakSeal (see image below)

Bricks (I used 5 total)

Soil & plants :)

LET’S GET STARTED!

Lightly clean off the clay pots first.

Then, in a designated area, get started painting (whoop! whoop!)

I did this a little backwards but you may want to seal your pots (optional). If you do decide to seal them, do it before spray pairing them. I didn’t do it first and had to do paint touch up!

I added house numbers to my pots (this is completely optional). I used my cameo machine to do the numbers. And I decided to add the word “Welcome” to the center pot too. It ended up being a crooked “welcome”  but I still like the way it turned out.

 

That was pretty much the most time consuming part of this project! Honest, this project was a snap and SO fun to make.

Now I added the bricks & soil to the bottom pot.

This is what will hold your pots up high and create the stacking effect. So cool & so easy!

Almost finished!

I added petunias and daisies for flowers, I liked the purple ones the best. Great pop for against the red and yellow pots!

I made two sets for my mom for Mother’s day. One for each side of her driveway.

She loved the look and how they added color to her entrance. What do you think?