Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tools: What you need to start DIY-ing

Most of the projects I share on here are either tool-less or use just the basics.  I'm lucky to have a boyfriend who has a stockpile of tools in our closet, but if he wasn't around these are the tools that I would purchase, as they can be used for almost every DIY.  Bonus:  No power saws, because if you don't know how to use one, myself included, you might lose a finger!

Since power saws are a no-go for me, the handsaw and miter-box are a must.  The Miter-box keeps your cut straight and will even help you cut an angle!  And after you saw through a piece of wood you feel strong!  And your muscles are tired...

A power drill will cut down the time it takes you to place a screw to just seconds.  And its perfect for drilling holes into your projects.  My make-up brush stand required about 40 holes, and there is no way I could of took on that project without a drill! The drill we have is cordless which makes awkward angles easier.

If you decide to forgo screws and a drill a simple hammer and nails can get almost anything done.  Just use more nails than you would screws to make sure whatever you're putting together is secure.  Before I knew how to use a drill I was able to conquer the crate coffee table using only nails and guess what?  Its still the one we use today!

To measure of course!

Bonus:  Kreg Jig
This is a bonus tool, but is probably my favorite we have in the house.  You use the Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes,these kind of parallel holes. You can drill your screw into another piece of wood, so much easier!  I used this when making my single board serving tray!

Skipping the power tools may make your DIY projects take a little more time, but safety first!  If you don't know how to use it, DON'T use it!  Believe me, I've already cut my thumb in half trying to make a mason jar soap dispenser... eek, I still can feel the pain!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Five on Friday

Was it just me or did this work week seem extra long?  Yesterday definitely felt like Friday... but anyway here's the round up from the week!

{one} sally hansen gel polish:  I don't get my nails done.  I've gotten a manicure once and have never had a pedicure.  So I didn't really have a chance to try out the gel craze.  But when I saw this set at Target (of course), I decided to pick it up.  With this gel polish you don't need any UV light, which is awesome!  I've even been using the top coat over regular nail polish as well and it really makes it stay on longer! I've been able to go about three days without a chip!

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{two} giveaway:  Have you entered the Vine Vera giveaway yet!?  The prize is a thermic face mask that is worth some big bucks!  Get the deets over here.

{three} desktop backgrounds: I am so happy with how my fall desktop backgrounds came out!  I have the tree on my phone and the pumpkin is adoring my macbook.  If you didn't see these guys, I posted them over here!

{four} Dallas Beer Festival:  We had such a great time at one of these a few months ago we signed up for another one and are going on Saturday night!  Its only about 1/2 mile from our house so we plan on carb loading before we go to sample all the tasty beers!

{five} Skinny Pumpkin Frappuccino: I found this recipe last night on Pintrest... omg doesn't it look delicious!  And guess how many calories... 67!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend lovelies!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Free Fall Desktops

So these aren't printables, but they will look great on your computer desktop or iphone!  I created these three prints just for y'all while I sipped on a Pumpkin Cider!  Yep, Woodchuck has a special cider out for fall!  But anyway, these desktops are sure to get you in the fall spirit!  AND the use of these pretties is completely free!  Be sure to share them with your friends!




Happy Fall Y'all!

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