Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Pallet Flag Tutorial in Honor of July 4th

I love July 4th, don't you? It is a great time to stop and reflect just how blessed we are to live in the United States, a land of democracy and much opportunity. Both of our sons are in the Army National Guard, and our oldest is serving over in the Middle East right now; I have been following the events in that part of the world with renewed interest these last 7 months since he has been gone.  It has made me all-the-more aware of just how fortunate we are!

Last year I showed you how I made this pallet flag in honor of July 4th.  In case you missed it or forgot, I am going to show it to you again. It really is fitting for the July 4th theme, since it is a 13-star flag. If you happen to be a bit fuzzy on your history facts, let me remind you that when the American Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, we were a country of only 13 colonies (which were then declared states).  Hence, the original flag of 1777 only had 13 stars.

If you would like to see the tutorial and make your own, click here.  And whether or not you choose to make a colonial flag, celebrate well on July 4th, giving thanks and appreciation for all our forefathers fought so bravely long ago to have, for that which our soldiers fight so bravely today for us to keep, and for the liberties we enjoy here everyday!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Easy DIY Home Repairs


I categorize my spending into two groups: fun money and un-fun money (and yes, I know - Dave Ramsey would not approve). It is probably a good thing my husband manages our finances.

Any-who, as you could probably guess, fun money is way more rewarding to spend than is un-fun money. I consider fun money to be money used towards new clothes, new jewelry, a new couch, a vacation, a pedicure, etc....  Un-fun money, on the other hand, is spent on items like: a new dishwasher because ours broke (last week); a new toilet because ours wouldn't stop leaking on the floor (us last week also); having a tire replaced because I was going too fast and hit the one spot in the curb that had a sharp point (you guessed last week).  Needless to say, last week was not a "fun" week. Sigh.

Whenever I can, I like to save that un-fun money for something fun later on.  This is why I love good tutorials on do-it-yourself home repairs and have created a "clipboard" on the Hometalk website with 20 great home-type repairs I can easily do myself. Now I can put that money that I would have used on repairs toward that hot stone massage I want!

If you are not familiar with Hometalk, you are missing out. In their own words, "Hometalk is the largest home & garden knowledge hub on the web. It's fueled by the firsthand experience & advice of hundreds of thousands of home enthusiasts and professionals."