Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The End of The Road is Covered in Dog Hair

You'll understand this title very soon.  Just go with it.  Mmmmkay?

First of all I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one with the 5-minute-to-5-hour issue!  Really, I thought maybe I was actually crazy.  I must be normal if you all have this same problem right?!  ;)

Anyhow, I have to let you know, in case you haven't already seen the results, that my Crafting with the Stars days have come to an end.  Picture me crying.

Ok, you know me too well.  I'm totally fine.  I'm sitting here typing and drinking a hot cup of DD hazelnut coffee!  There's nothing better than the DD!

I'm actually relieved because trying to come up with project ideas is really hard.

The end of the road isn't so bad anyway.  This competition was the push I needed to get some projects done that I've been wanting to do for a while now.  The best part was being paired with Beth, my blogland star!

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In fact, I'm over at her blog guest posting today!  How awesome is that?!  She has been so encouraging, and it has been great to be able to pick her creative mind!

Want to know which Upcycled project was mine?  Well, I made ..........

My hub picked up these pallets off the side of the road for me one day.  Then he screwed them together.  With a little sanding, staining, and some cushions, I created an outdoor daybed for my little peeps.

The luminary garland and lantern were made with soup cans.  Actually the lantern was made from a can of nuts.  I used a hammer and nail to poke some holes, spray painted, and then used some outdoor craft paint to embellish them a bit more.

If you decide to make these be sure to poke all your holes before you spray paint.  Ask me how I know this.  ;)  They look cute during the day, but at night they are precious!

I just love those battery operated flicker lights.  You can find them everywhere now, but the best deal on them is at The Dollar Store.

The kids love this spot!

There's nothing better than the sound of your kids reading.

Well, maybe except for the sound of them laughing.

Guess who decided to make this daybed theirs?

Jake (the black dog) and Prince (the yellow one), my first babies, have completely taken over.  See I told you the end of the road is covered in dog hair!  At least the end of my Crafting with the Stars road is.

Prince isn't going to give this thing up without a fight.  That dog is the funniest.

I'm so glad I had the opportunity to be a part of this competition, and I wish the remaining contestants all the luck in the world!  I hope the fire this competition lit within me keeps on burning because I have a lot of other projects I'd like to accomplish before the end of the year.  Good thing I'm still on an adrenaline high, or maybe that's just the DD?!

Have you done any upcycling lately?  I might have to make more of those luminary cans.  They are so easy to make.  Wouldn't they be cute for a Santa's sleigh runway?  Yes, I just busted out with a Christmas idea before Halloween.  Don't hate me.


  1. Totally love this idea, and mine would be covered in dog hair as well! My dog thinks the chaise lounge is all hers as it is!

  2. what is really funny is that i saw that you didn't amke it and was just thinking, "wow she must be so relieved to NOT have to think of something each week!!!" no pressure! sometimes the pressure to create makes it harder... at least for me.
    enjoy your coffee- you know that is my fave, too!

  3. Your dogs are loving their new space. At least they think that is what it is. Love the pallet bed and those lights are the cutest.

  4. Love it! My dogs take over anything comfy! Thanks for the luminary idea!!!

  5. Well, I think you did an amazing job!!! Those were some fantastic ideas and you are always a winner in our book Carmel. I know...that was super cheesy. :-) But you really are talented and I just love the nook you created!

  6. Your posts are so funny, and you have such great ideas! Love your blog. :)

  7. I love this idea! Since our dog is an indoor dog, living in So Georgia I would expect pollen to be on it!! I must look into getting myself a DIY hub! We're just trial and error rhyme or reason! Beautiful job!

  8. Aww.... I'm sorry you're not in the competition anymore, but I understand the sense of relief. LOL

    I thought the reading nook was so cute, and it's obvious the kids love it... as well as the dogs. That makes it a winning idea. :)

  9. just wanted to let you know..i totally loved you nook! i voted for it! it was fantastic and super cute!

  10. Children laughing, cozy spots, and adorable puppy dogs - you covered mt favorite things. Great project Carmel & congrats on being finished. Nice touch with the cans, by the way.

  11. Sorry to hear that your competition run has come to an end. Love your upcycled project though! How adorable. I'd love a space like that outside in the crisp air if I were a kid. Isn't it funny how the pets always seem to think we work so hard on things for THEM? Ay! I know what ya mean. Hope your day is a good one Carmel!

  12. Dang it! And your project was so brilliant! Hehehe, I love that the furbabies took it over, ha! Yeah, I would've had a horrible time coming up with ideas under pressure! Well done and glad to know you are drowning your sorrows in DD coffee...excellent plan (c:

  13. Number 1. Your projects are fabulous, congrats on Crafting! Glad I got to see you in the ring.

    Number 2. I am addicted to DD! I drive out of my way for the pumpkin swirl these days.

    Number 3. As a blogger, it's never too early to plan for the next season. Go you girl :-)

  14. Your work is amazing the idea here and if it gets your kids to read more that is perfect!

  15. I love the tin can lanterns! That would be great to make a string of HAPPY HALLOWEEN and then hang it out for the Trick-or-Treaters! You have such a cute website full of such great design ideas. I love it!


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