Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Flashback 2011

Last year at this time was the beginning  my adventures in DIY. We live in a really small space, so a real Christmas tree was not really an option. Since I had already acquired a few pallets ( to be used as wood for the fire pit ) I decided to make one. Yes, I had seen a few on other sites so the idea was not completely my own.

So one Saturday afternoon with the help of my daughter Erin ( Mike happened to be at work that day ) our pallet tree was born. I think it took us most of the day to get the pallet apart, we had no idea what we were doing!! But with a little determination and GIRL POWER we got the job done.

Then came the fun part of assembling and painting. This was probably the first time I used the circular saw that has now become so easy to use. I remember how challenging it was in the beginning.

As you can see Erin did most of the painting since she was more scared of power tools then I was. We used a fence board for the trunk and just painted it a dark brown. Then we cut the pallet boards to size, painted Hunter Green and assembled to look like a tree.

On the green branches we added nails so we could hang some ornaments, since they would all not fit on this tree our special ones were chosen.  All in all it came out pretty well for our first project.

We then added a pallet to the bottom when it was in the house to give it some height and stability. White lights were added around the pallet bottom and then I ran them up the center of the tree. I covered the bottom with a white sheet for a finished look.

The lights are a little hard to see but I'm glad I had a few pictures to share. Now I have learned to take pictures of everything for future reference and posts.

I will be getting out the Christmas decorations this weekend and can't wait to see our tree again. I might even be able to make a few more. We are still in our small space but with a few improvements it has become a cozy home. Looking forward to sharing the holidays with everyone. Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Bon Jour - Thanksgiving Week in France

My week in France is almost over- It went by way to fast, but it has been DELICIOUS...  I just wanted to share some of the wonderful food that I have enjoyed this week- some we made and some were at restaurants and some were Take Away...

Melissa made us some yummy appetizers of cheeses, bread and fruit. Of course we also had some wine. The black olives are very salty, and have pits in them. I brought my pilgrim salt and pepper shakers from home to celebrate the week.

We traveled to Florence, Italy on Tuesday and this was my lunch. It was the best pasta that I have ever eaten. The mushrooms and tomatoes were so fresh and the pasta was perfect.

Melissa and Erin each had a calzone. Look at the size of it!!! It was very good but different then the U.S. version because they don't give you sauce on the side. They were filled with ham and cheese.

On Wednesday we all had lunch in Antibes. These are the spring rolls that we had as an appetizer. Needless to say the presentation was beautiful. It was a bright sunny day and we were fortunate enough to be able to eat outside on the patio.

I ordered a salad for thinking it would be good to have a light lunch- but look at it!! It was so delicious.

Erin ordered a salad to. Hers had tuna on top and was just as beautiful. Melissa ordered chicken curry.  Hers was just as yummy.

And who can have a lunch without dessert. I purchased these " TAKE AWAY"- they say that instead of " TO GO"  in Antibes - plus they wrap it so lovely. One was an eclair, the other a chocolate, rasberry cake which melted in your mouth. The other was a cupcake from a cute shop names Choppy's.

The brown wrapping I saved to take home. Hopefully I can transfer this onto a tray to have it as a reminder.

And last but not least who can enjoy all this food without the wine. These wine racks were empty when we got here and this is a photo from Tuesday night, 3 days into our week vacation. We are off to a good start, and yes I am saving all the corks to bring home.

I hope everyone had a very happy and delicious Thanksgiving Day.  Thanks for joining me on a few of my eating adventures in France and Italy.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Creations, Merry and Bright

The holiday season is here!! Ready or not. I will be traveling for Thanksgiving but I did manage to get in a few Merry and Bright creations recently. Of course they were made from my endless supply of scrap lumbar and pallets.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pallet Coffee Table

Well ,remember when I found the Perfect Pallet for a coffee table. I finally took the time to finish the project. With some sanding, staining and a few metal accents created by Mike it was completed in no time.

This was the pallet as we found it- straight from shipping and receiving department at Mike's work.

It was already the perfect size for a coffee table. All that was needed was legs. Since I always try to incorporate metal into my projects when I can, having metal legs for this table was the obvious choice.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Chalkboard- Large and In Charge

A few weeks ago I picked up several project pieces at our local Habitat for Humanity Restore. If you have not shopped there before it is a great place for DIYers and helps out a great cause.

The piece in the back round was a very large frame that I believe probably had a mirror in it. I loved the framework and it had a plywood backing already in place It measures 48" wide and 42" tall. Immediately I thought CHALKBOARD. With very little prep work it was ready for painting.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pallet Thankful Trays

I can't believe that another holiday season is upon us already, I know that for many it's all about Christmas but I have to say that Thanksgiving has always been my favorite day of the year. A day to just spend time with your family and friends and EAT!! What can be better then that!! So with that being said I made a few serving trays made from pallet and scrap lumbar boards.

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