A few years ago, Mom and Dad returned the signal flags I made saying, “turn them into something”. So, I stretched them over canvases to use as wall art on the condo porch. They never made it to the lake. I found them (I won’t say where) and brought them with me on this trip. When we arrived, I discovered that the porch décor was in the process of changing. The rugs were very muted in contrast to my bright flags. What to do?Read More
CHICS WITH TOOLS | a blog by beth williams
A few years ago, we got an amazing deal on an outdoor sectional and coffee table. It was made of resin rattan and seemed like a great idea at the time. Unfortunately, the Georgia sun had other plans. The coffee table, as of this morning, looked like it was ready for the curb. Every time we moved it, pieces would fall off, leaving brittle plastic debris all over the place. The sofa did not fare as poorly because it didn't have the glass which magnified the sun, just burning the mess out of the resin. The hubs had the idea to replace the nastiness with a fire table. But for a temporary fix, I thought I would try my hand at a cheap, quick makeover.Read More
Do your throw pillows need a refresh? Have those cushions on your front porch faded so much that you can’t see the pattern anymore. Don’t chuck them, just slipcover them. Have you ever had a pillow sham on your bed? Most of them just overlap in the back. That is what I am going to show you. No zipper! It is so simple that you could make one in 15-20 minutes.
What do you do with your old wedding dress? Like many brides, I had mine cleaned and preserved. It is sealed in a box for the day one of my girls may possibly want it. Yes, it probably will have yellowed but I just couldn’t part with it all those years ago. But that created a problem. I had this giant box that just kept getting moved from place to place. If I would have stored it in the attic, it probably would not have liked the intense heat. It took up too much space in the closets, so what to do? The answer was to “hide it in plain sight” by camouflaging the box and putting it on display.Read More
Father’s Day will be here before you know it so it’s time to start planning. If you are like me, you find it really hard to buy gifts for the men in your life. Maybe it’s because what they really want, they buy for themselves. Or perhaps their wants are WAY above the normal gift-giving price range, like a motorcycle or boat. But on a recent visit to my parents’ house, my dad who is the ultimate gadget guy, showed me some of his favorite “toys” that lots of dad’s may enjoy, especially those who like to work around the house and garden. I added a couple from our home that we have found useful as well. This list does not include items for the sportsman or outdoorsman but hopefully you will find something useful.Read More
It’s Memorial Day, a time to remember those who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy in this great country. It is also a day to show our patriotism by hanging flags outside our homes and decorating with the red, white, and blue. To help you get a festive look, here are a couple of home-spun ideas for your door that don’t take much time or money, that is if you happen to have some scraps on hand.Read More
We were expecting a newlywed couple in our Airbnb cottage. We wanted to mark the occasion by adding something special so I thought some sort of wedding wreaths for the two doors would be a good idea. But I wanted something current, not stuffy. The pile of rumpled burlap came to mind. This is what I did.Read More
What traditions are important to your family? Some of them take money, but if you stop to think about it, I bet the most meaningful ones are essentially free.
When I was growing up, we had a family tradition of having breakfast in bed on our birthdays. Mom would arrange a tray with our favorite pastry (chocolate éclair) adorned with a candle, plus our birthday card and a gift. The family would line up, bed hair, P.J.’s, and all, to sing “Happy Birthday”.Read More
Are there things in your world that are just too mysterious to tackle? I am not talking about the supernatural. I am talking about crafty things and DIY. One of the main purposes of my blog is to empower people and to take the fear out of projects. One said project is canvas stretching. You may ask, “Why in the world would I need to know how to do that?” Well, the fact is that the technique you use to do this job is the same you would use framing textile artwork, making a padded bulletin board, or upholstering seat cushions or headboards.Read More
In the previous posts you learned about the bench, sign, leg extenders, and cake stands, all using old bed parts. Believe it or not, there was still a little more good material to work with, namely, the straight sections at the bottoms of the bedposts. They had giant mortises in them plus were chewed up. But there was beauty there so I decided to embrace the imperfect.Read More