Win a HomeRight Spray Shelter

The set-up and prep work for spray painting is often the hardest part of the job.  I like to use my paint sprayer (and even rattle cans) in my garage, so I can work in the shade.  I’ve done everything from covering my garage in plastic to building my own temporary spray paint booth.  Both worked great, but they were a lot of hassle to deal with.

Luckily, HomeRight has come to my rescue (again!) with their new Spray Shelter.  The portable, collapsible Spray Shelter is much like an easy put together tent.  It footprint is about 8 1/2 feet by 6 feet, so you have plenty of room to fit all sorts of furniture and projects inside of it.

Win a HomeRight Spray Shelter for spray painting

Yep, I set it up in my bedroom – just to test out how to put it together.  I certainly didn’t do it in my bedroom because my garage is full of projects and it’s 100 degrees outside.  Nope, not at all.

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A Free {Printable} Ocean View

As much as we want to, an ocean view isn’t in the cards for my family this summer.  Between kids’ day camps, Tom’s work and my roller derby, we are having a big Austin Staycation.

I love seeing all of my friends’ ocean pictures on social media, but I’ve been longing for a few of my own. So, I just made an ocean view for myself.

Free Printable - Geometric Ocean View

If you feel like you need an ocean view yourself, you are welcome to download this free printable that I designed.  It prints on a letter size sheet of paper and can be trimmed to fit inside an 8×10 frame.  Or, just stick it on your wall with some washi tape and pretend the sea breeze is blowing through your hair.

Click here to download the free printable.

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Zack’s Closet Update + HomeRight Giveaway

Many times, there are projects that we have to do around our home that aren’t particularly jaw dropping, like cleaning the garage or reorganizing the Tupperware cabinet.  They are necessary evils that don’t exactly have that “Wow!” factor when it’s time to blog about them.  Today, I have one of those projects to share with you.

Not long ago, this was Zack’s closet.

Builder's closet upgrade

Builder's closet upgrade

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DIY Plastic Pink Flamingo Planters

This morning, I woke up to the news in my Facebook feed that Donald Featherstone, the creator of the plastic pink flamingo, passed away on Monday. He created the iconic, kitschy flamingos back in 1957 when he worked for Union Products (also makers of many of my beloved blow molds).

I thought it only fitting that I share with you a project that I created just last week – easy, kitschy, fun outdoor pink flamingo planters.

DIY Pink Flamingo Planters

DIY Pink Flamingo Planters

There’s a story behind our new yard ornaments and the full tutorial is up today over on the My Colortopia blog.

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How to Fill Water Balloons Without a Water Hose

We only have a few days left of the school year, which means my kids are getting really excited about the summer.  Even though we have torrential rains and deadly flooding around here (the streets surrounding our neighborhood were literally under feet of water a few days ago), the kids can’t think about anything other than swimming pools, water slides and water balloon fights.

Water balloons.  The words that make me feel like the meanest mom on the planet.  I hate them.  It’s not the water that drives me crazy, but it’s the little bit of balloon that no one else picks up out of the yard but me.  But, the kids love them, so I’m stuck picking up balloon pieces all summer long. #partofthejob

How to Fill Water Balloons Without a Water Hose

One of the biggest problems with water balloons is wanting to use them at locations that don’t have running water or a garden hose – like at a birthday party at the park.  You could fill the balloons and put them in a bucket before you left the house, but I always manage to pop several of them in my car.  I’ve been looking for a good solution, and I think I found it!

HomeRight sent me one of their 1-gallon Deck Pro Tank Sprayers.  It’s meant to use to spray pesticides, deck cleaners, and semi-transparent stains.  But, it works perfectly as a portable water balloon filler!

Simply fill the tank with water before you leave home.  When you are ready to fill the balloons, you prime the sprayer by pumping it with the handle on the top.  Then, you can slip the water balloon over the nozzle and depress the trigger to fill the balloon.

How to Fill Water Balloons Without a Water Hose

How to Fill Water Balloons Without a Water Hose

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Handmade Note Cards for Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is next week!  Are you ready to celebrate the amazing teachers in your life?

Every year, I try to think of something fun and different to do for my kids’ teachers.  We are lucky to attend a fabulous school, and we are so thankful for the loving teachers that we have had throughout the years.

This year, I created embossed, handmade note cards for each teacher.  I thought these would be great for them to keep in their desks to use if a co-worker had a birthday or if they wanted to send a thank you note to someone.

Handmade Greeting Card Assortment - perfect for Teacher Appreciation Week

Aren’t they fun?  They were really easy to put together, too.  And, you can customize them anyway you want to.  Here’s how I did it:

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