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Yardstick Benches

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I am so excited about this post! It’s one of my most favorite projects ever, and it’s published in the September 2018 Hartford Magazine edition. I won’t ramble on about the details of how I built them. You can check out the article if you are interested, and you’re always welcome to ask me questions.

Vintage yardsticks have become quite expensive and harder to find. If you ever decide to do something like this, here is a quick tip for you that I did not mention in the magazine article: Use filler yardsticks from local hardware stores (or better yet, strip down cheap pine boards to size). They all have slight variations in color. Place them randomly throughout on the inside. You could even paint some, rough them up etc. so that they look vintage. The inside pieces are going to get ruined as you glue them together anyway. It is such a shame to ruin all of those old yardsticks, and nobody would ever know the difference. Just save your favorite ones for the outside edges!

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Patchy Backpacks

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I know, I’m probably the worst blogger on earth. And I know, this is the worst post ever to come back with after 4 months off! (BTW, it’s not that I haven’t been doing anything. The camper is done, and the house in NH is almost done…so stayed tuned for some fun pics and projects coming up!).

So I’ve never done patches before. But this year the boys started to give me their opinions on their backpacks, yikes! I shouldn’t have asked them WHICH Pottery Barn Kids one that they wanted, because they didn’t want any of them! What? Who doesn’t want a perfectly monogrammed Pottery Barn Kids backpack? Not even the Star Wars ones, with all the matching containers??? OMG! NOOOOOOO!&%$%&$@!# Eli wanted Deadpool. Nolan wanted Pokémon. Sigh. So a quick trip to ebay for a $5 patch allowed us both (probably more me) to get what we wanted. And they loved them! So, iron-on patches are totally my new favorite thing.

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Crayon Wreath

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Gosh I’m horrible lately at posting! And I forgot to take a final picture of this hanging before I gave them out. I’ve done a few other Christmas projects, but I can’t post them because certain people can’t see before Christmas! This one isn’t all that unique,  it’s all over Pinterest. But we wanted to make something cool for the teachers for Christmas. Don’t worry (Jen), we still always give them gift cards too! You’ll get a kick out of the last picture here, which is a little quote from teachers.

This was pretty simple. I used a foam wreath (next time I would use a flat/wood wreath), wrapped in red ribbon, then hot glued crayons on (approx. 150). The kids helped pick out which colors would go next, and I used a bowl in the middle (which didn’t work very well) to keep the crayons in a somewhat circular pattern. I hot glued a bow to the top, and that was it. Super cute!

PS- not sure if I said this or not…the camper is done, except the floors, wheels, and a few minor details. We didn’t get a chance to camp before it got cold, so figured we would wait to put the those things in so they didn’t just sit all winter…

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