Lemonade Stand

My daughter has been bugging me to have a lemonade stand.  But, she doesn’t want just a table set up on the corner.  She spotted this a while back in the Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine and will settle for nothing less.  Yep, that’s my girl!

Lowes Creative Ideas Lemonade Stand

Lowes Creative Ideas Lemonade Stand

Since she’s off for spring break, we decided to finally tackle this project.  My husband keeps all his wood scraps, so we have decided to build it with only the stuff we have on hand.  For the most part we’ll be following the plans, but depending on what we have on hand, we may make a few modifications.  We don’t have wheels though, so we will have to purchase those.

If you decide to tackle this project yourself, you can find the full plans and a tutorial here:  http://www.lowescreativeideas.com/idea-library/projects/Do-It-Yourself_Lemonade_Stand.aspx


The Pantry Project

I was inspired by all the neat and organized pantries that I keep seeing on Pinterest. So, I decided to tackle our own Pantry Project. Here are is a BEFORE pic. Yikes! It definitely needs some work. Keep watching for the final reveal, but for now, I’ve included a Sneak Peek!

pantry project

www.ourinspiredhome.com * The Pantry Project {Before}

Niche Decor: Halloween

When we bought our 2nd home, one thing I was really excited about was this niche in the downstairs hallway, between the foyer and the living room. Initially I hung a beautiful canvas portrait of my daughter. But, as I started living with it, I realized it was the perfect spot to do a little holiday decor. (I prefer to do holiday decor in clusters. That way, it looks intentional and cute. When I used to spread it out around the house, it just ended up looking cluttered.) So, I purchased some lidded glass containers for colorful holiday candy. Then, I use those little 3m hooks and hangers that are easy to remove so I don’t have nail holes or tape stuck to the wall. It also frees me up to create new layouts for each holiday and for each year, so I don’t feel stuck in a rut.

www.ourinspiredhome.com  *  Halloween Niche Decor

www.ourinspiredhome.com * Halloween Niche Decor

For this first holiday, it took a little more effort than it will in the future. I took out my measuring tape, scissors, and a large roll of craft paper I had from some previous project. I cut the paper in the approximate dimension of the niche. Then I taped it against the inset and trimmed the excess to the exact fit. When I was done, I had a paper template of the niche that I then taped to a piece of 1/8″ fiberboard. I used a jigsaw to cut the fiberboard around the template, and then did a quick sand. I did a dry fit, a little more sanding in a few spots to get it perfect, and then it was ready to decorate. My daughter is little, so I don’t like anything too scary, so I opted for a whimsical black and white polka dot fabric that I just wrapped around the board. Since this will be changed out on a regular basis for each holiday, I just taped the fabric to the fiberboard with masking tape (but use whatever you have on hand). Then I picked up a shiny black frame and put in a picture of my daughter from her 2nd Halloween, and I hung my fake spiders and decor with 3M hooks. I had a Happy Halloween banner from the Martha Stewart line that I re-strung to fit the niche and hung it across. Then I added the colorful Halloween goodies in shades of orange, and WALLA! Done! Now I can’t wait to decorate for the next holiday!!!