You can order from E-Bay for around $50.00 unassembled. The holes are predrilled and wood screws/pegs are provided and have been dado cut. Excellent quality, other than the wood was a little rough and I did sand down some.
So do you have the same problem I (had) of finding a safe place to store your scrapbooks? A convenient place that kids or adults can get the books out to look through and put them back themselves? Do you have them stored in the back of a closet because it is the only safe place for them? After all it takes countless hours of love to make them and that doesn't include the cost of the pictures or supplies if you paper scrap! Maybe the scrapbooks are as large and thick as the scrapbook in this picture, heavy and bulky. Well I have found the perfect solution!
A LIVESTOCK TROUGH!
Yes, a livestock trough. The scrapbooks fit perfectly, children can get the scrapbooks out on their own and put them back when finished looking at themselves.
They don't take up much room, they are made sturdy and all I did was paint, distress and wax mine.
I did not use the bottom piece that normally would be used if you were actually using the trough to feed animals. I don't like the corners of my scrapbooks getting dog-eared and this totally prevents this problem.
I loved my first trough so much after receiving it and the way the scrapbooks fit, you guessed it, I ordered another one.
Let me show you my stab at canvas art. This is my third attempt at canvas art and I have some tips for added success.
First you can't use prints that are printed with an inkjet printer. I upload all my prints to Persnickety Prints. The prints are awesome, archival, returned in a few days and are packaged perfectly. The 5 x 7 canvas I used was from Michael's and they do have black canvas but it seems they are always sold out of the size I need. I painted the canvas black.
This step is very important (I think). For some reason prints are always a little bigger than the canvas, no matter who prints them. Trim the photo at this time and make sure it will fit on your canvas. I then distress the edge of the photo (do not use a water based paint, it will bleed) so it blends into the background of your canvas.
I use a foam brush and slater the canvas with Mod Podge. Mod Podge the back of your print and place on your canvas.
Brush Mod Podge on top of your photo and let it dry. You will now have a canvas art that you have done yourself and saved money also!
An antique wicker plant stand makes a perfect place for a fairy garden. Granddaughter Reagan loves to move the fairies and to my amazement there are a couple unrecognizable figurines in the garden! Let me show you a quick tutorial of the garden.
The basket interior is fairly deep, so looking around for something to fill the bottom, how about foam swimming noodles? Yes, they are light weight, won’t deteriorate and will take up that extra space.
Cover the bottom and sides with medium weight plastic liner and add good quality potting soil. It is time to decide what plants you would like to use and what fairy garden supplies you would like to use. I purchased a mini-peace lily, a sedum and a small cactus.
I start by putting the higher items to the back and in this case including one side of the basket. I then made a pond with blue rocks and a sidewalk with white rocks. Don’t worry if you want to change things several times, which I do usually. Notice how I have moved the pond in the next picture.
I then use moss to cover the bare spots of dirt. To finish the edges, cut the liner to within 3-4 inches of the edge and tuck into the basket. Make sure not to tuck the liner down to low, it is better to cover the liner edge with moss.
Tip: Keep the moss misted weekly and the garden will stay fresh looking longer. Enjoy!
The girl behind