DIY garden shovel


This is a brilliant idea. Recycled milk jugs into dustpan & gardening shovel :)


It's Magical What Spray paint Can Do!

This article is from Lindsay.

I didn't know I needed a plum chandelier, until today. Also, I didn't know I needed to get divorced so I could get remarried so I could have a plum-colored wedding reception to hang my new plum chandelier at. I'd better get busy. From Victoria at The City Cradle, via design sponge.

That's Plum Awesome

Gorgeous Apple Pie of Roses.

A beautiful apple pie from

For th dough:

  • 125 g soft butter
  • 70 g powdered sugar
  • 1 pkg vanilla sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 egg
  • 100 g finely ground almonds
  • 150 g flour

For the cream:

  • 400 ml milk
  • 100 ml white wine
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 pkg vanilla sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 5-6 apples


  1. Beat soft butter with powdered sugar, vanilla sugar and orange peel. Add egg and ground almonds. Add flour gradually to make a soft dough.
  2.  Dust a 22/24 cm greased baking pan with flour. Spread the dough evenly in it.
  3. Place in refrigerator while preparing the cream.
  4. For the cream, in a sauce pan mix the flour with vanilla sugar and orange peel.
  5. Add yolks and a little milk. Stir until smooth.
  6.  Pour in the remaining milk and wine. Bring the cream slowly to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened, then let it cool.
  7. Optionally you also can use instant vanilla cream or pudding.
  8. With a vegetables peeler cut the apples in long strips without removing the crust. Wrap the strips into apple roses.
  9. Pour the cream on top of the dough and arrange the apple florets close to each other.
  10. Glaze the roses by slightly brushing them with the warmed apricot jam.
  11.  Bake cake in preheated oven at 180 Celsius until the dough is baked and apples become golden. Let the cake fully cool. Enjoy!

DIY Can Stilt Stompers

Part of our focus for our family carnival is showing our kids that they can MAKE their own fun by MAKING their own games. Also we are trying to use as many materials as we can that we already have on hand, like using recycled bottles and cans. As you can see we are also dressing them up to go with our 4th of July theme. You can easily make these to match any party theme by using stencils, stickers or scrapbook papers or let the kids decorate their own.

Read more to find out how the stilts are made.

Framed coffee table


Beautiful old picture frame secured on top of a coffee table. 

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Make mittens from your old sweater

Make a pair of warm winter mittens!

Follow these instructions and tips to stitch the perfect pair of mittens from a sweater! The only "trick" is to open your thumb a little (so that it's not close to your other fingers) when chalking the line to stitch. This will make your new mittens more roomy and comfy!

These mittens were easy as pie to stitch up! I want to make them in every color. Now I have another reason to collect sweaters!

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Drawing on porcelain tablewear.

Drawing on cheap porcelain can give a funky & stylish look to your tableware. Use a black thin porcelain marker. As long as the paint is still wet, you can use a wet paper towel to wipe away errors. After a drying time of 4 hours, cure at 160°C in a non-preheated kitchen oven for 30 minutes. Then the paint will  withstand gentle machine wash. Don't be afraid that you are not a good drawer. It’s not meant to look factory made.