Easy DIY Dog Bed – No Sewing Required

Easy No Sew DIY Dog Bed


“This is why we can’t have nice things!”  A phrase that is commonly used in my house and is often directed at the dogs.

They are chewing monsters.   They chew almost anything they can get their grubby little paws on.

In fact, Padme the Basset Hound, recently ate two large magnets, a metal marble, 3 legos and 11 cents. After an extensive surgery and large vet bill we now raid the floor of all non-dog appropriate toys like a SWAT team.

Our diligent policing of the floor caused boredom in our charming Basset Hounds and they tore apart their nice fancy dog bed.

After picking up the remains, I vowed they would not receive a fancy dog bed until they had moved past the destructive stage.

I dug through my storage closet pulled out 2 old pillows and bought a clearanced no sew fleece blanket “kit” and went to work.


DIY Dog Bed Pillows

Sew the two pillows together. I did not use a machine… as you can see

DIY Dog Bed Pillows sew

Place the 2 pillows on a fleece blanket.

You will notice my precise “measurements”.

DIY Dog Pillow Bed

Lay the second piece of fleece on top of the pillows. Try to line them up as much as possible.

DIY Dog Bed Cover

Cut the corner in a right angle. I used a small block of wood for a rough line.

DIY Dog Bed Leaf

Cut the right angle corner on each side

DIY Dog Bed Corners

Make your strips on each side

DIY Dog Bed Strips

 Knot the strips together.

DIY Dog Bed Tie

Once each side had been knotted your bed is complete!

DIY Dog Bed finished corner

DIY Dog Bed Finished

I didn’t bother worrying about it looking perfect. A dogs bed will get dirty and wrinkled so why worry about something that is destined for imperfection.

It pretty easy to untie and wash if needed.

#Ad Easy Gourmet Roasted Lemon Cornish Hen

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayHens#CollectiveBias

Tyson Roasted Lemon Cornish Hen

Do you have any food traditions?  A meal that has guests and family alike praising you for your culinary skills? Perhaps you are more like me.  Pretty good in the kitchen but not a culinary master.  I can follow a recipe and  whip-up some really amazing foods but rarely is it my own and rarely do guest or family members beg for the recipe.

Where my professional culinary skills (or lack there of) end my love and need for memorable events begin.  Hosting and creating special events for family and friends is something I enjoy so much it’s almost a guilty pleasure.  I love creating a welcoming atmosphere coupled with food that could be thought of as gourmet.

Gourmet food combined with friends, family and an inviting setting is a recipe for success.

However, the idea of gourmet food can seem daunting.  At least it is to me.  Feeding guests and my incredibly finicky husband is always a challenge and when I find a recipe or main ingredient that can be changed in a flash to personal preferences, I make a note.  A very big note.


Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens are my saving grace for personalized easy gourmet! These small birds are incredibly versatile.  Individually wrapped there is no need to find ONE recipe for the entire crowd. With a few birds and a few different rubs and stuffing you can really create a main dish that screams gourmet and almost becomes a meal that begs to be shared with many. “Oh, wow, this is a lemon herb mix…. What is yours?  Cherries and Apples? May I have taste?”  This is usually how our Thanksgiving dinner operates.  Each person receives their own bird with a their favorite flavor.  It has become my son’s favorite holiday because he gets his own bird.

If the ingredient conscious part of you takes over when shopping for the makings of dinner, rest assured Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens are quality birds.  They are 100% natural with no added hormones or steroids and no artificial ingredients and preservatives. I dislike buying products that I can’t be sure of the ingredients and often veer away from them.  Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens have been our go-to birds for years.

Recently, I started shopping for our holiday meals.  I like to get a little every time I grocery shop to ensure I have all the ingredients. At Fry’s this week my children begged for a taste test for Thanksgiving.  Their reasoning; “We have to make sure you have the right flavors!  This way you know it will taste great.”  You see, we don’t eat turkey on Thanksgiving. No one really likes it and I substituted Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens in it’s place years ago.   A move I’ve never regretted.

Tyson Cornish Hens Frys

Grabbing  2 Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens, I headed home.  (They are available individual or as twin pack.  Our local Fry’s had them individually.)

My children’s favorite recipe for their Cornish Hens is a simple but delicious Lemon Herb rub.  It’s so easy and wonderfully quick to make that I look forward to making it.

Ingredients you will need:  2 Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens, 1 onion, 3 lemons, ground mustard, Italian seasonings, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil.

Tyson 9.2

  1. Make sure you defrost your birds in a cold water bath.  They come frozen but because of their size it’s ridiculously fast to defrost them.

Tyson 4.1


2. While they birds are defrosting prep your ingredients.  Because no one in my house likes stuffing I use onions and lemon inside the bird.

I quartered half a yellow onion and 1 lemon for both birds.

Tyson 13.1

3. Combine your spices.  1/2 tsp Ground mustard, 2 tsp Italian seasoning, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. (I’m sure fresh minced garlic will work well too)

Tyson 16.1


Tyson 20.1

4. Mix freshly squeezed (2) lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil

Tyson 21.1

I adore this citrus squeezer.  It makes “juicing” lemon and limes SO easy!

Tyson 22.1


Tyson 24.1

5. Retrieve your cleaned defrosted birds.

Tyson 25.1

6. Apply the rub. I put the rub under the skin and inside the cavity.

Tyson 26.1

7. Drizzle the oil & lemon mixture in and on the birds. When you have finished that “stuff” your birds. Quartered onions and quartered lemon (the 3rd lemon that you did NOT squeeze)

Tyson 28.1


Tyson 27.1

Place in the oven at 350 for an hour and 15 minutes.  I don’t cover it but that is a personal option. I like to keep an eye on the skin.  BASTE frequently.

9.  After the cooking time is complete – Remove your gorgeous browned birds.  Try really hard not to dig in immediately.

Tyson 29

10. Now that your dish is complete, prepare it for your family or guests!

This was my quick dinner for the family!  Nothing too fancy but the star of these meals is always the Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens.

My husband always prefers plain white rice.  However, my kids and I enjoy and basil Parmesan risotto with our dinner.

Tyson 30.1

I had to divide our birds up this time…

Tyson 35.1

Eyeballing his plate…..

Tyson 34.1


Tyson 33.1

There you have it.  An easy crowd pleasing dinner that is deceptively gourmet.   Easy gourmet, doesn’t everyone love that?



2 Tyson® Premium Cornish Hens

1/2 Onion (I used yellow)

3 Lemons

1/2 tsp Ground Mustard

2 tsp Italian Seasoning

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Pepper

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1. Preheat the oven to 350*


2. Combine seasoning, salt, mustard powder, garlic powder, and black pepper

3. Combine 2 Tblsp of Olive Oil and the juice of 2 lemons

4. Sprinkle 1 1/2 tsp into the birds and the rest under the skin and on the outside

5. Drizzle oil & lemon mixture on and in the bird

6. Place quartered onion and lemon into the bird. Do Not overstuff.

7. Place into preheated oven – uncovered – and cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes. – Baste frequently

The internal temperature should be 180*


Fairly easy!  If you are looking for more delicious recipes visit Tyson.com.

Ghetto Gardening – When gardening is just not in the budget

I love gardening. I enjoy seeing new growth and eating the food that I planted as a small seed. It’s satisfying and tasty. However, my love of gardening and desire for a permaculture lifestyle does not always add up in the budget.  So how do you garden without spending more than necessary?

Ghetto Gardening.

I’m coining the phrase today because quite simply, I have a masters degree in Ghetto Gardening.

Flip through the pages of a Home & Garden magazine and you will be showered with pictures of majestic eco-friendly, uber-green self-sufficient gardens.  While skimming the article on the opposite page you will also find that Sarah & John (owners of this slice of heaven) are also tech-savy entrepreneurs that moonlight as landscape architects. So this “lifestyle” they have created is very well funded.

Screw you Sarah & John. Some of us chose a major in Art History (just like Prince William) rather than something lucrative. So, since I’m neither a prestigious art curator or a princess, I’m going to have to work with what I have.

Sticks and chicken wire.

It took my chickens several months to understand that the items in my garden were edible.  I didn’t have a problem with them picking at my peppers or sampling my tomatoes.  I don’t know if it was stupidity or lack of interest that kept them at bay but they inevitably found it and started gorging themselves.

Scanning the contents of our garage I decided on chicken wire and sticks from a tree that fell down a few months ago.

Wrapping a little bit of wire around each stick and burying the chicken wire into the ground provided enough protection to keep the ladies out.

Ghetto but effective.

Chicken fencing

A fine example of ghetto gardening can be seen right here.

Chicken fence garden

My veggies have been happy ever since.

Bell Peppers

My husband originally laughed at my fence. But it’s kept the chickens out and was free.

So… who’s laughing now?!



Glitter Dipped Mason Jars

Do you ever find yourself in need of quick gift that is fun but not too pricey? Perhaps one for a hostess or a few for a group?

I was in this spot recently and I need to work with what I had on hand…

I give you Glitter Dipped Mason Jars.

How-to-make-Glitter-Dipped-Mason-Jars-Gifts  #diy #masonjars #glitter #howto #gifts

Glitter Dipped Mason Jars literally take 5 minutes (per jar) and the final result is very cute.

Grab your supplies: regular mod podge, glitter and jars.

That’s it.


Here is my crafting area….I had several projects going on at once.  I wish that I could say I’m a clean and organized creator but I’m not.  When I have an idea, I jump.

How-to make-Glitter-Mason-Jars-Supplies  #diy #masonjars #gifts #glitter

How-to-make-Glitter-Mason-Jars  #masonjars #glitter #diy #gifts


Allow the excess to drip back into the bowl

Glitter-Mason-Jars-Dipping  #diy #masonjar #gifts #howto

Glitter-Mason-Jars-Dipped-No-Excess  #masonjar #diy #glitter #gifts



How-To-Make-Glitter-Mason-Jars-Glitter-Application  #diy #glitter #masonjars #howto #gifts

Give your son big props for posing with glitter…


This is the longest portion of this project.  The jars took 24 hours to completely dry.

Glitter-Dipped-Mason-Jars #masonjars #gifts #diy #glitter

Glitter-Dipped-Mason-Jars #howto #glitter #masonjars #diy


Fill with your chosen gift!  I gave homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Glitter-Dipped-Mason-Jars-Gifts  #masonjars #diy #glitter #gifts #howto

Glitter-Dipped-Mason-Jar-Gift #glitter #masonjar #diy #howto

That’s all folks! You now have a gift to give.

Simple, affordable and really cute!

DIY Painted Dresser tutorial

DIY Painted Dresser Tutorial

My kids have never had a true dresser.  When they were toddlers and preschool age, we did not feel the need to invest in a costly dresser they would inevitably destroy.  We kept their nursery dresser until the tracks were bent, all the knobs were gone, various art work and stickers had applied and the drawer bottoms were warped.  We parted ways with that dresser when we moved and I gave my kids plastic drawers in hopes it would force me to find a better solution….and it worked.

I’m brilliant.

6 months and new house later I was OVER the plastic drawers.  They were driving me crazy and my kids could never get them closed.  I took my 9 year old to thrift shopping for a new to us dresser. He was beyond thrilled.  “A used dresser. Thanks Mom” were the words that came out of his precious little mouth at the local thrift/antique/junk store.

Budget kid… Budget.

We found an old dresser with no knobs that fit our budget perfectly…30.00.

Transformation to begin in 3….2….1…..


1. Sanding

If you have decided to paint your new to you dresser, the first thing to do is sand it.  Use an electric sander. It saves tons of time.  It took me about 20 minutes to remove any sealant left.   This is after the dresser is completely sanded.

DIY Painted Dresser design



2. What is your plan?

Are you going to paint stripes, stencils, or a one color?  Always be prepared.  I allowed my children to choose their colors (Green and Orange) but I had final say in the design and the hues. I choose racing stripes.  The large stripe is 8″ from outside edge to outside edge. The smaller stripe on the left is 4″ from outside edge to outside edge.  There is a 2″ space between the two.

Large stripe – 8″

Small stripe – 4″

Gap – 2″

DIY painted dresser tutorial


I measure it all the way down. I doubled and tripled checked the spacing to make sure that it would line up after painting.  I also recommend labeling the drawers. This dresser is old and I knew if I rearranged the drawers after painting it may not look smooth.

3. Repairs

Are there any areas that need to be smoothed out or patched with wood putty?  This is the time to do that.  You can find wood putty/filler at home depot, wal-mart, lowes etc… We got the industrial size for a whopping 8.00.

DIY Painted Dresser tutorial corner repair

See the corner? (This is the before shot) I had to smooth out the corner and fill in all the cracks with wood putty. Obviously there is a chunk missing but I did what I could.

4. Primer?

You don’t have to primer but remember that may affect the hue of your colors. I chose a Valspar paint and primer combo because I’m lazy and I didn’t want to primer the dresser before hand.   Just be warned, without primer the wood is going to suck up that first coat.

DIY Painted Dresser paint color

5. Painting

Before you begin painting look at the grain of the wood. In case you don’t know what that means (I didn’t until recently), it is the direction of the wood.  Are the lines going vertically or horizontal?  Always paint with the grain.  I did with the green but I was so focused with straight lines in the orange I failed to remember.  Fortunately, I don’t think you can tell too much.

Also – remove your drawers.  It will allow you to get the side and not be concerned about the drawers sticking or dripping etc.

DIY Painted Dresser tutorial drawers

My drawers are labelled inside with painters tape so I wasn’t concerned about their positioning in the garage.

6. Dry time 

ALLOW the coats to dry! Don’t rush it.  Also don’t paint in on a warm day in direct sunlight….just thought I would throw that one in.

I started with the green. I did all the coats of green first and then moved on to the stripes. The dry time was the longest part of this whole process.

7. Design

The dry time directly relates to my stripes.  I had to allow the green to completely dry because I had to remove the original painters tape and move it to the green. I “taped” my green off so that the orange would not bleed.  I ensured that the tape had no bubbles and was really on there before the orange.

There was very little bleeding.

DIY Painted Dresser stripe profile

8. Touch ups and Sealant

After all the coats are complete go through and find the areas that need a quick touch up. I had a few places where the orange and seeped over or the last coat of green wasn’t quite right.  DRY.   Now seal. I bought an 8oz can of semi-gloss sealant.  Nothing too shiny but not too flat.    And…DRY

DIY dresser Miniwax Polycrylic for sealant

9. Finished

By this time your dresser should be complete! Great job! Do you love it?  I hope so!

I was pretty pleased with our final result.  The only problem I had was a lingering smell in the dresser and drawers.  That was solved with baking soda and dryer sheets left in the dresser while it dried in the sun room.  Now it is smells like a summer day…

DIY Panted Dresser dry time

The result!

DIY Painted Dresser for boys tutorial

My boys LOVE it.  It fits all their clothes with room to spare.  It adds a little personality to their furniture and it’s fun.  I realize it still needs dresser knobs but I haven’t been able to find any that we all agree on. So for now we have all agreed to deal with the holes. (I’m thinking a dull silver)

The total cost for this project was approximately 50.00.   The dresser was 30.00, two quart cans of Valspar paint & primer, Wood putty, 2 paintbrushes (Blue Hawk), and sealant.

It’s original, budget friendly, and my kids love it.  We are satisfied!

Oh, those plastic drawers have a new home in the closet.  Full of toys…

Plastic drawers for organization of toys

DIY Barn Door

**Disclaimer- Some of the pictures were taken with my phone or tablet.  When you have dirty drywall or paint hands the last thing you want to do is touch your nice camera.  So forgive the lighting/quality in a few of the pictures below.**

There are about million and one different projects my husband and I have on our  House To-Do list.  We are so excited about many of them and this project will probably be one of our favorites…..

Today I present to you our new BARN DOOR!


When we moved into our home there were two projects that my husband and I knew had to be priority. Painting and the divider between the laundry room and kitchen.   The previous door was a plastic accordion style divider that was sucked into the laundry room whenever the AC clicked on and it failed to block any noise.  It also had a horrible door frame.




My husband ripped down the accordion divider almost immediately so I never got the opportunity to take a picture of it.  See the wood door frame?  (Excuse the awful laundry room…It’s also on “THE LIST”)  Yuck!

We began scanning websites and Pinterest for ideas and decided on the barn door.  Originally we were going to go with a traditional sliding barn door painted in a fabulous shade of blue.  However, as we got to know the kitchen and the natural lighting we discovered a regular barn door would look heavy and could cut off a lot of light.  My husband suggested a windowed door.


Moving and remodels make for some fun pictures, huh?  A fridge (which is no longer there) Honey Nut Cheerios and our laundry hamper….The windows reflect the light from the kitchen windows and it doesn’t look like dead weight.

I’m NOT saying that the other doors are dead weight, I’m saying they would not have worked in our space.

Painting began —  No sanding necessary


The color is Valspar Celebration Blue.  I did about 3 coats on each side.

While it was drying we ripped down the door frame to drywall and texture.


With all the drywall work I did (through out the house) this became my best friend for 5 days…

Drywall compound

Then came the sliding rail. It is available on Amazon and it was on SALE!


Notice the door frame?  It took about one afternoon and 24 hours of drying time to get it complete. If you are curious about how to drywall check out You Tube.  This guy was really helpful for me.

Next was hanging the door.  I did not seal it right away because we were anxious to use it.  We ended up taking it down and sealing it when we applied the privacy window coverings.


The privacy opaque coverings were obvious reasons…Hide the laundry room.


The coverings were actually a huge pain in the butt. We had a really hard time getting them to stick in the corners and along the edges.  It took three of us constantly applying pressure to make it work.   I don’t regret it, I’m just saying it was tough.

Finally…..It was finished.


DIY-Barn-Door #BarnDoor #diy #howto

Sliding-Barn-Door-Kitchen-Laundry-Divider #DIY #Barndoor

I LOVE IT!  It blocks the noise of both the AC unit and our laundry units. The opaque privacy window coverings hide the laundry room from view.

The approximate price of this DIY project is 250.00.  We bought almost everything with a 10% discount at Lowes and the track was on sale at Amazon.

The overall length of time from start to finish was about 4 days.

That is one project down….One million to go.

Sandpaper t-shirts with Plants vs. Zombies

Creating your own t-shirt design

Crafts on Pinterest are hit or miss.  I rarely have encountered one that is just okay.  If it fails it fails to an epic proportion and if it is a success than it usually borders on epic success.

Yesterday we found one that is AWESOME.

Approximately one year ago (give or take a few months) I pinned a tutorial for sandpaper t-shirts from AlphaMom.  They looked fairly simple and fun to do but I never got around to purchasing the supplies or I just forgot about it.  This weekend my boys and I took the plunge and finally bought all the supplies to make sandpaper printed t-shirts.

It cost 8.00 dollars.  No kidding.

I had sandpaper on hand (typically 3.00 at wal-mart), we have a million crayons and an iron for craft purposes only.

The wanna-be artist in me couldn’t handle letting my children have free reign with their shirts. I knew if told them to go draw something it would be odd shapes and weird looking people.  Instead I took their suggestions and did a few drawings for them.

Peashooter sketch and solider Becoming Homegrown

The great thing about drawing on sandpaper is that you can just blow your mistakes away.

The worst thing about drawing on sandpaper is that you drawing can just blow away without trying.

Peashooter and Solider BH

Going over sketches like these with crayon (prior to coloring) is mandatory.

Scientist from Plants vs. Zombie Garden Warfare

Peashooter and Scientist BH

AlphaMom  stresses really applying a lot of color and she is right on.  My kids needed to add more color.

Plants vs Zombies coloring for Sandpaper tshirts

Plants vs Zombies Peashooter and Scientist coloring

Then we applied it to the shirts.

The exact tutorial can be found HERE.

Plants vs Zombie garden warfare sandpaper t-shirt

Flip it over so the drawing is on the shirt.

After a minute or two with the iron….

Scientist and Peashooter Plants vs Zombies sandpaper t-shirt

Solider and Peashooter transferred to shirt

They LOVED them!

Plants vs Zombies sandpaper tshirt

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare Sandpaper t-shirt

We now know that they really needed to use more crayon but we are still really pleased with the results!

It’s easy, affordable and fun.

Maybe next time I will allow them to create their own designs.



DIY lanterns and buckets – Oh My!

I have been suffering from Spring mantel envy.

I follow a few bloggers that are unbelievably talented in the DIY makeovers and are able to display them all over their mantels.  Shannon over a Fox Hollow Cottage makes me green with envy with her creations!  Amazing!

After a few hours browsing Pinterest and other blogs I decided to put my creative talents to work…I don’t have a mantel but I do have a kitchen island that during the spring and summer is unbearably naked.  I looked at my ugly metal tin buckets(from last summer) and my brand new-to-me lanterns and went to work.

Here is quick DIY for those with mantel envy and a few without.

My naked lanterns and buckets were ready for a spruce. I have never liked the farm scene on the larger of the two buckets but I knew I would think of something.

We washed or wiped down both buckets and lantern and got the spray paint out. I used Krylon indoor/outdoor in both white and blue ocean breeze. The blue green was 4.37 at Wal-mart and the white was 3.47.

 Got to work on bucket number one

Then the lanterns

 Then my official helper and I hung out waiting for the second and in some cases third coat to dry….

He literally hung out

Took them inside and…..

I’m absolutely in love.

Frame makeover on a budget

This year, so far, has been a year of memories.   So much so that I decided that this would be the year that I would actually print out many of the pictures I took to capture said memories.

I chose the photos.

Got Online

Added strategically chosen photos to cart…and…

Clicked order now.

Viola, Pictures!

Then I realized why I had not ordered pictures before.  I have no frames to display them in.  None.  Zero.  In fact, I had gone through the house months before judging each and every picture to see if I really wanted to keep it in the frame.  Did I really still like this person enough to immortalize them on the wall?  Sadly, a few were removed and replaced with new fresh faces.

Anyways, I decided to hit up Goodwill in hopes of a good frame or two.   I was in luck and found one that would work after it had a makeover.

I found this gem….

Someone had purchased this white frame from Target and hot glued on various buttons.

I popped them all off with a flat head screw driver.

I then sanded most of the white paint off.

Then added a coat of grey primer that I have been using on a kitchen table I have been working on.

It took about 10 minutes.

I found some black paint and Mod Podge and went to work and…

New Frame!

This frame cost me about an two hours of work and 3.00 dollars.

I love successful a redo.

Now to find my pictures.

Supplies needed to redo:


Mod Podge – Matte or Gloss

Paint color of your choice

 *All the how to instructions are in italics..

There you go. My most recent Do It Yourself.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Seo PackagesBlog Comment ServicesGov Backlinks