• Five Board Games Handy Husband Recommends
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    Five Board Games Handy Husband Recommends

    There are five board games Handy Husband recommends you all try this holiday season while you’re home hanging out with your loved ones. He says these five board games are guaranteed to help you pass the time more enjoyably. Guaranteed, huh? That’s a pretty strong word coming from someone who is not going to give you your money back. I asked Handy Husband if he would write this blog post himself, so you’d get a first person account of why he recommends these particular board games. After all, he’s the person who appreciates how well a game is designed, how often it can be played without getting predictable, the quality…

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    Happy List: #146

    Hello, friends! It’s been a week. Today being a Friday the 13th seems appropriate!  We received a fresh blanket of snow this week and I had a child home sick for three days with walking pneumonia. Everyone else seems to be teetering on the edge of the germ abyss. And to think, it’s not even technically winter yet! This week on the blog was all about our Christmas tree. I shared our piano pedal tree topper on Monday and our piano hammer and piano wire ornaments on Wednesday. Thank you for all your kind comments about my creative repurposing of piano parts. Here’s the Happy List! PAPER CHAIN This free…

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    Piano Hammer Christmas Ornaments

    Piano Hammer Christmas Ornaments. Trust me. This is a thing now. Okay, okay. It is probably only a thing on my Christmas tree! Every trend starts somewhere, right? To recap, we took apart an old upright piano because we could not find anyone to take it off our hands. It took more time and effort than we want to admit. On the plus side, we have been repurposing the piano parts. For instance, I turned the piano harp into wall art. I donated the piano keys to our local middle school for an art project. We turned the back of the piano into a garage workbench. The piano hammers, in…

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    Piano Pedal Tree Topper

    When I set out to decorate a music-themed Christmas tree this year, I didn’t plan on creating a piano pedal tree topper. It just sort of happened on a whim. Was it a good whim? It’s hard to tell, but you know me, I’m running with it! If you’re new here, we took apart an old upright piano that was left in our Colonial Farmhouse when we purchased it. We’ve been repurposing the piano parts for other projects (like this piano harp art). That’s how today’s piano pedal tree topper came to be. Piano pedals are made of metal and these have a lovely patina from decades of use. They…

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    Happy List: #145

    Hello! I hope your December is off to a festive start! We had our first snowfall this week, so it is definitely feeling winter-y here. Due to the snow, the kids finally went back to school after an extended Thanksgiving break on Tuesday. I sure did miss them. This week on the blog I shared the Christmas wreath I made out of an antique car horn. I also shared the wreath that I added to our barn. That was fun. Oh! If you haven’t following along on Instagram or Facebook stories, I’ve been posting the progress on the build of our built-in desk. You can even see literal behind-the-scenes videos…

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    A Touch of Christmas on Our Barn

    I added a touch of Christmas on our barn in the form of a simple wreath and it makes me ridiculously happy. All the barn needed after that was a little dusting of snow to make it look like a scene straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. And then Mother Nature cooperated with my snow wish. That never happens! Although, I forgot to mention the words “a little dusting” when I made that wish. Five inches of snow later…oops! Let’s get back to the touch of Christmas on our barn. I made the wreath that I hung on the barn. Could you tell? If you say no, I’m going…

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    Antique Car Horn Wreath

    When you woke up this morning did you think you’d be reading a blog post about an antique car horn wreath? If you did, I’m slipping a little. I’ll have to try harder to keep you on your toes. Like almost all of my DIY projects, this antique car horn wreath is super simple to make. But where did this idea even come from? Well, it all started with a little thing called curiosity and you know that either gets me in trouble or I end up making something out of junk. One of the keywords I use to search Facebook Marketplace is brass. I’m on the hunt for a…

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    Happy Thanksgiving

    It is Thanksgiving week in the U.S.A. and I want to thank everyone for reading this blog, engaging with my posts, and for sharing it with your friends. To quote the Beatles, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” That’s all of you! The few minutes or seconds you spend here might not seem like a big deal to you, but to me it is huge! I’m taking off this week to spend with friends and family. I’ll be back next week with something exciting to write about, I’m sure! In the meantime, feel free to connect with me via Facebook or Instagram. I’m sure I’ll be…

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    Happy List: #144

    Hello! I hope you’ve had a great week. Mine started with a flat tire, but I’m ending the week on a high note! On Monday I shared a DIY tray we made from an old accent table. It’s a small detail in our home that brings me a smile every time I look at it. I can’t explain these things. I just go with it. Wednesday was all about books. There are children’s books that adults love too and this list is an example of that! Here’s The Happy List! PARADE IN THE NETHERLANDS Of course The Netherlands has an epic annual parade with floats made out of dahlias. These…

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    Books My Kids Are Reading Part 12

    It has been a good long while since I’ve shared a list of the books my kids are reading! Since my kids were babies I have read to them each night before bed. My 7th grader seems to have aged out of this practice this year. *sniff* No, I don’t want to talk about it, but thanks for asking. My 4th grader is still very much into this nightly routine. Thank goodness. I don’t think my heart could take both of them outgrowing this tradition at one time. Here are the books he and I have read together recently that are worth recommending. He’s nine, but most of these books would…