I have seen some extraordinary versions of Pallet style Lantern Holders on Pinterest and have always thought that they were beyond my crafting capabilities. Recently during one of my Op Shop adventures I purchased these 4 handmade Rustic Timber, Metal and Glass Tea light candle Lanterns for $5 each and new that I would have to put my big girls panties on and finally attempt to make what I had always wanted as part of my Decor’.

When Michele’s Pallet Challenge @ came around I knew it was now or never. Being without full physical capacity I did need to get one of my sons to help me with the lifting and the cutting of the pallet however if I did not have a stuffed up leg this would have been a breeze to do on my own.

As you can see the crate I was given for free from a Mattress warehouse is not of the usual size and shape and YAY !! for that because it made it easy for me to complete 4 Lanterns in less than 4 Hours with near to NO work needed to complete.

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All you need for this project is *A CRATE *A LANTERN *CUTTING DEVICES e.g electric saws, jigsaw *OLD RUSTY NAILS *HAMMER *TWINE (THICK) *ARTIFICIAL CRAFT BARBED WIRE.

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As you can see I worked with the crates already set design and roughly measured each before cutting. I left all the old nails in and pulled the spare old nails out to use for hanging the Lanterns on ( I wanted this project to look as rustic, worn and old as possible.

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The only thing I used to secure the 2 length slats together at the bottom underneath in line with the bottom of the lantern was  Twine and the artificial Barbed Wire. Quick, Easy, no fuss, secured perfectly and gives the exact look I was going for.

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I also wrapped Twine and Artificial Barbed Wire around the top part of the slats and used this part as a slide down motion over a hook to hang on the wall and although the pallets were heavy the combination of twine and wire were sturdy enough to hold perfectly in place.

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So what I thought would be too big of a job for me, once realising that I could easily work with the pallets design as it was, I was able to complete a project I never thought I would even attempt. Big Thank You to Michele for The Pallet Project Challenge.

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I am looking forward to popping over to to see what other interesting Pallet projects Have been completed and I am definitely interested in finding some other great projects to complete with Pallets now I have my Big Pants on

Happy DIY



Well I have to admit that I am totally stoked to have been chosen to participate in Michele’s Monthly Project Challenge over at This months Challenge Material/Subject is doors.

Straight away I knew what I was going to do for this project, immediately I was thinking outside the box because my subject has been staring back at me almost every time I paint for over a year.

Being a lover of Roadside Rubbish I had picked up this very old Kitchen door it was straight out of a 50’s Kitchen and I have been wastefully using it as a painting board ever since. I knew eventually that it was going to be turned into our Family Name sign for the front patio to add to our curb appeal and I knew this challenge was the kick up the butt I needed to do it.

For you to complete a Similar Family Sign What you will need is:

Paint – I used a combination of chalk paint, spray paint and paint pens. Sealer– I used Bees Wax with Citrus Oil. An old Kitchen Door or Dresser Drawer. Strong Glue- I always use E6000. Good quality Masking Tape, Different Grades of Sandpaper, something that will allow your door to hang ( I use rope and a staple gun) Accents for decorating as I have with the 3 swallows and artificial flowers.

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As I had been working with this door for so long I had decided to leave some of the muted colours and incorporate them in the final look. First I taped for a Boarder in Blue.

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I then filled in the colour Blocked areas with purple and white chalk paint. Whilst that was drying I printed a mirror image of the Family Name in preparation for my sign.

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I drew and filled in the name using a terrific invention called Pen Paints which I picked up on eBay for $30. After that I started distressing the white boarder areas in a criss/ cross pattern. I then proceeded to distress the rest of the door.

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This is what the Door looks like with the distressing and now a coat of wax and as you can see I have outlined the Font also using Pen Paint.

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And here is the finished Door Ready for Hanging (well Almost) if you are using E6000 for your glue always wait 5 days before hanging something heavy no matter how dry it feels you would be amazed how much the weather can alter the effectiveness. I have now learnt through experience to be extra patient.

Thank you for reading my post, don’t forget to pop over and look at everyone else’s Door Challenge Projects at

Happy DIY


AN OUTFIT CHANGE-Immediate Results for improving your mood

Unfortunately I do not have a magic wand to lift the weight off your shoulders and unburden you from what ever it is that has you feeling like crap. Maybe you are having a shitty week, month, year, stuck in a rut, family issues, financial issues, menopause or you are nursing a broken heart.

However remember that whatever it is that is making you feel dreadful on the inside, there are organisations in your community who are there to listen, lend a professional ear to your issues and refer you to services which are mostly free of charge that are there to support and assist you through your problems.

That is what I do in my Day Job now what I can offer you here is some simple tips that we all know work but we are so consumed with the shite in our lives and  at times to over whelmed to remember the simple things that can make us feel good.

It is a known fact that if you look good on the outside, chances are you will feel good even if only slightly and if only for brief moments. We will stand tall, Remember who we are, How strong and confident we can be. All Achievable with a simple wardrobe adjustment  Continue reading