Friday, August 28, 2015

Project Challenge: Chicken Wire/Screen, Magazine Holder

Hello and welcome to this month's Project Challenge--where bloggers challenge themselves to create something new with a common object.  This month's challenge is chicken wire or screening.

chicken wire, magazine holder, http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/08/project-challenge-chicken-wirescreen.html
I chose to use garden screening or mesh for the magazine holder I created.

industrial, rustic, wire mesh, chicken wire, book holder, magazine, country living magazine, http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/08/project-challenge-chicken-wirescreen.html

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Creativity & How to Encourage It

I am often told, "Oh, you are so creative, I would never think of that!"  And while I appreciate the compliment, I really believe we are all creative.  Some of us are creative with paint and wood, some with delicious ingredients in the kitchen, some are creative while disciplining and raising children, while others create brilliant business plans.
creativity, painting rocks, arrow, heart, herringbone, montana, http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/08/creativity-how-to-encourage-it.html
When I came home the other day to these rockin' rocks that my daughter painted while she had a few hours alone at home and was bored, I got to thinking more about creativity and here are a few of my thoughts:

Creativity needs time to grow.  You need to practice, and make mistakes, and just play to help grow creativity.

Being bored and having simple materials to work fuels creativity.  When you are forced to look at everyday objects in new ways, you become more creative.  Being bored and not being entertained by flashy toys, electronics, or even other people also encourages creativity.

Creativity is messy.  You need to play, get your hands dirty, let the kids make messes.  Oh, the paint gets everywhere and the kitchen table may look like a small explosion occurred--that is okay.

Learn something new to spur on creativity.  I love learning to use new tools as it opens up new possibilities to what I can create.  Learn something new in the kitchen.  Take a night class.  Keep learning and growing.

Have fun!  Being creative is fun, enjoy it and enjoy the process! My daughter said she had so much fun painting rocks--simple and a little messy, but something created out of boredom--I love that!
painting rocks, creativity, herringbone, decor, vanity, Montana, arrows, sunshine,http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/08/creativity-how-to-encourage-it.html

PS--These are sitting on her vanity that we created--I will be sharing it soon!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Reclaimed, Live Edge Wood Bench

As I dragged this bench across my front yard I realized something--moving into a new house in a new neighborhood means that I have to "break in" new neighbors to my blog, photo staging craziness.  Really neighbors, I am not crazy--sitting on the grass, lying on the grass, bringing all kinds of objects outside to take pictures...really.

I am blessed to have a wood supplier--my "dealer" if you will, who gives me some fabulous pieces of reclaimed wood.  This bench was made from a few of those. 
reclaimed wood, minwax, live edge, bench, barn wood, DIY, build it, http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/08/live-edge-reclaimed-wood-bench.html

Friday, August 21, 2015

Rustic Industrial Chest of Drawers

Hey, hey friends--this is my first post in my new house with my own Internet, yahoo!  I realize having no internet for 6 weeks is a first world program, but goodness, what an inconvenience!  

So...expect to hear more from me!

Do you ever just get an idea and can't wait to complete it?  That is how it was with this little chest of drawers.
industrial, rustic, reclaimed wood, DIY, metal, dresser, salvaged wood, http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/08/rustic-industrial-chest-of-drawers.html

Friday, August 14, 2015

Styling Difficult to Style Shelves

My title here kind of makes me thinking of a book title--Something like Raising the Difficult Child, haha!  Just talking shelves though here, which is a little easier than child rearing.

So we have these built in shelves at the bottom of our library stairs. (Darn, I can't find a before picture!)
shelf, style, TJ MAXX, elephant, old books,pops of color, bookshelf, http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2015/08/styling-difficult-to-style-shelves.html

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Book Giveaway!

Hey all, click on over to Goodreads for a chance to win a copy of my book, Crafting With Pallets!!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Crafting with Wood Pallets by Becky Lamb

Crafting with Wood Pallets

by Becky Lamb

Giveaway ends October 31, 2015.
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