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Saturday Snippets #4

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Welcome to Saturday Snippets #4!

I hope that you have been able to enjoy some spring weather wherever you are!  I sure have!  I’m also thankful for the rain, since I know that it is making my flowers and plants grow.  I am excited to tell you that this post is the 99th one on my blog!  And I’ve just begun to show you how I’ve transformed our house in the four years that we have lived here.  Have you considered signing up for the newest posts to come in your email box?

Around twice a month on Saturdays I am quickly showing you several projects that I have tried.  Other people have already given the instructions, so I will link you over to theirs.

My goal is to share links to recipes and Pinterest ideas that I have tried, and then to let you know how it worked out for me when I tried it.  It might be a success, or it might be a flop.  Perhaps you would like to know if I have tried something in particular?  Let me know!  If I haven’t tried it yet, maybe I will, and then I can let you know how it went.

Each of the projects in today’s edition of SS, I made using old fence posts that I had saved when we replaced our fence.

Rustic Tea Light Candleholder

I had seen a pin of these rustic tea light candleholders made from old fence posts.  The pin was for an item for sale on Etsy (link in the title, above).

When I learned what a spade drill bit* was, I got one (I think it is the 1 1/2 inch size), and used it to make my own candle holders from my own old fence posts!  I kept the five candles one, and gave the three candles one as a gift.

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Crayon Holder 

When I saw this crayon holder, I wanted to make one for my daughter.

In the directions in the link above, they used 3 smaller boards and glued them together.  I decided to make mine out of one of my old fence posts.

First, here is a small unpainted one that I made for my son.

Here is the larger one that I made for my daughter.  What I learned from making this is– if you’re going to wash the old wood, wash it before you drill the holes.  If you wash it after you drill the holes, it will absorb water.  The holes will swell/ fill up, and you will need to redrill the holes….

I wish I could say that my daughter keeps her crayons nice and neat in this cool holder.  I wish that she liked being able to see her color choices.  But this project is kind of a flop– since she doesn’t like to put the crayons back in it.  Also, the crayons snap off pretty easily, which means that I get to dig the broken halves out. Perhaps this holder would work better for a child who happened to be a very neat, organized person….

Door Holder

Lastly, I saw this pin for holding a shed door open.

Does anyone else have a storage shed or a garden shed with a door that bangs or blows shut the minute that you walk inside?  I saw this pin, and adjusted it slightly.  I just used another old fence post, and a hook and eye.   It is the perfect solution to holding my shed door open!  See it there to the right?  Sometimes it gets a little crooked, but it does the job!

Here is a closer look:

I hope that you have enjoyed this edition of Saturday Snippets!  I should have another edition ready for you in about two weeks.







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