Friday Favorites No. 329

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Thank goodness it's the season for sunglasses again. The Littlest Studio shares an easy and stylish way to carry them.

I've only ever heard of Skittles the candy, but apparently it's a Finnish throwing game and dale1952 on Instructables shows us how to make it. This looks like a great addition to your outdoor party game or camping collection.

Since I'm clearly a little outdoors-obsessed today, I'm also going to show you this beautiful outdoor bench from DIY Candy. Can you tell it was a very long winter?

I'm intrigued by this cake from Jo Cooks. Apparently you make one batter, cook it, and it separates into three layers. I have to try this!

This pattern from Birdcage and Thread on Craftsy is intended to hold Wonder Clips, but I can think of lots of great uses for a bowl that zips closed!

You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!

Friday Favorites–Wood Crafts

These collections are usually curated over time and written out a little in advance, but after dinner last night I mentioned to my son that I still needed to write my Friday Favorites post for this week.  I also told him I had no idea what the topic would be, trying to keep the panic out of my voice.  I didn’t expect a response, but he actually replied with a thoughtful “Hmm.”  That stopped me in my tracks, waiting to see what was coming next.  He said “How about lumber?”  That may sound a little out of left field to you, but I knew exactly where it was coming from.  For almost a year, my son has been working at our local Home Depot, in the lumber department.  Today is his last day.  He’s taking a couple of months off before he heads for Navy basic training.  He needs a little time to get everything, including himself, ready to go.  Knowing that, there was no way I was turning down his idea, especially since it was a good one.  After all, this is the same guy who made that amazing wood ring box for his sister’s wedding.

These cutting boards from Woodworking Adventures caught my eye right away, because I made something just like it when I took woodshop class in middle school.  Yep, I come from the olden days when it was a required class, along with sewing and cooking.

Cutting Boards from Woodworking Adventures
Cutting Boards from Woodworking Adventures

This Glow Table from mikeasaurus on Instructables looks like something my husband would love.

Glow Table from mikeasaurus on Instructables
Glow Table from mikeasaurus on Instructables

Since we’re talking about my husband, will someone drop the hint that this Double Chair Bench with Table from DIY Projects with Pete would be perfect on our front porch?

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Double Chair Bench with Table from DIY Pete

Learn how to make a Viking Beer Mug from bricobart on Instructables the manly-man way, no power tools involved.

Viking Beer Mug from bricobart on Instructables
Viking Beer Mug from bricobart on Instructables

This Scrap Wood Fireplace on Shannon Berrey is beautiful.  I always love a good before and after!

Fireplace Redo from Shannon Berrey
Fireplace Redo from Shannon Berrey

This one is especially for my son – How to Make a Homemade Long Bow with Wood from the Hardware Store from Survivalist Prepper.  Maybe he can pick up the supplies before he comes home today.

Homemade Long Bow from Survivalist Prepper
Homemade Long Bow from Survivalist Prepper

This One Board Minimalist Chair from More Cowbell on Instructables seems like a great idea.  It can be taken apart and stored, perfect for camping or apartment dwellers.

One Board Minimalist Chair from More Cowbell on Instructables
One Board Minimalist Chair from More Cowbell on Instructables

If you have access to a scroll saw, let Sew Woodsy show you how to make your own wooden letters.

Cut Letters Using a Scroll Saw from Sew Woodsy
Cut Letters Using a Scroll Saw from Sew Woodsy

With Halloween around the corner, it seemed a shame not to share these Mechanical Monster Hands from NathanSellers on Instructables.

Mechanical Monster Hands from NathanSellers on Instructables
Mechanical Monster Hands from NathanSellers on Instructables

This Playhouse Frame from Ana White is cute décor, but I think it would be the best blanket fort base ever.

Playhouse Frame from Ana White
Playhouse Frame from Ana White

I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work.  Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website.  You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board.  Thank you!

Friday Favorites–Outdoor Living

This is my back yard.

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You can see our deck rail on the lower left, and beyond that is a steep, heavily wooded hill leading down to the Sandy River.  If a few trees disappeared, we could see Mt. Hood to the right.  We are regularly treated to the appearance and sounds of wildlife, and falling asleep to the rushing river is wonderful.  Needless to say, we love it. 

Like all families, we’re busy, but we really enjoy finding time to spend out on our deck.  Sometimes that involves sitting, so this Outdoor Sectional from More Like Home would definitely come in handy.

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We have some cushioned outdoor furniture, so I’m going to keep these Reversible Patio Chair Cushions from Make It and Love It filed away for the future.

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There’s something special about eating outdoors, so we try to do it when we can.  This Watermelon Grill from SheKnows is adorable and would make a fun picnic table centerpiece.

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Living near the water, sometimes the bugs won’t give us a break when we try to eat al fresco, so this Casserole Carrier from 2 Little Hooligans would come in handy for protecting our food.

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We don’t get much wind living on the hillside, but it does kick up occasionally.  These clip-on fish weights from Kalinka would be great for keeping the picnic tablecloth from disappearing over the cliff.

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It’s not all about sitting and eating though.  Sometimes we go outside to play.  I don’t have a good excuse for it at the moment, but I still love this DIY race car track from Better Homes and Gardens.

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A lot of outdoor fun involves water, and let’s face it, sometimes the cutest bathing suit in the store is a bikini.  But what if you want something a little more?  Turn that bikini into a tankini with this tutorial from Crystelle Boutique.

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I remember going camping once when my daughter was a baby, and we didn’t remember to bring anything to lay her down on or in.  It turned into a whole weekend of passing her around.  This Hula Hoop Dome Tent from Obsessively Stitching would have been a good solution to our problem.

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Even here in the woods it gets hot.  I’ve seen these neck coolers before using special crystals for cooling, but what I love about this one from Stop Staring and Start Sewing is that it uses ordinary ice cubes.

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My husband is pretty addicted to Words with Friends.  I think we need to find out if he can stomp us all so easily with a live-action version, like this one from Constantly Lovestruck.

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If you need me, I’ll be outside!

Friday Favorites–Go Outside

I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of August already.  We’ve had such a busy summer we didn’t even get a chance to go camping.  Our evening walks get earlier and earlier, trying to make it home while there’s still daylight.  Because of when Labor Day falls, school is even starting a bit early this year.  But we’re not done yet, and I found a few ways to make the best of those dogs days we have left.

One of the things we love about where we live is that we overlook a valley with a river running through it.  However, where there’s water, there’s mosquitos and apparently I’m some sort of delicacy to them.  They will ignore everyone else just to bite me.  So, the bats are our friends.  It’s fun to sit on our back deck and watch them swoop around grabbing those little blood suckers mid-air.  We should build them a home, like this Bat House from This Old House.

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I love outdoor games, like these Diced Darts from Lowe’s.

These Neck Coolers from Little Birdie Secrets might come in handy for those last few bursts of hot weather.

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I love coconut and I don’t mind mixing it with a little pineapple once in a while.  These Pina Colada Ice Pops from AllRecipes user D. Licious sound yummy and tropical.

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We had to skip camping this year, but next year I’d love to make these Orange Rolls Cooked in Oranges from Truly Simple

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I also wouldn’t mind trying out these Campurritos from Ninth and Bird.

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I kill plants.  There are three pots on my front porch proving I’m a brown-thumbed serial killer.  Maybe someone out there with more regard for the life of fauna can make this DIY Organic Vertical Planter from Instructables user FireCGun.

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These DIY Paint Can Lights from Lowe’s would be fun for a late summer party.

We’ve all seen the dirt-and-worms style desserts before, but I’ve never seen such an accurate representation of sand as in this Sand Pudding from Ma Nouvelle Mode.  It might actually take some convincing to get this little ones to try this – but only the first bite.

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I actually watched two hummingbirds duke it out over a flower in my yard a couple of days ago.  They were going at it so hard I was actually worried one of them might do some damage to the other.  For the sake of peace I should probably make this Plastic Spoon and Bottle Hummingbird Feeder from Shabby Beach Nest.

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Now, get out there and enjoy the last of summer before it disappears!

Friday Favorites–Playing Outside

It was raining like crazy here about a week ago.  Living somewhere it rains as much as it does here, that’s saying a lot.  We’re hoping for a long streak of sunshine, especially with Father’s Day coming this weekend.  If we get it, there’s all kinds of fun to be had here.

My husband built something similar to this Corn Hole Game from DIY Network a few years ago.  What we didn’t know is that the American Cornhole Association establishes the regulations.  I am not making that up.  I hope the Cornhole police don’t come confiscate it.

Maybe you only need a game temporarily, for a party or until the kids get tired of it.  Try this Outdoor Twister Game from Sassy Style.  Gone as soon as you mow.

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If you’re looking for an outdoor Twister game that’s a little more permanent, try this one from Design Sponge.

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This Sunken Trampoline from Little Green Fingers is really smart, and it seems safer than the typical version.  I might even be able to jump on it without breaking a body part.

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This Ladder Ball Game from Just Build Stuff looks like a good project for my son.

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This Passing Practice Game from Family Fun doesn’t take a lot of materials, looks fun and folds up to store nicely. 

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I love the idea behind this Game Time Picnic Quilt from Sew, Mama, Sew.  It kinda makes me want to learn how to play chess.

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After some thought, I’ve decided that no, I am not too old for this Beach in the Backyard from Better Together.

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I came across two different outdoor games from This Old House, and they both look fun.  The first is this Pipe Ball Lawn Game.

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They also share how to build this Shishkaball Ball-Drop Game that I think I must have.

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Here’s hoping we all need sunscreen this weekend!

Friday Favorites–Outdoors

Oregon is a late bloomer, at least in our corner.  We might have a few nice days through June and July, but the sun isn’t really reliable until August.  I think that’s the reason why people tend to be pretty outdoorsy here – they can’t count on the weather anyway, so they might as well go for it year-round.   Today I’d like to share a few things I’ve spotted recently that are perfect for that time we’re all spending outside.

We live near a river, so we have a pretty annoying bug problem.  These Alfresco Bowl Covers from Sew, Mama, Sew would be a great way to avoid that extra crunch in our outdoor meals.

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I love outdoor games, and this Giant Jenga Tower from Instructables user Mtoashirbab looks really fun.  I should have tried this one back when my kids were shorter than me.  I have no chance now.

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Here’s one I still have a shot at though:  Backyard Scrabble from Sunset.

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I have a wood bench on my front porch that I’ve often thought would be more comfortable with pillows.  It’s in a covered area, so I wasn’t worried so much about weather as I was the fabric fading and looking terrible.  These Duct Tape Patio Pillows from Instructables user Annahowardshaw are exactly what I need.

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This bin of Colored Rice from Barley and Birch just looks fun to play in.

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It’s an ambitious project, but this Sun Shade from Secret Pie Shoppe could come in very handy in an area that needs a little break from the heat.

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My absolute favorite thing about this Swimsuit Rack from Ruffled Sunshine is the fact that she used faucet handles for the hooks.  So cute!

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Our house backs up to a cliff, so we don’t have a backyard.  If I did, I would replace my table/fire pit with this Stone Fire Pit from DIY Network.

These One-Step Outdoor Lights from Babyfood Scoops are pretty, and the materials to make them are all easy to find and affordable.

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My son has really been into biking lately, which may subside a little when he gets his driver’s license in the fall, but he’s getting one of these Bicycle Frame Lunch Bags from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories for Christmas anyway.

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Now, I’m leaving the computer and going outside!