A tale of two family rings

A tale of two family rings: Why I gave them to my children now instead of waiting. {Heather's Handmade Life}

I was going through my jewelry box recently, while organizing my walk-in closet, and I was surprised by how many little treasures I found.

There were lots of baby teeth, mostly in unlabelled baggies (so I had no idea which kid they came from), a few carefully wrapped baby curls I’d snipped off my toddlers and a couple of vintage $2 bills saved by my husband’s parents back when he was a kid.

I smiled when I pulled out my gold daughter’s pride ring, which was given to me by my almost-stepsister back when I was a teenager. They were a big deal at the time — your birthstone set into a heart, plus the birthstones of your mom and dad.

I haven’t worn it since I was 16 or 17 because that’s when my husband (my boyfriend, back then) started giving me rings that took over the prime positions on my fourth fingers.

Then I had an idea …

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Putting outdoor art to the test

DIY outdoor art for our back deck {Heather's Handmade Life}

Last spring, we built a pergola to go over the picnic table on our back deck.

It was a game-changer for me, as a pale indoorsy person who only appreciates a sunny day if I’m able to hide in the shade.

At some point over the summer, I decided to brighten up the inside of the pergola by hanging outdoor-friendly artwork I’d made from scrap wood — like a barn quilt and a few fun quotes.

DIY barn quilt for your back deck {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY barn quilt for your back deck {Heather’s Handmade Life}

Before I had a chance to show it to you, it was September and I’d switched my focus back to creating indoor projects.

Here’s how everything looked last summer. (Green grass??? What’s that???)
DIY outdoor art for our back deck {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY outdoor art for our back deck {Heather’s Handmade Life}
DIY outdoor art for our back deck {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY outdoor art for our back deck {Heather’s Handmade Life}

This worked out well, though, because now I can report back on how the outdoor art lasted during the winter months.

DIY outdoor art for our back deck {Heather's Handmade Life}
Yikes! This one did NOT hold up well!

What worked and what didn’t? How did I make the different pieces? Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home, for the full scoop on my outdoor art!

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DIY magnets three ways

DIY magnets, three ways! {Heather's Handmade Life}

I always liked crafting fridge magnets while I was growing up, but those were the days when everyone had a metal fridge door. Stainless steel appliances might look nice, but they’re no good for sticking up school papers with a ceramic watermelon or set of A-B-C magnets.

Our DIY slide-out pantry (and non-magnet-friendly stainless steel fridge)

Our fridge might be limited to the few magnets we can stick to one side, but you might recall I just made a cool lace-covered magnetic board for my home office.

DIY lace magnetic board {Heather's Handmade Life}

It was looking pretty sparse, but after a quick trip to the dollar store and the local craft store, I was able to make dozens of magnets for about $12 — with plenty of supplies left over.

DIY magnets, three ways! {Heather's Handmade Life}

This is an easy project to do on your own, but it’s also something you can do with kids — especially over March Break when the days start to feel endless! My son helped me with some of these magnets, and happily made a few to stick to the metal storage lockers up in his bedroom.

DIY magnets, three ways! {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY magnets, three ways! {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY magnets, three ways! {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY magnets, three ways! {Heather's Handmade Life}

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DIY magnets, three ways! {Heather’s Handmade Life}

Interested in how I made the DIY magnetic board with pale pink lace? Here’s the full tutorial for it!

DIY magnetic board {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY magnetic board made from sheet metal