Building Benches + The Gift of Good

November 14th, 2011

‘Tis the season, right?  Not only for holiday decorating but also for giving back. Last Friday (on Veterans Day) I was honored to be invited to be part of the The Home Depot Foundation and its continuing mission to improve homes and lives for military families.

For the next three years, the Home Depot Foundation is placing special emphasis on serving U.S. military veterans who are facing growing financial and physical hardships at home as they return to civilian life.  Were you aware of this?  The Home Depot Foundation is investing over $30 million (yes, $30 million dollars!) to help ease the burdens of this deserving group by repairing and renovating homes for military veterans. 

hd day of service

Have several extended family members in the service including my own brother, this was my way of showing my appreciation and giving back, so I flew to Atlanta to meet up with several other bloggers (both military and DIY) in this mission to complete 200 service projects within 60 days. 

On arrival, three of us were directed to four piles of wood, a collection of power tools, and one set of plans to build four benches for a community outdoor space. 

Bring. It. On!  Time to bust out a Charlie’s Angels theme, DIY style…

charlies angels stacy lindsay kate

Give us some safety goggles, gloves, and power tools and things will happen. 

 

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BOTB 11.13.11

November 13th, 2011

G’day all, hope all is well! I got back from Atlanta very very late Friday night, and it seems it took until this morning to recover!  Whew, travel wipes me out these days, and I felt like being lazy with my family for the last 36 hours. I’ll share more of what I did back east tomorrow. 

Now I’ve got my coffee and I’m ready to talk DIY!  People, you are amazing, I mean really. I just love love love reading about all of these incredible projects, what did we ever do without the blogosphere before?  Consider me completely inspired yet again this week. Amanda and I are back, teaming up to bring you our favorites in this continuing weekend series, enjoy! 

No this is not an image from a catalog, these are the newly transformed bookcases by Jilly and Mia trimmed out with new arches, aren’t they completely gorgeous?

girlswithgoodtaste bookcases

 

Have you toured Julia’s sunroom this season?  What a wonderfully cozy space!  Pay a visit over at Hooked on Houses.

hooked on houses sunroom

 

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Weekend Giveaway: The Vintage Pearl

November 11th, 2011

Hello hello and happy Friday everyone!  If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’m in Atlanta, Georgia today.  I’m here because I’ve partnered with a big team of people who are joining forces for an honorable cause, we’re spending the day building housing for veterans. It’s an event I’m very proud to be a part of and I’ll share more details soon!

Meanwhile, it’s giveaway day and this weekend’s is brought to you by one of my sponsors, The Vintage Pearl, a wonderful source for personalized stamped sterling silver jewelry.

 The Vintage Pearl offers neckaces, bracelets, earrings and other keepsakes, including choices for men too.

And introducing a new collection of ornaments, perfect for gift giving for this holiday season!

Up for grabs this weekend are two $75 gift cards to The Vintage Pearl, just in time for ordering for Christmas!

Eligibility to win one of two $75 gift cards to The Vintage Pearl:

1) Hop on over to The Vintage Pearl and pick a favorite item, then name your choice in a comment.

2) For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter, then leave a second comment telling where you linked (FB or Twitter).

Giveaway ends Monday November 14, 2011 at 8 p.m. PST, two winners chosen at random, US and Canada only, free shipping.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

Sending out a heartfelt thank you to our veterans and  military families on this Veteran’s Day.  Words cannot describe how appreciated you are for all you have sacrificed and all you have given to our country.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Winners:  #144 Camille; #661 Destiny.  Winners notified via email!

 

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