Yardzee: Yahtzee, only bigger…

Yardzee: Yahtzee only bigger...

I have to admit in all my years, I’ve never heard of “Yardzee”. How is that even possible? I feel like I’ve let my fam down. Countless cookouts, BBQ’s, outdoor birthday parties, camping trips and holiday adventures and we’ve never played Yardzee!? I’m nothing if not a lot bummed by the thought of it all.

Our family enjoys outdoor gatherings and we always bring out everything we can think of to entertain the masses, volleyball, horseshoes and of course, “Washers,” our family’s go-to outdoor game. Well, after a recent mini vacay that ended with a road trip through Waco, Texas to see the Magnolia Market, all my daughter had been talking about were Chip and Joanne’s lawn games. More specifically, Cornhole! She wanted us to make our own Cornhole game. So, off to Pinterest I went to research measurements for the game and of course every lawn game ever invented popped up and low and behold, I laid my eyes on Yardzee for the first time and to my surprise it popped-up over and over again. How have I missed this craze?

New to me, I was instantly excited and felt this could be easily created. And, I was not wrong, it’s definitely easy to make, but can get time consuming.

All you’ll need is one to two 4X4’s from your local hardware store, depending on how many dice you want. We chose to make enough dice for everyone to have their own, but you could easily share and take turns. We decided to make enough for a 6 person game.

Yardzee: Yahtzee only bigger...

A 4X4 isn’t exactly 4 inches, it’s more like 3.75″. So, we placed a mark at 3.75 inches and used a chop-saw to cut the wood; after the first one we used the block as a guide for the rest. That was the easy part! We then used a palm sander to sand all sides and rounded off the edges to match the factory edges. That was very time consuming, but not as time consuming as adding the dots.

Yardzee: Yahtzee only bigger...

 

After the blocks were nice and smooth we wiped them down with a damp cloth and then sealed with a clear Polyurethane. At this time you could paint or add some fun colors if you choose, but we were going for a more natural look. So, we just used the Poly. We let the blocks dry overnight.

Yardzee: Yahtzee only bigger...

Endless Dots: We looked into several ways to add the dots/circles to our dice. Some people drilled holes, but we wanted to spread out the work amongst a few people. Some used vinyl sticker sheets and a hole punch, but we figured even the stickers for outdoor use would eventually peel back, especially with damp grass and dirt. Some painted the dots, but the OCD side of me figured that would get frustrating very quickly. So, I landed on using Sharpies. They worked like a charm. We used nickles to trace the perfect size dots and then used a Sharpie to fill them in.

The Number Pattern: All opposite sides should add up to 7. So, 1 will go opposite 6, 2 opposite 5, 3 opposite 4, you get the idea!

Added Fun: I created a “Yardzee” scoreboard in Photoshop (using Yahtzee as an example) and then had it printed at Staples for about $3.50. I then framed it in a poster frame from Walmart so we could use a dry-erase marker and use it over and over again. I used a two-part magnet and hot glued one side to the marker and one side directly to the poster board, to keep track of the marker. Also, in making the scoreboard, I left off the bonus point lines and the lines to add upper and lower sections and just streamlined the categories.

Buckets: The blocks are a handful, but honestly even my 7 year old niece was able to pick them up and roll them on the ground; however, adding a galvanized bucket for each player to carry their dice around and then use the bucket to roll their own dice was an AWESOME thing and super cute!

I see our fam using this game for years to come!

Now, go build your own outdoor family Yardzee game! You’ll be happy you did!

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All you need is LOVE…

IMG_9094I was inspired when I had seen some “LOVE” pillows on Pinterest awhile back, so this weekend I decided to put that inspiration to work.

If you know me you know, I always prefer creating something on a dime. In fact, I’ve often steered away from projects due to the monetary investment. I’m not afraid to roll up my sleeves and do the work it takes to complete a project, but get me to spend a fortune on something that may be a fad or changed down the road… Ugh, no thank you!

Two years ago, when I purchased this sofa it had the most gosh-awful ugly down pillows ever; however, I immediately loved the red over-sized sofa. I even tried to bargain with the sales rep to see if I could change out the pillows, but that was a no-go, so when the sofa was delivered I bagged up the pillows and placed them in a closet, to be saved for a later project.

I also had a left over bolt of Muslin fabric. Don’t ask me why… Actually, I believe I bought the bolt along with some Velcro and made some homemade curtain liners some time ago. Anyway, any time you have 75% of the materials needed to make a project, you have to ask yourself, “What’s stopping you?”

So with that question in mind, this weekend I made a quick trip to our local Hobby Lobby and purchased some large sheets of stiff black felt fabric, gathered the rest of my stored materials and let the fun begin. First, I free handed some letters (1 letter per sheet) and cut them out of the felt. Then I cut 8 squares out of the Muslin (these are fairly large pillows, aprox. 20X24); I used a machine to sew the letters to the Muslin and then with front and back facing I sewed the squares leaving an opening big enough to stuff. Flipped them right-side out. Next, I pulled out my ugly down pillows, cut them open and with feathers literally flying every where proceeded to fill my new pillow shells. Lastly, I sewed the openings and VOILA! Reuse, repurpose, restore… ALWAYS!

Old metal signs light up my world…

SIGNSI’m always on the lookout for vintage metal signs and letters, but unless you’re lucky enough to find them deep in someone’s barn or your the only one to brave a bad weather auction your likely going to empty your pockets to purchase one. I’ve even seen replicas for as much as $159 each for small letters, and up to hundreds for large ones on popular shopping sites.

So, as always I hit the web surfing, in search of templates, tutorials, or any insights as to how I could make my own. I stumbled on to a YouTube “how-to” video, and another, and so on.

Eureka! I was hooked. These signs are made out of cardboard letters, available at most supply stores. We chose to do our own spin on the videos we found. First off, we found using a silver metallic semi-gloss, actually gave more to the vintage look and feel.  In fact, the roughness of the cardboard, once painted resembles old metal quite a bit. We also used, Christmas lights; it was hard finding globe lighting locally and the cost for most globe lights online blew our cost-saving budget. Christmas lights and ping-pong balls are a great look-alike combo and are easy to make.

Lastly, we’ve been creating two variations of the lighted signs. The “BAZINGA” one has inset lights, a throw back to old marquee signs and looks more like old metal and the “LOVE” one has the lights on top, reminiscent of a vintage dressing room. Make your decision before you start cutting, the top letters are cut out from the front and the bottom ones are cut out from the back.

Quick How-To: Cut out your letters according to style, paint, drill holes for lights, places lights, hot glue balls over the lights, glue finished letters to a piece of painted wood or yard stick to stand, plug-in, light up your world!

Valentine stockings and airmail love letters…

IMG_8633Oh, yes we did make Valentine stockings!

I did some research; I don’t just willy-nilly do these things, lol, and although not very common,Valentine stockings do date back to the 1800’s.

The ones I found researching online were a little creepy. So, I chose to just make mine traditional stockings with Valentine inspired patterns. Right now they are filled with one of my favorite things old Airmail love letters complete with lipstick prints from my mom, they were sent by a military love in the 60’s, and vintage Valentines from the 50’s-60’s that were sent to my Grandma from her nephews when they were just wee people.

Now go make you some Valentines!