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Pinterest Makes Me Work Hard

28th November 2011

Oh. My. Gosh. Sorry for the radio silence last week, but I spent every spare second of every day (except Thanksgiving) working on my kitchen redo. It’s all Pinterest’s fault. Well, Pinterest and Young House Love and Adventures in Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone. I’ll post an in-depth post Friday and am so excited that it’s finished.

But that also means I did no reading last week. None. In fact, this evening all I want to do is download another Patricia Wentworth, take a hot bubble bath, drink a glass of champagne, and read. However, I did want to share a small project I worked on yesterday afternoon.

I always love looking at outdoor Christmas lights once people begin to put them up. Some of my favorite memories when I was small was loading up with my family and some hot chocolate to drive around looking at Christmas lights. I haven’t spent much time and effort on them in the past, mostly because they can be expensive and because I wasn’t in love with the outside of my house. This year, though, the house is freshly painted, and I couldn’t wait to put something up. I saw this idea on Pinterest:

You take a simple tomato cage, turn it upside down, and string it with lights. First, though, I bought some velcro ties:

They come in really long strips, and I didn’t need that much length, so I cut them down for my purposes. Because the ends of the cage aren’t connected, the first thing I did was to tie them together with the velcro and used small bits of velcro to secure the lights to the cage. It really didn’t take much time at all, and I love the results:

I tied a bit of greenery at the top because I had some extra from the swag I bought for $5 at Home Depot.

So here’s the finished product, and I have to say that the photos don’t do it complete justice. It looks so cozy at night, and I’m so pleased. All in all, here’s the breakdown on what I spent:

3 tomato cages: 2 at $2.87, 1 at $3.58

500 mini white lights: $29.95

Velcro ties: $6

Live greenery garland: $5

Grand total: $50.27

Not bad. I’m pleased with it and love seeing the lights as I round the corner coming home. Pinterest is magic. 🙂 Have you found anything on Pinterest that you’ve made?