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Galvanized Metal Decor: Under $50

galvanized metal decor: under $50

I have been slowly redecorating my house in a farmhouse look. One thing I've discovered is farmhouse decor is not cheap, especially anything galvanized.

What makes a galvanizes item so special? Well, according to Wikipedia, the process of galvanizing an item is, "applying a protective zinc coating to steel or iron, to prevent rusting. The most common method is hot-dip galvanizing, in which parts are submerged in a bath of molten zinc."

There are a lot of great places to find galvanized metal decor. Some of my favorite places to shop are Target, Pier1 Imports, Hobby Lobby, Amazon, and Kirklands, but some of their pieces can still be pretty pricey.

I really want to be able to get the look that I want without paying ridiculous prices, so I put together a list of galvanized metal decor pieces all under $50! Some are even under $20!


I love the 2-tier stand from Pier1 and the rooster from Kirklands. Kirklands sells a pig and cow too!

15 Free Crochet Watermelon Patterns


With Memorial Day just a few days away it is time to start preparing for the dog days of summer. It gets super hot down here in the South, and one way to beat the heat is with a cool slice of watermelon.

I've compiled 15 super cute and totally FREE crochet watermelon patterns to get you ready for summer fun!

Don't know how to crochet yet? Why not check out a crochet course on Creativelive or Craftsy? Creativelive offers weekly FREE live online classes and Craftsy offers several beginner crochet courses.

1. Watermelon Bunting


2. So Juicy!



Summer Concert Style: Guns N Roses

Summer is almost here and that means hotter days, BBQs, and summer concerts! Last year I was fortunate to see some awesome live outdoor concerts, including Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, Night Ranger, and Melissa Etheridge. Even though I am tightening my purse strings this year I'm hoping to be able to take in a summer concert, or two.

One concert I really wanted to see was Guns N Roses. Growing up in the '80s I was a huge GNR fan and I still am. Appetite for Destruction is still one of my all-time favorite records. Unfortunately, our concert here in NC is already sold out, so I guess I'll have to settle for rocking to them on my iPod.

I made this fun GNR set on Polyvore today. Have you ever used Polyvore to make compilation sets for your blog? It is totally free, really fun, and really easy. I have been using it off and on for a few years, but when I watched Megan Auman's latest Blogging to Sell Your Products course on CreativeLive last week I was reintroduced to the magic that is Polyvore.

You can find me on Polyvore under Craftingwithcathair and see some of my other sets, here.

//  jeans  //  GNR shirt  //  yellow converse  //  red bandana  //  black bracelet  // GNR guitar picks //

What's Happening Wednesday: Unicorn Washcloth


It has been quite some time since I've joined the Yarn Along and Hookin on Hump Day. *Update* Well, I guess it really has been a long time since the Yarn Along is no longer active. :( Too bad! I really enjoyed seeing everyone's knitting and crocheting projects. I guess we'll change this to What's Happening Wednesday.

I really haven't done much crocheting lately, but I'm hoping that will change now that I've cleaned out my craft room and located a lot of my yarn.

Reading This Week 

I am reading The Spender's Guide to Debt-Free Living. After my difficult financial start to 2017, I am putting myself on a super strict budget. Something I will get into a little more over the next few weeks. This is just one of eight books I checked out from the library on the subject.

I am only about 40 pages into the book but I've already learned so much. Instead of rushing through the book I am really going step by step throughout each chapter. I'm also making notes and flagging the sections I need to really focus on.
I am currently at the point in the book where I have to decide on my debt pledge. It is a huge step in the process of the book, but one that you really can't skip over. I'll be blogging about my debt pledge in the next week or so. If all goes according to the plan, it should be a life-changing decision.

Crocheting 

I wanted to start with a smaller project to help kick start my crocheting again. I chose the super cute Unicorn Washcloth pattern by And She Laughs. I love washcloth and potholder patterns and I've made my fair share of them in the past. Not only are they super quick to crochet they are usually super cute too.

This pattern was a particularly simple and fun project. I whipped it up the other night while I was catching up on my Prison Break episodes. Prison Break and unicorns? Now that's something you usually don't hear in the same sentence.

While I loved the pattern as it was written, I didn't follow it completely. I kept it pretty simple. I crocheted the head with Lily Sugar 'N Cream Yarn, White and Lion Brand Yarn Vanna's Choice Yarn, Pink for the horn and cheeks, both from my stash. I then cut out some felt eyelashes and glued them on with some crafter's glue. 

Growing up in the '80s I loved unicorns! I had them on everything. I'm so happy to see such a resurgence of unicorn products and crafts for a new generation to enjoy.