I can’t recall how I discovered Karen, but somehow I stumbled upon her last year, stalked her blog for awhile, then reached out and tweeted to her that I thought she was awesome. That was last year and we’ve been internet friends ever since, or as Karen puts it, “I’m so glad we Intermet.”
Karen is daring and crafty and funny. She cooks and builds and decorates, all with finesse and a sense of humor, hence the perfect name for her blog The Art of Doing Stuff. One time in an email she signed her name “Karen!” and I replied that she should always sign her name like that. Because she’s not just Karen. She’s Karen!
I like to pretend that Karen! and I are twins separated at birth. She’s just like me except for the fact that she’s tall, thin, blonde, and Canadian.
Please welcome my Intermet friend Karen!
“Hi everyone. I’m new here. My name’s Karen. I do stuff. A lot of stuff. I design stuff, repair stuff, cook stuff and even do crafty stuff. Partly because I’m incredibly curious and partly because I’m cheap. And perhaps a bit of a control freak. But only perhaps.
Oh, and sometimes I swear. But I won’t in this post because I promised Kate that I wouldn’t. But since she’s taking a brief holiday and probably won’t notice, maybe I will. Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite cheap outdoor design ideas.
Get ready for it … this one’s a doozy. Doozie? Doosey. It’s a humdinger. It looks high end with a side of huge impact, and it costs next to nothing. You’ll be able to do this. In 3 minutes flat.
When I redid my backyard (like an idiot) a few years ago, I found out that outdoor lighting is expensive. Like, really expensive. If I’m gonna shell out a whole whack of cash for something in my backyard it’s gonna be on a beef tenderloin for the BBQ. Or a better BBQ. Or a talking parrot who refers to me as Princess Leia. It isn’t gonna be for lighting, if I can help it.
So while perusing my local second hand store I came across some truly unfortunate stains on the carpet AND these ubiquitous opaque glass shades. You’ve probably thrown a few out in your lifetime. Stop doing that. Stop it right now.
As you can see, all you have to do is put those mini lights you have shoved in your basement into them and you have instant backyard lighting.
Just stick the glass shades anywhere you want and stuff them full of mini lights. Attach an extension cord if you need to and hide it under your garden dirt or mulch. I have my lights on a timer so they come on every night at dusk. They look beauuuuutiful!
By day …
… or by night.
Along with secondhand stores where these shades will cost you between $1to $3, you can also find them in regular old hardware stores, but they’re about $10 to $15.
And if you think the glowing balls look good like this, in the middle of a summer backyard, just look at what you can do with them in the winter.
Don’t have a backyard? No problem!
They work just as well inside the house.
All for the low, low price of almost nothing. If you have $3 and at least one working hand, you can do this. In fact, if you don’t have a working hand, but have particularly agile feet, you can probably pull it off. Tomorrow, (on my own site) I’m going to show you yet ANOTHER thing you can do with these $2 shades. The possibilities with these things are endless. It’s fantastic! Trust me. Princess Leia wouldn’t lie to you.”
See folks? See why I adore this lady? When you read her blog you’ll realize she has mastered the art of doing stuff. And that I endorse.
Another great contribution coming tomorrow from another favorite blogger, so be sure to check back. Meanwhile, I’m on a mini break with my toes buried in the sand somewhere on the coast of Cali, margarita in hand. Try not to hate me.