Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Beauty of Spring and Summer means that we are going to see other people's trash along the side of the road and in garage sales. Keep your eye out for something that will suit your needs and let me help you cast a little vision for your options. Below you will see examples of using paint. Do not be afraid of using color! I also have an example of covering your dresser with fabric and adding an embellishment to your dresser if you feel really artsy!
Monday, March 25, 2013
I had seen someone else post just recently about the beauty of chalkboard, vinyl contact paper! What a great option for anyone that doesn't want the permanency of chalkboard paint, or those of us that do not own our homes and don't have the freedom to paint our cabinets! I found this stuff on Amazon, but ended up purchasing a couple rolls at Michael's. With a 40% off coupon it came to about $5.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
I have a deep appreciation for burlap and I have pined countless projects involving burlap. One of the projects I have seen over and over is an adorable picture of something burlap, with the description: "paint letters on burlap using Sharpies = super easy and super cute!" Well, just like my Sharpie on the Dollar Store mug fail, this was totally not as easy as you would think. First off, burlap is a rough material. Because of this, it makes it very difficult to draw on and fill in all the holes.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Just thought I'd show off my new shelf! Found this for $20 at a local antique market. I fell in love with these plates at TJMax, but I also looked them up on Amazon and Ebay... if you love them too, you can find them HERE. Where to put them? Along came this shelf. Love it! I'd also considered hanging these plates on the wall and found some great ways to hang them, but ultimately went with the shelf.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
This red burlap heart wreath is super cute and perfect for Valentine's Day! Find yourself some red burlap, or purchase it from Hobby Lobby's On-line store: Here. For this wreath, I used the same technique you can see demonstrated in my burlap wreath tutorial: Here.
Use a heart shaped wreath form like the one seen here. I got mine at Hobby Lobby and you can find the exact one at their site for only $2.47: Heart Wreath
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Friday, November 9, 2012
These are the best ideas out there for repurposing your sweaters. Don't forget when you are sewing to sew twice to prevent raveling. Stich once and then stich next to it agian. If you want more details on any of the pictures you see, the source for each of these ideas are located under each picture.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Have you started thinking Christmasy thoughts? I know, I know. It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but around our house, we start Christmas early. We need two whole months of the happiest time of the year! Thanksgiving is not overlooked, it just kind of belongs to the Christmas season. <Gasp!> I know, this is super controversial to some, but our Christmas tree goes up around the first week of November. After that, life seems to spiral into the busyness of Christmas parties, shopping, plays, services, presents... you know. I like to have everything in order before the busyness hits so we can sit back and enjoy it.
If you have began your Christmas decorating, here is some super cute Subway Art for ya. I've included 3 different sized images in two different color schemes. Simply right click on the image of your choice and save it to your computer, frame and display! Merry Christmas!
|Click HERE for this printable JOY bunting|
Friday, October 26, 2012
FlyLady.net is a great resource if you are looking to clean your house and don't know where to start!! She has an idea everyday, and a weekly/monthly plan. In this video, I will show you my favorite concept of hers.
The song that seemed appropriate: "Working In a Coal Mine". Cleaning may not be quite that bad, but let's just say it's not my favorite :)
Another great resource for picking where to start is at this link RedflyCreations.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I love decorating pumpkins! From paint, templates, drills, embellishments, and colored lighting, the possibilities are endlessly adorable! We're getting close to the date that is safe to start carving; don't do it too early if you want your pumpkin to survive until October 31st. Depending on what part of the country you live in, and what the temperatures are like this time of year, you may want to wait till closer to a week out. For the many ideas pictured on the left, visit this link: Craft O Maniac Here is a list of some great tips on pumpkin preservation from HGTV:
Thursday, September 27, 2012
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Ahhh, Fall is here! Crisp, colorful leaves, hot apple cider, hay rides, pumpkins, football. Let the Fall decorating commence. Don't you just love these easy to frame, Subway Art style pictures? Here's one for you (in several styles and sizes)! Just click on the image and save to your computer! Print and frame. Can it get any easier than that?
Saturday, September 1, 2012
I started with a foam wreath base that i wrapped in a thin layer of burlap, which I hot glued in place. Keeping the hot glue gun ready and waiting, I formed lots of rolled flowers and spiral rolls. I glued these on the wreath in various spots. Turned out pretty nice!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The first time I did this, I used an old metal coat hanger. I thought I'd get all professional and splurged on a 2.99 metal frame from Hobby Lobby (that's right, didn't even use a 40% off coupon). The frame created a wreath that is much larger than the coat hanger, but I like the looks of it on my door! This one is for a friend, but I had to "try it out" :) Check out my original tutorial here!
I started with a couple yards of burlap, which I cut into (roughly) 6" wide strips. I have just found this way to be cheapest. You can buy already cut burlap, or burlap ribbon on a reel, but it does tend to be more expensive. The burlap ribbon is a nice option, because the sides are finished and makes a very clean looking wreath. Using strips like this, there is a lot of fraying that takes place and it can look a little messy if you don't fold it and bunch it right. I folded the edges all down and hot glued them in place to hide any ugly edges. However, some people like the more rustic, messy look!
Friday, July 20, 2012
I really never thought I'd be the mom that let her kids keep so many stinkin' stuffed animals! I always thought an over-abundance of stuffed animals was a little ridiculous, hey, I still feel that way. But, the secret stuffed animal lover that's hiding deep down inside me just seems to cave every time I look into their cute, cuddly little faces. I had seen pictures of the storage system found here and thought it was a great idea! I'm super cheap though, and I may be willing to admit my secret love of stuffed animals, but I'm not really willing to pay money just to keep them around. I had even stumbled upon the tutorial found here, but didn't want to pay for the materials, I just wanted to make something using what I had laying around the house.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
With the 4th of July right around the corner and Summer in full swing, I needed something cute and patriotic to add to my front porch. I noticed the other day that most American flags sold in stores can run $10 to $20 on the cheap end. Many of the nice ones are closer to $50. I wanted to spend under $5. So, I snatched up a bunch of the inexpensive flags on a stick that run for 50 cents to a dollar each and put together this bunting!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
When it comes to the home, I'm a firm believer in learning to be content with what you've got by making what you've got, work! Everyone should love where they live. Get over the things you can't change, and take charge of the things you can. If you hate it, paint it! If you can't paint it... well, then you may just have to live with it (but there are very few things in this world that can't be painted). I love, love, love changing things up and moving things around, cleaning things out and throwing things away. But, I predominantly use what I have and hold onto many items for later use and frequent rotation. There are many things I would change about where I live now if I had the money, but that doesn't change the fact that I truly do, love where I live!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I spent a LONG time trying to recreate an exact replica of this wreath. I figured out in the end, that they must have used a much thinner burlap, and possibly took several extra steps. My way is super easy and I think it turned out pretty nice! I purchased about a yard and a half of burlap from Hobby Lobby. With a 40% off coupon, it ended up being about $2.50 a yard. I used an old metal hanger (literally, one of the last metal hanger in our house), and a couple sticks of hot glue. Total cost for this project: about $3. Now, if you aren't crafty or just REALLY like this particular wreath, here is the link to the Etsy site where you can buy this one! Burlap Wreath on Etsy Oh, by the way, it's $65 But hey, it's super cute!
*Check out my updated tutorial here!
*Check out my updated tutorial here!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
I have seen so many of these super cute wreaths pop up on Pinterest. I had also seen the idea to use a piece of pipe insulator foam to form a wreath base. So, here was my endeavor to make one of my own! I think it turned out pretty cute, but in no way perfect... there are several things I would do differently next time.