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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Instagram / Photo Projects

Have you ever wondered what you could do with all those Instagram Photos you post?  Or.... your summer vacation photos that seem to just take up space on your laptop ? This week I posted a video showing 5 different ideas you can use for those photos!  

Instagram Photo Album Kits

I rate this idea on the cute meter as "off the charts" CUTE!  When I saw these I thought knew I had to order immediately.  I saw the books on Pinterest which led me to this blog post at Polka Dot Chair .  She has a coupon code for 20% savings at the bottom of the post!

To order your "off the charts" CUTE Instagram Photo Album Kits go to Shopwer .

Mini Instagram Polaroid Magnets

  • Adhesive Magnetic Sheet:  I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  You can find at other craft stores as well.
  • Mini Polaroid Photos:  I printed them using Picasa.  Print instructions found Here. 

Framed Photo Display

  • Frame
  • String
  • Paper backing
  • Mini Clothes Pins: Find them in the scrapbook section of your local craft store.
  • 4 X 4 Photos:  Send "square" cropped photos to Walgreens for One Hour pick up!

Mod Podge Canvas Photos

  • 4X4 Canvas:  I got them at Hobby Lobby.  You can find them at Michaels or Joann as well.  
  • 4X4 Photos:  You can either print your own or send them to Walgreens for One Hour pick up!

Additional Ideas:  You can see these shown just sitting on display.  I want to find a spot to hang several on the wall.  You could do all different sizes or a bunch of 4X4.  I used this same technique in 8X10 shown here.

Instagram Polaroid Coasters

  • HP Photo Paper:  I printed my own pics.  You could use any photo.
  • 4X4 Ceramic Tile:  I bought mine at Home Depot for a whopping $.13!                      Can I get a Wahoo?
  • Adhesive Plastic Dots:  Found with felt dots at Home Depot.  Either will work the same.  Your intent is to save your surface from scratching. You could even glue felt on the bottom.

Watch my video to see step by step instructions for all of these projects!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

DIY Marquee Symbol or Letter

I have been wanting to try this project for so long.  I love the marquee letters you can buy at Restoration Hardware child/baby but they are quite pricey for this girl.  Last week I posted a video on my YouTube channel showing a Michael's "haul".  I purchased all kinds of initial letters in various sizes, shapes, and material.  I also purchased supplies to make a few letters.   
The process to make these letters or symbols is easy but has several steps that take a little bit of time.  The time is so well spent though.  I love my letter and my hash tag so much they made me squeal! 


  • Foam Board:  You can get these a ton of different stores.  Look for them with poster board.  Wal-Mart sells them for under $2.  I purchased the 20X30 size board.
  • Poster Board:  I used one whole board for each letter I made.  I recommend you feel the board and make sure you are buying a better quality board.  Some are thinner and don't work as nicely.  My favorite is think and glossy on one side and matte on the other.
  • Spray Paint:  I used a metallic silver because I wanted mine to look like metal.  But you can make your letter any color! I would recommend you make it to compliment or match the room its going in.
  • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Drill:  This is to drill holes for the lights.  If you don't want to make your letter light up you don't need a drill.  If you don't have access to a drill you can poke the holes manually by starting with something like a pencil and then move to a larger utensil to get holes large enough for your light socket.  I used a butter knife to make holes larger enough.  Simply spin it around to carve out a round shape.  Be careful! If you are a child make sure to ask mom what she prefers.
  • Lights:  I used the globe lights from Target.  These are sold at lots of stores especially around Summer and then Christmas.  They are used as outdoor lights for deck umbrellas and as Christmas tree lights.  A box is usually around $10.  Check stores like Wal Mart, Hobby Lobby, Michael's, JoAnn, Target, or Home Improvement stores that carry outdoor furniture.  
  • Misc:  Ruler, pencil, xacto knife, scissors, and black craft paint & brush.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Floral Bun DIY

While I've been out doing Back to School shopping I came across these really cute hair bun accessories.  They were priced at $7 each.  That is just too much for me when I know they can be so easily made for a fraction of the cost.  For under $20 I purchased enough supplies to make 22! 

Items Needed For This Project:

  • Elastic:  1/4" black elastic is what I used.  My package came with 3 yards for $1.29. 
  • Flowers:  I would suggest looking in the seasonal bunches of flowers.  They usually have special pricing.  I purchased a few garlands that had tons of flowers.  I purchased my flowers at Hobby Lobby.  You can also find lots of options at Michaels or Joann.
  • Misc:  glue gun, glue sticks, felt, scissors
TIP:  I used black elastic and it blends very well in my daughters brown hair.  I also made some for my niece who has light brown/blonde hair and it blended well.  The elastic gets hidden in the hair. ( I don't think white would work well unless you have extremely light blonde hair.  )

I would love to see your cute creations.  Please share pictures with me on instagram, twitter, Facebook or email.  

Sunday, August 3, 2014

School Supplies 2014

I can't believe it is almost time to go back to school again!  This summer has literally flown by! We have had a super fun summer and made many great memories.  I am so thankful that I am able to spend time at home with my children.  It is truly a blessing.

I love to plan back to school "themes" with the kids.  It is something we have done together since all of my kids started school.  It is really a fun bonding & creative time for us! I am down to just my baby with this process.  Once they reach Middle School & High School were done.  It's not cool anymore.  


  • Canvas Tote:  I used the natural color.  They come in white as well.  I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby but they can be found at Joann & Michaels as well for about $3 per bag.
  • Fine Tip Sharpies:  Light Blue & Red
  • Ruler & Pencil

I have seen this DIY idea for awhile and have been dying to try it.  Oh my heck!  This is so much cuter in person.  I thought this would be so cute to have Bella take all the things she donates to her classroom on "Meet the Teacher" night and then give the bag to her teacher.  


  • We purchased ours at Tilly's.  If you don't have a store near you look at their huge, adorable & affordable selection online.
  • Charms:  we added feather charms to the zippers.  I found adorable options in the jewelry or scrapbook sections.
  • Patches/Buttons:  patches and buttons can be found at most fabric or hobby stores. 

  • Composition Notebook
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Misc: paint brush, scissors, stickers as adornments (found in scrapbook section of local hobby store)
  • Canvas Pencil Pouch:  I found several options at Hobby Lobby
  • Craft Paint:  Metallic Gold & Foam dotting tool (paint isle with craft paints)
  • Pencil Can:  empty soup can (any size)
  • Scrap Book Paper
  • Misc: Tape, scissors

  • Spiral Notebook:  I buy tons of the super cheap $.25 every year to last until they are on sale again next year! Target or WalMart 
  • Faux Chalkboard printed scrapbook paper:  The pack shown was purchased at Target
  • Misc: Mod Podge, scissors, paint brush
  • Black Binder with Clear Sleeve Front: purchased at Target but you can find them all over.  Target, WalMart, or Office Supply Stores.  

The US Map notebook is double covered.  First glue the stripe paper then cut out the map so it will fit on the notebook sideways.  

Frames on the Binder are cut out and glued on the polka dot paper.  Both are found in the pack of paper shown above from Target. 

  • For a tutorial on the custom notebook Mod Podge process watch my previous tutorial

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Whimsical Bedroom Tour

After much thought and debate over the last year or so we decided to make a change to Bella's living arrangement.  aka...her bedroom.  She was downstairs in the basement and was cozy until she outgrew it.  And I mean literally, she outgrew her bed.  After considering all of our options we moved her back upstairs and then up some more stairs to begin the process of my baby becoming a tween/teen.

The frame wall was really simple.  I dug out all the frames I thought might work, then laid them out into a pattern (as shown above).  Next I chose some to spray paint gold to match our theme.  The pictures in the frames are simply google images that I printed and then cut out of black card stock.  I glued them to white card stock and bam!  
Last, the piece of beauty is the gold unicorn head.  I didn't think I could quite tackle that one so we purchased from PBTeen.  
The futon is from  Pillows: I made.  If you don't sew I recommend Target, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Hobby Lobby or PB Teen.
Tree Stump End Table:  I would not have this piece except one of our trees was struck by lightening last year resulting in a dead tree that had to be cut down.  I had two pieces saved and made this look-a-like.  You can purchase the inspiration at PBTeen.  

The Stage turned out so great.  I was really stressing over what to do here.  Bella's love of music made this super fun.  
Rug: Target.  I purchased when it was 15% off added my red card discount of 5% and an additional 15% using a coupon on "Cart Wheel" its a Target app with additional discounts that you can use on top of in store promotions and red card savings.  SCORE!
Chair:  I just purchased at Target as well in their college "dorm" line of furniture out right now. I used same discounts as above.  You have to get the app and watch the deals every week to see what is offered.  But at full price the chair was $39.  
Record Player:Urban Outfitters   Gold Flower Pillow: Hobby Lobby   Curtains: World Market, with me adding the black pom poms.  You can purchase similar from PB Teen.

Part of the reason I loved the whole plan of this room was getting this old brass and iron bed out for use.  It's been in storage for a while and I hate to store such a cute bed.  It works so perfectly for this design.  
Duvet & Sheets: PB Teen  Pillows:  I made to copy several shown in PB Teen.  The owl and grey flower pillows are from Hobby Lobby.  
Like I briefly said in the video, the typewriter, hat box, hat, and trunks can be found by hunting your local antique stores, or garage sales.  You would be surprised what treasures you can find!

This wall I painted by hand.  However!  I recommend trying a vinyl wall decal as a similar option.  I recommend looking at the following stores:  Target, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Joann, or PB Teen.  If you google "vinyl wall decal"  your mind will be blown!

If you have additional questions or want to see a tutorial of things I made in this room please email me or leave a comment.  Good Luck!