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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.  

ITEMS NEEDED FOR NOTEBOOK TOTE:

  • 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.  

BACKPACK 

  • We purchased ours at Tilly's.  If you don't have a store near you look at their huge, adorable & affordable selection online.  http://www.tillys.com
  • 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. 

NOTEBOOKS/PENCIL POUCH/PENCIL CAN:
  • 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





FAUX CHALKBOARD NOTEBOOKS/BINDER:
  • 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 WalMart.com  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!







 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

DIY Night Light

A couple of weeks ago my son came to me excited to show me an idea he found for a video.  I thought it was cute and an easy idea he could do a video on.  I'm gonna be honest,  sometimes it's hard to go through the filming process every single week.  It is very nice to let the kids do projects sometimes.  I love watching them grow and learn to do things as well.  

ITEMS NEEDED FOR THIS PROJECT:

  • #10 Can:  I have cans from my food storage that I keep for various projects.  However, if you don't have any don't think you would buy food in this large of qty... go to a restaurant or grocery store deli and ask them to keep one for you.  They open food all day every day and throw them away.  
  • Spray Paint:  
  • Hammer & Nail:  If you have access to a drill and drill bit, it would be a faster process for you.  
  • Lights:  You want a very small strand of lights.  Alternates would be a candle or battery operated light.
  • IF YOU USE STRING LIGHTS PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND PAY ATTENTION TO HOW HOT THEY GET.  DO NOT USE FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. ASK PARENTAL PERMISSION.  







Have a great summer.  Please share pictures of your projects with me.  You can click on my social media links at the top of this page.  

Monday, June 23, 2014

4th of July Hair Accessories

I have more to share for the upcoming Holiday!  I tend to really go over-board when it comes to Holidays.  I am not quite sure what I will do when I don't have kids at home to have so much fun with.  Hopefully I will be ready to embrace being a grandma?  My mind does not want to even go there yet!
I had too many things to share to narrow down to one this week, so I hope you enjoy them and find inspiration for your Holiday look.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR KOOL-AID HAIR

  • Kool-aid:  You will need 3 packets of color.  For Bella's blue I used 3 Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade.  Shelby's red... 2-Cherry 1-Strawberry. Packets were 4 for $1
  • Misc: Water, Measuring Cup, Rubber Bands, Paper Towels, Sauce Pan, Spoon
         

TIPS/SUGGESTIONS/INFORMATION:
  • Wear a shirt that can get messy.
  • Color lasts about a week.  This depends on your hair color, and the dye color.
ITEMS NEEDED FOR FLOWER CROWN:
  • Flowers:  I went to Michaels and Hobby Lobby.  I bought cheap flowers.  If flowers are not on sale, make sure to print a coupon or use an app with coupon!
  • Leather:  I bought a bolt at Michaels for $4  You could use a huge variety of things instead of leather.  Ribbon, string, wire, etc.
  • Felt: 1 square of felt is about $.20
  • Misc:  glue gun, scissors, hot glue








In this video you will see that I make Bandana print "No Sew" Fabric Hair Bows.  I will post the link for this video as well for instructions.  I would love to see what you make for 4th of July!  Please share your photos with me.  My social media links can be found at the top of this page.  


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DIY Flag Painted Shoes

I love Holidays.  It's hard to say I have an absolute favorite but I can say the 4th of July (Independence Day) is definitely pretty high up on the list.  I have so many good memories on this holiday spent with friends and family.  


Every year I am on the hunt for patriotic clothing, accessories, etc. for the family as we like to go all out.  Shoe painting is a particular love of mine so I thought you might enjoy this tutorial.  


ITEMS NEEDED FOR THIS PROJECT:
  • Shoes:  I used a knock off TOMS shoe.  Stores I have seen them: Rue 21, Forever 21, Wet Seal, Payless Shoes, Wal Mart, Target, Kohls, and Five Below.
  • Craft Paint:  I used acrylic craft paint from Michaels.
  • Paint Brushes: craft brushes will do.
  • Star Stencil


TIPS!
  • If you haven't painted on shoes before or unsure about ruining your shoes..... Practice, practice, practice!  I always recommend you practice on paper before you wreck a pair of shoes.  
  • Paint:  there are many different brands and they are all different in consistency.  It is hard to paint with thick or globby paint.  If your paint is too thick, add a bit of water to thin to desired consistency.  It will make a huge difference!
  • Take it slow!  Don't rush your project.  Enjoy it!  I like to turn on the tv and watch a movie or turn on music and just paint away.  Music always gets my creative juices going!
  • The Paint will not come off.  Lot's of people ask if it wears off or washes off.  Nope!  I even put mine in the washing machine.  I usually spray mine with a water proofing spray but honestly, I am not sure if it helps or not.  I figure it can't hurt.  


I would love to see your shoes!  Please share photos with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email.  Links found at the top of this page!


Sunday, June 1, 2014

DIY iPad Cover

Ok I have said before that I have obsessive tendencies when it comes to my Apple products. I love my iPhone and I love my iPhone covers.  They are an extension of me and what's on the inside.  I pretty much feel the same about my iPad.  However, cases and covers get expensive.  ( I like to change mine on a regular basis :) )

I have been looking for a good idea for a DIY iPad case and I really love this one.  It's sturdy and looks quite professional.  AND..... it only cost me $2.50 for the material.  I had the glue and other supplies already on hand but even if you had to go out and purchase all the supplies you are still saving a ton for a cute accessory!

Items Needed For This Project:

  • Hard back book:  I went on a paroozle of my books but if you don't have any you want to pick apart I highly suggest Goodwill.
  • 1/2 yd Fabric:  Fabrics shown in the pictures and video were purchased at Hobby Lobby.
  • Mod Podge: 
  • Spray Adhesive: (optional)  You could use Mod Podge instead.
  • Hot Glue Gun:  I recommend Hi Temp
  • Elastic:  I used 1/4" width
  • Matt Board:  size will depend on the size of your tablet.  (see video) You can purchase in the framing department at Hobby stores. Another suggestion would be to recycle the back of an old frame.  
  • Misc: ruler, scissors, marker, xacto knife









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