Thursday, January 21, 2016

Washi Tape Clothes Pins

Ditch the scrapbook paper, mod podge, and loose glitter!  Use Washi tape to give your clothes pins a mess free, colorful makeover!

My favorite clothes pin uses: 

- Hang the children's artwork 
- Make Clothespin wreaths
- Make magnets for the fridge

DIY Valentine's Day Decor

HELLO!!  We're so glad you stopped by!
You may have noticed, but my mom and I have not posted anything in quite some time.  Between the two of us, we had a very busy 2015.  My sister got married, so wedding planning was in full swing.  Mom landed her dream job with the St. Paul Police!  I graduated college and had a full time law office internship, my husband was required to relocate for his promotion, so we had to get our family and house prepared for a move that ultimately never happened because the same position opened up at his current location (Praise God!) 
But, we're BACK.  And we have a lot of great things we are going to be sharing with you! 
Valentine's Day is hands-down my favorite holiday/season to decorate for.  I am as girly as they come.  Any reason to bust out pink decor and glitter is my kind of party!
I am going to share very quick, easy DIY Valentine's Day decor pieces that you can create with pieces from the dollar section at Target!
Bakers Twine.  I literally tie this stuff around everything I can!  Tie them around candles to give them a "pop" of color.  Spools of twine: $1
Felt cut-out letters.  Also in the dollar section at Target.  I had a burlap wrapped canvas in my craft room, so with the felt and the bakers twine, I was able to throw this together in seconds.  
Add scrapbook paper to frames.  I got a 10 pack of Valentine themed paper for $1.  
I got the black frame and the "C" at Hobby Lobby.  The rose balls are also from Target, but they were not in the dollar section.  You could easily make these with artificial flowers and Styrofoam balls (see our spring flower balls post!)

I have a Cricut machine, so I used more of the scrapbook paper to cut out phrases to frame.  
It is hard to see the smaller frame, but it says "I love you a bushel & a peck"

Candles.  I found plain pink candles at Walmart.  I believe they were $.50 a piece.  This was my chance to bust out my glitter!  I brushed Mod Podge onto the candles (I used the Gloss finish).  Then I used white/iridescent glitter.  You could even use Epsom salt if you have that around the house.  My husband hates finding glitter all over the place, so I spray hairspray over the glitter when I am done to prevent it from falling off!

The silver "&" was also from the Target dollar section.  It was $3.  This could also be recreated by buying a wooden letter, brushing mod podge on the letter, and sprinkling Glitter or Confetti over the glue.  You will probably pay more for the supplies than you would just buying the item at Target, though.

So, where did I get those pink candlesticks?  My mom's garage sale.  I bet she regrets giving them to me now :) If you are not lucky enough to find something like this at your mom's house, most thrift stores are bursting at the seams with candlesticks!

They looked like this:  

I used True Red, Dragonfruit, and Bubblegum pink acrylic paint by Americana.  You will have to apply a few coats of paint.  I think I did three?  

Originally I was going to do flower balls on the candle sticks, but I ran out of brads and flowers.  

((Hang in there... I'm almost done!)) 

I got a pink chalkboard in the Target dollar section.  This one was also $3.  I used gems to monogram the chalkboard.  Originally I wanted to line the chalkboard with flowers, but I ran out of those too.  It was -30 degrees outside and I was not leaving the house to get more.  

Instead, I painted the legs, and added flowers that I currently had on hand to finish the chalkboard.

And lastly.  I needed to create something to hold all of my gummy flowers that I cannot. stop. eating.  This would make a perfect teacher gift for your children to bring on Valentine's Day! 

You guessed it.  I got the jar in the target dollar section.  They also have pink and red! 
I glued burlap around it, and wrapped my trusty bakers twine around it.  

If you are wondering... yes, I did eat all of the gummies.  Presley will have to get some more for her teacher! 

Stay tuned, I will have more Valentine's Day ideas for you next week!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Transforming a Cardboard Box

Hi there!  I am so glad you stopped by.

I want to show you the cheapest, 
easiest way to make a pretty storage box, 
with things you already have.

Are you like me and you hate to throw out a good cardboard box?

I feel guilty every time I throw one out.

But, I have this strange obsession with things-that-hold-things.

Here is a super easy way to transform them in to storage.

Here is what you will need:

Cardboard box
Wrapping paper
Ribbon and bow

Measure your paper to go all the way around the box, 
and secure it with tape.

It's just like wrapping a present.

Finish the bottom.

Make a cut at each of the corners, down to the box.

You are going to want to "wrap" the inside, too.

Tuck the paper inside and secure with tape.

When you're done, it will look like this.

You could leave it just like this, but I wanted to dress it up a bit........

Add a piece of ribbon and a bow.  I secured mine with hot glue.

There you have it.  You can recycle and have pretty storage, too.

You could use different size boxes with coordinating paper, for even more storage.

I use mine to store candles, but you can use this for so many things. 

They are cute on a shelf, in the linen closet, under your sink.  The options are endless.

I hope you enjoyed this simple project 
and it inspires you to make those cardboard boxes 
in to something pretty and useful.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Until next time,

Monday, February 23, 2015

Winter Centerpiece and Porch

Hi there!

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Like many of you, I'm dreaming of spring, 
but - I'm thinking it may be a while before I see it.

In the meantime, let's embrace this thing we call the season that never ends.

Here's how this centerpiece started.......

Last fall, I was preparing for Thanksgiving
 and decided that I would like to have something that I could decorate
and keep for the season, instead of one meal.

As you can see, it can be used for every season.

We have some barn wood from my husband's grandparents barn.  

I treasure this wood and the history behind it.  

I thought it would be perfect for such a project.

The wood was SO old and SO dirty.

I scrubbed it, in my laundry tub, with a brush and dawn dish soap.

We could not believe the beauty that was beneath all that grime.

I filled the box with floral foam, 
placing my battery candles in between each piece of foam.

The thing I love most about these candles, they have timers.
No need to turn them on each night. 
They magically turn on at 5:00 and turn off at 10:00.

I filled in around the candles with pine branches I got from Michael's. 

I added some pine cones,

silver snowflakes, and bulbs to imitate snowballs.

That's it.  Pretty easy.

When I want to remove my decorations from the table for meals,
I pick up the box and move it.  So easy!

Since we're talking about winter............

Here's a peek at my front porch.

If we're going to have 6 months of winter, we might as well make it pretty.

I started with this plaid blanket with bright colors and worked from there.

The lantern seemed like the perfect accent. 

The ice skates were my moms
and she so graciously passed them on to me 
when I told her I wanted them for my porch.  

Thanks, Mom, they're perfect!

I hope I've inspired you to take something and give it new life, in your decor.

Until next time,

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Free Cabinet Makeover

Hi there!

I am so glad you stopped by.  

Come, sit a spell, and take a look around.

I want to show you how I took a free cabinet 
and gave it some glam with a little paint and an old knob.  

Let me tell you how I landed this gem.

I was driving to lunch one day, in my car, and saw it on the side of the road.  

To my great surprise, it had a free sign on it!  

Whoa, back this car up!!

But, wait, have you ever tried to fit a cabinet in to a neither.

Luckily, it was only about a half a block from my office.

I hurried back to my office and asked my boss if he would help me carry it back to the office.  

He did!

Imagine the two of us - walking down the side of the road carrying a cabinet;
me cracking up at the sight of us. 

What a trooper he was.

I was not a fan of the light green color, 
but knew how much I would love it once I painted it.

I just love how it turned out.

I used a flat black paint that I had on hand.

Sanded the edges a little, to give it a worn feeling.

And, put everything back the way I had it decorated before, 
so I could show you the before and after photos.

Here is another before picture...........

And, the after.

I added the old white ceramic knob that I had from another project.  

I love how it compliments my china cabinet.

I love how it looks at night with my low lights.

Here is the china cabinet with the low lights, too.  

I just love how warm and cozy it makes my dining/room kitchen area.  

I'm all about the lighting.

One more, for fun.

Here is the before...........

And, the after.

I'm in love!

It is so fun to see how you can take something, 
add a little paint, and have a totally new creation.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  

It means so much to me.

Until next time,

Monday, February 9, 2015

Fireplace Mantel Redecorated, Again!

Hi there!

Like many of you, I redecorate my fireplace mantel, often!

I like to change it for holidays and the different seasons.

When coming up with new ideas, where do you start? 

Well, here is what I do.

I'm going to share a secret...........
I lay awake at night picturing in my mind what it will look like
 before I ever put one item on the mantel.  
It's a sickness I tell ya.

I start with an item, or items in this case, and decorate around them.

This time, I started with these primitive looking candle holders.

I have these old windows I've been collecting.  

The brown framed window is from an old house, 
the white framed window is from an old building in St. Paul.

I start layering and adding items as I go.  

Layering is key in my decorating.

I like to add items that are the in the same color scheme.

Differing heights give interest.  I like to call it a carnival for the eyes.

I always add a lamp.  I have this obsession with lamps and lighting.

I think it gives it a nice warmth.  You know, no one likes a dark carnival.

You can see what I mean in this picture.  Without the light on, it's just a mantel.

With the light on, it's more pleasing to look at.

Plus, when you are in the living room at night, it gives a wonderful glow.

I'm all about the glow!

I always add some type of greenery, too.  

I think it balances out the dead spaces and I like the look. 

I hope this inspires you to do something a little different.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  It means the world to me!