October 24, 2016
Still looking for Halloween costumes? I don’t like going to stores to shop since I HATE masks (and clowns and all things creepy) and the stores are full of them. I’m obsessed with Amazon Prime, so why not get your costume there? Free Shipping, 2 day delivery, and REVIEWS. It’s super helpful to see what others think about the sizing and feel of the fabric. Most of the time you can’t open the package in the store anyway; why not have it delivered? I’ve rounded up 35+ costumes that I feel aren’t sexist, degrading, or culturally insensitive. This should be your checklist for everything in life 😉
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I love all the unique options I found! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Laffy Taffy, Tetris, or Cookie Monster costumes! Also there are like 3 different Star Wars and Princess options – I have varying interests 😉 Someone PLEASE go as the inflatable T-Rex!! Also, if sexy kitty or naughty nurse is more your style for Halloween, by all means go as that! You do you girl. I provided this list so you know there are options out that that are super cute and funny without being overly sexulized.
Do you dress up for Halloween? What is your favorite costume?
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October 20, 2016
It’s no secret that I love the Waterlogue app! It makes it so simple to turn any picture into a water colored “painting”. I made a DIY Pet Portrait with one of my pup’s photos and had it mounted on a canvas. One of the projects I did ages ago and never blogged about is my “Honeymoon Art”. I used pictures from our honeymoon to create pretty prints to hang on the wall.
This project is almost too simple for a tutorial! I picked two of my favorite photos from our honeymoon in St. Lucia – one of a pretty palm tree and the other of The Pitons. I uploaded the chosen photos into the app and picked the watercolor filter I liked. After I exported the photos, I had them printed and framed! Ta da – DIY watercolor art!
You can use any photo for this project, but what a great way to commemorate your travels!
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October 17, 2016
We added curb appeal to our home with help from The Home Depot and Ryobi. This post may include affiliate links. Click here to see my disclosure policy.
The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior. We’ve all heard “don’t judge a book by its cover” but your front yard provides the first impression of your home. Your decorating should extend outdoors and add curb appeal! The BEFORE of our front yard was REALLY bad:
WOW. Bad, I know! Before we moved in, the exterior was cleaned up. All the windows were replaced, the front door was replaced, the planter on the left of the porch was removed, an accent wall was added, and the trim was painted.
Whew! That’s better. When we first moved in, our front yard was nice – but not too exciting. After a year in the house, that pecan tree started a revolt. It dropped not one but TWO huge limbs. The first time, a limb fell across the driveway and knocked off our neighbors satellite dish. The second time, the limb fell across our front yard and nearly hit the other neighbors truck. We were left with a sad excuse for a tree and we decided not to let that tree drop another thing. I rallied the troops and we actually took that pecan tree down ourselves, leaving us with a sad stump and a messy flowerbed.
This is getting embarrassing y’all. We had the stump grinded (ground?), cleaned out the bed, and were left with a blank slate!
We bought new plants, shrubs, and flowers and got planting! This was a lot of manual labor (boy was I sore the next day!) but it was SO rewarding.
After everything was planted, we used our Ryobi leaf blower to clear the debris and our power washer to clean all the dirt off the porch.
See that awesome landscape lighting? We did it ourselves. I shared the full installation tutorial on The Home Depot Blog! The best part? No need to hire an electrician! These low voltage lights are quick and easy to install! These were the ultimate for curb appeal.
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October 14, 2016
DIY Wood placemats that can be customized with any word or phrase. Thank you to Walnut Hollow for sponsoring this post, which may also include affiliate links. Click here to see my disclosure policy. Materials for this project can be purchased from Walnut Hollow.
I love the look of real wood. During fall, I find myself drawn to more natural pieces for my home decor. I even used twigs on my DIY velvet pumpkins! I made DIY wood placemats that are gorgeous in a fall tablescape. I used my Walnut Hollow wood burner to add the words “gather”, “grateful”, “blessed”, and “thankful” into wood plaques. These would make great placemats for Thanksgiving dinner or amazing custom gifts for someone!
Reverse printed words
Check out the video tutorial:
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October 7, 2016
This blog has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine. This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review. #StarbucksCaffeLatte #MyStarbucksatHome #CollectiveBias
Three things I love: crafting, having friends over, and BRUNCH! What better way to combine these than to have a crafternoon brunch party! You can make a custom bracelet with inexpensive items from the hardware store. Snack on colorful donuts and sip on a latte made with the new Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods!
September 29, 2016
Custom throw pillows with hand embroidery, screen printing, and illustrations. Great gift ideas for a variety of occasions. Thank you to UncommonGoods for sponsoring this post, which may also include affiliate links. Click here to see my disclosure policy.
September 22, 2016
Seems like everybody is making the pilgrimage to MAGNOLIA. I have a confession to make – I am not obsessed with Chip & Joanna Gaines. As a blogger and a DIY lover it’s assumed that I want to shiplap all the things. I think shiplap is getting a little overdone – it’s pretty but I’m seeing it everywhere. Pretty sure it’s replaced chevron as one of the most popular ideas on Pinterest! I’ve teamed up with 20+ other home and DIY bloggers who want to show you some awesome alternatives to shiplap. We’re calling it the Anti-Shiplap blog hop! If you’re stopping by from Domicile 37 – welcome! Be sure to click on through to all the link up participants – lots of amazing decorating ideas that are alternatives to shiplap! I’m sharing 3 ways I’ve decorated my walls that are not shiplap:
In our apartment, I was limited to what I could do to cover the walls. We had high ceilings and plain yellow/cream colored walls. I didn’t love it, so I found a way to cover a large section of the living room wall. I shared in this post how we put up a huge and inexpensive gallery wall.
One problem I’ve had are the hard to fill wall spaces. The ones that definitely need something but the layout doesn’t work for a stencil or some other all over wall treatment. One such area was in my dining room, where we have a large opening to the kitchen. To fill a long skinny section, I created cheap and easy DIY wall art. Check out this post to find out more about the “magic stain” I used to create this piece.
One of my all time favorite DIY projects is the accent wall in my home office/craft room. I did a major makeover for the One Room Challenge, and one of the goals was to find an amazing wall paper for that room. Unfortunately, my husband was laid off right in the middle of the makeover so we had to scale back. A perfect alternative was to do a DIY fabric covered wall. This brought the cost well below what ONE roll of wallpaper would have cost and was a non permanent option. I share a full tutorial on how I did this in this post.
For more wall treatment ideas check out this awesome bloggers!
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September 21, 2016
This post is sponsored by DecoArt and Michaels.
I’ve had this chippy, old, white dresser for years. I’ve held onto it because the size is perfect for our dining room and the drawers are great storage for extra place mats, tablecloths, and cloth napkins. But the color? Blah. And the condition? Ehhh. This drab little dresser could really use some love. When DecoArt challenged me to use their new Americana Decor Metallics, I knew I had the perfect project!
To begin this dresser makeover, I had to strip away all the old paint. This piece had been repainted at LEAST 3 different times. I used paint stripper and a paint remover tool to get all the old paint off. I was surprised how quickly this stuff started working. You can see it bubbles up and most of the paint basically starts falling off. Some places were a bit tougher and we had to use the scraper to really get in there.
I used an electric sander to be sure the surface was as clear and smooth as I could get it. I removed the drawers, placed the piece on its back, then then applied a coat of primer.
After the piece was primed, it was time to get that gorgeous Metallic paint on! I put 2 coats AND touched up several places and only used 1 can of paint! I used a roller to cover the majority of the piece, and a small brush to get in the places the roller couldn’t reach. This helps get a smooth finish!You can find these 8 oz jars at Michaels – I used Pewter for my dresser makeover!
I love that the dresser looks darker or brighter depending on how much light is in the room. The metallic finish make this a total statement piece that I built the room around. As you can see, I’m not afraid of a little color and LOVE how this turned out.
On your next Michaels run, grab a jar of this Metallic paint. What project will you use it on?
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September 16, 2016
Happy Friday! I’m celebrating the weekend by sharing a free download with you! I don’t do it often enough, but painting can be super relaxing. I’m no artist, but there’s something therapeutic about putting a brush to paper and seeing the paint move around. I painted this along with my brush stroke circles for a little pop of color in my first apartment years ago. During the One Room Challenge I was cleaning and decluttering my office when I found it. I decided to scan it in and turn it into a cute background. It’s available as a free download for your computer or for your phone. Enjoy!
How to download:
For the desktop:
- Click on the desktop link.
- Save the image or drag it to your desktop.
- Once saved, open up System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver.
For the iPhone:
- On your phone, click on the iPhone link.
- Hold down on the image and click Save Image. It will be saved to your photo library.
- Once saved, Go to Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New wallpaper.
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September 12, 2016
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I don’t think I can send a text without an emoji. In fact, I probably overuse them! Emoji’s have been around the PC for years but really gained popularity with the iPhone. Did you know you can even hashtag an emoji? I created a DIY that combines my favorite emojis and Nature’s Truth Essential Oils to make some DIY emoji Air fresheners for my car!
Felt (Yellow, red, black, and white)
Use a cup or small bowl to trace a circle on the yellow felt and cut out the circle that will serve as your smiley face.
For the heart eye emoji: cut out 2 small squares from the red felt, fold in half, then cut half a heart (the same way you made Valentine’s in elementary school!) Repeat on the second square so you’re left with 2 similar hearts out of red felt. For the mouth: I cut a small black rectangle, left one side flat, then cut an arch from one corner to the other to create the smile.
For the tongue out face: Cut the mouth from the black felt (same as above). Cut one small circle from the white felt and use a sharpie to make a small black dot in the middle. For the winking eye, I used a small scrap piece of the black felt and cut it into a slight arch.
Use glue to attach the face to your emoji. Then thread a string through the top so you can hang from the rear view mirror of your car.
The last step is to sprinkle on several dabs of Nature’s Truth Essential Oils. I have Mental Clarity and Calming. Both have scents that are helpful for dealing with the stress on my commute to and from work. Mental Clarity is great for starting the day – its scent is focusing and centering. Calming has a botanical blend of pure, soothing oils with a scent that calms your senses and is great after a long day. I try to use my time in the car to relax- either before a long day or after one. I picked up Nature’s Truth Essential Oils from CVS in the vitamin aisle!
These DIY air fresheners are great for the car, but oils can be used in many ways around your home as well. Other ideas include soaps, candles, and even my sugar scrub recipe! Aromatherapy has been used for centuries for soothing, uplifting, or many different ways as there are different oils to meet your needs. Use this coupon to try Nature’s Truth Essential Oils for yourself!