It's been AWHILE since I made a homemade gift! My BF and I don't really exchange gifts. We live the, "if I want something I buy it myself", mentality. So, holidays and birthdays are usually a time we cook favorite meals or simply say, "I love you. I appreciate you in my life." Or something equally gagable ;)
I don't know what hit me (cupid?), but I decided to make my BF a family tree for Valentine's Day. I came across this one below and used it as my inspiration.
I used to like this framed primitive country image, but I've decided to purge OR CHANGE things in my life that are no longer serving me. This adorable little house does not serve me; doesn't make me smile, I don't LOVE it. So, goodbye blah image....
I google searched "black and white tree clip art" to find this tree image...
The original Pinterest version looked like love letters. So, I made a copy of some old love notes and layered the tree on top and cut out both.
You can discard the original tree. You just want the love letter tree.
Run a sharpie around the edge to help highlight the tree once it's on your canvas.
Ok, funny story before I wrap this up....
When Tylan opened this on V-Day, the heart with MY name on it had fallen off. So, it looked like I had made him a family tree with only him and Tilly. Like, "Happy Valentine's Day! I'm leaving you." The confused look on his face was hilarious! BAHAHAHAHA! LOL! Poor guy...
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For someone who doesn't celebrate Valentine's Day, why was it so much fun to change over my Christmas decor? Oh yeah, because I have a daughter and I'm living out all of my girly-est decor dreams through her.... AND I got a new, kick-a$$ candelabra for Christmas and I had to design a space around such gorgeous-ness and share it with you!
BELOW: Before I painted the drawer-shelves and covered the speaker in peel and stick wallpaper. This is how the madness begins....
I switched out the rugs from Tilly's bedroom and the living room. Definitely the right choice. The grey rug was meant to be in the living room and the pink one meant for Tilly's room. I just hope a pit doesn't puke on this gorgeous rug! Eeek!
There are pros and cons to living with a hoarder, errr, "collector". In this case, a pro, the fence surrounding the wood stove. I said, "We need something like a fence around this whole area to keep Tilly out." Fence delivered. No problem. Baby safety has never looked so chic!
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OMG! Can you even stand how friggin cute this is?! I chose a, mostly, pink and white color scheme for this space. It's a kid's space, but it's also in the corner of our living room. So, I wanted to be able to tuck away the majority of toys easily. Considering she has a whole other separate playroom, I figure I can be a clean and tidy freak about this area.
The dogs decided the footstool turned toy box was really a window seat for them ;)
I blew this adorable glass tea light at a glass blowing lesson with my aunt! And the vase is a Pinterest/ dollar store hack. I filled a vase (maybe it's a tall cup, because I found it in the dish aisle of the dollar store, idk) with sweat tarts and added faux flowers. The cuteness is rotting my teeth ;)
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My theme with the rest of the room was red and black with leopard accent. Before I even started decorating, I rounded up all the heart shaped and red colored accessories I could find. With my 3 tiered kitchen tray, I found a small heart shaped basket and a heart shaped cookie cutter! You see the back of a red dollar store teddy bear who happens to be missing his eyes thanks to a pit-bull I know ;) My counter runner is really two overlapping scarves; one leopard, one red fleece. I actually have an ANCIENT tutorial for that GUMBALL MACHINE!
My whole idea was to reuse as MUCH as possible from my Christmas decor. I used the round branch wreath on my barn fence at Christmas time. I knew I wanted to use it as the 'O' of 'XO' for my Valentine's day decor.
I bought the lips pillow off eBay for $8. It's a cute idea, for sure! Not good quality though :( The lips aren't fully screen printed on as you can see.
Thanks for visiting and checking out my decor! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's day and wonderful February in general (since I supposedly don't celebrate Valentine's day) <3 ;)
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It's that time of year AGAIN! Ugh. My goal for the holiday season is always to spread that FEELING of Christmas. Growing up, my favorite part was the décor. I felt like the décor set the MOOD for Christmas; the lights, the tree, the fireplace, the cookies set out on the counter in the kitchen! No matter the season, you can create the feeling you desire in your home with just your décor!
Guys! How cute is my tree topper?! I can't even believe Tilly WORE this tiny hat last Christmas! OMG! Cue the mommy tears....
I'm all about the budget decor y'all! This light bulb ornament is LIFE! ....and so easy to make!
Want a warm magical feel this holiday? Netflix or YouTube "fireplace" onto your TV. Insta holiday magic!
I adore this kitchen Santa! He's a cooking Santa! I don't think he gets better than this!
However, the look on his face. LOL!
I am LOVING my sectional area! I really enjoy changing up the décor for each season and holiday!
I have been seeing these super simple brown paper scrolls EVERYWHERE! As with everything, I was like, "I can make that!" So, I did.
See how I made the scroll....
I did the tiniest bit of decorating in Tilly's room. I added a string of lights and the stocking and cap Meme got her last Christmas :) Voila!
I hope your holiday season is nothing less than magical!
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"Fall is my favorite", says everyone posing on a mountain top during peak foliage....
But really, it's my favorite ;)
We hiked the easiest and shortest Vermont hike ever. Owls Head in Peacham. Four minutes from the parking area to the top. Perfect for this postpartum mother, who hasn't exercised or left the house if not absolutely necessary in a year and nine months.
Tilly and I did get out and about at our local walking path for some leaf-peeping....
I talked on Instagram about my attempt at making dilly-beans. At first, I couldn't find fresh dill; I checked all the local grocery stores. Come to find out, dill is sold in plastic packaging, like, cherry tomatoes or something. I was looking for a bundle of dill. My local grocery store sells parsley, cilantro, mint, basil, thyme, etc... in bundles in the produce aisle. How is it not confusing to anyone else that dill is sold in a plastic container near the lettuce, not near any of those other herbs?? WTF?
So, you know what I did then? I bought my own friggin dill plant! .....and it died a week later.
As usual, I went overboard with the faux flowers and color scheme in my decor....
The DIY Sectional Sofa got a fall makeover!
I couldn't leave the fireplace out of the tacky faux-flower-fun. (say that 5 times fast. LOL!)
Side note: Am I reminding anyone else of the old lady with all the cats and dusty sun-bleached faux flowers???
Yeah, me neither ;)
The dilly-beans were a total fail, by the way. No bite to them at all. Was I supposed to blanch them first? Were they grown too long? The beans inside were completely formed :(
Anyway, until next time.
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What is it people say about breaking a mirror? Seven years bad luck? Well, I guess I have 6 more to go....
- .25" Copper tape (33' for $4 from eBay)
-Cloth (to press the tape firmly)
Why we have had broken shattered glass hanging around our house for a year already is beyond me. Oh wait, no, not beyond me. We are hoarders. That's why we never got rid of a bucket full of shards. Hoarders.
Now, at this point in my life, I find it funny I ever needed a, "selfie", mirror. LOL! That's what this mirror was. One of those huge, thick sliding closet doors. I had it propped up near a window. You know, for the best light. So, this one time, while taking a selfie, my dogs ran behind the mirror, knocked it over and shattered it to pieces. And that's the story of my last selfie ever. The End.
Okay, how about what you probably came here for, some craft instructions, eh??
Peel the paper off the back of the copper tape. Overlapping the sharp mirror edge, press the tape to the edge.
Press firmly with a cloth to avoid cutting yourself. Because we have a newborn, we did 3 layers of copper tape. Then we added extra tape onto the sharp points of the mirror in attempts of making it extra safe.
Cut felt strips for the bottom of your mirror.
Glue into place. We used a hot glue gun.
I'm realizing now that I forgot to mention a few essential supplies when making the YouTube video for this project. Like, glue, felt, sweat and tears.
This project turned out awesome! I don't remember where I got the bright idea of taking a sharp edged, broken mirror and making it into a coffee table tray in a household with an infant. I don't even know where I come up with such genius.
Talk about trash to treasure though! See it in action on my YouTube channel! I should mention that the hands in the video look like man hands. LOL! (Seinfeld fans) But really, they are indeed man hands. Tylan actually did this entire project. I still get the credit though because I was in charge. Everyone knows the best bosses just delegate. So, I delegated the work to him.
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I haven't felt very creative lately. In order to DIY and create something, I'd have to remove my head from the toilet. I've been here, at the toilet, for 4 months. Welcome.....
-cardstock/ paper for background
-baby-related scrapbook pieces
So, in between pukes, I cut 2 pieces of white cardstock to fit the picture frames. These will be the background everything gets taped or glued to. The hospital printed me 3 copies (we kept 1 of course) of my ultrasound. So, I cut them apart and taped them to my cardstock. Then, I searched my accordian folder for some baby-related scrapbook pieces. To my surprise, I actually had some. These scraps were part of Christmas and present themed scrap packages. I added our due date to the presents and stuck the scraps to the cardstock. Popped into dollar store picture frames, these made great Mother's Day gifts for our mothers!
I'm FINALLY starting to be excited. For the first 4 months I felt just awful. Like I had the flu for 4 months straight. Now that I can feel tiny movements in there, it finally feels real. I still feel horrible and sleep an ungodly amount (12-15 hours), but I feel like there is a legit reason. Growing a human is seriously tiring!
Do you have another idea for how to jazz up ultrasound prints? Comment below!
Until next time.... (it may be awhile!)
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Project Level: SEW EASY!
No sewing. No cutting.... Just t-shirts and embroidery hoops.... and a little bit of gansta rap.
Sometimes craft projects just hit me, very spur of the moment. I didn't plan this project. I was updating all the pictures in picture frames around my house after reading a feng shui tip that said to surround yourself with images/ art that inspire you. I ended up being inspired to do a whole nightstand makeover. New photos need new décor, obviously.
I needed artwork to sit behind all my treasures on my nightstand and bring the whole look together. So, I went hunting around my house for typical artwork- something on a canvas, a poster, a big frame. Then I saw my embroidery hoops. No, I don't embroider, but I do screen-print. I used these embroidery hoops as my screens many projects ago- no blog post on this.... yet. The size was perfect for what I was looking for.
Now, what to put in the hoops?? I love graphics and graffiti, anything bright and bold. Using my sewing fabric wouldn't have given me this look because typical fabric-by-the-yard doesn't come with such big graphics. But t-shirts do!
For my nightstand embroidery hoop I picked my BF's Rottweiler t-shirt. Isn't this the cutest? It's like a cute puppy version of the Givenchy Rottweiler shirt!
Our nightstands started out, many years ago, with layers and layers of horrible yellow paint. My BF and I stripped, re-stained, and added fabric to the drawer fronts to make them our style. I found the rustic antler lamp at the Christmas Tree Shop. I swapped out the rustic shade for a modern black one from Wal-Mart. My picture frames are thrifted, even the San Francisco frame! What luck right, to find a San Fran frame in Vermont? AND to have a picture to put in it! Score!
It's said that your nightstand reveals your personality and lifestyle. I feel like my life is too much of a mess to have such a neat and tidy nightstand! LOL! I think I'm one of those people that overcompensates. My OCD cleanliness hides my crazy. Secret revealed.
I bought these T-shirts for my BF a few years ago from Steez in Burlington. He never wears them. I think they shrunk. I've wanted to do something with them for awhile because I love the bold graphics. Squeezing them into an embroidery hoop seemed like the perfect something.
After hanging them with tacks, these sweet tees make unexpected artwork! I didn't even cut the shirts! I strategically folded and taped the excess fabric behind the hoop- just in case we want to wear any of them again!
This ended up being such an easy DIY project! Maybe my new favorite. Every post seems to be my favorite post! I just love graphic tees, and Rottweiler's, and rap music, and conspiracy theories, and.... and embroidery hoops? Jah. Love it all.
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Until next time, stay gold.
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As I've mentioned before, my BF has "hoarder" in his blood. I guess we both have a little bit. We come by it honestly. Our mothers are cray-cray. Blame them.
My BF has had this vintage gumball machine for years. It does have the original glass globe, but not the red tippy top piece. We used to use it, with the original globe, as a candy jar in our kitchen, but it was a little wobbly without all the correct pieces. I had put the whole thing away in storage for the past year cause it was just taking up space on the counter. A sweets jar is not a good idea anyway. I have no restraint. Chocolate at 6am? Yes, please. No. Freaking. Restraint.
Spring cleaning brings your old crap to the surface, huh? Like, "Geez, I wondered where that had gone." I "found" this clear glass pumpkin jar at the back of another cabinet and thought, "it's an ugly pumpkin, but I think I can make it work." I decided to glue the jar onto the gumball machine so the pumpkin face faced backwards. I figured once I put stuff inside the jar, no one would see the pumpkin face anyway.
I used hot glue and E6000 to attach the jar to the gumball machine base. I used both because I wanted it extra secure. E6000 takes longer to dry, but it holds like a bast*rd. I dotted the E6000 glue around the gumball machine. Then I filled in between with hot glue for the instant bond.
No need for any expensive makeup organizers here. Check it out! A gumball machine, a recipe holder, a perfume box, and...... I don't know what it's called. On holidays my mother would put a cheese ball in it?!?! What is it called?!?! Comment below if you know what that is. A cheese ball dome?
Here I have it set up with a few of my other projects (links below). How easy is the dollar store wine glass with sponges?!
I love how this came out! Unique makeup storage that I've never seen anywhere else. I'm just gonna pat myself on the back now.... pat, pat.
Turned out decent, jah? Leave me a comment below and tell me what YOU would have filled the gumball machine with! I'd love to know!
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I don't buy Victoria's Secret or any other name brand very often. When I do, I always keep the packaging because it's so pretty. I recently made a trip to VS with my sisters. My big purchase for the day was one of my favorite perfumes. I got home, took the bottle out of the box and set it on my dressing table where it will live. With the pink box still in my hand I thought, "I can't throw this away." I brainstormed some ideas and settled on this one.
Cut the top flaps off your box.
Fill the box 1/2 full of uncooked rice (for stabilization).
Use tape or glue to permanently shut the bottom (so rice doesn't fall out).
Add makeup or artists brushes.
*FYI: I spray my one and only perfume on my clothes, NOT on my skin. I think everyone knows by now that most skin topicals have, like, a million chemicals. Spray that shit on your clothes instead of your skin!
SIDE NOTE: Fair-trade is a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability. Members of the movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environmental standards. -Wikipedia
In 2007, Victoria's Secret began marketing underwear made from organic, fair-trade cotton. In 2011, Bloomberg News investigated the fair-trade cotton program in Burkina Faso, West Africa where Victoria's Secret sources cotton. What they found is apparently common in fair-trade practices, child labor. Children are malnourished, held from school, and forced to plant and pick cotton. "If I get tired and I slow down, he comes to beat me." Clarisse Kambire gave Bloomberg an inside look at her life as an organic fair-trade cotton worker.
I scoured the internet for updated information on this topic. I found nothing. I am curious if Victoria's Secret has made necessary changes as they denied knowing anything about child labor. According to them, they believed they were helping the region by sourcing their cotton from Burkina Faso.
Regardless, it's something to think about next time you pull up your granny panties.
Here I have my brush box set up with a few of my other projects (links below). That's a dollar store wine glass behind my brush box filled with sponges! How easy?!
Don't waste all your money on expensive makeup brushes! Some of my brushes are really paint brushes! There it is, my money saving tip of the day! You're welcome. Bank that dough ladies.
Thank you for checking out this super easy DIY project! What else could be made from a box like this? Leave me a comment.
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Fill your pot/ bucket with cold water. Wrap the yarn around the bottle a few times, cut, and tie it off in a knot. Slip the yarn off the bottle. Soak the yarn in a few tablespoons of nail polish remover. Put the yarn back on the bottle. Light the yarn on fire- this is probably something that should be done outside, but as you can see, we did this in our kitchen. Kitchen is still standing.
Once your yarn is lite, spin the bottle around and around. Not too fast, not too slow. Watch the fire. You want to see consistent fire around the yarn. Spin the bottle until the fire goes almost completely out, like the last second of fire, dunk the bottle into the water. The bottle will crack under the yarn.
You can sand the edges to use as a juice glass. However, we have plenty of cups, so we didn't even bother sanding them. We like candles, so ours are candle holders. The bottles get hot with candles in them, but they didn't break or anything.
Check out this idea! My boyfriend is the real genius behind most of these projects. I never would have thought of this! How cool is this? I wonder if we could start seeds like this in the spring? Do you think?
This project was super fun to do with my boyfriend. He enjoyed this project more than I did!
I hope you enjoyed this project! I'd love to see your version! What else can you do with bottle cutting? Maybe use one as a planter or for storage?
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