January 21, 2014

update your bathroom with a little DIY

Hey! Check out my new post here where I’m letting you in on a simple DIY change you can make to instantly fancy up the look of your bathroom. 

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December 17, 2013

decorating my front porch: last minute holiday DIY

I wanted to spiffy up my front porch for the holidays ... but on two conditions—I wanted it to be done in a hurry and on a small budget.

The cream and tan fabric was left over from another project. I picked up the gold material from Hobby Lobby ... with a 40% off coupon of course. Score!

I used Alison's DIY tassel tutorial as a guide and then strung my garland across the door. The star came from the Dollar Tree, which I then attached to a wreath that was already hanging on my door. The pillow is made from the same tan fabric that was used in the garland. I added some super cute hand stamped polka dots using gold fabric paint.

Done! Not bad for a couple of bucks. :)

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free printable holiday gift tags

I had a hunch you might be busy wrapping holiday gifts this week. ;)

Make it a little easier on yourself with some free printable gift tags.

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December 4, 2013

printable red, green and gray chevron recipe cards

Just in time for Christmas, Red, Green and gray chevron recipe cards are once again available as a set in my shop until January 1, 2014.

And and if you are thinking about how flipin' cute that glitter star garland is then you are in luck! Check out the tutorial here to make your own.

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November 8, 2013

washi tape turkey thanksgiving countdown — free printable

{Like the turkeys big frown? My little guy insisted
that he was sad because "that guys gonna get eaten."}

My little guy still has a hard time grasping the concept of time beyond today or tomorrow. The idea of a week or a month is still a long stretch of time for him to comprehend so countdowns come in handy. No longer am I constantly asked "Is it today?" or "How much longer?" He looks forward to marking it off day by day and its a fun reminder that there is a special occasion coming up.

I did not plan on making a countdown for Thanksgiving but when my little guy requested one yesterday I couldn't turn him down. Better late than never. :) Rather than doing a simple paper chain (my quick and easy default ... but quite frankly I'm getting quite sick of those) I decided to fancy it up a bit ... but without putting a lot of effort into it since the month is well underway.

The idea of using washi tape for feathers originally came from this idea I came across on Pinterest a few days back. I love any excuse to pull out my washi tape. :)

So start printing and get out your stash of cute washi tape. If you don't have any washi tape you can color them in too. :)

To download the countdown calendar click here. You can also check out my Thanksgiving Pinterest board for more fun ideas. Happy Thanksgiving!

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August 31, 2013

DIY jolly rancher suckers tutorial


I've made a bunch of these Jolly Rancher suckers over the summer for two reasons:
1. They are super quick and easy to make.
2. Not only are they delicious but kids and adults flip out over them because they are so stinkin' cute. I promise ... pull these babies out and everyone makes a fuss. :)

I originally found this idea a while back during one of my frequent Pinterest searches. I cant remember the original source so I'll share the instructions with you here.


1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and unwrap Jolly Ranchers.

2. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and arrange Jolly Ranchers (3 per sucker) tightly side by side on top. I like to make sure that contrasting colors are placed next to each other to create bold stripes. In other words I would not suggest putting similar colors like cherry and watermelon together.

3. Cook for approximately 10 min or until the Jolly Ranchers have melted together. Generally they are not done in ten minutes but this is when they start to drastically change and it can be fast. Since every oven cooks a bit differently I'd suggest keeping a close eye on your first batch to get it just right.

4. Take your pan out of the oven and press sucker sticks down onto the melted Jolly Ranchers .... Your sticks will not be completely imersed but that's ok.

 5. Put the suckers back into the oven for about one minute and then take out and let cool.

So easy right?

Put each in a cello bag, or wrap them in a strip of wax paper and use a sticker to hold it in place ... talking about packaging ideas gets this graphic designer giddy. :)

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August 13, 2013

trendy kitchen stools

Well ... I might have mentioned before that my husband is a carpenter and we have a cabinet business. Anyways ... I got this fancy idea that we needed to put together a facebook page, which kind of explains why you've been hearing nothing but crickets over here.

1. Iron Adjustable Stool — Foreside Home And Garden
2. Plop Counter Stool — Target.com
3. Decker Barstool — Pottery Barn.com
4. Tabouret With Back Bar Stools — Overstock.com

Today I posted about super cute kitchen bar stools and put together 3 collections of my favorite options. I must admit I saved some of my very favorite ones just for the facebook page. Spoiler Alert: yummy chevron is involved. :)

So, get ready for some great finds from places including Target, Overstock.com, Pottery Barn and Walmart, etc. (Yep, I said Walmart ... and it's a super cute one too.)

There I'll also be posting on topics such as behind the scenes pix, trends in woodwork and home decor, and of course beautiful kitchen cabinets like the photo above.

So stop by if you like ... cuz it's a brand new page and I get kind of lonely when it's just me talking to myself. ;)