Banner of Love

  I’ve had a banner  (click here for the DIY) I made a few months ago just sitting around with nothing to do.  I needed time until I could figure out what it was I wanted to do with it. For a couple of months it’s just been hanging in the window of my nook looking cute, but quite bare. Well, abviously Valentine’s Day is a month or so away and it dawned on me….a Valentine’s banner! Here’s the thing. I am big on SOME holidays, but not ALL holidays. I don’t overhaul my house each time a Hallmark holiday approaches us, but I do like to have a little something here and there. I also wanted this banner to be something I could hang elsewhere when I was finished with it. So, I decided to stay away from the traditional pinks and reds and go with something a bit different. I’m also hoping to use it in the baby nursery once I start decorating in there!!! This DIY is super simple. First you will have to make yourself a banner, which I provided a link at the top. Once you have that, the rest is simple and a lot of fun!  Materials: Acrylic fabric paint in your choice of colors Pencil Small paint brush ( you can have one for each color paint you choose, but I just washed mine and let dry between each use) Damp cloth (for wiping up any mishaps….precaution really.)   Directions: Using your pencil, lightly draw and outline a heart on each triangle of the banner. You may choose to do every other...

Wallpaper 101

Wallpaper 101 This new year, it seems to be all about finishing projects on last years list. I am really good at making a to do list, but really bad at crossing them off! Am I the only one that feels that way?  One of the projects we had hanging over our heads: finally getting the wallpaper up on the dining room wall. For weeks it just sat in the closet, waiting for us to use it. I was so excited, but mostly nervous. I have heard horror stories….I was too afraid to waste it, wreck it, or do something terrible in the process. Yesterday, my husband and I finally buckled down and geared up for the task ahead.  Things I learned about wallpapering: 1. It’s super slimy 2. You are crazy if you think you can do it solo 3. It involves a lot of water (you might even get prune fingers) 4. If bubbling occurs, it will be enough to drive you mad 5. The paper rips easily 6. You need to be super precise in cutting, measuring and lining things up 7. It’s a good idea to have ALL the right equipment 8. Doesn’t matter how many times you flatten the edges, they still will lift slightly so don’t obsess 9. One wall is more than enough to wallpaper, unless you can afford to lose a lot of hair 10. Next time, hire someone else to do it. Wouldn’t that just make everything so much easier?   All in all, it was worth it. I love the paper we chose and our room has transformed completely....

Christmas tag DIY

Christmas Tag DIY During the craziness of this season I am grateful I can squeeze some time in for my little blog! Thank you for being patient with me…it’s been a BUSY week! Not to mention, I leave in 7 days for Canada to see family and friends. I’m super excited, but have a lot to do yet. I find myself doing my Christmas shopping last minute and quickly as possible! Eeks! Well that’s my tidbit for the day, back to my post!!! Today I decided to share with you an easy DIY tag you can use on your gifts, cards or anything you can think of! It’s all about handmade goodies and having fun in the process! What you will need: Yarn or twine Martha Stewart doily lace coaster and/or doily adhesives (or good card stock you can cut snowflake shapes from) Hole puncher Scissors What to do: Simply cut a piece of yarn or twine long enough to wrap around your gift or card a few times. Put aside for later use. Take your coaster or card stock and punch a whole at the top, not too close to the edge. Wrap the yarn around your item a few times until you have enough to tie a knot in the back. Slide yarn or twine through the hole on your coaster or card stock and bring to the front of your gift or card. Secure the back by tying a knot. Write a festive message and presto: you are finished! Did I mention it’s really easy?! I hope you find this helpful and have fun doing your...

DIY!

I decided to share this fun little DIY with you today! It has two parts to it, but it’s super straight forward and practically free. Yes, free!  Part one: You will need – an empty clean glass jar (it can be an old jam jar, any jar will do!) – cut out snowflakes (I bought Martha Stewart adhesive doily die-cuts) – water-resistant glue, sealer and finish (I use Collage Pauge in glossy)  Part two:  You will need -twigs (from your back yard or if you really want you can buy them from a craft store) – yarn (in any color, but I chose cream)  – hot glue gun Part one instructions: Make sure your jar is nice and clean so your snowflake will stick nicely to the glass. If you want to get super creative you can make your own cut out snowflakes. For easy instructions to cut out a five-point star snowflake, click here. I bought the Martha Stewart doily die-cuts a few months ago on sale, so I am dying to use them! Note: if you use these doilies they have a sticky back, but still use the water-resistant glue to ensure your snowflake sticks real good! Take your snowflake and rub the glue on the back until it is covered well. Place it on the jar wherever you please and rub a little more glue on the front until the snowflake is secure. Dip your finger in water and rub off access glue so you don’t end up with streaks. You can also use several jars and place tea-light candles in them! They make great shadows on...

DIY-Christmas Decorations

I am super excited to show you this fabulous DIY project! As soon as I spotted it on Pinterest, I went straight to play! A few months ago I bought a bag full of retro yarn at a garage sale. I wasn’t too sure at the time why I was buying it, I just loved the colors and for 25 cents you can’t go wrong! Now, I can finally put it to some good use. This is a super inexpensive and easy project! It doesn’t take much time to complete, so you can accomplish lots in a short period of time!  What you will need: – a cereal box – yarn in fabulous colors – scissors – a hot glue gun – clear-drying craft glue Directions: can also be found at this blog Step 1: cut your box along all of the folds, so that you end up with two large flat pieces of cardboard and several smaller pieces. Keep the large pieces; stick the smaller ones back into your recycling bin. Step 2: imagine one corner of your box as a triangle. You want to make the triangle by cutting the corner off the box, *but* with a rounded edge. Use this template from Nestle family as a guide for the shape that you want. Don’t worry about being perfect here – it’s not even a little bit necessary!  Step 3: Roll the flat edges of your “triangle” together to make a cone. Secure them together with hot glue.       Step 4: Using craft glue, draw a ring of glue around the very bottom of your cone. Press a single strand of yarn onto the...

Christmas Treats, Tricks and Tips!

This season is all about adding those decorating elements with elegance. It probably sounds contradicting to suggest going to the dollar store to grab a few things, doesn’t it? Well, that’s ok! Here is a Christmas tip and a little trick of mine! Take a trip to your nearest dollar store or thrift store and keep your eyes open for cute and classy decorating ornaments. Even if they are plastic! Normally, I would overlook these items but I find that they are perfect for adding a unique look in your decor in an inexpensive way. I used red, silver and mirrored Christmas balls I found at the dollar store one year. As well as some fantastic crystal like ornaments I got on sale at Target and some vintage balls I got from the Pasadena Flea market this fall. Instead of putting them on the tree this year, I decided to put them on display in different ways around the house! They look perfect displayed in bowls or jars! Here are some other ways to display your new, inexpensive ornaments: Scatter in a dish with other decorative elements: vintage keys and candles.  Display in unique way around the house: on a pedestal with glass lids. Place in bowl with natural elements: pine cones Hope you find this tip and trick helpful! It’s bound to add some elegance in your decor this holiday season!  xoxo...

Home Sweet Home – Ceiling Makeover

Home, sweet home Happy Monday everyone!! Today I have many things on the to-do list: tons of homework, classes to register for,  photo shoots to edit, things to mail off and a home to organize. Speaking of home sweet home, we’ve been working on a few things around the house. It has been the bane of my existence the last few days. We enjoyed a nice evening with close friends for Thanksgiving and the rest of our long weekend was history. It was well worth it though…we finally got some painting done, which was needed in a big way! I have to thank my husband for doing most the work! We are just approaching the finish line…we have the ceiling painted, trim up and new light fixture hung.  Before picture, not sure if we were ready to start this project Measuring where we needed to put the trim Painting begins Ceiling is finally complete Trim is up next The family room is back together again, just in time to get all our Christmas stuff out of their boxes! I will post pictures of our Christmas decor soon Next on the list: get some new curtains and our wallpaper up on the dining room wall!  Slowly putting the room back together again Still much to do, but let’s settle with this for now!  It’s a long process, but soon we will have our room closer to what we’ve been needing for some time now! Thanks for stopping by! ...

DIY – Christmas Jar

First of all, I need to apologize! I have been so busy the last few days with the Thanksgiving festivities, homework and house renovations. I underestimated what that would entail, let me tell you! I am happy to announce that we are nearly done all our little house touch ups and will post some pictures real soon.  Today I decided to start off the Christmas treats, tricks and tips with an easy Christmas jar DIY. It literally took me a couple minutes to put this together! How amazing does that sound?! All you will need is an old mason jar (lid optional), salt and an assortment of bottle brush trees.  What you will need (plus trees) Step 1.) Simply poor some of the salt in the jar, this will be your fake snow.  Step 2.) Carefully put the trees inside the mason jar however you desire. Step 3.) Display your project in your room for all to see!  You may want to do a few mason jars grouped together or keep it simple by just having one. Bottle brush trees can also be substituted with anything else you feel would suit your style, Christmasy of course!!  Told you it was easy! Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy this simple DIY project....

Home Sweet Home – Wall Makeover

Wall Makeover:  How to choose the perfect color for your home Recently, my husband and I began our house makeover a couple weeks early. We realized we had a lot to do over a little amount of time, so we got one room out of the way. Well, almost! For now, I will show you the “before” process.  I use to call this room the “Red Room”, simply because it was red (go figure) and it made me feel unhappy. It was far too dark for such a small area of our home. Literally, a few steps and you were in and out. It’s more of the in between room that divides our dining room and kitchen. I believe it was a telephone room at one time during the 40s and 50s. It’s cute and has lots of personality, but what to do with it!!!!  I first started following Elsie Larson on Instagram a little while ago. I loved her images because they were inspiring and unique. Then I decided that I just loved everything she was posting, so I began to follow her Blog and Pinterest as well. I have found a lot of helpful things so far! One of them being her tips for choosing color, which I will share with you today and how I applied them to myself!  Tip 1. Saturate your mind with images of interiors and color stories you feel excited about: One of the wonderful things about having a Pinterest account? You can pin thousands of pictures that inspire you! I found myself searching for the perfect wall color, inspiration for small...
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