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DIY Jewelry Storage

9 Aug

I am alive I swear! I have no idea where the time has gone, but I’ve been keeping busy apparently! Anyway, I swear I’ll get better :), so here goes!

I love jewelry. In fact, I vowed to myself that I would buy more jewelry (costume jewelry of course). But since I am increasing my stock, I need more storage. Here’s what I currently have that I love:

Dessert tray turned jewelry holder

I got this bad boy for like $15 a couple of years ago from one of my favorite antique malls. Of course, when I was looking for them it took me weeks to find. Now they are on every regular store shelf. What can I say? I’m a trend setter. 😉 I wasn’t totally sure what kind of storage I wanted, so I had to go get some inspiration. Here are another couple of great ideas that I got some ideas from Pinterest… of course.

  1. Clipboard necklace display- by Dishfunctial Design
  2. Drawer pull storage- by Liz Marie
  3. Lantern-
  4. Driftwood tree holder-
  5. Hanging driftwood- by
  6. Paper towel holder turned jewelry rack- User upload/unknown
  7. Variety of picture frames- by

I was trying to make my holder on a budget (or nothing), so I looked around and found an old frame that I had bought a couple of years ago from I think I got 15 vintage frames, some very large, for $50. Many of them are currently displayed here in my house. So I took one that was a good size, hit it with some peacock-blue spray paint I had lying around (after a couple of layers of spray primer of course). Then I got to thinking about how I was going to attach the jewelry. I’d seen some with screen, some with fabric, some with wire. While I actually have all these things, I decided I wanted a little texture so I got out my handy twine that I used here and here as well.

Since this frame had the original nails still in the back, I just decided to use those. I got out the hot glue gun, put a little bead of glue and wrapped the twine around the nail. Now the hard part….. how to make “rows” or spots for stuff to be hung. This wasn’t the easiest thing ever, but it worked out fine. The wood was so old I couldn’t hammer more nails into the frame, so I just glued straight to the back where necessary.

I decided to keep the lines of twine in more of a random pattern. I just think it makes it look kind of fun. I’m not 100% sold on it or the color as I’m having second thoughts about my new color palate in the bedroom, but for now it works.




DIY Baby Gifts

18 Jul

Today’s post I feel is appropriate as I hear the flood of people my hubby and I know that are pregnant or just recently had a baby. We’re in our late 20’s, so I guess that’s the time of life when that starts happening for many. There are so many great baby gifts out there for people to buy… trust me every time I walk in a store with baby stuff I want to buy it all because it’s so cute, but I’m a traditional person and I feel like homemade gifts mean something a little extra when you have the time. So when one of my good friends from high school announced that she was pregnant (we knew she’d be first), I had to start thinking about gifts.

So thinking about gifts I naturally starting looking around the web to see what I could do with my somewhat limited sewing ability. You’d be AMAZED at what cool stuff is out there!

I stumbled upon this great posting from Krissy at who listed 30 great DIY baby gifts. Here are a couple of ones that I really liked. I will make these for someone! So cute.

Happy Stacker Baby Rings by

Baby Leggins also by

I also hit Esty and saw some other super cute ideas that you could probably mimic. What did I end up giving her? Why these little guys of course!

and these guys….

Baby “formal” wear

I just had to give her something funny and silly. Here’s a brief tutorial because depending on what kind of transfer paper you buy, the instructions might be different, so be sure to read the instructions.

Supplies needed:

  • iron on transfer paper (for light fabric- $8.99 for 6 sheets) and color printer
  • baby onsies (I bought 3 different sizes; the ones with long sleeve coincide with what size he’ll be with the cold weather… see I’m a thinker.)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Time and patience

Pre-step: print all of your little pictures. I just pulled mine from some free clip art websites randomly. REMEMBER, you need to print them BACKWARDS so when you iron them on they’ll be facing the right way. I learned this the hard way when I had some super cute sayings printed out and forgot to flip the text. Duh. By the way… how do you do that in MS Word? For some reason I had a total brain fart and couldn’t remember. Cut around your images as close as possible.

Step 1: Be sure to follow package instructions, but usually it’s a higher setting, no steam. Usually you only press for around 20 seconds at a time. Be sure to pay close attention to the edges or any pointy edges. It’s recommended that your shapes be mostly circular without hard points (so yes, stars were a bad choice).

Step 2: After the fabric has been allowed to cool, begin peeling the paper backing from the transfer.

Step 3: Donzo!

Here is a funny feature of one of them that I thought was too funny:

I mean….. that’s just cute. I actually made the transfer for the back on MS PowerPoint with just regular shapes.

I did have some mustaches printed but my stupid printer ran out of black ink… the ONLY color I didn’t buy for this project… grrrrr. For the “formal wear”, I actually just used some of the transfer paper and ironed it on the plaid fabric I had for the shower. They are country folk and we’ve given my friend trouble about how her hubby is a cowboy for years. It’s just funny. After the fabric had cooled, I just free hand cut the bow ties, ties, suspenders, and vest. Not too shabby if I do say so myself!

More than anything, it was great seeing her face when she opened them.

There are literally thousands of ideas out there, and I have one other part of the gift that I’m SUPER excited to share with you guys. We’re just finishing up the pictures and I’ll be able to post about it, so stay tuned! Any other great DIY ideas you can share with me?



PS: Sorry this is such a long post!

DIY Magnetic Board

15 Jun

It’s Friday! Yeah!! So last weekend I decided that I needed wanted something on my wall in my Craft Room to hold my fabric and paint swatches and whatnot and I saw this clever little idea: to turn a baking sheet, covered it with fabric, and call it a magnetic board. Genius!

So here’s my quick 5 minute craft for you for the weekend:

Supplies: baking sheet, around 1/4 yard of fabric, spray adhesive, nail and hammer, some ribbon

Steps: Use a large nail and hammer to punch hole in the top of the sheet where you’ll hang.

Cut the fabric to fit the back of the baking sheet, spray lightly with spray adhesive (outside b/c it’s pretty stinky), lay fabric over sprayed surface. Wrap the fabric around the other side (this was a little hard b/c I bought a baking sheet with an edge… it was all the $1 store had so I went with it). Use scissors or something sharp to pull thru the previously punched hole.

And here ya go!

Well I like it and think it’s pretty cute. Try it out yourself! Have a great weekend!

DIY Cake Stands

1 Jun

I’m sure everyone has seen this done 100 times, but I finally did it myself; I made a cake stand. Actually I made two. I was at the $1 store and I saw a candle holder and thought “this is the time.” Okay it wasn’t really that exciting, but when I saw the colorful plates I did think that something needed to be done with them.

Here’s what I needed:

This was a super simple craft; but not too bad to execute.

  1. First I painted the ugly weird colored one (it was like a combo between green and black? really odd.) Anyway, I just painted it with craft paint as it was late instead of using my handy dandy spray paint.
  2. Lightly clean the bottom of the plates and the tops of the candle holders with a moist towel and then dry them off. Apply a light ring of glue around the top of the candle holder and plate the plate on top. I then used books to hold it on there. Let it set for around an hour to make sure it seals correctly.
  3. Donzo!

I know I should technically have “styled” these for this picture…. but honestly that’s not my strongest point. 🙂 You get the jist of how fun and super easy they are!

Have a wonderful weekend and look forward to the next couple posts where I’ll show you some pictures from a fun country chic shower I hosted last weekend, a new recipe, and a pillow that I sewed that’s amazing! (not to pat myself on the back too hard.)



DIY Can Pen Holder

11 Apr

So every good craft room needs storage… but it’s not just storage that’s needed, it’s pretty storage that I needed. And I wanted to add a little color as well. So what’s a girl to do? Use old cans of course!

Here’s what you need:

  • Mod Podge, cans, container to mix glue and water, sponge brush, craft paper, and craft paint. (Ignor the grey and red container. I was going to use chalkboard paint on the cans and then changed my mind)


  1. Clean cans and remove any pointy spots with pliers.
  2. Cut paper the right height of each can with a paper cutter.
  3. Paint bottom of cans with white craft paint. This will take a couple layers. Spray paint might have been easier/faster. I didn’t end up painting the tops because I kind of liked the way metal looked.
  4. Mix up glue and some water. Then spread evenly on the can and place paper on top. This takes a little bit of coordination and speed because the glue starts drying pretty quickly. One of the cans I painted another layer of glue on top to seal it a little better, but honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference so I only did the one.

I also had an old Pringles can that I wrapped up too for the longer items that needed storage like paint stirrers.

It’s a little silly and SUPER simple, but I liked the affect it had on my room. Any other ways to store brushes, markers and the like? Have fun!

DIY Picture Frame Thread Holder

28 Mar

So  couple weeks ago I was puttering around on Pinterest looking for ideas for my craft room redo and I saw this:

Found at

It just so happens that last year I bought 15 vintage wooden picture frames from someone off Craigslist and I hadn’t found a use for all of them, especially not this oddly large round one. So I decided that I must make this thread holder since I would be moving my sewing machine and all my crafting supplies into my craft room. I’ll admit, the hubby did have to help me a little bit with the cutting because I just don’t trust myself with the jigsaw just yet. I’ll get there tho! And here it is!

The fact that mine is yellow is purely coincidence, I swear.  The steps for this project with a frame versus building your own frame, is actually pretty simple. The hubby used some MDF that we had lying around from another project and cut it out to fit inside the back. If we had a material that was a little thinner, I think that’d be a little better b/c this sucker is pretty heavy and the MDF doesn’t keep the paint as well as regular wood. The best part was that the back of the frame is actually a hexagon, and was not even. Kinda funny watching the Mr. try to cut it to fit.

After he got the piece cut to the right size, I got out my ruler and plotted out where the spools would go. I would recommend taking the largest spool you have and use that to measure just in case, or just measure out 1.5 inches. At this point we drilled holes at the marked spots. It is here that I would tell you to adjust something that I did; make your holes slightly angled so the spools aren’t tempted to fall off when the frame is hung on the wall. (Yes… I had to draw 2 sets of lines b/c my measurements were not good. oh well!)

Now attach the frame to the MDF. He just used some regular screws, but again, this can probably be improved upon because I had to then fill the holes. Then I started the prep work. I used some wood filler and went over all the holes from the screws and any other imperfections in the wood that I actually wanted to cover; I kind of like some of the “antique” look of these frames so I didn’t want to change that too much.

Fill holes with wood filler and insert dowels

Cut wooden dowel rods the length of your spools (or longer so you can stack them), put hot glue in the hole and insert the dowel.

Then all I did was prime and paint the entire thing with a bright yellow I got from Lowes. I love the punch of color.

Have a wonderful day!

DIY Twine Decorative Accent Balls

23 Mar

So whenever I go visits stores with home accessories I feel like I always see these decorative balls. I mean… these things are everywhere! Me being the cheapo that I am, refuse to pay $3-6 per ball and decided that I’d make my own. I wanted to make ones that were #1 easy and #2 had texture. So I made these:

The steps for these little guys were basically the same process as the twine light fixture that I made here. These were actually slightly more tricky than the fixture because they were so small, but overall I’m pretty happy with the end result maybe not the container they are in…. that probably needs to be changed out. Anyway… on to supplies:

  • Mod Podge (I LOVE this product)
  • Gardening twine or whatever you want to use. String or yarn would work well too.
  • Ballons
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Container for glue

Not to bore you with unnecessary details, but quite simply the process was this:

  1. Mix glue with a little bit of water just to water it down slightly.
  2. Blow balloons up and place on top of cut up toilet paper roll as a “stand”. I blew them up to different sizes for a little mixture.  (PS: if you haven’t blown up a balloon up in a while, get ready. I totally forgot how hard it was to blow little balloons up! My cheeks were all sore. I’m such a baby!
  3. Cut lengths of twine long enough to manage, and one by one, place into glue/water mixture. Pull out of mixture and ring a little out (otherwise it gets a little hard to manage).
  4. Start wrapping! I wrapped most of them randomly trying to go over the blank spots. Two of them I did wrap a little different (top left of the first photo). I like that way too.
  5. After you have them wrapped, set them back on their little stands to dry overnight. The funny thing is that one of the balloons deflated in the middle of the night and the shape turned out more like an egg.
  6. Once they are dry, pop the balloons and pull them out.

That’s just about it! Like I said, it was super easy and I think it turned out really cute!

I only made 6, but since these weer actually pretty easy, I may make some more depending on the container that will be their new home. We’ll see. Have a great weekend!

Guest Post: Plastic Shopping Bag Dispenser

14 Mar

 Hi All! So my sister Theresa, or “B” as my nephews call her wanted to try her hand at writing a couple posts. Of course I couldn’t refuse! So here she is. Take it away B!

 While I try to bring reusable totes with me when I go to a store every time, life often gets in the way and sometimes plastic happens.  In fact, I’ve never discouraged my husband from using them when he does the shopping because there are so many uses for them around the house. Trash can liners, wet swimsuit travel bags, or impromptu boot covers, plastic bags have a multitude of uses in the home, car, and workplace. If I ever have a surplus of plastics bags, I’d love to find a fun way to reuse them like this neat trashcan I saw at here 

 Does anyone have any other suggestions for extra plastic bags? Needless to say, my current favorite use of plastic bags is for wrapping up dirty disposable diapers to keep odor to a minimum. (Place diaper in bottom corner of bag, twist, cover over diaper again, twist, recover a third time and tie handles together. So easy and way less smelly!)  Since I use them daily for diaper changes, I wanted a more convenient source of bags than under the kitchen sink. So, inspired by what I have seen countless others do online, I gathered my materials and set to work! 
Shopping bags and container with easy to cut lid


To easily flatten and smooth the bags I used my finger to hold the crease at the bottom of the bag and pulled the handle taut. I folded the bags in half and then half again, but the particular fold would matter on what your container looks like. The taller the canister, the less folding required but I would keep the bag horizontal like above so you can use the bag’s handle as a pull tab. The handle is shown folded up on the first overlapped bag in the second picture below. Basically you over-lap the folded bags and then begin rolling. I would suggest the bags over-lap less than shown here because I’ve noticed sometimes the next bag begins coming out too soon.

 I used a 4” diameter, 3.5” tall canister (I do recommend a round container) and I rolled 20 bags, the last 5 of which are a different color so I’ll know when I’m about to run out. This might seem silly and rather particular but for somethings I’d rather not be surprised. 🙂

Anyway, I plan to experiment with rolling techniques because I bet I could fit a few more bags in there if they were rolled tighter, but to finish I used a razor blade to cut a small “x” in the lid and fed the handle of the first (center) bag through. Well of course I couldn’t just stop there, so I decided to add a couple of coats of spray paint on the lid and some left-over scrap book paper to the outside of the can. I also decided to make a second jar for changing table odds-n-ends and at some point I’m sure I will make a bag dispenser for the car. Hope you enjoy this pleasing way to store plastic shopping bags!

DIY Mason Jar Pin Cushion

9 Mar

It’s been almost an entire week since I posted last…. I’m sorry. Just been crazy. I actually did have a few minutes to do some crafts on Sunday and here is one of them! Oddly enough I was looking on Pinterest today and I saw my craft! Argh! You mean I’m not as individual as I thought I was? Oh well… here it is anyway: a DIY Mason Jar Pin Cushion!

This craft will take you about 5 minutes so it’s a great one to do when you just want to feel productive. Here’s what you need:

  • batting, hot glue gun, fabric, mason jar
  1. Cut a piece of batting the circumference of the lid.
  2. Cut a piece of fabric out around 1″ wider than the lid
  3. Then make a sandwich: lid, batting, fabric sandwich. (I’m a nerd I know)

Then push your little lid, batting, sandwich through the hoop on the top.  Then take the hot glue gun and glue the extra fabric on the back. NOTE: You will need to trim the batting and the fabric so it closes. You may want to test it to make sure you can close it. I know this b/c mine doesn’t close very well… so learn from my mistakes :).  Sorry it’s so blurry. Not sure what happened.

That’s about it. Voila!

Now you can pin this since mine is so cute :).

Have a great weekend!

Door Decor Inspiration

29 Feb

Happy Leap Year everyone!

So first of all, I have made some MAJOR progress on one of my home goals, I’m just not quite ready to post about it. I honestly think that it’s turning out better than I expected! I also swear that I have been doing all kinds of other crafts in between my crazy work and volleyball schedule, but again haven’t been able to gather the pictures and everything, so stay tuned for those next week.

On to today’s post.

I noticed the other day that I still have my winter wreath that I made here up on my front door still. And while I still love it, I don’t really feel like it’s winter anymore (maybe that’s because of the weather has been in the high 50’s to 60’s the last couple weeks). I’m just ready to see something new when I come home. So in order to find my inspiration, I took to Pinterest. Here are some of the super cute ideas that people had out there: I really just don’t know which one to make! Maybe I’ll just make them all 🙂

Any other cute ideas out there that I might want to entertain for a nice spring door decoration?

And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest! I am a pinning fool these days!