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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- potterybarn.com
  4. Driftwood tree holder- marthastewart.com
  5. Hanging driftwood- by Teaspoonsf.com
  6. Paper towel holder turned jewelry rack- User upload/unknown
  7. Variety of picture frames- by SpearmintDecor.com

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 Craigslist.com. 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.

Later!

Angie

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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 binspiredmomma.blogspot.com 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 domesticesq.com

Baby Leggins also by makeit-loveit.com

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?

xo,

Angie

PS: Sorry this is such a long post!

“You boy’s like Mex-i-co?!?”

17 Jul

Okay 2 bonus points if you can name what movie that subject line is from!

I’m soooo happy! Yesterday we booked the hotel and flights for our little fall get-away. I haven’t been on a vacation with more than 2 other people who were not family, so when 2 other couples that we are friends with said they wanted to get away this fall, we of course agreed…. and I can’t wait!

We’re staying here:

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive, Cancun, Mexico

The  beautiful Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun. While 4 of 6 (and maybe more) of us have been to Mexico already, this place really hit everything we wanted/required in a mini-vacation; short travel time (although our flights home stink with layovers), all-inclusive, beach, pool, swim-up bar, warm, decent price, somewhere we can go out and par-tay in the evenings…. that was about it. We are staying 4 nights too which is the perfect short getaway amount I think. This destination will also give me a good chance to brush up on my Spanish. I have a degree in Spanish, but like many things you don’t use it… the more Tequila it takes to bring it out.

Now I just have to wait…. and get in shape. 🙂

xo,

Angie

Milkshake Day~ July 2!

9 Jul

I’m a week late with this posting, but I figured better late than never! July 2nd was Milkshake Day across the world and of course I had to participate (I know… I’m a cheeseball).

Milkshake Day 2012!

What is Milkshake Day you may be asking? Well allow me to explain:

This started a couple of years ago by my cousin Mike after he lost his father, Jim, to a long battle with cancer. What began as a personal memorial to his dad has spread across the world, and I hope it continues to spread! Here’s just a little blip from his website, www.milkshakeday.com.

History: My name is Mike and my Dad fought cancer for almost 4 years before it ultimately took him away from us. For him, it started out as bladder cancer, but due to a few unfortunate turns in the road, it ended up spreading to his upper chest. At that time he was too weak for chemo, so his doctors tried to keep that tumor at bay with radiation, hoping that it would buy him some time. A result of the radiation was a terrible sore throat, so when he was ultimately sent home on hospice, all he really wanted to eat was ice cream and milkshakes – we figured “why not?” at least he was getting some calories! That particular summer was bittersweet, knowing that we were losing him, but the time we spent together was priceless. As part of our routine, we would get in the car and take him to various shops/stores that sold milkshakes and he would rate them in order of his preference. He became a milkshake connoisseur! After he passed away, my family and I wanted to do something annually to celebrate his zest for life, so we came up with Milkshake Day.

My Uncle Jim was an amazing man. I used to spend summers with he and his wife, Jill, and their granddaughter in Wisconsin when I was younger. I got all the ice cream, candy, and spoiling I’d need to last me the whole year until the next time I went! One time we went to eat at our favorite restaurant at the time, Ella’s Delli, and Meg and I couldn’t decide what desert to go with. That’s when Uncle Jim told us to get the 25 scoop one so we wouldn’t have to miss out on anything. The best! Anyway, in honor of him, I thought for today’s post (a week late yes) I would share with you some milkshake recipes that I found that sound amazing.

Chocolate Mug Milkshake by Chef Recipes.Chocolate Mug Milkshake

Banana Pudding Milkshake by A Spicy Perspective 

Banana Milkshake Recipe

Sweet Tarts Milkshake by Real Simple.com.

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For those adult readers, a Boozy Banana Split Shake by She Knows.com

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Blackberry Milk Shake from williamsanoma.com

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So while we are too late this year, keep this on your calendar for next year!! What are some other good milkshake recipes you have?

Have a wonderful week!

Update and Inspiration:Knock Off Decor

27 Jun

Hi everyone!!
Yes I am alive! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks; switched jobs (so during the transition I’m 50% one team 50% another team= twice the work for me… Yikes) and then being in Florida for a week with my girls for volleyball. They ended up getting 52nd out of 131 so really not too shabby!! Since my nightly commitments will drop down to 1 night a week and weekends will be a little more free, I promise I will be a better blogger!!!

Anyway… I wanted to confess something to you all that I’ve been holding out on you all. I found another blog and I havent shared yet. Its been on my list of things to share, but I just havent. I stumbled upon this gem a couple of weeks ago, subscribed to follow, and love the posts every day: called Knock Off Decor by a blogger named Beckie. ( www.knockoffdecor.com)

The site is actually pretty clever: a blogger does a craft based on something they saw, then submits their post to share to the world. Mark my words, I will have something on here one day! That’s my goal. (Just a click of a little button and I too can share my crafts… love it!)

Check it out tho for sure. The posts are even sorted based on where the inspiration came from so its easy to search in the archives or right at the top bar.

Enjoy browsing and getting inspired! Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back to full speed ahead next week. Later!
Angie

Spring/Summer 2012 Fashion Trends

23 May

It’s finally officially Spring in the Lou! Yeah! (Although I should note that it has felt like summer for the last couple of weeks given that we’ve been in the 80’s.. but whatev).  I’m so excited to put away the winter jackets, boots, and sweaters and bust out the flowy dresses, pretty skirts, and shorts. I also decided this year as I’m cruising into my LATE 20’s (yes husband…. I finally am willing to admit that I am rolling out of mid and heading into late 20’s… terrible) that I need to have a style that reflects my maturity [bahahah]. Actually I just want to look more put together. Here are a couple looks that I am IN LOVE with for this Spring/Summer and will totally have to try to throw together.

Turquoise and salmon with dark demin. Found on Pinterest.

Flowy salmon colored top with black shorts and gold/rose gold accessories. Love the tan and black combo. Found at Polyvore.com.

(I’m wearing this summer outfit to a couples shower I’m hosting on saturday night! It’s so stinkin cute!)

Form fitting apple green dress with orange accessories. Also from Polyvore.com

 

Striped shirt with demin shorts and pops of aqua.

Cotton yellow skirt with white tank from www.rebelattitudes.com

NOTE: The notes beneath the pics are where I FOUND the pictures, not necessarily where the prodcuts are from.

Did you guys happen to notice what my trend is? I’m HUGE on coral and salmon right now. It’s just a fun color! I’m also big on flirty, girly looks. I also must encourage you all to hop on over to www.polyvore.com to create your own looks. It’s super easy to use. You just pull your top, bottom, shoes, and accessories over and voila!

What else are some wardrobe “must-haves” for the season? I need help!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

A

Bird is the Word

30 Mar

So while I was browsing around my local Home Decorators store I saw this and decided I loved it.

Bird Jar- Home Decorators

Honestly I’m not totally sure what it is that I love about this (it’s def. not the dead flowers inside…. it was not like that in the store). I know that these little birds have been quite a trend and I kinda like it. So here are a couple of the other fab little bird pieces I’ve seen around town…. I mean… it is Spring and all. 🙂 

Bird Cages- West Elm

Bird Placemats- World MarketBird Placemats- World Market

Terra Cotta Birds- Home Decorators

Lamp Shade- Anthropologie

This little guy is unrelated, but since I took this picture while having a nice little day out with my family and it fit the post oh so well, I thought I’d share. Wasn’t he pretty?

Peacock

 (Please tell me that someone else is singing the “Bird is the Word” song from Family Guy in their head….)

Are there any other products out there that have birds that are worth mentioning?

Take it easy!

Need a Hug?

21 Mar

So it’s been a rough couple of weeks. It really has been, not to be a “Debbie Downer” (insert SNL clip of Debbie Downer skit here… cracks me up). And sometimes a girl just needs a hug. When I’m having a particularly bad week, there are many a day that I go to my local Schnucks or wherever and buy myself just a small little bouquet of flowers to make myself smile. My favorites are the little Alstroemeria’s, or Lily of the Incas.

Alstroemeria flowers

These bad boys are like $5 a bunch, last for more than 2 weeks and are so pretty. They just make me happy. I think I may have to get myself some tonight.

I’m actually pretty excited because tomorrow night I have NOTHING to do after work… you heard me… nothing and I am so pumped! I haven’t had a day to do nothing in weeks so I’m going to watch some chick flicks and get caught up on my posts because I have tons of things I want to write about. Get excited!

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week as we glide on into the 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!

Antiquing

22 Feb

Well Hey!

Whenever I have some free time, I really like just taking a couple of hours browsing around local antique malls. For some reason, I find it incredibly relaxing (most of the time… today was a little rough because there were about 6 kids running around screaming.). Most of the time I don’t buy anything, but it’s fun to look at all the items from the past. I mean… look at this stuff! Classics:

So I have a couple regular places that I visit, but to help encourage everyone to get out there and antique, I made this little map up for you with a couple that I’ve either been to, or have heard about:

Addresses

Store Name Street City State Zip
Treasure Aisles 2317 South Big Bend Blvd St. Louis MO 63143
South County Antique Mall 1308 Tesson Ferry Road St. Louis MO 63128
Kenrick Antique Mall 7435 Watson Rd #104 St. Louis MO 63119
Tin Roof Antiques 2201 McCausland Ave St. Louis MO 64143
Emporium at Warson Woods 10001 Manchester Rd St. Louis MO 63122
Big Bend Antique Gallery 2337 South Big Bend St. Louis MO 63143
White Swan Antiques 7006 Bruno Ave St. Louis MO 63143
Davis Place Antiques & Consignments 7731 Clayton Rd Clayton MO 63117
Kaleidoscope Antiques 7919 Big Bend Blvd St. Louis MO 63119

I’m sure there are dozens of other great places out there, so feel free to let me know what great antique or vintage shops are out there in this great city of ours! I’ll be sure to visit next time I’m out and about wandering.

Ciao!