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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.




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?



PS: Sorry this is such a long post!

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!

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!

DIY Valentines Day

14 Feb

Happy Valentines Day!

Now…. I don’t find myself to be a super romantic person, but I do think Valentine’s Day is a cute holiday. I also love flowers, but I find the suddenly inflated roses and other flowers kind of annoying. Anyway, here are a couple cute ideas I found while tooling around the blog-o-sphere.

Try this cute jar of “love” quotes for your sweetie that Linda over at Craftaholics Anonymous  made.

Check out these super cute cupcake wraps from Shindig Parties To Go. This tutorial could be used for other holidays and occasions too!

This pink ombre cake is so beautiful!  Too bad I’m not good enough to ever make it this pretty, but some others may be able to!

These are a great idea if you want to avoid the overpriced flowers at your local store. I just found this blog, Nuestra Vida Dulce. Super cute! Gotta give props to Joi, another St. Louis Native!

Any other ideas? I think the hubby and I are going to continue the great tradition that we begain in college of getting a Pappa Murphy’s pizza that is shaped into a heart [cue “awww” sound] and getting a flick from the Red Box. Romantic I know :).

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

DIY: Sunburst Mirror

6 Nov

Well weekends mean one thing in my house; projects!

So last weekend I finally finished a craft that I had seen at Centsationalgirl.com (an amazing read… highly recommend it) Now, usually I like to put my own little spin on stuff, and I did to an extent, but this was so great to begin with, I couldn’t think of a whole lot to change. Ta-da.. my own sunburst mirror!

Here are the materials necessary.

Step 1: Spray paint the hoop and the paint stirrers. You’ll need at least 60. I would recommend you get them little by little so you don’t look weird :). I used Krylon Brushed Metallic indoor spray paint. I was being lazy and honestly didn’t want to brush them all on by hand.

Step 2: While those were drying I took a piece of MDF the man sawed for me in a square of 10″x10″ (or 11″x11″. We can’t remember) and nailed the picture hook on the back.

Step 3: I then took the 8″ round mirror and glued it with hot glue to the other side of the MDF. I then took the hoop and glued it on top of the mirror. (Note: hot glue doesn’t work all that well on plastic. Might want to try Gorilla Glue or some kind of plastic adhesive.

Step 4: After the paint has dried on the sticks, cut with a mitre saw about half of them right at the curved part of the stick (or really whatever length you want).

Step 5: Start gluing!

Step 6: After you get around the bottom, start on the top. (Real tough I know) This layer will cover all the MDF underneath so don’t worry about it.

Step 7: Use an Exacto or small razor and cut off the glue from the mirror.

Step 8: I did use a couple of swipes of the craft paint I bought around the inside of the top sticks to give it a little depth. I think the color may have been too close to make a real difference tho.

But here it is! (Notice the super cute pillow cover I got in Rhodes, Greece? I love it!)

If these instructions aren’t super clear, see how Kate describes it here. (Her pics are much better… as well as the sunny California days in which she takes her pictures. My pics will get better.. the weather here, not so much.)

Enjoy the weekend!

DIY: Magazine Coasters

28 Oct

It’s Friday! Woo hoo!! What is the first thing you want to do on a Friday after a hard week of work? Well… for many (including myself) one of the first things that is done is to enjoy a nice adult beverage. And where are you going to put those drinks?? Here! DIY Magazine Coasters!

After seeing so many cute bowels, boxes, and other items that stores are selling made from old magazines, I thought I’d put my old mags to good use. Here’s what you need:

  • Colorful magazine pages
  • Hot glue gun and glue stick
  • Pen and scissors/paper cutter

Step 1: Pull out colorful pages from your magazine. I used a thin strip of cardstock and folded the pages around it to create even sized strips. Use the glue stick to glue these so they aren’t too thick.

Step 2: Take a pen or pencil and start rolling the strips around the pen. Use a small dob of hot glue to make the roll tight. Do this about 30 times (yuck I know). [If you want to do the other style of coaster, just start rolling and keep adding on to it. It’s pretty simple. ]

Step 3: Once you have them all rolled, begin gluing together with the hot glue in whatever shape you’d like. If you want something really specific, you may want to lay it out first before you start gluing.

Step 4: Since these are paper and absorb water, you may want to use a shellac to coat them so they won’t get ruined. I don’t know what kind… but if anyone knows let me know! For now mine will just sit on my pretty coffee table.

Cheers all!

Feminine Headboard

22 Aug

Hi! Usually after a long week (or weekend) the one place in your house that you love to go to relax is the bedroom. Often times I think it’s interesting that this is one of the last rooms decorated by people.  Usually, it’s left to the end when time, patience, and funds are usually running low. I don’t understand it! Treat yourself and make your bedroom your FIRST priority. I promise it will help you be more rested and able to tackle the rest of your house and life.

The focal point of most bedrooms is the bed; of course. So when I was piecing together my master bedroom and our bed was still just placed in front of a wall with nothing behind it, I knew I had to do something. So I got to work. I had seen a headboard from a designer  Rachel Ashwell that I loved, but realistically there was NO way I could afford it… [sigh]

So I decided to take a stab at it myself. Here were my materials/tools and here’s what I made.


  • Piece of plywood height and width desired (I used some leftover wood we had from the storage unit we torn down in our basement)
  • 3 to 4 yards upholstery fabric
  • 3 to 4 yards 2″ foam
  • Spray adhesive
  • 20+ buttons (mine were vintage from my grandmother that I spray painted glossy white)
  • Staple Gun
  • Drill and bits; Skillsaw
  • Upholstery needle and thread
  • Total Spent: Around $55 for the fabric and foam. Everything else was leftover.

Step 1: Use newspaper to create a template for the shape of the top that you’d like. Use a pencil to outline the newspaper and use the Skillsaw to cut the shape of the top. While this shape is amazing, it’s kind of hard to make it perfectly symmetrical, so keep this in mind when you are designing your shape.

Step 2: Measure how many rows of buttons you want, and measure and mark where all buttons will go. Use the drill with a slightly larger than needle size bit and drill all holes. Looking back, I probably should have made the spacing a little closer and the rows not as low since they get blocked by the pillows on the bed. Live and learn.

Step 3: Spray adhesive to front side of wood and lay down foam immediately. Use a kitchen knife and carve off the extra around the outside edges.

Step 4: Lay fabric across the  front and flip over (you may need help to do that). Then work around the edge pulling the fabric tight and staple around the entire edge.

Step 5: Standing the headboard up so it’s easier to work, tie a large knot (or use hot glue like I did) with the thread on the needle, and from the back sew through the wood, foam and fabric to hook the button. Then go back through the same hole in the wood and tie and glue the button tight.

Sorry I don’t have pictures for all this! But here’s the end product (the fabric is bright white but the yellow sheets are reflecting a little weird at the bottom.. FYI):


Maybe not perfect, but it works for us! Isn’t it pretty!?

Sleep tight!