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June 24, 2015

Dollar Store & Scrap Wood Collage Frame


I've gone round and round on what exactly to call this post but I finally just settled on stating it exactly as it is. 

This is a project I've had in my head for a while now and when summer break finally hit, I finally had the time & energy to put it into action. 

It all started with some black and white cheap prints that were taken at none other than Chuck. E. Cheese. Back when the rain was non-stop, we were desperate for some indoor fun and the kids begged to go. They have this silly photo 'drawing' booth where you can get your picture sketched and printed for one token. Me and hubby had taken Baby Girl in it and gotten a couple cute pics but weren't even going to attempt the older kids because they are so over the picture taking these days. 

We were happily surprised when they came running up to use later with their own pictures they had taken together!!! Then they begged for family ones and I couldn't pass that up. 

So we left happy, tired & with a stack of super cute black and white 'sketches' that I just knew had to turn into something amazing for the house. 


Don't you love when something comes out so much better than what you even pictured in your head??
That was definitely this project for me. 

It took a while for all the pieces to fall into place but once I found the perfect things to use, it was completely worth the wait!!!

I knew I wanted a 'gallery' frame of sorts but wanted simple frames to show off the pictures.
And I didn't want to pay a small fortune for nine frames. 

I kept my eye out at Hobby Lobby, Michaels and even Walmart for some frames that fit what I wanted and never found anything.
Then, running into the Dollar Store one day, I struck gold.
Literally :) 



I found the perfect gold frames and no paint needed. 
Although if you do find the size & shape you like, don't be afraid to spritz them with your favorite colored spraypaint for instant color satisfaction!! 

I also like that these were super lightweight since I was going to be adding them to a wooden background that would be heavy enough on it's own. 

So here's the supply breakdown if you want to recreate your own collage frame: 
Supplies needed: 
*Nine frames in your choice of size (mine were Dollar Store) 
*Desired photos/prints
*Velcro circles (Hobby Lobby) 
*Hot Glue Gun
*Scrap wood pieces
*Supplies to hang your piece afterwards (make sure you get something sturdy enough for however much yours weighs in the end) 

First things first, prep your frames. 
Mine didn't need to be painted but if yours do, go ahead and get that done. 
Then I gently tore off the easels on the backs of my frame. 
Mine were super easy since they were just cardboard and came off very easily. 
Some require a little more elbow grease. 


Next, gather your photos that you want to use. 
If you're like me and are using the cute prints from Chuck E Cheese, I wanted a way to display them without that red border around each of them. 
So I carefully trimmed each picture with a straight edge cutter and cut each of the borders off. 

Then I simply backed each picture with a piece of white cardstock that filled the inside of the frame. 
This created the look of having a matte around the photo without having to pay for one :) 
Fill your frames & set them aside for later. 

Now onto the wooden frame. 


For my frame, I used a bunch of scrap wood planks that I had salvaged from someone throwing away parts of an old fence. 
It's lightweight and was perfect for this project! 

To get an accurate size, lay your frames out on the boards and then measure out how far past the frames you want them to go. 
Use a table saw to cut them to size. 


My boards were a grey/green color so after cutting them down and attaching them together across the back, I took some glossy white paint and painted the entire frame. 
This is where you can get creative with it and paint it whatever color you want, stencil it, stain it... the possibilities are all over the place!! 

After it's painted, distress if desired and then gather your frames to start putting it all together!!


You can go two routes while putting your frame together....
1. Put the frames on it 'permanently' by using hot glue on the backs of the frame to attach them. 
or 
2. Use velcro strips/dots on the backs of the frame to make them removable if you even want to change your prints out. 

If you go the velcro route, my suggestion is to still add a dab of hot glue on the sticky backs before adding them to increase the sturdiness of them. 
They tend to pull off if not reinforced. 


Add your frames to your wooden frame and then stand back to admire your gorgeous finished product!!! 


I'm so incredibly happy with how this little project turned out. 
And so so glad that I didn't give up on when I wasn't finding the right frames for so long. 

I added a cute quote printable in the middle of our frame that I feel like completely sums up those captured moments :) 



The gold & white colors are completely on par with my slight obsession with these colors lately :) 
Since the wood was a roadside find, the total cost of this piece was a whopping 9$ for the frames!! 

And it was a great piece to refresh some of my wall space that had been looking the same for far too long. 
I love walking down the hall and seeing those sweet faces looking at me!! 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on our new piece of art!!

Let me know on Facebook or in the comments below :) 

Do you have a stack of pictures just waiting to be made into a cute custom collage frame?? 
Break them out and get to it. You can't beat 9$ for a frame, right??

Hope you enjoyed & see you soon friends!!




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June 05, 2015

Summer Succulent Wreath



Guys!! 
It's summer!!!!!

At least around these parts it is :)

It's finally starting to heat up like a typical Arkansas summer and school is officially out.
I've had several days of professional development to finish but I pretty much feel like I'm on break and it is amazing.

I love being home with the kids and having time during the day to work on projects, clean the house and keep things under control.
It's bliss.

And GUESS WHAT??!?!? 
 I FINALLY have time to get back to blogging a bit! 

I really have been focused on learning more about sewing and working with my embroidery machine...which I haven't shared much here on the blog.

I definitely can try to start sharing some more of my embroidery projects here if you want but they aren't exactly something easy to replicate if you don't have an embroidery machine.
But the projects are super cute so maybe I'll a habit of posting once a week about some of the finished things :) 

Anywho.

I did finish a beautiful summer/spring wreath several weeks ago...maybe a couple months ago.
And I've been dying to share it with you.


Didn't it turn out gorgeous??

I have quite a collection of wreaths going on right now but some of my very first wreaths have seen better days so I've been pulling them out of the stash to give them new looks.

I wanted something with a splash of greenery in it for summer this year and I finally stumbled on some inspiration at none other than the Dollar Store.

Here's the breakdown of what was used: 


Supplies: 
*Wreath Form (I like to get mine from Hobby Lobby) 
*Yarn (I used a chunky yellow) 
*Wooden name/sign (mine was purchased on Groopdealz
*Felt flowers
*Button cover kits (from Hobby Lobby) 
*Dollar Store Succulents
*Hot Glue Gun


My main source of inspiration started with the cute, tiny little succulents I stumbled on at the Dollar store. 
I'm obsessed with these cute little plants and couldn't believe it when I found several of them on the shelves there for a buck.

Hobby Lobby sells bigger ones and they aren't bad if you catch them on sale. 
But these were perfectly light-weight enough for adding to a wreath. 

The felt flowers I just threw together. There are tons of tutorials for them all over the place, just search them on Pinterest and you'll have a gazillion ideas for them.
I kept mine simple & added covered buttons in the middle of them to finish them off. 


I kept holding off on putting the wreath together because my wreath form was pretty large so I knew that it needed something else to show off in the middle of it all.

I ordered this customized wooden name off my fave site in the world- Groopdealz.com
 I'm a tad addicted.

You can get cute wooden signs & plaques at both Michaels and Hobby Lobby too.
Go with whatever makes you happy :) 

I stained my sign first with dark walnut so that it would show after it was distressed.
Then used my favorite glossy white spraypaint to add a topcoat.
Sand it down a bit and you're ready for it to become the focal point of your wreath.


Here's a quick step-by-step to guide you through: 

1. Cover your wreath form with your desired fabric, yarn or ribbon.
I chose to wrap mine in a thick yellow yarn. 
This part takes the longest so be patient and sit down with your favorite show :) 

2. Paint/make your flowers.
If you're adding a wooden sign, go ahead and paint it and have it ready.
Then either make or buy some fun felt or fabric flowers to add.
The succulents pop easy out of their tiny pots and I just snipped their stem off with some heavy duty scissors.

3. Position your desired items around the wreath the way you think you'll want them.
I always play with my design before gluing/pinning down so I can fix it the way I want. 

4. Once you have the positioning down, go ahead and whip out your glue gun.
I used tiny sewing pins to add my flowers so I can change them up later.
I used dots of hot glue to adhere the succulents and wooden name sign.

5. Add a wide ribbon at the top of the wreath to hang it from and you're finished!! 



In addition to the cute little succulent plants I found at the Dollar Store, I also added in a few Hobby Lobby succulent 'branches' to the wreath.
I felt like they added a little more variety and interest to it. Made it fuller. 


I'm so in love with the bright pops of color and gorgeous greenery in this summer wreath!!
A word of caution, if your front door gets tons of direct sunlight, be aware that the plastic succulents may fade.
I have a glass door in front of my wreath and it doesn't get tons of direct sunlight so it's been holding up great. 
But just a word of warning :) 

Hope you guys love my spring/summer wreath as much as I do!!
Go dig through your stashes, browse the aisles of your favorite stores and get some inspiration for summer!! 

I have so many awesome projects to share that I finally have time to get on here so keep checking back!!
Happy Friday friends!!



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May 13, 2015

DIY Spring Floral Banner

Hey there friends!!

I know my posts have been few & far between and, honestly, I'm just in survival mode to finish out the rest of the school year and still remain sane. 
Actually, I'd be fine just finishing- not sure if the sane part will happen :) 

We have two weeks of school left (three if you include my professional development week) and I am counting down the days to summer very very eagerly!!

In the meantime, I HAVE been pumping out bunches of new projects and parties that I can't wait to share. 
Little man turned eight a few weeks ago and we threw the best Pokemon party ever and I plan on sharing details (and printables!) very soon!

However, I have been sharing a free printable each month over at the lovely Mine for the Making blog where my sweet friend, Kara, is. 
This month I shared a colorful print with the fun quote "Bloom Where You are Planted". We are trying to instill attitudes of gratefulness in our kids lately and this has been a big mantra in my heart lately to do your best, with your best attitude, no matter the circumstances. 

After making the fun prints, they inspired me to create a fun little spring banner with the pretty in pink version and I wanted to share how quick & easy it was to throw together.

We are talking about five minutes- ten if you count how long it takes the glue gun to heat up :) 


And you'll end up with the cutest little floral banner ever!! 

Supplies needed: 
Scrapbook paper (or fabric) of choice
Printable- Bloom Where You are Planted print found here
Ribbon
Hot glue gun
Scissors


First things first, head over to Mine for the Making to print your free Bloom print (there are tips & tricks for getting the best results included in the blog post) and cut to your desired width/length.
I printed mine as a 5x7 and then free-handed the triangle pennant shape with scissors. 

Then use your scrapbook paper or fabric and cut the remaining pennant pieces out. Cut as many as you need to get the length that you want for your banner.
I was able to get several pieces out of each piece of scrapbook paper so it goes pretty far :) 

Glue your banner pieces to your desired ribbon and voila! The easiest (and cutest) little banner you ever did see!!



I've been looking for a good excuse to use the cute floral & gingham papers I found at Hobby Lobby for a while and love how they look on this cute banner.

I'm definitely planning a cute photo shoot with baby girl using this in the backdrop very soon! 













I'm loving using little splashes of pink in my spring decor lately and love how easy this banner was to put together! 
I haven't had time for big projects lately so this was just the ticket to get done in the evening after work for a little craft therapy. 

I've got big ideas in the works coming up soon and you'll be seeing a lot more of me this summer- pinky swear. 

Thank you for being so patient with me, sweet friends. Hope your week is going fantastic!!



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April 20, 2015

Cinderella Inspired Spring Printables


Hey there friends!!

I don't know about you but I've been enjoying soaking up the sunshine the past week or so!!
We go in and out with rainy days but the sunshine-y ones have been amazing!!

All this pretty spring weather got me in the mood to create a spring inspired Cinderella print just for you guys!!!

Aren't they gorgeous???



They are the perfect spring pop of color to add to your spring decor!!! 

I'm sharing these pretties over on the lovely Mine for the Making today so head over to download your favorite :) 

I hope you guys are enjoying this pretty weather (and hopefully it's gorgeous wherever you are!) 

I'm in full counting down to the end of the school year mode so that I can have the summer off to spend with my sweet kids & finally share some of the projects I've been piling up for you guys!!

Hope you guys are having a great week!!


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March 30, 2015

Turquoise Hexagon End Table Redo

This week is finally start to shape up like spring.
Even though we just ended our spring break yesterday.
Get with it Arkansas. 

We had a burst of cold weather Saturday and then beautiful weather yesterday.
I'm trying not to get my hopes up that this pretty weather will stick.
But I sure hope it does!!

I had to convince my kids that 65 degree weather did not, in fact, mean we could go swimming.
They insisted on putting on their swimsuits and dipping their feet in the kiddie pool anyways.
And, well,it was spring break.

I'm trying to get back into the groove of things with work starting back up this week...but they threw a curve ball at us and are adding 72 minutes onto our school days to make up for snow days. And that extra hour to the end of the day is a doozy.

But I figured I'd kick off this week with a gorgeous spring-y furniture transformation.

I did this piece last year and it was one I was intending on selling...and then I just loved it to much.
So we basically did a living room redecoration in order to make it work. 
I love those kinds of projects :) 

Here's the little cutie before it's makeover...


The two-toned colors leave a lot to be desired but it had amazing bones to work with!
I'm obsessed with these little hexagon/circle shaped tables and the details on the doors of this one are hardly visible in it's original shape. 

Check out those door details now...


 I mean, come on.
There's not even a question as to how much better it looks with a beautiful coat of paint on!
The details on the doors completely pop now & it makes an outdated little number shoot right back in to modern & cute. 


I believe I scored this end table at a yard side for around 5$. It sat in my garage forever before I finally decided to get inspired by it.

It had quite a few scratches and gouges around the edges of the table that were easily fixed up with a couple layers of wood putty. 
I sanded the whole thing smooth and then painted several coats of an 'oops' paint I picked up at Lowes. 


It's a flatter sheen than I usually try and use but still came out with a gorgeous color and finish.
I used Minwax finishing wax to seal it and make it feel oh so smooth. 
Then the brass handles were given a coat of oil-rubbed bronze spraypaint to liven them up a bit. 


This little table caused a big uproar in our back living room because once it was painted, I was too in love with it to sell it.
My sweet husband readily agreed to help me change a few things in order to be able to make it work in color scheme for the back living room.
Which involved painting several other pieces so the blue wouldn't clash.

So glad that he puts up with my craziness :) 


It was the perfect addition to my favorite little reading nook area which got a makeover because of the little blue table. 
You can get more details about the nook here


I absolutely love the bright turquoise paired with whites & pops of yellow! 
It was definitely meant to live with us and I'm so glad we were able to make it work for our space!!

Check out the before & after transformation...definitely a 'blah' to 'glam' moment!!






I've said it a million times but it holds true again & again...

the power of paint is an amazing thing and it never ceases to amaze me how it can transform something that you would never glance at twice to one of your favorite pieces in your house!!

Now that painting weather is finally looming near, I can't wait to get some more projects going!

What do you think of my little turquoise table? 
Have plans on redoing any pieces soon? 


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March 12, 2015

Glammed Up Dollar Store Bunny Ears!


So this was one of those projects that started out on a total whim. 
Me and little man were hunting for faux succulents in our local Dollar Store and some cute sequined bunny ears caught my eye.

I didn't think much about them but thought they were adorable and could have some great potential so I threw them in the basket and kept going.
I actually scored a whole bunch of awesome things on my last shopping trip that I can't wait to share.

But guys...
when I actually sat down tonight and threw together this little 'on the whim' project, I couldn't believe how adorable they turned out!!!
                                                         


Can you believe those are bunny ears from the Dollar Store?!?!

I'm seriously in cuteness overload with them.
But I think I perpetually stay that way with little miss around. 
Everything is cute when it's tiny :) 
And girly.
And with sequins & bows.

So these didn't have a chance. 

So you're probably thinking that this project is cute and all...but you don't have a fancy schmancy embroidery machine to do a monogram.
Well mine isn't it fancy, but I do have one.



Butttt guys, 
Hobby Lobby & Michaels have really upped their game with iron-on decals lately.
So grab up a couple of iron-on monograms and jazz your ears up in a couple of minutes!
Since they won't get dirty like clothes, you won't have to worry about washing them so if the iron doesn't seem up your alley, whip out that hot glue gun.
Glue on your monogram, add a cute little bow or other embellishments and you have the cutest pair of bunny ears ever seen in a matter of minutes.





Here's the run-down in a quick list: 
1. Grab some bunny ears (I've seen them everywhere from the Dollar Store to Kroger to Hobby Lobby).
2. Use iron on decals to create a monogram or initial. 
Either iron them on or hot glue them on. 
3. Embellish with cute bows, flowers, etc. 
I put a tiny dab of hot glue on the back of my bow so in case I want to take it off later. 


I'm obsessed with my embroidery machine and most things aren't safe around the house when it comes to getting personalized!!

But how cute will your little bunny be in these come Easter Egg Hunting time??
And with a completion time in under five minutes, it's worth every minute!! 

Are you needing some glammed up Bunny Ears in your life? 



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