DIY Diffuser Bracelet

Heyyyyy there!! Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done a DIY on here. It’s funny to think back to when this was mostly DIY blog. Feels like a lifetime ago. But I’m aching to have this creative outlet again. So here we are!So let’s make some (suuuuper easy) awesome bracelets. First, what’s the heck is a diffuser bracelet? It’s a bracelet that diffuses an essential oil (of your choice). How? The lava stone absorbs the oil and you benefit from aromatherapy throughout your day!Supplies:

Beads, lava stones  (diffuser bead), Stretch Magic (or other jewelry making stretch cord), Young Living Essential Oil of your choice (need some? I can get you some, message me!), spacer beads (optional), and scissors.The DIY: 

Measure cord around your wrist, cut and tie two knots on one end.

Add beads, and I also added little spacer reads (optional) because we had some here at home and I like the look. Tie a few finishing knots.

 Add Young Living Essential Oils*  – you could either add a drop directly to the lava stone (on 2-3 beads is plenty!) or use a cotton swab or a Q-tip to avoid oils from dripping off beads. *Be sure to dilute oils if needed (you can use a carrier oil such as fractioned coconut oil).

Chase put Valor and Stress Away on his. He struggles when he’s in a large group of people, so on school days especially he wears this and smell Valor whenever he needs too. Shailo wanted Valor on his as well :) I also added Stress Away to maaaaybe help him calm down just a tad. 

Everly and mommas <3 

I added Stress Away to mine and LOVE it. But you can add whatever one you’d like!

So simple right? I was worried about them breaking into a million pieces with them being so stretchy and such, but they haven’t yet and my kids each wear one to school so… enough said! ❤️

Happy FRIYAY (as the cool kids say)!

Also, speaking of DIFFUSERS… Young Living has an awesome deal that ends today. Check it out:

Find me @colourherhopeessentials for more details and great ideas!

Happily {Ever} After – Everly’s First Birthday

IMG_4567I went a little “punny” with Everly’s first birthday. Happily Ever After, ONE(ce) Upon A Time.  Whimsical, vintage, princess’y party! (Party details and DIYs below!)L30A0531 Our sweet girl! She didn’t know what to think of all of the attention at first, but soon she warmed up and became the “Belle of the ball” and LOVED the attention and ooohing and awwwing over her. She recently learned to really walk beyond just 5 steps and now walks everywhere!

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EverlyFirstBirthday_collage5BEAUTIFUL GIRL!
EverlyFirstBirthday_collage6The headband is a Claire’s brand that I stumbled upon at Toys R Us randomly! I painted the flower teal to match for her party :)
EverlyFirstBirthday_collage7Cake time!!L30A0594EverlyFirstBirthday_collage8Probably my favourite moment was her smashing her entire face into the cake! HEHE!

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(above photo taken with iphone)L30A0643… and then she bit her finger! awww.

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My sweet and me.

EverlysFirstBirthdayMy best friends and their families drove down to celebrate with us! My friend Chey (in green) is 18 weeks pregnant with her first and we are pretty much freaking out over it!IMG_4550Ever and her best friend Poe (exactly 4 months apart)IMG_4565

(above photo: taken with iPhone)

Happy first birthday, Everly Selah!

PARTY DETAILS BELOW:IMG_4569 Almost every piece of decor you saw at the party, we already had and were using as decor somewhere in our home! The little clock you see was a hand-me-down from my madre. Most of this decor was in Everly’s room already. The mirror was a splurge – I found it at a flea market in town for $8!

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I upcycled a jar into a pretty little straw holder. Lace, hot glue and some string for a bow. The fabric you see as a tablecloth is vintage material I’ve had for years. I actually had it tacked up as curtains in Everly’s room :)

The owl above was thrifted before every was born and painted gold.

Her “smash cake” was just a muffin I frosted. I might be crafty and love throwing parties… but I am no Betty Crocker. Hence, no baking for this party. :)

Everly'sFirstBirthday_3I used a lot of golden paint for this party (well, really only one acrylic bottle!)

I painted the scrabble display pieces gold, as well as the little wooden keys I snagged from Hobby Lobby.

CAKE STAND DIY: This was a super easy and fun project! I bought two unique wine glasses/goblets from Goodwill for $.99 each. I then bought the two plates you see on top of them (which came with tea cups and also were already pink and gold! $2 for each set. SCORE!) I painted the glass with two coats of gold paint. Let it dry and then I super glued the plates to the glasses! So simple and you have cute “cake stands”!

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I used a vintage suitcase we had as decor.

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I made each girly a little crown out of lace. I modge podged the lace, let it dry and then painted each side golden. I molded them into circles for crowns, and hot glued them to stay together. I then looped a piece of string through so parents could put it on their kiddo.

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(above photo: taken with iPhone)

I took a golden frame from The Dollar Tree and hot glued the fabric border to the outside. I then added lace and a cute picture of Everly inside!

10615994_939359656074244_552055445537464960_nIMG_4566The pictures you see hung up all around for the party were taken with instagram and printed with Sticky 9 (formally known as Sticky Gram).

Everly'sFirstBirthday_4I actually only used a glue gun for this project and the other banners you’ve seen, no sewing (which is great as my sewing machine is currently broken!) The DIY you can find here.

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For party favors I used burlap bags I found 50% off at Hobby Lobby and filled them with dollar store barrettes and wands, playdoh and the little armor hands you see behind, for the boys of the party!

I might say this every party, but this was truly one of the funnest parties to plan and decorate for! LOVED IT ALL!

IMG_4544Happy birthday, beautiful girl!

DIY Jersey Knot Headbands

Decided to try and pop out another quick DIY on the blog, before I “pop out” this baby FRIDAY!!

Here is a quick post to share DIY headbands for yourself or your little one!

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Choose a fabric, I haven’t yet tried cotton but mostly because I really love the jersey materials! They work well with this kind of headband as well. photo.PNGMeasurements: For a baby/toddler I cut 22″ long and a little over 4″ wide (you’ll cut the extra off)
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Once you’re finished, fold it again.
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Knot the material to your liking!! And you’re done!

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I’ve experimented with this fun project. I’ve done some wider and thinner. I like both but will really decide when I see them on our little Gal! :)

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They are so easy and quick and cute! I hope you enjoy this DIY!

The next time you see me on here, I’ll be introducing our new bundle!!

Pray for us this Friday as we’re having her via C-section around 7:30am MST!

DIY Infinity Scarf Nursing Cover

For Christmas I was gifted a infinity scarf nursing cover! It’s SO cute and really a brilliant idea, especially if – like me – you love infinity scarves.

However, I did not love the price when I heard of it. You can spend a small fortune on one or you could make 5 for the price of 1 you’d buy on Etsy (or elsewhere). I flipped mine inside out and couldn’t believe how easy it would be to make some. This week I ventured to Joann Fabrics and chose 5 prints I loved (currently 30% off!) and began trying my hand at them.

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Step 1: Pick out cute prints that you can wear with your everyday outfits. I recommend buying a yard of each but you read below (step 3) and decide for yourself.

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Step 2: Fold your material inside out so the right side is facing each other and pin along the raw edge.

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Step 3:

The nursing cover I have measured 30″ wide x 20″ long. It fits and will work for nursing, however I wanted to make mine a little bigger. I made 5 and 3 of them are 30″ x 24″ (because I ended up really liking that size personally. And 2 are 60″ wide x 30″ long, and they too are good, just personally I think a little on the bulky and large side. The choice is yours, really!

(I have extra material to make headbands and hats, etc from the shorter ones)

Step 4: (not pictured) sew the raw edge together.

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Step 5: (Optional depending on the material) I chose to sew the edge of the entire piece on some but you don’t have to. Some jersey fabrics just fold over perfectly so when you’re wearing it you don’t see the raw edge all around. photo 3-8And you’re done! SEW EASY ;)
photo 4-5This one above has a kind of subtle sparkle in it, I love it! It’s my “dressier” one.
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And pink because…. I wear a lot of black (kind of a bad habit of mine since I was a teenager) so a little colour in my life is a good thing :)

I hope this DIY was helpful and made sense. I’m by NO means a professional or even advanced sewer, but I do enjoy sewing and figuring out how to make things that are pretty.

Thanks for popping by! I hope to post another DIY soon on baby or adult jersey knot headbands!

Easter eggs (a family first)

As far as I can remember, this year was our first time dyeing Easter eggs as a family. Ted rarely has Saturdays off, but recently he has been given a few weekends with us. A fun blessing! Saturday, before Easter Sunday, we decided to try our hands at dyeing eggs with the boys. It had been years since either of us had.

It was kind of comical ;)
EasterEggs (1 of 2) We watched the Veggie Tales Easter story and got to work. Chaseyboy took it oh. so. seriously. :)
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(photo taken with my phone)EasterEggs (1 of 4)“What’s gunna work? Teeaaam work!” EasterEggs (2 of 4) I love the shots above. He’s getting so big! (He’ll be a 1 1/2 next month!)
EasterEggs (3 of 4) We dyed some and then wrote on some with colourful sharpies.
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Definitely doing this again next year. Maybe branch out and be a little more creative? Pinterest was EXPLODING with ideas!
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So pretty and fun. worth the mess and extra long bath time :)

What kinds of ways did you decorate eggs this year?! I would love to hear!

Bits + pieces: colourful playroom + bedroom

Welcome to the full room tour of the boys’ super colourful-artsy-vintage bedroom/playroom !20130324-160552.jpg20130330-091248.jpgThis room is a collection of thrifted + gifted items from over the years (the most expensive thing I paid for was the $20 orange rug from IKEA – that’s really not a bragging point, but just to say, I’m a cheap-o and also, to hopefully encourage thrifting, because I know it works! ) I started collecting vintage toys since before we were pregnant with Chase. It has always been a small dream of mine to do a vintage inspired bedroom/playroom  – if we are ever blessed with another girl I think this dream will come into fruition even more so!20130330-083743.jpgAs you enter your eyes might be a tad overwhelmed ;) It is a bit of a colour explosion.
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Chase spotted this rug at IKEA. $20 for a decent sized rug, not bad! We previously had a CARS blanket laid down for the wear and tear my boys put carpet through. Since we always rent – this rug was a nice find! It will help be a catch all for the little messes little hands can quickly make :)20130330-083725.jpgYou might remember the room tour from our previous home. I had a very specific colour pallete – which is mainly the colours you see on the 5 canvases above. Well, that all flew out the window with this room. But I have to say, I LOVE where it went; Colour galore.
20130324-160608.jpgI hung an outfit both boys wore when they were infants. I also framed one of Chaseyboy’s first toys – it was well loved as you can see ;) The cars prints are from IKEA as well as the white frames. The ‘love’ Chase painted a while back.
20130324-160600.jpgOn top of the changing table: a cute pillow friend my mom made Chase two Christmases ago. I also put their basket of musical toys up high for special times when my ears can handle the banging symbols ;)20130324-160758.jpgWe’ve barely used the changing table for what it is really for – to change kiddos. We mostly have used it for storage. I thrifted the baskets that hold Shailo’s jammies and paints/comfy clothes. The bottom drawer holds the awkward sized toys that can’t fit into bins very well.
20130330-083810.jpg20130330-083731.jpgSome art I made for the boys room with a few quotes I love.20130330-083750.jpgThe pendant banner is made of felt + string. It was decor I made for  Shailo’s 1st birthday party.
20130330-083641.jpgClouds + Shailo’s 1st year painting! Didn’t his turn out super cute?! 20130324-160632.jpgI absolutely LOVED these curtains from the moment I saw them in an IKEA catalog. They were a whopping $15. Notice, I didn’t actually hang them with a rod. I just simply hung them with pins! They have yet to be torn down and they’ve been up for months now.
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We like to call this tent the little “pirate ship cove” because… as you can see… my little pirate-lovin’ Chaseyboy houses his ships here. He and I found the first pirate ship at a thrift store for $3 and at Christmas time this year, he was gifted 2 more pirate ships. WHOA. Thankfully both of my boys are super into pirates currently (Chase’s 4th birthday party is actually pirate themed – per his request!)
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The boys cozy spot of the room. Side note: The boys room has the most beautiful natural light all. day. long. We all enjoy being in this room and I think that is a part of it. LOVE natural light.20130324-160454.jpgIt is a blessing to have both a mother and a mother-in-law who are seriously gifted in sewing. My mom has made these cute little stuffed animals for each of our kiddos!

20130324-160411.jpgMy MIL, Anisa, makes the most amazing quilts and blankets for the boys. This one beneath my feet was one she made right before Chase was born. The basket that holds their stuffed animals (seriously, don’t know how this happened, so many!)20130324-160431.jpg This is where Chaseyboy sleeps (you might remember, Shailo sleeps in our room, sometimes in his crib, mostly in our bed ;)) Chase has never had a beloved stuffed animal that he just can’t sleep without but this pillow case is his ‘must have’. Thankfully I have 2! The sock monkey blanket I thrifted and it fits for when he moves to a twin bed. The name banners I made with scrap fabric and twine. And the picture was a gift from my MIL! I spotted a smaller version at an antique mall and she surprised me and mailed this beauty to me. Brought me to tears. LOVE it. 20130330-120152.jpg

Chaseyboy also “can’t sleep” without the “rain” of the white noise maker and his turtle that puts blue stars on his wall at nighttime.

20130324-160708.jpgUnder Chasey’s bed is a mesh organizer (IKEA) that holds extra blankets and the bright bin (thrifted) holds his Dinosaur Train + characters)

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Art wall. Love this so very much. From left to right: chalk pastel art by Chase framed in a thrifted, vintage frame, a ‘you are my sunshine’ canvas I painted on Eisley’s due date – for her, next is Chase’s 1st year canvas and some photos you’ll see up close below, next is another You are my sunshine canvas – this one for the boys.20130330-110433.jpg This AMAZING piece of art is one my sister, Abie, did. She took a photo of Chase and I and re-created it with, get this, ONLY the words ‘You are my sunshine’ over and over. Isn’t that AMAZING?!20130330-083737.jpg

Up close of each of the boys’ 1st year canvases.

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Frames are from IKEA and the far right one is from Target. Photos: Chase and his friend Anthem at our Ugly Sweater Christmas Party, and then one of my FAVES of the boys from this summer – by a tractor, and another of the boys, dressed the same with a similar expression – at the Denver Aquarium.20130330-091149.jpgWe’ve all seen the crayon art on Pinterest – when it was becoming popular, a mom’s group I was a part of in Fort Collins did it! It was actually a lot of fun, mine of course, was a sun for my “sunshines” :)  Below that is Chase’s 3rd year canvas and 2nd year, above that is a small painted frame with an ultrasound photo of Shailo and above that is the quote “every cloud has a silver lining” that I printed offline a few years ago..

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Some of the collected vintage toys are able to be displayed (and played with) on their bookcase. The little red, foam car up top was Chase’s very first car! It has now been chewed and torn up but it’s one I just can’t seem to throw away! 20130324-160701.jpg

My MIL often brings us things Ted owned or made as a child. I LOVE THAT. She brought down these heavy wooden cars Ted made when he was little. This blue truck is one of them.
20130324-162004.jpgThis dresser was really nothing special. So I decided to add green and star knobs from Hobby Lobby! The mesh blue hanging organizer I thrifted but found out it is actually from IKEA! It holds dress up things and sometimes toys and stuffed animals – depending on what Chase puts in it.20130324-160737.jpgFrom left to right: The little picture frame which holds the first photo of Chase and Shailo (when he first met his baby brother) was actually made by Ted when he was a kiddo! The other painted frame – Chase and his friend Anthem each painted one before his friend moved away to Georgia recently. It holds a photo of the boys in a tent at their first sleepover! The skateboard I thrifted when Chase was a baby (hope to made skateboard shelving when they are older) and the blocks spell out our boys’ middle names.  To the right: close up of the alphabet lamp I thrifted.20130324-160833.jpgThese little white shoes were Ted’s when he was a baby! Next to it is the Willow Tree ‘brothers’ figure I bought for Christmas and a gum ball machine I added thrifted glass marbles to.20130330-094009.jpgThe closet is my LEAST favourite spot in this room and you can imagine why :) But I am thankful for this toy organizer.20130324-160444.jpgI thrifted both the toy organizer and this vintage shelving! I love the little vintage print with the train and fox.
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I made this pinterest inspired organizers “for the boys” this Christmas. It has been a HUGE help. I bought the little wooden creatures from Hobby Lobby for around .50-.67 a piece. I painted the wooden door hangers, and used scrap fabric to hang them. The letters are foam stickers. And the ‘months’ was written with a silver sharpie marker.20130324-160616.jpg

Laundry basket from, you guessed it, IKEA. :)

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As you exit, you’ll always see this little sign on the door. Yes, indeed :)

Annnnd… just to keep it real… YES, I did clean their room for the photos and this is actually what it looks like 90% of the time…

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Have a happy Saturday and a wonderful Easter Sunday!

DIY kid’s art display

I am excited to share  a simple DIY to display your kiddos art, or really, whatever you’d like :) Last week, I had the boys’ art strung on a piece of yarn tied between thumb tacks. It worked, yes, but for some time I’ve wanted to create a better display and when I received gift cards to Hobby Lobby for my birthday, I found the perfect frames and began! It seriously takes no time at all! Stay, especially if you have a little artist on your hands :) (and please excuse the horrible lighting and quality of these photos… I may just be speaking to my photographer hubby who I know will see this ;))

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Supplies used:

Frames (you could use a regular and painted one if you’d like) – I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for 40% off of $8 each

Paint – colour of your choice

Paint brushes

Glue gun

Mini clothes pins

Stickers (or a Cricut to cut out your own)

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Step 1: paint and let it try

Step 2: Pick a word, quote or saying and place stickers

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Step 3: Glue clothes pins  (measure and mark ahead of time – so they are even. Mine aren’t because I didn’t think that through)

Step 4: Print photos and add to frames

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The aprons  – one was a gift for Chase and we recently painted it. Shailo’s was $1.19 on sale at Hobby Lobby!
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It is fun to display their art in a place for them to admire or show daddy and friends who come by. When we take down the art – I am so that mom who saves everything but recently started using an app called ArtKive which is amazing!

Hope you are inspired

Simple home decor

 Today’s DIY decor is a piece of art for those who need simple and quick …and a plus, reasonably priced!

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Supplies used:

8×10 frame – Wal-Mart Mainstays frame under $2.

scrap book paper

flashcard (could use a photo or a quote as art)

paper cutter

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1. trace mat from the inside of the frame to size the paper correctly

2. cut

3. place inside frame

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Hope you’re inspired!

Happy Sunday!

bits + pieces: our bedroom

Confession: in any of the homes we’ve lived in during our 5.5 years of marriage, this is the first home in which I fully decorated our bedroom! I realized that it is kind of our oasis and it tends to be overlooks and usually is our messiest room of the house. The “catch all”.

Well, when we moved into this house (almost a year ago) I said I would make it just that: an oasis.  In the fall we swapped our master bedroom (our largest bedroom in the house) with our office/craft room (smallest bedroom) so we could be near Chase’s room which at the time we were across the house from him.

Over the past few years I’ve slowly collected this or that “vintage” or “eclectic” specifically for our room. This weekend I finally “finished” the basic decorating in our bedroom. Here are bits + pieces of what our little room looks like…

20130216-145119.jpgThis dresser is from my mother’s childhood. I absolutely love it and even though there are all kinds of tutorials for how to update old dressers, I just can’t bring myself to do it. Love it the way it is. I found the old springs on the side of the road and for now it holds Ted’s ties. I have a another plan for this, but it’ll take me a little more time. (the closet space is actually used to store things, so it is nice because we rarely have to get into it)

20130216-145051.jpgBrass lion heads…Love ’em.
20130216-145109.jpgThe inside of this beautiful vintage frame was actually fabric that had water damage. The fabric texture felt like canvas so I tried painting it a spa blue and was thrilled to see it worked! Also, don’t you just LOVE the details of this frame?
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Right before Ted and I began dating, I made him this shadow box for his birthday. When we started dating I noticed he has dried and kept a small flower I had given him months before. BAH, love that he’s sappy-sweet like that :) He’s kept this shadow box over the years, it has even survived a fall onto tile!
20130216-151452.jpgI found chevron print curtains on Urban Outfitters that I loved, however, the price… not so much. So I decided to make my own! I was so excited to find a chevron print to go with our bedroom!
20130216-145152.jpgThis beauty (that currently holds our towels and guest blankets, etc) cost me $20 at a garage sale! In our previous home it was used as a pantry since we didn’t have an actual pantry. The umbrella is from Thailand. The frame was thrifted and painted. The pallet behind, of Jesus’ hands, was a gift. The ‘D’ still needs to be spray painted to look metal, but for now… :)
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The old books are mine: a book of poems and an old Streams in the Desert and My Utmost for His Highest. The amazing old jar was filled with glass marbles (which are used as decor in the boys room in an old gum ball machine) only cost me $4! 20130216-144936.jpg

This old door I picked out of someone’s trash. The neighbors near them stared awkwardly as I lifted this BEAST of a door into my mini van. I have no regrets, I love her, broken glass and all. I have a plan for this as well… just for now, she simply holds a broken but pretty wreath!20130216-155816.jpg (The ONLY red in our bedroom is on this wreath. For those of you who’ve followed my blog or know me at all, you know this is huge. You could say, I’m typically a red-aholic. Teal – or more specifically here – spa blue, you cannot keep me away from apparently ;))

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Headboard made from a room divider I bought at a garage sale for $5. I just added chalkboard paint and our ‘You + me’ banner.

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I would still love to add some more photos but I am so very thrilled to have wedding photos hung! WHAT? It has only taken me 5.5 years haha
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It is a work in progress but I must say this feels pretty good to have it oasis-like instead of our grungy-catch-all room!

Thanks for popping by, hope you are inspired by our room tour!

why you {should} buy that ugly thrift store decor.

Thrift stores have a ton of wood – all different shapes and sizes. Some with weird quotes or sayings, some with cheesy holiday paintings, etc. But oh the possibilities!

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Here are a few reasons and ideas for WHY you should buy that ugly decor…

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Yes, yet another chalkboard project, hehe. I’m obsessed. This gift was for our dear friends who got engaged over Christmastime!

I used a drill and added knobs I bought from Hobby Lobby so this can be used to hang keys or jewelry, etc.

diys (5 of 9)My sister is also getting married this year (August!)

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She used this as decoration at her engagement party :)

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Supplies used (for the above projects):

-thrifted wood

-chalkboard paint (pictured above) -this particular kind I have found is my personal favourite! SO incredibly smooth. It is expensive but you wouldn’t believe how far a little bottle can go. $5/6 Hobby Lobby (probably any hobby store – and use a coupon! :)) and ALWAYS let the chalkboard paint dry for at {least} 24 hours preferably 48 hours before using it.

-stickers for the words – make them yourself or buy. I made mine with a Cricut.

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-chalk – you can buy an assortment of coloured or white chalk (boxes) at Hobby Lobby for just $2 (for 48 pieces). You can either give an entire box (12 pieces) or use little baggies like I do with just a few pieces with the gift you’ve made them.

DIY gifts for grandparents (or other possibilities!) 

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supplies used:

-thrifted wood

-mini canvases

-printed photos (wallet size)

-modge podge

– mini hooks (painted then screwed into wood) bag of 8 for $2

-ribbon (used hot glue to attatch them so the canveses to hang)

-stickers (I used my cricut but you could buy them)

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My mom sings this song with Chase often so we thought this would be a cute idea :)diyblog
The above was for my mother-in-law. I am kind of regretting not doing something a little more in the middle – like a cute quote. This was for her office so she could see her grand babies everyday (she lives in AK.)

Supplies used:

-This particular project I actually did {NOT} thrift the wood – here is an example of a time it was cheaper to use a coupon and visit a hobby store (it also came with little hooks to hang it)

– ribbon

-photos printed – wallet size

-little mini frames (that actually had little canvases in them which I used for the above gift for my mom) Hobby Lobby $2.80 a piece but used for 2 gifts.

– little hooks (I just screwed them into the bottom of the wood)

-stickers or Cricut and vinyl

Other thrifted items turned gifts:

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Left: Gift for my grandparents for their front yard.  Right Top: Jewelry holder for my sister Abie (knobs from Hobby Lobby) Right Bottom: I found a HUGE beer lid and couldn’t pass it up. Made this for my future brother-in-law.

Some things to look/look out for while sorting through thrift store decor:

-Look for ones with a way to hang the piece. Obviously you wouldn’t want to pay more on a piece of wood from a thrift store than one at a hardware or hobby store. The plus about thrifting it – even if the price may be similar to a blank piece you could buy – most of the time the thrifted piece already has a way you could hang the decor.

– Look out for paintings that aren’t smooth on the wood. Because you would most likely paint or modge podge, etc on the wood you would want to be sure the surface is flat. Sanding is an option too, but a little more work for you.

-Look for deals within the thrift store. After holidays most thrift stores put their holiday decor 50% off and I’ve even seen it 75%! This is a perfect time to search for pieces of wood to repurpose.

(not many tips, but I hope that helps)

Below is a photo to show that I DO indeed fail at things I try to create… I tend to show the things that have worked… well, here ya go ;)…20130123-103231.jpg

My friend Brittany and I attempted to make the Starbucks peppermint cake pops. BAHAHAHAHA.

Thanks for popping by! Hope you are inspired and that you look like you have HORRIBLE taste when you now buy that ugly thrifted decor you once turned away from.

Hehe.