DIY Headband Holder: Tuesday Talk 2016 V2

Hello my name is Beth and I love organization.

So you can imagine the horror, eye rolls, sighs and eye twitches that this drawer in my girls’ bathroom was causing me. Seriously, sometimes I couldn’t even get the drawer to open.

What started off as a clever idea to put the headbands in the basket morphed into a wicked tangled web of chaos. Because 8 pink headbands isn’t enough, obviously. My girls wear A LOT of headbands.

*Insert girl mom tip: The best place to buy headbands is Childrens Place. I can often pick them up on clearance for .80-2.00 and I get free shipping too!

There had to be a way to turn this disaster into something pretty and organized.

And it turns out there is. 

The best part is I crafted this simple headband holder in about 20 minutes out of things I already had laying around the house (after raiding my craft cabinet).

To make your own here is what you need!

Pedestal, I used a candle stick holder

Oatmeal container

Rope or ribbon

Burlap to cover

Plenty of hot glue

Carboard

Brown construction paper

The first thing I did was cover the lid. To do this I traced a circle slightly larger than my lid, and glued it on securing the edges with more glue. I already had plans to go around the edge with the rope so I didn’t have to be too careful. 

Next I went to cover the container. However, I discovered the burlap was a bit sheer and I could still see the oatmeal design. So before covering I wrapped the container with brown construction paper.
Now I was ready! I cut the seam as straight as I could and glued it on calling the seam area the back of my project.
The top excess I shoved in the container and the lid fit snugly and securely on.
To finish the bottom I cut slits and glued them down individually as neatly and tightly as I could.

I added a piece of cardboard to the bottom for added stability and glued the pedestal on.
I found it to be a bit wobblier than I wanted so I wend around the base with the hot glue gun a couple of times trying to create more stability and security. It worked perfectly!
I added some more rope around the bottom and a piece of mustard burlap for decoration.
I later realized that doing this was kind of pointless since you can’t really see it but hey, I already had it lying around.
 My project was complete.
The finished project holds about 14 -15 headbands. 
I definitely think I will be making another one of these in the next year or two. 
I also love that the headbands are neatly displayed and easy to find.
No more rummaging through the drawers looking for a certain one.
Projects like this make the organizer in me smile and breathe a huge sigh of relief.
Have you organized anything lately?

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Snack Size Cookie Snowman {Gift Tutorial & Printable}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiftDeliciously #CollectiveBias
Tis the season for gift giving!
I absolutely LOVE Christmas! The decorations, the festivities, the PRESENTS! Being able to show others that we are thinking about them during this special time of the year is always something that I am looking to do in an affordable and creative way.
And that is exactly what I want to share with you today.
The other day I was walking around my local Walmart when I spotted these snack size cookie packs. They were perfect! Not only are they affordable, but they also come in everyone’s favorites. With flavors like Chips Ahoy!, OREO, RITZ, Nutter Butter & Double Stuf OREO, you are sure to find something for everyone. Plus they are conveniently located in front of the checkouts making them easy to find as you finish up your holiday shopping.

I loaded up on cookies and crafting supplies before heading home. I was so excited to get to work. 
To recreate this snowman in your home, you just need a few simple materials
Snack size cookie packs
Roll of white paper
Pom poms
Pipe cleaners
Buttons
Felt
Orange foam
 Black permanent marker
Hot glue gun
Tape
Scissors
Let’s begin!
1) Wrap The boxes in white paper. I used a white roll of craft paper.
2) Cut a 1″ strip of felt and glue it around the box, attach it at the back corner and cut to fit.
3) Carefully add the buttons. I found it easiest to add the glue directly to the button and attach.
4) Cut a small nose out of the orange foam, attach with glue and use a black permanent marker to draw the mouth. 
5) Using two pom poms and half a pipe cleaner, attach the pipe cleaner to the snowman with glue then top with a pom pom on both sides of the snowman’s head. 
6) Take a piece of felt that is 1″ wide by about 6″ long, fringe the edges, fold in half and tuck under the scarf. You can secure with a dot of glue.
7) To make the arms cut a pipe cleaner in half, then cut a 1″ section off each half. Take the 1″ section and wrap it around the longer arm piece to form the snowman’s hand.

8) Tuck the arms under the scarf and secure with a dot of glue.
9) Print off gift tag (see download below).
Now you are ready to share the love and #GiftDeliciously
These simple cookie snowmen are the perfect stocking stuffer. They also make a creative gift for friends, neighbors, teachers, co-workers, pre-schools or even the mail man.

You can  download the “snow” amazing gift tags here.

Tape it to the snow man’s hand or stick it to his back to add a personal touch.
To find even more creative stocking stuffer ideas, be sure to check out this link!
Which cookie box would you like to receive? 
Chips Ahoy!, OREO, RITZ, Nutter Butter or Double Stuf OREO?
I know asking you to pick just one is almost impossible, but go ahead and try. 

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Chalk Board Love

It all started  a few months ago…

I always knew that when we had a home school room a chalkboard would be a must have addition. I didn’t even want it for the expected classroom reasons. I wanted a chalkboard for doodling and just having fun. I don’t think I ever imagined that I would be the artist. 

A couple weeks later I did my first chalkboard.

 I was instantly hooked. I knew my plan of changing the chalkboard every month would not be enough.
Since August I have been creating a new piece every week.
 
Here is a look back at a few of my favorites.
 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been so awesome to watch my skills improve over the past few months.

Every week I post my chalkboards on Instagram and I have received a lot of questions.
I thought it would be fun to answer them today.

The question I get asked the most is what kind of chalk do I use?
I use .47 a box plain white chalk that I pick up at Wal-Mart

Do I grid out my design?
Sometimes I use a ruler to figure out where the center is or as an edge for a straight line but I do not grid or trace. It is 95% free hand.
 
How does it look so clean?
I really wipe down my board good before starting and try to keep my work space clean.
I use wet q-tips to refine any details that need extra attention. 
 
How do I get good details with plain chalk?

Did you know that you can sharpen chalk with a pencil sharpener ;)?!

Where did I get my chalkboard?
I made it with MDF trim boards, a free piece of thin backer board that I picked up from the hubby’s work and a staple gun. Chalkboards are SO easy to make. Be creative and save your money.

Some day I may share a few more details or a how too when I feel like I have refined the chalkboard skills. But until then I’ll keep on doodling and sharing my boards on IG.
 

Happy Sunday friends!

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DIY Hoop Canopy {Tutorial}

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Becky from BYBMG, Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls, Whitney from Polka-Dotty Place, Elizabeth from All Kinds of Things, Tara from Mrs.Coach Sims, Keri from Living In This Season, Sarah from Abiding In Grace, Lauren from Simply Free , Emily from Morning Motivated Mom, and Jessica & Katie from Sweet Little Ones, Christina from Waltzing In Beauty, Amy from Go Forth and Mother & Michelle from Grammie Time

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Today I want to share a simple, easy, DIY project that is fit for a princess and the perfect addition to any little girls bedroom or play space.

This project started with me browsing on Pinterest WAY to much before taking my first trip to IKEA.The good news is it’s quick, easy and pretty inexpensive. A win in my book!

Supplies needed are and embroidery hoop. Any size will do but I of course went with the largest I could find 23″ (If you buy from Hobby Lobby don’t forget to use a 40% off coupon). 3-4 panels of Sheer curtains, I used Lill curtains from Ikea. If you want an open feel in the front you can add a valance instead of the 4th panel. White spray paint, and some way of hanging your hoop. I am a HUGE fan of command hooks but you may need to use screw in hooks for a better hold against little hands. 

The first step is to spray paint your hoop white. If you chose to use colored sheers I would spray paint it a complimentary color to whatever you chose.

Next you add your curtains. 

*Helpful tip: I found the edge of the hoop to be a bit rough making it hard to slide them on so I covered the end with some foil and they slipped on much easier.

I used 3 panels. I planned on putting it over a bed and wanted the front more open. If you were using it for a reading nook or wanted a more closed appearance you could use all 4 panels and not add a valance.

Next I added the valance. The connector for the hoop made it a bit odd so I simply folded the edge between the two rings before tightening.

There are SO many possibilities with this project. Valances, fabric, tulle you could do all kinds of things.

Then I tied four loops of string around the inside ring for easy hanging. I didn’t snap a photo of this step but you will see what I did in the next picture.

With everything in place tighten the nut on your hoop so the fabric is secured between the rings.

 

Now it is time to hang. I used 4 Command hooks. I realize this approach may not work well for everyone but so far so good in our home. If command hooks won’t work you can go with screw hooks instead.

And just like that, your done.

The perfect additions for any little princess’ room.

Are you working on any DIY projects?

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Dining Room Makeover Reveal

Several weeks ago I gave some details on a couple room remodels we were getting ready to work on. With a few weeks and some hard work we now have one of the rooms finished. As for the other room… we haven’t even started. I could choose to be disappointed or I could just be happy we have made some progress!

Today I am going to do the first room reveal, our dining room. 

Before I get started I want to say that a little paint can go a LONG way. The only thing that was changed in this make over was the paint color and the decorative items.

Let’s see what you think of the difference.

Before

After


Before


After

See what I mean?

For paint we chose Behr’s “Wheat Bread”. it is pretty much the best color of graige ever.

Russell built the mirrors for Mothers Day. We used cheap door mirrors from Walmart and he made them new bulkier frames.

I made some Chevron Arrows from a pallet I had lying around. They aren’t perfect but I love them.

And I accidentally found this print at Hobby Lobby while picking up some hardware for the mirrors. If you have seen the rest of our house you know that this picture ties in perfectly.

The new colors coupled with the addition of the mirrors make this space feel much larger and more welcoming. It also flows better with the rest of the house.

Less focus on putting the color on the walls more focus on adding a few splashes of it here and there throughout our home.

I am loving the new dining room. 

My only regret is not doing it sooner.

I can’t wait to tackle the school room next.

Have you done any remodeling lately?

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Tuesday Talk: DIY Camera Strap {Tutorial}

Welcome to week 2 of Tuesday Talk.
First off, we were thrilled with how many of you linked up for our first week.

Thank you! 
We hope you will keep coming back week after week.

Now as promised yesterday here is my latest DIY project

Recently I became tired of my camera strap. It was unattractive, uncomfortable and just plain boring. That combination was no fun at all. So after some creative thinking and a little research I came up with a great idea to make a new strap. This project is easy, inexpensive and requires no special tools or skills. 

Does it get any better than that? 

Supplies needed:
Infinity scarf measuring anywhere from 32-35″ folded in half
2 Packages of assorted split key rings (I found mine at Home Depot with the keys.)
Small spring snap clips (I found mine at Hobby Lobby.)
1. Open the assorted split key key rings packs and attache the smallest ring to your camera. I would have loved for them to be a tiny bit smaller, but I didn’t wan to sacrifice sturdiness so I went with these. 
 
 
2. Carefully attach the largest ring to your scarf. You may want to ask for help with this step to avoid snagging the material. 
 
I was able to start mine like this and slowly pull the material through.
 
 

This is the result.

You want to do this twice so you have two rings on your scarf.
 
3. Add your clips
 
You can add your clips two ways

The way in this picture allows for you to easily change the strap.

Or you can reverse them allowing you to only have the tiny rings on your camera if you decide to take the strap off. There is no right or wrong way to go here. I plan on making more straps soon so I wanted to be able to easily swap them out. 
 
4. Carefully attach the clips to the camera and you are done!
 
 
I am LOVING mine. It did take me a bit to get used to the feel of the clips on my hands but I don’t even notice them now. I could wear this thing on my neck for hours now, so comfortable and an added bonus, it’s super cute!!!
 

 

I am already planning to make another for the spring. I am thinking something fun and floral would be great.
 

 

 

What kind of print would you choose?

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