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Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip for Fall

on October 18, 2017

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Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue!

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you’ll know that I used to have really long, really curly hair – Think mermaid hair. I’ve always had iffy luck with hair dressers, so I’d let it go years without cutting it, and even then I’d do it myself. At least if I screwed it up it’d be my own fault. I still have really curly hair, but about 6 months ago, I chopped over a foot and a half off. It was super scary and also super free-ing. But I needed a change and to also save money on hair product, but that’s beside the point.

Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue! 

Fast forward to now and my hair is still pretty short and I needed another change. The seasons are changing and it’s not like I can cut even more of my hair off… well I could, but no. So since it’s fall, and as most people update their wardrobe, I’m updating my hair with a vibrant and fresh shade of Vintage Red (5.29) from Schwarzkopf Color Ultime; Hair color that defies fading for up to 9 weeks of color shine, and ya’ll know I love it when my hair shines!

Find out how you can try it free here!

DIY Easy Metallic Leaf Clip - Do It Your Freaking Self

Just a quick note, I’m not allergic to dyes, but I have friends that are so it’s ridiculously important to do a patch test and wear gloves!

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Jump to the end of the post to see the process and before and after!


Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip

Supplies:
Hot Glue gun and sticks
Wax or baking paper
Hair clips
Metallic paint and sponge

To create this project, trace the shape of your leaf onto the baking paper.

Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue!

Carefully with the hot glue, outline your leaf and fill in with whatever designs you like and allow to dry.

 Sponge brush painting - DIY Metallic Leaf Clip - Do It Your Freaking Self

Once your hot glue is cooled – should only take about 10 minutes – apply metallic paint in a pouncing motion. You can also use spray paint if you’ve got it.

Finished Project - DIY Metallic Leaf Clip - Do It Your Freaking Self

Allow your paint to dry and attach it to a hair clip or bobbypin with hot glue and pair with your shiny new hair color!

Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue! #ad #FashionColorExpert @SchwarzkopfUSA @Walmart


 

To me, having a great cut and color are the my favorite fall accessories. The best part, I dyed my hair at home with a box from the health and beauty – hair dye aisle at Walmart!

 

Schwarzkopf Aisle

 

Update your hair color for fall with Schwarzkopf Color Ultime

 

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Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue!

  1. To test for allergies, follow the instructions for the ‘patch test’ beforehand.
  2. Put on your gloves!
  3. Carefully squeeze the entire contents of the color cream tube into the application bottle and shake it like a polaroid picture…. to make sure everything is completely mixed together.
  4. Apply as instructed and let it develop for the instructed time (mine was 30 minutes)
  5. After the hair color has had time to set, it’s time to rinse! Simply rinse out your hair in warm water until the water runs clear – I took that as an excuse to take an extra long shower.
  6. Use the conditioner as instructed and leave on for 2 minutes before rinsing.
  7. Blow dry, air dry, style it however you want and pin with your brand new metallic leaf hair clip!

Enhance your fall style with a rich and vibrant new shade and this simple Easy Metallic Leaf Hair Clip made from hot glue!

 

Before

Before pic

During

Schwarzkopf During

After – this was a few days and 2 washes later. I think I’m in love!

DIY Easy Metallic Leaf Clip - Do It Your Freaking Self

You guys, how amazing is this color! I went with Vintage Red and even after a week, I am so in love. It is the perfect shade for the season without my having to seriously update my wardrobe. If you’re up for due for an update or just want something a little different, get thee to a Walmart and go for it!

 

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Create an Easy Halloween Backdrop

on October 5, 2017

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties!

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

Happy Halloween Season! While I should save this for maybe a round up post – that I will probably never write – this is my current morbid youtube obsession. Skip this if you’re squeamish. Just sayin. I had this whole post nearly written and got sidetracked for 2 hours watching these videos. I’m not ridiculously into death, but I do like random factoids and OMG there are so many!

Moving on – One of the things I’m constantly on the search for in this crazy world is backdrops. Whether it’s for instagram photos, blog photos, or random things that I think are really pretty and can turn things into. My current go-to backdrops are the ones you see on this blog – pink, yellow and blue. I’m currently painting some different shades of these, but you’ll probably see those later. However… this particular backdrop was inspired by a trip to the dollar tree – where, oddly enough, a lot of my ideas come from.

I did my backdrop on a piece of foam core, but if you’re sizing up to cover… say a wall, you’ll need a few other items. Let’s get started shall we!?!

How to Create an Easy Halloween Backdrop

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

Supplies:

Black foam core board – for small scale
2 Black Vinyl Tablecloths – for large scale (optional)
Masking Tape or Painters tape
White crepe paper streamers
Self adhesive googly eyes (or stick them on with glue dots)

1. If you’re using plastic table cloths, go ahead and secure them to the wall with painters tape as far up as you can get it.

2. Attach streamers at the top of the wall or to the BACK of your foam core board approximately 1-2 inches apart depending on your aesthetic.

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

3. Gently twist each streamer down the wall or foam core board and attach it to the bottom of the wall or back of the board.

4. Attach or glue googly eyes to the streamers. For the foam core board, I went through one package and attached them using Aileens Tacky Glue Pen.

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

Make your own Easy Halloween with some streamers and googly eyes! Check out this simple tutorial for a fun table prop or photo backdrop. Great for bloggers, instagram backgrounds and halloween parties! 

5. Allow the glue to dry and you’re ready to rock your background! I absolutely adore the little googly eye details! I went for “monster” eyes, but there are so many different kinds and sizes to choose from! What would you go for?

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DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes

on September 12, 2017

Create your own magical Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! You may not be able to levitate your eye shadows, but these brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

Let me start this off by saying that I have been binge listening to The Quibbler Podcast and it is amazing and you should go listen to it ASAP. Okay… on to the story…

Create your own magical DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! These brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

Hands up if you have no clue about the difference between a blender brush and an angle brush! Do they put color on my eyelid? That’s all I need. I have a confession to make though, I own so many eyeshadow pallettes it’s sad and there’s only so many youtube beauty vloggers/tutorials I can deal with on a weekly basis. And to be honest, I really only enjoy watching Kimberly Clark. So a lot of my eyeshadow gets used once while I’m experimenting because well… putting on makeup is not really something fun for me.

Create your own magical DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! These brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

Make it: Hogwarts House Crochet Ear Warmers

Create your own magical DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! These brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

I’m trying though! I’m really trying! I know that you don’t really NEED makeup to look beautiful and all that, but for me it at least makes my mornings look like I tried to be a functional adult. These Magic Wand Harry Potter Makeup Brushes though? They kinda make me want to actually do my makeup because it just gives me a chance to use them. That and I can turn on the Harry Potter soundtrack and pretend to cast a floating charm on Grampa the Cat (It has never worked because I never got my Hogwarts letter and I am still bitter about that)

Create your own magical DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes for under $10! These brushes will take your makeup game to a whole new spellbinding level.

Harry Potter Makeup Brushes

Time: 2-3 hours – Paints gotta dry!
Cost: $10 or less
Magic or Muggle? Muggles can totally use them but we cannot be blamed for any magical malady that may occur from misuse. Continue reading

DIY Mermaid Floppy Hat

on August 16, 2017

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy sun hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

 

She just might get you lost,
And she just might leave you torn,
But she just might save your soul
If she gets you any closer….
Rooftops and Invitations 

Dashboard Confessional

 

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Today’s music selection comes from my current re-discovering of Dashboard Confessional. Do you guys ever go back and listen to a band you liked years ago and realize that you still love them and their songs still hit you in the feels? And it just feels like… coming home. I don’t really know exactly how to quantify it but that’s what it feels like. So, you know… just listen and enjoy.

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

You know all that stuff about being secretly a mermaid? Yep, there’s hats, swimsuits, shirts, necklaces, leggings, pencils… all of it. But lets be real here, if you were a mermaid, wouldn’t you just tell everybody? Just own that shit because ITS AWESOME! But… you know… more like the Daryl Hannah or Peter Pan kinds. Not the Harry Potter ones, those give me nightmares.

MAKE IT: MAGICAL MERMAID BARK

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Anyway. The moral of the story is be a mermaid. Be magical. Own that shiz and don’t care what anyone else says. Oh! And you know, it doesn’t hurt to have something that looks like a mermaid on to REALLY identify yourself. Like a Mermaid beach floppy hat perhaps?

Aside from Mermaids, the inspiration from this project came from the wonderful Rachel Mae Smith of thecraftedlife.com and Sarah Hearts who hosted a DIY Floppy hat workshop at Craftcation 2017. If you’re a maker, creator, seller, etc. I definitely recommend signing up because it is a truly amazing learning and connecting experience.

DIY Mermaid Floppy Hat

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Supplies:
Floppy Hat
Large Foam Pouncers – These Martha Stewart pouncers are great! Scroll down for an easy hack so you don’t have to buy a million packages of these things.
Medium flat paint brush
FolkArt Color Shift Paint in Purple Flash
Deco Art Dazzling Metallics in Crystal Green and Peacock Pearl
Deco Art Extreem Sheen in Antique Bronze

Cost: $20 or less
Time: 1-2 hours
Waterproof? um… no? maybe? Don’t use it while you swim. It’ll make you swim slower and clumsier, not like the mermaid you are.

MAKE IT: DIY MERMAID TRINKET TRAY

I’m in love with the Martha Stewart pouncers but I really didn’t want to buy more than one package so I hacked them with melamine sponges. To do this, you’ll need some magic eraser sponges – I got mine from the dollar store, a large Martha Stewart foam pouncer and a craft knife.

Easy Martha Stewart foam pouncer refills

Remove the foam part of the pouncer and use the casing to create 2 circle cut outs from each sponge. Glue them together – on top of each other – and let it sit for about an hour or two to dry. Stick the stacked sponge into the empty pouncer container and use a craft knife to carefully trim away the sides to create a neat circle. Now you’ve got a total of 3 pouncers, one for each color!

Easy Martha Stewart foam pouncer refills

Okay, on to the hat!

Start by creating a pallette of each color for dipping. I like using the lid of a sour cream container or a paper plate. Stamp in a random pattern around the edge of the hat.

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Once that’s done, start layering colors in random order around and up until the entire brim is painted. Stop as close as you can to the crown of the hat.

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Grab a medium to large flat paintbrush to add in some detail with an accent color. For this project, I used metallic bronze. Lightly brush paint around a few of the “scales” and finish by painting a band around the base of the hat to give it a more finished look.

Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Allow it to dry completely and you’re off to show everyone your fancy mermaid self!

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Show off your inner mermaid with a DIY Mermaid floppy hat! DIY your own custom painted floppy hat to create the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

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DIY Hand Painted Care Bears Shoes

on August 10, 2017

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups!

Oh, uh oh, you’re changing your heart
Oh, uh oh, you know who you are
– 1234, Feist


It’s a Feist kind of day and no one is going to stop me. Instead, listen to her soothing voice as you create! And work! Or take a nap. It’s kinda good for everything!

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

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Let’s talk about the Care Bears shall we? So… I, along with many of you grew up on them and are probably now introducing the brand to all of your littles. But not the new CGI ones. Those were an abomination and should never be talked about again. I’m talking about the OG, hand drawn Care Bears. My favorite one was Care Bears in Wonderland. I have no idea why, but those were some seriously good times. Scared to admit you’re a Care Bears fan? Feel like others will tell you they’re “too kiddie”? Just own it! Do you really care what someone else is gonna say?

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

MAKE IT: STAMPED WATERMELON SHOES

Okay now that we’re feeling all nostalgic, let me introduce you guys to today’s DIY. Yep, you too can have your favorite bear with you wherever you go! For these painted Care Bears shoes I used Grumpy Bear (because even though he was Grumpy, he was still pretty awesome) and Cheer Bear… because… Cheer Bear? And rainbows!

This project was pretty cheap to do, I found the blue shoes at Walmart on sale for $3! $3 you guys! I nearly filled my cart! But I decided against it because I am a responsible adult (sometimes).

DIY Painted Care Bears Shoes

Cost: $15
Time: 1 hour
Nostalgia level: 10!

Supplies:
Canvas shoes – really any shoe with a solid toe area
Multi-surface paints in desired colors
Small paint brushes
Iron for heat setting

To begin, gently clean the front of each shoe with water in the area you will be painting. Allow to dry.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes
Use a white colored pencil or galaxy marker to outline the shape for each Care Bear “tummy”. It’s essentially a circle with a tuft at the top.

MAKE IT: ZELDA PIXEL HEART NECKLACE

Mix white paint with a bit of fabric medium and fill in each circle with a thin layer of paint. Allow to dry and add one more layer to create an opaque circle.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Once the white layer is dry – give it about 15-20 minutes – go in to paint the design.

For Grumpy Bear:
Paint the cloud first, then the rain drops. Once those are dry, go in with a tiny brush in red to draw “v”s. They come out looking like hearts so there’s less chance of them being too big. You’ll need to draw 3 on each “tummy”
Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

For Cheer Bear:
Start by painting a thin slightly arced stripe of blue about 1/4 inch from the bottom. Allow 5 minutes to dry. Then paint stripes of green, yellow and red (from bottom to top) in the same method.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Paint a tiny heart on the outside heel of each shoe (because all Care Bears have those cute heart butt tag things) in red.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

Allow to fully cure for 24 hours then use an iron and a piece of scrap fabric to heat set each design.

Wish on your inner child with these adorable DIY painted care bears shoes! How cute are these for kids and grown ups! - Back to school, nostalgia, vintage fashion, diy fashion, diy shoes, hand painted shoes

And well… you’re done! Let your 80’s baby flag fly! You are awesome and if you love it… you should wear it!

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Sassy Day of the Week Printable Hanger Tags

on July 31, 2017

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy day of the week printable hanger tags!

Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money
Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me “honey”
‘Cause I run my shit, baby

Woman – Ke$ha

Ke$ha’s Woman has been playing on repeat for at least two days. And if you can get past the cursing (there is a lot) it’s a pretty awesome song of really just owning independence. Which is kinda awesome. Also… those horns. Take a listen if you’re down for it, it’s not your typical Ke$ha that’s for sure.

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

All of that goes to say that this DIY is probably one of my favorite funtional ones I’ve one in a while. I’ve recently realized that I LOVE systems. If you follow my instagram stories, you’ll see me do daily journals and talk about how every Sunday I put stickers in my planner to organize my week. I’m far from the most organized person, but I try where I can. Spending an hour or so to set myself up for success? Totally worth it. And yes. I pick out my clothes for the week on Sundays. It saves me a TON of time trying to figure out what is clean and what I “feel” like wearing. So yes, I treat myself like an elementary school kid sometimes, and you know what? I’m owning that shit with cute hanger tags.

Sassy Day of the Week Printable Hanger Tags

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

These tags are great because I created them to have a notes section on the back to add little things like which bra and shoes to wear with each outfit! Pretty snazzy heh?

I had a lot of these supplies on hand so they’re relatively inexpensive to create.
Cost: $10 or less
Time: 1 hour
Organization level: 10!

Supplies:
Printables printed on card stock
Cricut/craft cutter or scissors
Glue stick
Laminator with laminate sheets
Optional: Dry Erase Marker

Printables:
For Cricut/craft cutter
For Regular print outs

I created these printables to also work with a Cricut craft cutter. I use an Explore Air 2 and I absolutely love it! Just resize them to be 6 inches wide in design space and use the print and cut function.

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

If you’re not using a cutting machine, simply print each tag template at 100% scale. They’re sized to be 6 inches wide.

Make it: Washi Tape Pencils

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

Cut each hanger tag out either with the cricut or using scissors. Glue white sides of each tag together and let dry.

provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution

Once the glue is dry on each, run them through the laminator or use the laminator sheets with an iron. I fit 2 per sheet. I ran mine through twice (each direction) to make sure that it was secure.

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

Cut around the edges and center circles making sure not to re-open the laminate. Then run each tag through the laminator a few times again. This might be overkill but as long as it works right?

Organize your weekly wardrobe and give yourself a morning boost with some sassy and free printable day of the week hanger tags!

Make it: DIY Glam Pencil Box

And you’re done! Grab a dry erase marker to write your notes on the back and yet yourself organized woman!

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Vicious Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers

on July 24, 2017

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to!

 

In the Vegas lights
Where villains spend the weekend
The deep end
We’re swimming with the sharks until we drown

-Vegas Lights, Panic! at the Disco

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Before I get into this DIY I wanna talk a little bit about the band mentioned in the lyric above. Do you ever feel weird being a fan of a band that is super huge AGAIN? Like I went to their shows when they opened to Honda Civic Tour for Fall Out Boy (their first tour). I was there through the split up and consequent unknown afterwards. So it’s really strange to me to attend a concert of Panic! at the Disco when a lot of their fans now are younger than I was when they first formed as a band. I’m totally happy for them but it just makes me feel so… old? At what point did I become the parent in the room?!? Anyone else?

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

Okay so Sharks. Can we talk about Sharks? Because I’m really excited that it is Shark Week and also the premiere of Sharknado 5! Yep! There are 5 of them. And I am the first to admit that I have watched and LOVE all of them so far. They are the epitome of cheesy sci-fi and and so out there that it’s hilariously amazing. As for Shark Week… I learn a ridiculous amount without having to be scared out of my wits a la Deep Blue Sea or Jaws (Cheesy, yes I know but imagine watching those when you’re like 12. No more oceans thank you very much!)

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

Okay, so DIY. Yes, that’s why we’re all here. I started these to be earings but they ended up being way to big to put on the side of your head so I had to do some quick thinking and decided that cupcake toppers was the proper solution. I really love this project in particular because I can get some of the older kiddos involved and keep them busy. Perler beads are your BFFs when you work with 6+ year olds!

DIY It: DIY Shark Tshirt Costume

Vicious Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers

Time: 20 minutes or less
Cost: I had everything on hand so free? If not, $15 or less
Awesome level: Vicious.

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

You will need:
Square perler bead peg board
Perler or Hamma beads in Grey, Red, Black and White
Iron
Perler bead ironing paper or parchment paper

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

Make sure there are 3 rows of stick on the bottom. I forgot to add those to the pattern! Oops!!

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

 

These are super easy, as usual. Grab a square peg board and follow the patterns above. Iron as directed and allow them to cool completely before removing them from the peg boards. I found that a large square can hold 2 sharks and 2 fins so keep that in mind if you’re working on a large batch.

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

Stick in your favorite cupcake recipe and get down with your bad self! Depending on how you iron, these can also be washed in the dishwasher – top shelf please!

 

Kick off your Shark Week or Sharknado festivities with some kid friendly Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers! You know you want to! 

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Turn dollar store placemats into a bright and fun DIY Placemat Handbag

on July 18, 2017

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

 

“Take me with you, I start to miss you…”
– Cross My Heart, Mariana’s Trench

If you’re a pop punker, power pop, whatever you’re into and haven’t heard of Mariana’s Trench, you’re missing out. I firmly believe they’re Canada’s appology for Justin Bieber (because all of this is after Celine Dion who is a national treasure).

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You guys! I made a thing. Okay so that’s basically how I start every day of my life. But seriously, I kinda love it. This project? It was made while on a binge of the Mariana’s Trench Pandora Station while it was 100+ degrees outside and my bedroom doesn’t have AC. I do have an evaporative cooler, but that is beside the point. To say that sweat went into this placemat handbag is an understatement… okay that’s gross. Ignore that. BUT this I gotta say is pretty cool. I even put pom poms on it and you know how I feel about pom poms. AND it’s ORANGE!!! So bright and sunny! And you can change out the pom poms for fall should you feel like it!

Make it: DIY Abstract Flamingo Bag

Time: 2 hours or less
Cost: $10 or less
Dork level: 2 – it’s pretty classy. You can dork it up with fun keychains if you want!

DIY Placemat Handbag

What you need:
2 round placemats from the Dollar Store
Sewing machine OR Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue® OR Hot Glue
Wooden handles
Matching color embroidery thread and embroidery needle
Wooden handles

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Make It: Animal Butt Magnets

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

 

Start by folding over the top 1/3 of each placemat and secure it with a safety pin. Glue the inside with Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue® or hot glue to secure it down or sew the top edge of the fold. – let dry if you’re using glue

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

 

Match the fold sides inside and pin the outside edge around with safety pins. Sew around the outside edge right up to the folded area. It’s even easier if you’re glueing!

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

To attach the handles, position the handle centered so that 2/3 of the handle is above the fold. Secure down by loop stitching with embroidery thread and needle with 5-7 secure points. Secure each side and the center first and then add points on each side.

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Do the same for the second. Trim up threads and glue down the stray embroidery thread to make sure knots hold.

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Embellish however you feel like! Pom poms, tassels, have at it!

Don’t forget to PIN to your fashion or DIY boards!

Take some cheap dollar store placemats and turn them into a bright and colorful DIY Placemat Handbag with a sew or glue method!

Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses

on July 12, 2017
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Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more!

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

On hot summer nights I like to open up the windows, pull out my favorite vinyl and drink a cold glass of wine. I invite the gal pals over for some great conversation and noshing and well… we call those nights “Vinyl and Wine” nights. There is just something about the evening and flavors that really bring out the experience. And as you guys know… I am all about the sensory experience and flavor is probably at the top of my list.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Thanks Notable Wines for giving me the perfect excuse to host a great Vinyl and Wine night with my gal pals to talk sound and flavor senses. I teamed up with them today to make these pretty classy (if I do say so myself) lyric etched wine glasses inspired my their two varietals of Chardonnay that highlight the flavor right on the bottle!

For this get together, we had the Oaky and Buttery (California) Chardonnay and the Fruity and Crisp (Australia) Chardonnay. My favorite thing to do was pair each wine with a song or lyric that hightlighted the flavors so for the Oaky and Buttery Chardonnay, I chose a more full bodied, deeper song and for the Fruity and Crisp, I chose a song that is a little bit lighter and acoustic.

Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Wine Glasses
Stencil tape or adhesive vinyl
Pencil and craft knife
Template
Etching cream

To begin, clean your wine glasses off with rubbing alcohol. That will make sure you have a clean surface to start with.

Cut out your lyrics. If you’re super fancy and have a cricut, you can simply load the template into the design space and set the size – 3×2″.

If you want to do your own lyrics you can choose your font in the program and go to town! Mine turned out a little smudgy… but I think the quotes were a little long.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Adhere the lyric cut outs to your wine glasses. If you’re using larger quotes there will be some bubbles in the vinyl. That’s fine. Just use your nail to squidge it down so that the edges are sealed in.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Put on your latex or rubber glove and begin to paint on the etching cream in globs. Just dab it on there. Once it’s all on there, let it sit for 3-5 minutes. I found that for these glasses, 5 minutes was better.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Once it has set, simply wash the etching cream off in the kitchen sink. Peel the stencil away and rinse some more until everything is off of the glass.

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Voila! Pour a glass of either Oaky and Buttery or Fruity and Crisp Notable Wines’ Chardonnay and pair with your favorite music. What songs will your pair it with at your next “Vinyl and Wine” night?

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more! #shop msg 4 21+ #cbias #chardonnation #notablesummer

Pair your favorite songs with your favorite wine with these simple Song Lyric Etched Wine Glasses. Great for girls nights, listening parties, hostess gifts and more!

Cupcake Perler Bead Hair Pins

on May 17, 2017

Add some fun to your hairstyle with a nostalgic twist! Learn how to turn mini cupcakes into adorable perler bead hair pins for the kid in all of us!

Add some fun to your hairstyle with a nostalgic twist! Learn how to turn mini cupcakes into adorable perler bead hair pins for the kid in all of us!

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Perler bead time friends! I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today and also a little bit introverted so a nice quiet project seemed like a good idea. As a nanny (or you as a parent) or just as a grown up who needs creative quiet time, this is my favorite thing to do to keep myself and the kiddos busy. These Cupcake Perler Bead Hair Pins are also great because they can hold your hair back while you’re feeling yourself in a flirty skater dress outfit (because we all have one). They also make really great gifts that kids can make for Valentines Day, birthday parties, etc.

Cupcake Perler Bead Hair Pins

Add some fun to your hairstyle with a nostalgic twist! Learn how to turn mini cupcakes into adorable perler bead hair pins for the kid in all of us!

 

Supplies:
Perler Beads
Square perler bead peg board
Parchment or Wax paper
Iron
Bobby Pins
E6000 glue
A piece of cardstock or cardboard
Nail polish (optional) to color your hair pins

Time: 30 minutes or less (or more depending on how into it you get)
Cost: $5 or less for a lot
Nostalgia level: A solid 6

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