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Sassy Christmas Clutch with Cricut

on December 11, 2017

Show your holiday spirit or lack thereof with a sassy christmas clutch with Cricut! These are my favorite gifts to make and give this year!

You’d think with my schedule I’d just make everyone a card or something easy for Christmas and be done with it. Nope. I apparently love to self sabbotage and decided to personalize gifts to my friends, nanny families, and clients. In case you’re wondering… that’s a lot! If you follow me on Instagram Stories, you may have seen what I lovingly refer to as “weeding day” where I weeded approximately 12897 projects and one really complicated elephant.

Show your holiday spirit or lack thereof with a sassy christmas clutch with Cricut! These are my favorite gifts to make and give this year!

Am I done yet? Heck no! But I got so excited about these Sassy Christmas Clutch that I really wanted to share them with you guys! Honestly, I think they’re stinkin cute and am particularly obsessed with adding the phrase “AF” to everything (if you couldn’t tell).

I found these in the Dollar Section at Target for $3 a piece so you can bet I hit up every target in driving distance to make sure I had enough. They have some seriously cute “alternative” holiday colors that I may have gone a little overboard. Ooof my wallet!

Sassy Christmas Clutch

Time: 15 minute
Cost: $5 each – depending on which type of vinyl you use
Cuteness level: OMG

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Crochet Vintage Hufflepuff Slippers (Free Pattern)

on December 1, 2017

Cozy up with these crochet vintage Hufflepuff slippers! Make them yourself with this free pattern and show your house pride!

I took the sorting test on Pottermore twice. Yep. I created two separate accounts for the sorting test. Why? Because I could? Maybe? Mostly because I got Gryffindor and I secretly think I’m a Hufflepuff. I got Ravenclaw on the second test so I’m not exactly sure what to do with that. Anyone else in the same boat?

Cozy up with these crochet vintage Hufflepuff slippers! - Free Pattern #crochet #harrypotter #geekcrafts

As the holidays gear up, the pressure is on when you’re a crafter. I usually try to start my holiday creating at least 2 months in advance, but I was a little late with that so here I am… rushing to crochet, knit, weed, iron and paint a ridiculous amount of stuff. Does anyone else feel like they need to top themselves from the year before? I mean, yeah. I could go the easy route and just get gift sets for people but there comes this expectation that when you’re a crafter, you hand make everything. This year, I am making a ton of these slippers and I am in love with the color scheme. You see, this year, my friends and I decided to re-read the Harry Potter series and actually analyze it for what it is. It’s amazing the things that come into play when you’re looking at something as an adult. As a result, that friend group are getting vintage style slippers in their house colors! I nearly kept these Hufflepuff ones for myself!

MAKE IT: Diagonal Crochet Dishcloth with free pattern

Cozy up with these crochet vintage Hufflepuff slippers! - Free Pattern #crochet #harrypotter #geekcrafts

Crochet Vintage Hufflepuff Slippers

Time: 1-2 Harry Potter films or 5 Chapters of the audiobook
Cost: $5-10 – I found the yarn on sale – never go into the craft store without a coupon!
Nerd Level: 3 – super subtle but super cozy.

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DIY Vintage Christmas Ornament Wine Charms

on November 21, 2017

Add some vintage flare to your holiday wine with these festive DIY Vintage Christmas Ornament Wine Charms! A fun project for the holidays!

Add some vintage flare to your holiday wine with these festive DIY Vintage Christmas Ornament Wine Charms! A fun project for the holidays!

When I was a kid, we did the whole Christmas production. Every year we would go to the Christmas tree farm and cut down our own tree, then my dad would head up to the attic to haul out all of the Christmas supplies (at least 7 boxes worth) and we would spend the rest of the day and into the evening decorating the tree and house with whatever we could find in the boxes. Every year, my favorite things to hang were my mom’s vintage christmas ornaments and the blown glass bauble ornaments she bought us the year each of us were born. We don’t have those days anymore since we’re all so spread out (my parents live in Mississippi and I live out in California) but I am so thankful that my mom saves those ornaments for me to put up when I come home to visit.

MAKE IT: Beauty and the Beast Wine Charms

These wine charms are a bit of an homage to those vintage christmas ornaments and a way for me to track whose glass is whose during those Rosé all day holiday parties. They’re not super fancy, but if you’re an artist you can make some pretty amazing things. Give it a go! I can’t wait to see your designs!

Add some vintage flare to your holiday wine with these festive DIY Vintage Christmas Ornament Wine Charms! A fun project for the holidays!

DIY Vintage Christmas Ornament Wine Charms

Time: 30 minutes or less
Cost: $15 – If you have things on hand, they’re a lot cheaper
Festive level: Maybe a 6?
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DIY Easy Vanity Organizer

on November 14, 2017
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Keep the important things on your bathroom counter front and center with this customizeable Easy Vanity Organizer!

Is anyone else on the struggle bus when it comes to remembering to take those dang vitamins everyday? Come on… hands up! Okay, thank you. See? You’re not alone! Okay but seriously folks, if they’re not right in front of me I forget to take those things.

Keep the important things on your bathroom counter front and center with this customizeable Easy Vanity Organizer! - #homedecor #organization #agummyyoucantrust

You see, for years, I have had daily vitamins but I kept forgetting to take them so I hoped I was getting what I needed through my diet.  Fast forward a few years and my mother suggests that I probably need to remember to start taking them. Luckily we have come a LONG way since the awkwardly large, chalky daily vitamins and Nature Made® Adult Gummies have made them super easy to take! I chose Nature Made® Adult Gummies because Nature Made® has the 1st Gummies to receive U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention (USP) verification and Nature Made® gives you the assurance that you’re getting the nutrients you seek from your Gummies – so I know I’m making a good choice about what is going into my body.

The U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention (USP) is a third party nonprofit organization that verifies products for purity, potency, and quality. Also, they’re gummies! And I’m all for adulting in the funnest way possible. Learn more about Nature Made and USP here.

I’ve been taking the Nature Made® Energy†† B12 Adult Gummies and I love them. Nature Made® Energy†† B12 Adult Gummies contain 1000 mcg vitamin B12 per serving and have delicious Cherry and Mixed Berry flavors!

To remember to keep my Nature Made® Adult Gummies front and center, I’ve created this fun DIY Easy Vanity Organizer using a fun design brush stroke design to keep things cute!

DIY Easy Vanity Organizer

Time: 10 minutes or less + dry time
Cost: $10 or less
Organization level: Boss

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Vibrant Friendsgiving Tablescape

on November 9, 2017

Give your Friendsgiving Tablescape a vibrant pop of color with bright orange, yellow, pink and rose gold!

Give your Friendsgiving Tablescape a vibrant pop of color with bright orange, yellow, pink and rose gold! | #friendsgiving #thanksgiving #tablescape

Well… it has been a year. I know I’ve got over a month left to go in 2017 but Friendsgiving is my one big hosting event of the year and after it, it’s basically a race to the finish. Lord willing, this gets pulled off on November 11th – because invitations have been sent! I’m not sure you guys want me to bore you with the whole process, but in just a few days I’m going to be fitting at least 15 people into my tiny apartment. As a few of those guests will be children and I’m sending all kinds of prayers that Grampa the cat decides she’s gonna be a teenager and just stay in her room and sulk… because if she doesn’t, she’s pretty much just asking to get poked, prodded and for all intents and purposes chased around the place by tiny hands trying to pet her. Did I mention she doesn’t like kids… or people in general? Okay… enough on the cat.

Give your Friendsgiving Tablescape a vibrant pop of color with bright orange, yellow, pink and rose gold! | #friendsgiving #thanksgiving #tablescape

This year, I wanted to go a little non-traditional with my colors and place settings. Instead of Turkey plates and fall leaves, I tried to use elements that can be re-used throughout the year and of course feature the most popular color of the year – Rose Gold. I also wanted to keep in mind that most of our furniture is dark so I wanted to bring some brighter colors in while not ignoring the colors of our home.

I usually serve everything buffet style, but I keep seeing all of these amazing tablescapes on pinterest and instagram and I really wanted to try my hand at one. So I partnered with Oriental Trading to create this beautiful vibrant Friendsgiving tablescape.
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Watercolor Napkin Rings and Place Cards

on November 7, 2017

These simple watercolor napkin rings and place cards are a classy addition to any party table setting! Use them for buffet labels too!

These simple watercolor napkin rings and place cards are a classy addition to any party table setting! Use them for buffet labels too! #thanksgiving #tablesetting #friendsgiving #party

Y’all, I got super fancy with friendsgiving this year. I sent out actual paper invitations that I hand made and “hand” wrote (with my Cricut Explore Air 2)  and sent snail mail with hand lettered envelopes. I’m so excited about them!!

Friendsgiving Invitations - Do It Your Freaking Self

To create the invites, I used little triangles of watercolor paper for texture. So to continue that idea, I decided to make some watercolor napkin rings and place cards to bring the whole thing together. They look ridiculously classy and are so simple to make you’ll be making them for everything!

Watercolor Napkin Rings and Place Cards

Time: 1-2 hours depending on how many you make
Cost: $5 or less
Classy level: AF
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Fall Candle Care Tips

on November 2, 2017

Get into the fall spirit, set the mood, and keep your candles lasting longer and burning better with these simple fall candle care tips!

Get into the fall spirit, set the mood, and keep your candles lasting longer and burning better with these simple fall candle care tips! 

If you come to my apartment at any point during the fall season you’ll see maybe a garland, some DIY projects that I haven’t taken down yet and a whole lot of yarn in random places. Okay so what I’m trying to say is that even though I write about DIY projects and decorating your home, I’m really bad at having a cohesive vision for what I want things to look like and therefore fail at decorating. I can make pinterest boards like crazy, but I have a hard time setting the mood… or if I do, the cat decides they’re her new toys. Welcome to my single adulthood 🙂

SET THE MOOD: FALL 2017 PLAYLIST

That being said, I actually spend a lot of my time helping others set up their homes. At any day you can find me doing crafts with kiddos, bringing over pumpkins to paint and creating decorations for the families I work for. I absolutely love it. Here’s the thing though, when I’m home, I want to feel like I’m still in the season even though I haven’t decorated. The best solution? Turning on Practical Magic, grabbing some knitting, and lighting a scented candle. If I can’t look at fall foliage (Hello Los Angeles living) I darn well want my house to smell like a freaking pumpkin patch. Or Halloween party. Or…. something. This year, my dear friend Jodi rescued me in my time of need by giving me some ridiculously cute Gold Canyon lumies.
Get into the fall spirit, set the mood, and keep your candles lasting longer and burning better with these simple fall candle care tips!

 

MAKE IT: JACK SKELLINGTON CAKE STAND

My apartment currently smells like Pumpkin Cider and I’m transported back to pumpkin patches with my mom and crafting with my MeMaw while she makes her own potpourri. Okay, I’m getting super sentimental but you totally get my drift! What are your favorite fall scents and memories?

Get into the fall spirit, set the mood, and keep your candles lasting longer and burning better with these simple fall candle care tips!

Fall Candle Care Tips

  1. Trim your wicks! – I know it’s not something we really think about but keep being told to do, but make sure to keep your wicks trimmed to 1/8 inch. This will promote an even burn and really, if you’re are given and/or use expensive candles, a wick trimmer is a good investment.
  2. Don’t blow them out! – Keep your wicks conditioned by using a snuffer or dipping the wicks in the wax. I just grab a toothpick or a kebab skewer. Then straighten the wick out so it doesn’t get embeded in the wax once it dries.
  3. Prevent memory rings or tunneling! – Ya’ll know what I’m talking about with these. When you burn a candle for a short amount of time, a ring forms, kinda like a canyon or a cave. Theres wax all up the sides but the wick is way down low. To prevent this, allow your candle to form a 1/4 inch deep, even layer of melted wax the very first time you burn it; about an hour per inch wide.
  4. Rest it! – Theres a lot of temptation to relight a candle after the scent has dispersed. Don’t do it! Give your candle at least 4 hours in between each burning to prevent uneven burns.
  5. Clean out your used candles! – As a DIY-er, I love finding re-uses for things. One of my favorite methods for cleaning out the jars is the freezer method. Simply put your candles in the freezer for a few hours then tap the wax out like you’re using a glass ketchup bottle. From there, you can scrape the residue from the sides with a butter knife and finish clean up with super hot water. If you’re using soy candles, you can can clean them out with warm soapy water!

Get into the fall spirit, set the mood, and keep your candles lasting longer and burning better with these simple fall candle care tips! #falldecorating #candlecare #goldcanyon

Crochet Haunted Mansion Pillow

on October 31, 2017

Decorate your tomb sweet tomb with this crochet Haunted Mansion Pillow! Inspired by your favorite Disneyland ride and a great project for crochet beginners looking to make something a little different.

Crochet Haunted Mansion Pillow - Do It Your Freaking Self
Everyone has their favorite Disneyland Ride. Be it Space Mountain, Peter Pan, Pirates of the Carribean, etc. Mine? I’ve always been a Haunted Mansion girl myself. Now, I’m not obsessed at the level that I could be. I know about the story line, I make time in my schedule to see the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay, and can quote the narrarator on both occasions. Okay, so maybe I’m a bit obsessed but whatever. What about you?

MAKE IT: JACK SKELLINGTON CAKE STAND

Crochet Haunted Mansion Pillow - Do It Your Freaking Self

I made a version of this pillow for a dear friend as a housewarming gift. You see, she had just bought her first house (and if you live in LA, you know what a feat that truly is) and she was doing her living room in a Haunted Mansion, black and purple, theme. Originally I created the pillow using tunisian crochet but decided to just go with regular crochet for the tutorial. why? Well, it ends up doing the same and I wasn’t really sure how to write a tutorial on how to tunisian crochet so… there you have it.

Crochet Haunted Mansion Pillow

Decorate your tomb sweet tomb with this crochet Haunted Mansion Pillow! Inspired by your favorite Disneyland ride and a great project for crochet beginners! - Do It Your Freaking Self - #crochet #crossstitch #halloween #homedecor

Time: Weekend Project
Cost: $10-15 – I used things I had on hand so it didn’t cost me anything
Spooky level – Let’s be real here, its like a 2. 3 – Max

Supplies:
Size H Crochet Hook
Worsted weight yarn in black and lavender
yarn needle
Pillow form – I got mine from Ikea for about $4

Stitches you need to know:
CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet

HAVE A PARTY: TIM BURTON INSPIRED HALLOWEEN PARTY

To make the pillow – Make 2 panels:
1. CH 61 – turn
2. In 2nd CH from needle, SC across, CH 1 at end , turn work
3. Repeat row 2 until you’ve got 62 rows

Crochet Haunted Mansion Pillow - Do It Your Freaking Self

To Cross Stitch:
1. Thread a length of yarn through the needle and find the center of the front panel. To do this, count 30 over on the width and stitch a few large stitches. Then do the same for the height.

2. Begin to cross stitch the following design. This works a lot like counted cross stitch so count over how many stitches you need from your center stitches.  You can also measure off the beginning of the line using the same method.

Crochet Haunted Mansion Pillow - Do It Your Freaking Self

Crochet Haunted Mansion Pillow - Do It Your Freaking Self

 

3. To end each line, simply thread the yarn through the back loops of your cross stitch like so…

Crochet Haunted Mansion Pillow - Do It Your Freaking Self Crochet Haunted Mansion Pillow - Do It Your Freaking Self

Not sure how to cross stitch into the project? Check this out:

Use a locking whip stitch to sew the two panels together – right sides out.

Leave a side or a few inches open to insert the pillow form then continue to locking whip stitch it closed. Fluff your pillow and display!

This crochet Haunted Mansion Pillow makes a great addition to your Halloween Decor or any Disneyland themed room for just a touch of spooky!

 

Decorate your tomb sweet tomb with this crochet Haunted Mansion Pillow! Inspired by your favorite Disneyland ride and a great project for crochet beginners! - Do It Your Freaking Self - #crochet #crossstitch #halloween #homedecor

Stranger Things Eleven’s Eggo Cupcakes

on October 24, 2017

Sweeten up your Stranger Things party with these delicious Eleven’s Eggo Cupcakes! Cinnamon nutmeg cake topped with maple syrup buttercream and a mini waffle!

Sweeten up your Stranger Things party with these delicious Eleven's Eggo Cupcakes! Cinnamon nutmeg cake topped with maple syrup buttercream and a mini waffle! #strangerthings #eggocupcake #cupcake - Do It Your Freaking Self

Sweeten up your Stranger Things party with these delicious Eleven's Eggo Cupcakes! Cinnamon nutmeg cake topped with maple syrup buttercream and a mini waffle! #strangerthings #eggocupcake #cupcake - Do It Your Freaking Self

MAKE IT: Magical and Delicious Boozy Butterbeer Cupcakes (that might get you drunk)

I fell into the upside down. Okay that might be a bit of a stretch, but like most of American I am completely in love with Stranger Things. I try really hard not to go on Netflix binges – One because I really don’t have the time and two because I’m scared I’ll turn into a vampire because I won’t see light for 3 days. BUT it happened. I binged. More than once, I binged. And then I bought the games, and the merch, and I even designed my own logo. Pretty sweet huh?

http://makeitstranger.com

So here’s the thing. I feel like I’m not allowed to say that it makes me feel nostalgic because while I am definitely a baby of the 80’s (hands up 1987!) I am a child of the 90s. That’s not to say that I didn’t grow up watching The Goonies and Care bears, jut that it doesn’t actively remind me of my childhood. What Stranger Things does, however, is make me feel like I’m rediscovering something. Like when my dad kept us up late at night listening to his records – I’d grown up listening to that music but actually going through it with him was a completely new experience. Maybe it’s like a time capsule the previous generation buried? Maybe? Hit me up if there is an actual term for this. I feel like I’m really confused in general as to whether I’m actually a millenial or not.

Sweeten up your Stranger Things party with these delicious Eleven's Eggo Cupcakes! Cinnamon nutmeg cake topped with maple syrup buttercream and a mini waffle! #strangerthings #eggocupcake #cupcake - Do It Your Freaking Self

Sweeten up your Stranger Things party with these delicious Eleven's Eggo Cupcakes! Cinnamon nutmeg cake topped with maple syrup buttercream and a mini waffle! #strangerthings #eggocupcake #cupcake - Do It Your Freaking Self

Okay, enough exposition. Let’s make some cupcakes! I kinda love these because I can totally lie to myself and say they’re also breakfast… because ya know eggs, milk, butter, waffles … syrup. Breakfast.

MAKE IT: DIY Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace

Stranger Things Eleven’s Eggo Cupcakes

Time: 1 hour
Cost: $10 or less
Chance of getting sucked into the Upside Down: IDK, maybe like 3?

Decorate with waffles - Eggo cupcakes

Stranger Things Eleven’s Eggo Cupcakes

Stranger Things Eleven’s Eggo Cupcakes

Ingredients

    Cupcakes
  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 tblsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter - softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Maple Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 cup butter - softened
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

    Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and line cupcake pan with liners
  2. Combine ingredients into large mixing bowl and mix until fully combined
  3. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full or use a large ice cream scoop for perfectly even cupcakes every time
  4. Bake for 15-20 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
  5. Let cool
  6. For the Frosting
  7. Whip butter, syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla until creamy
  8. Slowly add in powdered sugar until you have the desired consistency
  9. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes with a #1M decorating tip
  10. Add Waffles
  11. Toast waffles until they're rigid, let cool and place on each cupcake.
https://www.doityourfreakingself.com/eggo-cupcakes/

Sweeten up your Stranger Things party with these delicious Eleven's Eggo Cupcakes! Cinnamon nutmeg cake topped with maple syrup buttercream and a mini waffle! #strangerthings #eggocupcake #cupcake - Do It Your Freaking Self

Fusion Bead Stranger Things Banner

on October 20, 2017

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner.

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

True Story you guys. I have 2 days during the week to actually be productive. Otherwise, I’m either working, planning for work, or burnt out. So that is 2 days for blog content, cleaning my house, laundry, etc. You know what is NOT productive? Video games. You know what I did ALL last week? Played the new Stranger Things app. It ate all my time! And honestly, I regret NOTHING. Okay, maybe I regret a little bit but darn it, I love that show and I love those kids.

MAKE IT: Vicious Perler Bead Shark Cupcake Toppers

For real though you guys, I’m a little obsessed with that show. And the soundtrack – Yes I have it on vinyl and it sounds amazing. I’m sure there’s definitely a nostalgia factor but that show came out of nowhere and just took everyone by surprise!

To re-creates these cool Fusion Bead Christmas Lights and turn them into a Fusion Bead Stranger Things Banner is relatively simple. If you’ve got kiddos, this is a perfect project to get them involved in – but maybe don’t let them watch the show? Don’t blame me for nightmares that may or may not happen 🙂

Fusion Bead Stranger Things Banner

Supplies:
Fusion Beads: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Black, White
Large square Perler bead board (or 2)
Wax or Parchment Paper
Iron
Black Embroidery Floss
Tapestry Needle
Awl – Optional
Black alphabet stickers

To create this banner, you’re going to need 8 of each color. I found that you can fit eight per board so the process goes relatively quickly – just do one color per board and you’ll end up with 32 lights total. Once your patterns are finished, cover the beads with parchment paper and iron each side on high for about 30 seconds keeping medium pressure and moving in gentle circular motions. Do this to each side – Don’t melt them down completely, you still want SOME holes in the beads to thread.

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

 

Once your beads have cooled its time to thread them! Thread a 6 foot strand of black embroidery floss through a tapestry needle. Begin to string your creations onto the floss. Going in through the back of your the top two black beads of each light, passing back through the front and repeating for each light. This will make sure that your banner doesn’t slide around and you can get the positioning right. Leave about 1 inch length between each. – If you don’t have a clear hole to thread through, use the awl to punch a larger hole in the top two black beads.

MAKE IT:DIY Zelda Pixel Heart Statement Necklace

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

Once you’re finished, secure your creation to the wall however you like – I used some tacks and masking tape – and affix your letter stickers beneath.

That’s it! You’re done! Treat yo’ self to a cocktail or delicious Eleven inspired Eggo cupcake! Just don’t get stuck in the upside down. The demagorgon might get you.

Get ready for Stranger Things Season 2 or just show off your knowledge of the Upside Down with this easy Perler Bead Stranger Things Banner. | Fusion beads | #Strangerthings | perler bead pattern | Christmas Lights | DoItYourFreakingSelf.com

 

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