Pallet Artwork

After creating my “love” pallet artwork, I had some of a pallet leftover. I just couldn’t throw it away and there it sat in the garage since June. Hey, sometimes it takes a couple months to get inspired 🙂
I found my inspiration from Pinterest. (Follow me HERE). You must go see Two Girls Being Crafty’s version.
Here’s how I made mine:

You can see from my picture exactly what I did. I didn’t end up using the smaller board because that was the only one that size and it just looked weird.

The little board didn’t go to waste! I used it to connect all of the bigger boards. For this process I used my nail gun and used about a million nails. Notice that I totally nailed it in crooked. That’s just how I roll 🙂

I then painted my board with two coats of white paint.

I then used paint pens to draw on my branches. TRUST me, use a paint pen! It made this so much faster and I don’t even want to know what it would have looked like if I painted it with a brush. I know my limitations and free hand painting is one of them!

You will then need various sizes of circle brushes and whatever color paint you want to use. In the original, they used many different colors but I just stuck with blues since I knew this art was going somewhere in my living room.

Randomly put dots all over your board. I was super lazy and didn’t even wash my brushes between colors. I sort of just wiped them off or mixed them. This is also after I put on my favorite glaze.
Grab your sander and rough it up a bit.
At first I was really unsure if I liked it. The color is so similar to the wall color. But it really hid my best fireproof safe really well. Notice it? Thought not. I created a nice little alcove behind the wall for the safe. Old school style.
But I tell you what, every time I pass by it I love it a little more!
And here is the whole vignette! Complete with my 2×4 pumpkin, sofa table, chair, and tray.
So what do you think? To matchy-matchy?

Best of 2013

It’s so hard to believe that another year has flown by. Sometimes I forget what I created throughout the year. So let’s take a look at the top 10 posts of 2013 based on pageviews! We are counting down to the number one spot.


Top 10 of 2013


10. I dabbled in jewelry making this year. It’s fun but hard!


 Earrings


9. I still wear this easy lace back t-shirt all the time.


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8. I love a deco mesh wreath. This one definitely fits the bill for fall.


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7. This one was a surprise on the list. A simple black dresser redo.


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6. I’m not a fantastic sewer so if you haven’t tried this infinity scarf yet you totally should!


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5. Use those old scraps and make a scrap fabric heart wreath.


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4. At the beginning of 2013 I decided to go on a juice cleanse. It was tough!


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3. This bathroom renovation was one of my favorites. I just love that shower curtain.


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2.Cupcake stand out of stove burner covers. Can’t get any easier.


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1. This simple stud earring holder was my most popular post of 2013. I still love it for my studs!


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Can’t wait to see what 2014 holds!

Vintage Suitcase Shelves {Tutorial}

In case you missed this vintage suitcase shelves tutorial over on

A Diamond in the Stuff

, here it is! 

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I cannot begin to tell you how much I’m in love with these suitcase shelves. Every time I pass by them I smile a little. All three of these suitcases came from my husbands grandmother who recently passed away. They were perfectly worn, as well as smelly.


I originally planned to stack these and make an end table. However, the left and right suitcases were almost exactly the same size so it just didn’t look right. I started browsing

Pinterest

for ideas and found the suitcase shelf idea. However, I  could not find a good tutorial.


This project was totally spur of the moment. My husband and I were sitting in the garage chatting and bored and just went for it. He, of course, thought I was nuts.

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So here is a tutorial for how we made our suitcase shelves.

Suitcases

Open them up and check out the beautiful, yet stinky lining. You have two choices, Febreeze the heck-o-la out of it or rip it out. I chose option number two. I think taking the lining out would probably help the blade go through smoother but I can’t say for sure because we didn’t try to cut it with the lining in.

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Measure the size you want your suitcase and start cutting it in half on a circular saw. This part is only slightly terrifying. I thought more than once that I was ruining a perfectly beautiful vintage suitcase.


As you can see, the blade did not cut all the way through the bottom layer. You can either take a jigsaw and cut the rest of the way or do what we did. We tilted the suitcase vertical and lined up the circular saw to cut through the rest. Worked like a charm.

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Now flip it over and cut the other side. Make sure your cuts line up! So now you’ve got your shelf and now it needs a way to be hung on the wall.

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Take a piece of board and cut it to fit inside the suitcase on the BOTTOM piece of suitcase. Then use a nail gun and nail the board in place around the bottom and both sides. As you can see in the right picture, you can see the nail holes but they are soooo tiny that nobody will notice. This was super close and they are hard to see!

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Sorry this picture is such poor quality. I was trying to help hold it up while taking a picture of how to do it! We screwed the piece of wood straight into the studs. Notice that the top is not on? The tops are removable and now the suitcase doubles as storage too! Love that.

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I’m still working on the styling part, but I love the direction they are headed.

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The one on the right is my favorite. Or the one in the middle. The green one is just ok.


The lantern on the left also came from Wyatt’s grandmothers and got a paint job. On the center suitcase, the teacup was my great grandmothers. The other stuff is just for looks 🙂

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Here’s how they look from the doorway. Find the no sew drop cloth curtain tutorial

HERE

. Want to see what used to be on the suitcase wall? Go

HERE

. Wow, this is about a zillion times better.


Oh and the gigantic box underneath them is staying. Wyatt and his dad made it and it holds all of our snow skiing gear. I may eventually make a cushion for it. The only problem is that thing is massive. I’m talking coffin size. Maybe even a double coffin. You get my drift. HUGE, I tell ya.

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I love that they are unique and can still be sentimental.


Be sure to hop on over to Young and Crafty to see MANY more projects! 

Spider Wreath & Halloween Mantel #spookyspaces

Spider Wreath

When Jo-Ann’s contacted me about coming up with a spooky Halloween space, I had no clue what I would do! After browsing around Jo-Ann’s I found black and white deco mesh that I knew would work perfectly for my black and white mantel. I’m such a sucker for deco mesh.

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I already had the wreath form, spiders (not pictured), and pipe cleaners (not pictured).

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I kind of went with the saying “bigger is better” with this wreath. I didn’t leave the middle open like traditional wreaths. If you want a full tutorial for how to make these, check out THIS fall wreath tutorial. After I finished I simply hot glued the spiders onto the wreath.

Halloween Mantel

I love how this mantel turned out. The black and white is perfect. You can see last years mantel HERE.

For tons of creative ideas, be sure to visit Jo-ann’s website HERE. Also, be sure to check out all of the #spookyspaces on social media sites.

Be sure to use the coupon below and head to Jo-ann’s so you can create your own spooky space!

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Deco Mesh Fall Wreath {Tutorial}

Deco Mesh Fall Wreath

I’m not sure how it is in other parts of the world, but here in the good ole South of the U.S., deco mesh wreaths are super popular. The bigger the better. I’ve seen wreaths that cover the whole length of the door. They are ridiculously over the top.

These deco mesh wreaths are so easy to make and I just love how this one turned out. You can find the one I made for Christmas

HERE

. It’s understated and doesn’t scream fall.

Here’s how to make it:

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You will need a wire wreath form and pipe cleaners for sure. I grabbed a large deco mesh roll and a roll of burlap. You can add whatever embellishments that you like. I chose pumpkins and grassy things.

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Take your pipe cleaner and secure a section of deco mesh to the wire form. Twist the pipe cleaner to hold it in place. Now you will start making poofs. Squish together a section of the deco mesh and then secure it with another pipe cleaner.

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You should finish the poofs all the way around. Don’t worry that you can see through it, the burlap will cover most of it up. Now start adding in the burlap. Use your pipe cleaners to secure it and make poofs just like previously. Once you’ve wrapped it all the way around poof it out some more to hide all of the pipe cleaners.

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Then add whatever embellishments you want. I just hot glued them on.

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That’s it! This wreath took me less than 30 minutes to whip together.

Vintage Suitcase Shelves Tutorial

In case you missed this vintage suitcase shelves tutorial over on A Diamond in the Stuff, here it is!
Suitcase shelf 7
I cannot begin to tell you how much I’m in love with these suitcase shelves. Every time I pass by them I smile a little. All three of these suitcases came from my husbands grandmother who recently passed away. They were perfectly worn, as well as smelly.
I originally planned to stack these and make an end table. However, the left and right suitcases were almost exactly the same size so it just didn’t look right. I started browsing Pinterest for ideas and found the suitcase shelf idea. However, I  could not find a good tutorial.
This project was totally spur of the moment. My husband and I were sitting in the garage chatting and bored and just went for it. He, of course, thought I was nuts.
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So here is a tutorial for how we made our suitcase shelves.
Suitcases
Open them up and check out the beautiful, yet stinky lining. You have two choices, Febreeze the heck-o-la out of it or rip it out. I chose option number two. I think taking the lining out would probably help the blade go through smoother but I can’t say for sure because we didn’t try to cut it with the lining in.
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Measure the size you want your suitcase and start cutting it in half on a circular saw. This part is only slightly terrifying. I thought more than once that I was ruining a perfectly beautiful vintage suitcase.
As you can see, the blade did not cut all the way through the bottom layer. You can either take a jigsaw and cut the rest of the way or do what we did. We tilted the suitcase vertical and lined up the circular saw to cut through the rest. Worked like a charm.
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Now flip it over and cut the other side. Make sure your cuts line up! So now you’ve got your shelf and now it needs a way to be hung on the wall.
Suitcases 1
Take a piece of board and cut it to fit inside the suitcase on the BOTTOM piece of suitcase. Then use a nail gun and nail the board in place around the bottom and both sides. As you can see in the right picture, you can see the nail holes but they are soooo tiny that nobody will notice. This was super close and they are hard to see!
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Sorry this picture is such poor quality. I was trying to help hold it up while taking a picture of how to do it! We screwed the piece of wood straight into the studs. Notice that the top is not on? The tops are removable and now the suitcase doubles as storage too! Love that.
suitcase shelf 1
suitcase shelf 2
I’m still working on the styling part, but I love the direction they are headed.
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The one on the right is my favorite. Or the one in the middle. The green one is just ok.
The lantern on the left also came from Wyatt’s grandmothers and got a paint job. On the center suitcase, the teacup was my great grandmothers. The other stuff is just for looks 🙂
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Here’s how they look from the doorway. Find the no sew drop cloth curtain tutorial HERE. Want to see what used to be on the suitcase wall? Go HERE. Wow, this is about a zillion times better.
Oh and the gigantic box underneath them is staying. Wyatt and his dad made it and it holds all of our snow skiing gear. I may eventually make a cushion for it. The only problem is that thing is massive. I’m talking coffin size. Maybe even a double coffin. You get my drift. HUGE, I tell ya.
Suitcase shelf
I love that they are unique and can still be sentimental.
Be sure to hop on over to Young and Crafty to see MANY more projects! 

Turquoise Bead Necklace {Tutorial}

Turquoise Bead Necklace {Tutorial}

Turquoise bead necklace

I’m trying to broaden my horizons when it comes to this jewelry making business. I’m still no pro, that’s for sure but I really like this necklace. It’s a start, know what I’m sayin’?

I received these beads from my wonderful sponsor

Wholeport

. To order beads like this, go

HERE

. They’ve got some cute stuff so be sure and check them out!

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I started off with a really long chain that I sort of just draped around my neck and then cut it to the length I wanted. I had these clasp things that look like a ponytail holder. I have no clue what they are for. I just disassembled it and attached the clasp to my chain.

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Next I took some headpins…

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Snipped them down and curved them around the chain. I spaced my turquoise balls about every four chains so that it would be even.

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I love this simple little necklace. I can’t wait to try out other necklaces with different shapes and designs!

Barbie Dollhouse Furniture Buying Guide!

Looking for a guide to buy Barbie Furniture for your little tot, who gets bored of her dolls within days? You’ve come to the right place.

In this article we will cover Barbie Furniture, from Vintage to Modern, and also provide some recommendations on what is currently hot. Read on!

Barbie has been a mirror to society, and has evolved through the years, stepping through a variety of roles. As such Barbie Furniture too is available in a wide variety and price range. From vintage to modern, buying Barbie Furniture is a great way to keep your child engaged with her doll, as she explores her make-believe world.

Vintage Barbie Furniture If you’re into vintage furniture, Mattel manufactured a line of 8 pieces between 1961 to 1966.

Those were:

  1. Barbie Goes to College
  2. The Barbie Dreamhouse
  3. The Barbie New Dream House
  4. The Barbie Fashion Shop
  5. The Barbie & Ken Little Theater
  6. The Barbie Dream Kitchen/Dinette
  7. The Skipper Dream Room
  8. The Barbie & Skipper School

These pieces were made of cardboard laminated with a paper veneer. They could be folded up and were designed to be able to contain all the included furniture and accessories. For those interested in buying vintage Barbie accessories, these pieces are available on eBay for sale alternatively if your more into dollhouse I suggest checking kidkraft dollhouse for more in depth review on purchasing a dollhouse.

Consult official guides for the full list of furniture and accessories included with each set. Between the years 1979-1987, Mattel produced a line of Barbie Dream House’s in yellow and pink, and the Barbie Dream Cottage was manufactured in 1983 and 1984.

Apart from the included furniture and accessories, three separate sets were also available. These were the living room set, the bedroom set and the kitchen set. Over the years Mattel kept adding to its Barbie Furniture line with the Barbie Dream Furniture Set that was manufactured between 1980 to 1984, the Dream Glow Barbie Furniture Collection in 1986, the Sweet Roses Barbie Furniture Collection in 1988 and the Pink Sparkles Barbie Furniture Set in 1992.

Customized Barbie Products If you lack the budget to get the more expensive models, or quite simply wish to build your own with your personal touch, it is easy to do so.

Here are a few tips.

  1. Use gift wrap to re-design floors, roofs and to give new ‘upholstery’ to furniture such as tables, sofas, refrigerators etc.
  2. Create Motifs using simple geometric patterns like flowers, stars, polka dots etc for floors and roofs and on furniture.
  3. Use metallic paint, wood polish or wood stain to give a stylized look to your Barbie furniture.
  4. Repeat a decorative element on a furniture set to create your own line of Barbie furniture!
  5. Create your own linen and pillowcases for Barbie furniture. Add decoration in the form of lace trims.

Modern Barbie Furniture The market is literally flooded with 1,000’s of pieces of furniture on sale from Barbie in both online and offline stores. It really is a buyer’s market. However, it could be tough to make a choice in the face of so many options, so here is a little list of popular items to guide you in making your purchase.

Remember, there is no ‘best’ furniture piece. There is only furniture that appeals to your child and matches her existing collection of dolls and dollhouses.

With that caveat in mind, here is a list of 10 Barbie sets that you could consider purchasing.

  1. Barbie My House Vanity Set
  2. Barbie Dress-Up to Make-Up Closet and Barbie Doll Set
  3. Barbie Stovetop to Tabletop Deluxe Kitchen and Doll Set
  4. Barbie Bed to Breakfast Deluxe Bedroom and Doll Set
  5. Barbie Forever Décor Family Room
  6. New Barbie Furniture Collection – Barbie Dinner to Dessert Dining Room Set
  7. Barbie Grill to Chill Deluxe Patio and Doll Set
  8. Barbie Spin to Clean Laundry Room and Barbie Doll Set
  9. Barbie Forever Décor Nursery
  10. New Barbie Furniture Collection – Barbie Treats to TV Refrigerator Set

Where to Shop then? There are a plethora of online stores that sell Barbie’s and their furniture. Most brick-and-mortar retail stores now have their own online listings as well. They include photographs and descriptions of each furniture and accessory. Amazon has a wide range of Barbie furniture manufactured by various companies and is probably your best bet.

However, you won’t find Vintage furniture here. eBay is literally flooded with thousands of auctions taking place at any given point of time. However, it is a seller’s market and you should investigate the products on offer thoroughly before making a purchase.

Apart from that, you could visit your local Barbie convention and shows. Buy a copy of Barbie Bazaar for a list of venues and dates. Conventions and shows are the best place to find vintage furniture. That’s it then. Hopefully the above guide to buying Barbie Furniture has given you some ideas on what to get for your little girl and her dolls. Happy Shopping!

DIY Summer Vacation Picture Frame Collage and GIVEAWAY ($200 Home Depot Gift Card)

DIY Summer Vacation Picture Frame Collage

Every year we take a family vacation trip to Lake Ouachita in Arkansas. For the past six or so years that I’ve been going, I have not had anywhere to put all of the pictures I take.

I was lucky enough to partner with Coupons.com Home Depot coupon codes and received a gift card to make something related to summer travel. I thought this was the perfect chance to make a picture frame collage that can be updated each year. It was actually really easy to make.

You will need a miter saw or miter box to make the cuts for the frame as well as nails to hold it together.

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I used my gift card to pick up two 1×2 pieces of board. Make sure they are pretty straight and not bowed.

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Next, make your 45 degree angle cuts. My frame measure roughly 30 in. by 24 in. I wanted more of a rectangular shape than square.

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Now use your nail gun and nail in the corners. Of course a hammer and nails will work too.

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I lightly sanded the corners where the cuts were to make sure they were smooth.

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Now spray paint the color of your choice. Oh how I love you oil rubbed bronze spray paint. Such a perfect deep brown color.

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A few weeks ago I posted on Instagram (hannahyoungandcrafty) a picture of two giant rolls of burlap that I found at an estate sale for $1 a piece. I thought this was the perfect project to make a few pennant banners. I have the Martha Stewart stencils and used those to paint my letters.

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I cut the burlap long enough to wrap around the twine.

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Then put some hot glue on the burlap to hold them together. I liked it this way because the pennants could still be adjusted rather than stuck in place.

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Before I put anything permanently in place, I played with the position to make sure I liked it.

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I then stapled the twine in place on the back. Each string is pulled pretty taut. I then used a piece of leftover twine for my hanger. This frame is super light so I’m not worried about it going anywhere.

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I used clothespins to hang the pictures up. Small ones would have been cuter but I was using what I had 🙂

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I’ve been working on a few things in the guest bedroom. This dresser is a new addition that got moved from the master to here. There is also a super cool new something on the wall to the left. I hope to post about it soon!

Don’t forget to check out what all of the other bloggers made for the theme “Summer Travel”!

Gallamore West

4 Marrs 1 Venus

Make Life Lovely

Artsy Fartsy Mama

The Crafted Sparrow

NellieBellie

A Turtle’s Life for Me

Tattered and Inked

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How to sew an infinity scarf

Infinity Scarf

As of late, I’ve had an obsession with scarves. They are just so comfy and make a statement. When I spotted this fabric on Wholeport, I knew that the chiffon, thin material would make a perfect scarf. Go HERE to purchase some for yourself.

I used two yards but still had some leftover. You’ll need two yards for the length.

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I love the Grandma-ish look to the fabric (No offense to Grandmas, I love mine!). I also knew that it could be worn with pretty much any color.

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I laid the fabric out and used my cardboard grid to cut the fabric in a mostly straight line.

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Then fold the fabric over and sew the edges together so that you have a long tube. Turn your tube.

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Next, I simply folded over the ends to create a clean hem. I folded once, sewed, and folded again and sewed again. Do this on both ends.

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Now take both of your ends and sew them together.

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That’s all there is to it! This is definitely a beginner sewing project. If I can do it, you can do it!