Shine on Friday’s

I had a fabulous and relaxing week at the lake last week. It’s good to be back home but it has been so hard to get back into a routine! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!

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Kara @ Happy Go Lucky Amy @ One Artsy Mama Kirsten @ One Tough Mother Hannah @ Young and Crafty Here are the fab features from last week: Shine on Fridays Features 7-26-13
1. Pattern Pop Tee Knock off 2. Hello Sunshine Plaque 3. Galvanized Tub Turned Outdoor Ottoman  4. Gooey Cookies and Cream Bars 5. Eat letters 6. Skinny Peaches and Cream Milkshake

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Simple Yet Elegant Bedrooms

Hello Young and Crafty readers, I am Jessica and I am so excited to be a guest blogger on this blog, I’d like to thank Hannah for having me, I am going to share some simple but elegant bedrooms with details and tips. Hope you’ll like it.


Simple Yet Elegant Bedrooms


Having a beautiful bedroom is a must. Not only does this give you confidence in your skills as a homemaker, but it can actually help you to sleep better too. You do not have to spend a lot of money and time completely gutting your bedroom and installing new bedroom suites to have a wonderful bedroom, and what follows are some quick and easy tips that will help you transform your bedroom simply and elegantly!


The walls of your bedroom can have a great impact on the overall appearance of the room. If your walls are grubby or grimy, festooned with spider-webs and covered with finger marks, it does not matter how new and well-cared-for your furniture is, the room will look dingy. Apply a fresh new coat of paint or re-do the wallpaper and then be sure to maintain it, clearing dust and cobwebs regularly, wiping up marks as they appear and stopping children from putting grubby hands on your walls.


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Keep the floor nice and tidy too! If you have a bedside rug make sure that it is lined up nicely every morning – make it an early morning routine to straighten the whole room quickly as you dress and make your bed and it will quickly become second nature. If you like wall-to-wall carpeting invest in the best quality carpet that you can. Carpetsofquality has the best range of carpets; the carpet will last many years in good condition, especially in a bedroom, which is not generally a high traffic area. On the other hand, if wooden floors are your ideal flooring material, have a lovely hardwood floor put down, and use soft felt pads on the feet of your furniture to protect it. Hardwood flooring is quite expensive, but if looked after properly, can last many decades.


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Do not accept anything in the bedroom that does not belong there! It is easy to ‘pop’ something (a bicycle, treadmill or exercise bike, for example) into the bedroom ‘for now’ to get it out of the way, while a guest sleeps over, or a dinner party is hosted. The problem arises when the item is simply left there. Insist on extraneous items being returned to their rightful place very quickly, before you get used to having it in your room! Try to ensure that your bedroom holds only those pieces of furniture that you need, and do not let it become a depository for items that do not have a place elsewhere in the home. Anything unnecessary or unused should be binned, recycled, sold, or donated to charity.


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Get crafty in your bedroom, making little flourishes and pieces that claim the room as uniquely yours. Purchase some thin foam and some beautiful fabric and learn how to make your very own padded hangers for your best garments. If you choose fabrics that go with your décor, it will add vital finishing touches to your room, completing it in some indefinable way. Lavender bags are so quick and simple to make, and, if you grow your own lavender, cost very little. Sew a small square on three sides, fill with a mixture of lavender flowers and cotton wool (or foam filling), then complete the final edge for an extremely simple scented bag.


Alternatively, cut out a circle of fabric. Leaving a decent space for the frill, sew two rows of straight stitching, also in a circle, parallel to the circumference. Gently pull the ends of the sewing thread, until the fabric begins to bunch up and gather, forming a little round pouch. Fill the pouch with lavender, rose petals or even shop-bought potpourri, then tighten the threads and tie it off tightly, adding a couple of stitches to prevent it coming undone again. These small bags add a powerful fragrance, not only to your undergarments, but to the entire room, suffusing it with wonderful feminine floral notes. Lavender is known to be relaxing, and the smell will help you drift off into a good relaxing slumber.


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Your bedding and the soft furnishings are the area of your room where you can really have a big impact for only a small monetary outlay. Bedding is available in a wide and diverse array of choice these days and you will be able to choose between plain fabrics, small print floral, lively and vibrant stripes and even quirky or humorous prints. Yorkshirelinen has a fabulous range, not only of patterns, but of fabrics as well, ranging from cool crisp cotton to luxurious satin effect. If possible, purchase curtains that match or complement the bedding to help round off the appearance of the room.


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Monkey Cupcake Topper and Food Label Printables

I’m not the greatest at making up printables but I wanted to give it a shot for the baby shower that I hosted at my house. I wanted a cute monkey for a cupcake topper and food label place cards. They were both relatively easy to make. The color greens do not match perfectly but unless you are holding them next to each other, no one will know the difference! I googled and found the picture of the monkey and based my idea on this printable that I pinned. I can’t find the original source now.  Feel free to use these if you like! Monkey Printable

Here is one way I used the monkey printable at the baby shower. There is just something about monkeys, they are too cute! Monkey Banner If you use these, I’d love to see a picture!

DIY $10 Cupcake Stands {Tutorial}

DIY Cupcake Stand

For the monkey themed baby shower that I hosted at my house, I wanted an inexpensive cake stand to add height to the table and put cupcakes on. I finally figured out this inexpensive way to make my own!

I headed to the dollar store to look for stovetop covers and candlesticks. I couldn’t find any stovetop covers there but I did find some pizza pans. Of course they only offered one size. I grabbed one and 4 candlestick holders for $5. I then went to Walmart and found some white stovetop covers for about $5. Total cost was $10 (or technically $9 because I didn’t need one candlestick holder!)

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The stovetop covers were already white but the pizza pan and candlestick holders needed a quick coat of white spray paint.

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I liked the look of the candlestick holders upside down. I then grabbed some super glue and glued them all together.

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You have enough supplies to make two cupcake stands.

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On the left, you can see the cupcake stand filled with cupcakes with the super cute monkey cupcake toppers!  Find the appliqued onesises HERE, the bicycle freezer paper stenciled onesie HERE, and the food label printables HERE.

 

Monkey Baby Shower

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One of my friends from school is having a baby and so a few of my classmates and I decided to throw her a shower. This is actually the first shower I have ever been involved with decorating for and hosting. It was so much fun to pull together!

We obviously went for a monkey theme of brown, green, and a hint of light blue. I will share the cupcake topper printable and food label printable that I made and used for the shower. I’m also going to share how to make a super easy cake stand for under $10. The diaper cake was made by my friend and her mom and turned out too cute!

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I whipped up a few onesies to hang from the window as well as the ever popular poofs. You can see the bicycle onesie HERE and the bow tie onesies will be posted soon.

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We had fruit kabobs with fruit dip, cookies and cream cupcakes, green sugar cookies, and an amazing bbq chicken salad that’s scooped up with tortilla chips. It was the perfect amount of food for a 4-6 p.m. shower.

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I made this banner to hang from the mantle. This is where the mother to be opened her gifts so it gave a nice little backdrop. Don’t you just love that name?!

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It was a very nice shower and I can’t wait to host another one! All I need is some pregnant friends 🙂

Applique Tie Onesies

Applique tie onesies


I just love making these cute little tie onesies for baby boys. They are an easy and personalized gift and let’s face, too cute! You really do not need to be an amazing sewer to do this. The bow tie is a little harder but that’s only because it is curved.


Here is what you will need:


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Fusible interfacing


A print out of a bow tie and regular tie on regular paper


Take the print outs and cut out the ties in the fabric of your choice. Then take your fusible interfacing and cut out the shape tie shapes.


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Now iron on your fabric with your interfacing in between your tie and onesie. It will stick like glue. Then stitch around the edges of everything.


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I used them at the shower we threw for my friend as decoration. Dual purpose… gift and decoration! You can find the bicycle onesie HERE.


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Have you appliqued anything before??

Stud Earring Holder {Tutorial}

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Lately, I’ve been really into stud earrings. So much so that I was running out of places to put them. You see, I have this earring holder that hangs on the wall and is perfect for dangly earrings. I started using the ledge for studs which worked fine. That is until my stud addiction got worse…

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You can see how I made this earring holder HERE. And one similar HERE.

It is super functional for all of my dangly earrings and I still love it.

So here is how I made a stud earring holder.

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I’ve had this picture frame for awhile just sitting around. It was brown and I wanted white. I gave it a quick coat of spray paint. It was at this point that I also thought. Hmmm… if I take out the glass and the back, how is this thing going to stand up. Not my brightest moment.

FYI: I think I’m probably the worse spray painter ever. Patience is key and I have none. I know all of the right ways to spray paint, I just don’t follow them. You are supposed to go back and forth lifting up on the “trigger” each time. I’m more of a “hold the trigger down the entire time” kind of spray painter. The results aren’t always good.

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This was my solution to making it stand up. I cut a piece of dowel rod into two equal lengths. I then drilled a hole in the frame and stuck the dowel rods in. I’ll be honest, they fit so snuggly that I didn’t even hot glue.

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Now you’ve got a nice little free standing frame!

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Next, I added some black lace to the inside. I hot glued it into place and then hot glued over the top as well. I love using lace for an earring holder because there are tons of holes to hang or poke your earrings through!

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That’s it! This project is super easy and quick.

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I have mine sitting on our counter hanging by the toothbrushes. No, my counters do not stay this clean. And yes, everything that was there is on the right side of the counter that I’m not going to show you 🙂

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I intentionally made it the opposite colors of the one I have hanging up. I didn’t want it to be matchy-matchy.

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How do you store your earrings??

 

Fat Quarter Alligator

Fat Quarter Alligator


That right there is supposed to be an alligator. I think it looks like a cute giant lizard. I was sent a $25 gift card from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores to whip up something from their spring catalog.


You can find the step by step tutorial for the alligator HERE. This is definitely a project for someone who’s been sewing for a little while. The instructions were vague at parts. There was also hand sewing involved. I loathe hand sewing. I swear a 4 year old could have sewn that tail up better than that.


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Bicycle Freezer Paper Stencil

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I love using freezer paper stencils for baby gifts. It’s such an easy way to personalize the gift and make it special. A friend of mine at school has a baby on the way and her husband is really big into cycling. I love riding myself so I thought this would be fun!

It did not turn out as perfect as I had hoped. It’s the thought that counts right? Right.

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These are the supplies you will need. In Google images make sure you type in “Halloween stencil”. That way when you cut out the black areas, it will still be connected. You will need freezer paper, fabric paint, and xacto knife and a onesie.

You can see how to do the rest in the tutorial I did

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Bicycle Freezer Paper Stencil

Have you tried freezer paper stenciling yet??

How to make an electrical spool end table

DIY Electrical Spool End Table

I’ve mentioned before that my dad is an electrician. When he called and asked if I wanted some electrical spools, I said, “Sure, why not?!” I knew that I could figure out something to make with them.

The end table that I had was a little to formal for me. I have been looking for the perfect one for a long time. When I saw the size of these two spools, I knew right away that they would make a perfect, funky, industrial end table.

Here’s how I did it:

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Here are the two spools in all their glory.

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I stacked them up to see which way I could get them to be the sturdiest. They are by no means perfectly flat so this took some switching around.

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Next, I took three screws and screwed the spools together. I considered not doing this step. This suckers are pretty solid but with both a 2 and 5 year old nephew coming over I didn’t want to chance them being knocked over.

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I gave them two coats of white paint. If I were to make these again, I would paint them first and then screw them together. There were some cracks between the two spools that were hard to get to.

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Then I gave them two coats of Behr Winter Lake. This quart of paint has gone a long way. I used it on my wooden tray, this chair, and the PB knockoff wall art.

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Of course that was just way to pretty. I roughed up the edges and lightly everywhere else.

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Much better!

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That’s it! I rarely polyurethane anything because I want it to wear and tear naturally. Find the chair redo HERE and the pillows HERE.

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I just love the chipped piece of wood. It adds to the rustic-ness of it.

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It’s a little taller than I anticipated but it will work just find in the living room.

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When I asked my husband what he thought he said, “Well, it’s… different.” Good, that’s what I was going for!!

Have you ever made anything with an electrical spool?