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It’s been almost a year…holy slacker Batman!

Ok, I really don’t have any other excuse here than I got lazy. With that being said, I’m going to start to try to be a little more proactive about posting….especially since I’ve discovered the magic that is pintrest.

I’ve been compiling some things on my boards that I’ll certainly be sharing here (some of which we’ve tried, some of which we will be trying at some point) for everyone’s crafting pleasure. I’ve also got a compilation of toddler-friendly activities as well since my monster is now really, really into “helping” mommy make things. I’m also thinking about popping some really yummy recipes up here in the near future as well (who doesn’t like good food, right?).

Anyway, sorry for sucking at regular posting, and here’s to hoping that I can motivate myself to get back into the groove!

XXOOXX

Ashley

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Missing in Action/W.I.P.

I’d like to say that I’ve been spending the last few weeks of my hiatus coming up with and finding tons of awesome DIY projects to post here (which is partially true), but, to be candid, I’ve been spending my post wedding/first few weeks of Summer break enjoying doing mostly nothing.With that being said, I have been working on a chalkboard painted activity table for my son alongside my husband.

We had gotten a (much needed) new coffee table as a wedding gift and were about to throw our old IKEA one out when I had a stroke of genius. Why not sand it down, re-paint it using chalkboard paint, and give it to my ever-so-artistic 19-month-old? After all, he has developed a rather inconvenient affinity for drawing all over my walls and furniture.

We went to Lowe’s, picked up some paint and sandpaper, and set off to make the little monster a nifty little table of his own, the surface of which is entirely designed to allow him to scribble until his tiny heart’s content. I had also had the idea of cutting a small area out of the table in order to create some sort of an area where he could store his chalk. We’ve decided that the best option was to cut said hole then attach a mesh bag of sorts as a home for his drawing utensils.

So far we’ve gotten everything sanded, cut, painted, and we decided to take out the bottom shelf (it was removable) and fasten it to the back of the table so that he now has even more places to create art. All that’s left is creating the mesh bag (for lack of a better term). Once the project is completed, I’ll be giving a step-by-step on how we did this upcycle with pictures of the finished project.

Also, I’ll be posting a compilation of the DIY Father’s Day projects that I’ve fallen in love with for everyone soon.

Thanks for your patience and I hope everyone is enjoying the start of Summer.

XXOOXX

Ashley


Awesome DIY Home Decor Made of Unexpected Items!

I like to think that I’m pretty creative when it comes to being thrifty and decorating my space in cool, inexpensive, and unexpected ways, but lately, I’ve come across some really awesome home decor projects that have me going “Why didn’t I think of that”? I’ve found some real gems that are made of  everything ranging from toilet paper tubes to embroidery rings, and I can’t resist sharing them.

1) Hemp Pendant Lights

These super easy-to-make hemp pendants are a cool, earthy way to spice up anyone’s living space. Plus, if you’re not up to actually making it functional (trying to figure out how to use it as a light), they can be hung up as is and still look awesome.

What You’ll Need:

Hemp string (A LOT of it)

Bouncy balls of various sizes (You know, like the ones you used to kick around the backyard as a kid…and, if you have kids, chances are, you have some laying around) – Balloon’s also work, but are a little more temperamental and difficult…I don’t recommend using them.

Clear drying craft glue

Gloves (trust me, you want to wear them…super messy project)

A trash bag

Permanent marker

A ball inflating needle (available at sporting goods stores)

Light fixture hardware (You can easily find pendant fitters at Lowe’s or Home Depot)

Directions:

1) Cover your work space with the trash bag

2) Draw a circle on your ball. This will act as a marker for space that needs to remain empty in order for you to install your hardware

3) Put your gloves on and squeeze some glue onto your fingers, then begin pulling the string through your gluey fingers

4) Now start wrapping your ball and keep pulling string through the glue, making sure not to wrap over the area designated as empty **try to wrap in random patterns and make sure your keeping things dense…this will make the pendant stronger** and continue this process until you’re happy with the look of your pendant and on as many different balls as you want

5) Let the glue cure completely (about 48 hours) then take the inflating needle and deflate the ball(s) and remove it from the pendant

6) Follow the installation instructions that come with your light fixture, making sure that  while installing the light string,  you feed the wires through the circle hole of the lamp and up through the top (this way the light bulb will hang down in the center of the sphere)

7) Hang and enjoy!

These are one of those things that will totally earn you some oooh’s and ahhh’s from friends and family when they find out you made them yourself ladies and gents!

2) Painted Ceiling Medallion and Rosette Wall Art

This project can be more on the pricey side, but as you can see, is totally gorgeous. Ceiling medallions are typically used to fancify lighting fixtures, but, when coupled with rosettes (these are used to plug the center hole of the medallion in order to make it look the way the one’s pictured do), and painted, magic happens.

What You’ll Need:

A few different ceiling medallions and rosettes (these can be found at Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.)

Paint (considering you’ll need a decent amount, I suggest using some left-over paint from your home, and also, if you want to make them different shades of the same color similar to those in the picture, you’ll need white paint too)

A paint brush(es)

Some newspaper or a garbage bag

Directions:

1) Set up your work area using the newspaper and/or garbage bags to keep things tidy

2) Put the rosette into the hole in your medallion (unless you choose to leave the hole open…this project works either way)

3) Start painting. Mix different shades of the same color, paint them a few different colors, experiment, and, most importantly, have fun!

4) Repeat steps 2-3 with any other medallions/rosettes you have

5) Allow them to dry completely then arrange and hang them

Now, to be totally honest, I haven’t finished this project in its entirety yet (it’s a little hard to do with an 18-month-old monster running around and finals), but, the one that is done is stunning. Like I said earlier, this can be pricey, but it really is worth it. The results are a unique and colorful focal point in your room that will have people asking ‘Where did you get those”?!?

3) Mod Cardboard Tube Storage Display

Who would have thought that cut up cardboard tubes could look so stylish? To be honest, not me. This is an insanely cheap, quick way to get yourself some cool looking storage.

What You’ll Need:

Cardboard tubes of varying sizes

An X-acto knife

A pen or pencil

Paint (optional, but recommended)

Paint brush(es) – if you choose to paint your tube pieces

Glue ( I used hot glue)

Directions:

1) Decide how deep you want various slices of your tubes and use the pen(cil) to mark where you want to cut

2) Start cutting into those tubes

3) Once you’ve got them all cut up, start painting them

4) Let them dry completely

5) Decide how you want to arrange them and start gluing them together so that your storage display is a little more stable (this also saves you from putting more nails etc. in your wall than necessary in order to hang them)

6) Hang them up

Note – this can be a little tricky. You want to cut the tubes up while still maintaining their shape, so it can be a little tedious, at times frustrating, and, as I’ve said, just plain tricky. On the plus side, these are pretty cool looking and are great for living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms (especially kid’s rooms!).

4) Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art

Now ladies and gents, the above example is a really complicated one, and I don’t suggest trying to make them unless you’re really, really, really talented with an X-acto knife, and you have a lot of dexterity. I just wanted to give you guys an idea of just how beautiful wall art with toilet paper roles can be! This particular piece is by a Japanese artist by the name of Yuken Teryuga. Below is a more practical project for you to start out with.

It’s often shocking how, the humblest of objects (like TP roles), can make something so beautiful. This project isn’t only pretty, it’s pretty easy too!

What You’ll Need:

Toilet paper roles (I suggest lots of them) **You can also use paper towel roles too

Scissors or an X-acto knife (Scissors are easier for beginner X-acto users, but I think the X-acto is better. Then again, I have a passionate love affair with X-acto knives…)

Glue (again, I used hot glue for this, but it’s not the only option)

Paint (optional)

Paint brush(es) – if you choose to paint your project

Directions:

1) Start cutting up those roles

2) Once you’ve got enough circles, start bending them so that they resemble the shape of a cat’s eye…or not. Circles work too.

OPTIONAL STEP – if you want to paint them, now’s the time to do it! Make sure you let them dry all the way before you proceed to the next step.

3) Start arranging them into a pattern and gluing them together

4) Continue step 3 until you’ve got the size you’d like

5) Hang it!

This can be as simple, or as intricate as you want it to be. It’s also a really great project to do with your kids. If you do decide to let the kids help, replace the hot glue with Elmer’s, and add in some clothes pins (these will be used to hold the spots with glue together), and get crackin’.

5) Paper Bird Cages

Like birds? I do too! Just not live ones (I’m allergic). I love these adorable little paper birdcages. They’re a really cute and whimsical way to add to your decor and they’re pretty customizable as well.

What You’ll Need:

An assortment of card stock i.e. varying colors and patterns

String

Double-sided tape

Plastic lids (ice cream lid’s work pretty well)

Small brads

Small hole punch

A straight edge and X-acto knife

Scissors

The PDF for the birds (optional)

Directions:

1) Get started by cutting 12″ x 1/4″ strips of paper utilizing your straight edge and X-acto knife (you will need four strips per bird cage)

2) In the center of each paper strip, punch a tiny hole with your hole punch and then set them aside

3) Download your bird template and print it out on heavy card stock, then cut out the bird and trace around it on one of your decorative papers. Next, cut out your bird and punch a hole in the center of it’s back

4)  Cut a 14″ length of string then tie your bird to the end of the string, and then tie a knot in the string 1.5″ above the bird

5)  Thread the string through the holes in your  four paper strips, sliding them down the string until they meet the knot and secure the strips together (just above the knot)  by running a small brad through the holes

6) Run a strip of double-sided tape around the edge of your lid, take your bundled strips and fan them out, and stick the ends of said strips to the edge of your lid, making sure to keep them evenly spaced.

7)  Cut a strip of card stock 1.5 inches wide and long enough to wrap around the lid (if your lid diameter is greater than the width of your paper, cut two strips) and wrap the strip(s) around the taped edge of the lid, press down, and smooth.

Note: While these instructions use tape, the tape can be substituted with rubber cement, glue, etc.

These little birdies will definitely illicit smiles and, perhaps, even make you and your guests feel a little Snow White-esque.

6) Painted Picture Frames

One really easy way to enhance a room is to choose a single color for decor and run with it. It creates a clean, modern look, and is relatively easy to do. This project is perfect for anyone going for that style…plus, it’s cheap and easy. You can also choose to do them in different colors, or, you can go the monochromatic route and do different shades or hues of the same color. Any way you go, it’s going to look great.

What You’ll Need:

Various picture frames (thrifting is the way to go here…the frames don’t need to be aesthetically perfect because you’re going to be painting them anyway)

Paint

Paint brush(es)

Directions:

1) Clean your frames…a clean surface is easier to work with

2) Begin painting! (You may have to use multiple coats of paint. If that’s the case, make sure you allow each coat to dry before you add another)

3) Let Dry

4) Put your pictures in them

5) Arrange and hang

I was being dead serious when I said this was really easy to do. This is something my husband and I are working on for our wedding photo’s (when we finally get them!). These frames are also cool to use for the fabric panel wall art DIY I’d mentioned in my Mother’s Day post.

7) Embroidery Hoop Wall Art

Embroidery hoops aren’t just for embroidering anymore! They’re for decorating your living space now too. These hoops are pretty inexpensive and can be found at pretty much any craft store. This project is a great way to give your apartment or home a mod look without breaking your bank.

What You’ll Need:

Embroidery hoops in varying sizes

Paint

Paint brush(es)

Glue

Directions:

1) Paint your hoops

2) Allow the paint to dry completely

3) Come up with a design you like

4) Glue any connecting pieces together to add stability (hot glue is your friend)

5) Hang

This is one of the easiest DIY’s ever…and it’s really cool. Again, this is also something you can make as simple or intricate as your heart desires, and it’s really easy to personalize as well.

8)Paper Doily and Thumbtack Art

Upon first glance, I’d never assume this awesome wall art consists merely of orange thumbtacks and paper doilies, but it does. This is probably, by far, one of the cheapest/most simple DIY’s in the history of DIY projects…plus, it’s pretty cool looking.

What You’ll Need:

Paper doilies in various sizes (coffee filters work too, but be prepared to cut a lot of them up, so add scissors into the mix if you use them)

Colored or plain thumbtacks (I’d go with the flat metal kind, but you can use what ever your heart desires)

Directions:

1)Start taking doilies and thumbtacks and sticking them to the wall (be creative! try folding doilies and layering them etc.)

2) Continue step 1 while making a pattern that you like

That’s all there is to it! A total of two steps produces something super awesome and unexpected. Plus, I’m pretty sure it’s damn near impossible to spend more than $5 bucks (give or take) on the supplies you need to create this, which, in my book, is pretty epic in itself.

9) Chandelier

No, it’s not dripping with Swarovski crystals, but it’s still pretty neat. I mean, let’s get serious, who doesn’t love chandeliers? I know I do…especially when I can make them myself and they’re inexpensive.

What You’ll Need:

4 – 10″ wire hanging baskets

Wire
Needle nose pliers
Wire cutters
Hot Glue Gun
Spray Paint
Embellishments like crystals, beaded necklaces, mirror pieces, colored beads, chain….basically anything you want
Directions:

1) Place 2 baskets together – rounded side up/flat side down and connect them in the middle using wire, making sure to wind tightly and space the loops to the sides

2) Take your 3rd basket and thread the hook and chains up through the middle hole and lay off to one side

3) Place this 3rd basket in the middle of the other 2 that you connected – rounded up side/flat side down

4) Connect the 4 points that touch (2 on each side) with wire (to wrap these with wire a little more easily, apply a small dot of hot glue and then wind the wire around)

5) Turn the entire piece over and place the 4th basket in the middle -flat side down, then,  attach it with wire at the 4 points that are touching, then flip it back over. The structure of the chandelier should be complete at this point. This is when you paint it and let it dry (optional of course)

6) Give your chandelier some shape (this step is easiest to do if it is hanging) by taking the 2 outside hooks and placing them on the inner rings on each side (secure the hook in place with a small dot of hot glue)

7) Embellish away!

For steps with pictures, check out Brassy Apple’s tutorial.

This is a cool project for any living space, but it’s also neat for a little girl’s bedroom as well!

10) Creative Coat Rack

Coat racks are kind of a necessary evil. They can look awkward, boring, and, sometimes even clunky. This project allows you to create a coat rack that you’ll love. Why will you love it? Because it’s cute and you’ve made it yourself using stuff that you actually like.

What You’ll Need:

A piece of wood

Knobs (I’ve often found some really cool ones at antique stores)

Screws

Screwdriver and/or Drill

Pencil

Paint

Paintbrush

Directions:

1) Paint your piece of wood the desired color and let dry

2) With your pencil, make light marks on the wood, showing where you want to position the knobs

3) Screw in the screws (being careful not to screw into the floor or table…it happens)

4) Twist the knobs onto the screws

5) Hang your new coat rack

Yes, it’s really that easy. Plus, coat racks don’t have to just be for coats. You can use this for your jewelry, purses, etc. This, like some of the other projects, works great in a kids room as well. If you want to make one for your son or daughter, you can let them help you pick out the nobs and paint!

So, here they are, 10 pretty spectacular (in my opinion) projects that are made out of some not-so conventional stuff, geared toward  livening up your living space on a budget. I hope you guys enjoy them as much as I did, and if you try them out, feel free to shoot some pictures my way! I’ll add them to the blog!

XXOOXX

Ashley


Teriffic T-shirt Projects Volume 2

In lieu of the fact that my initial posting on DIY t-shirt projects seems to be particularly popular, I’ve decided to add some more nifty t-shirt related projects to my blog. These projects are as equally cute, fun, cheap, and easy as the first batch you guys have seen earlier in my blog.

1) Ruffle V-neck Shirt

This cute DIY is a great way to add some personality to a plain old T. Plus, everyone knows ruffles are totally in right now…right? So rather than spending $20 or more on a ruffle-tastic shirt in a store, make one yourself for much cheaper!

What You’ll Need:

A V-neck T-shirt

2 Yards of ruffle ribbon in the color of your  choice (you’ll need more than 2 yards if you’re working with a bigger shirt…I’d say 3-4 just to be safe)

Scissors

Fabric glue

Straight Pins

Directions:

1) Cut your ribbon into 3 equal pieces

2) Lay your shirt on a flat surface with the front facing up

3) Make a thin bead of fabric glue on the backside of the first piece of ribbon making sure that it’s close to edge

4) Starting at  a shoulder seam and working down toward the point of the V, glue the ribbon and neck line together

5) As you adhere your ribbon at V you’ll want to gather it slightly (you might want to secure the ribbon at the V with a straight pin until the glue dries all the way) so that the  ribbon is not pulling the fabric

6) Continue to adhere the ribbon around collar to the other shoulder seam

7) Trim your  ribbon at the  seam

*Repeat the process with the remaining pieces of ribbon, taking care to  tuck each additional piece roughly 25 percent under the piece that came before it to create a layered effect

Make sure you let everything dry before you try to wear or wash your shirt!

2) Fringe Necklace

Fringe Jewelry is super popular right now. The above picture isn’t of a DIY necklace, but I wanted to give everyone and idea of what the trend that inspired this DIY was. Below is a picture of what an undecorated version of the DIY looks like.

What You’ll Need:

An old T-shirt (or 2…or 3…)

Scissors

Beads, chain, old broaches, etc. (optional of course…these items are only for decorating purposes. If you like em plain than kindly ignore these suggestions)

Directions:

1) Cut the front of the T-shirt off using the side seams as a guide

2) Cut around the neck hole making sure to keep it in tact and attached to the front of the T (if you cut that part off, you’ve got nothing to make your fringe with!)

3) Cut the bottom seam off of the left-over front part of the shirt

4) Start cutting strips into the front of the shirt

5) Cut try cutting them different lengths and widths to get different looks

6) Try stretching out the strands of fabric (this will make them curl under and appear thinner)

7) Add decorations if you see fit

Slip it over your head and wear!

3) Cassette Tape T-shirt

Let’s be honest, we’ve all got old cassette tapes laying around. Let’s be painfully honest, despite the fact that these tapes hold some sort of nostalgic power over us, we don’t actually listen to them…ever. This project kind of kills two birds with one stone. It gives a use for our old friend the cassette tape and provides us with a cool DIY T-shirt as well.

What You’ll Need:

A cassette tape (or more)

A T-shirt

Fabric paint

A paint brush (I’ve found that the foam ones work great for this project)

Directions:

1) Lay your shirt out on a protected work area (you don’t really want to get paint everywhere…just on the cassette and then the shirt)

2) Paint one of the sides of your cassette tape

3) Press the painted cassette down onto your shirt until you feel that the entirety of the tapes shape has transferred (the prints won’t look perfect, but that’s part of the appeal of this project…it gives a worn sort of vintage look, so no worries!)

4) Remove the tape from the shirt

5) Repeat

6) Have fun with it! Play around with different patterns and colors.

7) Let dry completely, wash, and wear!

This project is great for shirts, but it’s also cool for leggings, high-top chuck’s, bags, scarves, hoodies, decorating plain throw pillows, hat’s…the list goes on and on!

4) 80’s Style Boxy T-Shirt

Boxy T-shirts were a token staple of the 80’s wardrobe that just so happen to have made a comeback in a big way. They’re fashionable, comfy, and, if you buy them in a store, can be expensive. So again, why blow all that cash on something you could make for close to, if not, nothing?

What You’ll Need:

A large or extra large T-shirt (I’m super tiny, so a large worked well for me)

Scissors

Directions:

1) Cut the sleeves of your T-shirt just above the hem

2) Make 2 slits about an inch away from the front of the collar on both the left and right side, making sure that they’re done at a roughly 90% angle from the shoulder seams

3) Cut the collar out using the slits as a guide

4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the back side of the shirt

5) Cut the bottom hem of the shirt off (you can cut it so that the shirt is shorter, or just cut the hem off to keep it long)

Viola! You’re done!

5) The Holey T-shirt

I know, I know…who want’s to wear a T-shirt full of holes? Apparently a lot of people do! Shirts like this have been popping up all over trendy clothing websites and making appearances in hip clothing stores all over the place. For instance, I’m a huge fan of Urban Outfitters and can frequently be found torturing myself by perusing their site. Recently, I’ve seen a ton of holey clothing on UO’s website, and to be honest, I dig it (sans the rather large price tag that seems to accompany them that is). This is probably the easiest, cheapest DIY in the history of DIY’s. It literally consists of 3 steps and requires things that most women have laying around the house.

What You’ll Need:

A T-shirt

Scissors

Nail scissors

An X-acto knife

A cutting board

Directions:

1) Place the cutting board inside of your T-shirt

2) Start making holes in the shirt using your various cutting tools

3) Stretch out the area’s where you’ve cut holes and you’re done….no seriously…done.

This particular type of shirt won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those risque fashionista’s out there, it’s a great project. If you feel a little awkward about having holes all over your shirt for modesty purposes, you can always throw a tank on underneath. Either way, it’s an edgy, fun way to re-purpose an old T, and, to be frank, it’s a pretty good way to blow off some steam when you’re irritated.

Hope everyone enjoys these terrific T-shirt projects as much as you did the first time around!

XXOOXX

Ashley




With Mother’s Day Fast Approaching, Check Out These Cute and Simple DIY Projects Perfect for Mom!

Ah, Mother’s Day…the one day of the year where we finally show our undying gratitude for the wonderful women who birthed us. It’s a time-honored tradition to present these lovely ladies with handcrafted gifts from the heart (I mean, let’s get serious, they love getting gifts made by their kids…even when said kids are in their 20’s, 30’s, and so on), so why not save some cash this year and make mom (or your wife/friend/sister/mother-in-law) some grown-up DIY awesomeness?

I’ve found a plethora of super cute stuff to make for mom, but if I posted them all, this blog would be entirely dedicated to Mother’s Day DIY. With that being said, here are some of my favorite (and inexpensive) projects to show mom how much you care this year.

1) Fabric Panel Wall Art

We’ve all seen things like this at pretty much any store that sells home decor. They’re pretty easy to make, they’re a nice way to spice up a room, and, you can make them really personal by using your mom’s favorite colors, patterns, and embellishments!

What you’ll need:

Pretty fabric (try scrap bins at fabric stores, craft stores, or your own scrap fabric might come in handy too!)

A picture frame(s) – Any size works, and I suggest doing a few different one’s…the more Mother’s Day gifts, the better, right?

A needle, thread, and scissors

Things to add some flare, i.e. buttons, beads, embroidery floss, sequins, rhinestones, old jewelry, etc.

Directions:

Choose the part of the fabric you’d like to use

Measure said fabric so that it’s 2 inches larger than the measurements of the frame in both height and width

Decorate your fabric using the buttons, beads, etc. that you’ve compiled by sewing (or, in some cases, if necessary, gluing) them onto the fabric. Play around with it! Try using the buttons, embroider a cute pattern, outline with it, add French knots with it…enjoy yourself! After all, this is the fun part ladies and gents!

Once you’ve finished adding your own personal touches, remove the glass and the backing from your picture frame

Flip your fabric so that the downside is facing you and place your now empty frame on top

Fold your extra fabric over the frame making sure that the fabric is taut

Replace the back of the frame to secure the fabric

Give to mom!

2) Bath Bombs

Who doesn’t love bath bombs? They’re a fun, relaxing additive to any bath session, and they’re surprisingly easy to make as well.

What you’ll need:

4 ounces of baking soda

2 ounces of citric acid

2 ounces of corn starch

2 ounces of Epsom salt

2 teaspoons of water

1/2 teaspoon of fragrance (I like to do Lavender for my mom to help her relax)

1 tablespoon oil (I suggest coconut as it smells nice)

1 to 2 drops of food coloring of your choice

Something to use as a mold (I’ve done it with my sugar skull molds and also plastic Easter eggs, etc.)

Directions:

Combine dry ingredients into a large bowl and set aside

Add the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl and mix

Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients one teaspoon at a time

At this point, your mixture should be damp, but able to hold form when you pinch it (if it’s not, add more wet mixture little by little until it’s the right consistency)

Pack your mold until it’s full and let dry for 24 hours

Give it to mom!

3) Teacup lights

I found these gem’s on Marthastewart.com and fell in love with them! They’re adorable, cheap, and easier than you’d expect. They’re the perfect gift for a mom with an affinity for a more country cottage-esque taste in decor.


What you’ll need:

Tea cups

Partially burned candles

A candy or candle thermometer

Tongs

New wicking

Wick sustainers

Wooden Skewers

Nested pans

Directions:

In a small pan set over a larger pan of simmering water, melt down old candles

Clip the thermometer to the upper pot, and keep temperature at about 185 degrees

Remove old wicks with tongs

Cut a piece of wicking to 2 inches larger than the height  of the cup

Clamp one end to a wick sustainer and tie the other end around a skewer

Dip wicking and sustainer into melted wax to coat them

Remove and stick sustainer to cup’s bottom

Pour in the wax, stopping 1/2 inch below the cup’s rim.

Allow wax to set for about 1 hour

The candle will harden with a well in the center

To even the well out, use another skewer to prick a circle of holes about 1/16 inch deep around the wick then pour in melted wax until surface is 1/4 inch below rim

Cut the wick

Serve to mom!

4) Sewing Kit in a Jar

This gift is functional and visually pleasing at the same time. Mom can use it to assist in her sewing projects, or just as a cute decoration that highlights her love of all things crafty, and, again, comes from the wonderful world of Martha Stewart.

What you’ll need:

A mason jar

Fabric

Cardboard

A compass

Batting or stuffing

A hot glue gun

Sewing goodies to fill the jar with

Directions:

Separate the lid’s sealer and screw cap

Trace around sealer on cardboard

Using your compass, draw another circle on linen or cotton, making sure that it’s 1 inch larger in diameter than the first

Cut out both circles

Make the cushion by placing batting between fabric and cardboard

Turn the screw cap upside down, and apply hot glue to the inside edge of rim, quickly pressing cushion into lid until the cloth protrudes smoothly above the screw cap’s opening, and the cardboard is flush against rim

Apply hot glue around the edge of the cardboard, fold over excess fabric, and press down

Glue the top of the sealer to cardboard

Fill the jar with goodies and give to mom!

Again, majority of these are spectacularly cheap and simple, which is what us procrastinators need when it comes to last-minute gifts for mom on her special day! Hope you guys have fun with these!

XXOOXX

Ashley





Ashley & Jason – The Teaser. (via My World)

One of our super-awesome wedding photo’s courtesy of our super-awesome photographer Mr. Russ Hickman!

Ashley & Jason - The Teaser. How about a teaser from Ashley & Jason's Wedding? Not many brides are willing to lay on the ground in their wedding dress to get a good shot but Ashley was up for absolutely anything. I'm glad she was because I love this image. … Read More

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A Brief Hiatus From DIY Blogging

In lieu of the fact that I have just been fortunate enough to marry the man of my dreams, I’ve been taking a little break from…well…everything (sans parenting). But, no worries, I’ll be returning very soon to post some more cool DIY thing’s I’ve found or created, especially since a ton of things or our wedding were made by yours truly. I’ll have some pictures of said things (sugar skulls, mini-skulls for the cake, bouquets, boutonnieres, flower arrangements, place cards, and hopefully of the pearl bracelets I made for my flower girls) up soon! If any of you are regular reader’s, please keep checking in!!!

In the meantime, here are a few shots from some of the camera’s laying around during the wedding reception!



DIY Braided Chain Jewlery: Dexterity Needed!

Mixed media jewelry is hot right now which means that these lovely necklaces and bracelets are sure to win you some compliments. We’re seeing chains with ribbons and threads woven through them all over the place, and I for one am a fan!

I initially stumbled across these beauties while perusing Studs and Pearls and instantly fell for them. I make plush monsters for my son in my spare time, so I have TONS of embroidery floss around, which made this a gem of a find for me.I’m not going to lie, making these can be a little tricky until you get the hang of it, but the outcome is well worth it.

The first example pictured is by Aurélie Bidermann and runs about $400. I’m going to offer up an equally attractive DIY with a MUCH smaller price tag.

What you’ll need:

A thick curb chain (these can easily be found at craft stores like AC Moore)

Embroidery thread (I use a total of 6 different colors, but you can play around with the amount of colors you choose to use)

A clasp if your necklace or bracelet doesn’t have one

Jump rings if you want to add charms

A bobby pin

Directions:

Choose your colors (I usually do two sets of color schemes – 3 different similar colors for each set of strings) * I use a total of 30 strands – 15 for the first cluster and 15 for the second/ 5 of each different color*

Measure and cut the string so that it’s at least 3 times the length of your chain

Tie the two groupings of 15 strings together leaving about two inches at the end

Separate the two different groups of string and decide which you’d like to start with

Take the group you’ve decided to start with and put the bobby pin around it

Pull it under the first link in your chain using the bobby pin (trust me, it makes it A LOT easier)

Take the bobby pin and place it on the second group of strings

Pull the second group over top of the remaining string from the first and loop it behind the same link and pull it through

Repeat steps until chain is completely braided with thread then tie a knot in the end

***For steps with pictures check out Studs and Pearls***My directions are slightly different, but it’s basically the same thing.

If you want to add charms, simply attach them to the uncovered side of the chain using jump rings

Eventually when my camera stops being difficult, I’ll be uploading some pictures of the bracelets I’ve made using this technique. In the mean time, I hope you guys have fun with this project!

XXOOXX

Ashley



3 Adorable Easter DIY’s for the Little Ones in Our Lives!

With Easter fast approaching, I thought it only fitting to give you guys some totally adorable DIY gift idea’s for the little one’s in your life. All of these crafts are easy, inexpensive, and sure to put a smile on a toddlers faces!

Chick Finger Puppets!

What you’ll need:

Baby socks (usually super cheap, and if you have kids, you probably have them laying around)

Black beads, googly eyes, buttons, or embroidery floss/needle (for eyes)

Feather’s, boa tufts, anything else fluffy you’d like to put on the head, or nothing at all

Orange pipe cleaners

Orange felt

Fabric glue or hot glue gun

Directions:

Take the baby sock and add some eyes. You can glue on some googly eyes, buttons, or beads (or you can sew the buttons or beads on), or embroider some eyes.

Next, take your orange felt and cut out a little diamond shaped piece. Fold it in half and glue/sew it onto the area where you’d like to put the chicks mouth.

Fashion the chicks feet out of pipe cleaners and attach them to the inside of the sock with glue

Last, but not least, add the fuzz to the top of your chicks head with glue. You can add feathers, yarn, or pretty much anything else fuzzy that you’d like, you can skip the fuzz all together and add a bow if you’d like, or just leave him/her plain too!

Now you’ve got an adorable chick finger puppet any kid will love…I mean, I think they’re awesome and I’m not even a kid.

Egg Shaped Sidewalk Chalk!

This is a colorful, fun, pretty easy way to please the creative kiddo’s in your life! I mean, what kid doesn’t LOVE sidewalk chalk? Plus, this is something you can do with them if you don’t mind them getting messy.

What you’ll need:

Plaster of paris (you can get this at pretty much ant craft store in existence…and probably at home improvement stores as well)

Tempera paint (again, easily found in craft stores)

Plastic Easter eggs (I suggest large ones)

Petroleum jelly

Large bowl

Disposable cups

Plastic spoons and/or tongue depressors

Egg carton

Directions:

Take the petroleum jelly and give a liberal coating to the inside of your plastic eggs

Place the egg halves in the egg carton

In large bowl, mix 1/2 cup of the plaster with 1/4 cup of water (make sure you’ve mixed it well)

Scoop some of the mixture out into the disposable cups

Mix in the tempera paint until you’ve got your desired color (put each different color in a different cup)

Pour the mixture in each half of the egg (the one’s pictured use two different colors, as did the ones we made)

Let the mixture set for about 5 minutes and put the egg halves together

Once they’re together, hold them firmly and give them a good shake and tap on a hard surface

Let them set over-night

The next morning, take a knife to assist in getting the halves apart and you’re done!

You can put the chalk back into the eggs as a special addition to an Easter egg hunt or basket, or you can leave them out for immediate use.

***If you have a son, you could also make solid colored tan, white, or gray ones for a dino party too!

Washcloth Bunny and Chick!

These little guys are an adorably cheep (get it..corny, right?) way to add some handmade love to a little one’s Easter basket!

What you’ll need:

Washcloths (I like to use baby washcloths)

Rubber bands

Ribbon

Googly eyes (Or buttons, beads, or embroidery floss/needle)

Pom Pom’s

Orange felt (for the chicks feet and beak)

Hot glue

Directions for bunny:

Start by folding your washcloth in half to form a triangle

Next, roll it from the small point at the top of the triangle to the long side on the bottom to form a tube

Fold the rolled cloth in half

Fold it in half again and then fold the loose ends (which will become the ears) back toward the previously folded part

Place a rubber band about 2 inches from the fold and cover it by tying a ribbon around it

Add the nose, and eyes by gluing on pom pom’s, googly eyes, buttons, or beads, or embroider them on using a needle and embroidery thread (I prefer to use the thread because it’s safer for small children) and you’re done!

Directions for chick:

Take your washcloth and fold it in half diagonally

Roll the triangle into a tube using the same method as the bunny

Fold it in half

Fold the tube again so that it makes the shape of an M

Tie a rubber band about 2/3’s of the way up (around the top 2 peaks of the M) and make sure the M is now closed

Cover with ribbon

Finally, add the eyes, mouth, and feet of the chick using wither glue or a needle and thread (again, I prefer to sew them), and now you’ve got an adorable little chick!

All of these DIY’s are relatively easy and inexpensive, not to mention pretty fun to make. If you’ve got older kids, they can help with these as well, which is always a good time!

Hope you enjoy them!

XXOOXX

Ashley











DIY Chic Studded Shoes

Studded shoes are in right now ladies! And by in, I mean expensive!

So…why spend all that money to look hip when you can do it yourself?!?

What you’ll need:

A pair of shoes

Thumb tacks

A hammer

Directions:

Take your shoes and start adding tacks to the heels

Place a tack in the heel and hammer it in to make sure it’s secure

Repeat (don’t forget to experiment with patterns!)

Voila! Studded shoes!

This has to be one of the easiest, quickest, and cheapest (if you use shoes you have on hand) DIY’s I’ve come across to date and I hope you guys enjoy it!

XXOOXX

Ashley