The time of year is upon us… it seems like every time you turn around, you need a little gift for someone. Teachers, bus drivers, coaches, librarians, bunco groups, vbs teachers, yada yada… and that whole gift-giving scene can get pricey. So here’s a gift idea that is: easy, cute, and cheap! Or as I like to call it, the perfecta trifecta. Materials needed: a […]
This tutorial is not going to win any awards or set any pinterest records. The ipad photos are low-quality and there aren’t any step by step photos. Boy, I’m really selling it aren’t I? You pumped? Hang in there with me for a sec… In spite of the low-buck production, I think it could be useful to someone. Back in March, we went to Alabama […]
Ah, I just love alliteration, don’t you? And palindromes? Don’t even get me started. It’s like symmetry for the English nerd. My daughter’s name is hannah. Not hanna. Cause that would be incomplete. Unbalanced. I know what you are thinking… Oh, somebody around here is unbalanced. Now where were we? Oh right. I had this fancy (and by fancy I mean Hobby Lobby 40% off coupon […]
Do you ever just get in a crafty mood? Like the urge suddenly strikes and your brain goes into “MUST CREATE” mode? Mine was brought on by a trip to Wal-Mart. Wait, what??? That just goes to show that inspiration can strike anywhere…even good ol’ Wally World. Now, I thought Wal-Mart did away with their fabric department eons ago. Imagine my surprise when I popped […]
My kids showed me something that I think is just the bees knees. How to add emoticons on your iphone/ipad keyboard. It’s changed my text life. I mean, why use words when emoticons are just so much dang fun? For example…when you need to know what time your hubby will be home for dinner… How about when you can’t get your daughter to answer her […]
I’ve been eyeing this pine writing desk at The Pink Geranium for a few weeks. I knew it would be perfect for the empty wall where the locker baskets used to reside. While I loved the size and shape, that wooden knob was so ho-hum. A tiny detail, I know. But sometimes it’s the little things that can make a big impact. Hardware can change the […]
One of the hardest things to master in decorating is the art of styling shelves. Arranging multiple objects in an artful, eye-pleasing way is just plain tricky! I don’t know about you, but I’m a visual learner. Not only do I love a good before and after, but I learn so much from seeing the process of how things get from A to B. So […]
I love finding cheaper/quicker/smarter ways to do things. I like to “beat the system.” Cause I’m a rebel like that. You are probably wondering why one would ever want/need to “fake” a chalkboard. Good question. After making my fair share of chalkboards, I finally came to a realization…they are a pain in the butt to make. Number one…I don’t enjoy working with chalkboard paint. It’s expensive and […]
Yesterday, I saw this brilliant idea on Paige’s blog Simple Thoughts to create a jewelry board (LOVE her blog). This idea appealed to me for several reasons…1) it’s pretty, 2) it’s functional and 3) I’m in a serious jewelry rut. I wear the same things day after day because I don’t want to waste time rooting around in my jewelry box. A jewelry board seemed like […]
Boring pushpins were not an option for my new pin board. It needed something stylish and snazzy. So I put on my thinking cap and came up with some “sea glass” pushpins. No, they aren’t real sea glass but definitely remind of it. Here’s how… These glass gems are found in the craft section of WalMart and are around $3 per bag. Grab some gems, […]
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