Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday's Trash to Treasure: Journal

Journal Tutorial
Reuse: paper

*White Collage Board (from a craft store)
*1" rings (from office supply store, or Hobby Lobby)
*Hole punch or scrapbook tool to make holes
*Decorative paper, stickers, anything to decorate the covers

_First cut out the cardboard/collage board to the size you want your book. 
_Cut the blank papers for the inside of the book - I did mine a little smaller than the cover. You can do yours flush with the cover if you'd like. 

_Decorate the front & back covers with your decorative paper & embellishments.
_Punch holes through the covers and paper inserts. 
_Put it all together on the rings & you're finished! Nice thing about this journal/book is with using the rings, you can add more paper once you run out, if you want to use it as a notepad. :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

New flower bed /

I finally got around to redoing my flower bed in the front yard a few weeks ago, and now it looks FABULOUS :)  I forgot to take pics of the before, but trust me it was weedy and nasty hehe It wasn't too hard, and it only took a weekend to do!

*Remove brick border
*Remove rock and weeds from flower bed
*Till ground
*Remove old plants/shrubs
*Fill in holes where brick was
*Lay new mulch
*Plant flowers

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving today and are able to enjoy many many delicious foods! Don't forget to be thankful for ALL you have!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Countdown to Thanksgiving // ONE

Thanksgiving Dinner:
For the Love of Cooking blog

Thrifty Decorating blog

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday's Trash to Treasure: [easy] Quilt

Quilt Tutorial
Reuse: Fabric Scraps

*Sewing Machine
*Sewing items (pins, scissors, etc)
*Quilters Batting
*Patience :)

Gather & cut your fabric for the front side, I cut mine in 5" squares.

Layout the pieces to how you want them to lay. Sew them together, starting with each row. I used roughly 1/4" seam allowance. Press the seams flat.

Once you have your rows sewn, sew those together to make one large square. One very HELPFUL TIP, start in the center and measure the two vertical seams together, then pin. Pin out the rest of that row the same. If the top seams don't match up, you'll see that in your finished product :(  Press the seams flat.

Now you will need to make a border, I found a tutorial on how to make mine here. My border is 4" wide.

Once your borders are sewn on, press the seams flat. You will now measure & cut out the batting and back pieces. 
This next step I completely forgot to do, but you should do it :) Now you need to baste your quilt. Find the tutorial here.

You can machine quilt your quilt now, or if you'd like, after the binding. I did my binding first, here's how it turned out.

NOW it's time do make this blanket look like a quilt! I did a simple "x" pattern on just the middle section. 

Countdown to Thanksgiving // TWO

For the Love of Cooking blog

Cup of Delight blog

Monday, November 21, 2011

Countdown to Thanksgiving // THREE

Thanksgiving Dinner:
For the Love of Cooking blog

Ordinary Miracles of Life blog

[love the rest of her room btw]

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Countdown to Thanksgiving // FOUR

Thanksgiving Dinner:
Kalyn's Kitchen blog

Make the Best of Things blog

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Countdown to Thanksgiving // SEVEN

This time around I thought I'd feature other bloggers ideas, so everything you see in the next days will be from other bloggers pages. 

Thanksgiving Dinner:
Sweet Little Smoothie blog

Shakespear's Stage blog

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Car Seat Covers

I just came across this site & LOVE their products! I love how they even have car seat covers for TODDLERS!

Check out their website

Tuesday's Trash to Treasure: Holiday Blocks

Holiday Block Decor Tutorial
Reuse: 2x4 wood

*2x4 wood
*Decorative Paper
*Mod Podge

_Cut your 2x4's into different sizes for each letter. I forget my exact measurements, but mine ranged from 4"-8" tall.
_Sand the tops, edges & blemishes.
_Spray paint the blocks. 

_Cut your paper to cover the fronts of each block. Glue to wood with Mod Podge.

_Glue letters to blocks & apply Mod Podge over the entire fronts. 
_After drying, you can add embellishments if you'd like, or if not, then you're done!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Vintage Pearl

 Have you seen this company's jewelry?! SO cute! Here are a few of my favorites! [maybe my hubby will surprise me for Christmas :) ]

Vintage Lovebirds

Dainty drops 

I love you.

You are my sunshine

Come fly with me

Mother of pearl

Kara's Party Ideas Blog

I found this blog awhile back, and just love her ideas for parties! Sometimes I wish I could throw a party just to decorate! [hehe] Anyways, there's a giveaway this weekend, and its for $50 to a party shop on Etsy! Check out her stuff here! Also take a look at Kara's blog for some cool ideas for your next party!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wedding makeup

I got to do my friend's makeup for her wedding this past weekend! I LOVED how it turned out! I used a medium purple on the outer edges, then a light shimmery brown/gold on the inside [and of course, fake eyelashes!]. For her lips we used a purply color....SO cute! Here is the picture I took, hopefully I'll get one professional pic from the photographer soon :)

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