Friday, January 24, 2014

The easiest project ever! Ever!!!

Wow!  Has it really been a month since I last posted?!?

I might be ashamed of that fact,  if it weren't for the super important project I've been working on..."being mommy".  Ya, I pretty much bailed on you guys so that I could focus my total and complete attention on five of my very best creations...my kids!  

Things were a little crazy going into the holidays and I could tell my kids needed some attention, especially my daughter who has special needs.  She's been struggling a little and I just needed to take some time off to focus on her for bit.

Anyway, things appear to be on the up and up now and the blogging/crafting/projecting has officially resumed!  

I decided to ease myself back into things with The World's Quickest and Easiest Project Ever...Ever!!!

I am totally serious this project literally took me five minutes to make and cost only $3.  Intrigued?  Here's how it went down.

You need only TWO supplies...a glue gun and a floor mat.  You know how much I love the $3 floor mats from Ikea

I hopped on Ikea's website and here are some of the floor mats they have in stock currently...all for just $2.99!


 I've used these mats to make all sorts of things floor poufs, roman shades and now pillow covers.

To get started:
1- I plugged in my glue gun.
2.  I folded my floor mat creating a little pocket or envelope.




3- I hot glued both sides of the mat.





{note: you over achievers could sew up both sides instead of gluing.  My machine was having issues that day, so I made it easy on myself and just hot glued it.  I always have the option of going back and sewing it up later...if need be.}

4- I flipped the mat inside out.



5- I shoved an old accent pillow inside.

And VOILA.  Done!

Can you believe this pillow cover only cost $3 and took only 5 minutes to make?  



What I love most about these pillow covers, besides being super easy and cheap to make, is that they are removable.  If you need to wash it or just want to change it out, all you have to do is remove the insert and you're good to go.  And because they are made from something meant to be walked on, they are super durable.

And apparently fringe is the totally "in" thing right now.  I found this similarly styled pillow at Target recently
{Nate Berkus for Target- regularly $24.99, but currently on sale for $17.48}

So, today's tip of the day:  Ikea floor mats and glue guns are totally rad...especially when they are used to make these awesomely cheasy {cheap + easy} pillow covers.

Finally, I just thought I'd leave you with this anxiety provoking image:

Check back soon to see why my bedroom looks like a closet threw up in it!







Monday, December 16, 2013

Birch Branch Wreath...mini tutorial.

So, I decided that I really needed a new Christmas wreath for my front door.  I wanted something that would still look festive and fitting for the holiday, but unique at the same time. 

Then the other day when I was at JoAnn's I came across some birch branches.
I love birch...the smooth, round shape of the branches and the white, papery bark.  Ugh, it's just beautiful to me.

The branches at Joanne's were originally $14.99 for one, 48 inch branch but were marked fifty percent off...making them $7.50 each.

This seems to be a pretty good deal from the research I've done.  I also found some birch branches on Amazon.  The price was about $40 for four, 48 inch branches...making them $10 a piece which isn't too bad.

I set out cutting down my brach into 1/4 inch discs...not fun when the miter saw is in the garage and the temperature outside is 15 degrees.  After several cycles of cutting and running inside to thaw out I had cut down my entire branch into an armload of wooden discs.

Then, using piece of cardboard from an old box, I cut out a ring to use as my wreath base.  If you don't have a piece of cardboard lying around you could use foam core board or anything sturdy enough to support the weight of the wreath.
I made the cardboard ring three inches wide and it measured approximately 15 inches in diameter.  You can adjust those measurements to you liking if you want your wreath bigger, smaller, wider, thinner...

Then I used my trusty old glue gun to attach all of the discs to the cardboard ring.
I started by attaching a row of discs down the center of the cardboard ring, then added a row on either side of it.  It's okay if the discs hang over the cardboard because you won't see it anyway.

Then I just continued layering my wood discs.  I added two more rows on top of the bottom three to cover the gaps, then finished with one more row on top.

 
The finishing touch was this aztec print bow at the bottom of the wreath.

And here's how it looks on my turquoise door...that I'm still debating on painting, but can't decide what color.


I love the earthiness of this wreath.  It would look great in a farmhouse style home, but would also look great in a modern styled home.  It's super versatile.  I also love that you could leave it up on your front year round if you wanted too.  And the thing I love best of all, that it only cost me about $10 to make it.

Birch branch...$7.50 {Joanne Fabric and Craft}
Black and White Aztec Print Ribbon...$4 {Joanne Fabric and Craft}
Glue...{free- already on hand}
Cardboard Ring...{free-from an old box in the garage}

Four words peeps...Merry Christmas to Me!







Tuesday, December 10, 2013

{3} Chic DIY ornaments out of embroidery hoops!

Well, I'm back from vacation and Christmas is, like, two weeks away.  I feel a little frantic.  Taking off the first week of December {and last week of November} has a way of doing that I suppose.

I'm sure you already have your Christmas tree up and decorated, but if you're like me you still continue to add to it up until the "big day".

So, If you are looking for some inexpensive ways to spice up your Christmas tree {or just have a few odd holes that just need filling}, these DIY ornaments will do just the trick.

This isn't the first time I've utilized embroidery hoops.  I used them to make some decorative sphere's  awhile back...



and 

also this really cool yarn wrapped wall art  for above my bed.


I love working with embroidery hoops for {two} reasons.  One, they are wood, need I say more?  And two, they are really inexpensive {and easy} to work with.  

For this project I used the smallest hoops I could find...I think they were 2 and 3 inch hoops.

I simply took them apart {each hoop comes with two hoops...an outer one with a metal clamp used for tightening and then an inner one} and then just messed around with them until I came up with something I thought looked decent.

The first ornament I call simply...sphere.


The second I call...spooning circles.

And the third ornament I call...the one with a yarn star {because as we all know, anything wrapped in yarn is totes cool!}

I spent about $1.50 and 5 minutes on each ornament.  Ahh, I love things that cheap, quick...and totally rad!!!  Don't you?







Monday, November 25, 2013

And the winner is...

Vicki T!

Vicki, I hope you enjoy your new Christmas pillows and kensie product {of your choosing}.

I have professed my love for kensie before and will do it again. 

 I love kensie.  

I own several kensie items, my most recent acquisition being a very fashionable and equally comfortable leopard print sweater/sweatshirt hybrid.  I feel super sassy when I wear it...which is quite often.  I love all of my kensie items and I hope you enjoy your new kensie product too.  I know you will.

In other news, I will be signing off for a week.  The fam and I will attempt a trip to the "happiest" place on earth.  That's right Disneyland, here we come.  I'll let you know if Disneyland is, in fact, the "happiest" place on earth as it professes to be when I get back.  

In the meantime...happy Thanksgiving.  Stay safe and eats lots of turkey!





"Nostalgic" Christmas pillow!

I've noticed a "nostalgic" theme in some of the holiday decor I've come across this season.
 {wood base snow globe, Target.com}

 {embroidered pillow, potterybarn.com}

 {embroidered pillow, potterybarn.com}

 {glass ornament, potterybarn.com}

{embroidered pillow, potterybarn.com}
{felted animals and pillow, target.com}

{yule mugs, crateandbarrel.com}



It reminds me of A Christmas Story meets Norman Rockwell.  And frankly, anything that reminds me of Scut Farkus or a frozen flag pole is welcome in my home.

So, imagine my delight when I came across a cute little hand towel with this "nostalgic" image printed on the front.
I found it at TJ Maxx for $2.99.

And of course, you know what I had to make out of it...
The most awesome Christmas pillow ever.  Bam!

I threw on some red pom pom's.

And made a coordinating red and green plaid pillow out of two, cloth napkins {because you know how much I love plaid}.

And we were set...it was a set...of pillows.
And you can find yourself the lucky owner of this fabulous set of pillows should you enter my giveaway and win.  Don't forget the free Kensie product {of your choosing} that you will win as well.  My giveaway ends tonight so hurry up and enter.

I know I said I would announce the winner on Wednesday, but I've decided to announce it Tuesday...tomorrow, instead.  So, stay tuned.