Thursday, March 31, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #95

Let's PARTY!!  
It's time to show off those great ideas you've been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hello Sign- How to Make a Sign Without a Cutting Machine

It is the end of March and that means it is time for another "Craft with Me" Project post. 

 I have a project today that is perfect for those of you that have wanted to make a fun sign but you don't own a cutting machine.

No cutting machine? No problem! Learn how to make a sign without a cutting machine. It is so easy!
It is easy and as long as you have a computer and printer, you are golden! 

Here is how you can make a sign for yourself.

-Wood Plaque or old piece of wood
-Graphite Pencil
-Paint Pens
-Dimensional Magic (Optional)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

How to Make a Loopy Flyer

 I hope you all had a fabulous Easter weekend with your family and friends! 

Are your kids on Spring Break or is that over already? 
Not having P in preschool this year, I am not sure when everyone has their breaks anymore and I know it is different for everyone. 

Well, if they ARE on break and you are looking for something fun to do with kids, I have an easy project for you. And if they have already had their break, then it is a fun weekend project or something to save for summer. 

 It doesn't look like much, and seriously took like 5 mins to create, but we had fun with it outside trying to see how we could get it to fly. Plus, it is something you can make on a rainy day and play inside as well!

Here is how you can make your own.

-Construction or Card stock Paper
 -Drinking Straws
-Paper cutter

Friday, March 25, 2016

{Feature Friday} #68

Happy Good Friday!
It is hard to believe that it is already Easter. 
Did it just come early or is this year just really flying?

Since it is Friday, I have some great ideas to inspire you this long weekend.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Handemade Hangout Party #94

Oops! Sorry this is a few minutes late!

Let's PARTY!!  
It's time to show off those great ideas you've been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hand Print Easter Lilies

I love making crafts with my kids...sometimes. But most of the time if I'm completely honest I'm not really in the mood to craft with my kids because I have a certain way I like to do things. I am learning to let them do the projects themselves and not try to fix things (unless they ask for help)...but I'm not perfect. I still need to work on giving up control! 
I also don't like cleaning up huge messes that my kids inevitably make when they craft so often times I just let them color. They've gotten to the point recently where they are pretty good about cleaning up certain things so I let them do some things alone, but coloring and play-doh is about the extent of it. I like high impact crafts that don't take a lot of time, make a huge mess or involve tons of that is what I have for you today. 
A personalized, simple to make, mess free craft. 
Just in time for Easter!

You will need...
-yellow pipe cleaner (we ran out so we used orange)
-green pipe cleaner

Monday, March 21, 2016

3 Free Spring Watercolor Printables

Spring has officially arrived!
This is one of my favorite times of year. 
I love seeing the buds on the trees. The grass starting to turn green and gardens starting to burst with life once again.  

We didn't have the warmest weather to ring in the first day of Spring but it was at least sunny to help the new growth come to life.

I wanted to make some new spring printables to share with you and since I am still loving all thing watercolor, I went that route once again for these. 

Grab a spring printable bring Spring inside without any additional cost! 3 to choose from!

I designed each of these as an 11x14 just in case you want to get it printed from a large office supply store in a large size but you could easily print them at home in a smaller size.

I wanted to print one up to frame but I ran out of ink... darn it! 
But I recommend messing with the settings on your printer. 
I normally set mine to the size I want, shrink to fit.

Download your choice in printable below or grab all three! 
If the widget below aren't working then you can grab them here, here, and here.

Friday, March 18, 2016

{Feature Friday} #67

It has been a wet, chilly week here in WI which is a total bummer after the completely gorgeous week we had last week. 
I was convinced that Spring was really here to stay and then I look at the extended forecast and it will be chilly through Easter. BOO! 
 How is the weather in your part of the world? 

Enough about the weather though, today is Friday and that means I have some great ideas to share with you from last week's Handmade Hangout Party

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #93


Let's PARTY!!  
It's time to show off those great ideas you've been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

DIY Travel Memories Board

Spring Break is happening across the country, which of course means road trips and making memories. Keep track of all those memories you make on these fun DIY travel memory boards . They're completely custom, and with a few hours and a couple tools, anyone can create their own.

Hey readers, this is Molly from Just a Little Creativity back again this month to share how to make your own travel memory board. Use these boards to customize your space with a map or favorite quote in any color you'd like. Then pin your ticket stubs, photos, airline tickets, travel brochures, all the special things you collect along the way.
You don't need any special machines or projectors to create yours, only my secret favorite art tool- carbon paper. It's available in most office supply sections in the big box stores, and I'm sure you can find it online too.
You'll also need a cork bulletin board, a pencil, tape, paint, and a print out of your state, country, quote, etc. I just do a quick google search to find what I'm looking for regarding maps.

Measure your bulletin board so you know how large to print your image. For my US map board, I had to print the map in four different pieces. Size you image accordingly on whatever document program you use.

Then, put the pieces of the map together, overlapping where you need to, and hold the pages together with tape.

Now, place your carbon paper under the image, and trace with a pencil. You'll need to press hard to make sure the image transfers to the cork.

Then, like a coloring book, simply paint in the image. No special type of paint is needed. I've made a few of these and have used chalk paint, house paint, and regular craft paint. They all require at least two coats to give it a solid covering.

Let it dry completely before pinning anything to it, usually only a few hours.

I had a larger map that I made a few years ago, and my daughter took it with her to hang in her dorm room. It's come in very handy as a jewelry holder, lol.

I make a quote memory board is exactly the same process, except I'd recommend using a sharpie or paint pen for the finer lines. You're welcome to click and save this quote I created on PicMonkey and use it for your own board if you'd like.

Simply print it, cut it out, and place it wherever you'd like on your bulletin board.

Again, trace with the carbon paper.

Use your pen to fill in the words.

I also painted and distressed the wood frame around this bulletin board using chalk paint.

It's a real life Pinterest board holding all your favorite travel mementos.


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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Master Bathroom Reveal

Today is the day. I am finally sharing our bathroom remodel. 

It has been a long time coming and I am so excited to be sharing one of two construction projects that went on in our house last year. 
  Just a warning, there are a TON of pictures in this post! :) 

 I will start back at the very beginning and remind you what this space looked like before this project began.
It was an old former kitchen stuck in 1940.

 And the other side was a make shift closet from the previous owners with the old broom closet from the kitchen space. 

It wasn't a very bright space and it was very... brown! 

I took the design in the complete opposite direction, bright white with a pop of color and I LOVE IT!! 
So without further ado... our kitchen turned master bathroom. (And trying to take pictures of this space made me realize how I desperately need a wide angled camera lens!)

This is the view of the bathroom from the bathroom door. 

I'll work my way around the room sharing some details as I go. 

As you walk into the room, the first thing you see is our large walk in shower with glass and floor to ceiling tile. I shared a close up of the tile in yesterday master bathroom post.
 We had a problem with the glass. The metal finish was suppose to be chrome like the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom but it was ordered in brushed nickel. Again, we weren't thrilled but since it would take over a month for a new one to arrive, we just had them install it and luckily we got money back from the place we ordered it. 

The shower door faces the main bathroom door and it can swing both ways for easy entry and exit. 

We went with chrome shower fixtures and the little nook in the wall is great for holding all the shower essentials. 

There is even a chrome drain cover in the center of the shower floor with is small hexagon tile.

The floor of the entire bathroom is this lovely gray and white hexagon tile. 

I love it but unfortunately, it isn't perfect. It is bad when you hire someone to do a job for you and you think "hmmmm, I think we could have done it better ourselves!" Some of the tiles are spaced farther apart than others. Some of the gray tiles popped out of the mesh backing and weren't placed in exactly like they should have been as well. For a perfectionist like me, it bugs me! But it is what it is!

From the left of the shower is the dual flush toilet we bough from Home Depot and in the corner is the linen closet we had made by an Amish carpenter that lives in a town south of us. 

I bought this print from Minted and I love it!
It fits great above the toilet and it goes so well with the wall stencil.

When we ordered the linen closet, we didn't have them add any knobs for us.
I found these, also at the Home Depot, and loved how they tied into the faucets so they came home with us and Travis installed them. 

Swinging to the left again is the window.
We hung a double towel rod under the window since this was really the only place it could fit.
I found the coral towel on clearance at Target and snagged them up.

The trim around the window was originally natural wood and I painted it out white. Then we applied frosted contact paper to the lower windows to give us some privacy but still allow plenty of light in during the day time. 
I bought a curtain panel at Target that I liked and cut it up and resewed it into two valences. I've done this trick a few times in this house and it is so easy! 

And now for the vanity wall.
As I stated in yesterday's post, I found this vanity on Amazon after looking everywhere for something that Travis and I both liked. It also came with the two mirrors so that was nice since that was checked off the to buy list. Then between the two mirrors we hung a towel holder.

I just kept the white rugs we used in our master bathroom from our old house and just bought 2 new large ones, one for in front of the vanity and one for the closet.

 Above the towel rod between to mirrors I hung this fun hummingbird print also from Minted 

.And above those mirrors hang these gorgeous lights that I again found at the Home Depot.

 The vanity came with this pretty Carrera Marble top on it.
It has beautiful veining and helps tie in the gray in the tile on the floor. 
We also used some remaining subway tile to create a back splash for it .

The jewel of the vanity are the faucets with the white handles. The spout if swivels to help you easily rinse the sink.

This vanity is seriously so awesome with its soft close doors and drawers and I will be so sad when we move! 

We kept the original light that was in the room we just had to recenter it in the room since we built a wall for the closet.

And swinging to the left once more, you will see the new wall and the bathroom entrance.

We kept the original door and I just painted the outside trim white like I did the windows.

And in the new wall, we added a pocket door into our new closet.

Here's a quick tour of the closet now. 

Open the door and you are greeted by my side of the closet and my clothes. 

We carried the floor tile all the way through the closet and into the small broom closet. 
I painted out the old broom closet white and then we built our own closet system that worked for us and our space.

Travis has a small double hanging shelf on the short wall and then another double hanging shelf unit on the large wall. 
He plans on building a drawer and pull out for his pants as well. 

For my side of the closet, we built another double hanging shelf on the large wall.
Then on the short wall we built a tall shelf for my dresses that has a small shelf on top of it. 

And that old broom closet?! 
It makes the most PERFECT shoe closet!! 

There was already the top shelf in the closet so we just added a four more to make it totally functional.

And since this space was open previously we had to add a light in the closet.
I found this little track light per say that works perfectly. We aimed the lights towards Travis's side of closet, one toward my side of the closet, and the third ones goes into the show closet.

And that's it!! 
Our former kitchen turned master bathroom! 
From dark and brown to bright, white, and cheery! 

I love everything about our new bathroom!

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