Easy Gift Idea – Pizza Lover Tote

I think it’s a safe assumption that everyone has a pizza lover in their life.

I know I do! ¬†My bae Heidi loves pizza more than any person in this world. ¬†I asked her for her favorite pizza quote, and she provided me with, “Pizza is the only love triangle I want.”

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You could make this gift for ANYONE.  I would suggest snooping on their Pinterest boards for a quote or phrase they have pinned.

I’m joining up with my blog friends who are putting on a blog series called Dare to DIY. ¬†Today’s theme is give handmade. ¬†You can find more ideas over at Maybe Matilda.

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After Heidi told me her favorite pizza quote, I designed it on picmonkey and printed it off.

pizza love triangleI very carefully cut out the letters with an xacto knife to make a stencil. ¬†I realized this would be MUCH EASIER if I had a cutting machine. ¬†Hopefully there’s one in my future, but right now, I’m going old school.

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I centered the “stencil” on the tote, then taped it down. ¬†I tried painters tape, but it wouldn’t stick to the bag. ¬†So I used duct tape. ¬†I taped down the middles of the letter for the stencil.

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I mixed acrylic paint with textile medium to make fabric paint.

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I used a stipple sponge brush to paint the tote bag.

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Unfortunately, the middle of the letters on “Love Triangle” lifted up, so those got filled all the way in.

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I free-handed a slice of pizza at the top of the tote. ¬†In general, I was a little disappointed how the paint bled a little. ¬†I was hoping for crisper lines. ¬†But I guess I’m not surprised after using a piece of paper as a stencil.

I still think the bag is still pretty rad. ¬†I think it works since the font I used already had a ‘handwritten quality’ about it, so the bleeds just kind of added to that. ¬†I’m pretty excited to send it off and check something off my Christmas gift list!

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Contributor Post- All Things Thrifty!

Friends.  Something wonderful has happened.  I have been picked up as a regular DIY contributor on All Things Thrifty!

Today is my first post, and I’d love it if you stopped over¬†to check it out.

This is what I made:

DIY-Utensil-Holder

 

And if you are a new reader visiting from ATT, howdy! ¬†I’m glad you came over. ¬†Let’s make a beautiful friendship.

Navy Blue Painted Basket

I have a quick little post for you this afternoon.  An afternoon delight, if you will.

We’re a little bit temporarily homeless right now (more on that later). ¬†One of our big problems with that is proximity to a changing table. ¬†I needed a spot to keep changing supplies close by.

A basket seemed like an easy enough solution.  Except, have you priced out baskets lately?!  If you do to those nice home stores, baskets can be $10+

I guess I wouldn’t mind paying that much for a super rad basket, but I’m feeling pretty cheap right now. ¬†So I bought this sucker for $0.99 at the thrift store.

Painted-basket

It wasn’t too bad looking on its own, and to be honest, I could have left it as is. ¬†But I’m feeling really creatively frustrated. ¬†I didn’t realize how not having a house or big projects to work on would make me feel. ¬†I NEEDED to smell some spray paint. ¬†As soon as possible. ¬†So little basket, you’re time has come.

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And what makes a cute basket even cuter?  Fill it with Honest Co diapers!

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We’re keeping it right by our Luna chairs, and it doesn’t look half bad.

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And there you have it, your crafternoon delight.

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Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Art

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Evelyn wanted to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day. ¬†However, that would have been impossible if her mum hadn’t have made her this sweet action chalkboard.

This project was free to me because I had everything hanging around. ¬†I had a spare piece of MDF board in the garage, left over chalkboard paint from the chalkboard back door, and some gold craft paint left over from a project you haven’t seen yet!

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

I freehanded some scallops.  Because, scallops.

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Of course Buster assumed the photoshoot was for him… based on past experience. ¬†He’s having a hard time adjusting to not being the center of attention.

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Valentine's Day Chalkboard Art

Russian Nesting Doll Mobile

One of the things I’ve been DYING to share with you guys is the Matryoshka Mobile for Evelyn’s nursery. ¬†It’s been a quick minute since we’ve talked about the nursery, so to bring you up to speed here’s the reader’s digest version of what I’ve done:

made a wingback rocking chair
mood board and design concept
stenciled a gold scallop wall
messed up the light fixture and got a pretty new one
hung & altered curtains and laid flooring (all by my pregnant self!)
painted some IKEA Billy bookshelves
that’s where we left off, and here’s where we pick up today:

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

 

This was actually a really simple project. ¬†I’m not much of a sewer. ¬†I wish I could be like Kim or Michelle and whip out quilts like it’s nobody’s bidniz. ¬†I’m much like the miller’s daughter from Rumpelstiltskin who wishes she could spin straw to gold, but really, I just have to trade my soul to get it done.

Lucky for me, trading my soul is a little less dramatic… I just resort to Etsy. ¬†I found some Matryoshka Christmas ornaments, and I knew they would be perfect for the mobile.

One of my favorite things about ordering on Etsy, is that you can chat with store owners.  If you have something custom in mind, it never hurts to ask.  I asked the shop owner if she could do the dolls in purple, and nix the hangers and bells.  She was more than happy to.  I told her I was planning on turning it into a mobile, and she was excited.  The shop I used is called Indigostitch in Liverpool.

Once I received my package of nesting dolls, I went to the hardware store and picked up a 1/2 inch dowel.  I cut it in half with the miter saw and sanded the rough edge.  It took about 2 seconds.

I spray painted the dowels gold so they wouldn’t contrast too much against the scallop wall. ¬†I didn’t want it to be too busy.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Using a really skinny drill bit, I drilled holes in each end of the dowels. ¬†(I’m a wretched blogger who didn’t pay attention to what bit size I used. ¬†I just know it was skinny minny.)

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Using yarn I lashed the 2 dowel pieces together, then drilled the middle hole.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

I had a scrap of gray felt laying around, so I decided to cut out a few hearts to add to the mobile.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

I laid out how everything would go, before I connected them all together.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Connecting them was a piece of cake. ¬†I went through the top/back of the dolls, then stitched up the heart, and through the hole on the dowel. ¬†Tie a knot, and that’s it.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

I installed a hook in the ceiling according to the directions on the package, centered over the crib. ¬†Which again, is so easy. ¬†You don’t even need to trade your soul to Rumpelstiltskin to do it.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

At first I wasn’t quite sure of it. ¬†(Which seems to be my trend lately.)

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

But of course, it grew on me so much. ¬†It has so much natural movement. ¬†I love the hand-made quality it has. ¬†It’s a nice change from the “factory” look of the IKEA furniture surrounding it.

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

Russian Nesting Doll Nursery Mobile

An update on the pregnancy front:
I’m miserable. ¬†Throwing up. ¬†Inconsistently contracting. ¬†A 3 and 80%. ¬†Doctor is shocked I haven’t gone into labor.
Tried every wives tale in the book: ¬†prenatal massage with pressure points hit, spicy food, pineapple, walking, bouncing on a yoga ball, fun adult times, drinking castor oil, drives up & down the mountain to change elevation, jumping jacks, and more… then repeat.

The amazing and talented Jadie Jo Photography was able to come over and take some maternity pictures at the house. ¬†You should check out some of her work and like her on Facebook! ¬†I’ll have a post with more pictures later, but for now, here’s a peek.

Maternity Photos

Rustic Stick Snowflake Wreath {& other Christmas Photos to Melt Your Heart}

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

Christmas has been pretty low-key around these parts. ¬†I mean, I’m sure Evelyn is singing Jingle Bells at the top of her fetal lungs, but we have been so busy and wrapped up with getting ready. ¬†This project was so fast, so easy, and most importantly FREE.

I walked around my back yard and gathered an armful of sticks, like a crafting ¬†pioneer woman. ¬†Except those poor ladies didn’t have hot glue. ¬†How terribly unfortunate for them. ¬†Nor did they have Netflix. ¬†2 of the things I needed for this short little craft.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

My good buddy Reggie suggested that I watch a documentary called Children Underground. ¬†Sounded great. ¬†Here’s the description:
“…a profoundly intimate and heart-wrenching drama about homeless children struggling for survival on the streets and in the subways of Bucharest, Romania”

A very eye-opening film, however, might I suggest not watching something that will make you cry whilst hot-gluing. ¬†Because you will forget you have hot glue on your fingers… and you will wipe your eyes. ¬†And then you will cry more, because HOT DANG, it burns. ¬†But as suggested by Reggie: follow it up with this on Netflix to feel better.

Back to the wreath.  It was easy.  I drew out a snowflake on a piece of paper and laid out the sticks accordingly.  Some of them I broke or bent to make the shape.  Then I hot glued it, and wrapped the middle with some twine to hold it together extra good.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

When I finished gluing the stick snowflake wreath together, I actually thought it looked REALLY dumb. ¬†Kinda like an elementary school Christmas craft. ¬†It was uneven and just kind of janky looking. ¬†It didn’t look AS bad when I hung it from the light to take pictures, but on the front door I was like “K, this CANNOT stay. ¬†GET OUT!” ¬†But newsflash: It stayed. ¬†And it has grown on me. ¬†And when people come over, they like it. ¬†So I guess it doesn’t suck as much as I thought.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

I think one of the things throwing me off about the door, is that the wreath is right over the window. ¬†I dunno, it just is “off.”

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

My very un-festive and small front porch. ¬†One of these times I’ll paint the door, and put up a garland on the railing. ¬†But not this time. ¬†We’re just lucky to have a snowflake on the door this year.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

I finished it just in time to match the weather.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

And since I’m so behind on blogging, I’m going to dump all our other Christmas photos into this post. ¬†I don’t go crazy with holiday decor. ¬†We put up a Christmas tree, a garland, and stockings. ¬†But it’s enough to feel our home with Christmas cheer and warmth.

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Art

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Art

Happy Monday-of-a-short-week to you all (the best kind of Monday that exists)! ¬†I’ve got some really great posts lined up for this week, but right now, I’m coming an you with this short little Thanksgiving Chalk-Art project.

I’m linking up with the Dare To DIY party at Primitive & Proper (one of my favorite blogs!). ¬†A group of my favorite bloggers is hosting this series, and you should definitely join in.

If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know that I am NOT a holiday decorator, outside of putting up a Christmas tree and stockings. ¬†I have a really hard time spending money on seasonal crafts and such. ¬†I don’t like storing them all year long. ¬†It just feels cluttered to me.

The great thing about painting a chalkboard on my back door is that I can make holiday art all year long, and not spend money or have to deal with storage issues.

I found this free printable from A Night Owl Blog, and used it as a basic template for my door. ¬†I changed a few fonts, for easy-sake. ¬†I’m still trying to work on my typography skills.

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Typography

The goal is to fill the door with hearts and write all the things we’re thankful for. ¬†I hope that we have hearts squishing everywhere by Thanksgiving. ¬†On the top, on the sides, between banners… we have SO much to be grateful for.

I may have gotten carried away with drawing empty hearts to fill in, but it made me excited for our gratitude-project this week.

Ways to show gratitude at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Projects - Chalkboard

See you tomorrow with a BACK SPLASH!  Laterz.

Painting A Chalkboard Door

I’m about to show you a project NEVER BEFORE SEEN in blogland. ¬†I know because I’ve googled it, searched it on Pinterest, looked on my friends’ blogs… Okay. ¬†That’s a lie. ¬†A really big one. ¬†Chalkboard projects are everywhere. ¬†Walls, doors, wood slices, jars, wall art, inside of pantries, coffee tables and so on.

I’ll be honest. ¬†I’ve resisted. ¬†I said I would NEVER do it. ¬†But it got to me. ¬†Maybe in 10 years we’ll look back and roll our eyes at our crazy obsession with chalkboard paint. ¬†However, today I’ll celebrate my official jumping on board the chalkboard bandwagon.

We have 2 back doors. ¬†One goes to the back yard, and one goes to the garage. ¬†The one that goes to the garage is pretty hideous, and that’s giving it a compliment. ¬†It’s hidden from pictures most of the time, just because of its location. ¬†This ugly old thing is about to get ambushed.

Painting Chalkboard on a back door

This project cost less than $20. ¬†WHAT?! ¬†Yeah. ¬†I figured chalkboard paint would be a little pricey, but it is definitely not. ¬†$9 for the can. ¬†I also picked up a Hi-Density Foam roller kit made for doors to keep things smooth. ¬†You guys, the door took less than half a can. ¬†Imagine all the things I can chalkboard attack with all the left overs. ¬†It’s dangerous. ¬†It’s an illness now that I’ve given in. ¬†The chalkboard plague has struck.

Chalkboard paint supplies

Like always, I only use FrogTape.  Bleeds are not something to be risked.

How to paint Chalkboard

After one coat, it looked like this.

Painting a Chalkboard Door

After 2 coats (we probably would have been fine, but I wanted a solid 3).

How to paint a chalkboard

Awww, and the beautiful 3rd coat.  I followed the instructions on the box to a tee, and waited 4 hours between each coat.  It was ridiculously hard to wait because after about 30 mins the paint is dry to the touch.

Painting a Chalkboard

When painting a chalkboard surface the most important thing to remember is to season it.

The reason seasoning a chalkboard is so important is because chalkboards are very porous. ¬†If you don’t season it properly, the first thing you write may get “burned” into the chalkboard.

You season it by first rubbing the side of a piece of chalk vertical, and then horizontal.  This will fill in all the porous holes that may exist in the surface.

How To Season A Chalkboard

Seasoning a Chalkboard

After that you can erase it using a felt eraser, or a damp cloth. ¬†I wouldn’t recommend paper towels. ¬†They leave behind lots of shreds.

Then you’re game for writing whatever comes to your creative mind.

Of course my lopsided free-hand typography could use some work.

DIY Painted Chalkboard Back Door

Now at least our back garage door can hide in style and on trend.

How To Paint a Chalkboard Door