Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Heart Frames...

Here is another project that I made to send to my daughter.  I also made one for myself, haha!

I found the hearts at a dollar store and just cut them in half so that they would glue easily to the frame.  Then I added the tulle and the cute valentine sliders to just give them a little flare.

Again, I hope she thinks it's super cute :)

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Valentine Love Blocks...

I mentioned before that my cute daughter has moved to Florida to work at Walt Disney World under their college program.  She has a super cute apartment with 5 roommates.  The only problem?  They have ZERO decorations (GASP!), we can't have that!  I spent this past weekend working away on some Valentines decorations for their place.  I used only materials that I had on hand and also tried to keep it minimal because she won't have room in her luggage to bring them home when she is done in four months.  Obviously I wasn't going to spend a ton of money on something that i know will most likely get thrown away.  I suppose that I could have her ship the couple that I really love back before she leaves though.  Something to think about... Anyhoodle, here is one of the deco's that I made for her:

Very simple and because I had all of the supplies on hand, they didn't cost me a thing to make.  I hope she loves them :)

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Easy Teacher Valentine Gift...

I did this gift for my son's teacher last year for Valentines Day. It's also a great neighbor/co-worker/friend valentine:

The tag says "I was "soapin" you'd be my Valentine!" and is attached to a bottle of hand soap.
Super easy and his teacher thought it was really cute :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Easy Brownie Valentine Treats...

I love to do fun holiday related dinners and treats but because I am a full time working mom, I really have to try and simplify everything. We had a going away dinner for our daughter the other night (she is moving across the country to do an internship at Walt Disney World in Florida!) and so for dessert, I made these heart shaped frosted brownies:
I love chocolate fudge brownies, but you can make whatever your families favorite recipe is or just use a boxed mix.  Cook them like normal and then let cool.  When they have completely cooled, use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the hearts out.  I frosted mine with strawberry flavored pink frosting, and then sprinkled the cute valentines sprinkles on them.

We served them with the girl scout Thin Mint chocolate ice cream and Dreyers French Silk ice cream (that's our families latest favorite ice cream flavor, it is soooo good).
Anyways, they were quick, easy, cute and delicious!

Monday, January 23, 2012

"L" is for Love Frame...

I found the frame on Christmas clearance at Michaels. I put pink scrapbook paper as the background in the frame.

I painted and then mod podged scrapbook paper onto a wooden L.  Then I sanded and inked the edges and added the embellishments.

Easy peasy!!!!

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Simple Owl Valentines...

I made these for my son's Valentines last year.  They were really easy and he loved them.

 I free handed all of the pieces except for using my spiral punch on the inside of the eyes.

I printed a page of the "I will "Owl-ways" be your friend." on white card stock, and cut them into individual strips.

I used scrap material to make them, the only thing that I spent money on was the yummy chocolate covered mint sticks for the perch.  You could also use pixie sticks or pencils in their place.  They are so simple that your kids could easily help you make them :)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Valentines Topiary....

Although I don't have my valentines decorations out yet, I have been working on some.  It is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for (I think I say that about every holiday tho).  I love all things pink, red, sparkly, with hearts and about love!  I've been wanting to do a topiary with cupcake liners for awhile now and figured that Valentines Day was the perfect holiday for one.  Here is what I came up with:

Supplies:  Bucket or some type of container.  Styrofoam ball and styrofoam square (to put in the bucket).  Dowel or wood skewer, 75 cupcake liners, hot glue and hot glue gun.  Ribbon, tulle, burlap and Valentines stickers.

I folded the liners doing some folded on the inside and some folded on the outside.  This gave a good mix of showing the red, pink and white colors.  Using the hot glue gun, I glued them to the styrofoam ball.   I started at the top and worked my way to the bottom making sure that I didn't have any gaps.  I did paint the stryofoam ball red beforehand, but really didn't need to because none of it shows through if you place them tight enough.

I found the cute bucket at Walmart for .97 cents.  I decorated it with sparkly foam valentine stickers.  I covered the styrofoam in the bucket with burlap and then tucked some tulle around the edges.  Then,  I wrapped the skewer/dowel in red ribbon, stuck it in the square styrofoam. I added some red and pink ribbon and white tulle and wah-lah!  So easy and very inexpensive to make!

I can't wait until February so that I can put this baby on my table as the centerpiece!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January's Hutch

January's Hutch is full of fun winter items:

My SNOW blockies...

Winter block with some cute snowmen...

My snow angel...

Left side...

Right side...

The top:

One of the only things that I like about winter is getting to decorate with my snowmen!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Glass Jar Snowmen...

I have this thing for snowmen. I just love them! I can't jump from Christmas deco's straight into Valentines because for the month of January, I decorate with snowmen and all things snow/winter related. I decided to make some snowmen out of two old spaghetti jars and a dollar store glass vase. Here is what they look like:

  I used buttons for eyes and orange burlap glued to orange cardstock for the noses.

I bought little push on/off round LED lights to go inside of them.  They look adorable all lit up!!!  This was a fun project, one that I really wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, but they sure do look cute on my coffee table :)

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Plate of the Month, January....

I make a plate for each month to display in my kitchen.  This is the one that stays up throughout the month of January:

I got the silver plate from Hobby Lobby along with sparkly foam snowflake stickers.  Cut the vinyl and put it all on the plate.  Totally easy and quick!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Zebra Chair Redo....

My daughter needed a chair for the desk we refurnished for her and I had a very specific look in mind. Hubs and I spent an entire afternoon shopping until we found this baby.  It was cute, but I not the right color:

It took a lot of sanding:

                                                                          Added some zebra stripes (of course!)

It looks so cute with her desk:

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

DIY Clock from Charger Plate....

Hubs and I were wandering Hobby Lobby looking for inspiration on zebra decor for our daughters room redo.  We found the cutest zebra striped charger plate and knew we had to do something with it.  We decided it would make an awesome clock, so we bought a clock mechanism from there as well.
We drilled a hold in the center of the charger and then taped the backing from an old clock to it temporarily so that we could make sure that we go the #'s to match up with the hands accurately.  I cut the #'s out in hot pink vinyl using my cricut.  We placed a rhinestone on each 5 minute mark.  Then I added some feathers and hot pink rick rack as embellishments.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

DIY Photo Canvas's...

We took some super cute pictures of our daughter and I wanted to incorporate a few of them in with her zebra room decor. I decided to put them on canvas.

I painted the outside edges of the canvas a hot pink, then mod podged pink and white zebra striped paper to the outside edge on all four edges.

I mod podged the pix onto the canvas and then sanded and inked around the edges.

Then I glued the feathers around each canvas and added rhinestones and some bling to each one.

Super easy and they look really cute on her wall!

I'm nowhere near finished with this theme, so stay posted because there will be much more to come!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Desk Redo with Zebra Stripes of Course....

Hubs and I found this desk and instantly saw the potential:

I was up to my knees in saw dust prepping this beauty!

After sanding I knew this was going to turn out great.

We painted it black to match our daughters other furniture and then I tied in her zebra and hot pink theme using the patterned duct tape.

We had some glass cut and put pix of our daughter and her favorite people underneath just to personalize it a little bit.

It's perfect for her to work on her Macbook and do her homework!  And, it looks great in her little "apartment".  

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE old furniture and being able to give old pieces new life.  It makes me so happy to walk past them in my house and know that I had something to do with restoring it!

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Altered Zebra Lamp Shade.....

I've posted before about being knee deep in zebra stripes for my daughters room redo. As one of her Christmas gifts, I made her a darling zebra striped, feathered and jeweled lamp shade. It was super easy!
The supplies:
*Zebra striped lampshade (I found this one at Walmart)

* hot pink feather boa

*some hot pink jewel strands

*some silver beads

I glued the feathers around the top and bottom of the lamp shade and then divided the jewels and beads onto about 7 smaller strands (I used clear thread to strand them on).  I placed a small silver bead in between each hot pink one and then used a needle to attach the strands to the lamp shade.

The finished product:

It looks so stinking cute on the desk that we made for her (post on that coming soon)!

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