Saturday, April 30, 2011

Features: Point of View & DIY Under $5

I am loving the linkies people! Just wanted to do a quick feature of a few more of the fabulous ideas you guys have linked up!

Let's start off with a couple of my faves from the SPRING link up for Point of View.

How about this super cute Button Bracelet from Just Lu?!
There are matching earrings too!

I love that this wreath from The Joys of Life with Lucy is Interchangeable! Just snap on a new accent for an updated wreath.

As for DIY under $5...

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Spring Wreath from Just Enough Style
(though I'm not gonna lie, I'm partial to her yarn wreath. I love the color combo.)

My faves:

Flower pillow from This Crazy Blessed Life

Excuse me gorgeous pillow, may I adopt you?

Paper bag skirt Refashion from Attempting Aloha
(Nina Ricci for Nieman Marcus Knock off)

Speechless on this one!!

Button Monogrammed Umbrella from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line

I might actually carry my umbrella if it looked like this!

I am so loving all these affordable goodies!!

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Feature Friday-The Dating Divas

I am so excited to be a guest at A Little Tipsy! I am a major fan of Michelle and all of her great ideas! This is the first place I come when I need something quick, inexpensive and creative!

My name is Corie and I am from the website, The Dating Divas! I have been married to my man for almost ten years. It is so easy to get lost in the daily shuffle of life and forget to “date your spouse.” The Dating Divas consists of eleven girls who love to date our husbands! We post original, inexpensive and fun date ideas that are a perfect solution for any marriage! We also feature crafts, marriage tips, ideas for holidays, and SO MUCH MORE! We enjoy dating our hubby's so much that we want to share our ideas with YOU.

We live in a world where everything needs to be hassle- free and fast! How would you like a date night in a bag, sort of like fast food? This date idea can be ready in a jiffy! We know life can get hectic and this idea is something you can prepare now and have ready whenever you need it. I like to use our date in a bag whenever the kiddos are in bed and we actually have a little bit of free time. A big thanks to Aileen from Lil' Buckaroo Designs for the incredible printables!

Introducing......Date Night in a Bag!

You can make your very own date night in a bag! The first thing you need to do is grab a bag. I found mine at the Dollar Tree for $.50. Then, all you need to do is glue the printable bag cover on the outside of the bag.

Download Bag Cover here!

P.S. Did you notice the "His" tag on the bag? That tag simply means it is "His" turn to plan and fill the date bag. After "His" turn, there is a tag that means it is a "Hers" turn.

Download "His & Her Tags" here!

The Date in a Bag Ingredients

After you get a bag, you need to think of a date idea to go inside of it. My husband and I wanted to see the movie, Red. So I Netflixed the Red movie and bought a ton of red treats to go with the movie.

I then put all of the items in a bag and voila, date night in a bag is ready to go! Now whenever we have a chance for a date night...we are SET!

How would you like TEN different date ideas to put in your bag?

Ok, you've got it....Download "Date Night in a Bag" ideas here!

Dating your spouse doesn't have to be a big event. It can be something that is simple and easy! This is a fast idea that will have lasting effects on your date night. :) Be sure to check out our site The Dating Divas to find many more fun and creative ideas! Thanks Michelle for letting me stop by!


A big thanks to Corie for a spontaneous stay home date idea. I am all about a fun date we can do once the kiddos are in bed!

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

DIY Under $5: Guitar Patch

Ok, I am kind of embarrassingly proud of this little project so please be kind. I give you the guitar patch. I guess technically it's guitar and amp patches.

We LOVE hand me downs at my house! We have an awesome friend, Whitney (Hi Whit!), who has two boys and gives us (my sis and I) all of their clothes. My nephew is bigger than Aiden so he gets things first. Usually the clothes are in great shape, but once in a while we get something that, well, has been through 3 boys. ;) Like the knee of these poor jeans.

Now normally I might just let it go, but these fit him so nicely. It is hard to find jeans for a string bean. Long and skinny that one. So I decided to get to work and make them work. Enter the iron on patch. I think my mom and sis honestly thought I did not know they are meant to go on the inside, but I had plans in my wee little brain.

Plans that got me excited when I was searching google and found this. The Pièce de résistance! It is exactly what I wanted.

Image source

Guitar Patch Tutorial

Let's review what your gonna need:
  • pants
  • iron on patches
  • iron
  • embroidery floss
  • needle
  • pattern
  • patience (I don't usually do projects that span over 3 nights, though it most likely won't take you that long. I have backstitched one time previously in my life)
1. Holding your patch over the "pattern" aka printed out drawing, hold it up to the light and trace the outline of the guitar and the amp. Be sure to make them big enough to cover the hole.

2. Cut out the shapes and lay them in place. I put a patch on the back side of the leg with the big hole for extra durability.

3. Iron them on using the directions on the patches. Mine was cotton setting for 30 seconds.

4. Sketch the rest of the design out on the guitar patch. (I suppose you could trace it all at the beginning, but you would have to do it pretty dark to last through the ironing etc)

5. Now just backstitch over the pencil marks. It is a pain to get through the patches, so use a thimble. Trust me, I didn't. Here is a great backstitiching tutorial if you need it.

And there you have it. Some rockin' little patches for yer boy!!

Now it's time to link up!

Please remember:
  • Only link to your own projects that cost you $5 or less (price does not have to include items you had on hand)
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit
  • Please link back so others can join the party

DIY under $5

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

DIY Under $5 Features

Thanks for another great week of DIY under $5 link ups! I am totally inspired by the things you are coming up with on such a small budget! Here are my faves from this week.

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The Ultimate Green Greenhouse from Little Brick Ranch

Earth day is coming right up and this is a great idea to re-use those Costco salad containers.

She also uses them for shoe storage!

My faves:

Spring Skirt made from a sheet by Steph Jacobson

Mini Monogrammed Clipboard by Pocket Full of Pink

Another great use for the monogram packing tape found at Michael's. (Here's my Monogram flower frame if you missed it.)

DIY Nursery Mobile by Gallamore West

If you were one of the faves, be sure to snag the featured button here.

Thanks to all who linked up and I can't wait to see what you come up with this week!! Be sure to link up again on Wednesday!

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Point of View: Spring {Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree}

Welcome, welcome to another month of Point of View where we each show you our takes on a particular theme. This month's theme is SPRING. Take a look at the fun projects we have lined up for you!

1. ME & here you are for the tutorial!
2. Camilla {Rosy Red Buttons}
3. Gwen {Gwenny Penny}
4. Stacy {Not Just a Housewife}
5. Jonie {Just Between Friends}
6. Amy {Ameroonie Designs}

Now for a little tutorial on how to make a
Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree Display

One of my sons favorite songs is "Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree." The beginning lyrics go a little something like this...

I looked out the window and what did I see?
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.
Spring had brought me such a nice surprise.
Popcorn popping right before my eyes.

We are lucky enough to have an apricot tree right in our backyard so we get to see that beautiful "popcorn" each year.

I love that tree when it blossoms (so much more than when it covers my lawn in yuck a the end of the year), but this year it blossomed and literally the next day, SNOW! Dang that snow stealing my lovely tree.

So I decided to make my own and these blossoms will never be killed by snow!

  • branch
  • lilac bunch (Dollar Tree)
  • hot glue
  • window
  • letter stickers (Dollar Tree)
  • large glue dots
1. Trim a branch from a tree. I love that mine had some remnants of the actual blossoms.

2. Make sure it is the right size for your window and trim as necessary.
(I asked where to get a window on Facebook and Stacy had some from when they replaced hers and was kind enough to give it to me! Isn't it divine?! I love that it has the metal fixtures and is all chippy.)

3. Pull all the blossoms off your lilac bunch.

4. Hot glue them to your branch.

5. Pin your branch between the window and the wall by leaning the window against the wall and securing the top with large glue dots.

6. Add your letter stickers to say "I looked out the window and what did I see." I liked the stickers because they are gray and somewhat transparent and look nice and subtle on the glass. You could also use vinyl.

That's it, you're done! Enjoy your bit of spring indoors!

Now link up so we can see your Point of View on SPRING!

  • Link up your own current or past projects as long as they fit the theme: SPRING
  • Link back so others can join the party and so you can have the chance to be featured by one of the six Point of View girls!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

DIY Under $5: Make Earring Holder

Ever wondered how to make an earring holder? No? ;)

Well, today's your lucky day. I'm gonna show you how to can organize all your ear adornments for under $5.

Cost me: $1 (probably $4 if you bought everything)

How to make an earring holder

Supplies Needed:
  • Splatter Screen (Dollar Tree)
  • Burlap
  • Hot Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Needle & thread
I had the splatter screen to make this and was toying with the idea of lace, but was inspired by the lovely Amy from Positively Splendid to use burlap instead.

1. Lay burlap over splatter screen and trim to make a circle. Glue burlap taut by laying a line of glue around the edge of the screen and gluing down a bit a a time. I used the handle of a knife to push it down tight without burning myself. (ok so I still burnt myself multiple times) Do not put glue in the middle of the screen or your earring will not go through!

2. Glue ribbon over the handle of the screen leaving the hole on the back of the end uncovered so you can hang it easily.

3. Thread your needle with enough thread to go around the circumference of the circle. Tie a knot in the end of the two strings so it does not pull through. Go back and forth through the ribbon every 1/4 inch or so and scrunch as you go along so the ribbon ruffles.

4. Glue your ruffled ribbon around the circle leaving the ribbon break on the bottom left.
5. Make some burlap rosettes and glue those on to cover the break in the ribbon. (there are a million rosette tutorials out there if you need one)

6. Hang your earrings by pushing the posts through the burlap and the screen. Using both layers gives it strength so the burlap won't get wonky spacing from things hanging on it.

Now just find a great space to hang it.

Confession:the ribbon ruffles turned out a little more "Grandma's fabric covered photo album" than I wanted, but what do you do.

If you like this, you may also like my DIY Jewelry Organizer for the back of a door.

Now it's time to link up!

Please remember:
  • Only link to your own projects that cost you $5 or less (price does not have to include items you had on hand)
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit
  • Please link back so others can join the party

DIY under $5

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