Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ever Need a Do-Over?

Ever had one of those times where you just wish you could have a do over? Bad hair cut, spray tan, or maybe your first date threw up in the parking lot. {not that I know anything about that} I think we've all had those times where we wish we could just rewind and try again.

Like when we moved in to our house and installed the fridge. We ran to the hardware store and picked up the tube to hook up the ice maker got it all installed and then took off for a mini vacation over Labor Day weekend. We had a great time and headed home. I was starting a my first real post college job the next morning, so we came home around 8 pm to get to bed early and get a good start on the new week.

We pulled in to the garage and collected the first load of bags from the car to take in. We walked in *SQUISH* and our bags dropped. Our floor was one big puddle, from the kitchen to the family room to the living room to the basement. Whoops. Guess that was the wrong tubing. It had burst and run for who knows how long while we were gone.

Mine wasn't nearly this bad, but I thought this was funny....

A picture of a terribly flooded basement.  Things are floating in the water, the water heater is half-covered in floodwaters, and the whole thing is a mess.

That totally would have been an awesome do-over moment.

I'd love to hear your do-over moment! 
Share it in the comments.

This post was sponsored by Frigidaire. When you share your own do-over moment at www.facebook.com/Frigidaire, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children's U.S. programs. Plus, Frigidaire® will help cover the costs for one lucky visitor to win the ultimate do-over.

P.S. Don't forget to sign up for free Tipsy updates via RSS or email.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

DIY Jewelry Organizer

I never had a great solution for jewelry. I had things in jewelry boxes, drawers and scattered around. I wanted something to not only keep it organized, but where I could see it all: rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings together to coordinate quickly and easily. On a trip to Ikea I found some things that I thought would be perfect for a DIY jewelry organizer, in the kitchen and garden areas of all places.

{I apologize for the pictures. It's impossible to get a good picture of the back of the door in a room with no windows.}

I thought hard about where to store my collection. Once I started gathering it all I realized what a collection it really was. We don't have a lot of counter or wall space in our master bath nor did I really want a big mass of jewelry out on display which is why I chose the back of the bathroom door. It gave me a big area to work with which could be in plain site or could be completely hidden away. It was perfect!

SUPPLIES:
(most found at Ikea)
  • Bygel rails
  • Bygel wire basket
  • Bygel plastic s-hooks
  • Socker Plant pots
  • Ring holder
  • Thin ribbon scraps
  • 3/4 inch flathead screws
  • Drill
Just purchase as many as you need to fit your jewelry.

I used three bars: two for necklaces and one for the basket. I used about six packs of s-hooks, one wire basket, and two buckets. I got everything for under $20.

DIRECTIONS:

Figure out the configuration on your door. I did short necklaces on top, long necklaces in the middle and buckets for bracelets down lower so I could see easily into the buckets. That just worked out with the panels on my door. 

Install your bars on the door using the flathead screws and drill.



Now start assembling. Attach the wire basket to the bar and remove the metal sheet with the holes from the bottom. Attach it to the bottom of the basket by tying it on with tiny ribbons. Place the buckets in the basket. They won't go all the way to the bottom now that you removed the metal piece, but that didn't bother me. Fill your buckets with your bracelets. I have nicer bracelets in little jewelry boxes so they don't get tangled with the others.



Attach your earrings to the metal piece. Just push the backs all the way to the front if they are hook earrings and will stay on the organizer by themselves.


Place a small ring holder (found mine at the thrift store and painted it) between the buckets and fill with rings. 

 

Attach the s-hooks (buy the plastic ones, NOT the metal ones so they don't swing everywhere) to the bars and fill with necklaces. I have two colors of hooks because I ran out and had to buy more and they didn't have the same colors.



I made this a few weeks ago and have loved it! Having my jewelry hidden away I had forgotten about a lot of it. This way I can see exactly what I have quickly and easily. I have been wearing it a lot more and got rid of some I was ready to part with.


P.S. Don't forget to sign up for free Tipsy updates via RSS or email.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cheese Please! {Pepper Jack Turkey Wrap}

There's a reason we say "Cheese!" when we want someone to smile. It's because cheese makes everything better. (Sorry to those who are lactose intolerant) I am a big fan of cheese so I was excited when I was asked to share my childhood memories of Kraft Singles. That's an easy one. We always loved to take a slice and bite holes in it to make a mask. 

My boys took to this practice right away.


While they entertained themselves, I whipped up some Dino grilled cheese with two Kraft singles to make it super melty and gooey. You can pick up the dino sandwich cutter at Wal-mart.


And this is pretty much how lunch went...
Sitting nicely.
Feeding herbivore.
No more pictures please.
Little bro stands, brother unaware of any trouble.
The swipe.
Brother throws a carrot to distract baby.
Baby decides one off the floor by brother feet is good enough.
Big bro laughs at baby eating food off the floor.
Baby goes in for swipe #2 while brother protects his sandwich.
Brother plays keep away with the plate.

Is this how lunch goes at your house?

Once I had that messed cleaned up, I made myself a little lunch.

PEPPER JACK TURKEY WRAP


I was so excited to see that they have multiple flavors of Kraft Singles, Pepper Jack being one of them!

INGREDIENTS:
Tortilla (next time I think I'll do wheat or spinach)
Olive Oil Mayo
Sliced Turkey
Kraft Pepper Jack Singles
Baby Spinach
Avocado Slices

Layer the ingredients on the tortilla and roll it up. Hold it closed with a toothpick and enjoy!

I loved having a healthy lunch with a bit of kick from the pepper jack. I made one for my husband and he loved it too!

Disclosure: As part of the DailyBuzz Moms Featured Publisher Community, I received a coupon for free Kraft Singles (which I didn't use because I forgot it, whoops.) and a stipend. 

 P.S. Don't forget to sign up for free Tipsy updates via RSS or email.



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

DIY Under $5 on Summer Break

Hey guys, I have an important announcement. With my husband working and getting his Master's and no more preschool for the summer I am cutting back to have more time with my family. This is going to be the last DIY Under $5 Party for the next few months. I am going to leave it open so please continue to link up over the summer like you normally would and I will be popping and pinning my favorites as we go along, but there will not be a new party every week. 

Now on with last week's features and the summer party...

Sunburst Mirror from Decorating Cents
Love the dark stain on the paint sticks!


One cloth five ways from Creative Chaos
I so want one of these super cute and easy wraps!


Pop Tab Tine Can Treats from Practically Functional
I want to do this for Father's Day!

Pop tab tin cans filled with candy for Mother's Day

Antiqued Clothespin Art from Burton Avenue
She must have the cutest laundry room ever!! Did I mention I have a slight obsession with laundry themed things?


Business Card Holder from Artsy Fartsy Mama
Perfect for all those upcoming blog conferences or heck make it a little wider for your debit and loyalty cards.


I enjoy your $5 projects so much that I decided to add an addition link section for anything under $15! That's right. It will open up a place to show additional projects that can't be purchased with an Abe Lincoln, but are still totally affordable! I can't wait to see more from you!

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) or $15 or less in the 2nd section.
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit, but please only link each project one time to one DIY Under $5 party. 
  • No linking giveaways or items for sale
  • Please link back so others can join the party and so you have the opportunity to be featured! I will not feature those who do not link back.


DIY under $5




DIY Under $5



DIY Under $15




P.S. Don't forget to sign up for free Tipsy updates via RSS or email.

Monday, May 21, 2012

How to Curl Hair Without Heat

Here's a little tip I picked up from Deidra in the make up and hair tip class at the Breathing Space Retreat that has been a life changer, no heat curls. No really, this is one of my go to styles now. It's super easy, takes next to no time and gives you natural, beachy looking curls with no curling or straightening iron needed. Seriously, these pics are from the very first time I tried it!!


All you need for no heat curls is an elastic headband and barely damp hair. This is important, if it is too wet, it will never dry. You basically just wrap all your hair around the headband wear it for a few hours until it dries and then pull out and smooth. Easy peasy! I don't wash my hear everyday, so this lasts a few days for me with some touch ups. I actually like it better the second day when it has relaxed and is loose wavy curls.

Here's my instagram pics from my first try...
(beware the scary buggin eyes, sorry folks haven't mastered the phone self-portrait yet.)

  

Here's a video tutorial with exactly how to do curl hair without heat. It's much easier then trying to explain it in writing. It's kinda long because it has the before and after how-to's, but I'll let you in on all the tricks on how to make it work. This tutorial was on my second try. It is truly that easy.


My stylist friend Jami tried wearing it overnight and said it was a mess in the morning. I think the no heat curl key is putting it in barely damp in the morning and taking it out a few hours later after lunchtime. Then, use your favorite products to tame the beast. Also, I have naturally wavy hair, so that may contribute to the working well for me, but Deidra who taught the class has stick straight and it works for her so I think it should be pretty universal.


I hope you try it! I have done it four or five times now which is saying something since the retreat was less than a month ago.


P.S. Don't forget to sign up for free Tipsy updates via RSS or email.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Polka Dot Fruit Stand

I love the fresh produce that comes with summer. We're trying to eat healthier what better way to do it than having your fruit right on the counter to grab for snacks or even just remember what you have to work with. I have done a bowl in the past, but I wanted a fruit stand that could hold a lot and also add some color and personality to my kitchen.

FRUIT STAND


I love how it turned out, but just in case it is not your style, I have five others for you to choose from! This idea was actually born from a late night snack run with my roommates during Breathing Space Blogger Retreat. We ran to the grocery store, saw these adorable polka dot dishes and thought it might be fun to make stands with them. I love how each bloggers personality shows through a little differently.

Go visit these cute girls to see theirs in more detail:
 Amanda,WhitneyStaciLeanneMe,  Kaysi

Want a mini how to?

Supplies:
Dishes
Candlesticks
Spray Paint
E-6000

Spray paint your candlesticks using multiple light coats and letting it dry between coats. Glue it all together with E-6000 making sure everything is centered over each other. Let it dry.


As you can see I put the top candle stick upside down. It fit perfectly within the ridges of the bowl and then left more room on the small plate for fruit or goodies. I decided on a fruit stand because it's not often that I need a whole display of goodies and it was way to cute to hide in a cupboard. I love how it adds a natural pop of color to my space.


It would also be super cute for chips or veggies and dip! Oooh, or crackers and an assortment of cheese cubes in the top!


P.S. Don't forget to sign up for free Tipsy updates via RSS or email.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tie Dye Accessories

Tie Dye brings back lots of memories like demolition derbies, girls camp, and my brother in-law when we first met him. I was excited when I was asked to try out Tulip Tie Dye not only because we had a past, but because I like a challenge and wanted to see what I could create using tie dye besides the traditional t-shirt. Ok, so I did start with an old stained t-shirt, but I came up with these coordinating Mom and tot tie dye accessories. 

Necklace inspired by I Heart Naptime

I had no idea why in the world I was making matching accessories. I have no daughter nor do any of my little nieces really wear cutesy headbands. Later, I found out an adorable family whom I adore was going through a big trial and could use a little sunshine in their life. Things happen for a reason I believe.


Ready for a little how to?

SUPPLIES:

Tulip Tie Dye Kit Including:
-Tie Dye
-Squirt bottles
-Gloves
-Surface cover

  • Pre-washed white t-shirt (mine was 95% cotton, 5% spandex so it was nice and smooth with a bit of elasticity and also does not roll as much when stretched)

  • Fabric scissors
  • Big wood beads
  • Gray spray paint
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Felt
  • Hot Glue Gun



DIRECTIONS:

1. Lay out your surface cover and pre-washed shirt. Wearing your gloves mix up yellow and black dye. I did a black ombre shirt before this, so you can either use the dye for something else until you have about 1/4 of the black left and then fill the bottle with water to dilute to gray or just use less dye powder and more water to begin.

2. Use the squirt bottle to dye the top of the shirt with the gray using a sweeping side to side motion until covered completely to about 4 inches down. Then dye with yellow using the sweeping motion, but leave about 1.5 inches between stripes. Do not oversoak with yellow. You want the back to remain mostly white. Let dry for at least 6 hours. I let mine dry completely.

3. While the shirt is drying, spray paint your beads gray letting them dry between coats. I used 3 thin coats.


4. Launder separately in the hottest water safe for your fabric using the large load setting with a little bit of laundry soap. Dry separately in the dryer. 

I actually loved how it looked as a shirt and was tempted to stop here...


but there was a small stain on the back of my shirt on the white part, so I grabbed the scissors and continued on my way.


5. Cut 1/2 inch strips from the back of the shirt on a diagonal so they are as long as possible. This will give the strips yellow ends.


6. Make a small slit in the end of each strip and thread them through each other so they are attached.


7. Tie a knot where you attached the two strands for extra security and to start your necklace. Work out from that center knot. Twist up the end of the strip so it looks like the top of a pointy ice cream cone. Slide the point through the beads one by one. You can make the hole in the bead a bit larger by placing the tip of some ordinary scissors in and twisting around if needed. Tie a knot on either side of each bead so they stay in place. Leave about a 2 inch space for the flower with five beads on one side and one bead on the other.

8. For the flower, cut 6 circles about 2 inches in diameter from the yellow striped part of the shirt.


9. Fold the circles in half and then in half again to get a pie shape. Attach them by poking the needle through the point of each pie. Rotate and fluff the "petals" as needed to get a nice full shape.


10. Hot glue the flower in place and then secure a circle of felt to the back of the flower for additional security and  finished look.


11. Tie the necklace around your neck to the desired length using a bow. The ends of the strips will still have a bit of a twist from threading them through the beads.


Have you ever seen tie dye look so cute?


Just wait until you see the tot side of the coordinates!


1. Cut a 2 inch strip of the yellow stripes. Pull the ends tight so it rolls in a bit. Attach the ends with hot glue. Cute another strip about 1"x 2" Roll in the edges and hot glue over the seam to keep it soft for the little one.

2. For the flowers, cut a 3 inch square in the yellow stripes and a 3 1/2 inch square from the white. Cut out a wiggly shape like an amoeba. It does not have to be perfect. Now place a dob of hot glue in the center and squish to give the flower ripply volume. 

3. For one center, take a strip of gray and make a rosette. For the other, take a strip and tie knots all along it. Then, wrap it round itself in a spiral twisting as needed to make it fit right. Hot glue them to the center of the flowers.

4. Hot glue the flowers to the headband.


Ug, I love it so much! It is just dying to be donned on a sweet little soul! I am excited to try some more techniques!



If you like this necklace, you might also like our Fabric Necklace, Tshirt DIY Necklace, or our Quite a Spectacle Anthro Knock off.

Tulip Tie Dye Kits are available at Walmart, Walmart Canada, Michaels, JoAnn, A.C. Moore, Hobby Lobby, Hancock Fabrics, Meijer. Tie dye kit contents and colors may vary by store.

See more fun ideas from ilovetocreate.com on...


Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with iLoveToCreate.com and Blueprint Social. The opinions and creations in this post are my own.

P.S. Don't forget to sign up for free Tipsy updates via RSS or email.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

DIY Under $5

Another fine Tuesday at hand! Let's round things up with a few features and a brand new party shall we?

 Free Printable from Organize and Decorate Everything
I have it sitting in my front room. I was lucky enough to be one of Leanne's roommate's at Breathing Space and she made one for each of us!
 
  
Origami Dress from Meijo's Joy
They are just too cute! Would be fun in white for a bridal shower!

 
 Industrial String Art from The Thrillz of the Hillz
Love how it looks like wire!


 

So, what have you been up to this week? 

Let's Party!


I enjoy your $5 projects so much that I decided to add an addition link section for anything under $15! That's right. It will open up a place to show additional projects that can't be purchased with an Abe Lincoln, but are still totally affordable! I can't wait to see more from you!

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) or $15 or less in the 2nd section.
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit, but please only link each project one time to one DIY Under $5 party. Do not link the same project week after week.
  • No linking giveaways or items for sale
  • Please link back so others can join the party and so you have the opportunity to be featured! I will not feature those who do not link back.



DIY under $5



Projects under $5



Projects under $15


P.S. Don't forget to sign up for free Tipsy updates via RSS or email.