Summer Favorites

  It’s kind of hard to believe that we’re already smack dab in the middle of Summer! Well, it’s really not so hard to know that it’s summer when you live in the scorching state of Texas, but, you know what I mean. I try to be budget conscious and not buy a cartload of new products each season, but I do have a few new (and old) Summer favorites that I thought I’d share! Most of these items can be found at places like Target or Wal-Mart (click on their titles for more info about each product). What items … Continue reading Summer Favorites

DIY Watercolor Easter Eggs

Last year I created these Patterned Easter Eggs using white paint pens on brown eggs. I really wanted to come up with another unique and artsy egg decorating idea this year. I had just purchased a set of watercolor paint (I’m currently in love with simple watercolor designs!) and was inspired to try watercolor egg decorating. I went to Pinterest (my go-to for inspiration) and I wasn’t able to find anything exactly like what I had in mind. I really wanted to create ombre watercolor designs, instead of painting brush strokes onto the eggs. I wasn’t even sure if it … Continue reading DIY Watercolor Easter Eggs

DIY Mint Bath Bombs

I have the perfect tutorial for you – just in time for Easter! These Easter Egg Bath Bombs make an adorable basket stuffer. This recipe cost just a few dollars for the entire batch, less than what ONE bath bomb would cost at Lush! These egg bath bombs will add a light scent and color to a bath, and they’ll leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. I created my bath bombs by slightly altering this recipe. The amount of bath bombs that you end up with will depend on the size of mold that you use. I used small Easter … Continue reading DIY Mint Bath Bombs

2013 Reader Favorites // Top 15

I decided that it would be fun to end the year with a compilation of the most popular posts of 2013! Thanks to you, these are the most viewed posts to date! Simply click on the post’s title, above each picture, to take a closer look at any of these projects and recipes! Thanks for reading and Happy New Year! Reader Favorites // Top 15 Posts of 2013 15. Roasted Red Pepper Sauce 14. Hot Chocolate Spoons 13. Cilantro Lime Chicken Fajitas 12. Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzels 11. Cookie Dough Sugar Scrub 10. Parmesan Crusted Potatoes 9. Chicken Avocado Lime … Continue reading 2013 Reader Favorites // Top 15

Vintage Recipe Tea Towels DIY

Now that Christmas has passed, I’d like to share one of my Christmas gift projects with you! These tea towels were definitely one of my favorite gifts that I gave this year, I love the fact that they are both handmade and sentimental. Did you know that you can upload any image and have it printed onto fabric? I’ve wanted to use this idea for quite some time, and decided to try making personal homemade Christmas gifts with this method. I’m so happy with the way this project turned out!  I chose to feature one of my great grandmother’s handwritten … Continue reading Vintage Recipe Tea Towels DIY

Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

Peppermint candies are so festive and classic, no matter what time of the year it is, the sight and smell of peppermints always reminds me of the holidays. Peppermint Candy Ornaments are thrifty and quick to make, they’re a handmade project that is perfect for this time of the year, when we’re all running a little lower on money and time! You could make a dozen of these edible ornaments at just a dollar per bag of peppermints! These melted candies aren’t just for the tree either! Use this method to create cute little edible toppers for cupcakes or brownies … Continue reading Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

Wood Slice Ink Transfer Art DIY & GIVEAWAY

I was recently given the honor of creating a DIY tutorial for typography company, Fairgoods. I had so much fun coming up with this project, and Fairgoods has so many great typefaces to choose from! This project is live on their blog today and you can also enter for a chance to win this Joy Wood Slice Art! Go check it out and enter to win HERE. Facebook // Etsy // Pinterest // Instagram // Twitter Continue reading Wood Slice Ink Transfer Art DIY & GIVEAWAY

Chalkboard Gift Wrap with DIY Clay Button Stars

Every year I look forward to deciding what type of packaging I’m going to use for Christmas gifts. I love the personalized feel of homemade gift wrap. With a few simple supplies, and just a little bit of extra time, you can create gift wrapping that is all your own. In past years I’ve packaged gifts with brown kraft paper, twine, and my homemade cinnamon ornaments. This year I decided to go with “chalkboard” wrapping paper, an idea that I picked up from Pinterest. To create this look you’ll need a roll of black kraft paper. I ordered this kind and it’s … Continue reading Chalkboard Gift Wrap with DIY Clay Button Stars

Shimmer Cinnamon Ornaments

I love making these cinnamon ornaments every year, they’re easy to create and they make the house smell so festive! The classic cinnamon ornament recipe is so simple, just two ingredients. This year I decided to change it up a little bit by adding glitter. I used very fine, colorless, shimmer glitter to give these ornaments some sparkle. I had a bit of hard time getting the shimmer to show up in my photos, but they’re really so pretty! String these ornaments together to create a festive holiday garland, or use them as spicy scented tags for Christmas gift packaging. … Continue reading Shimmer Cinnamon Ornaments

Simple Holiday Centerpiece Ideas

Today I have a few simple holiday table centerpiece ideas for you. You can create a great centerpiece without setting up an elaborate tablescape! Have a small space? Make a centerpiece on your coffee table if you don’t have a large dining table. Use things that you already have to a create unique and beautiful centerpiece that will pop! A cake stand makes a perfect base for a centerpiece! It’s a great way to decorate without sacrificing a lot of table space. I used tall vases, filled with natural cotton, to give the centerpiece even more height. Grab a pretty tray, plate, … Continue reading Simple Holiday Centerpiece Ideas

Modern Paint Dipped Pumpkins

Silver mercury glass pumpkins and natural white pumpkins are my favorites! I decided to do something of a combination of the two when I painted this pumpkin. You can use this easy method, in whatever color scheme you like, to add some modern flair to your Fall decor. Fall and DIY projects, what could be better? Start by choosing a pumpkin! I knew that I wanted to use my pumpkin for a painting project, so it didn’t have to be anything special, I picked this one up at Walmart for $5. I would suggest buying a plastic pumpkin for this … Continue reading Modern Paint Dipped Pumpkins

Orange Clove Pomanders

I love natural decor for Fall! This year I’m decorating with a collection of pumpkins, natural cotton, and orange clove pomanders. These pomanders are both natural and fragrant, with a spicy citrus scent! I love making them at least once during this time of the year (it’s also a fun project that you can create with kids!). These pomanders are the perfect decoration for Fall, Thanksgiving, or Christmas! Wrap twine or ribbon around pomanders to make them into hanging holiday ornaments. Orange Clove Pomanders oranges whole cloves a toothpick Using a toothpick, make a small hole in the skin of … Continue reading Orange Clove Pomanders

Natural Cotton Wreath

I have a pretty unique name. It isn’t very common, and the spelling of my name makes it super unique (I know, you’re wondering how this could possibly tie in to this wreath project? but just wait!). Several years ago I connected, via Facebook, with someone else named Shae. The really crazy thing? Our maiden names were exactly the same as well! This obviously doesn’t happen very often. Okay, so, this has never ever happened before. Even better, we have similar characteristics and similar tastes! Recently Shae and I were talking about Fall decor and our search for natural cotton or … Continue reading Natural Cotton Wreath

Mocha Sugar Scrub

I love sugar scrubs, and they’re really so easy to make at home (like my Cookie Dough Sugar Scrub)! This Mocha Scrub is one that I’ve been wanting to make for quite some time. I saved the coffee grounds from my morning coffee to use in this sweet smelling scrub! Do a quick online search for the skin benefits of coffee grounds and you’ll find claims that it helps to minimize everything from cellulite to stretch marks. I can’t guarantee that this coffee scrub will change your life, but you really can’t go wrong with a skin care product that smells … Continue reading Mocha Sugar Scrub

Texturing Clay // Wind Chime Project

I’ve been wanting to hang wind chimes for a while but we’d been waiting to find a set that had a good sound, nothing that would be too high pitch and annoying for windy Texas days. Drew found some hefty old chimes in my grandma’s storage barn, but they were missing the wind catcher and the bead that hits the chimes. In search of something that would work as a wind catcher, I was digging through my craft supplies stash when I came across my polymer clay. I’ve been wanting to use this method of texturing clay so I decided to see if … Continue reading Texturing Clay // Wind Chime Project

Sugar Scrub // Cookie Dough

Today’s project isn’t for eating, even though it smells exactly like cookie dough!!! Coconut oil is a beauty “secret” that’s all over the place right now, so I decided to give it a try in this sugar body scrub. It feels exactly like olive oil, so you can use that if you don’t have coconut oil (though olive oil will give this scrub a slightly different scent). The shredded coconut adds extra texture to this scrub but I was a little bit disappointed that the coconut didn’t add much of a scent (and coconut oil doesn’t really have a scent to … Continue reading Sugar Scrub // Cookie Dough

Birdseed Bird Feeder Ornaments

I’ve been wanting to make birdseed ornaments for a while but I just couldn’t bring myself to search for suet (a must-have ingredient in most birdseed ornaments). This recipe doesn’t call for suet or gelatin, and it doesn’t involve messy peanut butter! These ornaments will be great for the winter, when birds really are in search of food, but I didn’t want to wait until then to make them! I’ve hung these birdseed ornaments on a tree just below our balcony where I can watch birds munch away. You can make your own bird feeders with this simple recipe! Birdseed … Continue reading Birdseed Bird Feeder Ornaments

Sun Jar :: Solar Powered Lamp

During the summer, I like looking for new ideas for our outdoor space and projects that I can do outside! These sun jars are a simple and inexpensive way to create a warm glow at night. Use them for outdoor parties, camping, patios, gardens, or a windowsill. I love the way my sun jars brighten up our balcony at night! What you’ll need: Glass Jar (with translucent lid)  Solar Garden Light Frosted Glass Spray Heavy Duty Glue Start by frosting the inside of your jar. Spray a light coat and let dry (it only takes several minutes). Apply as many coats as you need … Continue reading Sun Jar :: Solar Powered Lamp

Harvesting Basil // Container Gardening

Here’s an update on my container garden, along with a few gardening tricks that I’ve been trying out! I’ve done a little research on how to harvest basil and this is what I’m trying for now// Find spots where a branch grows off in three directions, harvest the middle section. Last year I cut my plants at random and they struggled to grow back. I’m using this method this season, and my plants are still growing full. {Do you have too many fresh herbs? Find out how to freeze them here.} I’ve seen that a lot of people are using recycled coffee … Continue reading Harvesting Basil // Container Gardening

Concrete Candle Holders // Industrial DIY

I’m pretty excited about sharing this DIY project! We’re really into creating items out of concrete right now (you can find our Industrial Concrete Ball DIY here). Industrial home decor is so popular right now, we’ve seen concrete pieces that we love at places like West Elm and Restoration Hardware. This DIY is such an inexpensive way to bring those pieces into your home. We had to eat quite a few pringles for this project (no complaining here), I’m quite happy that our project is finally complete. These concrete candle holders are great for decorating your home or outdoor space! Concrete Candle … Continue reading Concrete Candle Holders // Industrial DIY

Vanilla Bean Scones

This scone recipe is one that I love to fall back on when I’m craving something sweet at night! I’ve made these vanilla bean scones so many times, it’s quick and simple (as far as baking goes)! I wrote down the recipe years ago when I was looking for a copycat recipe for Starbucks’ mini vanilla scones… these scones don’t exactly look like Starbucks’ but they do have a similar taste, and they’re much fresher! Vanilla Bean Scones                     2 dozen mini scones Needed: 2 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 tsp baking … Continue reading Vanilla Bean Scones

Dip-Dyed Candles // Ombre DIY Project

I absolutely love the dip-dyed/ombre look! Recently I’ve been looking for projects that feature this trend. I came across this easy technique and used it to upcycle extra white candles that I had around the house. This is a thrifty way to add a pop of color to a party or wedding… buy plain candles in bulk and dye them to match any decor! Needed: white candles (pillar, taper, or votive) old candle wax or scentsy bars crayons (for dyeing white candle wax) can or glass jar wooden stirrer Separate old candles or scentsy bars by color (I used a mixture of pink and red). … Continue reading Dip-Dyed Candles // Ombre DIY Project

Braided Rope Statement Necklace // DIY

This statement necklace was inspired by a recent project on one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess! It’s made out of parachute cord which comes in all kinds of good colors, making this an easy way to create a necklace to match any outfit. Parachute cord is also sturdier than other thin strands of rope, great for helping this necklace keep its shape! Needed: 10 ft parachute cord necklace chain with clasp ribbon hot glue gun Separate necklace chain (by opening a chain link) into two equal lengths of chain. Cut parachute cord into 12 strands that are each … Continue reading Braided Rope Statement Necklace // DIY

Clay Typewriter Key Magnets // DIY

I love the vintage look of these clay typewriter key magnets! They’re perfect for leaving short and sweet messages on a fridge or magnet board. This project caught my eye when I first saw it (somewhere on Pinterest). I bought supplies over a year ago and had plans of making this project right away, but ended up spending my time on wedding planning and projects instead. I just came across these supplies that I had stashed away, I couldn’t wait to create these magnets! Needed: Sculpey polymer clay small circle cutter black ink pad alphabet stamps magnets rolling pin super … Continue reading Clay Typewriter Key Magnets // DIY

Industrial Concrete Ball // DIY

Drew had his eye on these stone spheres at Restoration Hardware, but couldn’t justify spending $100 for two. Our knockoff? Less than $8 for the set! Needed: concrete mix toy balls large disposable container mixing tool something to funnel the concrete into your mold sandpaper Cut a hole in the ball (just big enough to funnel concrete inside). Mix up concrete (according to directions on package) in your disposable container. Funnel concrete into your mold. Placing the ball in a bowl will help to keep the bottom from completely flattening out. You may need to add a little more concrete as it settles in … Continue reading Industrial Concrete Ball // DIY

Container Gardening

Last year I started my very first herb garden on our balcony. I planted a little late into the year and my seedlings struggled to survive in full afternoon/evening sun. When warmer weather arrived in Texas over a month ago, I was excited to plant as soon as possible. I also decided to go a little further and try vegetable gardening. I planted Cilantro and Purple Bell Peppers (Yes, Purple!). I also invested in a Topsy Turvy Planter for tomatoes. While it’s not the cutest thing ever, it seems to be doing the job. Plus, it doesn’t take up any room on our … Continue reading Container Gardening

Wrapped Canvas Artwork // DIY

I used this method last year to create a piece of artwork for our bedroom, which featured several lines of text and deep colors. This newest piece has a more simple, bold design. Drew had requested a unique art piece for his office and he designed the graphics that I used to create it. It’s a combination of chevron and our initials. I love it! Needed: Blank Wrapped Canvas (any size) Contact Paper Paint Paint brush and/or sponge brush Stencil (or any design that you’d like on your artwork) Trace out your design onto the paper backing of the contact … Continue reading Wrapped Canvas Artwork // DIY

Patterned Easter Eggs

I used to love dyeing eggs at Easter… the more vibrant, the better! This year I wanted to do an updated version of Easter egg decorating. I came across a picture of this method and, since I always have brown eggs on hand, decided that this was the perfect project! It’s so simple, just hardboiled eggs and a paint pen! The pen wrote easily on the eggs and dried quickly. Decorate room temperature eggs. Eggs straight from the refrigerator will sweat, causing the paint to run. For more color, try this method on dyed eggs or use a colored paint … Continue reading Patterned Easter Eggs