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Halloween Chevron Wreath {tutorial}!!

8 Sep

{{Happy Halloween}}
lol – I know it’s a little early but I just can’t help myself!
I think I’ve ordered every chevron color that is in existence. 
Yes, I
may have a problem.
But I thought — how cute would it be to make a
Halloween wreath out of THREE of my favorite things — CHEVRON, BAKERS
and GLITTER???

So that’s what I did. And let me tell you — this is a fast and easy project. And the end result is a whimsical tribute to one of my favorite holidays!!

Here’s how to make one:

 1. Supplies — Wreath Form. Fabric cut into 3 inch wide strip, black cardstock, bakers twine, black glitter and coordinating fabric to hang the wreath. 
2. Wrap the wreath form with the chevron fabric. 
3. Hot glue bakers twine onto the wreath. I get my baker’s twine from Twisted Sugar Twine. Pull the twine tight.
4. Cut out bats. I made mine with my Silhouette. But you could punch them out with a punch too. 
5. Glitter the bats. I Mod Podged them and then sprinkled the glitter over the top. 
6. Hot glue the bats to the twine.
7.Hang the wreath with some ribbon, or I hung mine with a couple strips of black and white chevron. 
8. Hang up the wreath. I used 3M Command Hooks. That way if I want to take it down later, there is no hole or damage to my Aqua Pantry Door!

So tell me — have you started making Halloween projects? What are YOU making?? I would love to know. I made ANOTHER Halloween Wreath today — with materials all from the Dollar Store. I’ll be sharing that one next week 🙂 It’s kind of a Gothic/Glam Halloween Wreath!


And speaking of Halloween — have you seen the Haunted Mirrors floating around blogland?? I made one the other day and it inspired me to make a Spooky Mirror round up over at Babble. Check them out – they are SUPER spooky and fun!!

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Fall Embroidery Hoop Door Hanging {tutorial}!!

6 Sep
I have LOVED all of the fun tutorials featuring embroidery hoops floating all over blogland lately. 
There are so many awesome projects using these humble sewing tools.  

ashley at the flaunt store

 So when my *CUTE* sister Ashley called me up asking what a trendy Fall Wreath project would be — of course I answered — “something with embroidery hoops”.
And here’s her fun and whimsical Fall Embroidery Hoop Door Hanging!!

I love it!!

 Here’s how to make one: 

Take it away Ashley —
10″ embroidery hoop (or whatever size you want to use)
Linen or fabric to place in center of hoop
embroidery thread
fall colored felt
burlap garland (I found mine at Jo-Anne’s in the floral section)
  • First off, I put the linen fabric in the center of the embroidery
    I made it taut and left the extra fabric hanging out the sides.
    You will need to tighten the fabric again at the end.
  • Decide on what you want the wreath to say and sketch it out on
    the fabric.
    I chose the saying “hello fall” and used the two different
    fonts to make it interesting. I had to google how to embroider and used
    this website as my guide: Needle ‘n Thread. I used the
    chain stitch for “fall” and the stem stitch for “hello”.
  • After I had the phrase embroidered on the fabric, I started cutting
    out leaves and grouping them together.
    I also used some leftover fabric
    from a tank top that I shortened to make some rosettes and to add
  • Lastly, I added the burlap
    garland around the edge as a ruffle.
    I threw in a wide stitch through
    the garland edge and pulled it tight until I had the right size. Once I
    tied it off and brought the two edges together, I turned over the hoop
    and hot glued the ruffle to the back of the wreath.
  • I love the bright colors of the design and natural textures of the linen and burlap together!

Thanks Ashley!!! 
 {isn’t her little boy the cutest?}

And if you are in the Bay Area – check out Ashley’s Boutique Flaunt in Danville, CA.

It is the ultimate in casual cool. 

Tell her I sent you!!!

flaunt danville

flaunt inside

And I am so excited — Ashley is going to share a monthly tutorial with us!!

Have a Happy Day!! 

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Great Ideas — Painted Projects {1}!

28 Aug
Painted Chandelier @ How Does She
Painted Sofa @ Johnny in a Dress
Chevron Wall Painting Tutorial @ The Tall Chick
Painted Nursery Dresser @ Never a Dull Moment

 Stenciled Basket Liners @ Blissfully Ever After
 Make a Farmhouse Table @ The Real Housewives of BC
Painted Lamp Transformation @ She’s Crafty
 Painted Thrifted Table @ Organize and Decorate Everything
 Tray Makeover @ Coley’s Corner
Paint with Chalk and Stencils @ 504 Main
Spruce up a table with Paint @ The Craft Monkey
Painted Dresser Redo @ The Prezidential Life
 Painted Sun Sign @ Erin at Lemon Tree Creations
Painted Pew @ Harbour Breeze
 Stained Countertop @ Nest Nesting Nested
 Painted Pink Cabinet @ Girls in the Garden
Contact Paper Stencils @ Always in Wonder
Painted Headboard @ My Jadie Cakes
Kids Table Redo @ A Grace Full Life
Homemade Bed @ Kristin Duke Photography
Painted Kitchen Cabinets @ Projects Around the House


I am AMAZED at all of the wonderful ideas linked up. I wish I could feature each of them!! 
Come check them out and  link up YOUR ideas and enter to win $50 to:


Happy Sunday!! 


Great Ideas — DIY Inspiration {12}

27 Aug
Pallet Day Bed @ La Famille Blog
Restoration Hardware-inspired Concrete Fire Column @ In My Own Style
Shutters become Bathroom Counters @ Cleverly Inspired
DIY Photo Display @ Shanty 2 Chic

Entryway Makeover @ PB&J Stories
 DIY Dry Erase Calendar @ SAS Interiors
Houndstooth Pendant Lamp @ A Girl and a Glue Gun
French Opera Sidetable @ Lovely Etc.
DIY Subway Art @ My Life as a Mrs.
DIy Message Center @ Sweet Serendipity
Yellow Bookshelf and Plate Wall @ By The Brook Designs
 Window Chalkboard @ Poofy Cheeks
Sassy Gallery Wall @ Sassy Style
Pretty Bench Redo @ The Remodeled Life
Pallet Toy Crate @ Onesie Twosie
So many great ideas going on this week!! 
Come link up YOUR ideas and enter to win $50 to:
Have a Happy Saturday!! 
PS — Thanks for the sweet words on my Stenciled Circle Rug!! It was a fun project to make. I am sharing 10 other Stenciled Rug Tutorials over at The New Home Ec today. Come over and get inspired to paint a rug for your home!!! 

Stenciled Circle Rug Tutorial {Spray Paint Project}

26 Aug

Have I ever mentioned that I have a slight obsession with the Disney Show “Good Luck Charlie”? 

I was sick last Spring and spent about 5 hours straight watching it in some sort of “Good Luck Charlie” marathon – lol! I adore the use of color in the “Good Luck Charlie” house!!

Like their turquoise couch! So fun. I developed a bit of a crush on the rug from that set. So I tracked it down and discovered that it is the Key Turquoise Rug from Suzanne Sharp – a famous rug designer and also several thousand dollars. Update — just requested the price list and yes, it’s $5,000 – yikes!!! I think I’m going to try to recreate this rug for my family room 🙂

And while I was obsessing about this rug, I fond another rug. Also by Suzanne Sharp and decided to try to recreate that — it’s the Sellarsbrook rug.

Here’s what I did: 

1. I used cheap rolls of shelf liner. 
2. I traced two sizes of plates onto the liner. 
3. I cut out the circles. 
4. I laid the circles on the rug and overlapped them, three rows.
5.Then I taped rows on top of the circles. And taped the edges up.
6. Then I spray painted the whole rug. 
I bought the rug from Ikea. It was $24.99. In retrospect, I should have rolled the paint on instead of spray painting. The rug has ridges, so it was hard to get the rug taped with the ridges, so some of the spray paint did get underneath the tape. If I had rolled it on, I think the edges would have been a little crisper. 
But overall I’m really pleased with the rug. It looks so pretty in my garden — with my striped yellow benchI love turquoise and yellow together!! 

So now my patio is extra colorful!!! 
and instead of the $3000 price tag — mine was under $40!!
Thanks for stopping by – I appreciate it!! 
Have a Fantastic Friday!! 


PS— This post is linked up with Beth!!

How to Install Decorative Doorknobs {Kitchen Sneak Peek}!!

25 Aug
I love my aqua-ish door, but I wanted a really cool doorknob to jazz it up a little. 

I looked at every hardware store and all I could find was Oil Rubbed Bronze, Nickle, Chrome or the ever-popular Brass {which I have all over my house}. I really wanted a crystal or ceramic knob. And I did find some crystal knobs but at over $100 per set, they were a little out of my price range.

Then the other day I was at Hobby Lobby and they had all of their knobs half off. I found a glass knob with an antique brass finish. It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but I liked the shape of the knob and the fact that it was glass. Plus, it ended up being about $10.

I have bought a few decorative knobs like this and they are not made to fit modern doors. It takes a little figuring out how to make these knobs work on a basic door. So I thought I’d share what I do to make them work on my doors.

  1. The first thing I did was I sprayed my knob with a metallic spray paint. I think it modernizes the knob a little and I like the way the silver makes the glass pop. 
  2. A really nifty trick I heard about was wrapping the knob in tin foil. And it works great. Much easier than taping it all off. 
  3. All sprayed.
  4. Once it was sprayed. I had to swap out the middle door knob spindle because the one that came with the knob was square, and my doors all have a circular mechanism.
  5. I also had to use a hacksaw to trim the ends of the spindle so that it was the right length.

The last thing I did was I found some long screws that fit inside of the holes on the side of the doorknob and go all the way through the outer doorknob casing, through the holes in the mechanism and then out the thread into the other side of the door knob. This holds the doorknob in place. I have tried attaching the door knob without these screws and eventually all of the door turning causes the doorknob to fall off.

Another thing that I did was I added some hooks to the back of my pantry door and attached a shoe organizer to it. It’s a great place to keep things like salt and pepper shakers, spices and things that the kids need to get out. That way they are not climbing all over the pantry shelves trying to find things.

And I was looking for a small frame to make a chalkboard and attach it to the outside of the door, when I discovered this FAB mirror turned chalkboard. My friend Sausha from Show and Tell had it for sale, so I snatched it up! {she has an awesome blog — and she’s going to be on the Nate Show!!}

I was hoping it would fit on the outside of my door, but it’s so big that I decided to hang it to the side of the door. I love having a chalkboard because it’s where we keep track of who is cooking which night of the week and what they are making — we use the  Food Nanny system. 

And check out these cute little turquoise knobs I found to go above my desk in the kitchen! I love them. I found them at Anthropologie.

  1. Create a Kitchen Focal Point– with beadboard
  2. Stenciled Pillows
  3. Stenciled Faux Roman Shades
  4. Island {haven’t blogged about that yet}

I am getting close to having the kitchen ready for the big reveal! 
Only a few more projects to go!! Here’s a little taste of what it looks like so far!

Have a SUPER Day!!! 

PPS — I am linking up to these fun parties – check them out!

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Plus, have you seen this great promotion from The Creative Connection? Check out the Creative Connection blog to find out more!
And, I’m sharing 25 AWESOME DIY projects using Embroidery Hoops today over at The New Home Ec. You will be amazed at all of the projects you can make with these simple items!! 

Great Ideas — DIY Inspiration {11}

21 Aug
Master Bedroom Reveal @ Classy Clutter
 Knotted Bed Quilt @ This Crazy, Blessed Life
 Guest Room Redo @ How Sweet It Is
 Jewelry Organizer out of an old Crib @ Infarrantly Creative

Keep calm Fabric Poster @ Sweet C’s Designs
 Glazed Gray Desk @ I Heart Naptime
 Beadboard Wallpaper Cabinet @ Thrifty Decorating
Vinyl Privacy Screen @ Welcome to Our Semi Normal Life
Farm Bench from a Pallet @ Craftberry Bush
 Budget Kitchen makeover @ Shaped By Grace
Glazed Cabinets @ Nest Nesting Nested
Light and Bright Laundry Room @ Thrifty and Chic
 Pretty Laundry Room @ Life in the Thrifty Lane
DIY Painted Rug @ Mothering with Style
PB-inspired Bar Stools @ Sisters of the Wild West

I love seeing YOUR projects!! There are so many great ideas linked up this week — from recipes to refashions and more.

And Come link up YOUR ideas to win a $100 credit to
UUPP — Uplifting Prints!!

{{Happy Sunday}}


PS — Are you getting ready for Fall?? I am sharing 20 DIY Fall Wreath Ideas over at Babble’s Home Ec today 🙂

Great Ideas — DIY Inspiration {10}

20 Aug
 Painted Cabinet Makeover @ The V Spot
 Ceiling Medallion Clock @ Positively Splendid
DIY Kids Table and Chairs @ Shanty 2 Chic
 New Old Crate @ Not Just a Housewife

 Bookcase to Play Kitchen @ Nap Time Journal
 Old Crate + Casters = New Coffee Table @ Cellar Door Stories
 Stenciled Magnet Board @ Craftionary
DIY Headboard Bench @ So Not Donna Reed
Laundry Room Cabinet Makeover @ Domestic Imperfection
 Modern Striped Chair Makeover @ Three Boys
Cedar Chest Makeover @ Christina’s Adventures
French Chair Transformation @ You Are Talking Too Much
Grey and White desk @ Elizabeth and Co.
Turquoise Dresser Makeover @ The Roseland Family
 DIY Lounge Chair @ Dittle Dattle
Skateboard Dresser @ Being Brook
There are so many great DIY ideas linked up. I am only done with about half of the list, but I will be doing another Great Ideas post tonight!! 
Come link up YOUR ideas to win a $100 credit to
UUPP — Uplifting Prints!!


 Have a Great Saturday!!! 
PSAnother Great Ideas post is coming up tonight!!

Kitchen Remodel Sneak Peek — and a Painted Pantry Door!!

10 Aug

I’ve spent a large part of the summer working on a kitchen/family room remodel.
It started off with my entertainment center redo. And then morphed into painting the kitchen cabinets and island, a slipcover for my sectional, painting my kitchen and other related projects. I think my husband is afraid that this project is slowly encompassing the entire house (shhhhh — he may be right).
entertainment center beadboard remodel
I have a hard time showing little projects along the way. I always think that everyone likes the complete reveal. My friend Shelley was saying that I should do some updates along the way.
So I thought I would share my pretty painted pantry door today.
turquoise pantry door from the side
I love the turquoise and aqua tones that are so popular right now.

They are so soothing. So much of my kitchen and family remodel focuses on these shades, as well as neutrals like grey and white. I thought it would be fun to add a bright POP of color in the kitchen with a happy pantry door.
martha stewart rainwatermartha stewart lagoon
I mixed a little Martha Stewart Rainwater, along with some Lagoon and painted the door. I found it so much easier to do once the door was taken off the hinges. I used an eggshell finish, but I saw a door that was done in high gloss and it looked awesome. I may be painting it again with the high gloss. I think the contrast would look great against the matte grey walls.
Here’s a before picture:
pantry before
I am still looking for a really cool doorknob to add. Here are a few I am thinking of:
I might just buy another doorknob like the one that I put in my Beachy Laundry Room:
doorknob from laundry room
I also miss my chalkboard on the front – it was a great place to put our menu for the week and who was cooking each night. I have quite a bit still to do on the kitchen – today I am working on making some DIY no-sew Roman Shades. Plus, I have a wall treatment I am doing on two of the walls. And a few other things before the big reveal!!
turquoise pantry door needs
 Here are a couple more sneak peek pictures:
kitchen desk
 {this is the color of the kitchen island — isn’t it fun?}
In the meantime – look at these fun painted pantry door ideas. It’s a great way to bring a POP of color into your kitchen. And if you don’t have a pantry, what about an interior door?
View album
1. Blue Screen Door — Coastal Living
2. Red Screen Door — Country Living
3. Chalkboard Door — Apartment Therapy
4. Brown Painted Door — C Designs
5. Blue Painted Door– Me & My

Have a {Happy} Day!!


PS — Come over and join me in the International Coffee talk community. We’re discussing all sorts of topics that relate to women. It’s a great place to connect with people!!

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make {FREE} Scalloped Paint Chip Art!

9 Aug

Hello! I am so excited to be posting at Tatertots and Jello! I’m Chris from 

Jen is one of those bloggers whose workload just boggles my mind. I want to bottle up some of her energy! Alas, I have no idea how to do that—yet. Until then, I’ll remain in awe of Jen and all the wonderful things she does at her blog!
For those of you who don’t know me, you should know that I don’t like to spend money. That doesn’t mean I don’t spend money. I just don’t like to. So…when I was looking for some artwork for my bedroom, I decided to look for something free.

I grabbed some paint swatches at Home Depot (props to HD for offering free swatches!) and used a hole punch to make a bunch of circles.

Punch, punch, and then punch some more. It only took a few minutes, but my frame was pretty small. If you want something large scale, (get it? scale?) it may take you a minute.

Because I’m cheap (didn’t want to buy anything to put it on) and because I’m lazy (didn’t want to find something to cut to size, I adhered the circles straight to the glass that came in the frame. Plus, this allowed me to use the lines of my cutting mat to make sure everything stayed straight. 

I had to look on the internet to make sure I knew what fish scales look like, and I just started gluing away. A little dab of craft glue at the top of each circle is all it took. Using the craft glue (as opposed to hot glue) gave me some time to move things around if they weren’t lining up well.


This is what it will look like when you’re done.

I let the glue dry for a little bit, and I turned the glass over. 

Then I ran a blade down the edge of the glass to give a clean line. This way it would fit nicely into the frame.

Ta Da! I am so happy with the simplicity of it. It’s a fresh and free way to decorate, and I love that it offers some texture to the space.

When my husband was checking it out, I said, “Did you notice that I used a frame that has circles on it to match the circle design in the art?” He responded, “Circles?” Nice.
I’m not too worried, though. I’m sure you notice it. 🙂 

Thanks to Jen and all her readers for letting me stop by today! I hope you enjoyed it!

Chris!! That is just awesome – I love the circles and the scallops that they make.
First of all, I just want to say how THRILLED I am to have Chris here. Just a Girl is one of the first blogs that I ever started reading. I remember the day that Chris featured me – it was one of the happiest in my blogging life. Here are some of the reasons I love Chris’s blog—

How genius is Chris’s Art Tray? Love this!!

Her Halloween Mantel last year was fabulous!!
Another amazing Halloween project — her DIY Spider Clock.
And of course there’s the amazing decorating ideas — like this Dining Room Transformation with Board and Batten.
You will love the daily DIY inspiration at Just A Girl — be sure to go over and say hi!!
PS — I am sharing some of my favorite Washi Tape projects over at Babble’s Home Ec today. I am loving all of the creative ideas that are being shared over there. Such a great community!!