• Cricut Crafts,  DIY Home Decor

    How to Make a Rustic Wood Photo Holder

                      Browsing through Pinterest, I became inspired by this rustic receipt holder.  Cruising the aisles of Hobby Lobby I was able to find the necessary supplies.  I set about figuring out how to make my own rustic wood photo holder. The candlestick was too tall in proportion to the wood plaque.  So my husband kindly cut the cup portion from the top (I am deathly afraid of saws.)   Supplies Wood candlestick-available at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.  If you do not have access to a saw Amazon has a pack of 3 short candlesticks for a great price. Wood plaque-mine came in a…

  • Cricut Crafts,  DIY Home Decor,  seasonal

    DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations on a Budget

    Valentine’s Day is my second favorite holiday to decorate for (of course Christmas is my favorite.) I love a good DIY Valentine’s Day decoration. For holiday decor my two go-to places are Dollar Tree and the Target Dollar Spot. Who doesn’t love a bargain? Target has so many cute things that are all ready to go and a few things you can add a little vinyl to take it to the next level. Take it to the Next Level I picked up two items in the Dollar Spot, I knew I could make a little more special with my Cricut and some vinyl. This heart plaque originally had a very…

  • DIY Home Decor

    DIY Jewelry Storage and Display

    My daughter recently became a Paparazzi Independent Consultant.  As a consultant, she needs creative, attractive ways to store and display her jewelry pieces.  I put together this DIY jewelry storage and display project for her.  In my mind, this was a quick and easy project, but it proved to be more challenging than I expected. Supplies Needed Pegboard sheet- bought mine at Home Depot $9.99 for a 4 x 2-foot sheet. black pegboard hooks liquid nails picture hangers kit glazier points fancy tool for setting glazier points or a hammer and flat head screwdriver open back frame bought it on sale for $14.99 at Hobby Lobby glossy black spray paint Plaid clear…

  • DIY Home Decor,  seasonal

    Take a Clearance Item from Trash-to-Treasure

    I love a good sale! Between working full-time and chauffering two kids around, I just don’t get much shopping time.  The other day I found some time and rushed into Hobby Lobby.  It was definitely my lucky day, as they had just marked all fall decor down 80%, and it wasn’t even Thanksgiving yet! The fall aisle was like an L.A. freeway at rush hour.  Shoppers’ carts were bumper to bumper, as we rummaged through pumpkins and foliage.   I always host Thanksgiving at my house, so I was on the look-out for some new fall decor to go with my Give Thanks reverse canvas I had just made. Check…

  • DIY Home Decor

    How to Save $4000.00 by Refinishing Oak Banister with Gel Stain

    I swore to myself that I wasn’t going to write this post because I have seen a million of them on Pinterest.  I actually got this idea from Pinterest.  But this project has consumed all of my free time, and I haven’t been able to do anything else except for the decorations for my classroom.  So here comes yet another post on the miracles of General Finishes Gel Stain. Refinishing the Bannister Costs How Much? A little more than a year ago we replaced the carpet in most of our downstairs and in our loft with a dark laminate.  While this was a huge improvement over the old carpet it…