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DIY // No Sew Bible Cover

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No Sew Bible Cover
Sometimes I get these urges to redo or completely make over something I already have.  My ideas stretch from small things, like a picture frame or a wallet, to big things, like a complete bathroom redesign.  Recently I landed somewhere in between and decided that I was tired fo the way my bible looked.  (Does that sound bad? I love the Bible, I just want mine to be pretty!)  I wanted something new without losing all of the notes, highlights, and my new tabs.  The only option was to create a new cover that I could personalize as I saw fit.

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Waves + Whales Bathroom Makeover

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Waves and Whales Bathroom Makeover

I am so stinkin’ excited to share this room makeover with you today!  It’s been on my to do list for months now and I’ve honestly wanted to do something new and fun for this bathroom since we moved in.  This is our main bathroom that all of our guests use but it’s also Gav and Ro’s shared bathroom.  I wanted them to have a bathroom that was kid friendly and fun.  The old one was definitely neither…Continue reading

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How to Make a Party in a Box

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How to Make a Party in a BoxIt’s that time of the school year already…the end!  Summer is approaching (if you live in the south like we do, it’s already here) and it’s time for teacher gifts.  Now, I’m a teacher myself and get a few gifts and I’m not one bit opposed to getting a gift card.  Those are awesome and so appreciated!  With that said, I just can’t stop my creative side from wanting to do more.  I got this crazy idea in my head about a party in a box for Gav’s teachers and I had to run with it.  It’s so simple, can be relatively inexpensive, and it so fun!

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Simple DIY Bunny Baskets for Easter

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DIY Bunny Baskets

It’s that time of year again, Easter basket time!  For a while, to be honest, I was a little against Easter baskets.  It felt almost like Valentine’s day to me.  Easter is a time of rejoicing and celebrating our risen savior, not bunnies and baskets and eggs filled with sugar.  But, eventually, the excitement got to me and I figured it was all in fun, we definitely teach our kids about the meaning of Easter (well, right now, the 5 year old), and I decided I was being an Easter scrooge.  Today I’m getting in the spirit with some cute and easy DIY bunny baskets. Continue reading

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Turning Your Child’s Paintings Into Quote Art

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I’ve been making over the boys’ creative corner in our basement for a little while now.  I revamped the art supply stash with some pallet storage and I rehung some of the art that was already there.  But it was definitely still bare.  It needed some color and character.  What better way to add some character than with the two characters I gave birth to?!  I got some paints and let my little Picassos go to town.Continue reading

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DIY Art Supply Pallet

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DIY Art Supply Pallet

It’s been way too long since my last DIY post and I’m here to remedy that!  I’ve been in one of those moods lately where everything in my house needs an upgrade.  This is a relatively common occurrence (annoyance, if you ask my husband) once I’ve finished an area.  I’ll finish a space, love it for a few weeks and then want to change it.  Maybe it’s the perfectionist in me but I prefer to think of it as the “perpetual need to be creative-ist” in me.  That’s totally a thing…

One of these spaces that has incurred my creative wrath is Gav’s art table/creative learning corner.  I decided that I wanted to reorganize his art supplies in a way that didn’t put a million tiny holes in the wall.  I tried using those little plastic drawers but Ro quickly showed me that those made it much easier for him to eat crayons.  That’s when I came up with this super simple, inexpensive and minimal wall damage project.

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Family Photos

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If you’re anything like me, you love having pictures of your family all over your house.  We have so many wonderful photos around our house but they are, mainly, in frames.  Maybe one or two aren’t but, for the most part, what else do you do with them to display them?  This is exactly what made this craft item so challenging for me.  And I loved it!

When I started just thinking about things we might need around the house, our dry erase board came to mind.  It was getting pretty dingy, it was small, and our little family was starting to get pretty busy with Gav going to Pre-K, all his actives, and my husband and I wanting to volunteer more at church.  My husband and I are always trying to keep up with the important dates and schedules and sometimes we just forget to tell the other or forget what the other told us.  (That happens ALOT!)  Then there is Roman’s little feeding schedule which is pretty open, but when my parents or in-laws babysit, it’s nice to have something for them to look at so they know what exactly he needs.  That’s when I decided to chuck the old dry erase board and revamp a bigger one into a family info board.

What You’ll Need: Large Magnetic Dry Erase Board, Picture of Each Family Member, Lamination sheet, Sticky Back Magnets, Thin Washi Tape, Exacto Knife

To get even sized pictures of each member of my family, I used Lipix (an app on my phone) to create one single image that I could cut up. This definitely works best if you have an even number of family members. Our printer is on the fritz so I sent it off to a store to be printed but you can use regular paper from your printer and save a $1.50.  I had mine printed as a 5×5.

Cut out each picture, I did a little extra trimming to allow for more room on the board, and laminate them.  I used a heat laminator but they also sell self-laminating sheets if you don’t have one.  Cut the picture out of the lamination and place a small piece of magnet on the back.  My main reasons for using magnets instead of just taping/gluing them on are one, I didn’t want to ruin the board in case I eventually want to reuse it and two, the boys are going to change so I want to be able to change their pictures to reflect them.

Using the washi tape, tape off a section for each picture and trim with an exacto knife.  Now you have a place for each member and all of their info!

I love how clean and simple this ended up looking.  It really helps soothe my OCD. Ha!  If you have any projects using your own fabulous family photos, come link up with us at the bottom of the post!

Want to join in next month?  Our craft item for September is:

Pre Made Paper Mache Shapes


Happy Crafting!
XO, Kelly


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Playing in the “Sand”

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It’s screen free week here and we’re not doing to bad.  Gav has asked a few times if he can watch this or that but it hasn’t been met with much whining at all.  So the other day, while Gav was begrudgingly doing his rest time, I whipped up a new sandbox for him.

What You’ll Need:  Large Bin, Flour, Baby Oil, Small Toys/Rocks/Digging Tools

Following THIS recipe, I made some homemade moon sand in a deep storage bin I happened to already have.

Then all you have to do is bury some of the toys, place some on top to play with and you’re ready to go!  Just make sure this is strictly an outdoor activity.  It gets messy!

Our old dino Jello mold, which really was terrible for Jello, worked great with the moon sand.  Other items that are fun to use are measuring cups, silicone baking molds, and sifters.

Also, note to self, don’t wear black while playing in the “sand” box.

XO, Kelly

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Chalkboard Paint

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We’ve been working on a our budget lately and have decided to really hone in on a few things.  A lot of what we would like to do has to do with home improvements and those can cost quite a bit of dough!  This doesn’t really leave much room to save for much else.  However, we have budgeted a little weekly personal money for my hubby and I to do whatever we’d like.  We each get $20 week for whatever. If that gets spent by Tuesday, then that’s it for the week.  With this, I’ve decided to start saving for a new camera.  My current one has been oh so good to me and was a Christmas gift about seven years ago.  She’s on her way out though since technology updates itself just about every 5 seconds.  Each week I’ll save some of my weekly spending money and, eventually, it’ll add up to what I need.  The more diligent (read: self disciplined) I am, the quicker I can get it!

So I thought, with this month’s challenge, I’d make myself something to collect it all and see the saving progress.

What You’ll Need: Old Plastic Container, Tape, Chalkboard Paint, Exacto Knife, Sand Paper, Acrylic Paint (optional), Sharpie, Chalk

Tape off a section of the container and paint on the chalkboard.  Be sure to follow the directions for how many layers and how to cure it.

While the chalkboard is drying, draw and cut out the money slot from the container lid.  Sand down any rough edges.  I originally, as you can see in the pictures, drew out a much smaller slot.  As soon as I started cutting with the knife, it cracked but I made it work!  Paint the lid if you wish or you can leave it as is.  If you choose to paint it, use a sealant (i.e. Modge Podge) to keep it from peeling or cracking from use.

Use the sharpie to write the words “saving for…” just above the chalkboard.  Once the chalkboard section is ready to write on, fill in the blank with whatever you’re saving for!

It may take awhile, but it’s going to be so exciting when I finally get it!  What are you currently wanting to save for?

Have a project that uses chalkboard paint?  We’d love for you to share it with us by linking up below!
Want to get in on the DIY fun next month?  The item for August is:


FAMILY PHOTOS

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Happy Crafting!
XO, Kelly

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Ready, Set, Craft Challenge // Fabric

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It’s that time again!  Time for our monthly craft challenge!  This month, the craft item up for DIYing was fabric.  I’ll admit that some items have had me scratching my head for a good while and then sometimes, like this one, an idea will just pop right up.  Our basement bathroom is nothing short of plain.  I mean, pllllaaaaiiinnnn.  There’s nothing in there but the toilet, sink, and the old mirror from the previous owners.  We just haven’t really gotten around to saucing that one up yet so I thought up a fun way to add some much needed color and boldness.

What You’ll Need: Large Canvas, Fabric, Wooden Letters, Paint, Hot Glue

Lay the canvas on the fabric, pattern side down, and glue the edges to the back and trim any excess.  When you get to the corners, it’s easiest if you fold the fabric up as you would if you were wrapping a present.  My canvas is 16×14 and 1/2 a yard covered it easily.

Paint the letters and once they’re dry, glue them to the canvas.

Simple yet bold and colorful!  It may be the only piece of art in there, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Do you have a DIY including fabric?  We’d love for you to link up with us!

Want to join in on the DIY fun next month?  July’s craft item is:

CHALKBOARD PAINT


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XO, Kelly

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