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Monday, April 24, 2017

Farmhouse Wooden Cubby Shelf Styling Ideas

 Thank you to my generous sponsor, Hobby Lobby, for partnering with me on this post.

I've had my eye on this gorgeous antique wooden wall shelf from Hobby Lobby for months now:

Antique Brown Wooden Wall Shelf with 12-Slots

I finally busted out a coupon, brought the shelf home with me and am loving on it so hard. I have come up with so many different ways to use this little cubby shelf that I thought it would be fun to share some of those ideas with you today.

Vintage Spice Rack

I grabbed a variety of glass jars while I was at Hobby Lobby and filled them with kitchen herbs and spices. I printed out the name of each spice and inserted it into the little metal label holders on each cubby. I love the mismatched look because it seems like the jars were collected over time. It really gives off an apothecary vibe and is so fitting for farmhouse decor.

Vintage inspired spice rack

Isn't this the prettiest spice rack you ever did see? Now, I will warn you... this shelf is too big to fit under most kitchen cabinets, so if you want to set it on your kitchen counter, you'll need to measure before you buy it. It would work better if you have a wall to hang it on.

Farmhouse kitchen styling ideas

Succulent Planter

I'm a sucker for succulents. They add something fresh and modern when paired with a vintage, rustic piece like this shelf.  And I'll share a little secret with you... I plant fake succulents in real dirt!! GASP. The secrets I spill on the internet! 🤣 But it's a win-win in my book. People think they are real plants and I don't have to remember to water anything!

Display succulents or herbs on this pretty wooden shelf

Mug Shelf

Our family goes through approximately 1,000 cups per day. I'm getting tired of using the entire top rack of the dishwasher because no one wants to keep track of their cup. SO... I was thinking that if each person had a slot in the cubby shelf with their name printed in the metal label, then they might put their cup back and only use one per day.

Display your mugs on this pretty barn wood shelf

I'll let you know how it goes. (insert eye roll)

Craft Organizer

You knew this one was coming, right? I just can't help it! I love having my cute craft stuff out on display! These cubbies are just the right size for storing craft paint, ribbon, jars full of smaller notions, crochet thread, etc. I love the contrast of the weathered wood against all of the colorful craft stuff. This is my jam, people! Color + antiques! LOVE!

Craft room organizing ideas

If you're a quilter, it would be the perfect way to organize fabric scraps and fat quarters. Look at the cubby on the bottom right hand side:

Cubby shelf for organizing craft supplies

It's perfect, isn't it?! Imagine the entire shelf full of fabric like that. Totally DREAMY!

These are just a few of the ways I've come up with to use this shelf. It would be adorable in a bathroom with each cubby filled with pretty soaps, jars of cotton balls and such. I would love to use it in a boy's bedroom and fill each cubby with vintage airplanes, old baseballs, etc. What would you do with this shelf?

Be sure to print out a coupon before you head to Hobby Lobby! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.

Monday, April 10, 2017

DIY Easy Tassel Earrings Tutorial

Need a last-minute gift? Looking for a fun way to add color to your wardrobe? Just need an excuse to get crafty? Well, you're in luck! Today I'm sharing a very easy handmade jewelry tutorial for how to make these cute and colorful suede tassel earrings.

How to make handmade tassel earrings

Can you believe that you can make these DIY earrings in less than five minutes? They are the perfect project for a craft night, for teenagers, or for anyone who wants custom jewelry that's simple to make.

To make your own tassel earrings, you will need (affiliate links):

how to make handmade tassel earrings

Chain Nose Pliers (they have turquoise glitter handles!)

The instructions are so, so simple.

1. Use the pliers to gently open one jump ring.

2. Slide the loop on the end of the fish hook earring into the jump ring.

3. Slide the loop on top of the tassel into the jump ring.

4. Use the pliers to squeeze the jump ring shut again.

handmade earrings tutorial

And that's all it takes to make these trendy tassel earrings!

Optional: Add extra flair by including a bead in between the tassel and the fish hook earring back. Just use extra jump rings to connect everything.

DIY a pair of these fun suede tassel earrings!

Can you see my reflection in the silver tassel tops? Peek-a-boo!

The tassels are available in these colors: pink, raspberry, cobalt blue, turquoise, leaf green and also gray, black and denim blue (not shown in pictures).

how to make your own dangle earrings

Aren't they just the happiest little earrings? From the top part of the hook to the bottom of the tassel, these earrings measure 2.75 inches, which is the perfect length for dangle earrings... long enough to be fun and noticeable, but short enough that they won't get caught on anything or be too heavy.

Create these colorful suede tassel earrings in less than five minutes!

This is one of my first times dabbling in the world of handmade jewelry and I'm kind of digging the results and the fact that I get to wear my fun new creations. I was holding out hope that there would be at least one aisle at the craft store that didn't tempt me, but now that I've had a taste of jewelry making, I think those days are over! Jewelry aisle, here I come!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

M&M’S® Caramel Cookie Bars

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #UnsquareCaramel #CollectiveBias

I love cookies. I adore cookies. But sometimes I don't feel like scooping out individual cookies and taking pans in and out of the oven all night. That's one reason I love, love, love cookie bars. I can get my cookie fix with less hassle! Today I'm sharing a fun twist on a traditional chocolate chip cookie bar. I'm making a caramel chocolate version filled with a brand new product, M&M’S® Caramel!

The best and softest bar cookie with M&M candy inside

It took a lot of science to figure out how to fill M&M’S® with caramel, but they've finally done it. And the results are delicious. They have a crunchy candy shell, then a layer of chocolate and a soft caramel center. So, so good!

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After the official launch, M&M’S® Caramel can be found at Walmart.

The bars are delicious straight out of the oven, but if you want to take them to the next level, don't skip the caramel drizzle. Plate a cookie bar, then top it with caramel ice cream topping. Oh my goodness. It makes the bars so ooey gooey good.

And the bright colors of the M&M’S® make the bars look party ready. Aren't they so fun?!

Soft and chewy bars filled with caramel

M&M’S® Caramel Cookie Bar Recipe

1 cup butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 share size package M&M’S® Caramel
caramel ice cream topping, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream melted butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla and mix. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until dough is smooth. Gently stir in M&M’S® by hand. Spread in a greased 9x13 pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until center is set. Cool, then cut into squares. Drizzle with caramel ice cream topping before serving.

Get more sweet inspiration HERE.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

3D Paper Flower Window Treatment

A big thank you to Hobby Lobby for sponsoring this post.

My craft room got a new addition this week and I'm so excited to share it with you. Are you ready for it? I made a window treatment out of giant paper flowers! It's a colorful rainbow of floral goodness!

Girls Room Decorating Ideas

I can't even tell you the pizzazz it adds to my craft room and how much I'm in love. It is such a huge focal point in the room and I adore the bright colors and whimsical feel. My craft room is my happy place and these giant, colorful flowers really reflect that feeling. This floral window treatment would also be adorable in a little girls bedroom and there are endless options for color combinations to match your decor style. And the best part is that the whole thing is made from nothing but paper and hot glue!

Giant flowers instead of curtains

I went to Hobby Lobby and loaded up on cardstock in every color of the rainbow, literally. It takes 8 sheets of 8.5x11" cardstock for the largest flowers shown and 3 sheets for the smallest flowers, so be sure you buy enough. Nothing's worse than being one sheet of paper short and having to run back to the store in the middle of a project. I went when open stock paper and paper packs were all 50% off, so I feel like I scored big time. 

Have you ever made a paper flower before? It's super simple and so fun. All you  need is paper, scissors and hot glue. You can use a Silhouette machine if you have one, but cutting by hand is totally doable too. I created a video tutorial to show you exactly how to make them.

For this particular window treatment, I wanted a mix of big and small flowers with tropical greenery peeking out a bit, so I planned out which colors in rainbow order would be big and small, then mixed different flower shapes so there was plenty of variety. It's hard to tell in the pictures, but I found some really pretty pearlized paper at Hobby Lobby and used that for the lightest pink flower and the ombre aqua flower. It adds a subtle sparkle that I really love. I also bought a pack of vellum and created one entire flower from it. It basically disappears in pictures but is pretty in real life.

I've even got some free cut files for all of you Silhouette users out there. Click on the links below to download the SVG files.

3D Paper Flower Cut Files

 I also purchased THESE cut files by Carina Gardner from the Silhouette Design Store. It's what I used for the flower centers. I just added the slits to the bottom to make them more 3D.

Don't have a craft cutting machine? No problem! Download this PDF printable cutting template.

3D Paper Flower Printable Template

This was such a fun project. Each flower is a miniature work of art and watching the rainbow of flowers come together was really satisfying. It will inspire me every day as I'm in my craft room making.

Giant 3D paper flowers

I mean, how could you not be inspired when you look up and see this?!

A window valance made of flowers

Don't forget to print off a coupon before heading to Hobby Lobby. 

Happy crafting, friends!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

DIY Watercolor Floral Wooden Easter Sign

Thank you to Expressions Vinyl for sponsoring this post. Affiliate links may be used.

Easter is coming right up, but it's not too late to make some cute DIY Easter decorations. I've been wanting to try watercoloring on wood for a while now, so I decided now was the time and I made a watercolor floral wooden sign. It turned out so cute that I just had to create a tutorial for you. And I'm sharing a free cut file for the word "Easter" too. I love this loopy lettering. It's so happy and spring-ish!

I'm not a trained watercolor artist AT ALL, so if I can do it, you can too. Here's the secret... Google "watercolor florals" and look through images until you find one that inspires you. Then look at it while you paint!

I started by painting my scrap piece of wood with white chalk paint. You could also watercolor on raw wood. I think either way is pretty.

Painting with watercolor paints on wood was pretty similar to painting on paper. I would say the biggest difference was how the paint absorbs. I found that I needed a lot less water on the wood because things bled more than they do on paper. 

While my watercolor masterpiece (ahem...don't laugh) was drying, I headed to my computer to design a cut file in Silhouette Studio.

Once you download the file, open it in Silhouette Studio.

Adjust the cut settings to vinyl. Stick a piece of vinyl onto your cutting mat and cut out your word.

I used glitter adhesive vinyl from Expressions Vinyl in the coral color. You can find it HERE. It's so pretty and adds a great sparkle to my sign.

Here's my fail-proof method for applying adhesive vinyl to a project.

Step 1. Weed the excess vinyl away. Peel it off, leaving only the part of the project you want to use.

Don't forget the little parts that need to be removed. I use a straight pin to help me peel away the small pieces.

Step 2. Cover the design with a piece of transfer tape or clear contact paper. This helps you transfer the image without messing up the spacing. 

I use an old gift card to firmly press the tape to the vinyl. 

Step 3. Peel the design away from the white backing paper.

Step 4. Center your design onto the sign. Gently set it down, double check that it's straight, then press it into place. I use my handy old gift card again for this step.

Step 5. Peel away the transfer tape/contact paper and your sign is finished!

Do you love how it turned out? I sure do. The colorful watercolor flowers just scream spring! Plus it matches the throw pillows on my couch perfectly. 

See?! I told ya. It totally matches. Anyway, that's how you make a sign with vinyl. So what do you think... will you give it a try? 

Happy crafting, friends!