Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Home Decor: Using What you Have


It really is amazing what you can find in your own house or garage that can be used for home decor. Look around your home with a creative mind - could that stool or bench be used for something else? Could that dusty old shelf in the basement be revived with a fresh coat of paint? I have started doing this lately and I can't believe some of the stuff I have found. Jars make pretty vases, old art becomes new in a freshly painted frame. Before you go out and buy something new, take a look around and see if there is a different possibility right under your nose.



Jars make great vases and containers.


A chair becomes a side table.


A flag is displayed as fun wall art.



An old stool doubles as a entry-way table.


Image source: PoppyTalk





Printable Earth Day Pledge for Kids


Here is a great way to get your kids thinking about how they can make the world a better place. Have them fill out this Earth Day Pledge (from Babalisme) and hang it up where it can easily be seen. It will make them feel proud to accomplish the goals that they write down! Click here for the free printable.





Dye Your Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid!



Here is a fun idea! If you've got some Kool-Aid packets lying around, try this Easter egg dying trick from Jen Renee. All you need is Kool-Aid and water. Your eggs will look pretty and smell great, too! Click HERE.





Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easy Large Wall Art

image souce: Apartment Therapy


If you have a large blank wall that you don't know what to do with, consider framing up some wallpaper! Wallpaper comes in a wide variety and in all styles. And forget buying an expensive frame. Get some trim moulding cut to the proper size at Home Depot and paint it white. This makes for a dramatic (but inexpensive) piece of wall art. Cool, huh?





DIY: Easter Ornaments




All you need are some branches from your yard and the free printable from Spagat's Blog and you will have a darling centerpiece for Easter morning. Put the branches in a vase and attach the eggs and bunnies with string. Super easy! Click HERE for the how-to.



Thursday, April 14, 2011

How to Make a Picture Gallery









We all have a ton of photos - either in a box, stored in the computer or still in the camera. It's time to get them out and up on the wall! But if you are like me, you get a bit overwhelmed with how to hang a "gallery" of pictures. Corea Sotropa Interior Design is here to help . They have put together some hints, photos and drawings to help us create the wonderful photo gallery that we have all dreamed of. Click here.



DIY : Make Your Own Lego Table



We have Legos everywhere. I find them in the bathroom, dryer and in my bed. My kids love Legos and they would sooo love this table. Angry Julie has turned a cheap side table from Ikea ($9.99) into this amazing LEGO table! LOVE it. You could use any cheap sturdy side table that you may have. This gives the kids an excellent place to build their creations and keep the Legos off the floor. And it's not hard to do - check it out HERE.



Make Adorable Bunny Cupcakes



Aren't these the cutest? Mique (Mickey) from 30 Handmade Days shows us how to make these super fun bunny cupcakes - with free printable cupcake wrapper and bunny ears! I love the rear view :) Click here.



Free Printable Easter Treat Bag Topper and Tags




Put some candy in snack size baggies and add these Easter "toppers" and you've got cute treats for the kids, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, etc! The little label/tags can be used for anything - notes in lunches, gift tags or just to jot down a quick grocery list! Get the printables at Anything But Perfect.









Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Make Marbleized Easter Eggs

This looks like a fun, new way to do Easter eggs this year. And you can make them with items you already have in your pantry! Aren't they cool? Kids would love making these. Find out the details at The Motherload.





DIY: Cool Wall Terrariums





Ok - these are totally cool. I am always looking for something different to hang on the wall. The same ol' artwork in frames gets to be b.o.r.i.n.g. I came across this idea on a wedding site - yes, I am happily married but still look at wedding sites for creative ideas:) This is the coolest thing - vertical terrariums! I could see this in a little spot on the kitchen wall or in the bathroom. Just a touch of the unusual. I love it. It's simple and inexpensive to do. Get the directions at Ruffled.





Color-In Easter Box for Kids



Print this cute Easter box template from DrawPilgram and let the kids color it in for some springtime fun! Give dad, grandma or teacher some candy in the finished box for a great gift. Or color it yourself and give a little surprise to someone special! Click HERE.



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Candy Themed Birthday Party on a Budget!







Got a birthday in your family coming up? How about a "candy" themed birthday that is super cute and also super inexpensive?! The giant lollipops are actually balloons and the wall candy is just paper plates. So cute! Check out all the ideas and how-tos at parents.com





Free Springtime Subway Art!



Here is a cute free printable from Landee See, Landee Do. Frame it up and you've got instant Easter decor! Click HERE.







Monday, April 11, 2011

$6 MakeUp Drawer Makeover!





Ok - I need to do this sooooo bad. Jen from Tatertots and Jello shows us how to makeover our makeup drawers with containers she found at the dollar store. My makeup drawer looks totally worse than the one pictured!  It will feel so good to get this done. Who's with me?  Click here for the how-to.




Teacher Appreciation Idea with Free Printable!



I am Momma, Hear me Roar is offering this cute idea for Teacher Appreciation Day. Print their free card and attach to flowers or a small plant and you'll have one adorable gift for a special teacher! Click HERE.



Thursday, February 24, 2011

DIY: Recovering a Lampshade





I don't know about you, I find it very hard to find a lamp shade that I like. One that is the right shape or goes with my decor. And most of the lamp shades I see are BORING! Now you can add some pizazz to your lampshades with this tutorial from Emily Clark. I have some old lamp shades in the garage that I kept for who knows what reason - and now they can get a new life! I love Emily's new shade - it is stylish and fun. Go here to find out how she did it.









Thursday, February 17, 2011

What does "Being Frugal" Mean?



Being frugal does not mean that you are poor or cheap. Being frugal means that you are smart with your money. You make smart purchases - wait for things to go on sale, use coupons and buy good quality items that will last. Even if I was a multi-millionaire, I would still use a 40% off coupon if I had one. Why wouldn't I? It's just a mindset you have - to make the wisest decisions with your money. Check out this article at DumbLittleMan about what frugality really means.
It's smart to be frugal!





A Great Meal Helper - Dinner Tool.com!

Don't know what to make for dinner tonight? Go to DinnerTool.com and enter the ingredients you have on hand and it will come up with some easy recipe ideas! You can also make meal plans for the week, shopping lists and much more! Click HERE.





Wednesday, February 16, 2011

30% off at Coach Factory Outlet!

If you are lucky enough to have a Coach Factory Outlet store by you, here is a great deal. Get an extra 30% off your purchase until 2/27 with this coupon. Click HERE.





DIY: Simple Striped Canvas!

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Art can make a huge impact on a room. And you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a great piece of art - you can make it yourself! Look how bold and bright these simple striped canvases are. Get a few cans of paint in the colors of your choice (you can buy the small sample cans of paint at home improvement stores). Paint varying stripes on a canvas in different widths. To get the stripes straight and even, tape them off with painter's tape. Simple, inexpensive, stylish and fun!





Monday, February 14, 2011

Last Minute Gift Idea!



This "You Are" print is fun, personal and would make a great Valentine's gift for your special someone. Just stick it in a frame and wrap it up! Sprik Space made this cute freebie and it is available in several colors. Click HERE.



Saturday, February 12, 2011

DIY: "Love" Headboard


How cool is this headboard? See how they did it at House Tweaking.





DIY: Cute Button Magnets

How many of you have a drawer/box/bowl of buttons that you have been saving for years? I know I do! Let's give those buttons a new life today and make these cute little magnets for the fridge. Just take a larger size button and glue a little magnet on the back (available at craft stores). And Waa Laa, you have an adorable new magnet! If you are throwing old clothes away that are not wearable, don't forget to take off the buttons first! You could do them in a variety of colors - striped or flowered buttons would be adorable. A bunch of them in a little tin would make a really cute gift.