• Create a gift for mom after the birth of her baby. Help mom heal with a selection of helpful products and treats.
    DIY,  Motherhood,  Post Partum,  Pregnancy

    Post-Partum Gift Basket to Help Mom Heal and Recover

    Pregnancy, birth, and motherhood are really, truly very beautiful things! BUT they can also be messy and no part is messier than the first few weeks post-partum (am I right veteran moms?!) When a close friend was expecting her first little one I wanted to get her a post-partum gift that would be useful for HER. So often the blessing of gifts are poured over the baby and not so much mom and I wanted this to be something for her to use and enjoy. I put together a post-partum gift of a small basket of goodies I found useful in the days after my kiddos were born. The Post-Partum…

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    Nursery Crafts Sneak Peak

    I am a lover of all things craft related, so I am sure it comes at no surprise that I wanted to add a few DIY touches to little man’s nursery. I have been so excited to share with each of you a sneak peak of the details for the nursery. So here is a glimpse of a few things I have been working on.

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    Blue Painters Tape Fail

    My wonderful Grandma told my husband and I early on in our home buying experience to take our time making the house our home. She has the greatest memories of her and my Grandpa turning their first house into the home that raised their four kids and has been around for all us grandkids and great-grandkids. Well the hubs and I took Grandma’s advice and progress on our lovely little home has been slow going at best. Ok so let’s be real… buying a house only a few months before our wedding date didn’t afford us a lot of time to change much after we got the keys. And it…

  • Front door decor
    DIY,  Home and Life,  Home Decor

    Easy, DIY Front Door Decor

    There are plenty of awesome things about owning a home, but I think my most favorite is the ever-changing front door decor. Having lived in our home for only 10 months I haven’t taken advantage of all the possible options, but here are front door decor crafts of 2012. 1. Monogram: I love using the M of our last name to decorate and the front door is a great place to display it. This “M” was an afternoon project and consisted of a $4 paper mache letter from Joann’s, cotton yarn in grey (I am loving all shades of grey these days), and ribbon I had leftover from a previous…

  • DIY wedding aisle runner
    DIY,  Wedding

    Wedding Crafts: DIY Monogrammed Aisle Runner

    Creating a DIY monogrammed aisle runner is a simple way to jazz up the plain ol’ white-roll aisle runners and add color and personality to your wedding. To begin you’ll need the following supplies:   Supplies Wax paper Tape to hold down wax paper Paint in the colors of your choice. I used acrylic paint from Joann’s and paintbrushes of various sizes. An enlarged copy of whatever you plan to paint on the aisle runner. We used the M that was incorporated into all of our wedding stationery. We went to FedEx and for less than $5.00 they enlarged it to fit the aisle runner. Number 2 pencil (I advise…

  • DIY wedding invitation
    DIY,  Wedding

    DIY Wedding Invitations

    In the midst of buying a house, packing, moving, unpacking, cleaning…..etc. my fiance and I have finally finished and mailed out our DIY wedding invitations. We began the process of making our own invitations pretty early on. I purchased all the supplies from Hobby Lobby while they were having a 6 sheets for $1.00 cardstock sale. I snagged up their entire inventory as well as put in an order for more. We used creative memories scrapbooking tools to do the cutting, Envelopemall.com to purchase the envelopes, clear Avery labels and a laser jet printer for labels, and glue runners to assemble the pieces. Then inspiration for our invites came from…

  • Advice for the DIY bride
    DIY,  Wedding

    Advice for the DIY Bride-to-Be

    So today I was at Micheals purchasing some last-minute pieces for our wedding when a woman stopped me and asked if I was much of a DIY bride and if we had a DIY wedding. When I responded “oh yes!” she then asked me if I did save the dates and if so where? how much? etc. I proceeded to share with her my successes and failures as a DIY bride and thankfully she seemed to like my advice. This encounter has led me to this post. For some, this will be a wall of words, but for those of you who read it, I hope you get some good…

  • DIY wedding monogrammed decorations
    DIY,  Wedding

    Wedding Crafts: Large Decorative Monogram

    My latest wedding project is this easy and affordable DIY monogram. It was inspired by something I found on Pinterest. I must say this site is the most addicting thing since Facebook. I seriously spent 3 hours pinning things one night. It is crazy. But I love it because I find awesome ideas like this one. Making this was super easy and super affordable. The plan is to sit it on our guest book table at the reception and then later somewhere in our house. The DIY monogram is covered in pictures from all aspects of our relationship over the last 5 years. Supplies: Large cardboard letter from Joann’s- $4.50…

  • DIY,  Wedding

    Wedding Crafts: Decorations and Save the Dates

    The following are projects I have completed this last week. I am so excited the “to-do” list is getting smaller! 1. Mr and Mrs signs for head table 2. Decorative “M’s” that will hang on the door of the reception. I used a self adhesive vellum scrapbooking page to make these letters. They will hang from orange ribbon. Self Adhesive Vellum scrapbook paper Prepainted wooden leters Remove the backing from the vellum paper and place the wooden letter face down onto the adhesive surface Smooth the paper down being sure to get all the bubble out. Use an Exacto knife to trim away the excess.   3. Centerpieces 4. Save…

  • DIY,  Wedding

    Wedding Crafts: Card Box

    I purchased these square boxes from Joann fabrics using a coupon they were only $9.00. First step I cut a hole between the middle and bottom box. This will be the place where the cards will fall. Then I used hot glue to glue the lids to the top and middle boxes shut. The only lid that comes off is the bottom box lid. Then I glued all the boxes together.   Next I painted each of the boxes. Since my colors are orange and aqua I chose white as the color for the boxes and I accented in my colors. Once they were painted I added ribbon and pearls…