Friday, January 31, 2014

5 Things // I love about Michigan

1. The great scenery.

2. The breweries.

3. The lake. 

4. Artprize.

5. The fact that it's shaped like a mitten. 

What do you love about your state? 


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Happy Hump Day + Free Graphic

Thank goodness it's Wednesday! You guys can download this cute graphic here.

What would you guys use this for? 


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DIY // Glass Etched Water Jug

This is by far one of my favorite DIY's to date. And it's honestly one of the simplest things I've ever done. 

What You Need: 
Empty Wine Bottle
Contact Paper
Box Cutter / Silhouette Cameo

1. Start by cutting the design out of contact paper. I used my Cameo, but you can print on the contact paper and cut it out with a box cutter if you want. 

2. Once you have your design cut out, carefully place it onto the bottle. Make sure all edges are sealed tight against the bottle so that the cream can't leak under the seal and mess up the lines. 

3. Generously apply the etching cream and let sit for 10 minuets. Wash up with warm water and take off the contact paper. 

And that's it! Isn't this project the cutest? I love the end result. This will be perfect for a Valentines day table. 


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

DIY // Popsicle Stick Bracelets

I've been finding a lot of DIY projects on Pinterest lately, and this project is one of  first that caught my eye in recent months. 

What you need: 
Large Popsicle Sticks (I got mine at the dollarstore)
Rubber Bands
Small-ish Spay Can 

I started by burning some designs into the sticks - triangles, plus signs, chevron... 

Boil your sticks for about 20 minutes and pull them out one at a time, wrapping them around the can and securing them with a rubber band. 

I let them dry for about 7 hours, but I wish I had let them sit over night! They weren't 100% dry, so they  warped a little. 

Aren't they cute! I've been wearing them around a lot! 

So what do you guys think? Do you think you'll be making these any time soon? 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

DIY // Gold Shell Necklace

I love all the seasons, but man, this Winter is really making me miss Summer. I love warm weather and being able to enjoy the sunshine in shorts and t-shirt. I also love collecting small things like shells and acorns so I can make them into one of a kind jewelry. Since I'm excited for Summer I decided to make a cute shell necklace. 

You will need: 
-Jewelry Bails
-Jewelry Wire
-Sea Shells
-Liquid Gilding or Gold Spray Paint
-Jewelry Pliers
-Small Paintbrush

1. Start by gluing the bail into place on the back on the shell and let it dry completely. 

2. Paint the shell. I used this but you can just as easily use spray paint. Let it dry and attach the chain!

Isn't this cute? I want to make a ton of them! They'll look awesome with a tank during the Summer. Do you guys think you'll be making something similar? I would love to see!


Sunday, January 12, 2014

A Sunday Afternoon...

I love Sundays. Spending quiet time with the Lord, completing open projects, cleaning my home and enjoying the last day before the work week. Jordan and I went to the Blockbuster that's closing right up the street yesterday. I spent time putting them in open cases today.

My father sent me some of his pottery. Two of my favorite pieces broke during shipping, so I took a couple minutes today to glue them back together and put them on our bookshelf. 

Aren't they gorgeous? I love the earthy tones he used... Reds, tans and dark blues. They're all lovely. I can't do much with the broken ones, so they'll sit on my shelf and look pretty. 

I also took a couple pictures of one of my favorite things in our house: the bookshelves in our living room. This one was my favorite... I love everything about this side of our living room. The globe, the art, the books and the plants. I'm also loving the sunshine today. It's streaming through every

What do you guys do on Sunday? 


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Favorite Blogs


If you guys haven't read any of these blogs I would highly suggest them. They're all fantastic and are daily reads for me starting out the new year!

What are some of your favorite blogs?


Friday, January 10, 2014

5 Things I Love #25

5 Things posts are some of my favorites to write. Below are things weeks 5 and they are so fun!

1. Pinstagram Stickers - these little cuties are wayyyyyyyy too fun. 

2. - This site is one of my favorites. 

3. Hannah and her blog

4. - This blog is relatively new from what I can tell, but man, it's so great! Lovely pictures, tasty drinks. 

5. - THIS SITE IS FANTASTIC! I love goods deals. 

What things are you guys loving this week? 


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Pins 2.2

Jordan and I live in a townhouse, which means we (or I...) can't decorate as much as we would like. There are quite a few things I would like to hang our paint that I can't. I try to work around that by doing home decor that will move with us when we leave and that doesn't damage the structure of the house too much. I pinned a lot of these types of projects, but 4 of my favorite are below. 


Do you guys like any of these projects? I'm really loving the pallet table. Can't wait to try my own version. 


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy Hump Day + A Free Graphic

Happy Wednesday! I'm really excited to share this graphic with you today. You can download it here

I framed this and I love the way it looks!

How would you guys use this print? I'm thinking about using my Cameo to cut it out and stick it on a wall in my office. 


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

DIY // Place Setting Decor

Hellllooooooo! I hope you all had a great first week of 2014. I know I sure did!

I want to share the first DIY project of 2014 with you. These cute arrow statement plates are perfect for a wall hanging or a jewelry dish.

What you'll need: 
Chalkboard Spray Paint
Gold Spray Paint
Contact Paper 
Ceramic Plate
X-Acto Knife
Masking Tape
This Arrow Graphic (or a graphic of your choosing)

1. Print the arrow graphic onto your contact paper. Slowly use the knife to cut out the arrows and gently remove them. Then peel off the backing and line it up on the plate. I covered the rest of the exposed ceramic with cellophane and taped it down, making sure there were no areas that the paint could get to. 

2. In a well ventilated area lightly paint gold on the exposed area and let it dry. Slowly remove the contact paper and seal with clear coat. 

I had to clean up the lines with the knife so they were cleaner, but I LOVE the way this turned out. I'm currently using it in my bathroom for my make-up.

1. For the chalkboard version I took the contact paper that had been cut out from the first plate and stuck it to the center, making sure it was adhered completely. 

2. Then I spray painted with chalkboard paint and waited for it to dry. I might like this one even more than the gold one, just because the lines were SO CLEAN!

I obviously didn't use either of these for actual food and wouldn't recommend it as the paint isn't 100% food safe. I used these to give a simple table setting more character in the pictures. In the end I used the gold one for a make up catch all in my bathroom and the chalkboard one got written on (see below) and is waiting to be hung on a statement wall. I love them both so much!

So what did you think, guys? Cute, right? I can't wait to make more. My head is overflowing with ideas.