April 11, 2014

How to Make Monogrammed Easter Eggs - Easy Peasy

How to make custom monogrammed decorated Easter eggs. Fast and easy... 

First you must start with hard boiled eggs that are dry and around room temperature.

I cut vinyl stickers on my Cricut Electronic Cutting Machine
in 1" and 2" heights.  I did mostly letters plus a few fun shapes.  If you don't have a cutter, you could also buy letter stickers at a craft store. 

I put my stickers onto the hard boiled eggs.  I made sure they were adhered well.  The stickers are hard to see in the picture below, so I outlined the "D" so you could see one of them clearly.

I purchased a $2.00 Paas Easter Egg Coloring Kit and that is all I used to color them.

I put an egg into each color and waited just a couple of minutes for the color to take.

I used the egg carton to space the eggs out while they dried.

I waited about a half an hour for the color to completely dry and then I removed the stickers.

I love the finished results... Simple and beautiful colored eggs with wonderful charm and character!

I wish you and yours many blessings!


April 3, 2014

DIY Five Dollar Memo Board

Take a yard sale frame, add paint, glaze and some chicken wire and you get a stunning memo board.  Can you believe that I made this beauty for only $5.

I found this frame (with a really ugly picture in it) for $2 at a yard sale..  Although it was super ugly, under the ugly I saw that the frame had good details and a ton of potential. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of "before".

After removing the ugly picture (and trashing it) I  painted the frame with Rust-Oleum spray paint (aqua) that was left over from a prior project.  Rust-Oleum has many beautiful colors that work great for painting (updating) accent pieces!
When shopping at flea markets, thrift stores and yard sales, be sure to look at an item for what it can be not what it looks like in it's current state.  What this looked like "before" would have scared most people away.  Remember, if an item has good bones, anything can be transformed with paint!!!

I spray painted the frame in the garage, then after the paint dried, I took it into my craft room, plopped it on an old beach towel on the floor (so the glaze wouldn't get on the carpet) and gathered all of my crafting supplies that this project would need.   

First I unrolled the chicken wire, which requires being super careful because those edges are sharp!!!  I cut it with wire cutters and then I  simply stapled it to the rear of my wood frame (note: if this were a plastic frame, staples would not work).  

After it was completely stapled all the way around, I cut the wire edges and bent them towards the frame so they would not scratch me or anyone when hanging.

I then turned it over and using my sponge brush covered everything with a thin coat of glaze (including the wire, to give it a vintage look)

I used a damp washcloth to wipe the excess glaze off of the frame and there you have it...  Notice how the glaze enhances all of the frames beautiful details.  I love this look! 

A $2 frame, about $2 worth of chicken wire and $1 worth of paint and I have this beautiful framed memo board that I can use to help me organize my craft ideas, inspirational quotes and photos.

There are tons of items that you can find at yard sales, swap meets and thrift stores for just a few dollars.  And with a can of Spray Paint you can transform them into beautiful decorative accent pieces for your home.  

Until next time,
Happy decorating!


March 31, 2014

Home Goods - Great Decor Source for Any Budget

Finding great accessories is key to decorating a beautiful space.  I've found that HomeGoods is one of the best stores to find decorative items for any room!  

They have a great selection of bedding, linens, art, mirrors, lighting, area rugs, small furniture pieces, baskets, seasonal decor items and more.  They carry a variety of styles and are very reasonably priced.  

These pictures were all taken by me during different trips the HomeGoods store near me.

The stores motto is "HomeGoods Happy"... and each time I visit the store it definitely makes me happy!  My wallet, maybe not so much :)

If you don't have a HomeGoods in your area, you can still find great decor items at bargain prices at both T.J. Maxx and Marshalls (as these stores are each owned by the same company as HomeGoods).  

Happy shopping!


March 21, 2014

Going Greige (grey-beige)

Although we have several projects in the works, this week I decided that we needed to paint our old office... I was completely bored with having white walls! We are no longer going to use this room as an office since we each have laptops... I am going to make this room into a second guest room.   

I found an old gallon of Antique White paint that I hadn't used from a few years ago. I never used it because it looked kinda peach (which is not a color I want on our walls).  I decided to mix some darker colors of paint with the Antique White to see what I could come up with.  I ended up with a beautiful Greige (grey beige) color.

My wonderful husband painted the room for me.  Wow, what a difference a bit of color can make!  Paint is definitely the cheapest way to spruce up a room... and in the case it was free since I mixed it from old leftovers :) 

Now that the room is painted, it's time for me to get decorating.

March 14, 2014

Selfless Father/Husband Surprise Gift - How You Can Help

Jim is an amazing father and husband. He is the most selfless person I have ever known. He is a very giving man who is always thinking of and doing things for others, while never thinking of himself. When he was young he served his country (as a Marine) and now he works tirelessly making sure to provide for everyones needs.  He is completely "other" centered, which is so rare!

He is father to Joshua and Matthew, who both are handicapped each having mixed Cerebral Palsy. He is also father to my two daughters. He loves all of our kids unconditionally and he would die for them. He is an amazing example of how we all should live.

Although this is not a life or death situation or anything urgent, Jim is so very deserving of having something extra special done for him! Having "others" come together for him in support of this endeavor would be such an amazing blessing!

It is my hope and prayer that with your help, we can do something extra special for this extraordinary man!  I have created a fundraising campaign with Go Fund Me in hopes of accomplishing this goal.

My name is Diana and I am his wife. I am unable to work outside of the home because I have Fibromyalgia and CFS. I have my blog which allows me to make a few dollars each month, but it's nowhere near enough to do something big for him.  He is so supportive of me and all I go through always showing his selflessness by helping and serving me in any way he can.

Our home was built in 2010 (almost four years ago), but we still have dirt and mud for a backyard. With your help, I would like to surprise him with a finished yard where he can hang out, relax and cook up some mean barbecue!

Below are pictures of the yard as it currently sits... with a few veggies growing on the side, but otherwise mostly unused. On rare occasion we step out to our tiny piece of green astroturf (under the barbecue) and make ourselves dinner.  Hopefully we will be able to change that.

I have gotten estimates for a nice size patio across the rear and a walkway down the side yard. The estimates which include the concrete work and adding proper drainage range from $6000 to $8000. Ideally we would also be able to add a little landscaping, get comfortable patio furniture and give him a new barbecue (as the old Walmart cheap one is rusting out).

I don't normally (pretty much never) ask for help... however unless Yard Crashers were to show up at our door (which is extremely unlikely) this is the only way I can think to accomplish doing this for him.

The links below will take you to Go Fund Me where you can read about and donate to the campaign. No amount is too small!

Another way you can help is to share this with your family and friends.

Thank you and God bless!