Fabric Quote Banner on Cutesy Crafts!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm guest posting over at Cutesy Crafts today.  Go on over there to check out my fabric quote banner tutorial. And Jessica's blog is so adorable, so be sure to check out her great projects and tutorials while you are there!

Playroom Art Supply Storage

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

After making my brush stroke letters for the playroom, I knew that my next task was to come up with an easy way to store art supplies for that new space.


So, I headed off to Michaels with some 40% off coupons and snagged 4 galvanized buckets. I also got some command hooks because I knew hanging stuff on brick is a pain and didn't even want to mess with it. The end result....

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I think it's just perfect! So far, they are holding up well and nothing has fallen off the wall (fingers crossed...)


Each bucket holds a different supply. We've got markers, crayons, colored pencils and paper.  Coloring books and other supplies will go in a basket on the shelf.


I thought about cleaning off the chalkboard table to make this more "Pin-worthy", but I kept it just to show you what it looks like in real life and that the girls have been having fun coloring on their table.

The stools have been holding up great so far too! I can't wait to start on my  next playroom project. This room is finally starting to come together!

DIY Brush Stroke Letters

Friday, August 8, 2014

Last week I shared my trash cans that I transformed into stools for the basement playroom.


Well, I'm back with another quick playroom project! I've had some letters sitting around for awhile that I knew I wanted to hang on the brick wall, I just didn't know what I wanted to do with them. I finally got out my paints and went crazy making them super colorful!


I love how they turned out! I didn't have a real plan, I just knew I wanted to incorporate a lot of color. I started off with these cardboard letters from Joanns.

I painted them with white acrylic paint first. Then, I just started layering on different colors of brush strokes in the color palette that I want for the basement.


I did a few colors at a time, then I would let it dry for a bit and then layer on more colors. If you don't let it dry between colors, you will end up with a muddy end result.


I kind of want to do a painting in this style for a spot in our living room. It was so fun and didn't take long at all!


Also, you may notice something else that's different about this spot...


That's right. I painted the table! I covered the top in chalkboard paint and the legs in some leftover teal Annie Sloan chalk paint that I had on hand.


My next step is to add some art supply storage to this wall. I can't wait to finish up this little nook!

Summer Nail Polish Colors!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Today's post is super random, but I thought it would be a fun change! I'm going to share my 5 favorite nail polishes for summer! I've been on a nail polish phase lately for some reason and I've found that there are certain brands and colors that just don't do it for me. But, there are some that I've loved for summer and are a fun and cheap way to change things up or add a pop of color to your look!

Now, these colors aren't showing up true to real life in these photos, but you get the general idea. Also, some of them are definitely more "out there" and might be more suited for toes rather than nails!

Revlon China Flower - This polish is a great summer red. Its bright with a hint of orange. It's also scented! I'm not sure if the scent is necessarily good, but it's there and you can definitely smell it even a few days later. Weird!

Essie Mint Candy Apple - I love this color for spring and summer! It's a bit hard to work with since it's so light, you have to be pretty precise. It does require at least 2-3 coats. But, the color is so cute.

Loreal Tangerine Crush - This color is definitely a lot more orange than it's showing up in this photo. It's a medium orange with a hint of pink. The formula of the polish is really nice too, it applies very easily and lasts just as well as the more expensive colors.

Sinful Colors Endless Blue - This bright cobalt blue is definitely the most out there of all the colors. But it's really fun and surprisingly really high quality nail polish for the price. I believe it was less than $2. Can't beat that!

Essie Cute as a Button - Cute as a Button is definitely my favorite from the group. It's a bright coral and is just perfect for summer nails. I also love the name!

Here they are on my nails:


Have you tried any of these colors? Or do you have a favorite go to polish for summer? Please share!

Summer Paypal Cash Giveaway!

Monday, August 4, 2014



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  Two posts in a row with giveaways? Yes, it's true! This one is a doozy! I've teamed up with some of my bloggy friends to offer an epic CASH giveaway. Who doesn't need cash?? All you need to do is enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post! Also, check out all of these great bloggers and follow them on Pinterest for more chances to win! The winner will be announced on August 11th! Image Map a Rafflecopter giveaway .

Tutorial: Transform Trash Cans into Child Sized Stools

Friday, August 1, 2014

PSSTTT...THERE IS AN AMAZING GIVEAWAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!

Remember when we were making over our basement into a playroom? Well, that hasn't progressed as quickly as we wanted, but I am here with a fun little update! I wanted to have an art area for the girls but we didn't have a table that was the right size. So, we took our old square kitchen table and cut the legs off! My next issue was finding chairs or stools to fit the table. It wasn't in our budget to buy anything, so for the time being, I made some stools out of metal trash cans!





They aren't perfect, but they are just the right size and how cute is that arrow fabric?? I got it from Bobbie Lou fabric on Etsy and I'm so excited to offer a a giveaway to one lucky reader from Bobbie Lou at the end of this post!


First, I bought 3 metal trash cans off of Amazon that were the right height for my table.



I knew they needed to be a few inches taller, so I got some 2 inch high density foam for the cushions. And I spray painted the trash cans white!


Next, I just traced around the bottom of the trash can (or top of the stool).

I cut the circles out with a serrated knife and then smoothed out the edges with scissors.


Then it was time to make the cushions.  Like I mentioned earlier, I chose this premier prints home decor fabric from Bobbie Lou.


I also picked up some white piping, velcro and made some covered buttons. Now, I don't have a full tutorial for the cushion cover. I just made it up as I went along and it didn't turn out perfectly, but it got the job done. I basically made them the same way that I made my beanbag chairs.


I cut 2 circles and one long strip, then sandwiched the piping in between and sewed them all together leaving an opening for the foam.


Before sewing everything together, sew on some velcro to one side of the cushion.


I got velcro that was sew on for one side and stick on for the other side. I stuck on the other part to the stool itself. It worked perfectly!


My last step was to add a covered button to the center.  I used embroidery thread to pull it through.  I attempted regular thread at first and it broke right away. Embroidery thread allowed me to pull it tight so that it was a little indented in the middle (if that makes sense)



And now my stools are ready to use! They are the perfect height and actually pretty comfy. I've sat on them multiple times


And they easily fit under the table if I need them out of the way.


And now for a GIVEAWAY!! Bobbie Lou Fabrics is graciously giving away TWO YARDS of fabric to one very lucky reader! It can be 2 yards of the same fabric, 1 yard of 2 different fabrics or a few different fat quarters...really the possibilities are endless as long as it equals 2 YARDS! Get it?



And BONUS!!  All of my readers will receive 15% off their order with the code GINGER through Aug 7th! I'm

And just because I could look at fabric all day, here are some of my favorites:

Arid Horizon by April Rhodes


Flight by Violet Craft


Voile La Venta by Leslie Shewring


Sprinkled in Morning by Leah Duncan

And so much more!

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Lunchbox Squeezable Chia Pouches

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

School is almost here and I'm trying to gear up for packing healthy snacks and lunches for Lula.  She'll be in Kindergarten and this is new territory for me! I noticed these Mama Chia pouches at Costco the other day. Have you tried them?

They are a thicker version of the Mama Chia drinks.



If you aren't familiar with these, they are almost a jelly like drink. Chia seeds get a layer of gel around them when they are in liquid and they are suspended in the drink. It's kind of like drinking bubble tea, but the "bubbles" are much smaller chia seeds.  I think it's really yummy and fun to drink and I've bought them before as a treat for my girls. Well, the pouches are a thicker version of the drink and are almost a jello consistency that can be sucked out of a pouch. They are pretty pricy, so I decided to come up with a way to make them myself!





Chia seeds are super healthy. Very high in Omega-3's, lots of protein to help you feel full throughout the day and are full of fiber.  Such a great school snack to get those kids through the day! Here's how to make it...

You'll need some juice - any flavor will work. I used 100% cherry juice. Some chia seeds, and reusable squeeze pouches like these from Amazon.


First, measure out about 3 Tbs of chia seeds and mix with 1 cup of water. Let this sit for a few hours or overnight.


The seeds will expand and become little jelly balls.


Then, mix with about 1/2 cup of juice.


Open up your bags and fill with the chia mixture


And you are good to go! Pack them away in those lunches!





And while we are talking back to school, you must check out these 2 posts for some creative and adorable back to school projects!

Alexis from Persia Lou is showing you how to make DIY Glitter Scissors (and she has the best free printables!)



Jessica from Cutesy Crafts has another absolutely adorable felt project to share: DIY Clock for Kids! 

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