DIY Wood Letter Kids Name Decor

Long time, no post my friends! It’s been 8 joyful (and exhausting) weeks of being a mother and I was long overdue a new post. I planned on taking a month long blog break (HA!) but evidently I overestimated my abilities to juggle it all. Motherhood has been the steepest learning curve of my life but I wouldn’t change it for the world. My crafty side has been twitching from being so stagnant and today I’m bringing you this adorable DIY name project. Put your own spin on it and add the sweetest personal touch to baby’s room!

DIY Nursery Name Decor

I love my baby’s name. I should, shouldn’t I? I spent nine long months agonizing over what it might be and hopefully she likes it just as much! I’m amazed by the amount of people who haven’t heard the name before. In case you haven’t heard of it, here’s a little background.

DIY Nursery Name Art

I always wanted to display the baby’s name in the nursery but wasn’t sure how. I’m not a huge fan of letters hanging from the wall individually and since there are six of them in hers I wasn’t too wild about six permanent holes in my already terrible walls! If you search baby name craft on Pinterest you will be able to scroll for hours through wood letter craft. Some of them were just too well, ‘pinterest’ for me. I wanted something elegant and dainty yet without fuss.

DIY Nursery Name Art

To the craft store! The best part of this was the fact that I bought everything I needed for under $15! I decided on scrapbook paper to decorate. Rather than sticking to one pattern I got four different kinds for a mismatched, feminine look.

DIY Nursery Name Art

DIY Nursery Name Art

Making the name was easy as pie. I simply drew around the letters on my paper of choice, carefully cut out the shape (using a sharp scissors!) then mod podged it to the wood. Done!

DIY Nursery Name Art

Initially, I was going to display the letters simply. I purchased a narrow frame shelf on Amazon with the intention of propping them up against the wall but I (horribly) misjudged the length of the name and size of the shelf and so that was nixed. The shelf now displays some of her prettiest books in what turned into a happy accident! In the end I chose to arrange the letters in a fun design and glue them together before hanging the name as one piece. I absolutely love how it turned out!

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How To Keep Indoor Succulents Alive

Do you struggle to keep your succulents alive? Last Spring I posted Succulents for Beginners, a general beginners guide to planting and caring for your succulents. It was a big hit and I’m so glad it’s been useful to tens of thousands of people. During the Summer I followed up with another post on how to propagate your plants. But I have left you hanging, succulovers and for that I apologize. You’ve now purchased your succulents, chosen a whimsical planter and even learned how to propagate the clippings but what about the middle part? How do you keep your succulents alive in the first place?!

How To Keep Indoor Succulents Alive
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After a disastrous first round (RIP) I have managed to keep my second lot of succulents alive. That’s a year now despite quite frankly, sometimes forgetting they exist. Considering I kill every other other plant (that isn’t a cactus/succulent), I call that a victory. One of them even survived a near fatal Labradoodle munching attack. Did I mention they’re hardy little guys?

How To Keep Indoor Succulents Alive

8 Key Steps To Keeping Indoor  Succulents Alive

  1. Space. Avoid overcrowding. I’m guilty of this, especially if I buy a pre-arranged dish garden. I later re-pot them if they begin to suffer. Your succulents need space to breathe and grow. There’s nothing stopping you planting multiple succs in one terrarium/container just make sure they aren’t on top of one another. Even succulents like personal space.
  2. Light. Give them enough of it. Because succulents are hardy and need less watering than normal plants, people tend to think they don’t need to be cared for in other areas either. Don’t neglect your babies! Succulents love light just not direct sunlight. Make sure they are positioned to get a few hours of light a day. If your plants don’t get enough light they’ll stretch toward the light and get ‘leggy’. This is a good time to propagate.
  3. Temperature. Make sure they’re warm enough…and cool enough! Succulents like to be warm in the Summer and cooler in the Winter months.
  4. Ventilation. If you can, have some air flow around your plants. An open window or where all else fails, an air vent. This helps with the draining/drying of the soil and you can keep track of their watering needs.
  5. Watering. Don’t over-water. Succulents only need to be watered when their soil is completely dry so check if the soil is still soggy before their next drink!
  6. Drainage. They love well draining, gritty soil. Ideally your container of choice needs to have a drainage hole so that the soil doesn’t remain soggy and drown your succulents.
  7. Food. Give them a treat! Get a plant food made specifically for cacti & succulents and feed them once in a while.
  8. Species. Knowing which varieties you have and their specific needs is a good start to knowing how to keep them alive.

How To Keep Indoor Succulents Alive

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Galentine’s Mason Jar Gift For Your Girlfriends

Valentine’s schmalentine’s, sometimes our real life long loves are our best friends. Did you know that February 13th is Galentine’s Day? Like Friendsgiving, Galentine’s Day has become a cute celebration of friendships and I am a fan. Show your best pal or even numerous gal pals some love this Valentine’s Day with a thoughtful yet inexpensive gift.

Galentine's Day Jar Gift

Whether they are a simple ‘thanks for being in my life’ gesture or a girls-night-in party favor, the ladies in your life will love them! Like I mentioned in my Candy Cane Hot Chocolate post, these mason jar gifts can be tailored specifically to each recipient. They can also be put together extremely inexpensively – or not but that’s up to you and your budget.

I put this one together using a mix of my own sample beauty products plus some new purchases. For example over Christmas when you purchase certain beauty sets they often come with free gifts that consist of sample sized products. I LOVE thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and through my own purchases/subscription boxes I have received smaller versions that I’m (just about) willing to part with! Add your BFF’s favorite shade of lipstick or nail polish and a cute nail file to create this hair, face and nails glam jar!

Galentine's Jar Gift

I am obsessed with jar gifts for their sheer versatility and meaning! It is so sweet to receive a gift from someone full of the things you love the most. It’s just so thoughtful!

Some jar fillers your gal pals will love are

  • Bath Bombs, homemade or fancy ones they wouldn’t buy for themselves.
  • Candy (a mix of their favorite kinds)
  • Mini Wine Bottles (because, y’know!)
  • DIY Facial Essentials
  • DIY Mani/Pedi Tools
  • Gift Cards
  • Emergency Handbag Kit (spare tights, chewing gum, lip balm, blister pads for those too-tight shoes she had to have)
  • Newborn First Weeks Survival Kit (coffee, eye mask, rejuvenating eye cream, her favorite body lotion, healthy snacks)
  • An occupation appropriate jar. For example for a nurse you could fill a large water bottle with compression stockings, instant coffee sachets, mints, hair clips, pens.

 

 

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Candy Cane Hot Chocolate In A Jar Gift

Christmas week is here! Can you believe it? It’s a week of last minute scrambling, cleaning and preparation to go visit family for us. While Christmas is about so much more than presents – gift buying, wrapping and giving is in full swing this week. I love thoughtful little gifts! Who doesn’t? It’s quite special to receive a gift that’s been handmade just for you! That’s why I love putting together baskets and these DIY mason jar gifts. They are perfect as stocking fillers, for co-workers, secret Santa gift giving and even as last-minute gifts for the unexpected visitor (we’ve all been there!).

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate In A Jar Gift

At this time of the year you may already have some or all of the ingredients for hot chocolate jars in your home depending on how sweet your tooth is. For me, this is not an issue. ALL of the candy at this time of the year! This particular jar has an added dose of chocolate in the form of chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli white chips for a richer flavor) and a candy cane for stirring! You could also get your peppermint flavor from a layer of crushed peppermints as a topping in the jar or by adding peppermint marshmallows instead of the regular kind.

You will need:

  • Ball Mason Jar or similar
  • Decorative ribbon or bakers twine

If you are super organized you could have some pre-printed labels for the lid (I was not super organized!).

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Jar Gift

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

  • Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Mini White Chocolate Chips
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Candy Cane

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Add hot water or milk with two tablespoons from your jar and enjoy!

Why not try some other hot chocolate flavors such as salted caramel, spiced white hot chocolate or even gingerbread!

Jar gifts can be absolutely anything you wish so be creative.

More Jar Gift Ideas

Manicure – Nail polish remover, nail scissors, file, buffer and a festive shade of polish.

21+ – Mini soda can, mini liquor bottle, decorative drink stirrer.

Coffee Lovers – Gourmet espresso sachet, espresso mug and mini dark chocolates.

The possibilities are endless and the results so personal and cute!

 

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No-Sew Novelty Cloud Pillow

This blog has given me a serious case of craft-itis! I get so much inspiration and motivation from reading hundreds of other blogs every month that I now have a massive craft bug and I am thoroughly enjoying it. This week I tried my hand at a simple cloud pillow for Baby’s nursery. I cannot sew. At all. Even a button, it WILL fall off again. I despise sewing. What I can do however, is handle a small, low-temperature hot glue gun!

DIY No Sew Cloud Pillow

People often ask me if I’ve chosen a theme for Baby’s nursery and honestly I had not, nor had I ever considered one. Unless you can call ‘gender neutral’ a theme. Although I love to decorate and sit back to admire my handiwork, I get bored and over analytical. For me, something overly specific was an absolute no-no.

Let me tell you, choosing gender neutral decor is easier said than done. It seems these days that a lot of grey and rustic/outdoorsy decor is considered gender neutral. I personally think that stuff, although beautiful, is far more boyish than girly. After I had decided on a white crib and re-purposed my old TV cabinet into a white changing unit (check it out here!), I found the cutest cloud door handles on Etsy. What’s both baby appropriate and gender neutral? The sky! So I settled on clouds, stars, the moon etc. as my central ‘theme that isn’t a theme’.

This easy peasy no-sew cutie will be complete in 30 minutes and costs less than $10-20 depending on where you buy your supplies and the quality you desire!

You will need:
  • White fabric (cotton, felt, fleece, velour …it’s up to you!)
  • Poly-fil Stuffing 12oz (o r see amount requirements for different projects on the package!)
  • Low-temp hot glue gun + extra glue sticks
  • Sharp scissors or ideally a fabric shears
  • A sharpie to draw your cloud shape

There is no distinct pattern for this project. I completely winged it and you can too!

Method:

On a clean, flat surface fold your fabric in half and freehand draw a simple cloud shape on your fabric. If drawing is not your forte then find a shape to copy or trace with a quick google search

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Once you’re happy with the shape, cut it out (both sides)

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Since the sides you have cut may have sharpie marks showing then make sure you glue this side up! Make sure both pieces line up and apply a thin, clean line of glue around the edge. Carefully glue edge to edge in small stages 4/5ths of the way around

Don’t forget to stop, you have to leave a hole for filling!

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When the glue is dry and you’re happy there’s no missed spots ie, holes, then turn it inside out. The reason for a thin, evenly glued edge is to avoid puckering. It may still appear puckered in spots but you can iron those out!

Start stuffing the pillow carefully, ensuring it’s totally filled! It may take a lot depending on how large you made it. Work out the bumps as you go.

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The trickiest part is sealing the last gap since the fabric is now the right way around. Take your time and slowly glue it as neatly as possibly. Rushing will result in hot glue all over your hands and the outside of the pillow!

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DIY Unique Christmas Wreath

Last year I didn’t have a Christmas wreath on our sad little front door but this year in our new house with a beautiful entryway there was no way I could go without! Wreaths out there were either too expensive for me, too big, too small or just…meh. So I made my own which I love because nobody else has one. I’m feeling festive so I guess I will share with you guys 😉

DIY Unique Christmas Wreath

I purchased a plain artificial wreath but you could also use a fresh one! Once I fluffed up the wreath and gave it a good shape, I sprayed on snow, topped with a large burlap bow and added the CUTEST pair of ice skates in the center. Vintage holiday decor is my favorite and I have been eyeing them up at Hobby Lobby since last year. When I found them again I couldn’t bear to leave them behind. I don’t really have anywhere to hang more decorations so this was the perfect solution!

DIY Unique Christmas Wreath

DIY Unique Christmas Wreath

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DIY Baby Changing Station Transformation

I don’t need to tell you that babies are expensive little beings. It is rather overwhelming looking around your home and realizing just how much you need to buy for baby. I think the worst kind of baby gear is the stuff that lasts five minutes and is then no longer of any use. Like a bassinet or a changing table.

DIY Changing Table Transformation

I was lucky to have an old TV cabinet sitting in my garage that had the perfect potential for a changing unit. This was achieved by simply changing the color! I was able to create a beautiful piece of furniture for the nursery that can be used as both a changing table and later, a storage unit. What I love about re-purposing a small cabinet is the versatility of the end result. You could remove the doors and add decorative storage boxes to make it more gender/theme specific or you can also choose to  keep the doors and hide boring necessities behind them.

DIY Changing Station Transformation

DIY Changing Station Transformation

I am doing the latter. I have decided to turn this into the ultimate baby changing station! The upper shelf which is usually for DVD players, game consoles and the like will be a place to store basics like onesies/bibs/burp cloths and the inevitable spare outfits we will need with some changes! Behind the doors there is one shelf which will be home to endless diapers, wipes and also health and bath products. All I am really adding to this piece is a standard changing pad.

For such a huge transformation and total re-purpose, this project is the easiest I have ever done. It had two steps.

I have two words people. CHALK. PAINT.

DIY Changing Station Transformation

Paint that magic potion directly onto your dust-free, un-sanded wood and watch it transform! Granted, it took four or five coats but if you are not in a rush and have patience then you can get away without prepping. I underestimated how many coats it would need and I went through two tubs before I gave in and bought a bigger one to finish it. If in doubt, buy the bigger tin! To save time and effort you can sand and fully prep the furniture from the start. The reason I didn’t was because I began during Summer and therefore in the height of my allergy season. It just wasn’t worth the agony in my eyes and the sneezing fits! Once you are happy with the coverage you can use a clear wax to seal and protect it.

I’m SO happy with the way this unit turned out and even happier that I have a piece of nursery furniture that cost me $25! All I purchased was the paint, wax and door knobs 🙂

DIY Changing Station Transformation

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Super Easy DIY Christmas Wall Art

If you can’t stand people who love Christmas, LOOK AWAY NOW because today I am bringing you some DIY Christmas wall art!

Super Easy DIY Christmas Wall Art

Move over Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving, it’s officially my time! I’m not obnoxious about it. I won’t decorate for a while and blast carols from my speakers but I ADORE Christmas. I find it amusing how genuinely disgruntled many people become when others get in the Christmas spirit. You don’t see me pitchin’ a fit when you all go crazy for pumpkins in August so hush. We can have Halloween decor in stores in July but now I’m the worst for loving Christmas 8 weeks in advance? As they say in the South, bless your heart!

Christmas was always a special time for me and since moving away from home it’s become even more. It was incredibly difficult last year to spend my first Christmas in 27 years away from home. It was even harder to participate in others’ ‘traditions’ that just did not feel right to me. Overall it was just a really emotional and sad time for me. I feel very strongly about carrying on my own Holiday traditions especially now that we are expecting. I can’t wait to have Santa Claus again in our home and the magic of Christmas that only children can bring!

So since November is just one sleep away I am sharing with you a super easy festive wall art I made over the weekend. This involves nothing but glue and some craft paint! You know me, I like the easy stuff!

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I picked up this distressed hanging pallet piece a few weeks ago at the craft store and separately, this laser cut decoration. There was no real plan for either and placing them haphazardly on the counter resulted in this project! I decided to paint the cut-out gold + gold glitter top coat and attach it to the pallet. It makes a great piece of wall art that is simple yet festive! Remember you can also stain or paint an unfinished pallet very easily if you can’t find or don’t want a distressed look.

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First I left it painted gold with the leaf element glittered only but I loved the sparkle so much, I did the whole thing! It’s not overly glittery just a gorgeous shimmer than catches the light.

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DIY Halloween Spider Web Wreath

There are so many spooky Halloween wreaths out there but frankly, I think the price tags are equally as frightful. I am a huge fan of Fall decor and don’t even start me on Christmas but my Halloween decorating is minimal at best. I can’t justify having a huge amount of decorations for just one night (ok, yes ironic since Christmas is technically one day as well). So I took things into my own hands using Michael’s 40% off one full priced item coupon and made this MINDLESSLY easy, spider web wreath which ended up costing just $7!

DIY Halloween Spider Web Wreath

You will need just three items:

  1. Plain, twig wreath (whatever size you want!)
  2. Spider Web
  3. Spiders, of course!

DIY Halloween Spider Web Wreath

Depending on where you are placing this and what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, you may need to use wire or glue to secure your spiders. Due to the family of geckos that likes to move into all my front door wreaths and then try jump into my house, I will probably use this indoors as wall decor! If you are displaying the wreath inside then those spider legs pretty much secure themselves between the twigs. One less step – score!

Obviously these wreaths are supposed to be round (duh!) but they are inexpensive and all vary. Choose wisely at the store. When you are ready to start, lay it flat on a table and decide what point will be the top (where it will sit on the door hanger/nail).

DIY Halloween Spider Web Wreath

After this you get to play with your webbing. I used a very small amount, stretching it to the max to ensure it looked more real. The more you use, the clumpier it will be. I wound the web around one side, spending time making it look as true to life as I could. You could also arrange it width ways across the bottom half or indeed, all over the entire wreath.

DIY Halloween Spider Web Wreath

Next up – spiders! Sparkly, plastic spiders are much more acceptable than live, hairy ones. This pack had six in it but I used just four. Again, depending on your wreath size, it’s up to you. You’re all set! Did I mention this was TOO easy?!

DIY Halloween Spider Web Wreath

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Unique Succulent Arrangements

Succulents don’t ask for much making them a beginners favorite. Most varieties can be planted in small containers and because of this you can be as creative as you like when it comes to your planter of choice. I’ve planted them in teacups, terrariums, regular clay pots and even shallow dishes. Here is a roundup of some really unique succulent arrangements and planter ideas. Hopefully you will be inspired to come up with something just as wacky and wonderful!

Unique Succulent Arrangements

5 Unique Succulent Arrangements

Harvest Pumpkin Planter

Perfectly in keeping with the time of year, why not decorate accordingly with your succulents? I love this idea!

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Troll Doll Planter

This one cracked me up. I had these troll dolls as a child and I would spend hours brushing and styling their crazy hair. These would look so funny with any climbing succulent!

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The Wall Mounted Letter Planter is probably my favorite idea here! What a unique way to arrange your succulents and also have a beautiful piece of outdoor decor!

Wall Mounted Letter Planter

Similarly if you love a wreath on your front door to greet your guests, then try this DIY Succulent Wreath.

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Stuck for space? How about a Vertical Garden?!

Vertical Garden

Have you tried any of these arrangements? Let me know about your quirky succulent arrangements in the comments!

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