Holiday Madness

Monday, December 22, 2014

I can't believe Christmas is only 3 days away!  I should be baking at the moment (this is the latest I've ever waited to bake) but I have been easily side-tracked today.  I decided to take a break from my wreath making and turn my craftiness to picture frames.  I really love the way they came out!  I have plenty of designs running around in my head for Spring & Summer Wreaths as well as some other decorations.  I just need to get through this holiday first :-)

I'm still on my organizing kick and will be working diligently to organize the little things that have bothered me, since I will be on vacation for the next two week.

Here is a peak at the picture frames I decorated...












Enjoy!!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

It's been quite some time since I've been on this blog.  I've been busy with school and my new Etsy Shop that I just opened a month ago.  Most of my free time has been crafting wreaths, so today I took some time and decorated my front porch - can't really call it a porch though, more of a landing.  I have been dying to get a sled and decorate it.  I was lucky enough to find 3 actually.  I kept two and gave one to my mom. The sled pictured I purchased last weekend at an antique show for $18.00 and the skates for $12.00.    The greenery bucket came from Home Depot $29.00 (more than I wanted to spend, but it was so darn cute.)  I have a real evergreen swag behind the skates on the sled that I picked up at Walmart for less than $5.00.  The skates are filled with berries, and pine floral sprays I picked up at AC Moore and the little snowflakes were less than $2.00 at Walmart in their Christmas Ornament section.  I love the way this turned out.  The lantern is one I had just sitting in my garage waiting for a project.  I just added a spray from AC Moore.  I purchased the ribbons from Costco for $6.89/spool and made the ribbons from that.  The spool is 50 yards of ribbon, so I have more than enough for more projects.


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Personalized Planner Calendar Book

Friday, July 25, 2014

It feels as if vacation has just started for me, yet I see all the back-to-schools supplies in stores already.  On one of my ventures to Walmart I found a Mead 2014/2015 weekly/monthly planner for just under $10.00.  The planner is large 8.5x 11 and has colorful tabbed months.  The one thing that caught my eye was this planner had a plastic pocket cover that you can insert a paper in.  Immediately the lightbulb in my head went off and I thought "how cool" I could personalize this planner.

I have to admit, I have been checking out all the different personalized planners online, I just couldn't justify spending over $50.00 for a planner plus shipping.  I even attempted to make my own calendar planner!  Honestly, it was still pricey to have pages copied in color and double sided!   When I found this Mead planner I became excited knowing that I could customize the front cover!

I came up with my cover using Microsoft Word on my iMac computer.  The font I used is Little Miss Print Font (download here) from dafont.com.


I added my name and school name (removed for privacy) and inserted a vacation picture of my children.  Here is the finished product - I love it!





Found at Walmart for under $10.00





Here is the Editable Version for download.



Download Planner Cover Here (Editable)

When you get to the download page - click the arrow next to printer icon (as seen in the screen shot above) and download it to your computer, then you will be able to add your own photo and your personal information. Print on card stock and put in your planner :-)


Please contact me if you have any issues with the file, I will email it to you.

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Disney Vacation Account

Monday, July 14, 2014




Don't you just love having a goal to strive for?  I accidentally stumbled upon this website and thought it was a great way for families or honeymooners to save for a Disney vacation.  It seems fairly simple and straightforward; you open an account, estimate your budget, and then deposit money weekly or monthly into your account.  If by chance you are unable go on vacation you will be refunded your money back.   If you do go on vacation, Disney will give you a $20.00 gift card for every $1,000.00 you spend on a vacation (who doesn't love a freebie?)  

Vacations are a big expense, especially taking a family to Disney so involve your children in the planning process.  This is a great way to teach children about finances and saving their money towards the vacation goal.  You can have them work towards the goal by doing chores around the house, bringing back bottles, mowing lawns, etc.  Keep a "goal chart" on the fridge and color it in as you save money, this way they will have a visual of how much has been saved towards the vacation. 

This would've been great when my kids were little.   Below you will find a link to sign up for your Disney account.

Happy Vacationing :-)



Click Here to sign up for a Disney Vacation Savings Account


Summer Subway Art

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Here's a freebie for the first day of summer!  Enjoy :-)





Download printable here

Umbrella stand and plastic yard furniture Re-do



Happy first day of summer!  My umbrella stand and plastic yard furniture needed quite a bit of a facelift!  I ran to Walmart and purchased some spray paint to match the new umbrella I purchased.  The color is Rust-Oleum "Seaside" which worked fantastic on both plastic and metal.





Before a Sun Faded Green  & After - Seaside Blue
Next on the list were some small green plastic end tables. The tables were fine, I was just bored with the faded green color, so I decided to spay paint it as well.  The color is more vibrant in person.  I love the way they turned out - a total of about 30 minutes to do these makeovers :-)

Sun Faded Green table to Seaside Blue



Ice Bucket Stand - Before & After





Colors are "Berry Pink" & "Seaside"


Picture Frame Necklace Holder

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Since I made-over my closet,(to see closet makeover click here) I decided to make a picture frame necklace holder.  Of course I looked around on Pinterest to get ideas.

Finished Frame


This project is fairly easy to do.

You will need:
Complete Project less than $12.00


Frame - Mine is 11x14 without the glass. This was $5.99 at the Christmas Tree Shop - I did have to break the glass (ugh) it wouldn't come out of the frame.  You could use any size frame you have or find one at a Thrift store and paint it.

Fabric for backing - I grabbed 1/4 yard black fabric from Walmart - $1.00

1 Package of 8 Mini Cup Hooks - Kmart $2.00

2 Packages Paper Flowers from Michaels Crafts - found in the Dollar Bins -  $2.00


1.  Wrap a piece of cardboard (I used the one that came with the frame) with the fabric you chose.  You may also cut a piece of cork-board tile to fit and wrap that in fabric if you would like to stick hooks or earrings in the frame.  I used a glue gun to attach the fabric to the cardboard.



2.  Place the cup hooks where you would like them, I chose to put them in the framing rather than on the frame, but that is your personal choice, I've seen them done both ways.  It was easier to tack them in with a hammer and then screw them into the wood.

3.  Put the cardboard back into the frame, I also tacked this in with a bit of hot glue.  Then I used the little clip holders in the back of the frame to hold it on.

4.  Embellish the frame, I used paper flowers from Michaels.  Place a dot of glue on the back and attach to frame and/or fabric.

Add Necklaces




Taming paperwork

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I just ran across a new app for Droid or iPhone that takes your name off of a mailing list just by sending a picture of the mail via your phone.  Couldn't get much simpler that that.  

Getting rid of junk mail - here is the link  https://www.paperkarma.com




Closet Organzing

Saturday, January 18, 2014

I had a two-week break from school and tried to get a jump start on organizing for the year.  Never does it seem like it ends.  This year I am attempting to change my ways (easier said than done, I am not a fan of change whatsoever).  My recent disaster (my closet rod and shelf came tumbling down) and has made me realize that I have way too many items that have accumulated through the years.  My daughter constantly reminds me that I have too many jeans, enough to wear every day of the week without washing any and then some.  I guess she was right, I do like my jeans, especially the ones that are so worn and soft that feel like a second skin.   So it shouldn't have been a surprise that my closet eventually caved under the weight of all those jeans.  Now I have a standard bi-fold door reach in closet, although I would love one of those HUGE walk-in closets, it just will never happen in this house.  My first task at hand was to find a way to open the closet door and empty it.  Let me tell you that was a very challenging task, I should've taken photos, this was like something out of a TV sitcom.  I finally opened the door wide enough to start pulling stuff out, and finally I was able to open the doors!  Next took out all the items.  Since I am replacing the carpet with hardwood floors soon, I thought this would be the best time to repaint the closet.  Next I ran to Home Depot and picked up a Closetmaid Shelf System.  Of course nothing can ever go as planned, trying to hang the shelf system was difficult because I couldn't find a stud to line up with both metal anchor pieces.  **Note electronic stud finders will not work on freshly painted walls!  With the help of a contractor friend via telephone - he told me look for the studs 15 inches from the corner by using a finishing nail to tack in the wall until I located the stud.  My builder was one who tended to cut corners and he did it again to me in the closet.  After quite some time of trying to keep the anchor pieces even, I decided to make one slightly higher than the other.  I planned on having a section for my dresses anyway, and actually it worked out so well I purchased a shoe organizer to fit on the bottom of that shelf system.  This has been a work in progress and I will post more photos when I complete the job, for now here is how the organizer shelf systems looks.








Finally finished the closet today!  Here are the pictures:



Found these prints online and Framed them

Shoe Boxes from the Dollar Tree

Wire Shelf from Walmart


Baskets are from Michael's - Huggable Hangers from HSN


Added the Closetmaid Shoe Organizer to the shelf 

Baskets from the Christmas Tree Shop


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