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These projects are a few months old now but better late than never, right??

As we all know, the DIY perusing on Pinterest is a slippery slope. Before you know it, you have a board of projects completely out of your element and 17 projects you want to complete in one weekend. You spend 2 hours in Hobby Lobby, get home, unload your bags of craftiness and feel invincible. I like to call this THE CRAFT HIGH. It is quickly followed by the THE CRAFT LOW as soon as you begin your project and realize you forgot to pick up more glue sticks for the glue gun stopping you dead in your tracks.

Due to my large craft box (also known as evidence of a few too many Hobby Lobby trips), my goal was to create some things out of the things I already had. I must admit I did make 1 teeny tiny trip to HL but it was legit. I stayed focused and left spending less then $5. It barely classifies as a trip at all. So here goes my DIY rundown…

The first project I decided to tackle was some art work that I actually collected all the materials for a while back and never got around to making. I’d been saving toilet paper rolls for this one for a while. I had the canvas left over from a 2-pack I bought for a Mothers Day gift I made last summer and the paint was already on hand from painting my red table, I had the white in my craft box as well. So, a little cutting, painting, drying and hot gluing later, and I had this.

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I used in a collage wall in my kitchen. I’m still looking for the right thing to add in that little hole underneath it to even out my square. Any ideas? I’m open to suggestions!

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I was really pleased with how it turned out and the “H” I made with the placement of the toilet paper roll cut outs was a complete coincidence. I didn’t even notice it until I hung it in the collage on my kitchen wall. I obviously love my initials, even subconsciously! I like that it brings some of the red in the living room into the kitchen and brightens up the wall. It was definitely one of the easiest and cheapest projects I’ve ever done. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a thrifty project to interject some color. It also would be good with kids. And creating multiple canvases for a wall of them would be cool too.

My other project didn’t quite go as I first planned. I had wanted to create a mail organizer to hang by the door. I loved the idea of using an old shutter like this example I found on Pinterest.

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So, on a complete whim, I searched Craigslist for a shutter and found this one for $10 and *BONUS* it was already painted red!! So, I picked it up from the sweetest lady who even invited me in for dinner. But I declined and left with my shutter. When I got home, I realized this wasn’t actually a working shutter but a decoration shutter that had been glued shut, thus not allowing me to slip mail in between the slats…major bummer. But I did decide to take it home with me for Thanksgiving to see if my Dad could help me add some hooks for hanging my keys by the door. But I had the epiphany on my drive home that I could add some clothes pins to do some mail holding as well! So, a few screw in hooks, some gorilla glue and a couple clothes pins later, I was really excited with how it turned out.

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This last project was one I had been wanting to do for a long while. I already had the yarn and decided they make a great addition to my adder shelves. So I swung by the good ole’ HL and picked up some cardboard letters for $1.25 each and wrapped them with yarn adding Elmers glue along the way to keep it in place. Believe it or not, the L was the hardest of the bunch. These look great on my shelves and I recommend these to the craft challenged and also those who are looking for a personalized gift. They would make a great baby shower decoration and gift as well.

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My DIY itch has been scratched for now. I’m sure I’ll have more to share in the coming months. Stay tuned…

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Well, it’s the last two weeks of the year and I feel like I’m at that exact place of panic I was a year ago. Packing. Working. Going out of town for Christmas. Packing. Working. Moving. Packing. Cleaning. It’s like a bad version of Ground Hog Day. Actually, that movie can’t get much worse.

So while I’m busy being all “Bah-Hum-Bug”, I do have big plans for my new room. Here’s what I have so far…

To make a long story short, the furniture I had was borrowed from a friend for many years. Now that I am out of college and can afford some new pieces, I have decided to return them to her and get my own things after the move. Which means, living out of some boxes and bags for a few weeks. Small price to pay for not having to move furniture twice, right? So, no biggy.

So, with the the new furniture, I have all kinds of ideas for my room including my bed, drapes, and some wall art along with picking a paint color (coming in a later post).

This dresser from IKEA has been calling my name for some time now. I’m planning to answer the call with my Christmas money in hand the first week of 2012!HEMNES 8-drawer dresser, white Width: 63 3/4 " Depth: 20 1/8 " Height: 38 1/4 "  Width: 162 cm Depth: 51 cm Height: 97 cm  And then I think I might get this little guy which can double as basket storage and a TV stand.

EXPEDIT Shelving unit, white Width: 31 1/8 " Depth: 15 3/8 " Height: 31 1/8 " Max load/shelf: 29 lb  Width: 79 cm Depth: 39 cm Height: 79 cm Max load/shelf: 13 kg

As for my bed, I love the frame I have. But, I think I might go with a softer look and to match my new furniture and do a little DIY padded headboard slip cover project made from a drop cloth that will look a little like this when I’m done. I won’t be using that DIY necessarily because I do want to keep my headboard in good condition underneath incase I ever feel like switching it up.

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In my new room, I will also have a larger window which I plan to get some sun-blocking curtains for. I found this idea on Pinterest and I am smitten. To reflect the drop cloth headboard, I think I might paint some white stripes on 2 drop cloths and create curtians for either side of my window…

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I’ve been eyeing this new duvet from Target for a while now.

That’s all I have for now. I’ll keep you guys updated.

And if I get too busy to blog later this week, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New years!!

It’s DIY time again! It’s official. I have become the weird neighbor in the  neighborhood who spray paints on Saturday mornings. With a small patio in the back, I have resorted to spray painting in the front to avoid having to move the patio furniture all the time. This makes me get lots of funny looks as people walk out their doors to walk their dogs. I’m ok with it though. It is what it is!

This project started with my trusty old coffee table. I bought this coffee table back in college and it has moved along with me to about 4 different apartments/houses. An upgrade was needed so Mert decided to visit IKEA one weekend when I was out of town and add  a nice big matching square coffee table to to bunch. Luckily she didn’t throw out my old one though.

 It has seen it’s fair share of water rings and scratches but it’s still in good shape!  I figured it would be a great little furniture project. It just so happened that our front porch looks like this…

Empty. Everyone around us had little tables and chairs and ours has been empty since the day we moved in. Since the table was still in good shape, rectangular, and a good size, I decided to go with a front porch bench. My first delimma was what to cover it in. I wanted it to be water proof yet comformtable. Didn’t want it to  looks like you were sitting on plastic.

While wandering through Target one day, I came accross this wipable table cloth in this cute pear pattern.

I loved the colors and thought it was the perfect fit for the cushion cover for my bench. The $4.99 price tag was also a HUGE selling point. There’s no way I’m going to find a better bench fabric for cheaper than that. It also gave me plenty of color inspiration for the rest of the bench.

Gold Abundance made it’s way to my home via Lowes Home Improvement Store. It was love at first site.

So, now I’m ready. Step one: sand down the legs so the pain will stick. Here’s my sand paper to prove I did the work.

Wipe down and spray the first layer of Spray paint. Let Dry.

Since the cushion is going on top, painting the top wasn’t necessary. But It was important that the legs got totally covered. In hind site, I think I would have invested in some spray primer since the wood was so dark. It may have made the yellow cover a lot quicker.

Here’s the table after a few more coats of yellow. It looks kind of splotchy here but it was still drying. Once dry, it didn’t look nearly as splotchy.

Next up was the cushion. I went with 2 foam squares and a bag of batting to fill in the rest of the seat.

I didn’t really have a plan for how this next part went. I just kind of went with it. And it seemed to work out ok! I used some wood glue to attach the foam pads to the center of the bench.

Then I used the batting to fill in around the edged. Not the prettiest project but it’s a homemade cushion!

I let the glue dry for about an hour and then I set out to cover my bench. I laid out the table cloth on the floor and then placed the bench where I wanted to cut the cloth making sure I had plenty of room to staple the cover down.

Then I broke out my new favorite toy. I think I’m going to name him Bart, The Staple Gun.

I pulled the cover tight and stapled a few staples down the line to keep it tight. One important thing to note is that you don’t want to make the cover TOO tight though because the corners of the bench could poke through when one goes to sit. So, just keep it tight enough to give the cushion structure but not tight enough to cause any tearing. Afterall, it is just a table cloth!

After some trimming, I flipped it over and was really happy with the results!

After this picture, I went back and did some more trimming.  It now sits on the front porch lonesome as can be. My plan is to find a chair and side table that I can paint ot match those lovely yellow legs. I have the can of paint and everything! I’m also planning to maybe make some matching cushions for the chair (whenever I find it) made of the rest of my table cloth.

I learned a lot from this DIY experience.  Here are a few of the tips I learned along the way.

1. The pray paint gun is a $2.49 investment worth making. My pointer finger is STILL sore almost 3 days later. I went out and purchased one promptly for my next endevour.

2. That canvas drop cloth was also a really great investment. I let it dry and then folded it up for my next project. $5 of pure reusability!

3. Spray primer is also a good investment for dark wood pieces. Hind site is 20 20.

4. It’s ok to be the crazy lady who spray paints at 9am on Saturday morning. My neighbors haven’t seen the last of me!

It’s Friday. The weather is BEAUTIFUL. I have a relaxing night at home ahead. And I’m just thankful and feeling beyond blessed today. So I figured I would spread a little blog love and show you some things I’m loving around the world wide web this week…

Loving the new addition to The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch. His name is Walter.

Oh. My. Gosh. Love him.

Loving this recipe for Coffee Ice Cream which I found over at Cupcakes and Cashmere.

As soon as I purchase an ice cream maker, I plan on making some of this to keep in the freezer for rainy days. And bad days. And,well, any day in between. Note to self: buy ice cream maker asap.

Loving this baby shower over at The Pleeted Poppy. Love the colors, the bow ties, the flowers, and I am dying over the mustaches….SO CUTE!

And last but certainly not least, my favorite DIY of the week comes from 320*Sycamore. I absolutely love the starburst mirror she created for her daughter’s bedroom.  I dropped it in my ideas folder incase I feel like making one someday. You never know!

How cute is her daughter’s room?!? I love how colorful yet classy it is. Loving it!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I will be doing lots of nothing. DIYing, DVRing, and SNOOZing…catch ya on Monday 🙂

So, I haven’t done much DIY lately. I have a lot of ideas on the brain but have yet to accomplish anything since the living room redo. Seems like I wait, wait, wait and then do a bunch all at one time. Well, I have a few up my sleeve for the coming weeks but until then, I am going to marvel at everyone else’s DIY successes. These are just a few of the ones I have dropped in my “DIY Ideas” folder lately…

How adorable is this chair redo found at 320*Sycamore via Traci from Beneath My Heart. She redid this chair for $13.50! And she used a drop cloth for the canvas covering and pillow! Thrifty yet classic. I especially love the H monogram.

I’m really loving this redo. Kristy over at Hyphen Interiors decided to PAINT an upholstered chair. I never have even thought about that option before! But look how great it turned out! I might have to break out this technique  for a future project!

Here’s the before and after…

 

I love that teal and white contrast. So bold.

I might have a love affair with this lamp shade. I found this at Just a Girl. Belive it or not, this was inspired by an Anthropologie lamp shade. I just love the ruffles! Talk about adding texture to a room. Love it!

This one I want to try so bad I can’t stand it! Centsational Girl is one of my favorite blogs to browse DIYs. Not to mention, she has the most amazing kitchen. I drool every time I see pictures of it. True story. But I digress…these easy DIY, no-sew pillow cases are so cute! And I’ve always thought linen napkins are just too pretty not to create with!

What DIY’s are you guys dropping in your “DIY Ideas” folder these days?

So, my long awaited bookshelves arrived Monday! I ordered them over a week ago and I’ve been stalking the FedEx tracking website for all 7 days they were in route. Yes, I am that person. Having things delivered to my house during the day while I’m at work makes me a nervous wreck! So, I stalked it all day till I saw it say “left on front porch”. I immediatly texted my roomie who has the luxury of going home daily for lunch, and informed her that the shelves should be there and to go ahead and drag them in. Well, she gets there and there are no shelves awaiting her arrival.

What the heck?! So I respond rather intellectually with “But the little purple bar reached “DELIVERED” today on the tracking website!” So, she looks around thinking maybe they delivered them to unit G in the building across the way which is what happened when I ordered my rug a few weeks back. Nope, no box in sight. So, she goes on a little treck around the complex only to find it 4 buildings down.

4. BUILDINGS. DOWN. SERIOUSLY, FEDEX? Not even close. Poor Mert had to drag the 60 lbs. box to our house because they can’t read the numbers on our buildings. Wow.

But anyways, I say all that to say I then came home and low and behold there is another box at the door. A small one. Could it be? My clock  I’ve been waiting for? IT IS!! I was so excited to get both of my orders in the same day. It truely is the small things like the accuracy of the delivery system we have in the USA for me to get excited. So, instead of throwing on my running gear and going for the run I was planning on, I opened all my boxes and set to work on 4 projects I’ve been waiting to do.

Project 1 is obviously, the bookshelves. Mert helped me and we put 1 of 2 bookshelves together successfully Monday and then the 2nd one last night. Yes (with a fist pump)!!

Here they are in all their ladder glory in the blank spot in our living room. I think they look rather nice!

And here they are after we added some of our trinkets, books, and pictures. We still have some sprucing up to do and some things to add but it’s a start!

1 project down, 3 to go!

So, my other big project has been the frame project I’ve been talking about for a while now. Well, I wanted to wait till the shelves were officially here and up before I did that project because I needed to see how much space on the wall I had to work with. So, while we put the shelves together, I took a break to do a little spray painting.

I decided to go with a dark purple for the frames. Although purple isn’t really a big color throughout the house, it is in the same color family as the colors in our rug and the colors already on the walls.

I found this color at Ace Hardware on Saturday and thought it was the perfect shade. Not too vibrant but not too dull. It also is a gloss which will give my frames a bit of a shine.

I covered the back patio with paper and went to work.

I was lucky enough to get these frames from my parent’s attic (hey mom & dad!) so they cost me zero denero.

Here is the final outcome! I painted my 50% off mirror from Garden Ridge a brushed silver a while back and its been hanging in the “dinning room” for a while now. I’m really digging how the purple looks on the toupe walls.

I hung them with pushpins so that if I wanted to shift them around and rearrange them, it wouldn’t be too much of a hassle and there wouldn’t be giant nail holes in the wall. Also, renting means I have to patch all those holes someday so pishpins sounded like a much better option. Its still kind of strange to walk downstairs and see them but it’s growing on me.

Project #3 is my clock. I found this little clock kit on Overstock for $7 and some change. Its simple, plane, and most importantly, paintable!

Needless to say I saw lots of potential and set out to make it work in our living room. Now, when it showed up at my door, it was in about 14 different pieces. It’s a clock KIT meaning you put it together on your own. Thus the $7 price tag. But how hard could it be?

There were no directions for the clock mechanism. So it was kind of like a jigsaw puzzle. While I tried to figure out how to get it to work, I set out to paint it coordinating colors with the frames and mirror. I painted the back circle brushed sliver and the front one my dusty purple. That way it gave me this effect…

Then I also painted the numbers brushed silver as well so they would pop on the purple. Here is the outcome…

And heres the final product after I finally got the clock mechanism to work.

In order to make it a little larger ont he wall, I added a frame.

I think the outcome was pretty good. Not bad for a $7 clock, right? And you could do so many cool color combos with it.

Now for my last 2 projects. I consider these half a project each as they are not complete DIYs or construction fo any kind. But rather a paint job and a couple push pins. Between the 2 of them, they equal one project, I guess.

My lovely roomie saw that I blogged about these a while back and she fell in love with them as well.

So, she went hunting for them at Target and came home with them one Saturday. We have yet to hang them because we have been debating on a spot but I think we have decided they would like quite good above the TV. So with a few push pins, there they hung. Our birds on a wire. Oh, and a little Mr. Shuster from Glee 🙂

And as for my last project, I found these guys in the $1 bins at Michaels while I was out “toodling around” on Saturday…

Pretty sweet right? I thought they would look great in my room as an extra place to hang purses and scarves. Not crazy about the white though. So what else other than some silver!

I’ll be hanging these in my room later on. But since I was painting, I figured I might as well go for it. I’m sure you will see them again in the near future!

So here’s our not-so-empty wall! Finally! It’s taken us a while to get really settled in this space but I’m really glad I took my time, did a few DIYs and really made it my own. I’m a pretty big fan of it.

More pictures to come. I would have gotten one from the other direction but there was styrophome everywhere and the coffee table was a mess. 

Thanks for sticking around the world’s longest blog post!

P.S. I might be MIA for the next few days. I have a date with the oral surgeon tomorrow. Yikes. Say a prayer!

You ever have one of those weekends where its just a series of wins and losses? I guess life is a huge series of them if you think about it. But my weekend just seemd to go from wins to losses rather quickly all weekend long.

Friday started off pretty good. Bog had to go get a shot at the vet so I drove him accorss town to my vet. Since moving, I haven’t found a new one yet so it was quite a drive. We were there for all of 10 minutes and then we jumped in the car to make the treck back accross town. After dropping him off at home, I headed to work. Decided to stop for some coffee and also to grab some donuts for the office. Everyone was in a good mood and it looked like it was going to be a great day. Until our meeting.

After the meeting, it went kind of downhill. It was one of those meetings where we had a meeting of the minds about some policies.  Without going into lots of detail, my tiny mistake lead to a giant mountain of issues. What bothered me most was I had a gut feeling about it all along and I didn’t listen to it. I wavered on something I shouldn’t have wavered on. And from that moment on, Friday was a bust.  First loss of the weekend. No major consequences, just a slap on the wrist and my wounded pride. But still not a good way to end the work week. Sigh.

It got better when I went to a friend’s for dinner and we had lots of laughs and good food. A little Key Lime Pie never hurts as well. It helped me forget all about it. First win of the weekend.

Saturday Bogart had another appointment. He was going to Dogtopia! Roomie Mert had won a raffle at a fundraiser for a $50 gift certificate  for any spa services and since Bog is basically her dog too, she was sweet enough to let him use it. Well it just so happened he desperatly needed a bath and nail trim soI booked an appointment for 10am Saturday. Not before a little hide and seek while I changed my sheets though…

Excuse me, have you seen my Pug? He’s gone missing…

While I waited on the pooch to get pampered, I decided to pick up some Starbucks and go do a little browsing in Michaels and Ace Hardware. I love “toodling around”, as I like to call it, on Saturday mornings. It’s so relaxing to me. I scooped up a few things from the dollar section at Michaels (more on that tomorrow) , a new  paint color for my frame project, and also some things for my attempt at a green thumb this spring such as gloves and some seeds at Ace. So this was a big win! I can’t wait to get planting!!

After about an hour, I went to pick up the pug only to discover they had trimmed one of his nails too short and hit the quick causing him to bleed. Great. Not only was he bleeding, he was completely stressed out. Panting, eyes darting…I mean you would have thought I had dropped him off at the pound by the way he was acting when I picked him up. Other than the complimentary De-Shed treatment she did, the bath and the nail trim seemed to do more harm than good. Loss in my book.

So, we went home with our tails between our legs and decided to use the rest of our gift certificate on another day. In the far far away future. Once we got home, keeping him still long enough to stop the bleeding was not a simple task. Poor guy. It finally stopped bleeding and he was able to take a nap and get over his traumatic morning.

Saturday afternoon, the plan was to go see a UNCC Baseball game. Well once the clouds rolled in, we decided to take a pass on it and avoid sitting in the damp seats. So, loss on the afternoon plans. Another part of my Saturday plan was to go check out a restaurant called Kennedy’s Pub which I had a gift certificate to as well. We had a pretty big party of 9 going and we were going to eat some dinner and watch the Duke vs. Carolina game. Well, that didn’t happen due to Kennedy’s celebrating their 6 month anniversary and taking reservations only. So we went to Jackelope Jacks and ended up sitting on the porch with no tv near by. It was kinda crowded and our waitress wasn’t really on point so it was somewhat of a loss as well. Then when you count the Duke loss to Carolina, the night really became a fail. Oh well, you can’t win them all!

Sunday was going to be my DIY day. I had lots of painting to do which required being outside. With the rainy forecast, I took a pass on the paiting and ended up just watching movies, doing laundry, and some cleaning. A loss on the DIY front but a win on the clean house front!

My new bookshelves got delivered today and I’m still waiting on my clock to show up. So, hopefully tonight, I will be able to at least put the shelves together and then get going on some other things! Maybe even some painting if the weather holds out long enough for it to dry. I’m itching to try out my new paint color on my frames! Fingers crossed for a win today.

How was your weekend? Major win or major loss?

So, as the new house begins to feel like home, there are a few DIY’s I have on my list. So, far they are all doable. But finding time is going to be my only problem. I’m hoping to accomplish one per month. Here’s my plan…

1. The Quatrefoil Mirror – this weekend, for sure! I’m planning on taping off and painting this mirror a lovely shade of brushed silver. It will be on the wall by Sunday. Mark my words!

2. No-Sew Tie-Up Curtians – possibly by March. I want to pick out a new comfortor or duvet for my room before I do this one. With 2 short windows in my room which let in A LOT of light, I need some easy black-out curtians that will also pull the room together.  I think some tie-up shades will work just fine!

3. Coffee Table Turned Bench – by April. My coffee table is just worn down. It needs either a face lift or a repurposed place. So once there is a replacement,  a repurpose it will get! It’s the perfect size for a bench and I think it would be great to use as extra seating when we have guests over. I found this lovely DIY that I think will be genious!

4. Side Table Rehab – by May. My little side table which holds my lamp, is a little too short when it comes to the sectional sofa. So, I’m considering adding a little height to it and adding some padding and a faux leather much like the bench to create the illusion that it’s taller than it really is. More brainstorming to be done on this one…

5. Artwork for Above Bed – by June. Something needs to go on that wall but I’m just not sure what yet. So, until then, I’ll just gather ideas. I’m leaning towards a collage of photos in frames and some DIY canvas pieces. Plenty of time to brainstorm this one.

What’s on your DIY Wishlist?

I’ve seen so many variations of this necklace that I thought I would set out and try it myself. They turned out really good and I gave them to at least 10 friends as gifts this year!

I want to go ahead and apologize for the fact that I took all these pictures while sitting in the floor of my room over Christmas. So I apologize for the carpet backdrop.

First, you want to start with picking your fabrics. I really like to choose colorful fabrics that I think will look interesting after being twisted into the rosettes. I also like to use a coordinating solid to add some variety to the necklace. A little tip to add is look for large 18×18 inch quilting squares at your fabric store or Walmart for this project. At Walmart, they are only a $1 each and come in TONS of different patterns and colors. The solid fabric I got from Hobby Lobby in the”bargain bin” as I call it. They were super cheap to at under $2.

So, choose your fabrics, pick out some coordinating ribbon, some matching thread, and a needle. You might also want to go ahead and plug that glue gun in for later.

Start by cutting (or ripping) your fabric into long strips. These strips below are 18 inches long by about 3 inches wide but no need to be precise.

You also want to go ahead and thread your needle. Once you have your rosette made, you won’t exactly be able to put it down to thread your needle later. Learned that one the hard way!

Ok, so to start your rosette, you want to fold your strip long ways to make about a half inch wide tube of fabric.

Next, take one end and roll it around a few times to make the center of your rosette. I usually go for about 4 or 5 circles in the middle.

Then, you just want to start rolling and twisting the fabric around your center creating a swirl pattern. Continue to twist and swirl keeping the center tight. Don’t worry if you lose it a few times. Just keep twisting and wrapping it around until you get to the desired size you want.

Once you get to the size you want, take the extra flap of fabric and tuck it around to the back side of the rosette.

Front view:

Back view:

Now that you have it the size you want, take your needle and start by going straight through the center of the rosette. Go back through hiding your stitches in the folds and creases as much as possible. Go through the curves at angles attching them to each other and making them more and more secure with each stitch. Some people prefer to use the hot glue for this step but I find that the thread holds better with less chance of showing in the final products.

Follow these steps to complete as many rosettes as you want to include in your necklace. For this particular necklace, I used 4. Arrange them how you want them on the necklace.

And then flip them over so that you see the back flaps. Make sure to invert the arrangement you made so that when you flip it back over it will look like your original arrangement.

Take the ribbon you are using for your necklace and cut a few small pieces to attach the rosettes together. In this case, I used 3 to attach the top ones to the bottom ones and the bottom ones together. Use the hot glue to reinforce the rosettes.

Cut two long strips of ribbon and attach to the top 2 rosettes to make the necklace tie.

Next, you want to cut a piece of fabric wide enough for the rosettes to be glued to.

Take your hot glue gun and glue the fabric to the back of the rosettes so that it looks like this from the front when you are done.

Once the glue has cooled, take your scissors and cut off the extra fabric around the rosettes.  Glue down any loose edges of the fabric to add more support to the necklace.

 Tie a small knot at the top of the two ribbons. This will help it lay a little flatter once worn.

The final touch is to add a dab of glue in between the rosettes so that they are actually adhered to each other rather than just to the ribbon and the fabric. This will really make your necklace take form and keep it from being quite so flexible.

And there you have it!

Here are a few of the ones I made…

Hope yours turn out great! Happy DIYing!

After watching a few tutorials and looking at endless pictures of diaper cakes online, I decided to do my diaper cake my own way. I compiled bits and pieces of each one I saw to come up with my own method of making one. So here it goes…

List of supplies:

Diapers – I used 92 size 1 Pampers for my cake. You can choose whatever kind you want.
Rubberbands (large & small)
3-5 12 inch wooden dowels
1  3 foot dowel
Wide ribbon of your choice
Hot Glue Gun
Decorations of your choice (baby items, bows, etc.)
Base (cake base or cardboard cutout)

You start with the diapers. You roll them up and rubberband them around the middle to keep their shape. When you are finished, you end up with 92 rolled diapers about 4 inches long each.

Next up, you make your layers of the cake. I chose to do a 4 tier cake. You can make yours 3 or even 5 if you chose to use more diapers. You place them together and use a larger rubber band to hold them all together creating a circle. You can make your tiers any size you want but here is what mine ended up being…

first: 3 at first – I later added a 4th
Second: 10
Third: 29
Fourth: 50

I didn’t really aim for a certain number in each tier. I just added them until I got the shape I was looking for. I did leave a few “holes” in the third tier to add some personal touches later.

I also used some wodden dowels to keep my tiers together. Some of the tutorials I saw used baby bottles in the middle which is doable as well. But since I wanted to use all 92 diapers I bought, I chose to use dowels.

I chose to stack the bottom 2 and then poke the shorter dowels through in order to keep them centered. 

When all four tiers are assembled, use the tallest dowel to go through the center to keep it all together. Something else I did for esthetic purposes was to turn the diapers so that the cleanest side is showing out. You don’t really want the side where the diaper comes together to be showing. Turning them all to face the same way makes it look much cleaner in the end.

Now that it’s all together, the rest is just decorating!

First, I added some personal touches to even my third tier out. I found some cute little baby socks at Target for $1 a pair and also some little hats in the clearance section which I rolled up and added into the tier. Once I got them where I wanted them, I began with the ribbon.

I chose to use 4 different colors of ribbon since those were the main colors we used at the shower. I rolled it out and then cut a piece long enough to cover the rubber bands around each tier. I then hot glued the ribbon together in the back.

I also hot glued some little  bows which I made out of some white ribbon to the front of each ribbon.

Next,  I stacked my tiers on my base. Now, I mentioned before you can buy a cake base or make one out of cardboard. I decided to buy a base for a $1.99 at Party City. If I had some wrapping paper and some cardbaord, it would have been just as easy to make one to save some money. This base is 16 inches wide.

My most favorite part to add to the cake were these adorable animals I found at Hobby Lobby for 64 cents each! Since the baby’s room has an animal theme, when I saw them I knew they had to go on the cake. I hot glued some short wooden dowels to the backs of them and stuck them into the cake.

I also added some baby items like baby shampoo, baby powder, baby lotion, and baby oil in the bottom tier to add more personalization to the cake.

I then toped it off with a teathing ring.

At first I had trouble figuring out what to put on top of the cake, I saw a lot of people putting stuffed animals on them or a toy of some sort or even a little pair of shoes which I thought was really cute! But I decided to go with little Ryder’s initials. I also found these wooden letters at Hobby Lobby for 99 cents each and painted them a bright blue which I already had.

I hot glued them together and then to the top dowel coming out of the top. I snapped off the excess dowel once I got the letters where I wanted them.

I was really happy with the final product and it made a great decoration as well as gift for the gift table.

So, there you have it! A simple, cute gift idea for under $40! I highly recommend it for your next baby shower!!

Back in the day…

The Life List

* Ride in a hot air balloon *Have a meal with someone famous *Walk across the bridge at Grandfather Mountain *Visit Paris and go to the top of the Eiffel Tower *Adopt a rescue dog *Send my parents on a trip funded by only me *Walk/Run in the Cooper River Bridge Run (April 2007) *RUN the entire Cooper River 10K (3/27/2010) *Run a half marathon (aiming for 12/11/2010) *Watch an entire scary movie without hiding my eyes or screaming * Become a Blood Donor (2/5/2010) *Go horseback riding on an actual trail out west *See the Grand Canyon *Take a cross country road trip *Sing kareoke *Backpack around Europe *Visit New York during Christmas to see Rockefeller Center (12/6/2008) *Go on a cruise with my BOMBAYS *Pull the handle on a slot machine in Vegas *Swim with dolphins *Buy an outrageously expensive handbag just b/c I fell in love with it *Attend an awards show of some sort *Win a prize on the radio (Dec. 2007) *Go to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN *Fall in love and stay in love *Become a mom *Become the coolest aunt ever *Dance with my Dad *Learn to Hula Dance *Learn Italian and use it in Italy *Read the Bible cover to cover *Witness a miracle (All of 2009-the year of watching miracles happen) *Move to the beach for retirement *Volunteer regularly for a year *Buy a house and pay it off *Leave a $100 tip for a $10 meal *Go sailing on a sailboat *Learn to surf *Be completely swept off my feet *Go white water rafting with my family (6/3/2010) *Go parasailing *Tour the White House *Return to Haiti (4/3/2010)