Maker Wednesdays–Loren Miller

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Happy hump day!  Guys, have I got a good one for you today!  One of my favorite and most beeeeautiful friends, Loren Miller, is here with us today to share a great inexpensive DIY.  If you don’t know her already (GASP!!!) please please head over to her Instagram and start stalking, I mean following, her!  She is so amazing!  Now that I’ve gone on and on about her lets get onto the post so I can prove my point about how awesome and gorgeous she is haha.

Loren Miller – DIY Potted Moss Trees
I’m a wifey of 8 years to my handsome hubby, and a momma to our three kiddos. I am an esthetician and makeup artist who took up DIY-ing/home decor after switching careers to a full time stay at home mom. I had to get creative due to an expensive taste and money conservative husband. 🙂 I am also a writer for Society Letters, Contributor to Everything Home Magazine, and I have my own Etsy shop: Mydearlittlethings
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I was so excited when Steph asked me to be a guest blogger for her. Although I must admit I was feeling rather stumped. It was just another Monday and I was just consuming my 5th pot, er cup of coffee. I had just finished getting myself and my three young kids ready, and for all you mamas out there, you know what an accomplishment that is! We live in the city and we are a one car family. Mondays are my days for the car, so I plan my week accordingly. I go to grab the keys and they aren’t there. I don’t freak out too much because they are probably just hanging by the other door. Strike two. My phone buzzes and it’s my hubby – he took the car keys instead of his office keys. I may or may not have had a moment of silence for what would have been my glorious Monday. I had this idea of strolling through Marshall’s and Target picking out new kitchen decor. But my husband doesn’t need to know that!
Alas, my broken heart needed to figure out a plan B. So I decided to make the most out of my day, and DIY my own moss trees. I love shopping at home, and though it isn’t quite the same, sometimes it’s even better! I grabbed whatever I could find, and the beauty of this DIY is that I finished it in under 30 minutes. Most of these things can be found at the dollar store, or even outside.  
Let’s get to it!
Supplies: 
• Twigs, or sticks – whatever you prefer 
• Styrofoam balls, or decor balls 
• Moss ( I got mine from the dollar store )
• Glue gun and glue 
• Pots 
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Step 1:
Take your ball form, put glue all over it. I used a lower heat for my glue so it wouldn’t burn my fingers. Moss tends to be messy anyway so I poured it on the counter, and rolled the glue covered ball around in the moss. Do this until it is covered. 
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Step 2: 
Put your twig and or stuck inside the ball. 
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Step 3: 
Secure your twig and ball into your pot. 
I used moss and glue as well as Buckeyes. You could use rocks, more styrofoam etc. whatever you have on hand. 
 Step 4:
Step back and enjoy! 
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 I made three of these, but I can totally see myself making more of these in different sizes in the future. I think a moss tree forest sounds magical don’t you? There are many ways this could be adapted, and I hope you have fun with whatever way you go about making yours! They are a perfect spring accent with just the right touch of green. 
See?!?!  I told you she was cool!  I think I will be making some of the moss trees very soon!  Thanks so much, Lo!!  Remember to go follow Loren on Instagram and myself and subscribe so you never miss any of the goodness happening around here!  Come back tomorrow another great DIY and as always we have an amazing giveaway that I will be announcing on Friday.  Thanks for stopping by!
~Steph

Tabletop Chalkboard

Hey peeps!!  After not posting for the entire month of April I am FINALLY back today with a post.  Woot woot!  Today I’m showing you guys a quick project that adds tons of charm to your home.  It’s a little tabletop chalkboard that you can easily switch up for any occasion.

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Right now I have mine on my entry table but I think it would be so adorable used at a party!  Maybe make a few of them to place on different tables.  They would look especially fantastic at one of those gorgeous outdoor Pinterest perfect type weddings!  Someone should get on that and send me some pictures afterwards ;).  They also make pretty good gifts!  My niece just turned 11 and she’s a crafty little thing so I thought she would enjoy one.  I painted hers yellow and wrote Happy Birthday and drew some cute little balloons and boom!  A present you don’t need to wrap haha.  And if you’re anything like me…make sure you forget to take pictures.  Doh!

This all started one day while I was bored during nap time and had the building itch.  What’s a girl to do when she has the building itch?  Go to her Pinterest board of course!  BTW, if you don’t follow me on Pinterest, you really should.  Not to brag but I pin all the best stuff haha.  Anywho, back to the topic at hand!  I saw this darling chalkboard calling my name.  You can check out the original post here.  And since I’m way more “builder” than “creator” mine looks pretty much just like hers.  Just smaller!  Since I’m selling these on my Etsy I decided to build mine smaller so I can ship it for a more reasonable rate.  Mine is 11.5×18.5″.  I think it’s the perfect size for my table so I’m definitely happy!

So let’s get to building this bad boy!  First, you will make the frame.  The frame consists of 4 pieces of wood.  The top, two sides, and the bottom.  I cut the top piece and the tops of the legs at 45°.  When I built this one I just used glue and my nail gun to put the whole thing together.  The second one I built I used pocket holes for the bottom piece.

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Make two of these and you’re almost done!  I had some scrap plywood that I cut to fit then took everything inside and stained the frame and painted the plywood.  I painted the plywood front and back with Disney Chalkboard paint.  Once it was all dried I nailed the plywood pieces onto the frames and used some small hinges I bought from Walmart and attached them.

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Now have fun decorating them!  If you have little ones like I do than you probably have some chalk laying around.  Have fun making it cute!  The best part is this is double sided so you can decorate both sides and just turn it around when ever you need a change!  Right now mine has this cute Hello Friends design going on.

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And I know Easter is over but just for fun this is what it looked like before Easter.

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Who doesn’t love Peeps?  I have a slight obsession love of them.  But only after they have sat out for a couple of days.  Mmmmm!  So what have you guys been working on lately?  I have a few more things to share with you guys in the near future and I’m trying to come up with some sort of plan to help me blog more consistently.  I’ll keep you guys posted!  Thanks for stopping by and feel free to Pin the crap out of my stuff haha!

~Steph

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Dream Big

Hey friends!!  So I have an adorable little project that I LOOOOVE!  So I’m a sucker for color…and grey.  So this project was perfect.  It’s quick and easy and would look so cute in a kiddo’s room or even out in the living room.  And the best part of DIY?  Change it up to whatever colors you love!

So I had some scrap lumber in my garage that I didn’t know what to do with so I decided to make some signs.  For this one I started by painting it white.

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Once the white was dry I raided my paint boxes.  I used 7 different colors of paint for this part.  It’s a good way to use some of the paints that you buy because they are pretty with no particular project in mind!  I started by doing all of the reds/pinks/purples.  I didn’t care if these ones blended together.

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When that was all dry I went back in with the blues and greens.  This takes no skill at all people!  Just do random swipes here and there until you think it’s pretty.  Then you are done haha.  I actually think I love it just like this but I went a step further.

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I cut out “dream big” on vinyl with my Silhouette.  I put it down on my sign then went over it with a pretty grey.  I distressed it a little when it was all dry but I got a little crazy so I just went back and put some more grey on and called it good!

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What do you guy’s think?  I also think it would look awesome in an office or craft room.  And this little beauty, along with 5 other signs, are up for auction over on my Facebook page right now!  If you don’t follow me please go do it!  If you don’t feel like doing this yourself you have a chance to snag it there!  Yay!!

Thanks for stopping by guys and remember I love pins 😉 and please go visit me on Facebook!

~Steph

Spray Paint and Fabric Picture Frame Makeover

Hey friends!  Want a quick and easy project this weekend that makes a big difference?  I want to show you guys some frames that I spray painted to fill some space in my bookcase!  This project is so easy and super cheap.  I had everything on hand except for the fabric so I ended up spending about a buck on this project.  I’d say that’s a buck well spent folks!

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So we have a big Ikea bookcase that is in between our front door and living room.  It is really big and I had nothing else left to decorate it with so I pulled out 3 frames I had hanging up in my daughters’ nursery when they were babies.

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They looked cute in their room but in the bookcase not so much.  But it’s okay.  Spray paint and fabric came to my rescue!!  I went to Walmart and found a fat quarter that was $0.98!  Super cheap and it matched the stuff in my living room much better than the red flowers!  It was a really easy project.  I just popped the old stuff and glass out and went out back and sprayed them.  I just did a few light coats of paint.  While the paint dried I cut card stock to fit in the frames.

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Next just sit your cut card stock onto your fabric, trace, and cut.  Then you can use some spray glue to attach the fabric to the card stock.  This is what I use…

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Put it all back in the frames once they dry and your done.  Easy peasy!  Looks much better now.

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I don’t really care for the bookcase there but I don’t have anywhere else to put it.  I am looking for a dresser or buffet that I can paint and put in it’s spot but for now it’ll do!  Once I find something better this big ‘ol thing is getting tossed out.  It had an accident during our move.  A big accident!  Luckily the books on top of it are able to cover the problem but it’s days are numbered people!  The pretty frames make me like it a little more though 🙂

Well guys hope you all have a great weekend!  Now go get your spray paint on!!

~Steph

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Beautiful Photo Blocks

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Good morning!  I’m back again this morning to show you one of my favorite things to make.  Look at these beauties…

These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own.

Aren’t they gorgeous!!  This is a set I recently made for a customer and I am just so happy with how they came out.  But when you have pictures like that, can they really come out bad?  I have done probably 10 sets of these and this set is by far my favorite!  I usually do them in sepia.

These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own.

Don’t get me wrong I still love this, especially those adorable kiddos in the pictures, but I really love them in color. I think I may just have to get busy making some more 🙂

Now let’s show you guys how to make some of your own!  I started off with a 1×8 board and cut it down to 7.25″ pieces.  The day I made these ones I also made another set as a gift but since I haven’t given them to their new owner yet I can’t show you guys those ones!  Once they are cut just sand the edges down and you’re ready to work!

These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own.

I use an espresso stain to stain the backs, sides, and just a little bit of the front.  Just wipe the stain on and a few minutes later wipe off any excess stain with a paper towel.

These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own. These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own. These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own.

Once they are dry it’s time to put your pictures on.  I just print my pictures from the printer at home onto white card stock.  Once they are printed I put the blocks over top of the pictures and trace out where to cut.  Brush Modge Podge on to glue your pictures down.

Do your pictures a little at a time.  Brush on some glue, smooth out that part of the picture, brush on more glue, smooth out more of the picture, and so on.

These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own. These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own.

Once they are all finished you can spray them if you want.  I just use a craft sealer that I got at Michael’s a long time ago.  Now put some picture hangers on the back and hang up your handy work!

These are a perfect inexpensive gift!  Christmas is coming up so why not get a jump on your gift list??  These are inexpensive and so sweet!  Who doesn’t love a beautiful new way to display some of their favorite pictures.  And the best part is you can do these whatever size you want.  If you are giving them as a gift just tie a pretty ribbon on and you have a very special present for someone!

These beautiful photo blocks are inexpensive and easy and make perfect gifts! Get the tutorial to DIY a set of your own.

Hope you guys all have a great day and get to make something pretty today!  Maybe these sweet little blocks 🙂

~Steph

Linking up at TheGrantLife, CraftDictator, TheDIYDreamer, and HouseofHepworths