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

Pallet Board Christmas Trees

Hey guys!  Thanks for stopping by!  Today I am going to share with you another quick, easy, and free pallet project.  Christmas is only two weeks away and I am NOT ready!  We don’t have a tree up, we have barely any decorations out, and guess how many presents I have purchased.  Zero!  Big fat goose egg, folks.  I seriously need to get my rear into gear.  Buuuut, I do have these adorable pallet trees on display and I’m loving them!  I also love that they were free and crazy easy to make.  Aren’t they adorable?

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I didn’t even use a measuring tape.  I’ll give you guys the measurements of my finished trees but really you can just do whatever you like.  I cut my tops of my trees and then decided on the size of the middle board from that.  Followed by the bottom.  The short sides of the middle and bottom boards are pretty close to the length of the long side on the board above.  Pretty confusing, huh?  Let’s try to simplifiy haha.  The long side of the top=the short side of the middle.  The long side of the middle=the short side of the bottom.  Here are the sizes of mine.  All the measurements are the long side and they are cut at a 45° angle.

Large Tree                                                      Small Tree

Top-6.5″                                                         Top-4.75″

Middle-14″                                                    Middle-11″

Bottom-21″                                                   Bottom-16.5″

Back Board-14.5″                                        Back-11.25″

Once I had my boards cut I sanded them very lightly.  To put them together I just used glue and my nail gun.

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All finished up!  These are so easy and look great!  I made 4 in about 30 minutes.  If you have some pallets laying around you should definitely whip some of these up.  They would even make a cute gift for someone!  And if you are looking for some other ideas for pallets check out my other pallet projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss a post and feel free to Pin my projects!  Have a great day!!

 

~Steph

Summer Series–Cardboard Box “TV”

Hey friends!!  Do you follow me on Instagram?  If you do, you probably saw the picture I posted of my kiddos coloring a box last night.  The other day one of my daughters told me she wanted to be on TV and she even came up with a way to make it happen.  Smart kid, I tell ya!  She’s super creative and I pretty much always love her ideas.  So, she said, “Why don’t we get a box, color it like a tv, and pretend we are on tv?”  Well kid, I think that’s genius!  So we went to Walmart and got a moving box for $3.77.  This is the link for the one we bought.

When we got the box home we had to do a little “TV” prep work to do.  After taping up the ends, we painted the whole box white.  Ours was brown with green pictures and lettering all over it.  Once it was painted we got out a big scrapbook and traced it onto the side so we had a guide for cutting out our “screen”.  Once the screen is cut out cut a little door in the back and let the kids go crazy decorating that bad boy!

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Now that it’s beautifully customized, hop in!

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Now the only thing left to do is get an audience…

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Since they are watching this amazing TV show at home it’s okay to have crazy swimming hair like the cute chick in the audience!

And there you have it, folks!  Thanks to a very creative little girl we now have a fun project for under $4!  It’s almost like a few projects rolled into one.  Painting-check.  Coloring-check.  Becoming a tv star at only 4 and 7 years old-check!  Now, I’m off to think of some other fun things to do with a box.

Before I go, don’t forget to check out our preview Summer Series posts!
“Frozen” Glitter Gak
2-Ingredient No Bake Clay

~Steph

Big Girl Art

Hey guys!!  Wanna know a secret?  Okay, so it’s really not a secret but it is exciting!  I have joined the Silhouette world!  That’s right…I finally got my hands on a Silhouette and I am IN LOVE!!  If you don’t have one go get one right now.  I’ll wait!

Okay, are you  back?  Good.  Now let’s put that bad boy to use and make some adorable little girl art.  You guys know I have been working on a big girl room.  I repainted this beautiful dresser, hung up some pretty sheer white curtains, bought the bedding, and their mattresses will be here in a few days.  Still on my to do list is build the beds, paint the walls, and get up some art.  Well I got a nice little start on their art in the last couple of weeks.  I would like to do a few more things but I’m not sure what yet.  But, in the mean time I think it’s looking pretty cute!

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And no, I haven’t painted yet.  The awesome flames are still there.  I just edited them out so I could see what it will look like once they’re gone haha.

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I love how all of these came out and the best part is that it was ridiculously inexpensive!  I mostly used things I already had.  This was a plain wooden picture frame that I got from a hobby store years ago and decoupaged some pretty scrapbook paper onto.  Look at those little dolls!  Aren’t they just the cutest?!
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The alphabet was made using PicMonkey.  I just started with a cute background and used the “backspacer” font to type out the ABC’s.  I made the letters gray and then changed the A to purple and the I to pink so my girls initials were both done in their favorite color.  I just printed it onto white card stock.  And I didn’t do some weird photo shop trickery to the frame.  It’s just really warped haha

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The butterflies were made with the Silhouette.   I found a butterfly I liked in the Silhouette store then duplicated it and made the duplicate a little larger.  Then I cut them out on two different kinds of paper and glued them together.  Once they were finished I glued them onto the gray chevron paper and stuck some little brads through for decoration.  Then you just fold out the wings to make it 3 dimensional.  So easy!

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The last one is my favorite!  I did this with the Silhouette as well.  I found some cute dress shapes I liked and bought them from the Silhouette store.  I cut out the same dress on 3 different pieces of paper.  The next part was ridiculously easy, and probably free if you’re a coffee drinker!  I took a coffee filter and cut it into quarters.  I used my glue pen and glued one quarter of a coffee filter onto each dress.

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I used some pretty scrapbook paper, glued some twine onto it, glued some really cute clothespins onto that, and then hung the dresses.  I love it and so do my girls!  The best part was I had all of this stuff already so it was free to me but even if you had to buy everything it would still be really inexpensive!

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Here’s a picture from a different angle so you can see how the dresses fluff up

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So far I’m very happy with the progress!  Don’t forget to follow me and if you like any of this I have added a handy little Pin feature so you can pin things straight from the picture!  You know you wanna 😉

Do you have a Silhouette?  If you had made any Silhouette project lately I would love to see them!!  Hope y’all have a great day!

~Steph