Poofy Cheeks: February 2013

February 28, 2013

DIY Personalized Bow Holder

After having two boys I have really enjoyed having a girl around. It didn’t take long to realize that they are very different and girls require a lot more accessories. We have acquired so many headbands and hair clippies… and if we don’t have an accessory to match her outfits I am guilty of whipping one up! Then there is the dilemma of keeping them organized!

DIY Hair Bow Holder Tutorial

Back in 2007 when I first started selling online I used to make similar bow holders so I instantly knew we needed one for Delilah’s hair clips. They are fairly easy to make and cost about $8-$10.

You will need:

  • Wooden plaque
  • Acrylic paint
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Ribbon
  • Copy Machine (or printer with copier)
  • Sand paper
  • Staple gun
  • Shabby Flowers (optional)
  • Vinyl for name (optional)

To make my bow holder I first wanted to create a template so that I could cut my scrapbook paper to be the correct shape. Since I picked a plaque with a unique design (not just a circle or square) I put it on the copy machine and cut it out. Then I painted my plaque with acrylic paint.

DIY Hair Bow Holder Tutorial

DIY Hair Bow Holder Tutorial

Once the paint dried I used mod podge to apply the scrapbook paper.

DIY Hair Bow Holder Tutorial

DIY Hair Bow Holder Tutorial

Even though I made a template there were still some areas where the paper hung over the edge. Once the mod podge dried I took a small piece of sand paper and gently sanded the edges until the paper fell off.

DIY Hair Bow Holder Tutorial

To attach the ribbons for the bows I flipped over the plaque and used my staple gun to attach two ribbons. I also used a claw hook so that I could hang it, but if you don’t have one then you can just loop a small piece of ribbon and staple it on (just make sure it is centered!).

DIY Hair Bow Holder Tutorial

I used my Silhouette to cut out Delilah’s name and put that on the front.

DIY Hair Bow Holder Tutorial

To finish it off I used hot glue to attach shabby flowers to the ends of the ribbons.

DIY Hair Bow Holder Tutorial

DIY Hair Bow Holder Tutorial

I can’t wait to share some of the hair clip tutorials I have up my sleeve!

Enjoy,

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February 27, 2013

Living Room Details–Budget Redo

Did you see our living room before and after post I did yesterday? My favorite part of our living room has to be these picture ledges! I purchased the wood and took it to my dad along with the Ana White photo ledge plan. I {okay – my dad} followed her plan but we made two four foot ledges instead of one long eight foot ledge. Cost = $5 for the wood and I already had the stain, nails and screws.

I used frames that we already had and were collecting dust in our garage along with a few I purchased from Walmart (the cheap $3-$5 ones). The ‘love’ printable was free from Kiki Creates, the wine bottle was free from a local restaurant that saved them for me, and the ‘family’ canvas was made using vinyl and spray paint like I did HERE.

Living Room Details - Budget Room Redo Tips

Living Room Details - Budget Room Redo Tips

Living Room Details - Budget Room Redo Tips

I am still surprised by the impact this wall has each time I walk past.

Living Room Details - Budget Room Redo Tips

The trunk and Pepsi bin were thrifted. You can see the trunk redo HERE. The curtains were on clearance for $6 a panel at Target last month and I picked up the accent pillows on the couch from the Better Homes and Garden collection at Walmart.

Living Room Details - Budget Room Redo Tips

The dresser under out TV was a $7 Goodwill find (details here), the window above the cradle was a Craigslist find (details here), the small desk is an antique given to me by my dad that I refinished and the saw and mason jars above the TV were thrifted.

Living Room Details - Budget Room Redo Tips

Moral of the story – who says you have to break the bank to create a space you love? It might take a bit longer, but you can create a room on a budget if you just hold out for the perfect clearance or thrift find!

Enjoy,

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February 26, 2013

Living Room Redo Before & After | GE Reveal Light Bulbs

We moved into our house nearly seven months ago and spent the first week painting the entire house. The walls were builder white and had scuffs, pen marks and random marks all over. After painting we were so burnt out that we didn’t take on much more. We just wanted to get our things moved in and enjoy what was left of the summer. Spring is on the way though, and every spring I find myself with a never ending list of things I want to accomplish around my home. This year I have things like laundry room revamp, living room dĂ©cor, and dining room redo on the list. These are all BIG projects and since I partnered with GE and received coupons for GE light bulbs which I desperately needed for my living room I decided to take that project on first.  (All opinions posted about my GE Lighting experience are my own.)

The before pictures are from the day we got the keys to our house and the after were taken yesterday. Of course it has been painted and cleaned up since we moved our things in, but I just finished hanging and decorating the photo ledges, purchasing some new accent pillows, and changing out the lighting.

Living Room Before & After

Living Room Before & After

Living Room Before & After

Replacing the lighting might sound odd if the lights before were working but one thing that kept us from all hanging out together in the living room in the evenings was the lighting. The old light bulbs are on the left and the new ones are on the right. It is sort of hard to tell just how big of a difference the GE Reveal light bulbs make, but before we replaced the bulbs I couldn’t even read in the living room. It was so bad that when I tried to make hair ties on the couch I couldn’t tell what the colors were!  After a trip to Walmart to pick up a few last minute things and new bulbs the room finally came together! The boys and my husband often spend the evenings watching a show or playing video games together in the living room while I would work on orders for my shop in the bedroom. Since we have replaced the bulbs I have been able to hang out and work on orders from the couch while we all laugh and enjoy the extra family time!

Living Room Before & After| GE Reveal Lighting

Living Room Before & After| GE Reveal Lighting

Living Room Before & After| GE Reveal Lighting

Living Room Before & After| GE Reveal Lighting

I love our living room now! I just showed my husband the before and after pictures together and he was in shock at the drastic transformations we were able to make just by changing a few things. We didn’t have to do any major construction or buy any new furniture. As a matter of fact most of the decorations in our living room were thrifted, purchased on clearance or diy projects! Stop by tomorrow to see all of the details about our redo.

Enjoy,

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February 21, 2013

Mini Easter Basket Decoration

Oh how I love Easter – the pastel colors and the possibilities! This year I wanted to create cute little decorations that I could display on the shelves in my home. I am pleased with how easy and cute this mini baskets turned out!

Mini Easter Basket Decoration - Made in under 5 minutes!

Mini Easter Basket Decoration - Made in under 5 minutes!

I started out with a berry basket that I purchased from Bake It Pretty because it was the perfect container size and color! I filled it with Spanish moss and faux speckled eggs I found at T.J.Maxx. To top it off I added a mini pinwheel {mini pinwheel tutorial here} and a washi tape flag with ‘Egg Hunt’ on it. This seriously took me five minutes!

Mini Easter Basket Decoration - Made in under 5 minutes!

Mini Easter Basket Decoration - Made in under 5 minutes!

Mini Easter Basket Decoration - Made in under 5 minutes!

Mini Easter Basket Decoration - Made in under 5 minutes!

Enjoy,

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