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Bleach Pen Tee

January 23, 2013

My little niece is 2 years old and I thought it would be fun to make her a bleach tee. I saw this pin from Plum Adorable and decided to give it a try.

shirt before

I kept my plan simpler and just used masking tape to make two straight lines. [Don’t forget to put a piece of cardboard or magazine in between the shirt]

shirt during

I wanted to use what I had on hand, and I did not have a bleach pen, so I just dipped a paper towel into a bowl of bleach and dabbed it in between the lines. Be careful not to use too much or it will bleed through during washing.

I let the shirt sit and dry before throwing it in the washer for a cycle. I wanted to make sure it did not damage any of her other clothing.

And here was the end result.

shirt after

I love the way it looks almost tie dye. This was a simple project that really stepped up this $5 tee.


String Art

January 16, 2013

love close up


After seeing this pin from Que Linda I knew it would be a perfect gift for my little sister. She recently moved out on her own and is looking for ways to personalize her new rental.

love from bottom

This project cost be just over $5 and was done in one day. Perfect project!

To get started, I bought a cheap piece of poppler from the home improvement store and stained it with concentrated coffee. Then I printed out the word Love on an 8×10.5 piece of paper and cut out the letters, taped them down and hammered nails along the edge. I then removed the paper and outlined the word with white string. Once the outline was complete I went back and zig zagged through each letter. And that was it!

love sign

I love the way this  project turned out so much that I am determined to make one for myself.

Candy Cane Vodka

January 9, 2013

After making homemade hot chocolate I thought a fun way to make this treat grown up was with peppermint vodka.
I found a pin for the idea from Scary Mommy.
candy cane vodka

I always hold on to old jelly, pasta sauce and condiment jars to use again. For this project I spray painted the lid gold for a festive touch and added a label printed on sicker paper. Then I filled the jar with 3 small candy canes, added vodka to the top and let it sit for 24 hours. This was such a fun treat to give and to receive.

Peace On Earth

January 2, 2013

Happy New Year! I can not believe it is 2013… just crazy. 2012 flew past me in the blink of an eye. Speaking of last year, I have a few Christmas crafts I still would like to share.

First up is this simple Peace On Earth ornament. L’s godmother loves peace signs so when I saw this one in the $1 bin at target I had to grab it.

peace on earth

I just cut out a simple banner and using my rubber alphabet stamps I wrote out ‘on earth’. Then I hot glued it to the peace sign and hung it on the tree [of course I had to make one for myself… they were only $1]

peace on earth tree

The gift was a hit and L loves to point to ours on the tree too. So what do you think? Do you need a little peace on earth in your home?

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2012

from my family to yours.

holiday card 2

Oh Stary Night

November 30, 2012

A couple of days ago I pinned this giant yard stick star from Little Bit Funky. A few hours later my good friend sends me a text saying she is at the hardware store buying the supplies. Don’t you love that about pinterest?! The best part is she made me one too!

star day

My friend followed the step by step tutorial in the original post and painted the star black and then white. Once she dropped it off I beat mine up a bit. Adding grey and gold spray paint and rubbing it with a wire brush to distress it.

star detail 2
Then I wrapped my star with left over twinkle lights from last holiday season. [Gotta love a free project!]

star detail

And turned out the lights and enjoyed my new holiday decor.

star night

Today I am Thankful4 #22

November 22, 2012

Today I am thankful for…

my sweet girl.

This photo of her hugging her lamb makes my heart melt.

And that wraps up this “Today I am Thankful4” series. Thanks for following along!