Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hand-Lettered Sorted Landry Signs + Tutorial

Hello again :) I don't know about you, but it's been snowing all day where I am.  I am so ready for spring.  Honestly, I'd be perfectly happy if it was never snowy or cold again.

Anyways, I've been crafting all day and I now have a fun little tutorial for you!

So we've got one of those 3-sorter laundry basket things and my boyfriend, bless his little heart, can never seem to remember which is which. I thought it what a perfect opportunity to make some cute hand-lettered signs!

Aren't they adorable?!

 

So I'll be showing you how to make the "Colors" sign in this tutorial :)

Here's what you'll need
 a sign of some sort (mine are chalkboard signs from Target's dollar section), permanent chalk markers (also from Target), a regular lead pencil, a ruler, and a really good eraser.

Step 1
 Make a simple grid on your sign using the ruler and pencil. This makes it easy to keep your lettering even and aligned.

Step 2
Using your pencil, make the path that you want your lettering to follow 

Step 3
Add the lettering (also in pencil) - just simple lines for right now, you'll fill them out later. 

Step 4
Add your designs around the lettering using your pencil.  You can do whatever kind of design you want, but this is what mine looks like. 

Step 5
 Use your pencil to begin filling out the letters. It doesn't have to be perfect, that's the beauty of vintage-style lettering.

Step 6
Now you are ready to begin using the chalk marker! You can fill in either the letters or designs first, it doesn't really matter.  Try not to drag your hand over the spots you've just done because you could end up smudging them if they aren't quite dry yet.  Although, if you do make a mistake that's what the eraser is for.  You might have to rub pretty hard, but it'll come off.  If it doesn't, try moistening the board a little and then erasing while it's still wet.


Step 7
If you want to, you can probably just stop here. But if you want some color then...

 Step 8 (optional)
Pick up a couple colored permanent chalk markers while you're getting your supplies so you can fill in your letters with a bit of color
 

& viola! Now your boyfriend won't confuse the laundry baskets (or is that just my boyfriend?) ;p

Friday, February 27, 2015

Floral and Polka Dot Mani + Tutorial

HHello all! Today I'm sharing some of my brilliant nail art ;) And I'll even include a tutorial for one of the designs! 


Here you see my adorable mani. The pinks, the floral, the polkas - just makes me wanna wear a cute sundress 😊

Now, I know it seems complicated but this mani was actually one of my easiest creations! 

Here's the tutorial:



 Any kind of tape will do if you want that color block look like I've done here. And when making the flowers just dab. It's as easy as that! Some pink here, some white there and viola! Then add some green leaves and a top coat to finish things off. Just lovely! 

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

DIY Washi Tape Outlet Covers

Hello all :) Today I'd like to share a quick and easy little project that will immediately brighten up any room.  And all you need is washi tape and mod podge!



Grab your favorite color washi tape and arrange them on the outlet covers in a design like stripes, chevron, etc.

Not all of the covers need to have the same design. As long as you use the same colors they'll look great! (Think mix n' match)

Finish off with a layer of mod podge to seal the design in.  Don't worry about the pieces of tape that are sticking over the edges, once you put the covers in place those pieces will stay put where you want them. 

and viola! Such a simple and easy craft to instantly brighten up any room :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bedroom Organizing Ideas


Hello, there :) As my first post, I'll be sharing some easy and super effective bedroom organizing tips, tricks, and ideas (with pictures!)

If you have a bed too low for a side table, or you don't have enough room for one, or you just don't want on, then try this! Any magazine holder or basket will do (I got mine from Target in the dollar zone).  Nail or hook it to the wall and viola! Perfect storage for your cell phone, charger, TV remotes, water bottle, and (if you're like me) your burts bees chapstick that you cant be more than a foot away from ;p
This is how it looks from further back. Clean and cute!
As girls, we tend to accumulate a lot of clothes. It can get pretty difficult to keep them organized, especially if you're working with a particularly small closet! But I've found some easy tricks to keep things looking clean (for the most part anyway)
Try to use every bit of wasted space! Put your shoes on tall racks (got my 4-shelf rack from walmart) in the back of the closet to utilize more vertical space instead of floor space. Point the toes of the shoes out so that you can see what they are easily without having to rifle through.  Boots take up a bit more room and don't work so well on regular shoe racks.  I used a simple wire frame standing shelf (got mine from the kitchen section at walmart, believe it or not) for my boots.  That way, they're neatly stacked and the shelf frees up some floor space for more storage that would otherwise be wasted.

 If you have a smaller dresser or shelving unit like I do, that will work well for the back of the closet too! It utilizes the wall space that would otherwise be wasted. Use drawers or just stack stuff on the shelves like I did with my sweatshirts. Only hang the clothes that need it because folded clothes take up less space than hanging ones. Also, organize your hanging clothes by colors so that things are easier to find, like I did with my tank tops and dresses on the right.

These nifty baskets (Target $1) are perfect for separating my workout clothes! Tank tops in one, Tees in another, shorts, long pants, and sports bras. You could label them too, but I color coordinated them instead (tops in blue baskets, bottoms in black).  The best part is that up to 4 baskets barely fit in one cubby so I can pull out exactly what I'm looking for without having to rifle through a whole stack.