Friday, April 13, 2012

Blog Roundup: Spring Renewal

So, I'm in a bit of a self-improvement mode lately, and I noticed that a lot of what I'm reading this week reflects that mentality. So, here are a few simple ways to upgrade, renew and recycle this week!

This first project is actually from an older post on Maryjanes and Galoshes, but was recently featured on Stylelist and I thought it was so cute I just had to share! Check out the super simple tutorial for this no-slip bookmark!

I can think of so many ways this can be customized- and would be a great gift for all the readers in your life!

This next project was just love at first sight, for sooo many reasons. Check out this awesome upcycled magazine wreath from Addicted 2 Decorating: one of the newest blogs I'm following!

Last but definitely not least: an easy privacy solution for those of us (un)lucky enough to have a giant bathroom window:

Check out this great privacy frosting film tutorial at Young House Love!

There you have it! What other projects are u taking on this spring?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Blog Roundup: What I'm Reading this Week

(Well... I meant to post this on Friday, but life got in the way... Sorry!)

I'm going to try and do one of these every week, to let you guys know about interesting or helpful posts from around the blogosphere. I read a lot of different blogs on a regular basis, and It's a great way to get inspiration for my own projects! This week, I've got a bit of spring fever, and I'm already starting on my list of warm-weather activities. After reading these posts, I think my list just got longer!

One thing I love about spring is spring cleaning (I know, call me crazy). How to Nest for Less has given me so much inspiration for tackling my most difficult cleaning task- organizing my daughter's room!


Can I just say I LOVE Centsational Girl's blog? (I also follow her on Pinterest!) Some of the projects she does are so simple, yet I never would have thought of it on my own! Case in point: I'm sure we all have stacks and stacks of half-full paint cans in our sheds/garages leftover from other projects (see before picture below.)

Well, you don't want to have to get rid of all that paint in case you need it for touch-ups or another project later. But there is still a better solution! Check out her result, then click the link for the how-to!


Now, another thing that SCREAMS spring to me is... Gardening! I plan on really kicking my green thumbs into gear this year. I want to be able to grow a lot of my own vegetables, and what better way to start than using scraps from vegetables you've already eaten that you would have otherwise thrown away? Stylelist calls it "zombie gardening." Take a look at some of their tips here!

Stay tuned for a more detailed post about organic gardening, as well as more of my picks from around the blogosphere! Happy reading!

Friday, April 6, 2012

It's Wedding Season!!

Well now that spring is pretty much upon us, It's about that time: wedding season! I'm feeling it more this year since a lot of my friends just recently got engaged. So I've been driving myself crazy thinking of unique gift ideas for each of them. I want something that's going to be special and memorable, but also affordable (I'm a single mom on a budget after all). Well, thanks to my good ol standbys Etsy and Pinterest, I came up with a great solution: I'm going to hand-paint them some wine glasses! It will be super simple and I can do a different design for each couple, so it will be both special and memorable. It is something they will be able to keep for years to come (especially since a few of them are going to be moving to different places after they tie the knot!)

So to get my creative juices flowing, I found a few examples being made by Etsy sellers, and I thought I would share them with you below:

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I'll be sure to post pics of my own personal creations once I've finished! Also, feel free to share any ideas/variations on this project in the comments!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Adventures of a Novice Scrapbooker - part 1

Lately I've been getting into scrapbooking. There's just something about being covered in glue and little bits of paper that makes one feel like they've accomplished something. (I tend to get pretty messy.)

So, I decided I would share what I've done so far and get some opinions. =]

The cover, elegant and simple

Baby girl's birth announcement and footprints

1st and 2nd birthdays

So there you have it! As you can see, I take a pretty simple approach. I like to let the photos speak for themselves. I'll be sure to post more pictures of the finished pages, and all feedback is appreciated!