Paper Wall Art – 8 Paper Pretties

paper wall art

When in the course of human events you realize there exist women who can create extraordinary wall art from paper, you stare at yourself hard in the mirror and ask of the universe, “Why? Why can’t I be the kind of creature who creates truly incredible paper wall art in my spare time?”

And the universe answers, “Because you are too busy eating Nutella from the jar with your hands.” You heard it here first, kids… the universe can be cruel.

8 Paper Wall Art Pretties You Can Make!

paper wall art

1. Karen at Tibble Fork says she asked everyone she knew to give her their toilet paper rolls so she could create this 4′ paper wall art beauty to hang over her door.  Hear me now and believe me later… this is NOT how it would look if I did it.

paper wall art
via Tibble Fork

2. And while we’re at it, feast your eyes upon another toilet roll chunk of paper wall art fabulousness. Suzy of Suzy’s Sitcom saw a beautiful rustic iron gate and was like, “Yeah. I can make something that looks exactly like that… except with toilet paper rolls.”

How does such an idea even form?

paper wall art
via Suzy’s Sitcom

3. Blogger Deb whipped up this paper wall art with some Mod Podge and some wine. Okay, so maybe there was a little more to it than that. But, once I saw I could craft with two of my favorite things – Mod Podge and wine – I stopped reading.

Paper wall art
via indiapiedaterre.com

4. Paper butterflies by Rebecca J. Coles. I want them. Oh yes, I do.

paper wall art
via Rebecca J. Coles

Keep clicking, my friendo. So much more paper wall art sexiness…

How to Make Gel Ice Packs

How to make water and alcohol gel ice packs

When my son was running track and playing football in high school, I needed an ice pack every week. I liked using the gel ice packs because they were flexible, but they certainly weren’t cheap. Recently, and about one year too late, I learned how to make the same gel ice packs using water and alcohol.

You cannot believe how easy it is to make these soft gel ice packs… and how inexpensive it is.

For each gel ice pack you want to make, you’ll need:

  • 2 Ziploc bags
  • equal parts water and alcohol

make get ice packs

 

Simply pour the water and alcohol into a Ziploc, get rid of as much excess air as you can, and drop that baggie into a 2nd Ziploc bag. I’ve found the more air you can get out of the bags, the easier the gel ice pack is to use.

That’s it! Can you even believe it? I’ll never buy another gel ice pack in my life. 🙂

How to make water and alcohol gel ice packs

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8 Easy & Mega-Cute Garden Crafts

garden crafts

I have a beautiful garden filled with absolutely darling garden crafts I’ve made myself. The problem is my garden and all those garden crafts exist only in my mind. That’s right, kids. Every year I plant an imaginary garden and spend hours and hours creating crafts for it that belong on the cover of Most Beautiful Garden Crafts in The History of Ever magazine.

But, this year I’m swearing on all that is good and decent that I am actually going to make some crafts for my garden and put them in an actual garden that I will actually create.

It could happen. But, probably it won’t.

Garden Crafts I’m Mad For

 

Garden Crafts

 

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When I saw this outdoor chandelier made from a bird cage, I flipped. It’s one of the coolest garden crafts I’ve ever put my eyeballs on. I was all, “THIS CRAFTY PERSON SHOULD BE PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD!” But, then I saw the name of the blog…“Anyone Can Decorate.”

No. No they cannot, pretty crafty lady. If you saw my bedroom right now, you’d know you’re perpetrating a bloggy lie. 🙂

garden crafts
via Anyone Can Decorate

This little garden craft makes me think of my grandmonkey. I’d bet he’d love to plant something in a juice box. Love the idea!

garden crafts
via About.com

This is FABULOSITY! I could not believe how simple it is to make these moss letters, words, or numbers. Nice going, House & Home. 

garden crafts
via House & Home

Don’t stop now. I’ve found more garden crafts you’re gonna dig. Pun totally intended … and awesome.

5 Lovely Ways to Turn a Closet Into an Office

Turned closet into office

I want to turn a closet into an office. I have wanted my own Momcaster office space for a long time, and I do have the perfect closet to turn into an office, so why not?

People who are smarter than me, (and probably prettier, skinnier and with less ex-husbands) know how to turn a closet into an office. Isn’t that crazy??? I car barely turn tap water into boiling water.

These closet offices make the freshest, most wonderful little spaces. I can’t wait for you to see them. But more than that, I can’t wait for you to feel completely inadequate as a do-it-yourself type woman…just like me.

I’m in mad love with this former closet – now office featured on Apartment Therapy. Who wouldn’t love this? It’s like sunshine drops and unicorn poo.

Turned closet into office
via Apartment Therapy

From Sew Dang Cute Crafts, this closet into an office is precious. Don’t you love this little office space? Don’t you want to buy it a pony or give it hugs or something?

 

A closet turned into an office
via Sew Dang Cute Crafts

I love that My Home Ideas uses words like “simply remove the rod” and “add a floating shelf” to make me believe I can actually turn a closet into an office. Later tonight, I’m going to use that same kind of Jedi mind control to convince my man he can “simply buy me some jewelry.”

Office turned into a closet
via My Home Ideas

Apparently Country Living picked up on the research My Home Ideas is doing in the field of coercing ordinary citizens into thinking they can turn their closets into an office.  They make me believe I could have a cute closet office in four minutes – faster if I take my Flinstone Chewable Testosterone pills first.

“With a little time and a few low cost finds,” they say.

Oh Country Living. I love that you believe in me.

closet office space
via Country Living

Then there’s this closet into an office example from Lowe’s.

“What am I doing? Oh nothing. Just sitting in my closet relaxing after a hard day of filing necessary things under “B-C” for brillianty crafty.

“And by the way, Marge, I think I’m better than you because I’m the kind of person who puts flowers in a cup in my sexy closet/office.”

Closet Home Office
via Lowe’s Creative Ideas

I’d love to write more for you tonight, but you’ll be delighted to know I’m off to turn one of my kitchen cupboards into a rumpus room.

Photos to follow.

And not for nothing, if you loved turning a closet into an office, you’re totally going to dig learning how to make your own knobs and door pulls. I know this about you.

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Starting an Indoor Garden

how to grow spinach indoors

Starting an indoor garden sounds so lovely to me. Even though I don’t have a green thumb, these brilliant blog posts from smarty garden bloggers makes me believe I really could start an indoor garden.

I love tomatoes something awful. There is just nothing better than a fresh tomato, and whatever those orange-red things they sell in the store are, they surely do not taste like tomatoes. That’s why I love the Inside Urban Green tutorial on starting tomato plants indoors using pop bottles. Very cool.

grow vegetables indoors
via Inside Urban Green

Quick Gardens grows lettuce indoors in self-watering pots. Brilliant! I love the idea of having lettuce in my living room. I have no idea why. Maybe because I didn’t get enough green leafy vegetation as a child.

grow lettuce indoors
via Quick Gardens

I enjoy homemade lemon pie and homemade lemonade. It’s my experience that people who do not enjoy those things are possibly undercover operatives from a suspicious country of origin. Glue & Glitter is growing a Meyer Lemon Tree in her house. That’s how I know she’s a good American. (PS: I want this. Very much.)

grow Meyer lemons inside

 

Look at this photo and tell me when growing spinach has ever looked so sexy. First a Dream managed to turn spinach into home decor. Even Popeye couldn’t pull that off.

how to grow spinach indoors
via First a Dream

Obviously First a Dream makes me jealous because here’s another indoor gardening trick she pulls that delights me. She shows us how to grow sprouts indoors. Now listen, I’m going to admit to you I love sprouts. But since that awful outbreak of illness some years ago, I’ve been what toddlers know as “askeerd” to eat them as often. She turns a Mason Jar into sprout central and I love her for it.

grow sprouts indoors
via First a Dream

If this post made you feel better for 7 seconds or more, please show me some Pin love or a little Facebook like. My overlords will put a little something extra in my pretend paycheck if you do. 🙂

 

 

5 DIY Lights You’ll Lust Over

DIY lights

I’m always drawn to lights. Anyone can plug in a boring lamp, but when I see lights that look a little different, or are made from something unique, I get super excited. I’m never great at DIY anything. I can admit that to you because you’re my BFF blog reader. However, these DIY lights are kind of easy to make – which I believe means there is hope for me yet.

1. This hanging umbrella light from Instructables is a DIY project that doesn’t require any hard-wiring.

DIY hanging umbrella light
via Instructables

 

2. Perfect in a rustic living room or den, this tumbleweed chandelier light looks pretty easy to make.

Make a DIY light from tumbleweed
via Instructables

3. This cloud-like ceiling light is adorable. Felt sheets are the trick to this DIY light from Casa Sugar.

DIY ceiling cloud light
via Casa Sugar

4. Kara Paslay Designs created another DIY cloud light for only $17 and lots of coffee filters. I just absolutely love it.

Make a cloud light
via Kara Paslay Designs

5. Cherry Blossom Lights? Oh yes! These are precious and I imagine they’d be perfect in a bedroom. From Instructables, they are inexpensive and made from things found at the Dollar Store.

make cherry blossom lights
via Instructables

If you share this post with someone you like, rest assured I am mentally thanking you. If you share it with someone you hate, I am mentally in awe of you.

 

8 Incredibly Unique Lights

When I see things that light up that have no business lighting up, I get inexplicably excited. Anyone can buy a lamp. It takes someone special to make incredibly unique lights using your super craft talent and things you find around the house.

Everything I look at now holds potential for me to somehow make it glow in the dark or twinkle and shine. I suppose it’s a good thing the ex got my dogs in the divorce.

You’re going to love these DIY lights. Make sure to visit the websites of the brilliant, crafty minds who created them and by all means, show ’em some Pin Love. They surely do deserve it.
1. This first project from Make Something combines two kinds of DIY awesomeness, so it scores with me in a big way. It’s a chalkboard (I dig chalkboard paint) and it lights up! Yes, please. The only thing better than something covered in chalkboard paint is something covered in chalkboard paint that twinkles.

Chalkboard that lights up DIY
via Make Something

2. What kind of fresh party cool would it be to have these beer bottle solar lights sitting around? Yep… totally solar charged. Do you love it? I’m loving it. Get the how-to from Popsci.

make a solar light from beer bottle
via Popsci

3. Zedomax found this swing that is about to cause me to stroke right out. I would have FREAKED OUT over a swing like this as a little girl. There are no how-tos, but surely someone can master this. If you do, please report to me…I will hug you.

via Zedomax

4. From Shelterness, this wall art blows me away. It definitely belongs in my imaginary cottage by the sea. The branches are lights. I am in deep lust.

lighted branch wall art DIY
via Shelterness

5. Also from Shelterness, take a look at this cool way to hang white Christmas lights in a bedroom. I love the feeling Christmas lights create, and this would be a very inventive way to keep that feeling going all year.

cool ways to use christmas lights all year
via Shelterness

6. From Design Sponge, this “Good Night” light is made from canvas. I’m not nearly talented enough to try this on, but maybe you can. I think the ideas you can take away from this project for your own home are many.

Make a light from canvas and wood
via Design Sponge

7. These glowing outdoor orbs are a fantastic idea and The Art of Doing Stuff says you can make them in 3 minute flat! I’m all about 3 minutes flat. It takes me longer than that to glue on my false eyelashes. (Mainly because I first accidentally glue them to my chin and have to pluck them off and start again.)

outdoor diy light
via The Art of Doing Stuff

8. These flower pot lights are cute as a bug and belong in a garden for sure. I would imagine those of you with wonderfully creative minds could make lots of these as the instructions on Missouri Scenic Rivers say flower pots are turned upside down and a light kit inserted.

make lights out of flower pots
via Missouri Scenic Rivers

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5 Beach Cottage Bathroom Inspirations

Framed seashell for cottage bathroom

I want to live in a cottage by the sea. I want it to have wood that’s worn and made imperfect by the sand and salty air. I want it to have shudders and big windows that I can throw open during soft rain showers so that I can listen while I nap.

Enjoy these beach cottage bathroom inspirations from these 5 talented bloggers. I love everything about their ideas.

1. I adore this bathroom by A Southern Belle With Northern Roots. She has put the sweetest little touches everywhere – lots of little unexpected joys. Go to her site and see for yourself and pin her up!

white bathroom shabby chic
via A Southern Bell With Northern Roots
Shabby chic bathroom mirror
via A Southern Belle With Northern Roots

2. From Decor Pad, I am in lust with this glossy bathroom floor. It’s so pretty and clean.

glossy blue floor in cottage bathroom
via Decor Pad

3. Jaime Scott created this precious little seashell from a frame and an old pallet. I can imagine these all over my seaside cottage bathroom.

Framed seashell for cottage bathroom
Via Jaime Scott

4. Hope Studios found this second-hand candle chandelier, cleaned it up and hung it over her tub. I am in love with this idea. Take a look at her blog to see how beautifully this idea creates a wonderful atmosphere.

Candle chandelier in bathroom
via Hope Studios

5. I am a freak for dresser makeovers and I think this one from Classy Clutter would be perfect in a cottage bathroom. Not for nothing, her blog features some AMAZING work. You will be inspired like mad.

dresser makeover to shabby worn blue
via Classy Clutter

Makeover Your Office

How to spray paint bottles

It’s Monday, and what better day to makeover your office – the place where you spend so much of your life? I really believe the space we’re in can affect us positively or negatively. Who can be creative and vibrant in an entirely gray, dull, boring office?

Care2.com has 13 tips to Feng Shui your office, if you’d like to give it a try. Tip: put your computer in the North or West area of your office to enhance your creativity and not to have mirrors in your work space.

Meanwhile, get some office makeover inspiration from the creative minds featured below. They’re all easy enough that you could have a super cute office by the end of the week!

1. Filing cabinets are just about the ugliest piece of something I’ve ever seen. Isn’t it crazy that even though women have been in the workforce in massive numbers for decades now, there has been almost NO advancement in manufacturing filing cabinets that don’t make you feel like you work in the warden’s office of a second-rate penitentiary?  Thank goodness for I’m a Yarner and her chalkboard filing cabinet! I love it!

Chalkboard paint on a filing cabinet
via I’m a Yarner

 

2. Do you remember these trays? Growing up, they were everywhere and I still see them at garage sales all the time. I think having several of them in different, but complimenting, patterns and colors would make for some awesome bulletin board space.

bulletin board made from a vintage serving tray
via Complete Organizing Solutions

 

3. On the subject of awesome magnetic bulletin boards, I adore these from Saving the Family Money. She gives you the entire tutorial, and it looks easy enough that even I could do it. 🙂

Magnetic bulletin board tutorial
via Saving the Family Money

 

4. Apartment Therapy shows you how to make this AMAZING piece of string wall art by Kathryn Anderson using pushpins and yarn. I think having a DIY mural like this one in your office would make the most mundane business feel a little more tolerable.

String art do it yourself using yarn
via Apartment Therapy

5. Time passes slowly in an office and you know you have photos of kids or dogs or honey-pies, or whatever it is that gets you through the day. I say this tutorial from Good Housekeeping for a cool wall clock would be a perfect fit for your office.

Make a clock from frames
via Good Housekeeping


6. The Undressed Skeleton spray painted some bottles and added some salt and glitter for some pretty delicious eye candy. I think you could do the same with some old vases to create some very sexy pen and pencil holders for your desk. What do you think?

How to spray paint bottles
via The Unpainted Skeleton

7. No way you don’t have candy on your desk! Gotta have candy on your desk! C’mon! This Mason Jar bird feeder is now a delightful candy dispenser. Can you stand the cuteness? Chica and Jo, you are brilliant. (Psst: check out these other yummy Mason Jar pics.)

Birdfeeder turned into candy dispenser
via Chica & Jo

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DIY Home Decor That’s to Die For

A beautiful rug made from old books

DIY home decor is the rage, isn’t it? Sadly I’m not exactly a DIY queen. I’ve always said that whatever girl gene one must possess in order to be able to whip out pretty things is the gene I was born without. I’m terrible. But honestly, these awesome DIY home decor brainiacs below make me believe I can do this thing…even without the proper genetic make up.

Hammers and High Heels features DIY home decor that is so stunning, you’re going to get lost just looking and wishing. If this chick doesn’t wind up with a show on HGTV, there is no Santa. She is incredibly talented. Go there now and pin everything she does. It’ll bring you good karma. Take a look at what she did with a garden trellis for a little girl’s room, and the darling way she’s using books.

Canopy for a girl's bed made from a trellis.
via Hammers & High Heels
Books as home decor
via Hammers and High Heels

Re-Nest has 10 ways to repurpose crates around your home. If I had crates, I would totally be able to make this super cute light fixture. Maybe I should rob a milkman…or just marry one. Six of one, half of the other.

Light fixture made of repurposed crates
via Re-Nest

Bibliophilism. No idea what that means, but I do know this handmade rug made from books is just about ten kinds of awesome. I don’t know how it was made, but I am inspired to start throwing my books on the floor right now.

A beautiful rug made from old books
via Recyclart

Paper lamp shades are beautiful and delicate and I want lots of them. I don’t know why. Buzzle tells you how to make your own.

Make a paper lamp
via Buzzle