Aug 03, 2015 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Blitsy Monday’s: Stamps, Stencils, and an Embellished Mailer

Blitsy Monday’s are here, wait what?, It’s not Thursday?

So, I have decided that Blitsy Thursday’s are now going to be Blitsy Monday’s.  I wanted to move this feature to the beginning of the week.  Don’t worry,  I will still be sharing 3 projects I have made for Blitsy each week, the only change is it will now be on Monday’s instead of Thursdays!

First up this week is an easy, brightly colored pillow perfect for a bedroom or livingroom. This pillow was super easy to make.  All I did was grab a trendy geometric stencil and some fabric paint and stenciled on a pillow cover.  I love the way my new bright yellow pillow looks on our dark blue couch!

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If you are a bride to be or have a party you are throwing, you are going to love my next DIY project.  This project is the easiest way to quickly add some color and customization to your soiree.  To add a colorful design to your cocktail napkins, pick a pretty color of pigment ink (this ink will not run if it gets wet, which is super important!) along with your favorite stamp and get stampin’! Just think, you could add a monogram and give customized cocktail napkins along with a bottle of wine as a thoughtful housewarming gift!  See the full tutorial here and also pick-up the supplies to make your own customized napkins.

 

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I love when I get packages in the mail.  It is always a pleasant surprise, even if I am the one that actually sent the package to myself! When I was at Target the other day I saw some cheap bubble mailers.  When I looked at them, an idea came to me.  Why send a boring, plain package when you can send a fun colorful package?  I grabbed some ink, papers, and stickers and I transformed my mailer into a fun, cheerful package that would put a smile on anyone’s face.  Come see my finished mailer here!e101c9096038aeb7f7447d964706f3664592a6b1

Jul 17, 2015 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Even More Projects for You!

Guess what?  I have even more projects for you guys!

I was recently contacted by DIYs.com (a DIY inspiration website) to contribute monthly projects to their site on behalf of Blitsy.  This means EVEN more projects inspirations coming your way!

For my first project, I ended up making a marbled pendant necklace. Marbling has become very popular lately, so what better way to embrace the trend than with a necklace!  You won’t believe how easy it is to get the look of marble, but at a fraction of the price. You can see the full tutorial here.

If you love the project and need to make your own, you can get the supplies now at Blitsy!

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Jul 16, 2015 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Blitsy Thursdays: A Cactus Tote and A Necklace Rescue

Have you noticed how popular cactuses have become lately?  Everywhere I look, I see projects incorporating cactuses!  Well, having seen so many cactus projects I have been convinced I am also in love with cactuses!  Isn’t is funny how that works?

To jump on the cactus bandwagon, I decided to do a project that was a little more playful. I created a cactus straw tote using foam sheets.  I have honestly not used foam sheet since I was a kid.  Even though it’s been FOREVER since I’ve used foam, I think I may have found a new love!  I have a feeling I will be doing more projects using foam!

See how you can create your own DIY cactus tote here.

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This week, I also did an emergency necklace rescue.  My co-worker, Emily, had somehow managed to get clear nail polish on her necklace.  The polish ruined some of the beads and had gotten on her already quite tarnished chain.

Emily was thinking about getting rid of her necklace, until I told her it could be rescued.  I did a quick surgery on her necklace, removing the chain and the ruined beads. With the quick transformation, her necklace has been given back years of life! Check out my quick tutorial on how to transform an old ruined necklace.  Just think of all the necklaces you could save just by swapping out an old chain!

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Jul 08, 2015 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

A Cheap Rug Made Luxurious!

Disclaimer – This post is sponsored by Rugpadusa.com.  All opinions are 100% my own. 

Now that my outdoor living room is finished (pics to come), I have started focusing on my basement again. The first part of the room I wanted to focus on was the rug.  We had a great rug, but I felt the room needed a little more pattern.  Our original rug matched the tile in our basement, so it kind of got lost in the room.

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I had been looking for a rug for sometime. I bought one online and realized it was a flat weave, which was not going to work on my hard, cold tile floor.  I knew I needed a high pile wool rug.  I figured the higher pile would make the rug feel better against the hard floor.  I was telling my mom about my rug dilemma she said I should get a rug pad.  I have never owned a rug pad, so I was curious to learn more about them.

Initially I was going to just buy a cheap old rug pad from Walmart and call it a day, but decided against it when I found more information about rug pads from Rugpadsusa.com. Yes, people there is educational info about rug pads you should know!

First off, roughly 90% of all rug pads come from overseas. They are chemically rich and toxic breeding grounds for odor causing bacteria and VOC emissions (umm…GROSS!). In addition, the petrochemical oils in pvc pads can often dissipate into the floor, permanently marring and discoloring your floor finishes over time. The last thing I want to do is ruin my floor!

The rug pads from rugpadsusa.com are  made with 100% natural rubber. Natural rubber is the safest material to use on all floors. While pvc pads “Stick” to floors, natural rubber will “grip” floors. Natural rubber has very low VOC’s and comes directly from real rubber trees, thus out-gassing and floor staining is never an issue. Aside from its performance benefits, natural rubber is made using real 100% natural rubber tree sap. It’s very eco-friendly. The rug pads from rugpadsusa.com sounded WAY better than the low quality rug pad I almost bought from Walmart!

I ended up going with the Eco-Plush Rug Pad for my basement.  The Eco-Plush felt rug pad offered a thick layer of protection and comfort. The pad is dense and offers better protection and more comfort for larger area rugs. It was also perfect for my cold, hard tile. When I got the pad, it came in a large box. I was so impressed with the size of the pad – I was expecting it to be much smaller.  I also could not get over how thick the pad was.  I was expecting it to be thin like other pads I had seen before. Oh, I ended up getting the rug I ordered the same say as the pad (it was meant to be!).

I first removed my old rug from the area.  Then, I laid down my rug pad.  The kind folks over at rugpadsusa.com cut my pad down smaller than my rug so the ends would not stick out of my rug.

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After the pad was down, I then put my rug over the pad.  You can see just how thick my Eco-Plush Pad is.

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My rug seriously feels like a million bucks!  The pad makes SUCH a difference.  I am trying to figure out how I have gone through life this long without rug pads in my life?  Seriously, my rug makes my rug feel so luxurious!

Make sure you check out all of the rug pads at runpadsusa.com!

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Jun 30, 2015 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Alley Treasure Find: Oak Coffee Table

By now, you probably know that I love finding a good alley treasure.  I literally get a high when I notice something made of wood during a quick alley scan.  I swear, I have trained my eyes to see all wood objects from far distances (even though I am near-sighted!). I will not lie, sometimes what looks like wood is actually cardboard.  Like I said, my eyes are not the best!

One day while trolling an alley by my house, an oak coffee table found its way onto my radar. As I got closer to the “wooden object”, I was delighted to see it was actually wood.  After a quick inspection, I thought it was good enough to snag.  Now, I had Mike’s car (aka our new car) and was a little hesitant to throw it in the back.  I ended up channeling my dad’s crazy car OCD and gingerly placed the coffee table into the car, taking extra care to ensure nothing touched the sides. Mission accomplished!

On my home with my treasure, I began brainstorming what I wanted to do with it.  I was thinking of maybe going with a bright, funky color, but as I looked closer at the table, I realized a funky color wouldn’t jive with it.  My coffee table felt more like Pottery Barn and less like CB2. So, I decided to update it accordingly.

I went with a darker gray color for my coffee table. I was going to stain the top a dark walnut color (similar to my kitchen table) and paint the legs gray, but ended up painting everything gray.  First, I sanded the top to smooth out some of the dings and scratches. After I sanded the top, I made my own chalk paint and painted my entire coffee table with it.  After the paint dried, I went over it with a furniture wax. Now, I am trying to sell it my cute little Pottery Barn inspired coffee table. Any takers? :)

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Jun 25, 2015 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Biltsy Thursdays: A Restoration Hardware Knockoff and Pushpins

I love when items are used for something they are not intended for, like nail polish being used as a crafting supply.  I am not really sure who stumbled upon this, but what a fantastic idea! It seems like all I see now are projects that incorporate nail polish. People have even taken their nail polish projects one step further by using them to create marbled effects on objects from planters to mugs!  This week at Blitsy I got on the bandwagon and made my own DIY Marbled Nail Polish Push Pins.  This project is so much fun to do. You have to check it out! Psst…there is even a video!

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I don’t normally shop at Restoration Hardware because it is too rich for my blood (or I am just too damn cheap!).  Forever ago, I had pinned a picture of their Metal Leaf Spheres, not because I wanted to by them, but because I wanted to create my own version for less (this is obviously more my speed!).  Well, this was the week at Blitsy that I decided to figure out my own versions of the Leaf Spheres.

My initial thought when I saw the Restoration Hardware Leaf Spheres was: “Felt.  I must use felt.” Instead of mimicking the tin with a gray colored felt, I went bold with a bright yellow color.  My version cost about $10 to make compared to the $100 original from Restoration Hardware.  I don’t but about you, but I think my version looks pretty spot on.  What do you think? You can see the full tutorial here as well as buy the supplies. Score!

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Jun 24, 2015 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Kitchenaid Adventures: Peanut Butter Cookies

Happiness is creating: Kitchenaid Adventures

When Mike and I were engaged, we were super excited to register for some new home accessories, decor, and kitchen gadgets.  One of the items we was a KitchenAid Mixer.  Now, I was not a big baker, but I knew this was something you registered for. I felt like every “adult” kitchen had a KitchenAid Mixer in it.

Well, we were lucky and someone bought us our KitchenAid Mixer! After we got all of our shower and wedding gifts, we put them into storage.  Mike and I did not want to use our new goodies until we bought a house.  Well, two and a half years later, we bought a house and finally unpacked all of our wedding gifts!

I was so exited to place our KitchenAid Mixer on our countertop.  We were officially adults! Now, It still took me another 6 months before I actually used the darn thing! Like I said before, I am no baker!  I have used my KitchenAid Mixer twice.  Once to make Irish Soda Bread and another time to make a lamb cake for Easter (this was a huge success by the way!).

I was thinking, since I have my awesome KitchenAid Mixer (and I’m not so skilled in the baking department), I would challenge myself to start baking, so I started with some peanut butter cookies as a gift to my father-in-law for Father’s Day.  Peanut butter cookies are his favorite.  I was looking for a recipe for the best peanut butter cookies.  I found one that had a TON of positive reviews.  This peanut butter cookie recipe sounded amazing, so I decided to give it a try myself.

The recipe itself is SUPER simple.  It is made with the most basic ingredients. In an attempt to get fancy, I bought the Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter.  I thought this would make my cookies taste much better.  Let’s just say, the White Chocolate Wonderful is pretty much out of this world, so the regular stuff had to be just as good.  I started by adding my peanut butter (and maybe eating a spoonful just to taste it’s yumminess). I followed with the remaining 5 ingredients that were to be mixed together. As I finished adding the final ingredient to the top of my cookie mound, I realized I had added freakin’ almond extract instead of vanilla extract. STORY.OF.MY.LIFE! Of course it had to be the LAST ingredient! Of course…

I grabbed the bowl off my KitchenAid Mixer and dumped the contents into the garbage. Defeat. I needed a quick drink before I stepped back into the baking arena. This was supposed to be simple, right?  Once I was calm and refocused, I began adding my ingredients back into the bowl (nothing like wasting half of a $5 jar of PB!). This go around was much quicker.

After all of my ingredients had been added, I let that puppy mix until my batter was nice and smooth.  I’m not sure if I was supposed to let it get that smooth (my assumption is, probably not since my batter was super sticky!).  I love that since I have no baking experience whatsoever, I am not judging how long cookie batter needs to mix!  However, my workaround was to throw my batter in the fridge for a few  minutes so it could solidify a bit before I rolled it into a ball.  That actually worked!

The final step of my PB cookie adventure was to push a fork into my dough, forming the signature cross marks we all know.  The recipe said you could dip your fork in flour or sugar.  My question is: “Who in their right mind would choose a flour option over sugar?” Not this girl!  Sugar won that showdown, obviously.

Even though my baking skills were not the strongest out of the gate, I redeemed myself.  My PB cookies were Damn good!  You MUST try this recipe.  It should be is super easy!  I’m not sure if the Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter is what made the difference, or the that fact that I mixed my cookie dough into pancake batter, either way, you should follow my instructions exactly. :)

I made my cookie balls pretty large. My ADD was not going to sit there rolling out a million small cookies.

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Since these cookies where for Father’s Day, I placed them in a kraft treat box with some tissue paper.

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I then wrapped some baker’s twine around the box so my father-in-law thought he was getting gourmet cookies.  It’s all in the presentation, people.

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Jun 18, 2015 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Blitsy Thursdays: DIY Artwork

This week at Blitsy…

I clearly had artwork on my mind! The first piece of artwork I made was 3D Flower Wall Art. Surprisingly, I actually got this cool idea from Target. I was in the home decor section when I saw this framed flower whose petals were cut from the paper and curled up.  I was so fascinated by it that in true Meghan fashion, I snapped a photo of it as inspiration.  he other day I pulled up the photo I took and decided to do my own version of the 3D Flower Wall Art I had seen at Target.

This piece of artwork is so affordable to make.  All you need are two pieces of paper and a shadowbox frame. That’s it! If you are curious how I made my 3D Flower Wall Art, you can see the full tutorial here.

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Last week I was going through our warehouse just checking out all of the supplies we had. I started grabbing random products and putting them in a box.  When I got back to our office, I took out all of my supplies and laid them on the table.  I stared at them for a moment and out of nowhere, an idea came to me. I ended up using the round wooden plaque I had grabbed as a base and layered really pretty floral paper. To finish off my plaque, I added a darling little quote.  Check out the full tutorial here to see how I created dimension to my floral paper!

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Jun 16, 2015 | Post by: Meghan 6 Comments

Quick DIY Statement Necklace for Beginners

Happiness is creating: quick DIY statement necklace for beginners

Look at that, I made a necklace! It has seriously been FOREVER since I made a necklace. My thing has always been jewelry, but lately I have been busy doing projects around my house and have kind of put my jewelry making to the side.  It makes me look good, but not my house, and we all know I am in house mode!

When you see this necklace, you probably think, “Wow, it must have been super hard to make!”.  Truth be told, this necklace took less than two minutes to make and it was so simple, even a child could do it!  I love the look the of J.Crew necklaces. They are always so pretty and make such a statement.  I am usually on some sort of clothing/accessory budget and don’t usually spend a ton on clothing (which is why I usually try to make everything I see at J.Crew!).  When I saw these jewelry components from Darice that looked like something I would buy from J.Crew, I nearly squealed!

The Darice Statement Looks allow you to mix and match your components to create jewelry in a snap, and not just any old jewelry, jewelry that rivals anything you would buy from J.Crew! Did I mention, this jewelry is WAAAY cheaper than any piece you would buy from J.Crew? You could make a few of these and the price would still come in under one necklace from J.Crew, just sayin’.

Here’s what you’ll need:

- Darice Statement Looks Chain

- Darice Statement Looks Statement Piece

- Jewelry Pliers

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Step 1: Open one jump ring of the end of your chain.

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Step 2: Slide the jump ring from your statement piece on and close.

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Step 3: Repeat Steps 1 and 2 on the other side of your chain.

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That’s all folks!  See, I told you it was the easiest piece of jewelry to make EVER!

Happiness is creating: quick DIY statement necklace for beginners

Happiness is creating: quick DIY statement necklace for beginners

Jun 12, 2015 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Friday Faves Round-Up

> I stumbled upon so many gorgeous projects this week. The first one was a crafting party invite template. Ummm, I need to have a crafting party STAT! I can see my friends and I crafting, snacking, and enjoying some cocktails!

> If I do end up organizing a crafting party, I will totally be making this DIY graphic printed tablecloth. This looks like it could be from West Elm.

> The perfect way to display a pretty, simple flower is in a simple vase.  I can just imagine how lovely one of my mini red roses would be in one of these.

> You can never have too many totes, and this tote is perfect, especially if you love donuts (and who doesn’t love doughnuts???).

> Finally, I came across a piece of DIY artwork that a child could make. Seriously, your kid could create this awesome work of art!

Have a great weekend!

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 Find My Faves Here:

1. Craft Party Invite Printable via Squirrelly Minds

2. DIY Graphic Print Tablecloth  via Let’s Mingle

3. DIY Bud Vases via This Heart of Mine

4. DIY Donut Tote Bag via Damask Love

5. DIY Art via Vintage Revivals

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