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Travel Themed Wall Collage

For two years, I’ve been working on this living room travel themed wall collage and I’m so excited it’s finally done! Matt and I decided a while back that our souveniers from trips would be prints from local artists or scenes from the city we were visiting. We also love to take photos of our travels, so we knew we wanted to create something that could incorporate our collected prints and photographs. However, for this collage, I did buy that Florida print from etsy and the framed quote in the middle was a gift.  These wall collages are a lot more work than I first thought, but I’m loving the outcome. Also, I learned a few tricks along the way. So if you’re thinking of making a similar wall in your home, I hope this helps! :)

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Kitchen Backsplash Makeover

This home ownership stuff is getting to be more fun than I thought it would be. 😉 When we first bought our home, we did what most first time home owners do. We overwhelmed ourselves with ideas, projects and plans for our home. Then reality set in (and we got a plan together). And by reality, I mean money and time constraints began to yell very loudly at us. Such is life. So, we abandoned our plans to replace our kitchen back-splash. Then I had this idea. Why not paint the existing back-splash? Surely this is a thing. I did what every millennial does when they have a problem…I Googled it. Sure enough, this is a thing people have been doing for years. I read up on painting tile and decided I didn’t have much to lose.

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I’m so happy with how this white back-splash brightened up our kitchen. The best part? It only cost $30!

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Here are both of the tables I have. I painted them both gold and now have them on either side of the couch. I like that they're different but are now the same color.

DIY Side Table Makeover

Over the weekend, I discovered the best Goodwill I’ve ever been to and I got so DIY-happy. It was seriously the best weekend. I’ve been working on our living room and one thing I really wanted was to have gold end tables. But, they are just so darn expensive. Here I found a table that’s similar to the look I was going for but costs way more than what I ended up paying for my entire project. We had one metal table that was handed down from a family member and then I found a second one at Goodwill. And here’s what I did…

Here's the table I found for $9.99 at Goodwill. It has a really pretty glass top with it too.

Here’s the table I found for $9.99 at Goodwill. It has a really pretty glass top with it too. I wiped down both pieces and took them outside so I could get to work.

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Tips for first time homeowners

I learned firsthand this summer how stressful a move can be, especially a local move to your first home. Add to that an international trip, some unexpected home damages to handle and the start of a school year…and you’re looking at a very stressful few months. But, I found a few things helpful as we were prepping to buy, packing and unpacking. Here they are! Ps. door mat in cover photo is from Target.

1. When friends or family offer to help, let them. Our family and friends offered to paint, drive furniture, move us, pack our stuff and unpack our stuff. I felt weird about accepting so much help, but then I realized that’s kind of a pride thing. In truth, they made our move happen. My aunt unpacked my kitchen, my father-in-law painted our house & our friends moved all our stuff. I was left feeling so grateful and inspired to help others in their time of need. Continue reading

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Living Room Inspiration

Since purchasing our home, it’s been a whirlwind of moving boxes, furniture, slight annoyances, repair men and visitors. We’re trying to get adjusting to owning a home, but it’s sometimes a lot to wrap your head around. We are finally ending this busy streak we’ve had going for about 4 months and I’m really excited to refocus our life a bit. More about that in a future post. 😉 But for now, I’m working on decorating (one of my favorite things to do) my living room. Here I’m sharing my living room inspiration and a few of my favorite resources for things like hanging artwork and paint colors we love. Happy decorating!

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DIY: Ocean Classroom Crafts

As promised from my Ocean Classroom post, here are my DIY tutorials on how to make some of the decorations in my classroom. They’re all super easy and low cost projects that I really enjoyed working on.

Hanging Jellyfish:

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All you need for this jellyfish craft is a bag of Styrofoam paper plates (super cheap at Wal-Mart), some craft paint, foam brushes and then you can get to work. I chose a few different colors and paint the inside and outside of the bowls.

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Fabric Bow Tutorial

It’s spring, so you know what that means. Baby showers, weddings, and the works. And these are a few of my favorite things. 😉 Honestly, I’m pretty excited that most of our friends are moving from wedding season to baby season. With the babies we know being born this year, most are girls, so I’ve been needing a few ideas for baby girl gifts. I found this really cute idea for fabric hair bows. I love making bows, as you know from my last bow tutorial, and these bows are the prettiest I’ve seen so far. They’re incredibly easy, require just a few stitches and a small amount of fabric. So, here’s my easy fabric bow tutorial! :) Continue reading

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My Favorite Etsy Shops

I’ve always been a big fan of the hand-made, small business type of gifts and treats. I love handmade scarves, ornaments, paintings, stationary, prints and pottery. This goes all the way back to the days when I’d spend hours crafting with my grandmother or sister. When considering gifts to buy for birthdays or holidays, I always like choosing something with meaning. And for the most part, that’s either something handmade or personal. After lots of time and money spent shopping the etsy market, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite shops. If you’re like me, I’m sure you have wedding gifts, baby gifts and birthday presents to buy now that the holiday season is over. Or maybe you’ve just acquired some money from Christmas and you’re looking for a great way to spend it! 😉 Regardless, I think you’ll find these etsy shops and gift ideas as charming as I did.

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Christmas Gift Tags

Happy 1st day of my favorite month of the entire year! To say I love Christmastime would be an understatement. The BEST. The very BEST. I’ve been listening to Christmas music for a while and am already making a list of all the fun Christmas stuff I plan to do this year.

I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but I genuinely love wrapping Christmas presents. One of my favorite things about this season is going out in search of the perfect gifts for family and friends, and then wrapping them in some really creative or DIY-ish way. Let’s just say I spend a lot of time on Pinterest as I prepare for Christmas. Haha. :) Anyway, here’s one of the many Christmas crafts I enjoy doing and it makes gift wrapping a little more colorful. Plus, it’s super easy.

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