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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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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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Fabric Garland

One of my favorite easy decorations for a party or the holidays is definitely a fabric garland. Between all the bridal showers, baby showers and birthday parties my family and I have thrown over the years, we’ve made a bunch of these. They’re super easy and fairly inexpensive, especially if you’re someone who generally has a box of extra fabric lying around (guilty). I made one for Christmas last year and used one in my classroom too. This year, I had all these fabric leftovers from other projects, so I made one this weekend for the fall season. I made it while the hubs and I watched Suits (seriously, the BEST show ever and you should all start watching it too). Besides the fabric, all you need is the white rope. It’s just $1.99 at Hobby Lobby and if you catch it when it’s 50% off…that’s basically free. Haha

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Easy Hair Bow Tutorial

This past weekend was a rainy one, but it was one of my favorite weekends lately. There’s something about the rain and thunderstorms that just forces you to take it easy. Matt and I both really needed some downtime due to our jobs and some sort of weird summer cold, so the rain came at the perfect time. We finished up some house projects and then I broke in my new glue gun. I’m just a really girly crafty lady at heart, so I have a serious love for DIY projects. One of my favorite things to do is to just look at my craft box (which has turned into boxes…) and see what kind of things I can find. I’m a chronic ribbon hoarder, so there was lots of that. I also found a bunch of random sparkly things and buttons. And I don’t know about you, but after our wedding, I ended up with a lot of extra crafty supplies (definitely not complaining haha).

So, obviously I thought, “Bows!” I’ll make bows. What else do you do with ribbon and buttons and leftover wedding supplies!? Duh. I have the cutest niece in the entire world and she could always use more bows. 😉 Ps. someone here in Atlanta looked at my niece (who was wearing a big bow) and said, “The bigger the bow, the better the mom.” Haha. I believe that. Continue reading