Crafting

Perfect Pillows

When I was shopping at C.Wonder during their huge (what was actually a store closing sale) sale, I bought several feather pillows.  They had no cases on them, but they were a great size and shape.  I bought four square and two small rectangular ones.  I have a pillow obsession, so these were a perfect buy.  I’m really excited to go to fabric shopping to find the perfect material to cover them with.  My apartment is currently really girly, so I want to make sure they tie in while still being flirty and pretty.  I’ve been searching Pinterest for some inspiration, and I’m really loving what I found!

1.  Sequin

Dark Gold Sequin Pillow Cover , Holiday Decor , Throw Pillow , Decorative Pillow , Glitter Pillow , Sparkle Pillow

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2.  Eyelashes

POPSUGAR's 100 Best Gifts For 2014: The holidays are right around the corner, and that means it's time to get gifting!

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3. Monogrammed

Monogram Throw Pillow Cover  Gray Gold or by itsnotbusinessshop, $30.00

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4. Furry

Home Fur Toss Pillow - Cream - $20.    http://www.target.com/p/home-fur-toss-pillow-cream/-/A-14055671?reco=Rec|pdp|14055671|ClickCP|item_page.vertical_1=Rec|pdp|ClickCP|item_page.vertical_1

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5.  State

CaLi Lou "Little Miss Tex" bright pink pillow with a glittery gold appliqué!  Comes in every color!  Texas Pride, Austin Love  www.facebook.com/caliloucreations

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6.  Lips

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7.  Sequin Trim

Throw Pillows  Navy Blue cushion with gold sequin by AmoreBeaute

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9.  Pineapple Print

Pineapple Throw Pillow by Eloise Roberts - $20.00

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10.  Anchors

Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at http://www.etsy.com/listing/153065933/anchor-pillow-cover-nautical-pillow

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This is a great starting point for when I finally decide to take some time to sew!  Do you have any favorite pillows or patterns?

xoxo,

Tiffany

5 Useful DIY Projects

1.  Coffee Body Scrub

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With winter on it’s way out and spring beginning to bloom, that means swimsuit season is just around the corner.  My skin is definitely in need of some love.  This long winter definitely left my skin more dry than usual.  I’ve always loved sugar scrub, but lately I’ve been hearing about coffee body scrubs.  They are supposed to smooth your skin and also help with cellulite. I figure it’s worth a try! This is my favorite recipe that I’ve found! (my only alteration is that I would just use plain white sugar – it’s cheaper!)

2.  EOS Storage

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This is seriously so cool to me.  I’m always worried about losing earrings when I travel, so this is the perfect solution.  I found the picture on Pinterest, and there weren’t any instructions so I came up with my own 🙂

–  Once the chapstick is too low to use, get a small spoon and scrape out the remaining chapstick.

–  There will still be some residue left, use dish soap and a textured sponge to scrub the rest out.

– Dry and voila!  Perfect Storage.

3.  Tin Can Silverware Holder

Living in an apartment has it’s pros and cons, but one of the cons is that there never seems to be enough drawer space. This is a really neat way to store silverware in a decorative way that doesn’t look too cluttered!

4.  Reinvented Pickle Jars

I love all the pictures I find on Pinterest of little jars sitting on the bathroom counter, but when I go to the store I am always stunned by the sticker price.  I love this idea for a frugal way to have the same look.  Plus, you can customize it to suit the theme of your home!

5. Jug turned Basket

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I would obviously use different fabric, but overall I really like the concept.  I love baskets and I’m all about being green and “upcycling.”  Definitely worth giving a try!

 

Cooler Painting Season

Welcome to cooler painting season!  It’s time for girls to start shopping for dresses, dates and, most importantly, their cooler themes.  Last year I decided to make a cooler for my spring break trip with my friends, and I loved it!  It was really fun getting to decide the theme for each side, and painting it was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.  It required a lot of paint and Modge Podge, but the end result was so worth it.

Looking to paint your own cooler?  Here is a list of some things you’re going to need:

1.  A theme.

For mine, I decided to make each side have a different theme that represented me in some way, but the overall theme was Spring Break!

 

 

2.  Good Paint Brushes

Your brushes are key, because you don’t want the bristles to come out in the paint and stay on the cooler.  It looks bad and is also just really annoying when you put so much time into painting it perfectly.

3.  Lots of Paint

I can not stress this enough.  Paint paint paint.  You are going to have to lay it on pretty thick so that it will cover the plastic of the cooler.  It takes some time to dry, but I promise it’s worth it.

4.  A Bottle of Modge Podge

Modge Podge is really important because it’s what helps protect and seal your paint.  I even put shellack on top of that to further protect the paint.  You’re still going to have some chipping, but it will help keep it to a minimum.  I did about 4 layers of MP and one of shellack.

5.  Sponge Brushes

I found that sponge brushes were the best for applying MP and shellack.  I had to throw them away afterwards because I couldn’t get all the sealant out of them, but it was worth it.  They help spread it evenly and give you a smooth, glossy finish.

 

 

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Wine-O Crafting

I don’t know about you, but I drink a lot of wine.  I love trying out the different varieties, pairing them with different foods and, essentially, just savoring the flavors they bring out.

If you look in my fridge (or my recycling) at any given time, you will find at least one bottle of wine.  I always see wine bottle crafts on Pinterest, but I have never really taken part, however, I think I may start.  By the way: I recently discovered that Trader Joe’s has an awesome selection of really inexpensive wines.

Here are some of my favorites, that I think I will try very soon 🙂

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What’s your favorite type of wine?  Do you do anything fun with the bottles?