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15+ Awesomely Practical Gift Ideas !

18 Nov

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Check out some of these awesomely useful gifts that are great for any occasion!

Christmas – Birthday – Wedding – New Home- Baby Shower – Engagement – Anniversary – Just for the heck of it !

GOOOOD MORNING WORLD!

When I moved across country just a few months ago, I got a big reality check on what items I owned that are awesomely necessary and others that needed to say hello to my friend Goodwill, or even worse, la basura!! (that’s trash for all my Colorado friends who are not familiar with my TexMex background =)

Below are a few items that survived the journey and are 100% necessary to my activities of daily living!!

1. So this first must-have item assumes that most of my readers drink wine =) If you don’t, that’s okay because I’m sure you know somebody who does and being that I am  a wanna-be-wine-connoisseur (and more importantly work with sick people who can sometimes drive me cray cray), this item is not only useful but keeps me sane…

Without further ado,  The Stemless Wine Glass. I love these because you can put them in the dishwasher, they take up way less room,  you or your guest are less likely to spill the wine and it serves the purpose of containing my grapey goodness!! I could probably even go for some fancy seasonal silver ombre ones like shown below, I mean… they will always be put to good use!

2.  Personalized cutting/cheese board

This was one of my faaavorite personalized wedding gifts (thanks again Courtney!!) I loved it so much in fact that I gifted my mom one too (pictured below) …who apparently thinks it is too nice to actually cut on, but that is besides the point! Can you tell I was watching the Game of Thrones series when I ordered this =)  Anyways, who doesn’t like a little bit of cheese with their wine am I right?? These days  I’m currently into sharp white cheddar!! ps. You can often find dealios on these with Groupon!!

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3Flatware

Flatware is always a great, practical gift that most people never think about buying for themselves (eh hem, muah). And of course, how are you going to cut the cheese, on your new cutting board that you are enjoying with your wine?!? Can you picture my at home happy hour scene right now? This scenario could be yours too 😉

I was recently sent a sample flatware set from  Liberty Table Top and I am glad I decided to pinvestigate this situation. I use to think all utensils were made the same, but that is just not the case after using and comparing them side-by-side. When it comes down to flatware, there are only really three things I have discovered that matter to me…

1) Durability, 2) Style &  3) Shine

Just at first glance, do you have a favorite or the three??

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Well, two of those spoons are from my mismatched college collection back in the day and the more stylish, shiny spoon on the far right is from Liberty Table Top’s Pearl Collection .

Liberty Table Top Flatware makes their utensils from the finest quality 18-10 nickel/chrome stainless steel and I’m assuming this is what makes the utensils soo shiny and lustrous =) =).

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The nurse in me also enjoys the fact that all of the stainless steel is tested for lead and other toxic trace elements to ensure you know exactly what you are putting in your mouth 😉

>>>perfect gift for my future niece>> BABY LIBERTY SPOON TWO BACK… Did I mention Liberty Table Top is the ONLY  manufacturer of flatware in the USA (YAY!!)  I am really digging the complete Pinehurst  & Annapolis Collections

4. Keychain phone charger

I don’t think this needs any explanation.. We have all been in a situation where we are out and desperately need some more juice for our phone!. This little nugget is compatible with most smart phones and micro USB devices with a battery Capacity of 1,000mAh (which to be honest, I’m not sure how mAh equates to time…anybody??) Either way, I can think of more than a few times when this would have come in handy.

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5. The Crockpot

As simple as this item may seem, you gotta love it and definitely have to have it!! I mean, what else can you throw a bunch of rando items into before work, let sit for hours, than come home and your house smells aaaahmazing?!? Betcha didn’t know that Kohl’s even sales some with fancy designs eh?

Another handy idea, be the Betty Crocker influence you never thought you could be and give this away with a crockpot cook book! My hubster would love for my crock pot  repertoire to be expanded =)

6. Just click here for my FAVORITE things in 2014.. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on any of these gift giving goodies!!

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7.  The hedgehog Serving dish 

For all of my entertainers out there, this is just too practical and cute to pass up! Also a great way to prevent spreading germs with multiple grubby hands reaching in one bowl 😉  Less dishes = successful Wine Down Wednesday meetup!

The Hedgehog Serving Dish, $25 | 28 Practical Yet Clever Gifts That Are Anything But Lame

8. The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Give the gift that keeps on giving ,  like a year member ship to a monthly wine club, kid’s museum, amazon prime subscription, dance lessons or subscription Box idea such as: Birchbox (makeup madness) Umba Box (fun crafts), Love with Food (snacks), For the Makers (fashion-forward jewelry projects), Kiwi Crate (moms +kids crafts), Craft Coffee, BarkBox (my pup’s dream box)

9. D.I.Y Medicine Cabinet

This is something nobody ever thinks about until they are not  feeling so hot, but boy will they be thankful for you when they need it. Last year I put together a little D.I.Y medicine cabinet for my family’s white elephant exchange that contained all of my favorite go to OTC meds and first aid gear like: Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Benadryl Dayquil/Nyquil combo back, BC Powder (the best for migraines and cramps!!>> side note. contains Aspirin so keep away from the kiddos), Pepto, Flonase, Zyrtec, Robitussin,  bandaids,  rubbing alcohol, gauze,  steri strips, neosporin, ect. (I forgot to take a picture at the time, but I just bought a plastic container from Walmart and stuffed it with the goodies mentioned above)

10. Face Mug

I know this may be a stretch, but if you loooooove warm home-made chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk like me… THIS IS AWESOOOME !! It helps control the amount of cookies you eat too because it can only fit about three meaning you have to get off your big bum to eat more =) I also think this would be great for some soup and crackers, popcorn and candies during a movie night or hot coco and peppermint chocolate bark!

 

11. Edible Ink Pens

The crafty side of me could not resist this clever pressie. Back to my love of cookies, it is even more fun to consume them when they are all fanced up & decorated! I suspect this could be a fun Elf on The shelf  or party game opportunity  as well…. 😉

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12. Ghirardelli Chocolate Basket

Lets face it, unless you are a diabetic or allergic to chocolate, this present is IRRESISTIBLY awesome and great for all ages. And if you are one of those people who allegedly does not like any type of chocolate (dark, milky, white, peppermint, caramel, ganache, flavored, ect), than we just can’t be friends because you are clearly prejudice… although who am I to judge because I’m pretty much an addict !!

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13. D.I.Y Coasters

I think we have already been through this with numero uno, but everybody drinks some sort beverage on a daily basis & ya gotta use a coaster to keep your furniture looking good. The other great thing about D.I.Y coasters… they are customizable, inexpensive, easy to make & cute!

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14. Any of these 10 Awesome Beauty/Body Products that I use on reg! (some potentially good for stocking stuffers too)

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15. Roomba, Scooba or cleaning service!! 

Did I ever tell you about the time I won a Roomba in college being in the audience on the Dr. Phil Show? What was even more epic, my roommate was in the audience as well so we came home with two dueling Roombas in our apartment!

Since then  my Roomba has died for unknown reasons (potentially the hard life with the suspect 20yr old shaggy apartment carpet), but I so desperately want another one. I’m also very interested in the Scooba (a robot that sweeps, pre-soaks, scrubs and squeegees hard floors, eliminating the need to sweep before scrubbing ). I will also admit I miss the ladies from my previous cleaning service and I would be delighted to have any of these options available again in the near future (wink, wink)!

16. The Book,   Creating Really Awesome Free Things: 100 Seriously Fun, Super Easy Projects for Kids

So I may be slightly biased on this one, but my seester is a master crafter & author of this fun craft activity book for kids. This would be a great pressie for kiddos, moms, teachers, your babysitter, soon-to-be-momm or does doting auntie of super fun nieces and nephews ring a bell =) =) Click the link above to place your pre-order now =) =)

Happy Gift Giving!!

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D.I.Y. Personalized Memory Game & My Favorite Nephew turns 1!!!

22 Mar

Good Morning!

My favorite nephew, Maxwell, is turning one! (tomorrow =) =)!!

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So exciting and yet even though he is rather advanced for his age (literally the kid started walking at 9 months–crazyness) he obviously is not able to say too many words quite yet…  However, I would not put it past him to start learning more words and names sooner than most, so I thought I would make him a personalized Memory Game with pictures of the family to help him learn the most important peeps =)

Not only is a personalized memory game a great way for youngsters to familiarize themselves with family, it’s made with love  and affordable. Another bonus in my situation, the Memory Game was one of my sister’s favorite games growing up so it will be fun for the both of them =)

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Ready to make your own Personalized Memory Game? Check out the attachment below with instructions and pictures!

What you will need:

8.5 x 11 scrapbook paper (one fancy side, one white side). The pieces of paper depends on the amount of memory cards to be made. Four 3.5 x 3.5 individual cards fit on one sheet (or two matching pairs)

-family photos saved onto you computer

-scissors

printer with ink (colored or black and white ink depending on preference)

-laminating paper (amount depends on # of memory cards in the game)

INSTRUCTIONS

D.I.Y Memory Game Instructions

FREE MEMORY GAME LABELS PRINTABLES

Memory Game Labels

Final Product

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Want More Maxwell pics, duh =) Check out his partay!

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Want more crafting action?!  Check out my sister’s blog at C.R.A.F.T!

Happy Gifting & Happy Happy Birthday Boy Max!!!

Kelley =)

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Top 10 places to register for your wedding (or house warming party)!

21 Jan

Top 10 places to register for your wedding!

Hi!

As some of you might have already read/heard, I’m getting married=) And although I am a very non-traditional bride and don’t plan on having a big wedding or even having a bridal shower , I have always thought the idea of going through a store with a registry gun shooting bar-codes as if I were  in an intense game of laser tag would be super fun.

Registering is basically like making an excessive wish list of of junk you don’t necessarily need per say (technically we can still eat off of the blue chicken plates from the college days), but would looove to have!  So over my  break from grad school since I have been slightly bored/ don’t know what to do with myself,  I decided I wanted to make my own excessive wish list of stuff just for fun=)  Now I didn’t actually go into the store laser tag style since I don’t plan on actually getting anything from the registry, but the online experience was fast, easy and satisfied my online shopping habit/ new addiction =)

Also…. through my mindless web surfing, I stumbled upon the top 10 places to register for your wedding (according to Real Simple Magazine!— I just loove this magazine)

ok, now for your TOP 10….drum roll please…….

1) Bed, Bath & Beyond: 

Registering online is smart, since each of the more than 960 stores have registry consultants who can help you figure out what to select & you can make changes or updates anytime on their website

Return policy: Your registry itself serves as a receipt, meaning you can easily return items for either store credit or for a corporate check, says Audrey Stavish, bridal expert at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Discount: For 90 days after your wedding date, you’re eligible to use a 10 percent completion discount on both a one-time online purchase and a one-time in-store purchase.

Perks: Enroll in the Start-to-Finish incentive program and you’ll receive free gifts for registering for certain items and more free stuff when your guests purchase it (for example, you’ll get a Santoku knife for registering for $500 worth of Calphalon products, and, if guests purchase it, a wok set).

2) Bloomingdale’s

Return policy: Items can be returned for store credit, says Joanna Kartalis, registry director at Bloomingdale’s.

Discount: For six months after your wedding date, you’ll get 10 percent off remaining items, as well as periodic special promotions that offer additional discounts. At the one-year mark, you’ll receive 20 percent off anything left on your registry.

Perks: The entire time your registry’s active, you’ll get 20 percent off all fine jewelry at Bloomingdale’s. Plus, you can take advantage of the company’s partnership with The Leading Hotels of the World. Staying in one of the hotels earns you a complimentary couples massage, dinner for two, champagne, membership in a travel club, 5000 Delta Sky Miles, and triple rewards points.

3) Crate & Barrel

Return policy: Merchandise can be returned within 30 days after purchase for store credit.

Discount: You can purchase remaining registry items for a 10 percent discount after the wedding on two separate occasions: once in-store and once online.

Perk: You can post your registry on Facebook or use a mobile web browser to register on your phone.

4) JCPenney

Return policy: Items can be returned with or without a receipt for a store gift card.

Discount: You’ll receive 10 percent off all items left on the registry for the year after your wedding.

Perks: You’ll receive a free wedding organizer and a free engagement portrait from a JCPenney Portrait Studio.

5) Kohl’s

Return policy: Merchandise with receipts can be returned for full monetary refunds. If you don’t have a receipt, you can receive store credit that doesn’t expire, says Vicki Shamion, vice president of public and community relations for Kohl’s.

Discount: You can get a 15 percent discount on all items remaining on the registry for 90 (best discount out of the top 10) days after the event.

Perk: You’ll receive complimentary announcement cards that offer a 15 percent discount for guests who visit a store and spend $50 or more on registry items.

6) Macy’s

Return policy: Items can be exchanged in-store for a Macy’s gift card, says Susan Bertelsen, group vice president of wedding and gift registry for Macy’s.

Discount: You’ll receive 10 percent off remaining registry items for 90 days post-wedding.

Perks: If you register with a Macy’s credit card, you are eligible for the Registry Star Rewards program. For everything you buy with your card, you’ll receive 10 percent of the purchase price in rewards dollars to spend on anything at Macy’s; for everything your guests buy off the registry, you’ll receive five percent of the purchase price in rewards dollars.

7) Pottery Barn

Return policy: You can exchange gifts or return them for store credit.

Discount: You’ll get 10 percent off any items remaining on your registry or any other items you decide to add during the six months after your wedding

Perks: The store offers Tuesday night registry workshops and private consultations to help you set up and manage your registry. You’ll also receive a welcome pack with a registry guide, announcement cards, and a registry checklist.

8) Sears

Return policy: Registry items can be returned for store credit. If an item was paid for in cash and a gift receipt was given, you can return the gift for cash, says Becky Cikoch, e-commerce product manager of gifting for Sears Holding Corporation.

Discount: There’s no discount currently offered (not so cool) on remaining registry items.

Perks: The company offers a Give Together feature that allows a group of people to contribute to a gift online (pretty cool!), so you can register for the new appliance you need―and actually get it.

9) Target

Return policy: Registry items can be returned for cash if you have the receipt and the gift giver paid cash. Otherwise, gifts can be returned for a store gift card.

Discount: After the wedding, you’ll receive a 10 percent off coupon for all remaining registry items

Perk: You can add items to your registry using your mobile phone.

10) Williams-Sonoma

Return policy: You can return items for store credit that won’t expire, says Lyndsay Lyle, bridal registry manager at Williams-Sonoma.

Discount: You’ll receive 10 percent off all unpurchased registry items, as well as any additional items you’d like to add for six months.

EXTRA EXTRA!!

Did you remember to register for flatware??? Make sure to Check out Liberty Table Top Flatware! This company is the only manufacturer in the United States>> yay!! I dig their 1) durability 2) designs & 3) shine =)

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Satisfaction Guaranteed>> If for any reason your purchase did not meet your expectations, Liberty Table Top will refund your full purchase price, no questions ask, within 30 days =)

I hope all of you brides out there find this helpful as I was certainly unaware of return policies, post-wedding discounts and perks!

Need more ideas?? Check out 15 awesomely useful gifts ideas!!

Kelley =)

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Sock Bun Tutorial: go from dizazz to pizazz in 5 minutes! & Bendable Jewelry!!

10 Nov

Sock Bun Tutorial: go from dizazz to pizazz in 5 minutes!

Hey friends!

Today I am going to share with you my favorite go to updo and fun new accessory. First the sock bun.. As you can see from the pic above, the sock bun can take you from a disaster hairdo and really add some pizazz in about 5 minutes. This is my go to style for work because it keeps the hair up out of my face (and out of bodily fluids, lol), while still looking like I put some sort of effort into my hair (of course, your will soon discover, you don’t even have to brush you hair before doing this, which is perfect for rolling out of bed to go work your 12hr shift in the E.R =)

First make your sock do-nut.  First, choose a tube sock color similar to your own hair color.  Cut the toe off of the tube sock  and roll the sock down over itself starting from the cut toe portion so it looks likes a do-nut:

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Next the sock bun is especially great with dirty hair, so if you hair isn’t dirty, go ahead and spray a tad of hair spray and a bit of some tease action to give your hair texture (it will hold better this way, trust me… if you have fine, silky hair like myself, its hard to make it work otherwise.)

Now, put your hair in a pony tail. I usually go Kim K. style, right on the top of my head. Then put your hair through the do-nut.

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Once you have your hair coming through the top of the do-nut, and this is the tricky part that takes much practice, you are going to start folding your hair over the do-nut and tucking in snugly underneath.

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Finally, keep rolling the sock do-nut down as you continue to snugly put the loose hairs back underneath the do-nut until the bun sits nice and tight on the top of your head.

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F.Y.I, this takes practice.. even if you are super good with hair. I personally had to try the sock-bun process about 8 times before getting my first sock-bun to work. However, with each attempt it gets easier  and now I can throw this thing up in 5 minutes or less depending on how unruly my hair is that day =)

Now, my new favorite multi-purpose accessory, BENDABLE JEWELRY

The finance and I went to a craft show yesterday (yes, he actually willingly came =) and came across this sweet lady, Gina, and her awesome skill.

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When she began to demonstrate the versatility of this cool piece, I couldn’t pass it by. For instance, you can use it as:

A necklace:

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A bracelet:

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a head band, my personal preference on how to rock it!

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A scarf accent:

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and so much more. As you can see in the scarf picture, she sells accent pieces that clip on the bendable jewelry to change the look up or add some more pizazz! Oh and did I mention it was only $15, sweet deal!

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I don’t believe Gina has an actual store and I think she usually sells at weekend craft shows or online, so definitely check her out at Gina’s Jewels! She is so sweet and innovative, I loove it!

This could also make a great, unique Christmas present without breaking the bank!

Happy Sunday,

Kelley =)

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Scrapbook Online!

7 Aug

Scrapbook Online!

Something you ought to know about me, scrapbooking is one of my favorite hobbies! You might  be thinking dorky or hopefully share my enthusiasm = AWESOME, but either way I continue to love it especially that I found a way to do it online. I create a scrapbook every year and work on the book throughout the year. My BF and I just got back from Costa Rica in May (pictured above) and I was able to open my project, add my photos, design my pages and save until our next adventure later in the year!

The Walgreens photo book program is an simple 5 step process 

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1) upload/select photos from your walgreens account

2) choose a cover

3) pick backgrounds

4) personalize book

5) review and place order

Some benefits to scrapbooking online at Walgreens (and no I’m not being paid by Walgreens to say this =) include:

-no cleanup/ mess (you should have seen my old disaster zone dedicated to scrapbooking)

-highly customizable (the Walgreen’s program allows you to use their page layouts, or create you own by dropping and dragging pics/text)

-ability to mix and match book cover, themes, page layout and text

-store/ import your photos and save projects… you can work on your projects anywhere you have access to the internet!

-Walgreens often offers Photo Books coupons ( I never pay full price =)

-SAVINGS!! when it is all said and done, I save so much money & time with the online Walgreens program versus creating a book at home (all you intense scrapbookers know how much scrapbook supplies can run, especially the really fun stuff)

 NOTE: I have only used one other online scrapbook program from Snapfish, but did not like the program as much because it was not as customizable ( I really didn’t like that I could not resize photos or create my own page layouts)

How to utilize Walgreen’s Photo Program:

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The picture above is a screen shot of my current Walgreens photo scrapbook. I store all of my albums online ( in the event anything happens to my home, at least my fun memories are saved and accessible on the world wide web) and can easily pull over the photos I would like to use in my book by clicking on  the “photos” tab highlighted in orange in the picture below and then clicking on “get photos”.

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Walgreens has many book covers to choose from or you can create you own customized one from the “Covers” tab. The program also allows you to choose from many themes which you can mix and match if you so choose.

The layouts tab is nice as it has pre-designed page layouts that you can drop and drag photos into, or as I mentioned earlier you can create your own layout by resizing/adjusting photos.

BONUS—WANT THE PHOTO BOOK WITH FAMILY MEMORIES, BUT EVEN LESS WORK???? OR WANT TO GIFT IT TO SOMEBODY QUICKLY?

Once you have created a photo book project and uploaded your desired pictures to Walgreens, the program gives you the option to have the entire book randomly filled with all of the pictures! It takes only seconds and looks profesh!

To start working on your very own photo book now, go to Walgreens. First, create an account and then upload you pictures to the photo section. Once you are in Walgreens Photo section, you will see the tab for “Photo Books”  and there you can choose your size. I usually make the 8.5 x 11 classic option.

Check out these other fun photo GIFT OPTIONS from Walgreens!

If you have any questions, just let me know!

Happy Scrapbooking,

Kelley S =)

Simple D.I.Y Cooler

5 Jun

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Greetings Blogger World!

I know I know, it has been a while, but I got a good summer craft to talk about today. A while back before Christmas, I helped my cousin Shannon (who is in some sorority @ Alabama) make a cooler for a date party (I was never in a sorority but apparently making your date a cooler is standard protocol?!?). However, I’m not posting until now because on the off chance her date was an avid pinvestigation reader I would have spoiled the whole thing, ha…)

Now you might be thinking, how is this relevant to you… but, a cooler is a great gift to give in the summer, just maybe not so fratted out!

Any who, some girls get crazy with these coolers and spends lots of their parents dinerio pimping them out.. (If you have a daughter in a sorority you might pay close attention and save yourself some money here=)

Supplies:

cooler (I think it was from Wal-Mart)

paint color of choice (don’t forget to use you 40% off coupon @ Michaels or Hobby Lobby!)

paint brushes

letter stencils

modge podge

1 section of sand paper

printer with ink (or access to one)

Directions: (F.Y.I… I did not get intense and prep or prime this cooler. I only used the sand paper to create the light blue color above the fratabronia mountains..If you would like to prep your cooler, do check out these some tips at Sorority Sugar… personally, my thought was all the guy really cares about is what comes inside the cooler right?

Since my aunt and I primarily worked on this thing and weren’t really hip with the Greek life, google and/or pininterest helped us determined what the frat boys were up to. For instance TFM…

TFM= Total Frat Move… easy enough right. I just free-handed the simply sailboat and stenciled on some letters.. next I used a blowdryer so I wouldnt smudge the paint and moved on..

Fratabronia= (per the urban dictionary)

 Fratabronia : is a brotherhood of countless men across the country. Most, if not all, can find their roots in Indianapolis, IN. The Fratabronia, herein referred to as the frat, represents the essence of what it truly means to encompass all that is man.
Here I just used some blue painters tape to make the mountains (if you really care you can try to resemble them to the Patagonia mountains, but I was definitely not that intense). Blow dry and move to next side
The Fish:  Here I simply just printed the logo off a computer from a popular frat brand of clothing, Southern Tide (there is also Vineyard Vines & Polo logos that would be easy to modge podge on as well) and used modge podge to glue it to the cooler.
Keep Calm and Green On:  My aunt and I were running out of ideas for the last side… Keep Calm and Carry On was a popular saying at the time and we just made it fit. We also considered Got Greek? If you get stuck here are 58 other saying you could greek out
The Lid: Unfortunately, I don’thave a picture of the lid of the cooler, but my cousin painted a big bow.
After everything is dry and you are done painting, you can seal your beautiful piece of work with modge podge or spray from Krylon
Moral of the story: for most guys… it matters more what’s on the inside the cooler than on the outside… =) And if this isn’t the case, perhaps you should re-evaluate your date!
Hope this helps

Orleans Candle—Best Candle Ever!

8 Jan

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I received this gift [much gracias Aunt Maria Elena!] of smelly goodness at Christmas. The candle is made by “Orleans Candles” [link can be found below] and my favorite scent is Creme Brulee. I love this because it smells up my entire kitchen, living room, dining room and office [wear I’m typing this post at the moment enjoying the goodness]. The other great part about this candle is that it seems to last forever. I was gifted the 20 oz candle in mid december and burn this thing everyday. The featured picture above is my actual candle and I have hardly put a dent in it.

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Even better, I went to the website http://www.orleanscandles.com/ and also found that this product can be purchased in wax melts, only ($4.00) a piece and placed in a wax warmer. I love this option because it’s flameless (safer) and I always forget to blow out my candles.
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>>>>wax warner<<<< I originally got my wax warmer from Scentsy, but have found that the Better Homes brand from Walmart works just as well and is much cheaper!

Have you ever tried Orleans Candles? What about any of their other products like the oils and reed diffusers? What is your favorite scent? Do you know of any other candle brand that last forever, priced well, has a variety of products and smells amazing? I love your comments and reviews!!

Share YOUR thoughts!

Kelley =)

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Gift Idea!—Christmas Ornament Customized

6 Jan

Christmas Ornament Customized

Last wedding season this was one of my go to gifts to give [idea found from Bridal Musings Blod–link below] along with the customized coasters from a previous posts on pinvestigation. I give this idea a 5/5 rating for thoughtfulness, price and originality.

Supplies:

– A mememto from the wedding (i like to use the save the date or wedding invitation)

– A clear glass/plastic bauble ornament (with a lid you can take off –i bought mine from Hobby Lobby)

– Scissors

– String and or ribbon to hang the ornament

– Any additional decorative touches such as glitter, ribbons and/or and “I Do” charm as seen in the picture above

How I made the ornament pictured above:

-cut the wedding invitation into this strips (I usually cut the strips according to size of the font/text size on the invitation so you can read the words on each strip)

-wrap/roll each individual strip around a pencil to make the paper curl or twist

-remove the top of the ornament and place each curled invitation strip into the ornament

-cap the ornament and decorate ( in the picture above I used ribbon that matched the invitation and picked up and wedding ” I Do” charm from Hobby Lobby.

This gift is not only great for weddings, but also anniversaries, birthdays, babyshower ect. This could also make for a fun day of crafting ornaments for your own personal christmas tree!

~ Kelley =)

ps. I love comments! let me know what you think or whatever goodies you filled your ornament with!!

Bridal Musing Blod: http://bridalmusings.com/about/

Coasters Customized

3 Jan

coasters

Customized Coaster make the perfect, useful, inexpensive gift! I originally found this idea on pininterest from ‘A Couple of Craft Addicts’s blog. Since I made my first set, I have tweaked how I like to make my coaster &  give this crafty gift a 5/5 stars for price, thoughtfulness & a little DIY handy work!

How To

–Gather some pictures (generally from Facebook) that you want to use on the coasters (you can even use fancy scrapbook paper if lets say… your friends isn’t too photogenic)

–buy some small square tiles from a home store. I generally like to use the Travertine tiles (at lowes or home depot which look nicer) that are approximately 4×5″

–cut the pictures or paper to fit the small tiles leaving enough room that the tile makes a  border around the picture

–With the tile sitting on newspaper, modge podge your cut-out down to the tile. I like to put modge podge on both the back and front of the picture

–let dry and then take outside to spray with a clear acrylic coating for extra water resistance! I generally do this 2-3 times for good measure

–This last step is optional, but I like to cut out a square piece of felt smaller than the tile and modge podge to the back of the tile to help prevent scuffing any furniture surface.

And Voila, you have customized coaster!

Kelley =)

 

Hydrangea Wreath

3 Jan

wreath


The Hydrangea Wreath:
I give this crafty home decor find from Miss Lovie’s blog a 4/5 stars for the following reasons:

Pros:
-creative and cute idea (the picture above is how my own personal wreath turned out)
-easy to make (less than 1 hour)
-Miss Lovie gives good directions on how to assemble the wreath
-this project was a one stop shop for me ( @ Hobby Lobby) and I’m all about consolidating errands =)

Cons:
-the wreath was about $40 dollars to make which is not neccesarily a super bargain, but it is custom… And as my sister would say, “Creating Really Awesome FREE Things (@ her C.R.A.F.T. blog) are always the best! Although I love, love, love my wreath, it is slightly pricey for a DIY vs. just buying one.

Has anybody else made this project? What where you thoughts and suggestions? What would you rate this project?

you can find out how to do this project at the following site:
http://missloviecreations.blogspot.com/2011/04/hydrangea-wreath.html

Happy Home Decorating,
Kelley

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