DIY Football Shirt (and a $100 giveaway to Expressions Vinyl!)

This week I forayed into the world of HTV, which is fancy pants lingo for Heat Transfer Vinyl, with little push from Expressions Vinyl  and their #VinylNFL challenge. So far on my Silhouette I’ve done lots of paper cutting and decal vinyl printing, but I’ve never attempted to make clothes.

Expressions Vinyl challenged me and a few other bloggers to use HTV in a football themed project, so my brain went right to creating a football shirt for my 2 year old nephew.

diy toddler football shirt long sleeve

Since we’re in Massachusetts I used red, white, and blue as my colors (like the New England Patriots)… the front boasts the team logo, but that’s far too simple for a personalized shirt so I put a little quote and image on the back too. That little star in the football is the cut out from the logo on the front– waste not want not, people!

Don’t forget, when using HTV you always want to feed the vinyl shiny side down into your Silhouette and mirror the image. Here’s a screen grab of what the logo looked like in my Silhouette software:

new england patriots logo for tshirtSee- backwards. This is super important, because it gets flipped back to normal when you iron it onto the shirt. Everyone’s iron is different, but for me I used a low steam setting and pressed hard for about a minute/minute and a half on each section I transferred, with an old towel acting as a buffer between the shirt with the HTV and the iron. Once it was cooled I turned it inside out and ironed from there too- I don’t think that’s necessary, but it just gave me piece of mind that it was on there good and strong.

new england patriots toddler shirt

Can we talk for a quick second about how difficult it is to get a non-blurry picture of a 2 year old? Holy cow! This is the best I could do, and he had to have his goat. Then I caught the back when he went to “go get eggs” from his DIY play kitchen. I just want to squeeze his cute little face. This kid can bring me pretend eggs all day long.

new england patiors long sleeve toddler shirt

I think he’s ready for some nachos and a big foam finger, don’t you?!!



Want to win $100 to Expressions Vinyl so you can create your own project?

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Want to see some more football inspired Silhouette projects? Click on any of the images below!


Morena Hockley @ Morena’s Corner

Morena Hockley @ Morena’s Corner

Vanessa Barker @ Our Thrifty Ideas

Vanessa Barker @ Our Thrifty Ideas

Melissa Viscount @ Silhouette School Blog

Melissa Viscount @ Silhouette School Blog

Staci Potter @ The Potters Place

Staci Potter @ The Potters Place









Lindsay Fekitoa @ Frenchie Wraps

Lindsay Fekitoa @ Frenchie Wraps

Heidi Kundin @ Happiness Is Home Made

Heidi Kundin @ Happiness Is Home Made

Kaysi Gardner @ Keeping It Simple Crafts

Kaysi Gardner @ Keeping It Simple Crafts

Sara Hoffman @ Major Hoff Takes A Wife

Sara Hoffman @ Major Hoff Takes A Wife




Formal Dining Room Mood Board

A few weeks ago Chairish (an exclusive curator approved, online marketplace for vintage furniture) contacted me to see if I’d be interested in designing a colorful room based around a chair, and it seemed like a fun challenge so I happily hopped on board.

First, if you’ve been around here long enough you know I have a deep love for chairs (check out my two tone chair redo, my herringbone chair redo, and my reupholstered chair update). Also, I have no rooms to start from scratch in sooooooo this seemed like a a good way to get that opportunity again too.

I chose to decorate using the Green High Back Tufted Broyhill Chairs and actually ended up with 2 separate boards because I found too much stuff to cram into one.

Here’s the first one (this is my first attempt at a design board, please be kind, :) ):

formal dining room mood board


1. Capital Lighting Hutton 3 Light Chandelier from Wayfair: This light is ever so slightly gold tinted and I think plays really well off the chairs. They’re a classic design and not demanding, so it leaves room for other pieces to be the focal point.

2. Hounds by James Jean wall art: I am more then a little obsessed with this artist. I think this large piece would be awesome above a buffet and really pulls in the wall color and chair colors perfectly. Plus it’s super weird and awesome so it’d be a great talking point at the table.

3. Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore wall color: I mean really, is there another wall color right now? I don’t think so. Move over Radiant Orchid, because Hale Navy is a serious crowd pleaser and definitely a favorite in the design world right now.

4. Green High Back Tufted Broyhill Chairs via Chairsh: The inspiration for the whole room!

5-7: All Chairish finds that would be awesome together as a centerpiece. I picture the deer antlers flanking the round wood cutting board with glass dome (which would be filled with succulents). The brass letter holder adds some glam and could hold silverware or napkins.

8. Flokati Rug via Chairish: This one is a little small, but it’s a very popular style right now so it’d be easy to find an 8×10. I think something lush and light would work really well with the darker wall color and heaviness of some of the rest of the room.

chairish collage 2

Now you know I had to go ahead and add a little DIY to this room too!

  • The table by Shanty 2 Chic is….wait for it…. only $125 for supplies! WOW. Check out the tutorial here.
  • The DIY Card Catalog Cabinet by Decor and the Dog would be awesome in the corner of the room looking all chic and like it’s full of tiny little things, but then opening up to hold realistically sized supplies  like table runners, servingware, etc.

And last but not least, I included these bamboo shades by Payless decor and these curtains by Ikea to frame out the room.


What do you think? Is this a room you’d want in your house? What else would you add?

Blogland Tour

Last week I was invited by Dorrie of Simple Southern Charm to take place in a little “get to know each other” tour of blogland. If you haven’t seen Dorrie’s site yet, you are missing out- be sure to stop by her “before and afters” section to get a feel for who she is and what she does (and prepare to be amazed!)

simple southern charmSo, if you’re new around here (or you’ve been here a while and noticed I don’t share personal stuff a lot), read on….

  • What are you working on right now?

Project-wise, I hop around quite a bit. Right now I’m thinking up some media console ideas (one for our bedroom and one for my husband’s classroom), as well as focusing on my garden. I’ve also had unfinished basement stairs for ooooooh about 2 years now, so maybe some day I’ll get on that. In the bigger picture, I was invited to a party at HGTV next month (!!!!!!) so I’ve been busy building up my social media presence and getting business cards and outfits together.

design and home decor quote

  • How does my work differ from others?

I focus on fixing up our house knowing that in 3-4 years we’re going to sell it. This means I do a lot of cosmetic updates and home decor projects and not big renovations, and I’ve always got an eye for return on investment. Here’s 3 of my most popular low budget/high impact projects:

how to paint faux molding on a door

painted tile back splash

painted tile back splash

painted bathroom tile

  • Why do I write/create what I do?

I started this blog as a way to let my family follow along with what I’m doing, but then it grew into a creative outlet and place to connect with other people with the same interests as me. I’ve made some awesome friends through this site, and gotten lots of amazing inspiration. I am a regular person that had literally zero experience in home updates/painting/DIY before I bought a house, and I hope this blog lets other women know that they can do literally anything they want to, even if they don’t know how and they’ve never tried before.


  • How does your writing/creative process work?

That’s a surprisingly difficult question. I think I just see something, my brain clicks, and off I go to get my supplies and get to work. Some of my projects were done at 10 at night because I had an idea and I had to do it right this second, some of my ideas got mulled over for months until I found the absolute perfect way to do it. My pictures on the blog are always lacking because I get so into what I’m doing that I forget to stop and document the process, and my posts get written pretty quickly because I feel like I’m sort of a natural writer and I’d rather my posts show my train of thought then be articulately mulled over and updated.



And now, let me pass off the torch to 3 of my real life blogging  friends …

colleen bio pic Colleen and I have been friends since high school and she very recently launched her site, Being Your Change all about her journey to fitness as a real actual woman with a real actual body. In 2012 she was diagnosed with melanoma and had surgeries and treatments, which led to fitness being not quite the priority anymore. In 2013 she found motivation to get in shape and now she’s sharing what works for her, what might work for you, and a big wide internet space  where it’s safe to share and talk about body image struggles.


  • be your own ladyAshlie is a college friend of mine that recently redesigned and renamed her site to Be Your Own Lady.  She wants to encourage women to do whatever it is that makes them shine, whether it’s sporting red lipstick or rocking potter’s clay under their fingernails or staying in tonight, thank you very much.  It’s  a spot that should never make you feel bad for doing things differently and will highlight  adventures in motherhood, education, marriage, family, and life.



    ann blog picI had the pleasure of working with Ann of Such a Mama about 4 years ago (has it really been that long?!) and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. Ann is a working Mama with serious Pinterest-Party execution abilities and a great eye for gardening. She shares lots of activities for pre-preschoolers and younger, great healthy recipes (and how to sneak good stuff into a picky kid’s diet), and is in a fantastic Wordless Wednesday Link up.

    Food Habits and Saving Dinner

    One of my friends asked me the other day, as I ate chopped up raw veggies with  hummus for lunch, if I was “still on a diet” to which I proclaimed it’s a lifestyle change, not a diet (unless you have cake, because then I will want that).

    lifestyle diet quote

    I mentioned in this post  that I am working on being healthier and losing weight and today I wanted to share some of the most best steps I took and a service that really helped:

    • GRADUAL change. I’ve known I wanted to change things for quite a while, but to make it a lifestyle change you’ve got to be careful.  I was a TERRIBLY picky eater, and I spent about 7 months forcing myself to try new foods and develop a palate before I even attempted a diet. I also had to ease off bread. Man, I love bread. But you just don’t need it at every meal.
    • INVOLVEMENT in the process. I go to the farmer’s market and pick out good stuff that’s in season, and I grow a bit of food myself, which forces me to stare at my choices a lot more then running through the grocery store and grabbing the regular go-to’s does. The compost bin system I started is a surprisingly help too- if I have nothing to throw in the bin, then I know I didn’t eat any fruits/veggies that day.
    • PORTION control. This is a huge thing that a service called Saving Dinner has done for me, because they give you weekly meals portioned out to just 2 people. And cooking for just 2 people is surprisingly difficult. (There’s options to choose a menu for more people, but it’s just me and Matt at our house.)
    • OUTSIDE help. This is the other thing that Saving Dinner did for me. Saving Dinner is a menu planning service, which is perfect during a lifestyle transition time. I’m super excited to cook healthy meals, but if you’ve never done that before then you just don’t know what to cook, and Saving Dinner will help.

    saving dinner logo

    Some of my favoritest new meals, to which Saving Dinner provided me the recipes for in their weekly menu mailer are:

    • Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Salsa (ps- omg. cucumber salsa. you neeeeed this)
    • Chicken with Avocado Sauce (you can make avocados into a sauce!!)
    • Turkey and Vegetable Omelet (breakfast for dinner, hooray!)
    • Chicken and Vegetable Kabobs (food on a stick is always fun)
    • Lemony Pasta (yes, I still eat pasta. I just can’t quit you, pasta.)

    So it’s nothing crazy or bland, it’s good whole meals that leave me full and happy. And it’s helpful to use a service because, for example, I just forgot that kabobs are a thing so I’ve literally never made them before. Then we had friends over for a bbq and made our own veggie and chicken kabobs instead of cheeseburgers and everyone was still happy.

    eat better feel better quote

    Here’s the run down on Saving Dinner:

    Saving Dinner offers Classic, Paleo, Low Carb, and Daytime menus delivered to you each week via email. Each menu contains shopping lists and nutritional information, and you get lots of emails in between with tips and tricks for things to add-in to your food and things to substitute with. And even more, you get your own log in to the site so you can  pick and choose which meals want each night and plan for the whole week ahead of time. It’ll even generate your shopping list for you once you do so! I highly recommend you give it a try.


    So tell me- what works for you when making big changes in your eating habits? Any good lunch and dinner suggestions? Are you a farmer’s market lover too?diet goal setting


    saving dinnerSaving Dinner provided me with 3 months of access to their site, but all opinions (and bread-less stomachs) are mine- this is a service that I really do think is great.

    High 5 for Friday

    Every now and then I link up with Lauren Elizabeth top list my top 5 for the week, so here’s what’s going on in my world right now:

    1. I scored this sweet 7×10 rug from Bed, Bath and Beyond for just $90 (!!!) and it arrived on Monday. It is absolutely perfect in my living room, and spurred me to rearrange some things and I’ll be reupholstering a bench soon too. (Pro tip: This rug was on clearance and not available in my store but you can’t use a 20% off coupon online even though they don’t restrict clearance items– go into the store and order online with an associate to use the coupon)

    grey and beige trellis rug

    2. My garden is doing a great job at providing us with a bit of food. I’ve got more herbs then I know what to do with (a sprig of spearmint in my water everyday for the past few weeks…mmm!) and lots of cucumbers right now, my tomatoes are starting to turn red and both types of peppers should be ready in a few weeks too. Success!

    backyard garden

    3. Matt and I just finished watching the first 2 seasons of Hannibal and it is excellent. If you like horror tv then this is a must watch, every single detail is amazing from the set design to the script.


    4. This past weekend from Saturday-Monday afternoon Matt and I had our nephew over to our house. We adventured to the children’s discovery museum, to a huge petting zoo farm, and to the park. He’s going to be 2 next month so it was really fun (and exhausting!) to have a long weekend slumber party and play all weekend.

    jack and matt

    5. Tomorrow we’re going on a day trip with 2 of our best friends to their home town and it should be a fun, silly day with good food and good laughs. I’ve been looking forward to it for weeks!

    from a weekend getaway a few years ago

    from a weekend getaway a few years ago


    How’s your week been? What’s happening in your world?

    GIVEAWAY: Painted Fox (Home Decor Awesomeness)

    ***This giveaway is now closed– Kelly, congrats on your win!!***

    A few weeks ago Painted Fox started following me on Twitter and I ended up spending a good long time gazing longingly at all the amazing stuff in their store, so I put on my big girl pants and sent them an email asking if they’d like to collaborate. And they said YES! :)

    The girls behind the store, Christine and Jen, are lovely and so so friendly- I’m thrilled to be able to offer one of YOU  a $50 gift certificate to their store.

    giveaway painted fox treasures freeFrom their website:

    Painted Fox is an online retailer, specializing in fabulous farmhouse décor! Our eclectic collection of vintage styled treasures has been hand picked for all of the spaces where you live your lovely life…and is sure to add a touch of farmhouse swag to your homestead!    At Painted Fox, it is our mission to offer you an unbeatable selection of home treasures at incredible prices.  


    They sent me a few cute products to review, but their inventory changes constantly as they hunt down bargains and treasures to share so be sure to visit their site and take a look!

    elephant ring holder painted fox

    This little elephant now sits above my kitchen sink to hold my rings while I do the dishes, and when he’s not holding rings he still looks neat perking up the window sill.


    small dish with heart logo

    This past weekend my girlfriends and I went to Newport, RI and stayed in a little condo above a beauty shop. The shop was kind enough to leave us each little bags of samples, so now this dish holds them all on my sink. And when the samples are used up, it can switch gears and hold my jewelry and glasses while I shower.


    small blue painted plate

    This plate is absolutely perfect adding a splash of color to our bar while holding wine charms and a bottle opener.


    And now on to the good part- THE GIVEAWAY! Literally all you need to do is leave a comment below (about anything! tell me how you’d use these accessories, find something on their site you love and share what it is, or just say hi!).  

    Make sure to enter your email address so I can get in touch with you, and you’re entered. Winner will be notified Monday July 7th. 


    Homemade Lavender Lotion

    Gift certificates are my favorite, easy, go-to presents for people… but I hate to just hand a card to someone without giving them something to open so I try to add a little trinket to go along with it.

    For my sister-in-laws birthday a few weeks ago I went with a little jar of home made lotion, and it was so so easy. If you’ve been following along for a little bit, you know I partnered up with Stephenson Personal Care to develop DIY soap recipes- they recently asked if I wanted to give lotion making a try and I was allllll over it.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    home made lotion ingredient recipe

    As far as the jar goes, I used a glass jar leftover from some roasted red peppers and just painted the lid with craft paint. I think a salsa jar would work well too– anything with a wide enough opening that you could reach your hand in. It’d work with a pump too, the lotion isn’t super thick.

    You can really use any scent you want, and make it any color you want. I went with lavender because I recently gave her some DIY lavender soap so I thought they’d pair well together. Then I followed the instructions on my food coloring box to color the lotion- but don’t worry, it doesn’t make your skin lavender too. :)


    how to make home made lotion

    Once it’s in the jar and colored I add just a small amount of aloe vera gel to give it a little more conditioning (especially in the summer time!) and enough lavender drops that it was even throughout but not overwhelming. You can stir with a spoon or whatever you have on hand.

    easy DIY lotion

    I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a monogram for the lid and a label for the jar, and it looks so so cute. I can’t wait to make a batch for myself!!

    home made DIY lotion recipe

    So what do you think? What scent would you make it? I was thinking I might try lemon, but something about yellow lotion is a little… unappealing… so maybe I’ll color it blue ;)



    Disclosure: I received the Stephenson’s Personal Care lotion base for free but paid for the other ingredients and created the recipe myself. And as always, this is something I’d love doing, and recommend to you, with or without the partnership.