#Inspiration Friday

Ok so I totally slacked blogging this week- sorry about that! It’s been insanely busy working my full time job, my part time job, and managing to have a life (those O-Town reunion concerts aren’t going to attend themselves….). But I’ll be back next week with some super easy display shelves that anyone can build. Pinky promise.

As for this week, I managed to squeak together another Inspiration Friday graphic for you, a quote from the magnificent Charles Eames. (See all of them here.)

take your pleasure seriously charles eames quote

Halloween Costumes Through the Years

A very happy Halloween to all of you! I thought I’d pop in to show you all my costume from this year, as well as share some costumes from the past.

This year I ventured into the world of face paint, which I was very nervous about, but it came out great and my skin behaved itself and didn’t break out. I apologize for the crummy pictures, they were all taken at parties where the lightly was spook-ily dimmed. :)

The Chesire Cat:

chesire cat face makeup how to halloween costume

  • I bought a cat ear headband online for a few dollars then used embroidery floss thread to add the purple and pink inside
  • I wore a purple and black striped tshirt (I already owned), a black skirt (already owned), and purple and black striped tights (under $5 at Walmart)
  • As for the face makeup, I used liquid and pencil black eyeliner and then white face paint then purple and pink eye shadows

The face paint took about 30-45 minutes, and I’ve literally never done it before so I was pretty pleased with how it came out. Here’s the how to:

  • Use your black pencil eyeliner to outline the shape of your mouth lightly on your face- you’re going to cover this up, but you need it to serve as your guide
  • Color in the shape using your white face paint (I used a q-tip to do this). It may take 2-3 coats to get it solid white
  • While your white is drying, use your liquid eyeliner to draw on your whiskers. I also had striped pink and purple eye shadow, and used a cream pink eye shadow to contour around my nose and under the smile (hard to see in pictures). You can add mascara and eyeliner to your liking as well
  • Finally, take your liquid mascara and trace around the outside of your smile and draw on your teeth

…as for my creepy ventriloquist dummy friend, you still just need white and black face paint/makeup. And apply fake lashes at the apples of your cheeks. She was horrifying.

chesire cat and alice in wonderlandOh and look at that- I found my Alice! Her costume is made out of TRASH BAGS. Seriously. She went as “trashy Alice in Wonderland” and I freaking love it.

And now a quick look at Halloweens of the past….

female halloween costumes easy no make up

In 2006 I was Batgirl, and just bought a little girls extra large costume (adult costumes were like triple the price!). I wore a bathing suit boy short bottom underneath it and nylons with knee high boots.

In 2008 I was an astronaut and made that costume out of a child’s puffy winter jacket and a cardboard box wrapped in a sheet with some dishwasher hoses I found in my apartment.

In 2009 I was a pin up girl, just another store bought costume there and a cute hairstyle. My ventriloquist friend went as 50′s housewife that year (sidenote: she THOUGHT her costume was called “Joan Cleaver” but it actually was called “Joan Cleavage.” Damn you, sexy Halloween costume stereotypes!)

In 2013 I went with the stereotype and bought a sexy cheeseburger costume… but it was just because I found it hilarious that the costume even existed. My trashy Alice in Wonderland was a lady Sherlock Holmes this year…she looked great!

So tell me…. what are YOU being for Halloween this year??

 

 

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Thrift Score Thursday #38- HALLOWEEN COSTUME EDITION!

I am super excited to be guest posting for Thrift Score Thursday again, hosted by Brynne (The Gathered Home), Trisha (Black and White Obsession) and Cassie (Primitive and Proper). Corinna (For My Love Of) and I are joining in to help hype up thrifty Halloween costumes, and if you saw my post Monday you can probably guess that Halloween costumes are right up my alley. :)

thrift score thursday halloween editionTake over the #ThriftScoreThursday tag with your thrifty Halloween costumes, old or new, and the favorites will be shared next week! :)

Over the years, I’ve have many-a-thrifty costumes. Last year I went the easy route and just bought a cheeseburger dress and called it a day, but my husband got creative with his Jayne (from Firefly) character: a shirt and pants from Salvation Army, and a knitted hat made by our friend’s mom, and a watch borrowed from our friend (the blurry one creeping in the back of the picture, haha). However, I think every year on this blog I’ve shared at least one image of my favorite Halloween costume, an astronaut I pieced together with a child’s puffy winter jacket, a cardboard box wrapped in a white sheet, some dishwasher hoses, and a DIY shift skirt.

Jayne costume hamburger costume astronaut girl female costume

Alright, let’s get down to business. How about this week’s awesome finds?

Sandra found these amazing brass deer, perfect to decorate with come Christmas time:

lightglassandtrend Heart her photo and follow her at LightGlassAndTrend

Shannon scooped us this amazing octagon table, and I’m super in love with it and all its’ spindles:

aninspirednestHeart her photo and follow her at AnInspiredNest

Thanks for having me, ladies! And everyone be sure to hop on to Twitter or Instagram and start sharing your best costumes with #ThriftScoreThursday!

Looking for more thrifty awesomeness? Continue on to the co-hosts, we each feature different finds:

Thrift Score Thursday Brynne color

Thrift Score Thursday Trisha color

Thrift Score Thursday Cassie

TST guest host Corinna

DIY Etched Leaf Coasters (and 24 other great fall projects!)

My aunt’s birthday was this month and I wanted to give her something inexpensive but thoughtful, more of an “I’m thinking of you” gift then a “big fancy happy birthday present,” you know?

Here’s what I came up with:

etched leaf coasters

I picked up 6 brown tiles at the Habitat Restore for 10 cents each, then put together a design for them in my Silhouette Cameo. Here’s a screen shot of what I ended up with:

etched tile outline

 

I went with 4 monogrammed tiles and two fall themed tiles (though I only ended up giving her 2 monogrammed ones and then the 2 with the leaves… I really need to work on centering my vinyl better).

I printed up the design on my Silhouette, placed the vinyl on my coasters, and used glass etching cream to etch them. I have this glass etching starter kit, which is super helpful because it comes with a hook and a scraper tool.

Because the ceramic tile is a bit more durable then glass, I let the cream sit for about 3 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Then I was left with this:

etched coasters

 

It’s really subtle, but they came out very cute. With a little felt hot glued to the bottom they were good to go!

To gift them, I just added a little fall themed ribbon and a tag and called it a day. Easy peasy!

easy handmade gift - personalized coasters

 

At 10 cents a pop I feel like these could be easily adapted to any holiday… or just buy whatever color tile matches the decor of the home and stick with a monogram.

 

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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge friends and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Paper Rosette Fall Wreath Hello Fall Sign Halloween Paper Bag Luminaries Spooky Mantle Ghost Town Dollar Store Placemat Jack O' Lantern Copper and Paper Embellished Pumpkins Ugly Sweater Wineglass Charms DIY Fall Leave Paper Wreath Starry Pumpkin Burlap & BOO Halloween Wreath Fall Paper Petals Fall Leaves Favor Tags 15 Minute Customized Halloween Buckets Gravestone Treat Bags with Free Cut File Beware of Zombies Halloween Shadow Box Welcome Sign Vampire Bat Specimen Boo-tiful Halloween Treats Little Turkey No Sew Thanksgiving Onesie Frozen Halloween Treats & Free Printable Fall Leaf Keychain Fall Lovin October Silhouette Challenge Punny #Hashtag Halloween Costume Still Falling For You Card DIY Etched Leaf Coasters

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14 Amazing DIY Backsplashes

Last week Hometalk emailed me that they loved my DIY painted faux tile backsplash and they wanted me to curate a board full of other inventive and DIY backsplash ideas, and I was super excited to do so. There are a zillion unique options out there, at a huge mixed range of prices, and even options for renters too!

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There’s 14 great ideas all clipped here, but I thought I’d highlight my top 3 here on the ol’ blog.

1. Engineer Your Space created a backsplash with fabric stapled to a piece of plywood, then placed a piece of tempered glass in front of it for safety and protection (this idea looks to be about $100-$150…. so it’d be a great idea for a renter who can’t actually add a real backsplash). Read more about it here.

fabric and tempered glass backsplash

 

2. Sara at House Bella added whitewash wood paneling to her whole kitchen and it looks so, so neat.  She installed the paneling both as a backsplash and counter front update for less then $100… so I bet supplies enough for just a backsplash would be awesomely inexpensive. Read more about it here.

diy backsplash inexpensive whitewash wood paneling

3.  Betty from Oh Everything Handmade added these gorgeous clay tiles to her kitchen and gives a great detailed tutorial on it. I love the design of them, so different from the subway tile we all see (and love) everywhere! Tile is obviously the most expensive of your options, but if you’re in a home you plan to be in for a bit, or a home you plan to flip, I think it’s totally worth it. Read the how to here.

clay tile how to install

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head on over to my my Hometalk board to scope out all the rest! There’s some awesome stainless steel and glass options, and of course some reclaimed pallet back splashes on there too.

What kind of backsplash do you have? And if you could have any kind, what would you install or create?

 

 

 

Craft Crate Console Table (for under $100!)

diy craft crate console media table

BAM! I built this piece of furniture. It might not be the most glorious piece of furniture to ever grace the earth, but I built it all by myself. And you can too.

We really needed something that wasn’t super obtrusive sticking out under our tv, because we only have a few feet of space between the bed and the wall. Previously there was a 5 year old  Target bookcase there and it just wasn’t doing it.

Here’s the materials list for this DIY Craft Crate console table:

  • Craft crates (duh…). I used two, but you can use however many you want for the length of table you need
  • Hobby board. I used this to  mount the craft crates on
  • (4) 21 inch parsons legs and (4) heavy duty top plates
  • (2) 2×2′s
  • Spraypaint, stain, primer of your choice (I used Zinsser spray primer, Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint, and Minwax stain cloths)

And as far as tools/supplies go:

  • Power drill and impact driver
  • Clamps
  • Wood screws
  • Wood filler
  • Gorilla Glue
  • At least a jigsaw (I used a miter saw to make some of my cuts easier, and a circular saw would have been handy too but I don’t have one)

minwax stain clothsI sanded the craft crates VERY WELL. Spend some time on this, particularly if you use stain cloths instead of just brush on stain. I used Walnut stain cloths first and found it to be more orange-y than I wanted, so once it dried (about 1.5 hrs later) I went back and used Dark Mahogany cloths. You can see the difference on the right hand side above.

The cloths actually worked wonderfully, and I’d totally recommend them (and no I was not paid to say that, Minwax doesn’t know me. Yet. HEY MINWAX. HI!!!!)

base of console table

  • I cut the hobby board to the length and width of the crates with both my miter saw and jigsaw (this is where a circular saw would have been helpful). Then I used my power drill to attach the top plates and screwed the legs into them. Once the legs were in I cut my 2×2′s down to create a brace around the bottom. If I was better at this, I would have taken some measurements and bought enough wood to create an X frame. Whoops. I attached the brace pieces with my impact driver and wood screws (with pilot holes!) 3 inches up from the bottom, just because that’s where they looked right to me.
  • Once the braces were all in I filled in the gaps with wood filler– this part made the whole table look 1000% more professional. Don’t skip out.
  • After the wood filler was dry I gave it a light sand and then sprayed it with a few light coats of primer and color. I love that you can see the wood grain through the oil rubbed bronze.

 

diy craft crate console table under 100

Because I’m a super professional carpenter, I used Gorilla Glue and clamps to attach the crates. It worked wonderfully, just give it plenty of time to dry and cure up.

I then used masking tape to tuck up wires so they didn’t hang underneath, but I still need to figure out a solution for the ones between the tv and stand. The magazine basket with the blanket hides some cords as well. :)

craft crate console table diy

What do you think? Doable for you? What else would you use craft crates for?  …Anyone want to come over to my dark bedroom to try and get better shots? :).

 

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

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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.