runDisney Snow White Costume Tutorial

Every year, I dress up for the runDisney Princess half marathon. For the past couple of years, my friend Jen and I have been super creative with matching costumes, but this year we both had a lot going on, and February snuck up on us. We still wanted to dress up and “sort of” match, so we decided to go with clothing we already owned so that we just had to add a couple of accessories to our princess costumes.

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I already had a yellow running skirt and blue top, so I thought Snow White would be “easy”, except I totally forgot I am the least artistic person on earth and nothing related to costume creation is ever easy for me.

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I had seen a few similar costumes on Pinterest, and thought I could figure out a way to create the sleeves on my own, but still look just as good as people with sewing machine today (and sewing skills). Yall, I tried really hard. If you didn’t get too close to me at the race you never would have known, but the photos below clearly show off my skills. But if you want an easy(er) way to create these sleeves and don’t have a sewing matching but own a needle and thread (or can buy one), then my tutorial is for you. remember, if I can do this, you can do this.

SUPPLIES:

-blue tank (mine is cotton from Target, I got it on clearance for $3. I know cotton is a running no no, but I wasn’t spending any more money on this costume than I had to.

-yellow running skirt from runningskirts.com. My favorite brand. They have POCKETS which is a great help during a race. (affiliate link)

-red headband or ribbon (I got mine at Mouse Gears inside EPCOT for $12.95. I love it so much I wore it around the parks, too!) You could always use leftover ribbon from your sleeves to create a bow or headband, too.

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-white and blue thread

– 1 yard of knit elastic

– 2 yard of 1 inch thick blue ribbon

-2 yards of 1 inch thick red ribbon

– push pins

WARNING: Do not get ribbon with wire. It will poke you the whole race. The only thinner red ribbon at my craft store had wire so I bought it. Don’t make my mistake!

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The first thing you need to do for your sleeves is cut two pieces of elastic and sew them together for the bottoms of the sleeves.

WARNING: Make the fit snug, but don’t cut off circulation. I made the mistake of making mine too loose, and it started pulling down the straps of my tank b/c the elastic was sliding down my arms. If I were to do this again (haha) I would have done the elastic a little tighter.

All I did was used white thread and literally sewed the two ends together at the ends. That’s it. Nothing fancy or pretty. I figured no one would be close enough to see that it didn’t all line up perfectly.

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Then came the more complicated part. I knew I wanted 3 red pieces and 2 blue pieces of ribbon on each arm. So I did the longest 2 pieces in the middle then shorter pieces after that with one of the pieces more in the front than back. Confusing? Maybe this helps. For each arm I cut:

-1 red 10” and one blue 10”

-1 red 9” and one blue 9”

-1 red 8”  <—-to be closer to the front. I didn’t care about having ribbon more towards the back. Check it out below. I then took each piece and pinned it to my elastic. I personally did it so that the seam of the elastic was on the back of my arm and not underneath so it wouldn’t rub me when I ran. Then I kind of “pleated” each piece of ribbon (best I could, it’s hard yall), and pinned them all on so that the ribbon reached about halfway down the width of the elastic (don’t worry, this is the underside that no one will see!)

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Then I got to sewing. Well, what resembled sewing. Don’t laugh. This is the final product. I used white thread and just started on one side and literally just sewed over and under all the way across. It looked AWFUL, but again, would be on the underside.

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I then did the same exact thing to the other side, so I had two detached sleeves.

I then switched to my blue thread, and again just literally sewed a line down the inside of the sleeve of the tank, attaching each piece of ribbon with about 3-4 stitches as I went. It wasn’t the best hold ever, but would do for one race. I did the other sleeve (make sure you sew underneath and not on top of the tank!) and I was done!

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I didn’t try it on b/c I was afraid I would rip/mess something up, but thankfully all went well on race day and it held together just fine! I got tons and tons of compliments, but really all I did was sew together some ribbon and buy a headband. Everything else I already had. Some people choose to do a cape and collar or hold an apple, but I knew a cape and collar would bug me, and I already hold my phone when I run so I didn’t want to bother with another prop. So there you have it! My Snow White runDisney costume!

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QOTD: Have you ever dressed up for a race?

How to Paint a Table in One Day

When Bobby and I got married, we were gifted with my parent’s old dining room table. This table has been around for awhile, and I’m thinking was the “hot” item from the late 80’s because I have seen said table and chairs SO MANY TIMES over the years.

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We were very thankful to not have to purchase a table as newlyweds, and it was still in great shape (aside from a stain form when I was 7 and my dad spilled shoe polish on it trying to clean my white church shoes. (I told you it’s been around for a long time!)

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Since we moved into our current house almost two years ago, I have been itching to paint the table. I scoured Pinterest for instructions and before and after photos. Everyone seemed to say something different, and I got a little bit confused. I put the idea out of my head because the past two years have been super busy, but decided for my Mother’s Day gift this year I wanted the table painted. I figured it would be a lot cheaper than getting a new table, and I decided to enlist the help of my dad who is a great painter.

They came into town last weekend, and my dad and I headed to Lowes. We had an idea in out heads, and confirmed with the guy in the paint department before purchasing.

We went home, put an old sheet in the garage, brought the table out, and did a little bit of sanding.

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Then, it was time for primer.

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This primer dries really fast, so we were able to paint two coats fairly quickly.

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We waited a couple of hours until we were sure it was dry, and then started with the paint.

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This paint is really nice and goes on very smoothly and covers well. We still decided to do two coats, but it was plenty.

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We finished off with a couple coats of a sealant. This isn’t 100% necessary, but because it is a dining room table that will be used daily, and we have a toddler, we decided it would help the table to hold up longer.

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We decided to change out the rug with the one we had in front of the couch, and take the leaf out of the table to give more room in the dining room area. I am so pleased with how it turned out! It feels like I have a whole new dining room and we only spent about $50. I bought the chairs from Wayfair.com a few months ago. They were on sale and have free shipping.

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If you have any questions about what we did shoot me an email or leave a comment here. Good luck!

QOTD: Have you ever painted furniture?

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Details

I have had a few people ask about some of the details of the decorations and such for Emma Kate’s first birthday party, so I wanted to do a separate post and share just how we pulled everything together for a fun party.

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First of all, I must disclose, I am not a crafty person, and most of these items were bought from a lady who had a Minnie Mouse party for her daughter and then was selling the decorations because she didn’t want to just throw them away. I bought them all for a steal, and plan to re sell them myself!

We got Emma Kate’s cake from a local place called Lulu’s Sweet Shop here in Madison. If you are local to the area I highly recommend! Cake’s are pricey, but it tasted really good!

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Part of the large assortment of things I got from the lady I purchased decorations from were a few types of candy from a candy bar she had for her daughter’s party. I bought a few other candy types form Oriental Trading to round out the bar. I used various vases and glassware from around the house for containers and it turned our great!

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These two adorable Minnie’s came with the bundle I bought so I have no idea where she got them.

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I have newborn and six month canvases of EK that I bought and never hung up so I used them as decoration on the fireplace above her birthday banner. The highchair banner came with the bundle too, but I think even I could have made that. It was just a piece of burlap with felt letters hot glued to it, then I just taped it up under the highchair.

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For food we had a veggie tray, fruit tray, Chick-Fil-A nuggets, sandwiches, Boudin, and chips and salsa.

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I printed off Emma Kate’s monthly photos and used clothes pins to pin them to a Minnie Mouse ribbon. Then I safety pinned the ribbon to the table cloth. It was something I did on a whim, and it turned out great! I put her party invitation as the middle photo.

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More decorations from the bundle I bought. I think the two Minnie baskets were Easter baskets, they had handles on the inside.

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We had water, pink lemonade, and soft drinks. The containers are from Bed Bath and Beyond, and I love them because you can put ice in the middle to keep the drinks cold without watering them down.

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I bought a helium tank at Wal-Mart and we did our own balloons. Honestly, we only did a few, I wanted to do more but we ran out of time and I just kind of didn’t care anymore.

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I put the wreath that we had on the door at the hospital out front, along with a huge inflatable Minnie that I got in my bundle (you can find it online.)

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I bought balloons from Amazon because I knew I wanted pink, and the ones that come with the helium tank are multi colored.

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In addition to cake, we of course also had Orange Leaf frozen yogurt. I was trying to figure out the best way to distribute yogurt of different flavors, so I decided to put stickers on each one, and the different colors were for different flavors. Worked out well!

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We also had sidewalk chalk and bubbles for the kids so they could play outside, but it was pretty warm that day.

I was happy with the way everything turned out. I think I decorated just enough to make it fun, but not so that my entire house was pink/Minnie Mouse. We had just enough food, and I’m trying to refrain from eating the rest of the candy from the candy bar. Winking smile

QOTD: What is your favorite party theme for kids? Favorite cake flavor?

Emma Kate’s First Birthday Party

Over the weekend, we had friends and family come into town to celebrate Emma Kate’s first birthday! She officially won’t be one until Thursday though.

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It was a very hot day which was a bummer because I was hoping we could hang out in the backyard but no such luck. Bobby grilled boudin in the blazing hot sun.

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We of course had some Orange Leaf frozen yogurt with our cake!

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We also had a candy bar and plenty of food.

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Chic-Fil-A nuggets, fruit, veggies, chips and salsa, sandwiches, pork, crawfish, and shrimp boudin, and of course cake.

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I printed off a picture of Emma Kate from every month and used them as decorations.

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She was not a huge fan of the icing on her smash cake and didn’t like how it felt on her fingers.

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It was organized chaos with all the kids but we had a great time with about 30 people in the house.

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I plan to do another post with more pictures of the decorations etc. so stay tuned for that if party planning is something that interests you. I seemed to manage to catch another cold so I am feeling pretty crummy and am going to try to lay low for the next couple of days. I hope everyone has a great Monday!

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QOTD: Favorite flavor of cake?

Baby M’s Nursery Tour

Finally! Time for the nursery tour! I am just about done with baby M’s nursery, so I thought in honor of being 37 weeks today (eekkk!) I would finally share it. I think it came out well for the amount of money we spent on it, read on and I will explain the meaning and “how to” behind some of the pieces and how we were able to create this space on a budget. At the bottom of the post, I will list where I purchased different items in case anyone is interested!

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Ok let’s start with the basics. I love, love, love, pink, but didn’t want a bubble gum explosion of pink in the nursery. When I found a lot of cute photos of aqua and pink together I knew it was what I wanted. Not to mention, if we have a boy next, the walls are already blue!

I picked up a gallon of paint at Sherwin Williams and my sweet dad painted the room for me.

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He also painted the dresser for me to be a changing table. I knew I didn’t want to buy an actual changing table because…well, what do you do with it when your child is potty trained? At least a dresser could continue to be used. I decided one that was in my guest bedroom (that was actually part of my childhood bedroom set) would be perfect.

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You can’t really tell from the photo, but this poor dresser was beat up! Nicks, scratches, stains, etc. were all over it, so keeping it white was out of the question without repainting it anyway. I saw some ideas on Pinterest and thought a nice pop of pink would look great against the blue walls anyway. I read through SO MANY tutorials on painting furniture that it gave me a headache. Some claimed you HAD to sand, some claimed you HAD to put a coat of sealant, and so on. I don’t really know the differences in stains and paints and latex and satin and all of that, so I went to Lowes and the guy was super helpful. We ended up using a coat of primer (thanks mom!) and then a coat of the pink paint and it came out great!

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Dad painted the pink for me, too.

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One coat gave it kind of an antique like finish, I am sure if you wanted a more solid one another coat would do it. I also knew I wanted cute hardware for the dresser because the old stuff was just well…ugly and brass. I bought two fake crystal knobs from Lowes, and tried my hardest to find handles that lined up with the existing holes, but they don’t make this odd size from probably 22 years ago.

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I ended up buying a can of spray paint, and painted the existing handles to look silver/nickel and I think it tuned out ok!

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Next, we put up the curtain. I splurged on this one because I wanted a well made blackout curtain and had been looking all over for just the right pattern. I ended up getting the bedding to match as well which had been a huge headache for me at first.

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The curtain and the cute pink toppers both came from Pottery Barn. I had a 15% off coupon plus free shipping so it wasn’t too bad.

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The glider and ottoman you may have already seen from my sad attempt at a DIY project. The round table was a hand me down from my parents. I would like to paint it white, but honestly right now I just don’t have the energy to deal with it. Any volunteers?

The pink lamp shade came from Wal-Mart. The lamp itself is another hand me down from my parents, but the shade was pretty ugly so I found this cheap but cute one the other day. The adorable stuffed animal bin that looks like a baby carriage was a shower gift.

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Next was the crib. It was a shower gift along with the mattress, and had been sitting in our garage since we moved in, and I was ready for it to be up so I could place everything in the room where I wanted it. After a particularly hard/bad day, Bobby surprised me and started putting it together, hooray!

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As I mentioned before, I ended up getting my bedding from Pottery Barn as well. There were SO MANY adorable sets on Etsy, but in reality they were all way to expensive. (It’s a sad day when Pottery Barn is cheaper!) Since I knew it would match the curtains and the fabric would hold up well, I went ahead and bought it. The Cinderella castle picture about the crib is the Thomas Kincade print that used to hang in my foyer, but I thought it would be cute in here. The frame above the changing table I bought at Michael’s, it was already that color. I took one of the shower decorations that Karen made and framed it on a mat of chevron paper. I think it came out cute!

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I think Bella approves (that or she really wanted baby M’s giant Mickey). Also, before anyone flips out, the bumpers will be coming out at first.

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The last part to come together was the bookshelf. I knew I wanted something relatively short but with enough space to put books and toys in…and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I found this one in natural wood at Wal-Mart for $17.99, we threw a couple coasts of spray paint on it, and although it doesn’t look perfect, it’s functional (and cheap!) The adorable prints above the bookshelf were made by Karen. She saw that I had pinned something similar that you can purchase, and told me she could probably make them for me, so she did! I bought the three frames on sale at Michael’s, as well as the two bins at the bottom for toys and things. I know the top looks bare…I had to remember to take down some lettering of baby M’s name I had sitting up there. Smile It’s super cute and I will show you after she is born!

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I know the room looks so nice and neat and bare…but trust me, the mess is just hidden in the closet!

I used an old shoe rack I had to store some things on the floor, and had an old t-shirt organizer I was able to hang next to it. I sorted clothing by size (except for things that needed to be hung up) and put it in the pink dresser and it the hanging organizer.

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I think it came out well, and I can’t wait to show baby M! As you can see, we did NOT spend a lot of money on this room. Everything was either gifted, hand me down, DIY, or found on sale and pieced together. It is possible! There are still a couple of things I would like to do….possibly a rug, and a shelf for one of the walls to put photos and such, but this is it for now unless something catches my eye between now and D-day! Thanks for reading about the nursery tour!

Wall paint: Sherwin Williams Mariner Blue (one gallon was more than enough)

Dresser paint: Pink Burst at Lowes (small can was more than enough for one coat).

Crib: From Target, brand is Delta

Curtain and rod/ends: Pottery Barn Baby, Harper collection

Bedding, bumpers and crib skirt: Pottery Barn Baby, Harper collection

Bookshelf: Mainstays is the brand, from Wal-Mart ($17.99)

All frames: Michael’s Craft store on sale ranging from $7-$18)

Dresser knobs: Lowe’s (approximately $4.00 each)

Pink and blue bins in bookshelf: Michael’s craft store (on sale $6.50 each)

Fabric for glider and ottoman: Michael’s craft store, 2 yard for the chair, one for the ottoman

Lamp shade: Wal-Mart ($8.00)

Changing pad and cover: Target (shower gift)

Baby M’s Gender Reveal Party

Ever since we found out we were pregnant, my mom has wanted to throw us a gender reveal party.

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I always liked the idea and thought it was a fun way for your closest friends and family to all find out the sex of the baby together, so we planned it for right after my 19 week anatomy scan.

I set up a secret Pinterest board that my mom and I shared (it’s public now in case anyone is looking for ideas, I will be pinning my party stuff to it, too), and the “team pink vs. team blue” sounded right up our alley. We invited my parents neighbors who we are close to and who watched me grow up, as well as some of the extended family. Bobby and I both had a couple friends come into town, too.

The plan was for a casual party. My dad was going to BBQ until he was put in the hospital, and we weren’t even sure we were having a party until Thursday afternoon. We decided to get catered BBQ instead and everything ended up working out just fine with the food.

I decorated Friday night after discharging my dad from the hospital and all Saturday morning before the party started at noon. We went with a simple pink and blue theme with candy and fun decorations. The fun started right when you walked in the front door with balloons on the mailbox and signs up in front of the house.

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We had a tally board and everyone had to pick a “team” when they arrived, and wear a “it’s a boy” or “it’s a girl” sticker during the party. We also had a bowl for name suggestions for baby M.

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I also had these cute Under Armour onesies up when you walked in the front door.

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The girls were even dressed up as new big sisters.

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I decorated the dining room, kitchen, living room, and sunroom since people would be eating wherever they found a spot to sit.

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For food we had BBQ pulled pork and chicken as well as potato salad, baked beans, corn, salad, cracker and dip…and of course, cake.

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I made little signs for the food and drinks labeling the different options.

In the dining room we had the cake set up with some candy, as well as the drinks on the buffet table. We had a champagne punch for the pink drink, Hawaiian punch mixed with lemonade for the blue, and almond tea along with soft drinks.

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The cake table was of course my favorite. We bought a helium tank and my dad was in charge of all the balloons.

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I even put glow cubes in the wine glasses with the candy, and I had some up along the tulle on the fireplace in the living room.

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We ate first, and everyone seemed to really enjoy the food. I hardly ate anything, I was ready for the main event and couldn’t concentrate.

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Finally, it was time to cut the cake! I was shaking I was so nervous. It all kind of seems like a blur now, so I am glad we have it on video! Be sure to watch AFTER the graphic comes up showing the gender, there is more to the video.

 

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Now to buy all things pink, frilly and fun! #TeamPink coming your way September 30!

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QOTD: Have you ever been to a gender reveal party? Did you think I was having a girl?

Fall Pinterest Crafts

Last year, I went out on a limb and finally completed a Pinterest craft. I have so many things pinned, but either don’t have the time (or the patience) to actually do one of the crafts.

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It actually turned out better than I expected for my non-crafty self, and so I wanted to try something for this year, but wasn’t sure what to do. So, I again headed over to trusty Pinterest to find some cute and easy (for me) ideas. Yall, there are SO MANY to choose from! Absolutely no shortage of ideas. Here are my favorite fall Pinterest crafts:

Fall candle holder:

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Mason jar lid pumpkin:

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Fall frames:

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Initial pumpkin:

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Pumpkin Tree:

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Thoughts? Any favorites from this bunch? I think the last one is my favorite, but it is a bit intimidating to make! Happy fall y’all! Hope the temps are cooling down wherever you are!

QOTD: Do you make any of your own fall decorations? Ever done a fall Pinterest craft? Which is your favorite?

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5 Pinterest Crafts

Ok, show of hands, who loves Pinterest? Pretty sure almost everyone. next question, who pins tons of cool things and ideas, but then never actually does them? Um…guilty! I will be the first to admit I am not a crafty person. However, there are some seriously cute, cool, functional, and smart ideas on Pinterest I would be wise to take advantage of. Here are five that I really like and hope to try/implement/do in the near future.

1.)  Towel baskets: We don’t have a ton of shelf space in our master bathroom, so the towels are currently under the sink. I think this is a cute and cheap way to give us back our sink space and display our towels. Plus, it looks simple enough! I like these Rattique Baskets.

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2.) Great gift idea! Put stick-on decals on a picture frame and remove the back of the frame.

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3.) Nail Polish Keys: Paint nail polish on different keys so you know which is which.

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4.) No Sew Curtains. Panel of fabric, curtain rod, curtain rings with clamps, easy!

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5.) Pretty serving tray: glue a bowl, 2 plates and 2 candlestick holders together

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Writing this post has totally got me into a crafty mood! I so envy those women with awesome craft blogs and home decorating/organizing blogs. I think I have a thing or two to learn!

On another note, so glad today is Friday. It has been a bit of a roller coaster week, so ready to relax with Bobby and catch up on some things here at the house. Have a great day everyone!

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QOTD: Have you ever created a Pinterest project? How did it turn out? Would love to see links to pins of your favorites or ones you want to try!

Pinterest Pumpkin

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One of my goals for October was to actually do one of the crafts I am always pinning on Pinterest. Sometimes I just need to take a break and do something fun and relaxing…all part of good mental health, which is very important in my opinion! I finally bit the bullet and picked one that seemed simple enough (with a few modifications on my part) and I am pleasantly surprised with how it turned out!

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I first saw this pumpkin on Pinterest and followed the link to a fun blog where I found the directions. Not gonna lie, the directions seemed a little scary for this non-crafty gal, but I was determined.

I was on the lookout for a craft pumpkin, when I saw one, already cream colored, at Target! Take a step out of the process without having to paint an orange one? Yes please! I also wasn’t so sure about the whole transfer paper and paint thing, so I decided…why not just use a sharpie?

So here is what I did:

-I found a font I liked, and printed out the “M” as big as would fit on a piece of paper, and then printed it out.

-Then, I cut out the M as closely as I could and taped it to the pumpkin

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-I then vvveeerrryyyy carefully traced around the M with a pencil.

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-Finally, I used a chisel tip thick sharpie to outline and then fill in the M. I may spray paint a coat of some sort of sealant on it, but other than that, I’m done, and oh so proud!

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Let me know if you have any questions about anything I did to make this. Hopefully there will be more Pinterest projects to come!

QOTD: Have you ever made anything off Pinterest?

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