yarn wrapped beer bottle.

There’s a really easy way to put any type of empty bottle to good use: wrap it in yarn! All you need is a bottle, ball of yarn, a hot glue gun, some flowers, and about ten minutes. That’s it! It’s a very simple, yet tedious process of wrapping the bottle with yarn. Start out by gluing the top of the bottle and wrap tightly until you reach the bottom. Glue again at the bottom of the bottle and cut the yarn.

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The type of yarn I used is my favorite. It has a blend of cream and tan colors and gives off a beautiful shimmer color from a distance.

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I absolutely love it on our mantel. It’s the perfect addition and sits next to the window pane mirror I made a few months ago.

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diy scrabble “love” letters.

On Tuesday, my husband and I celebrated our SECOND anniversary. Hooray! It’s hard to believe we’ve been married two years. It feels more like 20…kidding. Sort of.

I’m very thankful for my husband and the man that he has become. I truly didn’t think it was possible, but I love him more now than the day we said, “I do.” My husband is the perfect man for me and I thank God every night for such a wonderful blessing. I know, I’m getting too mushy. I’ll stop now.

Anyways, since I have this love theme going on in this post, I decided to share a little project I did soon after we got married that I never posted. This project fits perfectly for us, because we LOVE scrabble. We used to play all the time when we were dating and when we got married we asked for a nicer set for Christmas. We even (don’t judge) bought the Scrabble dictionary with a gift card to Barnes and Noble. Weirdos, I know.

I bought the four square pieces of wood at Hobby Lobby for $1/each. I already had black acrylic paint, so that was all the material I needed for this quick and easy project. I traced the letters on the wood and filled them in with the black paint. Then I added the numbers in the bottom right hand corner.

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Now, if you’re a Words with Friends player, you are probably thinking, “I thought L’s were worth 2 points”. They are…on Words with Friends, but in REAL scrabble it’s only 1 point for an L. So my advice….if you are going to make scrabble letters, make sure you check the real game points if you want them to be authentic scrabble letters.

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I hung the letters above the framed picture all of our friends and family signed on our wedding day. It’s perfect there, because it’s not only about the love between my husband and I, but the love we’ve received from friends and family as well. We are so thankful for the tremendous amount of love, encouragement, and support we get from them each and every day!

diy twine wrapped initial.

I finally decided it was time for a more spring/summer door decoration (about time, eh?) for our front door. I knew I wanted it to be pretty simple and not too girly for my husband’s sake, but what can I say? I am in love with peach right now, so for me, it was a must-have color for this project.

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I went with a thinner twine, because I like the look of it and if you must know…it was cheaper.

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Materials:

  • 1 wooden letter “L” from Joanne’s ($6)
  • 1 roll of twine ($1.50)
  • 1 roll of peach ribbon ($1.25)
  • 3 flowers from Hobby Lobby ($1)

Steps:

  • First, I wrapper the letter with the twine by hot gluing it at the top and then wrapping it all the way to the bottom, where I glued it again
  • Then I glued and wrapped the ribbon at each end to add more color
  • Next, I cut the flowers off of their stems as high as a I could and glued them down one at a time and added some of the greenery (technically yellowery) that came with the flowers to the center of them
  • Lastly, I glued the peach ribbon to the back of the letter at the top to create a cute way to hang the letter

Easy and under $10!

diy window pane mirror.

Recently I was searching the web for some wall decor for our new place once we make our big move. I found an adorable window pane mirror on Target’s website and I knew it was perfect for us. The only problem? The price. This penny pincher was not about to drop $70 on some wall decor. I decided at that moment, in this DIY-world, I could make it on my own…for a lot cheaper.

The next day, I mosied on down to my local Habitat for Humanity Restore, where they sell used and donated household items such as doors, cabinets, furniture, and you guessed it…window panes. So I bought one for $3. The paint was chipping off and was uneven and needed some work. The glass in the frames had dried paint and nasty film over them. It needed an upgrade. But I left a happy customer, nonetheless.window pane mirror

The first step was sanding the frame down to an even base coat. This could have been done by hand, but we used an electric sander to get the job done quicker. Then my husband knocked out the glass frames using a hammer and made sure no extra pieces were stuck sticking out. After this, we applied 2 or 3 coats of spray paint. because I wanted it to be a pop of color in our apartment, we chose the color ‘jade’. It also happened to match material I bought to make curtains with. Double win. Once the paint dried, I took it to a local glass and mirror shop and they cut pieces of mirror to fit in the slots.

Now we have our completed project and couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. After buying the frame, spray paint, and mirrors we still saved over $40. It really didn’t take a lot of time or effort either.

 

I cannot wait to hang it in our new place soon!! Do you have any cool make-over projects? I’d love to see them!

Homemade Bubbles.

I’m still recovering from a weekend of too much food, lots of family and not enough sleep. I’ll get there eventually though.

The weather ended up being pretty nice over the weekend, so on Saturday we made homemade bubbles with the nieces and nephews. It turned out to be a lot of fun. I think the adults may have even had more fun with them then the kids. But how could you not have fun making bubbles the size of people?

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DSC_0307To Make Bubble Mixture:

  • 4 Tbsp dishwashing liquid (Dawn or Joy is best)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp glycerin

Mix all ingredients in a 9×13 pan.

To Make Bubble Making Wands: 

  • string
  • two plastic straws

Loop the string through the two straws and tie it together. Place the straws at opposite ends from each other. This is a great outdoor activity that will keep kids (and some adults) entertained for an afternoon.

Happy Easter!

From The Leachmans

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‘Hoppy Easter’ Centerpiece

It’s almost Easter and as I look out the window while writing this post, I’m watching the beautiful snow fall. Wait, what’s wrong with that sentence?

Snow in late March? Come on mother nature, get your stuff together.

Since Easter is just six days away, I thought I’d share with you the easiest, cheapest, easter centerpiece you could ever make. It doesn’t take much supplies; it doesn’t take much skill; it just takes 5 minutes of your time.

All you need for this project is:

A bag of plastic easter eggs

White (or green if you’re going for the grassy look) shredded paper

A hurricane jar/large vase

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See how easy that was? And it’s cute, right? This would be a great project for your kids to help you with. Just be sure to tell them there is no candy hidden inside these eggs. Or if you’re a cool parent, maybe there is…

Happy Holy week!

 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” -Matthew 28:5-7

‘Dinner & a Movie’ gift basket.

Every year our church has a St. Patrick’s Day dinner and raffle with a silent auction to raise money for the church. This year they asked the high school youth group to make a gift basket to put in the auction. One Wednesday at youth group the kids decided on the theme of their basket: Dinner and a Movie.

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Everyone was assigned one thing to bring for the basket the following week. This is what we came up with:

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I’m pretty impressed with how well it turned out. Everyone contributed and I’m proud of the kids for participating.

Here’s a list of what could be found in the basket:

  • A $25 gift card to the movie theatre in town
  • Spaghetti and Fetechini noodles
  • Marinara and Alfredo sauces
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • $5 to Kroger (for meat of choice)
  • 1 bottle of Merlot
  • 2 DVDs
  • 2 boxes of popcorn
  • Various kinds of movie theatre candy

This was a fun project and I’m glad it worked out for the youth to help. The basket ended up being a big success at the auction as well. 🙂

“I Love You, Because…”

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

This year I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to top last year’s Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt I made for my husband. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but he did love it a whole lot. Ok, our marriage doesn’t depend on awesome gifts or anything, but I wanted to do something equally as special for him this year. So, I searched and searched and searched for the perfect gift to get/make him. Then it happened; I found my pinspiration from a young new mom trying to encourage her helpful husband, found here. How cute is she?

I thought it seemed like the perfect gift for our home. I put my own touches on it, using a different frame, paper, font and felt flowers. I also added to the frame scripture from 1 John 4:19 “We love because He first loved us.” It is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. It’s because of God’s love that I am even able to love my husband. So with that in mind, I can share specific reasons I love him to encourage him daily.

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It’s true. He really does do the laundry every week. I’m so thankful!!

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He absolutely loved it! ::pats self on back::

Enjoy your day, all you love birds!

Interchangeable burlap wreath: winter edition

It’s that time again…change out the burlap wreath. If you’re just tuning in, here are my previous burlap wreaths: fall and christmas.

And if you’re just now tuning in to the crafting world, here’s my tutorial on how to cut burlap strips.

My favorite thing about winter is SNOW! So here is my newest wreath. Nothing speacial, but I like it.

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It must have worked, because we woke up this morning to our first snow fall!!

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Ten DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts (for him and her!)

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The most loved and most hated holiday is quickly approaching. Do know what you’re getting your special someone? Do you want to impress the lady or fella you like, but don’t know where to start? Fear not! I have put together this list to help you come up with a guaranteed winner. This goes beyond the gambling chocolates and hearts with weird phrases on them. This is the real deal that shows you put time and effort into this gift. And the best part? You don’t have to burn a hole in your wallet to do these things. Amen!

FOR HER:

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1. COOK DINNER. Guys, there is nothing more attractive to a woman than a guy that cooks for her. Get a couple steaks and grill them with some nice seasoning and maranade. Look up some recipes for side items (potatoes, corn, green beans, etc), and grab a bottle of wine (try to figure out her favorite if you don’t already know). You can’t forget the most important part though…dessert! Chocolate mousse is the way to a woman’s heart. It’s really easy to make and it’s delicious. Set the mood with some candles and piano music in the background. You could even get cute and make a menu for the dinner and placecards at the table. Oh, I’m getting a little crazy now, but you really can’t go wrong with impressing her on this one. As long as you don’t set the house on fire, I think you’ll win her over.

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2. PLAN A SCAVENGER HUNT. If you want to show your woman that you put effort into her gift, make her a scavenger hunt. Put clues around her place (or if you’re married in your alls house) and you could do this one of two ways: 1.) You could be hiding at the end of the scavenger hunt with flowers/roses or  2.) You could have a gift waiting at the end of the hunt (flowers, homemade sweets, jewelry, etc). It depends on if you would be able to be there when she finds it or not. The clues should have her thinking, but not so hard she couldn’t figure it out. Be creative and put some thought into it. I promise you she’ll be smiling the whole time she’s on the hunt.

personalized-valentine-puzzle3. CUSTOM-MADE PUZZLE. You still have time to make this if you haven’t already. It’s easy. Almost every online picture company has the custom-made puzzles. I have seen them online through Walmart, Shutterfly, and Snapfish. You may not want it to have the saying in the above picture on it, but you could have a picture of the two of you turned into a puzzle. Then on Valentine’s day when she opens it, you can put it together and frame it. Adorable.    223843043950160029_Vnecc9Bn_b

4. SHARPIE COFFEE MUG. Most women either love coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. What’s a more perfect gift for her than a personalized, made-by-you mug?! All you have to do to make this is purchase a plan white (any color really) mug and a black sharpie. Put whatever fits her best…maybe it’s drawing a picture, or writing a quote, or song lyrics, perhaps you could just write, “I love you” on it. After you’ve finished your design, simply “bake” it in the oven at 30o degrees for about 30 minutes (sometimes you have to bake it twice before it becomes permanet enough not to wash off in the dishwasher but I would wait maybe a day to bake it again so you don’t crack it). Once it’s cooled, you’re good to go. She’ll love it. I know I would [hint-hint to my husband ;)].

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5. HOMEMADE SCRATCH OFF. Ready to test your luck? Look no further than the homemade scratch off card (by better homes and gardens found here: http://www.bhg.com/holidays/valentines-day/cards/make-a-scratch-off-card-for-valentines-day/?socsrc=bhgfb0117132) This one will take a little more effort and creativity on your part, but she will fall head over heels for you when she sees how much time and thought you put into this gift. Each of the hearts can have things you will do for her such as: breakfast in bed, foot massage, date night of her choice, etc. Personalize it how you wish.

FOR HIM:

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1. HOMEMADE SWEETS. Men love sweets almost as much as women. Chocolate covered stawberries are a guys best friend. Especially if they are homemade, ladies. It’s not difficult. Buy some strawberries and baking chocolate bars, melt the chocolate and dip the berries in, put them on a platter in the fridge and you’re done. Bam. He’ll love ’em…as long as he likes strawberries and chocolate. If not, you might have to re-think this idea and maybe the guy as well. Just kidding.

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2. MANLY GIFT BASKET. You can make this gift very personalized. If you’re dating or married to him you should know his interests, his likes, his preferred beer of choice…the usual. Ok, maybe he doesn’t drink…I don’t know him, you do. So this is a cute way to get a bunch of his favorite things in one gift. It will not only show that you pay attention to what he likes, but it will also be practical in sense because he loves everything in it. Duh.

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3. PERSONALIZED PICTURE FRAME. If you’re a creative crafter, this is the perfect gift to give your man. You could start from scrath, making the frame from piece of scrap wood and then painting it and adding a picture of the two of you. You could also buy a plain wooden frame from Hobby Lobby or any other craft store and design it how you want. It’s your gift, so you can make it as fun and personalized as you want!

4. 52 REASONS YOU LOVE HIM. Why 52 you ask? Because there are 52 weeks in a year…a reason for every week. 365 would be a little tough, but if you can do it…more power to ya! This is really your call on how to display the reason you love your boyfriend/spouce/lover-and-friend. You can do it on the back of playing cards (because there are 52 cards in a deck, how cool!). You could do it in a photo book and add pictures. Be silly and serious with the reasons. He’ll like hearing both.

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5. PERSONALIZED POKER SET. If your man loves poker, this is a perfect gift for him! I know guys like to get together at certain times of the week/month to have poker nights and do manly things, so if that is the case with him, he’ll love this gift! It’s a little on the pricey side, but if you can afford it I think it’d make a great gift nonetheless.

Have fun with these and enjoy!

If you didn’t find a gift that works for your loved one, maybe this at least gave you inspiration for a sweet and thoughtful gift. You can do it.