Mermaid Surprise Cupcakes

For this post I’m going with the “a pictures worth a thousand words” approach. While the photos show you just how to make these adorable surprise cupcakes, please keep in mind you don’t have to use bracelets like we did. You could use rings, small toys, sprinkles, or Swedish fish. The possibilities are endless! If you try this out please be sure to add some photos of your finished product in the comments below. I’d love to see your work!IMG_8145IMG_8146IMG_8147IMG_8149IMG_8150IMG_8153IMG_8154IMG_8155IMG_8156IMG_8160IMG_8161IMG_8162IMG_8164IMG_8165IMG_8169IMG_8174IMG_8168

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Flowers, Flags, and Grass Centerpieces for under $3

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Recently we had an event at our church and were in search of reasonably priced center pieces that would be able to hold down the large space. We ended up with these beautiful grass and flower center pieces mixed with hanging flags. The bowls came from the dollar store as did the bunches of flowers we pulled apart and stuck into the grass. We bought sod from the local nursery and cut it to fit the bowls. In the end the centerpieces cost less than $3 a piece!

 

Paper Craft: Easter Egg Hunt

IMG_7340Supplies:

-1 piece of green construction paper

-1 piece of blue construction paper

-Easter Egg and Spring stickers

-Sissors and Glue

Directions

-Step One: Cut the green paper horizontally into four sticks and then fringe each strip.

-Step Two: glue the strips over lapping each other on the blue paper. Start 3/4 of The way from the top and work your way down to the bottom.

-Step Three: Add your stickers! Tuck eggs under that layers of grass to make them look hidden.

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When your done use your scence to play I spy, count the number of eggs and flowers, or give it as a card!

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Quick Fix for a Floor Gap

Its been about three years since we moved into our home and slowly with the changing seasons our laminate flooring has shifted. This shifting caused a large gap between boards and no matter how hard I pushed, my amazing strength was unable to make the boards budge. The gap showed the yellow pressed board board beneath and stood out like a sore thumb. I don’t have a before picture because I randomly had the brilliant idea of coloring it with color pencil to make it blend in. See below…

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The color only seemed to draw your eye the the depth of the gap. While I could have possibly used a stain pen for a better cover up I decided to patch the gap instead. I happened to have some linoleum floor samples laying around (who doesn’t?) and a pair of kitchen shears so I went to work.

IMG_7043¬†First I choose the color that most closely matched my floor and cut a slice the size of the gap. The sample wasn’t long enough so I ending up needing to pieces.

 

The cutting was easy and I was even able to shave a bit off the original to ensure a tight fit. Seeing as the linoleum sample was thinner than my floors I simply put another piece below the first to get it level.

IMG_7042In the end the gap is hardly noticeable, it was super easy to complete, and it cost me $0.

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*Update: The quick fix has been in place over a week now and survived vaccuming and mopping. I ending up with a pretty snug fit but if your pieces weren’t perfect you could consider glueing them in place.

DIY: Wine Crate and Spindle End Table

IMG_6844When you rearrange furniture and decided you need a new end table but can’t find the one you want you grab somebody stuff out of your garage and make one. That’s normal right…ok maybe not normal but at least it turned out cute!

IMG_6846I started with four old spindles I bought at an estate sale but you could purchase them new from a hardware store or use actual furniture legs as well. Seeing as the spindles were to tall (and I wanted a little bit of detail at the bottom of the legs) I chose to saw off the narrow section of spindle to achieve the look I wanted.

 

Once the legs were all sized down, assembly was as easy as screwing each one into the corner of my wine crate. I used four screws per leg for extra stability and the table was ready for finishing.

 

I finished off my table by grey washing the wine crate. I love how it allows the wood grain and the writing to show through the finish. (It also goes on quickly, doesn’t require perfection, and dries fast!)

 

I’m still deciding if I want to mix up the finish on the legs but for now I have a functional end table that cost me nothing so we will just call it a win!

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DIY Couch Table / Tray

IMG_6798After tipping a glass or two off of you couch arm I decided it was time for a change. This simple “table” fits right into the arm of our couch and takes the place of an end table with out taking up space. All that’s needed is a single board cut to the width of your couch or chair arm (you want a snug fit to avoid tipping) and two equal length edge boards cut from 1x2s.

Using finishing nails I nailed the side boards in place and then grey washed the piece.

This whole project took about 20 min from start to finish and as I used left over supplies it cost $0.

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A Rustic Christmas

I’m not the only one in my family that has fun decorating for Christmas. My sister Lindsay has boxes of beautiful decor that she places just right around the house. Her decorating makes you wanna cozy up with a cup of cocoa (and her hospitality allows me to do just that when I pop in unannounced). A touch of Christmas in every room!¬†IMG_6584IMG_6585IMG_6586IMG_6588IMG_6589

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