Ikea Hack Tarva Drawers and Desk

July 18, 2018

Henri and Eloise's room is pretty small. Really it's only meant for one person but both of them have to make it work. It's been hard to fit necessary things in like a desk for homework and dresser drawers along with twin sized beds, especially considering I need two of everything. Finally finished this IKEA hack yesterday. I hacked them to match the farmhouse beds I made earlier.

It's basically just the Tarva dresser with some extra moulding embellishments on the front face and new pulls. The desk portion is two pieces of wood laid flat and connected between the two dressers with L brackets screwed into the studs in the wall. I also white-washed it like I did with the headboards. It works for the room because it's not too deep but deep enough for a desk. I plan on buying two orange stools for the set up the next time I pop over to Ikea.

Modern Calligraphy Brush Lettering (Free alphabet worksheets)

February 23, 2018

This past month I have fallen deeply for modern calligraphy.
There's so much to cover and I'm feeling overwhelmed just thinking about it. But I thought this blog would be a great place to start with just an intro post. If any of you have been contemplating giving it go I want to urge you to try. It's a lot easier than you may think. First let me give you my personal recommendations for beginners. First get yourself a Rhodia notepad at Michaels.

Scrapwood Christmas Deer Art

December 21, 2017

This season I took down a few non-Christmasy decorations like the sea grass art next to our bookcase and replaced it with this easy peasy scrapwood deer art. I managed to bang it out before I got Henri on the school bus for afternoon kindergarten.
Here's the multi-page printable template I used for the deer if you'd like to make one of your own. To transfer to the boards I just taped the template together, rubbed chalk on the back, taped to boards and outlined template with pencil so that the chalk on the back transferred to the boards. Then I filled it in with white paint.

Christmas Stockings with Handmade Nametags

December 14, 2017

Finally got around to making Christmas stockings for everyone this year. It's so tedious and almost not even worth it but at $10 a stocking retail I definitely saved some money by making them myself. The material for these only cost $25!

Cherry Pickin' Chocolate® Blue Star Ice Cream Popsicles

June 20, 2017

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Summer has finally arrived! It's hot. Kids are in the pool. If you're looking for a fun summer treat to cool them down try these fun-shaped, red white and blue ice cream popsicles.
The creamy ice cream insides are made with red Blue Bunny® Cherry Pickin' Chocolate® ice cream. The outside is coated in white chocolate dyed blue and then drizzled with more white chocolate.

Cheap Summer Fun: DIY 100ft Slip-n-Slide

April 20, 2017

Are you looking for some cheap fun?
I priced other 50ft and 75ft slip n slides on Amazon and the cost was ridiculous considering what you actually got. A lot of the reviews said things like "just a thick roll of plastic". So it got me thinking. You can buy 100 ft. sheet plastic at Lowes and Home Depot for a lot less. And I'll be posting the DIY foam machine next week if you're interested in that. See the combined fun in the video below.

DIY Farmhouse Headboards for only $25

April 12, 2017

A few months ago I wanted to revamp Eloise and Henri's room. They had these broken toddler beds that were different colors that I intended to paint to match and then never did. Plus they were getting bigger so I decided to rearrange their room and give them some new twin sized beds.
I priced headboards and bed frames at all the cheapest places I could think of Walmart.com, Overstock.com, CRAIGSLIST! But came up with nothing I liked in my price range. So I decided to just try and make them myself. I found this very simple Ana White Brookstone twin headboard plan and got to work. Each bed took only two hours to assemble once all the wood was pre-cut at Lowe's.

Pull Through Ponytail Braid

February 24, 2017

A gorgeous day like today calls for a dramatic hairstyle. Try this pull through ponytail braid. Probably one of the easiest braids you can learn. Just need small elastics and probably a few bobby pins. Tutorial from Cute Girls Hairstyles below.

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