Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:47:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DIY No Sew Cornice and Curtains Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:00:39 +0000 DIY No Sew Cornice and Curtains

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DIY No Sew Cornice and Curtains

Being a part of the FloraCraft®Make it: Fun® team has been so fun and challenging. Every month we are given new products and a theme to create. This month, I have to admit, I was a bit stumped with my DIY.  I usually have an awesome idea (I think, anyway!) on what to make, but this month I was at a loss. I could never decide what I wanted to make, and then literally this morning, it hit me. I should make a monogram letter for my daughters new FROZEN vanity she received on her birthday. That wasn’t enough,  so I created this awesome DIY No Sew Cornice and Curtains and then added the monogram to that. I LOVE the way it turned out, and I can’t wait for my little one to see her *new* vanity. It’s so easy to make.  Let me show you how I created it.

DIY No Sew Cornice and Curtains

Things you will need for the monogram:

  • FloraCraft®Make it: Fun® Foam Sheet
  • FloraCraft® Foam Cutter
  • Burlap
  • Twine
  • Bow

Things you will need for the Cornice and Curtains:

  • FloraCraft®Make it: Fun® Foam Sheet
  • 2 yards of pretty fabric
  • Upholstery stapler

Believe it or not, both of these projects together took less than an hour to make.  I really wish I would have thought of this when I created my daughters cornice above her bed a few months ago.  This project was so much easier!  No power tools involved, YAY!

DIY Foam Monogram Project

To create this project I grabbed my supplies and got to work.

DIY Foam Monogram project

I free hand cut out my letter A with the FloraCraft® Foam Cutter with ease.  I must admit it is a little messy, but it’s a quick clean up.

DIY Foam Monogram project

Once the A was cut out, I cut enough burlap strips to cover the A and secured it with twine by wrapping the twine around the burlap covered foam.

DIY Foam Monogram project

This is when I figured out that I needed a little more than just a monogram on her wall above the vanity.  It was still so very naked.  Even Elsa wasn’t “feeling” it.

DIY Foam Monogram project

That was when the idea was born to dress her vanity station up a little more. Besides, she needs a vanity that is fit for a Princess! I had some extra fabric I purchased 6 months ago that I loved, but could not figure out what I wanted to make with it.  Now I had an idea!

DIY No Sew Cornice and Curtains

To create this no sew cornice and curtains I grabbed my upholstery stapler and fabric and started cutting.

DIY No Sew Cornice and Curtains

I placed my foam board down and laid the fabric over it.  I cut about 6 inches wider on the fabric and then started stapling the fabric together into the foam board.

DIY No Sew Cornice and Curtains

Once I had my board covered it was time for the curtains. I stapled all of the curtains to the back of the board and was done in just minutes.

To hang the board I placed one small nail in the wall and then pushed the foam into it.  You only need one because this cornice is SUPER light!

DIY No Sew Cornice and Curtains

After the cornice was placed above the vanity I added the monogram by tapping another small nail into the front and then hanging the monogram from it.

DIY No Sew Cornice and Curtains

It’s so super cute, and I cannot wait for my toddler to see her *new* vanity. I think it is now perfectly suited for a princess.  The monogram took about 20 minutes to make, but the cornice and curtains took less than 10 minutes! I love quick projects, don’t you?

DIY No Sew Cornice and Curtains

DIY No Sew Cornice and Curtains

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Monogrammed Framed Chalkboard Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:00:33 +0000 Monogrammed Framed Chalkboard
Monogrammed Framed Chalkboard
Hi PinkWhen readers! I’m Brandy and I write over at BD Design, a DIY craft and home decor blog. We are just a week away from Christmas and I have one last decorating idea for you to tackle before the big day.  I have a giant chalkboard (that terribly needs a fresh coat of white paint AND chalkboard paint) that hangs in our living room. You can usually find some sort of inspirational quote or holiday message on it. If you look closely, you can see the message my kids wrote my husband for his birthday a few weeks ago.  I wanted to jazz it up a little bit for the holidays so I made this darling and EASY fabric covered initial. I have decorated my home this year with this classic plaid fabric.

Monogrammed Framed Chalkboard

Monogrammed Framed Chalkboard

- a large chalkboard
- 7-10 inch strips cut from your favorite fabric
- initial form
- hot glue or tacky glue
Monogrammed Framed Chalkboard

First, take your long strips and wrap them around your initial form. I found this metal “D” at my local craft store. A wood, plastic, or card board form will work! You want to glue the as you go along. You don’t have to glue every single part if you don’t want to. Since you are wrapping it, it should hold up its shape.

Second, using your last strip, hang it from the top of your chalkboard. I had some space at the bottom so I decided to write a little Christmas message.

Monogrammed Framed Chalkboard
I love how it turned out and I told you it was EASY!! I will be back again next year but in the meantime I want to wish you a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Homemade Laundry Detergent Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:00:59 +0000 Homemade Laundry Detergent

Are you looking for an easy homemade laundry detergent recipe? We at Kids Activities blog have been making this Laundry Paste Recipe one for awhile now, it’s simple and chemical free! I love that I know exactly what is going on my kid’s clothing. So much easier on their delicate skin than the store-bought rough stuff.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Laundry Paste:

Some of these ingredients might look a bit unfamiliar, but you can grab them at most grocery stores, or on Amazon. They even have a value pack on Amazon where you can buy all three ingredients together. (affiliate links)

Homemade Laundry Detergent

We love using Essential Oils in our home! These oils are part of the Premium Essential Oil Kit and are great at adding scent without adding chemicals to your life. These oils are 100% pure and smell great!

Put the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. As you wait for the water to come to a boil, stir together the borax and washing soda. Set this mixture aside and grate the bar of fels naptha.

When the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium and dump the grated fels naptha into the water. Stir it constantly, it will take a good amount of time for the soap to completely dissolve into the hot water.

When the fels naptha has completely dissolved turn off the stove and remove the pan from heat. Add the powered mixture immediately. Stir until the mixture becomes smooth. It’s important that all the powder dissolves entirely. You don’t want grainy soap on your hands. This will take a lot of mixing while the water is still hot.

When the mixture is completely smooth, pour it evenly between the two quart size mason jars. Add water from the sink to fill the jar up to the top of the wide part of the jar.

Put the lids on the jars and seal them tightly. You are going to turn them upside down next and you don’t want any spilling! Let them sit upside down for the afternoon. The ingredients will separate and you can either dump it into a blender, or what we do is whisk the ingredients firmly. Ours is a bit chunkier as we don’t use a blender, but it works fine!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

For specific tips see the post that inspired this recipe – she has tips on what to do if your recipe has “glitches”.

You can pour the contents back into quart size jars and store them by your washing machine. Add one tablespoon to the wash on top of your clothes. You can make this in advance and store it as long as you want! It is also safe for use with cloth diapers!

Love this recipe for Homemade Laundry Detergent? Check out the collection of Homemade Cleaners – lots of other ways you can DIY for less money and with less chemicals!

Do you want to learn more about Essential Oils?  There are so many benefits to using them, and you can find out more information about how to get started with Essential Oils by following this link here. 

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What are you wishing for this Christmas? Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:40 +0000 What are you Wishing for This Christmas

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What are you wishing for this Christmas? A new bike, a new car, a new outfit, a new toy?  There are so many ideas that are running through my head it is crazy.  This year I am making al of those wishes, but I am wishing it for someone else.  Not just “someone”, but a group of children who are at a local home here in Shreveport where I live who don’t get a lot of Christmas. Why? Because this is a home for misplaced families who have no where else to go, and Providence House is a place to help them get back on their feet.  What’s your wish?


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Framed Snowflake Ornament Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:00:22 +0000 Framed Snowflake Ornament

Hello Everyone!

It’s Dee from Meatloaf and Melodrama, and I’ve got a very simple snowflake craft to share with all of you today. It’s almost Christmas, but I’m still finding little areas around my home that could use just a bit more embellishment. Normally, I don’t use a lot of red in my home, but I just love using it during the holiday season and for a little while after.

So, I made a framed snowflake that’s perfect for the holidays and can even stay around your home during the winter months. It would also make a cute gift!

Framed Snowflake Ornament

For this project, you’ll need:

  • 1 5X7 wood picture frame
  • Burlap ribbon (I used red, but you can use whatever you prefer.)
  • Plastic snowflakes
  • Glue
  • White paint
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper


This is a great project for reusing an old picture frame or frames that you find in the Dollar Store or thrift store. I found a frame that was an off-white color, but I wanted to paint it white so that it would stand out more. I sanded it lightly so that the paint would adhere to the frame better, and then I painted it with white craft paint. After the paint dried, I distressed the frame again to give it a more rustic look.

Then, I cut the burlap ribbon to fit slightly over the edges of the glass insert. You need to stretch the burlap so that it doesn’t bulge, and then you can glue or tape it to the frame.

Next, put the frame back together, and make sure the glass fits securely in the frame. Now, all you have to do is glue the snowflake to the middle of the burlap, and you’re done! It’s that easy.

Framed Snowflake Ornament

You could even use a larger frame and add more than one snowflake, or you could use a different color of burlap if you prefer a more muted look.

Thanks for reading, and I want to wish all of you a very wonderful holiday season. See you next month!


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FROZEN Inspired Party Ideas Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:00:59 +0000 FROZEN Inspired Party Ideas

Frozen Inspired Party Ideas via


This post has been a long time in the making!  My toddler had her 4th birthday party a couple of weeks ago and, of course, we had to make it a FROZEN themed party.  I had so much fun putting it together, I had to make it a post! Today I am going to share with you all of these fun FROZEN Inspired Party Ideas.

FROZEN Inspired Party Ideas

It was really fun to put together this Frozen Inspired Birthday party.  I had a million ideas, but finally decided on these ideas as my favorites.

To decorate the tables, I picked a “Frozen Purple” table cover, Snowflakes, Turquoise plates, and polka dotted napkins.

FROZEN Inspired Party Ideas


I made some super cute FROZEN Inspired Elsa Cookies and had those sitting at each place setting. (Click on the link above and be taken to the video tutorial I created to share with you how I made these.)

FROZEN Elsa Inspired Cookies 1

Don’t forget the cake! I had my local baker make this awesome cake and she did an AMAZING job! (Olaf didn’t look that freaky in real life…)

FROZEN Inspired Party Ideas


To make fun blue drinks, pick up one of your favorite blue drinks and serve over ice.

FROZEN Inspired Party Ideas


To keep themes in theme, I grabbed some fun “FROZEN like” popcorn bags and stuffed them with different candies.

FROZEN Inspired Party Ideas

I also found the perfect color round gum balls and placed a few of those in small bags.  All of this along with the remaining cookies decorated the cake table.

FROZEN Inspired Party Ideas


While I did not get a chance to finish all of these before the party, these fun FROZEN Inspired Snowflake Soaps would be great gifts (for kids who would be old enough).  You can find that full tutorial on how to make these fun soaps here.

FROZEN Inspired Party Ideas


There are so many different ideas you can do! I really loved the way everything turned out, and the party was a big success.

FROZEN Inspired Party Ideas


There are so many fun ideas, and I hope a few of these FROZEN inspired party ideas will be at your next party!

If you are looking for another party idea, check out this Shabby Chic Princess Party!

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Creating Memories Under The Mistletoe Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:00:33 +0000 Creating Memories Under The Mistletoe

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There are so many things that I love about Christmas, but one of my favorite things that the holidays conjure up are memories. I have so many different memories of different times and places, and it’s funny how easy they are to remember when given something that reminds you of them. It can be something as simple as a word, a picture, or a look that reminds you of times past. One of the most jarring sensations for me, however, is the way a certain smell can transport you right back to the past. Memories Under the Mistletoe.

As I am sitting here thinking of Christmas time that has past, I am surrounded by the light and distinct smell of the Under The Mistletoe Glade® candle that you can find only at Target. It’s the starter scent that is reminding me of all of the other favorite times, places, and smells from Christmas. One of my favorite memories is of me being a small child in Germany and learning about Christmas in a European setting.

Being a daughter in a military family afforded me many different things, and travel being one of the most common items. I was born in Germany and spent several years as a young child growing up over seas. One of the first things I remember from Germany and Christmas was St. Nick’s Day. It was a European custom for us to leave a shoe or boot outside of the door the night before, and if you were good you would have candy and small presents left in the boot or shoe. If you were bad, you were left with a tree branch. (I never had any of those.) It was such a cool idea, and for the very first time our family is going to do this with our children this year.

To do this we are not going to use our regular walking shoes or boots (because I am honestly just a tad too neurotic and a germaphobe), instead we are going to use these fun chalkboard labeled buckets.

We will place one for each child outside of our door this year on the night of December 5th and hope that St. Nick will remember to stop over here for the candy and presents for the kids.

I honestly love incorporating this fun European tradition into the holiday festivities. It helps us talk a little more about the different traditions around the world, as well as opens up the conversation to other fun memories we have as well. All it takes is a little spark, something that reminds us of those fun memories that have passed.

Are you going to start a new holiday tradition this year? What familiar items bring back memories from holidays past? Is it fresh baked bread, or hot cocoa with marshmallows? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Rustic Handmade Christmas Decorations Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:00:25 +0000 Rustic Handmade Christmas Decorations
Hi PinkWhen readers! Its Sarah from EDEA Smith here to share with you my Rustic Handmade Christmas Decorations.

There are around two weeks left till Christmas and were feeling very festive here, the tree is up, the mantel is decorated and the presents are wrapped (almost)

We moved into our ‘new’ home on December 13th last year, one of my very first things to do (as a Mommy with small kids) was to dig out our Christmas tree and get the decor up. We had no time to arrange new decorations (although we really needed them) so we used what we had and made do, our first Christmas in our new home was amazing..

Fast forward a year

The OCD rustic-o-holic in me has gone a little crazy, in a year we had decorated and revamped most of our home including our lounge so to go along with this we have had a HUGE overhaul of Christmas decor, out went the silver baubles and in came a more vintage/rustic approach. I want to share not one but TWO really simple and pretty Christmas decorations made from easily obtainable items.

Here goes…

Rustic Handmade Christmas Decorations

Rustic Handmade Christmas Decorations

What you need

Five branches of the same length – i found these at a local home decor outlet. You could forage them but as we have had some bad weather here in the UK lately aka its rained loads i opted to purchase them instead



What to do

> Cut five branches to your desired length, you could use a longer branch for a larger star

> Tie the twine around two ends of the branches, secure tightly

> Follow the above with each branch until you have secured them in a star shape

> Tie a length of twine through the top of the star for something to hang the star with

Rustic Handmade Christmas Decorations


Rustic Handmade Christmas Decorations

and on to the next one…

Rustic Handmade Christmas Decorations

What you need

Burlap – mine is on a roll, i used it as a ‘tinsel’ substitute on my tree also, a 15mtr roll cost around £3



What to do

> Cut a length of Burlap material, mine was around 40cm in length

> Tie your bow – create a perfect bow tutorial HERE

> Fluff your bow until your happy with how it looks

> Flip it over and push a length of wire – mine was around 10cm length through halfway and tie in a knot leaving the two ends loose, this will allow you to attach the bow to your tree.

Rustic Handmade Christmas Decorations

Rustic Handmade Christmas Decorations

So there you have it, two very simple and very pretty decorations which will add a festive, home made approach to any tree this year.

I will be back again in the New Year, but in the meantime I am wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a fun filled New Year.  Leave a comment below and tell me what Rustic Handmade Christmas Decoration is your favorite!

Happy Christmas!!!!

Love, Sarah


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diy Sunday Showcase 12/13, & FAVS! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 23:00:53 +0000 Welcome back to the weekend party! I am SUPER excited to have you back.  If you are looking to make a few homemade holiday gifts, here are a couple I made that would make wonderful, relaxing, gift ideas. You can click on the pictures and be taken directly to the posts.

Homemade Lavender Soap Recipe


Peppermint sugar bath scrub


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Now, let’s get started with our little party we all came to be a part of! I am so glad to have you back.

My favorite this week are these super stinkin cute Snowman Coffee Cups.


Megin’s favorite are the Rustic Pinecone and Wood Christmas garlands.


Shelly’s favorite are these cute Cork Christmas Card Trees.


Erin’s favorite are these awesome Chalkboard Sugar Cookies.


Katie’s favorite is the Adult Beverage Christmas Countdown case.


Marie’s favorite are these cute Bottlecap Snowmen.


Now let’s get this party started!


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