Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:00:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chalkboard Team Frames Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:00:23 +0000 Team Chalkboard Frame

Hi PinkWhen Fans!

It’s Dee from Meatloaf and Melodrama, and I have another quick craft to share with you today. I’m a huge fan of college football, and I know that Jennifer is too, so I thought I would show you how to add a little team spirit to your home with these easy chalkboard team frames.

You can use these as message boards, menus, shopping lists or for decoration when you have people over to watch the game. Or, you can just use them as photo frames! For this project, you’ll need:

  • wood craft frames
  • ribbon
  • chalkboard paint
  • acrylic paint
  • wood letters
  • paintbrushes
  • your favorite glue

First, you’ll need to take the photo frame apart and paint the cardboard insert with chalkboard paint. These frames do not have glass, so they work very well as chalkboards. The insert is thick and glossy, and it holds up well with two coats of chalkboard paint.

Then, paint the frames and the letters, using your favorite team’s colors. Since I’m sharing this on PinkWhen, I thought it would be appropriate to use Louisiana State’s colors, so I used purple and gold. I also made a frame for my favorite team, and I’ll show you that one at the end.

I used purple and gold ribbons to make a little bow, and I glued this to the top corner of the frame. 

Then, I glued the letters on the frame and put the chalkboard insert back in the frame. That’s all there is to it — easy peasy!

And, here is the one I made for Arizona State. How convenient that both teams use gold as one of their colors!

Are you ready to watch some football? I know I am! Thanks for having me over again, Jennifer. 

Have an awesome day!


*So happy to have you over again Dee! I can’t wait to make one and put it out for our first neighborhood party.

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The Ultimate Silhouette Giveaway $550+ !! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:01:12 +0000 The Ultimate Silhouette Giveaway via

I am so excited to share with you an AMAZING giveaway.  Just how amazing?? How about a Silhouette giveaway that is worth over $550!!

This giveaway is so huge, you are NOT going to want to miss it.  We are giving away a Silhouette Cameo and one of EVERY SINGLE STARTER KIT SILHOUETTE AMERICA MAKES!

Yes, you are reading this correctly….this is HUGE. There are 30 of us who are ready to make you the happiest crafter on earth!

Just what can you make with the Silhouette Cameo? How about a few of these nifty projects below:

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Whether you craft morning, noon, and night, or have just been browsing Pinterest and seen some of the super cool things the Silhouette CAMEO can do, this giveaway is going to knock your socks off! We have partnered with over 30 awesome blogs to bring you everything you need to do almost any Silhouette project you can imagine, from glass etching, to custom shirts, and vintage signs with this prize package you will be more than set!

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1 Stamping Starter Kit

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That is right! We are giving away a Silhouette CAMEO electronic cutting machine and one of EVERY starter kit that Silhouette makes! That is a value of over $550, not to mention the ability to craft your heart out for a very long time! Enter the giveaway by using the Rafflecopter below. And remember if you don’t win, you can see the current Silhouette Sale & Promo Code here. Good Luck!

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DIY Lego Cake Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:45 +0000 DIY Lego Block Cake via

If you are a follower on my Instagram page, you have probably seen quite a few pictures of this cake!

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Having a little guy in the house turn six years old, and a LOVER of Legos had me thinking that I needed to make him a Lego cake.  I immediately ran over to Pinterest. It was a fun search, but there was nothing that really hit what I was wanting to create. I decided to take some bits and pieces from different cake ideas and with the help of my mom, we came up with this fabulous DIY Lego Cake.

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Say Cheese Pre K Counting Printables Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:00:40 +0000 Say Cheese Counting Printable #HorizonB2S

I am so excited to share with you a Pre K Set of Counting Printables and share the healthy benefits of Horizon Organic products. Thank you to Horizon Organic for making this possible.

This is my youngest daughter’s first year if school, EVER. In fact, as I am writing this, I am anxiously awaiting to hear how her very first day of Pre K 3 has been. Her starting school is one of the main reasons behind me wanting to do this post for the Say Cheese Pre K Counting Printables. The other is to teach her healthy snack choices.

Say Cheese Pre K Counting Printables

After school snacks for her are going to be all about healthy choices between fruits and cheeses. I want to make sure her little bones get stronger and her immune system does as well. I can’t really say all of that and make her 3 year old mind understand, but I can make it a FUN process by teaching her to count as well.

I stepped things up a bit by grabbing the Horizon Organic Cheese Shapes. Once she has her counting mastered, she can work on her shapes as well.

With these free printables, we can take them every day and play this game in coordination with her snacks. The goal is to place her healthy cheese snacks in a dish, show her the number, and allow her to pull that number of snacks over to her plate. Simple and rewarding.

Playing this game is such a fun experience for her. While she thinks she is “playing”, she is actually learning and eating well. I printed these out on white cardstock to make them a little more “toddler resistant”.

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Healthy snack choices are so important for all of us, but especially our little ones who are constantly growing.

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Download the Say Cheese Counting Printables and help your little ones make healthy choices.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Haunted Mansion Inspired Halloween Frames Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:00:23 +0000 Haunted Mansion Inspired Halloween Framed 3D Door Decor

I am part of the Make It Fun Team® with FloraCraft® and am super excited they helped make this post possible today. 

This past week it was the awesome people at FloraCraft® who did the job of making my toddler hysterically silly.  When I received this months box for my craft challenge, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  I let my daughter open the box, and she produced a scary-ish foam head and started chasing people around the house with it. I hope these Haunted Mansion Inspired Halloween Frames induce the same amount of hysterical pleasure that the foam head did the day she opened the box.

Haunted Mansion Inspired Halloween Framed 3D Door Decor

We were sent several heads, and I was so excited at what would happen next. (Btw, it was the female heads that had my daughter going hysterically crazy.) We love Halloween, and we love the Haunted Mansion, so this fun craft was a no brainer for me.

Have you ever been to the Haunted Mansion?  We love to go to Disney, and the Haunted Mansion is one of our favorite places to go. It’s such a spooktacular experience, and just before you walk into the doors…the eyes on the faces open up! I am hoping to re-create that just a little (minus the eyeballs opening, of course! )

Don’t these just look a little spooky-ish? I thought they would be perfect for a little ghoulish decor.

Haunted Mansion Inspired Halloween Framed 3D Door Decor

Here is what you will need:

Haunted Mansion Inspired Halloween Frames

  • FloraCraft® foam heads
  • FloraCraft® StyroCutter Plus®
  • FloraCraft® Spray Glitter ( I used Silver Glitter)
  • 2 9 x 12 Picture Frames
  • 2 sets of Command Strips
  • black spray paint
  • E6000 glue

The first thing you need is to grab you male and female heads.  Take your FloraCraft® StyroCutter® and cut them in half.

Haunted Mansion Inspired Halloween Framed 3D Door Decor

Once the heads were carefully cut in half, I took them outside and painted them with the FloraCraft® SprayGlitter.  I made sure to use a well ventilated area and spray 15-18″ away from the heads.  During broad daylight you can’t tell much of a difference, but I am hoping on Halloween and little fog, a spooky flashing white light and some scary music will have these all aglow!

Haunted Mansion Inspired Halloween Framed 3D Door Decor

I then removed the glass from the frames and spray painted the cardboard backing black. I won’t be adding the glass back into the frames, (so I will have to save those pieces later for a different craft).

Once the heads and the frame backs were dry, I put the frame back together, minus the glass.

I then took the E600 and glued the painted heads to the frames, and hung them up.

I can’t wait to start decorating outdoors soon and put the Haunted Mansion Inspired Halloween Frames up for Trick or Treat.

Haunted Mansion Inspired Halloween Framed 3D Door Decor

I really loved how these turned out, but do you think the little kids will actually knock on the door?

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Back to School Mason Jar Craft Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:00:47 +0000 Back to School Mason Jar Craft Teacher Gift Idea #inspirestudents #teacherschangelives #pmedia #ad

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Office Depot, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #inspirestudents

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This year my youngest is going to be going to school for the first time.  She has a curriculum to follow, verses to memorize, and I am very excited about her new adventure.

When we met her new teacher last week it really sank in how much work they do to get things ready for all of the new kids.  With that in mind, I went out and grabbed a few supplies to help make things a little easier for the classroom by creating this fun Back to School Mason Jar Craft and Free Printable.

Back to School Mason Jar Craft

I had an extra Mason Jar laying around so I grabbed it then headed for our local Office Depot store and picked up the remaining supplies:

  • 1 package Sharpie® Precision Ultra Fine Markers
  • 1 package Sharpie® Original Fine Markers
  • 1 package Paper Mate® Soft Touch Grip Ball Point Pens
  • 1 package Expo NEON™ Window Dry Erase Markers

With supplies now in hand,  I created this simple Mason Jar by simply adding a few decorative touches to the Mason Jar and then filling it with supplies.

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First I painted the outside of the jar with a chalky paint I had on hand.

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Once it was dry, I added a simple Apple sticker add her name to it.

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I then added this Printable Tag just to finish it off.  I think it really set it off and makes it a super cute gift!  It’s a perfect pen holder for her desk.

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Make sure to gather up your supplies and gift your teacher with a creative Back to School Mason Jar Craft and Free Printable gift.  You can grab some awesome savings while you are at it!

Download the free printable here! 


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diy Sunday Showcase 8/16, and FAVS! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 22:00:01 +0000 NEWDIYBUTTON

Welcome back to another great weekend party!  I hope you have all had a wonderful week and are enjoying your weekend.

I loved all of the links this past week! I created another fun round up that I shared all over the place.  You can find the 15 Super Fun DIY Ideas here.

15 Super Fun DIY Ideas via

My favorite of the week is this DIY Rosette Pillow from the Home For Now Blog.


Megin’s favorite of the week is from Victoria’s Vintage Designs and the Beach House Bar Cabinet. 

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Shelly’s favorite is from Make It or Fix It Decorative CLock Frames.


Erin’s favorite is from Sarah at EDEA Smith and the DIY Reclaimed Key Holder.


Katie’s favorite is from Brandy at BD Design Blog and the New Chore System.

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Marie’s favorite is from Shelly over at MinnettesMaze and the Funky Junk License Plate Table. 


So many fabulous favorites this week!  I hope you enjoyed them all.

Don’t forget, if you want to be added to the mailing list to be the first to know when the party opens up, you can sign up here.  You will only receive an email about the party.

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Ask Away Friday (The Little People Version) Fri, 15 Aug 2014 06:00:06 +0000 Addy Ask Away Friday

It’s been a while since I have done an Ask Away Friday, and I guess you could technically say I am not actually doing this Ask Away Friday.  Why?  Well, I am asking the questions, but this is The Little People Version.  Tamara from (Tamara Like Camera) and myself have decided to let the little one’s in on the fun. Today it’s us, sitting back, and letting Scarlet and Addy ask each other the questions.

Here’s the thing. If you have popped over here from Tamara, you are probably going to notice the difference in pictures. Yep. She is a badass photographer and I just play one on TV. No seriously, she is amazing at photography, and I am not. Um, she’s a professional! I’m ok, but we just can’t compare with her brilliance. (That’s my official disclosure!) So no making fun of me. :-)

Now let’s get started with Ask Away Friday with The Little People.  Just who are these little people? Well this little girl is Addy, my youngest munchkin.

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Now you might be thinking that Addy looks like a sweetie pie and that this is a fabulous picture. WELL, our family photographer took that picture (with her shutter speed as fast as it could be, because Addy doesn’t sit still).

These pictures below are the kind of pictures you will get with the rest of the post. Blurry grainy pics I take and crazy Addy in motion.

Addy at the waterfall

But enough about my silly picture taking.  Let’s answer some questions for this fabulous little lady below. The precious Princess Scarlet.



Now that our introductions are out of the way.  It’s now time for Addy to take over the blog with her answers.  She likes to be short and sweet sometimes, and others she likes to ramble.  I will let her do her own thing, and when I am interjecting it will look like this. Let’s go!

1.  What is your favorite dessert and why?

Um. Chocolate cake. And ice cream. And I like lunchables.

Why lunchables?

Because I like to make them.



2. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Um. A Doctor teacher.

Like Doc McStuffins? 

Yes. I like Doc McStuffins. I like my Stethascope.

Addy Doc McStuffins


3. What is the last dream you remember having?

Um. I dream about my sissy.

Your sissy?

Yes her. (Points to sissy!)

DIY Beanie from an Upcycled Sweater

4. Do you have a favorite blanket or stuffed animal?

Yes I like my Minnie Mouse and my dog.

Which dog do you like, you have so many!

I like my white one.

Easy DIY Fabric Painted and Patterned Pillow Case with FrogTape® Shape Tape™ via 10

5. How many pets does your family have and what are their names?

We have Ranger who is a puppy (but he is actually 2 years old now, she just still calls him a puppy). We have Fiona the kitty (who is actually 10 years old now). And then we have Roxie (the teenagers Hamster that has had a surprisingly long life!).


Ranger was actually sick when we got him.  He was one of a few puppies at the breeders who had contracted Parvo, and it was the first case this breeder had at his kennel in over 35 years.  We had driven two days to get him and two days to get home to find out that his treatment was going to cost us more than Ranger did (and he wasn’t cheap!) The vet actually advised us to take him back, but we argued that Ranger had picked us to be his family, and as a family we would do whatever it took to make him better.


After two weeks in the hospital, he was finally able to come home.  It was the best decision we ever made, because this “little” guy is the best.

Addy and Ranger

 And he is truly one of the most beautiful labs I think I have ever seen.



Ranger2“Ok I have posed for your pictures, now it’s time to play!”


Then we have Fiona. She is the RULER of the house.

“Look into my eyes…..”


“You silly people just bore me…”


Then we have Roxie.


“Oh, look! She left the door open…perfect timing for an escape!”



6. What is your favorite movie, and why?



Why Frozen?


(Acts exasperated I had to ask!)

My favorite is Elsa. 2nd is Anna. Christoff, Sven, and Olaf.

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7. Do you have a favorite color? What is it?

I like Pink. (That’s my girl! )

Why do you like Pink? 

Because my room is pink.

Well OK.

Easy DIY Bed Crown Cornice Tutorial

8. What is your favorite song?


What song?(Video probably says it all…but she was a bit shy to sing with me recording her, and because she runs everywhere at top speed, I had to make sure she was locked down with a seatbelt.)

She is usually WAY more animated, so maybe next time I won’t have her in the seat. 

9. What do you want to be for Halloween?  Does it scare you or is it fun?

I wanna be a witch. I’m gonna be a witch. Halloween is fun. You don’t want to be a princess? Or Elsa? I wanna be a witch.

Embellished Paper Mache Witch Hats

Here are some of my other Halloween costumes.  I’ve only had 3.





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10. What are you most looking forward to in school this year?

Um. I don’t know. New friends. And Mickey Mouse.

Addy Easter Egg Hunt



Addy owl apron

Anything else?

Um. Halloween.

Haha! Ok.

Thanks to Tamara and Scarlet for having us do a little different Ask Away Friday this week! Make sure you head over to check out all of her answers to our questions. My teenager has requested that she be allowed to do one with someone now….Any takers????


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DIY Cardboard Roll Desk Caddy Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:00:52 +0000 DIY Cardboard Roll Desk Caddy


*This post is sponsored by Dollar Tree and the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club. All opinions are my own.

Do I have a surprise for you today! I am going to share with you this cute and easy DIY Cardboard Roll Desk Caddy tutorial that is not only super simple, but it is also super cost effective. It’s part of the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club.

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The Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club is a club that is full of crafts, recipes, décor, tips, contests, inside information, frugal fun ideas, and a whole lot more. It’s where you can find the supplies and instructions for this desk caddy. Membership is easy and FREE, and every month you will find new projects to create. You will find easy to follow instructions and project sheets that can be saved or printed, and they’re perfect to take with you as a shopping list for supplies.

The DIY Cardboard Roll Desk Caddy tutorial is a simple project that only takes a few supplies and is fun and easy to make. When I created this project, I followed the step by step directions in the project description, and added in a few little nuances to make it my own.

Here are the supplies I used:
• A small square box
• Different sized tubes (toilet paper, gift wrap, & paper towel rolls)
• Vinyl Shelf liner
• Glue
• Burlap
• Twine

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After I created my desk caddy, I added a little burlap and twine to create a little more pizzazz.

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You can also easily create this Cardboard Roll Desk Caddy by joining the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club and saving or printing the instructions.

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What do you think? Are you ready to make your very own DIY Desk Caddy? I am giving one of my lucky readers a chance to win a $50 gift card to dollar tree. Sign up for the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club and then use the rafflecopter below to enter and win!

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Make sure to check out all of the other awesome projects below!

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10 DIY Headboards You Can Make in a DAY! Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:00:10 +0000 A great list of 10 DIY Headboards You Can Make In A DAY!

I don’t know about you, but there have been some amazing DIY Headboards I have seen across the web. I have been paying close attention because I am trying to decide which one I would like to make!  My husband and I have a hodge podge of furniture in our bedroom and the one thing we do not have is a headboard.  Well here are 10 DIY Headboards You Can Make in a DAY!

A great list of 10 DIY Headboards You Can Make In A DAY!

Which one of these do you like the most? Take a look and check them out.  Also, make sure to check out RIDDLE, it’s the place to go to create fun lists, quizzes, and more. It’s how this list was created! You just create what you want on Riddle and then embed it onto your page to share. Super easy and a great idea for roundups!

Now if only I could figure out what headboard I am going to make….

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