Making the old new (and cute) again

Head over to OhDeeDoh to find out how to make customized hard back covers for paperback books! I love this idea. Such a sweet way to personalize a gift or to upgrade an inexpensive book.

Find the step by step here.


DIY Plaster Letters

I love the handmade look of these plaster letters from Poppy Talk. Full directions here.

Clay Tags

These clay table numbers and flags from The Sweetest Occasion are just too much! Such a smart idea. I love how she used cookie cutters and stamps for the shapes and impressions. You could personalize flags for birthday parties, showers, or a potted plant for a friend. Oh, the possibilities!

Fringey Streamers

Wow. These fringey streamers from Jordan Ferney are gorgeous! Such a simple and inexpensive way to add a ton of color. I can’t wait to use these for a party!

Full instructions here.

Party Skirt

I love this skirt from Creative Spaces! Full tutorial here.

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Dresser Update

My sweet in laws gave us an old dresser they had to use as a buffet in our living room about 6 months ago. We got home to find out it was about 3 inches too wide for the space! Total bummer. The husband saw my distress and suggested using it as a dresser in our bedroom. Genius! After many months of indecision on what color to go with, I finally decided to just go for it the first week of January. I sanded/primed on day 1, found some paint leftover from our kitchen and painted it on day 2, bought hardware on day 3 and we moved that sucker in! It’s the most focused I’ve ever been on a project like this and I’m happy to say we finished so quickly!

So here’s the room before right after we moved in the house (this is the best shot I have) (p.s. my mom built that dresser years ago for me! skills, I tell you!).


Here’s the new dresser, before:


And…the room & dresser after!

The mirror above it was an old frame my mom had picked up a while back. I had plans to paint it and turn it into a chalkboard to hang somewhere in the house, but once I held it up to the dresser I realized it was already the perfect color! We bought a plain beveled mirror at Lowe’s for $19 and attached it to the frame.


I couldn’t find the paint color on Valspar’s site, but here’s a shot of the color and make up. I think it was originally matched to a Martha Stewart color back when she had a line at Lowe’s.

The hardware is from Martha Stewart at Home Depot. You can find the pulls here and the knobs here.


I really love how the whole thing turned out. And the whole shabang was only around $70 for new hardware and the mirror. It feels much more open now and it makes me happy every time I walk in our bedroom. : )

Happy Hearts Day!

Love this headboard from House Tweaking. I think I may just have to try something like this for wall art.

Lots of love to you all today!

Little Cups o’ Love

I had plans to make the amazing heart cake today, but found this recipe from Positively Splendid and decided to give them a shot. Now I’ll say, I didn’t have strawberry cake mix or red sprinkles, so mine turned out slightly different. 🙂

The recipe is super simple. You mix together cake mix, a stick of butter and an egg, which makes a yummy cake like cookie. Then you can add the heart on top with melted almond bark.

I got the bright idea to just add red food coloring to my cake mix. I found out that yellow cake mix and red food coloring will make a nice orange color, but not so much the pink or red I was going for. 🙂

Here are my little ‘oranges’ as my husband described them. haha

I made up some pink sugar with food coloring since I didn’t have any red sprinkles. It helped the color a little bit.

The hearts are piped almond bark. I just used a ziplock bag and snipped the corner. I had quite a few rejects, which my hubby was happy about since he always gets to have all the not so perfect baked goods. 🙂


I put two cookies in these little cups.

And then wrapped them up with cellophane, twine & yarn and a little heart tag. (My mom cut out about 100 red and aqua hearts on her Cricut for me!)

Perfect little treats for my neighbors and coworkers.


Happy Friday everyone!

If you’re celebrating this weekend, enjoy!

Nutritious Valentine’s Treat

Twig and Thistle is offering these cute little stickers for free!

Gorgeous Heart Cake!

This cake from I Am Baker is incredible! I’m hoping to try my hand at it later this week.