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I love Pinterest! I pin recipes, home décor ideas, inspiration quotes, workouts, healthy goodies, and DIY’s. My favorite boards is  “Lovely DIY’s,” which provides endless inspirations for arts and crafts projects.

I’D like to share a few projects that I’ve been day dreaming about:

Upcycle Wine Bottles: Twine or colored yarn is a simple solution to covering up old wine bottles without much effort. For this project, all you’ll need is the yarn of your choice and a strong adhesive like fabric or craft glue. – See more .

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Starbust Mirror:  Starburst mirrors are so chic in metallics and I’m really loving gold accents lately. I wanted to create something for our bedroom that replaced an old art piece that wasn’t really working and that also added more light to a dark corner in that space.  See more.

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DIY Headboard: Super cute and chic! See more.

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Don’t these Lovely DIY’s look fun? I think so.

What are some your favorite Pinterest boards, let me know. To view my DIY’s board, click here.

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I love repurposing old items, such as picture frames, mirrors, or empty candle jars. Call it frugalness or craftiness, either way I am okay with both.

About five months ago, Ryan and I purchased our very first home, which we love. We moved from a one-bedroom apartment to a three-bedroom home with an extra workshop room in the backyard. We have a lot more space, yay! However, the one thing our home does not have is large walk-in closets, which our apartment did. Anyway, I took over one of the extra bedrooms and turned that into my “Wo-Cave,” aka office and closet. Ryan got the workshop room in the back, which will be his “Man Cave.” We’re both happy with that arrangement.

I envisioned my Wo-Cave being a serene and Zen like space where I could be inspired to write, read, and get ready in the mornings for work. It was supposed to be a place where I could get lost in time and just be free to do whatever I wanted. I wanted the décor to be feminine yet not too girly – hot pinks were not an option. So, I decided I’d paint the walls white to match the furniture and then have an accent wall with white and grey vertical stripes. A sunshine “happy” yellow would be the accent color in the room.

Something like this:

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Five months later, the room is plain white – everything is white – furniture, walls, curtains. Everything!

Here’s where the mirror comes in, initially it was supposed to be a pop of color on the accent wall. BUT, I had no idea painting a room was so much work! It took me about three days and multiple trips to the home improvement store to finish painting the walls. After that experience, I did not want to add stripes to the wall, which it’s why it remains white. Initially I wanted the accent wall to be white with grey stripes and the mirror frame to be a “happy” yellow – pop of color on that wall. Scratch that idea!

Now, the mirror is white, on white with more white.

Here’s how I repurposed the mirror giving it a new and more modern look.

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You will need spray paint, painters tape, old newspapers, and the piece you’re going to repurpose.

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  1. Cover the mirror glass portion and secure it with the painters tape. Create two layers to prevent paint from bleed through the paper and getting on the glass.
  2. Spray your paint on to the piece you’re working with. Give it several coats of paint to make it one solid color. I did three layers of paint.
  3. Let it fully dry for at least 24hours prior to hanging it on your wall.

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That’s it, super easy way to repurpose an old mirror!

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How to make your own tray from a picture frame. This is a really easy project and you only need a few items.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Picture frame
  • Spray paint
  • Fabric

Let’s begin.

Step one: select a frame. I bought mine at a thrift store for $4. I selected one with a “fancy” ornate frame.

Step two: spray paint the frame (be sure to remove the glass prior to painting). I needed my frame to be neutral so I went with all white. To get full coverage on the frame you may need to paint it with multiple coats… My frame was originally a dark wooden color and it took about four coats of white spray paint before it was solid white.

Step three: select a piece of fabric. This fabric will be the background of your tray. The size of the fabric should be one inch bigger than the length and width of glass of your frame. For example if your piece of glass is 8in. by 10in. cut the fabric 9in. by 11in.

Step four: once the paint is dry place the glass back on the frame and the fabric on to the frame. Be sure to secure the glass, fabric and any backing in the frame.

Step five: enjoy your easy diy tray.

The tray sits on my dresser, here’s what it looks like.

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Thanks for visiting,

CAT

 

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Welcome to our Halloween Nail Series of 2014. Halloween is about three weeks away and in honor of the oh so creative holiday, Cat and I will be doing a series of Halloween inspired nail posts. I would like to kick-off our series with a little something I like to call Spooky. Spooky was inspired by an eyeball design I am working on perfecting (design coming soon). It was very simple to create and I think it’s pretty cool so here it is.

Step 1: I simply painted all my nails black…waited for them to dry and added one thick coat of white crackle nail polish to all nails except to my index finger.

Step 2: With a bobby pin I dabbled two parallel white dots on my index finger.

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Step 3: Once the white dot was dry I applied a much smaller black dot with the other end of the bobby on to the white dots…

Step 4: Once all coats of polish dried I applied a top coat and wallah.

Like I said the design is super simple but I think it’s pretty neat. Hope you enjoy! To view other designs visit here or here.

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— Cristy

 

Happy 4th of July and welcome back to our 4th day of 4th of July nails!

For our final nail art post I decided to go with something simple yet fun, I like to call it Party in the USA. There is no need for any fancy artistic technique for this design, simply have fun with it. The picture of the final product is self explanatory, but just in case you want to know what strategy I used, read below.

What you will need:

  1. Red nail polish (Sally Hansen)
  2. Royal blue nail polish w/blue glitter undertone (Sinful Colors at CVS)
  3. Glitter polish with red, blue and silver sparkles (Off Brand)
  4. Angled paint brush + nail polish remover
  5. Miley CyrusParty in the USA playing in the background 😉

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Steps:

I have this horrible habit of applying too many colors and too many layers at the same time and then simply ruining my polish.  Since I knew I would be using three different colors this time around, I decided to take it one color at a time.

1. Painted my thumb, middle and pinky fingers with the red polish and let the 1st and 2nd coat completely dry before moving on to the next color. Once these were completely dry I took my angled brush, dipped it in nail polish remover and cleaned around the edges. I chose to go with the red first, because it has been my experience that red polish is the messiest…especially when it comes to cleaning around the edges.

2. I went ahead and did one coat of glitter on my ring and pinky fingers.

3. I then applied two coats of the blue polish on my index finger. While that dried I applied two more coats of glitter on my ring and pinky fingers.

4. When the blue was completely dry I cleaned around the edges, applied top coat and wallahhh!

Like I said, the design is pretty simple, but I love it and I will definitely be rocking it at the 4th of July block party.

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– CRISTY

 

 

Thank you for coming back and taking a peek at our 3rd day of 4th of July nails !

Today’s design is what I like to call Patriotic Tye Dye. I came across a similar design (with different colors) on Pinterest and I thought it would be an awesome effect to try for 4th of July. The design is messy and fun.

You’ll need:

  1. White nail polish
  2. Royal blue nail polish
  3. Bright red nail polish
  4. make-up wedge (latex-free)
  5. Flat, angled paint brush
  6. Nail polish remover

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Step 1: Take your wedge sponge and dab a drop of each polish on a corner of the wedge sponge ( I recommend you used a latex-free sponge, as it is less porous). Allow the colors to overlap each other.

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Step 2: Take the sponge and start dabbing it on your fingernail until nail is completely covered.

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Step 3: Allow polish to dry and then take the angled paint brush, dip it in nail polish remover and clean up any messy edges.

Step 4: If you wish, add some subtle glitter, if not go ahead and add some top coat and walaaah!

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Thank you for stopping by and stay tuned for the final 4th of July post tomorrow!

– Cristy

Ugly sweaters

Christmas is only 13 days away, which means it’s time for festivities and most importantly, ugly Christmas sweater parties!!!! In ode the ugly Christmas sweater, Cat and I decided we would share our ugly sweaters with you!

Cat’s funky yet endearing sweatshirt in my opinion is all the sweatshirts should be about. Fuzzy wuzzy with so many embellishments. Great find, Cat!

As for myself, the thrift stores were ransacked of all ugly sweaters so I took matters into my own hands. I went to Target and purchased a basic crew neck t-shirt for $8 and bought felt embellishments at Michael’s Craft store. Added a bit of fabric glue and wallah!

So now that we’ve shared our sweatshirts with you, we would love for you to share your ugly Christmas sweater with us!!!

– Cristy

Fourth of July (U.S. Independence Day) is upon one of my favorite holidays, why? The fireworks!! As a child Sparkler’s were so much fun! So, here is the first in the set of nail tutorials inspired by fireworks and the holiday.

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Products used:

  • Essie – Set in Stone
  • Sally Hansen (Blue me Away), Love & Beauty (Indigo), and  L.A. Color Art Deco (White) – combined to make a midrange blue
  • L.A. Color Art Deco – White
  • Pure Ice – Crimson

Check back tomorrow for a different tutorial.

~~~CAT~~~

Here’s a sneak preview at a set of 4th of July inspired nail tutorials, to be posted every day until Independence Day. They are all pretty easy and quick to do, so get your red, white and blue polishes ready… Silver sparkly nail polish is a plus.

~~~CAT~~~

As you may recall, I am a bit frugal with my money, and one thing I totally cut out of my spending “budget” is going to the nail salon.

Yes, I enjoy getting pampered and trust me, I love a nice hand massage, but one thing I can enjoy more and for a longer period of time is my own collection of nail polish. Some may say I have a problem, I on the other hand would say, I like to have options – a lot of options.

Time to focus, an easy at home manicure is pretty simple and takes very few products.

Here’s what you’ll need:

– A small bowl with warm water

– Cuticle remover

– Pick tool(s)

– Nail file

– Cuticle oil

– Hand towel

Step one:Fill half of your bowl with warm water (optional – add a little hand soap or olive oil for moisture) and put your finger tips in it for about 5-10 minutes.

Step two: Dry your finger tips with a towel.

Step three:Add a small amount of cuticle remover to your cuticle and let it sit for a few minutes. Remember, to read and follow the directions on the product.

Step four: After a few minutes have passed, use your pick tool to push back on your cuticle. Be gentle, don’t hurt yourself or damage your nail bed.

Step five: Wash your hands.

Step six: Use your nail file to straighten the edge of your nails and get rid of any unevenness. Also, give them shape – square, oval, or whatever you choose. You can also take this time to cut off any excess or dry/dead skin with a nail clipper (the ones with a slanted edge).

Step seven: Add cuticle oil to your nails, cuticle area and rub it in – give your fingertips a gentle massage to get blood circulating to your nails, so they can grow pretty and healthy. I usually let the oil sit for about 10 minutes then I wash it off.

After you’ve done all of the above then you’re ready to add some color to your naked nails. This is my favorite step.

So, go ahead and give this simple at home manicure a try, and see what you think. Share any tips you may have.

— CAT

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