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May 13, 2015

DIY Spring Floral Banner

Hey there friends!!

I know my posts have been few & far between and, honestly, I'm just in survival mode to finish out the rest of the school year and still remain sane. 
Actually, I'd be fine just finishing- not sure if the sane part will happen :) 

We have two weeks of school left (three if you include my professional development week) and I am counting down the days to summer very very eagerly!!

In the meantime, I HAVE been pumping out bunches of new projects and parties that I can't wait to share. 
Little man turned eight a few weeks ago and we threw the best Pokemon party ever and I plan on sharing details (and printables!) very soon!

However, I have been sharing a free printable each month over at the lovely Mine for the Making blog where my sweet friend, Kara, is. 
This month I shared a colorful print with the fun quote "Bloom Where You are Planted". We are trying to instill attitudes of gratefulness in our kids lately and this has been a big mantra in my heart lately to do your best, with your best attitude, no matter the circumstances. 

After making the fun prints, they inspired me to create a fun little spring banner with the pretty in pink version and I wanted to share how quick & easy it was to throw together.

We are talking about five minutes- ten if you count how long it takes the glue gun to heat up :) 


And you'll end up with the cutest little floral banner ever!! 

Supplies needed: 
Scrapbook paper (or fabric) of choice
Printable- Bloom Where You are Planted print found here
Ribbon
Hot glue gun
Scissors


First things first, head over to Mine for the Making to print your free Bloom print (there are tips & tricks for getting the best results included in the blog post) and cut to your desired width/length.
I printed mine as a 5x7 and then free-handed the triangle pennant shape with scissors. 

Then use your scrapbook paper or fabric and cut the remaining pennant pieces out. Cut as many as you need to get the length that you want for your banner.
I was able to get several pieces out of each piece of scrapbook paper so it goes pretty far :) 

Glue your banner pieces to your desired ribbon and voila! The easiest (and cutest) little banner you ever did see!!



I've been looking for a good excuse to use the cute floral & gingham papers I found at Hobby Lobby for a while and love how they look on this cute banner.

I'm definitely planning a cute photo shoot with baby girl using this in the backdrop very soon! 













I'm loving using little splashes of pink in my spring decor lately and love how easy this banner was to put together! 
I haven't had time for big projects lately so this was just the ticket to get done in the evening after work for a little craft therapy. 

I've got big ideas in the works coming up soon and you'll be seeing a lot more of me this summer- pinky swear. 

Thank you for being so patient with me, sweet friends. Hope your week is going fantastic!!



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April 20, 2015

Cinderella Inspired Spring Printables


Hey there friends!!

I don't know about you but I've been enjoying soaking up the sunshine the past week or so!!
We go in and out with rainy days but the sunshine-y ones have been amazing!!

All this pretty spring weather got me in the mood to create a spring inspired Cinderella print just for you guys!!!

Aren't they gorgeous???



They are the perfect spring pop of color to add to your spring decor!!! 

I'm sharing these pretties over on the lovely Mine for the Making today so head over to download your favorite :) 

I hope you guys are enjoying this pretty weather (and hopefully it's gorgeous wherever you are!) 

I'm in full counting down to the end of the school year mode so that I can have the summer off to spend with my sweet kids & finally share some of the projects I've been piling up for you guys!!

Hope you guys are having a great week!!


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March 30, 2015

Turquoise Hexagon End Table Redo

This week is finally start to shape up like spring.
Even though we just ended our spring break yesterday.
Get with it Arkansas. 

We had a burst of cold weather Saturday and then beautiful weather yesterday.
I'm trying not to get my hopes up that this pretty weather will stick.
But I sure hope it does!!

I had to convince my kids that 65 degree weather did not, in fact, mean we could go swimming.
They insisted on putting on their swimsuits and dipping their feet in the kiddie pool anyways.
And, well,it was spring break.

I'm trying to get back into the groove of things with work starting back up this week...but they threw a curve ball at us and are adding 72 minutes onto our school days to make up for snow days. And that extra hour to the end of the day is a doozy.

But I figured I'd kick off this week with a gorgeous spring-y furniture transformation.

I did this piece last year and it was one I was intending on selling...and then I just loved it to much.
So we basically did a living room redecoration in order to make it work. 
I love those kinds of projects :) 

Here's the little cutie before it's makeover...


The two-toned colors leave a lot to be desired but it had amazing bones to work with!
I'm obsessed with these little hexagon/circle shaped tables and the details on the doors of this one are hardly visible in it's original shape. 

Check out those door details now...


 I mean, come on.
There's not even a question as to how much better it looks with a beautiful coat of paint on!
The details on the doors completely pop now & it makes an outdated little number shoot right back in to modern & cute. 


I believe I scored this end table at a yard side for around 5$. It sat in my garage forever before I finally decided to get inspired by it.

It had quite a few scratches and gouges around the edges of the table that were easily fixed up with a couple layers of wood putty. 
I sanded the whole thing smooth and then painted several coats of an 'oops' paint I picked up at Lowes. 


It's a flatter sheen than I usually try and use but still came out with a gorgeous color and finish.
I used Minwax finishing wax to seal it and make it feel oh so smooth. 
Then the brass handles were given a coat of oil-rubbed bronze spraypaint to liven them up a bit. 


This little table caused a big uproar in our back living room because once it was painted, I was too in love with it to sell it.
My sweet husband readily agreed to help me change a few things in order to be able to make it work in color scheme for the back living room.
Which involved painting several other pieces so the blue wouldn't clash.

So glad that he puts up with my craziness :) 


It was the perfect addition to my favorite little reading nook area which got a makeover because of the little blue table. 
You can get more details about the nook here


I absolutely love the bright turquoise paired with whites & pops of yellow! 
It was definitely meant to live with us and I'm so glad we were able to make it work for our space!!

Check out the before & after transformation...definitely a 'blah' to 'glam' moment!!






I've said it a million times but it holds true again & again...

the power of paint is an amazing thing and it never ceases to amaze me how it can transform something that you would never glance at twice to one of your favorite pieces in your house!!

Now that painting weather is finally looming near, I can't wait to get some more projects going!

What do you think of my little turquoise table? 
Have plans on redoing any pieces soon? 


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March 12, 2015

Glammed Up Dollar Store Bunny Ears!


So this was one of those projects that started out on a total whim. 
Me and little man were hunting for faux succulents in our local Dollar Store and some cute sequined bunny ears caught my eye.

I didn't think much about them but thought they were adorable and could have some great potential so I threw them in the basket and kept going.
I actually scored a whole bunch of awesome things on my last shopping trip that I can't wait to share.

But guys...
when I actually sat down tonight and threw together this little 'on the whim' project, I couldn't believe how adorable they turned out!!!
                                                         


Can you believe those are bunny ears from the Dollar Store?!?!

I'm seriously in cuteness overload with them.
But I think I perpetually stay that way with little miss around. 
Everything is cute when it's tiny :) 
And girly.
And with sequins & bows.

So these didn't have a chance. 

So you're probably thinking that this project is cute and all...but you don't have a fancy schmancy embroidery machine to do a monogram.
Well mine isn't it fancy, but I do have one.



Butttt guys, 
Hobby Lobby & Michaels have really upped their game with iron-on decals lately.
So grab up a couple of iron-on monograms and jazz your ears up in a couple of minutes!
Since they won't get dirty like clothes, you won't have to worry about washing them so if the iron doesn't seem up your alley, whip out that hot glue gun.
Glue on your monogram, add a cute little bow or other embellishments and you have the cutest pair of bunny ears ever seen in a matter of minutes.





Here's the run-down in a quick list: 
1. Grab some bunny ears (I've seen them everywhere from the Dollar Store to Kroger to Hobby Lobby).
2. Use iron on decals to create a monogram or initial. 
Either iron them on or hot glue them on. 
3. Embellish with cute bows, flowers, etc. 
I put a tiny dab of hot glue on the back of my bow so in case I want to take it off later. 


I'm obsessed with my embroidery machine and most things aren't safe around the house when it comes to getting personalized!!

But how cute will your little bunny be in these come Easter Egg Hunting time??
And with a completion time in under five minutes, it's worth every minute!! 

Are you needing some glammed up Bunny Ears in your life? 



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March 08, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Free Printable!!

We are starting this week off big here at Tattered & Inked!!

So many fun things happening.

I'm so excited to announce that I'm the newest contributor to the amazing Mine for the Making blog!!
My sweet friend Kara is the blogger that runs Mine for the Making and I've teamed up with her to bring you a fun new printable each and every month!!

You know how much I love creating & sharing free printables with you guys so be sure to follow Mine for the Making to be in on my newest prints each month!!

I'll still be sharing fun printables over here on Tattered & Inked as well but at the beginning of each month, there will be exclusive prints only available through Mine for the Making!

Today is my first day over there and I'm sharing a fun St. Patrick's Day themed print that you're going to love!!

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Head over now to Mine for the Making to download your free printable here!!

And be sure to check back in tomorrow for an amazing giveaway!!
(Just in time for my birthday at the end of this week!!)

I can't wait to share this fun giveaway with you guys tomorrow so be sure to swing on by!!




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Gorgeous Onecklace Review & Giveaway!!!

Have I told you guys that it's my birthday this week??
Coming up on Friday I'll be 26! 
(Is it sad that I had to verify my own age with my husby?? Tell me I'm not alone!) 

Husby has been the sweetest and has been surprising me with fun things every day to make the whole week special.

And I wanted to pass the love onto you guys as well by sharing such a fun, new company that I've worked with over the past couple weeks!
And there's more...

Onecklace will be giving TWO of my amazing readers a 50$ giftcard to spend in their lovely shop!!
So keep on reading, friends, you're going to fall in love!!

There's also a code for 10% off when you make a purchase on their website at the bottom of this post, so be sure to keep reading to get your exclusive code!!




When I was first contacted by the lovely people at Onecklace, I was instantly giddy when skimming through their site. 
I mean, what girl wouldn't get excited about jewelry??

Even more, all their jewelry items are completely customizable and personalized. 
Monograms & engraved names are so on trend right now and it was so hard to go through their site and pick just one thing that I loved!!

Onecklace promotes themselves as an international jewelry manufacturer, dealing  exclusively with customized name necklaces. Inspired by the concept of personalized nameplate pendants, they opened their doors to the world in 2001 and have been creating beautiful and fashionable customized jewelry ever since. 
You can read more about the process their pieces undergo here

You can hop on over to their beautiful site and browse through gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, monogram pendants and so many more. 
They offer pieces in plated or pure sterling silver as well as pure gold or plated gold options. 

Being that we just added a sweet new addition to our family a few months ago, I was instantly drawn in by their "Mother" collection of pieces. 
There were so many fun pieces to show off your children's initials or names!

I instantly fell in love with the beautiful Boy & Girl Mother's Necklace
Check out my gorgeous piece I received from Onecklace!!


I'm so in love with my new necklace and get so excited seeing all three of my kid's initials on the cute boy & girl charms!!

You can choose between silver and gold, personalize with your own names/initials and then choose from a variety of chains. 

It was an absolute dream working with them and getting my necklace customized and ordered!! 
In no time at all, I had a cute package arriving at my door all dolled up in a gold bag & beautiful gift box. 


It's already become my new favorite piece to wear and I get so many compliments from it. 
I love the daintiness of the charms & chain which makes it fun to wear on it's own or pair with a couple other necklaces. 

The chain is very lightweight & dainty, so be sure to be careful around chunky little fingers that love to grab at shiny things!

My necklace has held up beautifully through the crazy amounts I've already worn it and I know that it is always going to be a special piece to have.

I love personalized pieces like these, because they can so easily become heirloom pieces that have so much meaning behind them.

They would be perfect for Mother's Day, a birthday or any other special time of the year. 
And they go way beyond mother's necklaces if you're looking for something fun & trendy to wear for yourself!!
A couple other of my favorite pieces are the gold monogram ring, the beautiful initial bracelet, and the two circle love necklace

You have to head over and check them out...I know you'll fall in love with them as much as I have!!

Now onto the AMAZING part...in case you've already swung on over and fallen in love...
Onecklace is giving away TWO 50$ giftcards to my lovely readers to let you personalize and receive your own lovely piece!!

Onenecklace is also offering a one-time use discount code for use on their website to every one of you!
So if you just can't wait to get shopping, use the code tattered10 to receive 10% off your purchase!!

It's super easy to enter in the Rafflecopter widget below!
Get your entries in before March 13, 2015 (my birthday!!) and the winner will be announced on Sunday, March 15!!




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March 06, 2015

DIY Wooden Pennant Banner

I don't know about you guys but I'm am most definitely ready for springtime.
Warm weather, playing outside, green grass. 
The works.

We are on our third week of state-stopping snowstorms and I'm the kind of girl who loves it to have a good snow...once. So we can have a day off school, play in the magical stuff and then get back to normal life.

So far, we've had six total days off school and we are slowly carving out our summer break with make-up days for school. Boo. 

So I'm hoping that by creating a few Spring projects, Mother Nature may take the hint? 
It's worth a try :) 

I had a few pieces of scrap plywood lying around and thought it would be perfect for making a cute pennant banner to hang up outside. 


Doesn't it just scream spring to you? 

I was able to whip up this simple project during one of our 'warm' days here.
Gotta love Arkansas and the fact that it can be nearly seventy degrees one day and then below freezing with snow the next.

First things first, I cut out several triangles with my miter saw. 
Then sand them down until they are completely smooth. 


After sanding, I used a variety of blues to make a pretty light aqua and then painted stripes and polka dots with the aqua and some white acrylic paint.

Use painter's tape to tape off stripes and then a round foam pouncer for large polka dots.
I think it'd be cute with teeny polka dots too, using the back of a pencil! 


After adding some patterns to your banner, I used a staple gun to attach my triangles to a scrap piece of twine. 
And that's it!!


I hung mine on my huge chalkboard outside to bring a little color to it.
I'm still getting used to adding chalk art and not hating my own handwriting.
I'm learning to let go and just have fun with it!!


How's that for a super simple spring project??
You could whip this up in under an hour and have something colorful to brighten up your home!!

I love that it's a little different take on the traditional fabric pennant banner- definitely holds up a bit better outside!!

Hope you guys are staying warm- (and if you already have Spring weather, know that I'm extremely jealous!!).

Hope your week has been fabulous!!



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