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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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February 16, 2015

DIY Valentine's Day Dinner!

So every year on Valentine's Day (at least for the past three years!) we host a fun 'Cupid's Cafe' Dinner for the kids. 

I figured that even though Valentine's has come and gone, it'd be fun to share with you what we do to help inspire fun ideas for next year!
You can never be too prepared, right? 

The first year we did this, we were trying to think of something special to do with our two oldest (they were 5 then) and when I found these amazing printables from the Dating Divas, I knew I had struck gold. 

We printed the menus, set up a fun table and let the kids have fun being the 'adults' while we served them.
And we will never, ever get away without doing Cupid's Cafe again.
I'm pretty sure. 

They told us this year that when they are older, they will served us Cupid's Cafe!!
How fun :) 

So because it's become a fun family tradition for the past three years, I thought it high time we shared a peek into a fun Valentine's Day dinner that is so easy & fun to pull together!!

I don't typically decorate the house for Valentine's- like change my mantle decor and all that.
But I have a box full of decor to transform the dining room into a special Valentine's Getaway for our dinner.
I love buying something special each year to add to it. 

And bonus, after the kids go to bed, you & hubby can light some candles and enjoy the set-up too!

This year, I made some cute name-cards and labels for the glasses. 
All the little details make everything so fun :) 

I printed out the cute menus from The Dating Divas site and had them waiting near the plates for the kids to order from. 

Those darling 'Love' and 'Xoxo" signs were in the Target dollar bin. 

What makes the dinner 'crazy' is that the kids place numbers in the bubbles for each course and me and the hubs have a cheat sheet that we fill out what goes with each number. So their appetizer course they may put number 3 & 7 which goes with our numbers that means a napkin and dessert. 
So anything goes in Cupid's Cafe!!

Of course, we had our littlest member this year which meant that she had her first 'meal' in her high-chair. 
Of course, she's a milk baby so she really just watched brother and sister enjoy the food but she got a tiny taste of pink mashed potatoes just for fun.

She had her own tiny plate, name card and a dressed-up bottle just for fun. 

This year, I wanted to add something fun to the chairs to dress things up a bit. 
I found these cute packs of felt hearts at Hobby Lobby and strung them on some yarn. 

I used a hole punch to punch the holes in them so they could string through easily. 
I added some cute ribbon & a chalkboard label from Michael's in the middle heart.
Since I can't draw a straight line, I used my Silhouette to put their monogram on the labels. 

The plates were ones I've picked up over the years either from Target or Kroger.
I got the cute polka dot straws at Target. 

My favorite (and most easiest!) part was creating a table runner with some wrapping paper. 
Those mini rolls at Target are perfect for running across a table so I usually snatched them up. 
This polka dot paper was absolutely perfect for our Valentine's dinner.
Just roll across, cut and you're good to go!

I found the Happy Valentine's Day sign and 'Hugs and Kisses' sign both on clearance at JoAnns this year.
And I whipped up the glittery heart blocks in a couple minutes. 

Throw in some milk glass and Valentine's roses and you're all set. 

The kids filled out their menus to let us know which dishes to bring out when. 

Our menu was as follows: 

Steak (cooked by the hubby!)
Fruit & Cheese Skewers
Pink Mashed Potatoes (they are big hit every year!) 
Cupid's Floats (from Somewhat Simple
Heart-Shaped Toast
Red Velvet Brownies (from Somewhat Simple

We added sprinkles to the ice cream on the brownies and heart picks to basically anything we could to add a little Valentine bling to everything.

The kids love everything being dressed up- even if it's as simple as sticking in a paper heart topper to serve it with. 

Baby girl loved watching brother and sister enjoy everything. 
She enjoyed a tiny bit of potatoes and then threw her valentine blocks off her highchair every few seconds. 

Little Miss and Little Man enjoyed every second of it. 
I'm so glad they are still loving it every year!!

I'm one of those crazy moms that absolutely loves decorating and throwing parties so this is such a special thing for me to do for them every year. 
Plus it gives me a good excuse to decorate with sparkles, hearts and everything pink & red.
Which just doesn't happen very often :) 

I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek into our Valentine Family tradition!

What's your favorite Valentine's tradition to do each year?

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February 10, 2015

Red & White Striped Tables Redo

I figured that Valentine's Day was a great excuse to share this cute pair or tables I redid last year. 

I'm so excited for spring to get here so I can get back to refinishing some awesome pieces we've had in storage for a while.
I spent most of last spring/summer redoing pieces for the nursery and loved loved it but I'm excited about branching out with different colors & idea I've been cooking up :) 

These little tables were given to me by my clinical instructor once we started talking about all my furniture redos and all that one day.

They were in need of a little TLC and some awesome color.
So I channeled my inner Razorback fan and decided to go red & white with them. 

I gave them a good sanding down before starting- which is always fun with those nooks and crannies.
Be sure to take a damp rag after sanding and get all the dust off. 

I painted them with a bold red enamel paint that I just love.
You may remember the same color for my red & white dresser I redid forever ago. 

It finishes with a gorgeous glossy sheen that I just love. 

After the red base coat was applied, 
I decided to add a bit of contrasting pattern to the tops to try and modern them up a bit. 
So I taped off stripes with painter's tape and painted glossy white stripes on just the top shelves.

After letting the coats of paint dry, I took my sander and distressed the edges and corners of both pieces for a rustic finish.

I think these would look so cute in a little boy's bedroom, don't you think? 

I finished them off with my favorite furniture wax for a protective finish and then they were off to their new homes. 

I love the contrasting white & red together and makes me miss my own little boy's fun red bedroom!!

Check out the side by side before & after pictures to get an idea of the amazing transformation!!

Ah. My heart just loves a good before & after!!

I can't wait to get back in the game and share some fun pieces that I"ll be tackling soon (weather permitting). 

Hope you guys are having a great week!!

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