DIY: Crayon Art

Hey, long time no talk! I don't know what my problem is, but I have not been a very good blogger this month. I think it is because the weather got colder and therefore my idea of a perfect night went from crafting in the garage to cuddling up on the couch. 

So today I'm going to blog about a project that isn't even mine. My cousin, Danielle, created this crayon art the other day. I love it!! Obviously this idea came from Pinterest, but I'm always so impressed when someone can successfully re-create projects like this!

Required Tools: 
- Box of crayons (or multiple boxes if you only want a certain color scheme)
- Hot glue gun
- Canvas
- Blow dryer

Step 1: Use the hot glue gun to glue down the crayons on the canvas. 

Step 2: Prop the canvas upright and blow with a blow dryer for about 30 minutes to melt the crayons.

That seems pretty easy, right? I like that she used ordinary household/craft store items for this. Not many people have heat guns laying around!

I feel like I really need to get my butt out into that garage to do some last minute Easter crafts. I purchased tons of supplies, but never did anything about it!

xo. xo. xo.

Tag, you're it!

There has been a fun little game of tag going around the blogosphere lately. I was lucky to be tagged twice! I'm going to answer the questions from each person, then at the bottom I'll create my own questions and tag 10 lucky bloggers!

Tag #1

1. What's the best fashion advice you've ever received?

- My sister recently told me to be careful not to look “too Forever 21”. So when I can, I choose my cognac boots instead of the black ones. I feel like that’s a good way to off-set a mostly black outfit.

2. Who do you most admire?

- I’ve always had a hard time with this one. I don’t specifically have one person that comes to mind, but usually I lean towards hard working women who have a successful work-life balance. I’m determined to be a millionaire and own my own company, but I’m not sure how to accomplish that without sacrificing my family.

3. Favorite blogger?

- I follow sooo many blogs. I don’t think I can choose a favorite!

4. Would you rather spend money on clothes or home decor?

- Umm… both?

5. Biggest Fear?

- Besides spiders, fire and having a plastic bag fly up into my windshield {and it getting stuck on the wipers, blinding my vision and causing a car accident}, I think my biggest overall fear in life is the thought of not having financial security and having to worry about how to pay bills. I hope that we never have to experience that.

6. Do you have any pets?

- We have two dogs, a Pug named Modok and a Chihuahua named Fifi.

7. What was the last thing you pinned on Pinterest?

- As of right this second, a really cute pink wall with white wainscoting and elegant gold décor onto my “Home Décor” board.

8. What is your best tip for fellow bloggers?

- Don’t grow up too fast, unless you have time to maintain your popularity! I haven’t blogged in what feels like weeks, but I think I got burnt out. I had 2 straight months of non-stop crafting and blogging. During that time I gained a bunch of new blogging friends and followers, but it turned into something I needed to put on my to-do list. I started backing off because it should be a hobby, not something that makes me feel like a slacker when I don’t do it!!

9. Beach or Mountains?

- Turns out I don’t like either one. The beach requires dieting, getting dirty in the sand, then getting wet in the saltwater and mountains usually mean doing something outdoors or include snow, which I recently realized I hate. Wow, I’m such a Debbie Downer!

10. What do you do to relieve stress?

- Aboslutely nothingggg. Literally. Just hang out at home and relax!

11. Chocolate or vanilla?

- Definitely vanilla.

Tag #2

1. What is your funniest vacation experience?

- Definitely Disneyland with John's family. John drank way too much green tea and it was like he had done speed with Goofy every morning!

2. If you could have a super-power, what would it be?

- The power to be in multiple places at once {is that a thing?}. Wouldn't it be cool if you could clean the house while laying on the couch watching TV and get paid for an 8 hour day at work?!

3. Do you speak any other languages? If not what other language do you wish you knew?

- I took 4 years of Spanish in high school, but hardly remember anything. I actually never really knew how to speak the language, but I sure knew how to write a killer essay. I think I'll eventually pick this up again.

4. What is your morning routine?

- Turn off my first two alarms, then wake up 15 minutes later to my 3rd alarm across the room. From there, I usually turn it off and go back to sleep. Then, I wake up way too late, shower, hair, makeup, get dressed, let the dogs out to go potty and then speed off to work!

5. If you had an entire day to yourself, how would you spend it?

- Usually laying on the couch doing absolutely nothing... or crafting.

6. What are your two biggest pet peeves?

- The fact that glass ceilings still exist in the workplace & when people think they are smarter than you.

7. Are you laid back or high energy?

- I think I’m high energy when it comes to accomplishing things, but prefer to think of myself as laid back because I would usually rather be in my pajamas.

8. What was your first job?

- Babysitting and working at a snack bar at a local public pool.

9. What movie are you embarrassed to admit that you love?

- Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Fifi and I love watching that together =)

10. What's your favorite decorating tip?

- “Less is more.”

11. Did you make a New Years resolution? Have you kept it?

- Yes, I made 10 of them and I've successfully kept numbers 1,2,4,5 (not quite, but definitely on my way!), 9 & 10. Go me!

My Turn!

I thought it would be cool to switch this little game up so that people can respond either using words or pictures to answer my questions. Feel free to take your own pictures or steal them from someone else {cite your sources!}.

1. What color is your car?

2. What five things do you keep with you at all times?

3. What is your favorite pair of shoes?

4. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing would you bring?

5. Give a shout out and link to the blog that you have received the most page views from {avoid Pinterest, Google, Yahoo, etc.}.

6. Which craft or DIY project are you most proud of?

7. Do you have any animals?

8. What is one project you have been dreading?

9. When you step out of your house in the morning, what do you see?

10. What is the last thing over $20 that you purchased? 

Tag, you're it!
1) Heather @ Heatherly Loves
2) Heather @ Hopeless Notebook
3) Vicky @ My Sweet Sew-mance
4) Laura @ Our Reflection
5) Steph @ 'Ol Mother Hyder
7) Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic
8) Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun
9) Veronica @ Adventures of D and V

If you were tagged:

- Answer the questions above
- Create 10 new questions (or use the same ones)
- Tag 5-10 other blogs and link to them in your post
- Let them know you've tagged them
- Have fun!

DIY Burner Cover Turned {Magnetic} Corkboard

It has been a long time since I sat in my craft room and actually worked on a project. I don't know why, but I think I got overwhelmed with all of my options and ended up spending the last week or so sitting on the couch rather than being creative. 

After work, I decided today was the day to get back into my crafting groove. So, here it is: DIY Dollar Store burner covers turned into a {magnetic} cork board. {Tricky, huh?}

I started with this totally attractive burner cover from the dollar store and wrapped the side with my new washi tape that I got from Pick Your Plum. 

Then, I traced a circle on this tricky dicky corkboard scrapbook paper. I sprayed the top of the burner cover with spray adhesive and stuck it on.

I had these paint strips laying around, so I traced out little flags from each. 

The bakers twine was attached by putting Zots on the back of each flag, then sticking it on the corkboard, thus securing the twine to the cover. It was a "kill two birds with one Zot" move. As you can see, I also attached cute little white clothes pins that I got from Paper Source, but they have no actual use. 

I had these magnet circles hanging around already, so I Zot-ed buttons to the magnets to make them more attractive. 

I had to come up with a way for this to hang on the wall, so I used the bakers twine again and secretly secured it using another layer of washi tape. Now it just kind of disappears into the tin. 

Here is a side shot...

This was the kind of quick and easy project I needed. Hopefully I get back in my groove here soon!

DIY: St. Patrick's Day Banner

Happy March everyone! You know what that means... St. Patrick's Day decorations!!

I made this banner on my Silhouette using a four leave clover shape and "Oh {Photo} Shoot!" font. I stretched out each clover to the largest size I could fit on the 8.5" x 11" piece of paper. To make sure the fonts fit well, I created each letter inside of the clover shape, then copied and pasted it onto a new page. It is important to measure out each letter because they are all so different in width and height. To attach them together, I just used some twine and taped it to the back. 

I've never decorated for St. Patrick's Day before, so I am preparing myself to replace all pink {Valentine's Day} decorations with some green!