DIY – Necklace Holder

When I saw this on Pinterest I knew I had to have one for my bedroom.  BUT if you’ve read my blog at all you will know that I am cheap and the price tag on that adorable necklace holder was a little too steep and it looked easy enough to make…so I did!

Here’s what you need:

2×4 board – painted the color of your choice – length depends on how many knobs you want

5 knobs (that’s how many I chose but you could do more)

5 washers (equal to the number of knobs)

Drill with two size bits

Picture hanging brackets


First I had my dad help me drill some holes in the board as they needed to be counter-synced (I had no clue what that meant but it’s easy).  First drill holes a little smaller than the bolts on the knobs.  Then on the back side use a larger bit (the size of the washers) and drill part way into the board…far enough so that the bolt comes through.  After the holes were all drilled I sanded the board down and spray painted it.  Make sure to do several even coats rather than try to get it all coated at once.

Here’s what the front of the board looks like.

Here is the back of the board.  Notice the holes on the back are larger.


Then I added the picture hanging brackets.  There are other kinds but I had these already so I used them.


Then I just screwed in the knobs.  I purchased these at Hobby Lobby.  They have an amazing selection of these decorative knobs.  Finished product looks really good!

DSC_4659Good luck making your own!  Think of the colors you could use…


1st Day Teacher Gifts

Because I enjoy doing crafty, fun things and because I’ve seen so many inspiring things on I wanted to find something to make for the boys’ teachers for the 1st day of school.  I gave them to the teachers at entrance conferences.  NO they weren’t bribery but I it may have added a leg up for my youngest who sometimes needs it.

I made these cute monograms that I was inspired by in this post:  They were fun but also a bit tricky.  For the crayon one I used broken crayons (what mom doesn’t have those around?).  I had to cut or break some of them to make them the right size but that wasn’t too tough.  The pencil one was a bit easier.  I cut them with a hack saw (I think that’s what it’s called) and sharpened the end of some of them to get them the right size.  I think they turned out nicely.

I also made them these boxes to survive the first day of school.  I was inspired by this:  Mine were a bit more simple and I filled them with chocolate candies and some starburst (which was insisted on by Avery).  I hope that the teachers don’t need them to survive MY children but it is always nice to have a little treat in your desk drawer.

Hope all you teachers and parents had a great first day of school!


I’m in love!

>I have been eyeing the picture on the left up for quite some time at Kohl’s but they didn’t have a matching one that was the same direction until Monday night when I stopped to find something for the bathroom.  I was so excited because I also happened to have a 20% off coupon!!  I finally got them put up tonight.  I really liked the pictures that I had in that spot but they have been there since we moved in and it was just time for a change. 

There have been lots of change in our house in the past two weeks!  I am LOVING it!  I LOVE change and have more pictures to share later.

Bathroom Update

>As of this morning we have the following in the bathroom:
– Tiled shower
– Floor prepped for tile
– Walls sheetrocked
– Taping and mudding nearly complete
– Paint picked out

Glass/Stone accent tile
Shower tiled with two recessed shelves
Sheetrock…toilet area
Sheetrock taped and muded.
Finished off with the chair rail tile at the top.

Bathroom Update

>The bathroom progress continues to move along.  The shower tiling is mostly done…just waiting for a decorative piece at the top near the ceiling.  The grouting will need to be done too before we use it but it is looking great!  Trevor is here today finishing up sheetrocking so he can mud and tape today and possibly start tiling too.  I am so excited to see this all coming back together!  I can’t wait until it’s done. 

I have more pictures and I will post them later.

Bathroom Update

>Things are coming along with the bathroom project.  Everything has been removed and things are starting to go back in!  So exciting to see it coming back together.  Tomorrow the tile guy is coming to do the shower…can’t wait to see that!  Here are some pictures of the progress:

This is the vanity area.

Toilet area and outside wall.

Shower area.

Shower area with backer board put in.

New tub…it’s NOT blue just has blue plastic on it.

Medicine cabinet area framed up.

Bathroom Project


Here is a picture of the first hole knocked in the wall…now it is down to the studs and the guys are here right now working on taking out the floor and the rest of the wall that didn’t get finished Friday.  I will post an updated picture later today.  Can’t wait to see things start coming back together! 

Christmas Scrapbook

>I know Christmas is long past but I have been meaning to post about this project since then!  If you are like me you get lots of Christmas cards and pictures.  I used to keep them until the next year and then toss them.  Well then I stole this idea from an old friend and I love it!  I put all the pictures in a scrapbook so that I can look at them from year to year and see how people have changed. 

Here’s what you need:
– A scrapbook
– A glue stick
– A scissors
– Your Christmas cards/pictures

First I separate the cards from the pictures.  I use the pictures on the cards as decoration on the pages.  Because I don’t like to write on the pages I find a card that says the year and maybe “Merry Christmas” or something like that to use on my first page for the year.

Then I start cutting the pictures out of the photo cards.  I also cut out the name so that in years to come I can remember whose children I’m looking at. 

Sometimes I do not cut the pictures apart if I can’t bare to destroy the pretty card.


Sometimes I cut out fun shapes from the card to add a little extra ‘something’ to my page.

As you can see I arrange each page different.  I cut everything out and lay it all out before gluing anything in place.

And of course I add our own Christmas card so we can remember that from year to year as well! 

So that is how YOU can go from a pile of cards like this…

To an organized book like this…


Bye Bye Bathroom!

>Today begins the demolition of the bathroom. I wanted to take this time to say good bye to the teal tile that i have so disliked since we moved here nearly 6 years ago. We’ve had a good run but really it is time to part ways!



I am working on making Valentine’s for Blake’s class and Avery’s daycare friends.  Last year I made them by hand and they turned out so great so I decided to do them again.  These are the ones I’m working on for this year…