Spring is near, our snow has melted and warmer weather is in the forecast. This has been the longest winter that I can remember. Ok, maybe I am being a little dramatic! Last weekend the husband and I went on a little weekend getaway. I was able to go to Anthropologie and oh goodness I sure do love that store. It was my first time ever visiting their store. I have seen all of their goods on their website but to actually be in the store was pure happiness. I could have spent the entire day in that store looking at all of their pretty things. I was even able to find a new sweater for $20.00 (it was originally $128.00) woo hoo!!!
Here are some pics of my new sweater and what I wore with it!
I can't believe this is my 100th post! Wow, it has almost been 3 years since I started my blog journey. I didn't blog much in 2011 and 2012 and kind of wish I did. I have met so many people during my three years as a blogger and really appreciate all of the support and sweet comments. So here I go writing my 100th post. I wish I had some special giveaway to shower all of you with but I don't it's just more of me babbling.
Do you all remember my Coke bottle soap dispenser? It is Keep Calm and Decorate's most popular search and pin on Pinterest. I don't know about you but I like for the basic things I use everyday to be pretty and organized. It really isn't expensive or hard to make your things look prettier. I thought about ways I could make my basic things look better. I hate the look of my shampoo and conditioner bottles in my shower. I saw some pretty bottles at Anthropologie this past weekend, but they are glass. Glass does not work for this mom of an almost two year old or for somebody who has butter fingers and drops everything (that would be me)! I needed something that was made of plastic. So, I came up with this idea!
Here is what you will need to make the soap dispensers:
* 2 - clear, plastic soap bottles (I got mine from the Dollar Tree)
NOTE: You can buy vinyl lettering at any home improvement store (I would recommend the letters you use on your mailbox). It has to be something water proof.
*A cute metal basket
Here are the two soap bottles I picked up at the Dollar Tree.
Next, you can peel the labels off. For some reason, the green bottle gave me a little attitude when trying to get the label off. You can use a little Googone or acetone nail polish remover to remove the sticky left behinds. I personally think the acetone nail polish remover works the best.
Next, I cut out the vinyl letters on my Cricut to go on the bottles. I used S for shampoo and C for Conditioner (I know brilliant, right). Hee hee! My letter size for the Cricut was 2 3/4". You can also buy vinyl letters if you don't have a die cut machine.
I then dumped out all of the liquid that was in the soap dispensers. I know it is wasteful, but I am sorry I didn't want the soap. The great thing is that the soap was really watered down so it didn't get too sudsy when I tried to clean out the bottle. I washed it out several times until I knew the old soap was gone. I then dumped the shampoo and conditioner into the empty bottles.
After I knew the bottles were dry I added the S and the C to the bottles and put the dispenser on.
I found this cute basket for $3.00 in the tricky dollar section at Target to put the soaps in.
Here are other soap dispensers I use around my house.
I use the Coke bottle for hand soap and the vintage lemonade bottle for dish soap.
How do you make your basic everyday things prettier?
Yesterday was the first day of spring and our high was 30 degrees! I don't think Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog's prediction was right about an early spring. :) The good thing is that the sun has been shining and it's warm inside. It has been very hard to decide what to wear because I don' want to wear my winter clothes because it is spring but I can't wear my spring clothes because it's cold. What is a girl to do? (sigh)
I just love the cute, faux animal heads I have been seeing around blog land and on Pinterest. I don't think they are something I would put in my living room, but I do think they are pretty cute in a kids room or office. I have been wanting to do some kind of faux animal in my daughter's room for awhile now. And with Easter being only a few weeks away I thought a bunny would be perfect.
Here are some of the supplies I used to get started:
Styrofoam Ball (can be found at any craft store or dollar store)
Pom Poms (for mouth and nose)
Buttons (for eyes)
Black Thread (whiskers)
I cut my styrofoam ball in half. I felt like I was cutting up a piece of fruit. I had the cutting board and knife
out . I wasn't messing around here peeps.
After I was done cutting I laid out my napkin and cut off a square to put around the bunny's head. I wanted a little texture and the styrofoam was a little to blah for me.
I then wrapped the napkin around the cut half of the styrofoam ball and taped the napkin to the back to make it lay flat. I then started to apply the Mod Podge. You will need to let it dry for about 20 minutes before handling it.
I also Mod Podged black thread to use for the whiskers. I didn't want droopy whiskers so I used Mod Podge to make them stiffer.
I then cut the strands of thread into pieces (after the Mod Podge was done drying). I hot glued the cut thread to the pink and two white poms and then glued it to the stryofoam half.
I then cut out two ears from white felt and hot glued them to the styrofoam ball and also glued the eyes on. I didn't use a pattern for the ears I just started cutting until they started to look like ears. I am sure there are bunny ear pattern that you could use.
I used this pink brush pen that I got in a kit from Hobby Lobby to color inside the bunny ears.
Once I colored the inside of the ears, I added a little bow and tucked in a little piece of pink felt under the two white poms for a bunny mouth.
I had an old frame and mat from a project that never got done so I decided to use that to frame the bunny.
And since this is a framed bunny, I decided it needed a name plate. I had this label from another project, but you could easily cut out your own. I colored in the corners with the pink marker I used for the ears and glued it onto the mat.
My daughter name the bunny Babsy. I think it is a combination of bunny and baby. :)
I used double sided tape to stick Babsy onto the wall.
Hello lovelies and welcome back to another edition of WIWW! It has been a busy week here at my house. I am trying to get all of my projects done inside before the weather gets nice. I don't know why but it feels like winter has just been hanging around longer this year. So, spring if you can make an appearance soon that would be awesome!
Most of our snow has finally melted and I have been busy decorating inside. I am really hoping it gets a little bit warmer so I can start spray painting. I have so many things that I need to paint. I am not complaining though because I will take 50 degree weather over the snow and cold any day! Anyway, the real reason for this post is to share my spring mantel with all of you. I tried to go for an organic, earthy feel this year. I went to different rooms in the house and stole borrowed a few things to make it feel complete.
The one thing that I struggle with my mantel is trying to make it not so dreary. The stone on the fireplace tends to make everything blend together. I think adding some pops of yellow makes the other decor stand out a little bit more.
I bought these two little birds at a garage sale a few years back. I didn't even have to repaint them! I added some basket filling that I bought from the the Dollar Tree to make it look like the birds are in a nest. The candlesticks came from Goodwill a few years ago. I used Heirloom White by Rustoleum to paint the candlesticks.
The chalkboard came from Goodwill . It originally started out as a picture of some trees, I really liked the size of the frame and the color. I flipped the picture around and painted it with chalkboard paint.
The bicycle is from Hobby Lobby (probably 7 years ago). The old coffee pitcher was bought at a garage sale.
These yellow, dutch shoes are one of my recent finds from Goodwill. I love that they are yellow!
I love stacking/layering items on old books it just makes the item that much more interesting. The old whiskey jug was my great aunt's who passed away a few years ago. I thought it looked springy with the blue tulips and I love the fact that it came from somebody special. It makes me smile!
I also wanted to say hello to all of my new followers on Facebook, Google friends, Hometalk, Instagram and Pinterest and thank you for all of your lovely comments. I love meeting new people!!! :)