Gingham Red Check Galoshes for National Shoe Lovers Day

October 24, 2014

#DSWShoeEnvy and #DSWStyle

Did you know that tomorrow October 25th is Nation Shoe Lover Day? I plan on wearing these fabulous fall galoshes I bought at DSW. Great for all sorts of fall activities! Last weekend I wore them raspberry picking with the family paired with dark wash jeans, a scarf and cardigan with plaid button down shirt.

The previous weekend I took them to a corn maze in Lancaster County. Paired with a denim button down shirt, pearl necklaces, plaid wool skirt and black tights.
They were great in the wet grass for keeping my feet warm and dry while keeping me looking stylish.
Then I wore them this week while on a quick shopping trip to the local farmer's market paired with red cords, slouched knee high socks, a grey sw and a red tote bag.
Who’s ready for October 25? It’s National #ShoeLover Day, and we’re partying it up with DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse. Tell us why you love shoes and how you’re going to let loose on the big day! Celebrate by shopping your favorite looks at Designer Shoe Warehouse. 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by DSW via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of DSW.

Floor Throws instead of Carpets

October 21, 2014

Just bought new floor throws for the living room. I like to call them "floor throws" because I wouldn't say they constitute carpets. This household can't handle real carpets. It eats the up and chews them out for breakfast. 
I just refinished the floors in our living room after not being able to stand looking at our stained carpet one day more. But we still needed "floor throws" because the newly polyurethaned floor was getting scratched by the sofa and ottoman.
I bought these "outdoor" medium sized 5' x 8' rugs at for only $50 a piece! Use coupon code fall70 to get 70% off the full price. You really can NOT beat that. The best part is that these rugs won't look ugly within the week.
The basket weaved parts of the rug hold up pretty well under the daily abuse we inflict. If you have the same problem as me with carpets I recommend checking out the "outdoor" selection. These were a nice compromise because they were a combination of softer pile and durable flatweave.
I love the look and hey, if I change my mind or they don't hold up we're only out $100 and I can always sell them on Craigslist and get something back. I think it's definitely a win!

Cheshire Cat Face Halloween Makeup

October 20, 2014

This year Lily wanted to be a cat. But not just a simple cat. She wanted to be a Cheshire cat so we worked on her makeup and here's what we came up with using Tulip Body Art
Get the video tutorial below!
I didn't have a black light on hand but this product was also black light compatible! Would look pretty cool with just a green creepy smile in the dark. But whether you're going for creepy or cute Tulip Body Art has a variety of professional-quality paint, glitter and hair products to use to get the look you're going for.
The above video is a time lapse detail of the whole process which took about 25 minutes. At first she was a little leery of the "creepy" look but after it was finished she loved it and didn't want to take it off at bedtime.

If doing anything freehand scares you check out Tulip Body Art Stencils and brushes. Just peel off the stencil and stick to skin. Apply the glue with the soft tip applicator then brush on the glitter with the brush provided. Best of all it all washes off easily with soap and water.

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"The Snow Queen" Kevin MacLeod ( 
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Styling Tips in one Convenient Place

October 10, 2014

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PEOPLE magazine, InStyle magazine, and StyleWatch magazine for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PEOPLE magazine, and InStyle magazine, and StyleWatch magazine. All opinions are 100% mine.
With Fall beginning it's the perfect time to break out of your fashion rut. Fall offers so many opportunities to play around with your wardrobe and makeup that you didn't get to do in summer. A great resource for finding beauty tips is from the pages of Hub on the Walmart website. It combines great articles from the style-staple publications PEOPLE magazine, InStyle magazine, and StyleWatch magazine into one place. What's also nice is that you can share directly from the site to all your social networks and easily Pin to your Pinterest account.
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While getting the latest scoop on fashion and beauty trends on the from the pages of hub you can also print out their $1 off coupon to get a hard copy of either PEOPLE magazine, InStyle magazine or StyleWatch magazine in store! Inside, find great tips for improving and styling your fall looks. Find everything you need at Walmart with even bigger savings using their printable coupons. Use the tips you found on from the pages of Hub and the coupons you found on Walmart's website to combine budget and beauty.
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Foam Board Pelmet Boxes

September 27, 2014

A friend and I got together yesterday and made pelmet boxes for the windows in her nursery. This is a very simple project that anyone can do. You don't need wood, you don't even need a staple gun. Just got glue and an exacto knife (in fact we just used scissors but an exacto knife would make things easier). Get the how to below!

Scotch tape and Duct Tape
Exacto Knife
Foam Board the length of your window
Hot glue
Flat curtain rod.

Step 1: If you want a decorative bottom then you must first make a template. It's pretty easy. You don't need anything other than paper, pencil, scotch tape and a ruler. Just tape together a few pieces of paper the width of your window.

Step 2: Measure your window then cut your paper to the width of your window.

Duck Tape Greek Key Roller Shade Tutorial

September 22, 2014

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Duck Tape® isn't just for taping anymore. If you haven't lived under a rock for the last few years you've seen all the amazing things people have been doing with Duck Tape®. Prom dresses, purses, belts, hair accessories. YOU NAME IT! It's probably been made with Duck Tape®.
I just found a great use for it myself. For home decor it can substitute great for bias tape on roller shades! It's even better than bias tape because you don't have to use glue. And all your edges look crisp and clean.

In my upstairs landing we have a wide window. For a long time we left it uncovered. Then after a few houses around us were broken into we decided we should probably cover it. The quickest and cheapest thing to do was buy a roller shade. I've really never been a fan of the look of vinyl roller shades. However, I do like the ease at which they open and close and also....their price! So I made roller shades with bias tape for our bedroom. And I loved they way they looked so I wanted to do the same thing to the upstairs window. But honestly, the hot glue doesn't last forever and I've had to retouch them up at least two times since I finished them.

For a while I left it a blank white vinyl roller shade and it looked pretty ugly. Then I thought to use Duck Tape® instead of bias tape! No hot glue. Just roll and press down. You can see how it turned out! I only wish I had taken a "before" photo so you could have seen just how plain the space looked prior. If you would also like to try this project I included a template and tutorial below! It's pretty simple and easy!

Another idea which I wanted to try was doing a GOLD Duck Tape® Greek key border! But not on white vinyl. If you had a light blue roller shade or pink. This would look pretty interesting! You could always paint a vinyl roller shade blue or pink. You can also cut the vinyl off and attach fabric. See a tutorial on how to do that here on my blog!

If you want even more creative inspiration with Duck Tape®check out @TheDuckBrand on twitter. Great for back to school projects like pencil cases, notebook decoration, hair accessories....etc.You can buy Duck Tape at Walmart!
Step 1: Gather your materials.

Step 2: Start taping around your border. I also added a black border because I think it helps define the Greek key design instead of having it sort of "float" in the space.

Step 3: At the top, mark where you want to stop. Don't go to the very top of your vinyl if your window is smaller than the length of your shade. Measure your window to know where to stop your tape.

Step 4: Two inches down from your border on either side place your template on the shade. Download template here. Make dots at every corner and press hard enough so that you can see the dots through to the vinyl shade. Lift your template and connect the dots.

Step 5: Now start adding your tape to form your Greek key using the outlined shape you just made with the template.

Step 6: Repeat for the next three Greek key shapes. And remember you must leave two inches of space between the side and top or bottom border when you are transferring your template image to the vinyl. Done!
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Family Heirloom Toybox Makeover

September 19, 2014

There was a piece of furniture in Henri's room that had been bothering me for some time. It was a toy box that Brian's father had made for him and his sisters when they were kids but it had seen better days.
The finish was chipped on the top and bottom and the lid had become unhinged on the right side. But this wasn't the sort of thing I could discard of course! So yesterday I sanded it down and refinished and sealed it and sewed a pillow top for the lid. Here's the finished version.
I used an redwood tint which had a orange tone for the box to match the grey, orange color scheme in the room. The stain and sealer I had leftover from a previous project. I just ran down to the hardware store and bought 2 sponge brushes, sandpaper and hardware to fix the lid. That totaled $15.
My local fabric outlet has a table where the fabric bolts are only $1 per yard. That's where I bought the grey fabric in 1 yard for $1. The spotted orange and white fabric I bought at Joann's for $3 something and the oversized piping filler I also bought at JoAnn's for $1.07 a yard with a coupon. The letters I made with Silhouette heat transfer material which I already had on hand. And I used a piece of 4" thick memory foam for the stuffing which I had leftover from a toddler bed no longer being used. All together the pillowtop materials I had to purchase totaled $12.
BTW. I've found that it's always cheaper and more attractive to make your own piping. The selection for piping is so limited and still so expensive. The smaller, plain black piping I was going to buy was $3.59 a yard with a coupon! I bought 7 yards of the piping filler for $7.50 and the one yard of polka dotted fabric for $3 and only spent around $11. If I had bought 7 yards of the thinner, plain black piping it would have been $25.13. What a ripoff!

So, total for this project I only spent $27 and it's a HUGE improvement. Totally worth my time and investment.

Simply Spray Fabric Paint Makeover

Yesterday a neighbor dumped an IKEA Poang chair and ottoman out on their front lawn next to their garbage. I drove by it on my way to the thrift store (of all places) and couldn't resist putting it in my car. I admit, the cushion had seen better days. 
There were stains. I might have been able to get it out with a lot of bleach and elbow grease but I didn't want a white cover anyway. So I went to JoAnns with the intention of getting some RIT dye and dying the off-white covers to gray. Then I found this fabric spray. 
I guess I had always shyed away from fabric spray because I thought the end result would be stiff. Seems to good to be true- a paint that dries soft?! But the label on the front of the can promised to "stay soft" so I took a chance and bought two cans. I used two 40% off JoAnn's coupons so originally at $12.99 each the two cans I bought came up to $16.51 with tax and coupons. Not too bad considering a new grey Poang cushion cover is $60 at IKEA. Here was the finished result.
I was pleased. All the stains were hidden behind the dark paint and the color was just what I wanted for the bedroom. The fabric was slightly stiffer but not so stiff that I would feel uncomfortable sitting on it.
Here's a video showing me painting the fabric and how it feels after.
I like how the color of the wood in the chair is a close match to the color I stained the toy box. Overall I'm pleased with the product. For only $16.50 it was worth it.

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