Budget Home Decor | DIY Vinyl Lettering on a Frame

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Guys!  I’m really excited to show you this super cute, super simple DIY project I did which only took me about 2 minutes to put together.

What you’ll need:

  • vinyl transfer sheet of your choice (6″x6″ is what I used) I got mine at my local craft store on clearance for $1.00!
  • an old 8×10 frame (or you can get one at the dollar store or Goodwill)
  • gift bag, wrapping paper or scrapbook paper
  • scrap paper (optional)

Directions:
Measure and cut the wrapping paper to fit the inside of the frame (I used the glass from the frame for easy measuring).  Then place the wrapping paper inside the frame and close it back up.  Next grab your vinyl transfer sheet and center it to the glass and gently yet firmly rub it down.  Carefully peal away the wax paper but please make sure you pull in an angle, if you pull straight up the vinyl lettering may come out.

Since my vinyl lettering was black and I used a black and white chevron gift bag, I added a white scrap of paper roughly framing the vinyl lettering and taped it against the gift bag (inside the frame).  It helped the words to pop a bit, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to see them.

 

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There you have it folks and easy and fun little project to add character to any wall or table!

I hope you enjoyed this fun tutorial!  I’d love to hear what cool project you’re working on!  Let me know in the comments below! Until next time!

xo, Awilda

 

Beauty Box Review | Ipsy July 2015

Confession time… I am not a Beauty Guru.  There, I said it.  It was difficult for me to admit it, but I’m glad it’s out.  Anyway, my make up collection is very modest.  I have a few products I purchased from my local drug store or some I received as gifts from my loved ones.  For a while now I’ve been toying with the idea of signing up with a few beauty subscription clubs and decided to try Ipsy.  So far it’s been pretty neat.  I find myself looking forward to my monthly mailing and I have fun showing what I got in the mail to my girls.  Then I thought maybe you guys would like to see it too? Yeah?  Good.. Let’s get started!

Here is my July ISPY Mailing:

All of my July beauty items arrived in this cute and colorful bag.  I actually like the size, it’s perfect to put in your purse without taking up too much space.  LOVE!

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Mineral Lipstick P.I.N.K.
I thought it was a fun lipstick to try.  I liked the color and feel and it didn’t have that “plastic” taste to it.  LOVE!

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Tarte Medium Bronzer.    I like the color but haven’t tried it yet.  I give this one a LIKE!

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Bliss Eye Shadow.  I like eye shadows, the color works great for my eyes.  And anything that makes my eyes pop is fun.  LOVE!

 

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I never used a Salt Spray before but I absolutely loved this one, Cool Away Beach Salt Spray!  It was not sticky and had a very nice fragrance to it!  LOVE!

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Avene Cleanance Gel, I wasn’t too impressed with this product.  I have sensitive skin and this one made me break out even more.  I would give this one a LIKE.

 

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I think this was a fun bag and one of my favorites since 3 out of 5 items I totally LOVEd!  If you haven’t tried Ipsy yet and want to give it a whirl. I suggest you try it for a few months see if it’s a right fit.  If you do decide to join you can go here.  (Please note that this is a referral link and I may get points towards future purchases if you join).

Please Note: This post is not sponsored, and all opinions are my own.

Myers-Briggs Personality Quiz

Have you heard of the Meyers-Briggs personality quiz?  I came across it over the weekend (not sure when or where) and I thought it would be fun to take the quiz and see what “personality” I am.

Here is my result:

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Apparently I’m “The Mediator”, which is pretty much on point with my personality.  I do have a sense of shyness about me.  I absolutely hate being the center of attention but love to shower others with it. etc, etc..

I think this is pretty cool and accurate for the most part, there are a lot of comments that I don’t think are true but nothing is ever perfect.  Only you know the real you, right?

Want to take the quiz?  Go here and check out what your Meyers-Brigg personality type is and come on back here and leave me a comment.  I’d love to know if there are any fellow INFP personalities like me or any other for that matter.

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Home Decor: Decorating with Candle Wall Sconces

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So I’ve had these mirrored wall sconces since forever and I wasn’t sure what to do with them.  I used to have them on the wall of my old dinning room but when we moved to our new home I decided not to use them in the dinning room again.  So I put them away -where they sat in storage for a THREE years.  Until a few weeks ago.

I was chatting with Tan about our back patio and was thinking of creative and inexpensive ways to spruce the place up when, boom! I remembered my wall sconces!  So Tan and I decided right then and there to put those bad boys to use and up they went.

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It took us about 10 minutes to decided where we wanted them and to drill holes on the wall.  We used a hammer drill and some concrete anchor screws to make sure they stayed in place. [Please ignore the ugly shades and old door -those I’ll tackle in another time!]

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See how purdy they look?  [Although the pictures show real candles I switched them to battery operated candles that I also had in storage.  No risk of any of the kids getting hurt.]  Now I need to tackle the rest of the room.

It’s amazing how switching out your decor can give a room a pop of character.  I really do urge you to switch your decor around, it gives life to a dull space and doesn’t cost you a thing!

Have an awesome weekend!

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Cool Treats

My goodness is it hot.  I can’t even think straight.  All I can do is think about keeping cool and eating a cool treat.  Since my mind is on cool treats, I made a list of 6 yummy cool treats that can help beat the heat!

Andes Chocolates Mint Ice Cream by ChocolateChocolateandMore:

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How about this “Funky Monkey” PB Ripple Chip Bananas Ice Cream by Cupcakes and Kale Chips

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Keep cool with these Watermelon Slush by Mommy on Demand:

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Chocolate and Nutella Covered Bananas by 2 Cookin Mamas:

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Yummy Creamy Chocolate Fudgecicle by Chocolate Covered Katie:

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Nummy Ice Cream Floats via Southern Living:

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I may or may not be eating a yummy cool treat as I type this post.  I hope this inspires you to try a cool treat.  I love peeping other peoples work, if you want to share your yummy treat, send me a link and I might just stop by and stalk a few of you.  Until next time, Keep cool my friends!

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Free Printable | Bored Jar

So the kids have been home from school for a little over 2 weeks now and I have to say it hasn’t been too bad.  I’m happy to say that they were finally able to enroll in summer camp and are having a blast!  But there are still times I see them mope around the house saying their bored or there’s nothing to do.  I can’t help but roll my eyes when I hear them say that.  Funny how I always find something for them to do, but they can’t.  So I have, once again, implemented the “Bored Jar” technique.  A few years ago when my oldest was in first grade (I miss those days) she would sit around the house doing nothing.  I created a bored jar and have used one ever since.

Now that she’s 15 -having plenty of friends and activities to keep her busy, I find my younger two sitting around the house, bored.  Over the years I have changed/adapted the bored jar to fit our current need.  This summer I updated my jar -keeping some oldies but goodies -and have added new ideas to our jar.

Hip 'n Creative | Free Bored Jar Printable

If you’d love a copy of my bored jar labels, just click on the image above and download them onto your computer.  But if you prefer to create one custom to your family’s needs it’s pretty simple.  Here is what I did:

Step One: write down all the things your kids love to do (I also added some chores, so it’s a gamble as to what they’d pick) add some things you want to try with them as well.  You can use colorful scrapbook paper or type them out on your computer and print.

Step Two: Cut the paper into strips and place them in a clean jar.  You can use anything you like, an empty tissue box, a juice mix container or anything you have available.  

Step Three: Decorate the jar however you’d like (or have your kids decorate it).  You can use anything, ribbon, paper, paint etc- the only limit is your imagination.

That’s it!  Easy right?  One of the things that I learned over the years is: Don’t let your kids use the bored jar unless they are totally out of ideas on their own.  Trust me they will go through activities and be back to square one before you know it!

I hope this inspires you to create a bored jar of your own or maybe you downloaded mine!  I would love to see what ideas you came up with!  Just send me a link of your bored jar (or how you used mine) and I’ll pop on over to check it out!

Awilda | Hipncreative.wordpress.com

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

I love flowers, but of course they never last as long as I would like.  So I decided to go on Pinterest and see if I can find some cute inspirations to create my own flowers on the cheap. What I found were some fun tutorials on making flowers out of coffee filters.  So of course I thought I’d try my version of these babies and this is my result:

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Today I thought I’d share my version of how I made these coffee filter flowers.  It’s really pretty simple and not too time consuming.

What you’ll need:

  • 12 coffee filters (12 cup size)
  • glue gun & glue sticks
  • green tissue paper (for leaves) – this is totally optional
  • floral wire & tape (or artificial flowers with stems)
  • scissors

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First let me mention that I used some old flowers that I had for years – 10 years I think?.  They may look good in this picture but when you touched them they would crumble and fall.  My little one was a master at showing me that little tid-bit of information lol.  Since the flowers were starting to fall apart I decided to re-purpose them in my project.  Awesome, right!

The Steps:

step 1: First take the coffee filters you’ll be using to make the flowers and flatten them out, like a pancake.  Next take three (3) coffee filters and fold in half.  Then fold again forming a cone shape, then fold again forming a thinner cone shape. Do that to every three sets of filters.

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step 2:  Now grab you’re handy dandy scissors and cut a 3″ rounded edge to the first set of filters.  The next set to about 3.25″ and each one a .25 inch bigger then the last.

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step 3: Snip a notch at the bottom of the filter, this will be the opening for the flower stem.  If you’re using floral wire, you don’t need to do this step.  Just pierce the wire through the filters when unfolded.

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Unfold the filters and stack them up from biggest to smallest.  They should look a bit like this:

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step 4: Grab your unfolded filters and slide those bad boys through the flower stem.  I used a dab of hot glue on the floral stem between each three sizes of the coffee filters to keep them from sliding around, kind of smooshing them together, starting from the shortest filters and working my way back to the biggest filters.  Repeat these steps for all your flowers.

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step 5: Lastly I had some left over leaves from the previous flowers so I just glued them on to the bottom of the stem.  If you don’t have that you can use green tissue paper and cut them to look like leaves and glue them to the bottom of your flower.

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That’s it!  I absolutely love how perdy these flowers look!  I may have went a little coffee filter crazy and made like 100 of these!  Just kidding!  I did love the way they look but kept it to a reasonable ‘bouquet’ amount.  The best part about this project was that my 15 year old thought they were professionally made.  When I told her I made them and what I used she was pretty impressed- and that means a lot from my 15 year old, believe me!

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You know, there are so many awesome ways that coffee filters can be used.  I plan to use them a lot in my house!  Oh I see many filter projects in my future! Not only do they make awesome flowers, you can also make them into a wreath, garland, they make great kid friendly crafts or use them as party decor!  The possibilities are endless!  And if you really want to go all out dip the filters in food coloring and water mixture, let dry and you have some pretty and colorful decor!  No matter the choice you’ll love this project!

Now go on and try this project yourself.  If you get a chance to make one, I’d love to know about it.  Send me a pic of your project and maybe I’ll feature it on my blog.  And if you happen to be on Pinterest why not follow me!

Have a wonderful week!

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