DIY Placemat Pillow in 5 Minutes!

Hi guys! I hope you’re all having a fabulous day.  I cannot believe it’s almost Thanksgiving! This year we are hosting Thanksgiving in our home and I decided to spruce up the house with a few Thanksgiving touches here and there.  One of my favorite projects was making these placemat throw pillows.  It’s super simple project will only take you about 5 minutes to put together.

DIY Placemat pillow | this super easy DIY project should take about five minutes to put together! Fun and Festive without breaking the bank! |

Materials You’ll Need:

  • placemat – make sure your placemat is double layer, meaning you can pull the placemat apart so you can fill it.  I got mine at Target for $4.99 each
  • seam ripper (or scissors)
  • poly-fil
  • matching thread and needle

STEP ONE: Using your seam ripper or scissors (I used an exact-o knife) cut a three inch slit against the bottom seam of the placemat.

STEP TWO: Stuff your placemat with the poly-fil as full as you like it, making sure you get the corners so it doesn’t feel thin or flat (unless you like it that way).

STEP THREE:  Sew your placemat back up. And boom! you’re done!  If you don’t want to sew you can also use permanent adhesive tape found at most craft stores.

This project was very easy to make and gives your home such a fun seasonal touch without being too overdone.  If you decide to give this a try totally share your experience with me on instagram using the hashtag #hnccreative.  I would love to see your work!

Speaking of Instagram, come follow me on social media – I love sharing sneak peaks of my projects on Instagram as well as sharing tons of inspiration from other bloggers on Facebook and Pinterest! And if you get a chance hop on over to my YouTube channel and see my very first video tutorial!



Bathroom Closet Organization

Hi guys!  Today I wanted to show you how I organized my bathroom closet.  We’ve been blessed to have a closet in our bathroom with plenty of storage.  But I have been neglecting it for a while now.

Bathroom Closet Organization |

Over the summer I bought some Dollar Tree bins and wanted to spruce up my closet and get it all purrty.  I organized it and then left it be.  I really don’t go into this closet very often.  I have my own bathroom and kept my stuff separate from the main bathroom with the exception of medications, I have them all in one spot away from the kids.   One day I needed some allergy meds and couldn’t find it in the mess.  So I decided to give it a quick cleaning, organized it with dollar tree bins and some shoe boxes and made some labels too.  (click on the image below to download a copy of the labels)

Small bathroom closet organization |

I created the labels with a simple blue border, and created a category for my bathroom necessities then laminated them.  I got the laminator on amazon for $20.00 -regular $33.00 plus free shipping.  Good deal right?.

Quick Tip: If you don’t have a laminator, you can use packing tape!  It’s a cheap alternative and the best part is that you can use a dry erase marker to erase and relabel your tags!  You may be able find both the tape and the marker at your local Dollar Tree.

Ok here is what I did:

First I purge all the expired medicines and old products we didn’t use.  Then I organized each bin or shoe box with same items. Example: I made a bin for all oral products- toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, etc.  I made another for all medications- Tylenol, Aleeve, ibuprofen, etc and labeled it.  I made one for First aid items -gauze, bandages, cotton swabs, cotton balls, etc… you get the idea.  This system was great, immediately my oldest and hubby said this was a great idea because now they knew where everything is when they need it and where everything goes when they need to put things away!

I also bought some shelf liners to use because I was sick to death of the old stained, smelly wall paper that was there previously.

Here is a close up of the old ugly wallpapered mess:

Bathroom Closet Organization |

And here is the new version:

Bathroom Closet Organization |

Small Bathroom Closet Organization |

The old wall paper came off without of problem.  It took me about 5 minutes to remove and replace the shelves with liners.  All I did was measure the shelf and cut the liners, making sure to leave a half inch extra on the ends, while leaving about 2inches  front and back.  For the top two shelves, I completely wrapped both the top and the bottom of the shelves (like a gift) so when I look up I don’t see the ugly shelf, but nice liner.    I love how it looks, that small change made the bathroom look way better.  The best part is that it only cost me $3.00!  I have extra liners that I purchased and didn’t use in the closet that I will be using under my bathroom sinks.  Even my hubby and the kids like the way it looks!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope this motivates you to spruce up a neglected space.  Remember don’t strive for perfect, strive for done!

Until next time my friends!


**This is not a sponsored blog post.  All opinions are my own**



DIY Studded Pumpkin Fall Decor

I love fall!  I love wearing cozy sweaters, cute boots and decorating my home for the cooler season.  I don’t know what it is about this season that just brings a dorky smile to my face!  (To be honest I love all seasons for different reasons -yes that rhymed lol) <– see dork!

Anywho I’ve been on a search to find items to decorate my home with for the fall season.  I wanted items that I would love for a long time, are super easy to make and won’t cost an arm and a leg.  I came across these orange pumpkins from the Dollar Tree and decided to buy them and see what I come up with at home. You may remember these pumpkins from a Dollar Tree Haul I did a few weeks ago.

DIY studded pumpkin fall decor |

Inspiration struck me while I was out one day and noticed a huge pumpkin with studs all over it.  I decided to give it a try and this is what I ended up with:

DIY studded pumpkin fall decor |

Not too shabby, eh?  I think they look so cute and go perfectly with my living room decor.  Below I just have them sitting on a candle stick from the Dollar Tree that I had from a few years ago.

DIY studded pumpkin fall decor |

To make your own you will need the following supplies:

  • foam pumpkins (from the dollar tree or craft store)
  • glitter
  • mod podge or school glue
  • craft paint (in color you prefer)
  • thumb tacks (i got mine from the dollar tree)
  • paint brush
  • foam brush


Using your foam brush paint your pumpkins and allow to dry.  You may need a few coats of paint to really whiten your pumpkin.  I did three coats, allowing for drying time in between.  It took me a total of 30 minutes for the paint to completely dry.

DIY studded pumpkin fall home decor |

Next grab your mod podge (or glue) and dab a little of the glue to the stem of the pumpkin and add your glitter.  If your using mod podge, you may need to work quickly before it dries and in a ventilated area.  The smell is very strong and may get you sick.

DIY studded pumpkin fall home decor | Once the stems are dried, add your thumb tacks in any pattern you like.  I added a straight line every other curve, simple and sweet ;)

DIY studded pumpkin fall home decor |

And there you have it folks.  A nice inexpensive fall room decor.  This is a super simple craft project you can do while you’re watching TV or maybe get your kids involved!  I think they’d love it!

Until soon my friends!

DIY studded pumpkin fall home decor |



Ana White Rustic X End Table

Hi guys I hope you’re all having a lovely day!  Today I wanted to show you the second half of our wood working project.  Our very own Rustic X End Table. A while back I showed you our rustic coffee table and wanted to also share with you all our wonderful end tables.   These beauties are fantastic and I love how all the pieces came together.

DIY Anna White Rustic Side Table | They look absolutely beautiful and I am happy to say that after living with the end tables and coffee table over the summer, I find that I like them more and more each passing day!   Just look how awesome they are in my living room.

DIY Rustic X Ana White End Table | I have to admit that my hubby was the handy man that totally made these bad boys for me.  If it wasn’t for him I would not have the tables I love!  Thanks Babe, you are a Rockstar!!

If you decide to give this project a try, head on over to Ana’s site here and scroll down to find her free step by step tutorial!

Oh, I almost forgot.  I have original wood floors and was worried that the furniture and tables were going to scratch my floor, so while we were out gathering supplies for our project we also picked up these awesome heavy duty felt pads.  They work great, I recommend these to protect your floors.  I even use smaller ones on my dining tables and in the bedrooms.   My local Home Depot didn’t have them so I got them at Ace Hardware.  Good luck!

DIY Rustic X Ana White End Table felt pads |


Beauty Box Review | Ipsy August 2015

Hi Guys I’m back with another beauty box review.  Another month of Ipsy products and I have to say once again I love it!  Want to know what I got?  Ok!

First up is the  Beauty Without Cruelty Leave in Conditioner.  I love the smell and it felt great in my hair.  The only complaint I have is that I wanted more!  The sample size was enough for a few uses.  I would definitely use this again!

August 2015 Ipsy Beauty Review |

Next is the La Fresh Group Good Night. Night Cream.  I have to say that this felt really good.  I’m a bit sensitive to creams and thought I was going to break out but thankfully I didn’t.  The cream itself very smooth and cool.  I would try this conditioner again!

August 2015 Ipsy Beauty Review |

Next is the Doucce Ultra Precision Eye Liner in Black – I recently ran out of black eye liner and was about to purchase one when this bad boy came in my glam bag!  Yay I love the feel of the liner and the dark black is exactly what I like!  I totally recommend this product!

August 2015 Ipsy Beauty Review |

Next is the Doll 10  HydraGel Blush in Flirt.  I haven’t had a chance to use this blush so I can’t give it a review.  The color looks fantastic and I’m pretty excited to give this baby a whirl.  This weekend may be the right time to do so!

August 2015 Ipsy Beauty Review |

I love this Lip Gloss by Hikari Cosmetics!  It is such a pretty color and I have received endless compliments!  I would totally buy this again!

August 2015 Ipsy Beauty Review |

Last is the Ipsy Prep School Glam bag.  It is a sturdy, pretty bag.  Two of my girls actually argued over who gets to keep my bag!  I gave it to one of my girls with the promise that I’ll give the other my next glam bag.

August 2015 Ipsy Beauty Review |

So far I am totally happy with Ispy’s Glam bag selections.   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.