Author Archives: Awilda

About Awilda

I'm a sponge for all things creative. I love blogging, baking, crafting and DIY'ing and share tips for home decorating, DIY, crafts and frugal living.

Our DIY Kitchen Renovation Project Week 1

Hey my wonderful friends!  I hope your doing fabulous on this wonderful fall day!  Me not too shabby!  This week has been a very busy and productive week for us here at Casa de HNC!  We had some errands to run, kids are enjoying their after school activities and we have started our DIY Kitchen Renovation!

Now I have to admit that this is a project that we’ve been wanting to start for over a year now but had to put it off until now.  I’m glad we did because it helped us to decide on the style, colors and design of our kitchen.

I want to show you a before of our kitchen, but brace yourself because it’s a bit outdated but we’re fixing that ;)but if you follow HNC blog then you may recall my post about the house when we first moved in.  If not no worried!, it’s been like three years so yeah a long time 😀  .

Before

The pictures below are from when the house was first listed.  In the three years of us living here we haven’t done much.  Aside from removing the tv, hanging light,  adding a mini microwave stand where the table is  and cleaning the place up, what you see is pretty much it.

The current situation…

So here we have what the kitchen looks like at the present state.  We removed all of the cabinets and completely demoed the kitchen.  We’re starting from scratch here people and not one thing will stay.  Since the upper cabinets are in descent shape, we decided to keep them and repurpose them in the laundry room and garage 🙂  It will be such a huge help to have extra storage in these spaces and the best part is that it won’t cost us a thing!

We are a lot further along in our project but I wanted to show you some of the demolition we have done.  So make sure you check back soon to see the the next phase of our renovation.

Have a great day!

XO,
Awilda

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Dollar Tree Haul | October 2017

Hello my awesome and fantabulous friends!  I hope you’re all doing great this beautiful fall day!  I am in such a good mood (as you can tell!)  Aside from my kitchen sink busting out and water getting everywhere, I have had a very productive week and am excited for the weekend.

I had the pleasure of going to my local Dollar Tree and found some awesome stuff that I had to share with you!  Check it out below and let me know what your favorite DT finds are!  Also comment below what’s your favorite animal.  Mine is the Unicorn!!  Beautiful mystic creature 🙂   Yes it’s so cliche now a days but as far back as I could remember my favorite animal was the unicorn.  (I also have love for dolphins!)

Thank you so much for taking the time out to check my videos!  Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss a thing!

Talk to you soon!

xo,
Awilda

DIY Dollar Tree Sticker Organizer

Hello my wonderful friends!

I love my planner, I love decorating it, writing down my schedule for the week and I also love adding my adorable stickers, washi and more to my planner.   When I sit down to plan for the week, I like to have my planner supply on hand and ready for use. I used to have my stickers in a binder and that worked for a small time but I found myself not placing my stickers back in the binder.  I just never liked it, it wasn’t for me.  I didn’t like that my stickers would fly out of the page protectors or the fact that to keep them in place I had to use my paper clips.

So I went to work designing a planner organizational system that would work for me (for the time being).  I upcycled an old frozen pizza box I had for some time and decided to design my planner organization.

Below is a video I made sharing my step by step instruction for the Sticker Organizer:

I hope this inspires you to create an organizational system for your planner sticker supplies!  If you do create an organizer I would love to see it on Instagram (and cheer you on!) make sure to use the hashtag #hipncreative or tag me @hipncreative.  Thank you so much for stopping by! Until next time guys I hope you have a wonderful day!

XO,
Awilda

DIY Moana Inspired Boat and Oar (prop)

So today I’m sharing my third Moana Inspired birthday project; my DIY Moana Boat and Oar.  If you haven’t seen my other two Moana party decor/props you can check it out here and here.

We wanted to create a  prop for the family to take fun photos with the kids. This project was a bit time consuming but the end result was well worth it.

What you’ll need (for the boat)…

  • Long Cardboard box
  • glue
  • brown paper roll (From Homes Depot – used for flooring)
  • tape
  • red paint (optional -craft store)
  • box cutter
  • white fabric (for the sail)

What you’ll need (for the Oar)…

  • Paper towel rolls
  • Cardboard
  • tape
  • brown paper roll (from Home Depot – used for flooring)

Boat Directions…

The first thing we did was tape the boxes end to end (length wise).  Next we drew a cut line to create the shape of the boat.  Very very carefully cut the boat using the box cutter.

Then we taped down the pieces using the brown paper roll (from Home Depot).  We decided to add the Moana heart of the ocean logo to the boat for added flair.

For the sail: we drew the heart of the ocean on an old blanket that I was going to trash since it was ruined, but I decided to keep it for this project -I’m so glad I did!  We taped the fabric to the brick wall using left over heavy duty double sided tape we bought from Home Depot.

There you have it, the boat and sail all pretty like with my two babies proudly posing!

Oar Directions…

First we drew then cut the cardboard shape (about six pieces), we went with an oval shape and added a ‘neck’ to insert it to the pole (or paper towel roll) and taped it down securely.

Next we lined the oar head with the brown paper liner and taped it.

 

We did decide to paint the oar a tan color (totally optional) and even added Maui’s signature (my daughter’s idea)!  Cool eh?  I think so!

There you have it folks!  Our very own Moana boat and oar prop!

Here is the birthday girl and her sister happily posing with the props, which looks so cool BTW!  Just don’t tell them I’m showing you this pic I promised I wouldn’t 😉 *insert sinister laugh*

Thank you so much for joining me today and if you do get a chance to create this project, make sure to share your mad skills with me on instagram and tag me @hipncreative or use the hashtag #hipncreative  -Until next time guys, I hope you have a truly great day!

 

DIY Moana Inspired Maui Fish Hook

I’m back with another tutorial for you guys.  Like I mentioned before we previously celebrated my daughter’s 10th birthday (you can find the tutorial here).  The party was Moana themed – which is one of our favorite movies so far.  We decided to make our own Maui Fish hook.  I’m very proud of my girl because she did the majority of the project herself and I think she did a phenomenal job!

What you’ll need…

  • White foam board (Dollar Tree)
  • carboard
  • Brown Marker or paint
  • Glue Gun and sticks
  • white painters tape (dollar tree)
  • White paint (found at craft stores)
  • Tan felt fabric

Directions…

First thing she did was google Maui fishhook images and freehanded the fishhook pattern onto cardboard.  We then used that as our template to trace and cut the rest of the cardboards. The cardboard pieces we had were from purchases we made during the year, we just store them in the garage until we need them.  We used 4 brown scrap cardboard and 2 white foam boards that we used as the outer part of the fish hook.

Next we glued all the hooks together and taped it to together for added security.

Next we painted the the fishhook white and allowed it to dry.  Tip: we applied several coats to the fish hook to make it seem more seamless but you can still see the  tape. 

We also cut strips of felt and glued it to the fish hook handle (try saying that 3 times fast!) Drew some scroll patterns though out the Fish Hook and that’s it, your done!

Full disclosure:  We had everything we needed to make Maui’s Fish Hook on hand.  If we had not this would of cost us a total of $5.00 (paying for the felt, paint, white foam board, tape and cardboard) which is still not bad! When we started this project we had a few minor set backs.  The tape we used kept unraveling – I’m guessing it’s because we used Dollar Tree white tape and it didn’t have a strong adhesive to it.  Also make sure to buy white acrylic paint from the craft store, we had some in hand but it was Pearl white and completely opaque (ugh).  Other than that we had a great time working together!

Make sure to come back for our 3rd project.  Moana’s boat and oar as a photo prop!  Thanks for watching guys!  If you decide to create your own Maui Fish Hook make sure to share it on instagram and tag me @hipncreative or use the hashtag #hipncreative.  Until next time guys, have an awesome day!