DIY Knitted Look Christmas Ornament - No Knitting Needed

Sunday, December 10, 2017

This year I am decorating my tree in white and gold with touches of red! I think I will do a post on my tree here on the blog showing you all my ornaments; which ones I bought, which one I made, which ones were given to me. I'm still in the process of making a few things, so in this post I bring you another tutorial for one of those ornaments - DIY Knitted Look Christmas Ornaments. They are very simple to make, you need very little to make them, and I'll throw in a couple tips in this post. Let's go...

DIY Ruffled Felt Christmas Tree Ornament

Friday, December 1, 2017

I'm excited! Today I have the first of my Christmas posts for you! I hope to have several more in the coming weeks, but in this post I have a DIY Ruffled Christmas Tree Ornament that's so stinkin' easy to make you'll be as excited to make them as I am to show them to you! Here we go...

DIY Basic Drawer - Very Easy!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Building a drawer doesn't have to be really difficult or necessitate special, complicated techniques! If you want to learn how to DIY a Basic Drawer, I'll teach you one method in this post - keep reading...

12 Rustic & Farmhouse Bench Inspirations

Friday, October 27, 2017

Today I have 12 fantastic Rustic Bench Inspirations, many of which are DIYs from other blogs/websites, that I've compiled in preparation for the newest project I am about to begin. I know--if you follow along here on the blog--I haven't posted my own coffee table tutorial that resulted from my last inspirations post, 10 Rustic Coffee Table Inspirations, but I am just about finished the coffee table, and want to get this bench project in before I begin all the wonderful Christmas tutorials I have planned for this year - it's just about that time! Yay! Now, let's take a look at some of the benches that are inspiring my own design...

Rustic Dry Brush & Distressing Tutorial

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

If you’re looking to achieve a very rustic, white washed, distressed appearance to a wood project of your own, this may just be the tutorial for you! I’m going to show you, step-by-step, how I finished my DIY Wood Crate Side Table with this Rustic Dry Brush & Distressing Tutorial.

DIY Wood Crate Side Table - Quick, Easy, Inexpensive!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I know a lot of DIYers like projects that are super quick to do, but the reality is that a lot of the time to create something that is really nice, you trade the cost savings of doing it yourself for the time it takes you to create a beautiful final product... but not this time! If you are one of those people who want a quick DIY project that is really simple to achieve, this is a great project for you! I bet it takes longer to cut your wood and drill your holes for this DIY Wood Crate Side Table--which doesn't take very long--than it takes for you to put it all together! And look how great it looks in addition to being quick to make! Let's take a closer look at the project...

Easiest Book Covers EVER - For School OR Home Decor

Friday, September 29, 2017

Have you ever put together decor for your room using books but it just doesn't look as good as all the cool Pinterest photos? Or have you been asked to cover your school books so that they don't get all crappy and worn out so quickly? Perhaps they already are and you don't like looking at that grimy dirty cover used by many students before you! Maybe you want a book cover that you can customize yourself without it taking a lot of effort! I have the perfect tutorial for you today, then! I'm going to show the easier way to cover a book, it takes about 10 minutes to do it, and all you need is a paper of your choice (brown paper, paper bags, shopping bags, newspaper comics, wrapping paper, etc.) and a pair of scissors. Tape is an optional item, it's not needed, but I recommend using a couple tiny pieces to keep things neat! Let's take a look at the Easiest Book Cover Tutorial Ever...

Modern Brush Lettering Series - Part #1 - Basic Drills

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Today I'm starting my Modern Brush Lettering Series! In this Part 1 I'll show you the basic drills you need to learn and practice, practice, practice. Repetition will create muscle memory, and muscle memory will help you get a feel for the different strokes--most importantly upstrokes and downstrokes, pen angle and grip, consistency in line thickness and smoothness, and a feel for pen pressure. In each part of my brush lettering series I will also have printable worksheets available for you to use for practicing, and a list of great tools that I recommend.

Large Scale Printing Using A Standard Home Printer

Friday, July 7, 2017

Have you ever done any sketches, line art, or rough drafts of art that you wanted to display on a much larger scale? But now you have to re-draw it again; that can be a pain in the butt for sure... at least that's how I feel. Well, I have a solution for you in this post! You can actually print your images much larger than you realize with a standard 8.5" x 11" printer! I learned this tile printing method early in my graphic design career in order to create quick mock-ups of posters, banners, or ads which I used to double check everything worked aesthetically, and to present scaled drafts to clients or my boss! In this post I'm going to teach you how to print your images as several tiles to create a large enough template for tracing, or larger reference material to refine as a completed piece!

10 Rustic Coffee Table Inspirations

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I've been planning so many DIY furniture projects for our house since before we moved in and I am finally getting into them! I'm very excited to start building! I'm starting with a coffee table so today I've compiled 10 Rustic Coffee Table Inspirations that I love and have helped influence my own design for what we want in our own coffee table (DIY Chevron Coffee Table Tutorial here), take a look...

Brighter Teeth? Yes, Please! Review & GIVEAWAY

Friday, May 12, 2017

Now, folks, I know, I know  my teeth were already fairly white to begin with, but I managed to get them looking even better with a product that was more effective at whitening in between my teeth and making my teeth appear overall brighter! All the details along with my review and a teeth whitening GIVEAWAY are after the break...

DIY Faux Shiplap & Templating An Alcove Area

Friday, April 28, 2017

I've finally gotten this tutorial done! Phew! It was tough trying to get Vada to cooperate with me--often she didn't--and you'll see evidence of that in the video in how many different outfits I'm wearing, indicating how many different days I worked on it. Little by little I got it done though and so here is my tutorial for DIY Faux Shiplap Walls. Take a peek...

Why I've Been MIA - Introducing Little Miss Vada

Saturday, March 25, 2017

I know, I know (you may have noticed) I've been missing around here for a while... things got crazy and I didn't realize they would! 

Late to the New Year Posting Party & Memory Box

Friday, January 27, 2017

...but here it is none-the-less, my friends! In my last post, Girl Blowing Bubbles Painting, I briefly mentioned how great it was to be home with my family for the Holidays and how hard it's been getting back to work now that we're back at our house. This weekend I dusted myself (and my project) off and got back to re-finishing our kitchen cabinets--they are looking fantastic by the way--so that's a great start. And now here I am getting my butt in gear to bring you this exciting New Year post... way later than I should be...

Art Series - Post #13 - Oil on Canvas "Girl Blowing Bubbles"

Friday, January 20, 2017

Well, it's been a while since I've posted -- this is my first post of the New Year! Whaaaaat?! I've had an awesome break for Christmas and New Year, spending time with my family and enjoying a nice relaxing break! The past couple of weeks I've begun planning projects and other things for the blog for this year, and have been thinking of goals for myself as well! One of those personal goals is to be selling some of my art as prints by the end of the year, so that means a lot more art creating--which always seems to be a goal for me every year--and, in return, having a lot more art to feature over here on the blog. So, to kick that off, I'd like to share this oil on canvas piece I did, which if you haven't seen the final piece already it just means you aren't following me over on Instagram or Facebook!