I never knew Grunt Labor’s grandfather, but after the many stories I’ve heard about him, I feel that we would have gotten along quite fabulously. Although, he would have never used the term fabulously. Among other things, we both liked to hang onto things. Some might call it hoarding. I, and maybe Grandpa, though would…
Hopefully you’re not too sick of these crystal projects yet. I have just this one and one more up my sleeve to share with you soon! This is another easy, ten minutes or less total craft for using the faux crystals. Crystal Magnets! Refrigerators deserve to have a little bit of bling in their lives too,…
This crystal project might just be my favorite project to come out of the faux crystal tutorial I shared a couple of weeks ago. A crystal lamp finial. You guys know that I’m a big details person and one of my favorite places to add those little wonderful pops of detail is with lamp finials….
I’ve got another quick little 10 minute faux crystal project for you today! I really love these little things – they are so pretty and simple to make! This time around, I used one of the faux crystals to embellish a simple vase. You may already have one of these vases lying around! Doesn’t the…
I am a details person. I love little knick-knacks and those small things that make a statement. As a prime example, I have way too many brass lions because I just can’t stand to leave one behind at thrift stores. I think all those little details really help to set a space apart and even…
This has been one of those projects I’ve had in the back of my mind for a year. A freakin’ year. That’s how long I’ve had the idea and supplies. And I did try it a year ago, but it didn’t work out the first time around, so I put it to the side. Finally,…
These are GORGEOUS! And I had no clue they were SO simple to make! How to Make Lamp Tassels in Five Minutes | Easy Crafts | Easy Home Decor Projects | DIY Home Accessories | DIY Tassels
I am not a tablescape person.
To be blunt, I suck at them.
It’s just too much thinking – there are too many things that have to be on a set table for me to also figure out what to use as a centerpiece, place cards, etc.
Now, doing one of those things solo without having to think of all the other jazz – I’m good.
Like last year – I had really cute, or really cute in my opinion anyway, also cheap, little painted pumpkins that doubled as place card holders.
And this year, I’m rocking one single element of the tablescape – the napkin and napkin ring.
Now, just let me say this is not too frou-frou. I’m not a frou-frou person and frou-frou just stresses me out. So if you were expecting a perfectly color coordinated full place setting to go along with that napkin and ring, I’m not your girl.
However, if you want pretty stone embellished napkin rings (done in under 10 minutes), then I’m totally your girl. 😉
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Remember our Aunt Rochelle?
The aunt that you wanted for yourself?
The one who sends the circus ensembles complete with matching shirts, pants, dresses, cardigans and even sunglasses.
Well, that amazing Aunt Rochelle, she also sends headbands to match every single outfit she’s ever bought for the circus.
She’s pretty much any little fashionista’s dream.
She is 100% the reason why the kid wins best dressed at preschool every year.
Well, there really isn’t an award for that, but if there was, she’d have it in the bag.
While the circus will wear, and love, every shirt, shorts, dress, sunglasses and everything else Aunt Rochelle sends, she isn’t always a fan of the headbands.
So I had a brilliant idea when I made her dress-up station.
I would also make a DIY headband holder so the circus would easily spot her headbands and in theory, want to wear them.
Its the official symbol of summer.
I don’t care if you think its tacky or not.
All hail the pink flamingo.
I can’t get enough of this pink feathered friend of mine, therefore I am proclaiming it to be the official symbol of summer.
I fully realize I may be the only one involved in this proclamation.
I’ll own it.
It started with the DIY Flamingo Sprinkler.
My fun friend has recently shown up once more.
In the colorful screened-in porch.
On a wreath.
This project will fall into the category with the snake bowl and the snake vase for many of you.
That’s the category classified as:
Things Jenna Loves & Most People Hate
That’s perfectly fine.
Me, my snake bowl, snake vase, and the newest addition to the category, the mohawk lollipop holder will be perfectly happy together.
I knew there would be many of you that would hate it.
The Golden Snake Bowl.
That was fine with me.
Because I love it.
And even if you did hate it, you totally have to give me an A+ for creativity.
I mean, I took a rubber snake and made it into a bowl.
That has to count for something.
While I was melting snakes into bowls, I also melted one into a bud vase.
You read right – a Snake Bud Vase.
When the kid started talking, she would answer “Sure” instead of “Yes.” Example:
Kid (screaming): “Emonade, emonade, emonade!”
Me (about to lose my sh*t): “Would you like some lemonade?!”
Kid (very nonchalantly, as if she wasn’t just screaming for it: “Sure.”
She now says “Yes” more than “Sure,” which I know is the way things are supposed to go, but it does make me just a little sad.
My point is, I’m always terrified I will forget those little things.
I’m also worried about forgetting Grunt Labor’s ways of saying I Love You, like “You’re the thin set to my tile.”
(Where does he come up with this stuff?)
And the time Will asked if this was Jesus music on the radio.
I mean, it is Garth Brooks, he’s kind of like the Jesus of country music, people.
And then there was the time Grandma told the kid (at the age of 1), “Its amazing how advanced you are. Its also unfortunate.”
Truer words were never spoken.
So, to keep up with all those sweet (and humorous) memories of our cra-cra lives, I’ve found a few ideas.
At my old house, killing snakes was at least a monthly occurrence.
There was the one time my Dad showed up, walked up the porch steps, immediately started jumping around and yelling, “JENNA, SNAKE!”
It was wrapped around a porch chair, hissing.
I killed it with a hoe.
And there was the one that liked to live inside my roof on the back of the house. Every once in a while, it would stick its head out and I could see it from the kitchen window – I could never catch him.
And then once, as I was walking down the stairs, talking to my cousin on the phone, I was met by a snake in the middle of the living room floor. I hung up, killed the snake, then called her back two minutes later.
She answered asking if I was ok. Of course, it was just a snake.
It was a nearly 100 year old farm house with lots of holes – what did you expect?
Luckily, we don’t really have any snakes to deal with around here.
Except pretty gold ones – made into a bowl.
Lately, I’ve been lusting.
Lusting after this malachite fabric.
I’ve kind of been dreaming and scheming to make that fabric into curtains for the living room.
But I just can’t bite the bullet yet.
But I do love malachite.
And as I was walking through the craft store the other day, plotting to make a pink and white marbled tray, I changed my mind.
Which happens often.
I would make a faux malachite tray.
And I did.
Apparently, this week is a tape themed week. That’s cool – tape is cheap. And cheap crafts are the best crafts. So bouncing off of the Duck Tape Fringed pillow, here are seven super simple, super cute, (and super cheap!) electrical tape crafts!
I found a new obsession.
I know. I find a new obsession at least once a week, but I’m ADD – work with me here.
This week’s new obsession?
Duck Tape Fringe.
Especially this Duck Tape Fringe Pillow.
What makes DIY projects and crafts even better?
When they are EASY DIY Projects and EASY crafts and……..when they cost LESS THAN $10!
Can I get an amen?!
Is there anyone else out there that just feels the need to add a little bling everywhere?
A little gold here, a little glitter there?
It just makes everything a little more fun and pretty.
When I made over the porch recently, I realized that these mason jars didn’t quite fit with the fun, colorful vibe going on out there. I wanted to keep them though to use as lanterns for extra lighting at night.
My solution: Bling ‘Em Out.
Now, I have sparkly glitter mason jars.
You guys know I have a love for just about everything Kate Spade.
It all started with this Kate Spade inspired lamp.
These placemats and this party wreath also channel a bit of Kate.
And then Mama bought me this Kate Spade serving set* for mother’s day and I nearly peed my pants.
I saw this black and white Kate Spade photo frame* around Christmas and almost put it on my wish list, but then I realized I could easily do a Kate Spade Knock-Off on this picture frame.
You guys know I love me some quick and easy crafts and projects with Duct Tape – particularly gold duck tape*.
I have used it to embellish curtains, make DIY art, and to dress up a bookcase.
Ya’ll, that’s just the tip of the iceberg, though.
You aren’t going to believe some of these awesome Duct Tape Crafts and Projects that I’ve found.
If you have been around here for long enough, you may have heard me chat about PicMonkey* – the way I edit pictures online for free.
But that’s not all Picmonkey does. Nope, you can also create images from scratch on there, make collages, and so much more. All the images you see around here with writing on them, all the collages, all that kind of stuff – I made with PicMonkey.
**Don’t forget to enter the FrogTape giveaway here and the Country Chic Paint giveaway here!**
Last week when I showed you the faux wall moldings, many of you mentioned the sequined coat hangers.
Who knew a coat hanger could be so fabulous?
When I was trying to figure out how I could make frugal wall decor for the guest bedroom, I knew I wanted to have lots of inspiring and fun life quotes. I also wanted them to be fabulously displayed. And what better to display them with than sequined coat hangers.
But it happens every once in a while…
Totally out of the blue…
I have a stroke of genius…
Or genius for me anyway… I’m sure most of you guys are way above my level.
As I was working on my guest bedroom / office makeover, I decided I needed a lamp for one of the nightstands.
And if you’re gonna have a lamp, you’re gonna need a lampshade.
So, I made over a lamp and picked up a basic white lampshade at Target* for $8 on clearance.
We all knew that basic white lampshade wasn’t going to stay basic and white.