I know, I know. It is January 2, 2014 and we probably should have posted this in 2013, but with holiday parties and traveling to see family, who really has time to plan for the next year, especially when they are busy living the in current one? Good excuse, right? 😉
So, if you are ready to realize the New Year has started and then become organized enough to plan for friends’ and family members’ important dates, we have the perfect list for you–our Top 10 DIY Calendars for 2014! Continue reading →
After making about 7 sets of tile coasters (6 ceramic tile sets, 1 stone tile set), I think I have finally found my favorite! They not only make for great gifts, but are super easy and fun to make! Continue reading →
As I was thinking about what I could get my Mom for Christmas, I began to think about what she does and what she likes, and all that came to me was READING. So, I then went from there and started thinking of gift certificates, her favorite authors, tiny reading lights, etc until WHAM–BOOKMARKS. I could make her a fun bookmark! Continue reading →
After perusing Pinterest for Christmas gift ideas, I spotted a few of these dinosaur magnets and thought, “These are AWESOME and would make hilarious gifts….I bet can make those!” And let’s be serious, who wouldn’t want a GOLD T-Rex on their fridge?! Continue reading →
As Christmas quickly approaches, we figured we should give those last minute DIYers (including ourselves) some inspiration with a list 25 of our favorite DIY Christmas gifts–and if you happen to be any of our immediate family or best friends, STOP READING, please 🙂 Continue reading →
As our first anniversary approached, I began to worry that I wouldn’t find the perfect, traditional paper gift. I had thought about getting him tickets to something, but felt that was kinda boring. Then one day it just hit me–a hidden book compartment with the tickets inside! Bingo–A DOUBLE PAPER WHAMMY! Now I just had to figure out how to create it and find the perfect concert/event. Fortunately, I think I did both! Continue reading →
For Jodi’s birthday, a few of us gathered for a SURPRISE girls’ dinner and fiesta! I then decided to use this opportunity to make some homemade decorations I had been thinking about for awhile–including a Mexican Fiesta Banner! It is super easy to do. Continue reading →
As best friends and new bloggers, we felt it important to talk to people that have blogged before, are still doing it well, AND are best friends! That is when we called the Chicks on the Right.
They are two, witty, hilarious, and articulate women that decided to “give Conservatism a Makeover.” Whether you agree with them politically or any of their writings, just like us they started their journey as two best friends with an idea. They have since created a national audience with their blog, have landed their own radio show on the biggest talk radio station in Indiana, AND last but not least, just signed a BOOK DEAL –IMPRESSIVE.
Because they were so kind to talk with us, we wanted to express our gratitude in the form of a gift–a DIY gift. Really, what else would you expect? 🙂
So, we made them a COTR chalkboard with a custom image transfer.
For our first client project – our friend wanted a tall, narrow lingerie chest for her new apartment bedroom. She sent us a picture of an IKEA piece, which we immediately knew we could recreate. We scoured Craigslist and ended up finding the perfect piece at a good price ($75) in the Virginia suburbs (or BFE as I would call it). Once we got the piece back to my house, our game plan became – sand, stain, stain some more, stain again, and add new hardware for the drawer pulls. We were going for that ‘espresso’ or black-brown finish that is seen in many IKEA furniture pieces. Continue reading →
Since my husband and I are newlyweds and still rebuilding our savings account after the wedding, we live within a structured budget (i.e. $x amount for groceries, $x amount for date night, etc). Because I have an allotted amount each month to decorate the apartment, I want to maximize the budget to the fullest.
Case in point, we needed real, adult dressers–badly. However, I did not want to pay hundreds, thousands of dollars for a nice bedroom suite. So, I am refurbishing pieces to create our own DIY bedroom suite. In this post, you will hear how I obtained and transformed two old dressers into “matching” pieces. Continue reading →
As my husband and I are attempting to make our 1970’s era apartment homey –and on a tiny budget– I kept running across lamps that I loved, but were $40+ each. I could not justify spending nearly $100 (after tax) on two lamps.
So I began to look for lamp bases with curvy lines. I stumbled upon two at goodwill for $4.95 a piece–my kind of steal! I also already had lamp shades at home I loved! Continue reading →
Do you have old, clunky picture frames lying around? Are you in need of a central location to write things down? If so, we have the perfect DIY project for you–chalkboard picture frames! Continue reading →
Do you have little ones (or pets)? Do their toys have a place?
For me, since I live with my husband and two little ones (our animals) in a small apartment, even the tiniest of misplaced items, like puppy toys, can cause the whole place to look messy. Currently, Phoebe’s toys sit in a cardboard box– in our living room. So, to fix this, I decided to create Phoebe a Distressed Pet Toy Crate–because she obviously wants one and cannot contain her excitement. Continue reading →
These were much easier than you would think. At the end of this post, you will find a more detailed post I used for inspiration from weddingchicks.com (there are also images in their post– surprise, I somehow lost mine after the wedding). Continue reading →