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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Aren't these just awesome!?

Hey everyone!
I hope you are all having a great Holiday and spending your days with your family having fun! We have been so busy, but it's been a blast! Can't wait for the new year!
Anyway, I just wanted to share this cute idea that was originally inspired by my place mats! I will just say that Amelia's are so much better! I love her twist on the idea, she totally made my day by sharing these with me! I love them, and I know you all will too! Just jump on over to her blog, Amelia's Notebook,  and give her some love!

Wouldn't these make the cutest accessory to a wedding gift as well?
Thank you Amelia!
Have a Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Trapped in San Diego!

Sorry, I haven't been on here in FOREVER! I am still alive, just haven't had time to sit down in about a week! We are on vacation in San Diego, and we are trapped in the resort we are staying at. The rain has been non-stop since we arrived and it has caused so much flooding it is scary! We are in Mission Valley which is the worst of the flooding here in San Diego, the golf course right next to us has it's hills sliding off into the roads, and the mall right behind us has half it's parking garage and lot submerged under water! I am just hoping that we will not have to evacuate in the middle of the night! The roads all around us are flooded, I wish that I could upload the pictures on this computer so you could all see! Maybe some of you have seen it on the news, it's incredible! 
I better get back to the family, just thought that I would stop in and say hi! I will hopefully be back soon with some projects, as soon as all the holiday craziness calms down and we get back from California! Miss you all!
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Try it Tuesday (Link Party!)

I have decided that I am going to host a link party on Tuesdays now! I am so excited! That way everyone can link up all their ideas for Try it Tuesday and then I will pick some of my favorites to feature them!
This is all going to start AFTER the holiday because I am headed out of town for awhile to enjoy time with family...and I am sure all of you are too!
Be ready to come link up!
 It is open to any project that you have, anything that you want us to "Try"!
Recipes, furniture, sewing, crafting, fashion...ANYTHING!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

PB inspired Kid's Sleeping Bags! (Just in time for Holiday travel!)

For more than a few months now I have been wanting to make these cute little sleeping bags that I saw in Pottery Barn. In our family we call them "Cowboy beds". I knew that I wanted to for sure make one for my son because everywhere we travel, even if there is a bed, he never wants to sleep that far away from anyone. We usually wind up making him a "cowboy bed" out of random blankets that we have. When we go to motels it is a lot harder to make a comfy bed on the floor because usually all the other blankets in the room are needed by everyone else.
To make a long story short, my mom ending up helping me make these, all 3 in less than a day! I didn't think that I would have time to get ONE done before our trip next week, but with my mom's help anything can be possible! There will be a tutorial coming soon so you can all make one too if you want! We were originally going to do the puppy dog ones for the girls, but we aren't too into the puppy phase yet, so we decided to do owls (no surprise)! My mom is awesome at sewing so she made up the pattern to work for the owl head/pillows!

Shaggy Dog Toddler Sleeping Bags

J.T. has more of a plain one, with a soft minky lining and a cute sporty pattern! We were going to make a Superman or Batman one, but we couldn't find the fabric, but I know he loves his sports too!
The beds are still at my parent's house,  so I don't have a picture of the kids in them yet! I will make sure to get one so you can get a better idea of the size!
Thanks for stopping by!
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Show and Tell Wednesdays
Transformation Thursday
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Made with Love Monday
Link Party Friday
Show and Tell Saturdays

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Homemade Damask Stockings

I actually made these a few weeks ago and I wasn't ready to share them because I wanted to embroider their names...but the hustle and bustle of the holidays has prevented me from getting all of that done! Just use your imagination if you will! (Thanks)
I wanted some fabric that coordinated with not only my Christmas tree and other decor, but also with my home decor! My old stockings clashed big time with the colors of my home and it drove be NUTS!

Seriously...I can not figure out how to make these straight pictures. They are straight until I upload them on here and then they get all wonky? I will keep trying to figure it out, it must be some kind of glitch or something? (SORRY)

I didn't make one fore me and the Mister yet, I am still trying to decide on what fabric.
Should I use two of the existing fabrics (leaving one stocking by it's self) or should I add two more coordinating fabrics? HELP!
P.S. Thank you all for your help on deciding what table runner I should do for sure! I got a lot of comments and emails, and the sum of them was 19 for #3! It was the most liked by far, so that's what it is now!! Thanks!

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

December V.T./ Neighbor gifts!

I realize that there are a TON of ideas for gifts floating around right now, so I am just going to highlight some of the ones that I love, and hopefully you'll like them as much as I do!

What woman wouldn't want a scarf this time of year!?
Loved this...inexpensive and simple to make too!
This one comes from 3125, it's called an Infinity Scarf, adorable right?!
She gives you a tutorial on how to make it, so you better hop on over there!

Of course, goodies are always a popular and simple thing to make, but it's all about the presentation right?
Rather than plopping them on a paper plate and throwing the saran wrap over it...Why not put them in a personalized jar?! I loved this idea, of course it's inexpensive I'm featuring it right? It looks so classy though and it looks like you put a lot of time and thought into it! Head on over to Random Thoughts of a SUPERMOM to get the low down on these!
How fun would these be to use some etching cream instead of vinyl initials, and to throw in some chocolate dipped fortune cookies?!? I'm totally doing this!

Another yummy treat idea with a twist...Chocolate covered pretzel sticks or peppermint sticks, of course in some cute packaging! Head on over to The Pink Peony of Le Jardin to get the details!! YUM!

I thought this was such a fun idea! Something a little out of the norm.!
A soap dispenser? Perfect! Love it! Head on over to Crap I've Made to get the full tutorial!

I love this idea! I think this is what the Grandmas and Grandpas are getting this year! Shhh...don't tell them!
So much better than just the usual frame that they were going to get!
The girls at Shanty 2 Chic shared this lovely idea so go check out the whole tutorial so you can make one too!

Well there are a few ideas to get you started! I hope to be back tomorrow with more! If you have any that you would like to share, just email me and I would love to feature them!!
Thanks for stopping bye! Have a Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Inexpensive Christmas Table Runner!

I found these felt trees at the Dollar Tree and just grabbed them because I thought that they would come in handy for something. On my drive home I racked my brain thinking of ways that I could incorporate them into something, but nothing came to me. Once I got home I threw them on the table and my 4 year old son started playing with them and laying them out in a in all fairness this is HIS table runner idea!

These are the felt trees, they came in white, red, and green. Then I added some like a half yard of burlap and sewed the edges, then frayed them to the stitch line. I liked the burlap to not hang off the side because everyone complains about it when it does, so I just framed out the middle of my table with it!

Table #1. This is my favorite...I think.

Table #2.

Table #3. This is the Hub's favorite, and maybe my other fav.

Table #4. This is the one that my son did that gave me the inspiration to use them as a table runner.

So this is where I need YOUR help!
 What one should I do?
 I can't decide! I want to sew the one that I choose in place so that when I clean my table off it will just stick together and I won't have to center all the pieces again!
Have a great weekend!
P.S. I will be back on Sunday with this month's V.T./ neighbor gifts!

I am linking to all of these wonderful parties!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Try it Tuesday!

I was going to do all Christmas things again, but then I saw this awesome wreath and I had to share it!
The girls at Three Sisters shared this idea of their Bead Wreath, and I totally am in love! I can't wait for my Christmas stuff to calm down so I can make a few of these to place around the house!
Go over to Three Sisters to see how they did it!

This isn't exactly Christmas related either, but it kind of is to me! I am going on a road trip with my 3 kids over Christmas, to San Diego, and I am trying to get lots of things to keep them busy! I am so happy I ran into this idea of some Travel Trays at Crazy Domestic.  Head on over to her blog to get the how-to!

Okay, so now on to the Christmas stuff!
I am SO in love with this idea! I love seeing these types of ornaments when I go to people's houses! My hubby's mom still has his ornament from the 1st grade (I think). It's by far my favorite ornament on her tree, and my hubby is obsessed with himself so it's his favorite too! (I kid, I kid!)
ANYWAY this idea comes from Cleverly Inspired. It's a Time Capsule Ornament, cute right?!
Jump on over there to get all the details!

Another cute ornament idea is this one that I got from Shabby 2 Sweet! It is a Fabric Ball Ornament!
So many different ways you can do this, I love it! Go check her out!

Lastly, here is this DELICIOUS looking (and I'm sure tasty, once I make it) recipe!
I'm seriously ticked that I don't have the ingredients to make these right now, I am craving it like nobodies business! Go over to Purple Chocolat Home and check out these Strawberry Cream Horns!
 You'll die!

Well I hope you feel inspired! Have a great evening!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Wreath!

I have finally started my Christmas decor! I LOVE love LOVE this time of year...but who doesn't?!
The first thing that I started with was my outdoor wreath!
I bought this plain wreath last year on the after Christmas sells, I don't remember the price, but I know it had to be under $15 because I'm cheap and I know I wouldn't pay more than that!
I also got a couple boxes of ornaments for 50% off, making each box only $2.50, (the price was still on them). So all together this wreath only costs me less than $20!
These same types of wreaths cost anywhere from $40-$80, so I'm pretty pleased with the savings!
I think I am going to add one more box of ornaments though...I like shiny!

This is how it started...kind of...I had started it obviously, then I decided I would take a before picture.

It is a lighted wreath, but it still seemed kind of dull to me...

So I of course added some ribbon and my monogrammed "H" to add a little pizazz!
Definitely needs one more little box of ornaments don't ya think?!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Holidays!
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Weekend Wrap-up

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Try it Tuesday!

So excited for these features today, I hope you will share my excitement with them too!

I love all things that's my weakness, that is exactly what this WREATH is! I feel in love with this when I saw it over at Junkin' Junky! Isn't it GORGEOUS!?! You have to go over and check out how to make one, and look at all of Mel's other amazingly gorgeous creations! I have to say I could have done like my whole "Try it Tuesday" post on things on her site!
Look at these cute pillows too! Love.

I thought this next idea was a cute spin on an old's a Christmas Countdown Frame! I've been wanting to do a countdown craft, just wasn't sure what kind of one until now! Head on over to A little of this, a little of that to get the full tutorial!

I guess I got a little ahead of myself on letting loose my Christmas excitement and forgetting that Thanksgiving is 2 days away. This next craft I might have to whip up tonight to have it in time for Turkey day, and maybe switch them up a bit so they can be used for Christmas and New Years! Aren't these place mats cute!? I think so! Head on over to It's Always Craft Time and give her some love! 

I hope some of you feel inspired to make your own creations! If you have any projects that you want featured be sure to email me at dotdotdotthis{at}gmail{dot}com! I would love to see them!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving week!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Fabric Wall of curtains!

I have two embarrassing problems:
I can't believe I am showing this to everyone...
Problem #1
Unsightly cords draped down my wall because, neither myself or my hubster are electricians.
P.S. I don't ever watch Soaps, sorry, I couldn't find the remote so it was left on that channel! :)
Problem # 2
A toilet view from our bed. Sexy right?
That was one thing that I noticed when we were looking at our house to buy it. When we went home to talk about things my hubster assured me that there was in fact a door there and that I must have not seen it. I mean who doesn't put a door from their bedroom to their toilet? Then after a quick buy, and move in day, I then assured him that there was in fact NOT a stinkin door there!
What the crap right? (no pun intended)
 Anyway, after almost 3 years in the house and staring at the toilet every night as I lay my head to sleep, I decided I could not go on like this anymore. This is what we did. I love love love it!

I wanted it to go from wall to wall and touch the ceiling so there would be no gaps. We screwed those little loop things on the two side walls and then strung the wire through, then tightened it at the end. I also used some sticky back velcro to help close things up.

I want to get a hook to hold back the one drape from the door. For now the chair works!
My bathroom is the next project on my list of to-dos...don't judge!

If I had the rest of my room finished I would show you a picture of the whole room, but that will be in a few weeks..hopefully! I was afraid at first, that because the curtains are chocolate brown, they would make the room feel smaller, but I think it makes it look more GRAND because they are floor to ceiling and shimmery!

Now the T.V. looks like it's floating!
I also wanted to do a little stencil on the curtains, my significant other says no, he is old fashioned I guess. I think I might do it while he is at work and then he will come home and may have a seizure at first from the amount of drama on the wall, but I think after awhile his brain and eyes will adjust.
This is a mock-up of what it would look like if I decide to do the stencil. I would move the chair with the damask print away from the room, so there wouldn't be too much print.
I think I would do a goldish color of paint on the curtains so it wouldn't be too dramatic, but I think an off-white would look pretty too!

This is something that would be so awesome if you lived in an apartment and you couldn't paint, but you wanted the drama of a stenciled wall!

What do you think?


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Do you like great deals?!

As most of you probably know by now, I am CHEAP. Well not really "cheap", but I hate spending money on things that I know I can either do myself, or that I can buy somewhere else and save a ton! One of my favorite places to shop for those things that I really don't want to do myself..or can't is
They have endless varieties of items that you can get for amazingly low prices, plus ALL of your items only ship for $2.95! AWESOME!

Even more AWESOME is that they are providing YOU, (my readers)  10% off on any products, and FREE Shipping on your electronics purchase!

You can't pass this up!

Here are the codes:
121728 , good for 10% off all products.
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Here are a list of some of my favorite items from

Hurry up now!
Hope you are all having a great weekend!
I will be back Monday with some new projects!
All the ideas and opinions expressed are my own. No monetary compensation was received for doing this post, however, I was provided with a discount code.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pottery Barn inspired desk.

Maybe I am obsessed with turquoise and glazing.
I love it!



I know I should stop using this color, but I can't!
I think of turquoise as a neutral, because it looks good with almost any color..don't you think?!
It's like a Pop Neutral, it matches everything, but still adds that pop in the room that you need!
Say what?!

This item is FOR SALE in my Shop!
Email me for details!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a great day!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Try it Tuesday!

LOVE these ideas!

I have been dying to have a fireplace in my front room, obviously a real one is out of the question with my budget! That's when I figured I would do a faux one, well that has taken some years time to get my hubster to help me. Then I came across this amazing tutorial and realized that I could totally do this myself, or at least enough of it that would get the hubster to have to help me finish...right? Go check this DIY Faux Fireplace at Vintage Revivals! Thanks for the inspiration Mandi!

I am in need of some super cute Christmas decor, and these Ruffled Trees are perfect! They are cute and elegant, and best of all...super inexpensive! Head on over to Shanty 2 Chic to get the complete tutorial!
Can't wait to go get the supplies and get started!

I thought this last idea would be a fun 12 Days of Christmas gift starter! I ran across it over at Diary of a Preppy Mom. They are cute little Christmas Crayons, go check out her tutorial!

This last feature is a tutorial submitted by Stephanie at Luxe Boulevard! She made a No Sew Bow Tie, perfect for the upcoming Christmas dress parties. Put your little boy in one, and instantly makes it look fancy!


Thanks to all of these ladies for sharing their great ideas!
If any of you have a project you want featured please email me, I would love to see it!
Have a great Tuesday!
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