Back to School – Preschool Totebag *Free Download*

August 1st, 2014

My little boy is growing up (insert crying here). He’s such a little love and we have such a strong bond, it’s going to be hard to not have him with me all day long. He’s starting preschool in the fall and on his supply list he needs a tote bag not a backpack. So I thought creating a custom tote bag would get him super excited to start school (he’s already thrilled).

We went to Michael’s and grabbed a pack of tote bags and some iron-on vinyl.
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This is such a fast and easy project, all you need is a tote bag, iron-on vinyl, a die-cut machine, and an iron.

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I cut out Ollie’s name (be sure to do mirror image!), and a monster that I had Mr. Project quickly draw for me (see bottom of post for a free download of this cute monster).  Then I placed them film side up on the bag to get the placement right:

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And then ironed on (one item at a time). I also learned after the first one to read the instructions (ha!) and put a cloth between the iron-on and the iron. No irons or tote bags were damaged in the process, but I was a little nervous there for a minute. preschoole-tote-iron

After ironing, I pulled off the plastic liner and saw the final product!

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The bag turned out so so cute! Ollie is completely in love with his new bag and even endured me taking more than one photo!
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There was even posing!!! this is unprecedented folks, maybe he could be a child model after all.

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Now he really can’t wait for school to start. He even told our babysitter that I would make one for her. preschoole-tote

I have a few more Back to School crafts up my sleeve that I’ll  be posting about in a few days. here’s a little sneak peek… I guess I’m pretty excited for school too!preschoole-tote-grouping

And if you have a back to school project, be sure to enter the Michaels #Create2Educate sweepstakes for your chance to win a $50 gift card! There’s a winner every day, so keep sharing your favorite back-to-school craft until August 15th. For more info and to check out other entries, visit michaels.com/create2educate-sweepstakes.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored as part of the Michaels Makers program. I received free product in exchange for this post. All ideas, opinions and wording is entirely my own and I had a lot of fun too!

Michaels one-click projects – 4th of July Party

June 13th, 2014

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I was recently asked to be part of the Michael’s Makers team of bloggers, which basically means that I get to create and post projects on my blog once a month for Michaels, and I get to be part of a talented group of crafty women. I was thrilled to be asked to be part of this team, but when I saw what an amazing group of bloggers they assembled I was blown away that they asked me.
This month I chose to create these cute 4th of july projects with the help of the new Michaels.com one-click projects feature (which is ingenious).
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Michaels just recently launched their new online shopping website (long awaited for internet shopping junkies like me). One of the best features of their new site is the Projects section, where you can see projects and, with one click, add pretty much all the items needed to your shopping cart. Brilliant.
Surfing through the projects available, I came across a ton of great holiday projects, including many 4th of july themed projects. And because I love to plan a good party, my two favorite projects were these USA Mini Cupcakes, and Silverware Holders.
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I was able to easily add the items to my cart and then I only had to buy a few more items to be able to tackle these projects. 
Like a cake mix, coconut, and berries! This was actually my first time making mini cupcakes. And let me tell you, I don’t think I’ll ever make regular sized cupcakes again! They are so cute, and each cupcake uses like 1/3rd as much batter as a regular cupcake, so you get a bajillion cupcakes out of one cake mix. Perfect for my two little boys (the size, not the quantity hehe).
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 I also love that part of the project is displaying the cupcakes in the cupcake tin. So if you are taking this to a party, not only can you make several trays worth out of one cake mix, you have a super easy way to transport and display them.
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Black and Gold Powder Bathroom Reveal and Tile Details

May 12th, 2014

Mr. Project has been super busy with work lately (imagine that), and hasn’t had a lot of time to work on house projects. So we’re kind of living in this limbo state right now. And I want to share pictures of the house, but at the same time, I want to wait for everything to be finished and perfect. But it’s not finished and perfect yet, so I haven’t really been posting anything.

There are a few rooms that are done and ready to go, so I figured I might as well start there! I’m going to have a professional photographer come and do the whole house when it’s done, but for now you’ll have to enjoy my photography. The photos in this post were taken with my Nikon DSLR and a wide-angle lens.

Okay, onto the bathroom! Here’s the Powder Room Style Guide that I created for this bathroom. I got pretty close except the color pallet changed. And here is the bathroom from the black ceiling to the basketweave tile floor.

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And a little closer view:

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Originally I had planned on painting the vanity a brighter color, but towards the end of the build, decided that I was in love with the color black. So I painted the upper half of the room black (Restoration Hardware Obsidian), and balanced out the black with a white 3×6 subway tile wainscot (tile from BuildDirect). I finished off the tile with a piece of trim that had a dadoed edge to cover the top of the tile. I did this because it was so much cheaper than buying a specialty tile to finish it off with. I also like how it’s just a little more cozy feeling than a tile border. The wainscot is 44″ tall.

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On the floor I wanted a beautiful marble and basket weave tile. When I was pricing out all my tile, I realized I could save quite a bit of money by creating a border of field tiles (in this case 12×24 marble tiles from BuildDirect) on the outside of the room. Then the inside could be the more expensive mosaic tile. To bring some definition to the space, I found some skinny black pencil tiles at Lowes.

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I love the effect and think it looks more custom than if the whole floor was basket weave.

Because I wanted the black walls, I decided at the very last minute to paint the vanity off white. Mr. Project had undertaken the task to strip the whole thing in preparation for the new paint, and when I saw how beautiful the original wood was, we decided to stain (to make the color/grain look more uniform) and seal the top, and then paint the bottom for contrast. I would have loved to have the whole thing be the original wood, but I was a little worried with all the fine details that we would run into paint stripping issues and an uneven finish. I love the final product though, it really is a gorgeous and unique vanity.

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Behind the door is a hidden pocket or closet shower. I had seen pictures of showers with door entrances like this while I was looking for house inspiration, but I didn’t think I would have a spot for one in the house. When our framing was being done, we changed this space from a supply closet (accessible from the pantry) to a shower. I just love how it turned out.

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The jamb is made of marble (cut from 12×24 tiles), and the exterior casing is just regular flat door casing.

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We used the same 3×6 white subway tile for the walls and ceiling. And the marble basketweave for the floor.

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And a little bit of the marble on the inside of this recessed shelf. The bench top is from a remnant piece of quartz.

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I’m so in love with how elegant and unique this room is. Also, I totally spray painted the chandelier gold/brass!

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Mirror (24″x48″) – Ballard Designs

Vanity (22″x41″x36″) – found at local vintage market

Wood Stain – Minwax Espresso

Sink – Overstock.com

Wall Faucet – Elements

3″x6″ Subway Tile – BuildDirect

Marble Basketweave Mosaic Tile – BuildDirect

Marble 12″x24″ Tile – BuildDirect

Black Pencil Tile – Lowes

Toilet – Kohler Tresham

Paint – Restoration Hardware Obsidian (we had it color matched)

Sconces – Restoration Hardware

Chandelier – Lamps Plus (no longer available)

Grafton Train Rack, Towel Bar & Paper Holder – Restoration Hardware

 

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