decorating with monograms

February 1st, 2016

If you’ve walked into a Michaels lately, you have probably seen the gorgeousness that is their new Make Market section, and my favorite part is the “Alphabet Soup” selections. I adore all things monogram, and I might have bought a little of each style.  Here’s some of my favorites, but there were even more gorgeous and awesome alphabets and other items too.


I have been meaning to do some decorating in my son’s room, so I grabbed some items specifically for that. I especially loved these fabric monograms and added a cute little hexagon vase – also from Michaels, on a few vintage books.


And I loved these colored letters – they had tons of colors, so I spelled out my son’s name.


Even these cute little chalkboard crates were in the Make market. Perfect for his favorite books.


And I might have grabbed a few things for me. Like this monogram tray in aqua! I love it on my nightstand to collect all those little odds and ends.


And these large acrylic monograms are so cool too! I love how so many of these items are great for just go-to home decor.


I can’t wait to take a look at some of the fun projects on or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts!

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Chalk Painted Craft Pumpkins

September 1st, 2015


Fall is quickly approaching and what better way to ring in the season than pumpkins! Craft pumpkins from Michaels are the best. This year they have more colors and sizes than before, I grabbed an assortment, and some Martha Stewart Craft Paint and got painting.

I thought some words on the pumpkins would be a fun touch, so I used my favorite Adtech Glue Gun to write “fall”


Once dry, I cleaned up all the strings, and then painted two coats of chalk paint.

Once those were dry, I used a darker color of chalk paint and dry-brushed it over the surface.


I did the same thing with the word “thanks” and orange chalk paint. I painted a few more pumpkins to match. I love the blue as part of my fall pallet.



I also found this gorgeous frame at Michaels. It was a tan color, so I painted it with the same chalk paint. Then I created a simple fall banner. theprojectgirl-fall-frame

I even embellished it with these cute little acorns.

And I had some help staging from my littlest Leo.



  • To kick off fall in your own home, visit and check out the variety of craft pumpkins available – there is every color, shape and size you could ever want!
  • There are tons of ways to DIY your own craft pumpkin for your home, a party or even as a gift.
  • If you’re in need of more fall décor inspiration be sure to look at the 49 other DIY pumpkin projects from the rest of the Michaels Makers – they are fabulous!
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Crafternoon Glitter pillow *giveaway & blog hop*

August 6th, 2015

Welcome to the Crafternoon blog hop! Be sure to visit U-Create to see their awesome felt bunting headband – and a chance to win it!  I’m also giving away one of my Glitter Iron-on Pillowcase kits. Simply comment on this post and I’ll choose a winner by next friday (8/14/2015). Check out the Hazel & Ruby blog for more giveaways too!


I’m super excited to show you all the Crafternoon project that I created for Hazel & Ruby. It’s now available in local Joann Stores, as well as other retailers.

This cute pillow (which I have floating around my house as we speak) is super simple to make and can be crafted in an afternoon!


The kit comes with a pre-sewn pillow case, and the gold glitter iron-on. Just add a hot iron and a 16″ pillow form and you are good to go.


I love this pillow and it really is so simple to create. crafternoon-pillow-1

I also love all the other crafternoon kits. You can see videos of all of them on the Hazel & Ruby Youtube channel. 

And be sure to pin this step-by-step so that you remember to buy and create this pillow for your home (perfect for teen girl bedrooms!). Don’t forget to comment below for a chance to win this kit!