Sunday, July 27, 2014

Making Monday 50!!

Hello friends. We hope your summer is wonderful ~ can you believe this is the last week of July? My education friends are already preppy their classrooms to welcome back all the students, but I am NOT ready for summer to end! 

But today is party day and we have big things to celebrate.

1. This link party hit the BIG 5-0 {50 weeks and going strong}. 2. Last week's party was the biggest so far. {A huge thanks to each of you for your support in helping this party be successful. It wouldn't be a party without you!}

Welcome to Making Monday.

This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:

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Gracie made a super cute Pottery Barn Knock-off Beachcomber Round Tray. Click on over to see her tutorial.
 
Shredded Mexican Chicken

Lori posted one of her favorite Mexican dishes. If you're familiar with Cafe Rio, Costa Vida, or Chipotle, you'll probably want to make this savory Shredded Mexican Chicken.
 

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Lori:

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#1. Personalized Game Pieces ~ Kid's Activities Blog. When my kids were young they always wanted game pieces like this but we didn't ever make any. They're so cute I'll for sure make some for my grandchildren.
#2. DIY: Painted Glasses ~ Blooming Homestead. These glasses are so cheery and perfect for serving up lemonade on a warm summer day. #3. How to Build a Wooden Planter Stand ~ Home Coming. I love the fresh, modern, functional look of these planter stands.
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#4. Sew Easy Ruffle Skirt ~ Almost Supermon. I love seeing girls wearing cute, feminine skirts.
#5. Monster Pencil Cases ~ About a Mom.
What back-to-school grade school student wouldn't want a bright and fun pencil case?
#6. Blissfully Bohemian Bedroom Makeover ~ The DIY Homegirl. This romantically peaceful Bohemian bedroom looks like a place I would love to relax in.
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#7. Inside Out Hong Kong Coconut Buns ~ The Woks of Life.
I quite intrigued by these buns. They're beautiful and look delicious. I can hardly wait to make some.
#8. Homestyle Country Fried Steak ~ Domestic Mommyhood. This is homestyle cooking at it's best. Yum. It looks delicious.
 
 
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
If you weren't featured this week, don't forget to check out the Pinterest board and keep linking up ~ next week could be you!
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!
MakingMondayGuidelines
 


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Bridesmaids Dress Refashion- Little Black Skirt


Heyyy ya! So remember like a month ago when I shared my refashion of a Davids Bridal Bridesmaid Dress Refashion? Well, here is another one I did the day after but kept putting off photographing. But I decided I wanted to wear it to a bridal shower for a friend and what better time to take pictures than when your all dolled up for a party!?

Anyways; here is my second Bridesmaids Dress refashion featuring yet another Davids Bridal gown! 


I've had this dress for 3 years now. I got this dress for my besties wedding almost exactly a year before my own! It was a super cute dress, and I even wore it once after the wedding; however, I just don't usually need a little black dress in this style so I thought I would make it a little more "gracie" :) 


To start off I separated the skirt from the top. I could have probably taken the lining with it but I didn't realize that until after the skirt was already detached. 

I then tried the skirt on to see how much I wanted to hem it. I'm a fan of short shorts, I can't help it I like my long legs :) After measuring and hemming I cut the extra fabric, and ended up having about a two inch ribbon. 


I then took that extra ribbon of fabric, cut in half and pinned the ribbon to the skirt top. I left enough on the front to tie a bow and lined up the edge with the zipper. 


I love this skirt, it was so simple to make and turned out so fun and flirty! I was actually looking for a skirt JUST like this earlier this year but was too scared to make it and didn't wanna spend the money to buy one, who would have thought I had something in my own closet that would take me less than 2 hours!!

I'm sure most of us have so many pieces in our closet that could use a good refashioning. And in todays world with all the tutorials and resources on line we just need to jump in! I NEVER in a million years thought I could pull this off, it isn't perfect by far but it is something I am proud and excited to wear along with my first refashion

 What do you do with dresses that you no longer wear on a regular bases?
How many bridesmaids dresses do you have insulating your closet? Before this project I had 4! That is close to $500 just SITTING in my closet!
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DIY Pottery Barn Beachcomber Round Tray (Look4Less Design Challenge) & Giveaway!


It's that time again, the Look for Less Design Challenge is here and these Fine Ladies have some amazing projects ready to inspire the socks off of you :) You can check out their links at the end of this post, and this time we have a great opportunity for YOU to join in the fun! Thats right, you can link up your personal projects and enter to win a TARGET GIFT CARD!! 

This time I was inspired by the ever trusty Pottery Barn! This beachcomber tray is something I knew would look great in so many places around our house, but I don't really need it so I couldn't justify spending $69. 


I started looking around for materials and actually ended up having everything I needed on hand! But for those of you that don't, run to your local Lowes and pick up a prepackaged thing of sisal rope and hot glue. Yep so you can get everything you need for under $15 bucks! I had a left over piece of glass and decided to use this as the bottom of my tray so it was a bit more even for glasses :) 


Getting started was EASY. Just start rolling and glueing. Yep add a bead of glue along the edge of the rope and twist. 

Keep on keeping on until your base is large enough for your tray.
Then keep gluing but this time start stacking the rows ON TOP of each other.
Once you have gone around enough times to create the depth you like (You only need a couple of inches) simply cut your rope leaving a few inches on the end loose. Then glue the end to the inside of your tray.

If y'all know me at all. by now you know that I don't ever just copy something. I've always gotta put a little twist on my projects :) This one I could have simply made the handles with the remainder of my rope for the tray to really look like the Pottery Barn tray. BUTTT I wanted a pop of color.
I grabbed some leftover leather and cut in two strips. Then I slipped the leather through the rope sides and attached with grommets.

There you have it! A super awesome and cheap rope tray that you can make in less than an hour!! 



Ooo I love this and keep moving it around the house, originally I had it out on the porch but now it's sitting on our kitchen table holding my flowers and salt and pepper shakers  :) 


Home Coming - X Leg Ottoman
Absolutely Arkansas - Pottery Barn Inspired Mirror
Life On Virginia Street - Outdoor Couch
Like A Saturday - Henna Monogram Letter
Life Love Larson - Ribbon Trimmed Roman Shades

Now go enter this awesome contest by linking up YOUR look for less projects! Oh and don't forget to click over to my fine friends pages to see their projects too! 




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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Making Monday 49

Hello friends. Welcome to this week's Making Monday link party.
Last week there were so many wonderful projects, ideas, and recipes shared ~ it was so fun to visit each of your blogs to see what you linked up. You're all so awesome and we're so glad you link up each week and keep us inspired to try new things.
This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:

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This week Gracie's showing us how to make a fun Floral Halo for only a few dollars, which she then wore for a photo shoot in her stunning sunflower field.
 
Cherry Pie Bars
These Cherry Pie Bars are the bomb. Lori created a recipe that's completely from scratch ~ no canned cherry pie filling.
 

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Lori:

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#1. Homemade Steak Sauce Recipe ~ Merissa at Little House Living. I'm excited about this recipe because I love to make everything homemade that I can.
#2. Veggie Cream Cheese Squares ~ Maureen at Red Cottage Chronicles. This looks like a refreshingly summer meal that can be eaten at home or on a picnic {like Maureen's family did}.
 
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#3. Side Table Makeover ~ Courtney at Crafts by Courtney. I sure do wish I had an old table like this one so I could make it over. I love how it turned out.
This remodel makes such in big, updated difference on Shonee's brick wall. Well done!
 
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I love this decorated table that is so summery festive ~ and those covered chargers are such a clever idea that I'm storing away in my brain.
#6. DIY: Wall Art ~ Sabine at Mom in Music City. How awesome is this wall art? And I love the colors Sabine used.
I love the combination of white paint and wood on this cabinet. The transformation is stunning.
 
 
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
If you weren't featured this week, don't forget to check out the Pinterest board and keep linking up ~ next week could be you!
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!
MakingMondayGuidelines
 


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Party Pail Party Supplies - Beautiful Paper Decorations



Have y'all heard of the party supplier Party Pail? I hadn't heard about them until just a month ago when they contacted me and asked if I would be interested in trying out some of their products for my next party. Once I started clicking through their site I was amazed with all they offer! I created a long list of things that I wasn't expecting to receive but thought I should at least try :) 


Party Pail offers everything from party supplies (paper plates, cups, flatware, ect.) to any and every decor item for loads of different party themes! I knew for our 4th of July BBQ we needed something to give it a little oomph. I already had the paper products I found in Targets Dollar Spot so I was just looking for decorations. 


Party Pail hooked me up with 16" white and red paper fans that were super sturdy and took up a great amount of space above our food table. I also got LOADS of balloons, and red and white tissue balls. These types of party decorations make for a quick and easy way to make your party FEEL like a party! I was super pleased that I could set up everything in under an hour and it looks like we spent lots of time and money. Trust me, I loved the products, and already have a plan to work with them again for some of my seasonal decorations!  


I added a couple little things from the house, like this amazing blue table cloth we got as a wedding gift. We also picked up some festive flowers to add to the simple table scape. Plus I got a super awesome vintage Spiffy Insulated Jug with fun red white and blue stripes that held a yummy lemonade spritzer!

Plus, a new pup is always a great addition to any get together ;)


We knew it was gonna be a little roasty toasty out side but wanted to have an all day blow out Independence day celebration. So besides the festive decorations from Party Pail we decided to spice things up with a BRING YOUR OWN POOL PARTY! Yep you right, it was awesome. A couple people picked up some cheap baby pools and brought their beach chairs. For the rest of the day we soaked up the sun and cooled off with our feet in the pools. 


And you can't have a festive party with out wearing the right outfit! Reed and I went all out with American themed apparel. We had a blast with our party and I can't tell you how awesome it was wot work with Party Pail so go check them out and see what you can get for your next get together! 
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