Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DIY: Easy Instagram Collage

Hello all!

I have been loving the Instagram collages on Pinterest and was wondering how to make one for weeks now. I have a million pictures on my Instagram of me and my boyfriend's dog, Dukie. I wanted to make a collage of all of the pictures I have of Duke and give it to Shane on his Birthday on Saturday. I am not good at using Photoshop and other programs like that, which many of the tutorials used to make their collage. I have used Picasa for a long time now and love it. It is super easy to use and best of all... it is FREE. Click here to download it for yourself. I made a folder for the pictures I wanted to use. I went on my computer and used Statigram (a web viewer for Instagram, but you can use the actual Instagram site too) and saved all of the pictures I wanted to use to the folder.Then I imported the folder to Picasa and clicked "Make a collage" and edited how I wanted it. I made an 8x10 collage. Then I saved it and uploaded it to the Walmart site and ordered an 8x10 print of the collage. You could also print this at home to save money, I just don't have a printer at my apartment.

Easy peasy!

Here are the settings of my collage:

Here is what the collage looks like:

1 hour 8x10's from Walmart are only $2.84. Cheap! Tomorrow I am going to pick it up and get a white frame for it. I can already tell it is going to be a great and easy but thoughtful gift! I will post pictures of the final gift tomorrow.

Happy Crafting,

Monday, February 25, 2013

DIY Coat Rack made out of pallet wood and dresser knobs

Hello All!
I recently made a coat rack out of pallet wood and fancy dresser knobs.


  • Piece of wood (I got mine from a pallet in my mom's barn, but keep your eyes open pallets are EVERYWHERE.)
  • Dresser knobs (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby, the average price was between $2.99-$5.99. When I went they were 50% off, so wait to make sure they are on sale! You can also find fancy dresser knobs at Anthropologie and World Market, but they might be pricey.)
  • Drill
  • Marker
  • Rotary cutter or metal cutter (I used my brother-in-law's metal cutter in his shop.)

How I did it:
First, I marked with a permanent marker where I wanted my knobs. Then I went out to my brother-in-law's shop and cut down my knobs with a metal cutter (you can use a rotary cutter) so they would fit in the wood and not stick out on the other side. Once I cut all of my knobs down to size, I drilled holes in the wood where I marked with the marker and then stuck my knobs in the holes. After that I put hooks on the back of the wood and hung it up! I love it!

Here is what it looks like in my apartment.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, February 22, 2013

DIY St. Patrick's Day Wreath

Here is my St. Patrick's Day Wreath! I was inspired by Melanie's tutorial I saw on Pinterest. You can see her tutorial here. First, I went to Hobby Lobby and found 5 different green fabrics that I liked and got 1/2 a yard of each. (I had enough fabric to make two wreaths.) I also bought ribbon for $3.99 and used my 40% off coupon. This craft cost me about $15, but keep in mind, I had enough fabric to make two. One for me and my friend Kelsey.

Wire hanger
Wire Cutters to cut off top of hanger

Cut strips of fabric 1 to 1.5 inches wide and 8-9 inches long. If I were to do this project over, I would've made the strips shorter so that the fabric does not flop over so much. Then start tying the ribbon onto the hanger. This part goes by fast if you have a friend making one with you and you can just chat while you tie or watch tv. I added a ribbon at the end. That's it! Easy and fun!

Easy peasy! 
Happy Crafting,

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Plate holder as Cookbook holder

Hello All,
My sister, Cassie, had this great idea to use a plate holder as a cookbook holder...
Here is a picture of it in her house, you can visit their blog via this link or by clicking on the picture below.
I wanted to have one for my apartment, so I went to Hobby Lobby and got my plate holder for $10, (originally $19.99, it was on sale!!)
Here is mine in my apartment...
And another.. 

Cute right??? Great idea, Cass!

I bought this plant holder at Kirkland's on sale for $7.99 and am using it as a fruit basket because I have hardly any counter space in my tiny apartment! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Prints from Etsy

Here are a few pictures of some recent prints I have ordered from Etsy. I love them all!
This cute print was only $4.14. Cheap price for a little inspiration. You can find it print here (it comes in many different colors and the shop owner will send you samples of the colors you want to see the print in.) 

"Whether you come in to visit or just to rest, when you enter our home, may you be blessed."
This was a custom print. It was $6.50 (originally $14 for a custom print, but she wanted to sell it in her shop so sold it to me for her regular shop price- You can find it here) 

Update, I got a new frame for this one!! 
Here is a picture of it in my sister's kitchen-

"Dirty Dishes- Thank Heaven for dirty dishes they have a tale to tell, while other folks go hungry, we're eating very well. With home and health and Happiness, we shouldn't want to fuss. By this stack of evidence God's very good to us."
I had this custom made from the same lady.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Apartment Sweet Apartment

My cross wall! 

Free Home printable (available in different colors) found here.

My see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil owls I got from Amazon!

My sweet lantern I bought at TJMaxx for $12.99!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bathroom Jars

This year I am trying to be more organized! I started in my bathroom. I bought the big jars in the back from Target for $5.99 each in the kitchen section and the other two at Hobby Lobby (they were 50% off) for $8. I always dreaded my evening routine of taking off my makeup and flossing because my drawer was such a mess. Now my flossers, teeth whitening strips, q-tips, and cotton balls are easy to get to. I love it! (Looks like a Dr.'s office, I know lol.)