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Is it just me , or do you too love a good DIY gift tag project ?? I love making tags and stashing them away for when I need to wrap up a quick gift.  It seems that with every new paper line Maggie comes out with I like to try make a new version of gift tags. I hope you enjoy today’s project. They just might be my favorite.

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These tags were really easy to make. Grab a pre-made tag and a pencil. Trace your tag shape onto your pattern paper, I am using the new bloom collection. Once you have your tags cut out from the pattern paper the fun begins.

I collected a few of my favorite color crepe papers from the party store and thrift stores. To start,  cut 3 strips (the width of your tag) from each color you want to use. I chose to use 2 different colors on each tag. Using double sided adhesive I layered them from the bottom up . Use your scissors To cut small strips on each color crepe paper, a fringe look like a piñata.

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To decorate each tag I used a few embellishments from the bloom paper collection, giving each tag a more personalized look.

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While I had my crepe paper out, I cut up some confetti pieces to add into my gift. Who doesn’t love confetti spilling all over their floor when opening a package.

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Have I got a fun D.I.Y for you today.

I love crafting handmade items that can be used in every day home decor. If you have little ones this shadow box house D.I.Y is just for you.  A fun modern look to add to your wall with easy access of taking it down for playtime.

Since I don’t have any little feet running around my house, I made this project as a gift !!!

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SUPPLIES NEEDED: Wood House // Maggie Holmes Bloom paper collection // adhesive // pencil for tracing // scissors // paint

woodhouseTo start, I created a template for inside the house by folding a white piece of copy paper . After I got my house template created I used the created template to cut out my pattern paper.

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I love that this project involves pretty paper AND paint. Two of my favorite things.  I painted the entire house expect the inside where my paper ” wallpaper” will be placed.

I also thought it would be really cute to just paint the inside walls but I decided to paint the entire house. Both options are super cute.

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Once your house is dry from painting use double sided adhesive to place your pattern paper inside. I am really crushing on this black floral print from Maggie’s Bloom collection.

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Now comes the fun part, decorating !!!!!  I had a hard time choosing what embelishments I wanted to use. They are all so cute. I decided on the banners and a frame with a butterfuly to complete the interior look.

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The cutest little wood dolls can be found here. I hope you enjoy making this cute little project as much as I did.

You guys, can you believe this amazing green couch I thrifted this week. I am in shock too.  I say it every time, you just never know what’s waiting for you inside.

It was one of those days where I wasn’t even going to make a stop. It was senior day, and I am always a little jealous of those seniors who get a extra discount. And honestly, you can never run in quick on senior day ….. I like to run in fast and I am always a little nervous I might knock someone down with my fast moving shopping cart.

I decided to run in quick. The thrift store that I went to is not on my normal route. As soon as I walk in I ALWAYS go to the furniture section first.  I began walking up and down the isles, nothing really catching my eyes until this.  A green velvet tufted sofa.  GAH!!!! I freaked out.  I stood with my cart looking for a worker to write me up a sold ticket. I didn’t want to leave in worry someone might snag it from me.  I looked around and noticed a worker folding sheets a few isles over. I yelled ” excuse me ma’am” She didn’t hear me so I yelled louder getting all red in the face.  She finally heard me and walked over.

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The lady was a little firecracker. ” Oh honey” she said.  ” You aren’t paying $24.oo for this” . She continued to tell me how over priced things are getting ( agree) I was a little confused as I am like …. HELLO .. this couch is A-mazing.  She began to tell me her husband (a senior) was on his way over to have lunch with her and he would buy it for me to get his senior discount.

I handed him a $20 and the deal was done. I feel a little guilty about the whole thing, cheating the system but I could’t say no to the sweet lady.

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I wish I told you I had a bunch of under cover secrets to which thrift stores have all the amazing goods. My best advice to you is to go often. I go thrifting at least 3-4 days a week. Some days I go to many stores, others just a quick run in. I never spend more then 15min in each store unless I am finding lots of stuff.  Going fast allows me visit multiple stores .  I have trained my eyes to look for certain items.  Depending on the store, I have learned where certain item’s are usually placed making it easy to look.

I always like to check under the skirt to get a look at the legs.  It didn’t take long for me to remove that skirt.  A easy pull as it’s only tacked in with staples.

 

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Always amazed at what I can fit inside my SUV.

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Happy thrifting friends !!!

  • April 7, 2016 - 7:45 am

    Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling - It’s a thrifting miracle. Most lovely shade of green, too!ReplyCancel

  • April 7, 2016 - 2:17 pm

    Jessica | Petal + Ply - This sofa is ah-mazing!

    I scored my green chair the same way (minus the senior special). I hadn’t planned on stopping in and I had actually driven past the store earlier in the day BUT after preschool pick up I decided to lug 2 of my little guys in, and what was sitting there, fresh on the floor, not even priced yet, an amazing deal of a mint tufted chair. Swivel AND rocking no less!

    I concur, dropping in often IS THE way to score the good stuff.ReplyCancel

If there ever was such a thing as a time warp, I think I just walked through it.  The main bathroom floor in my house was definitely rocking the 1990’s linoleum.

As I mentioned in phase one, the main bathroom is the last room in the house to really need a makeover. I would have laughed at you if you told me I  would be remodeling the bathroom  DIY style.  I watched a lot of you tube videos and the hardware store knows me by name.

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To get started I removed all of the base boards, trim and vents from the floor.

I also unhooked the ugly cream toilet. Don’t worry, a bright white one will be taking it’s place. When you remove your toilet you do not need to get a new one. Just make sure you buy a new wax ring before putting it back in place.

You will need these to gather these tools before getting started.

TOOLS NEEDED:

  1. chalk line
  2. level
  3. tape measure
  4. grout float
  5. wet saw
  6. trowel
  7. sponge

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Once all our tools were gathered we started off by spreading thin set on the floor. Place your tile underlayment board on top and don’t forget to screw it down.

Let me be 100% honest. This was the hardest part. I was so glad to get it installed and to be done with it. Let the thin set dry over night.

Once your thin set is dry you can start laying your Wayfair tile.

The first and most important step before getting started is find the center of your floor. Once you do, use your chalk line and snap 2 lines.  This will be your main grid line to keep your tile square and straight.

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We were worker bee’s and did the whole floor in one day. As you can tell by the lighting we worked into the late hours of the night.

I used old buckets to mix our thin set. Just keeping it classy.

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Once we finished laying the Wayfair tile we let it set over night. Depending on the type of thin set you use will depend on how long you need to wait.

Clean off any loose or big mortar from your tile before grouting.  Grout is available in a variety of colors. I choose bright white to match the Wayfair tile.

. I didn’t any contrast. Use your rubber float to spread the grout across the tiles at an angle. Using a large sponge clean and wipe away any excess grout.

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I waited another 24 hours to let the grout set before I walked on the floor. Trust me, I needed that 24 hours to re-coop.

You guys, it’s complete and I couldn’t be happier.

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Now the fun part of touch ups, installing new base boards and decorating begins.

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Stay tuned for phase three, the final reveal !!!

  • April 5, 2016 - 9:46 am

    Renee Johnson - OMG this is stunning!! The floors completely change the feel of the room. You’re a pro!ReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2016 - 10:40 am

    laurie magpie ethel - I am VERY impressed with your handyman skills. That bathroom is looking amazing…really truly!ReplyCancel

    • April 5, 2016 - 3:06 pm

      amandarydell@gmail.com - Thanks Laurie , xoReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2016 - 6:36 pm

    Laura in Sacto - Beautiful! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • April 7, 2016 - 2:56 pm

    Lauren Travis - I need that paint in my life! Please share the color!ReplyCancel

    • April 7, 2016 - 2:59 pm

      amandarydell@gmail.com - The paint color is stated in phase one post !!!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2016 - 2:03 pm

    the chubby dove - looks awesome! thanks for the great tutorials. i’m curious about how your painted countertops are holding up…
    xoReplyCancel

    • April 20, 2016 - 12:43 pm

      amandarydell@gmail.com - Hi,
      they are doing great!!!!
      I am so happy I got brave and tried it.
      xo AmandaReplyCancel

So it turns remodeling a bathroom is way harder then I ever imagined. It’s a slow process, you know measuring twice cutting once. I am just about done and can’t wait to show you soon !!!!

In the last couple weeks I have seen the hardware store more then Target.  I made sure to fix that with a quick trip a few days ago. It’s always so fun seeing all the new products in the changing of the seasons. I found the cutest mini party hats and of course I had to have Emma test them out. With all the hard work being done in the bathroom a mini party was in order.

I know posts have been inconsistent lately.   I have some fun DIY projects I can’t want to share with you and a couple big  announcements in the month to come.

Thanks for following along on this crazy creative journey with me.  Even when things are a little quiet.

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