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Ok, I guess technically these are “collar” clips, but I didn’t notice that until after I did everything, so just go with it.  Okay?!

Supplies:

Wooden Hearts

Pin Backs

Paint (I used this one)

Gloss Varnish

Chain

Jump Rings

E6000 

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Instructions:

1. Using masking tape, tape the backs of the wooden hearts to a paper plate.  (This is  the best and easiest way to paint them.)  Paint the hearts.  Once they dry, apply a varnish to secure the paint and stop it from bleeding onto your clothing.

2. Attach the pins to the back of the hearts using the E6000.  Let it dry 24 hours.

3. I chose to make my chain 5 inches long, but you can make yours as long or as short as you chose!  Using a wire cutter tool, cut the chain your desired amount, then using pliers, attach two jump rings to either end.

4.  Finally, I just put the pin through either end of the chain and secured it like I would normally do, and ta da!  You now have an adorable sweater clip set!

I love how customizable this DIY is. You can pick any color heart to match any outfit, or chose a completely different shape! Why not try a circle, or these gorgeous wooden roses?!

I was asked to make a few fairy dust necklaces for a little girl’s birthday party, so I figured I would do a quick update on the original, showing these brand new colors!  I will always be a fan of the original colors, but I’m also loving these fun bright colors for spring!

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Glitter from here.

Vials from here.

Brushed bronze screw eyes from here.

I dab a bit of super glue on the cork to make sure it stays, especially if little girls are going to be pulling at it!

(Can you believe each necklace is under $2?!)

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Final step is adding the chain and off these go to their new wish fulfilling homes!  What do you think of the new colors?

Welp, this is one of those situations where I thought I was being super clever only to find out this same idea has been floating around the interwebs and Pinterest for quite some time!  Oh well!  I needed a paintbrush holder and I thought there was something poetic about using paint. :)   I got the mason jar from JoAnn’s for $1.99 and used acrylic enamel paint.  It took a good 24-48 hours for the jar to dry, which I definitely didn’t anticipate, but that’s okay!

To get the even finish, I poured a bit of paint into the bottom of the jar and just moved it around until it covered the entire glass.  Then I turned the jar over on a piece of wax paper, and let the paint drip down and dry.  Now I have a pretty jar for my paintbrushes!

P.S. Please don’t drink from this glass, since the paint is inside.  It is strictly for decorative purposes.  Thanks!

I absolutely love anything mushroom or gnome related, and I was in a crafting mood, so I decided to make a fun little mushroom ring!  Like all the other DIYs, this is super customizable, so make it your own!  If you do end up making a mushroom ring, let me know, it always makes my day!

DIY Mushroom Ring 

Materials:

Ring Base

Red Dome Cabochon

White Paint Pen

E6000

Directions:

1.  Put a little piece of masking tape on the bottom of the cabochon (so it doesn’t move).  Using the paint pen, draw little circles on the top.

2.  Take a dab of E6000 and attach the ring base to the cabochon.  Apply pressure for about 5 minutes.

3.  Let it dry for about 24 hours.

(I was going to take a picture of it on my hand, but my nails are so short, that I was a little embarrassed)

Enjoy!

So, I have a horrible addiction to that front part of Target with the dollar items (I know you know exactly what I’m talking about!).  I never need anything there, but I always manage to buy something.  Well, on one trip, the gentleman showed me this adorable letter “A” that I’ve seen at craft stores, and I knew I had to do something with it (plus, it was only $1)!

Anyway, I have an addiction to attempting to make things that look like they would be sold in Anthropologie.  I adore that store, but I don’t always adore the prices.  So, for about $1.25, I made a cute little decor item that could easily be sold for $12+!

 

Materials:

Cardboard Letter (mine was from Target, but I believe craft stores carry them as well)

Old Map (I always pick these up at estate sales)

Mod Podge

X-acto Knife

 

Directions:

1. On the back of the map, trace the outline of your letter.

2. Cut out the traced map with an X-acto knife.

3.  Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the cardboard, and the back of the map. Place the map on the cardboard and let it dry for about 20 minutes.

4.  Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the front of the map.  Let it dry.

5.  You’re done!   Of course this is an extremely customizable project, so hopefully I gave you a few ideas!

 

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I am and always will be a kid at heart.  I still adore anything related to princesses or Disney.  I will, on any random evening, watch a Disney movie while drinking Yoo-hoo!

But I digress…

If you have been a reader for a while, you know I used to run a handmade jewelry Etsy shop (and still have a few items available if you are interested). Since redirecting my energy towards Gallymogger, I find myself still wanting to create fun and whimsical jewelry every once in a while.

On that note, let me present my latest silly creation…the fairy dust necklace!

Here is what you will need:

small glass vial (I found mine here)

glitter

eye hook

necklace chain

jump ring (if necessary)

Directions:

1.  Create a funnel with a piece of paper and pour glitter in the vial about 3/4 full.

2.  Screw the eye hook into the cork

3. Cork the bottle (add a dab of heavy-duty glue if you are inclined)

4. Either thread the necklace chain, or use pliers to open the jump ring and connect the necklace that way.

5. Make a wish and get ready to look adorable!

All in all this is a very inexpensive project that makes a great looking gift!

UPDATE: Click on over for all new colors perfect for spring and summer!

 

Sometimes I enjoy walking around the mall.  I rarely ever buy anything (unless Anthropologie has a sale), but Atlanta is really hot and the mall is air-conditioned, and there is coffee…

…anyway I was browsing the home department at Macy’s and saw these adorable glitter pom pom cupcake toppers from Martha Stewart, and decided that I must make my own.  I’ve been searching all over the vast internets to find a picture so you can see how similar they look, but alas I have come up empty handed.

I picked up two packs of glitter pom poms from Michael’s and just twisted some toothpicks into them, and voila!  These look almost Seussian in silliness, and I am not a very good icing piper, however, I still really love the way they turned out!

I’m definitely going to have to recreate these for Christmas and New Years!

Bonus:

I used a box of Funfetti cake mix (it was on super sale…sue me), but I made the icing from scratch.  I want to share the recipe because the gentleman informed me that this was the best icing he had ever had, and that made me very happy!

Homemade Buttercream Icing

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter (softened, but try to keep it out and organically soften instead of microwaving it)

3-4 cups powdered sugar (now, you are supposed to sift it, but I am too impatient and never do.  I’ve never had an issue though)

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbs vanilla extract (make your own here!)

up to 4 tbs milk or heavy cream (i usually use half&half since I always have some on hand)

Directions:

1.  In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat butter for a few minutes on medium speed.

2.  Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn mixer on the lowest speed, or else you will have a very difficult clean-up ahead of you.

3.  Return the mixer speed to medium and add the vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tbs of the milk/cream.  Beat for 3 minutes.

4.  Now you need to decide if your frosting needs a stiffer consistency (add the remaining powdered sugar), or thinned out (add the additional milk, 1 tbs at a time).

5.  I always use Wilton food color gels when I make icing because, let’s face it, colored icing is super fun.  So, if you would like, add a bit of food coloring and mix on slow until combined!

Sometimes I just get the itch to make something, but I only have an hour or so.  Today was one of those days.  The gentleman got me this ink pad for the holidays, and I really haven’t put it to good use.  Plus, I have a pile of black frames that have been sitting in my office for months desperate to be filled.  There you go!

I really love this little project since it’s perfect for children as well, and surprisingly pretty when framed!

Supplies:

erasers

colored ink pad

paper

Directions:

None!  Just be creative!  (do make sure the ink has dried before you overlay dots, etc.)

Here’s a little tip when it comes to cleanup: use Windex, and the ink wipes right off!  SO easy!

P.S. If you end up cleaning the glass of your frames like I did, make sure you don’t slice your finger.  It hurts!

P.P.S. This is what happens when you have your camera ready and a cute kitty napping:

Yes…you read correctly, I’m going to show you how to make your own glitter nail polish!  As you probably know, I am a HUGE fan of nail polish.  I paint my nails 4-5 times a week.  So, instead of spending tons of money on glitter polish, I wanted to see if it would be easy to make my own, and it was!

I chose to do a blue glitter since that is what I seemed to be lacking.  I’m also going to give yellow a try soon, and I’ll blog about that one as well!

Here is the end result:

Supplies:

1 bottle of clear nail polish (I used NYC clear topcoat)

glitter (any kind you like!) I like to use very fine glitter with some chunkier glitter mixed in.  I have a ton of glitter I purchased using coupons at Michael’s.  I refuse to buy any crafts if I don’t have a coupon, so I got this glitter (along with about 12 other colors) for pretty cheap.

You can also use a few drops of color with your glitter to give it a more opaque look.  I chose to use Ulta’s Bam-Blue-Zled.

..and i just have to show you how pretty the glitter is via insane mega close-up!

Disclaimer: I want to say as a recent nail biter, I apologize for the lack of beautiful nails you are about to see.

STEP 1:

Take a half full bottle of clear nail polish and if you like, tint it with a few drops of your colored nail polish.

STEP 2:

Using a creased paper, pour your glitter into the clear polish until the bottle is about 3/4 full.  This was the hardest part for me due to the large quantity of coffee I had in my system which resulted in very shaky hands.  So, don’t drink coffee right before doing this or you will make a mess.  Lesson learned.

STEP 3:

Give it a good shake!  In fact, next time, I might even try and buy some small metal beads or balls and drop 1 or 2 in the bottle.  It was quite a work out getting the glitter to mix!

The best part about this craft is how quick and customizable it is!  It took about 10 minutes, and my brain kept coming up with crazy color combinations!

There you go!  I hope you enjoyed this little DIY, and I would love to know if you end up making some!

First I want to start off by saying if you don’t already have a heart punch, I seriously suggest investing in one  right now.  This is my absolute favorite punch. I am slightly obsessed with craft punches, and besides a circle, I find I use the heart one quite a bit!

Ok, off the soapbox and on to a fun little project! I’m all about small gestures and little things.  Seriously, the smallest things make me so happy.  So, for Valentine’s day, I made this little heart garland.  Each number corresponds with an hour of the day, and on the back I wrote either a sweet note or a little coupon like, “free dinner of your choice” or “no cleaning for a whole week”!

 

This is such a simple project.  All you need are:

Some card stock (I used leftover pink glitter)

Crochet string

Needle

Pompoms (optional)

Heart Punch

 

(sorry for the messy mantle, we need the wire for the surround sound speakers)

Directions:

1.  Punch or cut out your hearts

2. Write whatever you like on them

3.  String using the needle

4. Done!

 

See how easy?!  It almost feels silly to write directions!  Plus, you can just sit in front of a movie and knock this out in no time!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and week!  If you are doing anything special for V Day, let me know!