I love the look of a simple bar cart. They are so versatile and can be easily decorated and utilized for a variety of different occasions. Here is one that I have been eyeing:
Libations Bar Cart $599.00-from Crate & Barrel so obvi that is where that price tag came from.
Threshold Wood and Brass Finish Bar Cart $129.99 from Target-an excellent alternative and a prettier price!
Looking for a little DIY project? Try this cart from Ikea. At $24.99 you can go spray paint and accessorie crazy and make it your own unique mini bar cart!
 
With Finnleys arrival right around the corner I thought it was appropriate to get my wonderful hubby/daddy-to-be something for fathers day. Let craft time commence!

The project: to make a "daddy go bag" for the hospital.

I made the gift bag with a bunch of craft supplies that I have collected over the years (mostly from Target I think).

This card has the explanation for each item in the bag. I tried to keep things funny, but I did put some serious thought into my choices. Promise.

The finished product!

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12/19/2011

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I have been trying to think of a way to display the Christmas cards that we receive in the mail.  In our old home I was able to put them around the chair rail in the kitchen.  That's not an option in our new home.  So, I came up with a little somethin' somethin'.

You need some type of string, clothespins, removable wall hooks, scissors, and decorative stickers (I found mine in the scrapbook section at Target).
I figured out how I wanted to lay out my hooks so that my jute could hang nicely with the cards attached.  I wrapped the jute around them to secure them and then used the stickers to cover the hooks.  I also used some stickers on a few clothespins.  After that, you hang up your holiday cards!
I strung mine going down our stairs.
I love how it turned out and it adds a little more holiday cheer to our home!
 
I decided I was sick of my dining room table decorations and that it was time to switch it up for the fall.  Here is what I decided to do:
I have to keep it minimalistic because this is where we eat everyday and I don't want to have to move everything all time. 
For the candles I took two of the vases that had held my wedding flower arrangements and I filled them about a 1/2 inch with dried green peas (a bag of peas was $1 at Target).  I put the candle in the center (each candle was  $4) and then I filled up to my desired height with more peas.
I had this glass bowl already and I had previously purchased the glass balls from the Christmas Tree Shoppe (they have our initials on them).  I just added some pine cones to the mix (pine cone vase filler $4.84 at Target).  I also already had the burlap table runner, I bought it from Target a while ago, but they still have them there.

It turned out to be a very simple, functional, and festive table top!  And it was only about $15 since I had most of the supplies already.  I have already decided for my Christmas decorations I am going all out, so keep and eye out for that post once Thanksgiving passes!
 
What?  Why would anyone want to decorate a bright yellow school bus?  I guess maybe if your fiancé booked one for your transportation to and from the church.  Just saying, if one were to have such a problem, then I have a project for you!  (I swear I’m not upset that I will be rollin’ out in a yellow school bus, I just want it to look classy).

Remember the banner from this post about my wedding inspirations?  I know it was only $31 with shipping, but I figured I could tackle this project myself and save some money too. 
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Here is what you need:

½ yard burlap fabric ($1.50), black fabric paint ($1.70), stencil brush ($1.00), stencils ($7.00), jute cord ($3.00), blood, sweat, and tears (priceless).

I decided to cut the pieces of fabric into rectangles instead of triangles.  Then it was as simple as holding the stencil over the fabric and blotting the paint on evenly.  Make sure to do this on a surface that can get dirty because the paint will bleed through the holes in the burlap.
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Next, I used the point of my scissors to poke small holes in the burlap and I threaded the jute cord through the holes.  I tied a knot on each side that I threaded through the fabric because I don’t want the pieces to shift when our (bright yellow) school bus tears away to the reception.
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Ta da!  Here is the final masterpiece!  And I saved 7 whole bucks!  Maybe I can put the money towards some sort of trolley or horse drawn carriage!  Just kidding, we all know that it is going to a new nail polish...
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This is a super simple project that can be used for so many different occasions.  There are a variety of different styles of stencils, colors of fabric paint, and even colors of burlap-just check out your local craft store.  You can make a banner as fancy or as fun as you want!
 
Who has 2 thumbs and is keeping her local craft stores in business?
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This girl!
But seriously, between wedding projects and house projects, I should buy stock in Michael's and AC Moore.  However, this could potentially be happy news for you, because I have an amazing DIY project to show!  It all started with a little pinterest action:
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I love the all white feel of the first sign, but I fell in love with the wording of the second sign.  So, I decided to mash them together!   This is what you need for the project:

White Canvas (pick the size that will best fit your letters), Wooden or Foam Letters, Craft Glue, Paintbrush, Primer (optional), High Gloss White Spray Paint

And here is what you do:

Step One-Arrange your letters on the canvas.  I tried it like seven different ways before I liked it enough to start measuring and gluing.  I also decided to spread it on to 2 canvases so that it didn't look too squished.  Good thing I bought the 5 pack of canvases.
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Step 2-Use a ruler and pencil to measure out lines to follow when gluing the letters on.  It was much easier to keep them straight.
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Step 3 (optional)-I decided to prime the dark brown letters before spray painting them.  I did this step in my workshop, aka on a trash bag, in the middle of my family room floor watching re-runs of the Real Housewives.
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Once the primer dried, I took them outside and spray painted with high gloss white to finish them.  It took 2 coats and I think I will still touch up some spots, but I really love how they came out.
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They sort of look crooked in the picture, but they aren't in person!  I hung them in my upstairs hallway.  They are the perfect fit since the neutral color doesn't create a claustrophobic feeling when walking down the hall!  Such a simple project that you could do a million different ways, it's totally worth trying!
 
I am a pinterest addict, and I saw this scarf on there that inspired me to try and make my own!
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I went to the fabric store with the intention of getting a navy jersey material and some lace.  However, I saw this fabric in the clearance section and I had to have it!  I got one yard.
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So, I just kind of made this up, but I'll tell you what I did.  It was very simple.  This fabric is a gorgeous, stretch jersey and it was very forgiving with any sewing mishaps.  The long and short of it is you sew the fabric into a tube, turn it right-side-out, close the seam, and sew the ends together.  But here are more details.

1. Take the piece of fabric and fold it in half with the good side on the inside.
2. Trim the open edges to the desire size that you want.  I didn't change the length that they gave me (because I wanted to double wrap it when wearing it), I cut the width to about 17 inches wide (once sewn it was about 16 inches wide).  I would recommend going a little narrower, maybe cutting to about 15 inches because my scarf turned out a little bulky.
3. Pin the open edges so they don't shift in the sewing machine.  Start on one corner and sew all the way around leaving just a little opening at the end to pull it right-side-out.  (If you have ever sewn a pillow it's the same concept).  The picture below shows the size of the opening I left.
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4. Pull the fabric right-side-out through the opening and carefully hand stitch the opening closed.
5. Line up your two edges so the tube makes a big oval and hand stitch them together as cleanly as possible.  This is the only rough seam, so it can be worn in the back of your neck, and depending on the fabric you use it might not be that noticeable anyway.
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And now prepare yourself for the best quality and flattering pictures to make it onto my little ol' blog thus far.  In my defense, my photographer/fiancé was already asleep and I had to show off my finished product!  You have been warned!
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Please excuse the crazy eyes and double chin.  If you squint a little when you look at it, it's not as bad!
I feel like the pictures are very disappointing-I swear it's really cute!  I will wear it in an outfit post, hopefully soon, so you can get a better idea of what it looks like.  It really did come out great, I will definitely be wearing it!  I will also be making more, but I will make them a little bit narrower.  So simple-and it would make a great gift!
 
We felt so lazy after this weekend that a nice impromptu take-out dinner was definitely needed.  We ordered pizza from our favorite local spot and opened a new bottle of wine that we wanted to try.
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The wine glasses are my favorite purchase of the weekend.  They are recycled glass wine tumblers from pottery barn ($39 for a set of 6).  Love them!  I also used my new chalkboard wine carafe for the first time!  They are on my new Etsy shop if you want to check them out!
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I was itching for a creative project the other day and I decided to spruce up some silver charger plates that I have.  I purchased these chargers from Target around the holidays.  The thought was they could go under my china dinner plates since they have a silver rim.  Unfortunately the chargers weren't very shiny and they don't match how dressy the china is.  I decided the take them out of storage and see what I could do with them. This is what I came up with.
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I took my leftover chalkboard paint (from the wine walls) and carefully painted the rims of the chargers.  I used a foam brush and it took 2 coats to get a streak free chalkboard effect.
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Now that they are fully dried I can experiment with fun ways to use them!  I think they are a cute way to liven up any party food display, or a unique way to make place settings at a dinner party!  I am really happy with the finished product!
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