Mini Cork Triangles

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Happy Friday! The weekend is almost here and to get you started here is a great easy and quick DIY.

I whipped up a couple of mini triangles out of cork. These are cool because they provide a little decor for you desk that is also functional. This project is so easy, just take a look!

All you need:Β 

  • a piece of cork tile from the dollar store
  • Acrylic paint ( I used Americana from DecoArt)
  • An utility knife
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • painter’s tape
  • Dimensional Design Adhesive paint from E6000 (optional)Β 

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First thing you’re gonna do is cut out some triangles out of your corkboard tile. You can make them any size you want.

I used a ruler and a pencil to draw my triangle.

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Next, you use your utility knife to cut out your triangle. Make sure you cut on a mat or a surface that you won’t care about wrecking.

I used the ruler to guide the knife to cut a straight line.

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Once you have your triangle cut out, use it as a template to cut out three more triangles.

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I used this product to glue my triangles together. It’s an adhesive paint from E6000. It’s a gorgeous bronze/copper colour.

I like this because it’s more like a paint and I didn’t want glue showing on the edges of the cork.

If you don’t have this, you could just use a hot glue gun.

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Glue the pieces of triangle together to create a pyramid.

My adhesive paint looked like this.

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I let it set for a bit and then I used a paint brush to brush the adhesive paint into the cracks for a more streamline look.

The adhesive paint takes about 5 hours to dry.

Once it had dried I used painter’s tape and painted my triangles.

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This is where you can get creative and paint your triangles however you like πŸ™‚

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Let them dry, remove the tape and then set them on your desk! It’s that easy!

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If you like this idea, make sure you Pin It!

Here is an image you can pin to your favorite boards!

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Dollar Store Makeover β€” Fall Centerpiece

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Hey, hey, everybody! How has your week been? It’s Wednesday so that means we’re halfway to the weekend! πŸ˜€ Yippee!

To break up your week, I have a great little fall DIY that you can do! It doesn’t cost very much and people will think that you spent big bucks on your fall display!

So, let’s get right into it!

First, take a look at my haul from Dollar Tree…

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All this came toΒ  about $29! Crazy, right?

But the trick now is to make your dollar store finds look like they didn’t come from the dollar store.

I went totally out of my comfort zone and decided to ditch the traditional fall colours and go for a pastel theme β€” at least for my fall entry way table.

In order to do this, I needed paint! I picked up these fab little paint from DecoArt. Sometimes, you can even get these little paints at the dollar store, too! They may not have all the colours though. If you want the more pastel colours you may have to go to the craft store.

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The colours I used were:

  • Light Lime
  • Cashmere Beige
  • Antique White
  • Haven Blue
  • White Peach
  • Bleached Sand
  • Buttermilk

I started with the three larger faux pumpkins that I picked up from Dollar Tree. There is no rhyme or reason to which colours I chose, I just picked what I liked.

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Hot tip! When painting things like this, pick up a foam block or ring from Dollar Tree to stick your items into while the paint is drying

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Next, I started painting the little gourds.

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Once the first coats of paint were dry, I went over them with some Buttermilk. I just used a dry brushing technique. I didn’t want them to look like they were just flat painted.

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I also had to do something about the awful faux green stem. I painted the stems with French Grey Blue, just for a bit of a contrasting look without being overwhelming.

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Once, they had all dried, I found a nice basket that I had kicking around and put them on display.

Take a look!

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I also made this cute little sign out of some scrap wood that I had. Super easy to do! I am thinking that I will do a tutorial for this on my YouTube channel, so make sure you click here to subscribe so you don’t miss it!Β 

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If you love this little DIY, make sure you pin this image to your DIY boards so you have it when you need it!

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ALSO…. Have you guys checked out my newest series on YouTube!? Episode #1 is up now! Check it out now!

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My Bathroom Vanity Makeover

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Hey, friends! So this past weekend was a HOT one! And here I thought it was supposed to be fall β€” oh, well. At least I got to get outside and do something that I have been dying to do for a long time!

I was able to paint my bathroom vanity this weekend!

Check out this builder basic bathroom vanity

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I picked the gorgeous shade from Country Chic Paint called Sunday Tea.

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I also used Hemp Oil as a sealer, but we’ll get more into that later.

Before painting my vanity, I took everything off that could come off.

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It’s much easier to paint furniture when you take it apart.

I took the cabinet doors and drawers outside to paint them, since it was such a lovely day.

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I did two coats of paint.

I let the paint dry for a couple of hours and then I applied a layer of Hemp Oil.

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This stuff is fantastic! I love the smell and it provides a nice smooth finish over the paint.

It’s all natural and all you have to do is brush it on your piece andΒ allow to dry for 12 hours, then use a lint-free cloth to remove any excess oil.

Before we get to the reveal pics, take a look at what I did for drawer pulls.

I found these guys by the side of the road. Someone had tossed them out in a bag on garbage day.

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They needed a modern makeover, though β€” I gave them a blast of paint with some RustoleumΒ PAINTER’S TOUCH Ultra Cover Paint in Flat Black.

I also shared a neat little tip through video on my Facebook page, click here to check that out!

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Then all that was left was to put everything back together!

And voila….

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A lot better, right?

If you have a bathroom vanity in your home that could use a little TLC, I would check out the gorgeous colours from Country Chic Paint!

If you love this makeover, be sure and pin it to your Pinterest boards!

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Fall Pom Pom Blanket

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I was out on the hunt the other day for a beautiful fall throw. Spoiler β€” my hunt came up short.

I was shocked and blown away at some of the prices on these blankets. $75 for a throw for my front porch!? I don’t think so. Nope, the cheapness in me just wouldn’t have it.

The following day, I took my hunt to Fabricland β€” right to the back of the store. Ah, the clearance section. My favorite.

Back in the clearance section I was able to find some plaid fleece that was on sale for $10 a meter. I had them cut me a meter and half. So in total $15.

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Now, you may not know this about me but I am not much of a seamstress. I don’t mind sewing, it’s not my favorite and I am not the greatest at it. I can do it but it’s not anything I would be comfortable showing off.

So I wanted a quick and easy no-sew throw option. I consider just throwing this fabric over my rocking chair and calling it a day, but I decided it needed just something a little extra special.

I found some yarn that I had been stashing away.

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Matches so well!

I decided to make some pom poms for the edges of the blankets.

Here is a great little hack to remember so that you can make a whole bunch of pom poms at once.

Start by finding a small table or bench with four legs. I used my piano bench.

Flip it upside down and then start by tying your yarn around one of the legs of the bench.

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Then, start wrapping your yarn all around two legs, like so…

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When you feel like you have enough yarn, cut it and then tie it off on one of the other pieces of yarn at the leg.

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I wanted my pom poms to be big and fluffy, plus different colours, so I added an other colour of yarn over top.

Same thing, tie your yarn around one leg and then start wrapping.

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***Note: The more yarn the bigger and fluffier your pom poms will be.

Next, I grabbed some crafting wire. This is just standard thin wire used for making wreaths.

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I am using wire for this next step because this will help make your pom poms indestructible!! You could also use string for this part instead. I would stay away from yarn, though. You have to pull really tight and the yarn has a tendency to break.

Time to make some sausage links!! That’s what I call it, anyway lol

I started a close as I could get to the leg of the bench and wrapped the wire very tightly around the yarn.

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Then just work your way down to the other leg. I left about a 2-3 inch space between every wire.

Gently pull it off the legs of the bench and this is what you should have.

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See what I mean about sausage links?

Now, you’re going to cut in-between the wires.

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It’s much easier if you slide the scissors in-between the yarn and cut a little bit at a time.

Once you have them all cut, they look like this. You can trim them up so that they are more uniform and also trim the wire that dangles down.

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Next, I attached the pom poms to my “blanket” or rather my piece of fleece material that I had cut at the fabric store.

To do this, I thread a piece of yarn through and underneath the wire in the middle of the pom pom and then tied it tight around the wire.

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Side note— a neat little hack for threading yarn through the eye of a needle without it splitting?

Use a piece of plastic tape!

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Back to the project at hand, after you have tied your piece of yarn to your pom pom, keep the yarn threaded through the needle and then just push the needle through the corner of your fleece and then tie it in a knot.

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That’s it! Pretty easy, right!?

I added pom poms on the four corners and then the middle of each side.

So, what do you think about this easy DIY throw?

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If you like this, make sure you pin it to your Fall DIY board!

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Sheriff Callie’s Wild West Birthday Party

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Well, if you saw my post on Facebook, you’ve no doubt already seen that we had quite the birthday party in our family yesterday!

It was my niece’s 3rd birthday and my sister threw quite the party! My niece, Audrey is a lover of all things animals and she just loves the show Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, so my sister (the amazing mom that she is) spent months creating a pop up wild west town out of giant cardboard boxes.

This town looked like it was right from the cartoon show itself!

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This DIY town was made large enough for the kids to actually go inside and play.

But first things, first β€” when you walked into the party, you had to pass through the Saloon doors.

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Toby, was there to greet you β€” the kind-hearted cactus that he is.

Upon arriving all the children were given their own bandanna and a sheriff badge.

This is my little nephew Logan, rocking his sheriff badge and bandanna.

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My sister made sure that her entire backyard looked like something straight out of the show, too. She had made cardboard cactus to display everywhere.

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There was a lasso station

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But let’s get to the pop up town because this was seriously so cool!

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^^^^That’s the birthday girl herself and her partner in crime, Lucy. Lucy is my sister’s lovable St. Bernard.

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My little guy got busted!

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The party snacks were also done up in the party theme. My sister made up adorable cards for each snack.

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Even the games fit with the theme. The kids got to pan for “gold” in the sandbox.

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And of course, no wild west birthday party would be complete without a pony ride.

Here’s the birthday girl!

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This party was a huge success!! The best part? It looks like it would have cost a fortune, but when you DIY most of the decorations you save a lot of money!

With a little creativity and imagination, you can make your kid’s birthday party spectacular!

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If you have a child that loves Sheriff Callie, make sure you pin these ideas so you can use them for their next party!

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DIY Fall Crate

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Well it’s that time again! Fall is pretty well here! Today it didn’t feel like it, though β€” on account of the fact that is was 30 degrees. That didn’t stop me from decking out my front porch, though!

Before we get into the fancy pictures, take a look at the DIY Fall Crate that I made. OK, so I didn’t actually make the crate β€” I bought it at Home Depot BUT I did turn it into something pretty special.

It’s not hard to create something beautiful when you are working with amazing paint! For this DIY I used paint from The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company.

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The colours that I chose were Driftwood and Snow White. The great thing about this paint is that you can mix different colours together to create your own custom colours.

Before we get into the painting, here are the materials that I used for this project.

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Like I said earlier, I picked up a crate from Home Depot. These crates are great because they are ready to go. This large one was around $10.

I also picked up some caster wheels and some corner brackets β€” you’ll see why later.

First things first, I painted the crate. I started by mixing up some of the Driftwood shade, but before painting, I added a bit of the Snow White to it. Just a tiny bit.

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I let that first coat dry and then mixed up some of the Snow White. If you have never worked with OFMP before, don’t worry β€” it’s super easy! You just use a one-to-one ratio of the powder and water. If you want to use if like a stain or a wash, just add more water.

I wanted to just dry brush on the Snow White to make my paint look more rustic.

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Since it was so hot out, my paint dried really fast.

Next, I wanted to add a chic/industrial feel to my crate so I added the corner brackets on front corners.

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I wanted to raise the crate up a bit so that it wouldn’t sit right on the porch, I also wanted to make it easier to move it around so I added some cast wheels to the bottom.

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I also picked up this adorable little chalkboard from the dollar store.

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Some people complain that the stuff from the dollar store is cheap and doesn’t last but I like to use that to my benefit! I was able to rip the easel portion off this chalkboard with ease!

I painted the frame and then attached it to the front of my crate with some twine.

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Alright, so are you ready to see my front porch!!??

Pop a couple mums in this baby and she’s ready to go!

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I also made this blanket today! It only cost me $15!! I will be posting this tutorial tomorrow! It’s super easy!

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If you guys like this DIY, make sure you save it to your fall Pinterest boards… I know you have one!! πŸ˜‰

 

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The Sorry Girls Milli Meetup

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Hey, friends! The summer really got away with me but now that it’s back to school, I am hoping that things will slow down a bit!

I have a great post to share with you today. This is not a DIY, but something really cool and an amazing experience that I got to be a part of!

A couple of weeks ago I headed down to T.O to the milli meetup with The Sorry Girls.

I have been following these very talented ladies for quite sometime. I love their DIYs because they are fresh, original and totally cool! These ladies do so much more than just DIY, though. They are funny, engaging and really make you want to get up and DIY.

Kelsey and Becky, recently reached 1 million followers on YouTube so they held a milli meetup in the YouTube space in downtown Toronto.

My mother and I went down to celebrate with them and it was so much fun!

Here are some pics from the event that I wanted to share with you.

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The Sorry Girls had a draw to win this beautiful table that they made β€” sadly, I did not win πŸ™Β 

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My mom and IΒ 

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Meeting The Sorry Girls

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These two were so nice and it was such a pleasure to meet them!Β 

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At the end of the night, there were presented with the Gold Play Button Award

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This thing was seriously cool! Makes me think I need to start putting a few more videos onto my YouTube channel πŸ˜‰Β 

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Overall, it was a fabulous night β€” we even got to make little succulents to take home! I got the girls to sign mine πŸ˜€

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Did I mention that the appetizers and desserts were delish!?

If you haven’t heard of The Sorry Girls before, you have to check them out! They are fantastic!

Here are some links to their pages!

YouTube –Β https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSorryGirls
Facebook –Β https://www.facebook.com/TheSorryGirls/
Website – Β http://www.thesorrygirls.com/

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