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Pinwheel Flower Tutorial (Easy DIY!)

If you happened to see my post on my daughter’s room reveal, you might remember these pinwheel flowers I have hanging on her wall.

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I actually made these for her 3rd birthday party (she’s 6 now!) as a decoration but I loved them so much I used them in her room. What I love so much about them is that they fit in her room now just as well as they did when she was 3.

I thought I would share the super simple tutorial on how I made these.

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Start by choosing you paper. You could do any type really, from wrapping paper to scrapbook paper. I used scrapbook paper because it’s nice and thick and already comes in a square shape. Get two squares of equal size.

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Start by folding the end over of one of your pieces. My folds are about an inch wide but it’s up to you.

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Flip it over and fold again like an accordion. Just follow the same size as your original fold.

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Repeat until you have the whole paper folded and then do the same thing with your other sheet.

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Next, fold both of your accordions in half. Take the two end that meet and either glue (hot glue, glue stick) or staple them together.

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Repeat with the other accordion

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Now ‘fan’ open your papers and align one end from each paper together. Staple or glue.

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Bring the other two ends together and fix those together as well.

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Voila!

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You’re done! If you want to add an embellishment to the center the sky is the limit. I’ve used other pieces of scrapbook paper, buttons, flowers, pins…a great place to shop is the clearance bin of any craft store. I used hot glue to fasten it.

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 You’ll notice I did all different sizes too.

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I happen to love the itty bitty ones

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To hang them, I used skinny, long nails. But you could also use wall hanging putty.

Have fun! Let me know how it goes…

 

 

Girl’s Room Reveal (& How She Keeps It Clean)

A few weeks back I posted my Boys’ Room Reveal and also talked about how it was just the beginning of decluttering and simplifying our home. Perhaps the room that needed it the most, was my sweet girl’s room. It was always a mess.

So we went through her toys and chose a bunch to donate. Didn’t work.

We would give her goals if she could keep her room clean then she would get something special. Didn’t work.

We tried every night to pick stuff up before bedtime. Still. Didn’t. Work.

That room wasn’t just getting the best of her, it was getting the best of me too. I couldn’t seem to figure it out? It felt like there was hardly any stuff in there and yet…ugh.

So I went drastic.

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When we switched the kids’ rooms, I moved her out. I literally moved everything of hers into the garage. EVERY, single thing.

Think about it, the last time you moved…how much ‘stuff’ did you get rid of? How much easier was it for you to figure out what you really need and love? If you’re dealing with a room that overwhelms you, move out, then move back in.

Next I went in and painted the walls of her new room. I shampooed the carpets – it was spotless. Then I ever so carefully chose what to bring back in. I was brutal. Turns out, about half of her stuff didn’t make the cut which was crucial because her new room is much smaller. For instance, I had her choose between her Ikea spinning chair and the Barbie House (that she never played with).

You can see what won that battle.

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Her bed is simple where it used to be cluttered. We don’t use a top sheet because, well she doesn’t really need one! I bought an Ikea wardrobe and where ‘stuff’ used to sit on her vanity, now it’s behind closed doors. I also had fun adding a little personalization to her wardrobe. I reused the framed scrapbook paper that was in her old room. I also dismantled her old easel (which I’ve already repurposed a couple times) which took up a ton of space originally, cut the whiteboard to size and now it’s on her door.

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I replaced the boring handles with knobs I found at Hobby Lobby and they happened to be on sale. The rose garland that drapes down the side of her wardrobe also from Hobby Lobby, in the wedding section, also on sale.

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The toy basket that holds her few special stuffed animals and toys was $5.99 at Ross. The heart rug was a gift from her Auntie, originally from Target.

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I recycled the pinwheels and hanging hearts that were also in her old room.

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I kept the bookshelves on the back of the door from when it was the boys’ room. Now they hold her ‘ValueTales’ book series that were mine when I was a little girl (anyone else have these?).

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Despite the fact that this is a basement bedroom, the fact that I used a lot of white (walls/furniture) plus the fact that it’s uncluttered somehow makes it feel bright and cheery.

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I thought out every inch of her room. Some of the decorations were even from her nursery, such as the birds wall hanger.

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I actually wouldn’t even let her down to peek until I was all finished. She slept upstairs for a couple of days until I was ready for the big reveal.

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When I finally brought her down, she LOVED it!  I gave her a detailed tour and showed her that everything had a place. Her closet is completely organized, her vanity now holds stuff she uses and not just junk. And ya know what? She now takes pride in her room. It’s not overwhelming (to either one of us).

It’s funny how when I would go in her old room I thought I had decluttered as much as I could. Little did I know we still had a long way to go. Go figure, when you completely ‘move out’ and start from scratch – voila!!

It worked.

Wanna declutter a room in your house? I highly recommend moving out, and moving back in ‘lighter’.

 

 

 

 

 

How I Recovered My Outdoor Swing with a Canvas Paint Drop-cloth

The story begins with me needing a photography backdrop for taking head shots. I invested in a nice dark background but I wanted a light colored one as well so I could give my clients the option. I read somewhere to use a canvas paint drop-cloth from Home Depot and given its sweet price point of somewhere around $15-$30 (depending on your size needs) I figured I couldn’t lose. Turns out most people like the dark background so the drop-cloth pretty much stayed in my garage.

Fast forward to the beginning of this summer. I had high hopes to transform my backyard from the mish mash of random furniture to a place we could all really enjoy and love. Part of that plan involved my beloved outdoor swing that I had found on Craiglist a few years ago for $25. When we bought it the cover on it was torn and shredded in a few places but I was able to hide it with some toss pillows. Over the years, weather and lots of use made it so that even toss pillows couldn’t hide the damage.

But I still love it. I rock my babies on it.

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Make funny faces with my girl on it.

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I had to fix it so I could keep loving it!

I started fishing around the house and garage and when I came across the canvas drop-cloth I figured, why not?

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I only needed to recover the back and the awning of the swing (as the chair part had a cushion). So I draped the back first and promptly realized I had no idea how I would actually ‘fix’ it on there.  I finally came up with an idea and SWORE I would never tell how I did it because it was so, um…ghetto style painfully improvised.

But lo and behold, it totally worked and a few months later it’s still holding up. Can you guess?

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I used caulking! Yep. I caulked the heck out of it. Knowing that the back of the chair would never really be seen I was okay with the difference in colors of the original next to the new cover. You’ll be proud though because I did actually pin and sew the awning part like a trooper.

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I love the results and so far it has held up to the heat and rain (and loading it up with friends and cousins)

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I’m so happy that a canvas paint drop-cloth rescued my beloved swing!

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Have you used one for a different project? Do share!!

 

5 Innovative Ways To Display Your Photos

As a photographer I love to harp – print your photos. Print your photos. PRINT YOUR PHOTOS!

So maybe you’re saying okay okay! I printed them…now what?

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Here’s 5 innovative ways to display them:

1. An Oversized Framed Collage

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This is the home of LA based photographer Annie Mcelwain as displayed on Design For Mankind. I love how this is such a statement piece! Print off your Instagram photos, your favorites from your wedding or your everyday family pics. You could change them up each year too. Not enough wall space for something this grand? Check out this next idea.

2. A Bowl of Photo Cards

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I spotted this on Chic Critique Forum by Sandi Gentry. Pick a beautiful wide bowl and fill them with your photos printed on mat board. Keep it on a coffee table and wow, what a conversation piece. My kids would LOVE this too (you know how they love pictures of themselves!).

Are you looking for something a little more artistic?

3. Heart Collage

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Seen on Emma’s DesignBlogg, this one is made with polaroids but you could easily get the same effect with regular prints that have a white frame around them – almost any printer can do this for you.

Like this idea for a special occasion?

4. Birthday Collage

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How cool is this (Martha Stewart, no surprise!)? Regardless of the age, I can’t think of a decoration that would have more impact or invite more interest.

Are you more traditional?

5. Gallery Wall

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Young House Love never fails. I love how thoughtfully this gallery wall was put together. It makes you feel like every piece has sentimental value and was placed there with intention. Your wall can have a theme or none at all. The frames don’t all have to be the same color, mix it up!

So there you have it! 5 innovative ways to display your photos.

Do you have a display in your home you want to share? I’d love to see it!

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