Wednesday, August 31, 2011

modern tinkerbell

It's been a LONG time since I've done any of the Disney Fashion Inspiration posts. [If you want to view older posts, click here.] Today's post is dedicated to the saucy little fairy we know as Tinkerbell. I love Julia Roberts as Tink in Hook. I think she does a great job of personifying the character of Tinkerbell in a feisty, flirty, funny and compassionate way.

So, I've got a few different outfits for today's post. The first one is more of a Casual Modern take on Tink. Let me preface all of them by saying that it is hard to not go costume-y on this because her outfit is basically a green strapless dress, flats with pom poms and fairy wings. I don't have a lot to work with there. End preface. :)

modern tinkerbell

The next 2 outfits are very similiar. It combines separates to achieve that overall "green" look, but switching it up on the actual hue and accessories. I'll call this one Party Modern Tinkerbell.

modern tinkerbell

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

top 5 tuesday: apartment must haves

Top of the morning to ya! It's a beeeeyoutiful day here in the Carolinas. Hopefully, those of you who have had damage/problems associated with Hurricane Irene are on the road towards recovery.

As I get closer and closer towards my moving date, and as I get more serious about finding a place to live, I find myself coming up with a list of my apartment/house MUST-HAVES. These are the things that I most definitely will not compromise on when it comes to finding a place to live. I will be renting an apartment/townhome/house for the time being, so I know that I can't be too picky, however, a girl's gotta have some standards, you know...

Here are my top 5 apartment must-haves for today's Top 5 Tuesday post:

1. Air Conditioning. I don't think I would be shown places that wouldn't have air conditioning because, I mean, it's the the South, but still.

2. No Cats. If I end up going into a roommate living situation, I cannot live with someone who has a cat. I am highly allergic to cats and can't usually be in someone's house for long if they have them...let alone live with one.

3. Bathroom for One. I admit it that this one is somewhat of a luxury, but I'm a 26 year old grown up and I just do NOT want to share a bathroom with another person unless it was my husband. Is that so wrong? No, I don't want to share a bathroom with another adult even if they are as OCD about cleaning as I am. I just can't. I'm sorry.

4. Location. I'm not super picky on the location because my savvy street smarts will allow me to exist anywhere, (!!!) but I would like to be less than 30 minutes away from my new job. Luckily, Wilmington is pretty small so most places fall within this distance.

5. Amenities. And by "amenities", I mean Target. I need to be within 20 minutes from a Target and on this I will not compromise.

What are some of your must-haves in your living situation?

Monday, August 29, 2011

guest post: diy no-sew fabric baby mobile

[Happy Monday, y'all! I have a special guest post today from my good (real-life) friend, Meghan. She made the CUTEST fabric mobile for her sweet baby Charlotte. Oh, and did I mention she's hilarious and ridiculously good looking? Read on, and you can check out her new blog here.]

Hi! I am Meghan and I am not normally a crafty girl, but this week a pretty little craft kind of snuck up on me in stages. I shared part of it with my super stylish friend, April, and she asked me to show you how a hopeless geek, like myself, could come up with such a thing of beauty. She didn't say it exactly like that, but we've been friends a long time and I understood her heart.
So here, it goes! (Warning: This craft gets super ghetto fabulous as I scrounged about the house for things to use that I already had instead of taking 2 kids under 2 to the craft store.)
First I made roses out of the fabric scraps from the bedding my girl friend made for my daughter. To do that I cut fabric into an irregular circle and the cut that circle into an irregular spiral. then, starting at the outer edge, I pinched the bottom of the fabric and wound the spiral around and around until I had a rose.

 [April's note: You can use the tutorial HERE if you want to see the rosette making process in detail.] I glued the bottom piece to the base with my glue gun and it was done! I did that to 15 pieces of fabric.
Next I took 2 sturdy paper plates (told you it was ghetto fabulous), cut the inner circle out and glued the rims together. I then wrapped fabric all around the plates until they were completely covered and glued the fabric in place.

 I glued the roses around the top of the circle.

Then I attached 4 ribbons around the circle and added another rose to the top where they all met.
Next, I cut 3 small birds and 3 large birds out of fabric (on both sides, so actually 6 birds of each size) and 15 leaves. I attached the birds and leaves to 6 hanging pieces of ribbon with (how else?) my glue gun and - voila! It was my best shot at being Martha Stewart. (She probably just a puked in her mouth somewhere and has no idea why.)

 The birds weren't very firm, so I cut their form out of the sturdy paper plates (super sturdy, compostable kind) and glued that in between the 2 pieces of fabric.

I like the way it turned out but if you can sew- please do! I think it would be even more spectacular with thread! :)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

operation Wilmington

So, in case you missed the news in yesterday's post, I am moving to Wilmington, NC in 2 weeks!!

I'm so very excited and I cannot WAIT to get there. However, I have many, MANY things to do in the next 2 weeks. I'd love to make my move interactive with my blog readers, so I'll be posting updates on my moving status in the next couple of weeks and marking off my to-do list.

I'd love for you to join with me (virtually) as I prepare make this crazy move and then tune in for a special instaFriday edition (in a few weeks) for a play-by-play.

For now, here's my to-do list. Any advice? Ideas? Hook ups in Wilmington? Give me a shout-out.

Thanks friends!

-Notify landlord
-Give away extra houseplants
-Purge food in fridge and pantry
-Have a yard sale for all my extra house stuff that I won't need
-Find a place to live
-Find a place to stay (temporarily...until I find a place to live)
-Purchase temporary health insurance plan
-Give away or store large furniture (other than room furniture) if it's not needed at new place
-Pack all of the stuff I'm taking
-Pack clothes/toiletries/shoes that I'll take if I stay at temporary location

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

inspiration workshop: favorite color

If you ask me what my favorite color is, depending on the day, it will differ between blue and green. I've long been torn as to which of those colors I prefer over the other because I love shades of both of them.

When I read that the prompt for this week's Inspiration Workshop was my FAVORITE COLOR, I knew I was going to have to choose one. Or was I? All I needed to do was take a glimpse at my bedroom and realize how I (unconsciously??) blended my two favorite colors into 1 mega-favorite-color...AQUA.

Oh, how I love this pairing of just the right amount of blue and green. And to think that it was right under my nose the whole time! Aqua goes great with any color. In this case, I've paired it with violet but I love it with chocolate brown, teal, navy blue, yellow or even peach.

It's so peaceful and calm to me. Aqua makes me think of the ocean and of clear, sparkling sea water in the Tropics. There's even the color aqua in these photos of the beach that I've had in my bedroom for years.

I never realized how much aqua I have. Now, I'll know for sure what my favorite color is when someone asks me, because I'll say it's aqua: the perfect combination of blue, green and serene. :)

Linking up with Gussy's Inspiration Workshop again this week.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

swamp people

Y'all, I must confess how much I love the tv show Swamp People on the History Channel. I seriously love watching it. Also, is it normal that I don't need to read the subtitles that they put on the show? I can understand them just fi-ine. Troy (Choot 'em) reminds me a lot of my dad and Junior reminds me of my Uncle Lloyd.

So I got to thinking if I had the chance to go out on the boat 'gator hunting with these people, what would I wear? Well, probably something like this:

swamp people

Now, let me just be honest for a minute. I probably wouldn't ACTUALLY go alligator hunting. I'm not sure I'd ever go hunting for anything... except maybe 70% off shoes. But, I wouldn't mind going on a Bayou Boat trip someday. Maybe this outfit will work for that too. I think I'd blend in pretty well, don't you?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

top 5 tuesday: songs that reminisce

I love music. I listen to many artists and genres across the spectrum of music and have quite an eclectic taste in it.

There are a few songs, however, that no matter when and where I hear them, they remind me of a time, place, event or person. They take me back to that initial moment when I heard the song.

So, for today's Top 5 Tuesday, I'm sharing the top 5 songs that cause me to reminisce.

1. "Canned Heat" by Jamiroquai. Curse you, Napoleon Dynamite. I'll never be able to listen to this song again without picturing that amazing talent show dance sequence in my head.

2. "Waterfalls" by TLC. This one takes me straight back to elementary school. Fifth grade to be specific. I remember learning (and performing) the rap part with my friends. Yes, my dear blog readers, I RAPPED it. [shudder]

3. "Mama Mia" by Abba. I used to work at a ladies (circuit training) gym. We had a few CDs that were on repeat throughout the day. This soundtrack was one of them. I can't bear to listen to any of these songs anymore, nor will I watch the movie. Just imagine 8 hours of non-stop Abba. Ugh. [NOTE: I'm not even willing to go to youtube to find a clip of the song to reference it. I hate it that much.]

4. "Consuming Fire" by Third Day. Ah, yes. I used to sing in a band that did this song quite frequently. I still have a soft place in my heart for it.

5. "Time of Your Life" by GreenDay. On the last day of school during my junior year of high school, my English teacher sang this song (a capella) to our class. I was torn between shock that he had the guts to sing it in front of mean and rude teenagers (and he had a good voice too!) and sadness because I realized I was growing up really, really fast.

What about you? Are there any songs that do it for you too? Perhaps something reminds you of your high school graduation or your first crush or even the birth of your children?

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 22, 2011

what's your style?

Have any of you ever taken a home decorating style quiz? I've taken a bunch of them over the years and sometimes, I get unusual results. Mostly, though, they seem to all be in the same vein. I think that this one (below) is the most close to accurate. I have found that my style has changed in the last few years as I've lived on my own. What about you? Want to find out your decorating style? When I got the results below, I took the test located here.

There are a few other tests that I like located here and here. If you'd like to know more about your style, you can go here and see photos of real homes with that decorating style. I'd love to hear about which style you are!

Cottage Chic
Who says that cottages can't be modern and chic? Who says that they have to be floral and cheesy? Not you! You love the carefree spirit that the cottage interior inspires, but you are also serious about your appreciation for modern art and hip treasures. You love old and new alike, and love to highlight them all to expose the uniqueness of each. What better way to show off these treasures than with a light background?          


You have a great sense of humor when it comes to design and even like to make fun of the style itself. Which means that you will throw in a toy boat or a vintage life preserver to keep the mood of the place just like the color: light! The fabrics are natural (cottons and linens) and are light in touch. Much of the furniture is wood or wood framed (the lighter the better, think driftwood!) and as long as it's used sparingly or with modern lines, you even throw in a wicker piece here and there.


Your true inspiration (whether you know it or not) is the sea... the colors found at your favorite beach: white and light beige of the sand, a variety of blues for the ocean and sky, and greens and pale grays of the sea glass... but the key is white! Your space should feel light and airy and give off the mood one has when at the beach: laid back! The key with Cottage Chic is balance; in one corner there could be a rustic wood table that looks like it could have been found rather than made, but it is offset with a modern vase while another corner is adorned with a modern Lucite piece.

Space Planning

The furniture is comfortable and the layout is cozy. The more it encourages intimate gatherings the better! Just watch out for the red wine spills on the new white sofa! The color throughout is light and airy - and though you love to accessorize with fun colors (the sky's the limit with a white background), the main color seen and felt throughout the house is white or very light versions of colors so that they feel almost white.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

pet love: linky party

It took me a long, long time to find Hewitt. I'd been looking for the right dog for YEARS and on February 1st, 2007, this precious boy found his forever home with me. Hewitt is a very special dog. I mean, what dog isn't special? But, he really is. You see, when I got Hewitt he was recovering from being hit by a car. The little man had been hit on a hot August afternoon in Florence, South Carolina and left there by whoever hit him. A good samaritan alerted a local animal rescue shelter called Home Away From Home Rescue and the shelter's owner, Kathy, came and scooped Hewitt up and rushed him to the emergency vet.

After some fluids and pain meds the vet was able to look around and see the damage. Hewitt had severe head trauma (resulting in loss of consciousness), a broken femur and a broken pelvis. Because of the severity of Hewitt's injuries, the vet didn't think that he'd make it through the night.

Hewitt was a trooper though. Kathy stayed with him and talked to him that night and the next morning he had regained consciousness. Hewitt was touch-and-go for a few days and underwent multiple surgeries to repair his broken leg and to rebuild his pelvis. In the meantime, Kathy contacted Hewitt's owners to explain to them about the accident and they decided that they didn't want to assume responsibility for him and wanted to euthanize. They had a pack of dogs (that included Hewitt) that they allowed to roam and didn't want to deal with his cost and recuperation. Kathy persuaded them to sign him over to her and she assumed responsibility for his care. I should probably mention here that every cent of the cost of his surgeries, medication and treatment was donated by the animal hospital. They didn't charge Kathy at HAFH Rescue anything for his surgery and care. Kathy knew this little boy would make someone a great pet someday.

I found out about Hewitt from I'd been perusing this website already for months looking for the right dog. I have allergies and knew that I needed a dog that wouldn't shed. There are certain breeds that have hair instead of fur and they don't shed. They still produce dander, but that didn't bother my allergies as much. I also wanted a smaller dog because I lived in a townhouse. Lastly, I wanted a dog that was compatible to my lifestyle. When I contacted Kathy about Hewitt she said that he'd have to go to a special home that could be attentive to his physical needs/problems and also help work on his emotional/behavioral issues. You see, Hewitt had roamed with a pack of dogs most of his life and had little human socialization. He growled a lot and wasn't very trusting of people. Because I worked at a veterinary hospital (at the time), she allowed me to come and see Hewitt for the initial "meet and greet".

So, one chilly Saturday my friend and I set off on the 3 hour drive to Florence, SC. On the way there, I bought a collar/leash and dog kennel because I just KNEW that I wouldn't be leaving Florence without Hewitt.

The rest is pretty predictable. I got to the shelter and met Hewitt. From the moment she brought him out I knew he'd be mine. In the 4 years I've had him I've learned a lot about trust,  a lot about being a good companion and a lot about savoring the simple joys of life. To some, Hewitt is a weird little dog with strange habits and issues, but to me he's my perfect dog match. I can't imagine having a different dog. Currently, he's laying on the couch next to me with his little body curled up next to my leg. When I say his name he looks at me briefly, stands up and turns around a few times and then settles back down beside me. He sighs a deep sigh of contentment and falls asleep.

He's a good boy.

I'm linking this post up with the Pet Love Linky Party on Scatter Girls' blog.

I love blog link-up parties. It's a great way to check out other interesting blogs...and find new blog friends. So if you ever wondered why I participate in so many blog-to-blog link ups, that's why. I almost always find a cool, new blog each time.

insta-Friday (a day late, again)

First of all, I should apologize for my tardiness with my InstaFriday post. I could blame the fact that I was in Wilmington with the B for our anniversary, but mostly I'll blame it on the fact that I literally didn't take any pictures until I got to Wilmington. My instagram was pretty silent last week.

Nevertheless, I'm back with some great Instapics, so I'm gonna link up with Jeannette over at Life Rearranged for this, I mean, Saturday post. :)

The B and I took a short trip down to the Fort Fisher Beach. It wasn't crowded at all and it was so beautiful!

Walking in the surf we both got a little bit sunburned but it was worth it. We also met the cutest chocolate lab in the ocean named Cocoa. :)

Sea foam. Which isn't actually green. Maybe it is in the Pacific ocean? Up north? I've never seen green sea foam before...

While in Wilmington, I bribed the B (with a promise of a delicious and home-cooked dinner) to go with me to the Tregembo Animal Park. It's basically a little zoo. I will say that we were both really impressed at the size of this place. They had some pretty cool animals there including this Zebra guy. :)

This is Jack the Giraffe. He was pretty friendly and kept sticking his head over the fence at his exhibit.

Is it sad that my favorite animals were just the plain ol' pygmy goats? There were lions and tigers and...llamas. Oh, and bears too. But I just loved how cute and curious this little guys were. I wanted to take one home. I thought they were being friendly, but they really just wanted peanuts.

Once again, I really don't have any pictures of people. This is a chronic condition of mine. If I'm not intentionally shooting people in my photos, then they rarely make it when I look at the final result. But I have no problem photographing animals. Weird, right?

Happy weekend, y'all!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

inspiration workshop: front porch

Two posts in one day?!?! Impressive. :)

But, I didn't want to miss out on a chance to link up with this super-awesome edition of Gussy Sews' Inspiration Workshop. This week's prompt was FRONT PORCH.

Being from the south, y'all know that a front porch is usable about 9 months out of the it better be one that's pretty, functional and comfortable, right?

My dream front porch has ceiling fans, lots of plants, comfy seating, a swing and is probably located near the beach. (sigh) Something sort of like these...

(pottery barn)



Ah, I wish I had a big front porch. Someday. But until then I'll just swoon over these...
Do you have a front porch? What are your must-haves for it?
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OOTD: teal secret wonderland

I find inspiration in the oddest places sometimes. When I woke up yesterday morning I saw this on my dresser.

(sorry for the image was a cell phone pic)

Nothing abnormal except for the fact that my body spray was sitting next to my teal candleholders. Normally, my body spray doesn't live here so this made me pay attention. I loved the two colors together. I know it's hard to see, but the candleholders are teal and the body spray (which is Secret Wonderland by Bath & Body Works) is pink. I loved those two colors together. In fact, I loved them so much that it inspired an outfit...

Though this tank looks a bit more coral colored in this picture it is, indeed, hot pink. I paired it with a teal cardi and flats and I'm matching my morning inspiration!!

Cardigan: Mossimo for Target
Tank: Rue 21
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Mossimo for Target
Belt: Rue 21

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

why didn't I think of that (part 2)

A friend of mine decided to chalkboard paint the wall behind her fireplace/mantel in her house. At first, I didn't think it could be pulled off...until I saw the end result.

I mean, that is pretty stinking cool! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how they wrote their name and address. It's reminiscent of a vintage postcard. I also heard rumors (or saw hints of rumors via Twitter) that they might even draw their Christmas wreath over the mantel when the holidays roll around. That. Is. Awesome. You can go here to read the whole story from my friend Kristy's point of view.

Now, why didn't I think of that?!?!

crazy about chevron

Whooeee, I'm all about some Chevron print as of late. Chevron, in case you aren't familiar, is a pattern that looks like an inverted "V" that's repeated. Chevron prints originated on ancient pottery and then took form onto Scandinavian and European tribal flags. More recently, the Chevron look made its way onto modern military insignias.

But, it has also seen a resurgence in the fashion/design world. Chevron prints are making their way onto furniture, clothing, textiles, and even in its own painting technique. Here are a few Chevron pretties that I found via Pinterest.

Personally, I think Chevron is a great, graphic take on my most favorite print... stripes. What about you? Are you a fan of Chevron or do you prefer some other print? 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

top 5 tuesday: target finds

Okay, 1) I'm obsessed with Target. The B (jokingly...or not jokingly) suggested that I get a part-time job there in order to help defray some of trips. 2) I'm obsessed with fall. I love it when cooler weather comes around. I'm so not a summer girl.

Both of these factors caused me to literally SWOON when I saw the Target ad in the paper on Sunday. I really, really, really had to keep myself from going on Sunday and I decided that I'd wait until today to go and shop. :) Because, y'all know that waiting a day or two REALLY makes a difference.

So, for today's Top 5 Tuesday, it's the top 5 CUTEST things that I saw in the Target ad and will be investigating today.

1) 32" Big Dish chair. It's a nice and modern take on those dreaded rattan papazan chairs. And they fold up!!! Love it!

2) Rainbow colored Sharpies. Hey, don't hate on the Sharpies...they are world renowned for their...sharpiness.

3) V-neck, cinched layering cardigan. Oh snap. (enough said)

4) Shirtdress!! Can I blog enough about shirt dresses? Maybe (hopefully) this will be a lot like my most favorite Target shirtdress. I can't wait to rock one of these and some cute patterned tights.

5) More cardigans. A girl can never have too many, right? And since I just purged my closet and gave a bunch away...

So, this post may or may not make you want to go straight to your nearest Red Dot Boutique. But I hope it does. :)

Saturday, August 13, 2011

strut your stuff saturday

Hey all! I'm linking up with Jessica over on JessicaNdesigns for today's post. The subject this week is Pinterest pretties. I'm LOVING all the pretty things that I run into on Pinterest. As a matter-of-fact, I have a board called "Pretty Things" for photos that I run across that are just gorgeous. They don't necessarily have anything to do with one another except for the fact that they are pretty.

So, here are 4 of my favorites in my Pretty Things board.


You can also follow me/my boards on Pinterest too! Click on the Pinterest button on the top of my right sidebar and it will take you there. If you need an invite, email me and I'll send you one!

Friday, August 12, 2011

the multi-seasonal maxi dress

Ah, the maxi dress. The summertime staple. The beachy coverup. The fall transitional. Wait, what?

Yep, you heard it. Maxi dresses are a great multi-seasonal piece that can help transition your wardrobe from summer to fall. There are two things that can really help transition a maxi dress; accessories and outerwear.

I'm going to show you how easy it is to take those summertime staples and transition them into fall. First, the dress. It's a floral print which seems to be suitable only for summer. Not true.

Here is how you might see this dress during the summer.

Now, here's the same dress stylized for the fall.
The same dress with different accessories and outerwear gives you completely different looks. The addition of a belted cardigan covers the shoulders (and wards off the early autumn chill). The gladiator sandals are replaced by some flat riding boots and the straw bag is replaced with something that's made of a fabric with a bit more weight to it. Of course we know that a proper lady changes up her fragrances in the spring and fall (wink!) so we replaced a summery floral fragrance (Daisy by MJ) with a more musky, winter scent (Beautiful by Estee Lauder).

Here's another try:

A maxi outfit for summer.

how to wear a maxi in the summer 2

And then the same dress, again for fall:

how to wear a max for fall 2
So when you go to change over your closet for your cool weather clothing (or am I the only one who does that???) don't be to hasty to pack up all your maxi dresses. You just might discover a nice transitional piece that will help you get through the cool mornings and warm afternoons of autumn.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

snack recipe: pretzel hugs

I'm such a salty & sweet person. I absolutely love mixing my M&Ms INTO my popcorn at the movie theater. (I know...) But I don't think I'm the only one. I know there are some of you out there who are just as crazy about salty & sweet stuff as I am.

Luckily for you (and me) I'm sharing this, here, recipe. (sorry, reverted to redneck speak for a sec) It's quick, delicious, portable and looks pretty impressive when finished.


1 bag of pretzel "snaps" (the square, grid looking ones...regular pretzels won't work nearly as well)
1 bag of M&Ms candy (plain, not peanut, works best)
1 bag of Hershey's Hugs candy

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Arrange pretzels on a foil-lined cookie sheet.
Unwrap Hugs and place one on each pretzel.
Heat in oven for about 6 minutes (or until the Hugs are soft and NOT melted).
Remove from oven and top with one M&M candy.

Press the M&M down so you smush, yes I said smush, the Hugs a little bit.
Be careful not to let the Hugs seep over the pretzel.
Let cool and re-harden a few hours. It's best to let it re-harden overnight but you could pop them in the fridge to speed up the process.

NOTES: Sorry for the photo quality...these were taken with my phone. Also, I had a TON of M&Ms and pretzels leftover, so maybe you could use 2 bags of Hugs. Lastly, I didn't let me Hugs get quite as soft as they should be to avoid the dreaded "seepage".

Oh, and everytime I take them somewhere, they're a huge hit. Not only for eating...take a look at what transpired last night. :) My friend, Jill, found a new and creative use for them.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ootd: in the navy

When I was in middle school I announced to everyone that I wanted to be in the Navy when I grew up. More specifically, I wanted to be a Navy Chaplain. I even went as far as getting a t-shirt from a local Navy recruiter and sporting it like it was my job.

Well, I DIDN'T join the Navy. Three years in Army ROTC quickly made me realize that though I like structure and organization, I don't necessarily like not having a creative outlet in my job. Anywho, though I didn't join the Navy, one of my favorite colors IS navy blue. I like to think that all those years of wearing my Navy t-shirt cultivated a love for navy blue.

My favorite color combo of all time is navy blue, kelly green and white. It's so classic and beautiful. And it was the inspiration of today's OOTD post which I titled "In the Navy" appropriately enough.

How's this for another "summery" outfit? I was pretty determined to not look like fall...again.

Shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: MADE BY ME!! Read the blog post here.
Shoes: Old Navy

I also just realized that the majority of my clothes today are from Old NAVY. Bam! I'm just THAT good. :)

Happy Wednesday, y'all!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

top 5 tuesday: why didn't I think of that?!?!

Every so often I run across a project, craft or idea and I give myself a mental head slap. Why didn't I think of that?!?! Especially if the idea is fixing a problem that I run into often.

Today's Top 5 Tuesday is looking at some of my favorite ideas that made me say, "Why didn't I think of that?"...
1.  Batter squeeze bottle.
So, I make pancakes...a lot. This idea is revolutionizing. No more drippy drips down the side of the bowl as I pour. No more spills or accidentally using too much batter. Just perfect.

2. Candle ideas.
Who doesn't love candles? But after a while the generic little candleholder gets reeeaalll boring. Look at these!

 3. S'more Peeps.
While I dislike eating Peeps, I do enjoy the occasional Peep Massacre. However, this idea is ingeniously resourceful AND delicious. Because, EVERYONE has leftover Peeps, right?

4. Spray painted soda bottles.
Who knew that a little spray paint could make ordinary soda bottles look so shabby chic??

5. Drawer Pull Hooks.
I've actually done this before. An old drawer front (with the knobs still attached) or a piece of old plywood with new, pretty drawer pulls attached makes a GREAT hook board for purses, scarves and jewelry.

Now, be inspired to make use of what you have or fix a problem that you encounter.