Accessories, Craft Ideas, DIY

How to Easily Make Cute Bracelets

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I love making jewelry.  For anyone that’s seen my jewelry collection, though, knows that I have a lot of pieces.  Of course, there’s ALWAYS room for more, but I’ve cut down on my production.  When my sis-in-law asked me to make bracelets for her bridesmaids, I was especially excited.  I get to make lovely jewelry for a beautiful bride and her bridesmaids and I don’t have to find a home for the pieces in my collection?  Sign me up!  

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After talking with the bride-to-be and seeing some of her ideas on Pinterest, I had a pretty good idea of what she wanted.  I made a few prototypes, got her approval and set out to make the bracelets. Knowing I needed to make bracelets for women with varying wrist sizes, I used elastic bead cord.  Specifically, the 0.5mm Stretch Magic Bead & Jewelry Cord (find it here from Michaels).  Not only does the elastic bead cord make it easy to fit anyone, it’s also nice as it eliminates the need for clasps and things of that nature.  For this reason, it’s the perfect project for someone who is just getting into making jewelry.  Next, we’ll need some beads.  It’s important to get a nice balance of beads.   You’ll want varying sizes, textures, and colors.  I find it’s easiest to start with a few star beads that are the main focus of the item.  Along with those main pieces, you also need some spacers or filler beads to add balance to the jewelry.  The next step is to lay out the pattern.  My jewelry must have
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symmetry, so all the beads are laid out beforehand to ensure a uniform look.  This also gives you a way to envision what your final product will look like without stringing the beads.  Too many times I’ve strung on the beads only to find I didn’t like the pattern.  That’s frustrating and a huge waste of time.  Once your pattern is laid out the way you want it, it’s time to add the beads.  I find this very soothing for some reason.  Maybe that’s just me.  After all the beads have been added, I make sure the bracelet is long enough by slipping it around my wrist.  When you do that, you can easily tell if you need to add or remove beads.  Finally, the bracelet is secured by tying many, many, knots.  I tie square knots, but I’m sure there are more fancy ways to tie off a bracelet out there if you’re so inclined.  Voila!  That’s it!  They turned out really pretty and my sis-in-law was happy with them as well, which is, of course, the most important part!  
Do you make jewelry?  What are some of your favorite projects?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Craft Ideas, DIY, Weddings

Wedding Favorites

Fabulous Finds Friday

For today’s installment of Fabulous Finds Friday, I’m sharing some of my favorite wedding ideas in honor of my sis-in-law’s wedding today!  Grab some bubbly and enjoy!
My bestie and I made these invitations.  It was so fun sharing that with her!  Check out the original blog post for more details!

After scouring Pinterest and all the craft stores in the greater Des Moines area, I came up with these boutonnieres and corsages.  I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out.  My mom made my bouquets.  I absolutely loved them!  Aren’t they gorgeous?  

Ah, the wedding dress.  The most special dress you will ever purchase.  See the whole story in the original blog post!
Wedding Centerpieces.  These can be challenging, at least they were for me.  I went around and around and around with different ideas.  I finally landed on this design and loved the simplicity and elegance of them.  Check out the original blog post for all the details!

The kiddos need to be entertained too!  I found this great idea on Pinterest and made activity books.  They were a big hit!  The ring bearers also loved the Ring Security badges I made for them.  Check out all the details in the original blog post!
DIY Wedding Unity Candle
Since I never wrote a blog post about this, I thought I’d give a quick description of how I made this candle.  It was actually really simple!  I looked on Pinterest for wedding poems and came across this one.  I loved it!  I made the design in MS PowerPoint and printed it out on normal computer paper.  I cut the paper so it would fit all the way around the candle.  I secured the paper to the candle with some double-sided tape.  I finished off the look by adding some gold ribbon to the top and bottom. There you have it.  A quick and easy DIY wedding unity candle!
Cupcake stands can be expensive!  This is DIY version uses items from the dollar store making it a more affordable option.  Check out the details in the original blog post!
So the wedding’s over, now what do you do with all the leftover decorations?  You repurpose them of course!  Check out the original blog post for ways to turn those wedding decorations into beautiful gifts!
Big congrats to my sis-in-law and her new hubby! 
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
Have a fabulous weekend, lovelies!
lylas,
MissyAnn

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Beauty, DIY, Everyday Style, Fabulous Finds Friday, Home Organization

How to Quickly Change Purses

Fabulous Finds Friday

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A woman and her purse. What a complicated relationship that can be, amiright? My whole life is in my purse. When it’s a mess, I’m a mess. When it doesn’t match my outfit, I’m also a mess. It puts a damper on the whole look I worked so hard to create. Usually, though, I’m in too big a hurry to go through the complicated process of switching it. So there I go with my cute black and teal outfit and my brown purse. Ugh! 
From One Good Thing by Jillee
No more of that my, friends, no more! Enter the craft organizer turned purse buddy. This is slick. Jillee from One Good Thing turned a craft organizer into her purse buddy for all her essentials (see her post here). While I love this idea, it’s not going to work for me. I’m constantly throwing my bag around all topsy-turvy, it’s never upright. Does this happen to anyone else? No? Just me? Okay. Instead, I found 3 travel-sized bags to put my essentials in. Two were gifts and the pink one I bought from the dollar store. The dollar store has tons of super cute bags in many different sizes. If you’re in the market for a travel bag (or a purse organizer bag) I’d highly recommend checking out the dollar store.

Let’s get into the organizing.  First, we need to define our purse essentials.  This will be different for everyone.  Searching Pinterest for “purse essentials” yielded lists upon lists of must-haves for your purse.  I combined a few lists together and came up with my own purse essential list.  I gathered the items with the help from my puppy Jasmine (isn’t she getting so big?!?!).
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Cool, now that I have my list and the items, it’s time to bag them up.  The items can be divided into three categories (yes, I’m that organized, don’t judge me! 😉).  One bag will be for makeup items; one bag for the notebook, writing utensils, charger, and things of this nature; and the last bag will be for the first aid supplies.  Lo and behold, it all fits!
To change purses, simply pull out the bags and place them in the new purse.  It’s easy and only takes about 2 minutes.  Even on my most rushed mornings, I can spare 2 minutes for a good cause!  Big thanks to Jasmine the puppy for her help with this blog post!  She can be such a troublemaker (she is a puppy after all), but just look at that face!  She’s the cutest! 💖
What’s on your purse essential list?  Let us know in the comments below!
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post! 
Have a fabulous weekend, lovelies!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Craft Ideas, DIY, Home Organization

How To Organize Your Stickers Like a Pro

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Today, let’s get crafty!  Any crafter has piles and piles of stickers.  Is there a sale on stickers at Hobby Lobby?  Cool, let’s pick up about 85, amiright?  Maybe not 85, but you get the picture.  Soon, we become overwhelmed with all the stickers that are just sitting in a pile somewhere in the craft room.  Enter a why-didn’t-I-think-of-that moment.  Organize your stickers in a binder.  What the what?  Yeah, really, it’s that simple.  Again, why didn’t I think of that earlier? 
Recipe Style:
Store stickers in a page-protected three-ring binder!
From Crafty Storage
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What are some of your organizational tricks?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Craft Ideas, DIY, Home Decor, Home Organization

Repurposed Style

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Today, let’s talk repurposing.  I love finding new ways to reuse items.  From coffee cans to salsa jars, I regularly scour Pinterest for new ideas to repurpose everyday items.  The other day I noticed I was getting quite a collection of salsa jars.  As anyone would do, I looked at my Let’s Get Crafty Pinterest board to see what projects were patiently waiting to be called up.  There were lots of great ideas, but I settled on making decorative storage jars for my guest bathroom.  Let’s get into it, shall we?
First thing’s first, we have to get those pesky labels off.  Usually, the labels come off pretty easily, it’s the leftover glue that’s a problem.  In the past, I have used vegetable oil and baking soda to remove the glue.  That works well, even though it does take a little elbow grease to get the job done.  In an effort to be more efficient (or maybe lazy, who knows?), I took to finding an alternative way to remove the glue.  I saw several posts that said to use a soak of hot water, baking soda, and a little dish soap.  That sounds easy enough.  I let my jars sit for a couple hours, lightly scrubbed any remaining glue off the jar, rinsed, and done!  I approve of that method!  Next, I spray painted the lids gold.  My guest bathroom is sea-themed, so instead of the fancy knobs, I used shells.  I thought about gluing the shells onto the lid first and then spray painting them, but I decided I wanted the color of the shells to remain authentic.  After the spray paint was dried, I used hot glue to attach the shells to the tops of the lids.  Finally, I filled up each jar with toiletry items and the project was complete.  
I love, love, love how these turned out!  I can’t wait for visitors so they can see the repurposed style in action!
Recipe Style:
reuse old glass jars as bathroom storage with furniture knobs
From Refresh Living
My Style:

What repurposing projects have you tackled?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Craft Ideas, DIY, Home Decor

Crafting a Home Run

Let’s Get Crafty


Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Ah, fall!  Who doesn’t love fall?  With all the apple cider, hayrack rides, pumpkin patches, football, and whatever else you can dream up, it’s difficult to remember baseball is still in full swing.  Yes, baseball is still a thing this time of year, especially if your team is one of the lucky ones to make it to postseason play.  We’re a house divided, one of us going for the Cardinals and one for the Royals.  Sadly, neither of our teams are still in, but that won’t keep us from crafting up something special to commemorate this special time of year in baseball.  Let’s slide into it!
The idea came from a Halloween post on Pinterest.  The inspiration photo shows three skulls with a candle on top.  That’s a cool idea, but I’m not much for skulls.  I wandered around the dollar store looking for something else I could use when I came across of pack of three plastic baseballs.  Score!  I added them to my basket and excitedly went home to get crafting!  For this project you’ll need, three plastic baseballs, two jar lids, a small candle, spray paint, craft paint, glitter and hot glue.  First, I spray painted my jar lids gold, any color would work, though.  Next, I took the craft paint and painted the baseballs red for the Cardinals.  It took a couple coats to get the coverage I wanted.  Next time I might try spray painting them instead as that might be easier.  If you try that, let me know how it works.  Next, I covered my candle in glue and rolled it in the glitter.  That’s messy but oh so fun!  I let everything dry overnight.  Finally, I assembled everything with hot glue.  I started by attaching one of the baseballs to a lid as a base.  Then, I attached the candle to the other lid.  Next, I glued the candle and lid to the top of a baseball.  Lastly, I glued the bottom piece to the bottom of the last baseball and the top piece to the top of the last baseball.  To be honest, I thought it would break as it’s pretty top heavy.  However, I’m happy to report that it’s still going strong and in one piece!  Yay!  How about that for a fun, fall baseball craft project!
Recipe Style:
From Mom Dot
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Who’s your favorite baseball team?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Budget Shopping, Craft Ideas, DIY, Home Decor

Silver Transformation

Let’s Get Crafty

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Today, let’s get crafty!  This project is so chic and surprisingly easy and inexpensive!  Now, that’s a hard combination to beat if you ask me!  Let’s get right into the fun, shall we?


I was up to my usual Pinterest browsing one night when I came across today’s inspiration photo.  It looked easy enough, so I set off for the dollar store for supplies.  You’ll need 3 silver trays (I opted for the oval ones, but they have round and I think square ones too), wall stickers, paint (I used some craft paint I had on hand, but you could also use spray paint), wire, and hot glue.  I started off by painting the trays. The inspiration pic shows them completely painted, however, I opted to paint only the middle section.  After letting the paint dry completely, I took a 3-4″ piece of wire and folded it in half creating a loop.  I attached the unlooped ends to the back of the tray using hot glue.  After ensuring the hot glue was good and dry, I added the stickers to each tray.  Voila!  A cute and fun wall hanging for your home sweet home!

Recipe Style:
DIY Wall Decor Using Dollar Tree Trays and Dollar Tree Stickers.
From Our Cozy Cottage
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What do you think of this craft project?  Would you give it a try?

That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!

lylas,
MissyAnn


Craft Ideas, DIY, Home Decor

Fall in Frames

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today we have another quick and easy fall craft for you! I love the idea of the inspiration photo. I took to Google to figure out how to recreate this fabulous idea. I searched for word cloud creators, but couldn’t find one I liked. Then I thought, perhaps there’s an app for that. Turns out, there is! It’s an app called Word Cloud. It’s really easy to use. Simply input your words, choose your color scheme, a shape, fonts, size, and you’re done!  Simple, right? To print the picture, I shared the image to Walgreens and framed it in a dollar store frame. That’s it! An easy and personalized way to dress up your home for fall!
Recipe Style:
Fall Subway Art - Free Printable!
From the Kurtz Corner
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Have you used a word cloud generator? Which one would you recommend?.
That’s all for today. See you guys in my next post for an all new Fabulous Finds Friday!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays, Home Decor

Falling for Vases

Easy and Quick Fall Decorations

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Are you ready for some more fall crafts? I know I am. Let’s get into today’s project, shall we? I’m not much into centerpieces, but I do have a beautiful glass vase sitting on my dining room table. It could use a little dressing up for fall, so I took to Pinterest to get some ideas. Using leaves either around the vase or tucked inside were my top contenders. Off to the dollar store I went to find supplies. Now we all know I love the dollar store, but their leaf garlands left a lot to be desired. The garlands were about 3 feet or so long and had less than 10 leaves total. #notimpressed For the sake of the project, though, I bought 3 and went home. Because the garlands were so sparse, I ended up tucking 2 of them inside the vase around a candle and arranging 1 outside at the base of the vase. I gotta say, I’m not totally mad at the end result. For more options, you could use flowers or pretty much whatever fits inside the vase. Even better, this is another project you could easily adapt to the changing seasons or holidays. Don’t you just love versatile decorations? I know I do!
Where’s your favorite place to buy fall decor?
That’s all for today. See you Friday for another installment of Fabulous Finds Friday! It may or may not be about skin care, and you may or may not be astounded at the results. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this one!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Craft Ideas, DIY, Holidays

Window Clings and Picture Frames

Quick and Easy Fall Decorations

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
We’re bringing back our crafting segments! Recently, I realized how much I’ve missed crafting and sharing my creations with you. With fall approaching, there’s no better time to get back into the crafting mode. Hope you enjoy!
Fall is right around the corner. My sis-in-law made soup for us the other day and it was at that moment I realized I was ready for fall. Soup and cozy sweaters, football and crisp cool air? Yes, please! My house is still dressed for summer, though. So, like anyone looking for some fall decor ideas, I took to Pinterest to see what I could find. I stumbled across this gem I pinned many years ago. Knowing I had the supplies to make this right away, I set off for my craft room to assemble my masterpiece (maybe not a masterpiece, but you know what I mean).
I like the look of the three tiered frame, but I thought it would be easier and perhaps more practical to use an 8×10 frame. The 8×10 frame will be easier to place around the house as not as much room will be required as with the 3 tiered frame. Going with that, here’s what you’ll need: Dollar store frame (any size), window clings (also found at the dollar store), glass cleaner, paper, and a paper cutter.  Simply cut the paper to fit inside the frame. I used black to go with my Halloween theme. Place the paper into the frame and reassemble. Use the glass cleaner to adhere the window clings to the front of the frame. Voila! You have a simple and quick fall decoration. Even better, you can change this up with the changing seasons and holidays. Just add different colored paper and window clings. Easy as apple pie!
Recipe Style:
Use dollar store frames with window clings! Change the clings for each holiday/season!
From It’s a Shabby Thing
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That’s all for today. See you guys in my next post where I talk about a new makeup favorite! Check it out on an all new Fabulous Finds Friday!
lylas,
MissyAnn