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Decorating with Kohl’s

21 Aug

By now my love of Kohl’s is well documented, but did you know that in addition to great clothes, they’ve got beautiful things for your house? After living in my current apartment for seven months, I decided I should stop living like a college student and actually hang some things on the walls. So off to Kohl’s I went!

I found this canvas print that I liked, but since I’m not capable of leaving well enough alone, I decided to vamp it up a bit.

This is as close to a “before” as I have. I used aqua acrylic paint to go over the ocean part, and I mixed sand with white acrylic paint for the sand part. Then I added a bunch of fake greenery stuff.

I kind of hated it. Plus, look at how ridiculous it looked in the giant white space above my couch.

So that was coming down. If I had left it alone in the first place I could have hung it somewhere else. Now I have no idea what I’ll do with it, but that’s another issue. Back to Kohl’s I went!

Now this? This I love.

The shadow boxes on the top row are straight from Kohl’s, no altering or messing around by me. The shadow boxes on the bottom I’ve had for ages (no clue where they originally came from) and I just dry-brushed some white on the maple wood. I added the big shells, which are from Kohl’s.

Funny story about those big shells – they’re actually bathroom hooks. I was able to take apart the end ones really easily, but that white one in the middle gave me fits. If you’re in the market for a bathroom hook, I strongly recommend the Sonoma brand from Kohl’s, they’re virtually indestructible.

This is how the hook looked originally:

I tried just about everything to get that stupid metal hook off the plaster shell. In the end I used a hacksaw. Look ma, no fingers missing!

But the frustration was so worth it, because I absolutely love the way my wall turned out.

So the lesson here is that some things are better left alone, unless you can use a hacksaw.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kohl’s. All opinions and hacksaw operation are my own doing.

Kids Activity Bag

8 Jul

Note: I made this bag for my nephew for a flight we were planning to take this weekend. Our trip got cancelled (long story) so you can ignore those parts.

When I was on a plane a few weeks ago I saw a toddler with a bag like this and thought it was a great idea. His looked like it cost about $25 in a fancy baby store, but I knew I could make one for much cheaper. Plus, it was the perfect thing to keep my nephew occupied on our trip to Florida!

The hardest part of this little project was finding small toys. I swear, it’s like they don’t want kids to choke anymore. Takes all the adventure out of childhood. At any rate, I was able to find a few things in my craft stash, a few things from a vending machine, and two cute little sets of erasers from the Target Dollar Spot. I love the Dollar Spot.

Fill a zip top bag halfway with rice, and make sure to spill some of it all over the counter.

Then add the toys and zip the bag shut, leaving in all the air. Shake it up to mix the toys in with the rice.

Now you have a fun (and quiet) way to keep your toddler occupied! They can mush the bag around and see what treasures they uncover. Make sure you don’t use toys with sharp edges that could puncture the bag, and definitely keep an eye on them while they’re playing to make sure the bag doesn’t burst.

Teddy Loves Whales

29 Jun

It’s no secret that I love whales. They’re tied with Teddy for my favorite animals, and when Teddy wakes me up in the middle of the night they easily edge him out. A whale has never woken me up at 4am to go pee.

It makes sense that my favorite nonprofit is also focused on whales, The Whaleman Foundation. The founder is a good friend of mine. In fact, he’s the one who inspired me to go to work for a nonprofit, which led to my work in social media. In a funny turn of events, I now live rather close to him. He’s also lucky enough to be on the receiving end of 500 emails a week from me about social media. I’m a delightful friend.

All of this is a very roundabout way of bringing you to my point, which is that Teddy loves whales too. See, here he is snuggling a whale!

So naturally I did what any lunatic would do and made him his very own Whaleman shirt.

Hayden Panettiere is the current Whaleman spokesperson, but Teddy would like to point out that he is also cute, small, and blonde. (I know, he’s more of a strawberry blonde in that picture.) Plus, he’s kind of a big deal online.

Because this post hasn’t exhibited enough of my insanity, I also taped Teddy listening to whale songs. You may remember that I did this with Jack a few years ago, and Jack loves whale songs. Teddy…. not so much. He paid attention for a bit, but then he was very busy licking his foot. Teddy has priorities.

How to Make a Dog Shirt out of a T-shirt

8 May

I had a t-shirt from my office that I wanted to turn into a dog shirt for Teddy, but I couldn’t find any tutorials online to tell me how to make a dog shirt out of a t shirt, so I decided to write my own. You’re welcome.

You’re gonna want to start with a t-shirt. I know, you never saw that coming. I used an adult medium, because that was the smallest size I was able to find at the office. You’ll also need scissors, a dog model, and some kind of fastener. I was doing this late at night and feeling lazy, so I used a safety pin, but you could use velcro or a button.

Now hold the shirt up to your dog model, with the neck hole at their neck. You can even slip it over their head, if your model is feeling cooperative. (Mine was not.) Eyeball the spot where you’ll want to cut the bottom of the shirt. I could have gone shorter, but the whole point was to have my company logo on there, so I made it a little long.

Next cut a line straight up the middle of the back of the shirt.

I forgot to take pictures of this part, but you’re going to cut off the sleeves, cut along the shoulder seam, and then open the shirt up. From there, cut from the bottom of the sleeve hole across so that you cut out the back panel, while leaving a strip a few inches thick along the bottom. You’re going to use this as a tie to keep the shirt on the dog. Clear as mud? Hopefully this picture helps, but if not, please ask me questions in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer! You’ll also want to use your dog model for this part to make sure your ratios are right, and cut more or less depending on the size of your dog.

Now you’ll want to attach your fastener to keep the (now smaller) neck hole closed. I used a safety pin and it worked just fine. Of course, my dog is crazy fluffy, so you really can’t see it anyway. Slip the neck hole over your dog’s head, and use the strips you left at the bottom to tie the shirt on around his belly.

And ta da! You just turned an adult t-shirt into a dog shirt. Now, if you did what I did and made it longer to accommodate a logo or other image your ties will be pretty low on the dog’s belly, so you’ll want to take this shirt off for potty breaks, especially if you have a boy dog.

Sorry for the bad photos, but I took them with my iPhone after dark. If you have any questions about the process, just shout!

Visual Bucket List

5 Apr

I have a short-term bucket list of sorts up there in the links section, but unless something is staring me in the face day after day, I tend to forget about it. So when a friend on Facebook posted her clothesline style bucket list, I knew I wanted to do something similar. She used text for her list, but I wanted an added visual pop, so I used pictures.

I love how it looks strung along the bottom of my fabric covered cork board.

I used embroidery floss tied to two push pins and then hung the pictures with mini clothespins that I painted. Because why pass up an opportunity to use craft paint? Each of the pictures represents an item on my bucket list – this first one means that I want to go whale watching.

When I’ve done something, I take down the photo and put it in this cute little bucket that I got in the Dollar Spot at Target. It’s empty now, but cut me some slack, I just put this thing up.

So there it is! I love having my list looking at me every day. I tried to keep it realistic and short-term, because having a picture of someone exploring the Amazon River for the next 20 years would be depressing and make me feel bad.

Do you have any kind of bucket list on display at your house? What’s on your list?