Spruce Up Your Study Space With Wallternatives Decals

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We are three weeks into the school year and summer break seems like it was ages ago. I am shocked at the amount of homework that the kids need to do. I never had homework in kindergarten! It’s okay though, it keeps them busy and I know what they are doing in school.

So I decided I needed to spruce up the desk area. You know, clean it up. Make it more spiffy. Make it easier for the girls to work at. I ordered the Photo Frame WallPrints from Wallternatives. They are brightly colored and made of fabric, not vinyl, so they are repositionable and reusable! Plus they are perfect for displaying photos and artwork, then totally switching up your photos the next week. Infinite possibilities here!

You might remember that I decorated the girls’ room with Wallternatives vinyl decals a few months ago, and I am still in love with them.

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I have a history of failing at gallery walls. I mess with them. I put too many holes in the walls. I crave symmetry and I just never feel like they look right. So it took a little motivation to get this project started. I unwrapped the package and cut between the frames to separate them.

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I started by taping these babies to the wall. Oh look at how uneven they are. So I pulled out my long yard stick with the level. Then I remembered some wise words from the Mr. “There’s a level on your phone.” Oh yes! There is a level in my iPhone! It’s in yours too! You should use it. I did.

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Once straight to your satisfaction, use the little Wallternatives™ Squeegee, which comes with the decal. Just smooth it across the decal.

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The hardest part of using these Wallternatives Photo Frames was choosing what to put inside of them. There’s just too many possibilities!

These decals are perfect for living in the dorms or renting. Seriously, wall art with no holes in the walls!
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I wish Wallternatives was around when I was in college living in the dorm and the sorority. I remember that we couldn’t nail anything into those dingy walls and it seems that all the posters out there were motivational, pictures of kittens or maybe a boy band (I may or may not have had an ‘N Sync poster, kidding.)

Check out some of these other decals from Wallternatives

Wallternatives Stars Vinyl

I’m in love with these gold Stars Vinyl Pattern Pack Minis. Like so in love that I’ve already bought them. Coming soon to a craft room near me.

Wallternatives Bee Sweet Bonnie Christine Removable Wallpaper

And if you really want to make your dorm room look dramatically different go for the Bee Sweet Bonnie Christine Removable Wallpaper.

Wallternatives Marilyn Quote

Of course you can still decorate your dorm room with motivational messages…but they are a lot cooler now.

 

 

xoxo

 

P.S.~ The picture of the adorable pouty little girl was taken by Marci Anne Photography and the picture of the sweet family was taken by Sweet Rose Studio. Love those ladies.

P.P.S.S. Disclosure~ I was provided product for this review. All opinions are completely my own!

 

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DIY Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath

I know. You think it’s too early to start thinking about fall. I’m pretty sure you think I’m crazy. I’m so over the heat and the kidlets are back in school, and it’s almost football time. (Yay!) The start of school signifies fall everywhere except in Arizona. I’m so ready.

Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath sparklelivingblog.com Yup, there it is in all it’s autumn glory. I love wreaths, as evidenced here and here. It was easy. AND…it has a little glitter on it. Of course it does. Must. Have. Sparkle.

Pier 1 Faux Mixed Leaves Wreath

Pier 1 Faux Mixed Leaves Wreath

It’s based off of this one that I saw at Pier 1 last year. I love it, but I can’t bring myself to buy a wreath when I know I can make one for 1/4 of the cost. Plus, I like to be able to customize my colors. Less green, more red. I really love making wreaths. I find it soothing and ridiculously simple.

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Get all your supplies together. I bought a ton of different leaf bunches at Michaels and Joanns. Michael and Joann are really good friends of mine. Anyhoo…basically, I wanted a decent variety and I wanted the wreath to be full.

glitterglue Make a glitter soup. That’s what I call this slurry of Decou-page, glitter and a couple of drops of water. I wanted a variety of texture with the glitter, so I used some basic gold glitter, then I added some elements from the Stampendous Encrusted Jewel Kit. The kit contains glitter, embossing powder, mica, and glass glitter. I LOVE glass glitter! Add a couple pinches to each to your glitter soup. But be sure to break up the mica between your fingers before you add it, otherwise it’ll look weird.

glitterglueleaf Paint the veins of your leaves with the glitter soup. If the soup is too thick, add water. I think I have glitter in my veins too.

glitterleaf When it dries, it looks like the picture above. Pretty huh? So now it’s time to at the leaves to your wreath. I didn’t take pictures of this part because it was too easy. Honestly, I didn’t want to insult your intelligence by explaining something so simple {I totally forgot to take pictures.} Fire up your glue gun and break up your leaf bunches with scissors, leaving the stems a little long. Weave the stems in to the grapevine wreath, and hot glue the leaf into place. You don’t have to glue every leaf in, but you want to make sure they stay in place and the leaves face outward. Work your way around the wreath. Ok, good, all done. So pretty!

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Paper Raffia Pumpkin

Paper Raffia Pumpkin Now that the the trick-or-treating is over and I may or may not have eaten 5 pounds of chocolate, it’s time to put away the spooky stuff and focus on celebrating autumn and Thanksgiving. Pumpkins seem to always be on my mind this time of year, but today in particular, because it was Pumpkin Day at my daughter’s kindergarten. She learned all about the pumpkin parts and the growing process. It was so much fun! So when I got home from Pumpkin Day I decided to make my own pumpkins out of paper raffia. pumpkin supplies This project is so easy, all you really need is a spool of paper raffia, 22 gauge floral wire, scissors and/or a wire cutter and glue. Of course I added glitter, but you don’t have to. Oh and candy helps too.
chunky holiday gllitter Oh and speaking of glitter… For the past few years, I’ve been partial to the fine glitter, especially Martha’s. The chunky kind was always for kindergarteners (shhh, don’t tell my daughter!) But this year I have fallen hard for the chunky glitter! I’m head-over-heels for this holiday glitter pack I found yesterday at Michaels. To make the pumpkin, take your raffia, and start wrapping it around 3 or 4 fingers (depending on the size of pumpkin you desire.) photo 5 Keep wrapping… raffia wrapping Just when you think you have enough…add more.  Then, before taking your hand out of the raffia, pull the wire through your raffia and twist it tight. photo 2-1 Oh look, I have a labrodoodle helper! labradoodle helper Fan out the raffia, with the wire holding it together hidden in the middle. If at this point you feel that your pumpkin is too spare, grab more raffia, wrap it around your fingers, repeating the process, so it’s the same size and use the wire to attach the center of your second one to the center of the first. Next, make a stem, using the same process, but only wrapping the raffia around 2 fingers. pumpkin stem Wrap it around 5 or 6 times, then start wrapping the raffia around itself. stem Tie it off and glue it into the center of the pumpkin. Now it’s time for the fun part. glitterI made a glitter paste by using Decoupage glue, both of my glitters and a few drops of water. Then I used a paint brush and haphazardly painted on the paste. So much less messier this way! I didn’t want them super glittery, just enough to be festive. pumpkinAnd it’s done! autumn table   photo 3-2   Linked to: Tatertots & Jello , Sunday Showcase, Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Spooky Last Minute Halloween Decor


Yeah, yeah, I know. I haven’t written a blog post in.. I dunno, a year and a half now! It’s been on my mind. I just needed to sit down and do it. So. Here. I. Am.

Did you miss me?

I missed you.

So do you want a couple of last minute Halloween decor ideas? If you have a couple of hours I got your back.

Halloween Table

Here is my lovely spooky console table. Since I don’t have a fireplace mantle to decorate, I use this instead. Most of the decorations I already had. I shopped my house, found the candle sticks, stole the bird cage and fake birds from the kiddos, and the creepy rusty old lantern was from a thrift shop.

Candles can go both ways, either spooky or romantic. Black ones are definitely NOT romantic. I found these at Pier 1, but any color will do. Throw on some crows, gourds, leaves and you got yourself a Halloween display!

So to make the creepy tablecloth, run to the store and buy some cheese cloth. Lay it out on your table, so that there is plenty draping over the edge. Grab your scissors, then snip and rip.

Snip and Rip

I ripped the cheesecloth about every three to four inches. Straighten out as needed and voila! Instant tablecloth.

Spider

Next, add on an itsy bitsy spider. I just placed him on the cheese cloth, and he stuck there, like he knew it was his home.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you should download the app Zombie Me or if you don’t go to zombieme.com. There you can take a picture of your seemingly cute and innocent little girls and turn them into vicious zombies. Like this…

Spooky Photo Frame

Print that out or email to your favorite print shop for printing. When you have it, put it in your favorite photo frame. The spooky photo border is just some black cardstock cut with small scissors and an X-acto knife. And by little scissors, I mean little…Like your husband’s nose hair trimmers. Not really, that’s gross.

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If you are feeling extra crafty, I suggest you make these plates from House of Earnest

Spider Plate

Aren’t it adorable?? All it takes are a scary rubber stamp, glass plates and some solvent based ink. Check out the how to here.

That’s it for now… Until next year.

Just kidding. Boo!

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caramel apple rum balls

What treat says “autumn” more that caramel apples? Today, I’m taking part in the Improv Cooking Challenge, where we are given two ingredients and come up with a recipe including those two ingredients. For October, it’s apples and caramel. While I love a good green apple dipped in warm caramel sauce, I wanted a more grown up treat. Enter the yumminess that is apple flavored rum..

Although quite decadent, rum balls are ridiculously easy to make.

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Putting the hot caramel sauce into a Ziploc bag and cutting a itty-bitty tip off the corner of the bag, seems to be the best way to get a controlled drizzle. I had to wrap a dishcloth around the bag because the sauce was hot. Ouch!

Hold the caramel bag close to the rum balls and slowly drizzle it on. I say slow because the caramel tends to roll off the powdered sugar if you go too fast. 

When you’re done, put the balls in to mini paper baking cups or layer them in a martini glass for a fancy, grown-up treat!
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