Thursday, January 19, 2012

**Bejewel your House~ A Thrifty DIY!!

OK, Peeps,
Ready for a cheap do it yourself-er?!...This Project cost me under $5......I had everything else in my house already...I bet many of you do too:)

Ignore my Christmas decorations in the dinning room...Focus on the Jeweled doorway~!!

Here is what you will need:

A blank piece of paper(I used just notebook paper), Black Sharpie, Pencil with eraser, Charcoal Pencil, Glass stones (your choice, I prefer a multi-color pack~Dollar store Hello!) and a Hot Glue Gun (does not need to be "Blinged"...but for me it helps:)
First you need to make your Template, Take your sheet of paper and draw out your design in pencil until it has reached perfection...*note the design needs to be somewhat simple, I just drew a simple swirl to demonstrate* after your design is perfect go over it with a black sharpie so you can see it on both sides of the paper:

Choose the side you want on the wall first, and go over the sharpie mark, with your charcoal pencil...try and load it up real careful not to rip the paper in all of your excitement though;)

Place the template on the wall (using tape helps) with the Charcoal side facing the wall, and using the butt end of the Charcoal pencil rub the design along the lines to make a guide on the wall.

Just continue on with your own pattern, mine is going around a doorway, so I flipped it around, and inverted it on the other side as well by just adding charcoal to both sides of the paper.
Now for the fun! Start hot gluing the individual glass stones onto the lines of your design, **Remember once the stones are in place they are permanent, you can remove them if you also want to remove the paint, and wall material:) place with care:) Also its convenient to have your stone in a bowl and within easy reach for this process. Depending on your project size, this process can take a while if you want perfection, so put on some tunes and relax~

I space mine about a finger width apart, for easy cleaning later, and it makes the stones go longer, but you can arrange and stick them however:)

When all the stones are up and in place, you can clean up the lines that are showing by using a warm soapy washcloth, came off the semi gloss paint like a breeze.

After all the clean up ~Voila~!!

Pretty stinking sweet for $5!

Here are a few pics of my office that I also "Bejeweled"
I did not use a template, This was a much larger scale project so I free handed all of it, so much fun!
Check it out!

Happy Creating~!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


My house seems to have endless walls...

This can be a blessing and a curse...
I am not one to under decorate anything, so I already have: the family picture, the cute shelves, frames, greenery, paintings, cute funny wall signs, more pictures of family, funky artsy pieces, sconces, collage frames, wreaths, yet again more pictures of family, cute hooks, garland...(you get my point)...
So what do you do with that odd chunk of wall?....Same old same old??....Um nope...I have a better idea.
Before you read on, what I am about to suggest to you is amazingly awesome yes..but extremely addicting and may induce uncharted levels of fun & creativity,  and can and will make your home look and feel freaking read on at your own risk:)
Recently I discovered CUSTOM wall vinyl...That's right. First you dream it up and then you smack it on your wall...check it out~!!
Kitchen accent

Living room Large scale!!

this would be cute in the hallway, or by the kids bedrooms:)

I love trees on the wall:)

cute sayings...
um...freaking awesomeness...
Customize this with YOUR child's name:)

Swirls~!!!(If you cant tell...I love tree branches, and swirls...I am actually in the process of choosing one right now for my living room:)
I have recently become mildly obsessed with this stuff, its a great, way to really personalize your space.
 Also, it's super duper easy to apply, and stays on your wall for up to  3 years with a clean removal~!
All you need is a good level, and a flat edge to rub/scrape with....(like a credit card, or plastic spatula:)
Then just level, peel, and rub rub rub....!!
Now the greatness of vinyl does not end at your walls...check out these other amazingly fun, and easy applications!
spruce up that stand mixer!!

add a festive decoration

lap top?...why not?

Um...I did mention freaking awesome right..?

glass panel:)

Customize your Mailbox

frame it why don't ya...

Glass Block!!

If you are anything like me,  by now you are drooling and wide eyed ~!
I know...I know...Its Amazing....
"But where in the world can I find such an item??"
....GREAT Question!...Glad you asked!
There are several Online "shops" you can check out, Ill post those at the end of this thread:)
However if you are local, there is a business right downtown you NEED to check out for this, and with price and shipping, looking for a local alternative is the way to go....It's going to save you close to half of what it would cost buying online:)....Ive checked!
Here is the Link to the local business that I personally go to~
Fabrications Down Town Three Rivers

and here are a few online options, but keep in mind they are a bit pricey...

Happy Sticking~!!!!