Tuesday, September 30, 2014

5 Chalkboard Ideas

Chalkboards used to be something that people hated.  They made you think of school and the sound a chalk screeching on the board.  But as school have transitioned to white boards, the chalkboard has been gaining popularity.  It has become the perfect paint for playrooms and a great decorating tool.  Keep reading to see my Top 5 uses for a chalkboard in your living space that don't involve painting your walls.  Just click on the pictures to check out the websites I've featured.  Stay tuned for later this week to see how I keep my chalkboard looking like I'm way more artistic than I am!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Posters into Paintings

If you're like me, you have champagne tastes and a box wine budget.  This means I upcycle whatever I can to make relatively inexpensive things look more expensive.  One of the easiest things to do this with is wall decor.  Paintings are very expensive.  Even an unknown artist will cost you a couple hundred bucks if it looks good.  However, posters of famous paintings are that expensive, but look very cheap and just scream "college dorm room".  The good news is, for not that much more money, you can transform a poster into a painting in just a few simple steps.

Monday, September 22, 2014

5 DIY Wall Art Projects

This week, I'm still working on decorating some bare wall in my apartment.  Below are some great ideas I stumbled across on how to create some beautiful but inexpensive art for your walls.  Just click on the pictures to get the tutorial.  I'll share how I decided to keep decorating later this week!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sassafras Jewerly: Camping Craft

Where camping meets crafting Crafting with Court is here to save the day!  Sassafras trees are very common in the eastern part of the United States.  Sassafras trees can be identified by their many slender branches with orange-brown bark.  Additionally, the leaves are unusual and appear in three different shapes: unlobed oval, bilobed (mitten shaped), and trilobed (three pronged).  If you think you've found a Sassafras tree, break some of the twigs and they should have a fragrant smell.

Why is Sassafras worth finding on your next camping trip?  Well, from a practical perspective, Sassafras is one of the few woods that can burn while wet.  Having Sassafras around will enable you to start a fire and still cook your dinner even after a rainstorm.  From a crafting perspective, Sassafras can be made into beads!  With just a few simple materials to bring while camping you can make an easy craft to keep the kids busy and give them a great keepsake to show off from their camping trip!  If you make your own jewelry, Sassafras beads can add a unique and natural look to your next project.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sleep Mask Tutorial

I've been sleeping in a sleep masking since I was 16 years old.  I used to be a really light sleeper.  Now, I sleep like a rock thanks to sleep masks (and ear plugs).  The thing is though, I'm picky about my sleep masks.  So many times, I don't like the material they're made out of or the elastic is too tight or too loose.  Luckily, sleep masks are super easy to make.  So I make my own to make them exactly how I want them.  Make your own sleep mask and sleep well!