DIY “Will you be my bridesmaid” bracelets

“Will you be my bridesmaid?” was the funnest question I’ve ever asked. I couldn’t wait to ask my best friend, sister-in-law and two of my soon to be sister-in-laws but I wanted to come up with a creative way first. All that time on pinterest, I’m telling you.

I decided to get them knot bracelets. At first I was going to buy a set of bracelets from etsy but ended up making them instead.

It was actually way easier than I thought.  I just took two snake chain bracelets like this one– looped them through each other and clasped at the other end. I used a dab of E6000 glue to adhere the chains together and clamped them with c-clamps over night to make the glue set. That’s it.

Bam. Bridesmaids are officially asked. Bam. Wedding planning can start. 

Christmas Card Outtakes 2013

Please tell me that I’m not the only one who insists on taking a new photo for Christmas every year.  This year I wanted one that captured how cute my soon-to-be family is (Tom, me and the dogs). Tom thinks traditions like this are proof that I grew up in the Suburbs.

It took about fifty dozen photos and more than a few smart comments from my future Husband to get a card worthy photo. Really I should of just stopped with this one ^ because it captures our little family to a T.

Can you tell my new dog loves taking Christmas card photos? ^ Just loves it.

In the process I learned that photographing the black dog is going to take some creativity. Can you see him? ^ This is after I lightened the shadows up more than a bit.

How about now?^  And how about that crazy yellow glow in all the photos? That’s because the only overhead light in Tom’s living room has a reddish orange shade on it, perfect.

Well this is awkward.


Luckily, I have at least one dog who is more than used to posing for photos. And a very patient fiancé.


DIY Horseshoe Jewelry Holder

The first time “horseshoe jewelry holder” came up on my pinterest newsfeed, I knew I had to make one. So I made one for my best friend, an equestrian and lover of all things horseshoe. 
Luckily it was really easy to make because I waited til the day before Christmas eve to make it, of course. 
How to Make a Horseshoe Jewlery Holder
Step 1: Find horseshoes, if you have little patience like me just buy them at TSC
Step 2: Pick a piece of board to nail them too, paint it, stain it or keep it the way it is
Step 3: Nail horseshoes to the board
Step 4: Add nails to hang jewelry from
Tada! That’s it. Chances are whoever you give it too will adore it. 

DIY Blood Tube Ornament

Who wouldn’t want a blood tube for their Christmas tree?
I know I would! And I know a bunch of science, medical/veterinary geeky types who would too. The other day when I came across a bag of expired blood tubes at the exact moment I was thinking of what to get my friends for Christmas I came up with this lovely idea. 
Step 1: Find a blood tube. If you’re in the medical/veterinary profession it should be pretty easy. If you are a livestock inspector like me, you have a bazillion and they are all expired- jack pot. 
Step 2: Tint some clear Elmer’s glue with red food coloring. Add a drop of blue if you want to make it look more coagulated (especially if it’s a red top).

Step 3: Loop a piece of fishing line thru the top of the blood tube, tie it in a knot and you’re done!

Note: The glue doesn’t dry all the way in the tube, at least it didn’t for me. The top stays on pretty well but you might want to use a strong glue to keep it shut.

DIY Display Booth

Trade show displays. We all need them (or maybe not). My work needs one every August for our state fair. This year we wanted to buy two of those nice tall retractable banners except I was quoted $600 for one and we only had $0.00 to spend and four three weeks to get it made. Inspired by Pinterest and trying to save as much money as possible I decided to make a DIY Display Booth. The goal was to make it for $50.00 and we would have come close if only we used black and white graphics… 

The pinterest inspiration came from all of those pins for HUGE “DIY photo canvas” prints sprayed on foamboard like this. I figured getting large graphics printed would be the most difficult and costly part of the display so if we could DIY that, the rest would just flow together. It kind of worked that way…

Step 1: Print photos 30″X36″ and mount them to foam board ($6.70) with spray adhesive ($8.81). You can do it. Just keep repeating that. It is a pain in the butt but not impossible. Our prints cost $259 total because they were printed in color (and our very own oversized printer was broken) but as black and white “engineering prints” they could have been $1.90/ea. Can you imagine? I try not to think about it.

Step 2: Buy two pieces of the large 8ftX4ft home insulation board ($11.63/ea) from Lowes or Home Depot etc.

Step 3: Staple “background” colored fabric ($24.00) to insulation board with staple gun. I covered the whole thing but really just cover what will show if the photos block the rest {duh}.

Step 4: Staple your “wording” to the boards in between the photos. I just used text printed large on paper as to spare me from mounting something else to foam board.

Step 5:  Have an amazing father like mine who made these “backing stands” to hold up the insulation boards. Or construct them out of 2X2s.

Step 6: Have a brilliant boyfriend who tells you to buy these automobile screws from Napa Auto Parts for $8.32.

Step 7: Poke the automobile screws thru the fabric and foam board at the corners where you want the photos to be. So four total per photo.

Step 8: Hot glue the photos to the automobile screws which are connect to the display boards.  Lay the boards down first.

Step 9: Ta-da! That’s it. Wrap those puppies up  in trash bags and hope they make it there in one piece and that there is no humidity. Bring spray adhesive and a hot glue with you just in case and never volunteer to DIY ever again. 🙂

DIY Display Booth $290.26. 

DIY pinboard

DIY pinboard out of cardboard ^ (those photos are of Tom and I in 4H before we knew each other. I stole his to put next to mine, adorable right?)
Step 1: Glue two pieces of cardboard together, I used a hot glue gun and a tv box
Step 2: Stable fabric to cardboard with stable gun…bam!