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Loving My New Bookcase

Loving My New Bookshelf

Do you have that spot in your home? That place where you have all this space but you haven’t the foggiest idea WHAT should go there? Well my “spot” is at the top of the stairs… a nice, big awkward empty space. But no more thanks to Sauder!

It’s been driving me nuts forever…. that wasted space at the top of the stairs when I have so many things that need a home and some organization. Eager to find a solution to my decorating challenge, I headed to Sauder online and used their Expedition Design tool.

This tool helps you hone in on your personal style.

I found myself drawn to Vintage Eclectic, warm and relaxed, patterns colors and textures balancing eclectic and vintage decor. Back to my “issue”– the SPOT! Armed with the knowledge of I perused the options and found the perfect piece of furniture for me.

I fell in love with a bookcase from the Barrister Lane Collection. I ordered it, using the Sauder website which was simple and easy to use. Just over a week later, a HUGE and expertly packed box from Sauder arrived.

Then it was time to assemble it. I’ll admit I felt a moment of panic when I opened up the box and saw all the hardware and parts. But, true to my DIY spirit, I took a deep breath and went to work.

Let me say, with the help of the awesome instruction book, I put the entire bookshelf MYSELF in just a few hours!

I just followed the directions (which were super clear) and took it step by step. Everything is completely thought through. If you get stuck, you can call customer service for support or in some cases, watch a video to guide you through. It’s actually FUN to out Sauder furniture together!

Building the bookcase gave me a great sense of accomplishment and feeling of pride. Now for the fun part: Organizing!

The bookcase came with metal label holders and paper labels… Sauder makes it so easy to make things look pretty and be organized.

If you have a “trouble spot” like mine in your home, or if you are wanting to get organized or even change the look for a room, check out Sauder! Their product is suberb and the ordering process and assembly are a breeze.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Summer Cash Giveaway

Summer Cash Giveaway GraphicIt’s time for another giveaway and this one is for a cool $650.00 in PayPal Cash!!!  I know how I would like to spend the money but how would YOU spend it?

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Jumping Jellyfish Kid’s Craft

Jumping Jellyfish Kid’s Craft

Beach Crafts for Kids

EASY. QUICK. FUN… & Beachy! Here’s a great project for your little sea-loving folk! The cool thing about these Jumping Jellyfish is that that the kids are occupied making them… and then they can also enjoy playing with them!

Beach Crafts for Kids

Materials: 3 inch Styrofoam balls, foam cutter, DecoArt Americana paint in Dragon Fruit and Calypso Blue, thin elastic, Rik Rack, ruler, scissors, goggly eyes and glue. All materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Make your kiddos a space where it’s OK to paint, glue and get messy!

Cutting Styrofoam

Step 1: Grown up cuts the styrofoam balls in half.

Painting Styrofoam

Step 2: Kiddos paint the styrofoam bright colors.

Googly Eyes

Step 3: Kiddos glue googly eyes on.

Knot

Step 4: Grown strings elastic through top of jellyfish, making a loop on top and a knot on the bottom.

How to make Jumping Jellyfish Kid's Craft

HAVE FUN!

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Project Inspire{d}: Stuff I Like

Project Inspire{d}: Stuff I Like

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Hey There Party People! Thanks for joining us at Project Inspire{d}. What have you been up to this week? Vacation… or stay-cation? This is my favorite part of the summer… the middle! It’s HOT here and honestly there is no prettier place than Seattle in the summer. Here’s what I’ve been working on…

What I’ve Been Up To

DIY Terra Cotta Candle Holders

Summer Bright Candle Holders

Beach Crafts for Kids

6 Beach Crafts for Kids

My Features

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BBQ Onions by Shaken Together Life

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Sharpie Bag by Lamberts Lately

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Banana Split Pudding Pops from The First Year Blog

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Embellished Flip Flops by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Spray Painted Planter

Spray Painted Planter by It’s Always Ruetten

My Co-Hostesses Features

Swing by Cupcakes and Crinoline, The Silly Pearl and An Extraordinary Day to see what AMAZING features the are showing off this week!

Party Guidelines

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Thirty Beachy Mason Jar Ideas

30 Beachy Mason Jar Ideas

Beachy and Nautical Mason Jar Ideas

Ah the beach. The sun, the surf… the sand! The worst part about the beach is when it’s time to pack up and drive home. Thanks to these fantastic Mason Jar ideas, you can bring some of that fun in the waves home with you.

Please pin from the source, thank you!

Nautical Inspired Odds and Ends Jars VintageZest

Nautical Inspired Odds and Ends Jars by Vintage Zest

beachy-mason-jar-terrarium by Making Home Base

Beachy Mason Jar Terrarium by Making Home Base

Beach Inspired Mason Jat Craft by A Pumkin and a Princess

Beach Inspired Mason Jar Craft by A Pumpkin and a Princess

Mini Jello Fish Bowls by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Mini Jello Fish Aquariums by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Beachy and Nautical Mason Jar Ideas

Glass Sand Candles by Yesterday on Tuesday

Sweet and Simple Summer Mantle by Yellow Bliss Road

Sweet and Simple Summer Mantle by Yellow Bliss Road

Mason Jar Table Numbers by Cathie and Steve for Plaid

Mason Jar Table Numbers by Cathie and Steve for Plaid

Beach in a Jar by Crafts Unleashed

Beach in a Jar Coconut Oil Moisturizer by Crafts Unleashed

Hanging Mason Jars Tutorial by Domestically Speaking

Hanging Mason Jars Tutorial by Domestically Speaking

Mason-Jar-Beach-Photo-Display by Cupcakes and Crinoline

Mason Jar Beach Photo Display by Cupcakes and Crinoline

Nautical Mason Jar Lanterns by Suburble

Nautical Mason Jar Lanterns by Suburble

Striped Mason Jars by Craft That Party

Striped Mason Jars by Craft that Party for ediTORIal

Nautical Party by A Pumpkin and a Princess

Nautical Party by A Pumpkin and a Princess

Frosted-Mason-Jars-by Cleans and Scenstible

Frosted Mason Jars by Clean and Scentsible

Stenciled Sweet Tea Mason Jars by Mom4Real

Stenciled Sweet Tea Mason Jars by Mom4Real

Blue Paint Dripped Jar by The Country Chic Cottage

Blue Paint Dripped Jar by The County Chic Cottage

Summer Mantle by Domestically Speaking

Summer Mantle by Domestically Speaking

Nautical Tray Set by Whipperberry

Nautical Tray Set by Whipperberry

Faux Seaglass Jar by Carolyn's Homework

Faux Seaglass Jar by Carolyn’s Homework

Summer Beach Decor by Crafts by Courtney

Summer Beach Decor by Crafts by Courtney

Summer Mason Jar Candles by Confessions of a Plate Addict

Summer Mason Jar Candles by Confessions of a Plate Addict

Vacation Jar Memories by Mason Jar Crafts Love

Vacation Jar Memories by Mason Jar Crafts Love

Sea Glass Mason Jar by The Country Chic Cottage

Sea Glass Mason Jar by The Country Chic Cottage

Memories in a Jar by One Sutton Place

Memories in a Jar by One Sutton Place

Coastal Vase by Timewashed

Coastal Vase by Timewashed

Glitter Painted Drink Jars by Madigan Made

Glitter Painted Drink Jars by Madigan Made

Mason Jar Candle Holder for a Beach Wedding by Cathie and Steve for Plaid

Mason Jar Candle Holder for a Beach Wedding by Cathie and Steve for Plaid

Mason Jar Entertaining Caddy by OneKriegerChick

Mason Jar Entertaining Caddy by One Krieger Chick

blue_mason_jars_beach_decorating by Songbird

Blue Mason Jars Decorating by Songbird

Mason Jar Lamp Tutorial bu Domestically Speaking

Mason Jar Lamp Tutorial by Domestically Speaking

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Pinterest Party: Positively Splendid

Happy Friday Friends!! Bev here with this week’s Pinterest Feature Friday!

This week Michele, Malia, Kara and I are featured the super splendid Amy – from Positively Splendid!

Amy from Positively Splendid

Amy has 81 boards and 2951 Pins! Let’s check out some of those boards!

Amy’s Sewing Board has a ton of great projects and tips!

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If your kids have run out of things to keep them busy this summer, check out Amy’s Fun for Kiddos board! There are tons of great ideas here!

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You’ll definitely want to check out her As Seen on Positively Splendid board – Amy’s blog is amazing and you can find all of her projects here!

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Let’s dive into those pins!

I am so in love with these Felt Flower Corsages from Not Martha! The colors are so gorgeous.

Best felt flower tutorial online-at notmartha.org

This Handmade Paper Tape that Amy pinned from Just Something I Made is such a great way to dress up packages, mail, or anything! I think this would be a fun craft day project!

This Woven Chain Bracelet pinned from Nest of Posies is the perfect Summer Accessory!

Woven Chain Bracelet via @Kellie from Nest of Posies

This Sea Turtle Softie is so cute!! You could make up some of these this summer to get a jumpstart on Christmas gifts! This is pinned from Amy’s own pattern!

Sea Turtle Softie Sewing Pattern + Tutorial

These Ruffled Key Fobs pinned from Sugar Bee Crafts look so easy to sew up! Plus they’re darling!

This On the Go Reading Pillow is so perfect for those road trips this summer – for kids or even grownups! †Pinned from The Polkadot Chair.

Reading Pillow Tutorial

These cute Colorful Pillowcases are so fun. They’d be great to make up for a sleepover – and you could do boy or girl fabrics! Pinned from Organize Your Stuff Now.

funky pillowcases tutorial... so fun!

Thanks so much for linking up to the party Amy – it was so fun to browse through your pins!

Make sure you follow along with Amy so you catch all her cute pinning inspiration!

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Have you linked up yet to the Pinterest Master List?? You could be our next feature!!

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Summer Bright Candle Holders

Summer Bright Candle Holders

DIY Terra Cotta Candle Holders

Summer is such a beautiful season for color. I love strong colors all the time, but in summer, I especially like cheery brights. Here’s a project that I originally saw at my favorite store, Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond, WA. As soon as I saw it, I got that “I MUST make these” feeling. So I did!

DIY Terra Cotta Candle Holders

Supplies: Three Terra Cotta pots and saucers, DuraClear glass varnish, Delta Creamacoat Paint in Orange Crush, DecoArt Americana acrylic paint in Primary Yellow, Calypson Blue, and Yellow Green, baker’s twine in coordinating colors and three candles.

DIY Terra Cotta Candle Holders

Step 1: Paint the pots and saucers… aren’t these colors sort of delicious?

DIY Terra Cotta Candle Holders

Step 2: Paint the sealer on. OOPS Alert: After painting sealer on all the pieces I realized I missed some spots. They were pretty obvious and I was bummed(!) but I just applied the sealer to those places and let it dry… it looked fine!

DIY Terra Cotta Candle Holders

The sealer adds a great glossy sheen!

How to make cheery summer bright candle holders

Step 3: Tie the baker’s twine around the candle.

How to make cheery summer bright candle holders

These cheery candle holders make me smile.

Happy Summer!

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Project Inspire{d}: Sand and Surf Ideas

Project Inspire{d}: Sand and Surf Ideas

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Hello and thanks for taking a moment to join us at Project Inspire{d},the weekly soiree that I get to host wth Cupcakes and Crinoline, The Silly Pearl and An Extraordinary Day. I hope that you had a festive and relaxing 4th of July!

What I’ve Been Up To

Four Pretty Wedding Favors

With 4th of July last week, I haven’t been up to much! But here are Four Pretty Wedding Favor ideas. Let’s “dive” into the Sand and Surf themed features!

My Features: Sand and Surf Ideas

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Nautical Themed Coffee Table Makeover by Virginia Sweet Pea

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Summer Garland by Making Home Base

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Tropical Fruit Boats by Sweet Silly Sara

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Silver Shell Candle Holder by What Meegan Makes

nautical flag decorNautical Flag Picnic Decor by Homeward Found

My Co-Hostesses Features

Romantic Rags

Cupcakes and Crinoline: Romantic Rags from Penny’s Vintage Home

Mini Bird Bath

The Silly Pearl: Mini Bird Bath from Creative Ramblings

Drop Cloth Bench

An Extraordinary Day: Drop Cloth Bench by Our Home Away from Home

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Beach Crafts for Kids

Catch these ideas LIVE on Seattle’s KOMO-TV on Tuesday July 8th at 4pm

Beach Crafts for Kids

Beach Crafts for Kids

Have you and your kids been enjoying the beach this summer? Whether it’s the ocean or the lake, there is plenty of creative inspiration at the beach. Here are some fun crafts your kids can do to enjoy the spirit of sand and surf!

Jumping Jellyfish

Beach Crafts for Kids

Age: 5 and up with help from a grown-up.

Materials: 3 inch Styrofoam balls, foam cutter, DecoArt Americana paint in Dragon Fruit and Calypso Blue, thin elastic, Rik Rack, ruler, scissors, goggly eyes and glue. All materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions

- Adult cuts styrofoam balls in half with foam cutter

- Child paints on half of ball to make jellyfish body

- Adult pokes hole in top of jellyfish, strings elastic through and ties knots on top and bottom.

- Adult helps child measure and child uses safety scissors to cut six inch pieces of  6-9 pieces of Rick Rack.

- Adult helps child glue Rik Rack to underside of jellyfish body

- Child glues eyes on jellyfish

“SEA” Inspired Letters

Beach Crafts for Kids

Age: 7 and up with the help of a grown-up (also great Tween project)

Materials: Large cardboard S, E, and A letters, DecoArt Americana Paint in Whispering Turquoise and Mississippi Mud. Delta Creative paint in Spring Green, blue rope, small pieces of driftwood and sea glass. All materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions

- Child paints letters using photo as a guide

- After paint dries, child glues rope, driftwood and sea glass on letters.

Sand Frame

Beach Crafts for Kids

Age: 7 and up with help from a grown-up

Materials: Wooden Frame, package of sand, white glitter, Mod Podge, shells, DecoArt Americana paint in Dragon Fruit and Calypso Blue, rope and glue. All materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions

- Child paints frame (may take 2-3 coats)

- Child mixes 1/4 cup of sand and 1/8 cup of white glitter.

- Child paints Mod Podge on frame and white it’s still wet, sprinkles sand mixture on top.

- Meanwhile, child paints a medium sized and small sized shell bright colors and lets dry.

- When shells are dry, adult helps child glue together to make a fish and add goggly eye.

- Adult glues rope around edge of frame.

- Child glues “fish” on front of frame.

Cute Crabs

Beach Crafts for Kids

Age: 5 and up with help from a grown-up

Materials: Craft Shells, Darice Chenille Stems in orange, Delta Creative acrylic paint in Orange Soda, googly eyes, glue and scissors. All materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions

- Child paints shells orange (may take two coats).

- Adult helps child cut eight  2 1/2 inch pieces of chenille stems.

- When paint is dry, child flips crab over and glues chenille stems for crab legs.

- Child adds goggly eyes to crab.

Fun Fish

Beach Craft for kids.

Age: 7 and up with help from a grown-up

Materials: Glass containers, shells, DecoArt Americana paint in Irish Moss, Dragon Fruit and Calypso Blue, mini Rik Rack in yellow and green, goggly eyes, glue. All materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions

- Child paints large shells for fish “body” and small shells for fish fins using photo as a guide.

- Adult helps child cut small pieces of Rik Rack for edge of fish and child glues it on.

- Child glues fins on fish (if desired).

- Child glues goggly eye on fish.

- Adult glues fish to glass containers and child adds any additional shells.

Starfish Mirror

Beach Craft for kids

Age: 11 and up with grown-up supervision

Materials: 12 x 12 wooden block, DecoArt Glamour Dust in Aqua, round mirror, four starfish, hot glue, vinyl letters “you” and “are a.” All materials available at Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames in Redmond.

Directions

- Child paints wooden box with Glamour Dust Paint (may take up to 4 coats).

- With adult supervision, child glues mirror on box using photo as guide.

- Child adds vinyl letters “You are a.”

- With adult supervision, child glues starfish on mirror.

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