About Roeshel

author of DIY Show Off blog

Cat Colony Room Designs

It’s happening! Remember me telling you about the Humane Society makeover in progress with the Building Better Lives campaign hosted by Purina Cat Chow? (I shared about it here.)That’s where I’ll be this week, pitching in and lending a hand. Maybe a cat snuggle or two in there somewhere. 

Purina Building Better Lives

Oh goodness…the kitties! I want to pack them all up in my suitcase to bring home with me! So.much.adorable-ness. I can’t stand it!

kittens - #purinacatchow #buildingbetterlives kitten #myrescuestory #purinacatchow

 

I’ve had the pleasure of working on three cat colony room designs and what a fun challenge! The adoption center is the largest in the stage of Minnesota has been working to transform the institutional look to a more fun, modern, comfortable streamlined process. So exciting! 

Here are the rooms before…

cat colony room 3 before cat colony room 2 before cat colony room 1 before

And here were some of the room designs…

cat corner on the catwalk Room 1 back left cat colony 2 Room 2 - back right cat colony 2 Room 3 - glass cat colony Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 1.18.44 PM Room 1 Room 2 Room 3

Fun, right? I’ll be sharing which plans were approved. Fingers crossed that all goes smoothly and according to plan! 

The grand reveal is coming up! Stay tuned! 

Purina Building Better Lives

There’s still time for you to share your rescue story. Just use this: #myrescuestory with a photo of your sweet pet(s) on social media. Here’s my rescue story. Once 1500 #myrescuestory tags are reached, Purina Cat Chow will donate $50,000 to Petfinder.com! Let’s help these cuties find homes!

That DIY Party time!

It’s time to share DIY ideas by linking up in That DIY Party below. 

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

DIYShowOff weekly recap: In case I haven’t told you in a while…

“Thank you for all the little things you do that make a big difference.” 

It was a slow week blog-wise here as a I’ve been working on some cat colony designs for an adoption center makeover. I’ll be heading to MN next week to lend a hand. 

Building Better Lives - see how you can help.

Just a social media pet picture with a #myrescuestory tag!

Purina Building Better Lives

Did you catch my featured over on the Michael’s Makers blog? Exciting!

DIYShowOff interview at Michael’s Makers

Roeshel #MichaelsMakers

and then a fun back-to-school DIY…book ends

A to Z book ends tutorial @diyshowoff

Let’s see what you’ve been up to! Party time! 

That DIY Party link party at diyshowoff.com 1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/. 

2. This blog linky party is for YOUR DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.  Please do not link recipes, giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. PLEASE DO NOT LINK TO YOUR ETSY SHOP. 

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DIY Book Ends

Back to school time! Time to restock the desk area for homework assignments and school projects. Add cute set of DIY book ends to perk things up. 

A to Z book ends tutorial @diyshowoff

As a part of the Michael’s Makers team, I have the opportunity to create a monthly themed project. This month’s challenge is “Back to School”. A bit of a ‘challenge’ when your nest is empty but these will work in grand-baby boy’s nursery too. ;)

What I used: 

  • 4  wood blocks 
  • wood glue and clamps
  • scrapbook paper and scrapbook cards
  • multi-surface acrylic craft paint and foam brush
  • gloss finish decoupage and foam brush
  • {thin} washi tape
  • letter A
  • letter Z
  • hot glue gun & glue

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial

What I did:

Start with applying a bead of wood glue to each block to create an “L” shape. Clamp, wipe away any excess glue and let dry. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Once glue was dry, I removed the clamps and applied a ‘white wash’ look using a foam brush and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. I only applied one coat so that the wood grain still showed through. Let dry. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Cut scrapbook paper to size for inside of the “L” shape and the outside of the vertical wood piece. I used scrapbook paper and cute patterned scrapbook cards. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Apply a coat of decoupage to one side at a time as a glue. Place scrapbook paper onto decoupaged surface. Smooth out air bubbles. Apply another coat of decoupage over the scrapbook paper, sealing it. I brushed on the decoupage in the same direction as the wood grain. Repeat decoupage + scrapbook paper to all sides. Decoupage will go on with a ‘milky’ look but dry transparent. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Add washi tape to sides, smooth out bubbles/make sure it’s adhered. Apply a coat of decoupage to seal. *There’s also the option to apply the decoupage before the washi tape to act as a ‘glue’. 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Apply a second coat of decoupage to all surfaces. I let mine dry overnight. 

Attach wood “A” and “Z” using hot glue gun. Wouldn’t they be cute with succulent planters, plastic animals, vases, figurines instead too? 

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Once hot glue sets, you’re good to go!

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

Ready for keeping school books within easy reach and an organized desk top. Useful, functional book ends that coordinate with your home office, library, reading room, craft room, nursery or homework station…love it!

DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers DIY Show Off back to school book ends tutorial #michaelsmakers

See MORE ‘back to school’ crafts from these blog friends:

Teachers – It’s time to start planning for the new school year and Michaels has all of the ideas and supplies you need to create a one-of-a-kind classroom, plus you get a 15 percent discount on all classroom purchases!

In addition to the products available for teachers, parents and students can find organizational tools to keep on track throughout the year as well as project ideas to personalize school supplies

Check out Michaels’ Back to School Pinterest Board to find fun and creative project ideas to kick the year off right! 

As a member of the Michael’s Makers team, I receive a gift card to complete and share fun craft challenges.

Michaels.com: Your 24-hour Arts & Crafts Store

 

 

 

That DIY Party time!

Happy Sunday! It’s time for That DIY Party! Share your latest DIY and browse the links for DIY ideas for your next project. 

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Weekly recap:

Purina Building Better Lives

DIYShowOff is partnering with Purina Cat Chow and lending a hand in giving an animal shelter a makeover! More details here and a quick “before” shot of one of the cat colony rooms:

cat colony room 1 before

 

Tag #myrescuestory and @purinacatchow with a photo of your pet and rescue story. Once they reach 1500, Purina Cat Chow will donate $50,000 to Petfinder! You can see our pets and more about one of our rescue stories here

sneaks

 

and I surprised my sister with a back-to-school drop zone back entryway makeover

DIY drop zone makeover at diyshowoff.com

Party Time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

That DIY Party link party at diyshowoff.com 1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/. 

2. This blog linky party is for YOUR DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.  Please do not link recipes, giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. PLEASE DO NOT LINK TO YOUR ETSY SHOP. 

3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+. 
 
4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to too! Thank you so much for your support!



#MyRescueStory {and Pet DIY}

Meet: CocoRosie or as we call her, “Rosie”. An Italian Greyhound.

CocoRosie - diyshowoff

Ever since we lost our beloved doxie (Niski) a few years back, I’ve been wanting to open our hearts and home to another dog but just didn’t feel ready. I was just heartbroken. Even now when I think about her, my eyes tear up. I loved that little sausage dog.

When I truly began to settle down into my empty nest, it just felt too quiet. I mean, Lalka, our ragdoll cat is super sweet but most days, she has her own agenda, comes out of hiding or wakes up from napping and plays on her own terms. Cats are so independent. When she’s not bullying the dog, she’s hunting mice but mostly, she’s enjoying cat naps. Or as the baby of our family, looking to get into mischief.

Meet “Lalka”:

Lalka at diyshowoff.com

And a lot of times, she’s supervising my DIY projects…just to make sure I’m doing things right. 

tiling bathroom floor

diy cat window perch

DIY Cat Window Perch

and always ready for her photo op….

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DIY photo backdrop

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Meet: Sneaks. And you may not know this, but we actually have a second cat. His name is Sneaks. He was rescued/adopted by my husband before we met. He is super sweet. He currently resides at my husband’s office (he loves people but isn’t a fan of other animals) so he has taken to welcoming and putting clients at ease. He takes his job as VP of public relations very seriously. 

sneaks

I started considering welcoming a dog into our lives again. However this time I knew I’d prefer to rescue an adult rather than adopt a puppy and so the hunt began.

Italian Greyhound Rosie

I saw an Italian Greyhound who needed a home on Craig’s List. Unfortunately by the time I called, he already had a new home but it got me to researching the breed a little more. And the breed seemed like a good fit. It seemed as if we had a lot in common!

Italian Greyhounds:

  • Small in size.
  • Short fur/little shedding.
  • Imaginative.
  • Funny.
  • Snuggly and affectionate.
  • Gentle.
And after more research, I discovered a local/tri-state Italian Greyhound Rescue. After more thought, I finally applied. The adoption process was more than I anticipated with paperwork and a home visit but understandingly so. Our home visit was completed by a friendly IG loving/owning couple in our town who brought their little guy with them for us to meet. He was just so irresistible, the couple so kind and knowledgable. Before we knew it, we were approved!
 
I was looking for an adult female Iggy. It took about 3-4 months before we found her. 
 
Lucky for us, that same couple that did our home visit began to foster Italian Greyhounds in our town and had a sweet little girl. 
 
I was nervous. I was hesitant. Would I love a new dog as much as I loved our dachshund? Would she be a good fit to our laid back, boring life?
 
Name: CocoRosie
Breed: Italian Greyhound
Age: 8 years old
Weight: 10 lbs.
Favorite past time: Burrowing under the blankets, sleeping. 
 
Then I met her. 10 lbs. of the sweetest little dog. Calm. Relaxed. So well behaved. 
 
I fell head over heels in love with her. She is super sweet! Those big brown eyes. Her personality is so similar to our doxie…even down to the love of burrowing under the blankets! And guess what – she is perfectly house trained as well! Bonus!
 
And they aren’t kidding when they call IGs “velcro dogs”. If I’m on the couch, she’s on the couch. If I get up to go to another room, she follows.  If I walk out the door, her nose is looking out the French door glass. If I’m on the patio, she’s right there. She never leaves my side. 

Rosie has been enjoying some attention here at DIYShowOff…

DIY Dog Bed  
 
You’ll spy a greyhound silhouette in a few DIY tutorials (one coming up soon too)…
 

fabric interfacing tutorial 

She is always by my side for the past year and a half. I think I’ll keep her. ;)  Let’s hear more about your pet!
 
Have you rescued a pet? Share a picture using the #myrescuestory. For more details, check out the Building Better Lives campaign

Drop Zone Makeover {Back to School Organization} Before & After

It’s back to school season! It’s the perfect time to re-think the “drop zone” to organize back packs, shoes, coats…all the things that get unloaded when walking in the door. 

before and after back door drop zone area makeover

As a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, one of this month’s challenge options included a back to school organization theme. Since my sister is still recovering and her little one will be  starting pre-school in a couple of weeks (AND her birthday is right around the corner),  I surprised her with a 6-hour back door entryway makeover. 

Here are the before pictures: this little space just wasn’t functioning well as an organized drop zone with storage options. 

back entryway makeover before back entryway makeover before back entryway makeover before coat rack before

First up, we emptied the area then I freshened up the walls with paint to give the space more light and a bigger neutral vibe. I used Valspar Signature (Paint + Primer). Color is silver leaf. Isn’t it pretty? Just a touch of a gray-blue tint. Best part? It covered up the raspberry-painted paneling in just two coats. 

back entryway makeover before back entryway makeover before back entryway makeover before

While the paint was drying, I assembled the furniture consisting of a storage bench and cubby shelves. I even had a helper…

back entryway makeover before

Once the paint was dry (use a fan to speed along the drying process), I added some coat hooks for back packs, coats and hats. Using a level (and screwing into the walls studs/using wall anchors) to secure the coat racks.

Since the previous window treatment on the door wasn’t a good fit, I replaced the curtain on the door with a new roman shade.

Once more, the before when opening the door…

back entryway makeover before

After… 

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Then added in some pretty accessories and wall art.

entryway makeover "after" at diyshowoff.com

 

And now…the room feels bigger, fresher, prettier.

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My nephew started adding his shoes to bins and hanging his backpacks the minute we finished up. No more hunting for lost shoes and his backpack is ready to go. He also grabbed his ‘camera’ to take a few shots of his own. 

entryway makeover "after" at diyshowoff.com

My DIY and photography assistant for the day… entryway makeover "after" at diyshowoff.com

I’m considering incorporating a cork board for displaying his papers and drawings to the basement door. A project for another day. 

Get the look!

Fresh & Fun Drop Zone Design Board @diyshowoff

DIY drop zone makeover at diyshowoff.com

I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.  

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Building Better Lives Campaign

DIYShowOff is excited to be partnering with Purina Cat Chow in the Building Better Lives program! Woo hoo!

Purina Building Better Lives

Wait. What is it?

Purina Cat Chow is committed to helping improve the lives of cats across the country by supporting 50 cat-focused shelters nationwide (FIFTY!) – one in every state – and donating $275,000 in renovation and adoption support, product and monetary donations as well as a possible $50,000 donation to The Petfinder Foundation, for a total donation of up to $325,000. WOW! 

Bri and I are dedicated to helping in anyway we can to spread the word. If we could, we would bring home ALL of these cuties with us.

kitten #myrescuestory #purinacatchow

Purina Cat Chow identified three of the participating 50 shelters for on-site makeovers of their cat facilities valued at $50,000 each or $150,000 total. The makeovers will include custom changes and upgrades to meet the specific needs for each facility. And Bri and I will be lending a hand! 

To celebrate the completion of each makeover, Purina Cat Chow will conduct a “Building Better Lives” adoption event at each organization whereby the brand will help local cats find a new home during the event. Members of the Purina Cat Chow brand team will volunteer their time and talents at each renovation and adoption event. Sweet, right?

Plus! Purina Cat Chow will donate up to $50,000 to The Petfinder Foundation if from now until Sept. 2,  at least 1,500 stories are shared with the brand’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) using the hashtag #myrescuestory. This donation will be used to support 50 Petfinder.com shelters to help support future cat adoption fees. If you’re a pet lover, you’ve no doubt browsed the pets looking for homes on their site. Let’s raise awareness to get these sweet animals into loving homes!

Each participating shelter will also receive a donation valued at $2,500 – $2,000 in cash to support future cat adoptions and $500 worth of Purina Cat Chow brand cat food.

There’s a HUGE makeover going on at the Golden Valley Humane Society in Minnesota and Bri & I have the opportunity to lend a hand. Here are a few of the before pictures from the Adoption Center: 

animal shelter lobby before animal shelter space before

Just wait until you see how they’re working to transform this cold and sterile looking environment into a new beautiful modern design with streamlined adoption process! As one of the largest animal shelter centers in the state, making the process effortless and smooth will help to increase the adoption rate. 

More before…

Cat Shelter Before cat shelter makeover - before

What a blessed and generous campaign! And we’re so honored to be included! We’ve been assigned to makeover three cat colony rooms.

Before…

cat colony room 1 before cat colony room 2 before cat colony room 3 before

How can you get involved? Purina Cat Chow encourages you to share YOUR rescue story on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #myrescuestory . 

kittens - #purinacatchow #buildingbetterlives

Stay tuned for a few fun cat friendly design boards and the unbelievable transformation at the Humane Society grand opening event in Golden Valley, MN!  

*This post is sponsored by Purina Cat Chow. We’re partnering with Purina Cat Chow to spread the word and raising awareness about the awesome Building Better Lives program.

That DIY Party

Happy Sunday! Time for That DIY Party! 

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

DIYShowOff weekly recap:

Update on my sister, Bobbi, and a glitter iron on t-shirt tutorial…(thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers! xo)

breast cancer (hope is my superpower) - Bobbi at diyshowoff.com

a rustic glam woodland centerpiece

rustic glam woodland centerpiece at diyshowoff.com

and a mocha mint smoothie recipe

mocha mint smoothie at diyshowoff.com

and as always, I am SO super excited to share my Young Living essential oils experience with you. Sitting on the fence? Just try. Experience. It’s been life-changing for us. 

Today is the Day - Young Living essential oils @diyshowoff

 We have more work going on with recycled brick and extending the pathway from the grape arbor… doesn’t it look like a cave? It’s so shaded with speckled sunlight spots during the day. Peaceful. Romantic. 

recycled brick pathway

Follow DIYShowOff on Instagram to keep up-to-date. :) 

Party Time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

That DIY Party link party at diyshowoff.com 1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/. 

2. This blog linky party is for YOUR DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.  Please do not link recipes, giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. PLEASE DO NOT LINK TO YOUR ETSY SHOP. 

3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+. 
 
4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to too! Thank you so much for your support!



Glitter Iron On Vinyl Decal Tutorial

Many of you have asked how my sister is doing and guess what? She’s finally completely “all done” with her treatments! Hurray! Confetti & champagne! My hero! And my hero’s superpower is “hope”…

DIY glitter iron-on decal tutorial at diyshowoff …and like most heroic milestones, it’s an occasion for a celebration, right?! Right! Well, that’ll be coming up in just a few weeks when we celebrate her birthday with a super-hero themed “Bobbi-fest” but in the meantime, I whipped up a cute breast cancer survivor shirt. 

What I used:

What I did:

1. Using my Silhouette design studio software, I created a design using text and a breast cancer ribbon, keeping the overall size in mind for a good fit on the shirt. 

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

2. Right click each part of the design and choose “flip horizontally” to mirror the text and image. 

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

3. Load the vinyl shiny-side (pink glitter side) facing down into the vinyl cutting machine. 

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

4. Choose glitter/flocked iron on adhesive from the drop down menu in the cut settings. Adjust blade settings. (Always do a test cut first to ensure the blade doesn’t cut too deep or too shallow.)

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

5. Hit “cut”.

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

6. When cutting is complete, remove from machine and peel away excess vinyl. Weed away the vinyl surrounding the design. 

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

7. Following the iron on’s printed instructions, I laid out the shirt on an ironing board and smoothed out the wrinkles. Place vinyl onto shirt.

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

8. Cover with a cotton dish towel or cotton fabric and iron, applying pressure 25-30 seconds and then moving to the next spot on the design and repeating. I used the highest setting on my iron (no steam).

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

9. Slowly peel away the transparency. (If letters peel away too, repeating step 8, applying more pressure/holding a few seconds longer.)

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

Ta-da!

Hope is my super power breast cancer iron on decal tutorial

Despite nausea and having tests done the same day, she agreed to model my handiwork. Isn’t she beautiful? {I love how despite not feeling 100%, she smiles. And how her hair is growing back with curls!}

breast cancer (hope is my superpower) - Bobbi at diyshowoff.com

Now that the treatment is behind her, she’s free to focus on recovering, building up strength and feeling better every single day. Thanks for your prayers! xoxo

Glitter is so difficult to photograph. It’s a more uniform and sparkly than shown above. 

hope is my super power

 

party pink bling glitter iron on vinyl

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Rustic Glam Woodland Centerpiece and a Mint Mocha Smoothie

My favorite time of the year is summer and I love spending my days outdoors when I don’t have to bundle up, the sun shining warm on my face, taking a few moments from the chaos on the patio swing to close my eyes while I ponder the day’s plans.

My woodland centerpiece is inspired by summer, talking walks in the woods. A good hike, re-connecting. Mood boosting!

Materials: moss runner, large wood slice, fresh flowers, feathers, white candles, twine, wooden spoons and gold spray painted toy animals.

a blend of natural elements with a little glam

Create a woodland themed vignette. Nature inspired. Peaceful and serene.

It’s a sweet centerpiece for the bistro table under our grape arbor gazebo, all set for some quiet time, counting blessings, healthy meditation and brainstorming up my next big DIY project. Remember to take a few quiet minutes for the sake of your health, to breathe, to think (or not think) and to just rest before tackling the rest of the day.

A shaded haven for catching up with my daughter. We sat there the other day, sipping mocha mint smoothies, talking and dreaming big.

Do you take the time to sit and soak up the good things? What inspires you to live a healthier lifestyle?

Mocha Mint Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients for 1 large serving or 2 small:

mocha mint smoothie

  • 3 cups of frozen chocolate Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup of Silk Almond Coconut Blend (grab a coupon!)
  • Shaved organic chocolate
  • Fresh mint
  • 1 drop of peppermint essential oil

Check out the Silk products for yourself on the Silk Facebook page. Cool, refreshing and so good! I hope you get a few happy moments away from summer’s crazy schedule today. xo

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

 

That DIY Party

Helloooo DIY lovers! Hope you’re having an awesome weekend! Summer time is so uplifting and happy (and crazy busy too), isn’t it? It’s That DIY Party time! Let’s see your productivity and creative ideas!

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

DIY Show Off weekly recap:

Soooo good! A yummy berry smoothie recipe

Young Living Ningxia Berry Syrup Smoothie Recipe @diyshowoff

A new dresser!

Sauder Shoal Collection dresser

and a DIY coat rack!

DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

Party Time: Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

That DIY Party link party at diyshowoff.com

 
1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/. 
2. This blog linky party is for YOUR DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.  Please do not link recipes, giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. PLEASE DO NOT LINK TO YOUR ETSY SHOP. 
3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+. 
4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to too! Thank you so much for your support!



Refreshing Berry Smoothie Recipe

We entertain a lot during the summer and I’m always looking for amazing recipes to serve guests. Last night I taught an Essential Oils 101 class in my home and served up these delicious berry smoothies to my guests. 

Ningxia berry syrup smoothie recipe at diyshowoff.com

I loooove berries so when Young Living recently released Gary’s True Grit Ningxia Berry Syrup (1 liter NingXia berry syrup with lemon and orange essential oils), it was quickly added to my shopping cart. Ingredients include: Organic evaporated cane juice, Water, Berry juice concentrate (Blueberry, Pomegranate, Apricot, Raspberry), Pure vanilla extract, Xanthan gum, Grape pomace extract, Lemon (Citrus Limon) peel oil, Orange (Citrus sinensis) peel extract, Wolfberry Seed oil.

Ningxia Berry Smoothie Recipe

Young Living Ningxia Berry Syrup Smoothie Recipe @diyshowoff  

Add the following to your blender:

  • 2 scoops of frozen vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of Silk almond coconut milk blend
  • handful of frozen berries (I used frozen strawberries, red and black raspberries and blueberries
  • 2 tbs. of Young Living Ningxia Berry Syrup 

Blend on medium until smooth. Pour into glass. Top with a few berries. Serve. SO good! So berry-licious and refreshing on a hot summer day! And when you live within 1 mile of a popular ice-cream franchise like we do, a much healthier option too. ;) 

Young Living Ningxia Berry Syrup Smoothie Recipe @diyshowoff

Serving: 1 

*I filled up my blender to make a serving for 6. I also made them about an hour before the class and froze until ready to serve. 

Looking for more info on Young Living Essential Oils? Visit my natural living page for more details and an awesome special deal!

Check out how you can join me in taking the first steps to creating a healthier lifestyle with Young Living Essential Oils at diyshowoff.com

 

July deal for Young Living team at diyshowoff.com

Enjoy the weekend, friends! Stay cool! 

DIY Pipe Fitting Wooden Coat Rack Tutorial

This little seating area is great for putting on shoes and a quiet pet resting place and I love the vintage mould (I think that’s what the chalkboard is hanging on) but you know what? I was ready for a change. Surprise, surprise! haha!

eclectic-hallway

Time to get creative and since we love pipe and wood projects for a bit of a rustic industrial style (see this), those are the materials I used to create a pipe fitting wooden coat rack. 

What I used:

DIY pipe coat hooks

  • Three 3/8 inch galvanized flanges
  • Three 3/8 inch 90 degree elbows
  • Three 3/8 inch black caps
  • Three 3/8 inch x close steel pipe nipples
  • Twelve 3/4 inch sheet metal screws (these fit nicely for securing the flanges to wood)
  • RustOleum Universal Metallic spray paint + primer (oil rubbed bronze)
  • Scrap 1 x 6 pine board 
  • RustOleum Ultimate wood stain (Kona)
  • RustOleum Ultimate polyurethane
  • 2 drywall anchors and screws (to secure to wall)

What I did:

1. I connected my pipe fittings in this order: flange, nipple, elbow, nipple, cap.

DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

2. Then I gave them a few light coats of spray paint and let dry. 

DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

3. I cut my scrap pine board to 30 inches.

DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

4. Then sanded the edges smooth and wiped clean. 

DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

5. Next using a foam paint brush, I applied the wood stain and let it sit for a couple of minutes. You’ll want to wear gloves!

DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

6. Then wiped away the stain with an old rag and let it dry.

DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

7. After about an hour, I brushed on the polyurethane and let it dry according to manufacturer’s instructions. 

DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

8. Once everything was dry, I secured the first pipe hook to the center of my wood plank. Then secured the other two. 

DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

9. I attached it to the wall using drywall anchors and screws. 

DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

Perfect for hanging jackets, the dog’s leash, or my tote bag. 

rustic industrial pipe fitting coat rack @diyshowoff.com

Check back next week to see the tutorial for the dog silhouette wood plank wall art tutorial.

Sauder Experience

With a nursery project in the works, purchasing a dresser is near the top of the furniture list.

As a part of a fun campaign, I recently shopped at Sauder.com to choose a dresser that fit our space and needs. The Expedition Design tool makes choosing a piece that fits your style easy!

I ordered the a dresser from the Shoal Creek Collection (gorgeous jamocha finish) from Sauder that will coordinate beautifully with the crib that Ali has chosen. I love the extra attention to detail.

We loved the rich dark color, beautiful hardware and extra deep drawers for more storage. Even better? I ordered it online and it was delivered to my back door. Much less complicated than hauling it home from the store.

Upon unpacking the box, it was noted that one of the boards had snapped during shipping. But rather than have to pack everything up and return to the store (that box is heavy!), I simply ordered a replacement part at no cost to me … online. It shipped the next day. Super convenient! There’s also a live chat option.

And while the DIY part of building may feel overwhelming, assembly was actually pretty easy with detailed instructions. Every piece is labeled and the drawings of each step are helpful. The only tools required are Phillip’s screwdriver and small hammer. The dresser was assembled in just a little over an hour. An affordable dresser! With slides and drawers…that easy!

It’s currently residing in our guest room, soon to be guest room + nursery space. Perfect for baby’s clothes, blankets and diapers but until those plans are underway, it provides great storage for extra linens, towels and “junk”.

Isn’t it gorgeous? I love the placement at the end of the bed too. How about you?

You’ve seen me use a dresser as a kitchen island, hallway linen storage and dining room buffet. I love non-traditional uses for furniture. And dressers are so versatile for use and function as additional storage for any room. What do you think?

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

That DIY Party

It’s That DIY Party time! 

That DIY Party @diyshowoff.com

DIYShowOff weekly recap:

DIY burlap and spool key {or jewelry} holder

DIY Show Off key holder  

Haven Conference Photos

Roeshel @diyshowoff.com

Small Nursery Inspiration (along with a special announcement)

small nursery inspiration  

Ways that Young Living essential oils helped us this month: Decreasing travel and social anxiety, drying up poison ivy, repelling mosquitos, soothing upset stomach, alleviating cramps, headaches and muscle aches, energy! Ready to get your own kit? 

July deal for Young Living team at diyshowoff.com

Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

That DIY Party link party at diyshowoff.com

 
1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/. 
2. This blog linky party is for YOUR DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.  Please do not link recipes, giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. PLEASE DO NOT LINK TO YOUR ETSY SHOP. 
3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+. 
4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to too! Thank you so much for your support!



Small Shared Room Nursery Inspiration

It’s unusual to see me thinking along the lines of nurseries since we have an empty nest and no, noooooo!, I’m not expecting! However, I do have a special announcement to make:

I will be a grandma later this year!

::excited hugs and happy tears all around::

It's a BOY! @diyshowoff

and…it’s a grandson!

It's a boy!

What?! You guys! Ready or not, it’s onto life’s next chapter for me. Gosh! Am I old enough? (Wait, don’t answer that!) Despite a few years of loving grand-kitties, a grand-doggy and even a grand-piggy, I feel so un-prepared! The proof is in my knitting…

knitting fail

first knitting attempt: epic fail!

Not to mention…I’m clueless when it comes to boys. My experience is limited to girls!

It’s finally just starting to sink in…me, a grandma?!

Yep! And despite my destructive knitting skills, I’m going to be one awesome grandmother! We will be the best grandparents. I just know it! My baby. Having a baby. ::please pass the tissues::

———

Okay, on to the topic of DIYs and nurseries…

For now, at least until next spring, Ali will be staying in her dinky apartment (which I still have yet to fully reveal…perhaps we’ll do that soon too), so we’ll be brainstorming some small space ideas for the new little one’s temporary nursery nook in the tiny one bedroom apartment for at least six months of tight space living. 

small nursery inspiration

Here is a collection of small nursery nooks for inspiration: 

small nursery space

Small doesn’t have to mean skimping on style. {via Apartment Therapy}

small nursery at Adventures of a British Housewife in New York

It does mean getting creative! {via Adventures of a British Housewife in New York}

changing station at Mandy Busby Creative

and making the best use of little space. {via Mandy Busby Creative}

even if it’s a tight squeeze… {via Apartment Therapy}

crib closet

A Bit of Sunshine nursery

{via A Bit of Sunshine}

small nursery inspiration

Love this fun space! Great colors, fun patterns! {via Apartment Therapy}

nursery corner at Bleubird Blog

{via Bleubird Blog}

Nobody puts baby in a corner unless it’s a cute nursery corner.

small nursery

{via Apartment Therapy}

Stay tuned: Tips for creating a small nursery space in a one bedroom apartment. Space may be tiny but love is BIG!

How about TWO nurseries? Why yes, I think so! Grandma needs to create a nursery space in one of our guest rooms for overnight stays, right? So lots of baby love, baby related DIY and decorating and preparing for a precious little one coming right up! I can’t wait!!!

Haven Conference 2014 Photos

The Haven Conference has been an annual event for me for the past three years and each time, I have the best time meeting up with blog friends I’ve known for years and others I’ve known but finally get to meet face-to-face. I don’t really have a recap to write about: fun times, amazing talent and creativity, lots of laughter and hugs, good food, awesome sponsors and generous swag and beautiful friends.

haven conference

Here are some fun photos … I always realize after the fact that I wish I had approached more friends, I wish I had taken more photos. 

Got silly in the FrogTape photo booth with my friend Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage, Susan from OhMy! Creative and Serena from Thrift Diving…

Roeshel at diyshowoff.com

Always good to hug my group of long time blog friends…  Roeshel @diyshowoff.com  

Pretty Handy Girl, Beneath My Heart, All Things Thrifty, Home Stories A to Z, The Shabby Creek Cottage, Sawdust Girl, Just a Girl, Thrifty Decor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Vintage Revivals and DIY Show Off. 

Roeshel @diyshowoff.com

Big fan of Jen’s creativity and DIY at The House of Wood! It was so lovely to finally meet!

and so sweet to meet Shayna from The Woodgrain Cottage and Krista from The Happy Housie…

Roeshel @diyshowoff

Roeshel @diyshowoff.com

Angelique from Where the Piggy Toes Go, Abby from Just a Girl and her Blog and me

Roeshel @diyshowoff.com

Carrie from Making Lemonade, me & Beth from Unskinny Boppy

No idea what I’m saying above but loved hanging out with a few my Anna Maria Island getaway girls. There’s still time to enter to win a dream vacation getaway here!

Roeshel @diyshowoff

Carrie from Making Lemonade, Diane from In My Own Style, me and Karah from The Space Between

For the first time, I even sweetened up my business cards…

DIYShowOff business cards

And got all star struck meeting a few celebrities too (not pictures is Tom Bury from Restaurant Impossible who loves FrogTape just as much as I do!). 

Me with Mike Holmes…

Roeshel @DIYShowOff and Mike Holmes

and rubbing elbows with Chip Wade…

Roeshel @DIYShowOff and Chip Wade

I met so many more that aren’t shown above, missed photo ops…bummer! I also think I’ve lost a few photos and will update as I find them because I did have the chance to get to know more fabulous blog friends not mentioned above.  And there were still so many friends that I didn’t have the chance to meet. I may have spied a few I was too shy to approach. Thanks to the Haven Team for pulling off such an awesome event and to the amazing sponsors for the generous swag! 

I’m not sure that there will be another blog conference in my future but I always look forward to connecting with you online! xo

DIY Burlap and Spool Key Keeper Tutorial

Michael's Raw Bar

As a part of the Michael’s Makers team, I have the opportunity to participate in monthly craft challenges. This month’s project is a DIY burlap and spool key keeper tutorial. 

DIY Show Off key holder

I don’t know about you but I LOVE craft supplies like cork, burlap, unfinished, twine, jute…all things “natural and earthy”. I feel like I could just start a collection of natural materials with no crafting plans…they’re all just so pretty! But since this isn’t blog isn’t titled  “Hoard Show Off”, let’s get to the ‘how to’!

DIY Burlap and Spool Key (or jewelry) Keeper Tutorial

(Because we all have a habit of misplacing our keys on occasion, right? Some more than others. Ahem, “Mr. DIY”)

DIY key holder supplies at diyshowoff.com

Materials:

  • stretched burlap canvas
  • natural wood cutout (I chose a key but I saw the cutest bird cage cut out at Michael’s too)
  • cork letter
  • wooden spools
  • twine and scissors
  • optional: acrylic craft paint (black) and foam paint brush
  • hot glue and hot glue gun
  • picture hanging hardware or 3M strips

What I did:

1. Paint the accessories and let dry. I painted the wooden key decal and spools black. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

2. Wind twine around spool. Cut twine and secure with hot glue. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

3. Attach accessories (wooden key decal, cork monogram and spools) to stretched burlap frame using hot glue. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

4. Hang and display near door. I nestled mine inside of a regular picture frame.

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Keep keys within easy reach or hang in a in closet, the bedroom or bathroom for hanging necklaces, beads, bracelets, hair ties, etc. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

It doesn’t get much easier than that, does it? Perfect for your own home (and sanity) or a great handmade housewarming gift idea. 

DIY key holder tutorial at diyshowoff.com

On August 8th, you’ll find these and MORE fun accessories at Michael’s new “Raw Bar”. Tons of unfinished, natural craft supplies for your next DIY craft project. 

Michael's Raw Bar Michael's Raw Bar

I’m a member of the Michael’s Makers team which means I receive a gift card to complete and share fun craft challenges.

Michaels.com: Your 24-hour Arts & Crafts Store

See MORE ‘raw’ crafts from these blog friends:


That DIY Party time!

Helloooo, DIY lovers! It’s time for That DIY Party! 

How is your weekend going? I’m currently traveling back home from the Haven Conference. Info overload (in a the best way!), good friends and lots of fun! 

Let’s see what you’ve been up to! 

That DIY Party link party at diyshowoff.com

1. Please use the button above or text and link to this post to share the linky love. Here is the link: http://diyshowoff.com/category/other/that-diy-party/. 
2. This blog linky party is for YOUR DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.  Please do not link recipes, giveaways, linky parties, promotions or a collection of inspiration that isn’t your own DIY project. PLEASE DO NOT LINK TO YOUR ETSY SHOP. 
3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+. 
4. If you’re here to share your DIY and link up or just browse the links for DIY inspiration, please consider visiting one of the links above to too! Thank you so much for your support!