8 Favorite Things this Week that have Nothing to do with DIY

I’m taking a few days off from DIY. ::gasp!:: I know. lol Well, to be honest, de-cluttering and cleaning is do-it-yourself when you haven’t hired someone for the task but there’s nothing glamorous about dust, spiders and junk. We’re in the long tedious process of cleaning out the basement. KEEP • TRASH • DONATE/SELL is the mantra. Anyway… here are a few favorite things I’m loving in the meantime because I’m experiencing a bit of blogging withdrawal. 

1. This decanter/glass bottle. Served up a little lime/berry sangria (and may or may not have refilled it about 4 times). Cute, isn’t it? And I forgot to take a picture of it “in use” because I was entertaining and believe it or not, not one of the 4 of us touched our cell phones (i.e. camera) the entire 3-ish hours. Sweet! 

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2. Purge is the word of the week. Yes, the basement but my laptop has been leaving not so subtle pop ups that my disk is full and throwing wonky tantrums. :/ Time to transfer some of the 43,323 photos. This is the external hard drive {<— that one is an affiliate link} that’s new to me. Sleek, isn’t it? 2 terabytes, you guys! I think I’m good for another good long while, let’s hope! 

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3. THIS obsession. Not healthy but I.can’t.stop.myself. Triple chocolate brownie. Need I elaborate? Didn’t think so. 

triple chocolate brownie  

4.  I looooove this top. Crochet and t-shirt? Comfy combo and pretty too. However, I am still waiting to hear back regarding 2 missing items and exchanging 1 wrong size from my order. Not such a happy first impression. Online shopping is sometimes risky, huh? Great prices so hopefully the company responds to my ‘support ticket’ soon. I’ll edit my post with an update. 

Update: My two missing items were shipped separately (although it didn’t show that way on my tracking). Also, I ordered two pairs of sandals and did heed the chart converting Chinese size. One pair is correct, the more expensive pair is 2 sizes to large (I was sent a size 6 and size 8). Exchanging is a hassle. I’d have to pay for the return shipping. So, I’m just out the $32+ dollars for the sandals (hopefully I can find a friend who wears a size 8). I don’t recommend ordering shoes. Another thing to note is the sizing conversation. Since I placed a large order, I am pleased with most of what I received. However, 1 bikini is too tight, one romper (and the 1 pair of sandals) too large. Therefore, I feel the inexpensive items are just brought up to normal pricing with the the loss of things I can’t wear. Make sense? 

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5. Lime essential oil (Don’t have any yet? What are you waiting for?! Learn how essential oils can benefit you. Experience wellness. Go get yourself some…NOW! It’s part of the DIYShowOff wellness promo HERE)…

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6. Okay, this favorite IS fun DIY related: This blog crush…and I happen to have the pleasure of knowing Susan from Oh My! Creative in real life. She’s sweet, smart and crafty. Love her blog, love the creative crafts, love her fresh new blog design! ::inspiring:: Pop on over, check things out, pin some fun ideas and say ‘hello’. 

Oh My! Creative

7. This cutie (no affiliate link available)…but the adorable outfit he’s wearing is from here. I can’t get enough of that cute face!

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8. Magnolia blooms are filling the air with heavenly perfume…

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Enjoy the rest of the week! See you Sunday for That DIY Party (there is still time to link up this week AND browse the links already shared for inspiration) – you can show off your creativity, rub it in my face, stick out your tongue and make me all envious that all I’m sort of accomplishing is creating chaos into piles at some attempt to achieve peace & harmony and a bare basement/clean slate up for remodeling…finally. Maybe. Fingers crossed. 

What are you loving lately? Care to share? 

Metallic Gold Favorites

Hello Gold! I am loving it! While I’ve been doing a little birthday wishing, I’ve collected a few pretty gold treasures from my wish list to share with you. *Hey, there are a few Amazon affiliate links sprinkled in below. The others are not. 

gold home decor trend @diyshowoff

Go for the gold…

  1. Big Ben alarm clock
  2. gold wire basket
  3. cup & saucer
  4. gold cake stand
  5. triangle wall decals
  6. deer head wall art
  7. metallic gold spray paint
  8. unscented ambiance candle
  9. wooden box with gold lid
  10. Nate Berkus embellished pillow

  gold gift ideas @diyshowoff

All that glitters is gold….

  1.  hashtag gold earrings
  2. gold aviator sunglasses
  3. wonderland of whimsy bracelet
  4. Rifle XO note cards
  5. antique gold stag head jewelry stand
  6. Starbucks gold polka dot travel mug
  7. glam jam earbuds
  8. Jude Phone cover by WallFlower 
  • You know my passion for essential oils? Well, it’s true what they say. “There’s an oil for that!” Egyptian Gold™ includes the biblical essential oils rose, cinnamon, balsam fir, and lavender, renowned for spiritual sensitivities. This transcendent blend gently enhances moments of devotion and reverence. Must try! 
  • Ever since I made up that metallic gold #blogger t-shirt last year (which I still LOVE), I’m obsessed! 

What about you? Take it or leave it? What’s your current favorite trend?

DIY Denim Tic Tac Toe Game

Michael’s has a new collection of craft products called Make Market and this month’s challenge includes the denim trend, a collection of fun denim supplies.

denim trend challenge #michaelsmakers denim tic tac toe display at Michaels

I made up a cute denim tic tac toe game with carrying case. It fits easily on a book shelf and makes for a great gift. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

What I used: 

  • 12 x 12 stretched denim canvas
  • 12 x 12 denim panel
  • denim ribbon
  • fabric glue
  • adhesive velcro
  • 5-6 wood button cutouts
  • 5-6 wood heart cutouts
  • acrylic craft paint
  • two denim pockets

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What I did:

1. I painted the wood pieces and set them aside to dry. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

2. Next I applied the denim ribbon to the denim panel with fabric glue to create a tic tac toe board. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

3. Then I used the adhesive velcro on the back of a stretched denim canvas and the denim panel to create a ‘case’ for game pieces. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

4. Two denim pockets also hold each player’s game pieces. I’m thinking an inexpensive drawer handle for carrying on one side would work perfectly too.

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Wasn’t that easy? Store game pieces inside the denim ‘box’. 

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Portable for easy carrying and fun!

DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY denim tic tac toe game and carrying case @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

See more denim ideas from these Michael’s Makers bloggers: 

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Michaels has named denim the craft trend of 2015! Denim has always been a wardrobe staple and now it’s emerging in crafts and home décor.

If you’re looking for some spring project inspiration, take a look at Michaels’ new Make Market line for DIY project and home décor ideas – all made with simple, on-trend surfaces and textures like chalk, denim, galvanized, burlap and cork.

Michaels Makers readers are getting the inside scoop on an upcoming craft contest that will send one lucky participant on the trip of a lifetime to Paris. Check back on my blog March 2 to get all the details on how to enter.

Disclaimer: As a member of the Michael’s Makers blog team, I received a Michael’s gift card to complete this craft challenge. 

Essential Oil Lotion Hearts {Embracing Wellness Series & Giveaway}

It’s the second month of the Embracing Wellness Series and giveaway – several blog friends sharing their favorite Young Living essential oils and hosting an awesome giveaway as our way of wanting to help spread the oily love. Woo hoo! More details below. 

embracing wellness blog hop #oilyfamilies

*This post contains some affiliate links of what I purchased on Amazon, enough supplies for several different DIY/handmade recipes.

These essential oil lotion hearts are not only a great gift idea, they’re super handy for dry skin. Winter and extra-handwashing have made my hands super dry. I love having these on display/ready to grab near the soap on our bathroom sinks and in my purse for a quick grab. Not to mention a cute gift, great {essential oil} business incentive or prize at essential oil classes/events. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Ingredients I used:

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

*I chose Valor for the one I keep in my purse. I like the benefits for easing occasional feelings of anxiety on top of soothing dry skin on the go. I also like Joy, Peace & Calming, Lavender and Sacred Mountain. One of the bonuses to DIY! YOU choose the essential oil you prefer. 

Valor: Valor® is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual’s internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body.

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What I did: 

I simply added the shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil into a double boiler (I bought this double boiler) and melted it together over medium-high heat.

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Once completely melted and blended, remove from heat and mix in essential oil. You’ll need to move through the next step rather quickly (but you can always reheat to liquify if needed). 

I poured my mixture into a glass measuring cup to make pouring the mixture into silicone heart molds easier. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

I let them cool. It doesn’t take long. I waited a few hours just to be sure they were completely cool and formed. 

DIY essential oils lotion bars @diyshowoff

Then I removed the hearts from the silicone mold. They pop out easily! Wrap for gifts or display in small labeled dish on the bathroom sink.

DIY essential oil lotion bars recipe @diyshowoff  

Let’s get YOU started! Join the Oily Families team by simply visit Young Living HERE (using member#1836762 as sponsor & enroller), choose the wholesale membership to save 24% (no obligations) and choose the Premium Starter Kit. It’s the best way to start your essential oils experience and a great deal! Embrace wellness! What are you waiting for? Today’s the day! We’d love to have you join our team. Orders placed today (2/12/15) using member #1836762 will also receive handmade essential oil lotion bar as a thank you. 

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Curious about more uses for essential oils? Follow the entire Healthy Living / Healthy Home series by checking out these sweet blog friends and what they’re sharing:

Catch up on even more information by visiting the January edition of Embracing Wellness here where I shared an easy lavender pillow & linen spray recipe. 

How to Make lavender pillow and linen spray @diyshowoff wool dryer balls and essential oils @diyshowoff #oilyfamilies

Felted Soap Tutorial

It’s time for the monthly Michael’s Makers challenge! I’ve been wanting to/meaning to make felted soap for years and I can finally check it off my craft bucket list. But first, January is a great time of year for getting organized. I love these Recollections Memory Boxes with chalkboard labels for keeping crafting supplies organized in my craft room…

organized craft room @diyshowoff  

My craft project this month is felted soap. It’s something I usually purchase, handmade from boutiques…always for gifts but never for myself. I’ve always wanted to attempt to make my own but just never made the time to give it a try. Just one of those crafts that seemed time consuming or difficult. Boy, was I ever wrong! It’s so easy! No craft-talent required, although I bet it’s something we can acquire a skill at doing, to create some beautiful works of art maybe even too pretty to use. A fun craft to do with the kids as well.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

What is felted soap? It’s like having your bar of soap wrapped in a felt washcloth. It lengthens the number of uses of a bar of soap and there’s lots of lather! It’s also pretty…you decide on colors or designs to coordinate with your bathroom decor, seasons or holidays, etc. You choose the soap brand or scent or even make your own.  

Materials I used: Shop Michaels Online

  • bar of soap (I made 3 this time around: lavender, peppermint and even an activated charcoal soap.)
  • wool roving
  • nylon stocking (cut to fit over soap with room to tie opening)
  • water, paper towels, drying rack
  • optional: felt appliqué and felting needle tool

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Do a search for felted soap tutorials. There are a lot of different ways to go about this. This is what I did:

1. I wrapped the bar of soap with a piece of wool roving in the long direction around a bar of soap, as tight as I could get it to stay. I left a little overlap on the edges/corners. I used a thin sheet of roving and kept the overlapping the pieces on the back to a minimum.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

2. I then wrapped wool roving the other direction. I tucked in the overlap on the corners from the first piece of wool roving placed. 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

3. Optional: add thin strands of different colors. Add an appliqué using a felting needle tool. Just place and punch. I didn’t really notice that it ‘stuck’ well (I could easily pull it back off) but it did seem to grab a few fibers and that seemed to be all that was needed to keep it sort of secure and in place. Maybe I did it wrong, I’m not a felting expert. lol! 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

4. I carefully placed the wrapped bar of soap into a piece of nylon stocking. If it was the toe piece, I tied a knot in one end. When I ran out of toe/foot stocking pieces, I used the leg parts of stocking and tied both ends. This just holds everything all together and in place.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

5. In the kitchen sink, I prepared a bowl of hot water. I dipped the nylon covered soap into the hot water and started “washing my hands” with the soap. Rubbing each side of the soap, lathering. Repeating for 15 minutes. Yes, it feels like a long time standing there, but it’s not really a long time for a DIY craft project. It’s worth it. Pull up a stool or chair! Be aware of the appliqué so that it doesn’t slide around or change shape. And don’t forget to give attention to the corners and edges of the bar of soap.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

6. Next I did a rinse in cold water, lathered one more time for a minute or so then a cold rinse and squeezed to remove some of the water.

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

7. I then cut away/removed the nylon stocking and patted with a dry paper towel. If it does look as if the felt is not adhered well, repeat steps 5 and 6…without the nylon. 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

8. Set aside to dry overnight (I put mine on a rack with paper towels underneath). 

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

It’s addicting…

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I want to make more, try more detailed designs! Maybe add a few drops of essential oil. Open my own shop! Okay, I wouldn’t go quite that far. But, I even made up a felted soap-on-a-rope by tying on wool yarn before felting (then simply decorated it by adding some wool yarn stripes). 

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What do you think? Something you want to try? Looking for more fun craft ideas? Check out these January projects from the Michael’s Makers team:

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Haven’t decided what project you’re going to kick off 2015 with? Stop by Michaels’ blog  The Glue String  for inspiration from all 30 of the Michaels Makers.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to clean out your closet, your office or even your bedroom, but you’re sick of the typical containers and boxes – here are some cool and creative DIY storage ideas that might help!

For those of us that just need a place to store our craft materials and organize our scrapbook paper, paint, markers and yarn, you must check out these nifty craft storage systems.

DIYShowOff 2014 Recap

We tend to look at all we didn’t accomplish, every thing still taking up space on the to-do list but this time of the year is a great time to count blessings and recap accomplishments.

DIYShowOff 2014 Year in Review

Here’s a look back with links to my favorite DIY from 2014 BIG and small…

room makeovers & tutorials @diyshowoff

My first project of 2014 was an open pantry reveal with tips for making DIY pipe shelving. I still love this space. There’s also a tutorial for the easy painted accent wall that is often mistaken for pretty wallpaper. 

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This next space ties the open pantry as one of my most favorite in 2014. I just love the fresh new look (of course if you check out the ‘before’ photos, you know why!) bathroom before and after makeover

DIYShowOff Bathroom Makeover

DIY grouted vinyl floor tile tutorial

DIYShowOff bathroom accessories

I plan on having more overnight guests in 2015. Check out the Guest Room/Nursery Reveal

Nursery Guest Room Reveal @diyshowoff  

My craft room tour and DIY window shelves. I’m considering moving this space in 2015. Ambitious plan. lol We’ll see!

DIYShowOff Craft Room

I gave my sister’s back door/entry area a fresh and fun new look for her birthday: 

Drop Zone Makeover

DIY drop zone makeover at diyshowoff.com

There is still some work going on in the laundry room but loving the bold staggered striped laundry room wall and herringbone tile floor

laundry room at diyshowoff.com

Aaro’s small apartment nursery nook reveal (my first grand child’s birth announcement).

small apartment nursery nook reveal @diyshowoff

This was so easy! A gold arrow accent wall

metallic gold arrow wall at diyshowoff.com   DIY storage and organization projects @diyshowoff.com

Free Standing Galvanized Pipe Mobile Coat Rack

DIY galvanized pipe and wood mobile coat rack on casters @diyshowoff #lowescreator

DIY organizer tutorial

DIY Hanging Organizer Tutorial DIY decor & crafts @diyshowoff

scrap wood plank silhouette wall art and pipe fitting coat rack tutorials

Wood Plank Wall Art at diyshowoff.com DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

wall mounted lantern hanger tutorial

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

DIY Book Ends

A to Z book ends tutorial @diyshowoff

sisal rope planters and teacup succulents

DIY sisal rope wrapped terra cotta planters tutorial at diyshowoff.com tea cup succulent planters at diyshowoff.com

Easter succulent garden

Easter succulent garden at diyshowoff.com

upcycled t-shirt tote bag

easy DIY tshirt tote bag tutorial at diyshowoff.com

nursery wall art

nursery wall decor tutorial @diyshowoff

DIY birdie garland

DIYShowOff birdie garland tutorial

thrift store mirror makeover

1 mirror 4 ways at diyshowoff.com misc. DIY projects @diyshowoff

mocha mint smoothie recipe and woodland centerpiece

mocha mint smoothie at diyshowoff.com rustic glam woodland centerpiece at diyshowoff.com

iron on vinyl decal tutorial

DIY metallic iron on decal tutorial @diyshowoff

decorate your rainboots

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

chalk finish paint recipe

how to make DIY chalk finish paint

I had the opportunity to participate in an Animal Rescue Center Makeover

Animal Humane Society Makeover #myrescuestory #purinacatchow @purinacatchow @diyshowoff

DIY furniture makeovers etc. @diyshowoff

dresser makeover

painted dresser tutorial at diyshowoff.com

cart / furniture rescue

DIY cart makeover at diyshowoff.com

a hospital bedside table / furniture makeover Hospital Bedside Table Makeover tutorial DIY holiday @diyshowoff   DIY yarn wrapped reindeer tutorial at diyshowoff.com Holiday Gift Basket Idea with free printable art @diyshowoff

And finally, my holiday home tour DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour @diyshowoff #holidayhome

First project of 2015 will be putting away the Christmas decorations. I don’t like doing it but it sure feels good when everything is put away. So fresh and decluttered. Other plans for 2015: a master bedroom and bathroom makeover, a shower in the guest bathroom, the start of a basement makeover (huge project) and giving a helping hand to my mom’s new fixer upper. I suspect that because of this cutie (my new grandson, Aaro), 


that you’ll be seeing lots of baby-related DIY projects as well as a handful of arrow-inspired ideas too!

How about you? Have any plans for the new year? Something new? Something fun? Something DIY? 

I’m sharing in Rhoda’s Best Projects of 2014 Party at Southern Hospitality Blog and Best Posts of 2014 linky party

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New blog sponsor: Also new in 2014…Young Living essential oils at DIYShowOff! With what feels like a recent cancer epidemic in my family, I’m starting to make healthier, more natural choices for my family. I love creating a comfortable beautiful home … and now I’m working to provide a safe, poison/chemical-free environment for my family too. Young Living essential oils are the newest/main way I help boost our immune systems, alleviate a lot of our minor aches, pains, and injuries and promote a healthier lifestyle . Read more about them here. My Young Living essential oils are also my newest business venture and so popular/loved that they’re sponsoring my blog. Thank you, friends! What a blessing! Interested in joining me? Once you experience essential oils, you’ll also learn the amazing  business opportunity that has the potential to create financial freedom! I’d love for you to join my team! You can enroll by clicking here or contact me to learn more. 

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I also want to take a moment to thank you all for your visits, your comments, your support and your friendship. I love that you’re here. I love that we have things in common. And I love getting to know you! Thank YOU so much from the bottom on my heart! Wishing you the BEST in the new year! 

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This post is sponsored by my Young Living business! Check out my essential oils page for more information on how you can get these amazing oils in your hands too along with helpful freebies, a gift from me, and tons of support:

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Vinyl Decal Tutorial for Stainless Steel Tumbler {for essential oils}

Once I started experiencing the benefits of using Young Living essential oils, I’ve been adding grapefruit, tangerine and sometimes lemon essential oils to my water. Love it! It’s definitely increased my daily water intake! However, because Young Living citrus essential oils are so potent, using a glass or stainless steel drinking vessel is recommended. 

I found this awesome stainless steel tumbler (including lid and straw) on Amazon. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

It works beautifully – keeps drinks SUPER cold with a double insulated wall. Design wise, it’s a little boring and plain so of course I couldn’t help but create some vinyl decals to dress it up a bit. 


What I did:

I added my designs (shapes I already had on hand) to the Silhouette Designer Software template, making sure they were at a size that would fit my tumbler. Designs are previous purchases from the online Silhouette store accessible through the software. 

I sent the design to cut. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I adjusted setting as needed for cutting vinyl (you may want to do a test cut). 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I loaded my adhesive vinyl glossy color side up into the machine. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I clicked “cut” and removed vinyl from machine when cutting was complete.

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Then, I peeled (weeded away) the vinyl that surrounded the design. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Next I added a piece of transfer paper to the decals and rubbed with a credit card to ‘transfer’ the design. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I peeled away the transfer paper, separating it from the wax papered backing (vinyl decal should now be on the sticky side of the transfer paper). 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I placed the decal sticky side down onto the tumbler’s surface then rubbed a credit card. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

When I peeled away the transfer paper, the decal transferred to the stainless steel surface. All done!

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

*Now stainless steel tumbler must be hand washed (do not run vinyl through dishwasher).   Young Living essential oils - stainless steel tumbler for citrus oil @diyshowoff

Much cuter! And since my mom, my daughter and I all use these tumblers, now I know which one is mine! It makes a great holiday gift idea for your essential oils team or oily friends and family.

Young Living essential oils - stainless steel tumbler for citrus oil @diyshowoff

*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. 


DIY Nursery Wall Decor

I’ve been giving our guest room a bit of a makeover to include a little nursery space for my very first grand child who is scheduled to arrive next month. I can’t wait! You guys, a sweet baby boy will be here soon! I’m so excited, I can’t stand it! 

Materials: I found this old oval wall art at the thrift store for 3.99.

DIY nursery wall art  tutorial

I had the wrapping paper and felted deer head (used in our stairwell/landing makeover originally. I looked and it’s no longer for sale…sorry but I did see awesome paper mache deer heads at Michaels that would work well too…plus you can paint/decoupage to coordinate with your room.). So this is a thrifty treasure for me…just $3.99 for the dusty framed print + shopping the house since I had the spray paint on hand already too. 

What I did: Gave everything a good cleaning and removed the backing from the frame (set aside). 

I spray painted the frame gold and let it dry. 

DIY nursery wall art  tutorial

I traced the oval backing onto chevron wrapping paper. I did glue the wrapping paper over the print on the front. However, it’s not required if you’d like to preserve the print.   DIY nursery wall art  tutorial   DIY nursery wall art  tutorial DIY nursery wall art  tutorial

Then just reattached the backing to the frame. 

DIY nursery wall art  tutorial

I hung it on the wall and hammered a nail in the center to hang the felted deer head and added a DIY banner…just card stock, Project Life cards (scrapbook section at Michaels) and twine. I added a string of mini LED fairy lights too. 

nursery wall decor tutorial @diyshowoff nursery wall decor tutorial @diyshowoff

See my guest room nursery space for more nursery ideas:

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*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. 

And yes…it’s crazy here. From Halloween to baby shower to some Christmas decorating, a guest room/nursery makeover, an entire home before/after in progress (family members), always Young Living recipes, events and sharing my story, and another small apartment nursery nook. There’s a LOT going on and DIYShowOff is ALL over the place! You may want to subscribe to get reminders to check back often! 😉 

Have a great week!

How to Set Up at a Vendor Event

It’s no secret that I’m passionate about not only DIY but Young Living essential oils too so when the opportunity came up to participate in a local women’s health fair, despite my introverted personality, I couldn’t wait to share my excitement, my story, my LOVE for essential oils with the public in the hopes of helping others. Pardon the cell phone pics…it was a busy day!

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Because it’s my plan to participate in events as opportunities arise, I did invest some money into having materials I need to set up a table. Here’s what I did:

1. I’ve attended several vendor events in the past during my career in healthcare but never had to do so on my own dime. I found that most people pocket the freebies (pens, hand sanitizers, stress balls) but don’t really ‘use’ or even ‘look’ at the information on them. So, providing tchotchkes (small promotional items) isn’t necessary, especially when you’re a new business with a small budget with the potential to reach 100s of people. This event provided space and a table for free. Cost to participate was donation of a basket/prize for a Chinese auction to raise money for a local breast cancer support group. Easy enough and fun! I made up a basket using a fall centerpiece I created and a bottle of Nutmeg oil (great oil for fall!). I made up and printed a card about the benefits and uses of Nutmeg essential oil and tucked in a few Young Living brochures/handouts and my business card. 

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2. I purchased a promotional table cloth with the Young Living logo. Mine is eggplant with white lettering and a gold metallic leaf/oil drop. Not only does it give my table a professional edge at events but it’s been pretty for when I host essential oils classes/parties too. 

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3. Backdrop display. I covered a tri-fold cardboard table top display with wrapping paper and gold DuckTape and washitape. I enlarged one of the handouts/graphic for a poster as a central focus point (by uploading the image to Staples’ Copy & Print center). The others I printed and laminated myself. I attached them using adhesive velcro so that I have the option to move things around and swap things out in the future. I also used a few extra large clothespins to display informational cards. I topped it off with a  DIY black/gold “essential oils” banner. 

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3. Product. I displayed everything that comes with the Premium Starter Kit: 11 essential oils, my diffuser and literature. I also had the boxes of a few of the kits I had also ordered – Essence of the Season for Christmas and the Golden Touch kit for cold/flu season. I diffused clove + orange for a pretty fall scent. 

How to set up at a Young Living booth at vendor event @diyshowoff How to set up at a Young Living booth at vendor event @diyshowoff

4. Scrapbook. I printed out several informational graphics and put them into a binder/scrapbook. (Great for referring to when answering questions! Good to have on hand for my own use too!)

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5. Raffle. I doctored up a clearance sale wreath from Michaels, (see the Peppermint, Lavender and Thieves essential oils samples tucked in?), made up, printed and attached card about the benefits of those oils. I secured a brochure/business card to the back. I randomly chose a winner from the entries gathered from #6. 

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6. A few inexpensive chalkboard easels. Use chalkboard markers (that won’t rub away easily). I wrote “Join our email list and be entered to win.”  In a word document, I created two columns with lines. One labeled “Name”. The other “Email”. I printed off a handful and attached them to a clipboard. I also let people entering know that I wouldn’t be giving out email addresses to third parties or flooding their inbox. I then sent the sign ups an email introducing more about myself, Young Living, my story, essential oils and information on my next class. 

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7. I also had a giveaway for those who signed up “today” however, things move along so fast that I recommend to sticking to gathering contact info for invitations to future classes or to discuss/meet one-on-one. 

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8. Engage. I stood in front of or to the side of my table, smiling. It took stepping outside of my comfort zone but I made eye contact with people passing by/browsing and asked “Are you familiar with essential oils?” It was a great opening for giving more information about Young Living, essential oils and sharing how my family uses them everyday (more info here). 

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What IS Young Living essential oil?

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Good luck at your event! 

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Painted Storage Box Craft

Organizing the desk top / homework station for the back-to-school season? A small storage box keeps school and homework accessories within easy reach but not on display. 

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What to do:

Tape off a design using your FrogTape. Stripes, checkers, plaid, triangles. So many options!

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Using a credit card, gift card or just your own thumbnail, burnish the edges of the tape. Meaning: make sure the edges of FrogTape are good and stuck down with no gaps.

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Now the fun part: paint each section. YOU customize colors to coordinate with decor or season.

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While paint is still wet, carefully remove FrogTape. Then let the paint dry.

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Give it a quick light spray of lacquer and let dry.

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*Optional: embellish with washi-tape and decoupage, add a drawer knob, drawer pull or leather handle, adhere something from the junk drawer or little plastic animal using hot glue, add vinyl decals or stickers. Get creative!  painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com

Use as a pencil box, for keepsake treasures, to store note or recipe cards, for organizing an essential oils collection, to tuck on a bookcase filled with bookmakers and highlighters, to keep cords handy or for a unique way of wrapping gifts.

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It’s perfect for storing 70 15ml Young Living essential oils (more if you’re mixing in 5 ml sizes). Great idea for incentives, prizes or gifts – and YOU customize it to coordinate with your home. 

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

7 Essential Oils for Sleep

Sleepy time! Do you love it as much as I do? I know I don’t want to be operating power tools with a foggy head from lack of sleep.  Not to mention, my family isn’t the most pleasant to be around when functioning on little sleep (me either for that matter). Know what I mean?

In our home: Someone has a bit of trouble falling asleep and when he does sleep, he sometimes snores. No sleep apnea. No medical conditions. Just out like a light when he finally gets there and sometimes, quite the disturbance. Me? I have a bit of trouble with turning my brain off at night so I read until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer. Then I sleep peacefully unless there’s a disturbance from the other side of the bed. 

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Here are the Young Living essential oils that have helped our family get a peaceful night’s rest:

  • Cedarwood – Cedarwood has a warm, balsamic, woody aroma. It is relaxing and soothing when used for massage, and has long been used as a beneficial ingredient in cosmetic preparations for oily skin. He says it doesn’t make him feel drowsy instantly but it does promote a restful night of sleep. He does not like the smell (I don’t mind it) but the odor doesn’t stay around long and it’s a small price to pay for a restful snooze. He simply rubs a drop onto the bottom of each foot.
  • Valerian – He adds a drop to a glass of milk. He does make a face and says it’s like a shot of what whiskey + milk would taste like but it makes him drowsy within a few minutes. It promotes a peaceful night’s sleep. He’s also added a drop to each foot but prefers the “shot” orally. This one smells stinky to me but again, not really a big deal. Valerian root has been used for thousands of years for its calming, grounding, and emotionally balancing influences. During the last three decades, it has been clinically investigated for its relaxing properties. Before we were introduced to Young Living essential oils, my husband occasionally took this in pill form as needed. 
  • Valor – Valor is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individual’s internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body.
  • RutaVaLa – RutaVaLa promotes relaxation of the body and mind. It helps ease tension and relieve stress. The blend helps overcome negative feelings while encouraging a positive attitude and comfort. A blend of rue, valerian and lavender. Apply RutaVaLa essential oil blend on the back of neck, base of spine, the feet, or just under the nose before bed to overcome negative feelings and lull the mind into a sense of comfort.
  • Lavender – I add a few drops to distilled water with a pinch of epsom salts to a spray bottle and spritz our pillows and sheets every evening. Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. 
  • Peace & Calming – Peace & Calming is a gentle, fragrant blend. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night’s rest. Peace & Calming may be especially calming and comforting to young children after an overactive and stressful day. This one is my mom’s favorite and she claims a little goes a long way. A lovely oil to diffuse at bed time. Calms everyone…including the dog. 
  • Tranquil Roll On – When I have had a stressful day and can’t even concentrate on my book at bedtime, I apply this to my wrists, temples and a swipe under my nose for promoting relaxation. Tranquil Roll-On is a blend of lavender, cedarwood and roman chamomile essential oils formulated to calm and relax the body and mind. Using the roll-on application, Tranquil provides convenient and portable relaxation. 

No groggy feeling the next day. No side effects. 

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*Note: We do not use all of the above mentioned oils every night, all together at one time. He chooses either Valerian, Cedarwood or soon, RutaVaLa…whichever we happen to have on hand. He alternates between them, one a night. I use the lavender recipe to spritz the sheets and pillows every night or when I remember to. I crack open the Tranquil if he’s exhausted after a long day at work and apply Valor before (if I remember). We diffuse Peace & Calming while we’re unwinding in the evenings. I grab the Tranquil Roll On (or Stress Away) if I have a lot on my mind. 

If having occasional trouble getting your thoughts to stop when your head hits the pillow and desperate to try something all natural… I recommend giving these Young Living essential oils a try. I’ve had several family members share amazing results. I hope they’ll help you too!

Want to know more and the information on how you can get your own?Go here

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Summer Spotlight

summer spotlight

Oh my gosh! Today I’m being featured on the Summer Spotlight hosted by Kenarry: Ideas for the Home, View from the Fridge, Oh, My! Creative and One Krieger Chick. The Summer Spotlight series has been showcasing great ideas from a different creative blogger each Friday throughout the summer months. Thanks to my sweet friend Susan from Oh, My! Creative for choosing me as today’s feature! What an honor!


I encourage you to swing by their sites to check out the ideas they’re featuring from my blog (I cant stop smiling today!) as well as the entire Summer Spotlight series. Time to make some new friends! You can also follow the hosts online to see the great ideas they share year-round because there’s no such thing as too much creative eye candy, is there? Of course not!   

I chose a favorite project from each of these talented ladies to highlight and return the favor today:

Oh My! Creative

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+ / Instagram

A DIY Waterfall & Pond

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One Krieger Chick

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+ / Instagram

Poolhouse Decor: Watercolor Outdoor Wall Art

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View from the Fridge

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+ / Instagram

Bathroom Updates

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Creating a Backyard Playground

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Awesome! Thanks so much for including me in this fun series, ladies! Enjoy every last bit of summer! xo 


Essential Oils Gift Basket Idea

Looking to share Young Living essential oils in the way of a gift or searching for a fun incentive or prize idea? 

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff  

If you’re making healthier choices such as adding drinking more water to your daily routine like I am, you’re going to love this! Of course incorporating more water into your diet is super healthy but how about kicking that up a notch or two by adding a drop of lemon, lime or grapefruit essential oil? 

And since Young Living citrus essential oils are so potent they break down the petrochemicals in plastic water bottles, using glass or stainless steel is a must! I recently put together a gift basket for a friend and it turned out pretty cute so I thought I’d share it here too.

Contents: (some affiliate links below)

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff

Great for so many different occasions: birthday, get well, a fun prize, encouragement, thank you, just because, bon voyage, congratulations, Christmas, a great giveaway, promotional.

What are Young Living Essential Oils anyway? Start HERE for more info. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions!

Been sitting on the fence? Today is the day! Sign up with a distributor membership and purchase the premium starter kit using #1836762 and not only will I send you a free Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide, but also a some free gifts (incentives change from month to month!)

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

Animal Humane Society Before and After Grand Reveal and Adoption Event

Helloooo, DIY friends! I’ve just returned from an awesome packed few days where I partnered with Purina Cat Chow in assisting with a fun makeover of the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley, MN. Exciting and so rewarding!

#purinacatchow #myrescuestory @purinacatchow @diyshowoff

The Purina Cat Chow “Building Better Lives” program is committed to helping improve the lives of cats across the country by supporting 50 cat-focused shelters nationwide – one in every state! – and donating a generous $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! 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 include custom changes and upgrades to meet the specific needs for each facility. Bri and I were so excited to lend a hand! 

The work in progress and awesome team effort:

painting hexagon cat cubbies building cat furniture painting honeycomb cat cubbies   assembling cat towers installing cat towers assembling cat stairs configuring hexagon cat cubbies hexagon cat cubbies working on cat walk

Purina Cat Chow, a DIY blogger, a skilled contractor and awesome volunteers…we did it! 

Ready for some before and after shots of the cat colony room designs? Let’s go!


cat colony room 3 before


glass cat colony room after

 Stairs leading up to a shelf that sits level with the window gives cats a better view. Glass walls give potential pet parents a ‘showcase’ view.  cat stair shelf

3D hexagon/honeycomb cubbies are fun and interactive for the cats and a clean modern fit for the adoption center’s new look.  cat hexagon furniture cat stairs


cat colony room 2 before


cat colony room 2 after

Three cat towers reach to the windows for lounging in the sun and bird watching.  cat colony room 2 makeover


cat colony room 1 before  


cat colony room 1 after

Stairs to a cat walk give the cats a better view and showcase the frisky felines in the adoption center.  bri - cat colony room 1 makeover

from outside the window

cat walk

I love the cat wall murals, don’t you?

cat wall murals

Easy reach cat toy storage for visitors…

cat toy storage

The cats are loving the new environment…

cat hexagon cubby shelves cat on cat walk

So many sweet cats looking for forever homes. 

adoptable cats

And the entire adoption process has been streamlined so that it will feel less like an interview process and more like a conversation. Those looking to adopt will be in love with the center’s changes too.

animal shelter lobby

The Grand Reveal Party and Adoption Drive started with a ribbon cutting ceremony and provided tours, a vintage photo booth, DJ, giveaways, cupcakes and beverages, balloon animals, face painting, food trucks and TONS of super cute adoptable cats and kittens. So.much.fun!

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Purina Cat Chow believes every cat deserves a forever home. The “Building Better Lives” program helps local cats find new homes at all 50 of the brand’s shelter partners.

How can you help? 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. Find out more about the Building Better Lives program at Purina Cat Chow.

Purina Building Better Lives

Thanks SO much to Purina Cat Chow for sponsoring/inviting me to participate in this amazing opportunity to help sweet cats find forever homes and for all of the friendly volunteers and staff from the Animal Humane Society for their assistance and guidance, my daughter and assistant, Bri, for all of her help and support, along with one super skilled contractor, Tim Pond and his assistant, for his brainstorming and building genius. 

Animal Humane Society Makeover #myrescuestory #purinacatchow @purinacatchow @diyshowoff

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!

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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!

#MyRescueStory {and Pet DIY}

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

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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”:

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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….


DIY photo backdrop


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. 


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

Casual Pure Rustic Chic

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

Gathering inspiration for a room makeover? There’s a new interactive lookbook at Havertys to assist with planning with several styles. Which style appeals to you most? I really loved all of the styles, the mix of patterns, the beautiful greens and blues. But with a dining room transformation in the planning stages here at DIYShowOff, I’m drawn to the Casual Pure Rustic Chic style.

Simply click on the “+” icon in the lookbook to be directed to specific items to shop at Havertys online.

I’ve been wanting to freshen up our dining room and our style in that room is tends to lean towards a casual rustic chic vibe with our barnwood trestle table paired with glazed ivory-colored upholstered dining chairs. I love the mix of metallic and light with the mirror shown.

The Havertys lookbook as inspiration helps with direction…light neutrals for a room with very little natural light as well as adding a mirror to reflect the light the room does get. Distressed wood tones, whites and creams give the room neutral but rustic backdrop, greenery in live plants a fresh finish. So what is starting with this…

(trust me, those walls are scuffed up)…it looks more tired than it reveals in the photos,will be getting a few minor tweaks to give the room life again. Stay tuned for the update!

What about you? Check out the Havertys lookbook and video lookbook to get inspired by the season’s latest styles. Stay up to date on the latest at Havertys:

o Website

o Blog

o Facebook

o Pinterest

o Twitter

Visit Havertys.com for even more planning tools and to define your personal style.

Visit Havertys.com for even more planning tools and to define your personal style. 

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

Homemade Lemonade with Essential Oil

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There are several essential oil lemonade recipes but after some trial and error, this one is my favorite. I made it for a recent Young Living Essential Oils class and since a few have asked for it, here it is!

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{blueberry lemon muffins with lemon cream cheese frosting recipe}

And the entire thing disappeared! Refreshing, fresh squeezed without the fake mix taste. Color is darker due to the blue agave.

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Young Living Lemon Essential Oil Lemonade Recipe

  • 1 gal. of filtered water
  • juice of two organic lemons
  • juice of one organic lime
  • about 15 oz. of organic blue agave (test as you go to adjust the sweetness to your liking)
  • 10-12 drops of Young Living lemon essential oil
  • lemon and lime slices for garnish

Serve in glass with ice. Rather than add ice directly to the lemonade which waters it down, I serve ice in a separate container.

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{lemonade vinyl decal tutorial}

Optional: I also served it up with lime garnish for glasses (rub lime around glass rim and dip in colored sugar). Offer a small bit of blueberry juice or raspberry liquor for guests to create their own summer cooler.

What the heck is lemon essential oil? Just one of the amazing oils from Young Living essential oils! I am bursting with excitement over how these are changing our life…all it takes is trying one of the oils, seeing amazing results and you’ll be hooked. Get more info, get the link to get started HERE

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Wall Mounted Lantern Hanger

As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I participate in monthly DIY challenges. The challenge I chose for July is DIY decor with a DIY wall mounted lantern hanger. 

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Materials I used:

wall mounted hanging lantern materials

Wall Mounted Lantern Hanger supplies

Here’s what I did:

1. Stain the wood plank by brushing stain on in the direction of the wood grain, let sit a few minutes and wipe away (same direction) with clean rags. Let dry one hour.

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2. Apply a coat or two of polyurethane and let dry. It goes on with a milky look but dries transparent.

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3. Attach hanging hardware to the back. I did two; one on each end.

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4. Flip to the front stained side and attach the curtain rod brackets using 1/4″ screws (the screws that come with the brackets will be too deep). I measured and marked the center bracket first then measured the center from the edge to the center bracket on each side for the other two ‘hooks’.

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5. Adjust the brackets to fit the depth of hanging a lantern on the hook. 

6. Hang or secure to the wall. 

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7. Hang lanterns. Add candles, use as mini display cases to showcase your favorite small decorative items or use lanterns as mini-greenhouses for succulents or small plants. 

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DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com  

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DIY Table Markers for the 4th of July

We’re hosting a family picnic to celebrate Independence Day. This easy DIY adds a patriotic touch of red,white and blue to the 4th of July theme.

DIY 4th of July Picnic Buffet Table Markers

DIY red, white and blue table markers at diyshowoff.com

Gather up:

  • scrap wood (mine are 1 x 6 x about 10 inch pine, 2x4s or 4x4s would work too)
  • a few wooden stars
  • acrylic craft paint
  • FrogTape® Shape Tape™ (chevron)
  • chalkboard labels
  • hot glue

Tools needed:

  • sandpaper/sanding block
  • craft paint brushes
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

What I did:

1. I sanded and cleaned up the wood scraps. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

2. Next, I gave each 2 coats of white paint and let dry. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

3. Once the white paint was dry, I applied FrogTape® Shape Tape™ (I used the chevron pattern) in three strips, starting with the top, then the bottom, then centering the third between the top and bottom. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

4. Using my thumbnail, I burnished the edges of the tape to activate the PaintBlock® Technology. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

5. Then just paint the area not covered by tape. I used a combination of red and blue. I did two coats.

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

6. Carefully remove the tape while the paint is still wet. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

7. I painted the wooden stars and let everything dry. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

8. I applied a small bit of hot glue to the back of each star and attach to the painted chevron wood background. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

9. I stuck on some chalkboard labels. 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Time to set the table! 

DIY table marker tutorial at diyshowoff.com DIY red, white and blue table markers at diyshowoff.com

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Anna Maria Island Getaway

Anna Maria Island, Florida – a fun and relaxing getaway! Enter to win a dream vacation!

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I recently met up with a small group of blog friends for a relaxing retreat on Anna Maria Island.

Sirenia Cove Beach Cottage at Anna Maria Island, Florida

The best part of any vacation for me (aside from fun times with friends) is the lodging. And this Anna Maria Island home rental named Sirenia Cove did not disappoint. 

Sirenia Cove, Anna Maria Island Home Rental

Let’s take a tour! Beautiful decor, four bedrooms (sleeps 12), three bathrooms…

beach cottage bedroom beach cottage bedroom beach cottage bedroom beach cottage bedroom

Fully equipped kitchen and comfortable living spaces…

beach house kitchen beach cottage living room beach cottage style beach cottage dining room

Plenty of quiet spaces…

beach cottage screened porch beach cottage reading room beach cottage shelving beach cottage crows nest

but lots of room for entertaining too AND right on the water (great location for boaters). 

Sirenia Cove beach cottage Sirenia Cove dock on the dock at Sirenia Cove

Beach cottage style. Happy, bright and colorful.

This driftwood whale is adorable...wanted to bring it home.

This driftwood whale is adorable...wanted to bring it home.
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Because I deal with anxiety and panic attacks, I was the fuddy-duddy who stayed behind house watching during some of the adventures; content to relax in this beautiful home and most days you could find me lounging and reading by the pool. No complaints from me. My kind of get-away. Few plans, low key, stress-free! Beautiful, comfortable surroundings. 

Sirenia Cove pool

It felt like a big birthday celebration with all of the gifts! We each brought some cute things to swap and Anna Maria Island businesses welcomed us with a surprise swag bag full of goodies! 


Plenty to do for my sight-seeing adventure seeking friends as well!

Anna Maria Island Beach The Anna Maria City Pier Anna Maria Island pier Anna Maria Island palm trees Anna Maria Island friend

Beautiful sandy beach, pier, shopping and restaurants within walking distance, kayaking and other fun excursions close by.

Anna Maria Island blogger retreat

Golf cart and bicycle rental for touring the island. Thanks, Fun and More Rentals!

Fun and More Rentals

Thanks SO much to Anna Maria Island Home Rental for the beautiful and tranquil accommodations.

Sirenia Cove Beach Cottage at Anna Maria Island, Florida  

Thanks to Ford for providing local transportation. 

Ford Fusion

Looking for more pictures and details or to make a few new friends? Visit:
Kelly from Eclectically Vintage
Diane from In My Own Style
Beth from Unskinny Boppy
Karah from The Space Between
Carrie from Making Lemonade
Denise from The Painted Home 

These girls are so sweet and so much fun! 


So what do you think? Want to go?

AMI dream vacation

How would YOU like to get away to Anna Maria Island? Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win! 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER IS Jennifer Davis Schultz who won by liking AMIBL on Facebook. Congratulations, Jennifer!

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Giveaway starts at 7 am CST on Monday, June 16th.  
Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm CST on August 1st, 2014
This Giveaway is open only to legal residents of the U.S. & Canada who are 25 years of age or older, at time of entry.
Winners announced on our blog posts (edited after giveaway ends) and Facebook.
Prize Package includes:
• 4 Night stay at Sirenia Cove on Anna Maria Island
• 1 ~ $60.00 Gift Certificate to Eat Here Restaurant Group
• 1 ~ Free Golf Cart Rental for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• Free Beach Bike Rental for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• 2 ~ Paddleboard or Kayak Rentals for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• Free use of Beach Chairs for 4 Days from Sirenia Cove
• 1 – Portrait by the Sea value of $100.00 from Photography by Billi
* Photos to be purchased based on selection from proofs
• 2 Free Shadepops
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Featured Image Slider Plug In

For my WordPress blogging friends: In an effort to ‘showcase’ certain posts at DIYShowOff, I asked Max from A1Website Pro to develop a featured image slider to control which posts I’d like to promote. You can see it in action underneath my blog header:

featured image slider - a1websitepro


Easy to install, then simple to upload thumbnails or choose from your media gallery (up to 35 thumbnails!) with the option to include a link. It’s a great way to control the blog posts I’d like to feature, front and center on my home page. Cool! You can get more info at A1Website Pro along with a helpful installation tutorial. 


  • Upon installation, featured images will be pulled from your blog to showcase recent posts. 
  • The option to customize the thumbnails that show with links so that you can showcase specific posts such as seasonal, holiday-related, most popular posts, themes, link parties, blog hops, special deals, etc.
  • The potential to increase page views. 

featured image slider plug in

Deal of the Month: A1WebsitePro is offering this awesome plugin for $10.95 (regularly priced $19.95) through the end of June 2014.