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? 

Printable Young Living Zest Card from diyshowoff.com #1836762

{Printable Young Living Zest Card}

{or right click, save and upload image to a word document to be able to adjust the size and print}

Attach the fun printable graphic to the gift basket and toss in a Young Living essential oils brochure, business cards and a small essential oils pocket guide. 

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? Only something pure & natural that’s proven to be life changing in our home as we slowly replace over-the-counter medications and chemicals in our home! Want to know more? Start HERE. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions!

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

Been sitting on the fence? Today is the day! Sign up with a distributor membership and purchase the premium starter kit by August 31, 2014 using #1836762 and not only will I send you a free Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide AND bottle of a Young Living essential oil blend called “Envision”, but you’ll be entered to win this gift basket for yourself too! 

Young Living Citrus Essential Oils gift idea @diyshowoff

*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!

before

cat colony room 3 before

after

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

before

cat colony room 2 before

after

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

before

cat colony room 1 before  

after

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!

animal humane society grand reveal party grand reveal party

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!

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!

#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

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

refreshing lemonade using Young Living lemon essential oil at diyshowoff.com

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!

Young Living Essential Oils at diyshowoff.com

{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.

Young Living essential oil lemonade recipe at diyshowoff.com

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.

DIY beverage container vinyl label at diyshowoff.com  

{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.

organic lemonade recipe using Young Living essential lemon oil

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

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

July deal for Young Living team at diyshowoff.com

{Hurry! Offer good 7/1/14 – 7/31/14 via #1836762 or while supplies last}

 

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. 

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

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.

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

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

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

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

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

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’.

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

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

6. Hang or secure to the wall. 

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com

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. 

DIYShowOff Wall Mounted Lantern Hanger Greenhouse tutorial at diyshowoff.com

DIY wall mounted hanging lantern tutorial at diyshowoff.com  

I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete 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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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!

Win a Dream Vacation at diyshowoff.com

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! 

presents!

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! 

shadepop

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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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
See Rafflecopter widget above for official rules and disclaimer.

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. 

Benefits:

  • 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. 

Party Favor Jewelry Dish

Looking for an easy DIY party favor idea? These melamine appetizer plates with vinyl decals make a cute little gift!

jewelry junk tray tutorial @diyshowoff.com

What I used:

What I did:

Measure flat center area of plates. Mine allowed for a 3.5 inch square design. Open the Silhouette Studio Design software and create words using font/text in a size that fits. I created six different designs.

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Load adhesive vinyl into the vinyl cutter color side (vinyl side) up. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

 

Adjust blade setting for vinyl. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com Send to cut and unload vinyl.

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Weed away excess vinyl from the design. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Apply transfer paper over the vinyl lettering. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Cut into individual designs. 

Rub the transfer paper over each piece. I just grabbed a hard plastic name tag with a straight edge. You could also use a credit or gift card. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Peel away wax paper backing, transferring vinyl to the transfer paper. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Place onto plate. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Rub with plastic card and remove transfer paper. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Simple but so many options. Try different colors, different fonts, personalize with quotes, monograms, shapes or words. 

Cute inexpensive gift to include with a card or gift basket or to use as party favors. 

Perfect for keeping tabs on jewelry, paperclips on a desk, keys in an entryway, spare change in the laundry room, Q-tips in the bathroom, etc. 

sparkle vinyl decal plate tutorial at diyshowoff.com hello vinyl plate decal tutorial at diyshowoff.com shine vinyl plate decal tutorial at diyshowoff.com hustle vinyl decal plate tutorial at diyshowoff.com kate spade inspired plate tutorial at diyshowoff.com wander vinyl decal plate tutorial at diyshowoff.com

*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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Random Reflections

I thought I’d try to take the time each week to introduce a little of my other favorite past times, favorite things, updates and just a little “lifestyle” here. I don’t know about you but I really enjoy a peek into the lives of my blog friends. So here we go! Pure randomness:

You may have noticed a bit of a new site design in progress. I’m just do indecisive. Or fickle. Sort of like with the rooms in my home. I like to change things up. Often. My skills are a far cry from a professional graphic designer but I have fun playing. Have any ideas for a catchy tagline to go with this?

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I loved spending Mother’s Day with my girls, my mom and my family. See a resemblance? 

Roeshel and girls

Random things I purchased this week, (some affiliate links):

Ahhh! Favorite scent: lilacs! In full bloom!

lilacs

DIY from around the web that made me gasp with delight. My DIY fix for the week:

  • Gorgeous white kitchen reveal - love her choice of materials!
  • Another awesome kitchen reveal - Can’t you just picture us hanging out with Gina around her kitchen island, nibbling beignets and having fun?
  • A beautiful shed update - wow!
  • I know I made a beautiful dog bed last year but how many dog beds is too many for one spoiled dog? I love this modern pet bed!
  • Now that we’re finally working a little on our mess of a yard, I’m excited to start planting despite my not-so-green-thumb. Wouldn’t this DIY planter box be a fun project?!
  • Picnic anywhere. So cool! 

I’m leaving tomorrow to enjoy a few fun and sun filled days at the cutest cottage on Anna Maria Island with these blog friends: Beth, Carrie, Diane, Karah, and Kelly. Stay tuned for a happy recap (follow along at #annamariaisland and #bloggerpromote on Twitter and Instagram if so inclined) and be sure to give lots of love to two new bloggers who will introduce themselves in a guest post next week!

Oh! One last thing! The annual Earn Your Stripes™ painting contest is taking place right now!!! Grand prize is $5,000.00!! Imagine it! What would you do with that kind of money? And guess what? I’ll be participating in the judging! Go! Enter here —> https://promotions.frogtape.com/earn-your-stripes/

FrogTape Earn Your Stripes

 

Enjoy an amazing weekend, friends! 

Tea Cup Succulent Planters

It’s become a tradition! Last year for Mother’s Day, the females in our family each planted flowers in chandelier planters. This year, we worked on another planting project but on a much smaller scale. Bri and I scoured the thrift stores for tea cups and saucers.

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And everyone planted some succulents in their tea cups. 

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So cute! Now to decide where to display mine…

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More planter ideas…

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The Nesting Place Book Giveaway

A phrase that fits our home and perhaps yours too: “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” That’s the mantra at The Nesting Place and one that applies to not only our decorative surroundings or our design style but imperfect beauty in real life. 

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The Nester has just released an amazing book that covers the topic of accepting imperfection: The Nesting Place. 

Here’s a description that says it so much better than I ever could since I’m only part way into the book: Perfection is overrated. Popular blogger and self-taught decorator Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) is all about embracing reality—especially when it comes to decorating a home bursting with boys, pets, and all the unpredictable messes of life. In The Nesting Place, Myquillyn shares the secrets of decorating for real people—and it has nothing to do with creating a flawless look to wow your guests. It has everything to do with embracing the natural imperfection and chaos of daily living. Drawing on her years of experience creating beauty in her 13 different homes, Myquillyn will show you how to think differently about the true purpose of your home and simply and creatively tailor it to reflect you and your unique style—without breaking the bank or stressing over comparisons. Full of easy tips, simple steps, and practical advice, The Nesting Place will give you the courage to take risks with your home and transform it into a place that’s inviting and warm for family and friends.There is beauty in the lived-in and loved-on and just-about-used-up, Myquillyn says, and welcoming that imperfection wholeheartedly just might be the most freeing thing you’ll ever do.

It’s easy to get caught up in focusing on what I don’t have, how my home compares to others, what’s missing. You too? This book helps change and redirect focus to appreciating what we do have, living and that creating a beautiful home not only doesn’t have to break the bank, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. 

Find a quiet space, put your feet up and read every word. You’ll walk away inspired to look at your home in a fresh new way by embracing imperfections and flaws (they can be good and comforting!), accepting that a lived-in home is a happy home, as well as gain tips for making the most of where you live. Now. Without waiting for perfect conditions, without maxing out the credit cards.

The Nesting Place

Here’s the story behind the cover —> http://www.thenester.com/2014/04/risk-of-imperfections.html And here’s more info about the book: http://www.thenester.com/landing/the-nesting-place-book.

Want a copy for yourself? Of course you do! Here’s an affiliate link:

The Nesting Place is generously giving away a copy to THREE lucky DIYShowOff readers! Enter for a chance to win using the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway starts right now and ends Friday, May 9th at midnight EST. Winners will be announced shortly after. Giveaway is only open to US residents (sorry, international friends!). Good luck!

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Decorate Your Rain Boots!

April showers bring May flowers! Dress up your rain boots by creating custom vinyl decals. 

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

 

Materials:

Rain boots before:

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What I did:

I created a design with umbrellas, rain clouds, raindrops and text in my Silhouette Design Studio software. Be sure to measure design area on boot and size vinyl design to fit. 

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Insert vinyl into the machine, vinyl side up. Adjust blade settings and send design to cut. 

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When cutting has finished, unload vinyl from machine. Weed away the excess vinyl that’s not a part of the design. 

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Apply transfer paper to vinyl. Rub with a credit card. 

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Remove wax paper back, transferring vinyl to sticky transfer paper. 

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Place vinyl design onto rain boot. Rub with a credit card to transfer the vinyl to the boot.

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Slowly peel away transfer paper.

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Remember in step 1 where I mentioned measuring and sizing. Oops. I was a bit off. So I peeled up the vinyl, like stickers, and re-placed them for a better fit (not over a seam). 

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Now I have cute custom rain boots! I also tested the vinyl adhesive using water and the vinyl is still “stuck”! 

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Lots of fun options to play with! Raining cats and dogs, dance in the rain, your name or a cute and trendy design. What would you create for your rain boots?

*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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Mother’s Day Giveaway

Looking for a great Mother’s Day gift? Or maybe a special treat for yourself? How about something useful too? Something that will help keep your time organized, something especially designed for your schedule?

personalized planner

If I don’t write it down, there’s a big possibility I’ll forget. Appointments, blog post ideas, DIY projects, deadlines, meetings, birthdays, get togethers, passwords and lists. And I like to have something physical that I can carry in my purse and refer to offline.

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Personal Planner, a company that specializes in custom planners that YOU design gave me the opportunity to create a personalized planner that fits my needs in order for me to stay organized. It’s created online, using the layout, design, patterns, photos and colors that I chose.

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in a format that works best for me…

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I chose to fill the back with graph paper and notebook paper for my DIY designs, plans and ideas. I love moveable little ruler too. 

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Uploading pictures for a personalized front and back cover (with a transparent plastic protective outer cover) means it’s truly mine…

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along with a custom front page… Personal Planner giveaway at diyshowoff.com Personalized Planner Giveaway at diyshowoff.com

a transparent pocket for holding important items or receipts…

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Those are just a few of the available features. It’s easy to do and there are so many fun options to choose from! 

The planner is unique, adorable, affordable, but most importantly: it will help you maintain an organized life!

The planners are personalized so it fits YOUR life and that includes:
 
Outside
- Upload personal pictures for front and back cover from desktop and Instagram
- Change background, size, font, lining, images
 
Inside
- Pick what month you want your planner to start
- Design writing space details; “work”, “workout schedule”, “exam schedules”, “to-do lists”, “goals” etc
- Include personal calendar dates as birthdays and holidays
- Add extra pages in the back for addresses, lined pages, coloring pages, suduko, maps
 
 
Check it out: Personal Planner - Pop over and play around!
 
 
Win it: Personal Planner is offering two lucky DIYShowOff readers a chance to win!  This giveaway is sponsored by Personal Planner. Giveaway dates start today, April 26, 2014 and ends Friday, May 2, 2014 at midnight EST. Two winners will be chosen randomly and announced shortly after. Giveaway is open to US residents only. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below. 

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Happy Easter!

Whether you celebrate or not, I wish you a happy day filled with family, friends and lots of love! Happy Easter! xo

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*Looking for That DIY Party? It started a little early this week. You can link up, share your DIY and browse the links for inspiration here

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DIY Window Shelves for Plants

I recently shared my craft room tour. And as a little reward for cleaning up that chaos and getting organized, I treated myself to a little DIY project. I love one of the windows in this room. Here’s how it looked in the past:

vintage craft room

The window shown above nearly reaches from floor to ceiling and with the two different sized windows in the room (one tall window with trim original to the house/one high small window with no trim), window treatments always felt tricky or lopsided. 

So why cover that beautiful trimmed tall window at all? It faces the back of the house, it’s a second story window and it’s not a room for dressing or a need for privacy. I’ve always wanted to put shelves on a window for plants. Plenty of sunshine should assist in changing my luck with plants, right? 

Here’s what I did…

Materials:

  • (3) 1 x 4″ pine boards for shelves
  • (6) shelf brackets
  • Minwax Polyshades (Ebony)

I decided where I would attach the brackets to the window trim to calculate the measurement of my shelves.

measure

Then cut my shelves. 

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Sanded the rough edges and wiped them clean. 

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Then brushed on the Polyshades using a foam brush. I let it sit for a few minutes then wiped the stain away and let dry. I did all sides. (I may apply a wax finish to the wood shelves for further water-proofing but I was on a bit of a deadline.)

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Next I marked the holes for the brackets and drilled a pilot hole.

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Then I just screwed the brackets into the window trim/pilot hole (can always be patched with wood filler in the future). *Use a level to be sure they’re ‘level’. 

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Attach the wood shelves to the brackets with screws (be sure these screws are smaller than the shelf thickness so the screw doesn’t poke up from the bottom).  

It adds a bit of privacy without a long drapy curtain panel but still lets natural light into the room.  

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It’ll take some maneuvering/removing plants to open the window but the shelves don’t interfere with the function. 

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before

vintage craft room

after

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New Orleans Getaway

I just had the pleasure of spending a few days in New Orleans, you guys, and had the best time! Gina from the Shabby Creek Cottage and I celebrated our birthdays with a girls’ getaway weekend. And rather than staying in a hotel, we used Trip Advisor’s vacation rental property site, FlipKey, to find a beautiful home that would fit our needs.  

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Our experience felt way more personal and special because of staying in a residential area, almost like we were one of the locals. Well, locals with cameras, no sense of direction in an unknown city, wide-eyed and excited to see the sights!

New Orleans mardi gras beads

There were so many options on Flipkey, with the ability to select the property features in any area (pretty much anywhere in the world). We found the cutest rental (here) in a beautiful historic mansion (but still close to everything) to spend our time. And wow!, were we ever happy with our decision (this location is said to be perfect for Jazz Fest!). New Orleans home

We chose a small studio apartment (beautifully decorated by the homeowner – with a few fun DIY accents too)! Take a look at how pretty and comfortable our little home away from home was – sweet decorative accents and smart ideas for small space living… New Orleans small space living LOVE pillow original photo by TG Herrington

Minimalistic small space living was a pleasant change and so motivating to make de-cluttering a part of spring cleaning this year.

eclectic entry area New Orleans studio apartment living room small space living console table mirror

The description: The flat is open, airy and just plain sexy. It features high ceilings, large windows, painted hardwood floors, central air, a queen sized bed, flat screen TV, petite couch, an Eames rocking chair and a few other things. The kitchen has all stainless steal appliances, microwave, washer/dryer and an expresso machine. It really feels like a suite in a boutique hotel, its about 500 sq ft. In addition, all linens and toiletries are provided.

New Orleans studio apartment kitchen Small? Yes. But still way roomier than a hotel room. kitchen shelves

The Mansion has some incredible history: it was built by the Storyville Madame Josie Arlington. Although it was her private residence, it was known that she entertained some of favorite client’s here. Josie’s once famed parlor is now a private flat on the west side of the estate with its own private entrance. The bathroom was small but made the best use of space.

small apartment bathroom

Modern, clean, full of charm and beautiful architectural detail. The homeowners were very genuine and friendly and even treated us with a sweet mid-morning snack. 

biscuits and jam

Knowing our obsessions with homes, the homeowners invited us to tour the main house and another rental they’re working on…that decorating and home improvement eye candy was a definite highlight for these DIY girls! Stunning! I guarantee you’ll see their home on the glossy pages of a home magazine one day in the future. And again, getting to know the property owners was way more fun and interesting than strictly polite business of hired hotel staff.

We kept the theme of our getaway schedule-free, stress-free and low key but still managed to eat amazing food, win $9 at the penny slots, walk the French Quarter,

French Market Place carriage tour Rue de Chartres

 sample beignets

hot chocolate and beignets

at Cafe du Monde,

cafe du monde

shop Magazine Street,

Magazine Street

take a cemetery tour (or two)

St. Louis Cemetery 3

and to drool over the history, beautiful trees and architecture in the Garden District, actually in the entire city to be honest. 

New Orleans Garden District New Orleans street car New Orleans historic home

If you haven’t been to NOLA, it’s definitely a spot you’ll want to add to your bucket list (if you need a travel buddy – let me know! I’m ready to go back!) and if you have visited, what was your favorite thing about the Big Easy? I’ll share a bit of what I loved most next week. 

Disclaimer: I was offered a free trial, in part, through FlipKey. As always, opinion is 100% my own.