DIY Ladybug Nails Manicure

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Somehow I recently stumbled upon the coolest You Tube channel for DIY nail art called CuteNails.

Ever since then I’ve been a little obsessed with trying out some “dotting” techniques using nail polish, toothpicks, and bobby pins. I was able to accomplish these cute ladybug nails on my little bug, and today I’m sharing how!

Most of the time salon nails are not in our one income budget. I’m so psyched to have learned these fun tips!

The hardest part for me was having my tot stay still long enough to take a few pics afterwards. She does love to get her nails done (like her mom). 🙂



Here’s what I used…Black, white, and red polish as well as the black and white stripers purchased from Sally’s Beauty Supply. These have an ultra thin long brush.

Bobby pins and toothpicks are what I used for dotting.



1. Start with 2 thin coats of red polish. 2. Use the black nail striper to line the tips. 3. Fill in the line with black polish (like a french manicure.) 4. Use the striper again down the middle. 5. Put a small puddle of white nail polish on a piece of scrap paper. 6. Dot the end of a bobby pin with the polish and then dot it two times on the black tip part of the nail. 7. Put some black polish on the scrap paper. 8. Make three dots on each side with a toothpick. 9. Wait until completely dry and then apply a clear top coat.



My little love bug was so proud of her nails and showed everyone she could. So cute!



Stay tuned for my Valentine’s Day heart nails I painted on myself…

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Pottery Barn Kids Inspired Chair Backs & Our Valentine’s Kid Table

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Have you seen the Valentine’s Day cuteness happening in the latest Pottery Barn Kids catalog? The chair backers are so darn adorable! I love that the kids can put their Valentine’s in them.



Aren’t the vintage inspired place mats too cute also? L-O-V-E everything about it…..except the price tag!

So here’s how I made my version of the chair backers. I used two cardboard hearts (front and back pieces)red felt, ruffle, felt embellishment heart, and letters for the names. The glue gun was in full effect for this project.

For two 12 inch heart chairbacks I used 3/4 yard felt, 2.25 yards ruffle, and lots of mini glue sticks!



1.) Cut out your 2 cardboard hearts. 2.) Hot glue felt to one side of each heart. Make sure to pull it pretty tight so it looks smooth. 3.) Glue down the ruffle ( or you could use ric rac) to the back of one of your hearts. 4.) I cut a 2.5 inch wide piece shaped like this for the pocket. 5.) Glue down both hearts to your connector piece. It did get a bit messy…but it’s just the inside. 6.) Do the same size connector piece to the other side. Now you can embellish the front with hearts and names.



I glued some ribbon on the back to tie to the chair,

and printed out some vintage valentine’s….

I wanted to make some place mats for our kid table (which happens to be a Pottery Barn) and decided to make some of these woven foam ones. The idea of the weaving came from my old mommy group in Vegas. (Hi girls! miss ya!)

We made some in black and orange for Halloween once and my kids still love them. it’s a great group craft. But these are different because after I glued the strips down, I cut it in a shape of a heart….I love how it turned out!

They did take some time though because I cut one inch strips and measured…something I hate! Lol



Here’s how to make them. Start with a large red and pink piece of foam from the craft store. Make one color with 1 inch horizontal cuts. Remember not to cut all the way down…leave an inch. Then do the other in vertical cuts. After cutting then start weaving and gluing. I used hot glue. This takes awhile. You can stop here and it’s still cute. Lastly, I made a heart shaped template and cut it out.

If I had to do it over…I’d do two inch spaces. That’s what we did for a kids craft. And they used regular glue. It still looks adorbs. 🙂



Gotta add some dollar store goodies…



So do you love our sweet little fancy and frugal Pottery Barn inspired Valentine table? I do! (and the kids do too.)

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo

Lina

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Oh SNAP! I want to go!

Happy friday girls! (and guys? Not sure if I have any?) …Tonight I’m declaring my want/need to attend SNAP. It’s a craft and DIY social media conference where some of the coolest creative bloggers around will be sharing their talents. I must go! It’s in Salt Lake City, UT. April 19th-21st.

Here are THE TOP 5 REASONS WHY LINA MUST GO TO SNAP:
5.) The Queen Bee Market! I was able to go during Blogher 2011 and it was AMAZING!
4.) I need to wear something other than sweats/flip flops for an entire weekend! My SAHM uniform is sad.
3.)You (my readers) will benefit from all the knowledge and inspiration I will gain:)
2.) I need to speak and interact with some adults! Although I adore my kiddie conversations dearly…Sometimes marathon episodes of Phineas & Ferb and Laurie Berkner Band can get to me by Friday..like right now.
1.) I just need a break…from the full time cleaning, cooking, homework, lunches, sick with the flu kids,laundry, and all that glamorous stuff!!

VOTE here!!!!! It’s open until Jan 27. I’d sure appreciate your vote to earn a ticket.

Thanks a million! Hugs.

Lina

DIY Hand Stamped Jewelry


Hi friends! Today I wanted to share a few stamped metal jewelry gifts I have made recently. These really do make unique personalized gifts that are so fun to make and give. Plus. they can be inexpensive if you pick up the blanks and charms at craft stores (use those coupons!). None of these are over $10 chain included.

I gave this one to my new sis in law for Christmas. Wouldn’t this make such a great wedding shower gift too? The bride, groom, and ring charms are from Hobby Lobby…The dog tag shape blank is from Joanne’s. I think she really liked it! 🙂

If you missed my stamped washer tutorial, here it is. In this post I explained where to get a $10 stamping kit and how to use it.

My daughter is super fond of elephants so I made her one with a tiny elephant charm. She loves it and shows anyone who will listen 🙂


This Tinkerbell necklace was for a 4 year old birthday party we were invited to. Isn’t this so much better than a plastic toy?!
These two blanks & charms are from Hobby Lobby.

Have a beautiful day!

xoxo

Lina

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DIY FREE Valentine’s Day Photo Cards (Red Stamp ap for IPhone)

Raise your hand if you’re addicted to your IPhone like me? And I don’t even have the cool new one…But have I got a treat for you if you happen to have one! I just discovered the new free ap called Red Stamp. It simply ROCKS! It goes one step further than Instagram and let’s you create photo cards and invitations for every occasion. There’s even cute baby announcements…The possibilities are endless. I think I also love it because the designs are chic and modern..they have cheveron ladies!!Whoohoo!
I see this beyond photo cards and also a blogging tool for photos 🙂

Here’s a screenshot of Red Stamp photocard choices on the Iphone.

You just pick your card and touch the camera to choose a pic from your saved photos in the phone.


Once you choose your photo you can use their add text feature and just email, text, or even mail it (for a fee.)

Here’s what I created in a few minutes using Instagram, Red Stamp, and then adding my text through Picnik. Picnik also has those free mustache symbols. Oh and here is the actual paper mustache printable I used on her.


Now I am not a tech expert but here’s the basic steps.

1.) Take pic of cute kid w mustache on iphone 2.) Instagram it. (don’t have to though) 3.) Create free photo card in cool new ap called “RED STAMP”. Email it to self in the largest size available, save. 4.) Add text from Picnik (free photo editing software) from the laptop. Also the mustache symbol is from Picnik.5.) Share cute FREE Valentines Day card w friends.

For this one I used my son’s Halloween photo. He makes a cute super hero 🙂


All you would have to do is print these out at home. It’s funny I’m not willing to commit to these as their Valentine’s just in case I think of or see a cuter idea! Ha.

If you found this helpful and end up using the ap come back and let me know! That’d make my day….Happy Friday friends 🙂

xoxo

Lina

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The Golf Par-tee

This weekend we hosted my son’s class to a picnic in the park birthday “Par-Tee”. It turned out super cute and we all had a great time. My son was especially proud of the entire party…(heart is happy!).The weather was sunny and perfect, (thank goodness)!

All of the coordinating golf party printables are from the wonderful Gwynn Wasson Designs. She does beautiful work. All of her parties are A-mazing…

She sends you personalized ready to print banners, party favor tags, “Club Sandwich” wrappers,

cupcake toppers, and food labels!!


I made these golf silhouettes with foam poster board and thick paint pen. My brother had the golf guy and golf sign (from Hobby Lobby) that are actually wall decor. I just traced them on the poster and colored in with the paint pen…SO easy and festive! Also, I found green linens that were the perfect color at Goodwill for under $5 a tablecloth…. Score!
Here I enlarged one of the invitations designed by Gwynn and made a pedestal frame. I make those from a thrift store frame & candlestick spray painted white and glued together. Golf balls (mine are from Goodwill) make a great centerpiece in a glass vase and faux grass.
And here’s the golf wreath made out of left over Christmas tinsel. tees, and balls.

I was kinda proud of this dessert tray….
I ordered the cupcakes at Fry’s grocery and had them pipe frosting to look like grass. Then I added a donut hole and flag. I found this idea via pinterest from this gorgeous party.
The green jello cups were actually my idea though! Ha. I added a flag and rolled mini marshmallows to look like a tiny ball. Here’s my best attempt at sugar cookie golf bags and balls. The golf bag cookie cutter was $0.60 at Sur La Table.

Here’s a bucket of balls (donut holes) and a couple other buckets (from $1 store) I used to hold snacks.
I made “On Par”PB&J’s for the kids with my new sandwich press from Pampered Chef! (A cool present from my MIL). It makes them look like Uncrustables! We also had “Caddyshack” coleslaw, and “Country Club pasta salad”…I love the corny names..So did the parents 🙂 Speaking of parents…the dads were especially impressed and now want a golf party…Ha!

I found some random materials at Goodwill to make a little putting green for the kids. We also decorated foam visors. They were a big hit!

And yes my kids wore argyle sweaters….

And now after Christmas, Disney, and this party I am spent, tired..exhausted….I need long nap 🙂 Thank you so very much for stopping by. Do have a wonderful day!
xoxo
Lina
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Golf Wreath for the "Golf" Birthday Party


Today I’ve been working hard to throw together my son’s “golf” themed birthday party. He has a birthday right after Christmas so we decided to wait until this week to host a fun play date at the park for his class. He loves golf and takes inexpensive lessons through the First Tee Of Phoenix program. I even found him a great set of new looking clubs and bag at Goodwill for just $26. He was super excited!


This wreath is left over blue Christmas tinsel garland wrapped around a medium sized $1.99 wood wreath form (Michael’s). I just hot glued golf tees and balls. This wreath from Pinterest was my inspiration.

I made a little bunting flag with party printables from the very talented Gwynn Wasson. She has the cutest line of golf themed printables! I love how the invitation turned out too. I can’t wait to show you the rest of the details after the party this Saturday…”Club sandwiches” and donut hole “bucket of balls” on the menu!! Here’s a peek of a couple other projects I’m working on today!

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Lina
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Disney Inspired Handmade Fashion & Our Magical Trip


Hi friends!…It’s been awhile. Happy New Year! I’m finally starting to recover from Christmas and all that comes along with it! This year was extra special for our family. We took the kids to Disneyland for their first time. It was everything I imagined and more…..we really had the best time EVER. We surprised the kids Christmas morning with these Mickey & Minnie gift baskets I put together. They contained character PJ’s, socks, shirts, glow sticks, ect.


These wonderful hats were made by the talented Shawn of The Head Said Etsy shop. She has all sorts of fab designs… They are super cute and so warm. Perfect for those chilly Disney early mornings! I had so many people stop ask where they could buy one…


I made this cute Minnie Mouse pillowcase dress the same time I made her Christmas one. Read about that here. I love the applique ears and embellished matching ribbon. It was so perfect for Disneyland!

If you read here often you might be starting to catch on that I love styling my kids…It’s sorta my thing…or obsession..whatever..Ha! But it doesn’t matter if it’s handmade, Goodwill, or Target clearance… Applique tops are something I enjoy making, and here are 3 I made for the trip. Read more on how I applique here. It really is easy. (Note: I usually hand stitch or machine stitch the edges and I didn’t here. They started to come up so I will do that next time for sure.)

This is a $5 turtle neck from Target. I used Wonder Under fusible web to apply the ears, and stitched this sparkly applique bow from Hobby Lobby.

(To make mickey ear templates just search Google for “mickey ears image”. Then copy, paste, and re size onto MS Word. I then print out on cardstock.)

Here’s the tie template I used.
These two were pretty stylin & popular walking around in their matching outfits 🙂 My son was very proud to say, “Oh my mom made this!” Hmm..I Wonder how much longer that’ll last?

I didn’t dress up really, but I did sport some snazzy hounds tooth nails thanks to Sally Hansen nail stickers…love those! So fun.

The kids did great patiently waiting in long lines…And my 3 year old rode Space Mountain and loved it! This was seriously such a fun part of being a parent. We went after Christmas and it was waaaaay crowded, in fact they had to stop selling tickets in the afternoon one day! Yikes…

Here’s a few random tips if you haven’t been in a while.

1. Download a couple Aps to your phone called Mouse Wait & DL Waits…They have useful info on wait times and if a ride is closed, and height requirements, showtimes, ect. We found that rides close alot throughout the day.

2. Figure out the Fast Pass rides. On the map they have an (FP in front of them.) You are allowed to get one about every few hours by putting your park hopper ticket in an ATM looking machine. It lets you bypass some of the lines…otherwise Space Mountain or Star Tours could be 90+ min.

3. Know how tall your child is and see if they meet height reqirements before you wait in the line of a ride…ha lesson learned from me 🙂

4. Inside the park has the yummiest hot chocolate..trust.

5. Our fav character dinning was Ariel’s Grotto in CA Adventure. It was by far the higest quality food…and so cute with all the princesses 🙂

6. My top 2 fav rides were in CA Adventure!! (The new Ariel ride, and Toy Story 4D ride.) Plus they have cleaner family style bathrooms, and a Phineas & Ferb street show!

7. Night time was less crowded so we took breaks in the late afternoon, ate, and then came back at night! It’s so pretty at night…..


My fav memory was when we ordered my son Mickey waffles with candles in bed on the day of his birthday. I had decorated the room a little after he had fallen asleep so he woke up to balloons & breakfast. He was super surprised and felt special…CUTE! By the way, that bananas foster waffle was the best thing ever…

Disney was a complete success. I’m glad we waited until we were out of strollers and diapers to go…Here’s to sweet Disney dreams and a Happy New Year!

Thanks for checking in.

xoxo

Lina

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