3 Adhesive Paper Projects: Shelves, Tray & Box Makeovers


Happy Friday Friends! Yesterday I was busy organizing the new craft space. All those small details take so much time! I’m sharing three easy quick projects I worked on with the two rolls of adhesive contact shelf paper I found at TJ Maxx for $5.99.
I lined the back of all my shelves with the paper first. All you do is measure your space and cut the paper to size.  My biggest tip for applying this is to leave the backing on and slowly take it off and smooth the bubbles down with a wall paper tool like this. 
 After I did my shelves I had some left over scraps.
 This is where it pays off to have a pile of thrift store items that need makeovers 🙂 I love trays. 
 All I did was prime and paint the sides, and used the adhesive paper for the middle.

 Next up…. with the smaller scraps I covered two random small boxes I found in the garage.
Of course they need a chalkboard label. I just cut a few from scraps of chalkboard adhesive from Hobby Lobby.
 These turned out so great, right? I think you could also use duct tape on boxes for the same effect..
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My New Craft Space Progress

So what do you do when you’ve created something you love, like this in your home

 and you suddenly have to move? Well first you cry…then pout…and then you get over it and create something else even more awesome! Ha well that’s sorta my goal.
This past weekend we scored all this scrap wood at Lowe’s for a 5$ cutting fee. This is where it pays off to have both a good negotiator husband and also one who can do carpentry 🙂 He also says he’s the fancy behind the Fancy Frugal and doesn’t get enough credit. That’s probably true. Thanks Dear!
Remember when I was driving down my street and spotted this on the side of the road.? I thought about turning it into a puppet theater or lemonade stand for the kids. But then we moved 
 and my husband actually thought of the idea to use it as craft storage. That’s the smartest idea I’ve ever heard! Right? There’s this nook under the stairs between our dining and living room perfect for a small work area. I also brought in these two white shelves that used to be in the garage.
 My husband made a counter from the scrap wood. He’s good at this stuff and credits all the bars he made in his fraternity house basement during college! lol Thank goodness for that. 🙂
 He screwed wood to the top of this new organizer we picked up from Lowe’s and also to the wall.
Then trimmed that out with another piece of wood.

 Then I painted it all white.

My original adhesive shelf paper from the old craft closet was purchased at TJ Maxx.
I went to every location I could think of and no one had it. 
Then when we moved to CA I found this one at our TJ Maxx.
I also painted the headboard. Don’t look at all the craft stuff all over the floor. Ugh that’s the next step.
So what do you think? I’m excited about my new space! I might put dowel rods and hooks in the headboard to max out storage opportunities for ribbon or wrapping paper. Or maybe pegboard? 
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A Fancy Frugal Fall Wedding (Rustic & Vintage)

Last October my brother married his beautiful bride and they had such a fun vintage rustic wedding.
Today I’m sharing all the details that went into this Fancy Frugal Fall Wedding 🙂
What this wedding lacked in a decorating budget it made up for in vintage charm and love! It was fun and stylish just like the couple..
 I mean come on, don’t they have the coolest engagement pics in the history of ever?!
Soda Springs Ranch near Camp Verde, AZ (about 1.5 hours north of Phoenix) was the setting for this beautiful wedding.
Soda Springs is a very historical property that dates back to 1876 with such famous guests as Clark Gable and President Roosevelt’s daughter Anna. You can read about the history here.
The owners happen to be great friends of the bride’s parents and hosted the family for the weekend.
It was gorgeous! (And as a native Arizonan, it was fun to visit somewhere I’d never been before in my own state.)
I just love Northern AZ by the way.. Flagstaff (NAU) is where I went to college. and I’d live there again in a second….
There is a large main lodge with bar and guestrooms, a beautiful flowing creek outside, and the grounds are amazing! Perfect for a casual, yet elegant outdoor rustic wedding!
 I was so excited to help out with the wedding decorations, I started collecting vases, mason jars, candles, ect from thrift stores way ahead of time. Some of my own stuff from my house showed up at the wedding too!

 Some of my projects I featured here on my blog along the way… like the vintage suitcase “Honeymoon Fund”we set out on the gift table. It turned out so great! I painted a crate I found at Goodwill as well as a tray “here comes the bride” sign, and a “Just Married” bunting banner from Goodwill fabric.
My hubby and I threw together this sign with some scrap wood and extra paint from our garage. 
I carved out the tops of these faux pumpkins from the craft store and placed candles in there.
I glued bamboo looking sticks to embellish this candle.
I made a little bride and groom bunting by printing out the letters on fabric and gluing them on top of burlap triangles. I then glued them onto cream colored ribbon. These were taped to the bride and groom’s chair at the wedding.
I had fun making three different projects with with vintage music paper via The Graphics Fairy and Mod Podge. Go here for that post. The giant cardboard letters were from Joann’s Fabrics.
Below are dollar store religious candles…transformed! 
The third project with the music paper was my love bird garland. I used it after this on my Christmas tree.

This bunting I put together was with more fabric from Goodwill. It’s just triangles glued to ribbon.
The flower girl baskets were from Goodwill. I embellished with ribbon and fabric flowers….
That’s my little girl on the right as one of the flower girls. My son is behind her. 
Those skirts were from Target ($10).
The ring bearer pillow was from my wedding and I added a fabric flower to the center. 
See that cute little boy “Tuf”? That’s the bride’s cute nephew. His mom told him that sign said “Spiderman” so he would wear it! He then asked if he could take it home and hang it in his room afterwards…Ha so cute!
The bride’s Aunt Stacie made that beautiful wedding cake. It has their monogram on top and served on a large wood slice.

Here’s my Goodwill chalkboard with the wedding party names.

I set up a s’more making table to go along with the outdoor vibe. It was a big hit! 
Yes I thought of Celebrate S’more 🙂 
 Here’s how I displayed there monogram letters.
This was the bride’s project and I loved it. She made this frame and had her mom bring an old typewriter for notes to the couple.

Here are my dollar store religious candles with chalkboard paint.
My mom and I had fun before the wedding setting up different little centerpieces on each table. The bride’s dad cut wood slices for us to use.
Each table was different and had a combination of the craft store pumpkins, embellished candles, framed pictures of the couple. mason jars, and random goodies from my house. We also used some of the wildflowers from the property!
The rest of the pictures are from the bride’s talented photographer Aunt. Visit Stephanie McBride Photography from Utah.

(My son back there makes my heart melt.) My daughter on the right was very serious about her job! 
 I want to also note that the crafty bride made her bridesmade’s bouquets from Hobby Lobby faux wildflowers. They looked so real and fit in so great!
What a special and beautiful day for our family! I was honored to be apart of it 🙂 We had a great time and danced the night away!
I’m happy to report the happy couple added to the family with their cute puppy Rusty this year!
And they currently use some of their wedding decor in their home! 
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DIY Fabric Scrap Tutu (Back to school Fall outfit)

My daughter finally started at her new preschool after our move. It took me a few weeks to research and decide on a school, and boy was she bored at home with me while brother has been at school!
So this week her big day finally came.
I decided to make her a special outfit with these fall-ish fabrics from Joann’s. Isn’t the one with the apples cute?
Remember when I made 10 rainbow colored tulle tutus for her rainbow themed birthday?
I used the same method but just used fabric instead of tulle. It’s very very easy. Just cut a piece of one inch elastic big enough for your child and sew the ends together. Then cut up your fabric strips to desired length and width. Mine were about 2 or 3 inches wide. Tie your strips with a loop to the elastic.
I think these tutus look so cute over shorts or leggings! 🙂

 I made a couple fabric flowers with the extra scraps and pinned one to the skirt, and used one in her hair.

 I took a plain tank top and hand sewed a simple ruffle down the front.
The ruffle is super easy to sew..Just take a strip of fabric and sew down the middle and pull your fabric down to make the ruffle.

Here’s her official back to school 2012 pic!
I have to point out the New Gap Mary Jane’s I found at Goodwill last year, $4.00!!..Yay..whoot whoot!
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Halloween Fabric Owl Wreath

Knock, knock? Who’s there? A cute little easy fabric owl wreath!
This past weekend I had the chance to create a festive wreath for our front door.
I had some left over orange fabric from the Halloween pillowcase dress last year.
So I took my fabric and cut it in 3 inch strips, and wrapped it tightly around a foam wreath form and pinned it from the back. It was easy! The chalkboard owl I found at Target by the dollar bins for $2.50. I thought he was cute! The bow is from Michael’s.

I thought the wreath was a little plain so I cut smaller 1.5 inch strips of fabric and folded them in half and just made a straight stitch down the middle just by hand with a needle and thread. It actually goes pretty fast. Then just pin your ruffles to the wreath. I think there’s about three separate ruffle pieces, but once your pin it down you really can’t tell.

I think the ruffle added some nice interest,,,don’t you?
Here it is on our front door 🙂
What do you think? I’m not sure if I’m even going to decorate inside for Halloween this year since I’m so sick of moving boxes and just unpacked 🙂
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Kid Closet Organization

Good Morning! Today I’m showing off my daughter’s now organized closet. We just moved a few weeks ago and I’ve been really sorting through our “stuff” and figuring out what to give away or sell.
Sometimes all the kid clothes can be overwhelming to organize because they grow out of them so fast.
This is the cleanest her closet has ever been! So I better document it…
In a perfect world we would all have fold out doors and built in organizers in every closet, right? 
Well we haven’t had that happen yet. We always get this basic closet.
My number one tip for scoring free hangers is ask the staff at Carter’s kids clothing store nicely and most of the time they will give you hangers. They have the good outfit and skirt/pant hangers…

Three years ago while living in Las Vegas, I came across this at one of those seasonal consignment sales. I used to be very into those and would even volunteer so I could get the coveted pre-sale pass!
It usually paid off …for instance I scored this wood hanging organizer for $20.

It’s actually very heavy, and looks handmade and hand painted. The rod comes out both sides and screws in. I bet some of you might be able to DIY something similar?

Don’t you think Target should sell something similar?
Here it is with much smaller clothes….with a much smaller girl three years ago 🙂
It basically doubles your hanging space and organizes tiny shoes!
So this is a totally normal amount of clothes, right? 🙂
No judging! lol
Almost all of these are from thrift stores and kid consignment stores. 
If you’ve been reading or follow me on Facebook, you might have seen examples of my great kid clothing finds.
For instance, here’s a NEW Missoni Target dress I purchased at Goodwill for $6 with a coupon. I can’t wait for her to wear it this fall!
My strategy for new kid clothes is to score extreme savings on better brands like GAP, Janie & Jack, & Gymboree. This can be accomplished through end of season clearance sales and buying the next few sizes bigger to plan ahead for future seasons. I get all the Gap Kids email alerts when they run an extra 40% off already reduced clothing. Also see if your store has a fan page on Facebook because my old store used to have their own great clearance sales.
These brands have better resale value so sometimes you can break even when you resale depending on how hard your kids are on clothes…

The other side of the closet I’ve used to hang sweaters and misc costumes, dress up, The floor I’ve used for toy storage. 
By making sure you utilize all the floor space of a basic sized closet you can really fit a ton of stuff in an organized manner.
And now a photo montage of a Goodwill dress she happened to be rockin!

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A Fall Mantel for the New House

Happy weekend friends! Today I shopped my house and put together a little fall inspired mantel. I just realized these are all previous blog creations 🙂
In our new house we have a very tall fireplace area that is the focal point of the room,
It currently has this interesting decorative paint. We are renting and will probably only be here two years, so I will be decorating around all these colors picked for us already. It’s a good challenge right?! Ha..

Let’s make it pretty. 
I am using my dollar store religious candles turned chalkboard candles from last year, along with my acorn I bought from Goodwill and painted cream.

 I’m using a thrift store plate from my hutch that I embellished with this tiny clock. I’m also using my fabric/burlap clock image printed from Graphics Fairy.

And I’m happy to use my pallet wood hand painted sign from last year on my mantel! It’s my fav.
We’ve been arranging and rearranging furniture and still hanging up decor. I found a good place for my mossy monogram to the right of the fireplace.
Three weeks after moving, we’ve finally been able to explore our new city a little and even stopped by a fantastic farmer’s market. 
I do love the produce available to us in this agricultural area! Now if it would cool down a little more so we can really experience fall that’d be awesome….

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Under the Stairs Closet turned Kids Book Nook

Good morning friends!! I am so excited to show you this reading nook/playhouse I have created for my kids in the closet underneath our stairs! I think it’s my favorite spot in our house right now! 
When we looked at this house and I saw the mini closet I immediately knew my kids would love that area and I was right. As soon as we moved in they started bringing in toys and books and playing down there. And since it’s right next to the kitchen started ordering room service! ha
My husband thought I was kind of nutty for creating this right next to the dining room, but I think it’s fun…
Welcome to “The Club” as my kids call it!
Right before we moved to Fresno I hustled to Ikea to buy this canopy for $10 knowing it would be great here… 
We love everything Dr. Seuss, so I wanted to incorporate some colorful Seuss inspired details.

The focal point is this bookshelf I stenciled with red paint and my Royal Designs Studio stencil. It did take me a couple hours to do this tiny wall, but I love the outcome! I did a tutorial with this very stencil on another project here.
I love the red and turquoise so much!
Last week I showed you how I made my Dr. Seuss wall art 
 by cutting up these dollar bin bags and wrapping them around square canvases.
They are so inexpensive and create such a big impact. The READ letters are from Joann’s and I painted them with craft paint.

My husband brought a random white board home from work years ago and I spray painted it along with this little holder from the thrift store. It was bronze before I painted it!
I brought a roll of chalkboard adhesive from Hobby Lobby with me and used some on the doors. 
(I already of Hobby Lobby withdrawals….ugh the closest one is 90 min away!) Boo..
Can you believe the window boxes are just one box cut in half and then spray painted?! They are hung with command strips. I had a few flowers already in the garage so this project turned out to be things I already had! Love when that happens….
Ok I am especially proud of these box shelves from Hobby Lobby. On my last trip there I found these for 90% off. So I paid $5 each. They are $50 full price!!!! They were however a little banged up so I used a red sharpie to fill in a few nicks,,,,
My daughter loves Oliva 🙂 
This was a fun project. I painted a canvas black then used a white paint pen to trace my Wimpy Kid image.
Here’s a fun post on how to draw him. My son loves these books and has started to draw him too! I’m glad they have their own special shelf…By the way I scored the set for a buck each at a garage sale. Yay!
Also the pencil bookends are from my childhood. Thanks mom for saving stuff like that!
I found a home for the rainbow wreath I made for my daughter’s last rainbow themed birthday….
The magnetic board is from Ikea.

This is her favorite area!
The seating are two chairs we had…I do hope to score a good deal on a bean bag soon..

Thanks for stopping by “The Club”…My daughter squealed “Is this all for us?”….So I think I impressed her a little. 🙂
I love this area because it’s a great use of things I already had and a few new bargains!
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Turkey Sausage, Onion, & Peppers (Easy Weeknight Meal)

 Since we moved to CA I’ve had some major sticker shock on things like gas and groceries! But man is the produce A-mazing….I cannot wait to explore some of the great farmers markets in my area!
My grocery store does have gorgeous bell peppers for 1$.
Here is a super easy yet yummy week night dinner that my entire family loves!
Cut up and saute the following in a olive oil:
–bell peppers (I used one red and one yellow)
–half an onion
–Turkey sausage ( I used Hilshire Farms)
–Handfull of cherry tomatoes (optional)
Season to taste with:
-Cajun seasoning
–garlic
–salt & pepper
After the sausage and veggies are browned add a can of stewed or diced tomatoes.

Serve over rice or quinoa and you have a fantastic meal!

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Our New Playroom Tour (Organizing the Kid Clutter)

I’m excited to give you a tour of our new playroom today! It’s finally finished! Hooray for organizing all the kid clutter!
We moved in two weeks ago and the new house has a loft upstairs we are now using as a playroom.

Here’s what it looked like up until last Saturday. I so dislike moving because it forces you to deal with all the clutter…and we hadn’t dealt with all the toys my kids have accumulated in a long while.

But about 10 hours later it look like this! Man…these tiny people sure do collect “stuff” so quickly don’t they! lol We sorted through every single toy, book, game, and puzzle we had. It was painful, but worth it. We have a huge box for donation and garage sale now.
Here are some of the fun details of our new space!
In anticipation of this move I visited Ikea in Tempe, AZ knowing I would not have one in Fresno.
I’ve always wanted this hanging organizational tool so I grabbed two. It comes with a long wire so you can decide how long it needs to be. Then you just use these clips to hang whatever you’d like. I LOVE the artwork displayed like this!!

We are using our kids table up here perfect for a little art area. 
The four tiered toy organizer and bins was a great Goodwill find at $20. It works perfect for all the small toys. Our Red Envelope growth chart works awesome in here. We’ve had it forever and never had space for it 🙂

I love these inexpensive plastic hanging baskets from Ikea and wish I bought more. It makes a perfect home for all the coloring books… I had to add a chalkboard adhesive to the wall 🙂

These little chalkboard label buckets are in the dollar bins at Target. I hung them with shower curtain hangers and a small towel rod.
These bookcases used to be in my son’s room in our old house and were originally left over from previous tenants in our Vegas house who no longer wanted them, So free score…
Remember this sign I made for Easter?
It was collecting dust in the garage so I painted a sign for the playroom!
I printed out letters from PicMonkey and then used the pencil transfer method to outline the letters in pencil on the board and then painted them. The imagine I just did freehand…
 I think it looks pretty fab with our Red Envelope canvas hand and footprint art. (Which was a nice gift from my dad.)

 How fun would that be to give a basket of blank canvases and paint for a family to make their own?!) I bet just going to the craft store and putting it all together would be way less than Red Envelope…

Ahhh see all those books and games all together and organized….happiness 🙂
 Here’s the toy box we refinished and painted last year and two big baskets from Goodwill.
 And finally the domestic area 🙂

So this space was a ton of work mostly because we had not purged and organized any of it in a while, but I really hope to keep up with it. Plus our kids now know where everything goes so, clean up time should be easier…hopefully! Do you find it difficult to control toy and kid clutter?

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