The Kim Six Fix

Marquee Lights Made From Keurig K-Cups

Heart marquee light from Kcups
I am SO EXCITED to share today’s project.

I actually finished it about two weeks ago, but never got around to taking photos and writing about it until now.  But I just LOVE IT!

I have been obsessing about all the great marquee lights I’ve been seeing all over the internet, but now they have gotten so affordable and accessible in stores that I never felt like it was worth my time to make one from scratch.

At least not in the traditional sense of making a marquee light.

But then inspiration struck when I was washing out a set of old K-cups (I always save them since they aren’t recyclable and I have had project ideas for them in the past). I was lining them up on the counter and I realized how cool they looked when I started creating shapes. 
Of course, with Valentine’s day around the corner, a heart shape was the first thing that came to mind.
Heart marquee lights
I thought about gluing them down and spray painting the whole thing so it was one color but three dimensional, and then I thought, “WHY NOT LIGHT THEM UP AGAIN?!”

And that is exactly what I did.   This time with pink mini-lights
KCup Heart LightThere aren’t many projects where with each step you finish, you get more and more excited about it.. but this project was one of them:
Love marquee light mantelSo how did it come together?

You're Gonna Love It Link Party: The "Great Minds" Edition!

Okay.. so I said last week was insane, but it had NOTHING on this week.  Seriously, I'm running on pure coffee and adrenaline.

I did manage to get some new posts out:

Now.. on to the party!

I'm so excited by this week's features.. because they remind me of me!  (But not in that condescending "I'm the bestest blogger ever!" way.. but in the "Can we be BFF's since you really know me?" way...)

The most popular link this week was: 

Wooden Shim and Burlap Heart: A DecoArt Project

Wood Shim and Burlap Valentine HeartThings are still in full “Valentine’s Day” mode at our house.  And the decor is slowly rolling out.   So I was excited when DecorArt offered me the chance to team with them** and create a project using a non-traditional surface and Americana Multi-Surface Paint.  This is the project I came up with, inspired by Christina’s intertwined heart made from old chair rail scraps.

I didn’t have any chair rail scraps, but I knew immediately what I wanted to use!  A set of old wooden shims I had leftover from another project.  I love how rough they are, with the knots and imperfections.   I also picked up a wood cut heart to us as the backer and a decorative script ‘Love’ from Michaels.
Wooden shims and paint
I love how in the finished product you can still see all the imperfections in the wood, giving it a rustic ‘reclaimed’ feel:
Reclaimed wood heart
The first thing I did was line up the shims side by side alternating which end was the ‘thick” end and which was thin. Remember that shims are actually tapered to help ‘shim up’ things like cabinets and door frames etc.  So they aren’t flat when you lay them down flat.  I wanted the surface of the heart to be rough, so I got that look by alternating them.

Then I traced around my wooden heart with a ballpoint pen:
Tracing heart shape onto shims
Next I used a coping saw to cut out the heart shape.  You could use a hacksaw if you don’t have a coping saw, but anything larger that that would probably destroy the shims.  They are super thin and want to crack. Cutting shim with coping saw
Once I had all the shims cut, I hot glued them onto the wooden heart and sanded the edges with course sandpaper just to knock down the splinters.  I didn’t sand the flat surfaces since I wanted the texture to show. Sanding wood shim heart
Next I added some American Multi-Surface paint to a styrofoam tray. (I used the Cottonball, Lipstick and Pink Cadillac colors)This was the perfect paint of for the project because it sticks to almost anything! It was great for getting into all the crevices and cracks of the shims.

Like the other supplies for this project, Americana Multi-Surface paint is available in Michaels. Visit the DecoArt Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration. Red pink and white paint
 Because i wanted to let the wood grains and knots show through, I diluted out the paint with a little water.  It worked beautifully:
Painting red pink heart
Next I decided to play off the rustic look by adding  burlap heart (I found that a Michael’s as well) and the Love woodcut (I had painted white.)
Americana painted wood heart
I glued a little piece of twine on the top in case I wanted to hang it, but I decided that I liked it propped up in a vignette much better.
Wooden shim heart
It is so cute and rustic yet fits in well with the rest of my Valentine's stuff.
Burlap wood heart
I think I'm going to incorporate it into this year's mantelscape.  If I ever get around to it!
Rustic painted wood heart

Wooden heart vignette
**This post was sponsored by DecoArt and Michaels.  I received compensation for my time and supplies, but the project ideas, tutorial and opinions are my own.  I was not told what to make, or what to write. 

5 Easy SEO Tips Everyone on Blogger Should Be Using

I could have titled this post  “SEO Optimization 101” because this is an extremely basic tutorial on optimizing your Blogger blog content.  Lucky for bloggers on Blogger/Blogspot, Google has made it super easy to manage your SEO settings within the Blogger dashboard. These five small changes will give you the most SEO bang for your buck.

If you are an advanced blogger you may already do some (if not most) of these things and you are well aware that this is only the tip of SEO iceberg.   I could (and may) write an entire series on optimizing your SEO on Blogger but we are going to start with these baby steps since they are the low hanging fruit.

In other words, if you don’t do ANYTHING else to optimize your SEO, at least you should be doing these 5 things.   

I want to assure everyone that NONE OF THESE TIPS ARE DIFFICULT.  They don't involve any type of HTML or messing with your template.  No matter how much experience you have using the Blogger platform, you can do this! 

The Top 5 Things Every Blogger Blogger Should Be Doing Improve Their SEO

Is Your Car Winter Ready? 10 Simple Things to Check!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias

I am not personally experiencing it right now, but I know most of the nation is in the throws of deep winter… and I am feeling you!  My winters in Boston gave me great empathy for everyone dealing with cold temps and snow.  These memories are forever burned into my brain:
Winter snow in boston(At least there is snow cream right?) 

Well, if you think YOU hate the cold temps, just imagine how you car feels..  Even if your car is garaged in the winter, the weather can still wreck havoc on your four-wheeled baby.  Since I have empathy for your poor vehicle, here are a list of 10 things you should check out before it to make sure you car doesn’t let you down this winter!

Car Winterization Checklist:

You're Gonna Love It! Don't "bug" me Edition!

This week was INSANELY busy for me. In fact, I am writing this post at 4:45 to go live at 5.. becuase.. well, I was swamped!

The biggest reason is because of my new "blog business" I started on the side.  And my new website:

I did get some new posts up.  This year's school valentine using matchbox cars:

and my Game Day Snickers and Creamsicle milkshakes:

I know you were all busy this week too, I could tell by all the amazing links.  Let's get on to this week's features!

SNICKERS Or Starburst Creamsicle Milkshakes

Today’s post is actually TWO recipe posts in one.  And if you like milkshakes, you are in for two times the treat!  I have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, however all opinions and recipes are my own.  #BigGameTreats #CollectiveBias
Candy Milkshakes with Snickers and Starburst
We are big football fans (both college and professional.. I mean, who else decorates their mantel for football season?)  This year, as a special treat on game day I decided to use SNICKERS® and Starburst® candy to create milkshakes for the kids.

I Have A Big Announcement! (And Why I Love Blogger!)

So in the interest of keeping it real, I want to tell you that originally I had planned to post about K-cups (yes.. those coffee cup things I messed around with at Halloween) today.  I wanted to hold off this announcement until later next week, when I had all the kinks worked out, but I ended up spending so much time working on this exciting rollout, I just didn't have it in me to churn out a second post.

Seriously.. my kitchen floor currently looks like this since the baby thought unloading every thing out of my purse would be fun, while the girls played wiffle ball in the house:
I can't face writing about KCups right now. I just can't.

So instead.. you all get to hear my big news a week early!

Are you ready for it?  Well if not, too bad.. here it is:

Matchbox Car Valentines (Free Printable)

Matchbox Car Valentines Printables
It is time to start thinking about what sort of school valentine the kids want to hand out this year.  I didn’t want to spend more than $10 on them (for 30 cards) so I took the kids to the dollar store and told them to look around for something that they liked and that came with multiples in a package.

My kindergartener found these imitation matchbox cars and I knew we could come up with something to do with them.
Dollar store matchbox cars