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10 Repurposed Home Decor Projects

10 beautiful upcycled home decor projects10 brilliant repurposed project ideasIf you are a thrift shop bargain hunter, you probably have run across at least one of the items in today's post of beautiful home decor projects.   Repurposed projects are some of my favorites, because you take something that someone else no longer wants, and transform it into something new and useful.   I have a whole section of my blog dedicated to repurposed projects, so if today's roundup gets you inspired, be sure to check those out too!

Creativity Unleashed 182: Win A Hand Lettering Starter Kit


Creativity Unleashed Graphic
Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.

This month we have a wonderful prize from one of our very own bloggers.  Jocie from One Project Closer is giving away a hand lettering starter kit.
ENTER TO WIN AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

As someone who took the Busy Girls Guide To Lettering ecourse, I have to say, it is PHENOMENAL.  I am already crafting up a storm with my my new hand lettering skills.

If you sign up now, you can get 20% off since you are a Creativity Unleashed fan!  Use the code BUSYGIRL20 at checkout. 

Hand Lettered Cactus Watercolor Printable

Cactus Watercolor
Free Cactus Water Color Printable
If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have noticed I’ve become a tad obsessed with hand lettering.  It is so hot and trendy right now, and in the past I have tried and tried and tried to learn it, to no avail.

But this past week, Jocie from One Project Closer launched an online course to learn hand lettering and something has finally clicked!  WoodenSigns
Granted, I’ve been practicing for a week now, and I’m nowhere near as good as Jocie, but what I don’t have in skill, I make up for in sarcasm.  Hence this week’s free printable:
Painting little prick with cactus
I wanted a play on the cactus/succulent trend, but nothing too cutesy, since watercolor+succulents is already pretty twee.  So I added some snarky hand lettering and I had my finished product!   I have the file available in an 8’x8’ high resolution download if you’d like a copy.   

How to Use and Store Laundry Detergent Packs Correctly


Packets up decal in laundry room
The average American household does 400 loads every year (but in my house I am SURE we do way more than that.) Since the beginning of automated washing machines,  powdered detergent (and then liquid detergent) have always been used to get clothes clean.

Then, in early 2012, concentrated liquid laundry packets came on the market and changed the way many of us do laundry.  Smaller, easier and more convenient, these little concentrated laundry detergent packets can pack quite the cleaning punch.  But are you getting the most out of your laundry packets?

There is actually a little learning curve when it comes to safely and effectively using this relatively new detergent technology and so today I want to share some best practices when it comes to using concentrated laundry packets. 

Creativity Unleashed 181: Win A Hand Lettering Starter Kit from OPC!


Creativity Unleashed Graphic
Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.

This month we have a wonderful prize from one of our very own bloggers.  Jocie from One Project Closer is giving away a hand lettering starter kit.
ENTER TO WIN AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

As someone who took the Busy Girls Guide To Lettering ecourse, I have to say, it is PHENOMENAL.  I am already crafting up a storm with my my new hand lettering skills.

If you sign up now, you can get 20% off since you are a Creativity Unleashed fan!  Use the code BUSYGIRL20 at checkout. 

Three Dimensional Perler Bead Planters

Pearler bead succulent planterThree Dimensional Pearler Bead Planters.  So easy to make and the only limit is your creativity.  Would be a great kids craft for birthday parties or scout meetings.

My kids have really gotten into Perler beads this summer.  I shared a few of their projects on Instagram lately, and they got me all fired up to play along too.
I decided to move away from two dimensional flat projects, and came up with a easy cylindrical container shape.  You could really make ANY pattern on it, so I played around with a few different patterns.  You could use them to store pencils or makeup brushes or pretty much anything really, but I turned them into succulent planters.. since hey.. TRENDY! Succulent pearler bead flowerpots

Creativity Unleashed 180


Creativity Unleashed Graphic
Welcome to the Creativity Unleashed Link party. I’ve joined Jessi from Practically Functional, Jacque from The DIY Village, Jocie from One Project Closer, Amy from Her Tool Belt, and Mindi from My Love 2 Create as hostesses for this party.

10 Tips for Camping in Hot Weather

Camping supplies10 Tips for Camping in Hot Weather: Beat the heat and learn what to pack, how to set up camp, and how to avoid the sun all while making fun camping vacation memories
For our family, summer is always camping season.   Here in California there are local, state, and national parks where you can camp year round, but typically the summer months are what fits our busy schedules best. While the kids are out on school break and we often head to the mountains or beach and tent camp. The problem with summer camping is that daytime temperatures can exceed 100 degrees.   Unless you head high into the mountains, the inland areas of California can be really warm and dry.
San Luis Resevoir Camping
When camping as a family we want to make sure it is a fun and enjoyable experience, which isn't the case if we are suffering in the heat.  Fortunately, even on some of the hottest days, there are things you can do to make your camping adventure enjoyable.  A little good planning, bringing the right supplies and modifying your behavior can make all the difference when it comes to staying cool while camping in the hot summer months.  

10 Tips for Surviving A Camping Trip In The Summer

10 Easy Mason Jar Projects

Mason Jar Projects10 beautiful and easy mason jar projects.  Turn the lowly mason jar into beautiful home decor!
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably seen the trend of MASON JARS all over the place.  These staples of yesteryear are no longer relegated to pantry shelves and country decor.  Mason jars have been transformed to fit into the popular farmhouse and shabby chic decor style that seems to be everywhere these days.

Turn Tongue and Groove Flooring into French Cleats

Tongue and grooveHang Heavy Objects using Tongue and Groove as French Cleats.  So fast and easy, plus it supports a lot of weight!
Hanging heavy objects on your wall can be a challenge.  I often make large (heavy) signs out of reclaimed wood or cabinet doors and suspending them on a single wire hanger can be tricky.  In addition to that, I live in earthquake country, and making sure that objects on the wall are secure even under heavy vibration is essential.
My California Republic stenciled sign weighed a little under 50 pounds.

Some items, like shelves or cabinets need even more support, and that is where french cleats come in.   This hanging system works by supporting the weight of an object over an angled joint which is secured on one side to the object and into a stud or solid surface on the other. NewImage

Magazine Stand Turned Tiered Planter

Before and after planter from table
Magazine Table Turned Tiered Planter. A great way to upcycle an old magazine rack, fill it with flowers!

I was recently at the thrift store and came across a small side table with a built in magazine rack and I couldn’t pass it up.  I don’t need a side table but I had other plans for it. 
Magazine table before
 It was only $7 and it was in pretty good shape.  
Cheap thrift store furniture

A few afternoons later, I ended up with this tiered planter, which fit perfectly next to my front door.   I love that once all the plants have grown in, it will be a large vertical wall of flowers. 

Plant stand from thrift store magazine table
The transformation was pretty straight forward, but I have a few tips that may come in helpful if you are going to make your own version.

15 Ways to Customize Coffee Cups

15 ways to personalize coffee mugs15 ways to customize coffee cups, easy diy projects that would be great gifts for both kids and adults to createCoffee lovers, like myself, can never have enough coffee mugs in the house.  Each cup, from my insulated tumblers to my delicate teacups have a different feel when I drink my favorite hot beverages out of them.   And coffee cups are a great way to express your personality.

So today I have 15 different ways you can personalize coffee cups (or coffee mugs.. whatever you prefer to call them!)  Some of these would be great gift ideas and you could even do them with kids.  If you don’t want to buy new cups, this is a great way to dress up old cups (you know the free ones you often get from businesses) or you can even find super cheap blank cups at thrift stores or places like Home goods.

And if you have TO MANY coffee mugs around the house, scroll all the way to the bottom of this post, where I share a few more coffee cup repurposing ideas!
 
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