time management for dummies or…us?


Time Management for dummies       (part 1 of 7) Yes, this is a series of epic proportions for me. No, you are not dummies. It just fit. And..just in case I do an e-book I have to be prepared . Harper Collins….my email is [email protected]! And please forgive me posting at an odd time...my blog calendar just doesn't have room for non-craft projects. And I really want this series out. So, I stuck it in. But don't … [Read more...]

Creepy Halloween Mantel

Dolls are creepy when used in this Creepy Halloween Mantel!

Creepy Halloween Mantel First…I apologize if you don’t do creepy. Second…I apologize if you don’t do Halloween. Come back tomorrow for the return of the STinky Linky Party!! Or stick with me today for my Creepy Halloween Mantel! Okay…are you still here? Good. This is my “mantel” this year for Halloween… I usually don’t do decorations for Halloween. Because it seems to run so much into fall and then Christmas it annoys me. But…my kids had this … [Read more...]

9 steps to creating a compass rose!


Recently I had this wonderful table that needed some loving. It really was quite pathetic. So I used Rub N Buff on the WHOLE thing. Yes…the WHOLE THING! And she looked like this…   Oh wait. Stop! I MUST show you her before…   But, I felt like it was the perfect candidate for a Compass Rose. I thought about a stencil. Too much work. I though about a vinyl. Too expensive. I left her to her own devices for a bit while I pondered. Then…I … [Read more...]

vlog…with Levi and Katie

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Q & A vlog I believe I am going to try to do some video stuff. Not sure what. Or how. Or what it will look like. But…I wanted to test it out. So, we held an impromptu Q and A session at my house… Covering Starbucks...meeting Nate...and lots more! … [Read more...]

Simple steps to making a mini notebook


DIY Mini Notebook Good Morning fabulous readers! Well, I’m going back to bed after I write this for you. I just got back from  “vacation” and need to recoup. Ha…isn’t that funny how we need to rest from our “vacation”. I bet you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about! But first, a quick tutorial for this DIY mini notebook... Okay, this craft is about 10 minutes. But…I don’t count the glue drying time. Because, … [Read more...]

Give Me a Minute?


Give Me a Minute? Feature teacher...Cox's Corner Do NOT pin from my blog...please visit the featured blogger!   Our Give Me a Minute feature teacher is... The Cox Corner. She took an IKEA frame and gave it a quick and fun update with washi tape. Love quick! Love easy! So cute!! Do NOT pin from my blog...please visit the featured blogger's post!   Go visit Cox's Corner for the details (and she has some other fun tutorials on … [Read more...]

Simple steps to make a Creepy Crawly Wreath


Creepy Crawly Wreath!   Ooooh…right! yes, it's a bit early for such things.  But, I don't do time tables well. I did this. I liked it. I posted. The end.   Let’s go. You need… 1 styrofoam wreath. I used a 9incher I think?? 1 pile of rubber spiders, snakes…whatever you can find at the dollar store. 1 can of black spray paint (unless you are lucky and can find them already black) 2 fake Halloweeny flowers 1 large pile of black tulle … [Read more...]

Before/After: vintage desk


Vintage Desk This piece doesn’t have a name. It was for a friend of my daughters. And I never quite figured out it’s name. Maybe you can come up with one?? But, here it is when it was brought to me… Very cute! She was planning on using it as a desk in her bedroom. She wanted vintage and liked a bit of grunge. So…after it was “Nellified”… I used Ce Ce Caldwell paint to add subtle stripes to the front of it and take advantage of the great … [Read more...]

Sponsor Salivation Day…My Turn (for us)


Hello fine fellows!! It’s Saturday!! Woot woot! The weekend is here! And that means it time for another round of slobber gushy wonderful words all over a NellieBellie sponsor! Today’s victim…Evelyn from My Turn (for us). Evelyn is a long time reader of NellieBellie and has been one of my biggest cheerleaders. I mean this lady has the full outfit and pompoms going (metaphorically, of course)! Love her!! When she decided to sponsor NellieBellie … [Read more...]

The teen’s study space


I am calling this a study space because…well, I don’t really know WHAT to call it?!? This is my 14 year old’s space. We just put the finishing touches on it over the weekend and it’s ready to go for her freshman year. Ack…can you believe I’m that old? Sigh, I need a nap. Anyways…because my kids do their charter school from home they need good-sized space to organize, spread out, and spend vast hours of the day in. Levi’s space is a giant counter … [Read more...]

DIY dyed jute basket.


DIY Dyed Jute Basket Head over to Primitive and Proper to see a fabulous guest post by *ahem* a fabulous blogger (me...it's me!) Cassie is so cool, talented, and kind. Love her! Go say hi! This little guy makes me smile… Cause I made him! I dyed the jute. And then I hotglued it going around…and around…and around. It’s so darn sweet I just want to pinch it’s cheeks! So…how to dye jute twine?? You want to know? Is that the phone ringing?? gotta … [Read more...]

DIY laptop sleeve (with mailing envelopes and Duck Tape)


DIY Duck Tape laptop sleeve Sometimes…sometimes I do a craft just because I can. Just because I wonder if it would work. So…I try it. And sometimes…sometimes…it works! Yes, my head is full of ideas. Yes, I’m slightly ridiculous. But…I smile a lot that’s worth something, right! I made a redneck IPAD sleeve out of Duck Tape and a mailing envelope. It pretty much rocked. I love it. I use it. I want to make several colors so I can have one that … [Read more...]

The post with random pictures and gabbing…


The post with random pictures and gabbing... Sunday night my SD card had a temper tantrum and broke. Goody. As a blogger I have hundreds of pictures on it at a time. Most I keep backed up but…I hadn’t backed up projects from the weekend. Joy! But I have the man of mans! He superglued a tiny part thingy back on to my SD card long enough for me to pull all the pictures off. Muah…love him! As those babies were flying through cyber space about to be … [Read more...]

Bathroom update on a budget of miniscule proportions!


This room is not perfectly done. And my pictures aren't great. Because...my SD card that stored all my images had a tantrum last night and POOF!...my images are gone! Oh well...moving on. But…I’ll be honest cause we all are friends....I needed to do a Bathroom update on a budget! A budget of all budgets for a bathroom! I’m NOT done. But, I had these images stored and knew it was good enough to show you all! So, I’ll show you. Because I really … [Read more...]

Sponsor salivation…A Night Owl


Sponsor Salivation...A Night Owl It is time to salivate all over a sponsor. It is Saturday. Saturday will become the designated Sponsor Salivation day here on NellieBellie.   Today I am going to salivate all over… A Night Owl Blog. You probably already know this blog. Cause it’s just that cool. If you don’t…well,  you should. There are 2 great parties. An Instagram Blog hop and a Pinning Party…   Instagram is for cool … [Read more...]

I like my stuff old…


DIY Antique mirror frame. This is the mirror that has been hanging in our bathroom for years and years. Just your normal, everyday large mirror. Nothing special. But, my vision for the bathroom included a vintage gold mirror. My budget did not. So…I faked it. I faked a diy antique mirror frame. Cause I like my stuff old. My supplies: Wood decorative piece wood glue to attach the piece Rub n Buff in Gold Leaf ( I only used 1 tube. But, I was … [Read more...]

Google Eye Shades


Google Eye Shades The only thing my boy asked for for school this year…new shades! And “Mom…please make them cool.” Well. Okay. The beginning…   Taped them… I should mention…I forgot to tape the back part of the lenses. Gah!! A lot of cleaning happened. humbug.   Sprayed them…   And hot-glued google eyes…   And gave Levi his greatest desire…cool sunglasses. He’s set for school. Of course the problem…he wears … [Read more...]

Beautiful jewelry…on the cheap!


Beautiful Jewelry …on the cheap! Back to school shopping can be hard on the wallet. Especially if you have girls! Not only do you have the various clothes and shoes and bags and makeup and and and… You have accessories. And girls take their accessories seriously! No messing around! I would love to buy my daughter new necklaces and earrings each year but…NOT! Hello!! Even if I shop at the cheapest store…out of my budget! So, learning how to make a … [Read more...]

Back to School with Famous Footwear

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. We've been talking about back to school lately. Organizing, crafting, homework...are all things to think about with back to school around the corner! But what are our kids thinking about? Well, probably about clothes. And shoes. Enter...Famous Footwear. Famous Footwear is a great one stop shop for shoes for all of your kids! My 9 year … [Read more...]

the anatomy of a great homework zone!


True…my kids are at home for school. So their homework zones are a bit larger, more complex then some. But, regardless of if your kids are in public, private, home or elsewhere…they probably have homework! And, you have someplace they do that homework in. Maybe they use the dining room table. Maybe they have a desk. Hey…maybe you kick them outside under the stars! Wherever they are, here are the things you want to try to provide. If you don’t … [Read more...]