Before/After Industrial Barstools

DIY Industrial Barstools by included!

So, I had these ugly barstools that didn’t quite work. They swiveled funny. Made creaky noises and jiggled. So, I set out to fix the problem. And make some great looking bar stools! I have 4 of these black and brown swivel barstools. They have lived a good life. I was envisioning something a bit more industrial and chic. But, my budget didn’t have room for brand new barstools. So, I altered these to fit my “look”… Let me give you a quick tutorial on how to achieve this. It really isn’t hard. Really, if I can do it…you can too! 1. Take the seat off your bottom. Be sure to leave the swivel part attached to the ...

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Simple steps to make specimen jars

diy specimen jars by NellieBellie

These diy specimen jars are created with ModPodge. And they are fun…creepy…and spooky!  If you are a fan of all of the spooky and scary bits of Halloween, these specimen jars are a perfect way to add that to your decor without having to spend a lot of time or money on buying Halloween decorations. First up... how to make those eyeballs. They are fun, interesting, and add the perfect touch to your mantel.  Warning: they are the most time-intensive of all specimen jars.  That's why I have a tutorial (the other ones don't really need it), but know that this will take you a few days, just because of the ...

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10 steps to a cleaner house for you and your family

10 steps to a cleaner house. Tricks for getting your family and kids involoved by NellieBellie

Let's start out with some honesty: My house isn’t perfect. Certainly not.  It is not even tidy sometimes.  But it is rarely bad enough to be embarrassing or dangerous.  (although if you go in my craft room you wouldn’t continue reading this…I need to take my own advice!)  So clearly, I place a certain level of importance on having a clean home even if only subconsciously some of the time.  To me, having a clean home is worth the time it least to a certain point. But that might not be the case for you.  Or you might think it is worth the money to pay someone to clean for you. ...

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Before/After: teen’s bedroom


Quick. Take a picture!! (that’s what I said when I saw her room was clean) Because really…when is a 14 year old’s room EVER clean? NEVER! But…she had gotten new curtains months ago. And wanted me to put them up. Ha…no go. Not until the room was cleaned! That was the blackmail MONTHS ago. Finally, finally…the vintage teen bedroom is clean! And so here is Katie’s room. This is Katie… Yes, she looks sweet and innocent and CLEAN! But don’t be fooled. She harbored science experiments in her room. ...

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I’m using my dog’s pic to trick you into reading this.

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If you haven't figured it out yet... NellieBellie is a source of silly, creative, and fun. It is my stress reliever. Where I get to play. Crafting, cooking...all an escape from being an adult. And I use my blog to share my "stress reliever". But...I KNOW that you all have happy places. That place you go to get away. That thing you do to relax. The time you have all to yourself. And I want to know...what is it??? What do YOU do for fun. When noone is looking? So here are my 3 questions for you. You can email me [email protected] Comment on this post. Or go visit me on Facebook. I don't care how...but ...

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Simple steps to make your own journals


These diy journals are simply pretty. The are the kind you want to be seen carrying around. They make you feel smart and hip. This diy journal tutorial is cool ( I just needed to stick the words diy journal tutorial in together for Google. I couldn't come with something better then that sentence. Although, I think I stuck it in again...didn't I. Oh yeah, I am on a roll. diy journal tutorial. Ha!) Now STOP...hammer time. Just kidding. No really, I'm guesting over at Setting for Four today. Great lady...great blog!! You NEED to get yourself there!! in Hammertime! can move. Luckily, these DIY journals are also ...

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Stinky Linky feature…chicken butt!


I hope you all are familiar with my boy Levi and his fondness for chickens. You really should hop by and read his post How to Hypnotize a Chicken. It's revolutionary! And, then you will understand why #9 posts that was linked to the Stinky Linky Party was a winner, winner...chicken dinner in this house! Levi and I sat and read it together. And giggled. Especially with this photo... ...

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Simple steps to make a Domino Bracelet!


This is a Domino bracelet. You aren’t mistaken. It really is that cool. Why ? You ask. First…as is the custom here at NellieBellie…everything goes! Second…there is this cool little party going on that I wanted to join. It’s a party with random items for crafting. This month's random item is game pieces. Third…who else do you know has a domino bracelet? Of course you will want one too! So, let me show you how easy this domino bracelet is to make…. ...

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Mom 4 Reals monogrammed pumpkins


Hi guys! I've asked my friend Jessica from Mom 4 Real if I can show you here Monogrammed Pumpkin. And because she is a sweetheart she said yes. I may have promised cookies, or children, or shopping. No worries...she lives far away and won't collect.   Anyway, this is a cute and simple way of jazzing up a pumpkin. And you know I am all about cute and simple. Say Hi to Jess... ******************************************************************************************************************** ...

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Hobnail pumpkins….kinda.


Pumpkins are not my thing. But...I have a pumpkiny thing for every day this week! When I decorate a pumpkin When I embarrass a pumpkin I feel less of a crafter. Whey does a pumpkin frustrate me so? Pumpkins are along the lines of vignettes for me. Not in my vocabulary as a crafter/creative person. I didn't do justice to a feather pumpkin (did you see the Diva pumpkin?) But. I thought a hobnail pumpkin I could manage. And I did…kinda. ...

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Before/After: Old soul reading nook.


I have a bit of an old soul. At least in my decorating style. I love worn out, lived in, and abused looks. I love brown floral wallpaper and beat-up quilts. Rusty wagons and shop tables make my heart beat faster. A clown knickknack, a hobnail vase, or a dirty portrait will be a great gift! But, sometimes…sometimes…I LOVE a bit of  new! I recently went to World Market and updated my reading nook with my finds! And they fit in so well with my old, tired goods! ...

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