Before/After Industrial Barstools

DIY Industrial Barstools by NellieBellie.com...tutorial 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 … [Read more...]

Simple steps to make specimen jars

diy specimen jars by NellieBellie

DIY specimen jars with ModPodge. These jars are created with ModPodge. And they are fun…creepy…and spooky! DIY specimen jars with tutorial…coming right up! First up..those eyeballs. They are fun. Here’s the tutorial… 1. grab a styrofoam ball and dig a hole in it to stick a google eye into. 2. cover the google eye with ModPodge Dimensional Magic. It takes a day or so to dry. 3. Paint the ball white. Using a sharpie add red “veins”. Cover with … [Read more...]

10 steps to a cleaner house for you and your family

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

First there was 10 steps to a clean house…kinda. Now there is 10 steps to a cleaner house for you and your family. Just in case you nailed the first 10. Or, are an overachiever and need more. Or, you didn’t like the original 10. My house isn’t perfect. Certainly not. It is not even tidy sometimes. But, it is rarely bad enough to be embarrassed. Or dangerous. (although if you go in my craft room you wouldn’t continue reading this… I need to take … [Read more...]

Before/After: teen’s bedroom

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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 … [Read more...]

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 that...is 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 … [Read more...]

Simple steps to make your own journals

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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, … [Read more...]

Stinky Linky feature…chicken butt!

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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... … [Read more...]

Simple steps to make a Domino Bracelet!

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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…. … [Read more...]

Mom 4 Reals monogrammed pumpkins

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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 … [Read more...]

Hobnail pumpkins….kinda.

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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. … [Read more...]

Before/After: Old soul reading nook.

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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, … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Diva Pumpkin

A pumpkin turned DIVA with feathers, modpodge, and glitter!

This Diva Pumpkin is “one of those crafts”. One of those crafts that you would NEVER tell people you made. If, if, you weren’t me. And if, if, you didn’t believe soo strongly that creativity is viewed differently by everyone. And if, if, you didn’t have kids that had a good time making the Diva Pumpkin. You know exactly what I am talking about. You’ve had “one of those crafts”. Maybe that’s your usual. Good. Then you will love this quick little … [Read more...]

homemade toffee.

Homemade toffee from nelliebellie.com

I realize that claiming this is the BEST toffee EVER is bold. But, it really is that good. This homemade toffee recipe is delicious.The kind of delicious that makes you eat waaayyyy more then you intend. And be okay with it. This homemade toffee recipe is the kind of recipe you don’t share. Because you want to be the one with “the toffee”. But, as you all won’t tell anyone. Because you all can keep secrets… I will share. Shhh…don’t. … [Read more...]

NellieBellie…World Market is back in MN!!

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It was my first time ever stepping foot into a World Market. And I not only was able to GO to World Market (totally cool!). I was honored to attend the exclusive preview event at the World Market Bloomington store. The preview of the Grand Opening held this weekend!! A party!! With shopping. Love!! Here are my sisters and I on arrival. We had perused a bit before the party started and we were HAPPY with what we saw! (that’s me on the right…mid … [Read more...]

Altered Globes…love!

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Altered globes are a big hit in blog world! They are everywhere...they are in all forms. There are chalk globes, shiny globes, painted globes...you name it! So...I went in on this craze. With my vintage buttons and lace altered globe. So, when I saw the host of globe projects hitting the diy/craft world I decided to go against the flow and make one of my own. Are you confused? Go against the flow? Why yes! You see…when I see something everyone … [Read more...]

The secret of Individuality in Time Management

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Lesson 0 was not really a lesson. It was more of a why and what. Lesson 1 was last week and we talked about prioritizing. Today we are at Lesson 2...individuality. Time Management for Dummies isn’t a fix all. I can’t tell you the top 3 things to do for you that will absolutely work EVERY TIME. Because what works for me might not work for you. Today we are talking about individuality. That thing that makes you you. Or, for matters of time … [Read more...]

The office tour.

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Sigh. Do you see that title. In writing this post I am admitting that I do…indeed…have a grown-up job. I don’t just play, craft, and be silly. Sadly. Because I am sooo darn good at that! Bt, today I want to show you my vintage office. Or, that's what I am going for. You tell me if I succeeded! In fact, my husband and I own a small business. You can go here to our company website if you want to learn more. This means that I do spend many, many … [Read more...]

5 things to do with glow-in-the-dark Duct Tape!

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1. Glow in the Dark Halloween Frame. Use strips of glow in the dark Duct Tape to add stripes to a wooden frame. Add a fun monster picture and you have Halloween art! Best part…it glows in the dark! The little monster comes from PicMonkey (a free photo editing site). Just go into their sticker selection and take a look…you’ll find some fun monsters! … [Read more...]

World Market is coming back to MN!

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You ask why I should be excited? And why should you?? Because…that will be right in my neck of the woods! And for many of my local readers…their neck of the woods!! Love! On Thursday, September 13 World Market is having Grand Openings in two locations: Rosedale Marketplace                 Southdale 494 Shopping Center 2401 Fairview Avenue … [Read more...]