Chalk Paint: how to make it and why you should, with a video tutorial

Why chalkpaint is great, tips for using it, and a video tutorial on how to make chalkpaint!

Chalk paint isn't the new kid on the block by any means. Not at all. But, I'm uber surprised at how many are still completely unaware at the miracle this stuff is. If you are one of attention. This is for you. I hate painting. Especially furniture. And, until I discovered chalk paint I avoided it at all costs. I would look at a piece of furniture that was just right for what I needed but pass it up because it wasn't the right color. No way, no how was I painting it. But then, I discovered chalk paint and the world is my playground.   What chalk paint can do: One coat coverage (of ...

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raising children that love the outdoors.

Raising children that love the outdoors, from

Tomorrow is Earth Day 2014. We love Earth Day. Because we love our earth, the outdoors, and all that brings. We hope that you do as well. And, if you are parents...that you are raising children that love the outdoors as well. Here are some tips and tricks to help you on your way! I am writing from the coolness of my living room after just spending time in the hot sun. If you follow me on Facebook you have heard me whine and whine about our winter here in Wisconsin. About a week and a half ago we finally lost the last of the snow. And then today…90 degrees. We are soaking in the warmth. Slathered in sunscreen. I’m a ...

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pipe lamp.

Anthro-inspired DIY pipe lamp from

I'm featuring my Anthropologie inspired DIY Pipe lamp, my favorite project, as the project of the year for NellieBellie in 2013! Thanks readers for making this year a fabulous year and cheers to 2014! This lamp has been featured in more places than I can count, shared oodles of times, pinned thousands of times, and gosh all rock, thank you! I adore, adore, adored the Anthropologie Pipe lamp when I saw it!! But, at the hefty $2800 price it was terribly far out of my reach!! So, I set out to create my own version. And, I did it!! So, I'm sharing with you my Anthropologie inspired DIY Pipe lamp. This project ...

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Top creative diy project ideas


I realized that the last few months the posts my readers are reading the most are my creative DIY project ideas. Projects like my lath floor, dropcloth rug, and painted tile have been incredibly popular and active. So, I brought together these top posts and more into one spot to make it easy to peruse, admire, and spout off about how awesome and creative I am :). DIY Project Ideas So, stop by one of these projects and take a look. Maybe you will want to try it, maybe it will spark your own diy project ideas, or maybe you will think I'm just crazy. Either way, I'm just happy that you lovely readers are interested in ...

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couch arm tray.

DIY couch arm tray table from

I have another great space saving solution for you today! In our new apartment, space is limited. And while we have room for a coffee table if we squish it in, we decided not to squish. But, on game day or movie night you really, really want a place for your beer and popcorn! An easy, space saving solution to our problem is this DIY couch arm tray... Now, before we being this tutorial of awesome let me point out a couple of things about this table... 1. It is completely customizable...I love retro and chose to add a gold flex treatment to mine. But, you could do whatever YOU like. 2. The materials are ...

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Simpe steps to make a Game Day Scarf (no-sew)

game day scarf

It's Football Friday!! I don't know about you all...but I'm ready for the weekend! Fall is here in MN and it is so beautiful! I'm looking forward to some apple cider, football, and blankets! In prep for this weekends game AND the fall weather I jazzed up a plain scarf and turned it into a scarf perfect for cheering on my favorite team. Grab a scarf, paint, and water...and you can have one too! This is so easy it is a bit ridiculous! (be kind: my husband lovingly took this out of focus photo for me. wasn't that sweet of him :)) I'm not an in your face kind of girl with my team spirit. But, I do like to wear purple on ...

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waterfall necklace.

Twig waterfall necklace from

I was going to start this post with mentions of how much I love a good bargain. but that is obvious by now.  So, I thought I would mention how I like to be a bit off beat. again, obvious.  I can't decide how to introduce this project. As a budget friendly project? or a trendy, unique gift idea? or perhaps as a re-purposing masterpiece?  Let's go with...trendy, unique, and inexpensive masterpiece of a gift. Too long? eh. ...

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Quick & Easy Homemade bath soak


    I don't know about you guys but I love a good yummy soak in the tub after a hard day. I have a few favorite bath soaks that I use. But, recently I tried my hand at making my own. Hello...where have you been all my life you wonderful thing you? Okay, I need to clarify a few things about the above picture… The word bubble in the tag is a bit deceptive. I mean, there are bubbles in the bath when you use this awesome bath soak. But, to say it is a bubble bath is a bit overkill. It’s more of a foam. But, the photo was taken, the foam bath used up. Alas, the tag stays. Vanilla is the scent I had, you ...

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giant pick-up sticks.

Pick Up Sticks from

Do you remember this old-fashioned game? This giant version is easy to make and so fun to play with a group! Just be mindful you don't poke an eye out with these sticks! Supplies: 24-36 Bamboo yard stakes.  you want the number of stakes to be dividable by the number of colors you want to have, plus 1 black stick. I had 4 colors with 8 sticks per color…32. Plus the black stick…33 stakes.  wooden dowels also work, as do any variety of stakes. Be very sure that you don’t choose any variety with an exceptionally  pointy end…that would be quite dangerous to play! Spray Paint in the color choices ...

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8 Fantastic DIY lights


This last week I have had a mind-blowing 2…count them, 2…DIY light tutorials on the blog. Why stop a good thing? So, I’m here to bring you the granddaddy of DIY lights. All in one place! All of these lights are DIY with tutorials for you can do them yourself!! Just pop over to the post and follow the instructions! ...

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industrial cylinder light.

Industrial cylinder light from

I have to come clean and tell you I have a little obsession with lamps. They are my arch enemy, my biggest love, and my pet peeve all rolled into one. I love the shapes, sizes, and colors that lamps come in. I love what a fantastic lamp can do for a space. I hate that I can’t leave a store without looking at every lamp in sight, and often bringing one home with me. And my biggest pet peeve…ugly lamps. Why must there be ugly lamps? When there are such cute ones in the world. Today’s diy is a lamp. No surprise there. Tuesday's DIY was a light cube and today's is a lamp...overkill? nah! But, perhaps you aren’t ...

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Simple steps to repurpose cd cases into a light cube

DIY light cube...from cd cases and Christmas lights!

  I was so excited to get a box of goodies from American Crafts full of all things gold glitter. I saw the gold glitter paper and knew immediately that it was going to be in an upcoming project. I’m working on a little area in my living room and I’ve been thinking of getting a sleek little lamp for the area. Well, why get a sleek little lamp when I can DIY it? why indeed! My mom had given me a bag full of empty cd cases…thanks mom…and in my mind I saw an acrylic cube of awesome. With glitter paper of awesome. It would be…awesome! Just for the record, the word awesome is over-used. but, I’ll change my ways ...

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