Around the Fairy Garden

Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful week and are excited for this weekend.  This post is very magical and will bring joy to everyone!  Or, I hope so.

Enjoy!

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Broken Pot Fairy Garden by The Whoot

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Cute Toadstool Fairy Garden by The Creamer Chronicles

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Teacup Fairy Garden by See Vanessa Craft

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How to Make a Fairy Garden by My Frugal Adventures

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Fountain Fairy Garden by Garden GGO

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Wagon Fairy Garden by Shellknob Lake Girl

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How to Make a Stone Fairy House by DIY Projects

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Hobbit Home Garden by Bonsai Empire

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Beach Themed Garden from Hometalk

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Instructions on How to Make a Fairy Garden by The Edible Terrace

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Live in the Sunshine Boogie-board Makeover

Good morning! Sorry about not posting yesterday. We spent the weekend with my daughter and enjoyed a beautiful Southern California weekend! We were able to watch the play she was Stage Manager for and spend some time at the beach. It was great! We head back in a few weeks for our trip to Disneyland. Can’t wait!

First off, I want to apologize for the quality of the pictures. I am not sure what happened here, but I didn’t realize how blurry they were until after I had finished the project. So just bear with me until the end!

My husband picked up this boogie board at a yard sale and sanded it completely down.

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It took me awhile to come up with my idea, but I knew I wanted to leave the edges the natural wood. I taped all around the edges with painters tape and then painted the rest of the board a turquoise blue.

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While the paint was drying, I printed out the words I wanted to paint on. I used all different fonts for the letters and different sizes. It took some playing around with it, but I finally got it all to fit on the board.

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I placed a piece of transfer paper under the words and outlined all of my letters with pencil. I have another post that shows how this is done just with pencil and no transfer paper.  You can see it here.

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Once all my letters were transferred onto the board, I was able to fill them in with paint. I used acrylic paint and a stiff brush. After everything was dry, I went over it all with some sandpaper so it looked weathered.

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So, what do you think?

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Of course, it’s perfect with all my other beach decor!

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I plan on using it on my front porch once the weather warms up.

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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Dog Toys Round Up

Hello everyone!  I hope you are all doing well!  I am so ready for today because I get to go out of town this weekend and see Haley!  I know, it’s only been two weeks since I’ve seen her, but I still miss my sister.

Anyway. This week is all about our dog toys.  Yes, mom has 4 and I have 2 cats who definitely think that they are dogs.  So here are some awesome toys you can make yourself for your four legged friend.

Make this easy DIY Dog Toy & feed your dog #NutritionWorthWaggingFor! #ad #diy

A DIY Sweet Potato Dog Toy from The Tiptoe Fairy

How to upcycle your old jeans into some cool handmade dog toys.  complete with squeakers.

Blue Jean Dog Toys from Pillar Box Blue

Cheap Dog Toys from The Cozy Condo

Square Knot Fleece Tug Toy from Dalmation DIY

Tennis Ball Ring Toy from Proud Dog Mom

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How to Make a Ball and Rope Toy from Instructables

DIY No-Sew Crinkle Dog Toy (Guest Post)

No Sew Crinkle Dog Toy from My So-Called Chaos

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How to Style your Bookshelves

Good morning! How can it be April already? Why is it some days seem so long, but then the months seem to fly by?! We are excited to be heading to Haley’s school this weekend to see the play she is currently stage managing. The school is also performing ‘The Little Mermaid” so we will be going to that one too. It will be busy, but lots of fun.

Today we are talking about bookshelves. Have you ever had a hard time styling your bookcases? Do you use all books or do you display other items as well? I usually do a little of each, but it depends on what room the shelves are in or what the shelves are used for. Here are some tips to help you out!

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*Display what you love!

This is the most important tip! Always display items you love! About a month ago, I reorganized my closet that stores my display items. I pulled out the items I really love and used them on my shelves in my family room. I have many items I could have used, but it was easy to pick out the things I really love or have special meaning to me. I would place those special items on the shelf and then as I pulled out more, I would add them in until I liked the way the shelf looked.

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*Power of 3…or 5…or any odd number

This is one of the major design rules-use odd numbers. Using odd numbers is pleasing to the eye. Of course, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. Sometimes, you can sneak in one more small item and the design will still work, but odd numbers just seem to work better.

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Here were the same shelves last fall. You can see I used some single items and the other shelves have an odd number of items.

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*Display items of different heights

Once you have picked your 3  or more items, make sure they are different heights. It is much more pleasing to the eye to have a place for your eye to travel. If some of your items are too similar in height, use books or similar items to lift one of your pieces. Also, when using books, use them both vertically and horizontally.

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*Keep your items in similar colors

One more thing to think of is the colors you are using. Again, the shelves will be more pleasing if your items are in similar colors or in the same color scheme. I use lots of neutrals with little touches of turquoise. When using neutrals, you can use any color as an accent. If I took out the turquoise glass float below, I could add in any other color and it would still work.

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*Use Baskets

If your shelves have to hold necessary items, but not necessarily pretty items, use baskets to store them in. Baskets are great for items like remote controls, games and game controllers, DVD’s, paperwork and so much more. the baskets will give the shelves a cleaner and more uniform look. If using several baskets, try to have them similar in color and size to create a more uniform look.

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*Texture

One last thing to consider is texture. You can see lots of textures in my family room bookshelves, from burlap to twine to seashells. Texture creates more interest than having all smooth items would.

I also have open shelving in my dining room. Even here, there are different textures. There are starfish, wooden platters, and glass dishes with a raised design. Some of the dishes are smooth and some have a rougher texture. These shelves hold quite a few more items than my family room shelves,  but you can still see how I used different heights to create interest. I used pink as my accent here, but again any color would work.

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I hope this gives you some help when you go to style your bookshelves! I wold love to hear how you style your shelves and if you use any of these tips!

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Baby Shower Ideas

Hello!  Let me preface this by saying that no, I Lauren am not pregnant.  I am still very single and very much not looking to have a baby anytime soon.  But, my cousin Sarah is having a baby boy this summer!  So these are some cute ideas for baby showers, for new moms or moms who already have kids.  Enjoy!

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Is this not adorable?  And perfect for new moms!  This cute Mom-Osa bar comes from Crisp Collective and it includes the cute printables for the jars!

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This is perfect for any baby shower!  And the best part is you can customize it for your baby.  Craftsy give you the step by step instructions on how to make this cute cake.

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How cute are these hot air balloons?  A balloon, some confetti, and some tool can make these balloons perfect for your tables.  Unfortunately the page these were on originally has been taken down…sorry about that.

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This is a great way for you to decorate your baby’s room AND let your party guests say something nice for your baby.  You can use any animals you want with any colors.  Art Bar gives their instructions on how to make it.

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Baby Sock Bouquet!  This is not only a great piece of decoration but a great gift for new moms.  Check out Great Home Design for a step by step guide.

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Okay…this is another idea without a page source, but it was too cute to share.  How perfect would this be over your gift table?

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How adorable is this?  It is cute twist on giving socks and onesies to a new mom.  Check out Chica Circle for instructions on this adorable cupcake recipe.

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I love (pun definitely intended) this love hula hoop.  This original post made this for a bridal shower but it can also be made for a baby shower.  Check out the DIY on Strawberry Chic Blog.

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This would be an awesome surprise for any mom.  Getting a gift of this many diapers along with other fun things like onesies and shoes??  How cool would that be?  Behind the After has a full instructional guide for this cute diaper wreath.

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This final idea is this cute Rustic Pink Baby Shower.  There are so many cute ideas and you need to check it out!  Head over to Fawn Over Baby to see how she decorated.

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