A Year in Review

Hi beauties! I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays! I thought I would sweep in here on a Sunday and share some of my favorite posts of 2013! We are approaching the end of 2013 and I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to do a wrap-up of the year and take a look back! If you’re new to M2S you can always go through the archives on the sidebar or check out my top tabs! Thank you all for making 2013 so wonderful and I can’t wait to share more goodies with you in 2014!! 

Made2Style 2013

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DIY Sequin Elbow Patch

DIY Sequin Elbow Patch

DIY Bleached Shorts

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Bedroom Makeover

Untitled 4 - Sign

Jewelry Holder

Jewelry Holder

Cork Board Makeover

Cork Board Makeover

Tips for: Hanging a Gallery Wall

How To Hang a Gallery Wall

Wrap Around Bun

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DIY Fabric Covered Boxes

fabric-covered-boxes

Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

Coconut Oil Mask

Ikea Hemnes Hack

Ikea Hemnes Hack

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Winter Wreath 2013

It’s Friday, woohoo! Break has officially begun and I’m headed to the mall to pick up some last minute gifts (wish me luck!).  But before I head out I had to come and share the last of my holiday crafts! I like to think I saved the best for last. In case you missed the title it’s my winter wreath! Last year I made my Snowman wreath which is out again this year.  My favorite thing about that wreath was that after the holidays were over I was still able to keep it up because he was more of a winter wreath than a Christmas one. I wanted to do the same thing this year.

My inspiration for this years wreath came from a post that Censtational Girl did. I had this idea to do felt snowflakes on my wreath and here is what I came up with! 

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Once I had all the snowflakes cut it was super easy to put together. The tough part was cutting out the snowflakes.  Well, it wasn’t so much tough as it was tedious. I used a white wool felt fabric and a snowflake that I printed and put on card stock that I used as a tracer. I cut a few out every night here and there while catching up on some shows.

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photo 2I used a very fine black marker and cut inside the marker so that you wouldn’t see the black on the snowflake.  Once I had all of them, about 50, I took the felt and cut strips and wrapped it around the foam wreath form.

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WreathWhile the red bow is quite festive, once the holidays are over I’m planning on taking it out and replacing it with something a little less Christmas and more winter! Of course I’ll let you know what I end up doing! 

Linen Christmas Tree

So here’s the thing about me: I like to make things.  I get called many things…creative, inspiring, cheap, penny pincher, crazy.  You know all sorts of names.  The truth is I like to challenge myself.  I don’t necessary makes things because I don’t want to spend the money on buying it but sometimes let’s be honest I can so make that for the fraction of the cost! Other times I see something and I think to myself “Oh, I could totally make that”. And not because I want it and don’t feel like spending the money but because I like the challenge of seeing if I can actually make it. I know, I’m weird. 

With that said, I was in Target the other day for what was probably the third time that day week. As I was perusing the home decor aisle I came across this cute tree.

photo 1 Immediately I thought, “I could totally make something like that. What is it, a styrofoam tree and some fabric. BAM I’m gonna make that.” And so I bought me a styrofoam tree and used some leftover linen that I had and made me one.

I tried doing the whole oval shaped bottom but I was just free handing it and so I decided to go with a pointy bottom rather than a rounded one.  I started by covering the bottom all around with my linen and then cut little triangle points on strips of the fabric.DSC_0053Once I had all the strips cut out I laid them on top of one another and on the back side I taped them so they wouldn’t budge.

photo 2For the top I just hot glued a small piece of fabric flat down.

photo 3Once that was done I just wrapped the whole thing around the tree and pinned it into place. I made a few snips with my scissors where there was some extra unneeded fabric and curled up some of the triangles.  It’s not exact and it’s certainly not perfect but I kinda love how organic and imperfect it is! 

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What inspires you? 

Brown Paper Wrapping

Happy Wednesday guys! Hope your enjoying the last week before Christmas! I wanted to come in today to share some tips in wrapping gifts because we all know that wrapping gifts can always be a daunting task. Especially when you wait to do all the gifts together rather than wrapping as you buy (guilty). Now if you are not like me or even if you are and you’re looking for a different approach to wrapping rather than the festive paper then you have come to the right place! One of the cheapest ways of wrapping is using brown kraft paper.  You can easily buy a 30lb. roll for about $25. It’s so easy to have fun with kraft paper especially if you are a crafter because you can pretty much use whatever you have on hand to decorate it.  If not then you can hit up any craft store and get little trinkets like ribbon, glitter, paint and anything else that tickles your fancy! Here are some gifts that I put together for inspiration!

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For this one I used the eraser on a pencil to make little polka dots with white paint.  Then I decided to add some drops of glue on top of some of the dots and add gold glitter. Then I wrapped it in ribbon and a cute bow I found at Michael’s.

Brown Paper WrappingUsing some burlap and a tree filler gave this next box a festive look.

Brown Paper WrappingAfter finding this white and gold bakers twine in the dollar bin section at Target I wrapped it around the gift and then glued a snowflake that I painted and a little gold acorn.

Brown Paper WrappingFor this little guy I used some leftover linen fabric that I had. I frayed the edges, wrapped a glittered ribbon I had and added a small wooden snowflake. It’s my favorite. 

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Inspired yet…

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Are you overwhelmed with wrapping gifts? Do you think you’ll give kraft paper a try?

Glittered Reindeer

It’s round 2 of sharing in my Christmas goodness! So I couldn’t help myself and I totally jumped on the glittered reindeer bandwagon.  

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I’ve seen it all over Pinterest and seeing that I had everything I needed and it would cost me nothing to make I figured why not!  I mean this was literally one of the easiest projects ever! I found a deer image online, printed and cut it out.

DSC_0066Traced the image onto my canvas.

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I mean why wouldn’t you try it! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for some more holiday love! 

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Pine Cone Christmas Trees

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend! We had some snow up here in good ole NY and I have to say it was nice being “snowed in.” I managed to clean out my DVR and get a few projects done.  I decided that since we are so close to Christmas that I am going to hit you guys up everyday this week with a Christmas craft! Das right! 5 whole days straight of Christmas goodness! So if you haven’t subscribed yet, you’re gonna want to get on that or just make sure to come back and check it out! So today we are going to start with one of my favorite crafts and it involved the ever so versatile, pine cones! I’ve seen so many cute ideas with pine cones all over the place that I thought I would take a stab at it.  I mean I did OD on them this year but I can’t help it! What do you think is going to happen when Michaels puts a bag on sale for $1.99! So my idea was to turn them into little Christmas trees. I had the whole idea but nothing to put them in until I walked by these suckers that I’ve had for years.  

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I’m pretty sure they’re suppose to be a lot larger than this but the last time I watered or cared for these guys Jack Bauer still had 23 hours left in his day! Needless to say I wanted the little white planters they were in so bye bye cacti. 

Now let’s get to the fun part of the project, painting! I measured out 3 pinecones that would sit well in the holders and not fall straight in.

photo 1-1Then I started painting.  I chose to do two in white (for snowfall) and one in green. I just painted the tips of the cones for the white ones and for the green one I went a little on the inside as well.

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To give the white holders a little something I wrapped them in burlap and tied a bow with just some twine!

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So simple right? I’m all about simplicity these days! I love how they add that touch of nature to the rest of my decor! Have you done any Christmas crafts with pine cones this year?

I’m sharing this project over at Newly Woodwards in the last of the Dare to DIY series! I’ve had so much fun! 

Decking The Halls

Hello everyone! It’s another snow day here but this time there is actual snow falling from the sky. First of the season! I will be lounging around all day and probably stuffing my face but first I wanted to share some pictures of my casa all decked out for the holidays! Let me tell you how me and daylight have not been getting along lately. By the time I get home from work there is no light to be seen. I’m sure I’m not the only blogger alone in this! But I finally had a chance to snap some pictures!

In the past I have always had a gold tree but I decided to change things up this year and go with green and white! I hate to admit it but I was one of those crazy people to hit up Michael’s on Thanksgiving night! Yup, I dragged my poor brother with me but it turns out I wasn’t the only one going for the white on the tree because there wasn’t much to choose from but I still love it! I also kept the rest of the decor in the living room a bright white. Made it my own winter wonderland!

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I styled the green table similar to last year. Using my favorite Noel sign (click here for that post) and some other festive decor pieces!

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I even put a little tree in the kitchen! I love decorating spaces that you wouldn’t expect!

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And in my working area I put another small tree with some mini bright-colored ornaments!

DSC_0177And last but not least, I couldn’t forget to have my snowman ready to greet my visitors at the door!

dsc_0013You can click here for the full tutorial on that bad boy! 

I’m hoping to find some more pieces that say winter rather than Christmas in the next few weeks. I always get sad when I “undeck” the halls! 

Is your home holiday ready? Are you also sad at how early the sun goes down?

{Give Handmade} Lemon Sugar Scrub

Happy Monday everyone! I particularly love this Monday because school is closed today thanks to the pesky weather! Hopefully the icy roads will clear up so I can head out but I’d be more than happy to stay in all day! So I wanted to share with you today one of my favorite body scrubs that I make which in turn makes an awesome gift to give away!  If you aren’t aware, I have a LOVE relationship with coconut oil. You can check out my post on my coconut hair mask here! It’s great for cooking with, it’s fantastic for your hair, and it’s amazing for your skin. Right about now is when our skin starts to seriously dry out.  From the cold air to the steaming hot showers, let’s face it our poor bodies are flaking! I try to use some type of exfoliating scrub in the shower to get rid of my dry skin once to twice a week. I’ve been DIYing my scrubs for about 2 years now and I love them! This one especially! It has the sugar to take away all your dry skin and then the coconut oil to bring back the moisture our skin needs! Today I am going to share my most favorite one which is the lemon sugar scrub.  Something about the fresh scent of lemon just gets me!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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Start by filling the jar you will be using about 3/4 of the way with your sugar.

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This looks about half but you’ll want 3/4 some of the sugar will dissolve when you add the oil

Next, pour the sugar out into a bowl and add about 5 tablespoons of coconut oil. You can’t really measure wrong here.  As long as you have a creamy consistency you should be good.  About half sugar/half coconut oil.

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Just mix it up until it’s all combined.

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This is when you’ll want to add your essential oil.  I used about 35-40 drops of lemon.  You can add as much or as little as you want depending on the strength of the scent you want.  Once that was mixed in I added one drop of yellow food coloring, just to give it that pop of yellow color!

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Then I just popped it into my jar, closed the lid tightly and threw on my label! 

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The great thing about these scrubs is most of the products can be substituted.  If you’re looking for a deeper exfoliant you may want to use sea salt instead of sugar.  You may also substitute the coconut oil for olive oil. And of course you can use any essential oil scent you want! Peppermint might be a fun one to try! 

I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t appreciate a body scrub for a gift, especially this time of year! I’m linking up to the Dare To DIY series! Head over to Decor and the Dog to check out some more handmade gift ideas! 

xo

{Beauty How To} Curling Wand Curls

Ok guys…I did it. I made a video. EEK! It was pretty intimidating and a little awkward talking to myself but not totally awkward because I probably talk to myself more than I care to admit! Now the idea behind the video was to share some techniques on how to curl your hair.  I get asked quite often about curling hair and how to make a curl hold and one of the biggest ways to do that is to get the technique down.  Now there are so many different ways that you can curl your hair and a curling wand is just one and also a popular way these days.  I thought I would share my tips on the wand and then if you like it I could show you other ways to curl your hair! Now, be kind to my video and remember this is my first time haha I am still trying to figure out the editing process which by the way, sounds effects are so much fun! I accidentally chopped off the ending so it ends rather abruptly but I’ll get better! If you like the video don’t forget to hit the like button below and/or comment and let me know what you think. Also don’t forget to click the little gear button on the bottom right to upgrade to HD! Enjoy!

If the video isn’t working for you, you can head over to YouTube by clicking on the link itself! 

http://youtu.be/71CS3WhBJyY

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{Dare To DIY} Entertain

Hi all! I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving if you happen to have celebrated this past week.  I certainly enjoyed all the great food and of course the desserts which I am still working on!  When it comes to the food of the feast, that is left up to my father (the chef), I am in charge of setting the table! I was a bit in love with the way I did the table last year and so I pretty much stuck to the same idea this year.  I wanted to add some seating tags so I did the easiest thing possible.  I used some pine cones that I purchased from Michael’s and a little hot glue to stick on the tags. Easy Peasy! 

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My give thanks banner made an appearance as well!

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I kept the middle of the table rather simple in order to save room for all the delicious food!

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The best part about this setting is that it can easily be used for a Christmas theme. Swap out those pumpkins for some poinsettias and sprinkle a little white glitter on those pine cones and BAM!   Don’t forget to head over to Maybe Matilda to check out some more entertaining ideas today!