DIY Fun| LOVE

Since it’s Valentines Day, it seems appropriate to post something related to love.  While I enjoy this sweet holiday and typically celebrate with my hubby, I don’t always do a lot of decorating for it.  This year, however, I put up something that works for Valentines but will last all year too!

I’ve been wanting to put some giant zinc letters like these from Anthropologie above our master bed for a while but could never find exactly what I wanted in person and didn’t ever bite the bullet and pay for shipping said giant letters.

zinc letters

A while back, I found a few different tutorials for how to make them…all of which seemed very easy and much less expensive than ordering custom ones.  So, I went for it.  It was super simple, cost about $25, and turned out fabulous!  

I used the 23.5″ tall, paper mache letters that came from Joann’s and cost about $6 each (with a 40% off coupon).

paper mache letters

Then, I painted them with Martha Stewart’s metallic craft paint in Sterling (color number 32128) from Michael’s.  Each letter took 2-3 coats (be sure to let each coat dry before adding another).  I think each bottle is around $1.25, so it’s less than $1 after using a coupon.  1 bottle covers 3 letters completely, so I had to buy a second bottle for the 4th letter.

paint

Here’s the finished product.  What do you think?  Definitely makes a statement, right?!

LOVE4

LOVE2

Happy Valentine’s Day!

jenna signature

diy dreamin’

Even though I haven’t done a personal DIY for you in a while, I thought I’d share some cute DIYs I’ve found!  This first is from Apartment Therapy…

If you’re planning to have any kind of outdoor party soon (or maybe even in the Fall), you’ll want to remember this cute DIY from A Subtle Revelry

And this last one isn’t necessarily a step-by-step  DIY, but it’s so easy, you don’t really need steps.

The only steps would be to take an exisiting picture frame and attach it to a painted board.  You’d have to add hooks if you wanted to hang it but you could also lean the boards somewhere. I would also suggest using some sort of heavy duty velcro strips to attach the frame to the board so that you could change out the picture if you wanted to.

Super cute and so easy!

all women stalk

I admit it.  I am beauty-skill impaired.  I can’t ever get my hair to do anything “really cute” and my make-up application is what you would call “routine.”  Enter All Women Stalk.

I found this sight through Pinterest (of course!) and fell in love!  What better resource for a girl who has 4 hairstyles and basic make-up application skills.  There are all sorts of useful tips and tricks.  Here’s screen shot of the home page:

 

Aside from make-up and beauty tips, there are travel tips, workout regimens (body specific and target area specific), fashion finds, DIY projects, relationship advice, gift ideas, and book lists.  You (and I) could spend hours reading through all of the articles.  So head on over and check it out.

  Be sure to pace yourself, though.  You could get sucked-in if you’re not careful!

Have fun!

a few cool things

Have you heard about the new shops at Target?!  Every time I see the commercial I get so excited about it.  The shops opened up on May 6th, but if you haven’t hit the stores yet, here is a preview of the new selection.

{Hopefully this launch goes better than the choas that was Missoni}

The Candy Store

Cos Bar

Polka Dot Bakery

Privet House

The Webster

…dangerous

I found this great DIY the other day on A Subtle Revelry for mint infused honey…and you better believe it’s on my to-do list!  I bought some herb plants this weekend and I’m itching to use them!  This would be the perfect project.

It’s  easy and inexpensive!  Check out the full tutorial HERE

Hope you have fun plans for your weekend…because it’s almost here!

what’s up, may!?

Well, our little garden party/dinner went super well on Saturday.  It wasn’t overly stressful and everyone loved it, so I was quite pleased.  Thanks to my new Instagram app {yes, new.  I didn’t realize they had it for Android now!}, I even captured some fun pictures.

The lights!  Definitely the best part!

The tablescape

The centerpieces

The dessert–homemade ice cream {not made by me, but so delicious!}

The friends!

I would totally recommend doing something like this!  The weather was perfect {even in Florida!} and since our small group meetings are pot luck style, I didn’t have to stress about preparing a bunch of food–I just made it pretty.  We had our fire pit going and some tiki torches which also made it pretty cozy.  I would definitely do it again!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I wanted to share this great tutorial from Ez at Creature Comforts.  It would make a great MD gift or even a fun little personal project.

DIY Brushstroke Mini Bowls

See the full tutorial here  {they’re so easy!}

A new month means new desktop wallpapers from Smashing Magazine–here’s a little teaser.

Be sure to check them all out here!