DIY Framed Canvas Quote

It’s been a while, but I’m back with new projects from Pinterest.

One of my latest creations is a quote on a piece of canvas in a frame.

The items you will need to create this project are as follows:

  • a thin 8×10 sheet of canvas
  • stencils
  • an 8×10 picture frame of your choosing
  • spray paint in the color of your choice
  • a quote, song lyric, or phrase you enjoy or would like to use
You can find the physical items for this project at your local Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or Walmart.

Supplies

 

For my own project I chose a quote by the literary great Ernest Hemingway, “Write drunk, edit sober.”

Place with the stencils on the canvas, you can use a little Elmer’s glue to hold them down  while you spray paint them, if you want the distressed look that you will see on my finished project. If you want a cleaner finish I recommend to just set them there very carefully or use double sided tape and do not remove the letters before the spray paint has fully dried.

After removing the letters you your final product should fit perfectly inside a 8×10 picture frame without the glass.

Here is my finished project-

Hemingway knows best

 

Decorative way to display pictures

I’ve done a post similar to this before, but I love this idea so much more that I just had to share it. On Pinterest I found the idea of using twinkle or Christmas lights as a decorative way of displaying pictures.

Necessary items to complete the project:

*A strand of lights in the color of your choice

*Clothes pins

*Push pins

*Photographs of your choice

You will start by using push pins to hold the string of lights along the wall, making sure that the end can reach an outlet, or adding an extension cord if necessary.

Next you can choose the photographs you would like to display. Grab some clothes pins and start hanging between the bulbs on the lights.

If you want to dress up the project even more you can paint the clothes pins or you can glitter them as I did.

Now you can display a large array of photos without the need of nail holes and without the expense of picture frames.

Now enjoy your beautiful decor by the delicate light!

decorative light and photo display

 

Orange Sherbet Punch

Found this delicious punch recipe on Pinterest. It’s great for any occasion and delicious!

The only ingredients needed are:

  • 2 large cans frozen lemonade
  • 1/2 a gallon of orange sherbet ice cream
  • 2 liter bottle of 7up

Soften the frozen lemonade and sherbet into a somewhat mushy consistency. Then mix together while adding the 7up slowly. Stir occasionally while serving.

Finished Product

Greeting Cards Display

Greeting cards are used for almost every occasion these days, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, get well, thank yous, weddings, and graduations, just to name a few. And over the years I have amassed quite a collection of cards in a shoe box. Now I haven’t saved every card I’ve gotten, but I have saved meaningful and beautiful ones.

I’ve often tried to come up with ideas of how to keep them out without taking up display room or getting beat up. While browsing on Pinterest I found the great idea of binding the greeting cards together.

The supplies you will need are a paper hole puncher (I used my heart shaped one), and something to bind it. You can use, metal rings if you plan on binding a large a mount, or a pretty ribbon, or string. You can get these things at office supply stores and craft stores.

Then all you need to do is punch two holes in the greeting cards in the same area and bind the cards together with your choice of material.

You can also do multiple booklets of them with a theme in each of them, birthday cards, wedding cards, graduation cards, Christmas cards.

The project length depends on the amount of cards, but it can be done in about 5-15 minutes generally speaking. It’s cheap because you only have to invest in something to bind them together with, so it is possible to do the project with $5 or less.

Finished book

I used sparkly white craft string to bind my favorite Christmas cards.
You can also just bind together the covers of the cards, if there is no sentimental value in the card, but you enjoy the artwork.

 

Printable Daily Planner

As my schedule continues  to grown I find it necessary to keep a to do list to keep me on task and organize.

On Pinterest I found a link to some great printable pages that allow you to create daily, weekly, and monthly scheduling. I have absolutely fallen in love with them.

To create your own planner, you’ll just need a binder and page protectors. If you do not have internet access or a printer at home, visit your local Kinkos for printing services.

Printed planning guide

Get your free printable pages from Prepared Not Scared.

Now go enjoy your more organized life!

Sewing Kit

It’s that time of year again, high school and college graduations. This can often mean a need for a lot of graduation gifts. As always I look around Pinterest for ideas, that are on the lower end of the cost spectrum.

What I found was great idea for sewing kits. The supplies you’ll need are a small sewing kit, these can usually be bought at Target, Walmart, or a craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s for $3-5. Otherwise you can create your own sewing kit, buying a pin cushion, thread, needles, pins, buttons, and a thimble. You’ll also need a jar with a lid, this can be found at the places mentioned above.

You can buy color specific kits some places that can add to the cohesiveness of the gift, and add extras like measuring tape and more than just the basic thread colors.

Then all you have to do is combine everything into the jar for a space to store all a small sewing kit.

To add to the gift you can tie a ribbon or cloth around it and present it stored in the jar. I added a felt flower on the ribbon.

The different colors can add a personalized touch.

Sewing kit gift

It makes a really cute gift, for people leaving home for the first time. It also is cheap, clocking in around $5 for the supplies.

Decorative desk

I often peruse Pinterest looking for decoration and gift ideas. As a list maker something I am mildly obsessed with is Post-its. So when I found this decorative display for Post-its I knew I had to make it.

The supplies you’ll need are a clear open 5×7 picture frame, a stack of Post-Its, a piece of scrapbook paper, and something decorative like ribbon or stickers.

Start by cutting down a piece of scrapbook paper to fit inside the frame, then you can glue or simply stick the Post-its on the frame in what ever area you please. Finally you can add a little more personalization with ribbons or stickers.

Keep your Post-its in reach

Now you have a complete and cute place to store your Post-its in plain sight without worrying about them getting lost.

This would make a great gift for a new job, a graduate, or just something fun to do to spruce up your own desk!

Glitter Frame

Over the last year I’ve noticed in growing popularity of glittered frames at places like Target and Walmart. While i find this a cute idea to frame favorite girly memories, or frame winter wonderland photos spending $7.50 + tax on a 4×6 photo frame seems a bit extravagant in my mind. It may just be because I’m Poor, so I found a great way to make my own via Pinterest.

The supplies you’ll need will be glitter in the color of your choice, Mod Podge, a wood frame, and a paintbrush. You can get 4×6 wood frames at Michaels for $1.00, and Mod Podge, paintbrushes, and glitter can be found at your local craft store, or Walmart.

I chose pink glitter, mainly because I already had it. To start you will paint a nice even layer of Mod Podge on to the frame. I found this easiest to do in sections, so that the glue doesn’t dry too quickly.

Paint in sections to prevent drying

After painting a 1 to 1 1/2 inch section pour glitter over the wet glue. Then slowly and carefully pat the glitter down on the glue and shake excess onto a plate or newspaper.

Pat lightly with finger, do not rub as it is still wet

Once you have covered the entire frame in glitter let the frame sit for 10 minutes or so. Then take the paint brush and paint another thin layer of Mod Podge over the glitter to seal it. It will look white and appear to be covering the glitter but after a couple hours it will completely dry clear.

Glittered frame

Now you have a beautiful glitter frame for around $5 or less if you already have some supplies.

Makes a great gift for girlfriends, mothers, and daughters and is a great way to put a sparkly frame around a favorite memory.

40 Minute Chili

I’m always looking for quick and easy low maintenance meals because, frankly, I have a short attention span. This short attention span has lead to some near disasters in the kitchen, and has often deterred me from cooking and baking.

Thankfully the lovely Internet, and more specifically Pinterest, links me to great recipes that even I can handle. So here is a delicious chili recipe.

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 lb. of lean (93% fat free) ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 15oz. can of chili beans
  • 1 14oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 8oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Start by browning the beef in a skillet. As the meat cooks you can chop your onion and open your cans if you like. After the beef is cooked combine meat, chopped onion, chili beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Stir while adding your chili powder, I generally guess on the amounts for spices, I like a lot of flavor in my food so i went around 2 tablespoons, possibly a little extra. Finally stir in Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper.

Let simmer

Next is my favorite part as it require the least amount of attention, let ingredients simmer for 30 minutes. Set an alarm, relax, catch your favorite sitcom, and then enjoy some delicious chili.