How To Burn Off Your Fingerprints With A Hot Glue Gun

I have been in the Christmas spirit since the day after Black Friday. I like to start Christmas early, as in before December. But not before Thanksgiving because that would just be too much.

I have been on a non-stop Christmas binge. Christmas movies, Christmas treats, Christmas music. If it has to do with Christmas, I'm doing it! Including making my own tree skirt!

After getting much needed inspiration from Pinterest, I came up with my own version of the oh-so popular ruffle tree skirt!

I was a little worried about how this would turn out because I have never hot-glued fabric before. But it turned out awesome!

Here's what you'll need:
-A yard of fabric for your base (my tree is 6 and 1/2 feet tall and it fit perfect)
-A yard each of two different colored fabric (mine are red and white)
-A ton of hot-glue

I started by cutting my felt piece into a circle with a small circle in the middle. Then I cut my colored fabric into long 3-inch strips. They don't have to be perfect.

Make sure you wrap it around the base of your tree and it's the size you want. Once you've got it to the right size, start hot gluing those strips on like a mad woman!

I didn't have any idea how I was going to create the ruffle effect when I first started, but eventually I got the hang of it. All I did was lay a line of glue down, press the fabric on top, then backtracked and glued a little ruffle over the top of the glued-down fabric. That may not make any sense when you're reading it, but once you start hot-gluing you'll figure it out!
After four and a half hours you'll end up with this!

Please ignore all the crap on the floor. It was like 4 in the morning and I was half asleep and covered in hot glue strings and third-degree burns.

But doesn't it look beautiful?! Here it is under my Christmas tree!

And here it is completely covered where you can't even see it. And not a single one of those are mine...

But anyway! What do you guys think? If you make one, I'd love to see it!

From Drab To Fab

To celebrate almost being done with school I have decided to show you guys a dresser makeover I did! All by myself, I might add. :)

Over the course of two months, I somehow finally found the time to give my bedroom dresser a little facelift (please ignore the crap piled on and around it, please). Although I am SO relieved and overjoyed to finally be done with it, this thing was a beast! It is huge!

I mean, seriously. It's massive. I had to have a ladder to even see the top of it!
It took some serious motivation to get the ball rolling on this project. I have painted before, but never such a big piece. It was definitely intimidating, which is why I put it off for so long. But one day to escape some intense boredom (there was nothing on TV), I decided "What the heck?! Let's see what happens!"

So I went to the store to get some paint and primer, brushes, and a ladder and got to work! The color I chose is Valspar's Du Jour. It's a milky cream color and looked beautiful on my dresser! I plan to paint my bed frame this color too someday, whenever I get motivated again.

It looks way more cream colored in this picture than in real life. It's much more white in person.

Quick side note: Zinsser primer is the best stuff ever. Even if you just use one coat, use it!

I had pictures of the drawers with just primer on them to show how much of the dark wood they cover (there's a small one at the bottom), but somehow they have disappeared so you'll just have to take my word for it. I didn't realize how dark this dresser really was until I started putting the primer on. I thought I was going to be painting for weeks to fully cover the dark stain, but all it took was two coats of primer and two coats of paint.

I wanted to really make this piece special though so I decided to add some new hardware (here they are in brass, I had to special order them in pewter) and paint the inside of the drawers!

I love how this dresser turned out! It was so dark and gloomy before and now it's bright and happy and looks perfect in my bedroom!

What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!

You Are My Sunshine

Hey guys! I know it's been so long since I've written anything. I've been busy packing up everything that we won't need for the next 3 months until we move! I have been working on a special project on the weekends though!

To make this was basically just a continual process of trial and error to make it work. Once it got going, it was fairly easy to make. I did use a hot glue gun to glue the individual shims together, but the first couple ones I did kept breaking because I didn't use a hot enough gun. I would strongly recommend using the hottest glue gun you can find to make sure they stick together. Otherwise, when you go to hang it up, it's going to break.

I glued each "ray" separately and then after making enough, glued them all together in a circle. This is where the trouble started. By the time most of the sunburst was glued together, it wasn't fitting right. I had to break some of the pieces up and stick some shims upside down to space the rays out to make a better fit.

After I fit it all together, my stepdad glued a board on the back and attached a wire for it to hang. From there, all I have to do was decide how I wanted the mirror. While I like the use of the embroidery hoop over the mirror, I was worried about glue poking out around the edges and I wanted mine to pop more. My mom had the genius idea of using a plate charger so the mirror would stand up off of the base. So the next time I was at Hobby Lobby I picked up a wooden charger and the mirror fit perfectly inside!

While it's not primed or painted, I love the way it looks! I think I might just keep it like it is!

So what do you guys think? Do you like how it looks so far? 

I've linked up to Not Just A Houswife's Best DIY Project of 2012 Contest! Check out their post along with all the other DIY projects!

Dancing In The Rain

Oh my gosh. My last post was December 10th....and it's February 7th.

I've been SO busy lately with school and you know, basically figuring out what I want to do with my life (totally not kidding about that. I've been deciding on a major. Scariest decision of my life. EVER.).

Anyways, I've finally gotten around to doing a project! YAY ME!

I've seen these really cute rain boots all over Pinterest (picture below) and I've been meaning to give them a try. I have a lonely pair of rain boots that have been sitting in the back of my closet forever, just waiting to be worn. But to be honest, I always kind of hated them because they were so plain and boring. Well, thanks to an awesome tutorial from BeachBrights, I gave my boring rain boots a whole new look!

What you'll need is:
rain boots (Target and Walmart have some really cute ones for very cheap)
a hammer
coordinating ribbon

To put in the eyelets, just follow the directions on the package. And make sure when you buy the eyelets, you buy enough. I only bought one packet and ended up being 3 short. When putting them in, I used a sharpie to roughly trace where I wanted the eyelet to be and then used an exacto knife to cut a hole out. Here they are after putting in the eyelets:

Then I just measured (and by measured, I mean estimated -- I hate to measure) out my ribbon and threaded them through the holes!

Here's some close-ups of the bows!

What do you think? Now I'm just waiting for some more rain to come my way so I can actually wear them!

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