Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Outdated Hutch to Coffee Bar

How to Transform an Old Hutch into a Coffee Bar

I scored another buffet/hutch combo on Craigslist for only $40!! It's a little smaller than the other hutches I've transformed, but I knew it would make the perfect Coffee Bar!

Hutch to Coffee Bar www.diybeautify.com

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Winner Announced

Thank you to everyone who entered my 1-year Blogiversary giveaway...

how to display rope balls www.diybeautify.com

Congratulations to the winner of the handmade Knot Balls by High Plains Knot Work...

Dori Gray!

bringing beauty to the ordinary,

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Repurpose a Thrift Store Frame

  How to Use an Empty Frame

Repurpose an empty frame www.diybeautify.com

Happy Friday friends! I hope you've had a great week.

I found this great looking frame at the thrift store recently. It was marked down to $1.99, probably because there was no glass, picture or backing. Just an empty frame.

I love finding frames like this, especially if the frame has a lot of texture like this one does.

But what do you do with empty frames? Here's what it looked like before I upcycled it..

Thursday, August 21, 2014

College Bound...he's ready, but am I?

Today is the day!

The day I've been dreading has arrived. Today, I will help my son move into his dorm room and then leave him there.....waaaaa! I'm really not sure I'm ready for this, but HE IS, so I've gotta suck it up.

I'm so proud of this young man that we've raised.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Paper Crafting and Vintage Memories

Preserving the Past - Paper Crafting


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Do you remember when Polaroid cameras were all the rage? I remember my dad taking pictures and the picture popping out of the camera a few seconds later! He would wave it around a little so it could dry before he would let us touch it. We were always so excited to see the instant image that was captured.

As neat as Polaroids were, the prints they produced were small. One size only. 

I inherited a lot of pictures when my parents passed away. I wanted a way to preserve them and make them look as special as the memories feel..and to preserve them all together in a vintage album.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Blogiversary and Giveaway

Blogiversary and Giveaway

Happy Blogiversary to me!

Today, my baby (aka DIY beautify) is ONE YEAR OLD!! Thinking back over my blogging journey this past year compelled me to come up with a little reality-check. Have fun reading this, and let me know if you can relate!

1. You know you're a blogger when...you don't cringe at serving McDonald's to your family for dinner anymore- hey, at least you remembered to feed them today!

2. You know you're a blogger when...you babble on about SEO and widgets, Alexa rank and Bitly, picmonkey and MailChimp...while your family munches on their McDonald's and stares at you with blank faces.

3. You know you're a blogger when...you find yourself still in your pj's at 4:00 pm...with unbrushed teeth and bedhead!

4. You know you're a blogger when...you jump guiltily when the doorbell rings and realize you cannot answer it because you're still in your pj's with bedhead and unbrushed teeth!

5. You know you're a blogger when...time is reduced to link parties and post schedules

6. You know you're a blogger when...you open the fridge 5 days after you were going to buy groceries and realize you still haven't made it to the store

7. You know you're a blogger when...housework becomes a dirty word

8. You know you're a blogger when...your garage looks like it was bombed by a thrift store

You know you're a blogger when...date nights consist of trips to Goodwill, and driving through neighborhoods looking for trash you can take home and transform!

10. You know you're a blogger when...you regularly forget you actually have children...and a husband...and a life beyond blogging!

Sounds rather extreme but if you're a blogger, you'll agree that there is a bit of truth in every
one of those statements!

If you're not a blogger...you probably have a clean house, a tidy garage and a home cooked meal
on the stove, lol...

...and you're thinking that bloggers are crazy!

I love blogging - inspiring and being inspired - and I cannot wait to see what this next year
holds for DIY beautify!

So I want to say..

Thank you to my followers for helping DIY beautify grow, for your sweet comments and for sticking with me. I am giving away a set of 5 rope balls from High Plains Knot Work. These handmade 2.5 in balls add texture and a natural element to a vase, bowl or displayed on your mantle. These are the actual ones the lucky winner will receive.

knotballs giveaway www.diybeautify.com

To enter the giveaway, click on the link below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The giveaway will run for 1 week and I will announce my winner on Saturday morning, August 23.

Good luck friends :)

Hope you stick around...this year's going to be even better!

bringing beauty to the ordinary,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DIY Clipboard and a Cricut Giveaway

 Clipboard for Teen Girl and a Cricut Giveaway!

 *Disclosure: this is a sponsored post written on behalf of Cricut but all opinions and projects shown are my own. I only sponsor products I love and know you will enjoy too!*

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 I absolutely love my Cricut Personal Cutter and use it several times a month. One of the ways I use it is to make customized gifts. A personal gift is so much better than something generic off the shelf, isn't it? With my Cricut, personalized gifts are really just a cut away!

My niece Katrina was visiting from Ontario, Canada and she was going to be turning 13 while at our home. I decided to make a cute, personalized TO DO Clipboard for her.

This was a bit of an experiment because I wanted to have cute paper, but make the clipboard like a dry erase board. My 'secret product''?