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About jaderbombllc

I am a Southern DIY blogger and Designer known for fearlessly conquering anything and everything do-it-yourself. I aim to create unique designs by working through my thoughts, dreams, emotions, and tons of glitter! I believe in doing things that make my heart flutter and smile, and I live by my motto, “Life is simple and so should your style.” To learn more about me, visit jaderbomb.com or email me at jade@jaderbomb.com. You can also visit my Etsy shop at jaderbomb.etsy.com. Make sure to check out my FREE PRINTABLES site www.freeprettyprintables.com My biggest accomplishment thus far is being a guest on the Martha Stewart show, yes she smells good. I love my dog Ceaux Ceaux, pens,the smell of Christmas, GOLD, Dr. Pepper and blogging. BTW: I bleed glitter, all shades.

Today I will show you two different ways to grill pineapple!

I absolutely love grilled pineapple and so I decided to use my new Electro-Lite Fire Starter from HomeRight to make some scrumptious meals! Let’s not forget they are perfect for summertime.  My Fresh Southern Salsa is another great summer recipe that you have to check out and so is my Cucumber Pasta Salad!   I will admit that grilling pineapple is the absolute BOMB.  So today I am sharing my grilled pineapple & shrimp skewers and pineapple and bacon skewers.  Let’s keep in mind that you may never want to eat pineapple any other way ever again! Let’s get started! 

A huge thanks to HomeRight for making today’s post possible.  All opinions are mine. 100%!!!

The first thing I want to talk about is this amazing fire starter.

  • The ElectroLight allows you to easily light your charcoal barbecue, wood burning fireplace, campfire or fire pit in 2-3 minutes.
  • It uses 1300 degree temperature hot air to ignite your wood or charcoal.
  • The built-in blower then fans the flames to the desired level of fire needed, saving more time for doing what you love.
  • The durable heating element, motor, and switch will last you for thousands of lights.

The wanted to use Hickory wood instead of charcoal for this delicious recipe. You can however use charcoal if you want but either one will make your food turn out great!   Just a few facts that you need to know about this amazing fire starter.

  • Starts a fire in 2-3 minutes
  • Heats up to 1300°F
  • Chemical free
  • Built-in blower
  • 10 ft. long heavy-gauge grounded power cord

If that doesn’t sell you on this product then maybe the recipe will, haha!

To start off you will place your coals or wood in your pit like the picture above. Carefully stand above the pit and hold the HomeRight Fire Starter directly on top of the wood. I suggest placing it directly on top, in the center to achieve the best fire for your grilling. Doing this ensures it starts the fire properly allowing the rest of the wood to burn at the right rate.  The first recipe I will show you is my easy pineapple and shrimp skewers. I love cooking like this because it’s sorta like finger food but without using your fingers! I cut a fresh pineapple into cubes and rotated shrimp and pineapple on the wooden skewer until it was full. Incase you didn’t know I am from the dirty South so I had to add a little Cajun seasoning to my entree.  Next thing you will do is make sure your pit is lit properly and your fire is going strong then carefully place your skewers onto the grill. I sprayed a little olive oil onto my grill before hand so my shrimp would not stick. This is optional however. Once you have them placed the way you want put the cover on because we want to “smoke” the food and not burn it with the fire. I turned my skewers every few minutes to make sure the food cooked thoroughly. Right before I took them off of the grill I added some bar-b-q sauce. You do not have to add a ton of sauce because cooking with hickory wood adds tons of flavor already. When done, place on the plate of your choice and serve with sauce on the side. Everyone will love you when they taste these!

I love these because you can have a large group hanging out and everyone can grab one and munch away without having to break out silverware! That’s a win in my book, right!!!

The next recipe I will show you is pineapple wrapped in bacon. Let’s just get one thing strait…You can NEVER go wrong with bacon! Can I get an AMEN!!!

If you noticed I did not add any seasoning to these babies because I want the bacon to do the talking here! I suggest coating your grill with olive oil because the last thing you want is bacon sticking and coming off the pineapple. That would defeat the whole purpose… If you have never had sweet with salty before then I suggest you try this. It’s the perfect combination of LOVE. Did I mention is super easy and you can even involve your kids when making these! You will be surprised at how much fun they will have! I did use a whole pineapple for this recipe because I wanted strips of pineapple. Adults, if you use this method please cut the pineapple ahead of time, we don’t want any accidents!

Here is the result of your pineapple wrapped in bacon! These are best fresh off of the grill so make sure you eat them quickly…. I am sure you won’t have a problem with that, haha! Summertime Grilling Essentials 101!

Make sure to hop on over to the HomeRight website to see all of their products because trust me, you need them all in your life!!! Make sure to check out my last project I did using the small spray shelter!

Until next time, hugs from my computer to yours!

The Simple Secret: How to Spray Paint like a Pro! 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HomeRight and contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Hey y’all! It’s been a hot minute and I am so happy to hang out with y’all online today and show you how to spray paint like a pro! How many of you are in awe that Summer is already here? I woke up the other morning and freaked out when I realized it was May! Now let’s be real, I write dates down daily and I have been writing May down for some time now, but it REALLY hit me that it’s almost Summertime. I just pray I am not the only one who has these “realizations”, haha! How many of you are ready to see a spray paint shelter for small paint projects!

Don’t get me wrong I love Summer, said no one ever! Incase you didn’t know I live in the hottest place in the world. LOUISIANA. Who doesn’t love walking out of your house at 7 am and within 2 minutes your back is sweating and mosquitos are eating you alive. It’s ok because now I have a small spray shelter I can turn into a magical getaway with watermelon and fans, or I can just paint small projects in it! Let’s get started!

If you are anything like me then you love to transform lot’s of things with spray paint. I am super stoked to share this product with you! I usually grab something, plop it in the grass then spray away with my spray paint. Yep, overspray is all over the place when I am doing this. I won’t mention the time I spray painted too close to my car (insert eye roll).

This Small Spray Shelter from HomeRight is seriously the best thing to ensure that you won’t get overspray on anything! Did I mention how easy this baby is to set up? You just unzip the small package it comes in and magically watch it open up.

  • Set Up Anywhere
    This portable, lightweight Spray Shelter makes it easy to position on a tabletop, floor or workbench. It naturally pops up into position to be used almost instantly.

  • Spray Paint the Right Way
    The Small Spray Shelter is a tent-like structure that provides a safe area to spray paint or stain, and protects your surrounding area from overspray drift. It can be used with aerosol cans, airless paint sprayers, or HVLP sprayers like the Finish Max or Super Finish Max.
  • Sets Up Quickly
    In just a few simple steps, the Small Spray Shelter can be set up in your working area. That means there’s more time for painting!
  • Great for Small to Medium Projects
    This small, temporary Spray Shelter is perfect for spraying lamps, wood crates, home decor, and other accessories!
  • Contains Overspray Drift
    Designed to contain overspray by directing airflow away from your project. This provides greater protection for your piece and breathing area.

I was really impressed with the packaging and how easy it is to put back in the bag. It comes with two handles at the top making it easy to carry around from one spot to another. I won’t lie the first time I had to fold it back up I probably sacred my neighbor. If I had to guess I may have looked like a flamingo that was just learning to walk while stepping on and off a few balloons. Yes, I know sometimes this DIY life turns us into things we never knew we could be!

I thought I would be nice and save yourself from this embarrassment so you can click below to see this easy video showing you how to put it away when you are done with it!

Click here to see video

Today I will be showing you how to make some chic and cute Summertime flower pots that will look great on your front porch. Of course we will be using the spray shelter so let’s get started.

You will need:
Home Right Spray Shelter
Ceramic or Plastic Pots
Spray Paint
Painters Tape
Glitter (Optional)

I wanted to mix up my pots by using some terra cotta and some plastic. It really doesn’t matter which ones you choose to use what’s important is to make sure you use the right spray paint. Your project will come out better if you use spray paint designed for plastic, so be aware of this before you start your project. 

Now it’s time to have fun with your project. Get out all the colors you want to use because we will be doing some striping on our pots, which means we will use more than one color on a pot. I am officially ready to teach you how to spray paint like a pro? Who’s ready?

I suggest always using painters tape because it sticks nicely on the pots and is easy to peel off. I am going to be using a little glitter on some of my pots because, why not! Glitter makes everyone smile so I figured it could possibly make my plants smile too!

Step ONE: Clean off the outside of the pots to get off dirt and prep for spraying. Start by adding one strip of tape from top to bottom along the pot. Don’t be too hard on yourself, these tape lines do not have to be perfect. Once they are fully painted the lines look great!

Step TWO: Once your pots are all taped up it’s time to paint them with your spray paint. I suggest placing a piece of cardboard or foam board on the base of the spray shelter so your pot is on a hard surface. It will prevent it from tipping over. Spray multiple light layers of spray paint until its fully coated. 

You can see below how the first layer of spray paint will look. Here is a good example of the size of the paint shelter. This is a medium sized pot and there is still an ample amount of room left! I placed a lamp in here and it barely took up half of the space.

Here are a few projects I used spray paint for and boy I wish I had this spray shelter!

Check out this paper towel holder and this glass vase!

Step THREE: Let it sit for a hot minute until it’s fully dry.

You can see below how the white looks once you put spray about 4 coats of spray paint on it.

Step FOUR: Once it’s dry carefully peel off the tape. Don’t fret if some of the white bled under the tape. In the end it will look very vintage when you add your plants. 

Now that you know how to make these pots you can get busy with tons of other colored pots. I am seriously loving the look of the natural terra cotta and white! 

For the red and white ones I painted the pots all red, let them dry then applied tape to them and painted them white. When you peel off this paint it’s like circus heaven! I find these all look sorta like 4th of July pots!

I decided to plant cacti and wax plants so they could last a while. For some strange reason I can’t seem to keep anything alive except plants that require low maintenance, go figure. 

I wanted the blue and white to look a little distressed so I put the painters tape on the pot before the white was completely dry then peeled it off before the blue was completely dry. Kinda reminds me of denim!

How darling are these babies!  This spray paint shelter for small projects is the perfect thing to have on hand, trust me! If you have enough room in your garage or covered spot you can keep it up year round! Maybe put a cat bed in it for a mini house when you are not using it, haha!!! 

I say one is my favorite until I look at another one then I go back to square one, confused! HAHA!  I have officially showed you How to Spray Paint like a Pro, and I can’t wait to see what you create using your spray shelter! 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Can you imagine what a bunch of rainbow ones would look like all together with stripes. Make sure to hop on over to the Home Right website so check out all of their products and projects! You can also find them here on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

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The Simple Secret to a Decorating Your Front Door! 

Hey Friends, Happy Thursday. I have sorta been “MIA” for a few weeks and I have a perfectly good reason! LIFE! Yes that is exactly what is going down… It’s funny how one thing happens in your life then next thing you know something else happens and then you are a month absent on your blog, SMH!

Today’s roundup is full of happy and fun doormats that are all done by someone but made easy because they are ready for you to purchase them! Sure you can make all of these if you really wanted but somedays it is just easier to click “BUY”, can I get an amen! So let’s get started because you need to get one of these rad mats for your front door!

Don’t forget to write in the comment section which one is your favorite one, I might be doing a GIVEAWAY!

Let’s GO!

Where To Find The Cutest Doormats

“Home AF” Doormat (via Shop Josie B)

“Hey there Pumpkin” Doormat (via OlivePaperCompany)

“Gangta’s Paradise” Doormat (via foxandcloverboutique)

“Hit me baby one more time” Doormat (via foxandcloverboutique)

“Come back when you have Tacos & Booze” Doormat (via foxandcloverboutique)

“Home Sweet Home” Doormat (viaTarget)

“Home” Doormat (viaTarget)

“Hippies use the Front Door” Doormat (via NickelDesignsShop)

“Namate” Doormat (via NickelDesignsShop)

“Welcome Bitches” Doormat (viaToniAnnsBellaArte)

“Hi Honey” Doormat (via BoxwoodCo)

“Yay You’re Home” Doormat (via BoxwoodCo)

“Mr & Mrs” Doormat (via BoxwoodCo)

“This is our Happy Place” Doormat (viaToniAnnsBellaArte)

“Stop and smell the Rose’” Doormat (via BeThereInFive)

“I like you very much’” Doormat (via NickelDesignsShop)

“Adventure is Out There’” Doormat (via WineWhiskersBowtique)

“Welcome to our Jungalow” Doormat (via BoxwoodCo)

“Hakuna Ma’Vodka” Doormat (via MiciStore)

“We like Big Mutts and we cannot lie” Doormat (via ToniAnnsBellaArte)

“Nice Underwear” Doormat (via MiciStore)

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The Simple Secret to a DIY Deer Head! 

If you are anything like me then you love all things that scream “Bohemian”. Truly being bold with colors and not being afraid to project our style is the ultimate goal. I know everyone has different tastes and that is totally cool, but I think more people should really embrace putting things in their personal spaces that evoke a happy feeling.

DIY Deer Head

In today’s post I wanted to bring together a project that kids could partake in and also be put used as beautiful home decor in any space. 

I think the cool thing about these markers is they dry almost instantly so you don’t have to worry about bleeding onto the skin if you are working on something big. They are opaque, meaning the colors are bright and bold however you can draw on top of previous colors and you will create different shades. Who’s ready to get started on this DIY Deer Head!

Magic Markers

Magic Stix markers are a revolutionary new product to bring safe, creative fun to your crafts! Magic Stix are guaranteed to bring long lasting color to the page with the cap off for up to 7 days without drying out. With 12 classic colors, these washable and non-toxic markers will remain fresh use after use, project after project. Did you really grasp what I just said? 7 days without drying out! If you want to know the truth they actually can stay open for MUCH longer and they won’t try out. 

The markers come in a 24 pack and I will tell you that whoever designed the colors for this pack did a swell job. They vary from very bright all the way down to slight skin tones. 

Magic Stix 24pk- Washable Markers

Retails for USD$ 19.99

 

Magic Stix Markers

It’s hard to see in this picture because it’s white on white but in today’s post I am using a paper mache deer head. Faux items like this are swarming the craft stores and I thought I would add it to my bohemian decor. I loved the surface and I thought it would work great with these awesome markers. Did I mention that you can use these markers on any surface!   How to make a Deer Head

The first thing you will do is not panic! Sometimes when you see a blank “canvas” in front of you your brain just doesn’t know where to start. My advice to you is just START!!! Keep in mind the more colors you add the more it will come together. 

If you are wondering if I had a design plan before I started this deer head the answer is no.  I tend to live on the edge and just let things flow. Most of the time this is when my best projects come into fruition. I thought it would be a good idea to start on a small surface and work my way onto the rest of the deer head. It’s just me and the deer ear at this point, haha!  DIY Deer Projects

After completing my first line I branched out and started adding lines. Now if you are not wanting to live on the edge like I do you can easily find designs and patterns online to go off of. I love how fast these markers dry once applied to the surface. 
Easy Kid Projects

They work almost like a paint marker. Keep in mind the shade of the marker may be different depending on the material you are using. This deer head is made of paper so the ink in the marker gets soaked up a lot more versus on paper.  Rainbow Markers

Pleased is an understatement with how it turned out. I worked on this head for a few nights while watching Netflix. While figuring out my design for this DIY Deer Head Candice took control of the markers for a hot minute and was enjoying helping me!  DIY Deer Head Tutorial

The good thing about Paper Mache is that the surface is rugged so when you draw on top of it it gives an automatic 3-D look to it.  Fun Kid Projects

I wanted to make my deer look a little frisky so I made sure to add some bold lips! Come on, you know this makes the deer look superb!  How to draw lips

To make my life easier the back of this deer head had a spot where you could easily hang it up on a nail. It worked out perfectly because it fits perfect on my faux mantle. That’s right, faux mantle.  Mantle Projects

This DIY Deer Head would look good in a modern home and it would also look great in a kids space. There is no way you can walk past this cute deer head and not smile from ear to ear.  Paper Mache Projects

Check out what I created using their Magic Stix make sure to click here to see the full tutorial! They have the best Solid Tempera Paint sticks as you can see below! This brand has definitely got their color pallets down!  Popsicle Projects DIY

THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY The Pencil Grip, however all opinions on these products are completely mine.

I hope you enjoyed this fun super fancy deer head DIY project! Make sure to check out all of the Pencil Grips line of products! You will swoon for days! 

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Winter White New Year’s Eve Decor With Treetopia is the way to go this holiday season! 

THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY TREETOPIA. I HAVE BEEN PROVIDED PR SAMPLES IN EXCHANGE FOR WRITING THIS POST. 

Happy New Year friends!! It’s almost here so I wanted to show you a few tips on how to keep some of your Christmas decor up while blending it with New Years decor without having to transform your space over and over! This past November I revealed my gorgeous Black Tuxedo Christmas Tree with you and boy oh boy I was nervous about that one. For one, I never saw myself even wanting to use a black tree for Christmas however I bit the bullet and said if I don’t try it now I never will. Yes, if you are wondering I fell madly in love. You can check out the FULL POST HERE.

Now that Christmas is over I am not quite in the mood to take down ALL of my Christmas decorations but I wanted to ring in the New Year with a little change. Can’t we all agree change is good at some point. I also am big into using the same products and changing things around to make them look completely different. With that being said this New Years I am trading out my black garland for a winter white one, by Treetopia. I kept my rainbow bottle brush trees in them and added these Sweet as Sugar Frosted lights to my already Pre-Lit Garland. 

I am from the South so I say “Go big or go home”…. Treetopia knew what they were doing when they created these massive gemmed up pearl ball ornaments

I love that I am using the same color scheme that I used for Christmas in my New Years decor. Saves me from having to put up all of the Christmas decorations at one time! I also strung some of the Sweet as Sugar Frosted lights throughout the garland. 

Gotta have decor to go with our theme right! Why not throw in a few books to make your space look cozy!

These frosted lights will surely be up all year long in my house. They add just enough light to make any space look magical. 

I love how the Gemmed up Pearl ornaments look quite massive hanging from my mantle. 

Are you ready for New Year’s Eve? Check out the other blogs in the Merry Chicmas to Glam NYE Blog Hop!

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember don’t let the holidays stress you! It’s all about bringing out all of the things that make you feel so happy inside and that reflect your personality. Make sure to check out all of the other bloggers and their posts, I am sure you will get some pointers from them too! See you in the next post! Hugs!!

The Simple Secret to a Bohemian Dream Tree! 

I am super stoked that am part of the 2017 Treetopia Christmas Blog Hop!

Do you realize what this means? It means I have literally decorated my Christmas tree the day after Halloween.  Treetopia wants to help everyone add ton’s of glitz and glam to your holidays by celebrating a Christmas with some fabulous Treetopia bloggers! Did I mention I was giving away one of these trees today!!! Make sure to scroll to the bottom to see how you can enter!

I a proud to kick off the season with a Merry CHIC-Mas Boho inspired Christmas tree! Boho isn’t your style, no worries! Make sure to check out the four other talented bloggers this week!

I chose the beautiful and chic Treetopia 7′ prelit Stiletto Black Pencil Tree.

This sleek black stiletto tree comes with 300 clear lights, 569 branch tips and weighs 19 pounds. 

This tree is the femme fatale of artificial Christmas trees!  Remember my red stiletto tree I did? If not make sure to check it out here

Initially I was unsure of the theme I wanted to use then it clicked. Being true to my personality I knew instantly that having a tree up isn’t always about doing what everyone is doing. Just like the clothes you put on daily, your tree should represent who YOU are! 

I am a boho loving, free spirited human that loves glitter and color. So there you have it, this is my spirit tree! 

I wanted to use items I personally love that I created so I had to incorporate my diy dyed bottle brush trees. They married perfectly with my Treetopia garland

Make sure to check out all of the Black trees that Treetopia offers! You won’t be dissapointed!

Typically I like big full trees but there is something special about the pencil tree. The fact alone that it fits nicely in any space is a win/win for me. This tree is especially nice if you don’t have much space to work with! This tree will surely compliment any space you put it in, it’s that beautiful and sleek. Add ton’s of bright colors and objects to it and you are surely gonna make any space fill vibrant and happy! 

You can’t have a BOHO Christmas tree without felt garlands and gold glittery strings draping from it. When going for the Boho look you can combine so many different items and put them all together! 

I love using pine cones every year for some reason, they remind me of being a kid and running around filling up my bag with as many as I could find. The result always ended up with my dad pouring gasoline on my hands to get all the sap off. 

To make these add little glue to the tips then sprinkle them with glitter can transform them instantly. 

Place them on mantles, fill up jars with them, stuff them in open spots in your tree or make a fun garland. 

For me I like to turn my space into a sanctuary that I will enjoy being in. Instant gratification! 

The foliage is crafted with fire proof materials, the Stiletto Black Pencil Tree makes a safe and stylish centerpiece for Halloween, Christmas, or whenever! I wanted to add a few other vintage skinny trees to make my space feel that much more unique. 

Every year I am grateful that I still have these glass vintage ornaments passed down to me. You just can’t find ornaments like these in stores these days so I wanted to add them to soften the stark blackness of the tree. 

With its tall and slender silhouette, this black bombshell slips comfortably into any space, even in the tightest of spots. 

Going old school means going back to your roots, right! I had to make a rainbow paper garland like we used to make in elementary school. 

I was amazed at how beautiful they turned out!

Switch on its shower of shimmering lights and there’ll be no escape from the hypnotic charm of this pencil Christmas tree.

These bottle brush trees added the perfect touch to brighten up my tuxedo garland!

A friend of mine gave me this Frida pillow a few years ago and it added the perfect touch to my theme along with my Bohemian books. 

If you are not a garland person you might think twice about that now! I love the felt garland wrapped around my black stiletto tree, kinda looks like candy!

Decidedly bold and unconventional, the Stiletto Black Pencil Tree adds a sleek, sexy twist to your holiday home décor.

If you decorate with ton’s of color it’s always good to off set the color with modern white ornaments. They do the perfect job of making everything else pop. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! See you in the next post, until then hugs from my computer to yours!

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The Simple Secret to decorating a small mantle! 

With Christmas right around the corner I thought it would be a great time to show you some of the new home decor items available at Michaels.  I love decorating with bright whimsical colors and as you can see I went with just that this year!  I will show you how to decorate a tiny mantle, let’s go!

Santa’s MAKEshop is now open at Michaels!  From holiday décor to trimmings for your tree, you can find everything you need to make your holiday magical! 

If you are wondering this is the first year I opted out of doing the Dream Tree Challenge for Michaels and I can’t lie it feels a little strange. Instead I wanted to showcase items that you can use in your personal space that still give off the magic of Christmas. Go all out this holiday season with a Winter Wonderland Tree, a Southern Belle Tree or a Pastel Tree. 

You can always add DIY glittered candles to your decor to ass some pizazz. If you have left over candles you can turn them into this!

If you are interested in purchasing all of the items I used in my post online just click here and you can shop away in the comfort of your home!

This year I was really impressed with Michaels! The vintage items in the Jingle Jolly section blew me out of the water. The vintage home and car with the presents melted my heart. Typically I try to purge Christmas items however I will be keeping these for the long haul. 

Still not sure what theme you want to do this season, here are a few Christmas ornament ideas that might inspire you. 

Michaels has quite a few themes this season for you to choose from. They have Alpine Décor,Jingle Jolly WayFrosted ForestCostal Décor (limited stores and online) and Boho Décor (limited stores and online).

How cute are these miniature lights on the front of the vintage house. These bring me back instantly to my childhood for some odd reason. 

Very seldom I want to keep up garlands all year round but I can promise you that these felt ones will stay up all year. 

If buying garlands is out of your price point here is an easy way to make your own using cotton balls

Nothing feels more like Christmas than Vintage ornaments however check out these Ice Cream Cone Ornaments that I created a few years back.  You can’t go wrong with beautiful sequined ornaments either.  Can you believe I still have these.  See I don’t purge as well as I would like to think, haha! 

I have a good quantity of real glass vintage ornaments from my Pop Stew that I cherish every holiday season.  It never fails they always make it into my decor each year.  The “faux” vintage ornaments are not made of glass but in person they look like they are.  The plastic ones are great since I don’t have to worry about them breaking!

Something that would look great on your mini mantle besides this cute car is DIY bottle brush trees and I have the perfect tutorial on how to dye them any color you want.  Can’t you just see this car in your head rolling down the streets in New York city? 

Sadness overcomes me knowing that I will be taking all this down for another Christmas post.  Don’t fret I will merge it all together. There is no way I will opt out of these decorations this season!

Every season I put up banners and I fell in love with this MERRY one.

Impressed is what I am with the quality of them which means I can re-use them each year. 

Stay tuned this week I will be showing you how I made my faux stacked wood!

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! See you in the next post, until then hugs from my computer to yours!

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The Simple Secret to using Popsicle Sticks! 

Today is the day that we all learn what to do with those left over popsicle sticks!  Wait, does anyone even eat popsicles anymore? When I was little I would rush to get to the wooden taste of the stick!  The craft stores fixed our problems by selling these sticks in packs I will tell ya! I am excited to team up with Kwik Stix for this project and show you how to brighten up your personal space with good ole popsicle sticks. 

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You will  need: High Temperature Glue Gun * Glass Candle Holders * Candles * Craft Sticks * Kwik Stix from the Pencil Group 

Tired of the endless mess of painting?  Fear not! Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint sticks take the mess out of painting while keeping all the fun!  Simply uncap, twist, and paint! Kwik Stix have a fast drying formula that allow them to dry in 90 seconds ( YES 90 SECONDS ) while still leaving a paint-like finish! You can also purchase these from your local Michaels stores or click here to purchase. 

No cups, smocks, water or brushes required. Kwik Stix come in assorted vibrant colors with coverage that won’t crack.  Great on poster paper, cardboard, wood and canvas and much more!

Let’s just all take a moment and stare at this beautiful hot pink paint stick!  I literally opened it and thought about using it as lip stick!  You can’t lie- you thought the same thing as me! 

Step one:  Paint one side of your popsicle stick with the color of your choice.

I wanted to have a fun theme and a more elegant theme so pull up your britches because it’s gonna be a fun ride with me today!

I was quite surprised to see this product in action and I literally mean this!  At first the paint appears wet but then within seconds it starts to dry.  It’s the most fascinating product that I have used in a while. 

The colors literally come alive once you apply it, which had me thinking.  Why didn’t anyone ever make colored popsicle sticks?  Just a thought… 

I asked myself what kind of picket fence would I would want around my house and if you know me then you know I would pull for ” Team Rainbow” but some days I wake up and feel like Cher and my inner sophisticated side comes out, which leaves us with a black picket fence. 

The black popsicle sticks kinda remind me of the Nightmare before Christmas.  Personally I would keep these candle holders up all year long and decorate around them!  Can I get an AMEN! My imagination is screaming like a kid on Christmas morning thinking about all the things I can create with these paint sticks. 

Clean your glass candle holders with cleaner before glueing the popsicles to them. The glass needs to be really clean otherwise the sticks won’t stick properly. 

Once you are ready get your glue gun and start glueing them on one by one.  If small kids are doing this project, now is the time I would suggest having an adult help out. We don’t want to burn those little fingers.  Let your kids color the sticks- trust me they will love it!!!!

I made two passes with my glue gun to make sure there was enough glue on them. 

Make sure to press firmly on each stick right after you place it on the candle holder. 

I am really in love with these Tempera Paint sticks.  They are perfect for people on the go since they dry so quickly, this means no mess for the parents to clean up after! 

Not sure what to do when you are busy cooking, cleaning and working? Throw some popsicle sticks on the table with these paint sticks and you won’t hear a word for hours.  Seriously how do I know this? it happened to me, I found myself so zoned into painting them that I didn’t realize I painted much more than I actually needed! 

How beautiful are these picket fence candle holders! 

Just close your eyes and imagine yourself snuggled up on the couch watching your favorite movie with these just glowing away, pure happiness. 

Fill these containers up with candy and treat your guests to a warm surprise. 

You are welcome, I just made life amazing for you! 

The ideas are endless with these tempera sticks!  I can’t wait to try them on paper! 

 

I feel like these belong on the set of a whimsical movie with lightning bugs flying around.  Did I mention you could put these on your desk with pencils and pens in them.  You can put so many different things in them just use your imagination. 

Check out all of the Kwik Stix colors. You can purchase from The Pencil Grip

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! See you in the next post, until then hugs from my computer to yours!

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The Simple Secret to Spray Painting Pumpkins! 

Today I am super stoked to show you how to turn boring pumpkins into graffiti inspired works of art!  There is just something about this time of the year that makes me feel wonderful inside. Let’s get started with our spray painted pumpkins!

Things you will need for this project: Faux Pumpkins (any size will work) and spray paint

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The first thing you will do is create a clean space to spray paint. I suggest in the back yard so over spray doesn’t get on anything. Plus you will walk away with patches of colorful grass if you do it properly! I think we all need a little color in our yard, right!

I used Rust-Oleum spray paint for this project. I prefer them amongst other spray paints mainly because they spray evenly and let’s not forget that the colors are simply amazing. 

Lately life has been hectic and for some reason I have been feeling the urge to spray paint on a building or wall. Since I can’t just go around doing that I figured blasting pumpkins was my safest route.  First thing I did was lay each pumpkin on a clear piece of paper and spray the top portion of the pumpkin. Whatever you do don’t spray the top and then flip the pumpkin over to do the underneath. This will result in an epic failure! Know why? Because the top of the pumpkin will stick to the paper! Just let the top of all the pumpkins dry then flip over and do the bottom. 

Repeat this process until you pumpkins are coated completely. Once this step is done and all of the pumpkins are completely dry we can move onto the destructive part of the process! 

Time to grab all the colors your heart desires and get at it! I started with one color and you want to LIGHTLY tap the nozzle to send out a spritz of paint onto the pumpkin. It’s as if the spray can is spitting onto the pumpkin, haha!

I applied my first “spritz” of color onto all of the pumpkins and then let it dry. Following that you will do the same thing with all of the colors you chose. Now take my advice, you don’t have to use all the colors I used but if you know me, you know I love color.  One tip of advice when doing a project like this. If by any chance you are spraying a certain color and too much comes out don’t sit in the corner and cry like I did. Just grab another color and lightly spray right over it. That is the good thing about this project, you can’t mess up because you can always fix boo-boo’s. 

Are you dying over how beautiful and easy these are spray painted pumpkins are? I know I am. I love these because once Halloween is over you can keep them up during Thanksgiving. You can even use more “Fall” colors to change the color palette. 

Now you are asking…what do I do with these when I am finished? That is a really good question. You can throw them into a nice vintage bowl and place on your living room table like I did or you can line them up down the middle of your dining room table for a more modern look. 

Another fun thing you can do is hot glue them onto a wreath with other faux flowers and voila, you have a one of a kind DIY wreath. 
You can even place them on the top of vintage bottles like I did and make that your centerpiece. The options are endless especially if you have a crazy mind like I do! Remember when I did these Halloween houses I will say one thing I wish I had was a mantle to line these spray painted pumpkins on. However I have good news, my dad will soon be helping me make a faux one so stay tuned. 

On another note, if you love all things rainbow like I do then you need to check out these pumpkins I made last year!

Currently it is 5 am in the morning and I am just UP… Jamming to sweater weather and feeling excited that it’s my son’s Homecoming weekend. Did I mention his last one? Am I really the mother of a senior? Where does time go is what I want to know. 

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! See you in the next post, until then hugs from my computer to yours!

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From playful pumpkins to spooky sights, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE it Spooky this fall!

It’s always good to raise awareness of food allergies this season and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. That is what the Teal Pumpkin Project is all about! Check out my other projects I have created for Michaels HERE

The safety of kids being able to trick or treat and receive allergy free treats is key! CLICK HERE for more information about what you should do if you want to participate in this.  Faux Pumpkin ♥ Teal Paint ♥ Mod Podge ♥ Teal Glitter ♥ Craft Brush

You can purchase all of the items I used in this project from Michaels. I’ve attached the links above to each item so you can order strait from the comfort of your home!
I specifically chose a paint that was designed for outdoors! On the flip side I am a true fan of Folk Art paints so this was a win/win for me. Can we all take a moment to swoon over this specific color…drooling! 

You can use this paint on so many different materials like metal, terra cotta, wood and any other outdoor craft surface that you can think of! Remember these pumpkins are going to be outdoors so using an outdoor paint is ideal. 

The awesome news is you can pour tons of love into making beautiful faux pumpkins and they will never rot! Simply store them in a safe container and they will be ready to use the next year. 

Why teal? 
Teal is the color of food allergy awareness. It has been used to raise awareness about this serious medical condition for nearly 20 years.
Step 1: Paint the top portion of your pumpkin with the first coat. Once it’s dry paint the bottom and let it dry. I always like to apply a second coat so it looks completely painted.  This is what it will look like when you have two coats. If you are wondering why my top has some of the pumpkin showing through it’s because I will be pouring tons of luscious glitter there. Are you feeling all giddy inside yet?  There is multiple formulas for Mod Podge however the gloss finish is my all time go to. It adds just enough shine to finish off any project I am working on. If you’ve never used this product, it’s a decoupage glue and sealer.

Tip: If you have never used this product it is white in the beginning but don’t worry friends it dries clear! Did I mention this product cleans up with just soap and water and is certified AP nontoxic! This is perfect since we are doing a allergy free pumpkin for Trick or Treaters! 

Step 2:  Grab a craft brush and start adding loads of Mod Podge at the top base of your pumpkin. The thicker the better because the glitter will look very full on the pumpkin.

I hope learning about the Teal Pumpkin Project is going to give you a jump start to making ton’s of teal pumpkins! Step 3: Make sure to apply a small section of Mod Podge at a time since this dries fairly quick. Once you have a section coated literally pour the glitter on top of Mod Podge. I like to pour over a sheet of paper making it easy for me to pour back into the bottle.  This is what it will look like when you do your first section. Continue doing step 2 until your entire top of pumpkin is finished. I will tell you pictures do not do justice because these look like magical candy in person.  When done let it dry then add a layer of Mod Podge on top of glitter. This will seal the glitter so it does not shed.

P.S. If you seal the glitter when you add the Mod Podge on top of glitter it will look really white, but remember it dries clear!  Once I made one I just couldn’t help it, I had to make more! I love how elegant and classy they look!  I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! See you in the next post, until then hugs from my computer to yours!

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The Simple Secret to making a Pumpkin Planter! 

Today is your lucky day because I will show you a DIY Tutorial On How to Make a Pumpkin Planter! I am assuming you are jumping for joy right about now, right! The good thing about pumpkin planters is they make great fall decorations plus they are quick, easy, fun and satisfying. 

One thing I love about pumpkin planters is they look good by themselves or grouped together with multiple pumpkins. Did I mention you can use them indoors or outdoors?! That is a win win in my book because I love succulents and I can visualize these all over my house! They would even be great gifts to give to someone special! 

One great thing about using a faux pumpkin is you can reuse it over for each season and plant different plants or flowers in it based off of the holiday! 

You will need: Faux Pumpkin | Jewels | Hot Glue Gun | 
X-Acto Knife

As you can see the materials needed are very minimal which are my kinda projects. I always try to keep jewels like these on hand all year long because you can add them into to many projects.  I could literally stare at these for minutes at a time and get lost in my thoughts, maybe it’s the sparkly accents that gets me! 

For this project you will indeed need an X-Acto knife and I suggest if you have kids involved you have an adult assisting for this part. I prefer using a knife from a hardware store that is really durable, I find they work the best. 

Carefully cut out the top portion of your faux pumpkin. These are hollow on the inside so it’s easier to cut than you think. The most important thing is making sure your fingers are not in the way of the knife!  Depending on what you plan on planting inside will determine how large you want to make your top opening. 

You can use any size plant or pumpkin, just make sure that the diameter and height of the nursery pot, isn’t larger than your pumpkin.

Now you can start hot gluing your jewels all over your pumpkin. I didn’t follow any particular order I just started in one spot and kept adding whichever jewel my fingers picked up, haha!

We have to add holes on the bottom of your pumpkin for the water to drain. Because it’s hollow inside you can just hit a hammer on top of a screw driver to puncture the bottom with holes. You can also use a drill if you prefer. Either way just be careful!

Time to add our dirt and plants or flowers! Check out this owl I jeweled up, she is still one of my favorites! Hopefully this DIY Tutorial On How to Make a Pumpkin Planter brings happiness to your life!

I didn’t think I would love this project as much as I did. This will be one pumpkin I don’t plan on taking down for a while! 

I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! See you in the next post, until then hugs from my computer to yours!

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