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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 or email me at You can also visit my Etsy shop at Make sure to check out my FREE PRINTABLES site 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.

I mean what is Mardi Gras 2022 without a Mardi Gras Boho Sale, right!!! I feel like it’s around the corner and wanted to do a fun sale featuring all of my Mardi Gras designs! Some are my old designs and some are very recent but either way they are all staple pairs to have in your collection!

I have not done a Mardi Gras Boho Sale in ages. Ever since Covid decided to pop in everyone’s lives, things haven’t been the same since. Especially in New Orleans where I live. We are known for this holiday in particular. It’s kinda bizarre because even the kids in school are off for an entire week! Make sure to read below to find out all the reasons why Mardi Gras is a staple holiday in the South’s eyes and why you should come at least once in your life!

Who’s ready for Mardi Gras 2022!!!! Oh, and you can’t celebrate without a pair of my handmade boho earrings!


What Is Mardi Gras?

Is there an “official” Mardi Gras? 

No! Mardi Gras is a holiday, just like Christmas and Easter. It belongs to everyone. In some parts of the country, official organizations control their Mardi Gras celebration, but this is not true in New Orleans.

When does Mardi Gras start and end?

The Carnival season always begins on Jan. 6, which is King’s Day (Feast of the Epiphany). Mardi Gras day (Fat Tuesday), however, is on a different day each year. Fat Tuesday changes every year because Easter Sunday is never on the same Sunday each year. Fat Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday.

What is the weather usually like during Mardi Gras? What should I pack?

The weather during Mardi Gras can vary from very cold to very warm, almost hot. Sometimes it will change from one extreme to the other during the same day. It’s a good idea to layer your clothes since a chilly morning may turn into a warm afternoon. Welcome to Louisiana, haha!

Since you will be spending long days outside, pack comfortable shoes and clothes that can get somewhat dirty. Don’t forget to check the forecast for rain.

Where can I book a room with a balcony to watch the parades go by?

The best option is to reserve a package in the French Quarter or along the parade route that offers a balcony, food and a bathroom pass. Getting an airbnb is also another great experience especially in the downtown area! Check out some rad packages HERE.

How much does it cost to go to Mardi Gras?

It’s free! Not only that, but you’ll leave with bags of Mardi Gras beads and throws. That’s why we call it the “Greatest Free Show on Earth!”

I only have limited time. What is the prime time to visit during Mardi Gras?

The weekend before Fat Tuesday is the prime time to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras. This is the weekend when Bacchus and Endymion, two of the biggest parades of the season, roll down the streets of New Orleans. The streets are packed all day Saturday and Sunday with parade watchers. If you can stay longer than a weekend, Monday (Lundi Gras) and Fat Tuesday are also great days to experience Mardi Gras. Orpheus, another big parade, rolls on that Monday night, and the Zulu Lundi Gras festival goes on all day. On Fat Tuesday, walking around the French Quarter and seeing all of the costumes and masks is a unique and thrilling experience.

Why does Mardi Gras fall on different dates each year?

The date of Mardi Gras changes every year because it’s connected to Easter, which can fall on any Sunday between March 23 and April 25. Mardi Gras day always takes place 47 days before Easter.

What should I do with all of the throws?

After a few floats, you may have so many beads around your neck, you’ll need a place to put them! Be sure to bring a bag to store all the beads, trinkets, coconuts, and doubloons you’ll catch right off the float.

I hope this is enough reasons why you SHOULD come to Louisiana and experience Mardi Gras! Happy Carnival

The Simple Secret to the perfect Butterfly Craft! 

Today I am super stoked to show you how to turn realistic faux butterflies into beautiful hair pieces! This butterfly craft is the perfect thing to make for Spring and Summer!

I’m not sure about you but my favorite thing to do is create things that make me feel super good.

Sometimes it’s as simple as a hair pin that can make a person feel snazzy and special.  Did I mention that they are super easy to make and kids will love to make them also! It’s a great thing to add to birthday bags or give a pair to someone to show that they are special to you! Let’s get started on this Butterfly Craft!

Make sure to check out my “Bohemian Jewelry Line”… Trust me you will be thrilled! 

You will need: Faux Butterflies | Bobby Pins | Hot Glue Gun or GlueAnything that is bright and whimsical so when I ran across these butterflies at Michaels I fell in LOVE! You can mix and match these in your hair or simply wear one bold color to make a statement! This project literally cost $3 bucks to make, now that is a deal!!!

The first thing you will do is plug in your hot glue gun and while it’s heating up open your pack of butterflies and get out a few bobby pins. Wipe off bobby pins with alcohol. This helps to get any oils off of them. 

Once your glue is heated up add a line of glue to the top of your bobby pin then quickly place the faux butterfly on top. They key is to be really prepared bc you don’t want to stick the butterfly down when the glue is almost dry. Keep in mind hot glue dries FAST, so if you are not comfy with that you can use E-6000.Now is the time to adore them, literally! It’s fun to wear them in a cluster and somedays just one will do…

Happy Spring Y’all! Seriously can’t wait to see your own creations from this DIY project! 

Don’t forget to follow me on all of my social media channels because I love all of you to pieces!!!! Also, you can make these for every other season using different colors of butterflies! See you in the next post…. 




Happy Holidays friends! Have you ever wondered how much three French hens actually cost? This is PNC’s 35th year calculating the cost of purchasing the gifts in the holiday classic “The 12 days of Christmas,” through the PNC Christmas Price Index ®.

Today I will show you how to make a DIY version of the third day’s gift of three French Hens. This craft will roughly cost you $45.

I was so excited when I also found out I was doing the 3rd day of the 12 Days of Christmas, Three French Hens. If you know me then you know I love my dog Ceaux Ceaux (who has her own blog) and I was ready to make her look like a “French” Hen, haha!

Who’s ready to get started, because I am! You will love this DIY project!

Supplies for FIRST step:
*Red Berete Hat
*Faux Moss
*Glue Gun
*Red Thin Ribbon
*Faux Tiny Birds
*Faux Tiny Bird Nest
*Mini Eggs I made it a point to use the darker birds because they look a little more like a French Hen. 

Step one: Fill your bird nest with your moss, tiny eggs and birds. You can easily do this with the help of your handy hot glue gun. If your kids are helping please assist them with this step!

Step two: Cut a piece of red ribbon (very long piece) and lay it on top of the red berete hat. Next you will add a lot of hot glue to the bottom of the birds’ nest then immediately place the nest on top of the hat, on top of the string.

Let it dry all the way, now your string is secure under the nest. I also added tiny scarves on the birds using the red string. How cute are they!

Supplies for SECOND step:
*Printout of Black Mustache
*Black Fabric
Step one: Cut out your paper mustache and then use it as a template for your black fabric. I had intentions of placing the mustache where is belongs on her face but there was NO way, she kept licking it off as I think most animals would. So just place it above her mouth. It’s still super cute! I used double stick tape for this step. 

Supplies for THIRED step:
*Bags of Different Colored Feathers
*Fuzzy Dog Shirt
*Hot Glue Gun Step one: Start at the very top and add a little dot of hot glue to the tip of a feather then place on the shirt. Continue the whole top layer. When moving onto the next color just lift the first layer up and add second layer under first one.  Repeat until the entire back of costume is filled with feathers. I did do research to find out the actual colors of most french hens and I think I pulled off the colors well! The feathers are so light that you can’t really tell a difference in weight when you are all done.

Can we just all stop for a moment and look at this. How cute is Ceaux Ceaux (CO-CO.) 

Remember that red string we glued under the birds’ nest? Leave it long is because we will use that to tie under her neck. This will really secure the beret. Don’t forget to situate it to the side a little, just like they do in France. 

Don’t forget to add a red scarf around your animals neck! We have to really dig into our “French” side, haha! FYI, yes she is literally sleeping in this picture. She loves sitting for photo shoots believe it or not.

I hope you enjoyed this project! Happy Holidays and huge hugs from my computer to yours!!!

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Happy Holidays friends! I am so excited to participate in the 12 Days of Christmas this year for PNC. The PNC Price Index ® is a really cool way to see the price of my project from the actual 12 Days of Christmas song.

This is PNC’s 35th year calculating the cost of purchasing the gifts in the holiday classic “The 12 days of Christmas.”

I was stoked when I found out I was doing the 1st day of the 12 Days of Christmas, A Partridge in a Pear Tree. This year I will show you how to make a DIY version of the gift. This craft will roughly cost you $30. Who’s ready to get started, because I am! You will love this DIY project! 

Supplies for FIRST step:
*Terra Cotta Pot
*Mod Podge
*Craft Brush
*Scrapbook paper that looks like woodgrain Make sure you get enough sheets to cover all of your pots if you intend on doing more than one pot. I like to do more than one because it looks better in a group plus you never know when a friend will come over and you might want to send them home with “Partridge in a Pear Tree.” Step One: Get a damp cloth and wipe down the entire surface of your terra cotta pots. Did I mention how affordable these pots are? Terra Cotta pots are the best pots to craft with because of this!  Step Two: Cut pieces of your woodgrain paper longways to ensure one strip fits completely vertically. We want this to look as real as possible in the end. Lay down a whole sheet and cut long strips while leaving them in the correct order. Apply them in the order you cut them so once they are all on, everything will line up properly!  Step Three: Apply a coat of Mod Podge onto one strip of your terra cotta pot. Make sure your strip is ready to place on the pot because we don’t want this to dry.  Step Four: Once you place your strip on the pot, apply more Mod Podge on top of the strip. Initially it looks white but once it dries it will be clear. Use your finger to rub in the Mod Podge and push down any cracks or pieces of paper that’s not flat.  Step Five: Continue until your entire pot is covered. Just a quick tip, if your strips of paper aren’t lining up 100% perfectly don’t stress about this ok…I promise it will look fabulous once it’s completely dry! 

How amazing are these woodgrain pots! I am still in awe at how beautiful they came out. Such a quick and affordable way to dress up a plain pot, right!  I didn’t add paper to the inside of the pots because it will be filled with paper.  Supplies for second step:
*Brown Craft Paper
*Clear Tape
*Stapler (Optional) Step One: Cut long pieces of the brown craft paper so we can have a stack ready to roll. Don’t worry if the strips are too long we can always cut them when we are done.
Step Two: Carefully twist the paper using both hands. Don’t be too rough during this step because you will tear the paper. For the main branch (that goes in the middle) I twisted one piece and continued adding more strips around it till the width and thickness was where I wanted it. 

It’s important to get that first piece really strong since we will be adding other branches, leaves, pears and moss to them.

Step Three: Make sure to roll multiple sizes of branches.  Step Four: Grab your big branch and tape it down to the inside of the pot. I added a few pieces of tape to just make sure it was really secure. Continue doing this with as many branches as you want.  This is what it will look like when you tape them down inside the pot. Keep in mind we will be filling the negative (empty) space with crunched up craft paper so that will also keep your branches secure. You can also use a stapler or clear tape to add branches onto other branches. It will all be covered in the end!
Step Five: Start crumbling paper and filling it inside the pot. Also, notice that I used some clear tape to bunch up the base of all my branches so it looks like one massive tree on the bottom. 

Wow y’all! It’s starting to come together!

Supplies for third step:
*Different shades of green craft paper (Make sure to get the paper that has    texture/lines on them)
*Different shades of green ink pads
*Hot glue gun
*Scissors (Kids can use kid friendly scissors)
*Faux Moss Step One: I actually eyeballed cutting out my leaves because I knew in the end once I bent them up with my hands they would look like different shapes.

This is a great step to have your kids do! Put a good movie on and let them cut leaves for days, haha!  Step Two: Make sure to grab some craft paper that is pre-printed with leaves like this because they will be nice to add in random spots to add some texture!  Let’s just take a second to look at how beautiful these ink pads are.
Step Three: Add multiple shades of ink onto your leaves to make them look realistic. P.S. Make sure you cut all different sizes in different shades of colors.

For the pears I eyeballed cutting one out until I was happy with it then I just used that one as my template to cut around to make the rest of them.  Make sure you use a bright green paper for the pears, we want to make sure they stand out against the other green shades. I love how they look a little real, at least from one angle!

Bend the edges with your hands over and over until they are not flat anymore.  You will do the same thing for the leaves. I found pinching one end of the leaves inward then folding the other end backwards, made them look extremely real.  I am super happy with the way the different leaves and pears came out! Make sure you cut MORE leaves than you think you will need because you will need a lot! It’s always better to have more than less, plus a real pear tree has lot’s of leaves!  Step Four: Grab your glue gun and start gluing a pear on one of the branches then adding leaves around the tops of them. If your kids are helping, make sure to monitor this step. Kids can use glue for this step. 

Step Five: Add faux moss to our gaps and holes. Since we are making a real tree, we want to add ton’s of texture to it. Cover the spots of tape with moss! You can’t go wrong with this step, just be careful with the hot glue!

Supplies for fourth step:
*Colorful pack of craft paper
*Hot Glue Gun
*Print out of a Partridge Step one: Print out a picture from the internet of a Partridge just to use as reference.  Step two: Take your print out and trace it onto a dark brown piece of craft paper.
Step three: Using the print out as reference, start cutting all the shades you see out of your stack of craft paper and hot glue them down onto your brown cutout. 

Now it’s time to add that Partridge in our Pear tree! How fantastic is this tree!

I had to add a few real pears to bring to life the “Pear Tree.” Plus you will have a snack to eat after you are finished with these trees.  Notice how I added the stamped pears along with plain ones next to each other to accentuate the different shades that pears actually go through while blooming.
I think my favorite thing about this project is that adults can have fun doing this as well as kids. It’s the perfect “family” project that you can put out on display throughout the holiday season. 

I hope you enjoyed this project! Happy Holidays and huge hugs from my computer to yours!!!

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Today it’s all about a DIY Porch Swing Makeover.

DIY Porch Swing Makeover

I absolutely love sitting on a swing and just chilling.  My dad lives on a large amount of land and has swings everywhere.  Now, let me just tell you after years of being outside there has been some natural wear and tear to some of them. HomeRight sent me a Super Finish Max Extra HVLP Paint Sprayer and I couldn’t think of a better project than sprucing up some dingy old swings!

DIY Porch Swing Makeover

I won’t lie I was initially scared to try this product because let’s face it, it looks like it would require a lot of tiny pieces and could possibly be confusing.  It was the total opposite y’all!  I did watch this video prior to using it to have a better understanding about the sprayer and it helped!  Who’s ready to get started, I know I am!

Home Right Finish Max Sprayer

The first thing I want to do to is talk about is this amazing sprayer.

  • Less Thinning Required
    With 450 watts of power, the Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer can handle thicker paints and varnishes which means less thinning.
  • More Versatile
    With 6 available spray tips (3 included), you can tackle a wide variety of projects such as furniture and cabinets, but also take on fences, decks, and walls, which are uses typically outside the capability of an HVLP sprayer.
  • Larger Capacity
    The 40 fluid ounce container enables you to spray larger projects without having to refill as often, which is a huge time saver!
  • How it Works
    HVLP sprayers use a high volume of air at low pressure to atomize the material your applying, producing a factory-like finish and greatly reducing overspray. Its internal air turbine provides a continuous flow to spray materials.

Let’s get started!  The first thing you want to do is take all of the chains off of the swing, this will make things a lot easier when painting.

You want to make sure to use an exterior paint to ensure that the paint lasts for a long time on the wood.  You can use this paint sprayer to spray oil or water based materials such as: chalk type paint, milk paint, latex paints, enamels, primers, clear sealer, polyurethane, stain and varnish.

I live in the country so I am able to paint things in a open space without worrying about any over spray.  However, if you don’t have this option I fully recommend HomeRight’s spray shelters.  I actually used the small spray shelter to re-purpose some pots for plants. They came out so cute!!!

Once I decided on my spot to spray the swing I placed them on two saw horses to make sure the swing was secure and would not move.  If you use a spray shelter I still recommend using saw horses to place the swing on. Trust me it just makes life so much easier!

DIY Porch Swing Makeover - How to paint a swingSince the swing I decided to paint had some wear and tear I thought it would be a good idea to sand it down before I painted it.  The goal is to have a fresh, clean surface before you spray the wood.  This is not mandatory but the wood will look brand new and hello, that is what we want! (haha)

Accessories & Parts

These are all of the parts involved with the Super Finish Max Extra HVLP Paint Sprayer.

Now like I said earlier this spray gun is so easy to use and you can always purchase replacement parts individually if by any chance you loose one.  That right there my friend is a win/win in my book!  When you purchase your spray gun the instructions are very clearly written out. Nothing confusing about this baby!  If I can use it, YOU CAN!!!

I wanted to use a color that I truly loved and could see myself using on other projects so I picked a beautiful color called “ALOE”, it looks a lot like tiffany blue… Let’s be real y’all, you can never go wrong with this color!

Now that you are ready the first thing you will do is unscrew the container from the gun.

My dad taught me a trick years ago when pouring paint.  Take a nail and hammer a few holes on one side like the picture below. This will make the flow a lot slower so it doesn’t start gushing out.  Plus this helps with not making a mess everywhere!  See pop’s, you taught me something!!!

If you poke holes in the can you want to make sure to pour your paint where the holes are.  Place your container on a surface that you are not worried about paint getting on then slowly fill the container with the paint.  For this project I filled the container 3/4 full and after 6-7 coats on the swing I still had a little extra that I poured back into the can!  Impressed, YES!

Did I mention one really cool feature with this spray gun…You do NOT have to dilute the paint once it’s in the container.  I mean take me to the cleaners and wring me out this is my favorite part about the gun!

Screw the paint filled container back to the spray gun.
Now it’s time for business!

You can set the spray pattern multiple ways with this handy little device.

Basically you want to set it in the direction you want to paint. For this project I used the “Horizontal” position.  Well with the lovely help of my dad!  Hey, I can’t take pictures and paint (haha).

How to paint wood using a paint sprayerOnce you are ready all you will do is plug in your sprayer and get to spraying.  I did test the flow and angle of paint before I started on a scrap piece of wood.  I do suggest doing this first.  Once you have everything lined up just slowly start from one end and go to the other.  I was seriously amazed at how great this covered the wood with the first layer.

This is about 3-4 layers and I am just in awe of how easy it was to use.

This gives you full control over the amount of paint that is flowing. Once you are done spraying the entire swing it’s time to clean up.  Let me tell you ahead of time cleaning this device is easier than using it!

Unscrew the container from the spray gun.

If you have paint left over in the container make sure to pour it back into your paint can.  No need we waste any paint especially if you got the good kind!

Tiffany Blue Paint - DIY Porch Swing Makeover

Next you will rinse the container a few times with water to get most of the paint out then fill it completely up with water.  Re-Attach the container to the gun then spray until the water turns clear. It’s really that simple!

DIY Porch Swing Makeover is the way to go these days! Just think of all the new memories you will make on this new and improved swing!

Take off the air cap set (where paint comes out of) and toss everything into a bucket of soapy water.  Toss in the container and suction tube.  All of these pieces come off really easy.  For the tiny spray tip (colored one) you will use the wrench to get it off.  Let all of these pieces sit in the water for a while then hand clean them.

Make sure you use the cleaning brush to clean the inside!  Once your parts are cleaned set them out to dry then re-attach everything and it’s ready for the next project!

I am super pleased with the outcome of this swing and I can’t wait to use my sprayer on another project! 

DIY Swing Makeover

I hope you enjoyed this post!  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.

Make sure to check out how I painted flower pots and how I grilled pineapples.

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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!