Chillin' wiht my Peeps

FREE file to make a super cute spring shirt

Mini Photo Frame Banner

A cute and simple way to display mini pictures - come find out how to make one for yourself!

Pony Bead Lizards

Learn step-by-step how to make pony bead lizards

Glitter Felt Hairbows

Add a little sparkle to any little girls wardrobe with these DIY hairbows!

Perfect Crisp Lines

Find out the trick to getting perfectly crisp lines on name signs

April 18, 2014

Custom Photo Pendant

I have the perfect handmade gift for you to tackle!!  I have given this time and time again, and it's always a hit.  A Custom Photo Pendant!!

I've giving you the heads up now because you have a few weeks to go until Mother's Day - plenty of time.  I think they are the perfect gift for yourself, grandma, etc.

And beyond that, you can make some for dads and grandpas and they can hook them on keychains.  And you can use a mascot image instead of a photo and give it to teachers.  The possibilities are endless!

They are really easy to make - it just takes a few minutes. And it is very inexpensive, less than $2 a necklace.   I've written tutorials in the past:

Here's How to Make a Glass Tile Pendant (the how-to of it all)
and here's How to Resize an Image for a Custom Photo Pendant

And if you love Mother's Day Photo Gifts, here are a few other ideas...

Have a great weekend - - we're off to try out our new-to-us go kart (yep!  fun times, here we come!)

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Decorate the One Krieger Chick way {Home Decor Contributor}

Hi Sugar Bee Friends!  It's Ariean from One Krieger Chick again to share how I decorate...The One Krieger Chick way.

Wanna know my secret...Decorate With What You Love.

Yep. That's it.

I have a very signature style...ask anyone who has been to my home.  It's a little country with pops of  color, antiques mixed with current pieces...and a whole lotta ME!Decorating-the-One-Krieger-Chick-way-sharing-my-tips-for-making-your-house-a-home

If you LOVE it, it will work...

Just because it is in style or in the latest magazine, doesn't mean YOU have to use it. You live in the space and have to be comfortable.  Show off a collection or antique.  If you love it, it will fit in your home...somewhere.  Your home should be a reflection of who you are.  When people come to my home, they often tell me it is "So Me..."  or "Just how they imagined my house would look..."  I take that as a compliment.

Your Home should be a reflection of YOU...

Don't Match.  Don't buy a matching set for a Bedroom...or Living Room.  1- It's typically more expensive. and 2- It's Boring.  Mismatched pieces are more interesting and typically less expensive.  Paint a piece or combine an antique with some new pieces.  Why not? My Dining Room Chairs were bound for the trash until I gave them a unified look...One Chair Two Looks {1}

Laugh Out Loud...

Add something in each room that makes you smile, giggle, laugh when you see it.  A sign with a quote, picture of your kids, a vacation moment, a random thrift store treasure or item given as a white elephant gift...We need more to smile about!  Plus, how fun to laugh or giggle or remember a special moment in each room of your home.  It doesn't have to make sense or have meaning to anyone but YOU. Each of the photos on my Gallery Style Photo Board has a special meaning...I love that I can remember the story behind each photo whenever I look at them...Also works as an instant pick-me-up!Striped Gallery Style Photo Board

Expanding on what I just said...Add a conversation piece.  An item that gets attention, raises eyebrows, or brings on questions from guests.  This big metal "K" does all three...As does the wall of doors...Spring mantle{}

Color, Color, Color...

Don't be afraid of some color.  Most new homes are a sea of beige.  If you're afraid to paint the walls (or can't due to lease agreements)...Add bright throw pillows on the sofa or tea towel in the kitchen.  Not only will it make the room feel more cheerful, but it will make you smile.  Simply covering (boy-proofing) my bar stools made a huge impact in my kitchen.Laminated barstool cushions I

Bring the Outdoors In...

Add live plants or fresh flowers if possible.  Plants feel fresh and cheerful and make for a healthier living environment.  They will help to lift a mood...even if you're not aware of it.  Succulents are super popular right now and are super easy to take care of...I've only had one die on me and I always forget to water them.  So far so good on the Indoor Tabletop Garden I planted, although it is now in my kitchen window not on the table...
Indoor Garden with ombre polka dot pots

Think FREE...

Decorating your home and making it a place you love doesn't have to be expensive!  So many of my furniture pieces were FREE...or close to it.  No kidding!  Paint does wonders.  When I bought my first home as young single teacher, I barely made enough to cover my house payment, bills and student loans.  I also had very expensive taste...still do.  You can have an expensive look without spending much.  I shopped thrift stores and the Curb (aka other people's trash) and had a very cute home!  I still use many of those pieces in my home decor.  We've used many old doors in our current home...Partially we love the weathered look and character, but they were also inexpensive or FREE... His and Hers pillow covers made with a Sharpie!

Always a Plan B...

Don't be afraid to try something.  I cannot tell you how many decorating ideas I've tried that looked amazing in my head, but looked awful in real life. I know you've heard this before, but think outside the box.  There's always Plan B, right!  

Now that my decorating secrets are out...What are yours?

April 17, 2014

Dollar Tree Sneak Peek

I'm thrilled to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their new Summer Fun products with you!
You guys know that I'm a fan of The Dollar Tree. Remember the fun GLOW-IN-THE-DARK RING TOSS I made in the fall from their site - so fun. And so thrifty!

Well, I have insider info and wanted to give you a special Sneak Peek - the new Summer Fun Collection
launches APRIL 21st at 8 am* (*excludes mall stores), so mark your calendars. It starts with a Flip-Flop frenzy. Be at the stores when they open because these are BRAND NEW products, only available while supplies last. Once they're gone, they're gone, so hurry in! All Summer Fun products cost $1 each, and select items may vary by store. I know I've been so disappointed when I've missed out on finding things at The Dollar Tree, so being early before they sell out is a good plan.
To celebrate the Flip Flop Frenzy, there is the Summer Fun Flip-Flop Craft Contest - - I know all you crafty readers will enter! It begins April 21 and you submit a photo of your original flipflop craft at and be entered to win a $500 Dollar Tree gift card. Score!!
--Join Dollar Tree's free loyalty program, the Value Seekers Club, for exclusive crafts, recipes, and tip ideas every month. Visit
--Learn more about new Dollar Tree products and contests as an email subscriber. Sign up for weekly emails here:

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dollar Tree via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

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DIY Confetti Balloons

Who want to take balloons to the next level - well really, who doesn't!  I have a simple idea for you today - DIY Confetti Balloons - you just need a circle punch or a hole punch and some stickers or scraps.  It doesn't get too much easier than that!  

You will need:
--fun variety of vinyl (this is a perfect scrap-buster project!)
--Circle punches

Heads up, when I buy vinyl I order it from Expressions Vinyl - they're my go-to and have a HUGE selection and the best price I've found. (that's an affiliate link, but it really is where I buy my vinyl)

On to the project!

To start, simply punch out a bunch of vinyl circles.  Vinyl confetti!!  I liked having a variety of sizes.

To adhere the vinyl to the balloon, simply peel of the paper backing and stick onto desired spot - but don't try to un-stick it, just in case.  I wanted it to look like confetti had dropped onto the balloons, so we only placed dots at the top of the balloon.  This is a great project that kids can help with - -

And that's all there is to it!

It just adds a little bit of extra fun and pizzazz to plain balloons - for a party, or a gift topper, or just because.

Have fun making your own DIY Confetti Balloons! A simple project with a fun impact - my type of project!

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April 16, 2014

Showing Off

Did you browse through the link party yesterday??  It's full of great things - here are a few, but go check it out because I'm sure there are tons more things that will catch your eye.

What a fun game - Roll a Monster!  See the details at Twin Dragonfly Designs:
Roll a Monster Game (7)

How about this cute handpainted skirt border - love it!  Details at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom:

I've always wanted to make this type of rag rug - see details at The Erratic Project Junkie

And also from The Erratic Project Junkie, this DIY Home Tee - - I actually have a real home tee, and love it! but if you'd rather make your own, here's a tutorial

I am just loving this full maxi skirt over at Mabey She Made It - it's calling to me!
Make a Maxi Skirt from a Sheet | Mabey She Made It #upcycle #sewing #repurpose #maxiskirt #sheet

Look, you can make your own Egg Sidewalk Chalk - see  The Suburban Mom for instructions
Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial

I love this wreath from This Silly Girl's Life - it's perfect!

Home Coming shows a tutorial on making these cool bookends:
colorful bookend using old plastic toys+bricks

Can't wait for summer - I know we'll be making these from The Scent of Oranges:

If you need cute spring decor, try out this topiary found at Something Splendid:

and..............most viewed link............
this amazing coat from Stubbornly Crafty - it turned out so good!
Amelia Pleated Ruffle Coat

Thanks for linking everyone!!  If you were featured feel free to grab the button:  (oh, and if you were featured on FB, or if you're featured later this afternoon, you're included - grab away!!)

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Show Your Teacher Appreciation - Giveaway!!

Today I am over at Skip to my Lou sharing an awesome Teacher Appreciation Idea. I have teamed up with some amazing bloggers to share clever and unique ways to show your teacher how important they are. Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May. Follow along each day to get loads of teacher appreciation gift ideas! As part of the series I get to share this fabulous: Show your Appreciation Giveaway {1 for you and 1 for your favorite teacher}!
One lucky winner and their favorite teacher will receive...
teacher discount It is easy to enter simply wait for rafflecopter to load and enter there. a Rafflecopter giveaway Remember to follow the entire series because you can get a new entry each day by visiting the featured blogger! You won't want to miss a day of the best teacher gift ideas! Thank you to Michaels for this generous giveaway and for supporting teacher appreciation.
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April 14, 2014

Take-A-Look Tuesday

Here comes the link party - - but first in case you missed some of the awesomeness from this past week...

Can't wait to see what everyone's been up to -  - and who will be the most viewed link - maybe you?
- - just a run down- -
  • Link to a Specific Post, not your whole blog - no more than a couple of posts please
  • Please don't link up anything you've already linked before (like something posted on a previous week)
  • Try to visit a few other people at the party  - everyone loves visits and encouraging comments!  
If you're reading this on the main page of my blog, find that "click to read more" button and it'll take you to the full post that contains the link party (that's so the blog will load faster - link parties can bog it down)...

Monogram Bulletin Board - with video!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Have you tried Shape Tape yet, from FrogTape®?  I have to admit - I was a little skeptical.  But no more!  Seriously, this stuff is amazing.  NO bleeding.  I cranked out a picture-perfect Monogram Bulletin Board of awesomeness using it... and I made a video to show you how!

Lately I love video tutorials - here's hoping you do too!  You've got to check it out - I put it on super-speed, so it's only a minute long (and just ignore that shot in the beginning where you can see my messy house behind me...)

Watch and enjoy!!

 FrogTape® is the only painter's tape treated with PaintBlock® Technology. PaintBlock is a super-absorbent polymer which reacts with latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint bleed.  And it's true!  Look close - no bleeding at all!

  Check out this link for a FrogTape how-to.   You can catch all the steps in the video tutorial, so be sure to watch it, but here's a rundown on how to make your own Monogram Bulletin board.

1.  Cut a letter out of Corkboard Foamboard - it's just foam core board with cork preattached to the front.  We used a hot knife to cut it out.

2. Cut your FrogTape to the needed length:

3. Flip over and peel one side of the tape backing:

4. Attach to your project:

5. When it is placed correctly, gently remove the other side of the tape backing:

6. Press firmly into place:

7. Paint the desired color.  Let dry a few minutes then peel up the tape and be wowed!

Enjoy your new fun bulletin board!!

Be sure to followe @FrogTape on Twitter - that way you can get tons of creative inspiration!!

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