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September 6, 2014

DIY: Motivational Collage Background for Videos

easy motivating wall collage

Hi Kind Friends!

Today I have for you a tutorial on how I made my new motivational collage for my YouTube videos. I’ve been thinking for a long time that my channel needed a regularly background that was not just pretty but also made me feel good.

Let me know if you think I succeeded in the comments! 

Check out the step by step directions below.

1. Gather supplies

For my motivational images I used cards from Rifle Paper Co., cards I’ve been given as gifts, some cut outs from my Lorna Jane agenda, and photos. You can cut out pictures from magazines, buy prints on Etsy, print out images from Tumblr, whatever you prefer!

You will also need something to affix your items to the wall like tape and scissors or sticky tack.

2. Prepare the area for filming.

Set up your tripod, seat, and lightening. It’s important to keep all three in mind when adding items to your wall.

3. Take a test shot (or two).

Add a few items to the wall, guessing where you think the placement should be. Then, take a picture or test footage, moving your arms around, etc. so you can see where the collage should extend to.

4. Make your collage.

Using your test shot of picture as guidance, fill in your collage. Periodically update your test shot so you can see how the collage is progressing. Take note of how the colors in your collage may change your skin tone when being filmed. Everything bounces off of each other!

Enjoy! I have quite a few videos coming up with this new background. If you make videos, I hope you found this helpful.

Related: How to make a motivating wall collage (not for video)

In Beauty, DIY on
June 16, 2014

BRB I’m Pinning


Recent Pinterest inspiration. I’ve been spending a lot of time there to wind down after work, along with listening to my new love – Game of Thrones on Audible.

Comment: What do you do to wind down?

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In DIY, Happiness, My Journal on
May 19, 2014

House to Home


This video was a labor of love, yet it’s so simple. The simplest of things take so long! Anyway, I am very grateful to finally be showing you my new video – House to Home. 

As many of you know, Chris and I moved into our first home in October 2013. I was a bit nervous about being in charge of the decorating since I’ve never decorated my previous spaces before. Now that we are six months in, we feel completely settled and happy in our environment. I wanted to make this video to show you how we came to this comfortable point in our home life, I hope it helps you find comfort in your home. 

flowers in my home

The most important part about keep my home comfortable, in my opinion, is that most of the items are used. 

– Places you can get used furniture –

  • Family and friends (you’d be surprised what they don’t mind giving you if you ask)
  • Goodwill (my favorite)
  • Estate sales
  • Garage sales
  • Salvation Army

Things that I needed to be new were things like rugs, lamps (the Tiffany inspired lamp in this video is used but the floor lamps are from Target), pillows, bedding sets. When looking for these items I tried to keep my color scheme in mind as well as the idea of having a lot of light in my home. 

The first thing I bought for my new place was actually my bed set. I purchased it at Marshalls shortly after we decided to move. You can see the haul on At the time I hadn’t told you all that I was moving so I felt really sneaky writing the post. 

Bedding post: Marshalls Home Decor Day Dreaming

– Places I bought new items –

  • Marshalls
  • TJ Max
  • Ross
  • Target
  • Bed Bath and Beyond
  • Dollar Store

I also have DIY elements all over. I love looking at things and thinking “Wow, I made that with that piece of junk that I kept for some reason.” 

It’s just fun! Here I have a compilation list of some of the projects I followed. 

– DIY –

– Related how-tos from my account on – 

how to have a comfy home

Nature is also a really important aspect of my home. I made sure to have florals, plants, pieces of cut down tree (not kidding), and baskets everywhere to help add to the happiness I feel when I look out my window. 

To see more “House to Home” tips, make sure you watch the video at the beginning of this post. Not everything has been written in this post (like my family picture wall).

To see some extra details from our home, check out my bedroom tour and Chris’ gameroom tour. I didn’t show Chris’ gameroom in this video since I didn’t have any hand in decorating it but it may be interesting to you. 

What makes your house feel a home?

In DIY on
April 18, 2014

DIY “Jewelry” Organizer From Old Bowls

DIY jewelry holders from bowls and plates

I’ve always seen these beautiful jewelry organizers made from old plates, bowls, and candle stick holders. I’ve always wanted to make one but I honestly use very little jewelry and I already have a jewelry box. 

diy school supplies organizerAfter sorting through my items for an upcoming garage sale I found some beautiful candle stick holders that I’ll never use and some bowls and plates I bought at Target. These beautiful plates and bowls have gone unused since they don’t match my other sets. So, I decided to just do make the project. Who cares if I have no jewelry?

diy home projects

I’m glad I did! Here is how the project turned out. I used the taller one to hold things I use before bed and the smaller one to hold some of my usual office supplies on my desk. 

organizing my desk DIY DIY home organizer

All I did was glue them together with a hot glue gun. Be cautious to not move the plates around after you add the glue. Hot glue doesn’t work as well as a stronger glue like e6000 on this project. Glue everything together and leave it alone for at least 30 minutes before you put it to use. 

Side note, I lost my hot glue gun for a few weeks and it felt like the end of the world. Once you have a hot glue gun you find a million reasons why you need a hot glue gun! I highly recommend you pick one up for upcoming DIY projects. 

What home projects are you looking to do? I’d love some more ideas!

Recent project: DIY Anthropologie Inspired Tassel Garland

(Image 1 / Image 2)

In DIY on
April 8, 2014

DIY Anthropologie Inspired Tassel Garland


Anthropologie has some gorgeous garlands but the tassel one I wanted was over $50 – no bueno! So I decided to make one myself with items I already owned. Doesn’t it look great in my living room? If you are interested in my photo clothesline, I also have a DIY on that project.


1. First, gather your supplies. You will need: tissue paper of various colors (preferably of the same length), cord or string (I used ombre yarn), scissors, nails, hammer, and tape. 


2. I recommend starting by hanging up your cord or string. This will give you an idea of how much space you will need to fill. Keep in mind that your tassels will weigh down your garland so you may need to adjust. I put my string up with tape for this reason. 


3. To make the tassels, lay out a piece of tissue paper. Fold it in half. Again. Then again. Fold it one more time. 


4. Last but not least, fold the tassel in half again. This time, from the opposite direction. 


5. To turn this strangely folded paper into a tassel, make small cuts on the paper on the edge that is not folded over. Leave at least once inch of space uncut. 


6. Open up the folded tissues paper once and start twisting from the middle until you can form a loop.


7. Add the tassels by looping it around the garland. If you have trouble keeping your tassels in place, add some tape to the back of your tassels. It won’t be noticeable! 

8. Lastly, hammer nails where you want the banner to hang, take off the tape, and tie the string.

What home decor project have you done recently? What do you want to know how to do?


I’d love some more projects to do!

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In DIY on
December 29, 2013

DIY Fox Wall Art

diy how to make felt fox  wall art easy christmas gift

{Inspiration for this project by Maureen Cracknell Handmade}

This Christmas we made all of our gifts. It was both a financial choice and an emotional one. Making all of my gifts has been an idea of mine for years and I’m really happy I finally got to do it. Not all of the gifts went as planned and for a few people I could tell they weren’t quite into the idea but I learned a lot and really enjoyed the process. One bummer about making these gifts was that I couldn’t share them with you before Christmas. So here is one of my favorites of the gifts, my fox and bird wall art.

diy christmas gifts for animal lovers

Without further ado, here is how I made some of the wall art gifts I made this year. My personal favorite, the fox, was made out of felt! It’s an easy craft once you have an idea in mind.


  1. Felt
  2. Hot Glue (or sewing materials if you have patience)
  3. Something for the eyes and nose (I used black gems)
  4. Optional: Magazine or other kinds of paper to make the frame and cardboard for the backing
  5. Optional: Spray paint for the frame (I used gold)


  1. Find an inspiration picture. I can’t do any DIY without an inspiration picture. I just reverse engineer things and then tweak it, ha! This is my felt fox inspiration picture. It is also shown as the first image because it’s prettier then mine! Ha!
  2. Plug in your hot glue gun to have it pre-heat while you are getting everything ready
  3. Cut out all the shapes you are going to need for your chosen animal. For example, the background for the image, the body of the fox, the belly detail, eye area, and the little details like the tale triangle.
  4. Practice assembling the items in the order you’d like them before you glue the pieces together
  5. Glue everything together, including the gems for the eyes and nose.
  6. Optional: Make a magazine frame to hang the wall art

How to make magazine frames from DazzleDIY: 

I used the tutorial above to make the frames for my DIY fox wall art except I used only one magazine roll art on each side. Before gluing the frame together I spray painted the magazine rolls to be gold. I think that made it look much more professional. Magazine wall frames are really handy, I have a few on my family wall.

For the bird I followed the exact same general instructions except i used a permanent marker for the eyes and feet.

What is your favorite animal? Did you have a nice holiday?

I gave away the two frames above and I really want to make some for me when I have the time. They are so cute!

In DIY, Happiness on
December 5, 2013

How I Decorated My Room (Blue/Calming Theme)

making a room into a sanctuary

A few days ago I finished decorating my bedroom, finally. Like I mentioned in the video below, this is the first time I’ve ever been able to truly decorate my room from start to finish. It sounds crazy but I’ve had to share my bedroom with my siblings for my entire life. I never got to have this experience! Even though I’m still technically sharing a room with Chris, he gave me free reign over the decorations. I was so happy to get started!

The main thing I focused on when decorating my room was how items would make me feel. Keeping as much open space as possible, having calming and earthy colors, inspiring messages, etc contributed to making my room feel like my sanctuary.

I also made a rule to not use my computer or have a TV in my bedroom. It just isn’t good for your sleep patterns.

Having curtains, I feel, helped my room feel softer. They are also much cheaper than getting custom shades, which we would have needed because our windows are odd shapes. 

To cut costs, I made a lot of the things in my room and accepted a lot of hand-me-down items from our family and from those that have passed on. You can see the exact items I made in the video above but it involved spaghetti jars, paint, old cards, gift bags, etc. There is so much you can do with very little!

Thank you guys for watching my new video. It has been harder for me to make them lately (running a household while working full time is harder then I thought it would be, to be honest) so it means a lot to me when you all take the time to read and watch my posts!

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Love you all! I have a lot of post ideas (hopefully) coming soon!

P. S. Meet my new dog, Mustache!