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Kardashian-Inspired DIY Chain Headband/Hair Accessory

Hey sexy ladies…okay, I’m sorry I’m starting this post singing Gangnam Style! Today I have a really great tutorial for you all on how to make a beautiful and simple chain headband/hair accessory!

I guess it’s no secret anymore, but I really like Khloe Kardashian. She seems like such a real person and I love her personality and style. I had been seeing a lot of photos of her with these beautiful hair accessories and I loved the look of it. My first instinct was to buy one and let me tell you, these can cost you quite the pretty penny. This led me to the thought of “Hey, I can do this myself,” which then led my husband to give me that doubtful stare, and rightfully so, as he has seen a few too many DIY projects to into the trash.

However, you are reading this post, which means this DIY project has been a success and it’s seriously so fool-proof. Trust me, I wouldn’t tell you it’s easy if it wasn’t. This should honestly cost you around $5 per headband and take you around 10 minutes to do. ^_^

Check out my video where I walk you though the steps and be sure to comment below and let me know if you try this out. If you do (and you should!) be sure to tweet me photos or post to my Facebook page. As always, don’t forget to like the video and subscribe! It means a lot when you do. xx

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Wedding Keepsake Ornament

Happy Hump Day? I don’t really celebrate any week day other than Friday if you know what I mean, but hey, the week is half over, right?

Today I wanted to show you this really simple way to make a keepsake with an item you have saved from your wedding day! I got married four months ago yesterday (Wow, has it already been that long?), and like many brides I saved many items as memories from my special day.

I’ve already shown you a great idea for what to do with your dried out wedding bouquet and I’m happy to hear that people are loving the idea! If you tried it post your photos on my Facebook Page!

Another item I kept from our wedding was my husbands boutonniere. It had been sitting around for the past few months. John suggested we just toss it–no way! You could also always throw it in your jar with your bouquet, but we happened to be walking around Michael’s and got inspired.

Make it into an ornament! Now, this did take some gentle manipulating to slide the boutonniere into the ornament, but it wasn’t too difficult. I love the simplicity of this and how it’s something we’ll be able to display every year around the holidays and remember our wedding day. :) If you do find this too simple, you can always add glitter, ribbon, lace, the possibilities are really endless!

Wedding Keepsake Ornament

Wedding Keepsake Ornament

Please share photos if you decide to make your boutonniere into an ornament! This idea is really versatile too, the things you can put in the ornament are really endless.

xo

Danielle

Wedding Bouquet Keepsake

I think it’s common for us former brides to wonder what to do with our bouquets after our big day. I loved my bouquet so much. It was exactly what I asked for, which was for it to mirror the flower arrangement John had sent to our table when he proposed to me.

The flower arrangement John got for me when he proposed! (color is a little off)

My wedding bouquet!

There are some pricey options out there to preserve your bouquet right away in its fresh state, but most of us don’t have $200 to do so. I’ve also seen other cute ideas such as displaying your dried bouquet petals/flowers in a shadow box which displays a photo of your flowers from your wedding day. While I liked this idea, I already have enough things on our walls, so I didn’t want to do this.

A few weeks ago I saw a mason jar at a friend’s house filled with potpourri flowers and tied off with some twine. It was super cute, and a light bulb went off–get a large mason jar to store my dried bouquet!

I took my dried bouquet (note: I hung my bouquet upside down for two weeks after the wedding.) and trimmed the stems down so they would fit inside the jar. I arranged the flowers to my liking and popped the lid back on. I took the ivory ribbon which my bouquet was wrapped in and wrapped it around the top. I secured the ribbon with the same three pins that were used in my bouquet originally! You could also use twine, ribbon, or really anything your heart desires.

On display with one of our engagement photos!

I really loved doing it this way, because I got to use every part of my bouquet, and let’s be serious, who doesn’t love a mason jar? ;)

Did you keep your wedding bouquet? How did you preserve yours? Let me know if you’ll be using this idea and share your photos!

xo,

Danielle

iDakota: iMac Cat Bed Upcycling Project

A few weekends ago I was looking around Pinterest and came across the cutest thing! Someone had taken a vintage TV, gutted it, and turned it into a cat bed! As I looked more into this concept I saw that it can be done with an old computer monitor. I told John about this idea, and being that we are both so in love with our kitty Dakota we decided he needed one. These sell on Etsy for anywhere from $100 and up and since John (my husband, btw) is a computer engineer, he felt confident we could safely disassemble a monitor/computer and create one ourselves.

We wanted to use an old school iMac monitor and asked Dakota what color he wanted. He told us purple. We found an old one on Craigslist for $20 and went to pick it up. We also stopped to get a nice soft comfy blanket for Dakota’s soon-to-be new bed.

Here are some photos of John taking apart the computer. Please do not attempt this at home unless you are qualified to do so. Whether you use a TV, monitor, etc., it can can still carry a charge.

After all our John’s hard work, Dakota did not act like the other cats we saw online and relish in the comfy joy of his new iMac bed.  He acted like a typical cat diva, sniffed it, and walked away. THE HORROR! We tried to encourage *force* him to try it out, which didn’t work. We tried some cat nip, toys…nothing worked!

IMac cat house

 Damn it Dakota! Yeah, he was pissed.

We were very disappointed, but we knew there was a chance this would happen. We placed the new bed in a spot he liked to lie down in our room and hoped he’d take to it.

Three weeks pass, no luck. John and I had given up hope. Until last night…

iMac cat bed

Success!

I walked into our room and saw Dakota checking out his iMac bed, I tiptoed out, came back a few minutes later and found him cozy as can be in his iMac! Hipster cat has arrived! He slept in the iMac for about 2 hours last night.

I wanted to share the whole story of our iMac cat bed upcycling project.  I do not want to lie to you and give you the impression that your cat will immediately love his new cute sleeping spot. That is the impression I got from the ones I saw even though I knew deep down, a cat is a cat.

Have you ever bought or made your pet a unique toy or bed?