Chalkboard DIY Wine Art Quote

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Merlot; cabernet sauvignon; pinot noir. Chianti; old vine zinfandel; red blends. I love wine. I am best friends with red wine.

So, it seems only appropriate that while I prepare decor for my new apartment move, I focus on some wine decor.

My latest favorite method of DIY crafting has been chalkboard. Chalkboard wine bottles, chalkboard sign. Anything that I can spray some paint on and decorate with chalkboard markers, sign me up!

I merged my two favorites into one with my latest project:

DIY Chalkboard Wine Quote Art Decor

I still need to cut more wine corks in half and finish the cork board border of the frame (aka I need to drink more wine… oh darn!), but you get the overall picture. And don’t you just love the quote?! Thank you Pinterest!

love the wine you're with diy quote chalkboard art

 

Chalkboard Wine Art Quote Materials:

This project is super easy to complete, and inexpensive, too! I used the following items to complete it:
– Picture frame with glass (picked up at thrift store)
– Chalkboard spray paint (leftover from previous projects)
Bistro chalk markers by Marvy Uchida
 Several corks from wine bottles, cut in half, lengthwise

chalkboard DIY wine art quote decor

I can’t wait to finish up the frame and hang this beauty in my kitchen. Because, let’s be real, is there ever a reason NOT to love the wine you’re with?! 😉
Also, on a side note to that, has anyone noticed that so many wine brands are switching to the synthetic corks now? Boo-hiss! I want my expanding cork that sometimes breaks off in my bottle! (No but really, what brands do you know of with cute, REAL cork designs? I need this project done ASAP!)

So far, I’m loving these bistro chalkboard markers by Marvy Uchida. They’re so easy to use and create art with, and when you’re done or want to change up your decor, all it takes is a quick wipe with a wet rag, and you’ve got a new, clean slate!

Chalkboard crafts, chalkboard decor, and more chalkboard stuff!

Want some more chalkboard inspiration? Try this patriotic project–perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July! And stay tuned for my Marvy Uchida Chalkboard Marker Set Giveaway, coming next week!

 

Last-Minute Memorial Day Decorations

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Man, this month is just flying by, isn’t it?! It seems like just yesterday it was Mother’s day, I blinked, and bam, Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner!

Today I thought I’d share a quick and easy DIY Project: DIY Last Minute Memorial Day Decorations

Memorial Day 4th of July Decorations Chalkboard Display

Seriously, y’all, this display took me about 15 minutes total, which is exactly how long I like to spend on holiday decorations in my home, haha. Okay, okay, it might take you a BIT longer if you have to take the time to chalkboard paint the bottles and an old picture frame, but still, this project shouldn’t take you more than a day, total. And just in time for Memorial Day weekend, no less!

Materials:

  • Empty, cleaned wine bottles with labels removed.
  • Old picture frame
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Chalkboard markers (I used Marvy Uchida Bistro Chalkboard Markers)
  • Any other red, white, and blue decorations you have lying around.

And that’s it! Seriously!

So, what are you waiting for? Grab you chalkboard spray paint, spray on 2 coats, wait to dry, then get to decorating!

Chalkboard Spray Paint Project

 

The best part? When you’re done, use a wet rag, and you’ll have a clean slate for the next holiday (or leave it up for Fourth of July?)! I used Marvy Uchida Chalkboard Bistro Markers for this project. They’re SO easy to use. Shake, press, and draw as if you were using a regular marker. The best part is they clean up super easily, and stand out brightly against the chalkboard background. If you’re looking for a last-minute project to spruce up your place for Memorial Day weekend (perhaps a Memorial Day BBQ?), then these will add a little cute pizzazz in less than a day’s work!

Chalkboard Memorial Day 4th of July Decorations Wine Bottles

Chalkboard Memorial Day 4th of July Board Decorations

 

What other decorations are you planning on displaying for Memorial Day weekend? Do you usually buy and save Memorial Day/4th of July decorations to use year after year? Or do you opt for the disposable, one-use decor for your BBQ party needs?

 

DIY Pillow Cover in Five Easy Steps

I’m back with another Drab to Fab for y’all:

DIY hand-sewn pillow cover!

This is one of the Pinterest project attempts completed for the 30-before-30 challenge: 30 completed Pinterest projects. View the rest here.

I had seen so many pillow case tutorials online, and sewing-machine tutorials for decorative pillow covers. But as ironic as it is, this avid DIY-er does not own a sewing machine (yet)! Because of this, the easier the template, and the fewer stitches needed, the better. And thus, though I pulled some tips and tricks from other Pinterest pins of pillow covers, I’m sharing a tutorial for those of y’all who also stick to the traditional way of sewing–by hand!

DIY Pillow cover

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Odds and Ends

Decorating a 20-something single apartment with used furniture and a tight budget.

Let it be known, folks: I hate change. I loathe it. Fatigue and fear both hit me equally when I think about the process of moving all my belongings down 3 flights of stairs and back up three more flights of different stairs in a new area.

But, two other feelings overwhelm me more than the former: excitement and creativity. Not only is this the first time I will get to live in my very own, but it’s a blank canvas to express myself through interior design.

Since this realization, my Pinterest board dedicated to apartment inspiration has been going CRAZY. But now, about four months to move-out date, I’ve started to slowly collect some essential items for the new apartment-to-be.

Standing floor mirror – $10 on an online garage sale.

standing mirror inexpensive on a budget

 

and, my latest thrifty find might quite possibly be my favorite:

Queen Size Brass Bed Frame, $75 online garage sale

brass bed frame antique queen size on a budget inexpensive

Quite a beauty, eh? I also snagged a comfy-as-heck queen-size ALL-WOOD futon for $150 at an actual garage sale. Not to shabby, I’d say. I’m at $235 for the furniture, and all I really “need” is a spine-worthy mattress.

With that in mind, I’m opening the floor to y’all! What items or must-haves did you wish others would have told you to buy when moving into your own place? What’s something you would not have survived living alone without? Can’t wait to hear your suggestions!

Easy and Quick DIY St. Patrick’s Day “Feelin’ Lucky” Bunting Banner

Hey there, all my crafty vixens!

February always seems to come and go so quickly, doesn’t it? It seems like just yesterday I was figuring out what heart-shaped goodies to give my Valentine.

St. Patrick’s Day will be here before you know it. In honor of the holiday (and because I needed an excuse to FINALLY take down the Merry Christmas bunting banner… I know, I have holiday decor problems), here’s a quick set of pictures to give you some inspiration for St. Patrick’s Day home decor.

Specifically, a Feelin’ Lucky bunting banner!

Looking for a full tutorial? Use the dimensions and tips in my previous bunting projects: Give Thanks Bunting Banner, and Merry Christmas Bunting Banner.

I used a mixture of 60-cent scrapbook papers and laminated white burlap for the bunting flags this time, gold letters in a perforated pack from The Dollar Tree, and spray adhesive glue from Lowe’s to attach the letters.

Enjoy! What decorations are you rolling out for the Irish holiday?

Feelin Letters and Flags Adhesive Spray Glue for Bunting Banner

 

 

 

 

 

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St Patty's Day Banner Quick
The St. Patty’s Day banner in the day time.
Banner St Pattys Day at Night
The full banner at night time.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day, Crafters!

To all my crafty, DIY-loving friends out there: I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, and a craft-filled weekend!

I know what I’ll be working on this weekend…

Valentine's Day Hot Pink Puff Stitch Cowl Craft DIY Heart
Making more of these “puff stitch” cowl beauties!
Crochet Headband Easy DIY Project Flower Bow
… and making more of these headbands in other colors!

 

 

Valentine’s Day: What to Wear in Cold Weather

Well, just when I thought I could start putting away the mittens and bringing out the fabric scarves for Spring, Texas went and changed it up on me… again.

Thank goodness the weather isn’t as bad as #icemageddon we had back in December.

Now, I don’t have any fancy-shmancy plans like most lovebirds this Valentine’s Day, but one of the girliest things my blog followers will learn about me in due time is that I love dressing up for holidays. Yep, I had an outfit planned for next Friday. Judge me.

But, with the weather, it looks like my sheer top and fabric-pink scarf will have to take the bench while I scour my winter essentials for a suitable outfit for the pink-and-red holiday.

What can look cute, girly, and a touch of sexy without compromising warmth? Here are the essentials I came up with:

Tights

Polka dot ones if we’re getting specific. But really, any tights can dress up an outfit this Valentine’s Day while simultaneously keeping your legs warm!

Polka Dot Tights from Nordstrom

These beauties are available from Nordstrom at only $11!

The next must-have is LAYERS. Layers is the best way to keep your “little black dress” incorporated into your Valentine’s Date outfit without having to compromise warmth for fashion. So, with your black dress under, the next cold-weather Valentine essential is:

A Red Coat

Red Coats for Valentine's Day

From Left to Right: Betsey Johnson Wool-Blend Bell-Sleeve Cape from Macy’s, $110; Wool-Blend Pea Coat from JcPenney’s, $60; Calvin Klein Belted Hooded Buckled Wool-Blend Coat from Macy’s, $113.

The best part about your red coat is that with different lengths, design, and accents, you can transform your look from business attire to dinner date in no-time.

Lastly, give your outfit a little extra “something” with a unique accessory, geared toward the romantic holiday:

Accessorize with Hearts

Warm Accessories for Valentine's Day

#1 – Cashmere Heart Scarf in Black or Red from Burberry, $225
#2 – Red and White Heart Infinity Scarf on Etsy, $18.10
#3 – Black and White Heart Infinity Scarf on Etsy, $20.50
#4 – Heart Knitted Headband on Etsy, $28
#5 – Crochet Pattern for Heart Headband on Etsy, $4.90
#6 – Crochet Heart Headband Ear Warmer on Etsy, $20
#7 – Fingerless Hand Knit Heart Gloves from South Moon Under, $28
#8 – Betsey Johnson Beading Heart Mittens from Zappos, $22
#9 – Heart Pattern Fluff Woolen Touch Gloves from Mini in the Box, $8

So, there you have it. A chic, fashionable outfit for Valentine’s Day, without having to freeze your buns off for the sake of the holiday. Hopefully this helps spark some ideas from your wardrobe!

What “must-have” items will be in your Valentine’s outfit this year?

Valentine’s Day Decor – Valentine Tree

Christmas is well over, and it’s already February! This means that Valentine’s Day is almost here, and it was time to redecorate the apartment for another holiday. Now, either this is my most ingenious way to fill up empty space and reuse the Christmas tree year-round, OR this is my laziness at it’s finest. You decide.

Instead of breaking down the Christmas tree, getting frustrated while trying to stuff the pieces back in the box, and leaving the house plain and non-festive, I decided to try and make it work as a festive piece in my living room for each holiday.

The rose buds featured on the tree are actually molded, scented soap petals I got from The Dollar Tree, and the double hearts are a quick and easy Pinterest project with construction paper. I kept the red ornaments up and took the rest down, replacing them with pink, Valentine-related items. What do you think?

 

Valentine Tree

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I decided to spruce up the dining table while I was at it, adding some pink and white artificial flowers to a red vase, and showcasing some glittery hearts on sticks I got from The Dollar Tree. Don’t they look like cake pops?!

valentine's day hearts valentine's day table centerpiece

 

Overall, I’m happy with the way this mini project turned out. I may not have a Valentine this year, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy making the apartment a little girly during the holiday with a festive Valentine Tree! PS: Now accepting applications to be my Valentine… if only! 😉

 

Personal Stylist? You Know It! (My First Stitch Fix)

** Disclaimer: A Dash of Sarah was NOT compensated in any way, shape, or form for this blog post and review. All thoughts, suggestions, and opinions are of my own. **

 

In case you don’t know me in-person, or haven’t seen the eruption of various fabrics in my room, here’s something I should be upfront about: I love clothes.

Seriously, if you don’t believe me, go check out my Pinterest board, where I have 142 (and growing) pins on my fashion faves.

But, here’s the problem. I can “pin” and “heart” to my heart’s content. But, when it comes to actually going out to the store and recreating the thousands of pins I just scrolled through, my mind runs blank. I don’t know if it’s the overwhelming amount of clothes on the racks, the people in a rush to get their shopping done, or the fact that I never like the lighting in a dressing room, but I can never find a true “winner.”

And so, with that being said, I introduce to you my fashion-savvy savior for this problem:

Stitch Fix

What is it? Think of Stitch Fix as your online personal stylist, delivered to your door.

How does it work? You fill out your style profile, which includes your body size, height, weight, curves, etc. It also goes through your preferred style (from classic glam to bohemian, etc.), and how adventurous you are at trying new styles. You can share social networks like a Pinterest board and Twitter, allowing the stylist to check out your pins and tweets to get a better feel of your style preference and your everyday-life happenings. Then, schedule your fix and wait for the package to arrive.

Then what? The package will arrive with five hand-picked items. Try them on, keep what you want, send back what you don’t within three business days. You are automatically charged $20 when the box ships, which goes toward your purchase. It’s THAT simple.

My First “Fix”

Talleda was my personal stylist, and she did a wonderful job. I promised myself I’d only keep two of the five items (due to budget), but MAN was that hard after opening my box!

41Hawthorn – Queensland Dolman Jersey Top

stitchfix batwing black top

 

I loved the cut of this shirt. I love when shirts are a little loose and baggy in the winter. It allows for layering and is so easy to move around in at the office or on campus. But, I had just purchased a shirt like this at an off-brand store, so this one was a no-go.

Kensie Jeans – Kaleigh Ankle Biter Skinny Jean in Burgundy

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Is it possible to be in love with a pair of pants? Because I’m pretty much there when it comes to Kensie “Ankle Biter” Jeans in Burgundy. They contain stretch-denim material called that’s so dang soft and comfy to wear! Not to mention they fit PERFECTLY. That’s saying a lot, coming from someone with a whole lotta junk in the trunk, and cursed blessed with short leg genes. This was a DEFINITE keeper.

Fun2Fun – Caterina Plaid Tab-Sleeve Shirt

StitchFix Plaid Tab Sleeve Shirt

I wasn’t so sure about this shirt… until I tried it on. I’ve never been one to grab a plaid shirt off a rack at a store and think to myself “This would be perfect for my wardrobe!” My eye is usually drawn to the more glittery, laced, and unique pieces instead of a classic go-to. This shirt was SO SOFT. It hung perfectly, and I loved the tab-sleeves, making it versatile for work and school with a simple roll of the sleeves. However, due to budget constraints and the fact that I’m sure I could find something similar for less, I passed on this one.

Fate – Garvey Tribal Print Open Front Cardigan

StitchFix Fate Tribal Print Cardigan

I literally squealed when I opened up this cardigan from my fix. I had taken a sneak peek at the names of what I was getting ready to receive in my fix, and when I saw “oversized cardigan,” I couldn’t wait! It was everything I wanted to receive and more. It’s so comfortable, and goes PERFECTLY with the new Kensie jeans from my fix. As this was one of the things I was pinning most frequently on my Pinterest board, I was so happy when my stylist mentioned seeing similar styles on my board. I kept this comfy gem with no hesitation.

Sweet Rain – Howard Cotton Beaded Detail Surplus Jacket

StitchFix Sweet Rain Green Jacket

Well, Stitch Fix managed to pick out 4 out of 5 things I liked, but this wasn’t one of them. I liked the color, but nothing really drew me to this jacket. I’m not a fan of the random “bling” pockets on a safari-type jacket, either. I tried it on for the heck of it, but this was the first no-go, and went back in the box.

 

The Outcome

So, I kept the Kensie jeans in burgundy, and the aztec print cardigan. I have worn each numerous times just these past few months! Overall, my first Stitch Fix was great. It was so exciting to get a box full of five surprise items to try on. They did a great job of getting my size and style right, and the quality of the clothes was awesome. I already scheduled my next box for January 31st. I can’t wait for it to arrive!

Stitch Fix Review by A Dash of Sarah

Want to try Stitch Fix out yourself? Do me a huge favor and use my referral code HERE! I promise you’ll love it. Here’s a hint: submit a Pinterest board for them to go off of, then pin your desired style… a LOT. I really hope you love it as much as I do! I’m officially obsessed! 🙂

 

** Disclaimer: A Dash of Sarah was NOT compensated in any way, shape, or form for this blog post and review. All thoughts, suggestions, and opinions are of my own. **

30 before 30: #14 – Go on a “Girls Only” Trip

Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you have been enjoying your time off with loved ones. Time off has given me the opportunity to get caught up with overdue projects, which has finally allowed me a little time to update you on my travels in 2013, and the tasks I’ve accomplished on my 30 before 30 project!Read more