The Best Grad Party Decor for 2018

Graduation season is here! If you have a grad to celebrate this year, here are some fun decor ideas to make your party a success. These ideas range from simple centerpieces to entire party inspiration making it easy to put together a celebration that is perfect for your graduate.   1. Rustic “Keys to Success” Popcorn Bar | Hostess with the Mostess 2. DIY Giant Balloon Message | Studio DIY 3. Then & Now Centerpieces | Kathi’s Creative Therapy 4. DIY Graduation Garland | Kristi Murphy 5. Graduation Centerpieces on the Cricut | The Country Chic Cottage 6. Sequin Inspired Grad Party | Pear Tree Blog 7. Graduation Party Memory Book | Must Have Mom 8. Black & Gold Grad Party | Pretty My Party 9. DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm 10. The World is Your Market Grad Party | Kara’s Party Ideas 11. Nautical Grad Party Centerpieces | Jacolyn Murphy 12. Congrats to the Graduate T-Shirt with a Cricut | Designers Sweet Spot 13. Large Photo Board | By Sophia Lee 14. Stylish Chic Graduation Party | Pizzazzerie 15. Graduation Lantern Centerpiece | Daily Dose of DIY Are you hosting a graduation party this year? Do you have any great ideas that we didn’t share? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!  More Inspiration Here is a bit more party inspiration for any celebration you may be hosting this summer.  Tasty Recipes for Your Grill (That Aren’t Just Burgers) Super Tasty Homemade Brownie Recipe Burlap Party Favors How to Pair Wine with Food for Summer Entertaining   Don’t forget to pin this post for later! 

Paint a Marbled Wooden Tray in Just 15 Minutes

This project is part of the Craft Lightening Series, easy to paint in a 15 minute flash!  Craft Lightening Blogger Challenge I am excited to team up with a very talented group of bloggers for this group of Craft Lightening projects! Each of these projects can be completed in just 15 minutes, great for those who love to craft but don’t have a ton of spare time. This month the theme is wooden crafts. All of the projects in the linkup will be using some sort of wood for the base. Here’s how you can Paint a Marbled Wooden Tray in Just 15 minutes! Supplies Needed (affiliate links are included below for your connivence. I will make a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you.): 11″ x 14″ Wooden sign ( purchase here) Deco Art Pouring Medium Deco Art Clear Pouring Top Coat Americana Decor Acrylic Craft Paints in Buttermilk Yellow, Warm White, Bluegrass Green, Bahama Blue Deco Art Metallic Craft Paint in Champaign Gold Painter’s tape (I used Frog Tape) Empty soup can or plastic cup for holding paint, plastic knife for stirring Directions:  Lay the sign on it’s back with a piece of plastic or newspaper under it to catch any drips from the paint. Line the edge of the tray with the Frog Tape to keep the paint from spilling on to the edge. Pour the paint can 1/4 of the way full with the Deco Art pouring medium. Add the different colors of Acrylic craft paint to the can, I used 2-3…
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Congrats to the Graduate T-Shirt Craft

Graduations are coming up quick! Here’s a fun t-shirt you can make as a gift for your graduate!   Crafting a T-Shirt I recently started using a Cricut Maker for a few projects on my sewing blog. Now I have become seriously addicted to making things with the Cricut! This easy project has a bit of snarky humor in it. Our youngest son is graduating this year and we love to make grammar jokes at our house. It’s a nerdy homeschool thing that we do. Who knew grammar was so fun? Haha! For this project, I am partnering with a group of talented crafty bloggers to bring you all kinds of end of the school year crafts you can make with a Cricut machine. Be sure to visit the links at the bottom of this post to be inspired! Supplies Needed: A black t-shirt White Iron on Heat Transfer Vinyl or HTV as it’s called A Cricut Machine Standard 12′ x 12″ Cricut Green Cutting Matt Iron and Ironing Board Weeding Tools (for removing the vinyl you don’t use) Directions: Download this FREE file from my profile in Design Space.   Place the vinyl shiny side down on the cutting matt. Smooth out with a roller or press firmly to remove wrinkles and bubbles. Load the matt into the Cricut machine, press the cut button. Remove the matt after it’s finished cutting the words to be placed on the shirt. Remove the unnecessary vinyl with the weeding tool, pull it off gently from the matt side of the vinyl, leaving the words…
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DIY Mother’s Day Gifts Your Mom Actually Wants

Mother’s Day is only a month away. If you’re a mother you can start looking forward to gifts and celebrations, but you may have a few mothers you’d like to celebrate as well! We found a  few simple DIY projects that any mother (or mother-in-law, grandma, BFF, sister, etc.) would love to receive.  I’d be lying if I didn’t say that this project was one of my favorites. Maybe I’m a bit partial. I created this serving tray a few months ago, but it’s perfect for any mother! Check out all the details over on my blog, Designers Sweet Spot. Here’s an idea every mother can get behind. An emergency chocolate stash for those days that seem to last forever! Head over to Eighteen25 to print off a tag perfect for this project, or for inspiration for your own creation. Average Inspired enlisted the help of her sweet kiddos in creating this gift for their grandmother. The options with this project are virtually endless and you’ll be able to capture those tiny fingerprints forever, something all mothers can get behind. While most coasters are created using tile and other fragile materials, A Little Craft in Your Day used wooden coasters. The abstract nature of these would make it a perfect project to do with your little ones. Flowers are a pretty common Mother’s Day gift. However, most people don’t go through the added trouble of creating a personalized vase! Give the gift of a pretty decoration for now, and a special keepsake for later with this two-in-one surprise. Home Stories A to Z shares a simple tutorial that…
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7 Tips and Tricks for Planning Your Bathroom Remodel

Our bathroom remodel plan is coming along. Here are my top 7 tips and tricks or planning your new bathroom space! Having a good plan is the most important part of the remodeling process. Sometimes plans have to change in the middle of things, but thinking ahead can go a long way to solving issues that come up. Our remodel is coming along, a bit slower than I would like. We are currently waiting for the special ordered shower base to be delivered. Until then, there’s not much else we can do. The demo is completed, the rebuilding comes next. Here’s how to plan for a smooth remodel! Top 7 Tips and Tricks Draw out your remodel plan before starting. There are free tools you can use online to do this. My husband likes to draw things by hand in Word, but you can use programs like Smart Draw, or even a piece of graph paper and a pencil for this task. Be sure to use accurate measurements when configuring a layout. Get several estimates for work. We got three estimates before settling on a plumbing contractor for our remodel. We decided to do all the other work (electrical, carpentry and tile) ourselves to save even more. The estimate for the electrical alone was over $1000.00. Definitely not in our price range! Do the grunt work yourself to save money. It’s not glamorous, but it is practical. We saved a couple of thousand dollars by doing all the demolition ourselves. It’s messy, hard work, but very gratifying. You can see us…
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10 Laundry Rooms You’d Love to Spend Time In

Almost everyone I know dreads doing laundry (I personally find it relaxing). But a pretty laundry room might inspire you to tackle those piles of dirty clothes! Here are a few beautiful laundry rooms that might have you in full makeover mode this weekend. This laundry room is beautiful, but if you want to really appreciate it’s beauty head over to Twelve On Main for the before photos. Small budget? No problem! Julie Blanner demonstrates how some fresh paint and a few quick tricks can go a long way in a dark space. If you aren’t blessed with the luxury of a large laundry room, check out Lauren McBride  and her cute laundry closet. Houseful of Handmade was tired of the unused space she had between her washing machine and the wall so she created this handy sorting shelf! The bold flooring choice along with the painted cabinets make this laundry room one to remember. This makeover is another that you have to see to believe. Worthing Court created a beautiful and functional space out of what seemed to be a disaster. Check it out over on her blog! Sometimes simple is best! Copycatchic repainted her cabinet to a beautiful gray and added a few accessories to give her laundry space whole new feel. Lemon Thistle transformed a corner of her unfinished basement into this beautiful laundry room.  She created a beautiful space while still maintaining plenty of functional storage space because everyone needs more storage, right? This laundry room has to be one of my favorites. It shares a space with the mudroom which is so practical. I love…
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15 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Home

Extra storage space is something we all crave.  It seems like there is just never enough! We found some genius storage solutions that will help you make the most of the space you do have.  This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! Kitchen Storage Most of us don’t have a huge pantry, but this product will create so much extra storage.  The adjustable shelving offers so much flexibility to store those tall bottles that never seem to have a place on the pantry shelf.  BUY NOW! A utensil divider is one thing I can’t live without.  Gone are the days of digging through the silverware drawer trying to find that one spoon that’s not dirty. There are many types of dividers that all have the same function, but I love this beautiful bamboo option that looks like it was made just for this drawer.  BUY NOW! An organized refrigerator is easier to look at but it also cuts down on food waste! See exactly what you have without having to go on a scavenger hunt to the back of the shelves. These plastic bins are also easy to clean just incase you have an occasional spill. BUY NOW!   Bedroom Storage Here’s another solution to a problem I’m having as we speak! Small closets run rampant in many homes and there never seems to be enough shelf space. The space that is there quickly becomes overrun with sloppy piles that turn into one huge heap.…
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Craft Room Organization Inspiration

Your craft room is a place for creativity, but just because it’s a creative space doesn’t mean it needs to be a disaster. We found quite a few handy tips on how to organize your crafting supplies, here are some of our favorites.  I have always appreciated a good pegboard. They’re such a flexible storage option since you can add or remove different aspects as your storage needs change. You won’t want to miss the transformation of this room on Just Call Me Homegirl. Polka Dot Poplars created this genius storage tower as a way to organize all the little things that seem to drop to the bottom of drawers. She made these fun colored jars just to match her room decor, the details are over on her blog. If you’re not a fan of the bare pegboard, check out this great alternative over on Southern Hospitality. She also shares a great organization tip for all that ribbon you have laying around. I wish I could tell you how hard it was to pick just one photo to share from In My Own Style. This is one of the most beautiful and organized craft rooms I’ve seen yet. I love the idea of this chest of drawers for organizing all those small pieces that don’t seem to have a home. Bonus: the labels on these drawers can easily be changed! You don’t want to miss this one! This is a fun way to display small bottles of paint. Today’s Creative Life used an everyday item from the home improvement store to create this cute (and functional)…
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10 Linen Closet Organization Ideas

The linen closet is the bane of every neat freak’s existence. Somehow, this one small closet attracts clutter much faster than other areas of the home. As we enter a new (hopefully less cluttered) year, we found a few ideas to inspire our own linen closet organization. This linen closet is every perfectionists dream! Julie Blanner painted the inside of her linen closet (a place that usually is neglected) a light color to create a brighter space, making it easier to find things. If this was my linen closet, I think I’d leave the door open all the time! No linen closet, no problem! Ella Claire added these practical yet beautiful shelves to her bathroom to create the storage space her home was lacking. Seeking Lavender Lane shares a great step-by-step guide for those that aren’t quite sure where to begin in their organizational efforts.  Make sure you head over to her blog to see the before photo of this closet, it’s very relatable and will give you hope for your own closet. While many people choose smaller baskets for their closet, Little Glass Jar uses larger metal bins. This creates such a clean feel to her closet while keeping all those smaller items in their place. For some reason, most homes have wire shelving in their linen closets. If this aspect of your closet bothers you, head over to Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry to see her solution! The large baskets Clean Mama uses create such a uniform feel. The best part about this closet organization though is the guest basket. No more digging around for clean (and relatively unwrinkled)…
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How to Plan Your Creative Projects for the Entire Year

It’s time to plan out my creative projects for the next year. This time, I decided to share how I plan my projects for an entire year. You will be amazed how much you can accomplish with a bit of organization early in the year! Quilters Planner and Magazine Creativity Requires Planning Blogging as a creative person requires planning to accomplish projects. I tend to start things and not finish, buy too many supplies that I never use, or have a great idea that gets forgotten in the chaos. That’s how creativity works, we are not an organized lot. However, I have learned that if I spend a bit of time planning I can accomplish so much more! By using a special creative calendar everything comes together in one spot! After searching the internet extensively for a suitable planner, I came across the Quilter’s Planner. It has exactly what I was looking for: Inspirational photos and projects, areas for sketching, keeping swatches, spiral bound and compact in size. I am so excited to start using it! The pages of the planner are bound with a spiral binding. This makes it easy to flip to the current month. On each monthly tab is an inspirational quote and beautiful project. I spend a couple of hours reading through all the projects in the free magazine. Love them all! I chose a few from the magazine to put on my calendar to work on. Creative Project Resources Towards the back of the planner are the resource pages. There are spots for each project…
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