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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Patriotic Projects for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a special day for many reasons. For many, it is the day that summer officially begins. Pools begin to open, it’s finally acceptable to wear white pants again, backyard cookouts are in full swing. But more importantly, it’s a day set aside to remember the service members who have sacrificed their lives protecting our freedom. To honor these brave men and women, we wear patriotic colors and wave our flag proudly. Here are a few patriotic projects that are perfect for your Memorial Day celebration.  If you’ve jumped on the Cricut train, this project is perfect for you! Kelly at Here Comes The Sun shares all her tips for creating this patriotic tee that will complete your Memorial Day outfit. D.D.’s Cottage and Design created this simple banner as a patriotic addition to her mantle. This patriotic wreath is the perfect way to dress up your front door for summertime. Kenarry shares an excellent tutorial on how to create this wreath. You could even trade out the sign on top with a phrase of your choosing! While this isn’t exactly a project, I couldn’t help but share. This creative balloon flag created by Ella Claire is such a fun way to decorate your backyard for a Memorial Day cookout! This is my favorite patriotic project. (I may be a bit biased.) I had so much fun creating this pillow last year, I’m so excited to display it again this year! Head over to Designers Sweet Spot for all the details! This inexpensive craft would be a wonderful patriotic centerpiece or decoration for your front porch…
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Spring Cricut Crafts You Can Create This Weekend

Spring is a time for celebrations of all types. Mother’s Day, graduations, baby showers, bridal showers, the list is endless. If you are like me, you enjoy creating unique gifts for the people you love. One of my favorite tools to use when creating these gifts is my Cricut machine. Here are a few spring Cricut crafts you can create this weekend to prepare for any celebration this season sends your way. Flowers are a beautiful gift but within only a few days, they are gone. These delicate paper flowers could be used to decorate for any event or as an easy addition to a spring wreath! Head over to Create and Babble for an excellent tutorial that will guarantee crafting success. This is one of many Cricut crafts I have created this spring. A custom t-shirt is a great gift for the grads in your life. I’ve shared all the details over on my blog, Designers Sweet Spot. Spring Break may be behind us, but summer is on its way! Refresh Restyle gives you all her tips on how to customize an overnight bag for trips to Grandmas or afternoons at the pool. Speaking of the pool, what better way to prepare for summer than customizing your own tumbler? A Little Craft in Your Day also shares how to get this cute graphic to make your crafting even more simple. Celebrations are usually synonymous with tasty treats! Get a head start on your party planning by creating these cupcake wrappers from Sugar Bee Crafts. If you’re stuck in a springtime decor rut, check out this beautiful spring…
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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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Beautiful Mudroom Design & Decor

Mudroom, mud room, laundry room, entry way. How can one room have so many names? Not everyone has a room designated for these purposes, but everyone has a place they dump coats, shoes, and keys. I have found that a little organization in this area goes a long way when trying to leave the house in a hurry before work or school each day. Here are a few beautiful mudrooms from around the web to inspire you to make the most of your space. Can you imagine walking into a mudroom this beautiful after a long day at work? Designing Vibes shares an excellent tutorial on how to achieve this look for less than $200. You definitely want to check this one out! You may not have an entire room to dedicate to your mudroom like many do, but that doesn’t mean you need to settle for an unorganized mess. Refresh Restyle used an old TV cabinet to create a storage space for coats and shoes. Head over to her blog to see the inside of this creative mudroom solution. Lemon Thistle made the most of her small entryway by creating this cute yet functional space! I love how the coat hooks double as a creative design element. You may not have space for an entire hutch but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on storage options. Worthing Court used the top half of an old hutch to maximize on her storage space. Talk about mudroom dreams! Simply Kierste was blessed with a giant laundry room that doubles as an entryway. The storage in this room is…
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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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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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