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Just like trends in clothing, there are trends within the DIY crowd. One particular trend I am intrigued by right now is the repurposing of wooden crates. Wooden crates are not expensive, easy to find and apparently very versatile. They already have that worn-in-charm and the color of the wood is aged and rustic. Besides the adorable little bench above, check out some of the DIY projects I've found:

What a fun way to plant a garden?!

If you are looking for something economical for the patio, how about a table made out of palettes?

How about a funky headboard?

A wooden accent wall made out of palettes would be fun for a bonus room; or on an outside wall as a photography backdrop.

I really like the rustic look of this storage/bench area! I love the color of the wood.

Pretty clever, huh? Wooden palettes, who would have thought....

When I saw this little DIY project on Pinterest I knew I had to try it. I already had a clear Iphone case and tons of gorgeous paper left over from Natalie's baby shower so it was practically free to give it a shot!


I just popped my phone out of the case then used the case as a guide to trace the shape.

I used scissors and my craft knife to cut out the shape, remembering to cut out the camera hole.

I slid  the paper into the back of the case; I had to do some light adjusting, a snip here & there.

I popped my phone back in and voila! The whole project took less than 20 minutes, and that includes stopping to take pictures for you. Totally worth it!

Printables are the generosity-currency of the blog world.  Seriously, bloggers are so kind and share the cutest, most inspirational items for free. I'm kind-of-a-sucker for a printable.  And if you have been around here for a while, you have at times been bombarded with the printables I find out there in blog-land.  But I have been a good girl, I haven't done that lately.  In fact, I don't even remember the last time I shared a printable with you.  So to make up for lost time.....

I know some of you have young'ins. I know because many of them are my nieces and nephews! What a great little DIY project to help your kids start learning how to save their own pennies.

I just had to share this one because I am sort-of in awe of it.

Honey might "do" if he received such a cute list... to me, this printable is the equivalent of batting your eyelashes. Let me know if it works.

A lovely way to discourage solicitors!

Need to organize your recycling? Here's a little something to help!

Enjoy your printables!  And if you have any printable-finds to share, let us know over at the According To Carey Facebook Page!!

You know I just love the site Knock Off Decor, I told you all about it way back when.  I have been so busy with new jobs, baby showers and mi vida loca that I have not even had time to read my normal blogs for over a month!  So tonight I sat down and finally was able to scroll through some recent posts from Knock Off Decor and WOW!  My DIY brain is cranking!!  What do you think of this:

Knock Off Decor- Distressed Table

This table is a knock-off of this table from Pottery Barn:

Pottery Barn distressed table

Or how about this:

Knock Off Decor- Frosted Mirrors

These Z-Gallerie knock-off frosted mirrors are recreated by using a Cricut or Silhoutte machine.

I am a sucker for tea-towels.  Don't ask, I don't know why.  But I really like this knock off look:

Knock Off Decor- Ruffled Towel

Above is the knock off and below is the original from Wisteria:

That small amount of linen is super cheap and ruffles are not difficult.  What a great project!

Oh my gosh!  I love this project!!  See the original inspiration from Pottery Barn:

It's  a dead ringer!

Lastly, check out this rope knock-off:

With some $8 rope and an old bowl you can recreate this bowl from West Elm:

I'm dreaming.... dreaming of projects....

It's getting late, and I really should be in bed, but I didn't want to leave y'all hangin' tomorrow.  I want to share!!  So here are a couple DIY tips I have run across recently.  I haven't had a chance to try them out yet, but hopefully soon.....  All of the tips are linked through Pinterest so just click on the pic, it will take you to Pinterest, then click on the photo again to go to the link.

Instead of buying one of those bulky cupcake carriers that seem to take up a lot of cupboard-real-estate, how about using a dollar store gift box that can be tossed away afterward?

This little trick would fit my pocket camera perfectly! I have been wanting a good solution for when I'm traveling so that I don't accidentally break my camera while it bounces around unprotected in the bottom of my purse.

Dye your own buttons? Why? Why not!

Have some old, cheapo utensils? Want to add some pizzazz to them? Try dipping them in paint or spray painting them!

 

I have been wanting to do this for a while.  I really need to "herd" my ribbon collection.

 

There you have it, a little sharing to get you through the day!

This is part 4 of a series on the Japanese themed baby shower we threw for my sister Natalie.  If you missed out on the previous posts you can catch up here:

The Very Beginning... The Invitations... The Decor...

I love to be able to give a favor to party guests, something to send them home with to remind them of the fun they had at the gathering.  When I was brainstorming for the shower, I wanted to be able to give away something... girly!  Then it came to me, I had seen so many DIY posts on making fabric flowers and I just knew I could figure out a way to get them onto a bracelet.  And then I realized that if I had a bunch of "flowers" I could use them as decor on the table, once again color as the main decorating component.

Then my step-sister Amy did something she would live to regret.  She volunteered to help out.  Actually, a lot of people volunteered to help out with the shower and in fact, there were many hands involved in throwing this shin-dig, but Amy was THE ONE I knew could take this DIY project and run with it.  Run with it she did.  I think she popped out these babies (about 60 of them) in 2 days!  Don't worry, she's still alive.

The finished bracelets were wrapped around a set of chopsticks, then placed on the dinner plate at each setting.  There were single flower bracelets in multiple colors.

There were "special" ones (front)  that were layered with different textures & colors and there were "small" ones (back) for the little girl guests.

Amy added even more frills and flowers to Natalie's bracelet to set it apart from everyone else's.

And because the flowers were attached to a hair clip, they could be easily detached and worn as a hair accessory, like Ella here.  After hot gluing the flower to the hair clip, they just "snapped" onto little elastic-bead bracelets I got from Oriental Trading Company.  Easy peasy.  Time consuming.  But easy.

I loved looking around the room and seeing the guests wearing their flowers, either in their hair or on their wrists.

If you want to know how to make your own fabric flowers, you can check out the link here from Skip To My Lou

I'm hoping to share all about the shower food tomorrow!

 

Over on the According To Carey Facebook Page (where even more sharing is going on), my friend Ashley posted a tip for getting those yellow, deodorant stains out of your white tshirts and tank tops.   Ashley, like many of us, buys a new white tank every summer because regular washing just doesn't keep that dingy-ness at bay.  Ashley gave the cleaning tip a try and it worked for her so I was excited to try it for myself.  And the verdict is.....

It worked!

You can find the article at eHow, but here's the low-down:

(btw:  there are a few different versions in the article, we used the "dishwasher detergent" version.)

You take a big pot of boiling water, add a cup of dishwasher detergent (I used liquid, Ashley used granular) to dissolve, take it off the heat then add your tanks or tees.  Let it soak for 24 hours, then rinse and wash in the washer like normal.

I will show you a couple before/afters:

Yes, those are my armpit stained tanks.  I can admit it.  You know you have them too, don't act like you don't.  But look at what happened after a 24 hour bath in Cascade:

The worst-of-the-worst stains didn't come out completely but enough that I wouldn't be embarrassed to wear the shirt in public.  I also tried it on a white workout shirt that had a bad case of ring-around-the-collar.  That stain didn't come out completely either, but it is much improved.  Overall, it did a good job of removing the stain and brightening the whole shirt.

All in all, it's a great tip.  Thanks, Ashley!!

Yet another "Duuhhh, why didn't I think of that?" project.  Melt  some wax beads with crayon shavings, dip dollar store pillar candles into it for pretty and cheap decorative candles.   That Martha Stewart, she knows everything.  You can see the full instructions here.

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I'm sorry I've been so absent this week, can I just say... I think I'm going to finally lose all my marbles this week.  I am in the middle of planning one huge baby shower (details of whichI can't wait to share with you), I gave my 2 weeks notice at my job (gasp!) and am simply swamped because I happen to be leaving at the busiest time of year, I'm trying to plan a get away before I start my new job, I barely finished the She Had 3 Hearts Class and started Soul Restoration II (and I'm already behind)... and I've been away from home (and my laptop) for a few days which makes it really difficult to post anything....

I know, you don't want to hear it.  "Get on with it!"

So, today I am quickly sharing a really cute "knockoff" idea that I found on Pinterest (I've recruited so many of you, I love it!).  I promise I will be back to regular programming soon!  And I will try really hard not to confuse Thursday and Friday this week.

This one comes from 517creations.blogspot.com and I think it is a perfect solution to clawing into your doorjams with a ballpoint pen.

It's time again for that little game around here we like to call:

Spring is here, although you would never know it here in Northern California since it has been cold and raining and still feels like winter.  But hopefully the May showers will soon bring summer flowers so that's what my eyes has been drawn to lately, FLOWERS:

 

Isn't that just the dandiest little bouquet you ever saw?

I don't know what these are called but they just scream SPRING to me.

Look closely and you'll see that these are made out of Qtips!

Paper peonies? Yes please.

Ranunculus are one of my top 3 favorite flowers.

Source: google.com via Jackie on Pinterest

I also love dahlias.

Source: tiffany.com via Melissa on Pinterest

Tiffany flower ring, nice!

If I had time I would make this.

Lovely hair accessory.

Source: google.com via Lucie on Pinterest

I just love the tiny little blossoms on this cake, so beautiful.

There you have it, just a few of the blossomy goodness I've seen lately!!