DIY Headband Frame

Reason five million why little girls are the best: the hair bows. I never knew how exciting buying hair bows could be until one morning Michael, my husband, pointed out that I have dozens! This immediately got my mind turning on a more efficient way to store them. At first I searched online for places to buy what I wanted. However nothing was just right! The only products that came close were incredibly expensive.

    
So, earlier last week I decided I finally wanted to just make a bow holder for my sweet baby girl. I headed down to Goodwill to find a frame to use as the base. I found the perfect frame, it was huge and only $5.99 (I’m going to list the rest of the costs at the end of this post). Then I ran over to Joann’s to look for some paint brushes, as well as ribbon and white clothes pins. (I knew I already had white chalk paint and flowers at the house).

    
When I got home from all my errands I opened my trunk to see that when the Goodwill man put the picture frame into my car, he accidentally broke the frame. I was super disappointed, but I also didn’t want to give up on the frame quite yet. It was so so close to perfect! Unfortunately I tried fixing it before asking for my husband’s advice. This just in – do not try and dump an entire tube of gorilla glue into a picture frame to try and fix a crack. Apparently it expands, making it nearly impossible to fit back together.

    
Anyways. We decided to put the project aside for the night and start fresh in the morning. Friday morning we woke up, showered, and headed to Lowes. Michael helped me pick out my own hand staple gun and the staples I needed. ((Side note: I LOVE my hand staple gun. Everyone needs to have one! I will include a picture of the packaging, it made it so easy to use. There was a list of brands and what size staple was compatible. I felt like it was super user friendly! This is a total win in my book. I’m literally planning new projects just so I can use it).

 

When we got home we took the frame and pulled out the original artwork, scraped out the gorilla glue, and laid it out over a piece of plastic. Then we stapled all of the four corners together. It was really nice having Michael hold it together so that I could have both hands on the staple gun. After everything was stapled it still didn’t look incredibly stable. So Michael filled in the seams with liquid nail for better adhesion. We had to let it dry for an hour, but then came back and caulked over the seams for a more finished look. Now we were FINALLY back to where I thought I would be when I got home the day before.

Next I cleaned up my area — it was messy from scraping off dried gorilla glue. Then grabbed my chalk paint and brushes and got started painting! After my first layer I let it dry for about two hours and then did a second coat. It made all the difference! Then THAT had to dry. This project had a lot of waiting, something I really am not fond of!

    
When that had finally dried I set about to attach the ribbon which would serve as the “clotheslin” to pin the fabric headbands onto. I really wasn’t exactly sure how to approach it, so we went with trial by error. First I measured the length across the frame, adding in a little extra so I could attach on either side. The main things I had to keep in mind were making it secure for everyday use, flat so it hung against the wall, and loose enough that you could fit a clothespin.

     
I also knew I wanted three rows, spaced evenly. That said, I did need a little buffer at the top. I ended up (going from top of the frame down) marking at inches • 11 inches • 19 inches • 27 inches. That way there was an even 8 inches under each ribbon for the hanging headbands, as well as a three inch boarder along the top.
I marked both verticals sides of the frame with a pencil at the above mentioned lengths. Then stretched the ribbon across, matching the top line of the ribbons along the tick marks, and used my handy new stapler to secure it in place. At this point I started getting really excited!! It was seriously coming together. Now all I had was the aesthetic aspect.

     
In Nolie’s closet I had leftover flowers from two other projects – her mirror and statement piece. I pulled those apart (they come in preassembled flower bunches) and plugged in the hot glue gun. Five minutes later- I finally had my perfect headband holder!! I’m so thrilled with how it came out!

     
If I hadn’t run into the broken frame fiasco, my out of pocket costs would have been right at $22. That’s seriously not bad at all! However I did have to spend another $22 at Lowes. That brings me to a total of about $44, which I’m honestly happy with because it is exactly what I wanted.
That said, I already have realized I need even more bow storage. So I will keep you updated on what I decide to do! Stay tuned and feel free to tag me in your DIY pursuits! I love getting new ideas or seeing people’s twist on my ideas.

        
SUPPLIES LIST & PRICING

Goodwill:

  • Frame $5.98

Joann’s:

  • Ribbon $5.99
  • Clothespins $3.49 x 3
  • Paint Brushes $5.99

(I used two 50% off texts coupons on clothespins and one 50% off online coupon for the ribbon- did you know that you could mix online and text coupons! It’s the bomb! So I actually spent less than that).

          
Lowes:

  • Arrow Staple Pack $5.98
  • Bostitch Hand Staple Gun $14.98

Already owned: 





Ps: don’t forget to check in Sunday to see how my StyleBee  10×10 challenge is going! 

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StyleBee’s 10×10 Challenge: A New Momma’s Take on a Limited Wardrobe

 

A few days ago one of my “blogger babes” friends, Bailey (author of the blog Little Pile of Good Things), challenged my friend LB (author of blog LB in the City) and I to join her in a 10×10 Challenge! This challenged was created by blogger Lee Vosburgh of Canada, who writes an eco-minded style blog about reducing consumerism and focusing on supporting brands with good ethical standards. The blog, StyleBee, has an ongoing challenge that is composed by the following guidelines:

  1. PICK ANY 10 ITEMS FROM YOUR CURRENT CLOSET
  2. STYLE THOSE ITEMS INTO 10 DIFFERENT LOOKS
  3. USE 10 DAYS TO DO IT
  4. HAVE FUN AND DON’T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY!

 

Here are some tips she blogged about to help get you started!

  1. Check the forecast and pick practical items for the weather.
  2. Don’t give yourself too much time to choose. Try to make the call in under 30 mins. But if you need more, that’s cool too!
  3. Go for an easy, lean colour palette. Think neutrals, denim, white, black and grey with 1 or 2 colours.
  4. Reach for your favourites first and then add one or two pieces you’d like to wear more or aren’t sure about.
  5. Avoid Dry Clean Only items or pieces that are a pain to launder so if need be you can refresh them during the 10 days.

 

At first I was pretty excited, however I started to get nervous! I wasn’t sure how I was going to maneuver a limited wardrobe in this season of life. A season full of baby drool, spit up, and nursing bras. However, I really wanted to try. In her post, Lee specifically says this challenge is for someone in one of the following categories and I definitely felt like I fall in several of those!

  • Take a break from shopping.
  • Reinvest in their existing closet.
  • Test their style creativity.
  • Make their closet work harder.
  • Find a better sense of personal style.
  • Test out a capsule closet.
  • Establish a couple of go-to uniforms.
  • Pack for a trip. 10 x 10 Challenges are ideal for travellers looking to pack lighter.

 

I am so excited to start. I just finished picking out my ten pieces-  2 pairs shoes, 2 skirts, 1 pair jeans, and 5 tops. The 10×10 challenge includes core pieces, but not accessories like scarves, jewelry, bags, or hats. I will say that the challenge does include sweaters, but I may cheat on that. Right now our forecast is all in the 80’s so I am not choosing any for my ten items… However, if it decides to be unpredictable and fickle, as weather in Nashville does, I may grab one!

Feel free to join in at anytime, there doesn’t have to be a specific start date! I would love to be inspired by your choices. This is going to be an interesting (possibly reoccurring) adventure. I hope you tag me if you decide to try so I don’t miss it! You can also tag the creator of this challenge with either  #StyleBee10x10 or #UnFancyRemix . 

 

Have fun! And wish me luck. 

 

// tops: Banana Republic White Tshirt (size XS), Old Navy Forest Green Tank (size S), Banana Republic White Button Down Tank  (size S ), One Clothing Grey Graphic T (size S), & Maurice’s Grey Graphic T (size S)

// jeans: Lucky Brand (size 24) 

// skirts: Bannana Republic (size 0 Petite) & Forever 21 (size S)

// heels: Lucky Brand (size 7.5) 

// flats: Maden Girl (size 7.5) 
 

 

One Day in Nashville: Culture, Food, and Fun 

Yesterday was so much fun. My cousin Stephanie is in town so we wanted to show her around some of our favorite places! Here is a run down of our day of local eats and fun exploring! 

We started off at Sweet Biscuits, a locally owned, small business that serves breakfast. We bought several different types of gourmet biscuits to share- ham and cheese, three cheese spinach and bacon, cranberry orange, and chocolate chip. 

 

From there we headed down to the Nashville Farmers Market!! It was bustling with families and local vendors. We made our first stop at my dads favorite booth — the farm milk. We bought regular and chocolate milk there. (The chocolate milk is so rich and creamy, it’s more of a dessert. We are obsessed). Then we wandered through the food and local crafts. It was so pretty! The weather was perfect and somehow it instantly felt like Fall. The fresh veggies, hay bales, and corn stalks set the perfect scene! Also, Nolie somehow slept through our entire time there! After wandering the booths and watching some live music we walked along the timeline monument that’s in the nearby Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park! It’s a beautiful area with gorgeous greenery and several different monuments and statues, including a “natural” amphitheater. The sunny skies, slight breeze, and laughing family made my heart so thankful.  

 

Next we jumped in the car so my dad could take us on a new adventure. We watched out the car window as the downtown skyline faded and we ended up on Nolensville road. After a somewhat sketchy stop for gas, we ended up at a place called Plaza Mariachi. (I’m including a link to their website here because I can’t even explain how cool it was!!) Apparently it’s an old Kroger that they renovated to look like a traditional Mexican outdoor market plaza. It has live music, these hanging curtain dancers, and fun vendors with tasty food! We tried the nachos at one place and a unique honey pizza at another. We also tried some fancy smoothie drinks with fresh fruit and then house made ice cream! There was so much to see and do. It was a seriously fun time. I can’t wait for Michael and I to have our next date night there! I’m definitely going to be taking him for the salsa night.  

 

After we watched a show (which happen in the main plaza throughout the day and is free) we took Stephanie to our last stop, the Shoppes on Fatherland. It’s a thriving new area of East Nashville that is dedicated to local business. We love it! We always go to this one store on the block that sells the coolest basalmic vinegars. Dad has become a sort of collector. Then we wandered around a few other stores, including one shop owned by a blogger I love!! It’s called the Shine Project. She employs inner city, first generation college student to make jewelry, of which the profits go into their college fund. Y’all have to check her out! 
After we finished up there we headed back home. We made delicious pasta and half baked cookies with ice cream. Seriously, it was an A+ kind of day.  



The New Blog in Town

I absolutely love lifestyle blogs. They are filled with genuine thoughts, fun projects, and pretty things. Who wouldn’t love that?! Recently one of my girlfriend’s from Trevecca started her very own blog, LB In the City.

It’s sparkling new, and yet I am already obsessed with it. Incredibly trendy, stylish photos, and fun content! You all HAVE to check it out! (Especially her charming bio! It makes you want to be her bestie). Last week she posted about some boutique finds. Her post included links and prices to everything she was wearing. It was so fun! I can’t wait to follow her adventures around Nashville.

So seriously… Check it out!!

 

Blog Plug LB

My Newest Obsession: Lush Shampoo

Back in April one of my best girlfriends came to visit.  We had a ton of fun! She also brought this amazing shampoo, Big Shampoo, from Lush.  I first noticed because her hair smelt seriously great.  It also looked thicker. She let me try it and I am so in love!

Last month Michael and I were out and stopped by the Lush store.  I decided to splurge and buy some! ($30 – I’m normally like a TJ Maxx finds girl).  I’m so obsessed with it. It was completely worth it! I’m trying to get more into how to manage all my hair – it’s really long, but thin. With new obstacles like wandering baby hands and the seemingly never ending baby throw up (obviously being dramatic, Nolie is actually not too bad in that area)- I need to start doing something with it to keep it up and out of the way… without giving in to the stereotypical mom bob!

 

I’ll let you know when I figure something out! Feel free to send me any ideas of your own.


Labor Day Weekend Getaway 

This past weekend we traveled the 414 miles (one way) down to my cousins Stephanie & Joey’s house! It was so much fun to see my cousins, aunt, and uncle. We took the baby and my sister, Makayla, along and had a total blast.  

We got there late Thursday night and basically went straight to sleep. Friday was the perfect lazy day to just hang around the house.  We also made an exciting trip to a nearby shopping center with a Super Target … inside we found actual gold- a pink teepee with a matching teepee for dolls by the doll company, Our Generation. We immediately got it! (And a $4 clearance swimsuit that will hopefully fit Nolie next year). We were so pumped! That night we ate out at a place called the Afton Tavern. It was delicious! Seriously, next time we visit we’re going back. I had a quesadilla and Michael had a burger.  Both were awesome, however, the best part was the giant cookie skillet! Then when we got home we set up our teepee!! Steph and I had a serious blast. It was so fun. 


(Low quality pic, high quality family bonding) 

Saturday we slept in. I needed it after staying up late giggling and talking with Stephanie.  Michael and Joey started our day when they went and picked up some doughnuts. Then we slowly got ready and then headed out to do a low key walk around the greenway at the University of North Carolina. It was gorgeous outside and that made the day incredibly fun. 

 Afterwards, Michael headed off with my sister, uncle, and Joey to a local comic book store! The rest of us headed home for naps. (Man, I can’t believe I’m old enough to be in the group that has to go home and sleep to funaction hahah). Then we all helped to make dinner! Michael grilled chicken and shrimp while I prepped the veggie. Stephanie and my uncle Jon put together an amazing alfredo sauce from scratch.  It turned out nothing short of delicious.  That night we ate a few too many desserts while watching the BYU game- they were destroyed. 

// Aunt Stephanie 

Matching outfits! // shirt & shorts: Old Navy // shoes: Birkenstock // Nolie’s shirt & bow: Carter’s // Nolie’s shorts: Cat and Jack by Target 


Sunday we headed off to church (Nolie screamed every time I tried to sit down, so that was fun.  We spent the rest of the day laughing, telling stories, and just enjoying each other! We grilled dinner, walked the neighborhood, and settled in with the most mouth watering lemon dessert to watch movies. 


(that stank face, goodness child) //dress: Old Navy // cardigan: New York & Company // shoes: Old Navy // Nolie’s dress: Janie & Jack // Nolie’s bow: Carter’s

Labor Day started slow- (are you noticing a common trend)? We packed and then headed out with the cousins to IKEA.  Michael has a serious love for that store – and I can’t help but feel like it’s a lot of fun too!  We picked up a cute play table and chairs that I’m going to DIY for Nolie’s playroom.  We ate in their funky cafeteria too. It was seriously so much fun! It was hard to say goodbye, but we headed home that afternoon.  

It was such a great, relaxing trip.  I’m so thankful that I’m so close to my family! It was an awesome weekend. Shout out to my darling husband for taking us! 

Hand-Me-Down Sunday Best 

In case you hadn’t heard- hand me downs are the coolest. This past Sunday my sweet girl wore my old Sunday dress and shoes. It was incredibly precious! My heart was seriously melting. I am so thankful that my parents saved it (and a few others) for me. (Don’t mind her frowns, she was fighting sleep after being wide awake the entire church service and also kicking down a candlestick on a nearby table which caused the entire congragation to turn around and stare). 

// dress: Rebellion // Nolie’s dress: mommy’s memory box 


I think it’s so special. I am determined to keep a few of my favorite outfits, as well as my old clothing, for her future daughter! I think it would be amazing to keep that family history. 
That said, Nolie recently moved from her newborn to 0-3 month sized clothing. It’s been hard deciding what to keep and what to donate or give away! Even though I know we want one or two more kids, I don’t necessarily want to hold on to everything. If we don’t have another girl we will have BOXES AND BOXES of clothing. As of right now, we just don’t have the space- and the clothes keep on coming. My current method is to donate the clothes that didn’t work well for Nolie. For example, sleeper gowns. She HATED them. So I’m not necessarily attached to them! Besides that… the clothes are really just accumulating! 
Do you have any suggestions for how to decide what to keep? I would love to hear it! Comment below.