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Dip-Dyed Ombre Shirt

Hello there! Is the arrival of Spring making you feel extra crafty lately? There is something about being able to get out in the nice weather that inspires me to do something creative. I’ve been knocking off items on my crafty to-do list left and right. #can’tstopwon’tstop

I am still in love with chambray shirts. They’re a great staple to have in your closet since you can wear them so many ways! It’s definitely one of my go-to items, especially when I’m crunched for time in the morning. I have several in my closet in different shades, but I wanted to try something just a little bit different. I’ve seen some ombre looking chambray shirts around, like this Anthro version that runs at $88 {too steep for this Target clearance girl!}. I set out to create my own version of this ombre look. 

Dip-Dyed Ombre ShirtTo recreate this look yourself, you will need a chambray shirt {I found mine at JCPenney}, fabric dye, and a bucket or a sink. The directions on my dye also called for a cup of salt for cotton fabric. 

Dip-Dyed Ombre ShirtFollow the directions on the package to make a dye bath. You can do this in a bucket or the sink. If your sink is white or likely to be stained, I would stick with a bucket. Once the dye bath is ready, set your timer for the amount of time called for in the directions {30 minutes with this Rit dye}. Your shirt {or whatever fabric you are dying} will need to be wet. I just quickly ran mine under the sink before dying. Dip your shirt to the point where you want the ombre effect to end.

Dip-Dyed Ombre ShirtEvery few minutes pull out a bit of the shirt. This is what will create the ombre effect. 

Dip-Dyed Ombre ShirtOne of the sleeves kept floating to the top a-la-Ricky Bobby, so I held it under the bath with a paper straw. Whatever works, right?

Dip-Dyed Ombre ShirtOnce your time is up and the shirt has been dyed, it’s time to rinse it out. Hold it under running water until the water runs clear. Once you are sure that the extra dye has been washed out, you can either hang to dry or run it through the dryer. Important note: The first time you wash your shirt, wash it alone. You want to wash it apart from any other clothing so you don’t risk getting dye on anything else.

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E-A-T! {DIY Faux Metal Letters}

Our plans for a kitchen makeover have been put off a few times for one reason or another. I’m sure many of you can probably relate to this. You have all of your plans in place, you’re ready to go. Something breaks {like your fridge, car… or everything in the house all at once}. You walk through the 5 stages of grief {because ALLTHETHINGS keep breaking}. And then you start saving again. You know…general home ownership-ness. :)

Whether it’s because of budgetary reasons, or living in a rental —  I would say most of us are having to live with what we’ve got, or work around certain design elements that we just aren’t in love with. One of the ways I’ve learned to work with what I have, is to add accessories and art that are “me”. I add smaller elements that I love to help a space feel more personal and homey. Creating your own art and accessories is budget-friendly and adds that extra personal touch.

The wall space above my stove was looking a bit sad, so I decided to create something that would spruce up the area now, but also look great when we are able to update the kitchen. I’ve always been a fan of typography {Which probably comes from being the daughter of an art director, and then marrying a graphic designer. Keep your comic sans to yourself, thankyouverymuch.}. I have long admired the zinc letters from Anthropologie, but at $18 a pop… I just couldn’t. I’m definitely one of “those people” that looks at a price tag, chokes a bit and then says “Psshh….I could make that!”. So, that is exactly what I set off to do!

DIY Faux Metal LettersI bought the paper mache letters at Hobby Lobby for $2.47 a piece. Hob Lob also often puts these on sale {40% off I think?}, so if you wait until they do, you can get even more bang for your buck.

DIY Faux Metal Letters -- start with paper mache lettersSpray a good coat of Rustoleum’s oil rubbed bronze onto the letters and wait for it to dry. Spray paint typically takes about 20 minutes to dry before you’re ready for the next coat. Unless you live in the tropics like me and are dealing with 1000% humidity — then give it about 30 minutes.

DIY Faux Metal Letters -- start with oil rubbed bronze spray paintOnce the first coat is dry, it is time to add the main color. I used Krylon’s hammered silver. I allowed that coat to dry, and then lightly sanded the letters to add some more texture. I gave them one last coat of the silver, and then sanded again, but even lighter this time, to create that distressed metal look.

DIY Faux Metal Letters And there you go! If I wouldn’t have told you they were actually paper mache, you wouldn’t even know! I hung the letters over the stove with my trusty command strips.

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

DIY Faux Metal Letters

What part of your house are you trying to work with or around? What are your methods for making a space feel more like it belongs to you?

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Reward Card Organization

How many of you still have the organization bug? I do! To use the phrase that has been coined in our household….I’m on a cleaning rampage. Pretty much anything that crosses my path that is unorganized or messy is getting cleaned out and put in order {or at least put on the ever-growing list!}.

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I have about eight gazillion reward cards from different stores and restaurants that we frequent. I have the plastic credit card-like cards, the tiny key fobs, paper business-like cards.

Like a Saturday : Reward Cards Organization

Some are used more than others like my Kroger key fob. That gets used weekly. Others, like my Anthro card are sadly not used as often. {Yes, sadly. Why must you be so expensive, Anthro?!?}. My issue was I had a wallet stuffed full of cards that only saw the light of day ever so often and a tangle of key rings and key fobs, and then a few stragglers stuck into various drawers. It was becoming difficult to find what I needed when I needed it.

I came up with a really quick, easy, cheap solution. I had a little package of loose binder rings that I had already bought for another small project.

Like a Saturday : Reward Cards Organization

I started by sliding the key fob reward cards onto a ring. These already have hole punched in them.

Like a Saturday : Reward Cards Organization

Next, I punched a hole into the remainder of my rewards cards. Make sure you punch the cards with the back facing towards you to make sure you don’t punch through a bar code, member number, or any other important information. 

Like a Saturday : Reward Cards Organization

Slide the cards onto the ring in whatever order makes most sense to you, whether alphabetically, by most use, color, whatever.

Like a Saturday : Reward Cards Organization

Voila! Your life just got easier! I wish I could say that those are all the cards I have, but there are still a bunch to be added as I fish them out of drawers. It’s so nice to just have a separate item in my purse instead of some in my wallet and some on my keys. I can even hook them onto my little Vera Bradley wallet or my keys if I don’t need to take my purse in with me.

Like a Saturday : Reward Cards Organization

Have a happy Tuesday!  :)

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