Sunday, September 30, 2012

DIY Headband Holder

I love headbands. I love that putting on a cute headband can turn around my entire day. 
Since I love them so much, I of course have an abundant amount hanging around the house. 
I tried to keep them in a drawer but the ones with flowers continued to squished.

I came across this DIY headband holder on Pinterest. 
It was probably one of the first items I ever pinned. 
I never eat oats, so I never had the materials to complete this project until now. I was very excited to find a recipe that used oats (granola bites) so that I could finally create a headband holder! 

Materials I used: 
1 oats container
1 fat quarter of fabric (found it for $1 at AC Moore)
1 candle holder ($5 at Target) 
hot glue 
ribbon tape ( $0.67 clearance at Michael's)

Step 1: Cover your container in your fabric. I used a fat quarter and it was enough for the whole container. 
I had to cut off some at the bottom. I left some fabric at the top and bottom to fold over. Use hot glue to adhere your fabric to the container. 

Step 2: Hot glue the bottom of your container to the candle stick holder. This part was tricky because my candle holder was not a flat surface. After using almost entire hot glue stick it stayed in place. 

Step 3: I used acrylic paint to paint my lid. I think next time I will cover the lid in fabric or matching paper. 
It took forever for the paint to dry and I couldn't quite get my desired result.
I embellished the side of the lid with pink fabric/lace tape I found on clearance at Michael's. 

Step 4:  Add your headbands!! 

I absolutely love to display my headbands now! The best part is all my other hair accessories will fit inside the container. Let me know if you make one, I would love to see your variation! 

Which DIY projects have you completed lately?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Arm Party Swap!

I was so excited when I heard about the Arm Party Swap, so of course I had to sign up. Did you?

My lovely partner, Beth sent me some wonderful arm candy to show off. 

I love the bright colors she used, they definitely make me smile!
They provide the perfect pop of color to a colorless outfit (which I wear a lot). 

I felt extremely blessed to receive her package in the mail. Not only were the bracelets amazing, but Beth included a very sweet card. Who doesn't love opening the mailbox to something special? Thanks Beth! 

I can't wait to wear them to work, I know my students will love them also!

Please head on over to Through the Eyes of the Mrs. to visit the lovely Beth! She is very sweet and has an amazing blog. I am so glad her adorable girls found a bracelet for themselves as well! 

Thanks to much love, illy and Yellow Heart Art for hosting this awesome arm party swap!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Donors Choose

My friend, Ari wrote an amazing post recently about Donors Choose. 
She had been raving on about this amazing website that helps teachers acquire the materials they need for their classroom, and she convinced me to create a project for my classroom. 

I don't share a lot about my classroom, students, and school mainly because I am afraid of giving away too much personal information about my students and school. However my classroom is in desperate need of a Math Library.  I am requesting a math library to help my students apply math concepts to the world outside of the classroom. I have had 3 very generous people in my life already donate to our classroom project. We only need $144 ( if 72 people gave just $2) to complete our project. If you would like to sponsor a teacher and a classroom please consider helping us out. 

You can read all about my project by going here.
Thank you for reading this post! 

Check back next week for a post about our honeymoon (finally, right?)! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Words We Heart Giveaway

Words We Heart, is another blog that I sometimes contribute to and we are hosting a small giveaway! 
Please head over there to check out the giveaway and enter to win! 

Hope you have a lovely day! 

Monday, July 16, 2012


Since it is summer, I have been working hard to try and complete some of the crafts from my Pinterest board. 
There are so many lovely ideas and only so much time during the school year to complete them. 
Here are a few pictures of my completed crafts. 

Melted Crayon Art - I loved this craft. It was so much fun to complete. I cannot wait to put it up in my classroom. 

Headband - Original idea
This was very easy to complete. I bought a stretchy headband at Target and the flowers I found at Mary Jo's Fabric store for 98 cents. Then I used some hot glue to stick them together. It adds a little something extra to almost any outfit.

 Lace Earring Holder - Original Idea
This is such a pretty way to put my earrings on display. The original site has a great tutorial on how to complete this project. (please forgive the poor quality phone picture).

Ticket Shadow Box - Original
This is probably my favorite craft so far. We absolutely love to go to the movies and after 6 years of going to see movies I had a lot of tickets saved up. I knew that I did not want to throw them away, but was also unsure of what to do with them. Then I saw this idea on Pinterest. While the original is for all types of tickets, ours is focused mainly on movie tickets. I found the shadow box, scrapbook paper, and stickers at Michael's.
The most challenging part of this project was finding a way to make an opening in the top, so we can continue to add movie tickets over the years. Thankfully my father had just the right tool. 

What is your favorite craft you have made or are planning to make?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! I decided a great way to start the weekend would be by sharing a happy list! 
Here are a few things that have made me happy lately:

1. Adding personal touches to our house is making it feel more like home everyday. 
2. Being able to sleep in past 6 am (so not ready to go back to work). 
3. Having the time to be creative every day. Thanks to Pinterest I have been given a lot of new ideas! 
4. Slowly (I mean very slowly) getting things ready for my classroom this fall. I love the owl theme I decided on. Owls are adorable. :)
5. Spending time with our families. 

What is on your happy list?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

Last week, my mom and I took a trip to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens to celebrate her birthday! 
Although it was pretty hot and humid out, we really enjoyed exploring the gardens. 

The current theme is a Summer of Color. 
It was so beautiful to see all the different flowers and plants arranged by color. 
I actually took pictures with my camera (not my iPhone). 

Throughout the gardens paint cans were placed so it appeared the colored paint was spilling out onto the flowers. It was very creative. 

There were also many unique flowers and plants that were new to me. 

Other than having beautiful flowers and plants around the gardens, there were also several fountains. 

I am not sure about you, but I find it extremely peaceful and relaxing to listen to the sounds of a water fountain (even if it is 100 degrees out). 

This was probably my favorite, mainly because you could walk under it and cool off! 

This was my favorite view from the day. It was so amazing to see the colorful plants going down both sides of the water fountain. I probably could of stood here most of the day. 

What is your favorite flower/plant? 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


A couple of weeks ago, Tim and I went to Carowinds with my younger brother and sister. 
Although it was very hot, we had a lot of fun spending the day together. 

The best way for us to cool off was to ride the Roaring Rapids. We were soaked by the end of the ride. It was definitely fun to watch my sister squeal every time water splashed on us (oh, teenagers).

The newest ride was The Windseeker. It is very similar to the swings only it goes much, much higher. 
I am very glad that Tim and my sister talked me into riding it. 
Other than it being high, it was an enjoyable and almost relaxing ride. 

What adventure have you taken so far this summer?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

DIY Glitter Clothespins

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (mrsjoy2) you know that I decided to get crafty the other night. 

Earlier this week, I pinned an image from this post on DI-Myself. 
Her directions and tutorial for creating glitter clothespins is amazing. 
I love the way she turned hers into magnets. 

It was so easy to complete and fairly neat (which is hard to do with glitter). 
I never would have thought of using double sided tape to make the glitter stick. it worked really well. 

I decided to use  my new glitter clothespins to display cards from some of favorite people. 
I am still trying to decide if I like it hanging from our mantle (your thoughts?). 

I have decided that I love the glitter clothespins and think they will be perfect to display student work in my classroom next year. It will make it much easier to change out their work. 

If you try this out please let me know! I would love to see your final product.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wish List Wednesday

I have seen several of my favorite bloggers completing a Wish List Wednesday post. 
I figured this is the best way for me to jump back into blogging! I have definitely missed it. 

First, on my wish list is this Coach Sutton Signature Swingpack
It would be perfect for summer adventures and will help me limit the number of items I carry in my bag.

Second, is this adorable Christmas ornament from The Back Porch Shoppe. 
I love this one because it has the year on it. (I know, I know Christmas is still 6 months away, but I can't stop thinking about how cute this ornament is).

The last item on my wish list is this beautiful outdoor storage bench from Hayneedle.
This bench would be perfect outside on our back deck. I love that it will provide extra seating and has storage space underneath the seat. 

Thanks for looking at my wish list. I hope to be back to blogging on a regular basis. I feel like I have so much to share. :) 

What is currently on  your wish list?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

DIY Canvas Art

Since we have been in our house, I am constantly keeping my eye out for art or anything to decorate our home. 
However a lot of decorative pieces seemed to be expensive. 
I was thrilled when I came across this lovely idea on Pinterest.

I already had a canvas, so all I needed was some letter stickers and paint!

I painted the entire canvas blue then placed the stickers on. 
After the stickers were placed, I painted over the canvas with black.  
I used two coats of paint. 
Then impatiently waited for it to dry. 
Once it was dry, I peeled the stickers off. 

It is not perfect but I love it. 

I also had another canvas and wanted to make something else to add to our home decor. 
I decided to use a piece of scrapbook paper and some ModPodge (love this stuff). It was very simple and I love how it turned out. 

We hung up both pieces on our wall collage with some of our engagement and wedding pictures. 

This wall was blank for the longest time, I absolutely love looking at it now. 
(please forgive the poor quality phone pictures) 

What is your most recent DIY project?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wedding Details I Loved

I absolutely loved our wedding. It was perfect. 
There were a few details we worked extra on that made our day more special. 
Here are some of the little details that I loved:

1. Our Boutonnieres

Who says the guys need to wear a traditional flower?
It was important that this was our wedding, not just my wedding. 
These action-figure/superhero boutonnieres were the perfect way to let Tim's personality shine through. 

2. Unity Tree Ceremony

We decided to go with the unity tree ceremony (thanks for everyone's input!).
Each of our families had a smaller pot of soil, and our parents poured their pot of soil together into our pot. 
Then Tim and I planted the tree in the pot and now it has been planted in our front yard. 
It makes me so happy to walk out our door and see it everyday. 

3.  Our Wedding Cake

Since we had a cupcake bar for our guests, it was only fitting that our cake was a giant cupcake. 
I absolutely loved it (especially since it was delicious!).

4. Conversation books 

We had a conversation book on each table, with a different question. 
It was so much fun to read what all of our wonderful guests had written in them. 
I wish they would have been passed around more, but they were still fun! 

These were a few of my favorite details. 
Of course the best detail was that we got married! :)

What were some of your favorite details of your wedding or a wedding you've attended? 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Our Wedding

Our wedding day was absolutely perfect. 
The more I think about all of the little details we put into it to make it extra special, the more I love (obsess over)  how amazing it was. 
Some days I still have a hard time believing that I married my best friend and that we get to spend the rest of our lives together. 

I want to share some of our photos with you, especially the ones of those little details that made the day perfect. Our photographer did such an amazing job capturing our wedding. It was very difficult to narrow it down to my favorites. I apologize in advance for the picture overload. All photos are courtesy of Emma Loo Photography, please do not take them. 

(one of my ultimate favorites)

I think this is where I'll stop for now. Look for new posts with more details very soon!
I am trying to get back to blogging on a regular basis.