Modgepodged Awesomeness


🕎🎁🎄Happy Holidays Everyone!!🎄🎁🕎
I've been DYING to do a blog on these ornaments for a while. As you get older, things change and you end up moving around alot and end up misplacing stuff.
Including your Christmas ornaments.
About 3 years ago  I decided to make my own.
⬇ALL YOU NEED⬇
1.Modge Podge Gloss
Any kind should be fine, I just happened to already have this kind at home 
2.Creatology Wooden Slats
These are a godsend! I got mine from Marshall's, but I'm sure Hobby Lobby, Joanns, Walmart, or Target may have them.
🎀3.Ribbon🎀
4. Print Outs of Pictures and Quotes
I just found photos on Google from my two favorite Christmas Classics
🍭Christmas Vacation and Scrooged🍭
5.Hot Glue Gun
6. Decorative Tissue Paper
I happened to have some laying around the house and yall this is PERFECT FOR MODGE PODGE!
💫7. Glitter for accent  (optional)💫
8.Paintbrush (optional)
😈I honestly just used my fingers like a savage😈
Let's get started!
First things first. . .
💄IM THA REALESTTT💄
ha, never gets old

🔥1. Fire up that hot glue gun.🔥
2. Lay wooden Slats on tissue paper and trace to fit. Once you're done cut the pieces and modgepodge them on the wooden Slats.

 (MY TechniqueAKA The Birdcage Technique: Smear a thin amount on the slat, place the tissue paper on top and apply another layer to Smear. Don't dab.)
3. After the tissue paper, use the same technique to apply the photo and caption.
4. Once your pieces are dry, use the hot glue gun and ribbon for the back so you'll be able to hang it on your tree :)

I also did the grinch who stole christmas 


And of course The Nightmare Before Christmas :)

This is a perfect activity for the kids to! But put end a tarp if there is glitter involved!




DIY Frayed Jeans and #HolyCityChicks



Happy Friday yall!
So a few weeks ago, Gus and I finally participated in our very first photo shoot with dazzling and patient
📸Jennifer Collins Photography 📸!!


We teamed up with the Holy City Chicks bloggers here in Charleston to raise money for Pet Helpers, which was completely organized & styled by the amazing Liz of the

👉 Charleston Weekender Blog👈


Me and Sarah of My Coastal Chaos

Each lady sported a snazzy top from Bonfire tees, which are only  $19.99!!!
And Pet Helpers SC will see 100% of the profits, so make sure you head over to
www.bonfire.com/pethelpers
 and check out the cool options including, tanks, vnecks, and the awesome baseball tee I'm rocking 😉
Our furbabies were each sporting these cute collar leashes from 🎀CrewLala🎀Right when I saw the  red and black plaid, I had to pounce!! Flannel/plaid is my jam and as you can see, Gus loved it too!!
Crew Lala Red and Black Buffalo Plaid Bow Tie Collar $46

To jazz up the baseball tee I opted for a gold statement necklace from Express and I had my heart set on these snazzy frayed jeans from Forever21 but lo and behold. . .. 
They were sold out.
😣Forever 21 SOLD OUT😣
I guess nothing is forever. . .ha

✂✂And you guessed it, I decided to make my own!✂✂
👖I grabbed an old pair of skinny jeans👖 from my closet. . .and when I mean old yall, i mean OLD, like the seams were busted and the only thing to hold it together was duct tape kind of old lol.
Now don’t judge, I had never done this project before and I wasn’t about to cut up a pair of my new ones anytime soon.
1.        I cut off about 2 inches from the bottom leg of the jeans so that I made them into capris.
2.        You’re gonna want to split the seams from the sides of the jeans.
3.        Start cutting strips. 
4.        Once you’re finished cutting, rather than spend a lot of time trying to distress them yourself. Just pop them in the washing machine and then the dryer and they will be PERFECT!

Steel Magnolia Wreath


Hope everyone is holding up well during Hurricane Matthew!
In the midst of cabin fever I've been watching some of my favorite movies, including Steel Magnolias 😄🌹💗😢💄👡🐰
One of those movies that makes you laugh till you cry!
And we know every line by heart. . .
And relate to one of the characters more than the other,
I like to think I'm a Ouiser with just a dash of Annelle  😊

 So I decided to finally make a diy project I've been dying to try. . .
😄A Magnolia Wreath😄
Since we fled to John's hometown of Franklin, Virginia, I had no idea where to find a public magnolia tree. So, John drove me up the street to a local park and we started picking branches right off tree.
After we got the leaves, all we needed were the foam wreaths. I checked all the Dollar stores in town and had no luck, so ended up paying full price at Walmart for $6 a wreath.

I started with cutting the leaves off the branches at an angle so that it will be easy for the stem to be inserted in the foam.

After they were all cut, I dropped them in the kitchen sink to rinse off any creepy crawlies🐛
☡BE CAREFUL OF NESTS☡
I saw a grey hornet burrow on one of the leaves. . . .I had a small hissyfit and shrieked like a teakettle and chucked it out the window 😆

Once they were rinsed, I just started sticking the stems right in the foam, below is one layer. And you just repeat to the inner edge until you're done. If you see any gaps be sure to fill them with any leftover leaves.

Finished Product:o)

Chanel Nightstand. . . Chanel-o!!

So have you ever loved a perfume so much you just wanted a barrel of it?. . . 
😊Yea me too!😊
So this is a DIY of mine from a few years ago.. . 
But I didn't have a blog then so here we go!
👇I first got inspired when I found this beauty👇

First, I decided to take to social media for assistance. 
You can buy metal drums at Home Depot or Lowe's for 💰$50- $60💰
OR 
You can search Craigslist or Facebook Virtual Yard Sale.
🚘I lucked out with my friend, Alex who's relative owns an auto shop.🚘

Next, I started cleaning.
This metal drum formally held transmission fluid so🌊 I made sure to wash out the inside several times. 🌊
After that it took a whole can of black spray paint to make it flawless.
🎨After that I slapped on some white decal stickers from my local Michael's craft store.🎨
I did use a final coat of clear gloss spraypaint to give it a gloss finish AND to create a seal for the decal stickers to prevent peeling.
**For a matte finish, opt for a matte spraypaint and skip the gloss sealer**


💕After 2 years, I'm still in love with mine.💕
For those who want matching his and hers metal drum nightstands I do suggest
💙Jack Daniel's or Jameson💙
theme for your men!!!
And for you fancy broads, such as my homegirl, Hagan, there is a 🍾Veuve Clicquot one. . .🍾

☡For you advanced DIYers.  . .☡
I do suggest to try and use you carpentry skills 👇for this advanced shelving drum👇
I was DYING to do this to mine to maximize the storage for it!!!! However, I must acquire these snazzy tools first!






Pink Verbena $50 Haul AND $100 VISA GIVEAWAY!!!


💰💰TO ENTER THE $100 VISA GIVEAWAY💰💰
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🎃CONTEST ENDS OCTOBER 1ST!🎃


😄Yay it's Here!😄
It's here!
It's really here!!

This has been it the making for quite a bit and now it's finally finished! 
When I started blogging this past May I was totally clueless (still learning yall) but was at ease when I teamed up with 🌹Shantel of Pink Verbena🌹 and 📽Vive Media🎥!!!
She proposed that I spend just $50 on room decor and there was only one rule. . 
💵Stretch a Buck💵
After a week of hitting up bargain stores I came up with alot of amzing things.

Below I have listed all of the price items for the haul.
 🤗There were 26 items!🤗

Walmart Storage Tub: $5
Walmart Better Home and garden Towels(2): $5 each
☄Monogram Cups (3): 88cents each☄
Mainstays Gold PlaceMats(4): $1.90 each
🐓Rooster kitchen Towel: 88 cents🐓
Arrow Kitchen Towel: $2
Storage Cube: $5.50

🌿Family Dollar Succulents(3): $1 each🌿

Goodwill LeafPlatter: $1.91
🍷Goodwill Wine Jug: $3.19🍷

Dollar Tree all $1
 Medallion Water bottle
🖊Glam Pen🖊
ABC magnets
Cupcake Puzzle
☕Coffee Filter☕
Ice POP Maker 
🍰Cupcake Holder set of 2🍰





Bookcase for a Nutcase

Hey yall!
So even though I am approaching 29. . . I still LOVE PB Teen Bedding and furniture, however looking at the prices I'm like, "Ummmmm, what kind of teen is able to afford this?" I mean, I'm almost 30 and most of their stuff is totally outta my price range.
So for a few months now I have been searching for something similar to this bookcase.
Yeah, lemme just call my Butler to grab the money out of my hot air balloon. . .NOT!
So after a nice long pep talk in my car, I walked into my local Walmart.
I also came across a few online options, but honestly I'm weird about buying furniture online.
While in the furniture department, it's like the Bargain God's were calling to me. . .
and there it was. . .
like a hopeful beacon. .
 (Not bacon, BEACON . . . but now I want bacon)

The Last One

I threw it over my shoulder like a fairytale giant and sprinted to checkout, happy as can be,  laughing like a serial killer! 
(Kudos to my homegirl Karen)
 Once I got home I was like a little kid on Christmas morning, I could not wait to rip the box apart.
After spray painting all the metal parts, I started to assemble.
(Which btw Mainstays is much easier than Ikea)
It literally took me maybe 10-15 minutes to put it together.

The shelves that it came with had little holes in it, but I decided to use marble shelf liner to cover them to give it a more polished look.
And I have to say that it is not flimsy at all!!! It's very sturdy and I love it!!!!



Fake it 'Till You Make It

😄Happy 🍟day Yall!!😄
So after being plagued with writers block I finally have some awesome projects for yall!! 
After a few days of bargain and Goodwill Hunting, I found some awesome deals for knockoffs I've been wanting. Usually if I find something online or out and about I take a 📷screenshot /picture 📷&save it for a rainy day,
which thanks to 🌀Hurricane Hermine🌀
I got inspired! 

🍍1.Pineapple Decor 🍍
✋Don't start yall, ✋  
YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY PINEAPPLES 
I found this online a while back and was DYING for one 
But then, I found this little beauty at Goodwill for $5. . .
I shall call him Fred

and I think he needed me just as much as I needed him. 
I was really considering keeping it the way it was but decided to bite the bullet and use 
(drumroll please) 
☄SPRAYPAINTTTTTT ☄
after a mild makeover of just white and gold spray paint AND gloss spray (this really makes it super shiny like a dewy Kardashian)😃 it was awesome! 


🌿2. Succulents 🌿
OMG. . . . Even the word alone just makes me relaxed and chill 
Succulents are seriously THE most low maintenance plant. . . and what's more low maintenance than a low maintenance plant? 
A FAKE ONE 
Especially for someone who has a black thumb like myself. . . fake plants are
tha bomb dot com. 
But honestly yall, even the fake ones are pretty pricey. . . even at ☉Wal*Mart ☉they are STARTING at $5 
However, I lucked out and found them at Family Dollar for 
ONLY $1 EACH!!!!!!!
I seriously had to grab a full tray and head to check out at this point. 
I did the similar spray paint like the pineapple with white and a nice gold dip, which took tape and patience.





I have seen these everywhere I go, these amazing Gold Leaf Platters/Trays but so out of 💰my price range💰, until I found one at Goodwill FOREVER  $1.91. 
I actually picked it up and left it. . . but in the middle of checkout I went back and knew exactly what to do with it.

It was totally sticky and crusty. . .but after a good 🛀Dawn bubble bath🛀 it was ready for spray paint. .. .alright now I know I go overboard with the gold yall 😜

BUT the good news is if I decide to change to silver its easy peasy. I also suggest for a more vintage and worn look to use a good wood stain just to accent the grooves.


🎸4. Vintage Rock Shirt 🎸
Now I know this is a random using clothes, but one of my FAVORITE bloggers is👱Barefoot Blonde👱, Amber Fillerup Clark. She is so stinkin adorable and her fashion, beauty, and lifestyle posts are always on point! The Girl can seriously do no wrong, 
So if you haven't heard of her, seriously check out her blog at
Barefoot Blonde and instagram @amberfillerup. 
😍Soooooo, a few weeks ago I fell in love with a tshirt of hers. . . 😍
A Rare  Ramones Tee


I was not about to dish out that much dough for a tshirt, so I took to the internet and yall 
I am seriously no joke when it comes to searching for products on the internet. 
I finally found one ALMOST IDENTICAL from
💀Hot Topic💀
Hot Topic Ramones Tee $16.40
All it was missing was the yellow background, 
So I pulled out some fabric paint and a brush and was finished in 10 minutes. 
I was worried it would dry hard or flaky, but it worked out perfect, and no fading after washing :o)










I Don't Do Barre. . . But I Have One😆🍾🍸🍹🍷🍺🍻

Hey yall! I know it's been SO long since my last post, but things have been so busy for me lately. But this project is 0ne I've wanted to do forever. 
So I've been 😍obsessed😍with gold bar carts and honestly couldn't find one that WASNT in the 3 digit range. So I finally decided to take to the magical website haven of . . . 
*drumroll please*
👼IKEA👼

👆I found this bad boy 👆
for less than $30!!!
Sorry to break yalls 💔s but it is SOLD OUT
But the one below is a GREAT alternative. . . I'm almost tempted to get this one too! 

Now when you first get the items out of the box, put the legs and handles aside to spraypaint and dry.
 ☄ Anything silver. . . Just spraypaint it gold☄

Honestly guys I was so excited when it got delivered I forgot to take pictures of the packaging. 😊😊
And during construction I was so frustrated I forgot again 😆😆
It was a pain to put it together, now don't get me wrong, it looks simple. .. but the instructions were completely absurd. But 2 hours and one  
🍷bottle of wine later🍷
.  .  . it was done.

Straws: Target
🐆Leopard Shaker: Marshall's 
🐂Moscow Mule: Marshall's 
🍾Polka Dot Carafe: Marshall's 
🍭Naughty/Nice Wine Glasses: Marshall's
💕Inflatable Flamingo: Ebay
🍷Gold Wine Glasses: World Market Set of 4 $23.96
🐍Python Trays: Ebay or Amazon Set of 3 $120
🌞Make Today Lovely Towel: Wal☉Mart 
🍍Pineapple Art: Me👱🍍🎨
🌹Urchin Highball Glasses: The Blush Label $75
🌹Gillian Fern Coasters: The Blush Label $16

🌹🌹Both amazing gifts from Pink Verbena🌹🌹

The cool thing is it comes with a slide in shelf, which I used for various coozeys, coasters, bottle openers, and straws. 
🍍🍍🍍

🐶👑Gus Approval 👑🐶