Happy Birthday Paddy!


Baby Patrick... Awwws.

Patrick turns two on Sunday and I can hardly believe it.  Gosh time flies, where did my little puppy go?? 

Luv ya boy! (Even if you are 'bad to the bone'...)

Hope you guys have a great weekend.  We're having a puppy birthday celebration for sure.  Probably a lot of tennis balls and Milkbones involved...  maybe even a steak with a candle in it for the birthday boy.  ;)

DIY: Wedding 'Shower' Photo Booth






Meet my fabulous sisters Rene and Alison.

My sister, Rene, recently sent me these photos of a wedding 'rain' shower photo booth she created for a friend and I knew I had to share them with you.  I mean, a rain shower themed wedding shower  = AwEsOmE!!  These photos are of my sisters goofing around on the set.  They obviously take this party business pretty seriously.  

Wanna make make a rain shower photo booth of your own?!! Here are some of Rene's tips:

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

1. Find a blank wall and hang a sheet up as a backdrop.

2. Decorate!  Use your imagination.  My sister used giant poms to create a cloud and handmade heart garland for raindrops. 

3. Add goofy props. Mustaches, umbrellas and giant lips are required.  ;)

4. Invite awesome people over. (These two girls are pretty cool, for example.)

4. Set up a camera.

5. Say cheeeeeese!




And of course, what would this post be without some pups dressed up for the shower (in raincoats, of course)!


DIY: Book Safe



Alright guys, are you ready for another book-torial?!! (If you missed the first tutorial on how to cover books with fabric, be sure to check it out here.)

Today we're making a top secret book safe for all your pretty little treasures.  Shall we get started?

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff You'll Need:


Book (I used one of the books I made with the DIY: Covered Book tutorial.)

Mod Podge

Ruler (I used a square ruler, as shown above.)

Pencil

Xacto knife

Piece of cardboard

Scissors

Sand paper


Method:

1. Mark where you'd like the hole to be inside the book.  You'll want to leave an edge that is at least 3/4 of an inch thick.


2. Use the knife and your ruler to cut through the pages along the outline you drew.  I liked using the square ruler because it helped me create neat corners while cutting.



3.  When you get close to the last pages insert a piece of cardboard between the pages you want to cut and the book cover.  This will prevent you from accidentally slicing through the book cover.


4.  Once you finish cutting you will want to touch up the rough spots.  I fine tuned the edges with some scissors and a piece of sandpaper.



5.  Now, it's time to glue the pages together.  I brushed Mod Podge along the page edges both on the inside of the hole I cut out and the outside of the book.  It is important to only use a little bit of Mod Podge to keep the pages from wrinkling due to the moisture.  


6. Place some wax paper between the wet pages and the book cover to keep the book from becoming glued shut.  Stack some heavy books on top to apply pressure so that the pages will dry flat.  (Note: You'll need to do several coats of the Mod Podge to securely adhere the pages together.  Be sure to allow each coat to dry before applying the next.)


Ta-da!  That's pretty much it.  I'm still trying to figure out what type of closure to use.  I'm thinking magnets might do the trick, but I haven't found any that were super thin and strong enough to keep the book closed.  Do you guys have any suggestions?  If so, you rawk!  :)



So, what will you be hiding in your book safe?






M.I.C.K.E.Y. M-O-U-S-E



So, I'm thinking Mr. Tanner needs to be an honorary member of the Mickey Mouse Club.  He is after all branded with the Mickey Mouse symbol on his forehead (...and that kind of dedication deserves some hard earned recognition.)

And, (you knew it was coming) what would this blog be without a little 80s musical tribute....  ;)

Hey Mickey by Toni Basil on Grooveshark

Of course, if you are more into the classics, I also give you the original Mickey Mouse Club song.

Happy weekend guys!!

DIY: Covered Book


Covering books with fabric has been on my to-do list for a long time now, but I was never really sure how to do it.  Luckily, in my research, I stumbled across the ahhhmazing Mod Podge Rocks! blog by Amy Anderson. I left a comment on this post asking her about how to use Mod Podge to cover a book and in no time at all Amy responded. She directed me to this tutorial by Erin Bassett, who apparently has her PhD in Mod Podge. (I mean, how cool is that degree?!! And, hey, where do I get one of those??!!)  The tutorial was super helpful and really took a lot of the guesswork out of the how to. I felt fully prepared to tackle the project on my own. Here's how it went down...

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff you'll need:



Fabric

Book to cover

Matte Mod Podge

Paint brush

Card (Optional - I used a store discount card so that it wouldn't matter if it got messy.)

Scissors

Wax paper (not shown)

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Just a few tips on supplies: 

-You can find lots of fun fabric at the thrift store. This fabric is from a shirt I thrifted. Just be sure there is enough fabric in the garment for your project. You'll also want to make sure no darts, pockets or buttons will get in the way of your project, unless, of course, that is the look you are going for.

-I also got my book at the thrift store, but you may already have some books at your house that you'd like to cover.

Method:

1. Trace your book onto the fabric.  You could use fabric chalk.  I didn't have any on hand and found that a pencil worked fine on my fabric.

2. Add an extra inch to the outline you traced to allow you to wrap the fabric around the book cover. Cut the fabric along the outline you drew.

3. Coat the book with Mod Podge.  You will want to do one side at a time.  If you use a paint brush like I did, be sure to clean it before the Mod Podge dries so that you don't ruin the brush.

4.  Place the fabric on the book and smooth it out over the Mod Podge.  You can use the card to help you press the fabric down in the tight spots. Do this for the front of the book, the spine and the back of the book.

5. Cut slits in the fabric on both sides of the spine to allow you to fold in the fabric edges.

5. Fold the edges over the book and adhere with a bit of Mod Podge.

Super Awesome Tip From Erin: Wax paper can be used to keep the Mod Podge from sealing parts of the book you don't want adhered. Just slip it between the Mod Podged sections and those you want to keep from being glued together. Like so...


6. Snip the extra fabric near the spine leaving just enough fabric to fold it over the spine edge and adhere it with a bit of Mod Podge. 



And now, you've got a book with some serious style...


I'm completely smitten with how this project turned out and a great big thank you to Amy of Mod Podge Rocks! and Erin for her fabulous tutorial.  If you are ever in a sticky Mod Podge situation, these are your girls.  These ladies definitely rock (...with Mod Podge)!  ;)

Have you had adventures in Mod Podging?  

Bookworm.


Calling all nerds... Get ready for some awesome crafty book tutorials coming up soon on the blog. This is gonna be fun!  

P.S. You might want to bring a bookmark and your library card.  ;)



Have you read any good books lately?

Hungry Eyes.


These are Tanner's 'hungry eyes'.  This means 'Gimme foodies. I'm hungry!! ....duh.' Well, this pup pretty much always gives me hungry eyes.  He's a glutton, that one.

And since we are having an 80s flashback this week, I had to include this song. (I think Mr. Tanner is secretly serenading me with it when he gives me those eyes.)

Hungry Eyes Dirty Dancing by Eric Carmen on Grooveshark

DIY: Updated Topsy Turvy Ponytail


This is one of my favorite go to looks for summer.  While topsy turvy may be from the 1980s, it's easy to give it a modern twist by styling it off to the side. 

I originally included this tutorial as a part of this post, but decided that a classic such as the topsy turvy needed it's own well deserved air time here on the blog as well. 

Ready for an '80s flashback? Here's a refresher on how to create this updated iconic style.

HERE'S THE HOW TO:


Put your hair into a side ponytail. Use an elastic in a color that will blend in with your hair.



Part your hair above the ponytail to create a space to pull your hair through.



Lift your ponytail up and pull it down and through the part you created.



Pull your ponytail all the way through.  I like to keep it loose and a little messy for a more natural look.  It should now look like this: 



That is all there is to it, unless you'd like to add an embellishment
like the floral hair clip...




P.S. I love the tips and tricks in this post by my bloggy friend Erica.  Apparently, styling your hair to the side is perfect for traveling too!

Do you guys have any go to hairstyles or summer hair tips you'd like to share?

It's wine o'clock.


Hey guys!  Today, I'm guest posting over at Virginia is for Bloggers.  Head on over and I'll show you around the Chateau Morrisette Winery.   Why??  Because it is Monday, and we could all use a glass of wine...  ;)

See you there!

Linky links.


Just a few links that made me go "Ooooo", "Ahhhh" and "Ha! Ha!" this week...

Colors of the wind.

Mesmerizing star trails.

How to humiliate a squirrel.

Who says you can't teach a dog new tricks?  (Sit. Stay. Roll over. Fetch... good dog!)

Best pillow ever.

The underwater project.

Lions, tigers and bears...  Oh my! (Etsy shop here)

Embrace.

Do you have a favorite from the links above?  Care to share any other fun links you stumbled upon recently?

DIY: Mason Jar Match Holder


I found this little project over on Pinterest and knew I had to give it a go.  It is such a cute way to store matches (and light them too) and I do love putting my mason jars to work.  

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff you'll need:

Mason Jar

Strike Anywhere Matches 

Sandpaper

Scissors

Method:

1. Use the inner lid of the mason jar and trace its shape onto the sand paper.

2. Cut out the shape you drew.

3. Insert the sandpaper cut out into the lid and stack 'em up. (You can also glue the sandpaper into place on the lid if you like.)

4. Now, your matches will look pretty sitting where you need them, and all you need to do to get a little flame is strike them on the lid.


Note:  I didn't have any strike anywhere matches on hand so I used regular matches as stand ins, because I wanted to go ahead and show you what the jar should look like when it's finished. 

Regular matches won't light on the sandpaper, but I'm thinking about modifying the lid to insert the striking strip from a matchbox (like this). That way I can use the matches I already have on hand.


P.S. How cute is this little gift idea for wedding guests?

UPDATE: Emily over at Goodness Greeness mentioned on twitter how awesome this little jar would be on camping trips, and I have to agree.  Such a great way to keep you matches dry against the elements.  Thanks Emily!



Liebster Award Q + A


I recently had four wonderful bloggy ladies nominate me for the Liebster award.  A big thank you to Stephanie of Pretty and Delectable, Tammy of EDGYMIX, Jessie of Young Georgia Love and Kimberly of Kimberley's Quests.

With all these wonderful nominations, I had to bend the official Liebster rules a little bit and only answer a few questions from each gal in order to keep this from turning into a book.  (No one, and I mean no one, wants to know 1,000 random facts about me... lol!)  So, without further ado, here is my acceptance speech (aka random facts about me as asked by my wonderful nominators)...

To get started, here are 11 random things about me...

1. I'm a crazy dog lady.
2. I talk in my sleep.  
3. I'm a dancer and performed with a modern dance company. 
4. I'm a morning person. (Such a weirdo, I know.) 
5. I drink waaaaay too much tea. (Intervention may be necessary). 
6.  I've had an iPhone for a year and I still don't know how to use it.  
7.  When I clean, I dance around the house and sing (horribly) at the top of my lungs.  (Still, my dogs never complain).  
8. I'm technology challenged (see #6). It is seriously amazing I can even keep up a blog.  
9. I never tighten the lids on jars and it drives my husband CrAzY!!! 
10. I'm obsessed with miniature things. 
11. I have eleven fingers... ok, just kidding, I really just wanted to see if you were still reading.  ;)

Want to know a little more? Click here to read the rest of my answers to these lovely ladies' questions.  Plus, see who I nominated for the Leibster Award!


Proud Puppy Mama.


We are bursting with excitement because Mr. Tanner-bo-nanner was chosen to be featured in today's Daily Fluffy over at the Pretty Fluffy blog! Be sure to check out the feature to learn more about what Tanner thinks about the taste of grass and, while you're there, leave him a comment to make him feel like a superstar!  :)

For all my fellow 'crazy dog ladies', Pretty Fluffy is one you'll want on your must read list. It's filled with daily tips and tricks for living the good life with all our fluffy friends.  Check it out.