Just a Girl Blog http://www.justagirlblog.com Interior design ideas on a DIY budget Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:53:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DIY Christmas Star http://www.justagirlblog.com/diy-christmas-star/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/diy-christmas-star/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:53:03 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10095 Author information
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Hey hey! Things are happening around here (follow on IG and IG stories to see what I mean!), so I couldn’t post a lot last week. BUT I’m back with some Christmas updates I’ve been working on! Christmas/winter in Michigan means taking advantage of all the evergreens in my backyard! So…I made a Christmas star with them.

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My favorite part is that it cost me $2.94! The supplies you’ll need are as follows:

  • 5 yardsticks (I bought mine for .98 cents at Lowes)
  • Staples
  • Floral wire
  • Ribbon
  • Evergreen branches
  • Dark stain or paint (optional)

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The directions are quite simple. Form your yardsticks into a star shape. I am just challenged enough that I needed my husband’s help with this. Don’t judge. It took some small tweaking/adjusting to get it just right, and I glued the points in place. Once the glue dried a bit, I used my staple gun to secure the ends just a bit more. I stained my yardsticks with black stain (what I had on hand), but you don’t necessarily need to. I just preferred it.

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After cutting a bunch of branches from a tree in our forest, I laid out the largest ones first so I could get a clear shape of the star. I then tweaked/added as needed in order to fill in all the holes. I used floral wire to secure the branches at the tips. I also tied a couple of bottom branches in the middle as well to keep it from shifting too much. Advice numero uno? USE GLOVES. I just used some cheap work ones I found lying around. Anything to keep the sharp pine needles from stabbing your fingers to death.

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I just kept layering and trimming until it took the shape I liked. I used some ribbon I had on hand to make a bow and wired it onto the star. Voila!

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It’s super festive, will last me all winter, and it was super easy! Give it a try!

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DIY Christmas Swag http://www.justagirlblog.com/diy-christmas-swag/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/diy-christmas-swag/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:53:07 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10060 Author information
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Happy “it’s almost Christmas” Monday! That may sound dramatic, but it’s true. The season is upon us, and I’m scrambling to decorate as usual. My first project of the season is ready! Just don’t look at the rest of my house. Until February.

I present to you….the Christmas swag.

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It took me maybe 20 minutes to put this together? And if you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by some evergreens, then this is just the project for you. I would advise getting as many different varieties as possible. I went with darker green colors, but you could certainly use a bunch of blue hues too! (Hmmm…next project, perhaps?)

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I just kind of layered them on top of one another–trying to switch up the variations as I layered. My biggest advice is to use floral wire to gather a few branches at a time. Don’t wait until all of it is bundled, or you may lose some branches when you hang it up.

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I found all my decorations at Hobby Lobby (half off!). These cost me $15 total. The bells were $12, and I could easily make another swag with them. In my mind, this means it’s $7.50 a swag. I’m very good at rationalizing expenses.

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I draped the bells around the branches because this door is protected in my garage. I would secure it a little better if you make one exposed to some wind. Same for the ribbon–it’s not intended for the elements, so I simply hot glued it to the branches.

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It’s so festive against the black door, and it should last for months. One of the few perks of a freezing cold winter, I guess.

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Go on a little evergreen hunt and see what you can come up with! It’s fun and– more importantly–it’s free!

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Favorite Things 2016 http://www.justagirlblog.com/favorite-things-2016/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/favorite-things-2016/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:00:34 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10103 Author information
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Happy Monday–otherwise known as the first day of my two-day week. Woop! #teacherperk My bestie Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick is hosting her Stuff We Love tour again this year, and I’m here to share my list! If you’re here from In My Own Style, then welcome!

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1. The leggings! So I’m 5’9, and my legs are about 5’6 of that. Well, it feels like it anyway. I have THEE hardest time finding leggings that are long enough for me, and I finally found them. My only complaint? They only come in black. Come on, NYandCo!

2. I actually talked about this in my post about my makeup bag, but I have to repeat it. Too Faced Milk Chocolate bronzer is one of the only ones I’ve found that doesn’t have an orange tint to it. The fact that it smells like chocolate is a bonus. Or a curse if you’re applying it and you’re craving chocolate.

3. So I recently upgraded my camera to a Canon 6D full frame. Yeah…it’s pretty incredible. I’m still such an amateur at this stuff, but it takes some gorgeous shots! I wavered for quite a while on getting the full frame, but it was the best decision! It makes much more sense when using my prime lens now!

4. I recently purchased these silver coffee mugs, and I can’t get over how pretty they are! They’re for the basement (a more modern and manly space in the making), so I’m excited to see them get put to use. I actually purchased them for much less at HomeGoods, but they do sell them at Target!

5. I’m not a huge game person. I get bored easily and would rather just sit and visit. Until I played Cards Against Humanity, of course. It should be known. It’s ADULT. It’s offensive and vile and immature–right up my ally. I have never laughed so hard at a game in my life.

6. I can’t even. You need to know that I missed my calling in life. I was meant to be a royal. I’m sure of it. If nothing else, I was meant to have a British accent. The Crown is my current obsession on Netflix. If you don’t have Netflix, order it now. Just for this show.

I could probably go on and on here, but this is a sampling of stuff I love right now! Head on over to the Christina at Remodelando la Casa to see what she’s loving now too! I’ll be right behind you.

MONDAY

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WEDNESDAY

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Fall Weekend Part 1 http://www.justagirlblog.com/fall-weekend-part-1/ Wed, 02 Nov 2016 01:33:41 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9979 Author information
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My husband and I went on a little weekend jaunt recently, and I thought I’d share our route. We (I) researched many sources throughout, so maybe someone will use my post as a resource in the future. Regardless, it’ll be a pretty tour for ya!

Last year USA Today voted M22 the best autumn scenic drive in the country. The country, yo! And yet we’ve never been there. And it’s only a couple of hours away. #shameful

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We started in Manistee (duh) and visited a stunning lookout point in Arcadia. It was pretty amazing.

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Then we drove north to Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort (I’ll get to the beauty of Frankfort in a minute).

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In the picture above, you will see the terrace I had to step up to in order to get a closer view of the lighthouse. The picture below will show you the reason I fell hard when trying to step up to said terrace. I have a bruise a little smaller than the state of Texas on my shin. #visitagym

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Next up? Frankfort. We didn’t spend nearly enough time here, but it left an impression! We both agreed we need to return in the summer to take advantage of the water.

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We shopped a couple of stores and had a couple of drinks before hitting the road.

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The brewery had a cool map for people to pin where they’re from. My pin is that little yellow one below.

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We jumped back on the road and visited the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Not to be outdone by M22, the Sleeping Bear Dunes were voted by Good Morning America as the most beautiful place in America. And I would argue that it is.

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M22 tour


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We wrapped up the night just north of this area in Glen Arbor.  We had dinner, did a little bit of shopping, and stumbled upon this adorable place.

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It’s called Cherry Republic. It’s quite the cherry capital up north, so there are a few of these stores. This one, however, wins the cuteness award.

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Speaking of cuteness…

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We stayed at The Homestead which has some of the prettiest grounds I’ve ever stayed at. It was like a tiny town inside the complex, and we adored it. I didn’t get a picture of our room, but here’s our morning view.

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Restaurants and shops on the grounds…

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We woke up too early the next morning and headed out for the second day of our getaway. At least we got this gorgeous view.

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I’ll be back later with the other half of the trip. I have no idea how I’m going to cut out 782 pictures to keep the length down, but I’ll try.

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Fall Patio http://www.justagirlblog.com/fall-patio/ Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:08:51 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9967 Author information
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Ahhhh the patio. The ol’ project that never ends. We hurriedly built this patio in a matter of days, and it has taken us quite some time to get it just the way we want. I have lots of DIY tutorials to share with you on how we did things, but until then let’s just take in some pretty updates.

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We built a framing/retaining wall this summer (again–tutorial that needs to be posted), and I knew right away those columns deserved some corn stalks.

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Thanks to some good deals on pumpkins, flowers, and such, all the decorations cost $35.00. We’re lucky to live around a lot of corn. Like, a lot. So that was free!

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I threw on some comfy pillows and a throw to soften things up a bit, but they’re temporary–just a little color to spice things up a bit. ‘Cause that’s what bloggers do. We spice.

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Not too shabby even in its naked state though.

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Oh how I wish it could stay this colorful forever! We’ll be getting slammed with snow soon enough. Until then, I take in this view.

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Turn the camera 12 degrees, and this is happening. Yay for athletic girls, eh? Proud of my hard worker!

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Halloween Advent Sign http://www.justagirlblog.com/halloween-advent-sign/ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:07:47 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9778 Author information
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I recently made a little project for Eighteen25 fans, and now I’m sharing it with MY fans (read: my mom).

This year, I decided to challenge myself to do two things. 1. Make it as inexpensive as possible. 2. Make it as “accessible” for others as possible. You don’t need any fancy supplies for this idea, and I hope you find yourself making one as well.

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For my Halloween advent calendar, I kept the supplies simple. I used a scrap piece of wood from the garage and painted it white. I also found some see through web fabric that really was the inspiration for this project and a cute hair clip–all from Hobby Lobby.

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Because I didn’t have a single paint brush (how does that happen?!), I used a food baster. You’d be amazed how much I “hack” my way through things. It’s embarrassing, really.

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After adhering everything onto the wood, I just printed out a little countdown on my computer. Nothing fancy! Really, you could just write the countdown on the paper. Kids don’t care!

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I used PicMonkey to make the countdown. They have such cute fonts and objects. Highly recommend.


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It’s such an easy and inexpensive project! I think I spent $5.67 on it! Not bad, eh?

Looking for some more Halloween inspiration? Perhaps you’d like some of my other projects!

Halloween Advent Board
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Halloween Clock

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Halloween Ghosts

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Halloween Party for Adults http://www.justagirlblog.com/halloween-party-for-adults/ Fri, 14 Oct 2016 02:32:33 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9947 Author information
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I’m a party planner. There’s just no way around it. I love the planning of it, the coordination that goes behind it, and the small details that give it an extra touch. Some days it’s a gift; some days it’s a curse. Since I’ve never hosted my own Halloween party, I thought it would be cool to give you a virtual idea for one.

This party doesn’t include cute kid foods or fun Halloweeny games. It’s allll class. I provide the ideas–you follow through on hosting it, k?

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Candles | Labels | Place setting | Spider Webs | Skeleton cookies

One moment, this seems “Eyes Wide Shut” (read: creepy), the next it feels like a cool and inexpensive way to dress up for Halloween. Right now, I love it.

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Butterfly mask | Phantom couples masks | Black and gold mask | Gold mask | Gold couples masks

And of course, what would a party be without some invitations? Etsy has so many to choose from!

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Frame invitation | Eat Drink invitation | Spider invitation | Spooktacular invitation

I must admit. Hosting a virtual Halloween party is a lot easier cleanup. Thanks for coming. I hope you had a good time. :)

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How to Convert Earrings to Clip On http://www.justagirlblog.com/how-to-convert-earrings-to-clip-on/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/how-to-convert-earrings-to-clip-on/#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2016 03:32:45 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9932 Author information
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Am I one of the six women in this country who don’t have their ears pierced? If that’s the case, this post is for those other five women. I’ve actually had them pierced on two different occasions, but they both ended horribly. Add it to the list of 4,398,344 weird things about me. My body rejects all anti-nausea medicines and….earrings. #makessense

I’m not a huge jewelry fan as it is, but with my shorter hair, I thought earrings would dress up my outfits–especially for work. So I was on the hunt for how to have a more colorful selection of earrings.

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The supply list is short and simple–

  1. Earrings (duh)
  2. Clip on earring converters (I use these, these, and these)
  3. Needle-nose pliers (similar pair)

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The most common approach for me is with hook earrings. As you can see, the hook is just shaped around the earring to make it dangle.

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Using the pliers, pull open the loop and take the earring off.

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Then put the earring onto the hook of the converter. Again, using the pliers, close the converter so that it holds the earring in place.

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This picture shows the opening of the loop at the top. You are simply closing that together enough so that the earring stays in place.

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The second type of earring is one with a post. Instead of inserting the earring into your ear and then a backer, you are putting it into the converter and clipping that onto your ear.

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For small studs, you can actually remove the post entirely and use a strong adhesive to place it onto a converter. Because my daughter has pierced ears, I like the idea of being able to convert them back into pierced if she wants to use them. I make sure to keep the original hooks and backers in the same area for easy use.

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Speaking of which, I store all my earrings in ceramic egg dishes. I picked up several of them on clearance at Target last year, and I keep them on a shelf in my closet. I can easily find the pair I want, and I’m too lazy to hang them individually. #lazinesswins

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Hopefully, this helped all five of you with clip on earrings! Sensitive earlobes unite!

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The fall decorating has begun.  If you follow along on Instagram, you know (but completely forgot because you could care less) that I painted my living room. While I loved the cozy color before, it was time for a change. And let’s face it. That’s what bloggers do.

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I’m still busy pumpkin-ing, wheating, and corn stalking, but the mantel is finished. I partnered some pretty pumpkins with some ugly ones that I painted myself and used some strategery (made up word thanks to George Bush) to layer them on the mantel. Easy!

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As usual, I shopped the house for some coordinating accent pieces and called it a wrap! 1 area down and about 37 more to go. I’ll be back with an update soon!

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Source List:

Basket: Target

Ombre blanket: Homegoods

Candlesticks: Kohls (years ago)

Mirror: Homegoods

Vases: Homegoods

Wreath: Marshalls

Greenery: Backyard

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Favorite Fall Printables http://www.justagirlblog.com/favorite-fall-printables/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:51:11 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9908 Author information
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It’s here, folks. Fall is upon us, and I’m loving it! I printed out some free printables yesterday, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you. Granted, this isn’t a “75 Free Fall Fantastical Printable Extravaganza!” for you, but it should suffice.

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Bucket List Printable

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Feather Fall Printable

Create your own scene! - in seconds. Use it for header images, Product mockups, Environment designs etc. A great way for any creative person to show off their work. In this psd you can create your own fully customizable desk environment where you can display your own, or your clients work. And there is A LOT of different ways to style it.

Fall in Love Printable

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Fall Printable

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Fall Banner

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Watercolor Fall Printables

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F all Leaf Printable

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Give Thanks Printable

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Ok, so technically not a printable, but how gorgeous are these invitations? Someone PLEASE throw me a surprise birthday party and use these? Thank you.

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Fall Invitations

So I printed some of these on cardstock through Shutterfly. Outside of using my own printer, does anyone have advice on the cheapest and nicest way to print printables? It can get pricey after a while! Especially when you’re obsessed with printing them.

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