DIY Sharpie pen plate


Homemade Christmas presents! 😀  I kept seeing awesome tutorials on Pinterest for making mugs or plates using Sharpie pens and baking them in the oven.

I finally gave it a shot!

I got all the supplies at The Dollar Tree….plates and some permanent markers.

Then I let the Wingman have at it.  He was much more fascinated with taking the cap on and off the markers, but every now and then he would give the plate a swipe with the marker.

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After he decorated them all, I put it in the cold oven, then turned it to 450.  Once the oven was completely heated, I set the timer for 45 minutes.  It only lasted about 30 minutes I think, though, because there was a horrible smell (I’m wondering if it was the stickers that I had forgotten to take off the bottom of the plate??  😦 ).  I then turned off the oven and let the plates remain inside until completely cool.

The colors definitely faded a lot in the process.  I don’t know if it’s because I used cheap markers or if that is typical.


One of the finished products

All in all it was fun and pretty simple!  I would definitely try this again with some other awesome designs.  Pinterest has some great design ideas!


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Well I found two plain Jane t shirts in my drawer that I never wore.  Rather than just getting rid of them I decided to try my hand at making bleach pen shirts again!  I love the shirt I made last time.

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Plain Jane t shirts

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Design #1  (I am not creative on my own….I found
both these designs on Pinterest and copied them. 🙂 )

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Design #2

The second one turned out better than the first, in my opinion.  I ended up not leaving the bleach on long enough on the first, so the design is hard to see.  Plus the flowers look a little young and girly.

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This one could have done with a little more bleach time as well, but I also like the more understated look.


Spouse Deployment Survival Kit


One of my most re-pinned Pins is this one.  It’s about how to make a survival kit to give to a friend whose spouse is deployed.  When I went back to look at it today, I discovered the original link is dead, as the owner made the blog private.  But Google yielded some other great results.

I am just loving this idea!!  Deployments are looming up closer and closer for us and, knowing myself and my tendencies, I have a feeling it is going to be a battle for me to fight for joy and not give in to a full-time pity party.  I know deployments are hard on all spouses and families, and I think this is a great idea.  I have great plans to make these for a couple of my friends when their husbands deploy for the first time.

Here are some ideas for things to include in this spouse deployment survival kit…

  • Stationery and stamps
  • Chocolate
  • Journal
  • Pens
  • Encouraging book
  • Scripture verses

And because I am not the most clever person, I direct you to these awesome posts.  Great ideas for including things like marbles (for when you’ve lost yours), a sucker (because it’s ok to admit sometimes that deployments suck), tea (for the late nights when it’s hard to fall asleep) etc.  Check out the posts here, here, and here (this one even has a free printable!).

What kind of survival kits have you made?  What did you include?


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I attempted doing my own nails again.  And, as usual, it didn’t really turn out quite like Pinterest. 😉  But I had fun and I do like the result!

I used this as my main inspiration.  This is the polish I used.  While the stickers that came with this set are a major fail, I love to use the polish because the brushes are very fine-tipped.

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Then I just did free style on my nails…

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From Pinterest to Real Life – Patriotic Pallet

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I am so excited to have finally accomplished a “real” Pinterest project!  When a friend was giving away some pallets I snatched one up!

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The pallet was originally painted a mint green.
I got some spray paint…..

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Ta da!!!!  I love it.  I used a homemade foamie stencil for the stars.  My wonderful
husband traced it for me, as I was having trouble getting them to look okay.

I am loving it!  It was very fun to make and now it looks great against our house. 🙂


Linking up today with Crafty Obsessions!

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I was browsing my Pinterest boards and came across this pin from a while ago.  And then I realized….I’ve already done that!!  That’s always a fun discovery. 😉

Our wedding wall

Obviously this isn’t exactly like the Pin….but that’s the beauty of Pinterest.  You can find inspiration and make it your own.  In the shadowbox, I have two of the napkins from our wedding, our wedding invitation, and one of the fake roses we used for decor.  I LOVE our wedding wall!!