Ugly(ish) book makeover

I have owned this copy of Little Women for years and years, but haven’t read one word of it. I haven’t cracked the cover once.


I know it’s ridiculous, but I just really don’t like reading ugly books. I judge books by their covers. There, I said it.

I don’t know about you, but I am a big fan of cute book covers. I’ll buy pretty much any type of book, as long as the front is pretty and colorful (which, in all honesty, is probably why I ended up with so many trashy chick-lit books from that one overtly girlie section at Borders).

My solution?


Cover the… cover. And add a bow. Because, duh.

Bib Clips – A Simple DIY for Moms

If you’re like me, you forget to pack a bib in the diaper bag every freaking day of your life and want to smack yourself in the face when your kid gets orange baby food on all their cute outfits after only an hour. No, seriously… it’s an issue. I forget CONSTANTLY.

Anyway, I’ve seen these things called Bib Clips popping up around the internet for some time now, and I just think they’re the most brilliant, practical solution to my problem. You can keep one in your diaper bag so if you are in need of a bib while out at a restaurant, all you need is a paper towel or napkin and you’re good to go!

It sort of reminds me of that napkin-bib-thing they use at the dentist (highly fashionable, you know), but they’re super simple to make if you want to give them a shot.

Here’s what you’ll need:


  • 2 small binder clips (Michael’s has cute and colorful ones in the dollar bins)
  • about a 15 inches of 3/8″ ribbon (or just eyeball it to fit around the back of the baby’s neck)
  • Hot glue gun or needle and thread

Step 1:

Cut ribbon to desired length.

Step 2:

Insert one end of the ribbon through one side of the binder clip. Loop it around and use a dab of hot glue to secure it to itself.
You’ll end up with this.

Step 3:

Repeat Step 2 with the second binder clip and the other end of the ribbon. You’re almost done…

Step 4:

No no no… don’t go wake up the baby for a normal picture! Model it yourself like a huge dork.¬†

Have you ever made your own Bib Clips? How did they work out for you and baby? So far, so good over here!

Thrift Store Frame Makeover

A week or so ago I scored a couple picture frames from a local thrift shop for about a dollar each. Take a look at these babies…

fugly frames

I mean, who wouldn’t want a creepy horse-lady-bride-staring-at-the-moon painting? Yikes.

(I actually kept these in the shopping bag until I the second I was ready to paint them because I just couldn’t handle the creep factor. I’m serious.)

A few coats of spray paint and an adorable mini print from Wren and Chickadee gives you something much easier on the eye.

new frame

I’m not sure yet, but I think this little squirrel might be making it’s home in our kitchen.

Also, I am now fully addicted to spray painting. Addicted, I tell you. You can’t even step out onto our back porch… dozens of little knick-knacks are sitting out there on old sheets of newspaper, awaiting their fate. I’ve already painted an old shelf, some baby food jars and a leaf. Why, I don’t even know.

It’s becoming a problem.

My Crafty Area

It’s a work in progress, but I think it’s put together enough to show you guys…



1) Justin’s sister Megan prettied up a letter M for the baby on Christmas. I might have stolen it for my area, but at least¬† it’s still in her room!

2) A cross-stitched pink elephant. Because I love fat animals… they just make me laugh!

justins note

3) I framed an old photo of Justin and I, along with one of my favorite cards he’s written. Looking at that reminds me of how sweet he can be. :)

4) An old can covered in pretty paper holds pens and scissors.

5) My DIY pincushion from a few weeks ago.


6) Inspiration/photo board with lovely things that put me in a creative mood.

7) The Butterfly art project I made from scrap paper

8) I Love You, Blogs & Tea print from the ever fabulous Made by Girl (Thank you again, Jennifer!)


9) Pretty stacked boxes from Target (on clearance, score!) hold rolls and rolls of cute ribbon.

10) A ribbon box that was given as a birthday gift from Shea.

And there you have it — the space where I waste the most time. :)