Wednesday, February 19, 2014

DIY Grown-Up Piggy Bank

Recently my boyfriend Ryan and I decided that we wanted to start saving for a vacation to somewhere that we haven't been before. The desired destination might be Hawaii or somewhere in Europe. With both options being on the pricier side, we decided to start a place where we can save money strictly for our vacation. We could've started a savings account, but we ultimately decided that it would be more fun to literally watch our savings grow, so we settled on a piggy bank.

One trip to Micheal's and about $8 later, we had what we needed for our travel savings to begin. We decided that the bank itself would be a mason jar (perfect for watching our savings accumulate), and found large, durable stickers in a travel theme to decorate the outside. After determining where each sticker was going to go, we placed them on both sides of the mason jar, and that was that!

We made sure to put our piggy bank in a place where we'll see it often. You'd be surprised at how quickly pocket change adds up! Awesome vacation here we come!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Homemade Valentine's Day Cards

Being that it is almost Valentine's Day, making cards for the occasion has been on the to do list. Instead of opting for the store bought kind, we gathered some crafting materials and made our own. First, we cut colorful construction paper into hearts (four hearts per sheet), and decorated each heart with patterned Scotch tape. The tape dressed up the simple hearts and turned them into something more unique. Then we added a little note to each card. I love how they turned out!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Red Home Decor

You might be looking at the title of this post thinking, "Red home decor?", with a skeptical feeling. Yes, red is a bit bright, but in small doses it can add a new life to your home. I like to treat red as a "neutral" of sorts. It coordinates with just about anything, and can be incorporated into any type of space (living room, dining room, bedroom, etc.). Incorporate red into a neutral room through pillows, throws, small accent furniture, or accessories. Or offset it with a complementary color such as navy or aqua for a more active color scheme.

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