How to Paint a Designer Pillow

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I was given a Paint-a-pillow kit in exchange for my review.  All opinions are my own.

How to paint a designer pillow

 

I love toss pillows. I think you can tell by the many versions on our site that we are fans of the added pop a pillow can bring to a room.

So when Paint-A-Pillow asked if we wanted to try out their new system for creating pillows to match your decor and your style, I was excited.  I ordered up a couple pillows and paint options and gave it a go.

First things first, I watched the very informative video to make sure I knew what I was doing.  Then I opened up the boxes and got all my supplies ready.

How to stencil a pillow cover Everything comes ready for you to start painting right away.  One suggestion I would make is to purchase the brush kit.  I didn’t realize when I choose my stencil that I would need an itty bitty brush, so I’m glad that I got the brush set.  It saved me.

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It also ended up being a little bit more time costuming then I had anticipated, but it was a craft I could do with my girls playing nearby and I wasn’t stressed something would go terribly wrong. They loved watching me do it, and my 8-year-old snapped some of these pics. ;)

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I was excited to see the finished product and I have to admit that I am really in love with them. I was a bit skeptical because stencils can be hard. I knew that I had some bleeding and some color transfer, but I love those aspects of my pillows now.

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Besides, they look super cute all cozied up on my couch.

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There are tons of different stencil, paint, and embellishment options to choose from so every pillow could be different.  I’m excited to try it again.

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Ikea First :59 & Morning Motivation

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from the Mom it Forward Blogger Network & IKEA. All opinions ideas are 100% mine. Don’t let these sweet back to school photos fool you…our mornings can be quite crazy!  Every year I try to think of ways to improve our week days.  This year one of my goals is to get more accomplished in the morning, so that our after school activities and evenings can go smoother.  Also, my kids are getting older and more capable of chores.  I think they feel better when they leave their rooms and spaces tidy.  We can also accomplish a few activiiteis in our morning, like reading and piano.  The goal is to check these off our list before our crazy afternoons.  Plus my kids are more alert and eager in the mornings (I’m the one who needs to work on morning alertness, oh to have their energy!) Being an educator and mother, I know that kids [Read More...]

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20 DIY Costume Ideas

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We’ve been pinning away some fun ideas for DIY costume ideas.  Here’s a round-up of some of our favorites, but to see more, make sure you follow our Costumes Pinterest Board. DIY Frozen Elsa Dress from Kiki and Company DIY Twirly Butterfly Skirt from Andrea’s Notebook Hogwarts Baby Onesie from Rae Gun Ramblings 10 Minute Super Hero Costume from The Crafting Chicks Halloween Hat Pack Pattern and Tutorial on Fleece Fun 4 No Sew Sweet Costume Ideas from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke Audrey Hepburn Costume from The Pinning Mama Marry Poppins Costume Tutorial from Craftiness is not Optional DIY Dino Tails from Andrea’s Notebook Candy Corn Tutu from The Crafting Chicks DIY Octopus Costume from Giggles Galore Shark Costume from Create.Craft.Love Mermaid Pants Tutorial from Rae Gun Ramblings Angry Birds Family Costume from Sugar Bee Crafts DIY Star Wars Costumes from Mission To Save Medieval Princess Costume from Its Always Autumn Madeline Costume Idea from Heather Sanders DIY No-Sew [Read More...]

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Babies and Diapers

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This post brought to you by Huggies and Kleenex. All opinions are 100% mine. My sister and her family have been staying with us for the last week. Between the two of us there are two 2 year olds, and a newborn. Since those 2 year old are still in diapers-so in the last week we've gone through A LOT of diapers! And if there's one thing you never want to caught without it is a diaper.     That's why I buy the absolute biggest box of diapers I can from Sam's Club. In my 8 years of being a mom we've tried out a lot of diapers, name brands, store brands, and generic diapers and we always go back to Huggies® Little Movers. I love the elastic back to control the blowouts and the double grip strips on the sides for comfort that lasts. Right now specially mark boxes of Huggies® Products have a limited time photo offer. Check [Read More...]

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How to Throw A Neighborhood Carnival

How to Throw a Neighborhood Carnival. Great ideas and tips!

Balloon Time paid for the carnival but all opinions and ideas are from our Neighborhood! So this has become a fun neighborhood tradition.  I have a fantastic neighbor, Shauna, who delights in planning and preparing for this gathering every year.  So when Balloon Time approached me to throw a Party on a Dime I jumped at the chance and asked my neighbor if she’d like help with the carnival.  Of course her answer was YES! I took a bunch of fun pictures and will give you walk through of some of the best tips and tricks for creating a low budget, but amazing Neighborhood Carnival! To start off you want to gather a lot of help.  Here’s a list of things to ask your neighbors for. Ask neighbors if they have any carnival type games they could bring. A lot of games can be made quickly if neighbors are willing to put just a bit of time into it. Ask for [Read More...]

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Be The Good Challenge

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We have been challenged by Jane.com and Cents of Style to #BeTheGood. Challenge accepted! What an awesome opportunity to do something, big or small, for another person. Through this challenge each of us Crafting Chicks is going to find a way to make life easier for someone else. We hope that you will follow along as we tell our story on our Instagram account. Now we challenge all of you to take a part in this movement and spread goodness throughout! See below for details: 1. Choose a good deed. Could be as simple as paying for the coffee after yours.  Taking your friend’s kids so she can have some time to herself.  Or just spending some time chatting with someone that needs a listening ear.  2. Share your goods. Pick your favorite social channel (Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Twitter, etc.), but first, make sure to take a selfie (or something appropriate to your story), and share your story, big or small. Be [Read More...]

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Rainbow Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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My second child asks for this cake every year on his birthday. I’m pretty sure he figures the taller the cake, the more loved he is. And he is pretty loved, because every year I dedicate hours of my life to this birthday cake. My first rainbow cake was disgusting and the birthday boy was the only one who even ate a whole piece. It went into the garbage it was so bad. So each year I try a new recipe, and I’m happy to say that after a few not so good version that this one is an A+ cake. I made a few changes to this recipe by Who Needs a Cape and loved how it turned out. Mix up your batter and divide it evenly into 6 bowls and add food coloring.  There’s about 1.5 cups of batter in each bowl. Spray your pan, line with parchment, spray again and then flour to be sure the cakes [Read More...]

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5 Stroller Must Haves

5 things I never knew I needed in a stroller

I was provided the stroller for review, all opinions are mine. Eight years ago I became a mom, and eight years ago we bought two strollers that we have used like mad with all 3 of our kids. They’ve been great strollers and have taken us on many family excursions and adventures. But when B.O.B. offered to let us try the new Revolution Flex out, we jumped at the chance. I’m sure strollers have come a long ways in 8 years, but this is stroller was quick to impress even the harshest critic. My husband. Together we came up with this list of 5 things we never knew we needed in a stroller, but absolutely love now that we’ve tried them.   1. Swivel Front Wheel. This baby turns on a dime, but it also locks in place when dad wants to go for a run. 2. Extended Canopy. Before trying it out I thought the big canopy looked “dorky”, [Read More...]

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Fall Porch Ideas for Small Porches

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This post was sponsored by Michaels but all opinions are my own. I LOVE the fall.  Love the soup, love the smells, and love the beautiful colors of the season.  I have always wanted to decorate my porch for fall, but felt limited because my porch is on the small side. I decided that I needed something so I went to Michaels and shopped away and I’m in love with how everything turned out. The first thing I looked for was a new fall wreath.  They are on sale right now and there are TONS to choose from.  I loved this one with the fall colors, leaves, acorns and pinecones. I was excited to use my teal post. I love how it works with the orange of the pumpkins and the colors in the wreath.  This is on my porch year-round but I love the way it looks all dressed up for Autumn.  I just added some fake pumpkins and [Read More...]

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30 Yummy Soup Recipes

30 Soup Recipes. Dinner Ideas for a week!

I’ll admit that I LOVE soups! Love making them and love eating them.  There is just something about throwing everything in a stock pot, warming it up, and serving it pipping hot with a homemade roll. Since soup season is here I decide to round-up some of my favorites.  You can find these all on our Soup Pinterest board! Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup from What’s Cooking With Ruthie Roasted Cauliflower Soup from Mississippi Kitchen  Mom’s Chicken Tortilla Soup from Is This Really My Life Chicken Au Gratin Chowder  The Crafting Chicks Roasted Red Pepper and Sweet Potato Soup from Taste and Tell Taco Stew from Oh Sweet Basil Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup on “Or So She Says…”  Spicy Chicken Enchilada Soup from The Girl Who Ate Everything Slow Cooker Beef Stew from What’s Cooking With Ruthie Tortellini Sausage Soup from Our Best Bites 6 Can Taco Soup from Lolly Jane  Easy Crock Pot White Chicken Chili [Read More...]

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