Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Fun with Juicy Fruit ~ Upcycled Locker Accessories #JuicyFruitFunSide

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Summer Fun Juicy Fruit Upcycled Locker Accessories #JuicyFruitFunSide #shop

Hi lovelies!  Lately, chewing gum has been a necessity for me.  I have it on me at all times.  I quit smoking two months ago, so whenever I get stressed or bored or anything that would normally trigger smoking, I chew a piece of gum until the craving subsides.  We do a lot of little trips during the summer, so needless to say Juicy Fruit's new gum varieties have been my saving grace.

Summer Fun Juicy Fruit Gum #JuicyFruitFunSide #shop

You see, I just flew into California this morning, and my trusty Juicy Fruit gum nixed my anxiety on the plane!  I wanted to do something fun with upcycling the wrapper/container, so I thought what better way to remember your summer travels than to reuse the packaging for something you'll look at all year long!

Summer Fun Juicy Fruit Gum Upcycled Wrapper Magnet Supplies #JuicyFruitFunSide #shop

First, let's make a cute little magnet.  You'll need:
  • A magnet (I used the cheapo ones that come on the cover of the phone book, any freebie one will work great!)
  • Mod podge
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Juicy Fruit Bubble Gum wrapper

Summer Fun Juicy Fruit Gum Upcycled Wrapper Magnet Glue #JuicyFruitFunSide #shop

Cut out the logo to the size you want, and apply a good layer of mod podge to the back.  Stick it on the magnet, and coat the top of it with more mod podge.  Let dry thoroughly.

Summer Fun Juicy Fruit Gum Upcycled Wrapper Magnet Cut #JuicyFruitFunSide #shop

Cut out your new magnet from the old one.

Summer Fun Juicy Fruit Gum Upcycled Wrapper Magnet #JuicyFruitFunSide #shop

Stick it up!

Summer Fun Juicy Fruit Gum Upcycled Container Washi Tape #JuicyFruitFunSide #shop

Now let's make a pencil cup!  You'll need:

  • Washi tape
  • Juicy Fruit Fruit Chews container 

This one is pretty straightforward - peel off the wrapper from the container, and add colorful (or sparkly!) washi tape around the container.  Add pens/pencils and you're done!

Summer Fun Juicy Fruit Gum Upcycled Magnet Pencil Cup #JuicyFruitFunSide #shop

This is a great way to upcycle items that bring you fond memories of your summer!

The new varieties of Juicy Fruit gum are being featured in Walmart stores nationwide!  The Juicy Fruit Bubble Gum is amazing for blowing giant bubbles; stop by your local Walmart store and see for yourself!  The Juicy Fruit demos are happening July 25-27, 11:00am – 4:00pm and again August 1-3, 11:00am – 4:00pm (Friday/Saturday) and 1:00am – 6:00pm on Sunday.


Shibori Outdoor Pillows #TieDyeYourSummer

Hi lovelies!  Today I've got a fun DIY for you created in partnership with i Love to Create and The BluePrint Social #TieDyeYourSummer.  Of course, all opinions are mine and I love how easy ILTC's tie dye kits are to use!  I decided to play around with creating a shibori print using Tulip's easy pour bottles, some t-shirts, and plastic bags to make these outdoor pillows!  It's time to tie dye your summer, and Tulip has everything you need to make it easier so you can spend more time together with your family and friends!

You'll need:
  • 2 white t-shirts (use some old ones that are stained!)
  • Blue Tulip easy pour dye (the gloves and plastic tarp come in the kit!)
  • Plastic wrap or bags

Fold the length of your t-shirt like an accordion, as above.

Now you can do triangles or squares, but make fold it like an accordion.

Squirt your dye onto the folded areas, saturating it really good on all folds on all sides.  One bottle was exactly enough for the 2 shirts.  Keeping them folded, wrap them in plastic wrap (or a plastic bag like I did) according to the directions, and let it sit for 6-8 hours.  

When done, rinse and dry and look at the pretty patterns!

Turn the shirts inside out and sew across from underarm to underarm.  I used a zigzag stitch and went over it twice.

Line up the bottom hem and sew over the stitches that are already there to make things easier.  Leave about 4 inches on one side open.

Cut just above the line you made across the shirt.  

Turn the pillow inside out.

Gather your plastic shopping bags you've been hoarding.  I used about 50 bags for each pillow, and have been saving my bags for quite some time now! 

Stuffed!  Now sew the opening shut and you're done!

Et voila! So easy, right?  The jersey fabric with the plastic bag stuffing is perfect for outdoors; you don't have to worry about the elements damaging them!  They are so unique and I really love how the pattern came out so different on each, but similar as well.  The dyes are SO easy to use.  Just add water and shake, and that's it!  They're permanent and colorfast, so the color won't fade in the wash.  The kids love having these crinkly sounding pillows out on our patio now, and it's slowly becoming more comfy out there!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

My June Whimseybox ~ Unwrapped

Hi lovelies!  You may (or may not!) have heard of the awesome company, Whimseybox.  It's a community for makers.  It's a one stop shop for the best in DIY and crafts.  It's a place to be inspired and buy the supplies for your next project.  Aaaand it's the original DIY craft monthly subscription box (and only $15/month!).  Whimseybox is located in Boulder, CO, so I've been fortunate to have met the team a few times and they are even more amazing than you could imagine!  

What I love especially about Whimseybox is that you learn a new craft skill every month.  Seriously.  This month it was all about gold leafing (I threw in some silver too, to make it my own!), previous month's projects have included wool felting, paper flower-making, calligraphy, air-dry clay, cement, hand sewing, macrame, and making your own hand scrub and lotion, just to name a few!  {More after the jump!}

Friday, July 18, 2014

My June Glossybox ~ Unwrapped

Hi lovelies!  June's Glossybox was one of my faves!  Not only did it come in the most adorable, patriotic box, but it was also called the Stars & Stripes Edition - so cute!  If you're still not familiar, sign up for GlossyBox here, and get some amazing goodies delivered to your door for only $21 every month too! They promise 5-6 luxury deluxe sized samples, with a total box value of at least twice of its cost! {Click to see what I got!}

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Decorate Your Locker with LLZ by Locker Lookz #LLZGirlz

Hi lovelies!  It seems like summer just started, doesn't it?  Well what if I told you my kids go back to school in a month?  Okay, 5 weeks.  But still.  Where did my summer go?  And, I want it back!  So now it's time to start back to school shopping.  The hardest part is shopping for my 8th grade daughter's locker.  She likes certain colors but hates others, she doesn't like things too girly, but still wants a fun locker.  Last year's was a hodge podge of found items, with no common theme.  And she had a blast peeling off those stickers that promise to come off easily but really don't.

When I was asked to review the LLZ by Locker Lookz line of high quality, high fashion locker decorations, I was really hopeful.  And when they arrived, I was so stoked because they were so much better than I expected!  Everything is magnetic!  There's no adhesives or anything, and the magnets are super strong.  The 'wallpaper' is standard sized (but with a grid on the back for easy cutting to size), with perforations around the hooks for the back piece and around the lock mechanisms for the door piece.  You simply hang them up with the little round magnets you can see in the pics.  So awesome!  {Click to keep reading!}

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How to Survive Summer Road Trips ~ With Bigelow Tea #AmericasTea #Shop

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DIY Facial Mists Bigelow Tea #shop #americastea #cbias

Hi lovelies!  Today I'm sharing some of my favorite road trip tips with you!  I've partnered with #CollectiveBias to show how Bigelow Tea (#AmericasTea) can be a part of your road trip.  We take a lot of road trips, whether it's just small ones around Colorado or longer ones, like the one we took to South Dakota a few weeks ago.  Now when we road trip, it's with the intent on going somewhere awesome and beautiful, but most importantly, it's to go hiking and be outdoors with some of the most majestic scenery there is.  {Click to keep reading!}

Monday, July 14, 2014

My June Birchbox ~ Unwrapped

Hi lovelies!  Today I'm sharing my June Birchbox with you.  If you're not familiar, subscribe to Birchbox for only $10 a month and get handpicked beauty and lifestyle samples delivered to your door free! {Click to see what I got!}

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