Embroidery Hoop Art (with scrapbook paper)

Today I will be sharing how I made embroidery hoop art with scrapbook paper! A simple craft to add personality to any wall in your home.

Last week I shared Mini Gallery Walls in my kids shared room. We are renting our house, which means I needed to get creative on how I was going to add patterns into their room (without painting the walls!). Embroidery hoops are a big trend right now and I totally get why. The hoops were a couple dollars and scrapbook paper is usually around $1 or less.. so for under $5 dollars you get cute & simple art. Fabric works too, but here is a tip.. sometimes you can find better patterns in scrapbook paper and it will cost you less then fabric! ;)

You will need:

Embroidery Hoops- Any size you desire. I chose two different sizes.
Scrapbook paper

Step 1: Cut the scrapbook paper to fit the embroidery hoop- leave an inch around so its easier to work with.

Step 2: Put scrapbook paper in between the hoops and tighten.

Step 3: Cut of excess paper. One of my hoops I cut off the extra paper, but one I left the paper. I cut off a tiny bit of it but I liked how it ruffled around the hoop.

My family is very musical and adding music notes to the kids room was top on my list. 
I'm so happy I found this paper!

This polka dot paper was a fun way to add a little more color into the room. Plus its polka dots..need I say more? :) I kept an inch extra of paper so that it would ruffle around the hoop. I like the look and it just adds something extra.

So there you go! Simple wall decor with scrapbook paper! 

The Craft Stash Giveaway

First let me start out by saying... HAPPY BIRTHDAY to KIM from A GIRL AND A GLUE GUN
She put this fabulous giveaway together to celebrate her b-day and I hope she knows how aweomse she is! She is truly one of the nicest people I have ever met. Enjoy your day Kim!! :)

the great craft stash giveaway 1
38 AWESOME bloggers have all joined forces to give you the GREAT craft Stash GIVEAWAY! Each blogger has picked one of their favorite crafting tools to give to ONE lucky winner (AND IT COULD BE YOU!!!!) WE have everything from washi tape, to chalk paint, to baker's twine, to sharpies! Everything a crafter's heart could desire!!!! 

I'm giving away a Glitter Pack!! I love adding a little bit of sparkle to my projects. Every crafter or DIYer needs glitter in their stash!

You will win from me: 
--Blue confetti Glitter
--Pink loose Glitter
--Gold Sparkle Tape
--Turquoise Glitter ribbon

But you wont only be winning just my pack of glitter... you can win 38 other bloggers favorite craft items too!! See below what else you will win and how to enter!!  
craft stash giveaway

Here's what you will get (your mailman is going to hate you!!!) Click on the links to see up close and personal what their favorite craft item is (if you get an error just click the home button!!!)  

1st Column:
-- a glue gun and glue sticks from a girl and a glue gun
--crayons from Thirty handmade days
--fun markers and pens from delia creates
--glitter glue from eighteen 25
-- fabric paint from One Krieger Chick
--Pick three colors of paper straws from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
--Fun ribbons and trims from Sweet Charli
--mystery bundle of fabric from sugar bee crafts
--embroidery set from Flamingo Toes

 2nd column:
-- bakers twine from Over the big moon
--sheets of vinyl from A glimpse inside
--mini instagram album from Making the world cuter
--Martha Stewart fringe scissors from Dolen Diaries
--decorative scotch tape from Bombshell Bling
--bias tape from Melly Sews
---circle punch from My Sister's suitcase
--glitter pack from R & R workshop
--iron on heat transfer from design, dining and diapers
--glitter tape from SNAP

3rd column:
-- acrylic paint, wood tags, jumbo pins from Lolly Jane
--metallic painter markers from A little tipsy
--random fun craft supplies from Craft-o-Maniac
--rainbow washi from pretty providence
--Paper to Petal handmade flower book from kiki & company
--manila tags and doiles from Smashed peas and carrots
--Craft Paint and foam bushes from Simply Designing
-- superhero beads from twin dragonfly designs
--Rit Dye from The Creative mom

4th column:
-- Americana chalk paint and varnish from the Crafting Sparrow
--styrofoam from Mad in Crafts
--Duck brand prize pack from The Country chic cottage
--scrapbook paper and sharpie from Simple Simon and Co
-- patterned treat bags from Girl Loves Glam
--Paper trimmer from Ucreate
--Washi Tape from Keeping it Simple
--Craft odds and ends from Made to be Momma
--Americana Chalk paint and varnish from I should be mopping the floor
-- cute embroidery scissors from Rae Gun ramblings

 You can enter to win below. There is just a basic entry (Just click enter!) Then loads of other ways to up your odds!!! Good Luck and Happy Crafting!

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DIY Mini Gallery Walls

Yay! I can't wait to share my kids Mini Gallery Walls with you. My son and daughter share a room and I wanted them to each have a space that reflected a little bit about them. The thing I love about these gallery walls the most is that they are easy to change as they get older. Or add new things to it anytime I want. You can see how to make the Embroidery Hoop Wall Art I made with scrapbook paper here.

A's gallery Wall:

I have wanted a gallery wall in my kids room for years. It was so fun to finally be able to put it all up! It all started with my daughter's blessing dress. Such a special day for her and our family. It adds just the right amount of whimsy.

How fun is this Idaho Print? It is from Map My State. They are so easy to work with and were able to customize the print how I wanted it. You can choose the option to highlight a particular city if you choose. I chose to highlight the city my daughter was born in. I hope you check Map My State  and follow them on fb here. Go see all the awesome things they make!

E's Gallery Wall:
Adding a pictures, quotes,letters and canvas prints was very simple. You don't need 10 or more things to make a gallery wall. Sometimes less is more.

It all started with this big metal E. I bought it from a garage sale for $5. I couldn't pass it up. I almost painted it, but glad I left it as is. It just gives it some rustic charm.

Since my husband and I are both from Washington state, we loved the idea of having a State Print in our home.  We met, dated, married and had our son in Washington, so it will always be a special place to us. 

I have been seeing this print around pinterest and when the time came to work on my son's gallery wall, I knew it would be perfect! I love the look of this chalkboard print from R&R Retail Therapy! A canvas was a perfect addition to the wall and really made it stand out from the other prints.

R&R Retail Therapy is giving R & R Workshop readers 25% off any purchase of $25 or more! Use Coupon Code RSENTME. (items must total $25 prior to shipping to qualify). You can also follow R & R Retail Therapy here as well!

State Prints c/o Map My State and Canvas print c/o R & R Retail Therapy for this project. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Linking here:
Lolly Jane, Be Different Act Normal, Just Us Four
Snippets of Imagination, Tidy Mom
Maybe I will, Design, Dining and Diapers
Love of Family and Home, Live Laugh Rowe
Serenity Now, The Girl Creative
Reasons to Skip the Housework,
Six Sisters Stuff, Flamingo Toes
Uncommon Designs, Mad in Crafts,

Delineate Your Dwelling, Skip to My Lou
Huckleberry Love, Sugar Bee Crafts
Inside Bru Crew Life, Home Stories A to Z,
Naptime CreationsMabey She Made It
One Krieger Chick, Ginger snap Crafts,
Whimsy Wednesday, The Newlywed Pilgrimage,

DIY Beds for Toddlers and Kids

I didn't realize how many cute diy beds there are out there! People are so creative!! Since working on my daughter's Pink bed recently,  I found some other toddler and kids beds and I had to share some of my favorites:

DIY Toddler Bed | The Sweet Seattle Life

Camping Tent Bed | Remodelaholic

Toddler Pallet Bed | Lori Danelle

DIY Headboard & Bedframe | The Idea Room

Tractor Bunk Bed | Rucker Rendezvous 

DIY Fainting Couch/ Toddler Bed | Sawdust & Embroyos

Loft Bed | Danielle Oakey Interiors

Repurposed Door Toddler Bed | My Repurposed Life

DIY Pallet Bed | Ashley Ann Photography

Upholstered Bed | All Things Campbell

Pink Toddler Bed (Upcycle!) | R & R Workshop

I hope you check out each of these beds! 
(Don't forget.. please pin at the original source.) Thanks! 

Hope your having great weekend!

Pink Toddler Bed! (Up-cycle)

I found a cute toddler bed at a garage sale and I decided to paint in pink. My kids have been sharing a room now for the past year and I haven't had the motivation to do it. But Once I started this project... thats where it all began :) I will be sharing my son and daughter's shared room throughout the next week but I wanted to start with this cute bed.

First, let me show a before picture:

It was an ok color, but it needed an update. I bought some spray paint- Ballet Slipper from Krylon and went to work. I did use a primer and then the pink spray paint also had a primer in it as well. After a full day out in the hot sun, it was ready by bedtime! 

Here is the pink bed!

Up until this point, my daughter has still been in her crib. We tried taking off one side of the railing but she kept falling out. We put it back up for a few weeks and she just climbed out.. she's a climber.

Lets just say she was a little more then happy to have her own bed! Or "pink bed" as she calls it.

She still talks to me about it at bedtime and ask if her brother's bed is going to be painted too. I think it's safe to say she loves it!

I shared more of the kids room-- Mini Gallery Walls here

Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase & free Printable (Birthday Blog Hop!)

I'm excited to share today 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends, including my Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase + Free Printable. I am joining forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! All week long, Kristen is sharing birthday tips and giveaways so be sure to check out her Party.
I recently made these cute polka dot mason jars and they brighten my day so much! Add a printable and They are a perfect gift idea! 

Add some pretty flowers and printable and your set. Nothing means more to me then a friend giving me a gift that is meaningful. 

I attached one of my favorite quotes from the one and only, Winnie the Pooh. He sure is full of lots of wisdom and has the greatest friends with him in all his adventures. Currently where we live, I make new friends who then move away (the down side of a college town). So I liked this quote, and because no matter how long the length that we have been friends, each of them have taught me something that I have needed to know. 

Download free printable here

Such a simple, inexpensive gift to show how much their friendship means to you.

101 Birthday Ideas for Friends

As for the other creative ideas, a lot of these gifts are versatile for any occasion! Even more fabulous--most gifts are under $5, and have coordinating printables to make it super simple!

Are you ready for some inspiration? Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on each of links below each collage to see the gift idea and printable closer, along with instructions on how to make them, like mine above. I like to open a bunch of new tabs, and Pin my favorites for later. Don't forget to follow the Birthday Gift Ideas Pinterest Board as well, to save future great ideas. >>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their gift post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<

free printable blog hop

1. Birthday Balloon Gift + matching free Print by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
2. Stamped Cocktail Napkin + Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling
3. Buckets of Fun gift idea+Free Printable by Craftiness is Not Optional
4. 7 Candy Bar Love Notes to say "Happy Birthday" by The Dating Divas
5. Have a Flippin' Awesome Birthday by Dessert Now Dinner Later
6. Fishtail Loom Bracelet by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
7. Lemonade Lip Balm by Pretty Handy Girl
8. Hair Tie Birthday Gift & Printable Tag by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
9. Gift of Sunshine Idea + Free Printable by Sweet Charli
10. I hope your birthday is a whole "lotto" fun by C.R.A.F.T.
11. Chicken Spice Rub w/ Printable Tags by Over the Big Moon
12. Birthday in a Bag Gift Idea by Seven Thirty Three
13. Quick Note for your Birthday Printable by Liz on Call
14. Otter Pop Gift with Printable Gift Tag by Somewhat Simple
15. {you} Series Magnets Printable by Ruffles and Rain Boots
16. Tea Cup Succulent by Your Homebased Mom
17. Pretty Pincushion + Printable by Let's Eat Grandpa
18. Lemon Bath Salts & Free Printable by See Vanessa Craft
19. Diet Coke Birthday Kit by Pink Peppermint Prints
20. Chocolate Filled Insulated Tumbler Gift by The Girl Who Ate Everything

  free printables blog hop

21. Easy Funfetti Cake Balls with Printable by Salt and Pepper Moms
22. Hands Down Best Friend Around by Eighteen25
23. Berry Happy Birthday Printable by Stuffed Suitcase
24. Whisk Birthday Gift with Free Printable by Cupcake Diaries
25. Paper Plate Gift Idea by Crafting in the Rain
26. Popcorn Gift Printable by Breezy Bakes
27. Life Saver: Birthday Gift in a Jar by Here Comes the Sun
28. Decoupage Wooden Pendant by Twin Dragonfly Designs
29. Have a coffee on me: Funky Coasters by Funky Junk Interiors
30. Swanky Black & Gold Cosmetic Bag by A Prudent Life
31. DIY cocktail napkins by kojodesigns
32. Nail Polish Gift by Southern Hospitality
33. Banana Cake by Whats Cooking with Ruthie
34. Paparazzi - the PERFECT friend gift by Sugar Bee Crafts
35. "latte" fun birthday gift by Our Thrifty Ideas
36. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes + Printable by Tastes Better from Scratch
37. Pearls are Always Appropriate by Mommy Envy
38. Girls Just Want to Have Fun Birthday Gift by A Little Tipsy
39. Manicure Kit Birthday Gift with Printable by Blooming Homestead
40. Orange you Glad Cup by Artsy Fartsy Mama

  free printables

41. Donut Gift Tag by Pretty Providence
42. Rainbow Inspired Birthday Gift + Printable by Thirty Handmade Days
43. Drink Topper and Tag by LandeeLu
44. DIY Bath Salts using Essential Oils by Unskinny Boppy
45. Friends are Like Chocolate Chips by Delightful Deets
46. Paint Can Succulent Planters by East Coast Creative
47. A Bundt Cake Gift & Printable by Dukes and Duchesses
48. Jam Birthday Gift & Printable by Happiness is Homemade
49. Jazzed up Frames by House for Five
50. Favorite Things Gift Ideas by inkhappi
51. Toe-tally Cool Nail Polish Gift Idea + Free Printable by Simply Designing with Ashley
52. Quote Book by Reasons to Skip the Housework
53. Iron On T-Shirt Gift by Becoming Martha
54. DIY Humorous Girlfriend Gift by Brassy Apple
55. Tea-riffic Birthday Gift Idea & Printable by Mom Endeavors
56. Turn Today Into A Celebration by Dolen Diaries
57. You're A Lifesaver Printable by Live Laugh Rowe
58. Happy Birthday Jar {free printable} by Kiki and Company
59. Mason Jar Flower Vase + Printable by R & R Workshop
60. Easy $5 Wooden Charm Bracelet by Craftily Ever After

  free printables

 61. Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase by The Cards We Drew
62. Free Printable Mini Notes by Confetti Sunshine
63. Bath Bomb Easy Birthday Gifts by Tried and True
64. Ball Jar Printable Tags by The Country Chic Cottage
65. Eat More Cake Birthday Gift Idea and Printable by Play. Party. Pin.
66. Have a "berry" happy birthday by The Contractor Chronicles
67. Merci Chocolates + Hey Birthday Girl french girl printable by Handmade in the Heartland
68. Five Minute Leather Necklace Tutorial + Birthday printables by Delia Creates
69. Ah-Mason Birthday Gift Idea by Lolly Jane
70. Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial by Bombshell Bling
71. Symphony Bar Brownies by Among the Young
72. Wishing you an E "straw" diary Birthday by Ginger Snap Crafts
73. DIY Washi Tape Cacti by Fry Sauce and Grits
74. State Pride Cheese Board by Addicted to DIY
75. Reusable Monogrammed Solo Cup by Mom 4 Real
76. go-to gift…EARRINGS! by A Girl and A Glue Gun
77. Embroidered Mixed Media Bookmarkers by The Creative Goddess
78. Beyond Measure Birthday Printable by Like Mother Like Daughter
79. Birthday Facial Kit Gift by The Benson Street
80. DIY Jewelry Bookmark by Design Dazzle

  blog hop free printables 

81. Birthday in a Jar - Birthday Printable Tags by A Pumpkin and a Princess
82. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Party Cookies by Crazy Little Projects
83. You are the Bee's Knees by Love the Day
84. Birthday Candy Jar by Inside BruCrew Life
85. "Hip Hip Hooray, today is your birthday!" printables by The Crafted Sparrow
86. Treat Yo Self Printable by Girl Loves Glam
87. Chocolate Facial with printable by TidyMom
88. Happy Birthday Sweets by A Night Owl
89. Quick & Easy Hydrangea Cake by Sweet C's Designs
90. Sweets for the Sweet by Simply Kierste
91. Citrus Whipped Honey Butter Jars by Sand and Sisal
92. Diet Coke Gift for a Friend with Printable by Sweet Treats and More
93. A Latte for Two + printables by One Krieger Chick
94. Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag by I'm Topsy Turvy
95. Root Beer Float Cake in a Jar by Giggles Galore
96. Treat Yo'Self Printable Watercoloring Box by Persia Lou
97. Fruity Body Scrub with Printable by Mad in Crafts
98. Magnetic Necklace Charm by Sowdering About
99. Happy Bee Day with Printable by Just Another Day in Paradise
100. Manicure in a Jar by That's What {Che} Said...
101. UBER lucky to have you in my Life by Maybe I Will
102. Free Happy Birthday Printable by NoBiggie
103. DIY Wine Bag & Charms Gift by Sypsie Designs
104. Crispy Crunch-y Pie with Printable by Just Rhonda
105. "You're the Silver Lining" Friendship Nail Polish Gift by The Happy Housie
106. Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift Free Printable) by illistyle

Did you have a gift idea that stuck out to you? Go ahead and visit your favorites and let them know you love it!

Follow the Pinterest Gift Board now!
Follow Capturing Joy with Kristen's board Birthday Gift Ideas on Pinterest.

Happy 4th of July!

The 4th of July is tied with Christmas for my favorite holiday. I love celebrating the freedoms we have and this beautiful country. I recently heard this beautiful song and love it so much I wanted to share it..

We are off to the parade, bbq with friends and watching the fireworks tonight.

Happy 4th of July! 
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