Friday, August 31, 2012

My Mailbox

Well we have been out here in the middle of no where for over a week now.  I have been slowly getting things to the way that I like.  One thing that I felt like need a little help was our mailbox.  It just needed a little bit of love, so I decided to take Silhouette awesome premium vinyl (because that stuff is amazing and will stay put even in horrible weather). 
So here is the before:
mailbox vinyl (2)
And here is the after.  And I love the color on it Smile
mailbox vinyl (1)
Funny thing, my mailbox happens to be 1/4 of a mile away from my house.  So if I even want to get the mail, I drive to the mailbox because I’m lazy.  This picture also gives you an idea of what it looks like around here. 

Guest post: TwelveOEight

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be here with you at Keeping It Simple today.  My name is Tanya, and I am sharing my latest project with you from my blog twelveOeight.  I am a busy SAHM to four awesome kids, and like Kaysi, love projects that are fun, easy to do, and all of us can make.   Being a crafty mama who knows we don't have a ton of time, makes her fantastic in my book.  Thank you for having me over Kaysi!

I am a trash to treasure girl at heart, and love a good deal.  I recently made chalkboard labels you won't believe how quick they are to make (I will admit that my chalkboard collection is a bit excessive at this point, but come on, they are soooo cute!) Ok, back to the our table.  This little table has brought a great pop of color into my entry way and was very easy, here is what I did.

I found this little table at a local thrift store for eight dollars.  It was missing a couple small decorative pieces on one side, I quickly decided that would be the back of the table, and she was mine!  I have wanted to change my entry table for a while (about 3.5 years) and this is just what I needed.  An inexpensive, solid table, with potential.

After applying spray paint primer to the table, I applied two coats of Krylon flat spray paint in white allowing each to dry well between applications.  Next, I used wide painter's tape (I did not measure, I also do not usually read directions when putting things together.  I am a rebel like that) and using a dry foam brush, loaded this beautiful acrylic goldenrod color in wide stripes in the areas not covered by tape. 

I love distressed and shabby furniture, and when I am unable to bring a contrasting shade forward, I like to reverse distress the project.  But this table had a great dark finish under the paint so a little while later when the paint was dry,  I removed the tape and she is almost done.  Using a small detail brush, I touched up the areas that I had missed with the foam brush.


I used a square of fine sandpaper along the edges, and voila! My new entry table was done.  It's really that easy.  Thank you so much for coming along on my trash to treasure adventure with me, I hope I have brought you a bit of thrifty inspiration today. 

Happy thrifting, creating, & hugs
xoxo, Tanya 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Guest Post: Our Thirty Ideas

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My name is Vanessa and I am stopping over from Our Thrifty Ideas. I am so excited to be here posting at Keeping It Simple. But this is completely bitter sweet. I have become close with Kaysi while she was living in Utah. So I am sad to see her go.

But so she can get her craft/home d├ęcor on, I will be sharing this quick and easy bow holder with you guys today.

Our Thrifty Ideas - DIY Bow Holder
I recently realized that I needed some sort of organization for my daughter’s hair clips. They were kinda out of control, and I felt as if they might be multiplying during the night!

Overtaken by bows

We just had them all sitting in a bucket, and to find the one I wanted to put in her hair, I would have to dig in, pull them all out, and make a huge mess.

Our Thrifty Ideas -DIY Bow Holder

One day I came across this orange frame that we had used as a prop at my daughter’s first birthday party. I knew that it would be perfect, because the color already matched the color scheme of her bedding, and I wanted to hang this up above her crib.

Our Thrifty Ideas- DIY Bow Holder
So all I did, was take coordinating ribbon, and hot glue it on one end, then cut it at the correct length, and hot glue it at the other.

Once the glue had cooled a bit, I then went back over it with a thick bead of hot glue, just to make sure it wouldn’t pull out from the weight added by the bows.

Our Thrifty Ideas  - DIY Bow Holder
When I was sure the glue was completely dry, I added the bows to it, and hung it on the wall! It’s perfect for holding her bows, as well as the smaller clippies that always get lost because they never had a home!

Thank you so much for letting me stop by today. I’d love for you to follow along with my blog as well as my social medias. 

If you use one of my tutorials, I'd love to see. Send me a link or picture to Vanessa {at}

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Guest Post: Wine and Glue

Hi Keeping It Simple readers!  I'm Lisa from Wine & Glue.  Recently I had a whole gaggle of children over at my house.  It was one of those Sundays that comes at the end of a long week and all you want to do is kick back with your friends and chat while the kids play.  Well . . . that was the plan when all the children at once started to complain that they were hungry.  Crazy kids and their need to eat!

Fortunately, my genius friend and I took one look at the loaf of focaccia on the counter, and came up with this little beauty.  It is simple and feeds a gaggle.  Exactly the type of recipe I need to have on hand.

Start by cutting your loaf in half.  (I'm going to hold your hand through this super complicated recipe because I'm sweet like that.)

Add about 1/4 a cup of jarred pesto to the bottom half.

Add about 10 slices of deli turkey.

Add three slices of provolone cheese.

Pop in a 350 degree oven on a baking sheet (or a pizza stone) for twenty minutes.

Pass out the pieces of steamy sandwich to the gaggle children.

Or quick whip up a box of mac and cheese for them and save the sandwhich as a yummy appetizer for the now drooling adults.


Lisa is a stay at home mom to two little monkies and wannabe seamstress, chef, baker, and party planner.  Visit her blog Wine & Glue for other adventures easy meals, like Taco Bell Quesadillas, and follow along on 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Guest Post: Poofy Cheeks

Hey There! I’m Kelsey from the blog Poofy Cheeks and I am super excited to be guest posting for Kaysi today! I am a momma to two little boys with a girl on the way. I work outside the home part-time and blog and run my shop during the other time (when I’m not refilling sippy cups or cleaning up Mr. Potato Head eyes and arms).
Today I am sharing a DIY Fall Bucket List idea with printables. If you know how to work a craft punch and a glue gun then you can master this DIY! Fall is one of my most favorite times of year and it is right around the corner. Since I now live in Florida where it doesn’t always seem like Fall outdoors I have to work extra hard to make it feel like Fall indoors! I try to find all of the local Fall events that I can, decorate the house from top to bottom, and crank down the A/C so that I can still wear cute sweaters.
DIY Fall Bucket List and Printables
To make your own bucket list you will need the following supplies:
  • Clothespins
  • White Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • 1.5 Inch Craft Punch
  • Twine, Jute, or String
  • A Paint Can (I bought my empty quart paint can at Lowe’s)
  • Bucket List Printable PDFs – (Blank or Pre-Filled Out)
  • Bucket Label Printable PDF
I am using the pre-filled out printable PDF, but you can also print the blank PDF and fill out whatever you want!
DIY Fall Bucket List and Printables DIY Fall Bucket List and Printables
First I cut out the Bucket Labels and used hot glue to attach them to my paint can.
DIY Fall Bucket List and Printables
 DIY Fall Bucket List and Printables
Then I cut the bucket list labels into strips so I could use my craft punch to punch each one out.
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Using my hot glue gun I glued the labels to the ends of clothespins. I made sure to glue them ‘upside down’ since I planned to hang mine from jute like a mini-garland.
DIY Fall Bucket List and Printables DIY Fall Bucket List and Printables DIY Fall Bucket List and Printables DIY Fall Bucket List and Printables
Now as we do things on our bucket list we will take them off the jute and place them into the bucket! What are you going to put on your Fall bucket list?

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Motivate Me Monday #137

Well we are now in Nebraska!  Getting used to life on a ranch with lots of cows as our neighbors. I'm just glad that I have a nice house that I can paint and make pretty!  Thanks to all of those who guest posted to me last week!  I have another great week of guest posts, so check them out this week.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Guest post: Crayon Roll Up

Hi Keeping it Simple readers, we are the seven sisters from the More Sister Stuff blog!  We have been sharing recipes, craft ideas, health tips, and everything else sisters share for many years now.  We finally realized that sharing through the blog world was easier than phone calls.  :)  
We are so excited to be able to share our tips and tricks with you and hope you enjoy looking at our blog.

When I had my second child and neighbors, ward members and friends started bringing over gifts for the baby, my little 2 year old started to get a little jealous.  She still liked her new baby sister, but really did not understand why the baby was getting all the attention and she was not getting any.  Then one of my husband's medical school buddies came over bearing gifts... for both girls.  She was so excited!  I was so impressed that someone (a very thoughtful single man, mind you) thought of this.  I had never thought of that. Of course my little girl would start to feel left out, she has been the center of attention her whole life and now all the sudden this baby (which she loved) has come in and taken over and no one is paying as much attention to her.  
Since that day, I have tried really hard to do something for that older child, just so they still feel loved. 
Lately, my ward has been popping out babies like crazy!  By the time I deliver in November there will have been 18 babies born this year!  18!!  And I live in a very small rural community.  I don't know if I would come out and drink the water here, it seems a bit contagious!  :)

My little 4 year old really likes to color, and he loves his crayon roll because it is little and it is his.  So I thought I would make up a few crayon rolls and get some dollar store coloring books to have on hand as I go deliver baby gifts.  These are a pretty easy gift to make.  It can be done start to finish in less than an hour. Sometimes I can get 2 done in an hour if I do them at the same time.

So here we go.

Supplies you will need:

2 pieces of the same fabric for inside and out   5" x 16 1/2"

1 piece of coordinating fabric  6" x 16 1/2"

1 piece of flannel  5" x 16 1/2"

30" of ribbon

Disappearing ink marker

box of 16 crayons

I found that I could get 3 coordinating fat quarters for pretty cheap and it makes 3 different  (but almost the same) crayon rolls. 

Let's get started...

Fold the pocket piece (6") in half and iron flat.  

Next lay out the flannel piece (this just gives the roll a little more stability), then layer with the front piece (5") with the right side up.  Next line up the pocket you just ironed along the bottom with the fold at the top and the 2 open edges at the bottom.

Now you pin the sides so that nothing moves.  Take your disappearing ink marker.  
find the middle of the fabric (8 1/4")  You are going to draw a line the length of the pocket.  
Now draw a line every inch until the end on each side.  I like to move my fabric so the the line I just drew in the middle is on a line on my cutting board and so it is easy to draw lines every inch.
I am sorry my lines are so light, I tried to make them as dark as I could, this fabric was just not perfect for that.
I hope you can get the gist of it with is picture.  :)

There will be more than 1" left on each end, but don't worry, this is just giving you room for your seam when you sew it all together at the end.

Once your lines are all drawn it is time to sew.  
Start with the middle line again.  
Start sewing about 1/4" down from the top of the pocket.  BACKSTITCH.  This part is very important, otherwise all of the little pockets will start coming un-done very soon.
I like to sew the whole right side and then move back to the center and sew the left side.

Now it is time to add the ribbon.  Fold the ribbon in half.  Pin the fold on the right edge of the fabric, about in the middle, but it does not need to be perfect.  
Now sew back and back about 100 times.  Just kidding, not quite a hundred, although it may seem like that.  
My daughter walked in the room as I was doing this step and said, "Mom, did you just keep missing?"  "No sweetheart, I meant to do that."  "Oh, that's weird."  :)
I sew back and forth 5 or 6 times.  Remember, little hands are going to be pulling, tugging and dragging by these ribbons.

Now take the last piece of fabric, your 5" outside piece and place it face down.  So you want both right sides together.  Pin these together all the way around.  

You need to leave a 2" opening, so that you can flip the roll right side out.  I like to mark my opening so I don't forget, because I do forget.

Now sew all around (except the opening).

 Trim your corners so that they can make nice square corners.  

Now pull the crayon roll through the opening so it is flipped right side out.  I gently use an un-sharpened  pencil, little dowel, or chopsticks and push my corners out.

I forgot to take pictures of this part, but it should be ok.  
Remember that opening you just pulled everything through?  Now you will notice that it likes to fold its self inside, and this is good.  I spray the whole front side with water (this helps the disappearing ink not become permanent) then line up the opening so it is nice and flush with the rest.  Now iron the whole thing flat.

After you have ironed it you need to stitch around the whole thing, one more time.  This takes care of the opening, and gives the crayon roll a nice finished look..  I stitch about 1/8" away from the outside edge.  

Now just add the crayons, roll up, and give to a child you loves to color!!!

These really are a great thing to take with you everywhere.  We have one in the car, in the church bag, and sometimes in my purse.  

Hope you have fun making these!  And don't forget to check out our blog for other fun posts!