Let’s talk about toilets..

By |January 24th, 2016|decorating, DIY, Uncategorized|

Toilet Tank Top

marble tray (1 of 9)

.. okay maybe not toilets, but toilet toppers!  Toilet topper trays are a great way to spruce up your toilet with pretty things like candles or diffusers. They create a sturdy base for your decor so things don’t slide off and well, err take a swim. After some hunting I found a tray that was the perfect fit, but it was all white and well, a little boring for my taste.  Plus it had some yellow glue from the label that despite all the Goo be gone and elbow grease in the world would just not come off.

marble tray (8 of 9)

So I did a little searching and found some marble contact paper  to spice things up. If you haven’t used contact paper before, you’re welcome! It is seriously AWESOME you guys. So easy- just measure, cut, peel, stick, and transform. The stuff sticks to just about any surface and instantly changes the look completely. Did I mention the whole roll cost me seven bucks?

The contact paper I purchased came with an easy cutting guide on the back which made measuring a snap.

marble tray (7 of 9)

marble tray (6 of 9)

Then I just did a little peel and stick action and voila!

marble tray (5 of 9)

marble tray (4 of 9)

My little tray now has a marble finish that matches my bathroom counter. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the rest of my contact paper.. ideas welcomed!

marble tray (3 of 9)

marble tray (2 of 9)



No excuses. DIY challenge.

By |May 8th, 2014|crafts, Uncategorized|


The truth is I’m busy. Really busy. And as much as I love this blog, sometimes I get stressed when I don’t have time to blog every day, or  to do intensive projects. So I’m trying to find ways to stay creative and stay inspired, without stressing myself out.  Enter the no excuses challenge. This is a self challenge with no rules or rewards aside from creativity and stress-free-ness. Basically, every day I’m setting aside 30 minutes each day to do something creative. This creative time will be for no other reason than to have fun. When I’m done I will revel in the result, perfect or not. Here is my first challenge result, it doesn’t get much simpler than this!


Get a ceramic mug and a paint pen. The paint pen should be a porcelain paint so it will stay. I used Sharpie paint pens. Then get to drawing, or dotting in my case.


You can also use stencils or stickers to help guide you. I used a letter as an initial for a friend, and then peeled it off and filled in the letter.



When you finish up stick your mug in the oven while it is off, and then turn the oven on to 350 and set the timer for 30 minutes.  Let the mug cool off and you should have a permanent design! Hand wash only. 


love and candy,



Project 24/52: DIY Magnetic Advent Calendar

By |November 26th, 2013|13 in 13, 52 Projects, crafts, DIY|


Growing up my mom would get me and my sisters an advent calendar every year. At first we got the paper ones with little Christmas drawings behind each window. Then, once we were a little older she introduced the magical chocolate calendars. Chocolate for breakfast? Every child’s dream. Or at least mine! Even though it was a small thing and let’s face it, the chocolate tasted like chalk, the calendars brought us so much joy. Now as a twenty something I still can’t resist picking up advent calendars come end of November. It signals that Christmas is coming and reminds me to reflect on it each day of December. Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned count down?

The other week I noticed that in addition to bringing out their holiday cups way too early, Starbucks was selling a cute magnetic advent calendar with tins containing treats. I almost bought it and then realized that I could easily make my own! I ordered tins and magnets from Amazon and got to crafting. First I glued the magnets on to the back of the tins.

diy advent calendar-8

diy advent calendar-7

Next I glued decorative paper on each lid so you couldn’t see the contents inside. To finish off, I placed number stickers on the lids to identify each day of the month.

diy advent calendar-5

diy advent calendar-6

Now you have your advent tins and can stick them on any magnetic surface.  My fridge is not magnetic so I had to get creative. Thankfully I had a magnetic board laying around which I covered with shiny paper and hung in our place with a ribbon.


diy advent calendar

diy advent calendar-2

diy advent calendar-4


The plan is for Steve and to each fill up half of the tins with little surprises and rotate opening each day. Excited for a fun new tradition! Is it December yet?

love and candy,