Category Archives: DIY

Exercise Jar

Pinterest WIN!! Awww yeah. I had pinned this idea a long time ago but wanted a way to do this without the weight loss part of it because I only had 10-15 pounds-ish to lose. THEN what would I do? I pondered over it for a while. Then I got it!! I would use it as my “Exercise Jar” to keep my motivation to exercise. If you keep up with any of my posts I’m sure you have seen how much I HATE to exercise. Anywho, I was trying to entertain myself today while Mike was on shift and I ran over to Hobby Lobby to grab the supplies. Bonus points for me because I actually finished a craft in one night!!! YESSSSSSSSSSS. So now every time I go to the gym or walk the dogs or do a workout DVD I add one quarter to the jar. (Believe me when I say Mike makes me earn that stupid quarter when we go to the gym.) Not sure what I’ll do with the money when it’s full, but I’m hoping to fill it before July so I can use that money on our road trip. Also, please don’t judge my crappy illustration pictures since I’m not a fancy pants with a DSLR camera. Just my portable Samsung Infuse smart phone to get shit done around here. THANKS!!!

Keep a look out for my weight loss post coming up too!

Glass Jar- $6.99 (plus additional half-off)
Stickers- 4.99
Stickers- 3.99

*Jar and stickers* 
 *Applied the long sticker first to the bottom* 

*Applied my lettering to the jar*

*Original post is over at Hot Mess Princess and she even has people send in pictures of their jars and you can see others’ inspiration.

Winter Yarn Wreath

Hello Pinterest Christmas Yarn Wreath! So I started this last September, and did most of it then got lazy about the hot glue gun part. I am not fond of using a hot glue gun. Mainly because in my childhood it was such a pain in the ass to wait for it to get hot, attempting not to burn yourself while using it, and then dealing with all that stringy crap after gluing something down. *groan* Do. Not. Like. Them. Sam I am. 

Back on topic. Last year on Pinterest these yarn wreaths were all over the place! I mean everyone and their mom were making one. So I got the crafty bug up my ass and decided to make one. I bought all the supplies and since I didn’t have a glue gun already, it cost me a pretty penny. Oh well. It came to like $25-30 BUT I now have a glue gun. In all honesty though, if you are not a procrastinator like myself then you’ll have no problem knocking this thing out in about two hours. 


Plastic Wrapped Wreath
Yarn (any color)
Felt Squares
Decorative Crap
Hot Glue Gun
Fabric/Tacky Glue (optional)
*Don’t take the plastic off the wreath!! Makes it easier to wrap the yarn around*

*Pick a side and tie the yarn around the wreath and start wrapping. This will consume most of your time. I did mine while watching DVR since it’s a mindless task*

*TA-DA! Finished*
*These are the felt flowers. This was the most non-complicated flower I could find. All you do is cut a spiral but you make the spiral wavy. There’s no right or wrong way to do it so you can’t “mess up”*
*You take the end of the wavy spiral and you roll it inwards. Try to keep one side flat for the back*
*Then glue the round end piece to the back side of the flower to hold it together*
*Glue this down. With tacky glue or the glue gun, it’s all preference*
*Then when dry, you flip them over and you have your felt flowers ready*
*This is the decorative crap I bought. I had to use wire cutters to trim the pine cones off the stem  as well as shorten the berries stem*
* I took the hot glue gun and positioned everything where I wanted it and glued it all down*
*Finished product. I’m scouring the house for ribbon to glue on the back because the wreath is too thick for the wreath holder on the door. When it’s on the door I’ll update this picture*

Emergency Binder

Pinterest wins again.

I was entertaining myself like usual, pinning away in between answering the phone and dealing with criminals at work. I came across a pin that connected me to Misty Marsh’s “Survival Kit Series.” GENIUS! It was simple, informative and resourceful. She made some information sheets, put copies of all important documents, all within clear protective sheets and put them into a binder. If ever an emergency you just grab the binder and everything is in one location. Easier than digging through a file cabinet. Faster than having it in a safety deposit box at a bank that you can’t access if there were a natural disaster. Genius I tell you.

The secret is where in the house it’ll be kept. I’ll never tell. (In Brittany Murphy voice from the movie Don’t Say A Word.)

So here’s what’s included in the binder. And what I altered for our family.

Important Numbers Template

  • Emergency Numbers
    • I put TXDoT because it’s the Department of Transportation and you can call them for updates about roadways that are out, etc. 
    • My neurologist because I get horrible migraines and he has records of my latest MRI. 
    • Veteran’s Affairs because Mike’s latest lab work and yearly physicals are maintained through VA so they would be the first ones I would contact if anything happened to him. 

Adult ID Template

  • I have bubbly handwriting so I altered the font sizes and wording of the templates. 
  • Cut out info that wasn’t needed like home phone, excess wording.
  • Work phone and phone under “Employment” got combined. 
  • First and Middle name lines were combined.
  • Added “Blood Type” 
  • Added “Tattoos” because hubby and I have tats.

Child ID Template

  • Just rearranged the lines into different orders.
  • Added “Blood Type” 

Pet ID Template

  • I used the Child ID Template and made one for the furbabies in case anything happens. They are like my children so their information is just as important to me. 
  • Deleted the fingerprint boxes and put one box for left paw/ one box for right paw. They are just as distinguishing as fingerprints.
  • Added “Microchipped” check boxes. If it says yes then it saves rescuers a lot of time finding info out on the animal. Helps also if their collar comes off. OR if we lose them we can check with the shelters if our furbaby is there because of the chip. 
  • I added Vet info with phone number. 
  • Added “Rabies ID” which is kept on file with the state to verify that they are not a threat medically. 
To be included in our binder:

  • Business card sheet protector. Misty used this to hold social security cards, driver’s licenses, credit cards, etc.
  • Copies of mine and Mike’s certifications and degrees. 
    • CPR, EMT
    • My Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees
    • Mike’s firefighting certifications. (We’ll need a 3 ring binder to add those. I kid. I kid.)
  • Copies of shot records for whole family.
    • Dogs, cat, mine and Mike’s
  • Paperwork for house
  • Truck Title
  • Flash drive with pictures. (Try to update twice a year.)

    No Sew Infinity Scarf

    Yup. Pinterest wins again. This chica made an infinity scarf super simple and cheaply.

    So I pinned it. Duh. And I made it. Duh.


    T-shirt Hobby Lobby:

    Step 1: Cut the bottom seam off.

    Step 2: Cut across the chest of shirt, under the armpit part. 

    Step 3: Stretch the material to make it loose and curl the edges. 

    ily board

    So I found this picture on and it took me to this blog. It was a really cute idea minus the fact that it was a lil plain. I replicated it but with a twist. I wanted it to match my decor around the house a lil better.
    Cheap frame from Target: $8
    Sticky glitter letters: $3
    Scrapbook paper: $0.50
    All I did was put the scrapbook paper behind the glass. 
    Then I put the sticky letters on the frame. 
    Super easy, super quick. Usually the days that Mike comes home from shift I’ll use a dry erase marker and post a quick note why I love him. Here’s a few examples:
    You rescued me from heartache.
    You can make me laugh even when I’m pissed at you.
    You don’t mind doing the crappy chores. 
    He thought it was a lil gay the first day I did it but now I think he looks forward to the notes when he comes home. I’m waiting for him to do it back without me saying anything. I’ll def take a pic that first day I get a note back. 

    DIY- Coasters

    My first ever project. Do-It-Yourself coasters. Simple. Easy. Sent Hubby to Home Depot with a list while I was at work one day.

    Coaster Supplies
    Mod Podge
    Ceramic Tiles
    Scrapbook Paper
    Felt Pads
    Spray Paint Shellac
    1. Gather supplies.
    2. Cut paper into the size of the tiles. 

    3. Modge podge the heck out of the paper on the tiles.

    4. Take coasters to well ventilated area and shellac the heck out of the coasters.

    5. After letting them dry for a few days, apply the felt pieces on the bottom.

    *If I were to do another set, I’d put cork on the bottom and then the felt pieces. Just for extra absorption for condensation.