Category Archives: DIY

Bedroom Inspiration: Benches

4th March 2015

Last week I gave you a little peek inside our master bedroom renovations.  Now that the renovations have started and progress can be seen it is time to make decorating decisions. Deciding how we want to decorate and furnish the space is the fun part for me so I am looking forward to it.

One of the first decorating decisions we have made is that we want a bench at the foot of our bed. Right now we have an old chair in our room that we use to sit on to put on our shoes. Replacing the chair with a bench will be a fun and modern way to have this getting ready space updated in our new room!

We still haven’t decided if we are going to turn this into a DIY project for the new space or if we are going to purchase a bench.  I have compiled options in both categories to help us with our decision making.   Check them out below.
www.meganspotted.comtop left >> top right >> bottom left >> bottom right

www.meganspotted.comtop left >> top right >> bottom left >> bottom right

Which one is your favorite? Help us make the decision in the comments below!

DIY Thumbtack Monogram

2nd March 2015

I’m sure many of you have seen projects all over Pinterest using paper mache letters.  I am always inspired by the many ways that people have transformed the letters and used them for a variety of purposes.  Check out my tutorial below for a DIY monogram project using the paper mache letters from Jo-Ann Craft Store.
1. Paper mache letters
2. Paint
3. Paintbrush
4. Thumbtacks www.meganspotted.comDirections:

1. Paint the front of your paper mache letters.  I did not paint the backs but depending on where you are placing them this might be necessary.
2. Once the paint dries begin putting thumbtacks around the sides of the letters.
3. Display on mantle or around the house.

This is one of those projects that is super easy to make, is fun and will leave you wishing you had more letters to poke with the thumbtacks! I did this project one night while watching TV and was surprised at how quickly it all came together.

I am already dreaming up my next project with paper mache letters.  Check them out on my DIY Craft Ideas Pinterest Board.  Do you have any fun paper mache letter projects in the works?


27th February 2015

I can’t believe it is already Friday and February is coming to an end! While I am glad that March & Spring are on the horizon, I am sad to see my birthday month go.

Today I’m sharing five things from my week that include one thing I’m loving, one thing that makes me happy, one thing I want to try this weekend, one thing I’m reading and one thing I’m making.

one thing I’m LOVING
I am loving that our bedroom project is finally moving ahead and that progress can be seen! This project started about a year ago when John and I decided that we wanted a true master bedroom and to do that would require us to remove the wall that created the second closet in the bedroom.  We did most of the demo ourselves but quickly decided that the rest of the work we would leave to the professionals.  Well a year later and those professionals have done a lot in the first week!
www.meganspotted.comone thing that makes me HAPPY
Change can be a hard thing sometimes even when you know it is for the best.  This week I had to tell the coworkers that I have shared so much with over the past three years that I had accepted another position elsewhere.  While it was a tough decision I know that in my heart it is the best thing for me and my family.  I was so nervous telling everyone but they were all supportive which makes me happy that I was given the opportunity to work where I have for three years and that they are a part of my life!

 image via death to the stock photo

one thing I want to TRY this weekend
I have been trying each weekend to be better about meal planning for the week.  I know how important it is and how much time it would save me during the week but for some reason the weekend passes by without me doing it.  This weekend I want to try really hard to sit down on Saturday/Sunday and plan out meals for the upcoming week.  Then I can go to the grocery store and buy the necessary supplies.  

one thing I’m READING
I have always been very fascinated with social media and learning new techniques and strategies.  My new position requires me to use social media quite a bit so I decided to get a jump start and read a book on the topic.  Currently I am reading The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick.  This book is a wealth of knowledge on all things social media.  I highly recommend downloading the ebook as it contains links that take you to examples of what they are talking about.  I am only sixty or so pages in but already have learned so much.

image via death to the stock photo

one thing I’m MAKING
In late 2014 I purchased a sewing machine because I wanted to learn/relearn how to sew. By this point in 2015 I figured I would already be well on my way to a sewing master but alas I am still a rookie! Truth be told I have only used the sewing machine a hand full of times since I got it and this is largely due to the fact that I don’t have anywhere to put it and keep it up.  Lazy me wants to have a place to keep it up all the time so I don’t have to lug it around in its original box and set it up each time I want to sew.  Lucky for me my dad agreed to build me a sewing space in the basement as a birthday gift.  You can check out my post about the plans for this space here.  This weekend though I have vowed to dust off the machine and try my hand at one of the projects I have pinned to my sewing board.

image via The Purl Bee

How was your week? Share some things that you are loving, that make you happy, that you are reading, making or trying in the comments below.

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