Budget friendly updates! New place new/old stuff

DIY

As a woman I know how hard it is to move into a new place and not be able to go crazy buying new decor and furniture for your new home. I just leased in a new apartment and was itching for new things but lets be real, times are tough and now a days its all about DIY! So, I did some updates and moved around some furniture. 

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First, I painted most of the walls and with the left over paint I made a fun gray striped hallway. My dining table also received a fun update with chalkboard paint. 
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I got these at Ross about 2-3 years ago and I was over the teal Dolphins color so I used the left over chalk paint for the candle holders, which came out great! I love the matte look!

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These dresser was originally in my master bedroom but in the new place unfortunately it did not go up the stairs so I decided to use it as storage since we barely have any. Originally dark brown and now a beautiful mustard yellow. I looked up on Pinterest how to paint furniture. Must say it is not an easy tasks. There is some steps and they all must be done. Took me 2 whole days to complete. Still need to get new knobs for it. 

 

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Spray painted some old wine bottles I saved for projects and this was perfect. I loved them! Can use them for any holiday!IMG_1651IMG_1626  

Very happy with my outcome! Still adding pieces and more DIY projects to come. Just because you’re renting a place does not mean you need to hold back on making it your own. For as long as its your home it should represent you.

 

 

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XO, GIOVANNA

QUICK & EASY PERSONALIZED GIFT BAG

Daliy Pictures, DIY, Uncategorized

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Happy Mothers Day! I just noticed I have no gift bags or wrapping paper other than kid ones. I found this cute paper bag gift bag and immediately knew it would be perfect for my sons great grandma. With a couple of must supplies and love we came up with this simple but cute personalized gift bag.

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What you’ll need:

paper bag

scissors

pretty shape scissors

stick on scrapbook paper

 

tissue paper

sharpie and love ❤

QUICK & EASY PERSONALIZED GIFT BAG  Simply, cut out a heart and glue/ tape to gift bag then write down the name of the person and insert gift!

XO, Giovanna

Safari Themed Shower

Baby Shower, DIY

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I did this baby shower for a friend this past weekend. All decor, I handmade myself. Printable banners were downloaded from the following blogs:

http://blovelyevents.com/2014/02/20/boys-safari-baby-shower/

http://twopennyblue.blogspot.com/2011/08/free-safari-birthday-printables_10.html

and some bought from StockBerry Studio

 

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The letters for all my handmade decor I bought from Michael’s and the fringe paper and vases as well as tissue paper from the Dollar Tree. The baby blocks are actually gift boxes covered in fabric which I found at Wal-Mart. It was not easy finding a base for these blocks, I looked online and in many stores and decided to go with the gift boxes and they worked wonderfully.

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All candy, straws, and bowls were ordered from Orientaltrading.com

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I love this elephant and how cute this came out. I painted the letters and crate and hot glued this cute chubby elephant I found at Big Lots for $3. Under all the fringe is a random bow I had at home to hold everything together.

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The outside of the house went perfectly with the theme. Baby Brandon was celebrated wonderfully in the jungles of Miami.

 

XX, Giovanna

Easter Baskets

DIY

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A bit too late but, hope everyone had a fantastic Easter Sunday with family and friends… thats all it is about… appreciating our loved ones everyday.

These Easter baskets belong to my son and godson…. Not much DIY here but the ribbon, bows, and personification.

I bought the standard baskets at Target, looked in my craft office and used some left over ribbon to personalize the baskets. I had cardboard paper letters and hot glued those one. My sons is on the ribbon and I added my godsons to the bow.

There’s always a way to make a gift unique with simple touches. Both gifts were budget friendly, I always make sure that for Easter I get the kids 1-2 small toys and the rest is things they need or books. And of course the sweets!

XO Giovanna