Zack’s Closet Update + HomeRight Giveaway

Many times, there are projects that we have to do around our home that aren’t particularly jaw dropping, like cleaning the garage or reorganizing the Tupperware cabinet.  They are necessary evils that don’t exactly have that “Wow!” factor when it’s time to blog about them.  Today, I have one of those projects to share with you.

Not long ago, this was Zack’s closet.

Builder's closet upgrade

Builder's closet upgrade

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DIY Plastic Pink Flamingo Planters

This morning, I woke up to the news in my Facebook feed that Donald Featherstone, the creator of the plastic pink flamingo, passed away on Monday. He created the iconic, kitschy flamingos back in 1957 when he worked for Union Products (also makers of many of my beloved blow molds).

I thought it only fitting that I share with you a project that I created just last week – easy, kitschy, fun outdoor pink flamingo planters.

DIY Pink Flamingo Planters

DIY Pink Flamingo Planters

There’s a story behind our new yard ornaments and the full tutorial is up today over on the My Colortopia blog.

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How to Fill Water Balloons Without a Water Hose

We only have a few days left of the school year, which means my kids are getting really excited about the summer.  Even though we have torrential rains and deadly flooding around here (the streets surrounding our neighborhood were literally under feet of water a few days ago), the kids can’t think about anything other than swimming pools, water slides and water balloon fights.

Water balloons.  The words that make me feel like the meanest mom on the planet.  I hate them.  It’s not the water that drives me crazy, but it’s the little bit of balloon that no one else picks up out of the yard but me.  But, the kids love them, so I’m stuck picking up balloon pieces all summer long. #partofthejob

How to Fill Water Balloons Without a Water Hose

One of the biggest problems with water balloons is wanting to use them at locations that don’t have running water or a garden hose – like at a birthday party at the park.  You could fill the balloons and put them in a bucket before you left the house, but I always manage to pop several of them in my car.  I’ve been looking for a good solution, and I think I found it!

HomeRight sent me one of their 1-gallon Deck Pro Tank Sprayers.  It’s meant to use to spray pesticides, deck cleaners, and semi-transparent stains.  But, it works perfectly as a portable water balloon filler!

Simply fill the tank with water before you leave home.  When you are ready to fill the balloons, you prime the sprayer by pumping it with the handle on the top.  Then, you can slip the water balloon over the nozzle and depress the trigger to fill the balloon.

How to Fill Water Balloons Without a Water Hose

How to Fill Water Balloons Without a Water Hose

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Handmade Note Cards for Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is next week!  Are you ready to celebrate the amazing teachers in your life?

Every year, I try to think of something fun and different to do for my kids’ teachers.  We are lucky to attend a fabulous school, and we are so thankful for the loving teachers that we have had throughout the years.

This year, I created embossed, handmade note cards for each teacher.  I thought these would be great for them to keep in their desks to use if a co-worker had a birthday or if they wanted to send a thank you note to someone.

Handmade Greeting Card Assortment - perfect for Teacher Appreciation Week

Aren’t they fun?  They were really easy to put together, too.  And, you can customize them anyway you want to.  Here’s how I did it:

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DIY Bookcase Dollhouse {That Might Look a Bit Familiar} #GiveAHome

Call of the search parties!  Lindsay has been found!

I’m embarrassed to admit that it’s been nearly two months since I wrote a post on good ‘ole Makely. I’ve had a lot of outside projects going on – taking over a big responsibility in my roller derby league, coaching two team of Destination Imagination kids (one of which won 1st place in our region and is going to the Texas state competition), and heading our elementary school’s talent show.

Since I haven’t been working on my house in the last few months, I decided to just disappear from the blog for a while.  I didn’t want to post stuff just to post stuff, so I chose to post nothing at all.  And then, I decided I needed a really awesome project to be my jump back into the Blogosphere.  I think I found it:

DIY dollhouse from a bookcase -  styled to look like my home #giveahome #Wayfair #Porch

It’s a DIY dollhouse from a bookcase that looks just like my house!

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Free Printable DIY Funny Glasses Valentines

It’s that time of year again!  In the coming weeks, your child’s teacher will probably be sending home a list of their classmates for Valentine’s Day card exchanges.   And then you’ll sit at the kitchen table for hours watching your 4 year old wants to address them all herself.

Or, maybe that’s just at my house!  ♥︎

So, to get a head start on what will soon be coming home in my kids’ backpacks, I’ve put together a darling free printable valentine to share with you.  I made 50 of these for just $15.  They require very little work, so they couldn’t be easier to put together.  And most importantly, they are fun and unique!

I love SEEING you at school - cheap and easy to assemble DIY valentines with funny glasses - free printable

Before we get started, I wanted to point out that I’m certainly not opposed to store bought valentines – not at all!  I just like to make stuff, and I know most of you do, too.


DIY Funny Glasses Valentine

Things You’ll Need

  • Funny Glasses (mine were $2.99 for 12 at Party City)
  • Silver metallic Sharpie or other permanent marker
  • Clear tape
  • Access to a photo printing shop or service or a personal printer

1.  Download the free printable that I created for this valentine.  My son, Zack, came up with the saying, “I love seeing you at school!” to go with the funny glasses.  I thought it was great!  Click here to download.

I love SEEING you at school - cheap and easy to assemble DIY valentines with funny glasses - free printable

If you need valentines for other things – church groups, girl scouts, dance class – just let me know. I’m happy to re-do the “at school” wording and post it so that it can be more personalized.  I’m not able to personalize colors/fonts/graphics due to time constraints.

2.  The valentine is sized for a 4×6 photo print.  I created an account at and uploaded it to their site.  When you create an account and connect your ExtraCare card to it, you get 50 free 4×6 prints to use whenever you wish.  I used them all for this project – I have 2 kids, so I needed a lot of valentines. I picked them up at the CVS down the street from our house about an hour after I ordered them, and I literally paid ZERO dollars (no tax or anything) to have these printed.  Even with no free prints, it would have only cost me about $10.

I love SEEING you at school - cheap and easy to assemble DIY valentines with funny glasses - free printable

They look so good!

There are several other places online where you can get free prints, so definitely explore that option if you already have a account.

4.  Have your child sign each card.  We used a silver metallic Sharpie for ours, but any permanent marker will work.  If you need to write the classmate’s name on the cards, you can do so over the red and white diamond pattern.

5.  Slide one of your funny glasses over the upper right corner of the card and secure on the back with clear tape.  I made sure to tape both temples so that the glasses wouldn’t come off.

I love SEEING you at school - cheap and easy to assemble DIY valentines with funny glasses - free printable

6.  Bask in your awesomeness.  Your valentines cards are finished for another year!

I love SEEING you at school - cheap and easy to assemble DIY valentines with funny glasses - free printable

I love SEEING you at school - cheap and easy to assemble DIY valentines with funny glasses - free printable

Looking for other Valentine’s Day ideas?  Here are some other free printable cards that I have created in the past:

You Blow Me Away (two versions)

Your Friendship is a Lifesaver - DIY Printable Valentines

Your Friendship is a Lifesaver

You Blow Me Away - DIY Printable Valentines

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