Is it Time to Give Your Home that 'Wow' Factor?

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Accessorizing your home with store only bought items is a thing of the past. Today's hip homes embrace handmade pieces and projects. But, there's a fine line between cool, handmade pieces and crafty, homemade pieces. Those cool pieces really bring the wow factor to your home, and then you get to be all, "Oh, that little thing? Yeah, I made it."

I started down the road of DIY home decor armed with little more than a glue gun. Over the years, I have learned new skills that have really helped me up the ante on my projects. One of the most important things that I do on this site is share those skills and projects with you. For each project that I create, I generally post a detailed tutorial. From that tutorial, you can either replicate the project or use it to build upon for your next genius idea.

The following are some of the most popular projects at Makely:

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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How to Live with a 3rd Grade Hoarder

Over the past few years, my nearly 9 year old son has earned a new nickname:  Magpie.  Since he was small, Zack would pick up anything shiny he found on the ground.  I would find all sorts of trinkets in the dryer after I did laundry each week.

Recently, I took him to the skating rink and my toe stop fell off of my skate while I was working on some roller derby foot work.  I couldn’t find the lock washer that helped hold it in place once it flew off, so I thought I’d need to pick up another one at Home Depot.  Lo and behold, I found it in the dryer a few days later.  My Magpie had saved the day, although he had no idea that he had picked up something that I was looking for.

While Zack’s shiny object obsession occasionally benefits me, it really causes more problems with clutter than it actually helps.  And as he got older, he began including scraps of paper in his collections, too.  Anything on which he had colored or written – Post-It Notes, children’s menus from restaurants, bits of construction paper left over from other projects – was piled up on his dresser or shoved in his drawers.  Whenever I suggested that he didn’t have to keep every single piece of paper that crossed his path, he got really upset.  I don’t believe that Zack is an actual hoarder per the medical definition – I don’t want you to think that I do or that I’m belittling the disorder.  I do, however, think his collecting habit is just turned up higher than most other kids his age and he has a deeper sentimental attachment to things than he should.

About a year ago, I just couldn’t live with his room like this any longer, so we made a compromise.  I bought him a plastic storage tote and told him that he could keep whatever special things he wanted to keep in it, as long as he could close the lid.  We went through every drawer, his closet, and under the bed, and he chose what things were important enough for him to put in the box.  Everything else, he chose to throw away on his own.

How to Live with a 3rd Grade Hoarder - tips to keep kids' collections organized

He’s a cute little Magpie, though.

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How to Fix Sticky Drawers in Seconds

A few months after I finished updating the Miss Matched yellow dresser for my bedroom, I noticed that the drawers didn’t slide as easily as they once had.  Old wooden drawers have the tendency to stick and drag, so I didn’t worry too much about it.  My “I’ll get to that one day” attitude about it didn’t help the problem, and four years later I was growing more annoyed by the day over having to twist and jerk the dresser drawers every time I wanted a pair of socks.

Earlier this week, I woke up and decided that today was the day to fix the sticky drawers.  I looked into retrofitting the drawers with slides from Home Depot.  I researched adding metal strips to the bottom of the drawers so that they would slide more freely.  I was irritated that I was going to have to spend money to fix the problem.  Then, I remember one of the oldest tricks in the DIY handbook – candle wax.

I took a cheap tea light out of its metal lining and rubbed it onto the bottom of the drawer were it comes into contact with the dresser frame.  If you don’t have any tea lights or old candles, paraffin wax (if you are a canner) or a bar of soap (if you bathe) will also serve the same purpose.  Hopefully, you participate in at least one of those two activities.

How to Unstick a Sticky Drawer in Seconds

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Celebrate Yourself with a DIY Plaque

One day soon, I’ll quit talking about “the wall.”  I’m sorry to say that today isn’t going to be that day. When I could have gestated a child in the amount of time it took me to finish a single project, it’s not going to go away quickly!

When I was working on that painting project, I kept telling Tom that I was going to “frame these damn paint brushes” when I was finished.  It got to be a joke, and I would daydream about where I would hang them.  On one of the painted walls?  On an adjacent wall?

As it turns out, I’d hang them in my office.

You always expect to find certain things hanging on the walls of a home office – awards, plaques and diplomas.  I have both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree, but I honestly couldn’t begin to tell you where my diplomas are.  I don’t get too many awards and plaques.  But, I did have some empty wall space.  And some old paint brushes.

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