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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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 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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How to Create a “Make a Change” Kids’ Chore Chart

Recently, Tom and I agreed that in order to have more quality family time, our kids were going to need to start helping out around the house.  As it stood, Zack (8) and Emma (4) acted like the world was coming to an end if I asked them to pick up their dirty socks.  I was spending all of my work day picking up after the kids (and including Tom, if we are being honest), so little of my own tasks were being accomplished.

I still have tons of tiny little squares to paint, people!  No, I’m not done.  Just shush.

As we were figuring out what responsibilities each child should have, an idea was brewing in my head.  If we were really going to make this change for our family, I was going to make it cute.  And use real change.  And put magnet strips behind two metal boards we’ve had in the attic for years and real change would stick to it.  And the kids would just collect their change (10 cents per task – $7/week if they do everything they are supposed to) at the end of the week put it into their piggy banks.  And I was an awesome genius!

Well, until Tom pointed out to me that dimes aren’t magnetic.  Neither are pennies, nickels, quarters, 50-cent pieces, dollar coins, or any other random piece of change that the Toothfairy or your grandmother gives you.  Doh!  That’s too bad, because that was a fantastic idea.

Back to the drawing board I went.  I never could figure out an easy (and inexpensive) way to have a magnetic board where the kids collect their change at the end of the week (I could have used jars, but I was determine to make it a chart).  However, I think I figured out the next best thing:  penny magnets.  And now I don’t have to have endless amounts of change sitting around the house each week.

"Make a Change" Chore Chart for kids - use pennies as magnets to mark completed chores

I call it the “Make a Change” chore chart.  I  crack myself up.

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Easy Upstyled Glittered Horse Head Bookends #SwapItLikeItsHot

Today, I’m excited to share a little thrift store upgrade with you.  I am participating in Swap It Like Its Hot,  a contest of sorts where bloggers send each other items that they found at the thrift store or flea market.  The recipient has to transform the item into something for their home.

These sorts of swaps are always fun, but really nerve wracking for me.  My style is different than most of the other bloggers participating, so I was really scared about what I would be getting in the mail!  Luckily for me, Katrina from Chic Little House sent me an awesome thrift store score.

Thrift store horse bookends upstyled with gold glitter.

Truth be told, I really loved these horse head bookends as they were.  One of the horses has a chipped ear and the monkey pod wood was a little scratched up.  But, what fun would that have been if I just left them as is?  No fun at all!

I decided that these would be great for Emma’s room, and I would put them on her dresser underneath the crazy carousel horse shelves.  I wanted them to have a little more character, so glitter came to the rescue.

Thrift store horse bookends upstyled with gold glitter.

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