A Simple Tip // Instagram Photo Display

Craftivity Designs | March 31, 2015 | Be the first to comment
It took me awhile to really start using Instagram. Between our Craftivity Designs Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts and my personal Facebook and Twitter accounts -- it just felt like too much.


But, as it turns out, Instagram is just too handy. I love how easy it is to take and edit a photo. Even if the lighting isn't good, a filter quickly masks that. My phone is so much more handy than a camera, which allows me to capture our daily lives in the moment.


Plus, ordering photos is incredibly easy with the Walgreens app. I'm even willing to pay the higher per photo price {39 cents versus 29 cents for a standard 4x6 photo} to be able to order them directly from my phone. 

Last week, while thrifting at Feather Your Nest in Lexington, I came across this letter holder.

I'd like to create some fun IG displays eventually {here's a sampling of the millions of ideas on Pinterest}; but I also wanted a spot to display them as soon as we pick them up from Walgreens.


This little letter holder is the perfect, simple solution.


How do you display your everyday photos?

Oh - and here it is on Instagram. ;)  

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Making Simple Goals

Craftivity Designs | March 24, 2015 | Be the first to comment
I am a big believer in making simple goals. It's just less overwhelming when the to-do list feels like something I can actually accomplish.



It's also nice to actually check things off the to-do list -- and simple goals make that feasible.

As the baby's due date crept closer we started shrinking our project list down to only the "baby-essential" items. Some of our projects were left unfinished because I couldn't complete them while being very pregnant {like crawling in the floor to caulk baseboards}. Then, once she arrived, some things got behind like cleaning house, keeping papers organized, menu planning and other day-to-day stuff.

We are ready to start chipping away at the to do list again; but I don't want to lose sight of all those little things by rushing off to new projects.

So for the next month I'm setting 3 simple goals each week called Fix, Finish, Function.

Here is the plan for week #1...

Fix

{something that isn't right}

After seeing our bedroom in different lighting throughout the week, we realized that it needs another coat of paint to fix some spots where the paint didn't fully cover the wall.


Finish

{something that is incomplete}

Everything thing in our bathroom renovation was completed last fall except installing trim and caulking the baseboards. We installed the trim during the winter; but due to my growing belly I hadn't caulked it yet. Time to finally mark this room DONE.


Function

{something that makes life easier}

When we painted our bedroom all the hooks were removed from the walls. My scarves and cardigans have been laying in a pile since then and it's driving me crazy. This week I want to get them back up on the walls.


I'll still allow myself to work on other projects; but these are the priorities that come before the other stuff.

Next week I'll update you on my progress!

What would be your 3 goals this week?

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Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | March 20, 2015 | Be the first to comment
Welcome to this week's KOF! Let's check out the projects featured in this week's collection...



1. Give your furniture drawers a makeover by lining them with cute gift wrap, visit IHeart Organizing to see the details.

2. Make a statement with your own DIY glitter banner, check out Dwell Beautiful to see how you can make your own. 

3. Create personalized wall art this weekend by following Jen's DIY string art tutorial on Tater Tots and Jello.

4. Give life to an old mirror with this easy glass cutting technique from A Beautiful Mess.

I hope you enjoyed this week's ideas and are feeling inspired to have a creative weekend! Happy Friday everyone!

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Toilet Talk // American Standard Clean

Lora | March 18, 2015 | Be the first to comment
After we finished our bath, I really wanted to dedicate a post to the toilet.


Though the post title suggests otherwise, I promise this post is Rated G -- no potty mouth in this review {pun intended}.

Instead we're talking more about price, style and quality.

We bought the American Standard Clean from Lowes for $219. We hadn't ever bought a toilet before, so we started by checking ratings and reviews on Lowes.com and then narrowing down from that point. Here's what we learned.

1. We chose an elongated {not round} seat. 

Our toilet sits back in a small alcove -- which is a pretty common bathroom design. The elongated design made more sense in such a narrow space.

2. We chose comfort {not standard} height.

If you are doing a bathroom reno, I'm not sure there would ever be a reason to choose standard. You could maybe argue price, but I'm okay paying a little more for something I'm using multiple times a day every single day.  The same goes for vanity height, I'd get the counter height vanity every time... and I'm only 5'1".


3. It's very efficient; but doesn't have a wimpy flush.

I have not been a fan of low-flow toilets; but this one has low water consumption without sacrificing a strong flush.



4. The design makes it easy to clean.

The sides of the base are straight. It has a modern look and is easy to clean because there is no dust and gunk collecting around all the curves and crevices that usually exist on the base of the toilet.

5. Our plumber was impressed.

Some of the reviewers commented on how heavy the toilet is {in a negative way}; but our plumber liked the weight. Not because it made it easier to install {I'm sure it made it more difficult} but because he felt it demonstrated a well made product. He said more than once "you bought a great toilet."

6. The price was good.

We really didn't price-compare much; but I know $219 isn't the cheapest or the most expensive toilet out there. However, when you consider how important a toilet is -- and how often you use it -- I don't think $219 is bad at all.

7. The seat isn't the best.

The toilet seat seems a bit flimsy, especially in comparison to the rest of the toilet. It seems to slide right to left too easily, in my opinion. Replacing it, though, might be a bit of a bear -- based on some of the online reviews.




Overall, I'd completely recommend this toilet if you are in the market for one. I don't think I ever would have thought I would like a toilet so much; but it really does have a nice stylish look, is so much easier to clean and works great, too. It's kind of like a vacuum... definitely not a very exciting thing to buy; but when you get a good one it feels like a luxury.

So how do you feel about your toilet? ;)

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DIY Monthly Baby Photos // Baby Shower Gift

Craftivity Designs | March 17, 2015 | 1 Comment so far

My baby is already one month old!

I wanted to design a monthly photo shoot that was simple and easy -- otherwise I know I'll procrastinate each month.

Here's the supplies:


Printable Monthly Art

I chose to go with simple 8.5x11 artwork that could be printed on a standard printer. Since we had a baby girl, I also wanted something feminine. Lately, watercolor has been one of my favorite digital techniques so that was an easy choice! You can buy this printable here.


Versatile Backdrop

Instead of choosing a spot in our home to take each month's photo, I chose a backdrop that can go anywhere. This means that I can take the photo where the light is best in our home each month. I also don't have to miss a photo if we are traveling, since this is a "mobile" backdrop. These photos were taken on a gloomy, rainy day; but she and the blanket were next to the window with the most light.

Also, once she's able to sit up, I could drape the blanket over a piece of furniture and still keep the same backdrop.


 Clipboard

Initially, I planned to stick each month's photo in an 8x10 frame. However, a clipboard is even easier than a picture frame in terms of mounting each printable. It's also a good size reference for how big she is each month. By month 12, she'll be so much bigger than this clipboard and it will be great to see how she has grown.


White Onesies

These are the best for a quick photo shoot because the neutral color will work with any background and most moms already have them on hand. I also like onesies because you can still see their chubby legs, tiny feet and sweet little hands.


This could easily be turned into a baby shower gift. Just order and print the monthly artwork {if you like this version, buy it here}, buy some onesies in assorted sizes {here is amazon's selection **affiliate link} and a clipboard. If you are crafty, include a quilted or crocheted blanket that can be a special keepsake and a backdrop.


Did you take monthly baby photos of your little one? Any tips?

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