Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | January 30, 2015 | Be the first to comment
Oh weekend, I am so happy that you are here!  I'm also happy to share with you these 4 great project ideas, let's check them out!



1. Add some color and fun to your couch by making your own set of these DIY abstract painted pillows! Check out A Beautiful Mess to see the step by step details.

2. These DIY borax crystals are awesome!  Go here to see a video on how to make them.

3. This DIY gumball machine turned succulent planter is definitely the coolest planter I have ever seen!  Visit The Crafted Sparrow to see more pictures of this great project.

4. Living in Kentucky, I've seen many quilting stars on the sides of barns in small towns and always think they are a cute touch. Stop by here to see how you can add a quilting star to a wooden pallet to make a great piece of art!

That wrap's up this week's collection-I hope you enjoyed these ideas as much as I did! Have a wonderful weekend!

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A Simple Tip // Vintage Suitcases as Storage

Craftivity Designs | January 28, 2015 | Be the first to comment
Last week Erica and I checked out a new thrift store in Knoxville, TN called Nostalgia. I brought home several items, all for my son's bedroom makeover.


The biggest ticket purchase I made was this vintage suitcase, at $25. Nostalgia had a wide array of suitcases throughout the store; but I was specifically looking for ones that were fairly large and blue. This one totally fit the bill -- even if it might cost a bit more than one you might find at a Yard Sale or Goodwill, for example {of course, you also have to go searching a bit more often to find those steals}.



This suitcase has already been put to work, as storage for toys that fit easily under my son's bed.


If you've never bought a vintage suitcase before, here are a few tips:
  • Check to ensure it unlocks and locks correctly
  • Check for any stains or damage -- specifically on the inside of the suitcase
  • Smell the inside of the suitcase, it will most likely be a little musty; but some can be very strong {here's a link from Apartment Therapy with some tips on how to remove musty smells}


The nice thing about using a suitcase for storage is that it's attractive. This suitcase will slide out from under a bed, but they can be placed out in the open, as well.

Have you ever used an old suitcase for storage? What do you stash inside it? Does it sit out in the open or is it tucked away?

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A Mini Gallery Wall and Decorating the "Forgotten" Spots

Craftivity Designs | January 21, 2015 | 2 Comments so far
I've pinned many a room in which a homeowner has decorated a small, unexpected spot.

wall art tucked into the corner, beside a bookcase // via BHG

I just love these little surprises.

garland hung at the foot of a child's bed frame // via A Little Glass Box

A simple, unique detail, that catches your eye.

glass bottles stored along the ceiling of a dining room // original source unknown

It does take looking at your space from a different angle. So often we decorate looking straight-on... facing the biggest wall, the main piece of furniture or the focal point.

storage on the side of a secretary desk // via The Lettered Cottage
I've tried to introduce this technique in my own home. We have art hanging in a window...

coffee bar

... and peaking out from behind curtains, for example.

dining room
I've been working on my son's bedroom and just realized, today, that it has one of those spots. I installed some book ledges several weeks ago and love them {sorry, that's an IG pic, haven't got a post on the blog yet!}. However, after standing at his closet, I realized there was an opportunity to decorate one of those "forgotten" spots.


It's a small nook between the entrance to his room and the closet. Thus far, it included the light-switch and the remote for the ceiling fan... so aesthetically pleasing :)


But a few pieces of art {some from the pages of a cute little book} transform the little corner into something special, and unexpected.


The switch and fan remote start to fade away, too, once they are surrounded by this small art gallery. Now, for fun, here is the side by side view!


I'm quite pleased with this simple update to an otherwise "forgotten" spot in our home.

What little nook, corner or unexpected spot could you update in your home?


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My Favorite Source for Affordable Curtains

Craftivity Designs | January 19, 2015 | 8 Comments so far
Curtains {or Drapes -- apparently they aren't exactly the same thing... who knew?} aren't cheap. Our new home is filled with windows -- which is one of my favorite things about it. However, it's a pricey investment to adorn all these lovely windows.



My first instinct was IKEA for curtains -- unfortunately it's over 3 hours away. So, even though they are very affordable at around $20 - $35 per pair, we have to also factor in the cost to get to IKEA... in gas, time spent and meals we'll be eating out, etc.

a set of IKEA curtains hung in our first home
So, even though I still check out the curtains at IKEA when we do get to visit; the rest of the year I rely on Home Goods as my primary source for curtains. {This isn't a sponsored post, by the way, just wanted to share this shopping tip with you!!}


The first curtains I picked up from Home Goods were for our dining room. They were $20 per pair and I needed 3 sets for the room.

our Dining Room at Christmas
Home Goods usually has a selection of both 84" and 96" lengths, as well.  Of course, it is a discount store, so the exact selection is always changing.

our Dining Room at Christmas
These are 84" curtains, which don't follow the "high and wide" rule but the curtain rods were already in place from the previous owner -- and the ceiling beams draw the eye up, anyway.



Our second set of Home Goods curtains is in my son's bedroom. They were $35 for the pair and are satin, blackout and thermal. These were 84" also; but there is a 3 inch hem which I can let out -- and still hang the curtains 6 inches above the window frame.


On another note -- this is your first real peak at the progress we've been making in my son's bedroom {I shared a tiny glimpse last Wednesday}.

Do you have a go-to source for curtains? I'd love to hear more recommendations!

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Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | January 16, 2015 | Be the first to comment
Happy Friday everyone!  Let's see what we have in store for this week's Kick Off Friday...



1. These wall art pieces made from tree slices are awesome, you could really get creative with these!  Check out A Beautiful Mess to see how to make your own.

2. Just in time for Valentine's Day is this cute heart sign idea from My Sweet Savannah-go here to see the step by step details.

3. Looking for a way to add color to a room?  Visit Love Grows Wild and follow Liz's instructions on how to make your own bold and colorful DIY ikat wall art.

4. Lora and I love a good Anthro Knock-Off (as shown here) and this one from Bev from Flamingo Toes is no exception!

I hope you enjoyed this week's ideas! Have a wonderful and creative weekend!

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