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Cell Phone Makeover [DIY STYLE]

Well first off… “Happy-Back-to-Reality-Day!”  My kids had last week off and it was so nice not driving here, driving there and everywhere in between!  It was nice to just breathe.

a little thanksgiving recap:

We had a rather non-traditional Thanksgiving this year and spent the week in our favorite campground.  Just the four of us (and our dog). I don’t know what surprised me more…the fact that the campground was sold out and I didn’t feel so “weird” camping on Thanksgiving, OR that the people we encountered were some hard-core turkey connoisseurs!  I have never seen so many turkey deep-fryers in one place in my life!  Every other camp site had a more elaborate set-up than the next.  I think this will become our new Thanksgiving tradition because it was so relaxing and simple.

I did manage to crank out a pretty darn tasty meal from our tiny stove.  Here was our menu:  barbecue turkey [tasted just like ribs!], herb roasted potatoes, brussel sprouts [only for the husband...yuck!], cauliflower “rice,” homemade cranberry relish, and crescent rolls!  I will be living in my “fat pants” for at least the next 2-3 weeks!

Photo: Had a non traditional thanksgiving this yr. Camped at our fav spot in SoCal. I managed to crank out a pretty darn good meal from our rv if I do say so myself!

Every burner was ablaze and the oven was cranking, but thankfully we didn’t blow up the RV.

Now onto this [funny] DIY.  To say that I was a bit embarrassed about my cell phone case is an understatement.  This was the state of mine just before we left on our camping trip


I swear my kids find the most “awesome” places to put stickers!  Buying a new phone case just seems silly to me.  It’s one of those useless purchases [especially around the holiday season].  So I decided to give my “eyeball fuchsia Android phone case” a Kate Spade inspired makeover.


Kate Spade New York La Pavillion Case For iPhone 5


Aren’t these lovely?  Even if I was rolling in money, I don’t think I would ever spend $45 on a phone case!  Now if we were talking shoes…well…that’s another story!  

I gave my sad case a light sanding and broke out my favorite spray primer.  I sprayed one coat and that was enough to cover it.

Next I sprayed the bottom portion of my case with gold glitter spray [ALOT of glitter spray!]

I recently picked up this 18kt gold leafing pen at Michael’s and tried it on the edges

Then gave the rest of the case some gold polka-dots with the same pen

And here it is!

Here are a few more pictures after I gave it two coats of lacquer spray finish.  This also gave the case a glossy shine.



And a before and after

I’m convinced that there is not much in this world you cannot spray paint!  These projects always make me smile because it’s one less thing that I would have wasted and thrown away into a landfill.  


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DIY | Modern Feather Art


Like most of you out there I am addicted to anything gold!  I sometimes find myself standing in our garage with a can of gold spray paint in my hands just itching to “shoot” something.  I am also drawn to art!  Anything custom, weird, unique and meaningful that speaks to me and I’m all over it.  I decided to combine the two for this latest DIY art project.

I am so lucky to have a first grader attend a school where peacocks roam freely.  No joke.  Her school is connected to a working ranch and you can always find on average 10 peacocks roaming amongst the kids.  It’s the most amazing thing.  Anyhoo, my 6 year old has amassed quite a collection of peacock feathers.  I was either going to make a feather duster with them or use a couple for an art piece.  So I decided to take the less tacky approach and make a custom piece of art.

spray feather

I gave one of the peacock feathers a quick spray of gold.

on paper

then blotted it onto a piece of white glossy contact paper.  It shows the detail much better than a regular piece of white paper.


I added a word of inspiration.

gluing string

Then glued some jute string around the edges (it just adds something extra, plus hides my imperfect cutting job).

done gluing

in gold

Yes, more gold!  I gave an old crappy frame a quick spray of gold, but decided to add some black electrical tape to the edges for some funkiness.


I just love it and love that it has a sweet memory attached to it.  So what better place to hang this sweet custom piece of art than our master bathroom!

on display

I know it might sound tacky, but this is where I start and finish my day.  I hung it next to my favorite framed saying so I always start my day with a boost of inspiration.


This project was completely free and took 20 minutes.  I can pass for now on making that feather duster!



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“Brass Urchin”


I think this is probably the funniest (and weirdest) DIY I’ve done to date; but aren’t you getting used to those by now?  :-)   [Hula hoop orb chandelier] / Sharpie marker Moroccan rug] / [Embellished IKEA with stained paint sticks]

I probably don’t have to tell you that decorative brass urchins are all the rage right now.  Well I love design trends as much as the next gal (or guy) but I love to cheat and try my hand at making my own before I buy.  It’s just more fun and rewarding to me.



brass sea urchins 2[via]

So the average price for these guys is $30-$50.  Mine…$3.29 (plus tax)!  I was inspired to try DIY’ing one from this toy my kids always want whenever we go to the grocery store…

glow ball

I have bought countless numbers of these things only to find my son has chewed off the “legs” within 2 days.  So this time I purchased one for Mama to hack!

All I did to this poor toy was give it a coat of my favorite spray primer



I let it dry for about 30 minutes then sprayed it with some gold paint


Done!  Isn’t it funny?  My kids haven’t discovered it yet (probably because it’s not neon orange or yellow).

sitting pretty



I think I will try to make a bigger one, but use a large dog toy instead.  That was my first choice but I couldn’t fine one at my local store.


I might just sift through my kids’ toys to see what else I can spray gold!


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