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Painted Antlers

So....a few months ago, I started noticing this trend on Pinterest of painted antlers! They looked so great, and antlers in my family are easy to come by!

I grew up a country girl, and I come from a family of hunters, so to find antlers laying around the house or shop isn't a rare site.  So over Christmas when I was visiting my dad I grabbed a handful of deer antlers from his house and brought them home to have fun with.

I pulled out some tape, and paint, and started getting creative!

It was really fun, and I am excited about the way they turned out.  I even have a pair of antlers set up in my baby boy's room as decoration!

And notice his adorable fedora that I picked up at Target yesterday!! I love it!

Here's all the antlers I made:

This is one of the antlers in Zander's room!

This is one of the antlers in Zander's room!

A few of the antlers I'm not using in my nursery I have up FOR SALE in my Etsy Shop!

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Find on Etsy

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Find on Etsy

These were super fun to make! If you like the designs you see, check them out at my Naturally Nifty Etsy Shop, or message me about getting custom colors/designs!

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DIY Whale Clock!

So this weekend I obviously had to play with my new Silhouette!!

I am still just so excited and constantly pinning new project ideas to work on! I can't wait for the long MLK weekend to have more time to work on baby crafts!

Anyways, this weekend I decided to partner with my husband to make something I pinned on my Baby Boy Suell Pinterest Board, it's a Whale Clock from Land of Nod.

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Anyways, I pinned this, and decided after my husband got a scroll saw for Christmas that we would try to make it! I am loving whales, and although I wouldn't say I am doing a whale theme in the baby nursery, I will have a few cute whale pieces.

So here's what we did:

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First, I took some scrap wood, (it's actually wood from our old kitchen cabinets that we took out), and I free handed the whale while looking at the picture.

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Then my husband used his scroll saw to cut it out.  It was his first project with his new toy, so that was fun! It isn't as smooth on the edges as the Land of Nod one, but that is great with me! I love the roughed edges!!

Then I took sand paper and sanded all around, including the edges.

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Then I bought the clock shape from the Silhouette Store, and took the circles off of it to just use the numbers.  I then cut them out with vinyl and my cameo.  I also used a clock kit, (which was the only thing we paid for) from Hobby Lobby, it cost under $5.

I also decided to stain the edges with a dark wood stain, just to add some character.

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So here's what you get from start to finish!

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See, DIY is definitely cheaper! Plus it was upcycled wood, which is always great!

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The Silhouette is MINE!!

So this is real life! I can't believe I am finally holding one of these in my arms, at my house!!

silhouette cameoIf you are wondering what it is, well it's a crafter's dream come true! The SILHOUETTE CAMEO is an electronic cutting tool! You can do so much with it!

I had the privilege over the past few months to use my friends and I did some amazing stuff with it for my gender reveal party! So much fun!

Then once I found out I was getting one of my own for Christmas, I started a Pinterest Board just for Silhouette projects that I want to do! Mainly having to do with cute baby stuff! I bought a bundle, so I got gift cards to their online store, a cover for the machine, two blades (one for fabric, one for paper), and fabric adhesive! I have done so much with vinyl already that I wanted to try out some fabric projects! I have cute onesies in mind :-)

Here are some things I did with my friends machine so you can get a better idea of project possibilities!

I cut the vinyl nativity scene out with the machine, and painted wood to put it on! So easy & cute!

I cute vinyl out to say Baby Boy, (there is also a girl one).  I then put it on the frame glass and put glitter paper behind it.

I made tons here: The banner, I cut the banner & letters out. I made all the frames with cute vinyl and scrapbook paper. & the gold dots on the table. I was going to string those together but it didn't work out!

So you get the idea, this machine is AMAZING!! I can't wait to play with some baby clothes ideas!!! & don't worry I will definitely be sharing them here, and on Instagram of course :-)

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DIY Starburst Mirror

DIY Starburst Mirror
DIY Starburst Mirror

Last week I showed you my DIY Canopy Bed with the Starburst Mirror as an accent on it! I loved the way it turned out! I got my inspiration from this post on Pinterest!

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If you saw my Bedroom Makeover Inspiration post then you have seen this room before! This is the main PINspiration for my entire room redo! I love this look! And since I loved the Starburst Decor so much, I decided to have fun and make my own DIY Starburst Mirror!

I had the mirror at home already, and I wasn't really using it for anything great.  All we bought was a package of wooden slat door stoppers from Home Depot, then my husband cut some paint stick size sticks of wood, all from scrap wood he had in the garage.  So we probably spent a total of $8 on this project, including the gold spray paint.

(I almost used paint sticks for the longer parts, but they were just too week, and my husband figured he could do something better....so I let him!)

First I laid all of the wood pieces out and painted them gold!

Then after they were painted I played around to see what type of design I wanted to make.  I finally decided to do it like this.

DIY Starburst Mirror

To start I glued all of my pieces to an old cd.  Then I saw how clumsy it was so my husband took the cd and cut a rough piece of scrap wood into that size of a circle and I used that for the back support.

DIY Starburst Mirror

DIY Starburst Mirror

Once I had all of my pieces in place I glued the mirror on top of the Starburst.  You definitely want to use a strong wood glue for this! I used hot glue at first and it fell off onto my bed.  Let's just say you don't want a lose mirror hung above your bed. It can definitely hurt someone!

DIY Starburst Mirror

 So there you have it! An easy & cheap DIY Starburst Mirror! Plus you could paint it any color you want!

Check out other posts of our bedroom makeover

DIY Canopy Bed

Drab to FAB Headboard Makeover

Bedroom Inspiration

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Pallet Swing

So in the second half of 2011....

my husband and I had two big life changes happen. 
We moved into a new home....
AND
We got introduced to the world of Pinterest! 
Or shall I say I got introduced and soon enough began passing ideas off to my husband!
Well with our new house, we had a small back patio/porch that was empty...so after seeing a wonderful little modern swing on Pinterest, and learning how cheap it could be, I talked him into making it. 
I say I can take some credit since I found the idea, 
but really my husband did absolutely all the work...
even tweeking it some to make the project more fun! 
We decided to make a flat pallet swing for our back porch.  
It was really so cheap, here are all the supplies that we needed: 
1 Pallet
1 Large piece of rope (bought the length we needed from Lowes)
2 Eye Hooks (also from Lowes)
Some stain of your choice, and of course hammer and nails
My husband put it together in one day! It turned out awesome, and since our back porch isn't too big, it's nice because it doesn't take up much room, it just sits in the corner.  
The only thing not that great about it, is that it is really just a one person swing, so if you are wanting something for you and your spouse to sit on, you should go a different route.  But if you are looking for a simple, cute, and comfy swing to read on or enjoy the weather on, this is great! 

And to make it personal and fun, my husband decided to make the parts of the swing that hang on the outside of the ropes little flower boxes.  This was his own idea and it turned out really great. At first I wasn't sure about it, but I really love it! (sorry I don't have a photo with the pretty flowers in it for you)

Anyways, let me know if you have tried this, or if you end up trying it! 
Also, don't forget to head over to our Naturally-Nifty Linky Party and link up your great stuff! The party will be open until Friday at midnight. 

Naturally-Nifty Linky Party #4!

The sisters here at Natural-Nesters are so excited to get to feature some of our wonderful reader's Niftiest things this week! We even have a Reader's Choice Feature this week which makes us very excited! We want yall to have fun at our party, so check out the features, link up your great stuff, and then check out some other links....then come back here and like your favorite ones.(You can even like your own!)
We hope you have fun at our party, and we can't wait to see what everyone links up !
These easy and cute felt flowers can make some wonderful and cute wreaths, or can be used for any other project you want.  Go over and check our the blog Mrs Priss and let her teach you how to make them.  I made my own in just like 3 minutes.  It is definitely an easy flower to make, and different than most I have seen! I love it! Thanks for teaching me! 
Marilyn from 4 You With Love shares a wonderful family table game with us...something that will make dinner fun for everyone! She even shares a great memory from her own family when they played this game! Part of it allows adults to act as children, and the children to act as adults! It is fun for everyone, go check out all the details and try it with your own family tonight at dinner. 
Lynn over at Scrapity Anne gives us a recipe for an amazing eye makeup remover.  As I woman, I know how hard it is to get that stuff off, and the clothes and stuff you can buy to help add up $$$ so I am excited to try this out and save some money in the process! Head over to her blog to get this great recipe! 

The room makeover at PB&J Stories is one of my favorites this week! Not only because of my love for yellow and gray and me being envious of wanting my room decorated in those colors, but because of all of the great stuff she did here! I love the different patterns together, the way she is able to use space for an office area, and just the entire transformation of the room is huge! Plus have you noticed the hidden organization she has here? Her cute trunk bench at the end of her bed doubles as a filing cabinet, and she uses one of the drawers in her dresser to put her printer! It is great! Head on over and check it out! 
And this week we finally have a feature blog that was chosen by YOU! We give our readers the opportunity to like the links they have visited, and the one with the most likes will be the Reader's Choice Feature! 
This week, that award goes to Bumblebee & Sophie who was also featured here last week for her wonderful sewing skills! Stop by and check out the wonderful Valentines gifts she made! There are multiple different ones, all so unique and fun and so well sewn. Here she has made a cute lunch bag, and another one of my favorites are the mittens she made! Be sure to stop by and check her out! 

Now...for the Naturally-Nifty Linky Party #4! Remember link up all your favorite things! We want to see it all.  
The only things we ask is that you become a follower of Natural-Nesters & that you put our button on you blog so that you can link back to us! (You can find our button on the left side bar)
If you'd like you can also stop by our facebook page and LIKE us there too! 

You can post as many links as you want. And next week we will feature some of our favorite projects/ideas! 
Plus we will have a bloggers choice feature! So take time to visit some other blogs and LIKE your favorites and the blog with the top Likes will be featured next week as well! 

Thanks for linking up with us!
We can't wait to see your nifty ideas and accomplishments! 

Naturally-Nifty Linky Party #3 & Features

Thank you to everyone that joined in this weeks linky party. We had a lot of fun looking through all of the amazing creations. We really enjoy having these parties because we are meeting new blogger friends and getting new ideas. 
Eventually we really would like to have a Reader's Choice Feature, but we haven't had enough likes on the links, so be sure when you visit links in the party to come back and like your favorites! 
All I have to say about this project from Full Circle Creations is that she is not only creative and crafty, but a great visionary! I feel like for this project you really had to see ahead to the final outcome, I just don't know if I could've ever thought of anything so unique and great! You have to go see the raw materials of this clock and you will realize what I am talking about! I love the outcome and would love to put a clock like this on my mantel! Great job! 
Darby over at Life with the Hawleys made some awesome homemade dog treats! This is so handy and I'm sure the dogs think they are yummy! The great thing is, is that she has been able to try out several different dog bone recipes! I for sure want to get my hands on one of those dog bone trays so I can start treating my pups to this sweet stuff! 
Condo Blues created these cute labels for her homemade cleaners. I love it. I love the fact that she makes her own cleaners, as do I, and has cutesy labels. My bottles are merely labeled with a permanent marker! :) They do not look near this cute. My goal is to get this finished by the end of March for my own cleaners. I love how the font an style she uses seems so fancy. This definitely takes away from the boredom of cleaners! :) I can't lie though, I am very interested in this Vodka Fabric Refresher and the Stain Remover. 
How cute is this sewing machine cover from Bumblebee & Sophie? I love her work. Skip on over there and see the things that she makes. I especially love her personalized tag that is on all of her products. I wanted to make a sewing machine cover as well- but I was going to use just one fabric. I love her stuff because she uses different fabrics so it is not boring! 
Now...for the Naturally-Nifty Linky Party #3! Remember link up all your favorite things! We want to see it all.  
The only things we ask is that you become a follower of Natural-Nesters & that you put our button on you blog so that you can link back to us! (You can find our button on the left side bar)
If you'd like you can also stop by our facebook page and LIKE us there too! 

You can post as many links as you want. And next week we will feature some of our favorite projects/ideas! 
Plus we will have a bloggers choice feature! So take time to visit some other blogs and LIKE your favorites and the blog with the top Likes will be featured next week as well! 

Thanks for linking up with us!
We can't wait to see your nifty ideas and accomplishments! 


Naturally-Nifty Linky Party #2 & Features!

We are so proud of our first linky party ever! And so thankful for all of you that participated! We cannot believe that we had 64 link ups on our first party!
Now...we are so excited to get to feature a few of those great ideas that you all had! Be sure to copy the Featured on Naturally-Nifty Party Button and put it on your page (can be found on our left side bar).
So here's some of our favorites! 
This awesome piece was transformed from a family entertainment center to a wonderful play kitchen.  The Things I Do For Moo did a wonderful job on this project, and I know that Moo absolutely loved playing with it! My favorite part is all of the detail....the tiles on the backsplash, and the little menu chalkboard! So creative! I am seriously on the search for an entertainment center to create a kitchen for my daycare.

My Life's a Treasure create a Family Binder. I really like this because it seems it could be a huge help in staying organized in your family. Both of us enjoy doing things for our home and family and I think that this binder is a great way to help us stay on top of it. One of us is a little more organized than the other, so maybe that other sister should really think about using it. We will let you just guess which sister you think is the most organized. :) Great job on this. 

I absolutely love the chair reupholstery job done over at Cotton Pickin Cute. I love this one so much because I just finished my first furniture job in January.  Although it wasn't reupholstery, I sewed new cushions and I know how good it feels to look at the work you did in your home and be full of pride for how it turned out.  Great job, the whole set is beautiful! 
I love the crocheted camera strap by Seven Alive. She did a great job, and I am very interested in making my own.  I also LOVE the colors yellow and gray, which I have mentioned, so this is right up my alley. It really makes your camera personal and fun! 
And since it is Valentines Day we wanted to feature these wonderful Conversation Heart Cheese Cakes made by Hungry Happenings.  These are so festive and so fun, I would love to serve some of these wonderful hearts to my family for Valentines Day! 
Thanks so much to everyone for linking up! 

Now...for the Naturally-Nifty Linky Party #2! Remember link up all your favorite things! We want to see it all.  
The only things we ask is that you become a follower of Natural-Nesters & that you put our button on you blog so that you can link back to us! (You can find our button on the left side bar)

You can post as many links as you want. And next week we will feature some of our favorite projects/ideas! 
Plus we will have a bloggers choice feature! So take time to visit some other blogs and LIKE your favorites and the blog with the top Likes will be featured next week as well! 

Thanks for linking up with us!
We can't wait to see your nifty ideas and accomplishments! 

Homemade Glitter

We had so much fun at daycare making homemade glitter. Anything we can find to make homemade, we do! It is so much cheaper and so much more fun for the kids. They are so excited when we do things like this. First thing is we gathered all of the supplies. You need:
-Salt
-Food Coloring
-Container for Shaking (or baggie)
-Container for your glitter

All of the kids got their own containers and they were able to pour as much salt into their container as they wanted. Some poured very little, others overflowed it, and there was one that actually stopped at the top! This is so fun for the kids when they are getting to do it themselves. 
The next thing is to put food coloring in their salt. I let each child have their own container of food coloring. I also let each child choose which color they wanted. Luckily I had enough that there were not arguments over who got which color. It worked out because we had several different colored glitters. Only one child as not content with just one color... that would be mine. He mixed in three colors and made a pretty blueish green. 
 My little man was way excited about the food coloring. The other kids enjoyed shaking their containers but not little man. He just wanted to put food coloring, more food coloring, and more food coloring! It was soo fun though. 
 After you have your food coloring in the salt and you have shook it up to make the colors all even- you can put it into a container. The kids were so proud of them. So I gave each child a piece of construction paper, glue stick, and glitter. They went to town, made a mess, and had FUN! :)

We LOOOOVE learning here at daycare! This is the home away from home for many of my kids... and we have so much fun doing different things! :)