i should be mopping the floor: August 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags

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These DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags are perfect for tailgating and football season. In the south, we always pull out the cornhole boards...especially at a tailgate par-tay! These would be fun to make in your team's colors, too. 

DIY Regulation Cornhole Bags | Make your own fun and colorful cornhole bags with this simple tutorial.
All of the cornhole or bean bags I found to use with our cornhole boards were a little on the blah side. Since I gave our actual boards a fun makeover at the beginning of the summer (see that post here), I wanted to create some colorful regulation cornhole bags to coordinate. Check out this tutorial below.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Indoor Herb Garden

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Our new Indoor Herb Garden is housed in our sunroom for year-round enjoyment. While it's just a "starter garden" at this point, I anticipate upsizing it down the road and enjoying fresh herbs for years to come. Come see how we put this together below...it was a fun family project.

Indoor Herb Garden | Bring the herbs inside so they last longer in extreme conditions. This project is easy to put together and is the perfect low maintenance herb garden.
Since moving to our new home last year, we've missed our herb garden we had at our previous place. It was actually a series of whiskey barrels with basil, rosemary, thyme, and mint spilling out...and it was wonderful. I'd send the kids out with a basket and scissors to grab fresh herbs for dinner. I also became the crazy herb lady that brought baggies of our bounty to everyone she knew...we always seemed to have a bumper crop of mint and rosemary! 

We've finally figured out a way to create an herb garden over here...and this time it's inside (so we *hopefully* won't have to replant every single year). Come check out this lovely (and tasty!) addition to our sunroom.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Inspiration Monday

It's party day, friends. I hope, wherever you are, you are dry and safe! It's been a wet one here in Texas and I pray everyone is okay. The one relief we have had is in the temperatures...it *almost* feels like fall!
Inspiration Moday Party
We're so close to fall, y'all! Our hostess this week selected six pretty little autumn projects to share with you at today's party. They all make me want to put on my scarf and boots!
5 Pretty Lil Fall Projects
All of these fun fall features were selected by Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. Check out all of these great projects below for your autumn to-do list!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Free Printable Handmade Tags

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These Free Printable Handmade Tags are perfect for all kinds of makers. I'm in love with labeling all of my handmade gifts with these cute little guys. They're even designated with different types of tools...from a sewing machine to crochet needles!

Free Printable Handmade Tags | These tags are perfect for all handmade items. They come in four varieties (sewing machine, pin cushion, spool of thread, knitting needles). Instant download. Great for use in handmade shops.
This isn't my only set of handmade tags, but I wanted something that can be used on things other than gifts. I'm breaking a few of my own rules and giving you carte blanche on the usage for these...well, please don't sell the actual tags. But, feel free to use them on all of your items in your handmade shop or etsy store. I think the art of handmade needs to be promoted in every way possible. Download these free printable handmade tags below.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Six Watercolor Fall Printables

These Six Watercolor Fall Printables are my first autumn bundle of the year! I honestly just couldn't wait anymore. They were so fun to put together with their layers and layers of fall florals and foliage. These Six Watercolor Fall Printables are a part of my Premium Printables line.  

Six Watercolor Fall Printables | These gorgeous watercolor printables are layered in fall florals and foliage. They're breathtaking and perfect with all autumn decor.
This bundle (in all its luscious fall layering) is $5 for the entire pack of printables.


(Pssst...this bundle of prints has commercial licensing available here.)

Or check out each print's details below.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fabric Travel Tissue Holder

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This Fabric Travel Tissue Holder is my all-time my favorite thing to sew. It makes a wonderful gift and is tidier than the traditional plastic travel tissue holder (mine always collect debris and get crumply my handbag). I made these with a fun back-to-school look, so they are perfect teacher and friend gifts as school starts back up.
Fabric Travel Tissue Holder | The easiest sewing project for beginners...makes the perfect gift!
My kids start school Monday...it kind of feels like we're the last district to be starting school this year. But, the summer has been really great...and nice and long, too. I've shared lots of fun back-to-school teacher gifts lately, but this is one of my favorites. I've always enjoyed making these, and when I had leftover fabric from the teacher supply bags I made here, I went ahead and made these to coordinate. So our teachers are actually getting double gifties this year...because it's always good to get in their good graces straight out of the gate, right?

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Inspiration Monday

Who is ready for a PARRRRRR-TAY? It's the best day of the week, y'all.
Let's just get right to it and start the fun!

This week’s GORGEOUS features were selected by Meegan from What Meegan Makes. Meegan is always so good with all things floral...it's no surprise that her selections for this week are all about flowers.

Check out all of the fun below.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Free Printable Thank You Card for Teacher

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This Free Printable Thank You Card for Teacher is perfect for all of the school gifting occasions: back-to-school, Teacher Appreciation Week, end-of-school, or just because. Its fun rainbow apple design is sure to make your teacher smile (I mean, she may want to frame this one, no?). Grab your Free Printable Thank You Card for Teacher below.
Free Printable Teacher Gift
I wanted to create a really bright and colorful teacher card that can pull double duty for those of us scanning the interwebs late the night before we need a teacher gift. This is perfect for a simple "hey, glad I'm in your class" or a "thanks for a great year". It will work ANYTIME you'd like to make your teacher smile. Tuck in a gift card for extra grins. Download this Free Printable Thank You Card for Teacher below. If you'd like to include an envelope, I designed these to fit inexpensive A2 sized envelopes (grab them HERE on Amazon).

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Buffalo Plaid State Printables

EDITED: These printables are about to be discontinued for good. They are available at HALF OFF! These are all going away for good on Sunday...USE CODE discontinued AT CHECKOUT TO SAVE 50% ON THEM!

These Buffalo Plaid State Printables come in three, beautiful, buffalo plaid color schemes. All 50 states are available below. Each state has three colors with it...each in their own lovely watercolor buffalo plaid. This is the latest installment of my Premium Printables line.

State Art
I have to be honest, y'all...this set nearly killed me. When doing three color schemes per state...it was 150 total printables. Yowza. It's actually taken me a few weeks to put together and I'm so happy it's done. Each set of three prints (one of each color) is $5 per state. Grab your state's set below. They're all 8x10 prints that you can print at home.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kids' Lunch Box Idea

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All opinions are mine alone. #HorizonHappiness #CollectiveBias

Yay and hooray, y'all! It's my annual lunch box post...with fun, free (taco-themed) lunch box note printables. And of course, the lunch box idea I'm sharing this year surrounds all things taco, too...made with fresh and delicious foods!

Kids' Lunch Box Idea and Free Printable Taco-Themed Lunch Box Notes
This lunch box idea is actually geared for the older kiddos, which is the category we fall into these days. My boys still love bringing their lunches to school (even my middle schooler), so as they get older, I've gotten a bit more creative. This little taco lunch box is one of their favorites, yet. Check out all of its details (and grab the free printable lunch box notes) below.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Inspiration Monday

It's PARTY day, y'all! And today's Inspiration Monday is here to get you ready for back to school. Our hostess has chosen some wonderful weeknight meal solutions that we all need for those crazy evenings. And we can't WAIT to see what you've been up to!


Whether you're preparing for busy weeknights because of school or just crazy, hectic schedules, in general...the below recipes would be perfect for your menu planning. And they're totally making my mouth water!
These delicious features were selected by Christy from Our Southern Home.
Check them all out below.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Free Printable Watercolor Tags

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I am using these free printable watercolor tags to help me organize my craft room. I thought you might enjoy them as a freebie, too! They'd also make lovely gift tags, as well.
Free Printable Watercolor Tags | These print four to a sheet and are perfect for organizing or gift giving. They have a lovely, soft, floral watercolor design.
These tags have really brightened up my craft supply stash. They look great attached to my burlap storage baskets from Burlap Fabric. Oh, and be sure to enter my $100 giveaway to their site here (it ends Sunday!). And grab these free printable watercolor tags below.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

DIY Mobile Printer Station

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All opinions are mine alone. #CreateWithHP #CollectiveBias

We're getting the house in order for school to start in a couple of weeks. This DIY Mobile Printer Station is perfect for all of us to share...especially our almost-teenager who seems to have more computer homework every year. The older he gets, the more involved the assignments get. This little station is perfect for him to work with, no matter where he is.

DIY Mobile Printer Station | This little station can move from room to room with a wireless printer and all of the printing accessories you might need.
Last year, we realized very quickly that having our middle schooler just borrow one of our computers for homework was not going to work. My husband is a high school principal and can't always spare his for various reasons...and I feel like I'm on mine quite a bit, too. But gosh...all of the homework was online textbooks, or printouts, or something involving a computer. We grabbed a great HP laptop for him, and it's worked great. As we head into this year, we've equipped him with the matching printer. But since it's technically for the family to share, we put together a DIY Mobile Printer Station to make it easy for everyone to use in their own work spaces.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Easy Pickle Wash Finish

This Easy Pickle Wash Finish eliminates a lot of the steps from the traditional pickling finish...and looks just as fun! I'm sharing below how I made over this 1990s garage sale find into a lovely little craft table using this finish.

Easy Pickle Wash Finish | Achieve a soft white washed finish with these two simple steps.
Today is also Thrifty Style Team day, y'all! Our group of thrifters is really rockin' and rollin' on the vintage fun! All of their goodies are linked at the bottom of this post.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How to Store Linens

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It's almost the time of year to start bringing out the heavier drapes and linens...my favorite! Today, I'm sharing some of the tricks I use to store away my out of season linens...so they're a breeze to pull out in the spring and put back into place. 
How to Store Linens | Put away seasonal linens so they're ready to go when you need them again next year. Includes free printable labels.
I'm a little over-the-top about my drapes and tablecloths. I mean...we all have our quirks, right? While most of the drapes in our home stay in place year round, I try to change out the two sets in my front windows. These particular sets of drapes show from the exterior of our home and also do double duty in terms of efficiency for our heating and cooling systems. In the cooler months, I hang something heavier in these two spots...it helps keep out the cold. In Texas, that means we barely have to turn the heat on all season. I also like the look of a heavier fabric with my holiday decor, too. I'm sharing below how to store linens...so they're ready to go the next time you'll need them. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Inspiration Monday

Just a few more weeks of summer...I actually saw a few pumpkin projects pop into last week's party (honestly...bring it on!!). I love fall and with these 100+ degree temps, I am so ready! 

This week here on ISBMTF, I have a fun GIVEAWAY to a fabulous online burlap store!

With the end of summertime coming along...school is right around the corner.
Today's features are perfect to get you in the mood!

This week's features were chosen by Laura from Inspiration for Moms (who is totally in denial that summer will be over in just a few weeks!). Check them all out below.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Free Printable Apple Gift Tags

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Not only is this post this week's free printable, I am also sharing a tutorial for painting adorable burlap gift bags...AND a giveaway and promotional code to get some fabulous bags like these, too!
Free Printable Apple Gift Tags and Burlap Painting Tutorial

Who else is addicted to mini burlap bags? They are SO FUN! They're the ultimate in giving gifts a little something special...the wrapping becomes a part of the gift. Not only are there free printable apple gift tags in this post, but we've got a discount code for the bags AND a $100 giveaway for burlapfabric.com. Check it all out below.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lined Zipper Pencil Pouch Tutorial

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If you're intimidated by sewing zippers, this lined zipper pencil pouch tutorial is perfect for you. It makes a darling  gift for any teacher or student. I've also included a coordinating free printable gift tag you can include when giving this fun pencil pouch. Because, who doesn't love a good pencil pouch, now?
Cute Pencil Pouch
I'm kind of ecstatic about how cute this pencil pouch turned out. I lucked into this fun composition notebook paper fabric and they kind of took on a life of their own. I alternated the lining and outer fabrics on each pencil pouch to make them even more fun. Honestly, I couldn't stop making these, so I just reversed it to keep things interesting.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

How To Make A Pom Pom Apple

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Y'all...I'm in love with this method for how to make a pom pom apple. I think they turned out so cute. They're perfect for teacher gifts: from back-to-school to Teacher Appreciation Week. You can tie them on zippers, make a banner with them, and more. See how to make a pom pom apple for yourself below.
Easy Yarn Pom Pom Apples for Fun!
I made these with a couple of different options...one has a "stand alone stem" and the other is a long yarn stem that you can attach to other things (or to other pom poms to form a banner). I made them in two different sizes, too. Check out the complete tutorial for how to make a pom pom apple below.