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Share A Coke And A Song + DIY

Posted in All Things Home, DIY
on June 2, 2016

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Happy June everyone! I am so excited to partner with Coca-Cola™ in the Share A Coke And A Song Campaign. Music has a way to take everyone back to a certain place and time. As the song goes, “Every time I hear that song, I go back.”. So, I headed to my neighborhood Randalls to get in on the Share A Coke action!

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The Share A Coke And A Song campaign made me think of all the songs I hold dear in my heart. My anniversary is next month and one song, most importantly, is the song my husband and I danced to on our wedding night called “Timing Is Everything”. It’s a song that combines feelings of sadness and complete joy.

Every single word brings back a feeling and a memory. I flash back thinking of how I was bawling on my husbands shoulder while dancing at our wedding. Then I look back to the time after our wedding, dancing in our small apartment living room to the same song.

I want to show you how to capture those sweet memories with a lyric frame and show it off in your house for friends and family to see!

Lets get crafty shall we?

For this project you’ll need:

A matted frame (pictured is an 8×10 matted to a 5×7), a ruler, and a pen/pencil, lyrics to your favorite song.

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Step One: If you’re horrible at writing in a straight line keep reading.. if not, consider yourself blessed and head to step two. Measure line space on the matted frame with a pencil and lightly continue them using the ruler until you’re happy with the spacing.

Step Two: Get those lyrics ready and start jotting them down. I originally had planned to write them up in pencil first, and trace later, however I urge you not to perfect your handwriting. It is you and it’s what will bring this peace is uniqueness and sentiment.

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Step Three: When you’re finished take the eraser and remove any obvious lines.

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Voila! You have a piece that will stay with you forever! I chose this picture because it’s the one I used for our save the dates. We weren’t even married, so young, yet so very much in love.. and not much has changed today!

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I especially love this DIY with milestone moments, pictures of children, or even as an anniversary gift!

For bonus points.. When you grab your Coca-Cola and can’t quite put your finger on the song, the Shazam App has your back. Download it on your iPhone, iPad, Android and other devices to get your Coca-Cola Share a song title, it can read your bottle y’all! Record yourself jamming out to it, and share it with friends straight from the app!

This is the summer of good music and great friends! If you try this DIY make sure to tag me on social media! @stringfellowandco

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 xoxo Shirri

DIY Faux Marble Countertops

Posted in All Things Home, DIY
on May 20, 2016

If you gave me a dollar for every time I heard someone say their countertops were ugly I’d probably have like $20 or so.. Because I don’t know many people, and even less I do know really don’t care about their countertops… If this isn’t you than you’re in luck!

I absolutely hated my countertops. They were a pale yellow, almost like they were once white, but still YELLOW. We’ve been living in our new home for 2 months now and I’d be lying if I said the countertops almost made me say “no” to this house. It’s an updated, custom home by a well known builder and I just couldn’t understand why they skimp on kitchens! My biggest pet peeve is when kitchens don’t blend with the rest of the house. We have white counters in our bathrooms for crying out loud!!

Anyways, I finally found a fix. A fix that is helpful to the renter, or even someone who wants a kitchen revamp, but not the cash that comes with it.

White marble countertops can run you anywhere from $125-$250 per square foot.. Trust me, I already stalked Home Depot and Lowes. Those prices are disgusting, and Im just not ready for that much commitment.

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You’ll have to excuse the dark background, I took this picture before one of my very first DIY’s where I used this liner in my IKEA Nightstand Hack.

You can purchase rolls just like these at Lowes. Each roll is 20 inches by 15 feet, and it goes A LONG WAY. At $6.97 a roll you’re coming in way under budget, and you have nothing to loose.

I started lining my countertop around my kitchen sink, I figured if I could cut it out to form one big piece around the skin, than the rest of my counters would be a breeze. I used my husbands trusty pocket knife to cut around the sink, a small razor blade or X-Aacto knife would do as well. Just make sure its extremely sharp.

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As far as tips go, the biggest piece of useful advice I can give you is to be patient. Working with a long rolled up liner may have been my biggest test when it comes to my patience. Cut it off the roll and get some things around the house to use for paper weights.

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The picture above is after I finished the first line and cut the edge off the ledge.. In hindsight I wish I would’ve went underneath the ledge with it, instead of cutting it right at the ledge. Because I thought this was a good idea, I then had to go back through and attach the edges separately, which looks just fine, but its an unnecessary step. Learn from my mistakes y’all!

If you look closely you can see that the lining isn’t wide enough for the entire counter, don’t panic, just cut a smaller piece and overlap it to bring it up to the wall. No, you won’t notice a seam, even if you don’t have decor to cover your counter.

No one will notice unless they are close enough to smell your countertop, and thats just weird if they are.

Moving on! After I finished the edges and bringing the liner up to the wall I was shocked! In this picture you can see I brought it down underneath the edge of the counter after I learned my lesson, and there’s also 3 or 4 different pieces covering this corner. Can’t tell can you?

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So here’s the rundown. This is a pocketbook friendly, dramatic kitchen DIY. There will not be any obvious seams whatsoever because the main color is white, no need to match the pattern up exactly. It cleans just as the old counter did, maybe even better because some formica is somewhat textured and rough, this vinyl liner is a somewhat glossy finish. Its held up wonderfully with sitting water but I recommend getting some clear sealant and running it around the sink just to be sure. Sealant can easily be peeled back when its time to move.

Keep on scrolling’ to see some more pictures!

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Are you going to try this DIY? If you do send me your after shots! I’d love to see them!

DIY [No Sew] Grain Sack Cafe Curtains

Posted in All Things Home, DIY
on April 13, 2016

Hey y’all!! Im beyond excited to share my most recent DIY project. As you may know we’re just now settling into our new house and my mind is racing with decor plans. Too many plans, not enough time!! I was a bit iffy about taking down the original blinds to this window but I’m so glad I did. It unknowingly pushed me to hop onto this project. You’ll have to excuse the unfinished backsplash and insane brightness. Clearly I needed something covering that window!

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After what seemed like weeks of searching for the perfect window treatment I gave up. You don’t even want to know how much these curtains are going for from a major store.. ($60.oo) so surely you could understand my excitement when I gathered the guts to try to make them myself.

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Heres what you’ll need.

  • A tape measure
  • Grain sack fabric (at least a yard)
  • Scissors
  • Hanging hardware w/ clips
  • Curtain rod

Sounds pretty cheap right? Thats because it IS! I purchased this fabric from a little shop on Etsy called Cottage Designs. 1 yard was 21 bucks, and that, my friends, is why I love doing things myself.

The fabric arrived frayed and raw and I absolutely loved it just how it was.

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After you figure all your measurements bust out that tape measure and get to cutting. Use the edge of a table, and a weight on the other edge, to ensure a straight cut. (or a ”close enough it’s barely noticeable” cut)

I cut out 2 panels and used some curtain rings with attached clips to hang them up. These are the exact clips I used and they are great quality considering the $8 price tag.

I’m so happy with the way these turned out and it took me all of 30 minutes to get it done!

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