Category Archives: DIY Home Projects

Darby Smart To DIY For July 2015 Box Review

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My 6th Darby Smart “To DIY For” monthly kit is the July 2015 project, which is “DIY Floral Chandelier” and included the following:

  • (7) Glass Vials
  • Brass Hoop
  • Microfiber Suede
  • Jute Cording
  • E6000 Glue
  • SPECIAL EXTRA!!  “Hey Girl” Ryan Gosling zipper pouch —haha, LOVE this!

I loved this months craft!!  I tied all the suede cords to the hoop, instead of gluing them like the instructions called for… because I thought it would be more secure that way and there was plenty of cord.  Otherwise, I followed the instructions step by step.  I did not use real flowers however, because of the maintenance and my lack of green thumb… for the flowers safety of course LOL.  I got this cluster of adorable flowers at Michael’s for only $5 and LOVE the result!

I pay just $19 per month, but there are 6 month and 12 month options available as well.  If you love to craft and create… I highly suggest you visit DarbySmart.com and shop and/or sign up!

I give this Darby Smart project 4 paws!

Darby Smart To DIY For June 2015 Box Review

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My 5th Darby Smart “To DIY For” monthly kit is the June 2015 project, which is “DIY Marbled Candle Holders” and included the following:

  • Premo! Grey Granite Oven Bake Clay
  • Sculpey Black Oven Bake Clay
  • (2) Sculpey White Oven Bake Clay
  • (4) Tea Light Candle Molds
  • (4) Tea Light Soy Wicks
  • Soy Candle Wax
  • Fresh Blooming Candle Fragrance

(Disclaimer:  The photo above includes Mod Podge and a foam brush… which I put in the box in error.  I have so many Darby boxes to do right now… I’m getting the kit items all mixed up LOL!)

The How-To instructions for this project were easy to follow and simple to carry out.  I always like to put my own creative spin on the projects… so instead of making 4 mini votives… I made one large heart, which I now have 4 tea light candles for!

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I am SO loving how it turned out… and couldn’t be happier with the results!  As for the floral fragrance… OMG… the best smelling candle scent!!  This DIY project was fun and absolutely worth the cost.

I pay just $19 per month, but there are 6 month and 12 month options available as well.  If you love to craft and create… I highly suggest you visit DarbySmart.com and shop and/or sign up!

I give this Darby Smart project 4 paws!

The Container Store, Battery Storage Organization, Before and After

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Although my batteries were all contained in one drawer,… they lacked serious organization and it’s really been bothering me lately! My solution?… I went to The Container Store of course LOL. My haul, pictured and detailed below:

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  • (2) AAA battery storage containers, at $1.49 each
  • (2) AA battery storage containers, at $1.99 each
  • C battery storage container, at $2.49
  • D battery storage container, at $2.99
  • 4″ x 6″ Iris photo case, at $2.49
  • 8″ x 8″ Iris project case, at 6.99

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Now all of my batteries are organized separately by size, …with the 4″ x 6″ case for misc. sized batteries, like the button cells, 3-volts and 9-volts.  All of the little containers fit perfectly into the 8″ x 8″ project case!  I spent a total cost of $21.92 plus tax on this project… a small price to pay to be able to easily find batteries when I need them and know which sizes I’m running low on… to keep a sufficient stock, especially with hurricane season right around the corner!

I give this simple DIY organization project 4 paws!

Container Store, Elfa Gift Wrap Door Rack System Review

My hall closet is cluttered with gift wrap hanging organizers that are bursting at the seams and monopolizing some much needed space!

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I’ve seen the Elfa Gift Wrap Door Rack in the Container Store catalogs …and have been eager to splurge on this pricey, but efficient organizing system.  The Container Store has all of their Elfa products on sale for 30% off right now,… through March 2nd… so I bought it!  I opted for the platinum color… but white is also available and… you can customize this to your own gift wrap needs.  Here is what I bought and what you will need, to create my gift wrap organization bliss:

(kitty Bentley is not included or sold in stores LOL!!)

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  1. Residential Overdoor Hook, $9.99  (on sale for $6.99!)
  2. 77-3/4″ Mounted Standard, $17.99  (on sale for $12.59!)
  3. Gift Wrap Rack Platinum, (2) at 9.99 each  (on sale for $6.99 each!  I actually had to go back for the 2nd one, because I didn’t account for the shorter wraps I have, that I pick up from the Target $1 section.)
  4. Deep Basket Platinum, (3) at $14.99 each  (on sale for $10.49 each!  Wine bags fit perfectly in this!)
  5. Shallow Basket Platinum, (2) at $12.99 each  (on sale for $8.99 each!)
  6. Amac Box Clear 4″ square, (4) at $3.79 each  (not part of the Elfa system… but 4 fit perfectly in the basket!  Great tip from one of their awesome employees!)
  7. Large Document Case, (2) at $11.99 each  (these were on sale too, for $7.99 each, even though they aren’t part of the Elfa system either!  These are what I used to contain all of my gift bags, boxes and tissue paper… on my new shelf!!)

Total cost at full price is $158.05, plus tax… and the total with the 30% off Elfa sale is $114.15, plus tax!  It was fairly easy to install… with only a little help needed from my Hubby on locking the “Mounted Standard” to the top and bottom Elfa Overdoor Hooks.  The only tool needed is an allen wrench… and is included in the hook package.  The instructions are only a series of pictures… no written instruction.  The pictures instruct you to lock in the top hook first… but that did not work for us.  The bottom hook has a very specific angle in which it needs to be installed into the Standard, so I suggest you start with the bottom hook and then lock in the top hook as we finally did.  Another tip: The baskets don’t sit flush over the portions of the Standard where circular holes exist. You will need to lock your baskets in above or below those or they will be wobbly.  It took about 15-20 minutes to set up,… and I was finally ready to load it up with wrap goodies!  Here is the final organized result…wpid-20150223_220126.jpg

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I’m now able to have a shelf over the vacuum —which my Daddy put in— he is the handiest man I know!  It is unreal the additional storage space I now have on that shelf from utilizing the door for storage also!  I love wrapping presents & gifting my friends and family with fabulously wrapped packages, so I am super excited to have it be so organized.  I even have space for MORE wrapping paper roll options!  This Elfa Gift Wrap System is so spectacular… I can hardly contain myself!!

I give this 4 paws!!