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As our first few weeks of school end my girls have a ton of things to try and remember, who else dislikes the second trip back to school for forgotten things?. That was the inspiration for this project and the fact that I love pencil cases was a bonus! How many times do we ask our kids, “Honey do you everything, your homework, books”? Oh “NO” I forgot to write that down can you take me back to school mom! Now having this simple “write that down” pencil case should help! It’s funny the things you remember about being a kid in school. The best part about summer for me was spending time with family, friends and staying up late. But going back to school meant shopping with my mom for supplies and getting to pick out my backpack and yes my pencil case was very important! LOL I would even sharpen all my pencils a few days before school.

I love the fact that now you can really customize just about any of their school supplies including folders, binders, notebooks that you buy for your kiddos based on their likes and personality. Having my Silhouette Cameo has made that very easy. What was one of your favorite back to school supplies?!




  • Metal Pencil Case – (Target)
  • Vinyl – ( I used Navy, White and a Pink) – (Joann’s)
  • Vinyl Transfer Paper – (Joann’s)
  • Silouette Cameo
  • Silhouette – (Any Designs or text of choice)
  • Write That Down – Design Download – (HERE)
  • Scissors
  • Silhouette – Vinyl Tools



Begin by downloading our design or by purchasing your files.

Once you have opened your files prep your Silouette to cut vinyl and send your files to cut. You will have one file that you may use with one color option or you can choose to print 3 various colors as I did.

At this point you will prep your vinyl with the tranfer paper and place your text file first onto your box. Make sure it’s level and centered on your box the way you like. Then continue with the other additional files.

Once you have placed all your vinyl files onto your box you can begin to fill it with your favorite pens, pencils, colored pencils and or markers.


The best part of this simple DIY project is it would make a great “Back to School” gift! What would your pencil case say?


One of the things that I enjoy most is gift giving and especially with so many holidays coming up. I can’t believe school is almost in session and we are starting to see holiday decor in some stores. Yikes! I wanted to make a gift for some of the teachers at school and decided to do something a little different this year. Ok, maybe a lot different. But hey we all love a little jewelry here and there. When I came across these gold leaves I was not sure what I would be using them for but I bought them and brought them home anyway.

After staring at them for a few days the idea came to me to turn them into an earring and necklace set. I hope you enjoy this simple but beautiful DIY jewelry set.






Begin by disconnecting the leafs from each other. You will want to decide at this time what combination you would like for your earrings to look like. I went with the larger leaf on the top and small one on the bottom. I knew I wanted the smaller leaf to be for my necklace. But really you can do any combination.

Once you have your leafs apart you will want to grab a gold hoop and attach them to your earring studs. Make sure they are secure.

That’s it! Not only are these simple to make but I love the look of them!




Begin by grabbing your gold leaf and gold hoop and setting it aside.

Then you will want to measure your gold chain to your desired length and cut. You will then want to add one gold hoop to each side and attach your closing lobster claw to close.

Once you have done that grab your gold leaf and hoop and attach it to the center of your chain and close with your pliers.

Now not only do you have earrings but a necklace to match!



What are some of your favorite style earrings?


Let’s Grab A Towel“! I’m sure many of you have seen the cool Palm patterns and designs all over this summer. This project is in no short supply of that and was inspired by a towel I found and fell in love with! I’m one of those girls that can’t ever seem to have enough totes or bags of any kind. I probably have a thousand of them in all different materials, shapes and sizes. This towel not only was huge but had the best bold design on it. Once I got it home I realized I could make about 4 projects and still have a towel left over to use. You gotta love that! Being summer here we are constantly on the “GO” so I wanted to make sure I had a few different options to use and take along with me.

I made a sunglasses case which I love especially when your by the beach and your kids are splashing water and kicking sand around. I also made a medium size carry tote, a wine or water bottle carry bag and lastly what I like to call my Izze carry tote. Yup I made it to specifically carry four to six cans of Izze drinks to the beach or poolside! The best part is if the bags get dirty you can just throw them in the wash just like your towels without a problem. Win win!




  • Towel
  • Canvas Webbing – (Hobby Lobby)
  • Palm Tree hang tags – (I found mine at the dollar spot at Target)
  • Izze – Rasberry Watermelon Flavor
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins
  • Measuring Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Cutting Mat



Begin by matching all four sides of your towel and placing your towel on a cutting mat, measure and start cutting using your rotary cutter. Cut your towel based on the size bags you would like to make. Set the larger remaining size of your towel aside.

Once you have done that you will want to start by cutting your larger tote. Mine measures 12″wide x 18″ tall, your Izze tote measures 10″ wide x *” tall,  your sunglasses case measures 3.5″ wide x 7.5″ tall and your wine water bottle measures 4″ wide x 11″ tall.

Then you will want to ensure all sides are cut and trimmed then you can start to pin the sides you will be sewing together. I went about a 1/2 from the edge on all sides except for the larger tote on the top I went with a 1 inch hem.

You are now ready to start sewing your bags. For the handles of your carry totes cut the webbing to desired length for comfort and sew about 1 inch down inside the bag.

Now you are ready to head to the beach or pool in style! These would make great gifts too!



Which of these bags would be your go to summer bag?!


There is nothing better my friends then when you get a call, text, email that one of your friends from college is coming to visit! WHAT???! Not only are you excited to see them but you can’t wait to catch up! Then you realize you have to start cleaning your house and organizing everything before they show up for their visit. One of the things I enjoy most and this goes for anyone visiting me is a “special something” for them to feel either right at home or remember the good old times! With this particular friend and “YOU” know who you are LOL, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for her. This was also a bit of a funny ha ha inside joke and I hope you all like the idea as much as she did.

Now keep in mind you can totally use this idea on a larger scale, with a different container and text.




  • Round Metal Tin – (Michaels)
  • Spray Paint – (Home Depot)
  • Painters Tape
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Vinyl – (Joann’s)
  • Transfer Paper
  • Vinyl Tools
  • Mini Guest Bar Download – (HERE)
  • Your Choice of Mini Liquor Bottles



Begin by spray painting your tin with the color of your choice.

Once you have done that I would personally wait a few days to ensure the paint is cured before use.

At this time your ready to cut your vinyl and place it on your tin. You can either download our design or create your own.

I wanted to keep my design simple and classy but you could also add a fun element or your guests name if you wish.

Not only are these cute but your guest can take these with them as their special gift for visiting! LOL

Now your ready to fill it up and serve some fun!





What kind of drinks would you have in your “Mini Guest Bar”?


One of my favorite things to enjoy during the summer month’s is chilling with family and friends “Poolside”! That is what inspired me to create another fun poolside caddy “Just Poolin’ Around”! Now if you’ll remember I made a “Drink Up Poolside” cooler last year that is still one of my favorites to date. This cooler however has a duel purpose not only can it be used as a cooler but also a picnic basket or poolside carry caddy! How cool is that? I was inspired by a vintage style picnic basket that I totally fell in love with at World Market. Now when you see the before and after you will know why I decided to give it a small face lift. Nothing against elephants but just not quite my style! LOL

I teamed up with Silhouette America to share and create this DIY Poolside Cooler. They have so many wonderful products, designs and fonts to choose from and the versatility has endless possibilities. Always leaves me wanting to make a project and create daily!




  • Vintage Style Metal Picnic Basket – (World Market)
  • Spray Paint – (Home Depot)
  • Painters Tape
  • Fine/Medium Sanding Block
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Vinyl – (Joann’s)
  • Transfer Paper
  • Vinyl Tools
  • Just Poolin’ Around Download – (HERE)



Begin by lightly sanding your metal picnic basket with your sanding block. Then start spray painting your basket with a Rust Oleum primer. I would wait a few hours before spray painting to ensure your primer has bounded.

Then at this point you will want to spray paint with the color of your choice with at least two or three coats. Then I would wait a few hours or overnight before you cut and place your vinyl.

At this time your ready to cut your vinyl and place it on your basket. You can either download our design or create your own.

I wanted to keep my design simple and fun but you could also add a fun element if you wish.

Not only can this be used as a cooler but also as a great poolside picnic basket/caddy to carry all your goodies around the pool!

Now your ready to fill it up with drinks and enjoy them by the pool!



What is one of your favorite poolside drink?!

*This post is in collaboration with Silhouette America. All projects and opinions are my own.