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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.


This is “The BOMB”! Bath bomb that is! LOL did you guys get that? Come on I just had to. During this time a year we have so many birthdays and open houses to attend that gift giving can sometimes become overwhelming. I’m here to tell you that not only can you have fun with this DIY gift idea but you can personalize them as well. This idea came from these awesome buttons I found on my many trips to Hobby Lobby my second home away from home after Target that is. I wanted to design the gift around the colors and design of these cool buttons.

Since summer time can be such a busy time for many I decided to create a small gift surrounding pampering yourself. I matched the gift bag to the design on the buttons and added birthday cake bath bombs, a nail file, nail polish and of course a gift card to their favorite store! Who does not like to lay in a nice bath with bath bombs and do their nails, toes once you come in from a long summer day!




  • Acrylic Paints ( I went with four different colors) – (Hobby Lobby)
  • Canvas Draw string Bags – (Hobby Lobby)
  • Foam Brushes
  • Cool Buttons – (Hobby Lobby)
  • String
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Bath Bombs – (Target)
  • Nail File – (Target)
  • Nail polish – (Target)
  • Gift Card



Begin by matching your acrylic colors to your button.

Once you have done that you will want to start painting your colors in order of the way you want your button to go. I painted each color separately first then started blending them. Now this is all personal choice but I wanted to blend mine but only a little not entirely.

I left the bags for a few days to dry.

Then you will want to attached the button with needle and thread.

Now your gift bag is ready for all your pampering goodies!




Simple gift ideas are my ultimate favorite thing to put together. What are some of your simple gift ideas?!


One small thing you guys have yet to know about me is that I have a small huge obsession with buying new silicone molds. So it was no surprise when I was casually walking through the aisles and came upon this beauty I knew I had to buy it along with another new mold I will be showcasing on a different DIY project in the upcoming weeks. I fell in love with the shape and size of the mold and all the possibilities for projects or sweet treats gets me every time. Once I brought it home I decided on what I wanted to use it for first. I have seen so many wonderful succulent holders on the web but yet I had not done any myself. WHAT? I of course had to quickly modify that. Here is my take on a colorful succulent holder!

My daughter fell in love with these and half of them now sit all over her room! My process for these are pretty simple, let’s get started!




  • Spray Paint ( I went with six different colors) – (Home Depot)
  • White Spray Primer – (Home Depot)
  • Plaster – (Joann’s)
  • Silicone Mold – (Joann’s)
  • Painters Tape
  • Small Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Small Rocks – (To weigh down your glasses)
  • Soil
  • Succulents
  • Small succulent pebbles
  • Plastic shot glasses
  • Sandwich bags
  • 400 Fine grit sand paper
  • 800 Fine grit sand paper



Begin by following mixing instructions for your plaster. You have to work quickly as this plaster starts to set within 10 min and is fully harden within 30 min.

Once you have your mixture grab a sandwich bag and fill it up not completely to the top to ensure you can still hold it and tab on the top. Then cut a small hole on the bottom to pour it into your silicone mold. I found this process to have much more control as to how much is dispensed at one time.

Start by pouring your plaster mixture into your mold to about half way and wait about 3 min. and grab your shot glasses and place it into the middle and press but not all the way to the bottom and drop one rock into the center for weight. You just want to make sure and leave the opening but not go all the way to the bottom of your mold as you need the plaster to harden below to create the bottom of your new planter.

Then quickly fill the remainder of your mold to the top.

When you are finished set aside and let it dry. I let mine sit for about 3 hours and removed them and shot glasses from the mold. Make sure to take the rocks out and rotate the shot glasses slightly before removing them from the mold.

The molds are now ready for paint.

First begin by sanding and smoothing edges and voids to ensure a good looking surface and sides.

Then, spray them with a white spray primer, let dry and begin to spray with whatever colors you have decided on. I recommend 1 coat of primer and 2 of paint to ensure a good coverage.

At this point they are ready for soil, pebbles and succulents.




These would make great gifts and center pieces for a colorful event. How many succulents do you currently have in your home or office?!