November 26, 2014

Craft Preppy- Sharpie Jewelry Tray

  This is one of the quickest, easiest, cutest DIY's you will ever do.  Not kidding.  I originally saw this DIY on Good & Messy but I of course, changed it up a little bit.  You can see the original project here.

  I'll be trying to do more DIY's from now through December for gift ideas!  If you have something specific you want me to try, let me know in the comments!

Small ceramic bowl, plate, or dipping bowl- I got mine from Target.  It's Threshold and it was only $1.99!  I would link to it but it isn't available online.  To get inexpensive ceramic dishes be sure to check thrift stores, they always have tons!
Oil or water based Sharpies- I haven't tried the oil based but I hear that they allow you to put the finished project in the dishwasher!


1) Draw whatever you want on the dish.  The nice part about the Sharpies is that if you don't like what you drew it wipes right off!  I used a small square dish so it could be used as a little jewelry tray, I think things like this are really cute!

2) Cure the marker by putting it in the oven at  350 degrees for 30 minutes.  The marker will no longer rub off!

  If you use traditional Sharpies DO NOT PUT THE FINISHED PROJECT IN THE DISHWASHER.  This will cause all of the Sharpie to wash off.  I hear that if you use oil based Sharpies you can put the finished project in the dishwasher, however I have never tried it myself.  The traditional Sharpies can still be washed, just no dishwasher.

  This is a super cute and inexpensive gift, especially with the holidays coming up!  I just gave one of these to my friend as a belated birthday gift and she loved it!

Love and Stay Preppy,

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November 25, 2014

When Marley Lilly Makes Your Day- Marley Lilly Cashmere Feel Scarf Review!

  Let me take a minute to clearly illustrate the weather in the state I live in.  Two weeks ago, November 10th, to be exact, we had four or five inches of snow dumped on us.  From that point on it occasionally snows for the next two weeks and yes, the snow actually stays on the ground, until yesterday, that is.  Yesterday, it all of a sudden turned from 5 degrees to 50.  All of the snow melted in one day.  It then started snowing again the same day.  So yes, the weather is crazy here, and yes, I'm freezing.

  This pretty accurately describes the weather here.

  I can't complain too much, though!  Snow is one of my favorite things about winter, Nutcracker, and the holiday season!

  That being said, as soon as it started snowing I realized I really wanted a nice, warm winter scarf that I could wear both indoors and out.  Then somehow Marley Lilly seemed to sense that I was having an off day and surprise package came from them.  What's better? What was in it was one amazingly soft, beautiful, monogrammed winter scarf.

  See that white speck on my scarf?  That's a snowflake.  It started snowing when I was taking these pictures.  Thank you to my sister for facing the cold to help me get a few shots.  :)

  I think this scarf is the Marley Lilly Cashmere Feel Scarf in Violet.  IT IS THE SOFTEST SCARF I HAVE EVER FELT.  This scarf is $22.99 on the Marley Lilly website and as far as I'm concerned, it's worth every penny.  Seriously, I want one in pink and camel too!

  My sister said it looked like I was grimacing in the picture.  I wasn't trying to, honestly.  It was just really cold.

  I had been thinking about ordering this scarf for a while, but honestly, I was a little skeptical that it wasn't going to be that nice.  I shouldn't have been.  There's a reason why people like Marley Lilly so much!  The fabric seems to be of very good quality and it's not itchy AT ALL.  The monogram is also nicely set and it doesn't seem to be pulling away from the fabric an abnormal amount.  Lastly, the tassels.  Like most scarves, this scarf has tassels at the end of it and in my experience, they usually start to unwind after a few times.  Between this and the Lilly Pulitzer murfees, I've finally found scarves that don't.

  This is definitely my go-to Winter scarf this year and I can't wait to wear it all through the Nutcracker and Holiday Seasons!  I would highly recommend buying it especially if you live in the North like I do!

Love and Stay Preppy,

*This is a sponsored post by Marley Lilly however the opinions presented are entirely my own.  I would never endorse or recommend anything that I didn't truly believe was a good product.
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November 16, 2014

Craft Preppy- Fabric Covered Books

Hi Prepperinas!  I recently discovered a really cute, really easy DIY to make books so much cuter!  The original DIY instructions are on Two Twenty One but here's my take!

Hardcover book, Sketchbook, or Journal
Spray Adhesive
Fabric (Enough to leave a 1-1 1/2" border around your book)
Butter Knife
Hot Glue Gun
Fabric Marking or Washable Marker (Optional)
Ribbon (Optional)

1) Lay your fabric down on a flat surface and set the book on top of it, open.  Using your fabric marking or washable marker, trace a 1-1 1/2" margin around the entire book.  If you're not using a marker, just eyeball it.  I like things really exact so I measured out exactly 1" around and it took probably more time than it should have.

2)  Cut out your outline. Make slits where the spine is.

3) Lay newspaper down and spray the front cover with your spray adhesive.  I'm using the E6000 Spray Adhesive.  Lay the fabric over the front cover and press it down.  Repeat this for the back cover.  I would recommend doing this outside because spray adhesive stays sticky after it dries.

 4) After the glue dries, fold the excess fabric in and hot glue it down.  Fold the corner in and a dot of glue.  Do this for both the front and back covers.

5) Now for the spine.  Use your butter knife to poke in the strip of fabric.  You can a a dot of glue to make sure it stays in if you want, but you may have to cut the strip shorter in order to have it go all the way in.

6) Cut cardstock to just over the edges of your fabric and glue down.


 7) (Optional) Tie and glue bow to front cover!

 You're finished!

These books make great gifts, especially with the holidays coming up, have fun making them!

Love and Stay Preppy,

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