My Etsy Store is Now OPEN!


Good Morning! I hope everyone had an absolutely fabulous weekend! We certainly did. It was quite productive, and I am bursting at the seams with excitement. The Gold Jellybean Etsy store is officially open for business! I put a handful of items up last night, and already made a sale. I will be adding more items throughout today. Be sure to check it out by clicking the link in the menu bar above! I am selling various vintage items, mostly home decor but some clothes and jewelry, and handmade dolls. One doll is in the shop so far, and another is coming soon.

Here is a little reminder of some of the items in there, which I previously posted in a sneak peek:

Dollhouse Renovation


Sydney and I spent almost all of yesterday updating her dollhouse. I guess I’m getting her started in the design business early! She was really excited to help pick things out for her dollhouse, and to start seeing it to come together in front of her. There is still a lot to do to the little house, but we’ll get there! Continue reading

Slime Recipe!

With the rain carrying over from the weekend into this week, we decided to get crafty and experiment with some new things. And so, it was time for some slime! I found several recipes online, and ended up using this one from and this one from projects for All you need is school glue, water, food coloring, and borax. Easy peasy, we had success on our first try, and Sydney loved her pink slime! It actually entertained her way longer than I expected!

Chevron / Herringbone Painted Wall Tips


I have gotten some questions about our chevron / herringbone patterned wall, and how we achieved the look, so I wanted to share my method with you. Unfortunately, it came before the blog, so I didn’t take step by step photos. But, I will do my best to explain and illustrate the steps. So here we go! Continue reading

Quick & Easy Olive Tapenade Recipe


Yesterday was certainly a fun and productive day, especially in the kitchen. We made a fun lunch, baked, and even played around with some homemade slime. I’ll be posting the slime recipe later this week! Any how, today I feel as if the craziness from the weekend is finally catching up with me. And, thinking about the weekend, I thought I’d share my go-to dish for entertaining at home or taking over to a friend’s party (which we did both of this weekend). Olive tapenade. Continue reading

DIY Mason Jars with Chalkboard Labels


This weekend was crazy busy, but I managed to find some time for a rainy Sunday afternoon project. I have been stockpiling empty jars and containers, and it’s been driving my husband a little crazy. But, I finally pulled them out from hiding, and turned them into useful containers to keep our beans, rice, and grains nicely organized in our cupboards. Continue reading

Things I Loved This Week

Yay! It’s Friday! Check out a few things I loved this week, and have a great weekend!

We came across this fantastic site while browsing around Zite. Its called Playtend, and they make fantastic products and apps that encourage children to use their imagination and creativity. I can’t say enough about them, they rock and I want to get so many things for Sydney! (if you click the image below, it will take you to their site)

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A Kid’s Activity Book, DIY


Good afternoon! This post is a bit late today as we have been busy with gymnastics and having fun with the new activity book we made this morning. (I meant to post it as soon as we finished making it, but we got carried away.) Syd loves her new book, and now I think I am going to have to make several more! I’ll definitely need to figure out some activities that are appropriate for a book to keep in the car, and even a small one that can be tossed into my purse! Continue reading

DIY Dollar Store Animal Place Card or Photo Holders


I have another dollar store diy project today. I spotted these cute little animals and dinosaurs in the toy section, near all the creepy crawlers I used in my insect magnet post. I knew I needed to use them for something fun. Using some spray paint and an x-acto, I turned the little plastic figures into photo / place card holders. I love the finished product, they add playfulness and humor to our decor! Continue reading

Tuesday Tips DIY : Take Corduroy Pants from Fall to Spring


Today’s tip is a diy project that was born from a recent ‘oh crap’ moment. Last week I was running around doing too many things at once, as usual. So when I decided to clean the showers between gymnastics class and a grocery store run, I ended up with a bleach spot on my favorite cords. Ugh! The good news is that I was able to save them! I have been hunting for a great pair of pastel pants, a look that has been popping up all over pinterest this spring. And that little bleach spot looked like just the right color! Continue reading

DIY Gold Striped $1 Candles


Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend! We sure did, Sydney loved her Easter basket, egg hunt, and just being away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a couple days. It was a nice relaxing weekend.

Today I bring you a diy project from a previous post, my spring centerpiece. I picked up a few simple white candles from the dollar store. I updated them and made them my own with the use of some painters tape and spray paint. Just tape. Spray. Peel. And enjoy! I went with gold to match our home and the centerpiece I was working on, but you could do this with any color! Continue reading

Vintage Easter Basket with DIY Fabric Peony Accents


Easter is nearly here, and I finally got Sydney’s basket ready. I found this fantastic old basket at a thrift store, took out the icky fabric pillow that was in it and gave it a good cleaning. Then I was stuck on how to change it up. I contemplated painting it, but I kinda loved it just the way it was. Yesterday, I stumbled upon this tutorial for DIY fabric peony flower accessories from Creature Comforts. As soon as I saw the beautiful flowers, I knew that’s all the basket needed! You can follow the tutorial here. I followed her method, and also decided to add beads to the flower centers for a little sparkle. Continue reading

Fun Easter Egg Decorating for Kids


So, after the lack of fun for Sydney in naturally dying our Easter eggs, I made a last min store run for the traditional egg dye kit. But that wasn’t hands-on enough for a 2 1/2 yr old. Something like glitter would be way more exciting… but a big mess, especially when it comes time to de-shell and eat the eggs. I needed a safer and cleaner method. I remembered all the salt glitter recipes I’ve come across recently, and thought why not try it with sugar?! So that’s exactly what we did. Continue reading

Trying Our Hand at Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs


We finally colored our eggs! There were some ups and downs in this process. I had my heart set on doing naturally dyed eggs this year. They did work, but we didn’t have the patience to get the fun bright colors we set out for. Not the right egg coloring method for the little ones, I think we’ll try it again when Syd is older and can appreciate the process. Continue reading

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