About shaleah

I'm a stay at home mom, wife, designer, and blogger. I love design, diy projects, and being creative with my daughter!

Doing Flips for Cartwheel (plus a chance to win $1000 at Target!)

 

I’ve been meaning to check out the Target Cartwheel app for some time now, and I’m glad I finally gave it a go this past weekend. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical that it’d actually save me time and money on the things I need, but I was pleasantly surprised and saved on far more than I originally expected. I didn’t open the app until I was already in the store, so it was a little slow going at first. But, once I nabbed a sales clerk and got the low down, I was ready to shop away!Target CartwheelI started off browsing “All Categories”, which can be a bit overwhelming. And so, I’d recommend checking out this feature during your morning coffee, walk, lazy moment in bed, whatever! Just do it before hitting the Target floor. The app has over 700 offers that can be used towards in-store purchases. I found most to be in the grocery section, but there was a little something for everyone. (As you may expect, I was most interested in the home furnishing and craft sections.)Target CartwheelMy favorite feature? The barcode scanner. Hands down. Continue reading

Creative Kids : Storytelling

DIY Storytelling

 

Good Morning! The last couple weeks we’ve had fun practicing storytelling with Sydney, all thanks to Elmer’s Early Learners Academy. As soon as our fun box filled with supplies arrived, Syd couldn’t wait to open it up and get crafting!

Elmer's Early Learning Academy, DIY Storytelling

We used all different kinds of paper, foam, paint, and craft sticks from both the Elmer’s craft box, and our own craft drawers, to create our scenery and people.

DIY Storytelling

We talked about shapes as we cut and glued to create fun backdrop…

DIY Storytelling

….. and once it was all put together, we let our imaginations takeover!

DIY Storytelling

Now, we can’t wait to come up with new scenes and all new adventures!

DIY Storytelling

Beach Glass Mobile

Beach Glass Mobile DIY

Today’s post is all about sea glass and driftwood.

Beach Glass Mobile DIY

I’ve had a giant bag of beach glass that I’ve collected over the years, and all it’s done is just sit and accumulate dust. I’m so happy that I finally put some of it to good use! The supplies for this project are simple: driftwood/stick, scissors, beach glass, string or wire.

Beach Glass Mobile DIY

You can use either string or wire to attach your beach glass to one another, and to the driftwood. I opted for string since it won’t rust in the salty air. The next step requires patience and time and tying a series of knots. Tie your first knot at the point where you want to insert a piece of glass. Slip the glass in place, and secure with another knot. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Beach Glass Mobile DIY

You can get creative with different shapes, colors, and incorporating shells.
And it’s ready to hang….

Beach Glass Mobile DIY

indoors or out!

Beach Glass Mobile DIY

 

Beach House Birthday

 

It’s already been a month since Sydney’s birthday, and I still can’t believe she’s four years old. My oh my, where does the time go?

Beach House Birthday :: www.thegoldjellybean.com

Being busy back at work, I wasn’t able to be as hands on and crafty as I would have liked, but nonetheless, it was a fantastic party! And, the fact that we threw it at a super adorable beach house set the tone for a great afternoon. Here are a few pics to give you a feel of how adorable it was, including a super cute bathroom that I just can’t get enough of:

Beach House Birthday :: www.thegoldjellybean.com

love, love this artwork idea:

Beach House Birthday :: www.thegoldjellybean.com

… and these concrete succulent planters are adorable!

Beach House Birthday :: www.thegoldjellybean.com

I was most worried about keeping the kiddies occupied, so we set up a pool, had a piñata, opted for a cupcake decorating session vs a traditional cake, filled beach pails with goodies, and finished off the evening with some crab hunting!

Beach House Birthday :: www.thegoldjellybean.com

We were so thankful to have such great family and friends to help us celebrate!

Beach House Birthday :: www.thegoldjellybean.com Beach House Birthday :: www.thegoldjellybean.com

p.s. no crabs were harmed, we set them free the very next morning…

Beach House Birthday :: www.thegoldjellybean.com

White Crush

 

We’ve been hard at work getting the house in order, and it’s really starting to feel like home. It’s been a slow start, but we’ve managed to get some major cleaning and painting done thus far. I know I’ve said it before, but man it’s amazing what a coat of paint can do!

When it came time to select paint colors, it was a battle of the sexes. I have been on this huge white kick lately, the hubby wanted shades of gray, and Sydney of course rallied for orange. Well I mostly won, with a compromise, and we settled on all white walls and gray in the bedroom. These few images below helped me with my win. I’m quite happy.

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I don’t know what it is about white that has tickled my fancy lately. I suppose it’s the crispness the color offers to a room, combined with the opportunity to bring in a wide range of fun colors through furniture and accessories.

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My husbands biggest qualm was that the house was already white, and it wouldn’t be a big enough change. But there are endless shades of white, and picking the right one can be just as tricky as finding the right shade of gray. After looking at and taping up what felt like hundreds of white paint swatches, we finally agreed on my first choice. Farrow and Ball’s All White. You pretty much can’t go wrong with their colors!

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Here are a couple progress photos….

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Finished photos coming soon!

LINKS in this post:
http://thedesignfiles.net/2013/05/melbourne-home-anna-charlesworth-peter-stephens-and-family/
http://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/bris-house-makeover/

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Spring Flowers

 

May is nearly here, and so it’s time to get some new plants and flowers in our life! Sydney and I did a little indoor gardening this weekend, and we used a couple containers I spotted at Target. LOVE them and just couldn’t resist sharing!

Spring Flowers

I let Syd pick out the flowers and the candle (also from Target) and she did well.

Spring Flowers

Both the gold vase….

Spring Flowers

and the white porcelain urchin are from Target. This urchin one is actually a votive candle holder, but I prefer it holding pretty flowers  : )

Spring Flowers

 

What touches of Spring have you added to your home?

Crafts for Kids : Raindrop Suncatchers

April Showers DIY Suncatcher Craft via www.thegoldjellybean.com

 

These suncatchers are easy to create, and Sydney had lots of fun making them! All we used was wax paper, a marker, white paper, school glue, and a few shades of blue tissue paper. Sketch your cloud and raindrops onto white paper and cut them out. Then cut up your blue tissue paper into small squares.

April Showers DIY Suncatcher Craft via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Now, trace your raindrops onto wax paper and cover with glue. Allow your little ones to go crazy gluing the tissue into each raindrop shape. Then, coat with a thin layer of glue to make sure all tissue is glued down and secure. Allow to dry.

April Showers DIY Suncatcher Craft via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Cut out your blue raindrops, and they’re ready to hang and admire on your windows!

April Showers DIY Suncatcher Craft via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Now, if only these april showers would bring some pretty May flowers…

DIY Spring Felt Flower Box Craft

Spring Flower Box Craft for Kids, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

 

 

Good morning! I hope everyone is set and ready for a great weekend!  I am really excited to share a DIY feature I did for Delighted Magazine! Sydney and I had so much fun with it.

Spring Flower Box Craft for Kids, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Spring Flower Box Craft for Kids, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

You can check out the full tutorial in the online publication by clicking here.

Spring Flower Box Craft for Kids, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Painting Easter Eggs

Painting Easter Eggs, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

 

We finally painted our eggs! Instead of messing with natural dye again, or picking up the boxed kind, I opted to find something around the house to reuse instead. I can never seem to use my nail polish fast enough, and it always ends up goopy. So using some of my bright colors from last year worked perfect! I started by blowing out the eggs, and of course making some omelets.

Painting Easter Eggs, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Use whatever technique works best, I went with the ol’ pin and aspirator method. A straw can also be very helpful if you don’t have the aspirator.

Painting Easter Eggs, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Then, once the eggs were washed and dry, a little white spackling paste makes the holes vanish. I also created some little egg stands by cutting up all the sections in the egg carton, flipping them upside down, and adding pins to carefully cradle and hold the eggs in place.

Painting Easter Eggs, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Then I put some q-tips into the polish jars, and let Syd go to town painting. She opted for a drippy paint look.

Painting Easter Eggs, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

I went for my go-to black, white and gold palette, using sharpies & metallic nail polish.

Painting Easter Eggs, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

We cut strips of paper bags to create little nests for our pretty eggs. Here are Syd’s colorful creations:

Painting Easter Eggs, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Sprouting Eggs

Spring Egg Sprouts for Easter, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

 

For the last couple weeks Sydney has been learning about plants and growth, and sprouting some beans. And now we’ve added the plants to our easter egg centerpiece.

We used egg shells as planters.

We used egg shells as planters.

Spring Egg Sprouts for Easter, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Added with a little soil….

Spring Egg Sprouts for Easter, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

 

And now Syd’s sprouts have their new homes.

And with a little soil, Syd's sprouts found their new homes.

Springy Spring Spring : Yarn Wrapped Candles

Yarn Wrapped Candles for Spring, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

 

These yarn wrapped candles are the perfect way to add a bright & cheery touch of spring to your table!

And they couldn’t be any easier to make. You just need candles (I picked up mine at Target for under two bucks a piece), colorful yarn, and some glue.

Yarn Wrapped Candles for Spring, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Start by glueing one end of your yarn to the candle, then get to wrapping. Make sure you wrap tightly, and add a dot of glue every so often. If you’re using hot glue like I did, be sure  to just use a little dot. If the glue builds up it creates bumps under your yarn.

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Switch up the colors to make different designs.

Yarn Wrapped Candles for Spring, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Then they’re ready to display! As always use caution when working with hot glue, and make sure you keep the yarn far enough away from the tops of your candles!

Yarn Wrapped Candles for Spring, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

DIY Patterned Name Sign

DIY Patterned Name Sign, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

 

I am so excited to share another fun craft project I made for Shutterstock! Head over to their blog to check out the full tutorial. I used Photoshop for this one, but if you don’t have the program you can simply print out your patterns & use stencils to cutout your letters.
(if you’re liking the neon animal mobile, you can find that tutorial here)

DIY Pattern Name Sign, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Felt Shamrock Plant For St. Patrick’s Day

DIY Felt Shamrocks, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

 

Good Morning! I have been so busy working with a few different clients, helping them to refresh and update their homes. But, yesterday I finally found some time to break out my glue gun again! I made this cute little shamrock plant to add a festive touch to our window sill. All I used was green & white felt, wire, scissors, and glue.

DIY Felt Shamrocks, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Cut out some hearts. Use glue to give them a little dimension. Then, glue the heart shaped clover leaves to your wire. I also made larger clovers by turning my hearts upside-down. Get creative with it.

DIY Felt Shamrocks, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Then stick them all into  a cute little cup or pot with some foam in the bottom. And done! A super quick afternoon craft!

DIY Felt Shamrocks, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Under-the-Bed Storage Drawers

Using Old Drawers For Storage, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

 

I posted awhile back that we finally got around to taking down the crib in Sydney’s room. Well, we salvaged as many pieces as possible, and that included the drawers. With just a few bucks, and five min, I adapted those drawers to store toys under Syd’s big girl bed!

Using Old Drawers For Storage, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

All I needed was a hammer, and 8 furniture glides (found at the hardware store). You can also use casters, but her bed was too low for those.

Using Old Drawers For Storage, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Turn the drawers over, and hammer a glide into each corner. Flip over, and…..

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…that’s it! You can do this with almost any drawers. I’m thinking of using some cool vintage ones on casters under our bed!

DIY Driftwood Candle Holders

DIY Driftwood Votive Candle Holders, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

 

I finally got around to using the great pieces of driftwood we collected during our little Kauai getaway. I made candle holders!

DIY Driftwood Votive Candle Holders, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

If you already have a drill, then these are super easy to make. You just need your driftwood, and a drill bit that can make 1 1/2″ holes. I picked one up for about $8.

DIY Driftwood Votive Candle Holders, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

First, I used my tea candles to  figure out exactly where I wanted them to sit on the driftwood. Then I drilled away. Make sure to used extreme caution when handling a drill, work on a safe surface, and wear protective eyewear. I also recommend holding your wood in place with some sort of clamp.

DIY Driftwood Votive Candle Holders, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Now clean them up with a vacuum, drop in your candles, and…

DIY Driftwood Votive Candle Holders, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

… light!

DIY Driftwood Votive Candle Holders, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Not only do my driftwood candle holders make the perfect addition to our coastal navy bedroom, they’re also a great keepsake from our trip!

DIY Driftwood Votive Candle Holders, via www.thegoldjellybean.com

Things I Loved This Week : Spring Florals For The House

 

Happy Friday! I have Spring on the brain, and so I can’t get images of pretty florals out of my head. Spring florals were hot on the runway, and now they’re hot for the home as well. Check out some of the new spring home decor I’m loving this week:

Spring Florals for the Home, The Gold Jellybean

1.OBSESSED with this beautiful floral rug from Anthropologie! Must have.
2. Featured in Pier1′s spring sneak peek, this adorable hanging chair. Love. Love. Love.
3. Romantic Floral Scarf Duvet from Urban Outfitters.
4. Imm Living Adorable Shed Hunting Deer Wall Hook from Pure Home.
5. Anthropologie has lots of bright floral pillows to liven up your sofa.
6. Even more from my fav store, I must add some pretty flower plates to my china cabinet!

Updated Mantel… Errrr…. Buffet

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

 

Even though it still feels like winter outside, it doesn’t mean it has to feel like it inside! My mantel, or buffet rather, has been feeling lonely ever since taking down our Christmas decor. With a few new elements, some knickknacks from around the house, and a springy decorative oregano plant, the buffet has a new life!

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

 

I quickly updated my snowy scene apothecary jars with stacks of polaroid photos. Simple and free transformation. You can use old photographs, or really any collection of items. Matchbooks, shells, vintage toys, etc.

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

Here’s a closer look at two new pieces I absolutely adore. I love a little quirkiness, and these photographs add just that.

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

I also added a couple succulents, my animal photo holders, and gold striped candles.

Updated Mantel, Buffet, via The Gold Jellybean

 

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