Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday #39

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! I loved going through all the amazing projects. Here are a few of my favorites...

Jenny over at Days of Chalk and Chocolate shows off the adorable curtains she made for her daughter's playroom.

Laura from Smallgood Hearth is at it again-I love love LOVE these Fortune Napkin Rings-so adorable!

Stacey over at Embracing Change shows off her hard work with her new board and batten-it look so good!

And I love how Karen from Homemade Glamour updated some plates she found at her local goodwill to these adorable cupcake stands.

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week-I can't wait to see what amazing things you've been creating! So be sure to link up and if you would-I'd love for you to grab a button and spread the word so more people can join in on the party.


Monday, January 30, 2012

Valentine's Day Wreath

I've got a fun Valentine's Day craft to share with you today. I got inspired for this project from my yellow crepe paper wreath. It was a simple project and is helping me feel more prepared for Valentines day.

-Empty Picture Frame
-Crepe Paper
-Book Pages
-Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Start off with an empty picture frame-I had mine lying around the apartment. I think I picked it up from goodwill for a couple quarters

Then go to town ripping up your crepe paper into a bunch of small squares.

Crumple up all those little papers until they're all different sizes and start gluing them on to your frame until they cover the whole thing like so...

Take some red twine and wrap it around any way you like-

Then I grab some book pages (I'm kind of obsessed with them right now) and use Martha Stewart Seasons stencil to trace some hearts-you could easily hand draw your hearts I just don't trust my drawing capabilities, even on something as easy as hearts.

Glue the hearts on the twine

I ended up changing the way my twine was placed-I liked it crossing three times instead of two

Hang it up on your front door and step back to admire it.

There you have it-a quick easy way to start decorating for the love holiday. Tomorrow is another Tutorial Tuesday and I can't wait to see what you've been all been up to!


I'm linking up to these fun parties:
All Things Fee                                                                        JAQ's Studio
Sumo's Sweet Stuff                                                                Blue Cricket Design
C.R.A.F.T.                                                                               Organize and Decorate Everything
Singing Three Little Birds                                                    Literally Inspired
The Girl Creative                                                                   Oopsey Daisy
Mrs. Happy Homemaker                                                      Ginger Snap Crafts
Loving Life with my Sweet Little Cupcake                       Rae Gun Ramblings
Vintage Wanna Bee                                                             Lil' Luna
Tip Junkie                                                                              Tatertos and Jello
Romance on a Dime                                                             Six Sisters' Stuff
Not JUST a Housewife                                                        The Girl Creative
My World made by Hand                                                   Michelle Paige                                                
Chef in Training                                                                   Itsy Bitsy Paper Blog
Sugar Bee Crafts                                                                 Seven Alive
A Bowl Full of Lemons                                                      Sassy Sites
Just us Four
The Blackberry Vine
36th Avenue
DIY Dreamer
Natural Nester

Friday, January 27, 2012

Feature You Friday #8

I know that Friday's here at Newlyweds on a Budget is all about you guys but I do have to ask one tiny little small favor of you-Mojo and I would really love it if you took a couple minutes and voted for photo in a contest to win a 2 night stay at a 5 star hotel in Park City, Utah. Simply click this link and vote for this photo-

The photo with the most votes wins! Thanks for voting guys-now for another Feature You Friday!

I love to have any opportunity possible to show off you (my awesome readers) and other fun blogs I come across and this is my time to do that. This week's blog comes from a reader and even though she's just starting out-I see some awesome potential!

Let me introduce you to Marilyn from  4 You With Love. She shares some awesome tutorials over on her blog including this yummy looking Poppy Seed Bread Recipe.

She's also working to make her home more environmentally friendly and she shares great ways that you can do too. Like how to make your own Laundry Detergent.

And an awesome tip on how to reduce static cling when your clothes are in the dryer-

4 You with Love has it all-awesome recipes, fun tutorials, and a great personality behind the writing. Thanks to Marilyn for following Newlyweds on a Budget and for having such an awesome blog!

So head on over and leave a comment for Marilyn!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Exciting Announcement...

First off, today I'm guest posting over at How to Nest for Less where I'm showing off how to make these adorable LOVE Mason Jars as part of Erin's Valentine's Day Series.

So head on over to How to Nest for Less and check out all the other awesome guest poster's she's had!

Now onto the announcement....

So I've been wanting to tell you guys about this for weeks, weeks! But I realized telling you two months in advance might be a little extreme. So I've waited patiently (or not so patiently) to finally spill the beans....

Yup-this little 'ole blog here is turning one! The very first post wasn't even written by me! It was Mojo writing about how we got engaged. That was back when this blog was all about the wedding and long before I ever thought of making it into my own creative outlet.

I can't believe how much this blog has grown in the last year. Not just the numbers but also the content and purpose behind the blog. I've gone from begging people for their addresses for our wedding, to putting a toe into the blogging world, I remember my very first craft post and how it lit a fire under me that has kept me going for so long now. I love how I can look back and see how much I've grown.

I've gone from doing a complete copy cat of projects I like to taking the risks (and pay offs) of creating my own style. I can pretty much guarantee a year ago I never would have come up with all the elements that went into my gallery wall and I would have walked right by that abandoned baby crib without giving it a second thought.

I still have SO much to learn about myself and about blogging and this next year is already shaping up to be huge. I've got a million awesome ideas that I can't wait to get started on not to mention I'll be attending my very first blogging conference SNAP! in April. I've made some amazing relationships with other bloggers and with my fantastic readers (that's you!) and have fallen in love with how amazing the women (and men) I've "met" are. Each and every one of you inspire me!

So as a HUGE thank you I'm sharing a few of my favorite things in a week of AMAZING giveaways! Trust me-you aren't going to want to miss this.

Thanks for making Newlyweds on a Budget such an amazing site! I couldn't do it without the best readers on the web.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday #38

Welcome to another Tutorial Tuesday here at Newlywed on a Budget!

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week! I love going through the fun projects you guys and do and I love love love featuring them each week! Here are a few that really jumped out at me-

Smallgood Hearth  showed off her adorable office-I love the vintagey feel of it

Natural Nester shows off an adorable crocheted headband she made as well as an infinity scarf. This makes me want to learn how to crochet so badly!

Anna over at Directions Not Included showed off these adorable Valentine's treat bags she made for her friends.

And I LOVE the wreath Erin over at How to Nest for Less made for winter-so cute!

Now it's your turn-inspire and amaze me with how awesome you are! I can't wait to see what you've been up too!


Monday, January 23, 2012

Welcome to our home

This weekend was bad in that I didn't get any projects done. I started a few and made some progress on a couple others but in all honesty I wasn't being very productive. So instead of showing off a project which was my original plan for today-I'm going to walk you through my future house.

Welcome to our future home-

First you'll come through the front door to into this bright and beautiful entry way-

Then you'll continue into our living room-full of lots of natural light and a soft color pallet

Modern Manor contemporary living room

Then I'll show you my all white kitchen with open shelving. Except in my house we'll have the dark wood floors seen in the entry way.

The baby will be sleeping here- 

While the two older kids share a bedroom that looks something like this-

And Mojo and I will sleep here-

Of course I'll have my own place to inspire me-

And Morgan will have his office to work in-

And I can't forget to show you the kids play room up in the attic-

Thanks for coming to take a look at my house today-I can't wait to have you back for fun Murder Mystery parties and crazy Ugly Sweater Parties!

If you could have any house in the world-what would yours look like?


Friday, January 20, 2012

Feature You Friday #7

Good Morning folks! Sorry for not posting yesterday-work is swamped and to be completely honest it totally slipped my mind. But today I've got a fun blog to introduce you to and I think you'll really like it.

The way I choose a blog isn't very consistent from week to week-sometimes it'll be the person who comments on my blog the most that week, sometimes it'll be blog I happened to stumble upon and absolutely love, sometimes it'll be one a reader recommends. This time I decided to spotlight a Google Friend Follower's blog-let me introduce you to Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts.

Why do I love Ginger's blog? Well she's an amazing crafter for one thing-

I love the use of vinyl for her family wall-

And her Countdown to Christmas is adorable-

And when I finally have my own laundry room I would love to make a sign like this one

She also has a weekly link up party on Wednesdays-{Wow Me} Wednesdays where you can show off all the fun stuff you've been making. 

Overall she has an adorable blog with lots of fun ideas and inspirations. She doesn't know she's being featured today-so go check out her blog and leave a comment saying I sent you!


*If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for next week's Feature You Friday-email me at kari {at} morganandkari {dot} com!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Clothes Pin Wreath

Do you remember this post where I talked about 5 projects I found on Pinterest that I was determined to finish in 2012? In that post I talked about the Clothespin Wreath I found at Superfluous.

I loved it so much I decided to make it myself. My original idea was to put the wreath in the middle of The Painted Baby Crib where my Book Page Wreath is now. But I only had about 36 pins to work with and since Mojo and I are doing our No Spend January I couldn't just go out and buy some more. Once I put the wreath together and went to put it on the baby crib-it looked tiny and overwhelmed by everything else. So I went with the book page wreath for the baby crib and decided to use this little bad boy somewhere else.

The clothespin wreath above was much more time intensive than mine. They used scrapbook paper to cover each of their clothespins-I didn't have any scrapbook paper to match so I went with paint instead.

I left half of the clothespins alone-I liked the look of the "vintage" brown. They other half I painted apple red-which I already had on hand.

Then I took some cardboard from an old box and cut it out into a "wreath" type shape-pretty much a circle with another circle cut into it. Then you just clip the clothespins onto the cardboard-easy peasy.

I just used a command hook strip to stick it up on the wall-I think it helps give the wall a little more character. What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by-be sure to link up your projects to this week's Tutorial Tuesday!