Michael’s (haul)

Michael’s (haul)

This morning I went to Michael’s with one thing in mind. I told myself I will not stray but obviously that didn’t work. I wanted to get baskets to store my toiletries in because I’m trying to have more organization around here. Yes everything is stacked up neatly, but I just wanted them to be grouped in containers that I could find them better. Well I got my baskets and I just couldn’t help but go in search of other goodies! So let’s start this haul!

After I decided on 3 baskets, I went looking for invitation ideas. As I said before, we’re moving, and I want to do a housewarming and be a little old fashioned with invites. I love my craft as well so I wasn’t just looking for regular invitations. In searching for note cards with our last name initial on it, I got awfully sidelined and ended up getting more stuff than I could ever imagine. Everything was under $2!!!

Cards, stamps and ink pads

I have a fascination with notebooks/journals/paper. When I saw these journals I thought ok, maybe one Symone… But nooooo! They all looked so pretty I couldn’t help but get these (there were more but these were my fave, so imagine my heartbreak!). I also found a memo cube with our initial so I picked that up as well. I believe in writing notes, I don’t always remember to check the extra notes in my phone >_<.

journals and memo cube

Next, I picked up some trinkets for my dresser. I’m trying to make my space more feminine and personal. I thought these frames were adorable (and in my colours) and I love the ceramic owls for dropping my daily jewelry must-haves in if I’m too lazy to put them up properly.

picture frames and trinket trays

For my last two items, the colour drew me in more than anything. I love the colours for the coupon folder! I got this so that I can now free up my purse. The size is perfect to drop into my handbag, and it’s cute! I never liked the plastic ones people use and I don’t carry that many coupons to have something that big. The other set of paper so neatly wrapped up are recipe cards. I’ve been looking for something like this for a while (the white index cards just aren’t doing it for me). I know I’ll be on the hunt for a cute box to store them in that is kitchen-friendly. Maybe I may pull out recipes more now haha!

recipe cards and coupon folder

I only decided to do this post after I packed everything away in the baskets so another time I’ll take things out and take pictures. The baskets were also a very good deal. Michael’s has 40% off all Ashland baskets so I paid under $30 for 3 baskets! I love Michael’s! I could get lost in there for hours but I still need money to buy other goodies hahaha.

Hope you enjoyed this post!


DIY Attempt #1

Just over a week ago I made my first attempt at dressing my mason jars. I didn’t have everything that the blog post I used as a reference had but I had other things that I wanted to use. The idea actually came to me while my husband and I were out. Luckily he was driving and I whipped out my phone and made a note of the idea. I’d bought these two drawings/paintings from Ikea – basically black thick squiggly lines on a white background – and I bought two thick black frames to put them in, they were my inspiration along with this black and white print material that had several prints on it. Just like that, while in the car, this idea popped into my head – dress the mason jar in the material, add a bow and voilà! I felt so fussy with myself and even more importantly – inspired. I didn’t have doilies but this was a rather good substitute. I think I’ll be using this as either as a vase with some white flowers or to hold potpourri.

I’ve got my craft bag there and I’ll be jotting down ideas as they come but I’m very excited to keep up with these little projects. I got back into my cleaning mode today and did a killer job cleaning our guest bedroom today and I’m working really hard to get the dining room done as soon as possible – hopefully by the end of the week.


I hope you enjoyed this little post and I look forward to sharing more DIY projects with you 🙂



I can’t even tell you why I haven’t been blogging… I don’t know myself. I think I wasn’t very inspired recently. Nothing came to mind and as I have said before, I don’t like to blog just for the sake of it. I have been rather pensive recently and again, I don’t know about what. It’s like I went into a shell and everything that was floating around my head just wasn’t making sense either. This may sound very much like a ramble to you as it is sounding to me. A lot of noise but nothing is really being said. Don’t you have those days where you feel frazzled and when you take a minute you realize you don’t even know why you feel frazzled? Maybe it was one little thing that set you off or what you were anticipating was going to be stressful, wasn’t stressful, and you just held on to that emotion? I think I had a few of those, while enjoying the company of my husband. He’s been sick recently with this nasty bug that’s going around, coughing a lot and annoying me.. you know how men are when they get sick..

Yea… So I just enjoyed a quiet weekend with him and it was nice and relaxing. We went on two dates and Saturday’s included a movie (Safe House with Denzel Washington is a must see) :). I’ve also been extremely obsessed with Pinterest. I mean OBSESSED. Thankfully, it’s also awaken my deep love for all things craft and today I finally made it to Michael’s and got some stuff to start doing something! Lol. My prized purchase is my glue gun, and it looks so feminine and cute!

I can’t wait to start getting messy!! This website (also found on Pinterest) gave me plenty of ideas for mason jar decor ideas (I have plenty and I have found uses for them outside of the kitchen) but the one project I’m dying to start working on is using doilies on the jars to create candle votives.

Here is the tutorial for these Doily/burlap candle votives.

Craft is something I consider my true passion. Whenever we buy a home, I know I will have my little nook for all things art and craft. I find it to be very relaxing and it’s as therapeutic for me as writing. It also brings out the perfectionist in me and it can get quite frustrating but I’m always mostly please with the final product. I’m very thankful for that push to join Pinterest and I hope you guys join and enjoy as well! Look for me (symonef) and let’s get sharing!