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    I am so excited to share my love for photography with you and your friends. I specialize in family and product photography, custom cards & invitations, but I also like to share my DIY projects, crafts, party decor and home decor adventures. Thanks so much for visiting my website!

    - Laura

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I have been looking for the perfect ottoman for a while now, struggling to find something cute yet functional, so I finally decided to build my own. I chose to make a storage ottoman so that it could be a practical storage solution, too!  This rustic farmhouse style storage ottoman has two hinges that support the weight of the pillow and can open up to store remotes, blankets, magazines and even a pillow! So not only is it comfortable as a footrest but this storage ottoman is a great way to hide those items that would normally cause extra clutter around the living room.

I am sharing how easy and budget-friendly it can be to make one at home with just a few supplies. You can currently see the step by step instructions on the Life Storage blog. So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the tutorial!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I updated my mantel and bedroom with some DIY touches and fun colors.  This year I chose pinks and golds and added a few touches of red to complete the look.

I made the yarn heart wreath, heart wooden sign and the painted wooden beads for this year’s setup.

I love how it all came together.  And how fun are the layers of garlands?  The red mini pom pom garland is from Michaels and the heart garland is from Target dollar spot section. I made the painted wood bead garland.

The cute little birdie is from Target, as well as the Be Mine Sign.  I made the heart wooden sign.

I also decorated the bed with a few more touches of pink and gold.  My son helped make the yarn heart banner, it turned out to be a fun kids craft!

I hope you enjoyed my Valentine decorations this year!  I can’t wait to start changing things around in March for the springtime. Until then, I am going to enjoy these fun colors!

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I updated my mantel with some inspiration for the upcoming year, although I must admit that this year was pretty amazing!

I made the “Best Year Yet” and DIY Countdown Banner and added a few glam items to make it fun and fabulous. All the details and the step by step tutorial can be found right now on the Love the Day blog, so be sure to check it out!

Happy New Year!

 

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Merry Christmas!  I hope everyone is having the happiest of days with friends and family.

It’s been yet another busy year but I wanted to invite you to see my updated holiday bedroom before the decorations are put away. This year I went with a cozy rustic theme again (you can see last’s year’s version here).

I definitely have a love of campers, trucks and plaids.  And I just love the traditional red mixed in with the black, white and wood.

My king size DIY Farmhouse bed is my absolute favorite accessory in my master bedroom. We also built custom matching nightstands, the chicken wire frame over the bed and the cushioned bench for the foot of the bed.

I also love the cute truck and camper from last year’s collection. The big red bow was my other favorite must-use item.  Isn’t it just so fun?!

The metallic glitter stars, white ceramic houses and mini truck/camper ornaments were from Target.   Various garland (also from Target) was placed on the headboard to complete the look. Ombre Sisal Christmas Trees were from Michaels.

This adorable reindeer sign is from The Banner Girls.  It was a fun etsy purchase!

For those who have followed along on the blog or Instagram, you already know that I really love camping with my family.  So this year I decorated the bedroom mantel and tree with a Rustic Camping Christmas theme again this year. The camper and truck set the theme perfectly! And how fun is the big red bow!!! The cute JOLLY sign is from Impressions Shop that I painted red.

I used layers of garland and my favorite items.  I shopped the house as well as bought a couple things this season.  I made a few DIY ornaments this year, too.

I just love my tree this year and all the cute details.

I love Christmas time and having a tree in the bedroom. Perhaps I should keep it all year long!

Thanks for taking the time to tour my holiday bedroom.  Merry Christmas!

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This is my first Christmas with my Cricut Explore Air 2 and it has been so much fun making my own ornaments, gifts and decorations.  I wanted to share a few of my ideas with you.

1. Believe Sign

I made this cute piece to hang on the wall using a large wood cutout from the craft store. I painted it red then added vinyl using my Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine.  I used their Cricut Design Space™ software to crate the cute sign.

2. Scrap Wood Ornaments

I made these cute ornaments by painting pieces of scrap wood white and adding black vinyl using my Cricut Explore Air 2.  I used their software Design Space to crate the cute sign.  There are so many cute Cricut Access Fonts available!

3. Believe Ornament

I loved the design so much that I made an ornament version, too! This time I used red vinyl and added mini pom pom ribbon around the edges.  I think it came out cute!

4. Happy Campers Ornaments

I wanted to continue my camping theme this year so I designed a few new ornaments for my tree.  I found the black ornament tags and wooden ornament from the craft store then simply added vinyl.

5. Adventure Awaits Ornaments

Here are some more ornaments I created.  I found the cutest mini chalkboard ornaments at the Target dollar spot.  I simply added vinyl with designs I created in Design Space, too.

6. The Best Way To Spread Christmas Cheer Is Singing Loud For All To Hear Sign

Our favorite movie of the season is Elf.  I found these 11″ wooden trees at Target dollar spot and knew I wanted this phrase on it!  I painted the tree then added some vinyl.  I love how it came out!

7. Cup of Cheer Gift Card Holder 

I designed these cute Starbucks gift card holders using paper, my Cricut and their Design Space software.  I just slip the gift card into the center and they’re ready for the stocking!

8. Merry & Bright Phone Charger Stocking Stuffer

I added glitter vinyl to a phone charger for another fun gift.

I am still amazed by all the fun and personalized things I can make with my Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine. I’ll be sharing more holiday and home decor creations with you in 2018! And if you have a creation you’d like to share with me feel free to let me know in the comments below.

Happy Holidays!

Laura

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