Uncommon Designs http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com Creating Crafts and Home Decor Mon, 01 Feb 2016 02:06:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.7 You’re The Bomb Valentine and Printablehttp://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/youre-the-bomb-valentine-and-printable/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/youre-the-bomb-valentine-and-printable/#respond Sun, 31 Jan 2016 14:52:35 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=4858 I am so excited to share a super cute homemade Valentine’s Day treat and free printable with you today. Some years we make homemade Valentines and some years we find adorable ready made ones. You really can’t go wrong with either one. But this year, you need to check out these You’re The Bomb valentines…. This little Valentine is super easy to make and I even

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I am so excited to share a super cute homemade Valentine’s Day treat and free printable with you today. Some years we make homemade Valentines and some years we find adorable ready made ones. You really can’t go wrong with either one. But this year, you need to check out these You’re The Bomb valentines….

You're the Bomb valentine and free printable from Uncommon Designs.

This little Valentine is super easy to make and I even have the You’re the Bomb Printable for you. to complete the idea. I got some serious “mom points” from my little guy for these. Not too mushy and really “cool” according to him.

You're the Bomb valentine and free printable from Uncommon Designs.

Here are the supplies you will need to create your own You’re The Bomb Valentines… {affiliate links}

You're the Bomb valentine and free printable from Uncommon Designs.

  • Start by cutting small squares { about 4 inches } of the Red Crepe Paper.
  • Then cut short lengths {about 5 inches} of both the twine and rope.
  • Print out the printable {we designed it with 6 to a sheet} and cut it out.
  • Punch a hole in the printable at the top, in the center.
  • Place the candy in the center of the crepe paper, and pull the crepe paper up and around the candy.
  • Tie the twine around the crepe paper with the tag threaded on.
  • Place the piece of rope in it  right before you tighten it the whole way.

That is it. Simple and quick!

You're the Bomb valentine and free printable from Uncommon Designs.

My son loves this idea. He thinks the rope as the fuse is really cool.  I even made one for my teenage daughter but put an EOS lip balm inside of it. {she loves those!}

You're the Bomb valentine and free printable from Uncommon Designs.

I just think these turned out precious! I know they may be a bit grown up for some but my kids loved them.

Do you make your own Valentines? We don’t every year, sometimes my kids find the perfect ones for us to buy instead. It’s OK to not be homemade.

Looking for something just as cute but ready made? I love these Army Valentines, they would be an awesome choice. And the Star Wars Valentines with little light sabers….adorable! You have to check them out.

We have tons of Valentine Ideas for gifts and home decor for you to check out on the blog, and even an awesome Valentine Gift Guide for you to shop from! Or to drop some hints to that special someone. Hint Hint!

Enjoy!

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Transform Phone Photos to Home Decorhttp://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/transform-phone-photos-to-home-decor/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/transform-phone-photos-to-home-decor/#respond Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:12:48 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=23726 Get those phone photos off of your device and displayed in your home! This post was sponsored by Groovebook, but all opinions are our own! My goal this year is to get all of those beautiful photos off of my phone and into the real world. I’m so grateful to team up with Groovebook to help meet that goal. I’ll be honest.  I’m on my

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Get those phone photos off of your device and displayed in your home!

This post was sponsored by Groovebook, but all opinions are our own!

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My goal this year is to get all of those beautiful photos off of my phone and into the real world. I’m so grateful to team up with Groovebook to help meet that goal. I’ll be honest.  I’m on my phone and on the computer so much that I rarely print any of my pictures out.  I can look at them whenever I’d like, but I hadn’t really thought about how that might affect everyone else in my life.  Just the other day, my youngest daughter found a large stack of photos in my bedside table and she had a blast looking through them.  She would hold them up and giggle and smile and ask me if that was her.  Seriously folks…. none of them were her!

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I instantly had this wave of mom guilt.  It was severely magnified when she asked me where her stack was.  Bless her sweet heart, there was no stack for her!  I needed a solution to get my random cutie pie pictures into a big stack for her.  Thankfully I was introduced to  Groovebook by Shutterfly. Let me tell you… I now have an entire book of 4 x 6 pictures of all of this girl’s crazy antics.  I can keep them for myself or send them out.  I plan on sending this picture of Goofball Lauren to her grandparents.  They would love seeing her wearing a llama pinata… totally crazy cute.

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Do you want to know the best part?  The costs is so low… $2.99 per month to receive up to 100 4 x 6 inch photos in a cool book where you can keep them, tear and share, or display in your home.  That is so little in terms of cost.  Right now, you can even try it out for free.  Just visit the Groovebook site for more details!  Once you download the app you can create a book in just minutes right from your phone!

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I love having the prints to flip through.  It totally reminds me of my childhood.  My mom loved to take pictures, so we had thousands in our home… I kid you not! My girls have each torn out their favorites and are having a great time.  Ann has some in her desk area and Lauren already has plans for a scrapbook.

Get those phone photos off of your device and displayed in your home | Uncommon Designs

As for me, I have my favorites on display.  I didn’t even have to buy a frame!  I used a binder clip and attached the photo right to a vase in my craft room.  Now that really is a project that costs next to nothing! Phone photos into home decor… priceless to me!

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Our Favorite Valentine Gift Ideashttp://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/valentine-gift-ideas/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/valentine-gift-ideas/#respond Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:01:52 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=23690 Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and we have some great Valentine Gift Ideas for you! Looking for the perfect Valentine gift ideas?  You will love these! Psst…we won’t even tell if you “accidentally” leave your computer open to this post while your special someone is around to help drop some hints… it will stay between us…mkay? Valentine’s Day is a time where you can

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Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and we have some great Valentine Gift Ideas for you!

Looking for the perfect Valentine gift ideas?  You will love these! Psst…we won’t even tell if you “accidentally” leave your computer open to this post while your special someone is around to help drop some hints… it will stay between us…mkay?

2016 Valentine Gifts

Valentine’s Day is a time where you can really show someone how much you care.  These gift ideas are great for all of the ladies in your life, including your teens.  Gift them to friends, family, or even yourself!  After all, sometimes it is so important to love on ourselves, right?  I think you’ll find something here that you will love giving and receiving!

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Great Gift Ideas for Valentines Day | Uncommon Designs

 

Kate Spade New York Rise and Shine Stud Earrings 

These earrings are just so pretty.  They are perfect for ladies of any age… I love them and I know my girls would, too!

Valentines Gift Ideas | Uncommon Designs

Darling Devotional Pillow in Heart 

This heart pillow would look fabulous any time of the year!

Valentine Gift Ideas | Uncommon Designs

Ugg Duffield Robe

Soft and cozy and all snuggly! What girl would not love this for Valentine’s Day?

Valentine Gift Ideas

Love Tokens Coupon Set 

How fun would these little coupons be? I sure could cash in that foot massage about now!

Valentine Gift Ideas | Uncommon Designs

Kris Nations Made in the USA x and o Earrings

Valentine’s is all about hugs and kisses and these gold earrings are a perfect reminder.

Valentine Gift Ideas | Uncommon Designs  Beauticeous Battery Back Up Pack 

You know us ladies like to talk, text, and surf the web…hello Instagram…so why not gift the girl in your life with some extra power this Valentine’s Day?

Valentine Gift Ideas

Grace of Wraps Belt in Gold  

Gold is big this season and this stunning gold belt would make the perfect accessory to a special outfit.

Valentine Gift Ideas | Uncommon Designs

Classy Establishment TableRunner 

I love getting things for my home and I’ve had my eye on this tablerunner… honey are you reading this?

Valentine Gift Ideas

Be Frill My Heart Makeup Bag  

Is it just me or can you ever have too many makeup bags? I love this one!

Valentine Gift Ideas

 Why You’re So Awesome Book 

If you know someone who is awesome… give them this book and fill it up with all the ways that make them that way!

Valentine Gift Ideas | Uncommon Designs

 You Should’ve Sheen It Wall Frame Set 

I love this set and it would be so beautiful with any type of photo grouping.

Valentine Gift Ideas | Uncommon Designs

 Long Distance Relationship Print 

You don’t have to be long distance to be willing to love them to the moon and back with this sweet poster.

Valentine Gift Ideas

Black and White Plaid Classic Tassel Scarf 

This scarf will be approved my almost every lady in your life.  Plaid is so fun right now!

Valentine Gift Ideas | Uncommon Designs

Gold Hollow Heart Bracelet 

A simple little love token that is a steal!

I hope you enjoyed these Valentine gift ideas!  Now go shop!

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Love One Another a Valentine Pillowhttp://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/love-one-another-valentine-pillow/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/love-one-another-valentine-pillow/#comments Sun, 24 Jan 2016 10:00:00 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/2012/01/love-one-another-a-valentine-pillow.html Update: So, this Valentine’s Pillow was a post that I shared a few years ago.  It was about a year after my dad passed away unexpectedly.  A lot has happened since that time, but the heart of the matter still remains true… we need to love one another.  I still miss my dad so incredibly much.  Most of the time I am fine and can

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Update: So, this Valentine’s Pillow was a post that I shared a few years ago.  It was about a year after my dad passed away unexpectedly.  A lot has happened since that time, but the heart of the matter still remains true… we need to love one another.

 I still miss my dad so incredibly much.

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 Most of the time I am fine and can focus only on the happiest times, but sometimes the sadness comes in and steals me away for a moment.  It comes out of nowhere and really when I least expect it.  I miss him the most when I just need someone to hug me and tell me that they love me and don’t need anything at all.   That kind of comfort that only a daddy can give his little girl.  I know that my mom and siblings and the grandchildren miss him, too.  I guess it just never goes away! What I do know is how much more aware I am that we just need to love each other as we are.  It can be a tough, but we are called to do it.  I’m thankful that I have a Heavenly Father that loves me no matter what I do.  I also have earthly folks who treat me the same way and I so blessed.

 As my girls get older, I try to teach them this very important lesson. They’ll have to learn a lot of it through the normal experiences of life, but if they see it happening in their own home it has to help.  We’ll all fall short sometimes, but at least we have goals, right?

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I am so eager to share the new Valentine’s pillow  that I made!  Not only do I love it’s simplicity, but the message behind it has been weighing on my heart for some time now. 

If you want to skip on down to the craft…that is ok!

Next week will be one year since my Dad has passed and I am feeling a dozen emotions all at once! These last twelve months I have felt like I was anywhere from six years old to in my fifties! At the end of some days I would think about all I had done that day… potty training my toddler, homework with my second grader, meeting with attorneys, closing two businesses while running my own, blogging, and at the same time feeling like I just wanted my daddy.  All of those things can really make a girl’s head spin! 

By far, the most difficult thing I had to deal with was the realization that I couldn’t fix this and I am such a fixer and family peacemaker!  I couldn’t take anyone’s pain away, I couldn’t bring him back, and I just couldn’t make peace out of this.  Whatever pretend control I thought I had was thrown out the window on a daily basis!  

DIY Stenciled Valentine Heart Pillow via Uncommon Designs 

 In God’s wonderful way and in His own timing, I began to hear… just love one another
Don’t fix … just love!
Duh!  It was just a quiet whisper at first, but then that verse just kept popping into my head!  I’m learning how to let go of the fixin’, but it is slow work for this old gal!  This pillow will sit out as a great reminder of what we are called to do.
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Now…. back to the craft!  

This was such an easy pillow to make and I just love how it turned out!
DIY Stenciled Valentine Heart Pillow via Uncommon Designs
 

 First, I cut out fabric to make a 16×16 pillow with an envelope closure (we have a link to a fabulous tutorial on sewing an envelope closure pillow). 

Then, I created a stencil on my Cricut Cutting System.  I cut it out on freezer paper and ironed it on my pillow front and got to painting!  I used acrylic paint mixed with a fabric medium to paint on the pillow.  

 DIY Stenciled Valentine Heart Pillow via Uncommon Designs
I love using  freezer paper stenciling, you don’t even have to paint in the lines!  After the paint dried I lifted off the freezer paper, ironed, and sewed my pillow together. 

That’s all!  Super easy! 

DIY Stenciled Valentine Heart Pillow via Uncommon Designs

Thanks for listening today!  Y’all are the best! 

We’d love for you guys to check out more of our Valentine Projects. Like this adorable one…

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 Who know a Valentine’s Mason Jar could be so cute!

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Spicy Dill Crackers Recipehttp://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/spicy-dill-crackers-recipe/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/spicy-dill-crackers-recipe/#comments Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:37:44 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=23608 Spicy Dill Crackers AKA Card Crackers When I was little, we would spend most of our holiday breaks at my grandparent’s house in Atlanta, Georgia.  Those are some of my fondest memories.  We would gather with our cousins, aunts, uncles and my grandparents and play cards for hours.  Have you ever played Canasta?  It is so fun!  While we were playing cards we would snack up

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Spicy Dill Crackers AKA Card Crackers

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When I was little, we would spend most of our holiday breaks at my grandparent’s house in Atlanta, Georgia.  Those are some of my fondest memories.  We would gather with our cousins, aunts, uncles and my grandparents and play cards for hours.  Have you ever played Canasta?  It is so fun!  While we were playing cards we would snack up a storm.  My favorite thing to munch on while playing cards were these spicy dill crackers or what I call card playing crackers. 

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I miss those laid back holiday nights giggling with cousins and noshing on all sorts of goodies.  I thought you guys might enjoy this recipe for spicy dill crackers.  Don’t worry… they aren’t too spicy.  Just a little dry ranch dressing and dill and they are seasoned to perfection.  I really love that they are so fast and so simple to make.  I even made them for my oldest daughter’s teachers for Christmas gifts this year and it was a delicious, but economical gift when you have lots of people to make gifts for! Here is how you can make a batch or two for yourself…

Spicy Dill Crackers

Spicy Dill Crackers are so simple to make and so delicious you will eat them by the handful!  | Uncommon Designs

Ingredients: 

10 oz bag oyster crackers

1 tsp  dill weed

1 envelope dry ranch dressing seasoning

1/4 cup canola oil

Spicy Dill Crackers are so simple to make and so delicious you will eat them by the handful!  | Uncommon Designs

Cooking Instructions: 

Step One.  

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine the dill weed, ranch dressing mix and canola oil in a large bowl.  Mix well.

Step Two. 

Add the crackers to the bowl and coat evenly with the mixture.

Step Three. 

Place the crackers on a single layer on a cookie sheet.  Bake for 30 minutes or until a light golden brown. I suggest turning them over every 10 minutes for even cooking.  After cooled, store in an air tight container. All done!

Spicy Dill Crackers Recipe

Spicy Dill Crackers Recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. bag oyster crackers
  • 1 tsp dill weed
  • 1 envelope dry ranch dressing seasoning
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine the dill weed, ranch dressing mix and canola oil in a large bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add the crackers to the bowl and coat evenly with the mixture.
  3. Place the crackers on a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until a light golden brown. I suggest turning them over every 10 minutes for even cooking. After cooled, store in an air tight container. All done!
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Break out the cards and enjoy some of these yummy snack crackers.  They are always a hit when I serve them and they are so easy to double or triple the recipe for a large crowd!  I hope you enjoy them and the company of those you love while eating them!

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It’s All About the Journeyhttp://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/its-all-about-the-journey/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/its-all-about-the-journey/#comments Sun, 03 Jan 2016 01:47:53 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=23595 Starting a Creative Business Takes Courage. Today I wanted to share a little something that we haven’t written a lot about, but we get questions about this all the time!  So many friends and readers often ask us how did we get into this crazy wonderful world of blogging?   The answer… a house party and a few hundred shirts!  Before Bonnie and I began

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Starting a Creative Business Takes Courage.

Today I wanted to share a little something that we haven’t written a lot about, but we get questions about this all the time!  So many friends and readers often ask us how did we get into this crazy wonderful world of blogging?  Starting a Creative Business: The Journey of Uncommon Designs

The answer… a house party and a few hundred shirts!  Before Bonnie and I began sharing our love for all things creative on the blog, we actually made seasonal decorations and custom apparel.  We first dipped our toes into a business together when we launched a Halloween “Boo”tique sale in my home in 2009. It was a huge leap of faith for two people pleasing gals who had spent the last several years out of the workplace. Let’s go back even further…

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For those of you who are new to Uncommon Designs, Bonnie has been married to my brother since I was 16 years old.  When she became a member of our family, I (I mean my brother) really hit the lotto. She is good at anything that she sets her mind to, but she has a particular flair for all things creative.  I need to dig up the pictures, but Bonnie sewed my prom dress for me.  All nine million gold sequins  and a few that still pop out of her sewing machine decades later.  How lucky am I?  As I grew older and graduated from college, we began crafting together.  I can still remember when John and I  bought our first house, we had a craft night where we painted Dr. Scholl’s clogs.  So fun!  Fast forward two babies for each of us later and we both desperately needed a creative outlet.   Uncommon Designs was born!

The Beginning

When our business first began, we would spend hours picking out perfect fabric combinations and creating shirts and dresses for our girlfriends. We made pillows and beautiful hand towels that were a reflection of our faith and love of sewing. When it came time to create a website, we stumbled across a thing called Blogger and we could use a blog as another way to sell all of our goodies and it was free!  That seemed perfectly sensible, right?

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Well back in the day, there used to be a button on the top of every blogger blog where you could click next and it would take you to another blog. It was so addictive.  A whole new world opened up for us.  We found so many creative folks out there and we slowly transitioned from using our blog as a free website to adding a few tutorials to show others how to make our products.

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These boo apothecary jars put us on the map and over the next few years we gained followers and a love for teaching others how to make beautiful things for their own homes and families.  It was so rewarding!

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We have had some truly amazing opportunities to work with large brands and some of our very favorite bloggers out there.  Some of our very best friends are those we’ve met through this journey.  We have grown in ways that we never knew that we could.  It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there  never knowing how your project will be received or if it will be as good as others in our niche. There is so much competition out there.

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I can honestly say that it has taken both Bonnie and I until recently to stop comparing ourselves to others.  In the last year, we have embraced time spent with our families and sharing those special memories with you.  These are not staged smiles and giggles folks.

Journey Quote

We focus less on page views and how many Pinterest followers we have and how many people actually see our Facebook posts.  We spend our time sharing the things that are most important to us… moments with our sweet families, how your home can become all that you dreamed it would be, how we celebrate all of life’s special moments. I’ve never been happier on this blogging journey and I think Bonnie would agree. We are truly grateful to have the opportunity to share our little piece of the world with you and can’t wait for this new year to share even more with you!

Happy New Year y’all!

 

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Last Minute Holiday Gifts to the Rescue!

Sometimes the holidays can creep up on us.  If you are like me, you may have every intention of making thoughtful handmade Christmas gifts, but time never seems to be on your side?  You are in luck!   You still have time to make these simple, but so very beautiful gifts for your loved ones!  Get ready to impress!

There is still time to make these adorable handmade gift ideas!  There is something for everyone on your list this year! | Uncommon Designs

Let’s take a look at those handmade gift ideas… 

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Make a handpainted snowflake mug.  You won’t believe how easy it is and you can even include some hot chocolate mix if you’d like! All you need to make this is a paint pen and a clear mug.

Graphic Towels

Make a custom graphic towel for your friends and family.  Using a little photo transfer medium and a letter printed from your computer, you will have a personalized towel with very little effort.

christmas mason jar treat

Give a “hugs and kisses” treat  this year. Fill up a mason jar with chocolates and print out a downloadable tag.

Chalkboard Napkin Rings

Whip up a set of chalkboard napkin rings with framed ornaments.  These make the perfect hostess gift, as well!

DIY Soy Candle

I would love to receive the gift of relaxation.  You can totally do this by making your loved on  a Lavender Soy Candle!

Candy Filled Ornaments

Need a little something for the kids?  Make these candy filled ornaments and you are in for some smiles!

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Make your own body butter to give to the ladies on your list.  You are going to love how heavenly this feels and smells!

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This is a gift that I would love to receive.  Not only are these chalkboard painted pyrex dishes so cute… they are so practical!

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Mason Jar Sugar Cookie Mix with these adorable sprinkles will  be such an easy gift idea for neighbors and co-workers!

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Finally, for the cook… make this monogrammed recipe box.  They will finally have a place for their cherished recipes!

I hope you’ll  be inspired to create something for your friends and family this year.  It really can be simple to make handmade gifts and they are the gifts that are cherished for years to come!

Happy Holidays!

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