January 19, 2014

DIY Teacher to student gifts!



Over Christmas break I decided to get ahead on some things for student teaching. Call me crazy… but I already made my goodbye gifts because it was an easy thing to make up and then I can write each kid a note once I get to know all of them! 


Here is my idea…

“You blow me away!” note card w/ note on the back for each individual child, add blow pops & these mini bubbles to a zip-lock bag and you are done!

I ordered the mini bubbles off online and got the blow pops at the grocery store! 
The note cards can be found on my teachers pay teachers site for free! 

Can't wait to meet the kids I will be working with this semester! 
If you have any other ideas for teacher DIY's please let me know :) 




January 10, 2014

DIY Whiteboards for your kids or your classroom!

As I jump into student teaching in the next few weeks I thought I would get a jump start on some helpful classroom tools while I was stuck in bed after surgery. This is one of those fun ideas that was super easy and affordable, plus you can use them over and over again!!! 

I went to Lowes looking for a big chalkboard but I found whiteboard (near the lumber section) which is way better! So I paid $10 for a huge white board and asked them to cut as many 8"x10" boards as they could. Most hardware stores cut wood and these types of things for free, plus come on... its for a good cause. 

Whiteboards are great because they are reusable and are great for any age group. Below are some fun ways to decorate your whiteboard if you are feeling super crafty or want to customize it to your child or students. 

1. Hot glue ribbon or ric-rac on the sides of the whiteboard (see picture below)
2. Hot glue some buttons in the corners or any felt design
3. Add letter stickers to spell the student/child's name

How fun and easy! I hope to continue posting cute and creative ways to make your life a little easier whether you are a teacher, nanny, or mom :) Let me know if you have any ideas!!


January 2, 2014

Fabletics & Ipsy!

So recently, my blog posts have been here and there and very far between... but as I am finishing my undergrad degree and graduating in May, the bee hive is not #1 on my list of things to do. But this does mean that when I post something - it has got to be good!! And these next two things definitely are :) 

The first one is Ipsy!

Ipsy is a beauty product company that was created by Michelle Phan on YouTube. It is the perfect way to try new products that suite your needs without having to do the research or go out to the drugstore, Sephora, Ulta, etc. to find what you are looking for. You get to take a personal quiz that will tell Ipsy what types of products you are looking for, your eye color, skin color, hair color, etc. and they will send you a Glam Bag with full-sized beauty products and samples of deluxe brands! The bag is $10 per month and you can opt out of any month you choose if you do not see products that you like in the bag that month. 

As I have watched many YouTube videos on this company - I can tell you that this is SUCH an amazing deal and is so worth the $10 per month. Sometimes your bag can be worth up to $80! 

Here is an example of the Ipsy Dec. 2013 bag:


I have personally signed up for Ipsy since I got it as a Christmas gift - but what a great way to really make that money you got for Christmas last longer than a trip to the mall! Plus who doesn't love to get mail ;)



The second is Fabletics

I just purchased my first outfit off of Fabletics today and I cannot wait to tell you about the company! 


Fabletics



Fabletics is a premium fitness apparel brand developed by Kate Hudson - isn't she the cutest? The clothes seriously remind me of lulu lemon.If you sign up to view styles chosen for you each month, you can save even more, but you also have the option to skip the month and not buy anything.  It's free to join and you only pay for what you want to buy! 


Here is the complete outfit off of the site for only $25 - and free shipping!  I love camo anything and these running pants are so hardcore and motivating. 


Because it was my first purchase it was only $25 but normally it would be $50. 

VIP: $49.95
Regular: $74.90

Still - $25 a piece for this outfit?! Thats an amazing deal for this quality. 

 

Lets just compare with Lulu Lemon for a second: 
Wunder Under Pant Cool Racerback*SE Bow

Pants: $82                                         Shirt: $48

 $130 for 1 running outfit.
 There is no way my wallet can handle that and even if it could - why buy one outfit like this when you can have multiple with Fabletics!


Okay - I am done with my rants about these companies... please go check them out! No - I am not being sponsored to tell you these are amazing, recovery from surgery has me on the internet all week so I figured I would share these amazing finds with you :) 

Comment and let me know if you decide to try one of these products or know of any others that I should take a look at! 

XOXO

October 29, 2013

Influenster Varsity Vox Box 2013

 

Every once and I while I get to review products from Influenster.com

Last month they sentme the Varsity Vox Box 2013 which had the following products in it:

Kiss® Nail Dress
These have some awesome patterns that you can use on just one nail for an accent nail or all of them to seriously make a statement. 

Airheads Xtremes Bites
Honestly... not a big fan. Too obviously artificially sweetened for me and tastes like flavored plastic. 

Clearasil® Daily Clear® Refreshing Superfruit Wash 
LOVE this. I use the Clearasil Daily Clear Face Pads every day so I have been using this in the shower and not only does it smell like you should eat it but it feels amazing. Purchasing this!!! 

NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping & Shine Lip Gloss
Not a big lipgoss fan but I have nothing against it if you want some shin on your lips! Not the best smelling but it is definitely not stick on your lips and lasts a long time! 

Tide Pods™
Talk about the most convenient thing ever for a college student who has to walk a mile to get to the laundry and doesn't want to carry a liquid detergent! Love this. 

Check out the website and start reviewing products!



October 24, 2013

Cowls for a Cause!

$15 Cowls for a Cause!
$3 shipping for those not in Grove City, P.A.
Cash or PayPal.

Help send me to Los Angeles, California to spread the gospel & love of Christ to those in need.
100% of the proceeds go to sending me to LA – any additional $ will be donated to the Dream Center in LA.

All cowls are made with a chunky, soft and cozy yarn. See examples & colors below!
  


Simply email me with the color you would like and the cowl
will be personally handmade for you. 

These are perfect fall/winter days as well as for birthday or Christmas gifts!





Thank you for considering supporting me on this trip!



Email: whitney.p.blankenship@gmail.com


“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10




October 7, 2013

D.I.Y. Adorable Vintage Suitcase Redo

We have all seen those hardtop suitcases or toiletry cases at antique stores or thrift stores but how do you make that ugly color suitcase into a cute and functional accessory???
 Well I am going to show you! 

Suitcases are a great way to add storage and a charming accessory to a room! They range in prices but I can usually find them for around $5 or less at thrift stores. An easy way to make them cute is by simply using paint but below I have found a few other ways to customize your suitcase. 

This cute toiletry case is something that was brown and I painted it an egg shell blue. I now use it in my dorm to keep all my beauty supplies in! Talk about functional and adorable. 

The paint I used is called Annie Sloan Paint. It is chalk paint and covers any surface and usually with only one coat!  I may do a blogpost just about this product because it is THAT good!  

poppies painted on an old suitcase

Here is another way to redo a suitcase that I found online.
You can make just about anything a piece of art! 

No how-to but LOVE the vinyl decal of the bird on the suitcase

Put a simple decal on it! 
I think it would be so cute to add your monogram :) 

Painted suitcases

Stripes, patterns, colors. There are so many options! 

Here is one other way to redo a suitcase that I wrote about a long time ago. 
Definitely one of my favorites!



Hope you all enjoyed! 


September 30, 2013

D.I.Y. Moon Phase Shorts

Get ready. I am about to reveal to you one of my favorite places to find D.I.Y. inspiration! 
They have amazing graphic tees and the style of clothing is very casual and comfortable! The company is based in CA and there are no Brandy stores near where I live so I just make the clothes I like. This ends up being cheaper and way more fun anyways!

So today I am going to show you how I made my own moon phase shorts which are inspired from the BM tank and these shorts I found online. Here we go :) 

Moon Phase Shorts

Materials:
Black pants or shorts
White Paint
Something circular (bigger than a quarter)
Pencil
Paintbrush


1. Pick which pocket you want your design to be on. 

2. Take your circular item (mine is the inside of a tape dispenser) and draw 9 circles using a pencil. I used a pen that I couldn't erase... so I'm hoping that will wash out.  

3. Begin painting the phases of the moon in the circles using white paint. Start with less paint and add more because you can always go back and make the phase transitions more smooth.

4. Here is my finished pocket! As you can see, the pattern overlapped the end of the pocket but it is not a big deal at all. 

Here is how I styled them! 

 

White v-neck
Black, studded combat boots
DIY moon phase shorts
Flannel



 

Don't forget that you can wear your shorts into fall by pairing them with tights! 
Hope you enjoyed :) 

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, 
forever and ever, Amen.”
 Ephesians 3:20-21

September 23, 2013

D.I.Y. Monogram Accessories

If you are a Pinterest  fan, like I am, you have most likely seen the numerous ideas to incorporate monograms in your home! I'm not your average Pinterest fan though because I actually do the crafts I pin, not just look at them and wish they were mine :) 

An individual or couple's monogram can personalize and add character to any room in your house (or in my case - in your dorm). Sure, you could buy a decal but why not just use what you have already and paint it! 

Here are a few ways I have seen monograms incorporated into people's homes:

Fancy Vinyl Monogram applied to Mirror! LOVE!
On a fun mirror (may not be functional but it sure looks adorable!)

monogrammed wall decor
In a glass frame (perfect for an entry way, bedroom or office)

This monogram was painted, mounted on a painted canvas and framed with a decorative board.
On a canvas (mounted on decorative wood board)

Circle Block Monogram Decal | PBteen
Directly painted on the wall

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This specific DIY is to show you how to take a boring piece of wood and adding some paint and your monogram. This is such an easy and cheap way to spice up a desk, your book shelf, a blank wall, or to give as a gift. 

Materials:
Printer
Ball point pen
Wood (Any size or shape)
Paint (Any color)
Paint brush (Small)


1. Print your monogram by going to this website and following the directions - super easy and free: Customized Printable Monogram

Or you can just make your own on Microsoft Word! 

2. Follow the directions in the thewbeehive - Love - Wood Redo that you can see below! Apply those same steps to the monogram that you decided to print out. 

*Make sure the monogram you printed will fit on your piece of wood! 


Here is my finished monogram! I decided to stick with black and cream but there are so many fun color combinations that could match any room decor. 

It now has a new home on my desk :) 


Have a wonderful week! 

James 1: 2-4
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

September 16, 2013

DIY Acid Wash Jeans

Were gonna start this DIY with a quick story. 

Last week, my best friend Zoe and I went to American Eagle to look for jeans and I found this great pair of light wash, edgy skinny jeans but they were $23... don't get me wrong, thats not that expensive for jeans that will last you a few years but why buy them when you could DIY them. << This is me giving Zoe credit for this idea >>

After a bunch of research on the internet and watching a few youtube videos, I decided I was up to try this trend out for the fall. Although I don't have a step by step process for you to follow - your best bet is simply watching youtube videos and watching how to do it.

Materials: 
Bucket
Bleach ($3 at Rite Aid)
Jeans (Thrifted for $1)


Before


After

I decided to embrace the edginess of the jeans by adding studded combat boots, a leather jacket (thrifted) and a blingy choker (antique), but here are some other ideas of how you can rock these jeans!




Hope you go out on a limb and try this statement piece :)

"You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. 
LORD my God, I will praise you forever." 
-Psalm 30:11-12

Virginia Vintage Ltd.

Yes it has definitely been a while!

But, I come back to my blog with some really exciting things to tell you about :) 
This summer my mom and I started a business called Virginia Vintage Ltd. (Check out the link here)


My mom and I have always loved to thrift and go to antique store. Whether we decide to appreciate the piece for its character or give it new life - its by far one of our favorite hobbies. One day in June my mom had the idea of starting a business based on this hobby and a few days later her idea became a reality! 

 

Our business started simply on Facebook and occasionally selling some of our finds on craigslist from our home in Chantilly, VA but recently, we have added a physical location at Ginger Hill Antiques for people to browse our items!


Below are some examples of pieces we have found and cleaned up or given new life. Please check out our Facebook and "Like" us to see any updates!











Have a wonderful Monday!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, 
the new is here!”
-2 Corinthians 5:1