Thursday, June 21, 2018

Aimee Arrow Baskets




I have finally put this basket to use! I wasn't sure what I was going to use it for. At first I thought I'd use it for the baby's toys, but then I needed a place to put our living room throws, so I went with throw storage. I think I will buy another one for the toys as well, because it is so big and looks much better than the toy by we currently have. 

This is the Aimee Arrow, World Market basket in large. Right now it has four throws in it, and one on top! Two medium sized ones and two kid throws, with the cream pom pom throw laying on top.

If you're looking for a nice large basket, look no more! This one is perfect!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

$12.99 Tie Front Tank!

Hi all! I went online shopping the other day. I found some essentials for such a good price.
One of my finds is this top. It was $12.99 at Target! It is so comfortable and lightweight for summer. It hits right at the top of my jeans. The top does run a little big. I wear an S, and I could have gone with an XS, but I am still loving it!And it also comes in three colors. I think I am going to go back and get the navy color as well. 

Find me on Instagram at @onesimplebliss to see more! I will upload some finds there as well.

Find the top at Target HERE!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Affordable Tulip Tank and Crop Pants

 Don't you just love Target? They have the cutest affordable clothes! I ordered this online and was afraid of how it would look on, but I love it! It's nice and airy for the summer, and the back of it is adorable. It has a tulip back and adjustable straps!

 Perfect crop length! I wore them with some slip on sandlas that I also bought from Target. 

Tulip back.

The entire outfit was $42! I know I'll be wearing this a lot this summer. And it's great that I can toss it in the washer and dryer; no dry cleaning necessary!

Here are the links if your interested: Tulip Tank | Crop Pants

Friday, June 8, 2018

$200 Nook Chandelier Update

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Since we replaced our dining room chandelier, next up was our nook light. I kept going back and forth between the one we bought and a beaded chandelier. I ended up going with the crystal light because it matches our dining room one and goes with our overall theme better.

I found our light at Overstock, and never thought I'd buy the chandeliers sight unseen, but after looking at the review pictures and reading the reviews, I felt comfortable with purchasing it.

We got it hung and then I added all 271 crystals on. Once I got them all on, I was so pleased! I sat and looked at it for so long. Ha! 

It’s a wonderful upgrade from what we had before, and didn’t break the bank!

Ugly before light

The chandelier is a Potterybarn styled fixture, but at such an affordable price.
Pottery Barn version

We got ours on sale for just under $150!
I highly recommend this light if you’re looking for a budget friendly PB version or a fixture that is this style. You won’t be disappointed for $150.

The last fixture will be the entry light, but I still need to research what style we would like to get. If you have any recommendations on what style would go well with the crystal chandeliers we have, I’d love to hear them in the comments.

For now, I will enjoy sitting in our nook, because it looks so much better than before!
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For more information on this chandelier, it can be found here at Overstock.

Friday, May 18, 2018

One ingredient yogurt melts

I've been seeing yogurt melts all over Pinterest and wanted to give it a go. It looked easy and I know the kids would love the melts. 

I had some yogurt on hand, so the kids and I took to it... and they loved the melts! I saw where some people strained the yogurt in cheesecloth for an hour, or added other ingredients, but we tried to make it as easy as possible. 

This is what we did:

 Get your favorite yogurt.
Using Greek yogurt will give the melts that sour flavor that the Greek yogurt has. If your kids don't like Greek yogurt, go with the regular yogurt.

Line a baking sheet with wax paper. I had to cut ours to size.

Spoon some of your yogurt into a sandwich bag.

Once you have your yogurt in the bag, cut off the tip on one corner.

It will look like this.

Then squeeze all the yogurt to that corner.

Squeeze out some yogurt onto your lined baking sheet. You can make these as big or small as you want. We made ours for older kids, so they weren't that small. If I was going to make some for the baby, I'd make them much smaller. 

Viola! Now place them in the freezer.

We let them sit for an hour, and they were ready!

Take them out of the freezer, and peel them off of the wax paper. You can immediately place them into another sandwich freezer bag, place them back into the freezer to save them for later. But the kids wanted to eat them, so ours were gone within minutes!

Now enjoy!

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These were so easy to make and the kids loved them! They are a great little snack that doesn't take much time or cleanup! Win-win. I hope you enjoyed this and let me know if you end up making some too! I'd love to hear what type of yogurt you used and what your little ones thought of them.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Restoration Hardware Dupe Chandelier

As soon as we moved into our home, I knew we would need to replace all the original light fixtures. They were all brass and very outdated. Since we are working with a budget, I had to be smart with how much I was going to spend on each light. 

The hunt was on, and of course the light I loved the most was a Restoration Hardware fixture. 


Price: $1,895

I ended up finding a fixture that looks very similar for the fraction of the cost! 

Gallery Lighting | 19th Rococo Iron & Crystal Chandelier

This fixture is mady by Gallery Lighting and sold on Overstock, Wayfair and a few other sites. We ended up buying ours from Overstock and we used a coupon to get the light for just over $500, shipped! 

It is not an exact replica, but it looks very similar and is beautiful! Especially for the price. 

One difference is the size. This one is 31 inches, while the RH light is 33 inches. This also has cheaper connectors than the RH one:

 It also is black and not that deep bronze color that you see on the RH light. This worked perfect for us, since we have black accents around the house.

The Gallery Lighting light will need to be put together and wired. All the crystals will need to be hung, and it looks intimidating, but it was really easy fr me to put it together. You can also have your electrician put it together if you don't want to mess with it. 

I am so happy with how it looks and even with the difference from the RH light I would buy it again in a heartbeat! 

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 Don't they look similar?! I think so. I bought the bulbs off Amazon, and we were all set! 

 Next we need to have our walls painted and a few other things... but for now, we got rid of that outdated fixture for a price that I can live with! 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Potterybarn look-a-like couches

New couches! 

I really wanted these couches from Potterybarn, but they come with a price tag that doesn't fit our budget, so I found these amazing dupe couches from Macy's! 

(Potterybarn Buchanan Roll Arm Upholstered Sofa vs Macy's Astra sofa)

The sofa from Potterybarn is 93.5 inches, while the sofa from Macy's is 91 inches. We have had them for about a month now and love them so much! Wait for them to go on sale, and you can get the sofa for $629. They constantly go on and off sale, so just keep checking when they are regular priced. I watched them and it seemed like they went on sale on the weekends! 
The Astra couches are at a price that we can love too. Now all I need are some pillows! 

Nook makeover

Hi all!

It’s been a long time since I have been on here. Life has been busy, yet great. We recently purchased our first home and have been trying to remodel and get some new furniture in here. I miss blogging, and thought I’d start again and post about our projects and updates. It’s a way for us to document and look back at what we have done and how we accomplished each project!

We had to replace our nook table, and although I wanted one from RH, he budget wouldn’t allow it. But I found this table from Pier1 and bought it when they were having a sale! I hadn’t seen it in person and wasn’t sure what the color was going to look like, but it is so perfect!

We paired it with these chairs from World Market and I love how they go together.

We still need to add some blinds and curtains, but that will come!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Stuffed Horse, attempt 1!

Here is a stuffed horsed I made for my daughter. This was my first try using a pattern I made out of newspaper. There are a few things that I need to tweek before I make another one, but overall, I am very pleased. Next time I am going to add a tail, and a patch on the back to look like a saddle.  Maybe even some ears too. You can also add a horn if you want to make a unicorn. There are a lot that can be added on to this little guy! If any of you would like to make one, it is super easy!!I will have to add a tutorial soon.

It is a big hit with the munchkin! She just loves her horsey!

I am looking to make an elephant next!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Alice in Wonderland Dress Tutorial

Since I had some blue fabric left over from making the curtains from the baby shower, I decided to make the little one an Alice dress. It actually was pretty easy to do, even for an amateur sewer like myself! Here is what I did.

This is the finished dress with apron. 

 First you will need to cut out your pieces. You can make you own pieces by following the steps in the ruffle dress TUTORIAL. You may want to read this tutorial first for all the steps, since I will be running through these quickly. The only piece not included is the collar. That will be in the second tutorial on the Alice dress, along with the apron instructions. 

Also, I cut a V in the back of the bodice. I will attach a button for closure. I did this, so it will slip on over my daughter's head, and I didn't want to add a zipper or multiple buttons. :)

 Once you have your pieces cut, you will need to press the casings for the sleeves. Go ahead and fold it over once. 
 Then press with the iron. 

 Fold over again. You will only need to fold enough to fit your elastic band through. 

 Then press again. Do this to both sleeve pieces.
 This is what you should have. 
 Now sew your bodices pieces. Sew the front two pieces together, right sides together. Same for the back. 
Up close on where to sew. 

 Up close on where to sew.

For the next steps, you will need to sew your front and back pieces together, then add the sleeves. For these steps, view this tutorial. (Instead of repeating all the steps twice, it is easier for me to have you revert to the previous tutorial, since it is done exactly the same.)

 This next step, I didn't take a picture. Sorry! But it is for the skirt. I used 2 yards of the blue fabric. I cut the fabric to the length I wanted. I had the dress end mid calf on my daughter, so if you want it shorter, cut shorter, and cut longer for a longer dress. Once I had the length, I sewed the hem. Then moved on to make the ruffles. 

 You can use a ruffle foot, or use the longest stitch and do it by hand. I actually did mine by hand. It didn't take that long. So I sewed a stitch along the entire top. Here is a tutorial on how to ruffle by hand HERE.

 I pulled my thread to create the ruffles until I had the desired length. Fold your skirt in half, and match it up with the top to make sure it is not too short or long. If it is still longer, keep ruffling. If you ruffled too much, let some ruffles out. 
Once you have the length you need, tie the end so that you don't lose any ruffles. Pin the open side of your skirt together, and sew. You should have a complete skirt. 

 Take your skirt, and bodice, and pin them together. I put my skirt seam in the back. You will need to put the bodice inside the skirt, right sides together. Make sure to match your seam up in the back. Then sew all the way around. Once you have it sewn, finish the raw edges. 

 This is what you should have once you have sewn it together. 

 Then I made my collar pieces. This took me a few times to get the length of them just right. I used tracing paper to make the template, and had to make it longer each time. I finally got it to the right length. I will post this tutorial in a separate (part 2) tutorial. 

 I sewed around the collar, and the edges, leaving the inside open. I turned them right side out, and pressed them with an iron. 
 Then I pinned them to the collar of the dress. (Before pining, make sure to finish the collar edges. 

 Pin all the way around, then sew them on. 

 Here is what it looks like under the collar. 
 The finished collar. As you can see, the inside is not finished. I forgot to do so. So make sure you finish the collar edges before attaching. :)
 And here you have it. Your complete Alice dress. You can even add a sash to this and have your daughter wear it as a simple dress. 

Here is the apron. I made it our of the same front bodice piece. I took white fabric, cut two front bodice pieces, but made them smaller than the dress front piece. I sewed around the arm holes, and neck, leaving the neck strap part open. I inserted the elastic neck strap into the two openings, folded the edges inwards, and sewed it closed. 

 I then took a rectangle pieces for the bottom, hemmed it, ruffled the top, and attached it to the top apron piece. For the tie, I took white ribbon, heat sealed the edges, and sewed them onto the apron. 
This sounds confusing, I know! I will have a tutorial on how to make this, and the collar in part 2. I just don't have time to post it all now. :)

Oh, I almost forgot. I printed the Alice image off of Google. I printed it onto a fabric transfer sheet, then ironed it onto the apron. 

Happy Friday!!! I hope this isn't too confusing of a tutorial. I am writing it while my daughter is finishing her lunch, so I didn't have much time. :) 
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