Earlier this month amid full swing back-to-school season I decided I was going to change the light fixture in my kitchen. Friends, when I first visited the LNC Home website I was so intimidated. I wanted nearly everything in their collection, but I didn’t trust myself to install anything except one of their rugs-ha. My DIY journey up until yesterday has been mostly crafts, glitter, and chalk paint mixed with some peel and stick tile. I also have really mucked up some of these past baby-DIY adventures (bathroom sink painting debacle I’m looking at you). I certainly hadn’t ventured in the land of lighting and electrical wires. So naturally before I committed to anything I dove deep into Pinterest tutorials and tried to hype myself up. Afterall I can do anything--except reach the top shelf. I can’t do that.
So after a mini hype session of one I did it! I clicked add to cart and continued to stalk the mailman for a few days awaiting its arrival. Finally I had a box in front of me and it was my defining moment..or at least time to open her up. The hardest part? Choosing which light bulb I would use. Seriously there are way too many light bulb options. I picked a light bulb 30% on my own and I installed the light fixture 73% on my own. I’m giving the employee at the hardware store 70% of the light bulb selection process and I am giving my husband 27% credit for the installation because he surprised me by uninstalling the previous light fixture when I was on the bulb shopping odyssey. It was a sweet surprise! I also have to give him additional credit because there became a point where he had a significant height advantage on me. I could have done that part by myself if my ladder had an extra step.
The best part is that this little project took under an hour and totally transformed the room. My whole tiny kitchen looks fresh and exciting. This detail was the exclamation mark I needed on my previous DIY adventures. It’s hard to describe how big of a difference this one feature made in the entire space so check out the pictures below for yourself! I can also change it up with a multitude of edison light bulb options.
I still do not consider myself a DIY pro, but now I want to go change all the light fixtures! I also strongly believe that I deserve some type of adulting award for this adventure. However, in all honesty friends, if I can do it so can you. Remember that I will be here to cheer you on and get started by checking out LNC Home’s beautiful collection of unique farmhouse light fixtures (https://www.lnchome.com/collections/farmhouse-chandeliers). Kelly, their founder, is a hard working momma whose mission is to make sure luxurious and beautifully-designed home decor pieces are accessible to everyone.
I can’t wait to show you what I decide to update next!
I was so excited when author, Kristy Hamby asked me if I wanted to preview her upcoming book The Gray Rainbow. It is the perfect book to explain that some days are just gray. She also spells gray with an “a,” which is an odd preference of mine--thanks Kristy!
Anyway, this book is a great way to set students up for teaching the Zones of Regulation (if you’re unfamiliar click here!). I always try to normalize the red, yellow, and blue zone and explain to students that it is unrealistic to live in the green zone. This book is a great partner when teaching that its just fine if you’re not in the green zone, just don’t hang out there! Find something that brings you joy--or in this case, brings the color back in your rainbow. You can follow Kristy’s social media and website for information about purchasing your own copy!
Starting the year out online and not sure where to get started? Give this checklist a try to get your year moving smoothly. Please be sure to leave a review!
I have personally owned a Cricut Mini, Cricut EasyPress 1 and a Cricut EasyPress 2. I have had no issues with Cricut brand and it has my highest recommendation. If you believe you will only make an occasional shirt for personal use, an iron can get you by, but it will not last as long as other options.
Some prefer a heat press because it applies pressure for you.
I am content with my Mini Press for small projects and unflat surfaces and my 9 x 9 press. It works well for onsies and just takes two presses for bigger projects. If you're just getting started with making shirts and etc note that adhering vinyl to fabric requires HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl).
I recommend considering budget, storage space, and use when deciding size and type of heat press.
If you're ready to make the leap go for it! :)
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Apply Vinyl to fabric requires HTV. HTV is not sticky on the back because you use your press to melt it to the fabric. You also do not typically need transfer tape to use HTV. You cut your image backwards and then remove the negative spaces. The HTV is stuck to a carrier plastic that keeps it in place until you press it on your fabric. The first HTV I bought was a multi-color pack. I am so glad I did, because it gave me many colors for details and layering. Then I ordered other colors in bulk as needed.
Trust me, it is more doable than you think. Here are my general tips for starting the school year out teaching virtually.
I followed the awesome tutorial below from Emily Houch to create my own virtual Bitmoji Classroom. Be sure to give her some love for the awesome tutorial.
It's more than just a pretty picture, its interactive. To check out my interactive classroom, click here!
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