Dorm Room Decorations

Hey everyone! Yeah remember that post where I was all like “I’m totally going to be posting more now!” and then didn’t? Yeah sorry about that…BUT I will be going home in a few weeks and will hopefully have time to blog some more :) Thank you all for your patience with me.

So for this post I will show you a really neat thing you can do to decorate your dorm room! I think it’s added a lot of flair to our otherwise sort of drab room.

Woah! Isn’t it cool?

So what I did was ask my mom and sister to go to Home Depot and pick out a bunch of paint samples in different colors. I then used tape to attach them to the wall. This project is great because it’s pretty much free (besides the cost of tape), ambulance it’s easy to do, visit and it looks super impressive. Right now I have Christmas lights all over the room and I love how the colored lights look against the paint samples.

Here’s idea number two- displaying photos.

I love this for displaying photos. All you do is buy some Jute string ($2-$4 at Home Depot), some clothes pins, and have your photos printed. I have two of these strands in my room and I love them! They’re easy to put up, cheap to make, and look super awesome. Since it’s Christmas season, I have added some green tinsel.

You can also see that I have a bunch of other things on my wall. I love my pink white board, black chalkboard, and little cork board. They’re great for notes, hanging cards, letters, and photos, and for Christmas countdowns!

Ahh Christmas countdowns…one is days until Christmas and one is days until Christmas break! Woohoo! You may also notice that I hung some pretty little snowflakes on the wall- $1 at the Dollar Tree. I love that store around Christmas time!

As you can tell, I am very excited about Christmas and got pretty into decorating my room. Here is a collage of my room decorations (I have actually added more since I took the photo ;). I actually just won a contest for best decorated dorm room!

I hope you got some fun ideas for decorating your room- whether it’s a dorm room or just in your house! Let me know if you have any questions or if you try any of these ideas!


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Felt Hairbow Tutorial

I absolutely love wearing hair bows and wear them almost every day (maybe that’s why people tend to think I’m younger than I actually am ;). I have had trouble finding bows I like in stores, more about and when I do find them, order they’re often pretty expensive. I found a tutorial of how to make bows out of felt. It’s super simple and they’re so cute!

The first thing you do is cut a rounded rectangle out of felt and a smaller thinner strip of felt (either the same color or a different color).

Next, pinch the rectangle in the middle.

Take your smaller strip of felt and wrap it around the pinched rectangle. Take some hot glue and glue the strip around the rectangle.

I’ve found the easiest way to make these into clips is to use one of these metal saw-tooth thingies and just slip it between the bow and the strip.

So cute!

I want to make these in all sorts of colors and for all different seasons!

I found this tutorial at Ruffles and Stuff. She has a tutorial for another type of bow made of felt as well that I haven’t tried yet.


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Wreck this Journal

Photo from Amazon


I have always loved documenting things- writing things down and saving objects and mementos so I won’t forget anything. I used to be a pack-rat and kept all sorts of things. One year I got so upset that we had to get rid of our Christmas tree that I saved some pine needles in a little container. I saved that container for 10 years.

No, find I haven’t been featured on Hoarders…why do you ask?

Blogging and photography have become a great way for me to document my life and the things I love doing. I’m always looking for great ways to be creative and document parts of my life which is why I looked into getting a couple of new journals from Amazon. I didn’t just want to get a plain journal with lines (although I do need another one of those soon). I wanted something more interesting and unique, viagra sale and found Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal and thought it sounded really intriguing! The “journal” has pages filled with challenges that are designed to get you a little out of your comfort zone, salve get creative, and wreck the book. I haven’t started on the challenges yet but am really excited to.

Some of the things you have to do are:

  • Tie a string to the spine of this book. Swing Wildly. Let it hit the walls.
  • Climb up high. Drop the journal.
  • Cover this page using only office supplies.

I won’t spoil the rest of the challenges for you but they sound really fun! If you are interested in a creative project for this new year I would recommend you looking into Wreck this Journal and other books by Keri Smith. I’ll keep you updated as I finish some of the challenges :)

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Handmade Snowman Ornament..3 Days ‘Till Christmas!

I cannot believe there are only three more days until Christmas! I feel like I have so much to do, read more but slowly people’s presents are coming together and I will start wrapping this evening. I love giving presents :)

I also love making Christmas crafts. Here are some step by step instructions for how to make this precious little snowman ornament. All you need is some felt (2 colors), some thread, a little bit of stuffing, tiny piece of yarn, and sequins/buttons. I found a picture of these ornaments on Pinterest and knew that I had to make them. I’m no expert when it comes to sewing or crafting, so I just did this the best way I could see how. It was easy and turned out great :) I might make some more if I have time. I’m thinking it’d be really cute to give him a hat if I can figure out how. I hope all of you guys are having a wonderful holiday season!


White Felt (I used less than 1/4 of a 8.5 by 11 piece of felt…it just depends on how big you make your snowman)

Colored Felt (This is just for the scarf so you don’t need much at all)

Thread (Dark Blue or Black for the eyes, Orange for the nose, and Light Blue to sew up the snowman)

Stuffing (Very little needed)

Small piece of yarn (to hang the ornament)

Extras- small buttons, sequins


Start by cutting out two identical snowman bodies. On one of them, use the dark blue/black thread to stitch the eyes and orange thread to make the nose. The one I saw on Pinterest didn’t have a mouth, but I wanted mine to have one so I stitched on a little smile.

Next, either sew on little buttons or use some hot glue to attach sequins for the snowman’s buttons. Next, tie the yarn into a loop and then, on the body piece that doesn’t have the face on it, hot glue on the yarn towards the top of the snowman’s body.

Now it’s time to start sewing him up! Use the light blue thread to sew around the snowman’s body (making sure that the knot of the yarn is on the inside of the snowman), leaving a gap at the bottom so you can put the stuffing in. When you only have a small opening left, stuff the snowman. Then finish sewing him up.

The final thing is to add the scarf. Cut two thin pieces of felt. One of the pieces will be glued around the snowman’s neck, and the other will be the part that hangs down. That sounds confusing…it’s really not. Just look at the pictures :)

Glue that final scarf piece down and you’re done!

I hope those instructions made sense. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions, and I’d love to see pictures if you end up making this ornament!

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The Incredibly Long Never Ending Mural that Took Over My Room

I started painting a mural on my wall on January 3rd, more about 2010. TWO THOUSAND AND TEN! This has been a long journey. I mean seriously. But it’s over! It’s done! And I love it :) And I’m super glad it’s over. Here is the journey in photos. Some parts are better documented than others…hem hem. Enjoy :)

Wait! Woah! How did this happen?

I wrote one of my favorite Bible verses on the wall: The light shines in the darkness, information pills and the darkness has not overcome.

Full wall!

So this was a crazy long art project. Would I do it again? Probably not.

Haha sorry! I don’t know if you were looking for a more inspirational answer. I am glad I did this, and I really like the finished product. For any parents out there, I would encourage you to let your kids express themselves and make their room their own. It’s just paint, it’ll take a couple coats of white and this will be gone. <–depressing thought

Just thought I’d share this with you, since it was such a big part of my life for such a long time. I’d be happy to answer questions for anyone curious about painting their own mural (or smaller-scale painting). I certainly learned a lot the past two years :)

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