Monday, June 9, 2014

DIY Personalized Flashlights Tutorial



Hi ya'll, my name is Kristen and you can usually find me busily blogging away at over at Down Home Inspiration. I am a super busy military wife and mom to three munchkins who loves to DIY, create and cook. I am constantly finding something new to repurpose, remake or redo and love to find inspiration in all aspects of my daily life. You can follow along with me and my crazy adventures by liking Down Home Inspiration on Facebook, following on Instagram or Twitter or catch me pinning away on Pinterest

Summer break is upon us and I don't know about you, but I am always looking for fun and creative ways to keep my kids busy (and quiet!). They love to have their own space and use their imaginations, so this summer I decided to make a super cute fort kit for them. And what is a fort without flashlights? (If you ask my kids, it is basically worthless!) I was so excited to make these personalized flashlights with the help of Belvedere Designs. They were ridiculously easy and quick and my kids absolutely adore them.

I took my kids to the store and let them pick flashlights in their favorite colors, making sure that there was room on the side to add their names. Then I asked what they would like to see when they turned the light on. My daughters chose butterflies and hearts and my son requested stars. Easy enough...Belvedere Designs took my design ideas and created custom decals to perfectly fit the size I needed. Just email them at info@wallquotes.com to have your own set made!

The decals arrived within a couple of days and I got right to work. For the light, I set the shaped decal right on the top and used the corner of the included card to make sure that all of the edges were pushed down. Then I slowly peeled the backing off, listening to my kid's excited squeals.
It was the same process on the side of the light to add the names. Press down, use the card to ensure there are no air bubbles and slowly peel the backing off. My oldest even got in on the action and applied her own name and shapes to her flashlight. So simple an eight year old can do it! Haha! Here is my little guy, Barrett (or "Bear" as we call him), watching with glee while I finish up his personalized flashlight:

The whole process took about 5 minutes per flashlight and we couldn't wait to see the shapes and designs all lit up. We all immediately ran to the dark bathroom to test them out as soon they were applied. And we weren't disappointed!

And here are some shots of these super cool flashlights in use after the kids built their own fort with their kit. As you can see, the closer the light is to the object that you are shining it on, the more in focus the shapes are. The farther away you are, the less focused, but we found that we could still see them pretty well even from across the fort. Here is Emmalynn with her butterflies:
And Grace with her hearts:


And lastly, Bear and his pup Murphy are shining stars on the roof of the fort:


What a great way to kick off summer! My kids will be burning through batteries, I'm sure, but they are having an awesome time using their imaginations and creativity. Not to mention, these are the perfect flashlights to throw in your bag while traveling if your kids are a bit afraid of the dark. They'll be having too much fun with them to worry! To order your own decals, just contact Belvedere Designs and they will work with you on your custom decal! What design or shape do you think that your child would like?

Friday, June 6, 2014

Weekly Inspirations - Things to Read, Create, Eat & Do


Happy Weekend, friends! It's going to be a gorgeous weekend here in Virginia, and we're going to be spending it working on home projects (do they ever end?), getting together with friends and family, and taking a trip to the pool! But, first, I wanted to share some inspirational finds from around blogland this week.

The talented, Emily, from Jones Design Company, shared a tour of her lovely home this week. She's sharing her home as part of the Summer Tour of Homes with 19 other bloggers, a full list of participating bloggers is at the bottom of the post.

It's yard sale season again, do you know the ins and outs of negotiating? Apartment Therapy shared An Introvert's Guide to Haggling Like a Pro, a must-read to get the best price on anything!

Spending time working on your yard or garden this weekend? Better Homes and Gardens shared some high-impact, low-cost ways to add Curb Appeal on a Dime. I love the idea of adding a pop of color to the home by painting the door and/or shutters a fun color (teal, anybody? how about lime?)

Made this Quinoa Caprese Salad from Little Leopard Book last night and it was an absolute hit! With tomatoes coming into season, I can see myself making this a lot over the next couple of months.

Love movies? Design Mom shared Five Summer Films, a roundup of movies she and her family want to see this Summer. This list has definitely inspired me to get a date night with my husband on the calendar! 

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Weekly Inspirations - Things to Read, Create, Eat & Do

image via brit + co.
 
Happy Friday, friends! We've got a lot going on this weekend including our five-year-old's last soccer game of the season (if  you haven't had the pleasure of watching young kids play soccer, you're in for a real treat-they are hilarious!) and continuing work on our kitchen remodel, but I just had to stop in and share some favorite finds for the week!
 
This post of 20 Ways to Start an Indoor Herb Garden from Brit + Co. is both timely and inspirational. I love fresh herbs in everything, and had no idea how many (attractive) indoor herb-growing options were out there!
 
There are a million reasons why I love IKEA, and here's one more! The Kitchn shared their picks for the 10 Best Kitchen Items to Buy from IKEA. I only have one item from the list, maybe this means an IKEA trip is in order?
 
On Instagram? Us, too! Vogue posted 8 Stylish Instagram Accounts to Follow. I feel more stylish just browsing through these fashionable Instagrammers feeds.
 
These Chocolate Chip Cookie S'mores? I want one (maybe two) now! Cooking Classy shares the recipe (along with some gorgeous photography).
 
Have some time to craft this weekend? Poppytalk shares 5 Pretty Weekend Projects for the Home.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hot Off the Press {New Additions to the Wall Quotes™ Decals Family}

Hello there, Wall Quotes™ decals fans! Home d├ęcor and design trends are constantly changing and evolving, and one of our challenges (though one we thoroughly enjoy), is staying on top of these trends and bringing you updated, on-trend, and just plain awesome decals for your home. Today, we're sharing some of these newbies with you! Take a look at some of our newest offerings, and let us know in the comments which you like the best!

 
Did you know that we now offer prints? We do! 

 
 
 

 
 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Weekly Inspirations - Things to Read, Create, Eat & Do


photo via TheNester.com

Friends!  Have you got great weekend plans? We're counting down the days to summer vacation and will be headed to the orchard (whose very existence here in the Las Vegas valley is pretty miraculous) for juicy tree-ripened peaches and apricots this weekend.  And we'll be making pints and pints of jam - so much work! But oh so worth it come winter!  If we're lucky, we might even sneak in a date night. Woot.

- Have you seen/read Myquillyn's new book? That's it pictured above - lovely, no?  I adore it.  The words. The message.  The photos. The typography.  Nothin' not to love here.

- Speaking of books, Ann puts together the best book lists and her Summer Reading Guide 2014 is spot on.  It's even broken down into specific categories so you can find the perfect book to accompany whatever you've got in the way of summer plans.

- My boys could each use a fun new tie for summer.  I kind of like to get them matching ones (so sweet).  This one is high on my list.  Those colors!

- I needed to use up some over-ripe bananas this week (and had a whole lot of peaches from our foray to the orchard last weekend) and found this Peach Coconut Banana Bread. Truth be told, it's more like cake (mmmmm, cake). Super moist and with a glass of milk makes for a lovely after-dinner treat (or if you're my kids, an acceptable breakfast).

Beginning of the School Year v. End of the School Year. Made me laugh out loud.

Happy long weekend!