Wednesday, July 31, 2013

10 Days of Dorm: Day 9 {wrapped up monograms}

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Sadly, 10 Days of Dorm is coming to a close.


Can you possibly think of a better way to wrap up the second to last day of fun than with this darling monogram?


I didn't think so.


A dorm room without a monogram is like pizza without pepperoni, eyelashes without mascara, or a magazine without pictures: just plain boring.


With this very fast and very easy idea, you can create a pretty monogram without spending a pretty penny. All you need to craft this gem is patterned wrapping paper and a plain wooden letter (and of course tape and scissors!).


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I found the first letter of my name for only $3.50 at Hobby Lobby. At this price, it would be silly not to go back and purchase there rest of my initials!


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And now the fun begins! Cut a piece of wrapping paper that is much larger than your letter.


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Begin wrapping the letter as you would a birthday present (this is where gift wrapping skills come in handy!). Tape down all the edges to ensure a smooth finish and pretty front side.


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TA-DA! You now have a charming letter to decorate your new home.


Since this DIY is so fun and easy, make a matching monogram for your roomie!


Want to know another little tip? Take a piece of the paper to college along with you. If there's a tear, you can doctor it up in seconds!


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To wrap up this post (get it, WRAP up?), I have one question for you.


What pretty paper will you use to cover your name?


Stop by tomorrow for the LAST day of dorm and a post about remembering all the the lovely things you'll be leaving behind at home. Have a beautiful rest of the day!


xo, Maddie

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

10 Days of Dorm: Day 8 {spirit garland}

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Target is probably one of my favorite places in the world.


Really.


This love began at a very young age, when my mom would the pack  van full with all four girls. It was the most anticipated trip of the month, a sort of fashion week for the Long sisters.


At 13, the most exciting part of moving into our new house was the fact that it was less than one mile away from IT.  With the boredom of being in a new town without all our old friends (AND in the middle of summer) , we probably made at least five trips a week.


Why do I love Target so much?


Because just about everything there is fun, darling, and dirt cheap.


If you walk to the very back of the isles, the merchandise is on clearance for crazy and unbelievably amazing prices.


And now you know where I found these darling plates for only 74 cents!


With pretty, patterned paper (or in my case, paper plates), a stencil, and a little string, you can create a darling dorm display to show off your school spirit. As a captain, I chose anchors, but mix it up a bit! Use your school mascot as a template, or spell out the name in brightly colored letters. (get creative!) The possibilities are as endless as the clearance racks at my very favorite store.


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you will need...




  • scissors

  • tape

  • patterned paper or decorative paper plates

  • string

  • your desired stencil (I printed a picture of an anchor and trimmed it up to size)


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tape the stencil to the back side of the paper...


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...and begin cutting (do two sheets at a time, it's MUCH faster!)


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tape the string to the back of the shapes...


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...and you have yourself a darling garland!


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Who knew that adding spirit to your dorm room could be this simple?


Have a beautiful day, and don't forget to stop by tomorrow afternoon for day 9!


xo, Maddie

Monday, July 29, 2013

10 Days of Dorm: Day 7 {jewelry tray}


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Jewelry boxes are a silly invention. Let me ask you a question: why would you hide such beautiful treasures?


Which brings us to the answer, and a way to turn your gems into a charming display: the jewelry tray.


As a little girl, I remember standing on the edge of my mom's bed and gazing at the gems in the tray on her tall wooden dresser. I loved running my fingers over the necklaces, placing the rings over my tiny fingers, and sticking the earrings next to my ears (while desperately wishing there were holes in them).


On a thrift store shopping expedition last week, I came across this pretty silver tray and assortment of charming little bowls and cups.


With a bit of glossy white spray pain, these ordinary objects turn into something almost magical.


Cinderella's fairy godmother would be quite proud.


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Before you begin painting, make sure the tray is clean and dry.


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{pretty little bowls}


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Lay down some newspaper, and give the tray a few coats! Click here for more tips on spray painting.


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{earrings}


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{rings}


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{drape dangles over the edge of a mid-height glass}


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{my great grandmothers clip on's}


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{Marilyn was wrong, pearls are a girl's best friend}


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What better way could there possibly be to pretty up your new dorm room?


Have a fabulous rest of the day, and don't forget to drop by Bits and Little Pieces tomorrow for another post in 10 Days of Dorm!


xo, Maddie

Sunday, July 28, 2013

10 Days of Dorm: Day 6 {DIY white lamp}


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pink + teal


The colors of easter eggs, cotton candy, and all things sweet, summer, and Lilly.


Pink and teal are also the shades that will be making quite an appearance in my dorm room this year(if you haven't figured that out already).


To balance out all the bright colors and preppy prints, I decided to go with plain old white lamps. There is something so fresh and bright about white light: it bathes everything in a pretty new warmth.


Anyways, here is my take on the classic white lamp. And guess what you don't need to make it...


a white lamp


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I picked up this classic, wrought iron lamp from goodwill for only $5. If it had been purchased at a furniture store, it would have been FAR more expensive. What could better than quality and affordability all wrapped up in a chalkboard green (ew) package? Not my favorite color, but add a can of white gloss spray paint and you have yourself a little treasure.


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A thrift store lamp will most likely come shadeless. Buy a plain white version like this one, or top off your new decor with a fun, colorful find.


Spray paint the lamp as you would any object. Just make sure you allow enough time in between coats, and let dry completely before you touch it! For more tips on spray painting, click here to visit 10 Days of Dorm: Day 4 {Spray on Charm}


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What colors will your dorm be decked in?


I wish you a fabulous summer night full of cotton candy, cool breezes, and all things darling. Stop by Bits and Little Pieces tomorrow afternoon for another post in 10 Days of Dorm!


xo, Maddie

Friday, July 26, 2013

10 Days of Dorm: Day 5 {skinny girl snacks}


There are lots of really bad feelings. Here are my top (or bottom) three, just to give you a little taste of Maddie.


1. Loneliness


2. Coldness


3. Hunger


In my opinion, hunger is by far the worst on the list. How can you possibly do your daily tasks with an empty belly? There is nothing worse than having the eyeballs of an entire classroom glued to you as your tummy growls abnormally loudly. When you're hungry, you loose concentration, stamina, and patience. Personally, I transform into Cinderella's evil stepmother.


With college just around the corner, you will need lots of extra energy to take on the busy schedule that goes along with campus life. Here are some of my favorite snacks that will help you power through your busy week. (and hopefully ward off the dreaded freshman 15!) These nine foods are minimally processed and super healthy: perfect for any busy girl!!


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1. Larabars


These snack bars are my very favorites (by far!) in the entire grocery store. With fun flavors like cherry pie and cashew cookie, you'll never get bored!


2. Hummus


Hummus is a good source of naturally filling protein and fiber, and goes amazingly well with baby carrots and celery.


3. Bananas


This tropical fruit was made for girls on the go. Choc full of nutrients like heart healthy potassium, it even comes in a pretty yellow wrapper.


4. Popcorn


If you don't have an air popper, put a couple of tablespoons of popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag, fold over a few times, and hit the popcorn button on the microwave. Drizzle on a little coconut oil and salt, and you have yourself a healthy and delicious version of the classic movie theater snack!


5. Baby carrots


Baby carrots are my very favorite snack, partially because they come washed, peeled, and ready to eat!


6. Almond Butter


Almond butter is a healthy (and delicious) alternative to the peanut version, and Barney Butter makes the very best! I love it with apple slices and a little cinnamon!


7. Almonds


These powerhouses are full of healthy fats, protein and fiber. What more could you want in a snack? Stash a little bag in your purse for whenever hunger pangs strike.


8. Greek yogurt


Greek yogurt has way more protein than regular yogurt, keeping you fuller and happier for longer. Flavored versions are packed with sugar, so add fruit to the plain variety for a little flavor twist.


9. Apples


Apples are the perfect fruit: they stay fresh for days (and sometimes weeks!), and are wonderful for curbing sugar cravings. Try them sliced and sprinkled with cinnamon!I can't guarantee that you will never be cold or lonely (although I hope you never are), but I hope these little tips will ward off hunger!


Which one of these skinny girl snacks will you try first?


Have a fabulous day, and stop by on Sunday (I'm taking a much needed day off tomorrow) for another post in 10 Days of Dorm!


xo, Maddie


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Thursday, July 25, 2013

10 Days of Dorm: Day 4 {spray on charm}


This week, I have made four very interesting new friends. To give you just a little taste...


1. An old Italian man who taught me all there is to know about sopressata sausage


2. A father-son biker duo from Scotland who have pedaled from LA to the east coast in just 29 days


3. A boy who moved from Kenya to the US just to get a job


Let's just say I got a tour of the world without ever having to travel more than five miles. And it's only Thursday.


Why am I telling you this? Because the Kenyan boy works at Lowe's.


And he showed me the spray paint on isle 7.


Thanks to Jarod, I now have a little obsession with Valspar Gloss in Frosted Berry and Island Orange.


Let me tell you exactly why I love this product so much.




  • Spray paint is literally charm in a can. It can coat anything (and I mean anything!), and turn the most boring piece into something bright and fun in only seconds.



  • At around $5 a pop, you can afford to pick as many colors as your little heart desires.


Say hello to a color filled dorm!


Over the past two days, I have had a blast giving random household items full-fledged makeovers. Here is a sampling of what I have done so far...





There are only 3 steps to make these colorful pieces.


Step 1: Shake can


Step 2: Spray (do a few coats!)


Step 3: let dry


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easy. as. pie.


{my little sister's old piggy bank}



{a lidded jar}



{a mirror}




{and a wire basket}



Here are some ideas of other things you can transform with a little spray-on charm:


old mason jars or coke bottles (yes, this even works on glass!)


coffee tins and clean cans


old chairs and side tables


picture frames



The possibilities are endless!


Now, I have 3 little things for you to remember:


1. Stop and talk to people: you never know who you might meet (just look at all the new friends I made this week!)


2. Check Bits and Little Pieces tomorrow for another post in 10 Days of Dorm.


3. Have a fabulous day!


xo, Maddie


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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

10 Days of Dorm: Day 3 {pinned up memories}

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One hundred and thirty one is a very big number,


especially when it is the amount of pictures you are attempting to frame for dorm decorating.


My thoughts on this predicament are described in one simple word: impossible.


I did not want to resort to taping pictures on the wall. I was looking for something fun, unique, and eye catching, something that would organize all of my high school memories in a pretty little package.


And all for a few dollars.


This still seemed, well, impossible. Until I discovered this charming idea...


With plain Jane white string, clothespins, and a little pink spray paint, you can create a darling masterpiece while pinning up all your favorite memories.


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For a little trial run (and to show you all just how delightful this idea really is), I tested out these soon-to-be dorm decorations in my own bedroom.


This display will definitely be the source of much reminiscing and many smiles!


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I used thumbtacks to secure the string in this trial run, but in a dorm room, you will most likely need 3M command hooks.


{pretty pink clothespins}


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{icicle lights for a little added charm}


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I hope you enjoy this darling idea as much as I do, and don't forget to stop by tomorrow for another post in 10 Days of Dorm!


xo, Maddie