DIY Home Accents | Cute Beltz

Do-it-yourself home accents transform any space into one you can call your very own. Follow these tips to make over any room with budget-friendly projects you can complete in a weekend.

Chevron Vase

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Customize a plain vase by taping off a chevron pattern with painter’s tape (it need not be perfect). Spray-paint the exposed area with a lighter shade of the vase color. Remove the tape when the paint is dry.

Memo Board

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This magnetic memo board is as functional as it is stylish. Simply cut decorative paper to fit inside a cookie sheet and glue it to the pan. Add magnets and important papers, notes, or letters, and you’re ready for business. Place it on a desk or hang it in the kitchen to ensure your family always stays on task.

Rosette Lampshade

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Embellish a plain lampshade with paper roses. Use a compass to draw an 8-inch-diameter circle onto drawing-weight paper. Cut the circle into a swirl to create a paper coil about 1/2 inch wide. Roll the paper tightly starting at the outside end of the coil. Release the coil slightly and manipulate it until you have created a flower shape, then hot glue it at the base to retain the shape. Use hot-glue to adhere roses to the lampshade.

Ombré Dyeing

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Hot from the runway, ombré dyeing is a variation on basic tub dyeing giving fabrics a subtle, ethereal look. We put the trendy technique to work on these ordinary, store-bought throw pillows. For maximum results, always make sure you take the process slowly and follow through with each step

What you’ll need (per pound of dry fabric):

  • 1/4 cup professional textile detergent
  • 1/3 cup soda ash
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Two 5-gallon buckets or plastic containers
  • 1 tablespoon urea powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons fiber-reactive dye
  • 3 cups non-iodized salt
  • Rubber gloves
  • 2-3-cup plastic mixing container
  • Ruler
  • String
  • Two binder clips
  • Stool
  • Spring clamp

Directions:

1.Wash fabric with professional textile detergent, following manufacturer instructions. Combine soda ash and 3 gallons of warm water in a bucket, stirring until dissolved.

2. Submerge fabric in soda ash mixture. Do not overstuff; instead, soak only fabric that easily fits in bucket. Allow fabric to soak in soda ash mixture for at least 30 minutes.

3. Combine urea powder and 1 cup warm water in a mixing cup. Pour a few tablespoons of urea mixture into a plastic mixing container with fiber-reactive dye in bottom. Work the powder and urea water into a smooth paste, then stir in the rest of the urea mixture to make a concentrate.

4. Add salt to 3 gallons of warm water in your dyeing tub, stirring until dissolved.

5. To create the lightest shade in your ombre pattern, add about 1/3 cup dye concentrate to saltwater and stir.

6. Wipe the inside of dye tub to prevent unwanted dye marks on fabric.

7. Create a tool to help you hold your fabric longer by tying strings to two binder clips and then wrapping the string around a ruler. Wring out fabric and attach binder clips.

8. Dip fabric to desired point and hold for 10 minutes or until you reach preferred color intensity.

9. With clean, gloved hands, remove fabric from dye. Hold undyed end of fabric with one hand while wringing out excess dye with the other.

10. Place dyed fabric on a clean surface protected from the dyeing area.

11. To create the next intensity of dye, pour about 1/3 cup of the dye concentrate into the dye tub and stir.

12. Dip fabric to desired point (we suggest several inches below your last dip point for a noticeable progression) and hold for twice the amount of time of first level or until you reach preferred color strength.

13. Repeat steps 8 through 12, each time doubling the amount of dye you add and the amount of time you leave the fabric submerged. For more than three levels of ombre, you’ll need to make more dye concentrate. Use a spring clamp and stool or ladder to hold fabric while dyeing if desired.

14. Rinse fabric with cold running water until water runs clear.

15. Wring fabric again, squeezing out as much excess water and dye as possible.

16. Wash fabric in hot water using professional textile detergent. If you’re unable to wash immediately, lay fabric flat on clean plastic wrap and wrap completely to prevent unwanted dye marks and drying.

What are some ways you add DIY accents to your home? – Cute Beltz

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Banish Winter Blues with Pretty Pastels

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Feminine and flattering pastel statements are a definite must have for Spring 2013.  These sweet hues like turquoise, pink, lilac and powdery yellows are perfect on just about every skin tone.  The pretty, on-trend tones are super easy to wear, whether you rock them as an accessory to give a fresh pop to an existing outfit, or sport pastel as your focus piece.

There are many ways you can incorporate pastels into your wardrobe.   Check out our favorite ways to wear these cool colors!

Mix pastels and neutrals

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Adding a dose of neutral can help balance out the girly nature of pastels making it very easy to mix into one’s existing wardrobe.  Whether it’s a pair of earthy toned pants or a crisp white shirt, pairing it with pastel will give you just the right dose of color without going overboard.

Accessorize

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Unsure about stocking your closet with these candy shades? Try introducing some bits here and there.  Start with some adorable accessories first. Pastel accessories look great especially on a black dress. They sweeten up the look a little so it doesn’t appear as too vampy. Opt for a statement necklace in a pastel shade or even a pair of pastel pumps to balance the outfit out.

Pair it with Black

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Some women like the look of pastels but don’t want to seem like they’re going to a garden party when wearing them.  One easy way of avoiding this is to pair your pastels with your black pieces.   Got a favorite black leather jacket that you love to wear? There’s nothing wrong with pairing it with a pastel top or bottoms, like a pair of mint skinnies.  The combination of the softer pastels with the edgier details is a nice contrast and keeps your look from becoming too saccharine.

Keep hair and makeup minimal

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When you’ve already got sweet candy colors all over you, you’ll want to keep your makeup sweet and simple. Avoid mixing pairing it with dark smoky eyes unless if you’ve got black or deeper hues in your outfit. The best would be to go with nude or light eye shadow shades, paired with a classic red lip or a shimmery pink.

How will you wear pastel this spring?

 

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Easter Basket Gift Ideas | Cute Beltz

DSC_0477With Easter just a few days away why not add something more than candy to your kid’s basket.  Check out some of your ideas for making your child’s Easter basket fun, creative, and unique.

Gift Baskets for Toddlers

Toddlers are just beginning to learn about Easter and what it means to receive an Easter basket. Keep it simple with brightly colored plastic eggs. In the case of toddlers, you don’t need to fill the eggs with anything because anything small enough to fit in an egg can be considered a choking hazard. In addition to plastic eggs, you can include Easter themed soft books, building blocks and stuffed animals.

Gift Baskets for Preschoolers

When filling an Easter basket for a preschooler, first, think about what kind of container you’d like to use. Certainly a traditional basket works well, but there are lots of other treat holders you can use. Consider filling up something that your little one can play with or put to use later like:

  • beach pail
  • big pocketbook
  • play grocery cart
  • Coloring books
  • jewelry box
  • puzzles
  • bubbles
  • chalk
  • bicycle helmet

Preschoolers and Elementary Kids

If your little one is head over heels for craft projects and coloring an excellent idea is to arts and crafts themed Easter Basket full of special goodies. Crayons and coloring books are a must. Include items such as markers, finger paint and/or paint and paintbrushes. You can’t forget the construction paper in a variety of wonderful colors.

All Ages

From infant to teenager, books are perfect Easter-basket filler.  This may be a clichéd but the truth is that books are one of the best gifts that you can ever give to children on any occasion. Books help to develop a habit of reading in children that they can pick up as a hobby. Reading helps to expand the mind and creates a sense of curiosity and thirst to find out more. For toddlers you may want to choose cloth books or board books with thick pages and bright colorful pictures. Preschool and early elementary students enjoy books about animals, other children or their favorite television characters. For older children and teens, pick the newest book in a series they enjoy or a subscription to a favorite magazine.

 

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EXTRA EXTRA, GET YOUR DAILY DEAL! Do You Love Them?

While talking to a few Mom friends we got on the topic of the deal a day sites and come to find out many of them used them frequently and loved the deals they were receiving. I have shopped Zulily a few times and was cool with the deal, but often I find that you have to get there quick for the hot deals because the do go quickly.

So far, I have perused Totsy and Zulily and I like what I see. I haven’t checked out LivingSocial , Plum District or ideeli, but I am constantly seeing enticing advertisements for them because AdChoices loves me, LOL!  So I think I may have to give them a gander.

What’s your take on the Deal Sites, do you love them or hate them? Do you find great deals? Do you find a lot of “must have” designer names or do you love the less known brands? Or it just doesn’t matter as long as it’s cute?

Love to hear your take on the deal sites.  I love a great deal like anyone else, especially for my growing kids!

Have a great day!

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Stocking Stuffers for the Kids! Don’t forget, but if you did………..

I love shopping for my children’s Christmas gifts, but I always forget the stocking stuffers.  So at the last-minute, I’m always trying to think of something different and very cool I can stuff in the kids stockings.  So don’t get caught without them.  Our adorable D-ring and Velcro belts for children from 6 months to 6 years of age are the perfect size to stick right in their stockings.  We offer a variety of styles and colors to choose from for boys and girls.  So pop on over to www.CuteBeltz.com to view our Cute Beltz!  But hurry, time is running out, please have your orders in by December 19th(that’s Monday!!!!!!) to ensure delivery by Christmas Eve.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday!

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