My little sister, suffering with Lyme Disease

My little sister, Chelsea has been suffering with Lyme Disease since she was five years old.  She is now 17.  There are many children and people struggling with Lyme Disease just like her.  So, about 3 years ago I started a run, triathlon team that raises awareness of Lyme Disease, Team Lyme.  We wear our bright lime green Team Lyme gear when we participate in any run, tri or any other event.   We have over one-hundred members of all ages and fitness levels that live across the country.  Read the most recent news about Chelsea, Team Lyme and Lyme Disease news in the Team Lyme e-newsletter, hot off the press!

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Naked Tissue Boxes, Cool or Uncool?

As a kid, I remember the crochet covered tissue box on the back of the toilet. My mom had a few designs and would switch out the crochet covers based on holiday.

I was never too fond of the crochet look and ever since I’ve lived on my own, my tissue boxes are always naked. But, is this not cool anymore? As I flipped through my Pottery Barn Catalog I noticed a MONOGRAMMED tissue box cover! Personalizing your tissues! This must be the Gucci of tissue box covers.

This finding attracted me to do some research on covering up tissue boxes. I found some crazy creative tissue box covers out there and picked my favorites to share with you…

creative tissue box coversSpiderman Tissue Cover

crochet bathroom covers winterThis is over the top and I love it!    Crochet Snowman Cover

Obama tissue box coverI’m sure you can find this in each of the 35 bathrooms at the White House.  Obama Tissue Holder

homemade scrapbook tissue box coverI could see this on my desk or vanity. Girlie and homemade!

modern tissue box coverThe modern version.

sky diving tissue coverNow this would have people reaching for tissues! *My favorite!

Happy sneezing!
-Melissa

Thank you to my sources!
potterybarn.com/
oddee.com/
marymaxim.com
scrappycath.blogspot.com
thisnext.com
yes-have-some.com

Homemade Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner! I have always created homemade costumes because they are cheap, one-of-a kind and you never know what inspiration you will find at the local thrift store.  Here are some of my creations through the years:

Deal or No Deal

Game show halloween costume adult girlsAt the time, this game show was a huge hit!  We found the dresses from DEB.  The cases we bought at SEARS (tool boxes) and spray painted them silver.

three girls costume ideas halloween
We lined the inside of the cases with red foam and asked our friends to “pick a case”.

Howie Mandel Halloween Costume deal or no deal
We even had our friend dress up as Howie Mandel so we had someone to say “open the case”.

Ass Wipe.

diy quick homemade halloween costumeWe thought of this and made this costume ten minutes before we left for a halloween party. OK, so covering my husband with toilet paper and calling him an ASS WIPE is not the most creative but it got a lot of laughs.  If you do this halloween costume idea, make sure you have a sign that says what you are.

Coffee Table costume

coffee table halloween costume homemadeI found this dress at Salvation Army and couldn’t stop laughing. The arm pads were the biggest I’ve seen and the collar looked like a table doily…

Halloween costume picture frame tableHence, why I was a coffee table for Halloween.  I hot glued a pill case, plastic tea cup, old remote control, picture frame (with old lady picture which i printed out from online) and, of course, reader’s digest … $6 total. Score!

Tourist and Duff Man

Duff woman Duffman halloween costumeLast year I was Duff Man from one of my favorite TV shows, The Simpsons.  Pj was a tourist.  I bought American window decals at the dollar store and pasted them on PJ’s shirt.  The flags and fanny pack and camera we had lying around the house.

simpson duff man halloween costume womanMy costume was super simple to make:

I wrote “Duff” in marker on some paper, cut and taped on my Phillies hat, empty soda cans, and my tank top.  I bought the tights, white gloves (.99) and the underwear at Kmart.  The cape was one of my bridesmaid’s shawls and I safety pinned a ribbon to it so I could tie it around my neck.  I glue gunned the empty cans to an old belt.  Luckily my friend had white go-go boots although I only needed one since I broke my foot.  ha! Pictured with Heidi Montag and an 80’s chick!

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Corn Dog!!

Quite possibly the fastest DYI couples Halloween costume…A Corndog! Everything was purchased from Kmart, ACME and Michael’s Craft Store a few hours before our halloween party. At Michaels, I bought a cheap, bright yellow t-shirt for the corn costume, black felt sheets for the dog’s ears and white and brown sticky felt sheets for the spots. I bought corn kernels and frozen corndogs at ACME and the pants at Kmart.

To make the costumes: I drew a corn on the yellow t-shirt with a Sharpie marker. I went crazy with the glue gun and poured glue all over the corn drawing. Then, literally dumped corn kernels on the hot glue. I ran outside and cut some corn husks from our outdoor fall display…I tucked those in the elastic of my husband’s pants. For my costume, I cut out the ears and spots from the felt. Tucked the ears into my pigtail rubber bands then, stuck the dots and spots all over my outfit. A little black liquid eye liner on my nose and DONE! A unique, cute Halloween couples costume!

Stay tuned for this year’s homemade costume….

Are you a righty or a lefty?

You know how they say we have a “creative” side of the brain and a “logical” side of the brain? Well, my creative side is for sure, the most dominant.
Whether I am re-painting a piece of furniture, cooking, designing a logo or creating a website, I love being creative! So, I’m going to try-out this blog thing and share my ideas, creations, mistakes and helpful tips. I hope my blog inspires you to pick up a paint brush, spatula or computer mouse, and create!