Your Experiments: Alyshia's Bills Tracker

It's been awhile since I've posted one of these, but they might be my most favorite kind of post... I love seeing someone else make something from what I've posted here or inspired by it. Totally makes my day!

I was super-excited to share Alyshia's idea and unique use for the Printable Bills Tracker that I posted last year and then updated for 2014. Alyshia explained that she printed it out, framed it, and then uses dry erase markers to check off boxes next to what she's paid that month. That way, it's useful for figuring out if you've paid a bill, but you're not telling everyone what you pay with a giant framed bill tracker. Genius!

I asked her to send a picture so we could all marvel over her clever idea (and cute handwriting)!

Thank you SO much to Alyshia for letting me know about her awesome method of bills tracking and letting me share it here!

You can check out Alyshia's blogs over at Price Snobs.

(She hasn't posted on it in awhile, but you can still comment over there if you want and just check out the cute design!)

Paint Chip Tray

After I saw some tutorials where creative bloggers used picture frames to make trays, I wanted to try making my own to corral some stuff around the house. I love paint chips and quick projects that also help me organize so this project was a quick fave!

Paint Chip Tray


  • Paint chips
  • Circle paper punch
  • Glue
  • Mod Podge + paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Empty box/lucite picture frame or acrylic tray
To start, empty out the picture frame or tray and clean it up. Then, punch out a bunch of dots from paint chips. I think I punched out a lot of 1-inch circles for this tray that's about 8.5" x 11" (if your tray and paper don't match up in size, you'll have to trim and I didn't want to mess with that). I glued those dots down onto a piece of cardstock and covered them with glossy Mod Podge. After those dried, I trimmed the edges of the circles so that the paper of dots was back to its original size. To seal it to the tray, I applied some Mod Podge to the bottom of the tray (on the outside) and then placed the paint chip-covered paper onto the outside bottom of the tray and covered that with several coats of Mod Podge. Let it dray and voila! Done! 
Paint Chip Tray for Organizing

I had all the supplies except the picture frame/tray on hand so they were all free and I think I got the picture frame for $3 at A.C. Moore on sale or with a coupon. So the total was $3! And it took less than an hour to make, int including drying time. 
Paint Chip Tray for Organizing

It's turned out to be quite durable - I actually made this at the end of the warm weather in 2013, but hadn't posted the project. But this is seriously one of my most favorite things I've made. It's insanely useful for corralling remotes, Post-Its, pens, and coasters in the living room and it brings in all the blues in the room. 
Paint Chip Tray for Organizing

I love this tray and how it turned out. I wish I had better pictures of the creation process, but it's not too tough to figure out. Super-easy, very inexpensive, and useful for organizing and decorating (and it let me use some of my beloved paint chips)!
Paint Chip Tray for Organizing

Paint Chip Tray for Organizing

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Beaded Ombre Necklace

In my real life, I wear lots and lots of long necklaces. As in, a different one almost every day because I can. I actually made this one because I had lots of green beads that didn't really go together and weren't enough for a necklace by themselves. And what a coincidence, it's perfect for St. Paddy's Day!

I get that this isn't really entirely ombre, but it is from far away and with all the green beads, I figured it was close enough...

There's no real tutorial needed because I literally just strung beads together and tied them to a clasp, secured with crimp beads. I made up the pattern as I created the first strand and then just made a few more identical strands and voila...  Here are a few more close ups of the beads...

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Past St. Patrick's Day Crafts

I love St. Patrick's Day and the color green. I'm not a big drinker, but I just think the whole thing is super-fun and it's one of the holidays that I've actually made some fun stuff for so I thought it was time to review them here, all together in one place!

  1. That's a wreath with embroidered and beaded felt shamrocks
  2. A way to turn those shamrocks into wearable green shamrock pins to prevent pinching
  3. A little embroidery with a St. Paddy's Day theme (Valentine's Day and song lyrics too!) and a free pattern so you can make your own (see the finished version of the project here)
  4. & 5. and then a variety of free printables you can download and use (in two different styles - subway art and shaped text)
And, if you're looking for a more subtle touch of Irish, maybe add some quatrefoil (I really love it, obviously) with one of these projects...

  1. I made some quatrefoil wall art with paint chips
  2. Rounded up a whole lot of awesome crafty projects featuring quatrefoil
  3. The first quatrefoil painted bulletin board
  4. And a second painted bulletin board with quatrefoil (for my mom)

As always, if you make your own version of anything or print out the printables, that would be amazing and I'd love to see it!

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