Sunday, July 29, 2012

DIY Back to School ideas-Locker accessories

I have 3 girls. My husband threatens to move out at least once a month. I calmly tell him it is all his fault and if he leaves, he had better leave me his credit card. I’m kidding, sort of…
My oldest is 12. She will be going into 7th grade this year.
Kinli close up-sepia
I can’t believe I have a daughter in Jr. High! Right after this picture was taken-she said some smart alec thing…she is so 12 going onto 17! A couple of things that I have discovered recently..
1-I feel really old because I remember being in 7th grade. ( I had short hair and a perm…enough said)
2- She must have a stylish locker to impress all her little friends. Yes, I realize  that this is silly thing, but it gave me a good excuse to go to Target and buy super cute school supplies. (I remember when I was in Jr. High, one of my friends had the cutest locker. It was full of super cute pens and little notes and stuff. I don’t know why I remember this random thing, but I do)
3- Plus-locker accessories are super ugly at the stores. I was even disappointed in Target’s selection. In addition to being ugly, they are expensive.
DIY locker accessories pin
With all of this information, I decided to make my own. I headed to the dollar store, Wal-Mart and I raided my stash of stuff.
DIY locker accessories supplies
The dollar store has some super cute stuff right now. Where else could you find a snack pack size of kleenex that are Phineas & Ferb?
I knew that she needed a mirror and some magnets to hang up her millions of pictures of One Direction. (for me, it was New Kids on The Block)
one direction
I pulled out my washi tape and got to taping! The mirror was from wal-mart-I think it was around $2. I have done a couple of other washi tape projects for back to school too. I just redid the laptop desk!
DIY locker accessories finished mirror, magnets  
The little flowers are erasers from the dollar store.  Why do I have a nickel? It’s her little reminder to stop, even if it is only for a second, from her busy day and say a prayer. My hope is that she will be reminded how blessed she is and to be better that day than the day before.
I know that she will need something to put her pencils,pens etc.. in.  I looked at the pencil holders at the big box stores and they left a lot to be desired. So, again, I made my own.
locker supply pencil holder collage
I wanted something that would hold quite a few pens, but still be sturdy enough to put magnets on.
DIY locker accessories pencil holder supplies
I found a  4 pack of these plastic cups at the dollar store. I knew that this would be perfect. I just taped, and taped and taped some more. Once the cup was taped, I hot glued on 3 button magnets. Make sure that you use the button magnets and not just the strips. The strips will not hold the cup and the pencils.  I am not sure if she will put the cup on her door or on a shelf. I thought that I would include the magnets just in case.
DIY locker accessories finished pencil holder
I had a fantastic frame that was just begging for some spray paint.
locker supply cork board collage
I pulled a turquoise color from my stash and went to town.  Once it was dry, I added the foam core board so that there was something for the pins to stick in.  I covered the foam core board with some yummy ,green chevron fabric from Riley Blake. The more color the better. I used some game pieces to make the push pins. I just hot glued the cardboard pieces to some push pins.  “HI” and her and her locker mates initials. I added a million magnets to this one. Well, not a million, but at least 6.
DIY locker accessories finished frame 1
I wanted to make her something unique, something that no one else would have. So, I came up with a school survival it.  I put this together for under $3.  It was super simple to do and I am planning on putting one together for each of my young women.
DIY locker accessories bacl to school survival kit
I found the tupperware in a 4 pack at the dollar store. I again just added some washi love to it. I added the owl sticker because she loves owls.
I filled it with things that she might need.
DIY locker accessories survival kit contents
Phineas and Ferb Kleenex
Chapstick
Gum
Elastics
Chocolate
Advil
The container for the advil is a little unique.
locker supply advil case
I used a contact case! It was the perfect size for 4 Advil and no one will know what it is. I added some strips of washi to the top and some mini sticker letters. This little thing was one of the most simple things that I did and the thing that she loved the most!  There are 2 in her little kit, one for her and one for her roomie.
All of these ideas are super simple and cheap! You know, my 2 favorite words when it comes to creating!
DIY locker accessories full shot
I hope that I have inspired you to hit up the school supplies aisle and the spray paint aisle. PS-the owl was at Target, in the dollar section. Tell me, how do you get ready for back to school at your house?

If you are looking for more DIY Locker Decorations-Check out this new post. 

http://www.sassystyleredesign.com/2014/07/diy-locker-decorations.html



I almost forgot to tell you..I hang up my Pencil wreath to get us all in the school going mood.
finished pencil wreath pin
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88 comments :

  1. Tausha- I laughed out loud with the beginning of your post. Poor hubs! OK' seriously, I love this post and all the darling deets. I LOVE how you embellished everything. So creative and cute. hugs, jen

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  2. Great back to school stuff there! I'm from the 'new kids on the block' era too! :)


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. So glad that I am not the only one who remembers "Hanging Tough"

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Thanks lady so much. This my first year and i like what 50 dollars for a locker no way! Toy r us had the best prices and it was still too much. I was in dollar store thinking can we make this happen with 20 instead. Thanks for advise.

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  3. My son is 12 and going into 7th grade too! You're daughter is adorable... let's set them up on a date in a few years, mkay?

    Super cute locker accessories and survival kit too. I love every detail!

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  4. Super-duper adorable! Mine will be in Jr. High in 2 years. I'm not ready!

    <3

    Risa

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    1. Thanks so much Risa! Trust me, I am not ready yet either.
      Good Luck with girls camp my friend!

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  5. These items are wonderful! She is going to have a super looking locker. Don't think I decorated mine way back in the 70's. Looks like a fun thing to do!

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  6. I love this idea! you are such a cute mom

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  7. Hi,
    Wow - you are so resourceful! I would love to have you link this post to the linky party I just started for back to school and homeschool spot ideas! It would be a great fit! :) http://www.thenatureofgrace.blogspot.com/2012/07/reading-spot-and-homeschool-havens-link.html

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    1. Thank you for the invite! I love your little reading nook. I want my own. :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. These are great ideas. Maybe I'll make my yw some back-to-school survival boxes. I love the idea of the nickel!

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    1. Thank you so much! We are actually going to put some kits together for our girls as well. Some of the things that we are going to do a little differently-mint lifesavers instead of gum & a picture of the savior.

      Happy Creating!

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  9. you are m.azing! seriously what a lucky, lucky girl. and she is beauitful!! my husband is also surrounded by all girls...our dogs are even girls.;D

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  10. Oh my goodness I absolutely love this idea! Too cute!

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    1. Thanks so much Jess! They were fun to make!

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  11. Such cute accesories! I only have a boy left at home. Don't think he would appreciate it. LOL! I am now following you on GFC. I would love for you to visit, follow back and maybe even link up on my Monday linky party.
    http://www.igottatrythat.com/p/blog-hop-linky-colde.html
    Thanks
    Marcie @ www.IGottaTryThat.com

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  12. You are so smart!!! I will have to steal some of your ideas! Can't believe our girls are in jr high already!

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    1. I don't know about the smart part...but I can't believe that they are that old either. I still feel 22...if only I looked 22 :)

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  13. THat frame turned out so cute!!!! I am visiting from Skip to my Lou. I am a new follower! I blog over at http://www.garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/ I hope you will stop by and do the same. I also have an awesome giveaway going on right now with a cricut machine. It ends soon! I would love it if you would enter!

    Robin

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  14. I just bought the owl also. I am spray painting it and going to put it on my desk.

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    1. Are they not the cutest things ever? I think mine might get a coat of the good stuff as well!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Love how colorful everything is --- bright & cheery! Everything is so personal & unique, way better than buying straight off the shelf :~) My son starts 6th grade this year but they don't have lockers...poor kid has to carry everything all day long. But you have inspired me to create some fun items for his backpack and his bedroom memo board!!

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    1. Thanks so much Jen! I would love to see what you create for his backpack. I have 2 more girls that DON'T have lockers and they were a little ticked that they didn't get some accessories. I need some inspiration!

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  16. So cute Tausha! I wish I would have thought of something like this when my kids were in school.

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  17. Way cute! Love the spray painted frame redo, that color is fab!

    xo
    Rachelle

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    1. Thanks so much Rachelle! I love a great spray paint makeover!

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  18. Hi Tausha, Only you would think to make your own locker accessories. Great ideas!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  19. Real cute ideas! I'm passing this on to my daughter's - grades 8 & 6 - so they can have the cutest lockers in school, too!

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  20. Thanks for the cute ideas. My duaghter is also going into 7th grade this year (and she also loves owls). This gives me some good ideas for her locker as well.

    stacinay.blogspot.com

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  21. Wow... I'm so impressed! My little one is just starting Kindegarden, so we're not quite at the locker scene yet (although you make it look fun!)

    blessings,
    Lauren
    www.mercyinkblog.com

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    1. Thanks Lauren! I am going to share some fun ways to spruce up your backpack with coming week. Maybe that will be something that you can do with your little one.:) Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I so appreciate you stopping by and saying such nice things! Have creating!

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    1. Thanks Kate! I have to admit, it was a little tricky to come up with something "cool" enough that she would put in her locker. Thanks for the pinning love! Happy Weekend!

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  24. I love this! The frame is so cute and I love the color.
    www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I must really, really love my daughter because I only have one of those frames and I let her have it. If that isn't love, I don't know what is.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. These are so cute. Love what you did with a bit of money and great imagination.

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  26. Thx babe for this great idea! I'm having such. Hard time with my 12yo going into Jr. high I keep ignoring her request to decorate her locker.

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  28. Oh, wow! These are great for my middle schoolers! I am hosting a back to school themed party today if you'd like to share these cute locker accessories over there!
    http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/2012/08/gimme-five-for-friday-back-to-school_3.html

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    1. Thanks so much Kathie! I will stop by your place, link up and I'm sure find more fun ideas. Thanks for stopping by!

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  29. Hi! I found you at TT&J. Your girls have one cool mom! Great ideas! :)
    Krista @ mk inspired

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Krista! I am only a cool mom on a really good day....:)

      Have a happy weekend!

      Tausha
      sassystyleredesign.com

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  30. Love these ideas! One thing though - most schools have an anti over the counter drug policy (aspirin, advil, tylenol etc...). Kind of ridiculous I know, but I'd check with your school first. Kids have gotten suspended in my district for having these medications in their locker.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up. I just emailed a friend of mine who is a teacher at the jr. high. I wouldn't have even thought of this. Thanks for stopping by!

      Have a happy weekend!

      Tausha
      sassystyleredesign.com

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  31. Your take 5 to pray idea is wonderful. I wish I had thought of that when my kids were in school. I will have to find a way to incorporate that for something, even if just for myself. Heaven knows I need the reminder too! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I've been away but will be back up and running soon. Hope you'll stop by again. I know I'll be back here often.
    Liz

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    1. Thank you so much Liz! For a Family home evening before school starts, we are going to make a little reminder for each of us. Not sure of all the different things that we will make, but if they work out, I will share on the blog.
      Thanks again for stopping by

      Have a happy weekend!

      Tausha
      sassystyleredesign.com

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  32. As a middle school teacher I wish more students had moms like you- then I might not have to give out so many pencils every day! A word of caution, though, be careful about sending painkillers to school with your child instead of keeping them in the nurse's office. Check your school's handbook and state laws because in some cases she could be charged with drug possession if there is a dog search.

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  33. Darling! My oldest is in 5th grade but I'm pinning for future use. She would LOVE all this cuteness!

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    1. Thank you so much! I made this for my oldest.I have 2 more girls-1 in 5th grade and 1 in 3rd grade. Hoping that I will remember this when their turns come around. :)
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Have a happy weekend!

      Tausha
      sassystyleredesign.com

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  34. Your daughter is a doll! LOVE this post! Great job, friend!

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  35. My kids are still too young, but I am definitely pinning this to my "when my kids are teens" board. Fantastic job! I’d love for you to link up this (and any other ideas you’d like to share) at "One Creative Weekend" on OneCreativeMommy.com.

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    1. Thanks so much Heidi! I will check out your party. Thanks for the invite!

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  36. I love these ideas!!!! I homeschool my daughters so no lockers for them in the future but maybe I can use some of these ideas for their desks.

    Quick side question: I like your Advil container but wonder if her school allows medicine like that? I hear about so many schools having a "zero tolerance" when it comes to any kind of medication and have suspended kids for something as simple as Advil. From what I've heard, you have to give the school permission to allow the school nurse to give out the medicine. Having a pill for her locker neighbor might open up a whole new set of problems. I'm not trying to be a buzzkill because I LOOVE these ideas but would hate for your daughter to get in trouble over something so stupid.

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    1. I appreciate your concern. I have had a couple of people say this to me. I will definitely be checking into this.
      Thanks again for your kind words!

      Please come by again!

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  37. Every each of this is COOL!!! Gosh I would LOVE to have these cool locker things!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  38. My 12 yr I'm daughter and I were just talking about what we can do for her locker! Great ideas...can't wait to show her this!!
    Luanne Bailey

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    1. So glad! If you end up doing anything for her locker, I would love to see it. Please send me pictures. :)

      Have a happy week!

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  39. So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!
    http://funfamilycrafts.com

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  40. This is just too cute! I love school supplies! Can't wait til my kids need stuff like this : ) Featuring you today!

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    1. Thank you so much! When I was making all the supplies, I was wishing that I had a locker to decorate! Thanks for the feature!

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  41. Featured this at Gettin' Krafty With It! Come on by & grab a button if you'd like!
    http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/2012/08/gettin-krafty-with-it.html

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  42. Very cute idea. I like your idea of putting advil in a contact case, and even making it cute. Your daughter seems very lucky to have you as her mother.

    throughbetsyslookingglass.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Betsy. She would agree with you...only sometimes I'm sure. :)
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Have a happy week

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  43. nice post tausha . want to try this post :D hehe

    jane .
    janneyth.blogspot.com

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  44. My daughter (almost 13 just going to 7th AAAAA) spent last thursday making vinyl sayings to apply in her locker and then she spent the day making cute pens we found a fun mirror and a rug!!!!! So fun. We must have grown up in the same era I had short (melrose place short) hair, and NKOB before they had the initials for their name :)
    Love the nickle do you mind if I still that idea?

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    1. We must have grown up in the same era. My mom wouldn't let me watch Melrose Place..I secretly still did! Please, use the nickel and other idea you want. I take it as such a compliment if someone wants to use one of my ideas.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  45. Hey, girl! Just stopping by to thank you for sharing this super fun project at my party and to let you know you're featured at this week's party! Hope you'll stop by again :) http://www.hubbymademe.com/throwback-thursday-no-5/

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    1. Thanks Britni-
      What an honor! I so appreciate you!
      Happy Weekend!

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  46. I am very new to this crafting thing. Where do you get washi tape?

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    1. You can pick it up at downtowntape.com There is actually a giveaway going on on my blog right now for 10 rolls!

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  47. so super cute! Thanks for linking to the first every craft link at Tasteful Tuesdays! Hope you come back again this week and show off your stuff! Party Opens tonight at 8:30. http://www.nap-timecreations.com
    Would love for you to add my party to your linky list!

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  48. I loved this timely post. My mom is taking my daugher "locker" shopping today and I am forwarding this link to mom asap! I loved your ideas and how you decorated everything so... I am going to "steal" some of these ideas for my classroom! :-) One thing I am going to do is make a kit for each of my grade level teacher friends with stuff in it that they may need... mini sewing kit,chapstick, mints, tampons/pads, mydol, tylenol, tums... I loved the contact pill box. I have let my contacts "dry up" but now I can repurpose the container!Thanks!

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    1. So glad that I gave you some inspiration.Happy Creating!!!

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  49. This is absolutely fab!! Hope you can link up at my trendy tuesday party!! hhttp://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/08/trendy-tuesday-12.html

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  50. Holy Cats Tausha, these are C.U.T.E.!!! Love that everything is dripping with Washi Tape.
    Oh and thanks for the link to Downtown tape. I appreciate it, but I'm sure my husband is going to have some words for me! :)

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    1. So happy to share the addiction to fellow fabulous people!

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  51. You have the cutest ideas ever!! I'm pinning away on your site! Thanks for showing all of what you do, motivates me to someday be crafty haha

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  52. hey there!!! included your awesome back to school goodies in a post I just put up here - http://www.northerncottage.net/2012/08/how-to-get-ready-for-back-to-school-on.html

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  53. My daughter would love these fun ideas for her locker. It would be great if you would link up to my Tasty Thursdays party at The Mandatory Mooch. Going on from now until Sunday. http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/09/tasty-thursday-7.html

    Thanks, Nichi

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  54. This might just be the cutest thing I've ever seen, I've tried to create stuff like this before but I always ended up with a gallon bag full of junk. I think the nickel is a big insporation. And please do a tutorial on the scrabble push pins they are sooooo cool!

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