DIY

Tidy Up With Me (9/22/2019)

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share a time lapse video of me cleaning my room. Recently my room has been an absolute disaster because I’ve been in the middle of trying to organize my two closets and I have added some new decor in the room so I’m trying to figure out what should go where.

Before we get into the video I want to say that no one is perfect. Sometimes we have messy rooms, sometimes we cheat on our diets, sometimes we curse at people while driving and the list doesn’t end there. But, despite our imperfections we are better than them. Getting up every day with a fight in our hearts and even when we are tired and beaten down we don’t give up. We try to be better than we were yesterday and that’s something to be proud of.

So, let’s tidy up together!

Tidy Up With Me- Not Too Shabby Chic YouTube Channel

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Backyard Floral Oasis DIY (7/25/2019)

Hey y’all! It’s been a while since we’ve done a DIY post so I figured I would show a DIY that I’ve recently done for my backyard. I am always looking for ways to make my backyard better and especially my side yard that seems to always be a hot mess that can never be cleaned up (lol)! Finally, I was able to fix up my side yard this year with help from my best friend and from Ryan. To pull the whole backyard together I decided to do a DIY with Ryan’s help. We made this:

It looks amazing and I’m in love with the final product but you’ll definitely need a few things to get there, here are the supplies you’ll need:
  • 2 wooden pallets
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • 6 plastic flower pots (dollar tree)
  • 2 metal flower pots (dollar tree)
  • 8 different small flowers
  • Potting soil
  • Top soil 
Now that you have all of your supplies you’ll need to know the steps to get there:
Step 1: Take a whole wooden pallet and secure it to the fence with screws
Step 2: Cut the other wooden pallet in half and secure that piece, with the slots facing up, to the full wooden pallet that is against the fence, making an L shape. 
Step 3: Take your flower pots and figure out where you want to place them. I did mine in a random zig-zag fashion so they all look scattered. 
Step 4: Screw the flower pots to the full-size pallet and fill them with your flowers.
Step 5: For a more flowery look, take top soil and fill the half pallet’s slots with top soil and plant flowers in between all of the slots and you’re finished!
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-Stay Chic,

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe (6/5/2019)

Hi y’all! I recently had learned how to make buffalo chicken dip and it has honestly been my go-to in terms of party dishes. It’s delicious and I’ve gotten so many compliments on it! I wanted to share my recipe with y’all so you can use it for yourself.

If you ever make this meal make sure to tag me @stephanierussell11 on Instagram and hashtag #NotTooShabbyBuffDip on your photo!

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Ryan and I Upcycle: Little Tikes Playhouse (5/31/2019)

Hey everyone! Ryan and I are at it again with upcycling everything we can possibly find that we deem worth saving and re-doing. We usually get most of the things we upcycle on the side of the road for free or we find things at antique stores, thrift stores, goodwill/ habitat for humanity stores and garage sales. We love finding cheap stuff and turning it from drab to fab and I especially love to share how we do it with y’all so you can do it too!

This time around we were driving around my neighborhood and we found a Little Tikes Playhouse that was pretty dirty. We have nieces and nephews, so we figured why not clean it up and use it. Well, we power washed the playhouse and it looked almost brand new aside from the sun fading the colors. Ryan and I know that sometimes thing just need a little TLC and updating that will make it look just fine and more in-style!

What we did was run to our local store and we purchased Krylon Fusion spray paint that is made specifically for plastic. We made sure the playhouse was dry and then started spraying. We chose to do the roof in black, the door in white and the shudders in teal but we decided to leave the sun faded yellow because it would take A LOT of spray paint to do all of those walls and it looked perfectly fine without it.

The before and after pictures are uncanny and we are so happy with how it came out. Our nieces and nephews also love it and that’s what truly matters! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for emails to be notified when I post new content. Make sure you comment down below what you think about the final product!

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A Four Year DIY: Ryan and My Date Scrapbook (5/20/2019)

Hi everyone! I am feeling very happy today because I finally finished a DIY I have been working very hard on over the past 4 years. Yes, that is how long it took me and yes I am THAT MUCH of a perfectionist. I like to blame by perfectionism on the fact that my ascending sign is Virgo. But anyway… What DIY could have possibly taken me this long?

It was a scrapbook!

Of course, I am a bit excessive because it took me so long but it had a lot to do with the fact that I kept working at finishing it bit by bit. It took 4 years because I was focused on doing so much that I wouldn’t always work on it. But I promise you there is more to this scrapbook than I lead on! I am a huge picture person and I have always taken tons of pictures (even before smartphones were a thing).  I print all of the pictures Ryan and I take for each year that we are dating and I (attempt to) make a scrapbook for each year. I only finished the first year we’ve been dating completely.

Ryan and I worked on it together for a little bit as a date night thing but then it kind of became a fun thing for me to initiate on my own and put all of my creative energy towards. I really love working on the scrapbook together but sometimes I am more in the mood to do arts and crafts than Ryan, so when that happens I focus on trying to get the scrapbook done! And here is the final product of my 4 year DIY project:

I am so happy with how it came out and I definitely suggest this type of project for anyone that is a picture person and likes to do arts and crafts. I hope you enjoyed this post and the small look into the first year of Ryan and my relationship. Make sure you subscribe for emails to be notified when I post new content. Comment down below the time it took for you to complete your longest DIY (procrastination time included lol)!

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DIY Decorated Graduation Cap (5/9/2019)

Hey y’all! Today I am decorating my graduation cap which is something I’ve been procrastinating with. I’m not sure if it’s because I don’t want to confront the fact that I’m graduating from college or if adulthood is making me anxious. It honesty might be a mixture of both. But, I have finally got around to it and here we are. I wanted to write a DIY post about it because some people might be super lost when it comes to cap decorating.

Supplies:

• A graduation cap

• At least 2 pieces of scrap paper

• Decorative graduation cap stickers/ jewels etc.

• A pencil

• Acrylic paint in the colors you want

Step 1:

Sketch out what you want on your graduation cap on the scrap paper before doing it.

Step 2: Copy what was drawn on the scrap onto the cap. Use a dull pencil to sketch the drawing onto the fabric of the cap.

Step 3: Paint your design onto the fabric of the cap.

Step 4: Add any embellishments needed. Wait until the paint is mostly dry because you don’t want to ruin the design you just painted.

And you’re finished! Here is my graduation cap. I decorated it in calligraphy with the lyrics “There’s A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” from The Carousel of Progress in Disney. This means a lot to me because not only is it my favorite ride in Disney but it was my Pop-Pop and Grandpas favorite ride, and it’s also my fathers favorite ride too. I also love the meaning of the song.

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Ryan & I Upcycle: An Entryway Table (5/7/2019)

Hey everyone! This is the second post of the Ryan and I Upcycle series and I’m really excited to be starting so many new things here on my blog. I particularly love this series because it is not only something I do for content but also I am able to sell the pieces of furniture with Ryan and it’s our own little side business.

Ryan and I are super crafty people and we love to get creative. Ryan is really good with handy stuff and I am really good at decorating. So, together we make the perfect upcycling furniture duo. The last post I discussed an old end table we upcycled and I was obsessed with the end result.

This time around I will be talking about the entryway table we upcycled. We found a cherry wood entryway table on the side of the road that someone was getting rid of. Ryan and I quickly snatched it up and brought it home.

Luckily we got there just in time to get this beautiful piece of furniture. We then sanded the wood down, painted it with chalk paint and distressed the handles. It looks so amazing and I am obsessed. This took us about 3 hours to complete and I absolutely love the end product!

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-Stay Chic,

Ryan & I Upcycle: Antique End Table (4/27/2019)

Hey everyone! I hope your day is going amazing. I am really excited because I’m going to be starting this new series called “Ryan &I Upcycle”. Ryan and I thrift a lot and we also pick up a lot of free furniture on the side of the road. One persons garbage is another’s treasure, I say! We love to pick up items and repurpose them, repaint them as well as completely Upcycle them. Recently, we Upcycled an old antique end table.

The table was a cherry wood but had some water damage, the finish was coming off, the edges were completely damaged and the inside was broken. We took chalk paint and upcycled the end table. The color we chose for the end table was gray because it was darker and we wouldn’t need as many coats for the paint to look even.

Here is the final product. I think the end table looks amazing and it has a farmhouse feel to it. After fixing the inside of the end table that was broken we were able to make it a lot more spacious. I really love the end product! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure you comment down below what your thoughts are on this post series.

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Sorority Gift Ideas (4/9/2019)

Hey everyone, considering that I am graduating soon this will be one of the last times I will be able to write a post on sorority life. I wanted to do a post on sorority gift ideas for those that have just been induced into a sorority or those who just got their first little!

I DONT OWN ANY OF THESE PHOTOS AND THEY CAN BE FOUND ON PINTEREST. I KEPT THE PHOTOS WITH THE PINTEREST BACKGROUND AND NAMES OF THE PEOPLE WHO UPLOADED THEM.

These are some of the super cute ideas I pound on Pinterest and I hope they helped you with choosing what to give your sorority sister! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Comment down below what your favorite idea was.

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Free Smartphone Wallpapers (3/3/2019)

Hey everyone! I wanted to drop in and share some wallpapers that I had made specially for smartphones. Not all smartphones are alike, especially when it comes to wallpaper sizes. So, I made them specifically for iPhone but they can be adjusted for other phones as well. Enjoy these free wallpapers!

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