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DIY Rhinestone Headband {tutorial}

About a year ago I cut my hair from about shoulder length to pixie length. I love the cut, but sometimes I feel like I need something to girly it up a little bit.  I have a few hair bows and clips, but they’re pretty big.  I didn’t have anything subtle to wear.  One day I was walking down the bead isle at the craft store and found just the thing I was looking for.  I went right home and started making the perfect pretty yet subtle headband.

DIY Rhinestone Headband by The House That Pinterest Built

Now I’m going to share the easy steps to make your own.  When I say easy I mean really really easy.

DIY Rhinestone Headband - Supplies

And you only need a few supplies:

A Headband Blank
Rhinestone Chain
A Skein of Embroidery Floss (fyi –  it’s so much easier if the skein is wrapped on a floss card)

DIY Rhinestone Headband - glue

First, you take the headband blank and hot glue the rhinestone chain on.  You may need a tough pair of scissors to snip off any extra length.

DIY Rhinestone Headband - wrap band

I guess you could just stop there and call it a day, but I wanted a little more polished look.  To get the look I was going for you start the tedious fun part of winding the floss.  I started it off by holding the end of the floss against the headband then wrapped around it to lock  it without having to tie a knot.  I wish I had taken a picture so you can see it.  Hopefully you understand what I mean.

DIY Rhinestone Headband - tie end

To tie off the end I just snipped the floss leaving a few inch tail to work with.  Then I looped the thread around the headband and tucked the end down into the loop before pulling it tight.  Just a simple knot that’s really hard to get a picture of when you only have one free hand.  I did a few of the knots, cut the extra, then dabbed a tiny bit of hot glue on to seal it so they won’t slip. (Please excuse the scratched up table top.  That’s a project for the future.)

  DIY Rhinestone Headband - finished

And you’re done!  Within the time it took me to listen to an episode of my favorite podcast I had whipped up two.  It really is so simple. I’m planning to make a few more with my 4 year old for a mommy-daughter craft night.  It’s that easy. Obviously I’ll be dealing with the hot glue so don’t worry.

DIY Rhinestone Headband - in hair

I’m super pleased with the result.  I wore one every day last week and got a compliment every time.  I love being able to tell people I made it when they ask where I got it.  And now you can too!

Make sure to send pictures if you make one too!  I would love to see!


New York City {lovelies via pinterest}


When I go on vacation I always buy two things. 1 – a perfume or lotion so that every time I wear it, it will bring back memories of the trip and 2 – a piece of art with my destination as the subject.  I like the idea that I can buy something beautiful to remind me of my vacation that I will actually use in my home.  Since I’m spending the weekend in New York City I’ll be on the hunt for the perfect piece.  Here are three I found through Pinterest that I wouldn’t mind having.


New York Loves You from Jessica Illustration on Etsy via Prachi R on Pinterest

New York City from Voka via Robet Horvath on Pinterest


New York City Lithograph from Famille Summerbelle via Pernille Bahn on Pinterest

What is your favorite souvenir?

New York New York

Guess what I’m doing today?  I’m getting on a train and making my way down to the big city of New York to attend

BlogHer '12

I’m soo excited about it!  My sister will be joining me on the adventure.  I can’t wait to meet a bunch of new friends, learn lots of new things and help out as a volunteer.  It should be a good time :)

I’ll be updating on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram if you want to  follow along.  Are you going to be there?  If you are you should stop by the registration desk and say hello!

Refinishing a Dresser {part 1}

I had a different post planned for today, but my power drill battery was dead.  So you’ll get to see that one in a few days, or when I get around to it :)

But I thought I’d show you what I did with my Saturday night while my husband worked late.

I bought this dresser last summer from a neighbor.  It was part of a set with a matching highboy and huge mirror.  I didn’t run this purchase by my husband first so it resulted in having all money spending priviledges (besides chaperoned grocery trips) revoked for a month.  Such a bummer, but so worth it :)  

We’ll, it’s been sitting in the garage or a shed since then and I figured it was about time to do something about it.  We have the perfect spot for a buffet, but no buffet.  This dresser fits the bill perfectly though.

But the poly was flaking off horribly and it was just really discolored and gross.  So a good strip down was in order.  I used the recommendation from All Things Thrifty to use Citristrip to get the paint off.  She said that it was totally fine to use in the house and you don’t need gloves.  Perfect since it was scheduled to rain.  And boy was she right.  It was great!

With in seconds of painting the stripper on, it was already bubbling.  It was pretty cool.  My husband was even impressed. 

After the 30 minutes I just grabbed the putty knife and started scrapping.  It just slide right off.  Pretty awesome. 

I stripped it down twice to get it to the bare wood.  You don’t need to get it that clean if you’re going to paint.  But the wood was so gorgeous that I thought I might stain it instead of painting.  But the more I think about it, I think I’ll stick with painting. 

I got the body done in just under three hours and I can’t wait to get started on the drawers!

Now, what color should I paint it?

Olympic Treats



The Olympics are finally here!  Who’s going to be watching the Opening Ceremonies tonight?  My husband ran track in college and swam during the off season so the summer games are always a favorite at our house.  I’m pretty sure our TV will be tuned to the Olympics for the next 2 weeks.  Here’s a few snacks to help you get even more in the spirit of the games while watching.


Cheetos Torch from UCreate Parties via Kasey Boone on Pinterest


Gold Medal Donuts from Make & Takes via Sarah Lenz on Pinterest

Olympic Rings Pizza from Taste of Home via Me on Pinterest


Olympic Bagels from Baby Budgeting via Lindsay Jarrett on Pinterest


Olympic Snacks from Kayepants on Flickr

What will you be munching while you cheer on your home team?

My name is Missy and I’m a Bibliophile

There is one thing I’m sure of.  I could not live without books in my life.  I can get lost in a good story and I love it.  I will start a book, forget about life, and just read until it’s over.  This creates a major problem though.

When I say I forget about life I really mean that.  I forget that I have a husband and child that need loving attention and food.  I forget that I have a home that needs to be cleaned and look presentable.  I forget that I have other responsibilities and obligations on my time.  Basically I forget about EVERYTHING until I close the back cover. The sad thing is…that’s not an exaggeration.  The only upside is that I’m a pretty fast reader (I studied Literature in college – Medieval Literature to be exact.  That sort of forced me to learn to read a lot in a short amount of time)  so I’m not lost to the world for more than a day or two at most :)

After I finish a good book I think about it for days and wish that there were someone else I could talk to about it.  Then I saw a monthly post that Centsational Girl does on her blog called “On the Nightstand.”  What a fantastic way for me to share what I’ve been reading!

So, once a month-ish (it may be more, it may be less) I will update you on what I’ve read and would love for you to give me your reading suggestions. How does that sound?

Here are the two books I’ve got going right now.  One’s a re-read and one I’ve had on my list a long time. 

The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin.  I’m sure some of you have heard of this one.  I used to have an etsy shop that actually did pretty well.  Then our family started our trek of cross country moves (3 states in less than a year) so I had to close up shop and put it all on hold for a while. I bought this book right after I closed the shop so I could read up on how to do it probably and maybe get into some shows and boutiques when I re-opened.  Well, I’ve re-opened under a new shop and name, MissyDear, but I sure haven’t done it the right way (I knew that if I didn’t just do it, it would never get done).  I’m only a short way into the book, but I’ve already learned a TON of stuff on how to run a handmade business.  I can’t wait to finish.

Frederica by Georgette Heyer.  Are you a fan of Jane Austen?  Then you’re a fan of Georgette Heyer.  Believe me.  This woman is a genius.  Her novels are charming and witty and so much fun.  In this story Frederica, how considers herself an old maid, takes her younger sister to London in the hopes of securing a good husband for her.  She coerces a distant cousin into sponsoring them into society and it’s just one mishap after another.  Such a fun read.

How about you?  What are you reading right now?

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