September 9, 2015

Be Your Own Best Competitor

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September 8, 2015

DIY on the FLY under $25 Book Series

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I had such a great time on the Studio 10 Tampa show on August 31 releasing my first book Monogram Home in my DIY on the Fly under $25 series.  You can place pre-orders here: http://itsaglamthing.com/books-by-julee-ireland/

The official launch date on Amazon and Kindle is October 7, 2015 just in time for the holidays! Here’s a quick description of my first bookDIY on the Fly_Vol1_Julee Ireland_frontcover.

Great news, homeowners: a beautiful house doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it is possible to create a lovely home without a lot of money or time—and you can do it yourself!

Television host and lifestyle and DIY expert Julee Ireland kicks off her DIY On the Fly under $25 series with twelve monogram projects that are easy enough for even novice crafters to successfully complete.

Illustrating more than simply how to produce these specific crafts, however, Ireland teaches you to tap into finding your inner Design Diva™ to Make Craft Magic™ in your own style as you learn the art of repurposing everyday items around your house. You’ll soon see that thriftiness and creativity are a brilliant combination…and that often the very pieces you need to beautify your home are right in front of you.

By following easy, step-by-step instructions, you can quickly and inexpensively enhance your home with timeless monogram designs for a wide variety of household decorations, such as:

  • Door hangers
  • Doormats
  • Table runners
  • Shower curtains
  • Pillowcases
  • Nursery wall art

Let’s get crafting—and transform the ordinary into the extraordinary!

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September 8, 2015

DIY on the FLY Back-to-School Mead Notebook

DIY on the Fly Back-to-School Mead Notebook Tip of the Week:

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Turn your ordinary mead composition notebook into something too cool for school! Here’s how you do it.

1.  Start with a standard composition book

2.  Purchase scrapbook paper from your local craft store.  I love the DCWC sets at Joanne Fabrics that includes four decorative color coordinated scrapbook sheets of paper for $5.99

3.  Next. Use a glue stick and put a nice coat of glue onto the face of notebook.

4.  Align your paper with the bottom edge and the tape of your notebook and press firmly to the glue.  Use extra glue as needed to make sure your edges stay in place.

5.  Trim the excess off using your scissors and following the edge of the notebook.

6.  repeat this step on the back and the inside front and back of your notebook for a complete new look.

7.  Embellish with crystals, ribbon, trim, buttons, stickers any way you like to personalize your notebook with your own unique style.

As you head back to school, have fun being you and feeling really cool.

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September 8, 2015

Too Cool for Back-to-School

It’s that time of year again when our kids are headed Back-to-School. I have found some of the best Too Cool for Back-to-School products for students to ensure they have a seamless start to the school year!  Take a look.

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Dress up your drab school locker with Chic Decor from Locker Lookz. They offer affordable solutions to decorate your locker with items such as wallpaper, rugs, chandelier’s, magnets, photo frames, white boards and more. Make a fashion statement with your locker and show off your personality and pride for school at the same time. Who says you’re too cool for school? With Locker Lookz, school’s just cool! Prices range from $4.99 to $19.99.
Available at Staples, Barnes and Noble, Online and more! www.lockerlookz.com

Every student needs the perfect backpack to fit all of their books and electronics. In my opinion, Portmantos backpacks offer the coolest, to cool for school patterns, colors and fabric selections to choose from! Their backpacks are durable and offer comfort with the unique way the shoulder straps are designed giving your cool child, tween or teen extra support with a more comfortable fit over their shoulders. Portmantos allows your child, tween or teen to make their own fashion statement on campus that reflects their personality and style. This company is Eco-friendly, has built-in compartments to fit their laptops, tablets and cell phones and they’re affordable! Prices start at $45 Portmantos Available online  www.portmantos.com

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PackIt are the coolest cooler lunch boxes on the market – literally! The freeze gel is right inside the lining of the bag – no ice pack needed. The bags fold up super small and you leave PackIt stored in the freezer. Pull it out and the walls are completely frozen to keep your food cold for up to 10 hours! It’s never been so easy to pack healthy food and snacks for your kid’s school lunch! PackIt is also great for travel and comes in a variety of too cool for school patterns and colors to fit every child’s personality! PackIt…So Chill Inside and Out! Price $19.99                                Available at Target, Amazon, online and more!  www.packit.com

What’s too cool for grade school? The Tablet Teddy Bear! It’s ergonomically designed to act as a stand to hold your kids iPad and tablet without having to bend over or cause neck strains! It comes with a detachable backpack that stores your tablet when it is not in use. The best part about the Tablet Teddy Bear is that it’s much more than a tablet holder. It’s a cuddly bear to hold and play with; it provides function and promotes good body posture at the same time! It’s great for school, the car, travel and more. Tablet Teddy Bear is an affordable play and go accessory for your kids! Available in three styles, pink swirl, blue swirl and brown. Check out their Tablet Bean Bags also! Price $38.99 Available online at www.tabletteddybear.com

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It’s tech time! Now you can experience old school retro gaming fun with your Pure-Gear phone case! Amazing phone cases allow you to navigate the ball through the challenging maze from start to finish! How fun! How cool for school! Keep yourself entertained in between classes with a new sturdy, flexible phone case with a twist. Pure Gear offers unique tablet and phone cases for almost every brand on the market.  Price $34.99

Available in stores around the world and online www.pure-gear.com

I hope these products help get your kids off to a good start! Enjoy and remember to take time to cherish every moment.

 

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August 13, 2015

The Latest Celebrity Wedding Trends

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Julee Ireland and Terri Ouellette on Sonoran Living Live ABC

Traditional wedding gowns are out the window as celebrities and brides opt for comfort, price and a style that’s all their own for their wedding day! Here’s the Trend.  Three and Two piece wedding gowns with removable skirts!  Wear a more formal, long skirt for your walk down the aisle and drop your skirt to reveal  a knee-length dress underneath so you can easily head straight for your reception!  You can also purchase a three-piece ensemble with a bodice, long skirt and then change into a short sassy skirt for your reception.  How fun is that?  Or maybe you want to pair your bodice top with a pair of blue jeans and cowboy boots for a barn or outdoor wedding? Whatever you decide to do just make it your own. Anything goes these days. Dare to be different and shine in your own personal style. After all, it’s your special day, so kick up your heels and hang on for the ride of your life!

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When it comes to the bridal veil toss it aside and make way for a Royal affair!  Here’s the Trend.  Crowns, tiaras, headbands and jewels!  Everyone is a princess and my friend Renee Pawele of Renee Pawele Bride makes the most decadent jewels and head pieces that I have ever seen! She draws inspiration from the world around her and each individual bride so every piece she designs is unique. There is nothing cookie cutter about her!  With Renee Pawele you are purchasing an heirloom piece that can be worn again after your wedding day as well as handed down to the next generation.  She has made custom pieces for celebrities including the reining Miss USA who wore her custom jewels the evening she was crowned!  You can find Renee once a month at Kleinfields the original Say Yes to the Dress bridal boutique in New York City, at bridal boutique trunk shows around the country or online at www.reneepawelebride.com.  The best part is that her prices are affordable, ranging from $200 to $500 per piece on average.

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Just like the trend of tossing aside the Traditional wedding gown we are seeing a trend towards wedding floral decor with a blend of anything that’s out of the ordinary! Really nothing is off-limits for any bride today!  Here’s the Trend. The Pantone color of the year Marsala is big and ordinary Roses are out! It’s all about an eclectic mix with succulents, berries, exotic flowers in rich deep tones paired with pastel blues and soft pink hues.  Interesting containers are also in.  Think outside-the-box when it comes to bridal bouquets, floral centerpieces and boutineers.

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Wedding Centerpiece with the Pantone color of the year Marsala

Celebrities and brides alike want every little detail from their head to their toes be perfect on their wedding day. That includes your hair, makeup and nails! Here’s the Trend.  Pastel colored nails are walking down the aisle adding a bridal pop of color. I love Superstar Nail Lacquer and its color line!  Ariana Pierce started Superstar Nail Lacquer at the tender age of 17. She was inspired to create a culture for women that would help them to recognize that their nails were just as important as their style. She has over 32 richly formulated nail lacquers designed to make you feel like a celebrity. Super Star Nail Lacquer is chip resistant, long-lasting, quick drying and formaldehyde-free.  You can purchase it online at www.superstarnaillacquer.com

DIY on the Fly Wedding Place Card by Julee Ireland

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DIY on the FLY by Julee Ireland Wedding Favor Place Card

Seating your guests in style sets the tone for the celebration that’s ahead.  Here’s a few double duty DIY ideas for seating place cards that also make great wedding party favors at the same time.

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1. Start by purchasing a mini glass container that you like.  I found a few at Michael’s craft stores that I liked.

2. Add gravel, moss or sand depending on the container that you choose.

3.  Purchase floral stems of succulents or other small-scale flower stems that you like.

4.  Add the filler first.  If you are using a container you may want to use a glue gun to secure your gravel or moss to the inside of the glass container.

5.  If you are using the bulb as pictured. Pour some fine grain sand into the bulb filling it to your desired look.

6.  Cut your succulents or small flowers from your stems and depending on the container you use either glue them in place or stuff them into the bulb dropping them down into the sand.  (I used a pencil to help position my succulent stems where I wanted them into my bulb).

7.  Add your place card tag with your guest name or guest name and table number.

Voila!  There are many ways to display your place cards.  I personally love putting them at each place setting in the center of a plate or right above a napkin.  Enjoy your special day and leave your guests with a unique wedding favor gift that will keep on giving.

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July 4, 2015

Home Interiors Styled in the Spirit of Red, White and Blue

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The month of July is when we celebrate our country’s independence. Homes across America gather their family and friends for backyard barbeques with a red, white and blue, stars and stripes theme reminiscent of our country’s flag; ending the evening with a bang through a dazzling display of fireworks. I love to decorate with red, white and blue because of its classic, regal historical look and feel. It’s never passé to show your patriotic colors and it’s easier than you think to capture the spirit of Independence Day year around in your home. Here are some simple tips to decorate your home and pay tribute to our red, white and blue flag with style year-round.

The family room is the beating heart of every house. It’s where family and friends culminate to spend time together making it the perfect place to display your patriotic home décor. Create a focal point in your room by painting a wall your favorite shade of red and accent with blue and white. Find a stark white paint for your other walls and incorporate a blue or white sofa, chairs and coffee table that compliments your scheme. Let the red stand out on your wall and bring a few accessories into the room in shades of red through books, flowers, and frames or American flags.

All-American-Kitchens-Red-White-Blue-2While the family room is the beating heart, the kitchen is the pulse to your home. If there’s something cooking there will be someone looking, so this really is one of the most important rooms in your house when it comes to design. We spend a lot of time in our kitchen so you need to love its look, layout and function. I adore a red, white and blue kitchen because of its simple, clean appeal. White cabinets are a must! They can make a small kitchen appear larger and make the space feel open. Try using a solid blue countertop, white subway tile backsplash and add red accents to the room through your lighting, countertop appliances, flowers, dinnerware, or window coverings. Think about using a collection of small flags on wooden dowels in a white vase as a patriotic table centerpiece.

Your guest bath is a really fun place to express personality and create a conversation piece for your guests at the same time. So when it comes to the guest bath I love to think outside the box. Make a patriotic statement with blue pattered walls, stark white trim and red-hot accessories. Consider using wallpaper or fabric in a classic toile or pattern colored in red, white and blue. Use a contrasting color from the main color on your walls to paint your trim a bold color of red or blue. Or keep your walls a stark white or hue of blue and add a bold punch of red through your lighting, sink or toilet.

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When it comes to decorating a bedroom it doesn’t have to be all stars and stripes. Try using checker and dot patterns of red, white and blue to bring a charming and whimsical patriotic feel to your space. American country antiques, hooked rugs or classic red, white and blue quilts look stunning and are all timeless depictions of our countries history. Consider repurposing old furniture pieces to make them new again by adding a patriotic touch painting them in rich hues of red or blue. Remember that lighting is the jewelry to your home and this is also an important way to incorporate red, white and blue into your room.

Shelf-CompleteAccessorizing each room in your home is the glue that ties your design together. It’s not something that you can do overnight but it’s important and fun to collect the right pieces a little bit at a time. Here’s one fun idea to think about in your search for household accessories to tie in nicely with a red, white and blue American theme. Collect flags for different eras and display them throughout your home as wall hangings or use them to make pillows or blankets with flag inspired motifs. This is something that the whole family can enjoy collecting together as you shop or travel. Just think you will be creating your own historical American museum in your home that can be passed down for generations to come.

Enjoy celebrating our Country’s Independence Day with your family and friends but most importantly, enjoy capturing the style and spirit of our freedom year-round in your home.

 

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July 3, 2015

DIY on the FLy™- July 4th Decorating Ideas

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Happy Independence Day! This is one of my favorite holidays because it’s summertime, the backyard BBQ’s are fabulous and it’s the day when our nation proudly displays the red, white and blue colors of our American flag to honor our freedom.  The firework displays are kind of fun too!  I wanted to share with you a few simple, last minute and inexpensive DIY on the FLY™ ideas to make your own backyard BBQ or party festive and memorable for you and your guests.

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A Starry Lawnscape

Want to wow your guests and excite the kids? Create a starry lawn scene with a simple cardboard template and a little spray paint.

1.  Use an old cardboard box your pencil and ruler to draw a star.  You can make several in different sizes. Don’t worry about making perfect stars. Perfection is in the imperfection!

2.  Use your scissors or a box cutter to cut the center out of each star giving you a finished template.

3.  Lay your template flat on your lawn positioned where you want it. Next take your spray paint and spray paint the inside of the template your desired color of Red, White or Blue.

4.  Scatter your stars mixing sizes and colors to create a fun landscape and conversation piece for your party!

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Mason Jar, Handkerchief and Silverware Service

Here is a simple, fun, festive way to serve a cup, silverware and napkin all in one that won’t break the bank!

1. Use old mason or glass jars left over from canned goods or purchase new ones.  You can find them at Michael’s craft stores, Target or Bed Bath and Beyond

2.  Next you will need some red, white and blue handkerchiefs which you can also find at Michael’s craft store, Joanne fabrics or online.

3.  Take your plastic or metal silverware and put it on a handkerchief and stuff inside the glass.

4.  You can display them on trays in the center of a table, or put several down the center of long tables or at the end of your food display. Get creative and have fun with it!

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Handkerchief Table Cloth or Runner

This is such a fun and simple tablecloth or table runner to make! The best part is it can be used year-round for all your backyard parties or BBQ’s!

1.  Purchase red, white and blue handkerchief’s from your local craft or fabric store.

2.  Measure the length of your table to figure out how many squares you will need to give you at least a 6″ to 8″ drop around your table.

3.  Sew the squares together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. If you do not know how to sew you can always use fabric glue with a 1/4″ overlap. (If you decide to use fabric glue, be sure to allow for proper drying time.)

4.  Display your new table cloth or table runner proudly!

Now that you have the perfect Red, White and Blue Backyard BBQ and Party theme; sit back and celebrate your family, friends, fireworks and most importantly, how blessed we all are to be free and to live in this great country.

God Bless America!

 

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May 27, 2015

DIY on the Fly™-Decorative Watercolor Accent Pillows

With June gloom just around the corner, did you know that decorative accent pillows are the easiest way to change up and revive a tired room? It’s true, just by adding a new bright and cheerful color or pattern to your room you can turn June gloom into a beautiful bloom.

As an artist, I love to paint with watercolor, mostly because of the daring dance and musical melody the melding of color play on a canvas.  To me, it’s the perfection in the imperfection™ that I adore so much.  It’s that magic that takes place when blending multi-dimensional layers of color and how they all seen to culminate together so brilliantly in the end that always amazes me.  So, with watercolor on my mind, I thought I would share with you a simple, DIY on the Fly™ under $25 project that incorporates a watercolor finish with a pillow to create a refreshing new look for your room; Decorative Watercolor Accent Pillows. They are easy to make and won’t break the bank.  They also make a great gift for a house warming party, birthday or wedding celebration, or for your family and friends.  You can also easily do this project with your kids for their bedroom, playroom or as a gift for their favorite teacher!

We learn so much through art. It’s takes us to a place where we can think freely, express ourselves and build our self-esteem in the process. So don’t be afraid to get creative and Be You! After all, perfection is in the imperfection™ truly by design.  Here’s how you do it.

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Photo Credit: Brit + Co

 

Supply List:

Plain Canvas White Pillows

Sharpie Markers

Rubbing Alcohol in a spray bottle

Note: You can find all of these supplies at Target and your local craft or sewing supply store such as Michaels.

Step One: Using your pillow and sharpie pens draw your desired pattern, design or words onto your pillow.

Step Two: To give your completed pillow design a wonderful watercolor effect all you have to do is spray your rubbing alcohol onto your pillow until you achieve the look you love.

Step Three:  Let dry.

Happy crafting and enjoy your new beautiful watercolor pillows! I would love to see and share your creations so please feel free to email them to me at juleeireland@gmail.com.

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May 21, 2015

DIY on the Fly™- Dip-Dyed Stationery

Handmade Dip-Dyed Stationery

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Photo Credit: Dana Gallagher

As the owner of my own greeting card company to say I am passionate about paper and people is an understatement! There is nothing more sentimental in this day and age of technology than that of a hand written note. I believe everyone needs a personal set of stationery and handmade stationery for mom will make her think of you each time she sends a note. This is a simple, fun project that the whole family can enjoy and it also makes a great gift for teachers or other important people in your life.

Step One:

Find some plain white, uncoated stationery, envelopes or gift tags from your local craft or paper store.

Step Two:

Using a plastic cup or Tupperware dish fill it with hot water and your desired color of Rit liquid dye. Let the solution cool before dipping your stationery or envelope.

Step Three:

Carefully dip the paper about an inch into the solution until you have your desired color. Don’t worry about creating a straight line. Perfection is in the imperfection. Each piece is unique and that’s the true beauty of this project!

Step Four:

Lastly, you will want to hang your paper to dry before you package it together and embellish it with a beautiful decorative ribbon and a handwritten gift note.

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May 9, 2015

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