Tuesday, August 23, 2016


I've been needing to replace some door mats around our exterior doors and thought a quick monogrammed door mat would be a perfect DIY project to add some personality to our front door.

DIY door mat, cheetah spot stencil, monogrammed door mat tutorial

Royal Design Studio Stencils sent me their Cheetah Spots stencil to use in my powder bath makeover earlier this year,  but when I shifted gears from my original plan to a new design, I knew that I still had to use my cute stencil some other way!

I only needed a few supplies... a plain door mat (this one is 2x3', sturdy and nice quality, and was $10 from Ikea), the Cheetah Spots stencil, a piece of poster board, a letter for the monograms, tape, and spray paint.

I needed a template for my monogram letter larger than any stencils I already had, so I enlarged it on the copier and used the good ole "hang it on a window" trick to trace it on the center of the poster board.

Then I cut out the letter leaving an open "G" in the middle of the poster board.  I just got it started with a knife, but it was easier and quicker to cut the rest out with scissors.

Then, I centered the letter on the mat.  There was enough poster board around the letter that I didn't need to worry about overspray getting on the rest of the mat.

The texture of the mat is really rough, so the painter's tape really didn't help to secure it to the mat.  So, I just used something to press the poster board down close to the mat so there weren't gaps around the edges, then sprayed close to the opening, straight down to keep it from spraying up under the edges of the stencil.

I wanted a border around my initial, and like I said painters tape wasn't sticky enough, so I used duct tape to mark out a box, just using a yard stick to measure off the open space in between the tape lines.

Again, I sprayed straight down.  The coverage was pretty good with one coat, but I sprayed a second coat in spots that needed it.

I should have protected from overspray a little more in that previous step, because I ended up with a little around my box border.  It's ok, though, it's not that noticeable in the the finished product.

Now I was ready to add the cute pattern!  These stencils are large and it almost covered the entire mat, I just had to shift it a little bit as I went.  The beauty of this pattern is that it's so random, you really don't have to worry about matching the repeat up perfectly when you move the stencil.   I laid the stencil down on the mat, then covered the box and initial I had just painted with the poster board so it would stay as-is.  Then, I just sprayed each dot and worked my way around the mat.

I love how the tan background with the black paint really makes this look like a leopard print!

Custom monogrammed door mat tutorial, diy cheetah spots stencil

I was done with this project from start to finish in about 30 minutes.  I need a trip to Ikea to pick up a few more of these mats... I have 4 more doors that need a new one!  These would also make great teacher, hostess, or birthday gifts, or even a nice "welcome" gesture to a new neighbor.

DIY, tutorial, custom monogrammed door mat, cheetah spots stencil

Be sure to check out all of the stencil designs at Royal Design Studio Stencils.  The selection is vast and beautiful.  This is such a good way to achieve the look of wallpaper without the high dollar price tag and installation, too-  I'm still completely in love with Kris's stenciled bathroom walls!

diy door mat, custom monogrammed door mat tutorial, cheetah spots stencil, front door makeover

I did a similar door mat project years ago (when the blog was just a few months old!) if you'd like to check that project out, and have lots of other home made gift ideas here.

*Royal Design Stencil Studios provided me with product for this project.  All project ideas and opinions are mine.  Thank you for supporting companies that partner with Dimples and Tangles to keep great content coming!

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Monday, August 22, 2016


Hey you all!  As much as I love posting and following friends on Instagram, I realize that many of you don't use it.  Or, even if you're on IG, you might miss posts when IG is deciding what will show up in your feed (boo-I know I miss lots of posts this way too!).  So, I thought I'd give you a peek of what goes up over on my Instagram feed here on the blog occasionally.  Today, here's the highlight reel of our summer...

I'm still dreaming of all of these lovely hydrangeas that my sister let me clip from her bushes for my Summer Home Tour.

It's a common occurrence around here- one wants in, one wants out!

I finally got my hands on a fox tail fern this year.  I was totally amazed at some of the new shoots, they went a little haywire!

My daughter attended a basketball camp at a local university.  The parents are invited to come on the last day and watch some mostly friendly competition.  We enjoyed watching as our girl was named the champion in 2 categories (beating out all of the boys in her age group too!), "Gotcha" and Freethrows!  She got a kick out of wearing a different Oklahoma Baptist University t-shirt every day to camp (our Alma Mater) since this was at a "rival" school, and they got a kick out of giving her a hard time about it!

*Just a side note here for local OKC friends...  we're excited about a new basketball facility opening in town, Solid Rock Basketball.  A friend that I grew up going to church with is opening this brand new gym, and they are organizing a variety of leagues and skills training sessions.  Sign-up is open through the first week of September or so, if you're looking for something to keep your kids active while focusing on skills as well as character development, check it out!  Em is looking forward to playing in a league with them this Fall before school basketball starts later this year.

My son got his driver's permit this summer.  We're working on those 50 hours of supervised driving, with only occasional moments of panic mixed in!  Not really, he's doing a pretty good job.  ;)

I mentioned in this post that I was headed to meet up with one of my long-time and most favorite blog friends, face to face!  I ate up every second that I spent with Pam, loved touring her adorable home (even better in real life than the amazing photos!), we chatted non-stop, and even got to hit up Homegoods together!

We spent a week in our happy place- Red River, New Mexico.  I'll be posting about this fun little mountain ski town this week.

It's residents are very friendly...

While on vacation, we visited one of our favorite thrift stores in town and I bought 6 of these bamboo purse handles.  I'm not sure what I'm going to use them for yet, but for $1.50 I couldn't pass them up! (Thoughts of DIY towel rings are swirling in my brain.)

A sweet neighbor dropped off a carton of fresh eggs for us a few weeks ago.  I'm ashamed to admit this, but I could probably count on one hand the amount of times I've had fresh eggs in my life.  #citygirl  I almost hated to use them they were so pretty, but they sure did make a good breakfast casserole and Bacon and Cheese Quiche!

Have you seen Stranger Things on Netflix?  As usual, we were late to jump on the bandwagon.  However, once we started it, we had to make ourselves only watch an episode or two at a time and not binge watch the entire thing. We always enjoyed The X-Files back in the day and this had the same type of feel- a good mix of scary, weird, and sci-fi.  Judge for yourself, but this is probably for mature audiences- I personally wouldn't let my teen kids watch without screening (fast forwarding) through parts.

Thursday was our last day of summer, so we spent some time floating on the river.  My kind of entertainment... beautiful, free, and there's even a good arm workout thrown in!

Then, the first day of school was Friday (I know... crazy start day, right??).  These two are ready for a fantastic 10th and 8th grade year!

Over the weekend I spent some time in At Home shopping for my next Inspiration Team post, and stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this new display...  Not gonna lie- all weekend I've kinda been thinking how amazing that table would look in my dining room!

Finally, I received a special delivery in the mail last week.  I am honored to have been selected as a Better Homes and Gardens 2016 Stylemaker!  I'll be attending the Stylemaker Workshop in NYC in September, and am excited to learn from some of the best editors and stylists in the publishing business while there.  I gathered up some of my favorite things to celebrate the announcement on IG.

I hope you enjoyed these little snaps of life that don't make it to the blog!  

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Thursday, August 18, 2016


Wow.  You all have blown me away with your comments from my last post.  I am reading through each and every one, working my way through and trying to reply to each one.  If you didn't get a reply to your email, your address didn't come through to me when you commented, so I replied back on the post.  But, I'm still working to finish some of the later comments up, too.  A million thanks, I'll talk a little more about what y'all said in an upcoming post.

Many of you seemed not to mind an occasional fashion post, and I'm glad, because I really wanted to share this darling dress with you today! (But please don't hate me if you were one of my readers who would rather not see fashion posts...I already had this one planned.  I'll see you next time!)   :)

Collyn Raye is an Etsy shop that makes custom, Southern, lady-like wardrobe pieces, as well as a few accessories.  And, a good majority of the pieces are made from gingham, so how could I resist??  The owner and seamstress, Shannon, can even do a custom listing individualized for you if you need specific measurements or if you'd like to choose a different fabric from her selection than what you might see listed.

I selected the "Derby Dress," an off the shoulder loose fitting dress that is ruffled across the top.  The fabric is a nice, crisp weight, and although the dress is not lined, it is thick enough that I did not find the need to wear a slip with it.

Although off the shoulder ("OTS") dresses and tops are super trendy this season, I found this to be a very versatile piece that I plan to wear well into the Fall.  So, I shopped my closet and came up with three different ways to wear this dress, now and later.

As I share these 3 looks, know that most of my accessories I've had since at least last year so I don't have exact sources for you.  However, I've tried to find very similar options to link to in case you're looking for something similar.  Case in point, I've probably had these ribbon tie espadrilles for 10 years(!), but I found some pretty close that are linked below the photo.

Collyn Raye Etsy Shop Derby Dress, Black and white gingham dress
 Dress  ||  Ribbon tie wedges- similar  ||  Pom Pom Clutch

Just like in my home, I love that black and white is the perfect mix to combine almost anything with.  For this first look, I've kept a summer-y feel with a brightly colored clutch and earrings.  

Collyn Raye Etsy Shop Derby Dress, Black and white gingham dress, kendra scott alex magenta earrings

And, I haven't mentioned one of the best things about this dress...  IT HAS POCKETS!!!  Love that they are hidden in the side seams, though, and not bulky around the hips at all.  After all, who needs more bulk there?!?  #notme

Collyn Raye Etsy Shop Derby Dress, Black and white gingham dress

One fit tip I did want to mention- I'm 5'7", and I let out the generous hem in the dress about 1 1/2" to make it a little longer for me.  The measurements for the dress are in the listing, so just be mindful of the length if you're a little taller, and Shannon can add length if needed for a small additional fee.  It could definitely be a darling tunic as is for you taller girls, too!

Although it's late in the summer, I know I have at least another month with hot temperatures in Oklahoma so I can wear this dress just as is for a while longer, but I'll be able to layer it up a bit and wear it well into Fall as well.

I've proclaimed my love and tips for mixing black and white with leopard, so I thought this was another good opportunity to try out that mix!  When the temperatures start to cool off a bit, I can add a scarf and boots to this dress.  I chose riding boots here, but would also love a pair of cute booties with it as well (just searching for the perfect black pair for the coming season).   My scarf came from Kohl's last year, but I think it's a pattern they might carry regularly.  I couldn't find it online, so there are some similar ones linked below.

Collyn Raye Etsy Shop Derby Dress, Black and white gingham dress
Dress  ||  Leopard Scarf- similar here or here  ||  Similar Boots or Wide Calf 

I mentioned how handy this tote was in my post about the Haven Conference I attended, but I've been carrying it day to day as my handbag, also, so I wanted to talk a little more about it today.  It's a roomy bag... I've actually been toting my laptop around in it- among other things #mombag- and am appreciating the sturdy leather straps, trim, and bottom.  

Collyn Raye Etsy Shop Derby Dress, Black and white gingham dress

And, can I just mention all of the options that are available for customizing it?  I love that on their website you can play around with what seems like a million combinations of bag fabric, stripe colors, and monogram styles to see exactly how your bag will look, it's almost like a game!  :)  I was looking at it on my phone so I took a screen shot of each option I tried... can you believe all of these?  And that's only a few of the available colors!   

Barrington Gifts, St. Anne Tote Bag

I ended up putting all of my favorite things together... black and white stripes, blue, and kelly green, and it goes with so many outfits!

Collyn Raye Etsy Shop Derby Dress, Black and white gingham dress

Collyn Raye Etsy Shop Derby Dress, Black and white gingham dress

The third look I pulled together for this OTS cutie was for even slightly colder weather.  One of my favorite outfit combos is a long tunic or dress and skinny jeans, and it works with this dress too.  I paired it with a super warm blanket scarf (Target last year), skinny black pants, and black riding boots.  I'm telling you, those blanket scarves can keep you warm in sub-zero temps,  ;)  so even with the bare shoulders I think this would work in cooler weather.  

Collyn Raye Etsy Shop Derby Dress, Black and white gingham dress

I couldn't resist the pop of red with my handbag, too.  If you're a long time follower you know that I love to shop the end of season clearance sales at Dillard's, so this bag was a score last year and it's especially fun to carry seasonally- Christmas, Valentine's Day, and the Fourth of July!

Collyn Raye Etsy Shop Derby Dress, Black and white gingham dress

Collyn Raye Etsy Shop Derby Dress, Black and white gingham dress
Dress  ||  Plaid scarf-similar  ||  Red Bag- different color here or similar style red here  ||  Jeans  ||  Boots-similar

If you like girly, Southern style I hope you'll take a look around Collyn Raye and tell Shannon I sent you!  I've got my eye on a Carolina top to try out next, isn't it a darling style too?

photo:  Collyn Raye Etsy Shop

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