new year new room…

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I mentioned a while back that I would be moving rooms come the beginning of the school. I did move rooms! However I never once showed anyone how the decorating process ended up. Needless to say, I was pretty pleased with the outcome.
Since I only have half of the room I originally had over the summer, (click here and here to see more) my space is much more compact and sometimes I can’t decide if it looks to cluttered or not. Other days I’m content.

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My desk/workspace/dresser area tends to get a little cluttered, but besides that fact, I think it is very personalized. Of course I have my twinkle lights hung up, those are a room decoration must! All of my markers, colored pencils, paint brushes, and miscellaneous desk items are in white tin cans. I even got a little creative and painted a donut on one of them. I have small decorations just throughout the room in an attempt to bring a sense of girl but with an even stronger sense of creativity. I really like decorating with flowers. Unfortunately recently I haven’t had the chance to go out and buy some fresh flowers, but for now the fake satin ones will do!

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My bulletin board is kind of an organized mess to me. There’s not too much on it but none of it really means anything (haha). I have my name tag pinned at the top mainly so I don’t forget it! (My calendar also still says it is September so I really should fix that, but who truly has the time *wink*)

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My dresser display is simple. I have a few candles here and there throughout my room. One of my favorite pieces is my white canvas. It hung above my bed in my previous room, but from this location it is easier to see. I really like the simplicity of it, and it definitely captures my two favorite things. Near the end of the dresser top you can see one of my of my homemade coasters.

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I am so pleased with how my bed area ended up. The sheer curtains make it seem so much comfier and welcoming. It’s almost “fairy” like to me, with the twinkle lights as well. I’m kept company by 4 of my closet stuffed friends, they’re such loyal companions. My accents pillows are Paris themed, and so graciously made by my mother.

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Please mind the hideous yellow color of my door. But can you tell I’m an RA? I definitely do love the decorations!
Feel free to comment with some of your favorite room designs and decorations and share with your friends! I love to hear from you all 🙂
xo Morgan

how to: candy apples and fall love

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What do you get when you mix Disney, food, and being an RA? A very successful program, that’s what. Last night, along with my other coworkers Alyssa and Arely, put on a Snow White themed program for our residents. We decorated the lounge, played the Classic Disney movie, made a green lime flavored “potion” and made candy apples! 
The green drink was made is solely like sorbet, 7up, and frozen limeade. It was pretty tart but everyone seemed to enjoy it! It was the fastest to go.
The candy apples were equally as simple to make. We had six bags of caramel candies with about a half cup of milk and melted it all together in a pot on the stove. Arely and I made the apples and our teamwork was impressive. Alyssa would bring us the apples with Popsicle sticks stuck in the top of them. I would hold the apples and Arely would move the pot so that th  apple would get coated with the caramel. We plopped them on individul plates then off to the table they went. We had quite a few compliments!

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So many people came to our program, the overhead picture doesn’t even do it justice. We were so excited to have had so many people show up! We’re hoping to do something like this again for our residents closer to Halloweem time. Who doesn’t love a good themed party and handmade candy apples?

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I’d love to hear about your favorite homemade snacks!
xo Morgan

how to: a room and a love of pink

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Like I’ve said before, one of my favorite parts of my room is where I sleep. Now knowing that I’ll be moving out of this room soon, I’m really cherishing the way it looks now. 

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I love crafting so it’s a given that almost all of the decorations in my room are DIYs. Right above my bed are a crafted M and a canvas I painted (and can’t forget my Christmas lights). I love the color pink, so it’s fitting that the canvas proves that, right? A white canvas, black paint and the love of cursive really goes a long way. 
The M is simply a styrofoam M. White flowers were stuck all over. It was a gift to me, however the large pink peony and rose were a little touch added by me. 
I hung the canvas and the M up first then I added the lights to the wall. Luckily it worked out well!
The area around my desk is a another favorite of mine. Particularly the calendar I crafted. This was so simple! I found a calendar on Pinterest (currently July is hung up but I have other months as well). I attached it to a wooden craft skewer so that it is easily removeable. The pink string was an extra touch because, of course, I think pink is a nice touch. 

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It’s very simplistic but the look of it all makes me pretty happy to have called this room home for almost a month. 
If you guys like the touches I’ve added to my room, let me know! Thanks for reading 🙂

xo Morgan

weekday doodles and how tos

Yesterday my sister Maddie was walking around the house singing Lady Gaga’s “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich.” Now as much as I don’t necessarily enjoy that song, I was sitting at my desk with my sketchbook open and a pen in hand, so naturally I decided to doodle a little. To tell you the truth, this is the first “doodle” of mine I’ve ever shared publicly (first of many is my plan). 

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On another note, I mentioned on my Instagram account (@liliesandholly) earlier last week that I bought a hanging shelf with drawers from Hobby Lobby. It wasn’t any normal purchase however, it was 80% off! Originally $60 and I managed to find it for $12. Now I’m sure what you’re thinking, why would it be cut down so much? Well because to tell you the truth, I didn’t really buy a so called “hanging shelf with drawers”, but more so a pile of particle board poorly glued together. The poor little creation was obviously beaten around a bit therefore landing itself in the clearance isle. I picked it up and deduced that it only needed a little wood glue and my problem would be solved. It took a little more than that…

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I started off by asking my dad for help, because when it doubt get your dad right? Well he glued every little edge and corner possible and the thing is as sturdy as ever (we used Elmer’s Wood Glue). After it was dry, I sanded down the original paint and then repainted it white. I sanded it again to get back the original distressed look. After that I was covered in a solid cost of white dust. 
After it was painted, I once again went to my father for help. I had picked out three new drawer knobs, at Hobby Lobby as well, to replace the current ones since one was missing. I took out the old knobs and realized the screws to the new ones were far too long for the drawers. To tell you the truth, I’m not really sure what my dad did but when he came back inside the new knobs were intact and shortened! Good as new. 
Now my real question is, is it finished? I love seeing a project that I’ve completed. Seeing the assembled and functional drawers as opposed to its original state was truly an accomplishment, but I can’t decide if this is where it ends. 

If you have any recommendation for finishing touches, I’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to comment 🙂
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xo Morgan

from hardware to kitchenware: how to make a tile coaster

Once upon a time, i absolutely loved crafting. So the story goes like this:
Maddie, my mom and I were home by ourselves again and I wanted to craft. So we headed to Lowes. What exactly I was looking for, I didn’t know, but that’s the beginning of every great project right?
Naturally we walked through the garden center first because floral displays and potted plants are some of the more inspirational and calming things in life. We made our way past the paint and of course I picked up a couple Pantone paint swatches for later projects. 
After some time we made our way down the tile isle and I found the sample tiles. Without even thinking i picked up a few of the white glossy tiles and headed to checkout, knowing I’d have a few drink coasters to make tonight. Boy am I thankful that small things like that don’t even break a dollar.
A little paint, Sharpies and Pinterest really go a long way. I found some prints on Pinterest that I thought would be adorable on a set of coasters and got to work. I used just regular acrylic paint i picked up from Michael’s and outlined most things with my black fine tipped Sharpie. My Evelyn Henson inspired coaster may be one of my favorites, but who doesn’t love cute quotes and vespas.
Because of the glossy finish on the tiles, the sharpie and paint wouldn’t last against my cups so I sealed it with American Accents Clear Matte sealant . This till make sure that my designs will stay in tact no matter the heat, liquid or scratches they comes in contact with. I have to say, Im fairly excited to put these into good use once I move into my dorm.
Thank you all for reading! i’d love to hear back from you all, whether it be what you think of my project, a project you’ve done, or anything!  So please comment below 🙂 and don’t forget to share this, pin it, tweet it, etc!

xo Morgan 

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