The blog turned one!

There has been plenty going on around here and it has been making me a very busy women. Busy is a good thing though. We are going to play a little round of catch up. Collaborate 'n Listen turned ONE! I still have no idea what I am doing but I keep on writing. It was a fun year with this blog. I definitely  took a lot of time learning on the side then actually blogging. But, I will get there. I did not expect anything to happen this year or even this next year. I am just here. This is for myself. This is my creative outlet. I am not here to make money, get free things, or be...Read More

DIY Fall Banner

Happy Autumn. I am SO ready for sweaters, warm tea, & football. Oh, and for Yuma to get with the season. I am done with 100 degree weather! Anyways, Lets celebrate with this quick and easy DIY Fall Banner. Materials: Only four things! Burlap I bought a roll of navy blue burlap from WalMart Twine This hot tangled mess of mine is also from WalMart. Hot Glue Gun w/ sticks Scissors Directions: Five minute kind of quick! Cut burlap into rectangles. Glue the twine an half an inch from the top of the burlap. Continue for each piece. When starting the banner leave an inch or two for hanging purposes. In between each burlap piece leave about an inch. Place...Read More

But Shoot, It Was 99 Cents

GOODWILL FIND. Almost every morning I get asked where his cover is or we argue on who has to go upstairs to go and grab it. & then this gem was found at our local goodwill. But it was bright blue. My first upcycle, woohoo.  Here is the before. I started to paint in the corner and then remembered that I needed a before picture! My plans for this piece is to hang it by the front door and use it as a catch all for my husband. All the stuff he will need to get him through the day will all be right next to the front door. No more six in the morning hunting. It is laminate but no...Read More

DIY Birthday Card

I recently came across this news article and knew I needed to send this girl a birthday card. So, I made one just for her. This is an upcycled craft and all the materials used were things that I have around the house. Do not worry my stash will end soon. Here is a quick & easy DIY birthday card. Supplies: Different Colored Construction Paper Twine Scissors Hot Glue Gun Pen Cardstock Envelope Stamps Directions: Gather all supplies needed for this project. If needed you can easily substitute any of this supplies with what YOU have around the house. Example, instead of twine you can use string and instead of construction paper you can use washi tape.  I had to cut down the cardstock so...Read More

DIY Mouse Pad

I think cheap may be my favorite quality in anything. & along with cheap, I like easy! Here is a very cheap & easy DIY mouse pad. A mouse pad was on my list of things that I needed. There are cheap enough mouse pads out there where I could of just gone out and purchased one but where is the fun in that. So, I made my own chic mouse pad for absolutely no money. This DIY was an upcycle of materials and supplies that I had laying around my house. I encourage you to do the same as you do not need to use the materials that I have listed below. Get creative and make your own unique mouse pad with this DIY....Read More

DIY Kitchen Command Center

Organization is key.... Refrigerators are usually covered with an assortment of free magnets, past due invitations, and family pictures. Give your refrigerator its full potential and create this easy and cheap command center that will help keep your life organized! This command center is going to contain a monthly calendar, a weekly menu, a to-do list, and paper for grocery lists. There are plenty of other options to choose from to make a more unique command center for yourself. Some examples are a list of chores, a bill tracker, a homework check list, and an exercising check list. Anything that can be used to help organize you and your family can be placed on your fridge for all to see. I purchased three...Read More
Flower Keepsake

Flower Keepsake

For the boys: Buy the girl some flowers. For the girls: Save them forever. In this beautiful decorative piece I have every single flower that my husband ever bought for me. From the first bouquet, to pre Marine Ball celebrations, and to the just because flowers they are stored in this piece as a keepsake. If my house was to ever catch on fire this would be the first item that I would grab to save. I will probably never understand why receiving flowers is such a grand gesture but seeing them everyday really helped when my husband was away. Not only does this work as a cute home decoration but there is that special meaning behind it. This  specific decorative piece is from Pier One. It has...Read More

DIY Save The Date

Do it yourself. It is possible. You can do this. My wedding is what unleashed my inner craftiness. I handmade so much for my wedding and it saved me hundreds of dollars that I did not have. The best part about making things yourself is that you can get it to be exactly the way you want with the correct wording and colors. Before you spend the money on anything for your wedding make sure you cannot make it first. I would then like to share with you how I created some of the things from my wedding starting with my save the date cards. Don’t worry, I am not the craftiest of the crafty and this project is so...Read More

DIY Greeting Card Keepsake

Written on the inside of them are usually special messages that you would want to save forever. But, how do you store them? You could just store them in a box and find that box when it is time to move or you could make this lovely book to show them off. I bring to you a quick and easy DIY to collaborate all the greeting cards from your events into one lovely book. Supplies Cards Hole Puncher String Scissors Paper   Instructions Divide the cards into two piles based off of their size. Hole punch the top left and bottom left corners of the bigger cards Hole punch the top left corner only of the smaller cards. Cut your paper...Read More