Friday, August 26, 2011

Be Yourself Movement

Lately, I have been feeling a lot like this:

I go and visit my usual craft blog favorites (See the "Sites I Love" tab) and I think: "man, she is gorgeous...her house is gorgeous...I love her hair, maybe I should do that...she is so inspirational...I want to be that way..." 

And after a while, it begins to eat at me and I feel inadequate.
I wish I was different,
That my decorating skills were better or I did things differently,
That I dressed a certain way,
That I could have the world's most adorable child (Just like my sister Katelyn...),
and so on, and so on.

I do not like feeling inadequate.
Ever since I was little, this has been one of my fears and I have always tried to make my parents proud of me and my actions and decisions.

Then the other day, I found a blog, The Shine Project and she inspired me!
And once again, I fell into the "I wish" trap...
I was wishing that I could inspire people and make them want to be better.

Last night I was in an English class from 7 to 9:30...two and a half HOURS? Yes! But I didn't mind.
The instructor walked in at 6:59, plopped her bag on the table in front of the room and started glowing the second she started talking.
She wasn't perfect...none of us are...but she was radiant.
She smiled and laughed and made us feel like we were on the same level that she was.
And once again, I fell into the trap.
I caught myself thinking "how does she do it?"
But then I realized something, maybe I inspire people too...maybe there is someone out there who wonders what a day in my shoes would be like?

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. ~Judy Garland

I think there is something about each one of us that is admirable and that people wish they could have.  I think that sometimes you really have to spend some time with a person to find this quality.  You have to look past who they are on the outside and get to know them as a person. 
Sometimes, this quality is something you can see. I see people and wish that I was different and more like them.  Now I realize that I was created to be who I am, not who I wish I was.
 I am determined to stop wishing I was like someone else and realize that the person I am is unique, beautiful, smart, creative.

I challenge each one of you to join the movement to cherish and be happy with the person you are.
No. Matter. What.
Let's spread the word and inspire others to embrace the people they are. Not wish they could become someone else.
Step outside of the trap like I got caught in and realize that we each have something that others wish they had.
No. Matter. What.
Live up to your true self and don't worry what others think.
Accept the person you were created to be.
No. Matter. What.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you are doing to just be yourself.
Let's see if we can't start something wonderful!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Yellow Poppies...

As I have mentioned, Josh and I moved into our new home about a month and a half ago.  I have been working on decorating and making our new house our home.
Our dinning room is currently bare and I had a couple blank canvases laying around so I decided to paint something that would brighten the room up and give it some life...and who knows, if it is decorated, maybe we will make the effort to use it more often!

So first of all, gather supplies....

Then I got some opaque brown paint and painted a few brown spots on the canvas...

Just a few here and there to give the canvas some character...

Let it dry...

Remember the ivory soap trick?  Yep, we are going to use it again!

So grab that bar of soap and rup it on until there are little pieces of the soap left on the canvas...

Then, call me crazy but I mixed up some lime green and brown paint...

And painted over the ivory soap and the brown spots.

Then, after it was dry, I rubbed more soap on top and took some sky blue paint and added some yellow and brown and got a turquoise color to paint over the ivory soap and the green spots...

Let that all dry up really good then you can get to sandin!
I used the 3M pad that the hubby got me a while back...he is trying to convert worked really really well for this project! Probably better than sandpaper did last time...I would recommend the 3M pad- you can get it in the automotive sections of Fred Meyer or Walmart...or if your really brave, Autozone or Checker will have it...

So then just rub away in the places you put the soap.

Next, I drew up some poppies to paint over top of everything...

Then I went back to my arsenal of paint, grabbed some white, yellow, and metallic gold mixed those up until I had a slightly shimmery yellow color.

Now this is the fun part!  Just let your creativity eek out and paint away!
I added lots of extra streaks of yellow to give it a messy feel...

Anyone can paint!

Then hang those puppies up and now the room isn't so gloomy!

Poppies make everything better...yes I love them :]

Let me know how it goes!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Guess What!

Hey guys!

Guess what I did this morning!
I ordered this:

And i'm so excited for it to get here! It will definitely be worth the wait!
Have you ordered yours yet?:]
Let me know in the comments if you have...ehem...treated yourself to some "neck candy..."

Guess what else I have to show you guys...
Ok so it's not here yet, but it will hopefully today!  That is if the tracking info it correct...
It may or may not include an item(s) for a giveaway...
I will post pictures and info for the next giveaway as soon as possible!
This will be a wonderful weekend don't you think?

Have a great day and don't forget to hustle over to Susana's AMA Jewelry Shop!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Meet Susana!

Hey guys there is someone you HAVE to meet!
Her name is Susana and she makes the most beautiful lockets!
Seriously, she's got talent.
Here's a little bit about her:

"I'm from Madrid, Spain, where I currently live. I'm single...for the moment.... waiting to meet my prince...
I love making jewelry and everything that is handmade. I also like working with metals and leather. Soon, I would like to open a new shop with leather bags (I'm so excited about this but, well this is just another story).
5 years ago I started taking jewelry classes and I have learned different tecniques, one of them is working with resin and you can see the results on my lockets."

Check out some of her lockets:

Like she said above, the front of each locket is covered with resin to preserve the beautiful design.

I LOVE them all!  After I found her Etsy shop, I spent forever looking at all her different designs of lockets. No matter your style, she will have something perfect for you...or your sister who's birthday is in a month or two...or your birthday... She definitely has some talent!

The last two are my personal favorites:

Bird on a Branch...

My birthday is next week and I think I'm going to cave and buy one for a birthday present for myself!
Great idea right? ;]

Anyways, back to Susana!
Each of her lockets are $25...
Now your thinking shipping right?
To anywhere in Spain, add $3 and to everywhere else add $4. FOUR DOLLARS IS ALL!
As soon as I told Josh the shipping price, he thought I was lying to him...I'm not lying!  It really is that good of a deal!

I think Susana has some wonderful talent and beautiful lockets!
You can see them for yourself at Her AMA Jewelry Etsy Shop.
So go on, what are you waiting for?!
Go and see all her other designs!
You definitely won't regret it and in a week or two, who knows? You could have one of her beautiful lockets hanging around your neck like I will!

Happy shopping!

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Infinity Scarf!

A couple days ago, I was visiting my regular blogs and I found this awesome Infinity Scarf over at The Cottage Home. Lindsay, the writer of the blog does a WONDERFUL job of showing us how to make the scarf so if you are unclear on some of the steps, head over there and show her some love!

I love scarves and when I saw this, it was one of those "well duh..." moments.
A scarf that never falls off? No brainer!
Well I immediately had to make my own and just used some fabric that I had on hand and this is what I did:

First off, I cut a peice of fabric 60" long and 24" wide.

Next, fold down the middle (hot dog style) and pin the raw edge to get it all ready to be sewn.
Make sure that the wrong sides of your fabric are facing out...
As soon as it's all pinned, go ahead and sew down the raw edges of the scarf.

Last, turn the scarf right side out and fold about 1" of one raw end inside itself to create a clean edge, then take the other end of the scarf and pin it inside the other and run a stitch down the fold where the two ends come together...once again, don't be afraid to refer to her pictures...

Then show it off!
Just loop it twice around your neck and that's it!

This is my only little sis Abi, she was my model for this tutorial...and I let her keep the scarf...great deal right? :]
I'm thinking I better head over to JoAnn's and pick up some fun fall prints to make a scarf of my own...

Have a great day!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pretty Good Find & My WONDERFUL Husband!

When I went to DI a while ago, the day I found the sweet tie I made my headband out of, I also found these four Mason Jars for $1.50 each...SWEET DEAL!

I picked them up and decided with a good washing, they would be craft room worthy:]
So, now they sit.
In the window of the craft room...
Waiting to be filled by something I'm super excited to show you guys...
They will be here next week and we will probably have to do a giveaway...wink wink.

And what did Josh do that was so nice?
Do you ever have those days where you think the world is going to end because some little thing doesn't go how you planned so it makes you turn into a beast to torment all who live with you?
And i'm not proud of it.
I'm working on it I promise.
So the other day, I had one of those days and I was feeling pretty down.
Until in walks Josh with a dozen yellow roses!
My favorite man and my favorite color.
What isn't there to love?!
I am so lucky to have him!  He is way too nice to me and I amd so thankful for him.

So all of you who can, go and tell your hubby's you love them and look for the little things they do that make your day.


Thursday, August 11, 2011


So a while ago, I found a sweet tie at DI for $3 and loved the pattern.  It was a steal!
I brought it home and kept thinking what on earth am I going to do with that?
And then I thought of it: a headband!
The headband challenge over at Little Miss Momma is what inspired this idea!
Go check out all her stuff, she really is an amazing lady!

So, I picked the seam of the tie and opened it all up, cut a length from the skinny end of the tie just enough to go over the top of my head and enough room to add an elastic.
I folded the corners of the tie fabric over the elastic and sewed to keep it in place and WALA!

Super quick and easy....this could easily be hand-stitched as well if you don't have a sewing machine.

For the second headband, I cut 2 pieces of fabric, the first was 1 1/2'' wide and 2 1/2'' long and the second was 5'' wide and 6'' long.

I took the small piece of fabric and put hot glue down one side on the wrong side of the fabric and folded it into thirds to make just a skinny tube.

Then for the big piece of fabric, I folded each side over 1/4'' and just finger-pressed it...I was too lazy to get the iron and ironing board out for this...

So after I folded the sides over, I took it long ways and folded it into thirds again just like the small piece and once again, glued it so then it was a long tube just like the other piece of fabric except the ends were folded in.

Next you fold the bow twice and figure out how you want it to look.
Once you have decided, put a couple drops of hot glue in the creases and let it dry.

Then, I glued the bow onto the headband.  I got this headband in a pack of 3 from Fred Meyer.
Take the small piece of fabric and wrap it around the bow and the headband and make sure the raw ends of the fabric are on the underside.

Last, I noticed that the top half of the bow was poking out and I didn't want it to poke out while it was on my head so I just dabbed a drop of glue on the headband and pressed to keep that little bugger under control.

And now it's done!
I loved how easy this headband was as well...very customizable!
And I loved that it was no-sew!

Hope you all have a great hair day!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

We Went to Montana...

Josh's family is from Montana so for their family reunion this year, we all met up at Georgetown Lake and went camping and found some trails with the jeeps.  We had so much fun!

Now, one thing about me, I'm a freakazoid whenever I get bit or stung by insects...who knows tongue doesn't swell and I don't pass out, but freaky things happen...wanna see?

Case A: Freaky Raptor Hand.
The last night of our trip we stayed in Bozeman with Josh's grandparents and they were showing me around their house.  The last place we got to was a little balcony on their second floor.  It had some comfy looking chairs out there so I sat down and to our surprise, there were THREE wasps' nests underneath the cushion I sat on...YOW!
Josh's mom Laura got stung and I got stung and Josh's sister Jessica got stung.
I got stung on my pinky and this is how swollen my hand got!  It was so so SO itchy and miserable and huge that it hurt to straighten my last two fingers...yuck...

Case B: Kankle.
Within the first 15 minutes of getting there, I got two mosquito bites on the same ankle.
So, my ankle swelled up so I couldn't see the bones attractive...

Case C: Red Eye.
Ever since I was little, my eyes have been sensitive to pollen and dust and stuff.
On our way to Bozeman the last day, we stopped at some hot springs and Laura said: "well, if we all get pink eye, we know where it came from!" I didn't get pink eye, but the next morning I woke up to one eye just being bloodshot. Scary!

So, it's a good thing I have these:

And It's good that I sat in bed holding on to frozen cookie dough to bring down some swelling as I caught up on some emails!

We had a complete blast in Montana and I wouldn't trade that time in the world with our family!
This was a crazy first camping trip for Josh and I so I thought I had better document some of the craziness :]

By the way, my hand is no longer T-rexish and my eye is once again white :]...good thing too!

Have a super day!

Monday, August 1, 2011

What has the Hub's been up to?

What has Josh been up to while i'm crafting?
He's such a wonderful husband :]
This whole new "living in our own home" business has really taught us to stretch our legs and learn new things.  I am so thankful for this wonderful experience!

First of all, the light in the craft room was broken so we installed the new light...
who knew that Josh was an electrical genius?
I didn't!
He made it look like a piece of cake!

And because he helped me in  the craft room, I cleaned up the mess on the floor left behind by all the tools:] 
I think it was a good trade.

More importantly, if you know him at all, you know how much he loves his golden chariot...his yellow Renegade.
He is working on putting a new transmission in the Jeep the last couple weeks.
He is so excited for his new tough transmission!
It makes me happy to see him so excited :]

He got the transmission from his friend's junkyard...
to say the least, it was a huge ball of gunk!
It definately looks much better now!

I am so thankful for this wonderful guy and all he knows about home fix-ups and cars :]