Friday, December 30, 2011

Some Craft Goodies I got for Christmas!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a lovely holiday season! This year, I did a lot of online ordering of gifts, and I have to say I am in looooove with Amazon!  I did the trial of Amazon Prime, and I liked it so much I went ahead and joined for the year.  Talk about making your holiday shopping a whole lot easier!  Great prices, free shipping, and the items are on my porch in like two days!  It's fabulous, I tell you!  

I get so excited about all the gifts I find for everyone else, that when my husband asks me what I want, I usually come up blank.  This year, I made a wish list on Amazon, emailed it to him, and guess what?  He got everything on it!  He's awesome like that!

Anyway, today I thought I'd share some of my new toys with you.  I am super excited about all my new craft goodies!

If you haven't seen or used one of these, you are totally missing out!  The  ATG gun is a craft room essential and I am so thrilled to finally have one!  Not to mention, it's pink!


Next up is the Tweezer Bee.  No, these aren't for plucking!  They are for picking up all those tiny little pieces of paper you cut with your Cricut that are impossible to place exactly where you want them with your fingertips.  I can't tell you how many tiny little eyes, noses, and other little embellishments I've lost or dropped trying to place them in their proper places during a project.  No more little pieces sticking to my fingers!  

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How cute is my new Sizzix Texture Boutique? This adorable little gal can make all sorts of beautiful textured paper out of your ordinary paper!  And, of course she's all dolled up looking like a cute little purse!  


And last, but certainly not least is my early Christmas present to myself!  I finally broke down and got a Cricut Cake!  I can't tell you how excited I am to try this guy out!  In case you still think they cost a fortune, you are wrong.  They have totally come down in price since they were first introduced, and I got this one for a steal off of  Ebay.  

I just love all my new crafty goodies!  My New Year's Resolution is to start making craft video tutorials (finally) on my blog.  I can't wait to share some projects with all of you!

What did you get for Christmas?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Happy Holidays!

 


It's been a little busy around here lately, but I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!  I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted!  As a mom, I often wonder how my mother did it all those years ago.  There is just so much to do to get ready for the big day!  I truly love the holidays, but I have to say that I'm not sad to see them go.  The New Year feels like it always brings a fresh start.  (I hope so, because it looks like that diet of mine will need to start over too!)  In case you were wondering, I haven't stepped back on the scale since my last diet post.  So, like so many others I'll be back in the game on January 1st.  I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful New Year!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tiny Prints Holiday Cards

Has anyone ordered their holiday cards yet? I always wait too long and stress over it, so this year I thought I'd knock it out early!  I stumbled across a great site that has some awesome deals on Christmas cards. Hop on over to Tiny Prints and check it out!  I'm having a hard time deciding on which one to choose, as they have so many cute ones.  I think so far this is my favorite:

Christmas Cards Candy Cane Square - Front : Winterberry

Does anyone have any cute ideas for displaying holiday cards? I have one of those wreath thingies with an angel on it. I usually hang it by the front door.  I remember my parents hanging them around a doorway. 

Now I just have to decide how to get the kids to pose for me.  I love black and white candids, so I may just try and catch them doing something cute and turn it black and white.

If you are a fellow blogger, Tiny Prints has a great offer to pick up some free cards this year, so run on over and check them out.  They really have some cute stuff!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Weight Loss Journey (Week Two)

I promised to post weekly about how the diet thing is going, and today marks one week.  It turns out the Body by Vi shakes are really tasty.  They are, however, shakes.  Shakes, shakes, and more shakes!  No matter how many tasty combinations I come up with, in all honesty it gets old.  So, what I'm doing is incorporating the shakes as some of my meals, and counting calories for others.  It's working so far.  I wish I could tell you I've lost like 10 pounds, but turns out I've only lost 3.  But hey, that's a start, right? 


This definitely makes me feel better.  This is 3 pounds of fat!  Yuck!

I do have a question though.  Does anyone have a recommendation for an awesome blender?  I've got two (one is a smoothie maker), and I'm not impressed by either one.  No matter what I do, I have hunks of ice in my shakes.  It's part of what annoys me about the shakes!  My husband thinks I need to find one of those super awesome old fashioned ones from the 60s.

Anyone remember these? I think my mom had one.  They don't make 'em like they used to, huh? 

I much prefer the look of this one:


But, then again I'm all about the turquoise, right?

Apparently there are some folks out there who still love them some harvest gold.


Me, not so much.

I did a little research, and this classic beehive from Oster seems to be getting rave reviews.

oster classic beehive blender

My food processor is made by Oster, and it rocks! 

Anyone have a blender they love?  Any thoughts or recommendations?

So I guess I'll see how I do next week, since it's Thanksgiving and all.  I'm not planning to go hog wild or anything.  But, I probably will allow myself one dessert on the big day.  Maybe with some sugar free whipped topping?  That stuff is awesome!  Stay tuned next Tuesday for the latest update on my weight loss journey!  Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Weight Loss Journey (Part I)

Ok, so I totally cannot believe I'm doing this, but here goes.  I am going to put myself out there, so bear with me!  I have made the decision to lose weight.  Just like a lot of people, I have made this decision many times.  And then, I see a piece of cake and it's all over.  Sound familiar?  So this time I am trying a completely new approach.  I thought if I make my weight loss journey public, maybe I'll succeed.  Kinda like getting weighed in a Weight Watchers every week, right? (Believe me, I've tried that too!) 



So how am I planning on losing this weight? I mean, it's nice to have a plan, right? Recently, a friend posted something on Facebook that caught my eye.  It's called "Body by Vi".  Now, let me just make very clear that I am in no way trying to promote this product.  I just read about it, and it sounded like something that might work for me.  You've heard the deal before: a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and a healthy dinner.  Sounds Slim-fast-ish, right?  But, after reading more about it, it sounded really healthy.  It also sounded like a system that would fit easily into my daily life.  Since I'm home during the day while the kids are at school, I had gotten into a bad dietary habit of skipping breakfast, eating a late (and not particularly healthy) lunch, and then pigging out at dinner only to follow with whatever sweets happened to be lurking in my kitchen.   I'm a nurse, so I know that's not smart.  But, I always just seemed to busy doing stuff that I didn't have time during the day to do a little better.  I'm not saying this shake thing is the right way for everyone, but I'm going to try and see if it works for me!  And of course I know I'll need to exercise too!


I am doing their 90 day challenge, so I'd like to see what I can lose by Valentine's Day.  This morning I made my first shake.  The way this system works is that you can make 100s of different shakes by adding ingredients to the mix.  I tried the chocolate banana. I have to say, it was delicious and made a huge, filling shake! 

So, my weight loss journey has officially begun.  And what better time of year that right before the holidays, right?  I know, what was I thinking?  That my jeans were tight, and I hated all my pictures! That's what I was thinking!  Speaking of pictures, I'm gonna go a step further and put a BEFORE pic on here for you.  I HATE this picture!  I cannot believe I'm putting this one here, because it is the absolute worst fat girl pic of me ever!  But here goes:



Yuck!  And this is with Spanx on!!!  So how much weight would I like to lose?  Well, I'm not going to go as far as to put my weight on here.  I know, I'm sorry.  But, a girl's gotta have some secrets, right?  I will say that I don't expect or want to be super skinny.  I'd just like to be 130something.  I don't care if it's 139.  I just want to get to, and maintain 130something.  And not ever go back over 140 again!  After all, I do like to eat!  I haven't weighed this since before I got pregnant with my oldest child, who is now almost 10. 


So, here goes.  I plan to post weekly about my weight loss journey.  Wish me luck! 

 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Some Pinterest-Inspired Halloween Party Ideas

I've been so inspired lately by all of the adorable party ideas I've been seeing on Pinterest.  There are so many great ideas over there!  Thanks to all the great printables, throwing a party together is a snap.  All my decorations were made using free printables, dollar store decorations, and Goodwill items.


The tissue paper pom poms were super easy to make.  You can find the tutorial at Martha Stewart



The free printable banner can be found over at Chickabug.  To cover the table, I found a black gauzy runner at Michael's on clearance for a dollar, and draped it over a white tablecloth I already had.





Inspired by these creepy apothecary jars from Pottery Barn, I used some clear glass jars and vases I picked up from Goodwill and Dollar Tree, and filled them with dollar store Halloween stuff.  The birds are from the dollar store as well.






The "Werewolf Kibble" is a mixture of Bugles, Fiddle Faddle, and Autumn mix, all purchased at the dollar store.  The printable label can be found over at Bite Bella.  Being a Twilight fan, I just couldn't resist!  The drink label printables can be found at Centsational Girl, Peonies and Poppyseeds, and Graphics Fairy.  We went apple picking last weekend.  What's Halloween without some caramel apples?



I picked up some plastic skulls at the dollar store.  They also had these black candlesticks, so I just hot glued the skulls on top!  How cute are these spider and bat ice cubes?  Using ice trays and spiders from the dollar store, I surprised the kiddos with these.  Trust me, they were a huge hit with the little ones!  I also made these mini pumpkin oreo cheesecakes using a recipe I found on Pinterest.  They can be found here

Haven't jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon yet?  You just don't know what you're missing!  Talk about addictive!  For these, and more inspiring ideas, head on over to my Pinterest boards and click "follow all". 



How did you spend your Halloween? 

     

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Some More Pin-worthy Fall Inspiration

I just love all the pretty fall inspiration I've been seeing on PinterestThat's what I love about this site. It's the best of the best, or no one would have pinned it in the first place!  Check out some more Autumn loveliness:


I love these wreaths, especially the argyle!  Check them out over at India Fixx.



Looking for a yummy fall dip recipe for parties? Check out this pumpkin fluff recipe at All RecipesDoesn't it look cute inside the pumpkin? I just love this site. I have the app on my iphone, so I can pull up recipes while I'm in the grocery store. So convenient!


I'm lovin' this adorable acorn wreath. So simple and lovely! Check it out here!

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How about these cute little pumpkin pie bites from Bakerella?

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What great use of scrap fabric for this adorable fall pillow! Check it out here!

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How simple is this cute fall snack mix? No cooking involved here. Just toss it together! See it here!

What Fall inspiration have you been seeing out there?

Monday, September 26, 2011

It's Fall Ya'll Wreath with Free Printable Chevron Tag


Today I'm sharing a little printable with you.  I felt my fall wreath needed a little snazzing up, so I whipped up this printable tag.  Just click, print, and cut it out! I used some shaped zig-zag scissors and backed it with some red cardstock. Since it is outside, I covered it with contact paper to protect it.  If you have a laminating machine, this would work even better. {That's my next crafting purchase!}

Hope you enjoy!

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Friday, September 23, 2011

The Great Big Craft Room Reveal

 
Update: The "Just Keep Calm and Craft" decal is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop. Just go here:
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Well, hello there. Long time no talk!  I seemed to have taken an unannounced leave of absence from the blogging world!  The busyness of school starting back up kind of took over this year.  I decided that since last year I took a year off from being room mom, I would make up for it this year by jumping in full force, and saying yes to just about everything.  So far, I've become a brownie leader, PTA board member, and room mom.  It's keeping me busy, but I'm loving all of it!  But, between my that, my part-time job, and of course the HUGE distraction of Pinterest, I am neglecting my little blog! 

Today I thought I'd try and make up for it by sharing my most recent project with you,  my new craft room!  I decided while home with the kids over the summer that I hated having all my craft supplies upstairs in the old guest bedroom.  I was always running up and down, and bringing things downstairs I was working on, so I wouldn't feel like I was hiding from the kids! 

I had debated on using what is supposed to be our "formal living room" for my space for a while. We had been using it as an office, but since we use our laptops all the time and our old monster desktop was sooooo painfully slow anyway, no one ever seemed to use this room.  My concern was that it's the first room you see when you enter through the front door.  I don't know about you, but I'm not exactly tidy when I am in the middle of a project!  But, I thought if I could create a space that was aesthetically pleasing and had lots of storage, I might just be able to make it work. 

For a while, I had been eyeing this awesome craft table from Pottery Barn.


But of course, being Pottery Barn, they want, oh like $1200 for it. Yeah, not happening.  I had seen other versions of it, of course on Pinterest.  There are so many beautiful ones out there.

Here it is in white. {Sigh}



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And here are some lovely knock-offs created by some talented folks out there!

Anna White

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Craftaholics Anonymous

I decided with all this lovely inspiration, I had to get to work!  So I remembered I had seen some cubbies at Target that looked similar to the ones used to support the table top.  I didn't take a pic, but they look like this:


I thought about using plywood for the top, but when I went to Home Depot to buy it, I found this awesome MDF stuff that was already white to begin with, and had a nice smooth finished surface. At $36 for a huge sheet, I thought it was well worth the price.  I had the nice man in lumber cut it for me.  I decided to go with a 3 foot by 5 foot table, which is actually a bit larger than the Pottery Barn one. 

I didn't want or need two sets of cubbies. I actually wanted the table to come out from the wall. I had envisioned it with shelves on either side.  Luckily, Target had white shelves that matched the cubby and MDF perfectly, and at a great price.  After assembling the cubby, my wonderful hubby helped me balance and attach a 2x4 to the wall in the studs, and fasten the table surface down to it, and to the top of the cubby. 

Here it is in the works:



  The wall color is Cheyenne Rock by Behr.  I painted the backs of the shelving one shade darker than the walls (Mountain Ridge), as an accent. It looks brown in the photo, but it really depends on the light.  It definitely has a little plum undertone to it.  I call it "silly putty color".  I found this great trellis patterned rug at a local discount store for $35 bucks!

The sides of the MDF are not finished, but they sell this iron-on material to finish them off. I had my doubts about this stuff, figuring it would peel right off. I was sure wrong. It's super easy to attach, and it's on there for good! Of course, I forgot to take a picture of the package but it looks like this, except in white.


And here it is as I'm ironing it on.





It's super easy to do!


And, here it is all put together.










I'm loving all that counter space to spread out my projects!  My old craft room had two tables that I had to sit down at to work.  I found that I was always standing up, laying out things on my ironing board.  This new system enables to me to stand, which is how I've found that I usually work.  The "&" symbol and giant scissors are from Target.




I made the sign out with a canvas and some vinyl letters I cut with the Cricut. My husband makes total fun of me for it.  If you remember, the sunburst was one I made here that I previously had hanging in my master bedroom.









The ribbon, giftwrap, and tissue paper are all hung using tension rods {a super cheap trick}.


This is my sewing station. The table is from Michael's.  The chair was a Goodwill find from a long time ago.  I recovered it in some scrap fabric I had that seemed to go well with the paint color.  My only gripe is that the table leaf was only able to be attached to the right side. I really wish I could reconfigure it the other way, since that really would work better. The leaf really isn't meant to support the weight of a sewing machine.  But that's a project for a later date.






The total cost of the craft table was $75, but I was able to pull the entire room together for under $200.

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