Sunday, January 19, 2014

A Long Time Coming...

Hello, everyone!

I know that it has been far too long since our last chat.  I have been so busy this year, and I apologize for my absence.  I am almost finished with college, and I will graduate in May after completing a full 16 weeks of teaching.  Also, I am getting married on May 31st, and I could not be more excited!!

Back in August, I moved in with my fiance, and I just love our cute apartment.  We already have plans to move though, and we plan on renting a house after we get married.

Also, I have recently made a pledge to get healthier.  I started Nutrisystem two days ago, and I have lost 2lbs.  I hope to lose a lot more before spring and summer are over.  I already feel better about myself, and I have so much more energy.  I have even started working out more regularly over the past month, and it has made a big difference in how I feel as well.

I will be hanging up some art in the apartment and organizing my bathroom tonight.  I will post about it later this week.  I hope you are all having a great 2014 so far!!

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Monday, April 8, 2013

April Closet Organization

Hello, all!  I know that I haven't posted in a while, but I do have plans for at least three posts this week.  So, please forgive me for being away.

Lately, I have been searching through piles of clutter in my closet that holds all of my toiletries, cleaning supplies, linens, and accessories.  That may sound like a random list of things, but I live in a dorm and space is limited. 

One area of this closet that was very cluttered was the top of the closet:

As you can see, it was pretty messy over in the right corner.  Now, a while back I did a makeover of some Dollar General Storage bins which helped with this clutter some, and you can see them on the left part of the shelf. But, I decided that pesky right corner need some organization love to. So, I decided to go to Wal-Mart and find a bin perfect for all of my cleaning products.

Here is what the top of the closet looks like now:

I love the new storage bin, and it makes it much easier for me to pull the cleaners down off of the shelf.  This shelf is particularly tall, and the handled bin helps a great deal. Also, it was under $2 which is a plus.

Another area of my closet that was a complete wreck was the bottom drawer of the tall pink organizer:

In this drawer, I store medicine and medical supplies.  Here is what the inside of the drawer looked like before I organized it:

What an absolute mess!  The bars of soap found a home in the top of the closet with the other cleaning supplies. 

Here is what the drawer looks like now:

What an amazing transformation, and it so functional!  Here is a shot of what these storage containers look like from the side:

I bought these at Wal-Mart as well in a pack of 3 for under $2.  What a great find!  I found all of these storage bins on the kitchen storage isle.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you all are doing great.  Be sure to leave me a comment below about the projects that you are working on!!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Shabby Chic Bird Key Makeover

Hello, lovelies! I am terribly sorry for my absence this month, but I have been on Spring Break for the past two weeks. So,  I have been super busy working. I was able to get a job for the spring and summer at a beautiful greenhouse/garden shop in my hometown. But, I did not take pictures of it. Shame on me!

I do have a quick project to share with all of you though. I mentioned this project in one of my previous posts from this month: March Craft Projects.  What I originally intended to do was to recreate the Refurbished Key Portrait Tutorial  from Amy's blog Mod Podge Rocks:

However, I have yet to find a pretty frame that I am happy with.  So, for now I have just given my rot iron bird key a shabby chic makeover.  Here is a close up of the the finished product:

 Here is a shot of my shabby chic bulletin board and my key:

I decided to hang this key above my shabby chic inspired bulletin board that I made last year.  I hope you like it!  I used Apple Barrel Ivory White Gloss Paint that I purchased for under $2 at Wal-Mart.  I used a dry brush technique to give the key a shabby chic feel.

I absolutely can't wait to display this in my apartment one day.  I hope you are all doing well!! Leave me a comment below and tell me what craft projects you are working on this month.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Outfit of the Day and Birdcage Project!

Hello, all!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  I recently went shopping for a new springtime dress, because I have an awards assembly and my fiance's graduation coming up.  I cannot tell you how many dresses I tried on yesterday at Maurices.  They have so many gorgeous vintage looking dresses, but none of themwith the exception of onefit quite well.  However, the dress  that did fit was $44.  I did not like the sound of that price. Here is what the dress looks like:

I really liked this dress, and I loved the color.  It has tiny gold dots all over the fabric.  But, I really wanted something floral with a more vintage feel.  So, I went over to Rue 21, and I found the absolute perfect dress.  Here I am wearing it just for you all: 

I love this dress, and it was only half the price of the other dress at $22.  I am so happy I found this, and I have the perfect accessories to match.  The tan cardigan is from Maurices, my brown shoes with bows are from Payless, and my pearl necklace and bracelet are both from American Eagle Outfitters.

Also, I have been searching for birdcages to decorate my wedding next spring.  I happened to find one for $5 at Earthbound Trading Company just yesterday.  Here is a picture:

I plan on painting it a lilac color and painting the hanger white.  Also, I am going to put a pretty gray bow on the hanger as well.  Additionally, I plan to put some wooden love birds or a mason jar with flowers inside.  As you could probably guess, my wedding colors are purple, white, and gray.  I just love purple!  I will post more pictures once I finish the project. 

Well, I hope you are all having a great weekend.  Let me know if you are working on anything in the comments below.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

2013 Owl Lover Calendar

Today, I went over to My Owl Barn, and I found a lovely PDF for a free 2013 Owl Lover Calendar.  You get to pick which owl illustrations you want for each month, and then you download the PDF file.  Super easy and a great find!  Needless to say, I was inspired to make my own.  I used scrapbook paper, stickers, and ribbon all purchased from Wal-Mart in the past.  I just love how the vintage looking paper looks up against these beautiful illustrations.

Here is a picture of the calendar cover:

The assembly of the calendar was quite simple.  First, I choose the paper I wanted. Then, I used a three hole punch to place holes at the top of each piece.  After this, I cut and applied the sheets from the owl calender  to the scrapbook paper with tape.  Then, I cut two medium sized pieces of ribbon and tied them to the two outside holes in bows.  Lastly, I took a thumb tack and some ribbon with a butterfly detail and glued the ribbon to the tack.

I love how it turned out, and it was super easy.  You may notice that November and December had to share a page, so the numbers are slightly off on this page.  Here are close ups of all of the months (with the exception of January and February):

November & December:
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post.  Be sure to go over to My Owl Barn, so you can make your own owl calendar! Ask me any questions in the comments below.  Also, let me know if you guys are working on anything exciting.  

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Outfit of the Day

Hello, lovelies!  So, today I thought I would let you get to know a little bit more about me by sharing my outfit of the day with you:

I love fashion, but I also love comfort! It has been warmer this week, so I was able to get away with not having to wear a coat.  I can't wait for Spring!

Let me break down the pieces of my outfit for you:

Charcoal Ruffled Top:  From Maurices, I absolutely love this shirt.  It also has capped sleeves.
Dark Washed Skinny Jeans:  From Cato, these are so comfortable and stretchy.  I got these recently for my birthday, and I couldn't be happier with them.  I am seriously considering buying another pair.
Black Cardigan:  From Wal-Mart, I purchased this several years ago.  Its a thicker knit, and I have worn it many times over the years.
Floral Black Shoes:  From Payless, I got these last spring.  They have a stretchy strap in the back, so they don't kill my heels.  They also have an adorable bow detail.
Charcoal Tote:  From Maurices, I bought this for my teaching internship this past fall.  It has huge side pockets that allow me to carry books and notebooks; I love it!
Heather Gray Headband:  From Walmart, I bought this in a set that came with two other headbands in black and navy.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post.  This is a little different than my usual posts, but I absolutely love outfit of the day posts.  So, I couldn't resist doing one.  I hope you all are having a great day.  Have you purchased any clothing items that you can't live without lately?  Let me know in the comments below.


Drawer Dividers!

Hello there lovelies!  I hope everyone is doing well. If you read my March Craft Projects post, then you know that I have been on a mission to give my desk drawer full of jewelry a much needed makeover.  The best way I thought that I could achieve this was by creating my own storage dividers by re-purposing some items I already had, and I have done just that!

 As mentioned previously, I was inspired to tackle this project after seeing Jen's post: DIY Cereal Box Draw Dividers.  So, I picked out a couple of lovely pieces of scrapbook paper and gathered up my boxes in order to make my life a little more organized.

 I am embarrassed to even show you what my desk drawer looked like before the transformation, because it was just so messy.  But, here goes:
 You can definitely see why I needed some drawer dividers in my life!  I could never find anything before, but that wont be a problem now. 

Here is the finished product: 
I really  love how it turned out!  I hope this inspires me to wear more of my jewelry now that I can see it all.  I used a variety of boxes: a spaghetti box, two tea boxes, and a cracker box.  Can you believe it?  Also, the paisley drawer liner is really just some fabric that I received for my birthday from my best friend, Katie, back in 2012, and I have been dying to use it.  

Here is a close up of the dividers:  
As always, thanks for reading.  I hope you all are working on some fun craft projects of your own!  You should leave me a comment below telling me what you are working on. I would love to hear about your projects.  

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