Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall Outfit of the Day

Hello all,

It is that time of year where the sound of crunchy leaves blowing on the pavement is music to my ears. In celebration of this wonderful season, I thought I would post an outfit of the day:

This outift is one that you will typically see me wearing in the Fall season. It is super comfortable, and the colors make me so happy. 

T-shirt: Old Navy
Cardigan: Target
Scarf: Maurices
Pants and Shoes: Cato

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below. I love hearing from you all! Hope you're having a great week and thanks for visiting!


Monday, September 29, 2014

A Quick Post Before Bed

Hello everyone,

I hope your weekend was grand. Here are a few updated pictures of my bedroom mirror:

This mirror has gone from gold to purple to now a very light blue. 

It matches our bedroom colors from our room makeover back in February. I love it and achieved the look by using a dry brush technique over a coat of white paint. The light blue and whitre paint are both Apple Barrel brand, and this was definitely an easy inexpensive project coming in under $5.  

Have a great week fellow crafters, and I hope you enjoy our first week of October. 


Thursday, September 25, 2014

To Fall and New Beginings

Hello lovelies,

It has been a long absence once again.  The last 9 months have been a whirlwind for me!  I got married to my best friend, graduated college with a B.A. in English Ed., decided teaching wasn't for me right now, and lost 40 lbs.

So now that we are all caught up, how about some pictures from my time away, eh?

My January to May weight loss

My graduation on May 9th

My wedding on May 31st

This past year has definitely had its ups and downs, but it has also been one of the best years of my life.  I want to start blogging more to keep myself busy and start focusing on creating.  A few short term goals of mine are to craft more, read more, and write more.  I am currently reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me  (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling.  It is a combination of sound advice and utter hilarity.

A long term goal that I am working toward is starting a YouTube channel where I vlog about my life, give you crafting tips and demonstrations, etc. If you have any ideas about what else I could do in my videos, I would love to hear them! I love the YouTube community, and YouTube has been a big part of my life for the past 7 years.  Youtubers like the Vlogbrothers, Sprinkleofglitter, Joseph Birdsong, ZeFrank etc. (I could really name so many) have given me inspiration, words of wisdom, hope, and laughs when I have needed them most this past year and for the last 7 years. I want to become a bigger part of this community by giving myself a voice and actually making videos, so wish me luck!

I  WILL post another blog post this week. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading!

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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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