Archive | August, 2010

I can’t wait for fall!!

31 Aug

So I can’t wait for fall to get here and the temperatures to go down a bit. The air conditioning quit in my car and it’s just not worth fixing at the moment. So fall is a welcome change for me this year. Also, I just love the colors of the trees and the brisk bite to the air. And mostly I get to wear my scarfs again. I love scarfs. It all started last year when my mom bought me one of those linen like ones that are really thick and long. Since then I have become obsessed. Check out my new one from what might just have become my most favorite store ever:

I love it. It is from a new store that is very boutique like. So I thought it would be really expensive but it’s not. That scarf was on sale for $4.99!!! It was only $10 regularly! It is so soft and fancy. I love it. I feel like a real grown up when I wear it, that is around my house, because it is 90 degrees outside, but I have to wear it right? It’s new.

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Em’s 4 Simple Goals

29 Aug

Well a couple of weeks ago you got introduced to Meg’s 4 simple goals from Elsie over at A Beautiful Mess.

Well here are my simple goals:

  1. Encourage and empower creativity. This blog helps me to stay creative. I do things to post on this blog. Reading others blogs also keeps me creative. So when the semester is really being awful to me, I can still create. I want to help other people be creative. I want to give others the tools and encouragement they need to be creative in their daily life.
  2. Start a new weekly feature here on the blog. In an attempt to blog more regularly and be consistent, I want to start a weekly feature. It will just be a simple glimpse of my life each week. Something I like, something that has happened, a quote I liked, a subject I’ve been thinking about. Just something about me and my life.
  3. Eat more healthy. Eat vegetables. Eat organic maybe? well, more things organic. Just eat better. More fruit less ice cream.
  4. Don’t procrastinate on school. Don’t leave projects till a week before they were due, esp when they were suppose to take you a month to do it. Do things before they are due so I don’t freak out about them.
  5. Communicate with those around me, primary with the hubs.

Yes, that is five, but that last one was really important. It should be number one 🙂 I hope you take the challenge too. You can post it on your blog and leave a link in the comments or if you don’t have a blog I would love for you to do a guest post here. I just want to empower and encourage you to do what you always wanted to do. It doesn’t matter what that thing is, just go and do it. Quit making excuses and try. The worst that can happen is that it doesn’t work out. Then you can just move on to something else. One of my professors this week discussed how we are not afraid of failing, we are afraid of succeeding. So stop being afraid and try. You might just succeed more than you ever imagined possible.

I Heart Chalkboard Paint

26 Aug

I bought an old window at Goodwill several months ago, and had been cleaning it up and deciding what to do with it for awhile. I decided to chalkboard paint one of the panes, and hang it in my kitchen to write our weekly menu on (making a weekly menu, and following through with cooking is one of my goals to accomplish before the end of the year). I used Rust-Oleum brand chalkboard paint that I bought at Home Depot. It took about 4 coats, but I was cool with that…because the end product is totally worth it.

I haven’t decided what I want to do with the other pane yet…I’m considering a decal of some kind, or putting some kitcheny fabric/scrapbook paper behind it with some pictures. Not sure yet, but I do know that I want to be able to change it…so nothing too permanent. Anyway, without further ado, here’s a pic of my pretty new menu window.

I’m also considering putting some little hooks along the bottom to hang little cutesy kitchen things on.

p.s. don’t mind my photog skills (or lack of)…like my reflection in the window?

p.s.s. I am coming along very nicely with my goals, if you were interested…we are now into week 2 of meal planning, and it is working out wonderfully (I use the kraftfoods website…it rocks). I also have done a little closet cleaning out/reorganization.

Birthday Chocolate

25 Aug

When you walk to the checkout at Joann’s the isles are lined with what I call impulse buys. Well I am a horrible impulse buyer. I mean horrible, I would buy it and then get home and realize I had three of them and never used any of them. But they sure looked handy and they were only $3. Well, I only $3 myself to death. Well, as Joann’s the other day, the line was really long, so I was looking at all the impulse buys. Well, Wilton had these little cupcake chocolate pick molds that spelled out Happy Birthday. And they were only $2. Well, I’m super glad I got them. I made them for my mom for her birthday. I even made them into crunch bars with rice crispy in them because those are her favorite.

Sorry about the flashy picture. I left my camera at home and I used mom. I’m not use to hers. They turned out really well. I piped the letter and circle in the mold and let that harden. Then I filled in the back and pick part with the crunch mixture. They were super easy but really add some to the cake. It would be super cute to do them with white chocolate that was colored.

New Hair Cut!!

23 Aug

So along with everything else, my mom also cuts hair. We went home this weekend and I got a new hair cut!

I really like it. It was down to the middle of my back. We cut it so I can send it to Locks of Love. Mom did a great job!!

CSN Product Review

23 Aug

Well as you remember I told you I was doing a product review for CSN stores. It was a hard choice between an electric fondue pot and a new duvet cover for my bedroom. I had been planning on making a duvet using Meg’s tutorial but I hadn’t found any sheets that I liked that were cheap. So I went for the duvet cover because it was such a good deal. This is the one that I chose.

To start off with, has anyone ever priced duvets? They are expensive, like $80 – $100 for a cheap one. Well, I wasn’t going to spend that much. This one was only $49 for a queen. So the first thing I was drawn to was the fact that it was cheap but still stylish. So many cheap ones are tacky.

The second thing I really liked about it was the pattern. I loved the paisley like print and it was reversible. So it can do double duty.

The third thing that drew me to it was the colors. I have been searching for something new for my bedroom, for a while now, but I finally found it. I have several different bedspreads that are all pretty different so everything else has to be kind of neutral. Well this duvet was a great place to start with the neutral colors.

So I pulled the trigger and picked the duvet!!!

It was an exciting day!

And here it is on my bed!

I love it. Here is a picture of the reversible side.

These pictures don’t have a duvet in there. The highs have been in the 100’s here so I thought the cover would be good enough by itself for a bit.

So my overall opinion? I love it. It is super soft and a great pattern. I’m really happy I chose the duvet cover! Like I said we don’t have a duvet actually in it yet but it’s been on the bed for about a week and a half and I still love it. I love sleeping with it and am very pleased with my purchase. The only thing I would change would be on the brown one there is a black outline around the design. At first I didn’t like that at all, but now it’s growing on me. The only other thing I would change is to wash or steam it before I took these pictures! 🙂 It is right out of the box. I was that excited. So my overall opinion: I would definitely purchase this duvet cover again and will purchase things from CSN stores again!

*note: I did receive a $40 gift certificate to pick any item I wanted. So this duvet cost me something like $18 after shipping costs. So I was paid to do this review but it is my true opinion. I really love how soft it is and how my whole room looks with it.

Apron!

21 Aug

So my  mom decorates cakes. She is amazing at it. She, in fact, does it for a living. I like to refer to my mom as the cupcake lady. Although she does more cakes than cupcakes, cupcakes are just by far more cute. She is super talented. She even took the time and made my wedding cake. You know I have to share pictures now:

So needless to say, Mom is amazing. Well she goes to work everyday with a plain black apron! When there are a ton of the best cupcake fabric out there, she wears a plain black apron. So I had to remedy that. I just copied one of her old aprons and made a few improvements that she requested, like a pocket. I even made it where you can flip it over and it’s a different fabric. Here is the two fabrics I picked out:

And my favorite:

I even made a little card to go in the box  before I shipped if off to her:

I thought it turned out really well. My mom likes it too!

Some of my projects really do get used!

19 Aug

So do you remember my tiered, interchangeable trays? Well, I use one of them in my home everyday. It has my homemade pears on it. But sometimes my stuff actually gets used for a real event. My older sister plays Bunco once a month. It’s really just an excuse to get together and eat. It travels to each Bunco players house once a year. Well my sister got her turn and used my trays!

It was a super cute theme of gardening. She made dirt and worms for desert and then to mark what each thing was, she printed off seed packets!

She said it was a really fun time. My younger sister did to, Yep I was the only one not there. But soon the tables are going to flip. My younger sister, Amber just moved to the east coast and in a year I am going to move back to where my older sister lives. Yep! Moving, but I have a year left. Oh ya, I just said I graduate in a year!!! But then I have to start real life. Eeeek!

Meg’s 4 Simple Goals

16 Aug

Elsie from A Beautiful Mess did a 4 simple goals challenge a few days ago, and I jumped on the bandwagon. So, without further ado, here are my 4 simple goals to accomplish before the new year…

1. Eat healthier – I don’t necessarily eat that unhealthily right now, but I would like to get some more fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet.

2. Make weekly menus – I think this will help in accomplishing my first goal, but I probably only cook one meal a week simply because I don’t plan ahead. I would like to start making a weekly menu on Sunday afternoons in order to save money, eat healthier, and make my husband happy. ( Also, I hate going to the grocery store, but Luke said that if I make a menu and grocery list, he will do the shopping!! That’s some major incentive for me.)

3. Downsize the amount of clothes and shoes that I own – I’m really not a pack rat when it comes to anything besides clothing and shoes, but when I look through my closet, I try and justify owning everything in there (even if I haven’t worn it in a few years). I always say, “but if this situation came along, then I would need this outfit.” Not OK…I need to do some downsizing. Not to mention, we don’t have a very big closet, and it’s bursting at the seams.

4. Visit the dentist and eye doctor – All I have to do is look up the phone numbers, and make the appointments. For whatever reason, I am really bad at doing things that require a phone call and an appointment. I actually enjoy going to both, and we have insurance so there won’t be much of a charge. I just can’t seem to remember to pick up the phone and make the appointments.

So there they are…I will try and keep you all updated on my progress. In the meantime, go visit Elsie, and consider taking the challenge as well.

She’s Baaaack!

14 Aug

Sorry friends for the lack of posts lately. Emily has an excuse…she was gone on vacay, but I have just been doing some serious slacking in the blogging department. No worries though, I’m back this afternoon with a post about my latest craft.

Emily’s sister got her the book “One Yard Wonders” for her birthday, and I was totally jealous. Emily, being the good friend that she is offered to let me borrow it anytime, and I gladly took her up on the offer.

I just randomly chose a project, and am not sure what I will do with these now (you guys can help me out with suggestions, right?). I have two of them…both the same. In the book, I think they are called mailbags…but I don’t really need them for that, so leave a comment and tell me what you think I should do with them.

Anyway, the project turned out great, and I would totally recommend the book. While we’re on the subject of craft books, I’ll also say that I got these two little goodies for my birthday, so watch for some projects from them coming soon.

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