Monday, May 30, 2011

20 Minute Tuesday Number 5!

Welcome to 20 Minute Tuesday!
First off, I wanted to share that my friends over at Homespun With Love, featured silly old me on their blog last Friday!  It was such a nice writeup of my blog, my products and myself. I hadn't been featured before and was honored when they asked.  Thank you!

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite projects posted from the par-tay last week!

The first fave was this glam necklace posted by Jengerbread Creations.  She even shows you how to make your own! 

Isn't this mini-spring wreath made using paper rosettes so adorable?  Head over to Ruffles & Ric Rac to see how you can make one.  I love the bright colors...

I really need this next project on my wall.  This necklace organizer made by LDH over at Grateful Prayer, Thankful Heart is fabulous!  More room for necklaces means, more room for necklaces!

If you're here to link up, here are the guidelines:
*Project needs to have cost less than $10
*Project needs to have taken 20-30 minutes (ish)
*Please take a button!

Sweet Floweret

V-Blog #3: What do you like about summer?

Super short video blog today...  My fav things about summer... Tell me yours!

Disclaimer:  My freckle stache isn't as bad as I make it seem...

Friday, May 27, 2011

New Product: Manly Scripture Key Fobs

Hey Howdy Hey!
Today was the last day of school.  The kids are already fighting over who gets to play with the computer.  Yikes.  Can anyone say rest time?  Yep.  Good call.

Last week, I received a request for 15 manly key fobs.  Since I'd never made a "manly" key fob, I spent some time trying to figure out how to make these as guy's guy as possible.  I think they turned out masculine and "cool" and decided to offer them on etsy.  Here's the link.
They are only 3 inches long (as long as a key) but big enough to see the scripture or quote.

 Just about the length of a key.
 Highest quality cotton webbing used to make these...

"Manly," huh?  Fathers day is coming soon. ;)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Button Apothecary Jar

Howdy Friends.
It's been a crazy week!  It's the last week of school.  Parties, field trips, meetings...
I'm really looking forward to summer break.  Sleeping in (till 630 maybe?), pool fun, slower pace.  Ahhh.
I love apothecary jars.  You can fill them with anything you'd like according to season or holiday to add a little extra to your table or shelf decor.
Today I have a really simple and cute idea for you. 
Yesterday I was in Hobby Lobby.  Glass decor was 50% off so I grabbed a cute little apothecary jar.

I gave it a wash and then filled it with my white and ivory BUTTONS!  We all have a stash of buttons somewhere.  Why not use them to make a space cute? Bedroom dresser?  In between books on a shelf?

Have a wonderful day ;)
Todays Creative Blog

Monday, May 23, 2011

20 Minute Tuesday #4!

Welcome to the 20 Minute Tuesday party!  Link details below.  But first, my favorite link ups from last week!  There were so many great projects, it was difficult to choose just these four to highlight!

I really love these pleated tea towels over at Angela's Sewing For Sanity.  I'm a pleat freak and her idea to wrap a soap and tie it with a ribbon is so cute for a hostess or teacher gift!  Check it out...

I keep seeing these DIY pedestal jars popping up.  So easy, so cute and inexpensive!  You can fill them with seasonal decor, candles, anything!  These were posted by Homespun with Love.

This framed monogram by Life on the V Side is great.  I like the round frame!  Cute and only took her 5 minutes (minus paint drying time!)

I like ruffles just as much as I like pleats.  This DIY ruffle lamp from Spending Less Living More is adorable.

Thank you all for your great projects!

If you're new to my linky party, here are the rules.
*Linked projects need to cost less than $10
*They need to have taken 20-30 minutes(ish)
*Please post my linky button on your site.

Sweet Floweret

V-Blog #2: Weirded Out

Hey Friends,
I produced another video blog for this week.  Today's topic:  weirdness.   None of us are normal.  We all have different degrees of weirdness and quirks that make us who we are.  In this vblog, I share my oddities in hopes that you will share yours too (as long as it's not too weird).

*Clear braces were creepy on Jordan Knight.  Don't be offended if you have them or did have them.
*If you have a dress up goose on your front porch or ever did, weird.

Friday, May 20, 2011

For The Bummed Out...

Hi Friends,
Usually I do my "Fab Find" on Fridays.  Today I'm not feeling so fab.
We received news yesterday that the school where we send our kids is closing next week.  The economy among other factors has affected re-enrollment and they aren't able to continue next year.
We LOVE this school and the families and staff that are a part of it.  In fact, our family moved 2 summers ago to be closer to the school.  I took for granted the amazing gift HCA was in partnering with us as we raise our kids in the Lord. 
EJ's first day of 3yo preschool

Playing with Mrs. Z

E's first day of 3 yo preschool
Story time with Ms. J

Armor of God Preschool Family Night

Next week is the last week of school at HCA.

1.       I’m not sure what to do.
Thus says the Lord, Your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way should go; I will guide you with My eye.” Psalm 32:8
“For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.” Psalm 48:14
“The Lord will guide you continually …” Isaiah 58:11
Phew!  I am so thankful that I'm not in control and that GOD IS.
2.       I’m sad and disappointed.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.  Psalms 27:14
It's not wrong to feel sad or disappointed but as I dwell on His word and trust in Him, His strength pushes out these feelings and I have peace.
3.       I’m not quite sure what the future holds.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11.
So thankful He is in control.

4.  I prayed and prayed and prayed and I didn't get the answer I  had hoped for.
Prayer is not a way for us to just get what we want.  God knows the desires of my heart but guess what?  Whenever I want something that doesn't happen after much prayer, something BETTER happens down the road.  I look back and say, "Wow.  If I would have received the desires of my heart then, I would have missed out on THIS!"  God knows best.  When we're in the midst of it, it's hard to see but looking back always provides that perspective so I choose to trust Him since He hasn't failed me in my 25 years of knowing Him.

EJ's first day of Kindergarten

Christmas Show 2010

Mother's Day Event 2011
My Bible study this morning was on the attributes of God...  Graceful, merciful, just, good, holy, righteous, sovereign, all knowing, everywhere, unchanging, true, jealous, love, eternal, healer, provider.  What a timely study to be reminded of how little I am and how BIG God is.
His promises are ALWAYS true for those who are His children.  Could it be God has something BETTER for us?
Well, my Friday is looking a little more fab knowing that I'm not in control and that Almighty God is.  Thank you Lord.  You are so GOOD.  Every day is a gift and even though I can be sad and disappointed God is still God and He is always good.

As for the school, I am so THANKFUL for the three years we were able to be a part of it.  So many young lives where changed through it and I will forever remember it as a wonderful place filled with amazing and godly people who loved Him and loved His children.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Nuts about Nautical-Rope Necklace Tutorial

Ahoy there mateys (insert Popeye the Sailor Man music)!

If you're here from the  What I Wore Wednesday party, welcome!  I am doing a tutorial today of "What I Wore"!  My nautical rope necklace!

The outfit isn't spectacular but the necklace is ;)  Whole outfit is from forever 21 and the shoes?  Click here for info ;)

I don't know about you, but I'm cuh-razy about navy.  I'm into the nautical trend that's going on now.  My favorite color to wear has always been navy.
Yesterday, I posted a few necklaces that inspired me to go and make my own.  Here they are, in case you forgot ;)

Anthro $248

Topshop- $40

Momma Go Round-Tutorial Here
My goal was to spend less than $10 smackeroos.  By golly, I spent HALF that! The Anthro necklace was $248.  What in Sam Elliot is going on here?!?

So with out further ado, my very own Nautical Necklace Tutorial...

Supplies needed:
Spool of Navy Grossgrain Ribbon 5/8" wide-$1 at Hobby Lobby
Spool of "rope" 7.9MM thick-$1 at Hobby Lobby
 Gold and Silver Chain with Wide Loops-10 inches long each
(I bought this clearance necklace at Target for $3.50 and took off two strands)...

Fabric Glue (I had on hand but you can buy for $2.50 with coupon at Hobby Lobby or Joanns)
Time:  Less than a half hour 
Total: $5.50

Cut a 50 inch piece of rope.  Tape the ends so that they don't untwist (why I have a picture of this is just funny to me so I had to put it in).
Cut a 64 inch piece and two 4 inch pieces of ribbon.

Lay your two chains together.

 Begin by taking one end of the rope and sliding it through the end of the chains.  Leaving 7 inches or so on the end, tie a knot (just one tie) around the end of the chain to hold them in place.

Now, take the rope and begin to tie loops around the chains.  It's sort of annoying because the rope starts out super long, but it gets shorter as you go, I promise.  As you are tying the loops ensure that they are tight and that they are the same distance apart as you go.

Once you reach the end of the chains, slide the loose end of rope through the last chain links and tie a knot like you did on the other side.  It's not that time consuming.  If you don't like the way it looks, do it again! (I did!).

After you tie your knot, cut the rope ends so that they're even, leaving at least 6 inches of rope on each side.  Re-tape if you cut, then cut half the tape off so that the tape doesn't show after the next step.

Take your ribbon and slide one end through one side of the rope loop.  Slide it all of the way through.  You're not really weaving it as much as pulling it so that it stays on one side of your chains.  Look at the pic and see what I mean.

 Pull the end of the ribbon through so that the ends meet up at the top
Now, take the 4 inch piece of ribbon and put a line of fabric glue on it. 
This is my most unfavorite part.  Dealing with glue has never been a love of mine.  But this is the last step, so stay strong!  Take the glued ribbon and wind it around the sections of the necklace where the rope ends.  Make sure that it's as tight as you can make it and make sure that the ribbon (that's part of the necklace) bends inward over the rope.

After this burn the ends of the ribbon so that it doesn't fray.
And that's it!  Fabulous!

If you have questions, please feel free to email me!
I'm off to swab the poop deck.  That's the kind of job I have around here. ;)

Monday, May 16, 2011

20 Minute Tuesday #3!

Hi party people!  Link your projects up below!

I was hoping to be showing you a nautical rope necklace that I made, but alas, I didn't have time today.  However, here are some pics of what it MAY look like.   I'll report back later this week...
Anthropologie-$248!  My goal=<$10

TopShop $40

Great tutorial by MommaGoRound

If you're here to party, link up below!
*Project cost less than $10
*Project took 20-30 minutes (ISH)
*Grab my button if you please!

Sweet Floweret
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