Sunday, April 22, 2018

Decorating My Office

Hi everyone,

Sorry I've been MIA for a while. I just submitted my last big school project for the semester and couldn't wait to share with you guys what I've been up to while procrastinating.

I am a little late to the party but I decided to try my hand at the reversed canvas using HTV. I fell in love with the image I used as soon as I saw it on one of my Facebook groups. In fact I've already used it on a tote bag. (This is not my image, I am using it for personal use only).

See our process video and final project below.

Supplies Used:
1.  Cricut Explore Air
2.Easy Press
3. Canvas
4.Light Pad
5. Random HTV from my stash

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Happenings and Life Update

I don't think when I decided to go back to college, that I really thought it through in terms of just how much On a good note, I am digging deep and getting it done. On a not so good note I'm missing out on the things in life I enjoy on  a daily bases.

 I missed posting here last week as well as on my YouTube channel as the time I would normal do this my nose was buried in a book for school. That and well Tuesday night much to my happiness Randall proposed. So I am about to become the happiest woman in the world.

 Wedding planning, well all that's already done. But we'll get to that in next weeks post.

 I am hoping this week with the help of my bullet journal to get back on track and manage to sneak in the things I enjoy as well as my school work.  

Before The Pen

Sunday, February 25, 2018

St Patrick's Day Decor -- DIY

It totally counts as cheap if you had most of the supplies on hand already, right?

Total out of pocket for today's craft $6.03. However I did borrow a Skill Saw, and I did use my Cricut, both of which if I had to buy today would have been out of the question for this project.

Below is my project for today. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below or on the video. If you like the video and would like to see more, don't forget to subscribe so you'll be the first to know when new videos go up.

DIY St Patrick's Day

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

YouTube, Un-boxing, and More

So about that youTube channel, I'm still learning but having a blast in the process. (Feel free to add any tips or tricks to using an iPhone and iMovies to produce edit them, please don't hesitate to let me know.

 For today's video I did an un-boxing video of this months Boho Berry Box. It came out a little earlier this month which I am so excited about, getting it two days before the new month started was pushing it for me in terms of getting the next  month set up in my bullet journal. Looking forward to setting up March and seeing how I can use this months box to get my life a little more organized. 

For this video Randall, did the taping so I could do all the rest. I definitely have to get better lighting here in the Cove. Let me know what you think. 

Boho Berry Box (Feb 2018) Unboxing

Coming this weekend I’ll have part 2 of the floating tea cup floral video. Shara has issued the next challenge St. Patrick’s Day decor for under $10 so stay tuned for that as well.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Idle Chatter

Hi everyone,

If you've been around a while you know I was all set to make some changes and refine several areas of my life as we began 2018. I'll saddened to say I've only managed to stay on track with maybe two of those goals.

I did enroll in college and will be starting in March. YAY! I had also toyed around with the idea of starting a youTube channel. I did do that. And let me tell you it is a learning experience. Still working on getting a tripod for my iPhone and learning how to edit videos but over all I'm having fun with it and that is what I set out to do.

Now on to the areas I have not been so successful in:

C25K --- that's a nope once I got of track I never seemed to get back on. Which is something I definitely plan on concentrating on this coming month. No excuses, either I want it or I don't.

Relational --- that ones kind of a hit or miss, at what point is a friendship to far gone to try and save?

Spiritually -- we have fallen behind on our daily devotionals, and have yet to attend church.

Financially -- I'd like to say I'm on track but in reality it was a rough month weather wise and well living in an old house sometimes results in higher bills. So its a one step forward two steps back dance at the moment but we will get there.

I still use my bullet journal to plan out my schedule as far as our life goes. Still trying to incorporate it into my daily life so I'll be more productive.

Where are you guys at on your goals for 2018? Any tips for getting back on track with my goals?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Floral Decor Challenge

As you all know my original plan for this project was a no go. So we decided instead to go with a floating tea cup. Due to an illness I did not get it completed in time for the February 19th, cut off but here is my video showcasing the project so far.

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And check out At Home With Shara C to see her floral decor process video.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

DIY - Mason Jar Tissue Holder

Hi everyone,

Sorry it has been a while since I've posted. Between work and just an overall sense of exhaustion I’ve been struggling. Today I am battling day 3 of a horrible migraine but I am determined to get this posted.

Over the course of the last week I did sneak in a little time each evening to get a little crafting done. The tissue holders above are quite easy to make but due to the nature of the beast (painting that is) it can be a timely endeavor, when it comes to allowing the paint and sealer to dry.

Originally my plan was to do a tissue jar with plaster of Paris flowers. You see my sister challenged me to join her in a YouTube challenge she found. Sounds quite simple really, do a floral home decor project, record your process and post. Well I had to be all extra and attempt the plaster of Paris flowers because I wanted it to look just so. 

As you can see above they are quite pretty, but they were a Pinterest fail for me. It could have been because I used chalk paint to color the plaster or maybe I didn't let them cure long enough. Either way ir was a flop this time. But I will be trying it again.

Now on to the  tissue jars themselves. Who doesn't love a mason jar? Even Skull got in on the action on this one. The red one above his handy work.  All you need are few simple items.  
  1. Mason Jar - quart size - i got mine from Michaels, Skull, got his from the pantry
  2. Alochol swab
  3. Chalk paint - We used the ——- brand from Michaels
  4. Foam brush
  5. Tissues — We used Kleenex perfect fit (bit pricey but as the name says its a perfect fit) 
  6. Cardstock — “for the lid”
  7. Pencil
  8. Sisscors
  9. Mod Podge Spray Sealer (optional)
  10. Vinyl (optional) - to use as a decal (like we did) or as a stencil for your design
  11. Patience 
The first thing we did was wipe our jars down with an alochol swab, made sure the jar was dry, then it was time for the first coat. This is where patience comes in. Let that dry and repeat two more times. 

While waiting for the paint to dry grab your pencil and trace your lid, using scissors cut it out and cut an “x” in the middle.

 Running low on patience like I do? Grab your hair dryer you can shorten drying time using one. A quick trip outside to spray with sealer and more drying time.
After all that is done decorate as desired. We used my Cricut and vinyl decals, ribbon, and a few flowers on mine. Once decorated it is time to assemble. Grab your Kleenex fill the jar, feed one through the card stock lid, put your ring on and viola you are done.

 There are quite a few videos tutorials on YouTube for these jars, even one on how to fill them using any brand of tissues. I'll link my favorites below.

  1. Tashas Creative Side -- jar tutorial
  2. For Sophie Designs -- refill tutorial

 Not interested in diy but would love one for your home check out AmysAdoreablesNC and pick one up today.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with other links listed on this page. These are just personal favorites of mine.