Archive | July, 2012

Do It Yourself

31 Jul

This past weekend I picked up a Better Homes and Gardens Special interest Publication called Do It Yourself and it got me way excited!

Sometimes as a crafter all you need is a little inspiration. I find my best motivation and inspiration when I want to adjust something in my home. I’ll look around and think hmm.. wouldn’t it be nice to have some bright new curtains? OOOH! Or what about some fun new pillows – and then it’s off to the fabric store I go. Other ways I like to find inspiration are pinterest, other bloggers, friends & family’s homes, but lately I’ve been missing that feel of a quick little inspiration in a few pages kind of way. Complete with pictures, examples, tool lists, and how to’s!

What better way than a magazine or crafty book to keep me on my toes and get me motivated?! So for the next few months I’m going to be reviewing magazines and books for all those crafty people out there 😉 I’m ready to make a commitment and get a subscription with one of these magazines and follow a couple of new authors but I have to find the perfect ones first. After all – I only want the best inspiration right?

This Do It Yourself magazine was one of the first ones I picked up. Needless to say my first judgement was perfect. It didn’t take me long to open up this magazine and be completely lost in it in seconds. I was making notes – writing in the edges – things I want to try, things I want to buy, things I can’t wait make now!

With it’s easy to understand how to’s and great guidelines on tools you’ll want to buy, I feel like I can just jump right in and knock these projects out of the park! It also helps they have A TON of pictures along with the how to’s – I’m a person who needs to see what they heck I’m supposed to do. They even have a Q&A with one of my favorite blogs: YoungHouseLove! Another plus (not like they really need anymore 😉 haha) I already have a list of websites and places to check out.

If you can’t tell by the multiple LOVE’s up at the top of this page – I absolutely love this set up and want to use this in my studio room. The ideas and inspiration in this magazine is more than a dream come true for my first magazine find! To subscribe to this magazine it only costs about $20.00 for two years – which is 8 magazines. As much as I love this magazine, I’m going to have to find another one because I don’t know if I can wait every three months for a new issue!

I give this magazine a 4 out of 5 stars.

  • 5 points for ideas & inspiration
  • 5 points for easy how to and guide steps
  • 5 points for exciting pictures & fun reads
  • 2 points for the amount of issues
  • 5 points for price (4.99 for one issue – you can’t beat that!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

She Makes It All Okay

30 Jul

My little sunshine!

When everything seems to be going wrong she’s knows just what to say to make it all okay.

On a side note – I have a HUGE project in the making and I can’t wait to show everyone – so I’m giving a sneak peak 🙂

Get ready for some fun new additions to my outdoor family 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Wolf Trap: The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses

29 Jul

Happy 25th Anniversary Zelda ❤

Last Thursday my husband and I went to Wolf Trap to see the National Symphony play a tribute to Zelda and the Goddesses within the video game story line. Each year we try to go to Wolf Trap at least once to see whatever they have that’s video game related. We’ve been to the Video Games Live event in 2009, and watched the Symphony play Final Fantasy in 2010 -which if you don’t know, has one of top if not best music to the game. We missed out on last years event but I have a feeling we won’t be doing that again 😉

The symphony played a wonderful array of music going from the original Zelda and on to now but of course they had to start with the theme song ;). It was amazing to see such a huge crowd at an event like this as well as the ones in the past. It’s obvious that the gaming industry has done so much for it’s followers and there are so many dedicated ones who enjoy these events so much.

Even though the video and computer games I play are limited and very much on the girly side – I still enjoy watching Brian play these and 99.9% of the time I know the characters, story line, music, and exciting parts of the game just because I get lost watching him play 🙂

Video games will always be a big part of our lives and I’m hoping that when we move out into a new home that Brian will let me have some say in decorating his man cave. I’ve always wanted to create a room dedicated to him and what he loves as well as find a balance with the design part of me. I’m thinking gray’s, black’s, white’s, with the pops of color from his posters. Maybe even some chevron pillows!

Hopefully he won’t mind 😉 haha!

Thanks for stopping by,

Love Always,

J

That Money Hungry Feeling!

28 Jul

Sometimes budgeting, working with what I have, and pinching penny’s takes a toll on me. Most days I don’t mind having that, “Make It Work Women.” period in time. Most of the time I love the pressure! It’s like a puzzle that others can’t seem to solve and it makes me excited knowing I can figure it out and make it happen. Other days, I’m like, “To heck with this – I just want to go blow a couple a hundred and not even think twice about it!” It’s one of those to heck with it days!

It doesn’t help when you are online looking at pictures like this:

Welcome to St. Thomas! ❤ Oh how I dream of having a home here!! Keep dreaming right!?

Most of the time all it takes is a little motivation like if I work hard enough and don’t waste my money now, I can find a way to have a lifestyle I’ve always wanted instead of a vacation I’ve always wanted. Instead of going to the beach for a week – I could have a beach house! It’s not one of those days here either. I’m being a little impatient and a little money hungry today! I don’t know exactly what it is but the I want bug has hit this home and Emma seems to be following along!

Today she has done her famous pout a zillion times:

and right after that pout comes an, “I want…!” oh darling – don’t we all?!

I guess I need to go with the advice that I give her, “I didn’t ask you what you wanted sweetie, this is what we are going to do. Maybe next time you can get something you want.”

Don’t worry Emma – Mommy doesn’t like hearing it either 😉 so much so that I might just put on that pout face right here right now!

Back to the drawing board to figure out some motivation to keep me going and keep that money in savings instead of spending.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

A Pocket Redo :)

27 Jul

Before you look at the picture I’m about to show you – I have these jean shorts that I bought at a consignment store. The pockets hang out of the jeans and it drives me insane!! You are probably wondering why I bought them then, so I’ll go ahead and explain the whole story. I’m tiny. End of story.

Lol – just kidding. So I wear youth size clothes because I’m really petite and even though I’m a Mom, none of the women’s clothes fit my body at all  – nor do they look anywhere near appealing. So I shop in the youth section. Finding something that fits me well, isn’t childish looking, and especially with shorts – aren’t TOO short is a tough battle. These jean shorts are mostly worn for painting, doing work outside, and being lazy around the house. I don’t wear them out but I still wanted a pair that fit nicely so picked these up thinking they would be perfect.

The pockets kill me. I flip them up under my jeans but they always fall back down so I finally decided to fix them myself.

I pinned where I wanted to sew and set the sewing machine to one of my favorite stitches. It looks like the sixth stitch on the first row:

Then I took my scissors and cut off the extra fabric on the bottom and TADA:

My shorts are no longer driving me crazy and ready to get some work done 😉

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

 

Kicking Fridge Clutter Goodbye!

26 Jul

I’ve been looking for ideas to get rid of my fridge clutter but still be able to have my grocery list, meal ideas, and what I’m going to make that week schedule. As you can see my fridge could use a little TLC:

I finally found one that peeked my interest.

 

Painting a cabinet door with chalkboard paint! ❤ It took a couple coats of paint but each time I got that much more excited.

 

Then after three coats and time to dry it was ready to played with!!

Ahh!!! I love it! My favorite thing about it is I can close the cabinet door and you can’t see any of the chaos 😀 I do need to get a little better at writing with chalk though – that’s obviously not my strong point 😉

 

My fridge looks happier too 🙂

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Love Always,

J

 

Bring On The Boy!

25 Jul

Hey everyone! I’ve been switching up my crafts from Pink to Blue! Now that Emma’s Birthday crafts are done I’m doing a project for a friend of my dads:

So let’s Bring on the Boy crafts! I’m making frames like I did for Emma’s name and decided to pick a gray pattern for the background color. I think the really dark blue goes great with a gray and for the initials I’ll be using a lighter blue to go with the theme of the little boys room.

The great thing about these frames is you can easily switch out the paper in the back if you are ever trying to change a rooms color theme. Because I use vinyl for the letters you can peel them off and switch the paper out in minutes! Say in a few years this little boy is getting bigger and they choose yellow walls instead of light blue – add a pattern with a yellow color in the paper and it sticks with the color scheme!

Along with the frames I’m also making a list of other things but yesterday I started working on the burp cloths and activity blanket. I don’t know what it is about this fabric but I think it’s perfect for little boys!

I’ll be adding more posts of what I’m making – along with the grand finale of the finished gift basket so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by.

Love Always,

J

What A Pretty Sight!

24 Jul

This was my view yesterday 🙂 Emma and I spent most of the day on the back porch soaking up the sun and playing with her new toys. Here’s a sneak peak of her new house with plenty of more pictures to come from the entire party!

 

My little girl playing house! She made me apple juice, watermelon, and pancakes from her grill 😉 haha!

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Love Always,

J

We’ll Always Have Summer

23 Jul

Book Review of We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Barnes & Noble Overview

Can Belly make a final choice between Jeremiah and Conrad? Find out in the conclusion of the New York Timesbestselling The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy, now in paperback.

Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the last two years, she’s almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost. While Conrad has not gotten over the mistake of letting Belly go, Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. So when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things forever, Conrad realizes that it’s now or never—tell Belly he loves her, or lose her for good.

Belly will have to confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face the inevitable: She will have to break one of their hearts.

This paperback edition features bonus content, including Conrad’s letters to Belly and an excerpt of Burn for Burn, the upcoming new book from Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian!

 

My Review:

I have loved the first two books of this series from Jenny Han. It has been such an easy and relaxing read with a little drama and life going on in between. Although this book was as easy to read with drama – I wasn’t as much of a fan! I think it is definitely worth reading but I personally didn’t like the ending.

In this book you follow Isabel through the beginning of her college years. She’s out on her own, making her own decisions, and she’s left with the toughest decision of all. Conrad or Jeremiah? Which do you think she chooses?

I give this book a 3.5-5 stars.

Lovely Blog Award

22 Jul

I’ve been blogging for almost two years now and nothing is better than getting a comment or message from another blogger saying, “I love your blog!” and what better way to say it then give me the Lovely Blog Award?! Thank you so much NorthofSeven for nominating me!

Also a big thank you to all my followers who have made blogging that much more fun. I started off this journey trying to find an outlet for all my time being a stay at home mom. Emma wasn’t even a year old and I had decided to quit my job and spend more time with her even if that meant living on a budget. Being budget friendly to me meant be creative in finding the best ways to use money, resources, and create usable items out of what we already had.

I’ve always been a crafty and DIY kind of person but after starting my blog I realized that a typical job wasn’t for me. Being able to stay home with my daughter is a luxury and getting paid to watch my little girl grow up with another child in her life is my second luxury. My third is getting to do something I love – that I never thought could provide me with things to live. Blogging and crafting have done exactly that and without the readers, the comments, and the support – I wouldn’t be here without you all today!

Okay well enough rambling about that! Part of the One Lovely Blog Award is writing seven random facts about myself.. hmm let’s see what I’ve got for you 😉

  1. My biggest life dream is to be able to have a beach house and a winter house. I’m not sure where I want my winter house to be whether it’s the mountains or just somewhere I’ve always dreamed of living like Williamsburg, VA – but the thought of being able to live in different places during different seasons seems like the ultimate lifestyle!
  2. I am a HUGE procrastinator. Chances are high that my blog posts aren’t finished until the night before I post them. I used to just post them when I finished typing them but now that I’ve gotten on a schedule of a post a day sometimes I’m lucky and am a day or more ahead – but only sometimes!
  3. It may seem like we are busy a lot – and sometimes we are! But most of the time my husband and I are busy being ourselves. Which means we like to spend quality time together as a family and lay around the house together. I wouldn’t give that up for anything!
  4. I secretly wanted to be a book writer when I was high school. Probably even before that! English was my best subject except for grammer sometimes as well as reading comprehension. I looooooooved creative writing. In high school I wrote a 10 chapter book. Each chapter was almost 20 pages and it took me almost a year. Our computer died and I lost it all. Probably one of my saddest moments!
  5. I’m dangerous. I was that girl that was willing to try anything. I was friends with a lot of guys and wanted nothing more but to be one of the guys! Which meant that I did stupid stuff all the time. One of those things I did, I continued to do in college which led me to my husband. I was a skateboarder. Not a great one at all but I enjoyed it enough to keep it up. When college came around I decided to longboard instead. I went down this huge hill to show off to Brian and I made it perfectly fine the first time! The second time I didn’t, cracked my femur in three places and sat in the hospital with my future husband while he took care of me. Stupid things sometimes turn into the best things that ever happen to you 😉 so I like to say it was a risk worth taking!
  6. Something that you may not know about me is that I second guess myself like a crazy person and I’m super shy! Most people that I meet say that they don’t see those qualities in me but they are there! I worry all the time, wonder if I make the right decisions, what people think about me, is what I’m wearing make me look 12, do they think I’m weird, the list could go on. I’m downright self-conscious!
  7. Hmm. What else.. lets see. Oh this one is near and dear to my heart! I am a photographic learner. I learn by seeing it done and doing it myself. I’m a hands on kind of girl and I wish school systems were more adapt to teaching that way. Rarely did I do well in a class that was all books and regurgitating information. I need my senses peaked in order to really get it in my memory. Which is another reason I don’t think college was for me and I wish there were more places that were available to people who learn like I do because I know there are plenty of them out there that are getting by with C’s that could easily have A’s if they were taught in a different way.

So enough about me – let’s share some love of some blogs I think are absolutely lovely and that you should check out!

YoungHouseLove

Vanilla Joy

ManyHatsOfAMom

RamblinRon

Ope’s Opinions

IHeartOrganizing

LifeAsAThrifter

KrittersRamblings

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,
J

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