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A Little White, A Lot of Color!

10 Dec

This weekend I had a high school reunion with one of my best friends! We spent the entire weekend shopping, crafting, catching up and creating a masterpiece 🙂

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This girl rocks my world! She is always up for a good time and ready to get crafty in seconds 🙂 We are so much alike that it’s scary sometimes but my favorite thing about her is that she always surprises me! Just when I think I know her so well, she shocks me with more personality and drive. Catching up was way past due and I am so thankful we found the time to make it happen.
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During our shopping trip I bought a new item for my craft show table to display my new necklaces. Nothing shows off what you make than seeing it worn and I felt like this necklace needed that. I’m excited for this new addition to my table 🙂

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We also bought a pack of 80’s glam sharpies. We love color and we decided to try a project with them! You’ll get to see the whole thing soon but for now I’ll just give you this as a sneak peak 😉

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Another sneak peak is what’s about to happen! There is going to be a huge change in my blogging life. I am now starting a blog with Leslie! We are still working on getting it set and ready – so it won’t be open until January but I am so excited I couldn’t not share!

The Underestimated Mom will still be updated but more like two – three times a week instead of almost daily. Most of my time will be spent making articles for A Charming Twist. If you are interested in keeping up with Leslie & I head on over there now or starting in January.

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We are also offering a space to add your button to our page! If you are interested you can email me or our joint address on our page! We will also be doing guest posts so if you think you have something awesome you want to share that’s craft, fashion, food, or home decor related – you’d be the perfect fit for our blog!

Lot’s of fun new things going on!

Hope you are as excited as I am 😉

Love Always,

J

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Fresh Style: The Holiday Issue – Magazine Review

4 Sep

This magazine grabbed my attention for multiple reasons. 20 DIY gifts under $20 dollars -HECK YES. Easy decor – Yes Please. Quick Projects – WIN! I love all of those things 😉

When it comes to gift giving for my family I love to go out and buy things that they really want (with a budget in mind) and then on top of that I like to make something that’s more personal as well as budget friendly. Whether it’s an ornament, home decor, or just something fun I couldn’t resist – it makes Christmas over here a lot easier to handle. When you have a large family like mine it’s even more difficult to give a lot of gifts when there’s just way to many people to buy for!

So when I saw this magazine, I instantly picked it up, didn’t look at the price, and trucked it to the check out counter! You can never have too many cute, small, budget friendly gift ideas!

After one quick flip my heart was already racing and ready to go. They have enough choice options to make sure there would be something for everyone in here. From buttons, to books, to personalized pieces; this magazine really makes you feel like you could be a gift giving queen! Another plus? If you don’t feel like making these things – you can easily purchase them from their directory in the back.

Not sure where to pick up all the pieces for these crafts? Oh they got you covered there too! Under Resources for Readers in the back they list where they got what pieces and how much certain things cost (decorative things). Talk about getting your homework done for you? Right!?

Now I didn’t forget – the how to’s, pictures, and descriptions. Icing on the cake people. Their pictures are fantastic – for those who see instructions better through pictures; they give you a taste here and there so you aren’t lost. Their descriptions are easy to read and not so long-winded to keep the attention of those easily distracted people like me 😉 Lastly: How to’s! If the descriptions don’t give you enough details in the back they have Step by Step instructions. Ahh what a life. This magazine beats anything I’ve ever seen so far and I am so in love with it that I’m not willing to let it go!

Since Fresh Style only comes out once a year they don’t do subscriptions but since it’s only $7.99 a magazine – it’s totally worth it. I’m adding this magazine to my yearly inspiration 🙂

  • 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 (7.99 for one issue)

Four out five stars for this one!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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Somerset Home Magazine Review

7 Aug

 

I picked up this magazine thinking about how much I love making my own home decor – that this magazine may just be the inspiration I need to keep my creative brain going. My first moment of weakness towards this magazine was when I saw the price: $14.99

I bought it anyways thinking this may be just what I need and I can’t even think about the price right now – I just need to find the perfet inspiration.

The cover that this magazine is made out of feels amazing, the amount of pages are almost book worthy! The pictures are large, bright, and give you a good sense of detail about the items they are showing.

Unfortunately this particular magazine didn’t really grab me when I opened it. I found myself just quickly flipping through it and not finding many things that intrigued me enough to keep reading. I did find one or two projects that I wanted to try but more in my own style then the way they had shown on.

 

The way that they explain how to do the projects isn’t nearly as well laid out as Better Homes does theirs. For those of us who are more visual – this book leaves you wanting more pictures and easier to read explanations!

I was overall a little disappointing by this magazine but also a little hopeful. Every couple of pages they have a page of 100s of more magazines! So while this one didn’t find a home in my list to consider subscribing to – I now have a larger list of magazines I’m ready to review 🙂

For $79.99 you can get 5 semi-annual or annual magazines and receive a $20 gift card. So basically $59.99 a year 5 different magazines which comes to about $12.00 a year for one magazine subscription. It’s not too bad if you break it down but that’s the only option you get unless you want to buy one magazine at a time and save $3.00

I give this magazine a 2.5 out of 5 stars although I’m not giving up on this magazine yet. I think this company might have different magazines that I’d love.

  • 3 points for ideas & inspiration
  • 3 points for easy how to and guide steps
  • 3 points for exciting pictures & fun reads
  • 2 points for the amount of issues
  • 1 points for price.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Crafts: A little more homey than usual ;)

12 Nov

Daydreaming Gifts goes Home Decor! Last week I got a phone call about doing curtains for a baby’s room! The lucky mom is due at the end of November and the curtains are the last final touch to she needs for the room. Of course, I haven’t done curtains before so I called up my husband’s Aunt who’s been doing curtains for a long time and see what she can do.

After a week of anticipation and a few lessons from an amazing teacher – I was on my way! Check them out:

I absolutely love this fabric – it’s for a shabby chic style bedroom and I think it fits perfectly. After a few hours of sewing I realized I had enough fabric to make a few pillows – so I did!!

They look a little big in this picture but they are just little throw pillows. I also made the covers a little big so when they were washed and dried they’d fit perfectly. This was my first time doing a slit pocket in the back but I knew I needed to. I’m the kind of mom who wants everything to be able to be thrown into the washer with as little to no hassle as possible! So for my first attempt – I am SUPER proud!

I think everything turned out gorgeous and I can’t wait to give it all to her tomorrow! She’s got me started on a new direction of craftiness and I love it!!

Thank you Natalie!!

Next up? I’ve got a frame to paint, cup cozies to finish off, and half of a candy cane scarf! Stop by on Wednesday and I’ll show you a work in progress preview of the scarf – it was a custom order from a family member and it’s turning out SOO cute – I might have to make one for myself 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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