Saturday, February 27, 2010

Seen these?

Have to admit, I'm kinda a sucker for late night infomercials.  Saw this product and actually really wanted it.  I am, however, much to cheap.  If nothing else, I usually have self control when it comes to my infomercial addiction.
Then, while perusing my favorite blogs, Little Birdie Secrets showed me how to make one!  Hallelujah!  Check out her awesome (and very likely, free to be done) tutorial HERE.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Silk Posies

Also made up some sweet silk posies - some to dress up my drab brown headband, and a darling one for my little princess to match.  Hey, I only get to dress her up for so long...

Adjustable Headbands

So I got my craft on tonight and made a quick project that I thought I would share with ya'll.  I can say ya'll now - I live in the South.

So...Here's what you need to get started.
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
  • 2 Corresponding Ribbons, 1" and 1/4" {or bigger, if you'd like}
  • Thread (for making bow)
  • Elastic Lace
  • Lingerie Strap Slides and Rings

Here's what they look like - find at any fabric store in the notions section.

Step 1: Cut a length of your elastic, approximately 10" long.  On one end, thread thru ring and hot glue.  Then put on one slide, and the other loop.  Do NOT glue these down.

Step 2: Thread the loose end of your strap thru the slide {directions are on the back of package}.  Your second ring should now have the elastic "looped" thru it.

Step 3: Hot glue the loose end of elastic to the back side of loop.  NOT towards the first loop.

Step 4: Cut a length of your larger ribbon, approx. 9" and thread through one loop and hot glue, then do same for other side.  Make sure your elastic and ribbon aren't twisted, and turned the way you'd like them to be.

Step 5: Make your bow.  Sorry, no pictures of this step.  Great videos on YouTube tho!  Attach to ribbon headpiece, using hot glue.

Step 6: Using 1" strips of your smaller thread, wrap them around the raw ends of the larger ribbon, near the rings.  {Ouch, this is where I burned myself!}

VOILA!  A headband that will truly grow with your little girl and not leave those red indents in her precious head.

All in all, this cost me about $5.00 for the elastic and the hardware - but you get enough for 3 headbands.  These kind of headbands usually run anywhere from $7-$12 dollars in boutiques.  Not too shabby!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tag Lovey

Loving one of these I made up with some spare fabric and ribbon I had lying around! Great entertainment, no risk of choking and FREE! {For me anyways, but dig thru those scrap bins at Joanne's and I'm sure it will be very cheap.}

Hair Reveal

Okay, this is going to be a much harder process than I had originally thought.  Apparently my hair is darker/more red than I ever realized, so getting it as blonde as I want it to be - short of bleaching my whole head - is going to take some time.  I also went about an inch longer on the length than I intended too - just to make sure.  At my next appointment, definitely going more blonde and shorter.


Let's remember the before: boring, blah, drab...

During...So far so good

The huge pile of hair {yes, the stylist thought I was weird for taking a picture}

and FINALLY, the result: {I apologize for the poor picture taking skills of my DH}

Thanks everyone for holding my hand through chopping off my eight inches of hair!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Going Green

I think green is an undervalued color.  Which is why I really like St. Patrick's Day.  I know, weird.  But here is another undervalued idea I think us adults take for granted that little kids find insanely cool.

Turn those boring white carnations into a fabulous St. Patrick's day spectacle.

Simply add some green food coloring to the water and voila!


Want to add a little more adult flair?  Check out these awesome carnation centerpiece ideas from The Savvy Bride, find them HERE


I love these funky white vases - wouldn't they look great on the mantle for all of March!  Carnations will last that long if you keep them watered.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow...

Well, the votes are in.  Officially, between this blog and my personal blog, it was an astonishing win of look #4 - apparently I'm not the only one who thinks, Go Big or Go Home.

After a talk with my new hairstylist who I'm hoping won't butcher my hair I'm sure will do a great job she told me it just isn't feasible to put that much color in AND the curl at the same time.  She said it would look terrible and may even fall out.  Yikes.  So that disaster has been avoided.

Color just isn't going to be enough for me though.  Like I said, Go Big or Go Home.  So we're going to go blonde, but cut it short.

So tomorrow, I'm chopping holding my breath my hair.  Pictures to come!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

It's Up to Vote

Meet me.  Yes, I am severely lacking the sun-kissed look.  I have looked the same since I graduated from high school with few changes.  I need a change.  I need a fresh look for spring.  I need it pronto. 

So I am posting a 4 "new me" options that I like.  I am going to go with your vote.  My husband was no help at all and told me to ask all ya'll.  Great advice!

Look #1
Body Wave a la Kate Hudson{which yes, I have thoroughly researched and will buy my own rods to take to my stylist.}

Look #2
Short a la cute girl
Look #3
Go Blonde a la Jessica Simpson

 Look #4
Go for it all and combine all three!  a la Charlize Theron

Pretty Pretty Please vote and help me decide!  Much obliged.
See the poll in the right column!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Deal Alerts!

Check out these great deals found at Hip2Save!

Bath & Body Works has their Anti-bacterial hand soap on sale for just $3! Plus, they have a printable coupon available to score a FREE Hand Soap with any $10 purchase!

Deal Scenario:

Buy 5 Anti-bacterial hand soaps $3 each
Total = $15
Use the coupon for one FREE Hand Soap
Final cost ONLY $2.40 per hand soap… not bad for a product that normally retails for $5!These make great housewarming gifts!

…And here is yet another high value coupon! Go on over here to take a Cetaphil survey (it will take about 4 minutes to complete). After doing so, you’ll be able to access a $5/1 Cetaphil Product coupon. Press your browser back button to print a total of 2 coupons per computer.  You click on the "Tell Me Who You Are" arrow by the little girl in the yellow dress and it will take you there!  I love this stuff - it is all I use on my face, ever!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Want to help?

I have been him-hawing about a conversation I had with my teenage baby-sitter last night.  She was fabulous - so it wasn't a bad conversation.  It had to do with the fact that she and her friends have a very difficult time in Arkansas finding modest formals to wear to their high school and church functions.  Ordering online is a huge expense and it's just not feasible to many of the families here. 


I offered her my small collection of formals left over from my high school days for her to pick thru and borrow for her nights.  But let's face it, one size does NOT fit all when it comes to dresses.

Then I thought, I wonder if I could enlist the help of some of my faithful blog friends?  Genius.

If you have any formals cluttering up your closet that you are looking to either donate or consign, will you let me know?  All I ask is they are semi in-style.  Let's face it, vintage is back.

I just really feel that every girl should have the opportunity to feel beautiful and modest no matter her circumstances. 


Sassarella - Ending Soon!

I love finding great items at bargain prices!  Sasarella Boutique is just that - quality, chic, affordable.  And to launch out her great new website and blog, Sasarella Boutique is having a giveaway for this great Zebra tote.  I really want to sport this one around town! 

isn't she cute?

Check out her website HERE and visit the Sasarella Boutique blog HERE to enter this giveaway.  Hurry though, it ends today - the winner will be announced tomorrow on Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

60% OFF

Printable Michael's coupon HERE

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Shutter Reveal


Do you ever have a project where if something can go wrong, it will?  That has been these shutters.  I'm not going to tell you how long I gave up on them 3 months but I've pulled myself together and I think turned out something pretty great.  They're no hall of fame shutters, but they'll suffice.

So, first I enlisted my handy tool man to help me hang them.  And yes, I know he's in Halloween jammies, but he loves the spider.

Then I nicely hung them up and accessorized with a few books.

I realize they clash, but they are on opposite walls and I have a boy and a girl in the same room for now - I wanted them to be able to move with them when I finally get them into separate sleeping quarters.  It'll have to do.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Baby Bronson

As a mother, this really grabs at your heart and makes you want to do anything possible to hep another mother.  Even if all you can do is pray.  Please read Bronson's story HERE and remember him in your prayers tonight.

I know I get distracted all too easily, what an important reminder to hold on tighter to the most precious things.

MaryJanes and Galoshes

HUGE giveaway over HERE at MaryJanes and Galoshes.  These are not only adorable and fun to look at, but educational and store really well.  These are valued between $150-$175 each and if you win, you get your choice!  Go over and leave her a comment!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Pom Pom Update

So here are a couple of things I learned while making these pom poms - which are really super cute, btw.
  • If you want a full circle look, you have to cross your tissue paper (like a + sign) or else it has no top depth.
  • For bigger balls, use more tissue paper! 8 sheets does not give it a full enough look.
  • For smaller balls, cut the tissue paper in half, and cut more off the length when you round it - they turn out really great!
  • Add your fishing line for hanging in BEFORE you pull out all the tissue paper.
  • Idea!  Alternate the colors of your tissue paper so you have a multi-colored pom pom. 
Sorry no pics, but those are my tips.  Let me know if I have confused you or you have more questions.  

And thanks for telling me where to find black tissue paper - I'm so excited to hang these in the empty corner of my master bedroom that is begging for something to be done to it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tissue Paper Pom Poms

So I am in charge of decorating for the BI-STAKE Valentine's Dance.  If that's not some pressure, then I don't know what is.  I have been looking all around online for great ideas and came up with these amazing tissue paper pom poms.  I am not, however, going to pay $19 for 3 and still have to put them together.  So I thought, surely someone has a tutorial.

Found a great one HERE at Hot Diggity Blog!  I'm so excited to get going on these - I kinda want to do some black ones for my room.  Do they sell black tissue paper???

Burlap Heart Wreath

Made myself one of these unique fabulous Burlap Heart Wreaths tonight.  Whipped it up in a jiffy too - probably only took 20 minutes (including cutting all the fabric).  Check out how to make your own HERE at Craftaholics Anonymous and be the envy of all the neighbors!

Monday, February 1, 2010

I have to admit, I have kinda been in a funk lately.  I am slowly crawling out of my hole and hope to be posting some more fun stuff soon.  Sorry!  Keep posting all your creative crafty finds and inspire me!!