Wednesday, June 27, 2012

1LW...It's been a while

Positive attracts positive.



Wednesdays have so much to offer. Mid week relief, knowing the weekend is just a few days away and 1 Little Word posts.


Sadly in the past few weeks my blogging has taken a back seat to the many other busy areas of my life. I steal time with Hubs when he isn't working and studying. So little time gets to be spent with the bestie {we talk all the time though}, business is booming! My house is relatively clean, and I get to work out almost everyday!


Being Positive is one of the hardest things we do. As sinners, we are naturally drawn towards     emotions that are on the other end of spectrum. Anger, Sadness, disdane and so many others.  So being Positive really is a challenge for us. 


During my lunch hour work out I try hard to read a book, listen to music, NOT talk to people. I find that that time is my {me time}. It's what I need to stay balanced. A little time to not think about the bad stuff, the crime, the wildfires, the illness, the sin that surrounds us. 


Do you have a me time? What do you like to spend that time doing? 

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Manic Monday

Amazing how fast the weekend flies by. I build those two days up all week while at work and in the blink of an eye they are over and it begins again. 

This weekend....

Lunch and Craft show shopping with the Bestie...
Orders, lots of orders!



Jog, Swim.....
Church.....
More orders, a lot more orders!





Some new product photos.


Time with Hubs {snow cones, car shopping and pizza}

Busy but fun and then it was time for the week to start all over again. 

I have to admit I am tired, I wish I had time to craft for fun. Business has taken off like I never could have dreamed. Its a good thing. I'm happy.....now if I could just get more sleep:)



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Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Letters

Dear Body,
Please start cooperating. I'm tired of feeling like this.

Dear Tisa,
Can't wait to hangout tomorrow. Hope I am pleasant to be around.

Dear Hubs,
Thanks for being sweet when you pointed out how bad my breakout was.

Dear Massage Guy Josh,
I'm pretty sure I am going to feel like someone beat me up in the morning, but thank you.

Dear Lady in the Locker Room,
No one wants to hear you sing.

Dear Customers,
You rock as always!

Dear Hubs,
So glad you signed up to be my personal assistant. Now get to work;)

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thankful Thursday

**I know that as you read this you are going to think I'm crazy. Stay with me, its a rant followed up by the reason for the post. 


I feel terrible, I'm having the worse breakout I've had since 7th grade, it's bad enough that Hubs noticed {he was sweet when he mentioned it, concerned}.


Chest pain, you read that right nice anxiety chest pains. It comes on when my shoulder acts up and it very uncomfortable. 


My hands have been swollen for 2 days, can barely get my rings off and it hurts. This makes typing at work really uncomfortable.


My hips, yes my hips are aching. Its that time which means everything kinda hurts.


I think that it, oh my uterus is anger of course too. 


So there you have it all of the reasons that I probably should have stayed in bed this morning instead of coming to the office to share my joyous mood with everyone.  


The door on my office is closed and hopefully will remain that way for the majority of the day.  Now if I could just get the phone to stop ringing:)


Today is Thursday....Thankful Thursday.
I have a lot to be thankful for, so much that I have a hard time wrapping my mind around it. 


My Physical Pain & Suffering- reminds me that God has a bigger plan for me and that this earthly body is temporary. 


My Hubs, Takes such good care of me. Scheduled a massage for me tonight and called to check on me this morning after I got to work. He tried to get me to stay home and rest but I wouldn't listen. 


My Job, even though I am struggling to be here today. I have a way to provide for my self and my family.


The Massage Therapist, I will see you tonight and already know I am thankful for you. 




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Monday, June 18, 2012

I was going to...but then... A link up!



I was going to drag Hubs to see Rock of Ages but then... We decided Madagascar was a better fit and I LOVED it!  

I was going to Spend my lunch hour @ the post office but then... Hubs offered to be my assistant and go for me, workout here I come!

I was going to Craft Riot Social tonight but then... I realized I would much rather have a pizza date with Hubs. 

I was going to Stress out about not having time to blog daily right now but then... I realized that I'm the only one putting those expectations on me.

I was going to Clean up my Facebook and blog roll but then... I realized how much work that is and decided it wasn't that important. 

I was going to try out self tanning towelettes from Birchbox but then... I panicked and thought about how bad it would be to go to work with a streaky tan.

I was going to Ignore the new Dallas but then...I realized, who am I kidding! I loved the pilot!



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Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Letters

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Dear Hubs,
Thank you for my early birthday present! I can't wait to see Pat Green again at ACL Live:)

Dear Tisa,
I'm happy we are busy, but sad that we don't have time to hang out. 

Dear China,
A little cooperation would be nice. 
p.s. $400 for freight?!?

Dear iPad,
I really am happy I found the I iBook app. So easy to get a new book fast!

Dear Dad,
Happy Father's Day! You are one in a million.

Dear Tummy/Abs,
Flat isn't really that hard of a concept.

Dear Wrist,
You hurt, I'm not happy about it.

Dear D,
I had so much fun seeing you last weekend. Next time it's our turn to visit. 


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DIY Teacup Candles

I had so much fun making the decorations for my brother and sister in laws wedding last week. Everyone in the family was gathered around kitchen counters and tables crafting {even the men}. I asked my SIL how many wedding magazines she had bought { I bought tons 3 years ago when I got married}. Amazingly she said none, someone had given it to her as part of a gift, she found everything on Pinterest.

Here is the first project I helped tackle, teacup candles to be used on the table decorations. ADORABLE.


SIL hunted down all of these adorable teacups and saucers from varying thrift shops and paid about 45 cents for each set. We picked up a package of wicks from Hobby Lobby for $2.69/dozen.

I hot glued the wicks into the bottom of each cup after washing them to get any dust off. {you might want to also hot glue the cup to saucer if you are gifting them to make it more complete, we did not since we needed to pack them up to take to venue}.


I used 2 boxes of plain candle wax from Hobby Lobby, each box was $4.99. You can use any sauce pan to melt your wax down, however for easiest clean up we purchased this special container for melting $14.99 and then we used a 40% off coupon.

I chopped the wax up into smaller chunks to speed along the melting process. Stirring it occasionally with a wood spoon.


After all of the wax was melted down I poured each cup full to the desired height and allowed them to harden.  After completely dry I snapped the wicks down to a safe length. 

We let ours sit out over night and loved the final results!


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Monday, June 11, 2012

Manic Monday: I was going to....but then....

"I was going to _______but then __________..."


That is the theme of the day. Another weekend gone and here it is Monday.
Last week was crazy busy with lots of family time getting ready for my youngest brothers wedding in Kansas. I think 6 hours was the max I slept on any given night. I managed to exercise daily and only ate out a few times. Overall it was a wonderful week. My oldest and dearest friend came to Austin from Florida this weekend and spent the night Saturday and the day Sunday with us. We had a wonderful time. 


So here it is, my first edition of
 "I was going to _______but then __________..."


"I was going to call in sick to sleep in, but then I dragged my butt out of bed and came to work."
"I was going to eat Chick-fil-A for lunch but then I decided to go home and have tacos with hubs."
"I was going to put my shop on vacation mode but then I forgot and tons of orders started to roll in."
"I was going to write a blog post about the wedding last week but then I went to bed early instead."
"I was going to buy a Kindle but then I figured out that my iPad works good for books too."
"I was going to complain about it being Monday but then I decided to embrace it and have a wonderful day!"


Hope you are having a wonderful day too! I have all kinds of crafty/baking goodness to share with you tomorrow and I promise it'll be worth the wait:)



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Thursday, June 7, 2012

DIY Diaper Motorcycle!

A few months back, I found a similar project to this on Pinterest. The pin that I found required floral wire and I was just not interested in something that complicated, so I created this diaper motorcycle!  I made on for my friend, Melissa, and then this one, for a co-worker of Jim's.

Here are some basic instructions:



What You Need!

1 Package of receiving blankets (I like to choose a set off of the person's registry.)
Thick sized ribbon (coordinating with blankets)
Diapers! (These are size three. I bought a large package and used approximately 60 diapers.)
1 baby food jar (empty)
1 pair baby socks
3 larger rubber bands
Smaller thin ribbon
1 toilet paper roll
Glue gun with 1 stick

Instructions

1. Take 18 diapers and overlap one another, forming a small round circle to form a wheel. Secure that diaper "wheel" with a rubber band around the whole thing.  Repeat with 18 more diapers. Then, take 24 diapers, and form the larger wheel.

2. Cover rubber bands with chosen ribbon and hot glue the ends together to make it stay.

3. Take one receiving blanket, fold into a triangle and then roll up to form the handlebars. By folding it into a triangle, it will be longer, enabling you to thread it through the largest wheel and joining the two ends up top. Secure with a rubber band.

4. To form the handle bars, I like to cut the toilet paper roll in half and form smaller rolls within the blanket to form stiffer handlebars. Once completed, they should stick out nicer and you can add the baby socks.

5. Take another receiving blanket and thread it through the big wheel and wrap it around the outer part of the other wheels, connect behind the big wheel by knotting.

6. Take one more receiving blanket and form a "seat" by folding. I simply tuck ends into middle hole of front tire where the other two receiving blankets are threaded through.
7. Finally, place baby jar facing outwards to form a "headlight" and tie smaller thin ribbon on handlebars to cover the rubber band.

One final option is to buy a stuffed animal to add to the gift that is "riding" the motorcycle.

This diaper cake is always a hit and actually pretty simple. Once you get the hang of it, you can probably assemble the whole thing within a half hour.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fancy Little Things: DIY Amazing Drawer Liners

Hello new friends! This is Aimee from Fancy Little Things. I am so lucky that Lani asked me to share a project with you this week! I have been blogging at FLT since we launched in March 2010. We have 8 authors covering topics from Marriage to Faith to Photography & Fashion. We have such a great time as a Christian Women's Magazine and I get to share DIY projects each Monday! Please stop by!

So, let's get started...

So, how many of you have ever purchased drawer liners for yourself? You know those expensive, scented ones that come rolled up in the long box with a pretty bow & label attached. I know I have certainly purchased them --- but ALWAYS FOR GIFTS, NEVER FOR MYSELF!!! I admire those of you that have spent between $20-$30 on a package of these, trimmed to size and put in your own drawers --- I just can't bring myself to doing it!

While I was flipping through 1 of my many favorite magazines preparing for this month's projects, I came across this page of "Things to do This Month" in March 2011's issue of Better Homes & Gardens. {Pardon the folded mess - but it's been tucked inside an envelope in my "Projects Journal"}


& when I first glanced at this page, I pulled it out thinking it was part of a drawer liner tutorial... this is when I glanced to the bottom left corner of the page and saw this:


Yes, do you see that price? $25 for a set of 6?? Do you know how many rolls of white paper I can buy for $25??!!!

So, onward we must go --- to the very tutorial that will save you lots of money & you'll have plenty of money to purchase a fancy bow to give this project to a friend!!

DISCLAIMER {before we begin}: Make sure you use paper ink only for stamping and let your paper dry overnight before use. I do not claim any responsibility for the ink passing to your clothing or other items!


List of Materials:

  • Paper roll... I used the kids Melissa & Doug Easel Paper, but have seen paper rolls for $1 at the Christmas Tree Shoppes!
  • Ink {I purchased mine for .60 a piece by using a coupon at AC Moore}
  • Stamp {I LOVE this stamp - again, used another coupon and purchased for $6. --- will use for MANY more projects}
  • Measuring tape, scissors, pen
 If you want to add scent...

  • Scented oil
  • Cotton swabs


Step 1: Measure the drawer you wish to line --- dresser drawer, utility drawer, closet or desk drawer! Measure the drawer size leaving two inches extra on each end for folding. Mark at the 2 inch march and fold under {this will help the liner from rolling under as you stamp & place in your drawer.


Step 2: Decide on a pattern and begin stamping. Press lightly on the ink pad and have fun...


Step 3: Let the paper liner hang or lay flat to let it dry overnight...


Step 4: Go on to the next drawer...


Step 5: Once the paper has dried overnight, rub your hand over the ink to be sure its set... then, place it in your drawer {or roll it up, add some ribbon & a tag and gift to a friend}.


Step 6: Dab some oil on the cotton swabs and place under the corner of your drawer liner.


Step 7: ENJOY!!! I love how the drawer liners look in my bedroom dresser... off to make some for my desk drawers!!!!


So, what do you think? Come visit us for some more!!

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