Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall Leaf Mason Jar DIY

I knew wanted to do something with leaves as decoration in the house this fall, while at Michael's a week ago I bought fake leaf garland, but I wanted to do something DIY, so while I was at Wal-mart I found a whole bunch of leave bundles for just $3, so I picked up a huge bundle.

I decided I wanted to make some kind of candle holder, and again I had some mason jars that I picked up at the dollar store for $1 (obviously) that were not being used, so I thought this would be a cool project.

The materials you will need to make this are some fake leaves, or real leaves that are completely dried out and pressed, mason jar, mod podge, and sponge brush!
The firs thing I did was start cutting the leaves off the bundle, and then I actually removed all the fake stems from the leaves so it would make it easier to apply the leaves to the outside of the glass jar. The stems were actually a lot easier to remove than I initially thought, I thought the leaves would break but they are actually pretty good quality, not super thin.

Once you have all the stems off your leaves, you can just lay them all out and get your mod podge ready!
The first thing you want to do is layer a coat of mod podge all around the mason jar to get it sticky and ready to apply the leaves.
Start by sticking your first leave on, you may have to hold some of the corners down for a few seconds so they can begin to stick to the mod podge.
After you have let it set for a few mins, apply mod podge all over the first leave you did.
Do this all the way around, and just begin layer them, the particular leaves I got were very hard to stick to the jar, some stuck really good others would not set down, so I broke out the hot glue gun and began using this after a little while, it works the same way, you basically just want all the leaves down flat, so however you have to do this do it whatever way works for you!
I did 2 layers, since I didn't want it to be to opaque, because when I put a candle in the bottom I wanted the light to seep through the leaves and make a cool light effect

I thought this came out pretty cool, I want to make some more for the outside patio area on cool fall nights!

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Eternal Girl Jewelry Giveaway

I was contacted by Julia from Eternal Girl an online Etsy shop where she makes beautiful hand-made jewelry, her designs are Henna Inspired, she can make them in black and white, and also colored. She can do any customs orders you have as well. 

She offers a pretty wide variety from necklaces, rings, and earrings with all different hand made drawn designs.

Here are a few of my favorites items from the shop

The first one is called the Heart Stitch Necklace, only $11 this is such a beautiful piece! This hand-drawn, pendant necklace displays a henna inspired, heart with flowers. In henna tradition, hearts symbolize love, and flowers represent happiness and joy. The image is secured in an antique styled, bronze pendant with a round glass covering. The necklace is made with a bronze metal chain. The last photo shows the length options, respectively. 

As far as jewelry goes I am a huge fan of earrings I wear them all the time so when I saw these Floral Heart Earrings, I died, these are so beautiful. This pair of heart bronze has a one-sided, floral pattern. The earrings have a fish hook backs. 

This last one I thought would be perfect for the Fall time, It's called the Forest Leaves Necklace.
This hand-drawn, pendant necklace displays henna inspired, leaves and petals. In henna tradition, leaves represent devotion. The image is secured in an antique styled, bronze pendant with a round glass covering. The necklace is made with a bronze metal chain. The last photo shows the length options, respectively. 

Julia's jewelry is beautiful and you can tell she spends a lot of time to make each piece unique, her prices are amazing for beautiful hand-made pieces go. I'm so happy that she is offering a giveaway for you all. A $10.00 store credit (with a purchase of $11.00 or more). Such a great deal since most of her pieces are less than $11.00, you can either get a piece that is over $11.00 or get 2 pieces and still get the $10.00 off.
The contest will run from today 9-28-13 until October 12th, 2013, that gives you 2 weeks!
Enter using the Rafflecopter below, and on October 13th I will choose a winner at random, once I contact you to get your information, I will then send it on to her and she will contact you with the code for her Etsy shop!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Getting on A blog schedule!

So since I started this blog in late July (whoa 2 months of just flown by I feel like I just started this), I first began doing posts just about everyday, and then I just started posting every other day, and that was just getting to much and I feel like my posts were not as high quality as they could be! Since my blog is growing everyday I want to make sure I am putting out quality posts and don't have to post every day. While there may be some days I will post back to back, but I think I came out with a good schedule.

I'm going to start posting Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, while that's still every other day I have some time in between Thursday and Sunday for a break to just reply to emails, visit my favorite blogs, find new blogs and enjoy life!

I mostly work on projects around the house when I 2 days off a week, so usually when that comes a few times a month I do a lot of projects in those 2 days, and then throughout out the week I edit the pictures and create the posts and get them scheduled to post! I'm still planning on doing that and I have many fun posts to come.

Please let me know if you have any requests for organization, crafts etc... that you would like me to post about, I'm always looking for what you all want to see on the blog since your the readers. It seems most of my popular posts are my organization projects!

I'm always looking for ways to improve if you have any feedback or suggestions please feel free to leave me a comment, or send me an email!


Monday, September 23, 2013

1st Year Anniversary Gift Ideas

My husband and I celebrated our first year anniversary a week from today, we didn't do anything amazing we just had a nice day together went and got a hotel with a hot tub and just enjoyed each others company and went shopping and out to dinner!

During our regular dating years we started doing the traditional and modern gifts, after about 3 years we stopped and now that we are married we decided to do this again now that we just had our first year anniversary I thought I would make a post with what we gave each other to give you some ideas on things you can do.

For the first year anniversary the traditional gift is paper, and the modern gift is a clock, I knew for mine I wanted to do something DIY so that's what I did.
For the clock the materials I used were photo paper which I already had on hand, and my printer to print photos of my choice. I also bought a clock kit from Michael's for about $5 after my coupon. I used a tack to hand the clock kit, and tape to hang the pictures on the wall. I was originally going to frame the pictures and hang those in the shape of a clock, but it was a lot of work and I didn't want to make a million holes trying to perfect it, so I went with just taping the pictures up.
After gathering the materials the first thing I did was pick the space I wanted to put the clock, found the center and hung my clock kit for Michael's. I really liked this kit because for $7.99 without a coupon you got the battery part, and the hands! So you didn't just see the battery area I cut out a heart with black construction paper and hot glued it to the base.

The next step after hanging the clock hands was to hang my to 2 vertical pictures I printed and that was for the 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock places, the rest of my pictures were horizontal. 

Next I just began to hang, it took a little bit of trail and error and even still it's not perfect as my clock kit does not have a battery in it, so I'm not sure where the hands will be at each hour point I wanted to make sure they line up with the pictures, but since I just used tape it's easily removable.

I really like the way it turned out, it gives a pop to a wall that had nothing going on!

For a paper gift, again I wanted to do something homemade, and I wanted to incorporate our anniversary date numbers. So taa daa and idea popped into my head.

As soon as I saw this three spaced frame at Michael's on clearance for $4 I knew exactly what I wanted to do my my paper present, and that was to print numbers and put them into the different spaces. To do this all I did was type into Google "number 9", "number 16", "number 12", and just scrolled through until I found numbers I liked, because I didn't want them to just be plain, I favorited them and just made them black and white and printed them on photo paper, and just put them in the frame, and I really love the way it came out!

My husband also had the same idea to DIY a clock, so he bought a shadow box type picture frame from Michael's and drilled a hole in the back for the clock kit, printed out a picture of my puppy Sasha and put the numbers around. For paper he ordered me my favorite book as a child and still favorite movie today Matilda! This was such a thoughtful gift I can't wait to read it over and over again, and for it being my favorite book I did not have this in my book collection, and now I do!

I will definitely be doing this every year next year we have cotton, and china!

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Closet Organization

I seem to change the way my closet is organized at lease once a month and every time when I think I got it just right it seems to get even more messy than than the last way I had it organized, just nothing seemed to work, so I decided enough was enough I knew I needed to start from scratch.

My husband and I live in an apartment and sadly our master bedroom has no amazing walk in closet, it's actually just your typical run on the mill one wall closet, I do like this closet though because it does take up a wall, so it is very long which is good for space, and it's actually wide enough to have floor space, so for not having a walk in closet it does it's job holding all my stuff. My task was just to really make the space work and I knew there had to be a way!

Here is what I was working with before I've actually had it this way for some time no and it was kind of working I just noticed it would get messy fast and I would just throw stuff on the bins!
As you can see not to bad of a set up overall, but all the junk on the shelves needed to go, it was supposed to be an area for my shoes and purses, but the shelves are super high and i'm only 5', so if I wanted to get anything I either needed to jump, or go all the way downstairs and get a chair to stand on, let's just stay I was over that. Overall, everything the way the closet was organized just felt cluttered!

Stay tuned next Sunday I will be posting about all my tips for organizing and de-cluttering your closet!

The first thing I did was take everything out of the closet and put it on my bed, or any open area in my bedroom, it doesn't look like a lot is in there but when I took everything out I was surprised how much crap I had jam packed into this closet!

So after getting everything out of the closet, I was then left with huge piles of stuff on my bed and just stuff every where in my room, but now I had a fresh space to work with.
My next step was to take a look at the issues I was having and finding a way to resolve them! A few of these were just overall clutter because I didn't have the proper organizing tools to make this closet work. My shoes were everywhere, I did not have a show organizer so this was number one on things I needed to add to the closet. I also wanted to eliminate one of those plastic 3 drawer bins, so that meant I needed to buy some pant hangers!
I also knew that I no longer wanted my makeup set up in the middle of the closet I wanted to have that and accessories in their own corner on the closet, which also meant getting rid of one of those bins!

So off I was to Walmart and only $25 to spend, could I get what I needed on this? I sure did, the first thing I picked up was the Mainstays brand 2-tier expandable shoe rack for $10.96, Seriously I had no idea how much I would love this thing, I was just thinking I probably wouldn't even expand it, but with all my shoes I was so glad it expanded as for as it did, because I can fit so many of my shoes on this. Next I picked up 4 sets of 2 wooden hangers for $2.57 each. I need to go back and get some more as they only had 4 left when I went, but they are actually really great quality and I love the dark wood! So in total it was $21.34 plus tax, not to shabby!

So to begin on my accessory corner I began by taking a rack I actually bought at the dollar store quite some time ago and hanging it on the left side wall in my closet, this is actually the same hook rack I am using to hang my necklaces on as well! For only $1 they are durable and it comes with the screws!

So I used one of these to hang my handbags on so I could have easy access to them, and plus I thought it looked cute! Then I moved over my accessories into the same corner so they are not in the middle of my closet, and so far I have something like this going on.
I then took started moving on to the rest of the closet, I knew I wanted my shoe rack that I bought to go in the middle, so I put that together and expanded it all the way out, and began to put my shoes on it, and I just love the way it looks!
Since I did not have enough space for my bigger boots I went ahead and put those on the left shelve in my closet keeping the boots in the boxes they came in. Since it doesn't start getting cold here in Northern California until late October I will keep boots up there for now, and then I think when it comes time for boot weather everyday I will move my sandals to the top and boots onto the rack.
Now it was time to hang all my clothes back up onto the right side which is where I had room to hang all my clothes which was the perfect amount of space.
It may looked a little cramp, and well to be honesty it is just a tad, but I need to go through my clothes again and figure out what I want to get rid of, I usually try to do this every other month or so, but by the time I got to really start getting things done in the closet it was going on 10pm, so sorry if these pictures are a little bit bad quality.
Anyways in the very back I put all my hoodies, and zip up sweaters, then went to long sleeve shirts and cardigans, then to short sleeve shirts, dresses, skirts, and tank tops and finally jeans in the front, and then my massive scarf holder collection. Then in between in each category I have things colorized from darkest to lightest. This system has always worked for me I like keeping all my hung clothes close even if it may be a little cramped I know some people like to space there stuff out and I tried this last time with my organization and I just didn't like it!

Finally on the shelve above my clothes I have a cute bin to hold extra hangers and just a pair of boots I moved up there so I could put different shoes on the rack and found later.

So there you have it my organized closet, so far I am loving it and its working out great, no more clutter and I can find everything much easier which means I get to sleep in a little bit longer in the mornings because i'm not searching for things. It's a win win!

Show me your closet organization, because if you know me no matter how this system is working for me I will probably be changing it up in about a month, because that's me I love changing things up I get bored with the same system!

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Maple Nutty Candy

My husband has been talking about making a Maple Nutty Candy for quite some time now, I guess one of his friends from work was talking about it, and he was dying to make it, I was a little skeptical as I don't really like anything with nuts, and well Nutty was right in the title. That was when he told me they were salted peanuts not walnuts or anything and that was when I jumped at the chance to try this out and see what the hype was all about!

So like when starting any recipe you want to grab all your ingredients out.
You will need the following:
12 ounce bag of milk chocolate pieces
12 ounce bag of butterscotch pieces
1 1/4 cups of peanut butter
1 cup of butter
1/2 evaporated milk
1 regular vanilla pudding mix
1 tablespoon maple flavoring
1 teaspoon vanilla
9 cups of powdered sugar
3 cups salted peanuts

Step 1: Butter your pan I used a 15x10x1 pan, but you can use what you have they might just come out thicker or thinner just depending on what size you use.
Step 2: In a medium sauce pan combine your milk chocolate pieces and butterscotch piece and cook over low heat until melted.
Step 3: Stir peanut butter into the melted chocolate mixture until combined. Spread only 1 3/4 cups of the mixture into your prepared pan, set this in the fridge to chill for about 20 mins. Set aside reaming melted mixture for later.
Step 4: Now in a large sauce pan melt the butter, stir in evaporated milk and pudding mix. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and smooth. Remove from heat, stir in maple flavoring and vanilla. 
Step 5: Gradually stir in powdered sugar (mixture will be thick)
Step 6: Carefully spread the pudding mixture over the cooled peanut butter mixture in baking pan. Stir peanuts into the remaining peanut butter mixture that we set aside. Now spread peanut butter mixture over the pudding mixture in the baking pan. 
Step 7: Chill for 2 hours, cut candy into square sizes of your choice.

You can also freeze in an air tight container for up to 3 months!

Here are just a few pictures after it was cooled and cut up.

Let me know if your have tried something like this before, I thought it was really good, super rich but it made a great gift to bring to co-workers at work!

Here is a printable that you can put with your recipes!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

September Ipsy Bag

This month my bag was a smidge late than it normally is I think it was just the middle of the month happened to fall during the weekend, so I didn't get it until the 16th, and my show room was ready before I got my bag so I had to try so hard not to look at what I got because I always like it to be a surprise! I was so excited with what I got this month! If your interested is join click here!

This bag mind you is only $10 with tax for I believe for me it's $10.75 in total. Every month I am always impressed with the amount of full size products and this month was amazing with full size and even just the sample sizes are amazing, you actually get more than 2 use out of them!

The first product the I instantly saw when I opened my bag was the Butter London Nail Polish, now if you know we at all you no that I love me some nail polish, I have a post on the nail polish organization here, so of course I was excited to see this, and I have never bought a Butter London nail polish mainly because they are $15 a piece, but I have heard so many great things! Before I even started taking pictures for this post I applied this to my nails! I got the color La Moss, it's a gorgeous dark vampy nail polish, I applied 2 coats, but it looks great with just one it's just not as red and opaque. It's super smooth, and dried really fast, and so far no chipping!

Next product that caught my eye was the NYX eye shadow mainly because I already own like 10 of these because they apply great and they are super affordable single eye shadows. I got the color Nutmeg which I actually didn't own so I was super exited about that. This color is just as the name describes it's a nutmeg color, perfect in the crease for fall!
Almost every bag I get a mascara which I appreciate because I haven't had to buy a new one from the store in forever and I've had the chance to be able to try many mascara brands, the one I recieved in this bag is called It's so Big by Elizabeth Mott, this is a volumizing mascara. I thought it worked great, I loved the formula I felt like the last mascara they sent me was a very dry formula and I'm not a big fan of that, I like it to be wet. Overall thought it held all day, and I liked the fact that it was build able but didn't clump and washed off very easily!
Ipsy included a lot of either eyeliner or lip liners in their bags, and I'm so grateful that I got an eyeliner this time, last time I got a lip liner and typically I don't wear anything on my lips other than lip balms, and tinted lip balms! I received the Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in Obsidian. I love the eyeliner, it went on very smooth and was creamy, and it didn't smudge throughout the day!

The last item I received was the Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple. This was probably my least favorite item, I was first excited because it said it was a lip balm, but it acts more like a lip stain. It's not moisturizing on the lips at all, and it stains the lips when you apply, I don't like a lot of color on my lips I don't know why I just have never been a fan of lipsticks and such. If this was more like a lip balm on the lips I probably would have loved it!

Overall thought for the $10 price tag, my bag was worth and estimated total of $50.50
The nail polish was one ML over being half sized, Butter London runs for $15 for full size, but a 6ml bottle is worth about $8. The lip tint I believe is full size, the website didn't have the size, but it looked to be the same size as on the website so this was $19. The eyeliner is also full size so this is $12. The mascara for a full size it was 10ml and $19.99, the sample I got is 4ml so it's about $6-7, and then the eye shadow is full size and on the NYX website they are $4.50!

This was not just this month it's every month consistently they go above and beyond and you most definitely get you money's worth! 

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