Happy Halloween! I have been so busy the past couple weeks I keep forgetting that today is a holiday. Obviously, I don’t have any Halloween plans. I’m a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s wedding tomorrow and tonight I’ll be at the rehearsal, so it’s easy to forget.
It has been way too long since I’ve completed a before and after to share with you guys. I always have a few in progress, but finishing them is a whole different story!
A few weeks ago my cousin brought me her buffet for a little makeover:
This is one of the most exciting pieces I’ve been given the opportunity to work on. Can you believe she snagged this beauty for $25? And, the best part is that it’s in great shape. The drawers work fine and there aren’t any structural issues. What you can’t see is that it was pretty scratched up, so we didn’t feel any remorse about painting the beautiful wood.
She chose to go with a cream distressed look. This is how it ended up:
In reality, it is much more distressed than you can tell in this photo. I wish all the details were showing up here, because it is sooo pretty. I tried to capture it the best I could from a few different angles.
Today I’m letting my friend Susan take over the blog to let you in on a thing or two about organizing your life, something I’m pretty sure we ALL can improve on!
I am thrilled my buddy, Kala, is letting me steal her space today to share a project I just finished that has completely changed my life and will change yours, too.
Kala was my roommate at the Haven Conference this year. I’m so glad we got the chance to meet! We stayed up late talking and laughing every single night. I only wish we lived closer, so we could hang out more often.
Do you often feel like your finances, schedule and even your thoughts are out of control? Does the clutter and chaos in your home give you stress and anxiety when what you really want is joy, peace and rest? Do you feel like your family’s health and well-being are suffering due to a lack of organization?
I can totally relate. For many years, I tried without success to keep myself organized. I’d do well for awhile then “fall off the wagon.” Things would pile up and my schedule, home and life would spiral out of control again.
I had trouble keeping track of stuff, trouble getting projects done on time, and trouble keeping anything neat for very long. I’d vow to do better next time. I’d embark on one epic cleaning and organizing binge after another, and the cycle of struggling would continue.
It wasn’t until I was injured by the clutter in my own home – yes, I was physically injured by my own mess – that I was ready to do whatever it took to get organized for real.
I started to get serious about finding organizing solutions that really worked for chronically messy and busy moms like me.
I discovered that if I regularly practiced a few basic strategies in five key areas of organization, everything else in my life seemed to fall into relatively good order. I began to experience lasting joy and peace and I even started noticing that my home seemed more comfortable and my family was happier, too.
I shared my tips with friends and family members and they encouraged me to write a book about them. So in an effort to help others like me keep their crazy busy lives organized, I wrote the electronic book, “Organized for Real: How to Conquer Life’s Top 5 Chaos Hotspots.”
This super-affordable e-book is jam-packed with 76 pages of helpful (and practical) information about how to organize your mind, your schedule, your food, your finances and your home. And it is available for purchase now! I am so excited about this e-book because I truly believe it will be life-changing for many of you. The principles in this book have rocked my world!
To find out more details about the book, check out the brief video below:
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I’ve been a subscriber to Ipsy for, gosh, almost a year now I guess. If you don’t know what Ispy is, it’s a monthly subscription service that sends you 5 beauty products for $10/month. Most products are sample size, but I’ve received a few really good products that have lasted quite a while, like eye shadow, foundation, face moisturizer, etc.
Occasionally I post about my Ipsy bags on Facebook, so I thought I’d share this month’s Glam Bag with you here to give you a better idea of what it consists of. This month I received:
1. DOLL 10’S H2GLO HIGHLIGHTER
This is my favorite product this month. It’s actually more of a creamy texture, which I wasn’t expecting when I stuck a brush in it. Highlighter is something I’ve always wanted to try, but never wanted to spend the money on. I think this sample will become a staple in my routine and it’s big enough that I’m sure it will last a while for me.
2. FIGS AND ROUGE HAND CREAM
I love hand cream. My mom and sister and I have this thing where we can’t breath when our hands are dry. Anyone else, or just us? Okay then, moving on. I tried this out right away because my hands were feeling dry, and it was nice and creamy and not too oily. At first I really liked it, then the citrus scent kind of started to get to me and I didn’t love that so much. I’ll probably still use it up until it’s gone when I’m hard-pressed for lotion. It did moisturize as promised!
3. MICABEAUTY MINERAL EYE SHADOW
I think this is a really good product, I just need to learn how to apply greenish eye shadow. I’m really not that adventurous with my makeup (because I don’t really know what I’m doing), so I’m not really sure how much use I’ll get out of this one. But I still think it’s a great product to get.
4. SKYN ICELAND MINI GLACIAL CLEANSING CLOTHS
These weren’t too exciting, but I’ll pack them around when I travel, so they’ll come in handy.
5. STARLOOKS LIP GLOSS
I don’t wear anything on my lips, I just don’t like how it feels, so I won’t use this one at all. I’ll probably just give it to a friend who would get good use out of it.
Overall, I was happy with my Ipsy Glam Bag this month. The highlighter was the highlight of the package and makes the rest worth it! For $10 a month, I think it’s a worthwhile investment and overall has kept my basics stocked enough to keep me from having to shop for new makeup much.
Are you a member of any monthly subscription services?
I have finally completed a project to share with you guys! I haven’t done much fall decorating or visited a pumpkin patch or carved pumpkins this fall, so I thought it was about time for a Halloween project. Plaid Crafts sent me a box of craft supplies, including glow-in-dark Mod Podge, so I thought a little sign that can shine all night long for Halloween would be the best way to put it to use.
The sign itself is made from the side of an old drawer I had laying around my garage. And Will thought I would never need those for anything.
So all you need for this project is:
– something to paint on – a piece of wood, an old drawer, anything really
– acrylic paint – I used orange, white, purple and black
– glow-in-the-dark Mod Podge
– Paint brush
Step 1: Paint your background color and let dry – I chose purple
Step 2: Paint your letters. You could use stickers or stencils if free handing scares you. I wasn’t going for perfection with my letters, so I’m glad that worked out :)
Step 3: Add a Halloween-y themed image to add more interest, maybe a skull or a pumpkin? I added a spider web for good measure.
My only regret is not making the spider web glow too. I will say that you will have to apply a few coats of the glow-in-the-dark Mod Podge to really get it glowing, and it works better with your light colors.
I think this would be perfect hanging on your door on Halloween or sitting out by a bowl of candy!
3. Green Polka Dot and Plaid Infinity Scarf - The red version of this sold out quick, so I ordered some of these to add in some variety. But if you love it you better order quick because there’s only 1 left! I also ordered a few more of the red ones. :) $14
6. Mint Polka Dot Infinity Scarf – Somebody please tell me what I was thinking when I only ordered 1 of these? When I saw there was only 1 I thought there must have been a mistake, because this scarf is adorable, but the invoice confirmed that I received the correct amount. So somebody better snatch this up quick…then let me borrow it :) $15
Scarves are taking over my Facebook page, this blog and my life. One step into my apartment full of boxes, plastic and over a hundred scarves laying around the living room confirms that. My vocabulary is almost entirely made up of the word “scarves” at this point. It’s getting ridiculous. But I love it.
I found some awesome plaid scarves that are perfect for representing my hometown and are great for football games and even basketball season. I’ve had quite a few people already purchase these, but there are still some left here. Even if blue and gold aren’t your school colors, it’s super cute and super soft!
I received some feedback and a request for more plaid, so more plaid is what you get!
Hey there! It feels like forever since we’ve met in this little space. This week I am going to try my very hardest to get back into blogging 3-4 times a week. It’s funny how things work out, because since quitting my job I feel like I’ve had less time to devote to writing and sharing. I thought maybe we could catch up today with a “Currently” post to let you know what I’ve been up to lately! So here it goes. I am currently….
Just in case you forgot what I look like since I haven’t been around :) Plus I’m kind of proud of curling my hair like this for the first time. So I took a selfie, sue me!
Painting: A farm table that has been in my garage for far too many months. In fact, it has been waiting for its second coat of paint for at least two weeks now. I promise you though, it’s worth the wait. At my part-time faux finishing job we recently finished some kitchen cabinets and now we’re working on a front door and railing. I’m so excited to be learning all these new (to me) ways to paint!
Decorating: My apartment for fall. Except I haven’t exactly started yet. I’ve been trying to decide what my fall style will be. How do you combine the popular primitive farm styles with breezy? I’m working on it, folks. I really like these things I saw at First Fridays this past weekend. Maybe I’ll have to do some crafting this week. :)
I like the idea of a pumpkin I can reuse year after year.
And wouldn’t some mums be pretty in this set up?
Working on: My online scarf shop. We’ve been in business for a little over a week now and I’ve already reordered scarves. I’ll do a new arrivals post later this week to let you know what’s new! I am loving being a business owner although I’ll admit that I’m not completely sure what I’m doing all the time. I’m so thankful for a supportive community and mentors who are willing to give me guidance when I need it. I’m telling ya, the post office had me all sorts of confused for about a day and a half!
P.S. My Facebook page is the place to be for news about current deals and discounts. I’ll be running a few each week!
Obsessed with: A clean house and fall candles. I swear it makes all my days a billion times better. And can I tell you a not-so-secret secret? I hate cleaning. I will avoid it for as long as I possibly can. Luckily, Will does most of the cleaning, but sometimes I’ll promise him that I’ll do the dishes and then I’ll leave them in the sink until right before he comes home from work because I don’t want to do them. Call me lazy or whatever, I’d just rather be doing other things, like working on my business. I finally decided that I am much more productive and content throughout the day if I start out with a sparking clean place to land. Who knew all that extra mess was actually adding to my stress? I know, everyone knows this.
And fall candles? They make it smell like I’ve actually been cooking yummy things in addition to cleaning, and who doesn’t like fall candles? The smell of pumpkin and caramel instantly puts me in my happy place!
So now that you’re all caught up on my extremely exciting life, what have you been up to lately? Are fall decorations and candles making it into your home yet?
Yesterday we celebrated one of my best friends’ upcoming wedding with a bridal shower, and it. was. adorable. Her sister put it together with a rustic fall theme and really made things look nice! I’m in the wedding party, so another friend/bridesmaid and I showed up a little early to help set up and I just knew I had to blog about some of the decorations and ideas. I hear you can find most of these out there on Pinterest already (but come on, what ISN’T on Pinterest already?) but I’m going to go ahead and round them all up together today.
1. CREATIVE CENTERPIECES
I hadn’t seen these centerpieces before,and they were super easy and inexpensive! The bride’s sister just filled the bubble ball vases with rocks from a local river, added water and floating votive candles, then wrapped twine around the vase in a fun pattern and WA-LAH! Super cute, easy and inexpensive centerpiece.
There were also wine glass centerpieces wrapped in burlap and filled with hand picked wild flowers picked from the side of the road. I thought that was another great money saving idea rather than buying/ordering flowers for a shower that only lasts 2-3 hours.
2. ADVICE FOR THE BRIDE BOOK
I thought this little book was so pretty decorated with burlap, lace and fun letters. The inside pages were blank and guests left love-ly words of wisdom for the soon-to-be newlyweds. It was a fun little project to keep guests busy while they ate and visited at the beginning of the shower, not to mention how fun it would be to read as the bride and groom.
3. DATE NIGHT JAR
This one was one of my favorites, probably because I’ve been meaning to make a date night jar for Will and I for a while now, but haven’t got around to it. Everyone wrote a date idea on a popsicle stick and stuck it in the jar for days/nights when the newlyweds need a fresh date idea.
4. RECIPE BASKET
Guests fill out note cards with their favorite recipes. I think the family members enjoyed this more than anyone, as they were able to pass down family recipes that they already knew the bride loved. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to participate because I’m pretty sure they don’t need a recipe card to figure out how to cook a frozen pizza, which is about as far as I’ve gotten in the cooking world! Either way, I loved the idea!
5. MASON JARS
Okay, so this one isn’t anything new, but mason jars never lose their appeal and I couldn’t resist taking a picture. I’m still trying to figure out how that paper straw didn’t get soggy in my lemonade…
6. CUSTOM CUPCAKE WRAPS
Another bridesmaid and I took on the responsibility of the cupcakes and cupcake wraps and made these out of burlap and ribbon. We just cut the burlap into circles (we bought cupcakes and used the liners as a template for the size) and laced ribbon through them and then tied them around the cupcakes. I’ll warn you though, it’s more time consuming than it appears and somehow I ended up with a blister on my finger from threading the ribbon, but I think they were well worth the trouble. I’m even making more for the wedding!
7. FAVORS FOR GUESTS
Apparently I’m the only person who thinks it’s weird to have to give out gifts on your day of receiving them, but if you’re going to make favors, go big or go home. The bride’s sister also made this homemade hand scrub for guests to take on their way out. The display was super pretty and the hand scrub smelled delicious. I ended up with three of them. As a guest I really enjoyed these favors and will actually get some use out of them. I guess favors aren’t so bad after all!
Have you ever seen any of these ideas at a bridal shower? Do you have any other favorites?
You guys. I am so excited about my new online store I can hardly stand it. 30 styles of scarves are all on the road on the way to my doorstep right now.
Here’s a sneak peek at the new website. You can actually get to it now and sign up to receive discounts in your inbox. I’ve also provided a little discount code for when the store opens as well as sneak peeks into the inventory.
Look at all those windows I have open on the computer. Will hates that, ha! I’m a busy lady, what can I say?
Those really are 4 of the 30 styles that I ordered. However, those are the manufacturers’ photos which I only have uploaded to get a better sense of how the website will look when finished. Once they arrive I’ll have to retake my own photos, get them posted and then we’ll be open for business. I suppose I should have an actual open date, but I’m too excited to wait, so I just plan on opening the shop as soon as everything is ready to go. I’m hoping that will be by Saturday since the inventory is scheduled to arrive on Friday.
A few of you are a little confused as to why I’m selling scarves when I paint furniture. I’m not quitting furniture, I’m just expanding if you will. The two are not exactly related, but I assume that the same people who like pretty furniture also like pretty scarves, so it’s a win-win, right?
For now I’ll be sharing both furniture and scarves on my existing Facebook page, but if it creates too much confusion I might eventually create a new Facebook page just for the scarves.
Last week I showed you the french dresser that I painted for a friend, and today I thought I’d show you another piece of the set I finished over the weekend.
I snapped this picture with my iPhone late at night, so the color is actually the same as the dresser in “real life”.
Can I just whine for a few seconds about how much I despise the shorter days? I always feel like I’m racing the sun to see how much I can get done before it disappears and when the days start getting shorter, it’s feels impossible to beat it. On the other hand, I am enjoying the fall boots and scarf weather that’s getting closer, so there’s that.
Anyways, we were thinking about painting the handles pink, but they had the perfect amount of patina so we decide to paint the sides of the drawers pink instead and leave the handles as is. I love how it turned out. Perfect for a little girl’s room! I ended up going back and adding the pink sides to dresser’s drawers as well. So pretty!
This week I’m working on finishing up a beautiful old farm table that I’ve been hoarding for way too long. It’s a friend’s grandma’s old table. I love the pieces that have a story behind them! I can’t wait to show it to you.