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7 Past DIY Christmas ideas

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I have to admit, in my pretty little head, I've already moved past Thanksgiving and have pulled out the garland. Forget Tom the Turkey! I want to smell some pine! I am anxiously awaiting the fresh trees to arrive at the stores my my family and I can pick one out and bring it home! I tried talking the hubby into a fake one but I lost! So We'll hopefully  be getting one next weekend! I wanted to recap my Christmas crafts. You can check out the tutorials! Funny how my photos and blogging was different back then! I've already been planning my tree and picking up little things here and there! 






4 pallet signs & A Pallet and twine Christmas card holder!





So, do you want to rush past Thanksgiving and get to Christmas decor, or do you want to enjoy it?
Also, do you do a real or fake tree?



DIY Christmas Glitter Glam Reindeer Sign

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 I found this 8x10 curvy wood sign at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 and I knew exactly what I was going to do with it when I purchased it. Here is what else you'll need to make your glitter glam reindeer sign:

Spray paint in white & metallic gold
painters tape
sanding block
stencil or reindeer cut out from your silhouette machine
red chunky glitter
pen for tracing
Small paint brush

I was in a hurry to get this done so I didn't snap a before picture. Sorry!
First I spray painted it with Valspar's white primer and let that completely dry. I think I did 2 coats.
Then I taped the striped on about every inch to inch and a half.



Next I spray painted it with Valspar's metallic gold and let that dry completely.

I pulled the tape off and then brought it inside.

I lighted sanded the edges giving it a distressed look.
 Place little ol prancer, dasher or Rudolph on top to trace. (Whatever you want to name him. Heck, even little Rudy the reindeer!)
 Trace it with a pen. I have to point out that I actually write with my right hand but for the sake of all things DIY I had to show you how I traced it! I can't snap a picture with my left!
 Now your done tracing do remove the cut out.

Time for some paint!

It took me 2-3 coats and I laid it on thick so the glitter would stick.

Pour then pour some glitter, covering every inch of  Rudy!

Then shake shake shake it off! Oh Oh Oh Oh. (OK, I just had to sing that!)

Let it dry completely and let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

I had everything on hand except the sign so it cost me $2.99!

Linking up with
Tatertots & Jello
THe SITS girls
The 36th Avenue

Motivational Monday + DIY Link up Party #2

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Happy Monday! Today I want to share with you my latest posts and posts from the very first Motivational Monday link up party..  So let's get this Monday started off right!




Fall fashion with Zappos.com and get the details of my outfit.'

Trash to Glam chalkboard makeover

Fall 2014 hair trends

Now lets check out last weeks recent projects from the link up! 


My friend Andrea from Little Miss Andee created this amazing blog planner. You should see the inside! Adorable dividers, cute inspiration and ideas with decorated paperclips, washi tape and post it. There is also perfect printables to keep all your blog passwords, post ideas and schedule organized. This girl also has a personal planner & ideas that are beyond amazing. You have to check her out!


Judith from Plucky Gumption created this great tutorial to create this handmade gift for Christmas or well, any occasion!


Sybil from She Lives Free made these adorable Halloween gifts. Even thought Halloween is over, we can definitely transform this idea for any occasion!

Now it's time to link up!




Fall Style with Zappos, Freebird & Paige Denim

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In partnership with Zappos I styled my new Paige jeans and Freebird boots with some of my favorite fall accessories for a vintage romance feel.  Zappos.com is a great place to shop for all of your fashion needs. They have thousands of brands and styles to choose from. Whether you are looking for new boots, jeans or accessories Zappos really has it all!



 Fall is finally here and it is my absolute favorite time of year to shop for in when it comes to fashion. Gorgeous accessories, dark denim and boots for days are my must haves to style any look for the season. I never know when I'll be hitting the town for coffee with my blogging friends or running errands, so I need stylish pieces that are comfortable enough to wear all day. Also, being a mother of three I need to be able to chase after them too!

Zappos sent me an amazing pair of the "GREY MULTI" FreeBird Bolo boots. Did you know these are designed and created by Steve Madden? Ya I didn't either.They are gorgeous and handcrafted using traditional Goodyear construction. That's where stacks of leather are hammered together and carefully stitched to create a virtually indestructible sole. This technique is centuries old. Each pair starts with carefully selected materials and is finished with extreme detail. It even goes through 5 to 6 steps to ensure that each pair is one of a kind. I don't know about you but I love when that much love is poured into a quality product. I also love the uniqueness. All of the designs are inspired by vintage Americana and created using time-honored craftsmanship as a unique way to finish any look. The Bolo boots are soft, distressed and I am in love with the buckles. These just scream  cool weather and a coffee date at a local hip coffee shop. I'll take a Peppermint Mocha please!




Zappos also sent me Paige Skyline Skinny Jeans in "CARSON."  These jeans are perfect from going to day to night and can be dressed up or down.  Whether you are grocery shopping or dressing up for Thanksgiving dinner with the family these are my go to jeans now. I cuffed them up a little so I could pair them with my boots and to show the buckle details on them also, Paige Jeans believes that the best story you can make and share is the one of your own life and they are passionate about designing pieces that reflect and celebrate that. From the beginning of the Paige brand, Founder, Paige Adams-Geller aimed to inspire and empower as her own story evolved. I love that she is a woman that designs jeans in a male dominating industry of denim designers. She knows personally what works for our womanly figures! Paige continues to challenge convention and infuse her colorul spirit and chic sensibility into every collection that she designs. Her brand officially launched into high end retailers in February 2005 and quickly became and instant obsession with celebrities and fashion editors. I can definitely see why! They are also created in Los Angeles, Ca. USA made, I love that too!

 



Zappos.com  was great to work with. Ordering was a breeze and let me just say... overnight shipping! I received my package literally the next day. I was super excited when I saw the package on my door step. I couldn't wait to open it. It felt like Christmas in Fall. Zappos also has great product descriptions on their site so you know how many inches are in the inseam of jeans and how well the product will fit. Also, customer service is great in answering any questions at all, even regarding the fit and style. Did you know that they are a 15 year old e-commerce site? They now offer over 150,000 styles from over 1,000 brands. They have so much more than shoes too! They also have a staggering selection of apparel, accessories, luggage and more in addition to footwear. A MAJOR thing to remember is free shipping and they also have a 365 return policy. If you need any assistance, don't be shy. You can call their customer loyalty team 24/7 at 1-800-927-7671.





I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Motivational Monday + Link Up Party!

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 Happy November! It's that time again! Like I said in my previous POST, I love Mondays! I look forward to them.
Mondays motivate me to get things done. I get the kids off to school, drink my coffee, start a load of laundry and try to tackle household chores that never go away.

Today I want to talk about reaping you harvest in God's timing. Not your own.

Sometimes I don't always understand why God does the things that He does. We pray, enter the throne room, praise, worship and ASK boldly for the things we desire but what we desire isn't always God's plan for us.

There are things in my life that I am believing for. Sowing seed for and have been for a long time. The doors have not opened yet but I will not give up. In due time I will reap a harvest. I have faithfully been sowing and entering into His presence.

Do NOT give up! If there is something you are believing for, keep sowing, keep tithing and being faithful and in DUE SEASON you will reap your harvest.

Do not let your fleshly desires get in your way of God's will for you. Trust in Him. He already knows your future and wants the best for you.

Today I pray for everyone who is believing for changes in their lives. When you are at the breaking point of giving up, that is when you are the closest to finishing.

Give it to God and don't be disappointed when things don't happen the way you thought they would.
God is so faithful to His word and it shall come to pass. His dreams for you are bigger than any dream you have dreamt for yourself. Let Him blow your mind.

So keep being faithful, keep doing what your doing and let God direct your steps.
He won't disappoint when His will is done.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galations 6:9


Now for the big news!!!
Motivational Mondays will now be a DIY/Craft link up party!
There is nothing better than Jesus & DIY in my opinion.
I want this to be a place of sharing the talent the God has blessed you with and motivate others to create too!



Roadside mirror to glam chalkboard makeover

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This makeover is only about a year overdue. You see, I found this little gem that  on the side of the road about a year ago with the very intention of turning into a metallic gold framed chalkboard.
Sadly, it has sat in my garage the whole time.
I even squealed with excitement when I saw it laying on the curb for city clean up. Obviously the previous owner didn't see the potential nor was a DIYer. Win for me!
It was completely covered in thick dirt/dust and cobwebs... the cobwebs even had dead spiders all in them.
I hate spiders but had to get over it for a minute to stuff this in the back of my SUV.
I drove off with a big smile on my face.

Now fast forward to today. I can happily say that it is complete and I am in love!
It is also one less project on the to do list and I have been on a roll.




First I took out the mirror and I wiped  down the frame with soap and water then dried it off. I removed all the cobwebs and spiders.

After it was dry I primed it with 2 coats of Valspar white primer from Lowe's and let that dry completely.



Then I sprayed 2-3 coats of Valspar Metallic gold.


After the metallic gold was dry and not sticky, I used Valspar's chalkboard paint and painted 3 coats. You want to make sure that there isn't any brown speckles showing through. Let that dry overnight.

Hang it and the chalkboard art is endless!








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