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Christ the Saviour is Born Wood Christmas Tree Sign

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Last week I finally made a wood sign for myself. That is rare now a days since I'm usually making them for orders or gifts for everyone else. I decided it was time to make something for my yard for Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season after all so I thought this was the perfect idea.
2- 3in x 8ft wood $2.88 each at Lowes
wood screws
red & white paint
red glitter
foam paint brush
small paint brushes for the letters
circular saw 
Silhouette or stencil for star & letters
Pen
Clear spray paint

1. I cut all the wood. I didn't measure exactly. I just cut the way I wanted it to look as I went so it formed a tree. I wasn't going for the perfect look. Just fast. For the long piece of wood I cut each side at a 30 degree angle.

2. I screwed all the pieces together starting at the top and worked my way down the 52 1/2 inch wood slat.

3. I dry brushed it white so it looked a little weathered and then let it dry.

4. I then used my Silhouette machine to cut out the star and letters onto card stock.

5. I then placed and traced the letters on each slat.

6. With a small paint brush I filled in the letter with red paint.

7. While the red paint was still wet I sprinkled red glitter over the star.

8. I then sprayed the entire thing with clear enamel spray paint to seal it from any weather condition. Let that dry.

9. Stake it into your yard & enjoy!




Remember, the bottom doesn't have to be perfect angles... it's just going to be shoved in dirt!

 You could even distress it more if you want to.

Saying Yes to everyone is a Joy Stealer & Strategies to say NO

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joy
joi/
noun
  1. 1.
    a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
    "tears of joy"
    synonyms:delight, great pleasure, joyfulness, jubilationtriumph,
     exultation,rejoicinghappiness, gladness, glee,
     exhilarationexuberanceelation,euphoriablissecstasyrapture;

    thief
    THēf/
    noun
    1. a person who steals another person's property, especially by stealth and without using force or violence.
      synonyms:robberburglar, housebreaker, cat burglar, rustler, shoplifter, pickpocket,purse snatcher, sneak thief, mugger

 There are things in my life that I am coming to realize are stealing my joy in certain areas. Also, adding unneeded stress. Recognizing them is the first step  to trying to change them. I must admit, I'm probably the Queen of procrastination because I am juggling too many things at once all because I have a hard time saying no to people. It becomes over whelming because I don't want to disappoint them. Will they like me any less if I say no? Probably not. Am I just a wet noodle and get walked all over... sadly, sometimes I am. I want to be that nice, loving person that tries to help people and  bless others. When I am constantly giving, giving, giving, where does that leave time for myself or even my sanity? Truth is, it doesn't. My motors are turning and turning and get burnt out.  They start smoking, getting hot and then yup, just die. ( I don't smoke if that's what you thought I meant!) That is when I procrastinate. I'm burnt out and running at a slow speed so I have no energy for the things that I love. The things that I love like my family, church, crafting and blogging get neglected. I would rather lay around, catch up on TV and veg. (Veg is my slang term for laying on the couch and eating snacks) Even when I have no energy and I am trying to relax on the couch and just breath, my mind isn't resting. That is a HUGE problem. The waves of thoughts and guilt wash over me of the things I should be accomplishing. For example, sign orders, jewelry orders, making new glam prints for my etsy shop, and pouring my creativity into my blog. The more I think about them, the more I dread them and get overwhelmed.

I've recognized my "saying YES problem" far long ago. It has gotten brought up at bible studies, a good friend sending me texts about it, my husband commenting and my own thoughts. Really, how hard is it to say no? Well, it's just a word. It consists of 2 letters. A "N" and an "O." You just speak it. "No." There, I said it. Ok, easier said typing on the computer than to someone's face or text. I want to be the person that saves the day or makes someone happy.

 Here is a perfect example of my life.
"Hey Teryn can you make this said pallet sign for me and I need it next week." - friend
"Ok, how big... ect. ect.?"- me
All while I start texting back I am thinking of the millions things I already have going on.
2 other signs, need to blog about this and that, kids have Christmas programs, OK, I have a doctors appointment this day, oh crud, I need to go to Lowe's and get more supplies. Shoot better check the kids homework, I need to go grocery shopping, laundry is piling up again, I need to clean the carpets, God, please forgive me for procrastinating time with you more, OK, I better clean up my side of the garage so I can make these signs and get organized again..... YIKES...
"OK, yes, I'll do it!"-me
I don't know how I am going to accomplish it all within the week but I will stretch my limit and cut some people with my attitude because I am under stress.
NOT COOL.
I put myself under that stress for what? No reason. All because I am being nice.

What if I said no? I would actually feel guilty. I would let someone down. Not come through for them.Will they get over it? 99% sure. They would probably understand.

So, for 2015, I want to say NO more. I want to get priorities straight.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt 11:28-30).

When saying NO more, my burden will be lighter. I will find more peace and joy in the little things instead of stressing about deadlines.

So how am I going to muster up the courage to say no more? 

Here are my strategies:

Know what stresses you out so you know when to say no.

For me, saying no can be linked to self worth and not wanting to feel like someone will like me less if I choose not to do things with them or for them. The only opinion we should focus on is that of God's. He is the only one that truly matters. We shouldn't be living to please man but to please God. We should love and help people like Jesus has called us to do but we shouldn't neglect ourselves while doing it,.

This goes with know your limits. Write down what you will or will not do this month. What you are able to make space for on your calendar and what isn't worth it. Then, stick to your goals and boundaries. If I say I won't take on more than 5 orders this month then I have to hold myself accountable because I know that if I am trying to be nice I will then be running around stressed out and grumpy.
A cute planner can motivate you to use it. Write down everything you need to do that month including doc appts, kids schedules, grocery shopping, errands, to do lists and goals. Then once everything is written out for the month you are to then see how busy you will be and then you will know your limits! Also, staying organized helps eliminate stress in your life too. 





These strategies are going to help me tackle saying no more. I hope they can help you too. Let me know what you think and if you too always say YES at your expense! Our time on earth is valuable so choose things in life that are worth your time and thoughts. We don't want to look back on life and regret saying yes all the time and not enjoying the small things.


Gift Guide for the Glam at Heart

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I definitely included some of things on my wish list!
Have fun Christmas shopping and blessing others with gifts. Even if you can't bless other with gifts, a simple hand written note, a phone call or chatting over coffee can bless someone just as much. The important things in life can't be purchased with money.






Holiday Fashion

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"In partnership with Zappos I styled my new Paige jeans and Freebird boots for fun new take on holiday fashion. This is the perfect outfit to wear to any holiday party that doesn't scream, "LOOK AT ME IT'S THE HOLIDAYS!"

Last month I shared my fall fashion with a vintage inspired feel for fall and now I wanted to share my holiday look using the same Freebird boots and Paige Jeans, showing you how versatile they are!
I love these jeans and boots paired together. You can dress them up for any occasion or a casual coffee date with the girls.

For this look, like I said above, I wanted an outfit that didn't scream Christmas. You know the traditional red, green Santa sweater with reindeer earrings. You can thank me later for not flaunting the over the top festive look. So, with that decision I chose  a black and white peplum top, a cream leather vest with studs, a blue studded handbag, a pearl and jeweled statement necklace and of course my favorite jeans and boots to complete this look. Another PERFECT holiday piece is anything with sequins and red lips! As for me, I am not a red lip kind of girl so I always stick with my neutral pink lip.

The boots are a weekly wear, if not multiple times if it's not raining. I get so many compliments on them and who wouldn't love a high quality,leather, handmade boot like these. I love the buckle details and I am definitely a girl who likes details. Chunky details for that matter. They also, go through 5 to 6 steps to ensure that each boot is unique, There is nothing better than having shoes that are uniquely made.

I must admit, that I would wear my Paige jeans everyday if I could. They are just that comfortable but people would think I was crazy! These are the kind of jeans that you could live in!

When I think of holiday fashion, tons of Pinterest perfect looks come to mind. Sequins, faux fur, red lips, glitter and gold. Mix these all in your own style and you are ready to hit the town in style!


You can read more about zappos and all they have to offer in my Fall Style Post.
Also be sure to check out the Zappos Holiday Gift Guide for amazing gift ideas for you and your loved ones.












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

Vintage Romance Style Chic Print Boutique {Etsy Shop Now Open!}

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I have officially survived black Friday, which by the way wasn't bad at all. Well, the places I went to anyways. I wasn't a crazy lady this year by going out on Thanksgiving night. To me, it's fun to wait in line with a christmas flavored coffee in a famous red cup and run and find the deals as fast as you can. Call me weird, but just getting out of the house is exciting for me!

On my way home last night I noticed a lot of houses already had their Christmas lights on their homes turned on as well as other yard decor. I thought, wow that was really fast! Our tradition is to always put out lights up the day after Thanksgiving and go pick out our fresh noble fir tree but this year my husband was working. I couldn't do those things without him, so hopefully today, when he gets off his shift we will be picking out our tree and continuing memories. If you didn't know, my husband is a firefighter. Any fire wife can relate. A lot of holidays spent alone with the kids while they miss out by being at the station. That is a whole 'nother post because I could go on and on about life as a fire wife. Let me just say, you have to be strong!

So for the big secret!.....

I opened a Vintage Romance Style Etsy shop!!

It took a lot of prayer and my plan was to open after Christmas because I have been so busy but lately I have been so inspired and just too excited to refrain from creating!

Vintage Romance Style is a chic print boutique in collaboration with the Vintage Romance Style Blog! SHOP FOR A CAUSE! My dream is to inspire you to chase after the dreams that God has created you to dream. With your help we can make the world a little better. Even if we are starting small. A portion of every purchase will go to Food for the Hungry to help give a child in need what every child deserves. Food, school and HOPE. Be someone's hope. Together we can reach the dark places and be a light. For more information you can check out FH.org. 

Style your print in a frame by itself or in an adorable gallery wall in your home or office with this glam and inspirational print.
Frame and accessories not included.
Size of print shown is 8x10.
Perfect for adding some glam inspiration to your life!

After purchasing your print will be e-mailed to you for instant download in a .PDF file.
Remember that your print will always be available in your etsy purchased section!
Print on white card stock and enjoy!

//Never stop Chasing the Dreams gold foil print//


To purchase click HERE

//Blessed to be a Blessing gold foil print//
 To purchase click HERE

//Jesus. Coffee. Sequins & Lipstick gold foil print//
To purchase click HERE

//French Faith. Love. Hope. 1 Corinthians. gold foil print//
To purchase click HERE

To see more SHOP HERE and I will be adding new prints often!

Remember, you will helping to bless others with every download!


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!

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