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9X12 Simple Metallic Gold Chunky Glittered Heart Valentine's Day Wood Sign

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SUPPLIES:
Red Craft paint
Red chunky glitter
Metallic Gold spray paint
White spray paint
Carstock & scissors
(optional) Silhouette machine
Small paint brush
Wood slats
 6 Wood screws
 2 D-rings
Circular saw for cuttinh wood.
Measuring tape.
Painters tape
  First build your 9x12 wood sign. I cut my new wood slats with a circular saw.

There are 3 horizontal slats and 2 back vertical slats. Use wood screws and put screw it all together. Then screw on your D-Rings on each back piece for hanging....

Spray paint it all white. Let completely dry.

Then place your tape where you want the white stripes. Make sure to press down so the paint doesnt seep.

Spray paint metallic gold. Let completely dry.

Cut out a hear with card stock, then trace. You can also use your silhouette machine to cut out a perfect heart.

Paint it the heart red. The paint needs to be thick enough for the glitter to stick to. When your heart is thick red, sprinkle your chunky glitter and let dry.

Blow off the glitter and you are done!





How to Easily Add Stone to Your Fireplace with Airstone // Tutorial //

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My fireplace was in need of a desperate makeover. My living room felt bland when I looked at this wall and it is to the left of the TV, so you are always forced to look at this blank, not so cute bare cream wall. I tried EVERYTHING to make it look full and cute. Constantly changing out the decor. Frames, candles, vases, pictures and even faux taxidermy, but still nothing changed the fact that it was a blank wall. I wanted something gorgeous, eye catching and something that would change the feel of the room. Even make it grander and more rich feeling. 
After taking a stroll through my local Lowes, I came across AIRSTONE. They had a TV tutorial going and I stood there watching and wanted to squeal! It was perfect! It showed that you could get the stone look without all the brick & mortar hassle and it is even light weight.

"AirStone is an innovative, ultra-light product that transforms a complicated construction ordeal into a simple wall-covering project. Indoors or out, our patent-pending AirStone system offers the same look, feel and durability of real stone, but weighs 75% less. This allows anyone to install a beautiful stone veneer using only pre-mixed adhesive, a putty knife and a hack saw. No special tools or mixing are needed."

 I then went home and measured my wall to see how many boxes I would need.
There are 3 types of boxes available in 3 different colors.
1. Corner Stones - these are for if you are wraping stone around a column or wall.
2. Natural edge stones, these are for stones at the edge of the wall that will be seen. They give a naturally finished look. I used these on both sides of my wall. 
3. Flat edge- these are so all the stones match up nicely together in the center of your wall. You use these for everything except the side edges of your walls.


 The height of my wall is 105 inches and the width is 76 inches.  I did use the calculator on the AirStone website. That is such a great tool and I highly recommend using it before purchasing your stones! It projected 7 boxes of flat stones, 2 boxes of the natural stone edges and 3 gallons of adhesive. I would not be needing the corner stones since I wasn't going around my wall. My wall is estimated somewhere around 9x6ft so roughly 54 square feet. I chose the "Autumn Mountain" color collection for my fire place makeover.

Here is my wall BEFORE. A candle had left it's mark around an ornate frame that I had hung there. As you can see. DRAB. It lacked the rustic glam feel that I was looking for.


My Airstone arrived and I was ready to roll! I must admit, I had never worked with stone before but was excited to try it out and see if a stay at home mom, like me could do it! Adding a rock wall to your house seemed like a huge task but once you get going, it really is super easy with this product. There is nothing complicated about it.
The top  boxes are Natural Edge stones and the larger boxes are flat edge. You will need a lot more flat edge than natural if you are doing a wall like mine. If your wall is right up against another wall, say for instance you are doing an accent wall, then you would only need flat edges. Only use natural edges if they will be seen.
 I opened up the boxes and looked at all the colors and sizes. You quickly start putting together an idea in your head of the kind of pattern you want. The pattern is the most thought out process of it all. BUT, you think and create as you go. It really is personal preference and there are a million ways you could do it. Just go with the pattern that you like or no pattern at all. I'll explain my somewhat pattern further down...


 HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED:

-Airstone ready to use adhesive. You MUST get their adhesive to ensure the best quality durability. Let me just say, these babies aren't coming off the wall!


1. level, super important. Nobody wants lop sided stones.
2. measuring tape
3. hand saw
4. pen or pencil
5. circular saw if you want the fast way of cutting!
6. Wet rag for any adhesive showing on the side edges
7. Drop cloth or old sheets for your work area.

If you need to make curves...

8. drill with small drill bit
9. hammer
10.  flat head screwdriver


Now let's get started!!

Create a work area.
Lay out your drop clothes and start unpacking boxes of stones. Lay out your Flat edge stones on one cloth and your natural edges on another. That way it is easy to find what you need.
Also, the stones has a dust to them from the packaging so that is why I laid down the cloths.
You also want to lay out a ton of stone before you get started to be able to see all the different stones to choose from.


Grab your first stone and with your spatula, ice the back of the stone like a cupcake. It should be pretty thich,,, just like cupcake frosting! ICING TIP: Don't goop it up by the side edges of the stone. When you press it against the wall it will spread more. This is especially important on the natural edge stones. It will seep out the sides and you would be able to see it on the side of your wall... not pretty! 

Then slap it on the wall, starting at the bottom and press it firmly so that all the adhesive nicely smooshes up against the wall. Your bottom stones are going to set the tone and pattern for your entire wall!  As you can see I used natural edge on the side small stone and flat edge for the big one.
I didn't have to cut these stones but you might have to cut your stones to fit into your space.

We started moving up the wall, little by little creating the color and size pattern that I liked. I then needed to make my first cut, so I made my husband try it out. We sawed and sawed but it was a lot of work because of the blade that we had... making a million cuts with that terrible hack saw was not going to do it for me. I needed this project to go as fast as it could.

 THEN a light bulb went on in my Husband's head. Circular saw!! Let's try it out!

 It worked!!! Super fast and perfect cut. We did learn that you need to cut from the front side and not the back. If you cut from the back you risk chipping the front. Also, use your pencil to mark where your cut needs to be. Place the stone on the wall and decide how much you want to cut off. then make your mark... run outside, cut your stone, run back inside, smear on the adhesive, then smoosh to the wall. The running back and forth making cuts it what took the longest!

As you go, on ever row use your level and make sure the stones are level. You will thank me when you get to the top of your wall! Also, you just eyeball the stone choices as you go. I didn't want a lot of the darker stones touching each other so I spaced them out.

Now onto the hard part. Rounding fire place corners. I racked my pretty little brain a million ways to do this. I also had the round metal place where you turn the gas on to go around to. Finally I called my dad and he sugguested drilling small holes the curve that you need, then gently tapping it away with a hammer and screwdriver.

I also added in and cut small pieces to make things level and fit.


 Drill small holes...


Now gently tap. You can also sand the edge a little to smooth it out. You will also have to try a few times to get the right side piece. Sometimes it breaks when tapping. Patience is key here!


Then once you are past the curved areas you are FREE! Seriously, it feels like the homeward stretch. Keep eyeballing the pattern and create as you go. Slap on the adhesive, press on the wall. Grab the next one and make cuts whenever you need to. You also make cuts not just for fit but for look too. If you have a brown stone and you want it smaller for the look you are going for, for the pattern then cut the longer one. The possibilities are endless and it really is custom! You literally pick every stone!

Once you are about to put on THE VERY LAST STONE, it's OK to cry. It's mixed emotions of the completed project and knowing the work is over and YOU DID IT!

Here is my AFTER! So much better. It's seriously gorgeous in person and it made my small living room feel so much bigger! It also make the ceiling feel taller. It really is miracle stones!






I am absolutely in love with the finished product and I cannot thank Airstone enough for providing me with all the the stones.

You can check out your local Lowe's to purchase your own Airstone stones for your projects or check them out HERE for color options and even more project ideas and inspiration. CLICK HERE for the installation videos to make it even easier for you.

You could even use them for an outdoor project such as house columns and indoors on walls, kitchen islands, bathtubs and more!

 If I could do it than so could you!

8 Stylish Planners to Organize Your 2015

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A new year means new goals and what better way to achieve your goals than with a new planner. It makes it even easier when the planner is super cute. It motivates you to actually use it! Well, at least for me. Bright colors and prints excite me and makes me actually think I can get all that I need to do under control with a new planner. It gives me hope for my blessed chaos.

Running a family of 5, 3 kids, my husband and I & 2 dogs on top of that gets hectic. Especially when you are DIY'n blogger like myself. E-mails, projects, phone calls, blog posts ect. start piling up if I don't manage them correctly. That's not even any of the family's things to do! Kids in school, homework, meal planning and being the mommy taxi is just a few of the things on my to do list.

Then there are your goals on top of EVERYTHING else and most importantly time with God.
So in this day and age how do we modern women do it? Things are a lot more complicated than they used to be. Especially when are faces are buried in technology everyday. The average American is consumed with technology 11 hours per day. That is crazy! 

So with life sometimes being so complicated, pick a planner to help you organize you chaos and BREATHE a little bit just like I talked about in my previous post.

The personalizations are endless when you add your own personality, stickers, post its and more to your 2015 planner! 

Who wouldn't want to at least try to organize their life with one of these?











Motivational Monday : My "word" for 2015

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Do you have your "word" for 2015? Last year mine was SIMPLIFY. I tried my best to simplify life in the midst of all I had going on. I'm not sure I fully succeeded but I tried. After a lot of prayer I finally heard from God for 2015 and I have 2! BREATHE & ACCOMPLISH. This year I won't stress out about the small things like kids making a mess or wrinkles in the bed. I will learn to just breathe and know that everything is OK, and things aren't as big of a deal as I think they are.

 It's funny how you get revelation of your "word/s" and almost immediately you are tested and you have to put them into action. Just like today for instance. Running late for church due to my daughter having a slight melt down about being separated from her brother for class. BREATHE. They are inseparable for the most part and love to go into the same class at church. Problem will be solved next year when she is in the 1st grade. Also today, my almost 2 year old daughter found my wet paint brush in the fridge and decided to start painting my beloved aqua chevron accent wall, white kitchen cabinets, my new stone fireplace wall, the spot on the couch and ottoman. BREATHE!!! I quickly caught her in the act of the couch and ottoman so I scrubbed that away. I then found the spots on the cabinets and was able to scrub that away BUT, HOURS later I found the chevron wall and rock wall with paint marks. The paint is extra durable so I scrubbed and scrubbed but it's not happening. The sad thing is, I hope I have extra paint from my chevron wall. I created my own aqua color with colors I already had at home to save money of course! So, I pray I made extra. I can't even remember. On top of that I can't remember what color of cream I used for that wall too. BREATHE. So, you see, I was in full breathe mode today. I thought OK, brush it off, it's just paint, it's just a cry session for my middle child. We made it to church with seconds to spare as the kid's check in closed. Phew. We did made it and that's what counts! I'll figure out the paint situations or worst case scenario, repaint the whole accent wall.


 ACCOMPLISH. I know God has a lot planned for me and I am going to take them by force as He leads. I am planning on accomplishing many things this year! Including small goals like keeping up on laundry ( we all probably have that one all the time) organizing every drawer, keeping a to do list and sticking to it. Overall just keep my life more organized so I am able to accomplish more. A big "accomplish" part of my life will be my blog. Spending more time organizing projects, executing projects and showing who I am. I'm believing for big blessings this year as I accomplish!

While sitting here, listening to the dishwasher run, and the dryer drying clothes, I realized there is an important word concerning 2015.  I'll share that with you, and what God showed me next Monday! So, have you asked God what your words are? If so, what are they?

Now it's time to link up all of your amazing projects. I hope you know, I really do appreciate every one of you. Without you, I'd be talking to myself!

Here are the rules:

Link to a specific DIY/Craft post, not your home page/blog

  • Link back with a text link. 
  •  Please don't add links to  giveaways, any other link parties or any of your beautiful shops
  • Visit and encourage/comment on other links.
  • Let's keep this link up fresh so try not to link up projects that you've       linked before.
  • This party starts Monday at 8am PST and ends Friday at midnight PST
  • By entering any link you are giving me full permission to share any images and blog information. You are also giving full permision to be featured on any social media platform. I want to be able to show off your ideas & projects!
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Ring in the New Year with a Julep Nail Tutorial

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Nothing says New Years Eve party like a LBD, sequin blazer, hot red heels, amazing clutch and accessories perfectly paired with amazing holiday nails. New Years is all about dressing up and being glam because who knows, you might be kissing Prince Charming when the clock strikes midnight. So, naturally, you want to be looking your best when the count down starts and everyone at the party starts moving towards their man.

I for one believe that your manicure is the perfect accessory to complete any outfit.  I'm here to show you how to achieve the perfect New Years look with Julep!










Be sure to check out more of Julep's nail colors to coordinate your nails with any outfit! The possibilities are endless with all of the gorgeous colors. I for one  love the Bombshell and Boho Glam  collections. They even have birthstone nail polishes! Mine is Aretha for March. It is a multi-dimentional glitter top coat and it is absolutely gorgeous. Definitely on my "need" list to add to my collection of colors.  

Have fun creating your Julep look and Happy New Year!



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