Thursday, September 29, 2011

Secret Shop Sale!

I now have 3 etsy shops and I am slowly getting them up and running.  I wanted to have a shop sale for all of my blog readers and their friends, so visit any of my shops and enter SHHHH at checkout and get 25% off!  Easy enough, huh?  Start your Christmas shopping early this year, the sale is on from now until October 25th.  So tell your friends and start shopping!

You can shop for jewelry at my jewelry shop.

Fun Accessories at my accessory shop.

Or get cute stuff for your home at my home shop.

More stuff is going up everyday, so keep checking back, and remember: Christmas is right around the corner!  Stocking Stuffers, gifts for mom, gifts for friends, and gifts for YOU!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Happy Late Birthday to Me

My birthday is July 4th.  I share it with my twin brother, and when we are all together, we spend the day as a family.  This year, I was lucky enough to have my ENTIRE family together.  Both of my brothers and their girlfriends, my husband, and my parents.  It was awesome.  We rented a pontoon and went out into Kaneohe Bay and did some RELAXING.  It was a great way to spend the day.

My brother and his soon to be wife walking down to the boat.

Looking out at the bay.  You can see Chinaman's Hat in the distance.

Me and Tammy keeping an eye out for coral.

Captain Dad, making sure he doesn't run the boat on coral or the rocks. That is no fun!

My mom and my twin, Ryan.  Enjoying the sunshine.

Everybody running out to the sand bar.

Great day to be out on the water.  Thanks everybody for a great birthday celebration.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Free Printable Gnome Art

I have a thing for gnomes.  I like their little hats, the woodland creatures they are often seen with, and the toadstools that surround their homes.  I have been searching etsy for gnome art for my home, and this is what I came up with. These are my top favorites...

You can view all items on etsy by clicking here.
Have a favorite?  I am leaning towards the knitting gnome or the little gnome house.  They are both super cute.  The knitting gnome would go great in my new craft room.

I also created a little printable gnome art for my fellow gnome lovers...

Print it out and cut it to fit into a 5 by 7 frame.  I am putting this little guy in my entry way.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Desk Organizer Makeover

I went to Savers today and found this shabby plain desk organizer.  I was in the market for one, so I thought about it and decided to give it a makeover.  I got it for $3.99.  Then I went to Michael's and got some sky blue paint for 1.19.  Then I got some stickers from K&C Company that were fake hardware stickers.  They work great and look like the real thing.  I also got a sponge brush for .39.  Total cost: under $6.00 with tax.

Here it is all laid out on an extra piece of cardboard from an Ikea box.  First I sanded everything I could get to.

Then I painted it with 2 coats of the sky blue paint.  After it dried, I put on the hardware stickers.  They look great and are actually pretty sturdy.

Then I made labels to fit inside of the stickers by hand stamping them.  I really like how it looks with my milk glass planter.  ICE BLUE is my new favorite color...

What do you think?  I found other desk organizers that were remotely stylish for over $25.00.  I would say this is a SUCCESS!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sweet Sunny Day Etsy Shops

Good evening everyone!  I have been sewing up a storm and I started 3 new etsy shops today.  

The first one is for my jewelry:  

I haven't listed much yet, but by the end of the week it will be full of new items!  Check out these earrings here.

The second one is for home items:

My first item is this little birdie.  You can use it as a pin cushion, a decoration, a toy, etc.  I love birds so I am making a ton more of these.  If there is a color combo you would like to see, send me a little note!

I also opened a shop for accessories:

I am always looking for ways to carry tissues in a less sloppy way.  This is a total fix.

I fell in love with this lemon fabric and have been making tons of stuff with it.  Placemats, coasters, tissue holders, etc.  This won't be the last you see of it!  Click here to see this in my shop.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fabric Placemat Tutorial

I love quick and easy projects like this one that is both functional and decorative.  This fabric placemat tutorial can also be used to make coasters, mug rugs, etc.  It will only take an afternoon to make a whole set.

You can cut it any size you want really, some people like smaller placemats, some like them larger.

Super quick and easy!  Good luck and happy sewing!  If you make a placemat or coaster from this tutorial I would love to see pictures. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Quilted Placemats

I got my sewing machine today and made my first project!  I love the machine so far, and can't wait to test it's limits.  On to the placemats though.  I got some stunning fabric at Hancock Fabrics two days ago and I couldn't wait to use it.

Rotary Cutter, Cutting Mat, and Ruler.  CHECK!

Finished product.  Love em love em love em.

I made a few coasters too.  I tried out making my own labels as well and I really like how they turned out.

An owl, hello, and my name.  Cute labels.

Melmac vintage mug goes perfect with my new rectangular coaster.

Dinner time! Now we have something to put our dishes on that protects our table and looks great.  Tutorial to come soon.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tucson Road Trips

Road trips have been a topic of dreams for the past 9 years of my life.  Living in Hawaii, we would "road trip" to the North Shore, or to Ka'ena Point.  We could never go for hours and end up in entirely different parts of the Nation.  I missed that, and I have been taking advantage of the road trip possibilities since I arrived back on the mainland. 

Road trip #1 was our trip to Ikea in Phoenix.  We had a very long day in Ikea, followed by a nice hour and a half drive back to Tucson.  

Road trip #2 was our trip to Tombstone, about an hour and a half South of Tucson. It was a trip back in time to the Old West. 

 Road trip #3 was our trip to Mt. Lemmon outside of Tucson.  It also takes about an hour and a half to get to, and it was amazing.  It feels like you are in the mountains of Colorado, complete with a ski resort at the top of the mountain.

I can't wait to see what other road trips we tackle!  Everything is within driving distance.  So freaking exciting.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Handmade Anniversary Gift

My husband and I got married 3 months ago and since we are in a new home, in a new city, I decided to give him a little gift.  I framed our vows and put them on our dresser for him to find when he came home from work.  We both wrote our own vows, so it was a little more meaningful than the traditional "to have and to hold" stuff.

I typed them up on my computer and used 2 different fonts.  One for my vows, one for his.  Then I switched them around for the highlighted portions in blue.  I just chose some of the more important words/phrases to highlight.  

Then I put them in 8 by 10 frames on our new IKEA dresser.  :)

Don't they look nice next to a few of our engagement pictures?

Cody really liked them and I was really pleased with how they turned out.  If you are looking for the fonts, I used Olivetti  Type 2 (typewriter) and Sunshine in My Soul (script).  Click on the names to download them.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tips for Setting up a Desert Buffet

No party is complete without an amazing desert buffet.  There is more than just making the deserts and picking out candy though.  The display and set-up of the buffet is just as important as what you put on it.  One of my main responsibilities at my last job was to prepare each buffet and set it up.

 Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning/setting up a desert buffet:

1. Think height.  It is visually appealing to have items staged at different heights.  Use cake stands, platforms, risers, stack plates under linen, etc.

2. Think color.  You don't want to place all items of a similar color in one place unless you are going for a one colored buffet.  It tends to look blah.  As in the photo below, you can alternate colors and still carry a theme.  ( ie: pink and orange )

3. Think pairs.  If you have similar items, put them together.  Ex. sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies/ brownies and blondies/ chocolate and vanilla cupcakes.  These fondant covered sugar cookies and madeleines look great together, and have more of a wow factor when paired.

4. Think grouping.  If you have a lot of different items all over the buffet, try to group them together so they look more appealing.  The cupcakes have been placed into little groups with the candy.  They look more unified and bring out the color scheme even more.

5. Think Signage and Decor.  You can't expect people to know what you are serving, and who wants to eat a raisin cookie you thought was chocolate chip?  

Simple signs and decorations make your buffet look more put together.  No one will be guessing if that is Grandma's fudge cake, or Vanilla Raspberry Cupcakes.

Little cupcake decorations, plants, flowers, etc. can make your buffet POP!

Other things to consider:

People love chocolate, always have at least one chocolate item.

Cookies are a no-brainer.  Everyone will eat a cookie.

If you put it on a stick, it is instantly SO COOL.  Try it.

If you are running out of ideas, try filling in your buffet with candy.

Guests will appreciate little bags to take home goodies.  You can find color coordinating paper bags at most local craft stores.

Top your cupcakes with toppers.  It adds extra height and color.

You can find tons of cupcake topper templates on-line, buy them at Wal-Mart, or make you own with paper and toothpicks.

All of my photos are from my friend Glorianne's beautiful wedding.  She made a huge variety of sweets and did a fantastic job getting everything ready to set up.  She pre-filled her candy containers, packed her items neatly and labeled them, and had a list of everything that should be on the buffet.  She also had the signs ready to go, as well as decor and flower petals.  All I had to do was come and set it up.  It is easy when you are prepared and ready to let your buffet sell itself.  



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