Friday, 7 February 2014

Favorite Finds Friday - Week 3

I know I am getting to this week's Friday Favorite Find a little late.  I been curled up in bed watching tv for the last 2 days.  I think we are coming down with some flu/cold thing, and I am still recuperating as well.

The first thing I wanted to share with you this week is an adorable picture that is going around pinterest from tumbler (if you by chance know of the original source of this photo please let me  know so I can give them the credit, thank you). 

The caption reads "Gimme a kith" LOL

I came across this due to following The Graphics Fairy blog.  I am drooling over both projects and feel that these are not just valentine ideas but can be incorporated into a vignette or two.  I love the look of both projects;  the painted suitcase and the handmade vintage style ipad bag; and I hope some of you like them as well.

For those of you who have the skills to make an amazing meal for your loved ones this year, I share with you homemade Four Cheese Heart Ravioli from Annies-Eats.  I personally don't  have the ability to do this but would love to hear if anyone makes this and how it went!

I found this awesome pin today as I was checking some mail and thought I had to share.  It's a very unique idea and I hope to redesign my kitchen using silverware décor and this would look awesome over the desk/counter being put in sometime this year.  I might even try and rework this a bit.  I will definitely share if I try this one out.  Great kitchen lighting.

I love these cute bottles of love found on The Budget Decorator.  I would love it if I could use my small glass coke bottles with this.  Maybe I can find something to close the bottle with.  If I find one I will let you in one the solution.  If you know of an idea I could use leave me a comment below please.  I would love to make these for friends and family this year.

I hope you found some things this week that are new to you.  I also love getting ideas from our readers for neat ideas to share with our readers.  If you find something neat please let me know And I will try and add it to my list.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend. 

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Another Round of Blogtastic Reviews is here!

 Note:  Wow I cannot believe that I have been using the Blogtastic Reviews graphic I made and the link to my site is wrong.  I had to have been pretty tired to make that kind of mistake.  Anyway, fixed now.

I haven't had much chance to be online so I haven't been on the lookout for new and exciting blogs so I will pick a couple that I read that you might not know about.

The first blog I want to talk about is This Girl's Life.  Melissa is a wife and mother to a beautiful 6 year old girl and 2 of the four footed variety.  She is also one of our unsung heroes as a military wife.

She writes about DIY projects, crafts, decorating, beauty, fashion, recipes and daily life.    Some of my favorite posts lately are:

For you card maker's out there… A blog called My Creative Rumblings.

She has amazing cards, that are wonderfully inspirational.  This site belongs to Shelly.  She is a wife and mother to 3.  Below are some of the cards that I find stunning from her blog lately.

~ Washi Shapes * I am obsessed with most Asian inspired décor and culture.*
~ Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes *  I am in LOVE with the dress forms and colors*
~ Washi Christmas Trees * The antique and romantic look of this card is what draws me to it.*
~ Sweet Stamps Monthly Challenge - Easel Card * I am drawn to the vivid color of turquoise lately.  And this card doesn’t disappoint*

Another blog I have enjoyed following is Older and Wiser.  Rebecca has a humor that I love.  She is a busy mom to 5 great kids and loves to do various crafting and DIY'ing projects.  *think this is the second time I have used the 'word' DIY'ing and yes I 'know' it's not a word LOL*

I love the way she updated her old bookcase in the post HERE.  I find that it has 'character' now and I might use this as inspiration for my dresser makeover that I will be doing in the future. 

~ What does the fox say? (A Christmas Tree Topper) *Adoring the toy decorated tree*
~ Current Obsessions *laughed at her cross stitch, she often has me giggling to myself*
~ Pimp Yo' Presents Series  * her unique ideas are so inspiring*

Well it’s the end of another monthly Blogtastic Review.  If you know of a new or inspiring blog you think I should know about, please contact me and I will gladly go peak at anything. 

I hope that you are all well and enjoying February, which I am having a hard time doing with this deep cold and snow crap all day every day.  I am not a fan of winter.  When I lived in Arkansas I was much happier except in the dead heat of summer.  It needs a happy medium lol

Did you find a new blog today?  Which was your favorite and why did that site speak to you.  Are you already followers of these blogs?  I would love to hear from you so please take a minute or two and comment below and let me know you were here. 

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Favorite Colors, Bedrooms, Bears and Friendship

I'm not sure if I have told you yet that Purple is my most favorite color in the world.  Since we have been in the house (4 months now), I have been dreaming of decorating my bedroom/craft space black and purple.  I found this amazing picture on Pinterest last year and have been holding onto it tightly and cannot wait to make my bedroom this calm relaxing atmosphere.  For the life of me I have been unable to source the origins of this photo.  If you know where this was originally posted please let me know so I can credit the creators properly.  I have spent a few hours trying to find it, as its in tons of round ups to no avail.

Well there is one item in my room now that has purple that will be incorporated into the design of this space.  It was given to me by an amazing kindred soul, by the name of Alonda.  This bear was actually given to her mother as a gift as she was dying.  It was extremely important to Alonda.  I mentioned one day that it was the most adorable bear I had seen and if she knew where I might be able to find one.

Well a few weeks later, Christmas came and a package was left on my doorstop. Opening the box, I began to cry, because a dear friend had given me a precious memory of hers.  I still to this day cannot believe she gave this present to me.  I have kept my bear in the best condition and he is probably as important to me now as he was to Alonda.  I will look after this gift till my dying days as it is a priceless item in my life.

It is a reminder of the depth of friendship you can have with another person.  The love that each person gives in our lives , either family, friends or even acquaintances. Friendships that endure are not easy, there is work to be done, and there are times when we don’t speak, or see each other often but we connect on other areas to insure that everyone knows how deeply we care about them.

Perhaps this valentines day is not only about lovers.  I think it’s a great opportunity to let everyone know they are loved.  Winter's are usually rough for people and depression is at a high.  Perhaps a small gesture, a card, a phone call, or a visit, with a hand written letter to tell the person why they are important to you.  We are not guaranteed any tomorrows.  Make sure your loved ones know today.

Do you give valentines or cards/calls to anyone other than your spouse?  Are you planning any special ideas for family and friends this year?  If so let us know your ideas, you just might inspire someone else to do something special.