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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mother's Day Necklace

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hallmark Jewelry. All opinions are 100% mine.

This summer we'll be traveling to Idaho to spend the weekend with my Grandma to celebrate her 80th birthday. To make it extra special, we're turning it into a family reunion as well, so we'll have about 50 people there, including a couple of great grand-children!


In anticipation of this fun event, I knew this Tree of Life Necklace from Hallmark Jewelry would be a perfect Mother's Day gift for her. Just like a tree begins with a single seed, "Family begins with love." Roots grow deep to give a solid start and then branches out to children, grandchildren, and on. 


My grandma has always been so supportive and interesting in what I'm doing and what my family is up to. Plus I love that she and my grandpa raised my mom, which helped her become, and continue to be the best mom for me. I remember her telling us the fun stories about living on a farm when she and my grandpa first got married. Or of Christmas traditions from when she and her sisters were growing up. To accompany the necklace I made this beautiful card to send along with it. Even if you don't usually make cards, this is a simple recipe for making a beautiful one, with just 5 pieces. 


  • 1 blank card (cardstock )
  • 2 coordinating scrapbook paper (hint: look for double-sided paper, because it's an automatic match!)   . . . cut to [3.75 x 5 inches] and [4.25 x 1.5 inches]
  • 1 large embellishment (a decorative flower, heart, tag, etc)
  • 1 small embellishment (a small heart, gem, word, etc)

Then all you have to do is layer the pieces. Glue down the larger paper, then the smaller one, using small drops of glue or tape runner. Then add the two embellishments.


Finally write your message inside, which is sure to be just as treasured as the beautiful and classic jewelry. The necklace is polished sterling silver with cubic zirconia studded leaves for extra sparkle. It comes on an 18 inch chain with a spring-ring clasp.


Order yours now from Hallmark Jewelry at Amazon.com and get it plenty of time for Mother's Day on May 8th.



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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Bug Life (Cricut Project)

Thanks to something that Melissa Allen, one of my friends at Cricut, said yesterday, I knew I had to design this file to share with all of you.




Are you with me? Do you love your Cricut and all the things you can do with it? 
Click this link to open the Design Space project and it's ready for you to make your own bag, tshirt, mug. . . whatever!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Farmhouse Clock DIY

To create this farmhouse style clock, paint was provided to me but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I took a detour from painting furniture and went after the big clock in our kitchen. We've had this clock in 4 different houses over the last 9 years or so. When we painted our walls I knew it would look great as a white farm-house style clock and I finally got around to it!

So here's what it looked like before.



After making sure it was clean of any grease or dust I painted it with Country Chic Paint in Vanilla Frosting (all-in-one). 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Dream Catcher Shirt

I have partnered with Cricut for this post. All opinions are my own and I've included some of my affiliate links for easy shopping!


You remember my mermaid shirt from a couple of days ago. Another cool design coming up in the Trendy T-shirts collection from Cricut is this beautiful dream catcher. I knew I wanted to use it on a shirt too, so here's what I came up with.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Mermaid Shirt

Vinyl was provided to me by Cricut, but all opinions are my own. I get to show off a sneak peek at the "Trendy T-Shirts" which will be available soon for your Cricut.



Mermaids are making a splash all across the craft and fashion world, and it's perfect timing as we can finally start thinking about warmer spring weather! Start thinking about who you know who'd love this shirt.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Diabetes Update

In case anyone's wondering, I thought I'd fill you in on the last couple of weeks. So if you want more details on the diabetes news, keep reading. Here's my first diabetes post.

The first week was rough. I was overwhelmed with the whole idea. I felt sick from the medicine. That made it hard to want to eat better, or at all, and I slept a lot. And that made it hard to want to do anything else, including exercise, which I know is even more important for me now that it was before. But I had people checking in on me with texts, calls, and even a sweet visit. I definitely felt loved!



Saturday, March 12, 2016

Green Chair Makeover

I received paint for this project, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I've had this chair for several years, and it's been through a couple of makeovers already. It was time for an update, and I knew the current blue color would look great showing through a green top coat. Just for fun I also tried a video of the process, so you can watch that too if you want.