Sunday, July 24, 2011

My Momma is 50!

My beautiful Mother turned 50 last week. We all went up to my grandparents cabin to spend the weekend with her. You wouldn't know that she is 50 if you saw her. She looks so young (a trait in which some of her children are upset to have inherited). A few weeks ago at the gas station a women was baffled, saying that I looked like I was 12 and there was no possible way I was married and graduated from college. She didn't even joke when saying it. It was like a concerned, "are you lying about your age?" sort of question. Very strange. Then my mom walked up and this woman became even more shocked that SHE was old enough to have a daughter married. It was pretty funny. I am grateful to have inherited such genes, but I must be honest it has taken a while for me to realize what a blessing they are. (here we are at my wedding of course).

Anyway, the cabin was so much fun! Steve and I came up after everyone was there and brought 50 purple balloons (her favorite color) and a cake to surprise her. She loved it of course.

I made my mom this cake for her. Her favorite cake is spice! It was delicious! We had such a great time playing games and enjoying each others company. My mom of course loved playing with her grandson Tucker. He really is the most exciting thing going on in our family. But he is adorable, so no one minds.

 I am so grateful for my mother. She is such a wonderful lady. She has always been there for me no matter the circumstances. There have been countless times where I am at a loss for what to do with my current situation and she always has the right things to say, to help me understand, or to just agree with  me that sometimes life just isn't what we want it to be. I love her so much.  I am so glad we are such good friends. More and more I have been noticing the similarities between us, and realize how lucky I am to have inherited so many wonderful things from my Mother. Thanks Mom, you are the best! Hope you had a wonderful 50th!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

And the winners are....

Congratulations girls! You have won a pair of the lovely geometric earrings! Ill be getting in touch to get your address so I can send you your winnings. Thanks to everyone for your comments! Stay tuned for another giveaway later this summer!

Sunday, July 10, 2011



I am giving away a FREE pair of geometric earrings hand made by yours truly! There will be THREE winners! so your chances are pretty great.

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Geometric Jewelry

For some reason I got in a super crafty mood while sitting at home all day one Saturday. I needed to try some of the things I have been wanting to make. First, my inspiration came from my lovely friend Tosh. I saw here tutorial HERE on her blog and had to try this. I love how it turned out. They were so fast and easy to make. I made earrings, a necklace and my favorite idea... magnets. I am obsessed with magnets. Seriously why not spiff up your fridge?

Here are the earrings I made, I used Folk Art Plaid acrylic paint. Silver and gold metallic and blue which I painted over with silver to give it a nice shimmer.

Second, I made these earrings. I got the idea from ISLY. Melissa always has great tutorials on her blog. Check it out HERE. I used the same shimmery acrylic paint on the leather to give it some contrast. I also painted another coat on top using olive oil (a great tip from ISLY). I thought it would be fun to use the beads I made as an accent to the feathers. These feathers were super easy to make, seriously leather is a lot of fun. I am definitely going to be experimenting more.

I have a love for magnets... for a long time I have just been using my bottle cap magnets. They just make my fridge more exciting... See?

So I thought these would be a fun addition...

I just glued some magnets to the back and there you have it! Some more fun magnets to hang things on my fridge.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Beautiful Thrifting Blue

I love thrifting. I found these vases at DI a few weeks ago for 50 cents. Seriously, I love the deals I find there. I just keep looking at the vases thinking of all the things I could use them for. Maybe one day ill find a practical use for them. We shall see. I thought I'd have a little bit of fun photographing them in the meantime. If nothing else they make beautiful photos.

A tiny sneak peak

A little sneak peak. I'm crafting something... I love tiny things....

Happy Fourth

I hope you all had a fun fourth of July! Let the festivities and fireworks fly until the end of July. What will you do to celebrate? I made these delicious little cakes for our family BBQs. they were yummy, as most desserts are. Must all the most delicious things add to our hips. Yes, they must I suppose.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Spectacles of all sorts

For the past I don't know how many years, my family has attended the fireworks show in Logan. It is a really great family tradition started by my Fathers parents and now carried out by my Dad and our family. My dad used to make and set off fireworks when he was young until my mother watched him do a show and objected to his continuance in this job. This was back before electronic advancements when they had to run and light each firework individually. Kind of dangerous, which is why I am sure my mother objected. This was also a dangerous art in which my father's pyro loving personality was drawn to but followed my mothers wishes. Now he just has to enjoy the spectacle like the rest of us.  Only a number of us could attend this year, but the fireworks were incredible! We had a grand ol time eating kettle corn and drinking diet coke. Speaking of spectacles, for Steve's birthday he got a new pair of glasses. I think he looks so handsome in them of course. Here is a photo of us at the fireworks. I thought it would be fun to play around with some bright colors in light of the holiday. I hope you all have a a fun 4th!

Friday, July 1, 2011


Books. I love them. I have talked about this before, but it just keeps coming back. My Dad is a bibliophile (a person who collects or has a great love of books).  I have dabbled in book art before but decided that for fathers day I would get crazy and make something special for my obsessive book loving father. I made the entire thing from the pages of the book. I think it turned out pretty neat, and my Dad loved it of course! He has already come up with many more book art ideas for me... more to come, someday I suppose.