Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hello Spring

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It's my favorite season. Unless autumn has finally arrived. 
Then it's my favorite. Boots, scarves, and pumpkins. 
They get me every time.

Christmas comes along quickly with it's many festivities. If we're lucky the first snowfall soon after-and it's beautiful. 
After so long the winter starts to look cold and bleak. 

Then enters spring. It's wonderful. 
Colors begin to peak through the grass, trees, and mountains. I think God must have known what He was doing putting spring after winter. New life is all around and so is the sunshine. 
I believe that's my favorite part of spring. Fresh flowers and sunshine.

In celebration of spring - here is a handful of links to get you prepped and ready for the season!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A Little Coaster Love

Happy Wednesday everyone!
I've been working on some coasters lately and wanted to share them with you today. I found a pack at the local Goodwill and thought I'd give them a makeover.

These were already gold when I bought them, which I loved! So I  just added a little more pizazz with my paint pens. :)
 If you really like the coasters you can find them here also.

Here are some really neat DIY coasters I found on Pinterest.

1. Natural Branch Coasters
2. Corkboard Coasters
3. Flannel Coasters
4. Washi Tape Mini Wood Pallet Coasters
5. Scrappy Quilt As You Go Coaster
6. Braided Rag Rug Coaster
7. Vintage Map Coasters
8. Coastal Rope Coasters

Friday, April 1, 2016

A Few Beauty Favorites

I thought it was time I shared some of my favorite beauty products with you all. These are a few of my go-to products.

This is probably one of my favorite colors. It's a red/orange color with a hint of coral. Perfect for a spring/summertime color.

Love this! It gives such a nice glow. Just remember a little bit goes a long way with this!  

I'm still trying to get the hang of liquid eyeliner--I don't have the steadiest hand. However, the chunkiness of this pen helps you have a good grip on it. I like how smoothly it glides on.
 This sample had two colors-a light sand and a dark rose color. These blended very well for a more subtle look.
 What I love about this product was how much color it gave me without leaving me looking too bronzed or flushed. The perfect blend of blush and bronzer. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Terra Cotta Pots

With Spring finally here, that means it'll soon be time for flowers. As I drive to work I see many of them starting to spring up all around. This also means that once again, I'll try my hand a flowers. 
 Flowers in pots that is. 
 I love the idea of having a porch that's covered with blossoming flower pots. It seems to make things much more bright and cheerful. Almost like they're welcoming you as make your way inside. 
In all honesty though. I don't have a green thumb. I have a black one. They look great for a few weeks, but then it happens. They're either watered too much or not enough. However, I have yet to give up. Every spring I try it again, thinking it'll be different than the last year. We'll see how this year goes. 

In the meantime, I've been making a cute flower pot. It's a twine-wrapped terra cotta pot
 Check out House by Hoff for great instructions on making this type of planter. 
 And yes, those are fake succulents. Perhaps this is what I'll have to stick with if the real deal doesn't work out for me. 
Wish me luck!


Sunday, March 27, 2016

He Is Risen

Happy Easter everyone. I hope you have a happy and blessed holiday as we remember and celebrate our Savior....

He Is Risen

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Let's Eat Cake....Again

A few weeks ago I did a post about about naked cakes. 
If you missed it you can read it here.
In the post I talked about trying to make a naked cake of my own. I actually did make one. Sadly, this is it. Just go ahead and stick this cake on your Pinterest fail board.

Strawberry Naked Cake with ButterCream Frosting
Naked Cake No.1

In my defense, it did taste good. 
However, I realized there just wasn't enough frosting. I used one box of cake mix and one can of frosting. 
Yep. Not near enough frosting. 
It looked a little sad, so I had the bright idea to then cut the sides off. Somehow I thought that would make it look better. 
It didn't. 
Enter naked cake no. 2. 

Chocolate Naked Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
Naked Cake No.2

  I decided to give it another go. 
My brother's birthday was coming up, so I figured it was worth another shot. This time I was prepared. 

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

 I used a triple chocolate cake mix, which had pudding in the mix. One I had it mixed, I then added a cup of applesauce in the batter to make it even more moist. I wanted to be certain I had enough frosting. I did. With plenty to spare at that! 

I found a wonderful peanut butter frosting at this Cleobuttera website. It was light and airy--the perfect pairing with a chocolate cake. Just like a huge Reese cup. Which is why I decided to decorate the top with crushed mini Reese cups.

 My advice on making a naked cake? Be sure to have plenty of frosting on hand. The layers look so much better filled to the brim! Another thing I found handy was a side scraper
This really helped to make the look I was going for. 
I wanted to just smooth the excess frosting along the sides without actually frosting the sides. There you have it. My official naked cake. We won't mention the first one again...

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

 Here are a couple great websites to show how to make your own.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Plunder Jewelry

Anyone heard of it? 
If you have--great! 
If not, then I'm about to introduce you to an affordable, vintage line of jewelry.

I heard about this company when a client, who recently began selling Plunder, came into the salon one day to drop off a few catalogs. I think she knew we'd love it.

I have always hated to say no when someone comes in trying to sell me something. Yes. I'm one of those people. Just point me to the least expensive item you're selling and I'll buy it. What can I say? 
It eases my conscience and supports the person too.

In this case, I ended up falling in love with everything in the catalog.
The best thing about this jewelry is that it's affordable and beautiful. Keep in mind it does have a vintage look, so it isn't for everyone. 

Here are a few of my purchases. 

The first necklace with the bird is wonderful, because you can wear it with a t-shirt to dress it up or with really anything.

The earrings I love, but they're a little heavy, so those are not for wearing all day.

The second necklace has a wonderful verse (Isaiah 43:1) on it. With it's long length, this one looks great with tunics and dresses.

So there you have it! 
If you like what you see, search for any local Plunder Design sellers. If there are none, then you could be the first in your area to begin selling. 

Thanks for stopping by!!