Monthly Archives: January 2012

After searching high and low through my attic looking for a VALENTINES day wreath I finally came to the conclusion that:

a) I never had one

b) I just can’t find it, or 

c) I threw it away

I really don’t feel like going to the store to buy any because, 

a) I am too lazy today

b) I have enough things around my house to make one AND

c) I like homemade things much much more than store bough.

I know, even though you buy it in the store “someoneeeee” made it but it’s way different when you make it with your own two hands!!! I started thinking of different things to make it with and then I opened up my HUGE closet full of FABRIC! It all came to me then!

Strips of fabric tied to a wire wreath. I feel like it will be “homemade” enough and super cute! Not sure if you would consider it shabby chic valentiney or country chic! Let’s just say it’s “VALENTABBYCHIC“…. {{teehehe}}

I hope everyone is had a great weekend, don’t forget it’s almost SUPER BOWL time. Are you throwing a party? We are having a HUGE party and I can’t wait to show you all of my decorations! Ya know, I don’t even really like football (slap in the mouth right about nowwww). Can you believe that? I just like everything else that comes along with it!

Come on, let’s get to crafting!!!

Fabric Wreath Inspiration Board

 Grab some fabric that reminds you of  “valentine’s day”. You can use reds, pinks, whites and black too!!!

I got this metal round skeleton wreath at Michaels Arts and Crafts. It was in some crazy section but maybe someone just misplaced it and I came to save it!

Get your Martha Stewart scissors! These suckers seriously, CUT EVERYTHING. I am sure I shouldn’t be cutting all of the things I cut with them but hey….you live once :) Plus they are from her. I want to use them 24-7

Cut your fabric into strips like this!!! I didn’t measure the strips I just cut! Some are thick and some are thin!!!

Start wrapping your strips around the wire. OVER AND OVER!!!! Until it’s fullllll!!!


I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE WAY IT CAME OUT! Isn’t it so “valentabbychic“!!!! I hope you have fun making this craft and have fun cutting all of those strips!!!!! {{boy lemme tell you it get’s boringggg}}!  

Sending you RED, WHITE and PINK hugs, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Featured Blogger: A Glimpse Inside


I am so excited to feature Allison from A GLIMPSE INSIDE! She is a friend that I met in the “blogger” world. It’s so weird because people are so REAL in this WORLD! HAHA I really think you will enjoy reading about this blogtastic blogger! She’s pretty good y’all!  Actually, she is AWESOME! Wanna know something else? She is PREGGERS!!!!! You should totally check out her blog because she is always updating it with the progress of Baby M! Let’s hear about what Allison has to say!!!!  *smiling*

Tell us a little about you! 

Hi! I’m Allison from A Glimpse Inside. I am an Army wife with a creative side. My husband and I are new residents of CO and we have two fur babies. I love anything crafty, scrap booking, photography, sewing, and much more!

 What was your reason behind starting your blog?

I first started my blog for our family and friends to keep track of what was going on in with my husband and I while we traveled around with the military. But I soon began reading other craft blogs and I began to include craft ideas along with all the personal info.

 What is something you do when you are not blogging?

Hmmm…. If I am not blogging, I am probably working on a project to share on the blog or just hanging out with my husband.

What makes your blog stand out amongst other blogs?

Oh goodness! I have no idea! haha I try to stay consistent with blogging and just try to be myself. If you let your true personality shine though it will help your blog stand out from all the rest.

 Is there a certain blogger who influences you the most?

Not really. The first couple blogs I ever followed were Tatertots and Jello and House of Smith’s so they helped me realize that I could also share my ideas. I now follow SO MANY blogs that they all influence me in one way or another.

How do you balance blogging with your personal life? 

Well, I currently do not work and since we don’t have any kiddos yet, it isn’t too hard for me to balance. I try to get all my blogging done while my husband is at work and I try to schedule a few posts at a time so I don’t have to worry about it every day. I am sure once we have kids, that I will have to completely reevaluate how to do it all.

What is your number one goal for your blog?

Just keep doing what I love. I know as soon as I start getting frustrated with it or don’t enjoy blogging anymore that it will show and others will see that I am not loving it. I love blogging but I don’t want to stress myself out about it.

Is there anything or anyone who you could credit the success of your blog to?

I don’t believe there is anyone I can give credit to. I have worked hard to get A Glimpse Inside out there. I love linking up to other blog parties and visiting new blogs. Leaving comments and responding to comments left on my posts. Generating friendships through blogging has helped my little blog grow.

What is your definition of success?

If I can share and idea and inspire at least one person out there, then I call that a success!

Where do you find inspiration? 

All around me. I walked through stores or look through magazines and think, “I can do that.” My husband even says it to me. I get ideas from other bloggers and my newest fun, inspirational place is Pinterest.

What advice would you give to bloggers who want to grow their blogs?

I touched on these in other answers but: Let your personality shine through your blog, link up to other link parties, Comment on other blogs and respond to comments left on your blog, and PLEASE, PLEASE attach your email address to your blog profile!! Getting involved on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter are also a great way to grow your blog.
I hope you all enjoyed finding out a little bit more about Allison from A Glimpse Inside! Hurry and take a glimpse into her world!!!!
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Sending you blogger love all over the world,
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Check me out on TIP JUNKIE!!!!

I just wanted to share with all of my Jaderbugs a AWESOME website I was featured on! I hope you enjoy the heads up and go take a peak at her website! It’s addicting! Thanks Laurie!!!

Check out her site HERE!

Wanna see this Valentines Craft??? Click HERE to get to it!

Check out the UMBRELLA wreath HERE!!!!

I hope you are having the BEST weekend EVER! (or whatever it is wherever you are :),

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Paint Chip Canvas TUTORIAL

Hey Jaderbugs!!! I can’t believe I forgot to click “publish” yesterday after I wrote this!

I wanted to make you something that is FUN and EXCITING for Valentine’s day. I am always drawn into paint samples at any store I go into. I can think of a MILLION things to do with them and I never seem to have enough time! Sometimes I find paint samples that I absolutely can’t choose from, because I love the entire thing. That is why I came up with this fun craft! Why not make your own LIFE SIZE paint samples. You know, the kind where you can “pick” your own colors and “pick” your own names! I had so much fun making this and it would be a great gift to anyone! It is a great and cheap way to add lot’s of decor to a space and you can have tons of them for different holidays!

Some of the things I used to make this craft are:

1.  Martha Stewart Crafts™ Basic Brush Set – 5pc

2.  Martha Stewart Crafts™ Paint

3.  Artist’s Loft™ 2 Pack Value Canvas   

The colors I used for this project are : Pink Carnation, Raspberry Ice, Fruit Punch, Turquoise, Surf and Sea Lavender. They are all from the Martha Stewart line.

I hope you enjoyed the quick show I made you! If you want to see the tutorials on two of the crafts in the picture above here are the links!!! Enjoy!!!

1. Wine Cork Board

2.  Champagne-Bottle Wrap


Stay tuned I will be posting a tutorial on how to make a “head” to put on your wall. You will have to come back to see what kind of HEAD I am talking about!!!!

Sending you lots of paint chip colored canvases,

I absolutely KNOW it’s been quite some time since I really enjoyed a craft like I did this one! It was just so much fun! The process of watching the hot glue create hairy strands in the air just makes me smile from ear to ear. I love when a hot glue gun creates those little “strands” that are finer than the finest hair you could imagine.

I wanted to show you a way to take something as simple as a beaded necklace and turn it into a parade of gold pearls, in

NO TIME AT ALL!

Are you ready? Let’s go!

The most important tool you will need is this hot glue gun. It’s very important that you have a GOOD glue gun for this craft. Did you know that a high-temperature glue gun is best used with wood, plastic, metal, ceramics, magnets, leather, paper, fabric and other porous and non-porous materials? Cool to know huh!!!

* Martha Stewart Crafts Glue Gun And Sticks 

I don’t know about you but I love Mardi Gras! I love the colors, the activities and all of the yummy food! The next thing you will need is beads! It really does NOT matter if you use Mardi Gras colors because in the end we are going to be spray painting them. If you don’t have ANY access to beads I will put a link below if you need to order some.

* Order BEADS HERE

Grab some scissors! These are my Fav-O-Rit ones ever!

* Martha Stewart Scissor, All-Purpose

I had this really old shade that I decided would be PERFECT for this! I already had it painted gold with some beads on the bottom but you can use ANY lamp shade you have laying around!

Cut your bead in half with your scissors. If you don’t have the kind I am using ANY kind will do!

You will glue the beads completely around the lamp shade like this!!! Start on one end and add them one by one until you get to the top like the above picture!

This is what it will look like when you are done! How fun is this! I almost wanted to keep it like this in honor of Mardi Gras! If you are NOT familiar with Mardi Gras click the link below!

* Mardi Gras 2012 

Grab some Metallic gold spray paint! I purchased it from Home Depot!

This is ALMOST done!



This my Jaderbugs is the final look! I wanted to create a “simple” yet elegant lamp shade! Put a little tulle bow on the top and voila! I have TONS’S of different lamp shades to switch out as my mood’s switch! It’s pretty fun, you should try it! Let me know if you like this craft! Don’t forget to post pictures on my Facebook page of your results!

Full of gold paint and happy about it,

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 I had to share my excitement with you all! I fully understand it’s almost the end of January BUT Wal-Mart still has Christmas things ___ON SALE___! I surely thought they would have sold these babies already but I guess it has to do with luck. I have been to quite a few stores looking for Christmas supplies that are on SALE {{that’s the only way I can afford them hehe}}, and I hit the jackpot.   My collection NOW is amazing! I mean, each year I get all of the pretty ornaments that were SOOOO expensive and pay SOOOO little. It’s actually smart! Why am I telling you this Jaderbugs! Because I want you to go to any store that might sell Christmas supplies and see if they have any left that are on sale! Trust me if there is ANY left they will be on sale, they absolutely want to get rid of them!

Keep your mind open though, if you see some that you like but you don’t like the color get them because I am sure they will be like… 3 cents for the box by now. You can always spray paint them!

This is my recent splurge. ALL OF THIS JADERBUGS! Guess how much I paid for everything?

6 BUCKS! 

Now don’t try to shop online at Wal-Mart because everything is the “normal” price. Can you believe I paid 6 bucks! That is a value meal at McDonalds! I will put Wal-Mart’s link HERE so you can find the one closest to you!

The big boxes have I think, 25 ornaments in each box and they typically would be around $9.98 a box! The colors are AMAZING! Looking forward to my bright and whimsical Christmas next year!

Excited about doing a lamp shade tutorial for you Jaderbugs today,

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DIY: Animal Covered Books

I am so excited about this post. I bought this duck tape a LONG time ago but never really found anything to use it on! Remember me posting it here? I fell in love when I saw it on the shelf. It was just sitting there begging me to take it home, so I did. Ashy just shook her head and laughed because I fall for all of these types of things. Boy am I glad I picked that baby up because look at what I did with it! Totally makes me want to buy tons and tons of more decorative duck tape. It’s endless Jaderbugs. What would you do with duck tape like this?
Are you ready to see this tutorial! I know I am ready to show ya!
Are you in love with this pretty little roll yet? I fall totally in love each time I look at it. Now with this craft I can see it EVERYDAY!
Ashy bought me this one for Christmas and I LOVE it!
Grab some ole books that you don’t really care to destroy… (not really but ya know what I mean)
Tear off a piece of duck tape and place it on the edge of the book just like the picture above.
After you do this across the entire top of book you will have tape hanging off of the edge. Lightly fold each piece of duck tape over to the inside of the book.
Once you do the entire book it will look like this.
Can you believe your eyes! Some things you can do with these dressy books:
1. Put by your bed with a cute candle on top
2. Stack a couple on your book shelf to “spice” it up
3. But 3 or 4 stacked by each other to fill an empty space
4. Buy someone special a book and give it to them all wrapped cute like this
See! You can do so much! If you have not checked out ALL of the designs today is the day you should! Click HERE to see them!
Happy that my books are happy,
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DIY: Pretty in Pink-Vanity Makeover

Knock Knock. Who’s there? Jaderbomb. Jaderbomb who? Jaderbomb .commmmm

Haha, can you tell I am having issues today! That is probably because I have been MIA for a little while. I am totally not used to this “not posting everyday thing”. When did “life”, ya know “the real life” take over so much? Oh I know, it’s always been there but NOW it’s just way more advanced. It’s like I am living in HONORS life. (teehehe)

I could not wait to share this with you. I hesitated because it did not come out like the vision in my head, however I am falling in love with it as each day passes. It’s kind of like a stray dog you take in. In the beginning you like it but once you get to know it you FALL IN LOVE. This PINK vanity is creeping very slowly into my FULL heart. Ashy said it looked like a pepto bismol vanity but she thought it was beautiful. (Oh and she said it could be purple and she would not care, as long as it makes me happy). Insert BIG smile! Plus it has a {{{ sex in the city shabby chic }}} feel to it.

In my head I had this vision of a soft distressed pink vanity but once I started painting it I figured I would leave it BOLD and BEAUTIFUL. So put on some shades and come into my pink world Jaderbugs!

This is the wonderful Pepto Pink I was telling you about. Just for the record Martha Stewart had AMAZING colors and you can check them out at Home Depot (click link to check them out)! They are so smooth. Since I was a little girl I loved PINK and figured I would go ALL OUT with this pink! Ya know, take a chance and do the complete opposite than what your head is telling you to do. It’s the greatest feeling ever!

This is what the vanity looked like before. Boring and Blah. A friend of mine gave me this and I fell in love since the first day. I saw so much potential in it. Ya know Jaderbugs, the good thing with wood is you can ALWAYS change it up. So when I get tired of PINK I will do something new!

If you are painting a piece of furniture you want to lightly sand it to take off that top coat of paint or polyurethane. Sanding it will roughen up the wood and allow your new paint to stick easier.

I told ya! It is PINK!

SEE! I told ya it was pink. I personally love mixing gold and silver but if you don’t like that you can add whatever dressings to your vanity. I have a little fur to soften it up and I thought one of my watches looked great as deco! There is a little gold basket on it which I will be posting about that later on today. Whatduhyuh think! I thought about sanding it all over to make it look all used up and bring out the “vintage” in it. Maybe when I get tired of it I will do that! Don’t worry, I will surely post changes to this sucka if they happen.

 See, Pepto Pink is totally in!!! Check out JENNI KAYNE and REFINERY 29!!!

I have some fun crafts in my studio just beggin for me to take pictures of them and put them up for you, if only they could do them! That would be GREAT! Here is a song that will make you feel as beautiful as this pink vanity makes me feel:

Thinking I will never look at Pepto Bismol the same again,

Wowzers!!! I can’t believe it is already THURSDAY!!! RIGHT! I have been having so much fun making all of these crafts for you {{and for me}}!  The other morning while I was making my coffee I ran out of creamer. {wahhhhh}.  So the typical routine is to throw the empty bottle away, right! That is exactly what I would have normally done {UNTIL} my lightbulb went off! I thought “how cool would it be to use these instead of throwing them away..
And here you have it! JUST FOR YOU my little jaderbugs.
I hope you enjoy!!!
Ingredients:
 The pieces do NOT have to be a certain size.  Use the size you like.
  Are you having fun yet? OH and I am using “sparkle” Mod Podge!!!! When it dries it is full of GLITTER!!!
  Don’t worry about being perfect! It’s about having fun!!!
 This is what it will look like still damp!
 OMGJB {{ohmygodjaderbomb}} HOW FLIPPING FULL OF CUTENESS  ARE THESE LITTLE SUCKERS.
Wishing my coffee pot could bring me another cup of coffee,


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REVLON NAIL REVIEW!

So, I had to test this color to see if it was as beautiful ON the nails as it is IN the bottle. I’ve never had “green” nail polish. You would think with Mardi Gras I would have but, no. Well that was my answer a couple of days ago. NOW, I am in {{major}} love with Revlon’s new green nail polish. I am wondering if my eye sight buds changed in the last 7 years… Ya know, like taste buds do! I don’t even like the color green. How can I love this so much? I EVEN painted my toes!!! (mouth open)  Can’t type too long because I have about…10 minutes to get er dun but I promise to write longer tonight!

This is REVLON’S NEW COLOR: POSH

It’s really hard to tell what the color looks like perfectly but trust me, it’s so rich looking. I know, who woulda thunk it!


Please forgive my ugly crafting hands! I lie, they are gorgeous….haha! But wat I really want you to look at is the nails. I can’t explain how pretty it is in person. This new shade is so amazing, I didn’t even have to put a clear coat on top. It literally dried that good! It seems to have a great shine to it on it’s own.

Trying to stop staring at my awkwardly but amazing hand pose,

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Jaderbugs! How are ya!!! I fell like it’s been forever but I promise I still love ya! I have been so busy with fun and exciting things (don’t worry I will share as soon as I can) that it’s been keeping my from blogging as much as I should be. I still think about ya every day but I can’t pull the all nighters anymore. Martha wore me out, Shhhh!! HaHa! Wait till you see the felt balls I am making right now! I know you will love it! OH and I will soon be posting a tutorial on how to paint black and white stripes onto a wall! Just wait till you see that, firecracker! I ran {not literally because I am too tired} across these pictures from Christmas and I totally forgot to post them! I know our friends at The Big Peach Antiques would be so sad if I didn’t post SOMETHING from our exciting time there! If you ever pass by an antique store take the time to drop in. You really never know what you will find!

Do you remember last year’s trip to the store? If not you can check it out HERE!

Make sure you also check out their facebook page!

I love this sign above the door. It’s on a cozy little ironing board. I have one (I think it was for my maw maw and paw paw) and I love it. I even got a piece of glass cut to fit the top so I can protect the wood! You could use this to display all kinds of goodies on! Ill take picture of my board so you can see!

I just loved this ash tray. I don’t smoke but if I did I would surely use one of these suckers. It’s so vintage and cute! The real color is a re-donkulous shade of lime green!

Would ya check out this bottle of pepto! The glass is turquoise and so pretty! I would surely drink WAY more pepto if it came in a bottle like this! (hint hint)

Do you remember those BIG LONG MATCHES? Omg, if you do then you have to tell me where you get them! I remember when I was little we used to light our fire place with them! I just love this memory!


We found this REALLY big bow and decided to wear it like a real Georgia peach would wear it… HAHA

Here is seester with her version of the BOW! So much fun, I wish that day would of lasted longer!

Too bad I didn’t get a picture of me sporting a (very old) mink coat, a nasty OLD hat, a beaded purse and a big ole smile. Seester told me to hurry and take the jacket off because there might be bugs hatching in my hair. Yes, it was old. Yes, I think I peed in my pants a little laughing so much. Yes, I will do it again next year!

This store is HUGE and it took us like, um….. 3 hours to get through it! Don’t you worry though, we had gummy rock candy to make our trip better!

Wishing I had a time capsule and 10 extra bags of rocks to eat,

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