Friday, December 23, 2011

8th Continent & MyMemories Winners

I have a few winners to announce from my recent giveaways. First up is the MyMemories software winner - Cherished Bliss! And since I only had 4 entries for the 8th Continent giveaway - you're all winners! Christy, alw6ys, Yowser & Crzyquilter! Congrats everyone!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

8th Continent Soymilk Review & Quick Giveaway

Have you ever tried soy milk? I hadn't. I have purchased it in the past because Morgan loves it, but I had never really tried it. But recently I got the opportunity to try 8th Continent Soymilk and I really liked it! It was creamy and had a great flavor. I will definitely be buying it again!

Don't forget to follow 8th Continent on Twitter and on Facebook!

Now for the giveaway - 5 lucky readers will win two coupons for a FREE half gallon of 8th Continent soy milk! The coupons expire 12/31/11, so this has to be quick. Just leave me a comment with your favorite way to enjoy soy milk! I will pick the winners on 12/22!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Melted Crayon Art

This project is not anything new, it's been all over Pinterest. But ever since I first saw it, I knew I wanted to do it. We need more color in our house and I've always loved Crayola crayons. So I bought the 96 count box of Crayolas when they were buy 1, get 2 free at Toys R Us, and a canvas with a 40% off coupon from Michael's.

I swore I had photos of the next step, but I can only find the one I took with my cell phone. First I pulled out all of the shades of the colors I wanted to use. I laid the canvas on the table and started lining the crayons up along the edge, so I could see how many I'd actually need. My line of crayons was longer than the canvas, so I pulled out some until I saw that they would fit. Then I glued them on using tacky glue. I thought about hot glue, but since I planned on using my heat gun, I was afraid the high temperature might melt the hot glue.

Here they are all lined up and attached.

Sadly, I don't have any photos of them melting. I was using a heat gun that gets very hot, and the kids wanted to help. I've read that others used a hair dryer, but the heat gun worked pretty fast.

We just let them drip until we liked the way it looked. I liked it with the white between the colors and not all the way down, but you can do whatever you like!

It was really fun to do and the kids loved it! I think I'm going to get them some smaller canvases and let them choose their own colors. Then they can hang them in their bedrooms. I have this one in our living room.

Linked to: Get Your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog, Talent Tuesday at Vintage Wanna Bee, Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife, Too Cute Tuesday at Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Inspired By You Wednesday at Eisy Morgan, Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style, Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts, What's Up Wednesday at Sew Woodsy, Home Decor & Organizing Party #31 at Organize & Decorate Everything, Show & Tell at Blue Cricket Design, Look What I Made at Creations by Kara, Friday Favorites at Simply Sweet Home, Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Project Party Weekend at Bubbly Nature Creations, Friday Favs at Naptime Crafters, Delicately Constructed Friday at delicateCONSTRUCTION, Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots & Jello, Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes, Sundae Scoop at I ♥ Naptime

Still Trying

Just a quick post to say that I am trying to get back into the swing of things! I have one more college class left this semester, so hopefully that will help some! And I've begun baking, so that's a start. I'm hoping to do a couple of recipe posts, and maybe a craft or two. I haven't crafted in awhile! I still have pictures from our trip to Legoland in October that I'd like to share. In the meantime, here's Morgan meeting Buddy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hartstrings Clothing Review

As if Morgan didn't already have a ton of clothes, I recently got the opportunity to pick out some adorable Hartstrings clothing for for her. They had such cute things, it was hard to choose what to get! But the timing was perfect, because we needed a Christmas-y outfit.

The first outfit I chose was this adorable pink skirt. I love the dots and who doesn't like ruffles? A cute white top with a puppy & a girl finished this look off.

Now, I tried and tried to get better pictures of the Christmas outfit. She has been very hyper the past few days and would not cooperate at all! But you can still see how cute her outfit is.

I loved this black velvet skort, and since it isn't really Christmas themed or colored, it can be used for awhile. It has cute little bows across the front with rhinestones sewed on. And I thought the candy cane shirt was so sweet. The candy cane is sewed on, as well as the bow.

I am really happy with the quality of Hartstrings clothing. I can definitely see myself ordering from them in the future. And right now they have a clearance section with up to 75% off. Check it out here.

I was provided the products to review, however, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Glittery Christmas Art

I blogged about this last year, but I'm going to share it again. Hopefully it inspires me to start crafting again! I miss blogging!

This is a pretty easy project, but I think it's pretty cute! Especially if you love glitter, like I do. First you need frames. I went with those ugly, gold metal frames you see at every thrift store or yardsale. Even the thrift doesn't want these, they are always in a box outside with the other "junk" like McDonalds toys. You can see they were only $.25. Ignore the lovely 1990 goose art!

Next you need chipboard. Wood shapes would work, too.

And the good stuff. Martha Stewart glitter! I started to use the glass glitter pictured, but ended up grabbing my blue Martha glitter.

Glitter your chipboard! I ended up having to do two coats of glitter because I didnt like how sparse it looked with one. Painting the chipboard a matching color would probably help with that.


I don't have a photo for every step of this, but you just take the insert out of the frame (not the piece that has the "leg"). I used the glass to trace the size needed onto a piece of white felt. Then I glued the felt onto that insert.

After you put it back in the frame, this is what it will look like. I added the chipboard after putting it together, but it's probably better to add it before. I was in a hurry to see how they would look! Oh, and I used tacky glue but hot glue would be fine, too!

And here they are all together!

I don't have red spray paint or glitter, or I would have done some red, too!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Versona Accessories

I was recently invited to the grand opening of a new shop here in Lakeland called Versona Accessories. Today was the day! It would have been nice to grab a girlfriend and hit the shop and maybe some Starbucks BOGO, but it was just me and Morgan. She made it a little hard to browse and especially take good pictures, but I did manage to get some (photos that is, not sure how good they are).

I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was very pleased when I walked in. They had tons of stuff! Everything from jewelry to clothing to shoes and more. As you can see, everything is arranged by color.

I loved this blue necklace in the back left. It's one of my favorite colors and it was so sparkly! But it's not something I'd normally wear so I passed on it today. I was very tempted though!

Here's a lovely display of purples and plums.

They had lot's of cute flats and they were very affordable, too! These were $13.99. The ones on the far right were glittery! I really liked the orange ones, too.

Lots and lots of metallics.

This bowl of sparkly bracelets was really pretty, too. My camera couldn't quite capture she sparkle.

More blues, whites and silvers. Can you tell I'm partial to these colors?

Here's my little cutie waiting for the dressing room. She looks so grown in this picture, much older than two!

So he's what I ended up with. I've been looking for a green t-shirt and I loved this one! And it was only $13.99. And I couldn't pass up this sparkly black necklace.

So if you are in the area, stop by Versona Accessories in Lakeside Village. I will definitely be back! And if you aren't in this area, check our their website and see if you have one near you.

Monday, November 14, 2011

My Memories Suite Software Giveaway!

I've never been into digital scrapbooking (honestly, I hardly ever scrapbook with paper anymore either!), so when I got the chance to try out the My Memories Suite software, I wasn't sure what I would make. It's just digital scrapbooking software, right? WRONG! You can make anything from cards (Christmas is coming fast!) to art for your walls - or even things for your blog. I am a total beginner, but look at this cute banner I made for my blog:

It was quick and easy and there are tons of adorable options available. If this looks like something you'd love to play around with, it's your lucky day. Right now you can save $20! Visit My Memories and by entering coupon code STMMMS968 at checkout you can take $10 off the My Memories Suite software download and $10 to use on digital designs and papers!

And even better, how would you like the chance to WIN the software? One lucky reader will win a free download of the My Memories Software Suite.

Here's how to enter. Please make sure you leave a seperate comment for each!
1. (MANDATORY) Visit My Memories and let me know the name of your favorite kit.
2. Become a follower of my blog, or let me know that you already are.
3. Follow My Memories on Twitter.

Giveaway will remain open until 11/21/11. Good luck!!


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