Friday, November 15, 2013

New in the Shop - $5 Custom Printables

I figured I'd let y'all in on what the heck I've been up to.  My Etsy shop has been keeping me pretty busy! I've added lot of "instant download' listings lately. Which mean the second your order goes through, the designs are available to download and print. Most of the are just $5! I still do custom work, so if you're looking for an affordable custom gift for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/Festivus,  please check out my shop HERE.

Here are some samples of my new items...

I Belong with You, You Belong With Me - Chalkboard PRINTABLE - Customize with Names &  Dates

Need a last minute wedding or anniversary gift? This printable design is just $5. Customize with names and date. Print, place in a frame, tie a ribbon on and hand it to your loved one. Smiles all around :D

All I Want for Christmas - Custom Printable Wish List

Customize this Christmas Wish List with one, two, or three names. Print one each year, have the kiddos fill er in with their top picks. Then, when the season is over, tuck the list in with your ornaments when you pack everything back up. Reading back through their lists as the years go by is sure to be sweet and sentimental. ($5) 

Christmas Vacation Quote - Clark Griswald - Printable Poster - Multiple sizes

My favorite at the moment. Pardon the potty Clark Griswald's famous "Christmas Vacation" quote (four sizes for just $6) Also available in a printable greeting card (4x6" and 5x7") for $5.50

Custom Anniversary or Wedding Printable

I can't even tell you how many of these I've made. They make the PERFECT anniversary gift. It's been known to make the recipient cry! Happy tears only, I promise! 

Peek a Beautiful! - Instant Download - Printable Nursery Art - 5x7 & 8x10

$5 for multiple sizes

Our Little Man - Deer Silhouette - PRINTABLE Nursery Art - INSTANT DOWNLOAD

Need some affordable artwork for your little dude's room? Five bucks (pun!) buys downloadable files 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, AND 16x20. 

Custom Initial Art PRINTABLE - with Chalkboard Background

Custom initial artwork. $5 for any name and dimensions!

Crying is for Babies... Other Babies - Five Dollar  - INSTANT DOWNLOAD

Sometimes babies just need a little reminder. Just $5 for four downloadable files.

Journey - Faithfully  -- Custom Song Lyrics Poster in Printable File

Choose your favorite song for a custom print. This makes the perfect wedding gift if you can  find out the couple's first dance song! I have LOTS of custom song listings in my shop. Check them out to see a huge selection or come up with your own!

First Dance Wedding Song - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - It's Your Love - Custom PRINTABLE POSTER

What a Difference a Day Makes - Custom / Personalized PRINTABLE DOWNLOAD - Family Dates Anniversary or Birthday

Customize with names, dates, and dimensions $10

Hope and Love with Crossed Arrows on Chalkboard - TWO FOR ONE - Printable Posters - 8x10" or 16x20"

Hope & Love ($5 for the pair)

OR Customize with you and your honey's initials 

Custom Crossed Arrows on Chalkboard Background - Printable Poster

Birth Announcement - Baby Girl - Custom PrintableBirth Announcement - Baby Boy - Custom Printable

Baby Girl Birth Announcement                $10                Baby Boy Birth Announcement  

The Story of Us - Custom Printable Poster

"The Story of Us" One of my favorites! This one is so personal to each customer.

Custom San Diego Destination Poster in Printable File - Made to Order

Custom Chicago Destination Poster in Printable File

Made to Order- Custom New York City Destination Poster in Printable File

Printable "Thanks A Bunch" Card  - 4x6"

$5, pay once print as many times as you like!

Hope y'all have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

"Til Death do Us Part" Halloween Wreath

Looooooong time, no see. Huh!? Instead of boring you to death with what's been going on I'll just make a super short list of thing's that have happened since I last posted (in MAY!!! I know, I'm horrible). 
In the past few months we've:

- Poured concrete patio on the side of our house and half of our driveway

- Mounted new oven vent ...the super fancy kind that 'floats'  down from the ceiling that we got for $300 (marked down from $1300!!!) at the San Diego ReStore.

- Created a garden out of stacked paver stones

Really exciting stuff, right? Yea, not really  ;)

I'll get to all of those eventually, but for now we're keepin it simple with home-made Halloween wreaths! My sister-in-law, Brandi hosted a wreath making party last weekend. We all bought our own wreath forms, but we also bought random items share for decorating the wreaths. I found a picture of a snake/vine wreath on Martha's site and used that idea to build on for my own. I wanted it to have a "Til Death Do Us Part" / decaying grave site that's been over run with snakes and spiders sort of look. 

Here are all of my supplies (glitter spiders not pictured). 

Vine wreath - $4.50
Coffin - Came in a pack with a second coffin and two pumpkins for about $3
Skulls - $1.50 each
Glitter spiders - Pack of 6 for $2.50
Roses - 3 roses per stem at $6 each

The hardest items to find were the snakes. I thought for sure that Michael's would have had them. No dice. During a random trip to the dollar store I scored two long snakes and two packs of baby snakes for $4.

The day before the wreath party, which also turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year, I spray painted the wreath and all of my snakes. I thought for sure they were going to melt right onto the board in our back yard! I swear it was so hot I felt like an ant under a magnifying glass. Gotta love fall in Southern California.

The best part of this wreath is that it takes just a few minutes to put everything together. I started by wrapping one long snake around the whole wreath. then I tucked the smaller snakes in between the vines of the wreath.

To attach the skulls, I just sliced of a section from the back of each one, so that they would lie flat against the wreath. Since hot glue melts styrofoam pretty quickly, I covered the back of the skulls with a piece of felt that was lightly covered in hot glue and allowed to cool a bit. Then I  added more hot glue to the back side of the felt and attached that to the vine wreath.

Then I added in the roses. The stems of each rose (about 4 inches long) were easy to tuck in between the vines. Next came the glitter spiders. Again, just tuck them in. It couldn't be easier!

Next up was the coffin. My idea was to cut out the center of the lid, then tuck in a pack of LED lights ($2.99 ikea) behind a scrap of red fabric. Cutting the lid wasn't easy. It was pretty small, so that made getting scissors in there and a cutting a straight line difficult.

Here it is after cutting away the center of the lid and adding the fabric and lights. (Please ignore the giant knife to the right of the picture below. It was completely unnecessary. Anyway. As you can see, the casket was not so pretty. I decided to nix the it altogether. It just wasn't working out like I had pictured in my noggin. But I tried to make it look a little nicer by covering the lid with a piece of spider web lace. (See last picture)

As for hanging, I just slipped an -over-the-door coat hanger on the mirror in our entry and hung the wreath from a ribbon.

Here's a picture of what I did with the coffin. I had a few bunches of black roses left over from Michael's and the Dollar Store. So I popped them in a vase and nestled the coffin right in there. 

And with the lights off...

Have any of y'all made a Halloween wreath? I'll be hosting the next wreath making party in December. I'm gonna show everyone how to make a coffee filter wreath like this one...


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

15 Months Old - Charlie's *Quarterly* Photo

Hey y'all! I'm back with a formerly monthly, now quarterly photo of Charlie. The monthly thing just got way to hard. He's been walking since he was just about 10.5 months old and it's been just way too hard to wrangle him into position. He also doesn't change as much month to month as he did for the first year, so I've changed it from monthly to quarterly.  Sanity - saved.

Grandma Bear is still in the in there (poor thing always seems to be face down lately) but a green spoon made it into this shoot too. He wouldn't drop it without a fight. Oh well, gotta pick your battles, right?

And now for some outtakes...

He kept wandering over to a rug that we had rolled up on the floor. He loves climbing all over it. It would've made for some great shots if he had bothered to look up even once. 

Here's a funny video I took of him yesterday. He kept trying to give Grandma Bear a sip of his water. It was pretty sweet. Warning, this video may cause motion sickness!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Don't Mind Me, I'm Just Over Here Sniffing My Jeans

You think I'm kiddin. I wouldn't lie to you. I can't even count the amount of times I've pulled my knee up to my nose this morning. The other day I went shopping for groceries and had a '$2 off' coupon for Downy Unstopables. I've been buying the teal capped bottle for a while now. But they have a new pink top bottle that was love at first sniff. I mean 'eyes rolling in the back of your head'- AMAZING. Seriously, if this stuff was sold as perfume, I'd buy a case of it. 

And the best part is it's not just good for throwing into the wash. I've poured a small cap full into my Scentsy warmer and it makes the entire house smell awesome. Make sure you use a small amount. It's pretty strong, so a little goes a really looong way. You can also pour some into your garbage disposal and let it sit overnight for a super fresh smelling sink. You could even make a drawer sachet OR car freshener by pouring a little into a pair of old panty hose or sock (who wears panty hose anymore?) and tie off the loose end. 

My number one use for the softener is to pour half of a cap full into a spray bottle and fill it with warm water. Once the beads dissolve you can use it to spray directly onto dry clothes for an even stronger scent. I use it to spray the inseam of my jeans to stretch them longer. My jeans ALWAYS shrink up in the wash. It drives me crazy. I buy a pair that are the perfect length, and one wash later they're 5 inches shorter. So annoying. But the softener/water mix lets me pull and tug them back to their original length. I also walk around the house and spray it on all of the soft surfaces. Drapes, couches, bed spreads, the shower curtains, and even a light spray on the carpets. Holy mama, it's so good. Go. Buy. Now.

I'm off to sniff my jeans again. Have a good weekend!

PS: In case you're wondering, Downy DID NOT pay me to write this post. They don't even know I exist. I just like sharing a product that I love with y'all. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hot To: Get Rid of Those Nasty, Cloudy, Spotty Glasses Without Using an Ounce of Elbow Grease!

Search no more. The answer is here. 

Our glasses have been driving me nuts for months now. Every time I ran the dishwasher, I hoped and prayed that those dang  things would come out crystal clear. And every time I'd open the dishwasher door, and get choked out by the steam pouring out, I'd hold the glass up to the light and hang my head in shame. Cloudy. Again.

I tried every trick in the book... well not the book... more like the internet. But those didn't work either. I tried running an empty dishwasher with just a cup of vinegar and a little baking soda. Nope. I tried running a cycle with just a bowl full of vinegar on the bottom rack. I tried physically scrubbing the whole dishwasher down. Nada. I tried one of these thingies. It made the was smell nice, but still didn't help either.


I thought we were destined to buy brand new glasses. But a last ditch effort had me thinking that I should go old school with my cleaning methods. I'll be honest. If I didn't have a little nugget running around the house, (whose health and brain capabilities I'm just slightly protective of) I probably would've just put all the glasses in a hot steaming 50% bleach ,50% water bath... and I probably would've woken up with a crazy headache from all the fumes. Instead, I filled the sink with enough water to cover the tallest glasses (standing up) and then dumped a half of a gallon of distilled white vinegar in and let the glasses soak overnight. Yea, the whole thing. I wasn't messin around anymore, y'all.

Then I just let me sit there overnight. Well, actually, they're still in there right now.

But I did rinse and dry one glass to take this after picture...

It's definitely not perfect, but it's about a million times better looking than it was. And now I no longer feel like I have to make a guest a drink using plastic Mardi Gras cup so that they don't see our funky glasses and think we just let Gus lick them clean instead of actually washing them. YAY! Everyone wins!