Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Painting: My New Obsession

During my time away from blogging I rediscovered my love of painting. I'm by no means a professional, but I find that sitting in front of a canvas with a cup of tea soothes my soul. Here are some of the paintings I've done over the last few months:

My daughter also discovered a love of painting and she is quite talented! Her dandelion paintings are my absolute favorite! Not bad for a 9 year old!

What hobby soothes your soul?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hope is Kindled Candle and Free Printable

I love Lord of the Rings. It is one of the greatest books of all time, and an absolutely brilliant movie trilogy. During the course of our 10 year marriage my husband and I have probably watched the full trilogy around 100 times. Not exaggerating. My favorite part is the lighting of the beacons. When Gandalf says "Hope is kindled" I get goosebumps. Every time I think the same thing: I want that on a candle! I finally got around to making a printable to create that candle.

Tape your tissue paper to a piece of printer paper using double sided tape and print the image below. Be sure to se double sided tape because regular scotch tape may melt in the printer. For large candles print as is (25%). For the smaller 3 inch candles print at 15%.
Click HERE to download

Carefully remove the tissue paper from the printer paper, and cut as close the to edges as you can. Hold the image against the candle and tightly wrap a piece of wax paper around the candle. Use a heat gun or a blow dryer to heat the candle until the entire image is covered and under the wax.

Make sure there are no wrinkles in your wax paper or there will be bumps on your candle like there were on my first try.

Now you've got a gorgeous tribute to Lord of the Rings, or just a wonderful saying to have around the house.

In addition to the printable for the candle I made an 8x10 that can be printed and framed. You can right click and save the image, or download the file from 4shared by clicking the link below the picture. The 4shared download does not have my watermark.

Click HERE to download

Have you read Lord of the Rings and/or seen the movies? If not, get to it! Fly, you fools!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Summer Countdown Printable

Do you have kids in school? Can you believe that summer break is almost here? I honestly cannot considering I'm wrapped in a blanket watching the snow fall as I write this. Our school gets out May 22nd, which only gives us 43 days (31 school days)! Only 43 days until we (especially the parents) start counting down to the first day of school.

I've created a fun printable in two sizes to help you count down using our favorite method:
The paper chain.
You can right click and save the images below or download them from

Click HERE to download

Click HERE to download

Have you started planning your summer vacation yet? Here are a few posts to get you started.

Plan your summer activities with this simple Summer Bucket List Printable
Keep your child's behavior on track with this awesome Ticket Incentive
Make your own lemonade stand with these cute Lemonade Stand Printables
Nothing says summer like an ice cream sundae bar! Get your Sundae Bar Printables HERE.
An oldie but a goodie-these DIY Pinwheels are a hit at any age.

You can also follow me on Pinterest for more ideas.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What I Learned From My Time Away from Blogging

I'm baaaack! My last post was in October, and that is far too long to be away from something you truly love doing. While I missed blogging, I'm very grateful to my dear departed laptop battery for giving me that break. I learned a few things in my time away from the blogosphere, and I'd like to share them with you today.

1. Life is not about capturing that perfect moment for a perfect memory.  It's about a series of imperfect, goofy moments that add up to a whole experience. Those moments may include frustration, messes, and lots of photos where at least one person's eyes are closed.

2. It's not about impressing others. When I started blogging I just wanted to share my experiences. After a while I got caught up in Pinterest Perfection. I've written about this before, but I can't stress it enough. Life isn't perfect. I can guarantee you that 99% of the pictures you see on Pinterest (and this blog) are cropped to cut out a mess, or a couch cushion with a stain. I can't tell you how many times I've used "Retouch" to edit out crumbs on my carpet.

3. Being a mom is FUN! I didn't just learn this, but it needs to be said. Some of the best things in life involve messes and laughing children.

4. Art is wonderful for the soul, but it is important to step away from the sewing machine, easel, or glue gun and get some physical activity. I'm almost 30 pounds lighter now than I was when I stopped blogging. There are days when I have to force myself to thrown in a TaeBo DVD or run on the treadmill, but I never regret it, and I'm finding that I'm more creative on days when I've gotten at least 20 minutes of exercise.

There you have it. Droppin' some knowledge. I'll be posting soon with some new crafts and recipes.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

I Love My New Glasses From Firmoo!

Do you wear glasses? If you do then you have got to head over to Firmoo and check out their amazing deals and selection of frames.

 I was recently asked to order a pair of glasses to give an honest review of Firmoo. The entire experience was quick and easy. I chose a pair of frames that I loved, but I wasn't sure how they would look on my face. Luckily Firmoo has My Virtual Look Viewer. I uploaded a picture of myself and got an idea of what my new glasses would look like. These are the frames I chose. Adorable, right?

My glasses arrived in less than two weeks. I was impressed with the nice, sturdy case, cleaning cloth, and nifty keychain to tighten the screws on the go.

 Most importantly, I loved my glasses, and still do. They are comfortable and high quality, and the lenses including scratch proofing! 

I'll definitely be ordering from Firmoo again. To get your own pair of glasses head to