Apr 23, 2014

DIY {Decorated Light Bulb}

First of all, let me go ahead and burst your bubble. This was a Pinterest Fail. 

I saw this pin and thought, hey, that looks easy.  It was. It just didn't cast shadows on the ceiling like the pin said it would. It was fun to draw it at least.


Apr 18, 2014

Broken Girl

Well guys and gals I have a broken left wrist. I was in a car accident in Wednesday not far from my home. I had just dropped my son off a school and I was heading back home. A lady pulled right out in front of me and unfortunately I hit her. She said that someone had motioned her to come on out. She did. She said she didn't see me. She is ok, she is 84 years old and one of the tiniest little women I've ever seen. I had to be taken by ambulance to the ER because I had a deep cut on my right knee. My chest was hurting from where the airbags deployed and my wrist was hurting too. When we got to the ER they stitched up my knee - 5 stitches - and took some X-rays. No break in my knee or in my chest but my wrist showed a bone chip. We went to the orthopedist yesterday and he confirmed the break. I go back next week for a cast that I have to wear for 6 weeks. Ugh. 
Oddly enough my chest contusion caused the most pain on day one. It was hard to breathe and I had a lot of swelling. Today my ribs are very sore. I am using a cane to get around until my knee calms down. I can get my stitches out in two weeks. 
Can I just say though I am a little panicked to get a cast? This temporary one I have on makes me feel trapped and claustrophobic. I don't know how my clothes will fit over it. Hopefully warm weather will come and stay so I can wear short sleeves. Needless to say the fashion blog might be a little lame around these parts! A day in the life of a girl trying to find something to wear over her cast. 
Oh well. I am thankful my son wasn't with me. Thankful I am not hurt worse. Thankful no car was coming the other way when to was blinded my airbag dust and couldn't breathe from getting punched in the chest. So many things to be thankful for.
Now we are cleaning up the mess with the insurance company. The other driver accepted full responsibility. My car is pretty totaled. I should get a rental soon. My car was old and was paid for so this is probably not going to work out in our favor. But like I said. I am still thankful.
I hope you hang I there with me. I will be back to fashion soon! Ain't no cast gonna hold me down from enjoying spring and sundresses! 

Happy Easter

Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone! Here is what it has been looking like around these parts! I do a bit of traditional and a religious decorations because I do celebrate the resurrection of Christ but I also like to have fun with the decorated eggs, bunnies and all those fluffy little things. I do have a duck wearing bunny rabbit ears too. So there's that. I do put heavy emphasis on our religious beliefs more so than the Easter Bunny but we still like to have fun dying eggs and eating chocolate shaped bunnies. I usually do an Easter basket for my son and I think we will do Resurrection Rolls this year too. One of those Pinterest things that is just so easy and so neat! 

My son put together "Resurrection Eggs" one year in church. I've kept them so we can bring them out each year and go over the story of Good Friday & Easter.

Apr 15, 2014

DIY {Magnetic Kid's Chalkboard Chore Chart}

I introduced chores to my 6 year old son a few months back but I wanted a better way for him to see what he needed to do and check it off as he finished them. I had a paper chore chart up for a while with just a magnet to hold it onto the fridge. I didn't want to print out a new one each week. Ain't nobody got time for that! So we tried just erasing the checks at the end of the week. That was just as annoying. 

For my first attempt I tried using a photo frame with the glass still in and spray painting the glass with chalkboard spray paint. I glued magnets to the back. I couldn't get the magnets to hold. I went to the craft store looking for heavy duty magnets and I came across a magnetic printable canvas a little bigger than an 8 x 10. Perfect! Also, did you know you could use a white colored pencil on chalkboard and it won't erase but it looks like white chalk when you write? I saw that on another blog and knew it would work here perfectly.


*Magnetic sheet
*Chalkboard Spray Paint
*White Colored Pencil
*Pencil with eraser
*Measuring Tape
*Hot glue gun
*Ruler (I used a straight edge from my folder because I need to get a ruler!)
*chalk & dry washcloth/wipe- not pictured
*optional: Jute(Twine) - not pictured

Spray paint the magnetic canvas. I did two coats.

Here's what it looks like dry

Take a piece of chalk and rub it over the surface to give it more of a used chalkboard look.

I mapped out what I wanted it to look like on a piece of paper so I could tweak it if need be. Measure out your grid lines on your chalkboard surface.

Use your pencil to make your preliminary mark for your grid. Use your white colored pencil when you are ready to make your permanent lines. Here's where I really need a ruler!

It doesn't have to be exact. Just nice and clean so it looks grid-like.

Make your title, days of the week letters and chore list with the colored pencil. Don't worry if you make a mistake. Use the pencil eraser and wipe over it with your cloth.


I added the twine to the border to give it a little more something to it.

 Tie a knot at the end to prevent fraying. Use hot glue to hold it down.

Finished! It turned out exactly the way I had hoped. His chores are to water and feed the dog daily, dust his bedroom weekly, take out all the bathroom trash weekly and pick up his bath toys after each bath. It's what works for us.

It sticks firmly to the fridge. I added a little sliver of magnet (I already had a small piece) with hot glue to the piece of chalk to keep it nearby.

Apr 14, 2014

And A Short Jacket Girl

Blazer: Walmart (similar), Tunic: Walmart, Jeans: Lee Curvy Skinny, Boots: Dolce Vita (similar) Necklace: ?

Buried underneath lots of other photos was this outfit I wore a couple of weeks ago that just never made it on the blog. The weather has taken a turn for the dreary so I will be back in long sleeves for a bit longer. I haven't gotten my summer stuff out of storage yet and now I'm even in less of a hurry to drag them out. It was so nice for my son's birthday party on Saturday and that's all I asked for!

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Apr 10, 2014

DIY T-shirt Scarf

I found this pin on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. It was really super easy. 

All you need is:
*a t-shirt

Cut the top part off. Wherever you want to start is fine. I didn't want that little pocket in the scarf so I cut right under the pocket.

Here's one thing I did NOT do that I wish I would have. I should have cut the hem off the bottom. You'll see what I mean in a minute.
Cut slits up the bottom of the t-shirt like this:

All the way across

Start pulling each piece. This is where I didn't like the little "tabs" on the end from where the hem was.

I cut them off one by one

That's it!

You could add beads at this point or whatever you wanted to do to spice it up. I just kept it plain. 

This is a pin-win in my book. Easy to do. Took about 5 minutes. No fail recipe.

Apr 9, 2014

A Night Out Girl

Cardgian: Thrifted (similar), Tunic (Walmart, similar), Blue Scarf: Walmart, Gray Scarf: DIY (details tomorrow), Leggings: Kohl's, Boots: Ebay (similar)

I'm glad I packed a lot of layers for our trip up to the mountains of Tennessee. I definitely needed them. It wasn't uncomfortably cold but there was still a spring chill in the air. On our last night there we decided to go to The Peddler and have a nice steak dinner. I was such a meat eater on this trip! It was crazy. Every time I turned around I was ordering a hamburger, steak or ribs! Yes, I was off the diet for this trip! Our dinner at The Peddler was probably the best dinner I have had in a very long time. Definitely the best steak. And the salad bar was awesome. I got a twice baked potato instead of plain because, well, I'm smart about things like that. No room for dessert but we had cupcakes waiting for us at home!

I have a DIY that I will post on how to make this gray scarf. SO easy. Really.

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