Monday, April 29, 2013

Queen Bee Market Giveaway!!

 You may have seen some awesome photos of the Queen Bee Market last week from all the fabulous bloggers that attended SNAP. This gathering of handmade goodness is fun to browse through... and even more fun to shop at! 

I partnered BlogPrizes.com and some of my blogging friends to give YOU a chance to win some of the hottest items at the Queen Bee Market. And I really mean HOTTEST. Several of these items were sold out before the show was over, and a couple sold out very shortly after it started!

win 200 of handmade awesome from the queen bee market
One winner will be getting a box filled with all of this!
Be Kind Sign - Evie Ivy; Engraved Cutting Board - Alexis Mattox Design; Camera Strap - August Blossoms; Cupcake liners, straws, and cookie cutter - Bake it Pretty; Aqua Bracelet - Hoop-la; Crochet Rose - Made by Jewls; 3 Bars Handmade Soap - Karol's Handmade Soap; White Flower Earrings - Love Stitched; Heart Necklace - The r House Couture; Moustache Covered Notebook - Ameroonie Designs; Leather and Fabric iPad Case - Sage & Harper; 3 Lip Balms - Kustom Kissers

How lucky one of you will be!!!

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget found below:



allison

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Shaklee Get Clean Starter Kit Review + GIVEAWAY!

*I got to review a Shaklee Starter Kit. All opinions in this post are 100% my own.*

I recently had the opportunity to review a Shaklee Get Clean Starter Kit.

 Have you heard or used Shaklee products before? 

Shaklee makes all natural and nontoxic cleaning products safe for you, your home, and the planet.
Many of the products are concentrate so they last a long time since you get to use less, saving you money in the long run.

Here is what I received in the mail and you get the chance to win one of these great kits for yourself.

Inside you will find:
 All these great products! 
-Basic H2
-Germ Off Wipes
-Dish Wash
-Dishwasher Soap
-Laundry Brightener
-Laundry Detergent
-Dryer Sheets

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Catch a Glimpse Party #128

Let's PARTY! 
 Catch a Glimpse Button
What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Catch a Glimpse Party #127

I am away at SNAP but you guys can still party on!
There may or may not be a Feature Friday post tomorrow depending on how much time I have to sit down and browse your links and write the post.
But have fun! 


Let's PARTY! 
 Catch a Glimpse Button
What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Things are Changing Around Here...


Ok, don't freak out!
Things aren't changing here on the blog, well at least that's the plan for now. 

But things are definitely changing for our little family! 
And before you ask- NO we are not moving, again! lol Not yet at least!

We are pretty excited for this change.
It was a bit of a surprise but we got used to the idea pretty fast. 

Want to know what this change is? 
Miss P will help me tell ya.

Yep! That's right! 

I am definitely changing by growing another big ole belly with another Baby M in there!

Like I said, we were a little surprised seeing that it took us almost 3 yrs to get pregnant with Miss P but we are excited! 

We bought Miss P this cute Big Sis shirt so she could wear it when we told our families. 
I turned 8 wks right before Easter so on Easter Sunday we Skyped with our families and had P wearing the shirt to tell them.
Everyone was definitely very excited about our news. 

We had our first ultrasound on the 11th and got to see a healthy baby growing right on track! 
Due November 7th, Travis' birthday. 
This first ultrasound is always good for peace of mind knowing that everything is good and something actually IS in there! lol

I decided to go ahead and share the news on FB to tell our family and friends after we had the ultrasound even though I am only 10 1/2 weeks. 
I got this idea from Christina from Christina's Adventures and borrowed/copied it. 
I put it up as my cover photo and didn't say anything else and just waited to see who would notice it. 
Well, it didn't take long for people to notice it! lol 


I will be 11 weeks on Thursday and I am definitely ready for this first trimester to come to an end. 
I am having morning sickness and have been sick but NOTHING like I was with Miss P. 
I couldn't function with P and lost a ton of weight and luckily that hasn't happened this time.
I have had some really bad days where I literally have to block P in the family room area with her play pen and lay on the couch all day watching her but those days are slowly going away. 
My days are slowly getting better and my evenings are getting worse, much like what happened with P around this time. 


So if you have been wondering why I have so sporadic posting on the blog the last few weeks, well, here's your answer! I've been not feeling well enough to craft, much less sit on the computer typing up posts. 

So like I said, things aren't changing here on the blog.
That is the plan for now. But once the second baby arrives, I will definitely be taking some time off again and I can't make any promises for when I return just yet.

And until then, expect my weekly update posts like I did with Miss P! 
I will share an update on the past weeks once I get back from SNAP. :) 


allison

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Heading to a Blog Conference?

This post is sponsored by Vistaprint (Deals) and is written on their behalf by me. All opinions are my own!

Will you be heading to a blog conference at some point this year? 

I am heading to SNAP this week, tomorrow actually, and I am SO NOT READY! lol

I have to get so many things ready but I do have one of the most important things ready to go- my Business Cards!
 I went with plain, simple, and to the point with my cards.
I am super happy with how they came out, especially since I forgot to get new ones last year and was literally printing off cards at 11:30 the night before I left last year.
 
Business cards are HUGE for conferences! 
They are seriously like baseball trading cards.

You meet someone new, or shoot, even just see an old friend again, and what do you do? 
Exchange cards!
This is actually a picture of all the business cards I gathered at SNAP last year. And truth be told, this isn't all of them! I still randomly find cards that I just placed somewhere after I was handed it! 

It is great to hand companies your business card that may be at the conferences in hopes that you will be able to work with them in the future. 

Business cards are key to getting your name and blog out there to a large number of people in a short amount of time!


Vistaprint makes awesome, quality, business cards!
You can choose from one of their many designs, upload your own design, or create your own.

Check out Vistaprint Coupons for their weekly and monthly deals on business cards or any other marketing tools you may need!
Definitely check them out if you plan on heading to a blog conference later this year!

Here's a little peak and what I did with some of my cards.
I placed them in cute chevron bags and placed a piece of Dove Chocolate in there as well. 
So if you are going to SNAP, come find me so you can have one of these little cuties! 
I only have so many so it will be first come, first serve! :)


-This is a sponsored post from Vistaprints. All opions are 100% my own!

allison

Monday, April 15, 2013

How to Recover a Lampshade

I've recently had the opportunity to review some fabric from the new HGTV Home line from JoAnn craft stores.

I received two coordinating fabrics, 1 yd each, and then some coordinating trim.
I decided to recover a lampshade that was in my guest room with one of the fabrics and the trim.


I was a little nervous to try it out but it was so easy! 

Here's how I did it.

Supplies:
-Fabric
-Trim (optional)
-Hot Glue Gun or Fabric Glue
-Scissors
-Craft Paper

To start:
This was my old shade- gold and red paisley and TOTALLY didn't match the decor in my guest room. 
I used to have it in our room at one point and eventually just ended up in the guest room because I needed a lamp.

First, trace your lampshade on craft paper.
Trace the top and bottom rim of the shade. 
Once I traced the shade, I added a half inch to the top and bottom lines for seam allowance. 
I also made new lines about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch above and below the original traced lines of the shade to allow for me to fold over the edge on the shade frame.

In this pic, you can see the lines where I actually traced the shade and then where I actually cut out.
Cut out your template.

Iron your fabric and then pin the template to your fabric.

Cut out your fabric and you are ready to begin tearing apart the old shade.

Once it is time to start working on the shade, first rip off the trim from the top and bottom of the lamp. 
It was just glued on so it was super easy to pull off. 

I then carefully sliced the outside fabric, (do not cut the liner!), and cut off the fabric along the top and bottom rims of the shade.

My entire shade was originally just glued together so I also just glued my new shade together.
Peel off the liner from the TOP of the metal frame only. 
I just pushed it out of the way toward the center so it didn't get caught in the glue. 

Pull out your HIGH temp glue gun and get to gluing the new fabric on. 
High temp gun is key, otherwise your glue will dry as soon as it touches the metal if you use a low temp gun.

Place glue on the metal frame and then glue the fabric down. (Working on top rim of shade.)
Continuing gluing all the way around.
I cheated and just glued down my side seam but you can obviously sew it properly. ;)

 Once the fabric is glued to the top rim, peel off the liner from the bottom rim. 
I just let it fall in the center of the shade.

I then pulled the fabric over the bottom rim and used alligator clips to keep it in place.
I clipped it all the way around and made sure the fabric was tight.

Glue fabric over the rim pulling tight to ensure there are no creases in the fabric.

Here is the shade all covered in the new fabric.

I glued the seam down last after the fabric was glued around the rim on the top and bottom.

Time to replace the liner.
I trimmed off any of the old fabric still attached or showing on the liner.
I then glued the liner back onto the rim covering any raw edges of the fabric.

Again, start gluing the liner on the top rim and then glue it along the bottom rim.

I glued the coordinating trim along the line where the liner came over the edge of the rim on the top and bottom and I was done!

I am super happy with how it came out and was so much easier than I thought it would be!

The new shade definitely fits in with the guest room decor MUCH better! 


Good news!
The HGTV Home line of fabric and trim is 50% off at JoAnn from April 14th- May 4th! 
Also, I have a 10% off coupon for the HGTV line that you can use on top of the sale! Woo!



allison

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Catch a Glimpse Party #126

Let's PARTY! 
 Catch a Glimpse Button
What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

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