Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Free Social Media Icons and "How to" for your blog

Somewhere in between the babies not needing attention, love, food, or showers i find myself online reading other blogs or pinning away on My Pinterest Board..

A couple of days ago when i was pinning away (most times i just see something interesting, I Pin it, then go back a few hours or days later when i have time to actually look through it) i saw a Pin on how to add Social Media Icons on your Blog and this lovely sweet girl offered some for free!

I went on her blog and read through it a couple of times and decided to try it..
Have you noticed them???    >>>>>>>>>>>
Right above the "About Me" section??
Aren't they adorable??

And they match my blog!

Well i struggled with uploading them for some reason... I just couldn't do it.
But they are so worth the struggle..
I only uploaded a few of the 9 (i might be wrong.. there might be more or they might be less) of the icons only because i wanna have a feel for it.. I have a Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter icon.. Ill be adding an email soon enough but for now it'll do...

Anyway I would like to give honor where honor is due.
Thank you Olivia from My Favourite Things for the free icons and the full "how to" on adding the social media icons to your blog..
Much Appreciation and Thanks!

Monday, April 15, 2013

And the wood works continues....

some of my fondest childhood memories are the ones i spent time with my parents...

My mom teaching me how to cook and clean... 
My dad teaching me how to change a tire and check the fluids in a car....

I was a well balanced child you can say lol..
I knew how to be a lady, cook, clean, take care of younger siblings...
and i knew how to change tires, check car fluids, and from time to time help my dad "fixing"
 the car.. (more like handing him the tools... i might not have helped much but at least i knew what every tools name was!)

so i guess i shouldn't be as surprised as I am when i started my New Found Interest.. Wood working.. after all i took a class back in High school... (but to balance it out I also took "floral decor".. see i told you i was balanced LOL)..

Yesterday I saw that they are doing a HUGE GIVEAWAY at Shanty-2-Chic
OOOOOHHHHHH I'm so giddy I'm almost crying!!!
It would be incredibly awesome.. If i would have my very own TOOLS!!!
Right now I'm borrowing the hubby's, but since he's always got projects at church i hardly get to use them (or see him also :(.....)
(here's a link to the giveaway in case you want to enter it for yourself .. or for me.. lol JK

Anyway since I'm only able to do with what i have.. i only do small projects...

Here are a few "Before" pictures of my bathroom.. I'm almost done I'm saving for my Compound Miter saw so i can do the framing on the mirror soon then ill be done..



My bathroom was very plain This is Actually not an accurate Before picture since the walls were "White" to begin with.. we painted them a very light grey.. and now some "After"...

 Might not be a grand makeover but for a small bathroom with plain white walls it gives it a "homier" feeling..

The towel hooks aren't quite done..
the original post had decorated them with fabric flowers.. however my hubby thought it to "girlie" and since we share a one bathroom house i decided to compromise and we decided on maybe a plaque of some sort or something else.. we still haven't figured out what to put on there...

the decorations on the shelves i actually found at Wal Mart..
The Family Rules canvas i believe was $4.99.. maybe $5.99, but definitely no more than that..
The flowers which I'm really glad i found there were $1.50 a piece.. for the green leafy grass and the white blossoms, i was going to purchase them at Hobby Lobby with a 40% coupon which would have still added up to over $7.00..  and the vase was an empty vase i spray painted an ivory color..

SO here's the link to the original post >>>  Shanty-2-chic

and i hope they don't mind me posting a picture from their work!

there's of course looks much better since they don't have a big medicine cabinet.. but mine aren't that bad But I have to admit I love theirs more over mine!!!

So here are a few more pictures from behind the wood works...

We got home and laid out the wood to cut..
(you can tell we are newbies our work table is Jr's little monster truck!!! LOL)

we have talked about buying soon or maybe we will build one..

We stained (only the front BC according to my Soldier "that's only whats going to get seen" lol
and added all the other little features to it..

And since i don't have my drills just yet!!! (I'm really believing to be one of the lucky 3 winners in the 
Shanty-2-Chic..shanty's-favorite-things-giveaway!!) i had My Soldier do it for me...

The Shanty-2-Chic version called for a couple of boards been put together with a Kreg jig..
since i don't have one and i Still very badly wanted the towel hooks i improvised
(that's probably why i love theirs over mine..)
We used one solid piece of wood where as they used several and pieced them together..

I love their site they don't just have DIY wood works they also have meal plans and a whole lot of other stuff too!!! Go ahead and check them out its an awesome inspiring site..!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Suddenly Interested...

In my last blog i listed a few blogs i follow and love to just look over and over.

Two of my fave are:

Go and check them out I can almost guarantee You'll Be inspired to do something.

Anyhow I saw this blog about A DIY Ipad Holder that also doubles as a chalkboard.. and i Absolutely loved the idea since I read recipes of my Kindle Fire While listening to Pandora when I'm cooking..

Besides i tried doing crafts and they just didn't seem to fulfill me as my outlet from frustration.. Ive done earring holders. Was trying DIY Candles, and while the DIY cleaners and soaps were awesome i do such a big batch i don't do them often, and by been a stay at home mom i need an outlet ALMOST DAILY!!! 

And my husband doesn't necessarily approve of my MAC Makeup Shopping Obsession.. I mean Why spend $50 on a MAC Makeup Brush!!! That's Insane Right? Nope not to me..
I just repeat to him what he says to me when he wants to purchase New Power Tools..
"Your Only As GOOD as YOUR Tools.."



SO when i told him what i wanted to work on next, he kinda just looked at me like "ugh" but i was so enthused i didn't hesitate to shove him into the desk chair and and show him on the computer MY future project with a "With or With Out your approval" attitude.. of course i did this in an honoring and submissive and respectful way.. (ok not really.. more like "please please pppplleeasssee would ya look at it.. PPPLLLLLEEEAAASSEEE.." more like a whiny baby)

so Here's my Finished Product.. In my Kitchen..

And in the permanent spot while not in use in the kitchen.... The Family Picture wall.

I tried erasing to make sure it actually worked.. I didn't scrub to hard (i was actually afraid the chalkboard might come off.. the chalk came off OK, the chalkboard stayed )

SO yeah.. I actually really enjoyed it.. I actually did an Ipad Holder first which you can tell by the picture WAS WAY TO BIG!!! LOL

 i ended up giving it away to someone who actually had an Ipad, then turned around and took new measurements and re did it for my Kindle Fire!!!

Okay so now I find myself Suddenly VERY interested in Power Tools.. which (not surprising at all) My husband supports 100%..

The actual link to this idea is here >>>> Shanty-2-Chic Ipad Display

Ill walk you through my journey...

As we pull up to the parking lot i see my husband get a little excited.. i look at him and ask
"whats with you?"
Him: "nothing..(silence for a few seconds)..this is my favorite store..sometimes i come here 4-5 times a day"
Me: i grin inside and know this is going to be interesting

When we get inside he just knows he's way around..
me on the other hand... everything just seems to start spinning.

Where to even start????
What do i get first??
The wood?
The stain?

uhm Tony?..

i look up and i guess he decided to lead.. he is on a mission...LOL

He didn't stop to ask what i wanted to get first.. He just assumed the role and i followed..
I didn't realized it but i guess i was holding my breath.. i let out a Huge sigh of relief.. i felt reassure that i wasn't just way over my head with this project.. i was going to have a Mentor through this.. LOL

At least One of us Knew what we were doing..

I followed him into the Lumber section.. and to be honest.. almost everything looked exactly alike..I read out the material list and he then began telling me what everything was and teaching me ..

And then Jr was all Full of questions also...
Lets just say after that it was more of Father-Son bonding
He kinda forgot it was my project..
By that i mean he no longer instructed me on what we were doing.. He just walked around explaining everything to Jr as we picked up all the materials on my list..

I smiled and though i would have rather have him explain it to me i just happy happily satisfied as i listened to him teach Jr a couple of things.
I just decided to make sure i paid attention also.

Even Little short stuff got in on the fun.. she had a lot of "opinions" on what should go in the shopping cart.

So a few hours later and a few "Extra Things" in the shopping cart we headed home to start my project.

While we there however i "expressed how i wouldn't be able to sand the wood using a regular sand paper and how an electric sander was much needed..

Here's my brand new First Power Tool EVER!!

We got Home and he started showing me how to measure out the dimensions for the Ipad holder

He did the cutting for me since i wasn't able to hold the saw and push the trigger buttons at the same time

I told him :"you know since i cant use that saw we are gonna need to get me one i can use"

him: (-_-)

Me: lets say maybe a Ryobi compound Miter saw

him: ($_$)

Me: its not that much..

Him: you really want one?

Me: uhm yeah kinda.

Him: Okay cool we will save up and invest in one!
        (power tools are his weakness!)

So we cut stained, and taped and hammered and glued.. It was actually a pretty cool time together.
I think he enjoyed it more because i have a new found passion for power tools that's probably going to come in handy next time he asks
"Uhm Angel? i saw this tool............"
(then me excitedly interrupting)
"Of course!!!!!... what are we getting?.."

He totally saved the day by cutting the wood for me, i would have been really upset had i not been able to start right away on the Ipad Holder .. (recently revised to a Kindle Fire Holder)

He's my Soldier.
He's my Warrior.