Do you have a girl crush? I do. And her name is Tori Spelling. I have had a secret obsession with her and I think I’m ready to unveil it to you now. Let’s define my obsession, shall we?
I watched my fair share of 90210 as a girl but my infatuation with all things Tori didn’t start until my adult years. First she came out with her own line of jewelry on QVC.com and I fell in love with so many of the pieces.
I bought this one 5 years ago and I still love it to this day.
Photo Source: Just Jared
And I have this Ring and polish set from QVC.com too. Hello? Matching your jewelry to your nail polish? Genius!
I have also read all of her books.
This book has lots of behind-the-scenes 90210 goodness in it as well as how her and Dean both cheated on their spouses to be together, lots of dirt on her childhood, and so much more juicy celeb gossip.
Mommywood is also on my shelf.
And I even purchased a signed copy of celebraTORI: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Friends and Familyfor myself for Christmas.
I played a joke on my sister and told her that Tori reads my blog and personally sent me the signed book. Then I proceeded to nervously laugh which gave me away. Oh well. A girl can wish!
Tori also owns a vintage and antique store in Sherman Oaks, CA. Talk about a girl after my own heart!
The store is called InvenTori and I tried to go there when I went to LA for my corporate job but never could make the time. Boo. I have bought a few things from the store online, like this Ikat bag (which is no longer offered on the site).
She also has a craft line at Michael’s & Jo Ann Fabrics called Styled by Tori Spelling. Wah! I want my own craft line too!
And to secure her status in the craft world she also hosted Craft Wars on TLC. I have a Google alert set to email me if they start auditioning for the show again. I. Must. Win.
To further solidify my now not-so-secret obsession, I have probably never missed an episode of her reality show on Oxygen.
And every almost every haircut photo I have taken to my sister/hairdresser for inspiration for the last five years has been of a Tori bob.
I love that she admitted to getting pregnant while breastfeeding her 1 month old baby.
And I also love that she gets a little puffy while pregnant, just like the rest of us.
I love her decorating style. Doesn’t that wallpaper remind you of this table?
Photo Source: She Knows Parenting
Lastly, I think all of the above mentioned makes her a killer business woman.
I basically want to be Tori when I grow up. If I could only have my own Craft line, perfect bob haircut, host a reality show about crafting, and have stellar interior decorating skills. Whew!
Arrows and Aztec prints are all the rage! And I can’t help myself when it comes to anything with arrows in design. My opinion is arrows are stemming from The Hunger Games craze + Chevron = Arrows.
Here are some of my fave arrow inspired ideas as of late:
My love for arrows spiraled from the purchase of this Threshold™ Embroidery Linen Arrow Decorative Pillow from Target. I bought it for my master bed makeover (I swear I am soooo close the being ready for a reveal!). The online price says $24.99 but I got mine for $17.00 on clearance at my local Targhetto.
Zinc Door carries this jill rosenwald fallon hand woven arrow rug in winter white & papaya. Obsessed.
Arrow wallpaper by Cavern Home in Tapestry Zuni. Only $155/roll. Ouch!
Colorful Collaged Arrow print by The Curious Nickel. Only $15. More like it.
Arrow Changing Cover in Marine via Etsy in the iviebaby shop.
Arrow Quilt by LurelsQuiltsAndMore
Arrow Scattered on Cream fabric from Spoonflower.
Vintage arrows on display in a foyer. Love the thought of this.
Can’t find the source for this pic? Do you know where it’s from?
Now I am pondering what I can whip up in the way of furniture and arrows?
I am headed out the door to Wichita, KS today to join a workshop with Jennylyn Pringle, the President of Homestead House, the company who manufactures Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paints. I can’t wait to share with ya’ll the new Milk Paint techniques I will learn!
The countdown to Mother’s Day is on! Who’s ready? If your answer is “NO” then let me give you a few hints for that crafty, Pinterest loving lady in your life.
30% of the peeps who read this blog are men. No excuses this year guys. I am doing the work for you. Print this post and out get after it. Or if you want to drop a subtle hint of a few things YOU might like to make an appearance on your special day then feel free to forward this blog post to your hubs. Now that we’ve covered all of the bases on how to make this blog post work to your advantage, let’s dive in to this Momma’s Day roundup of my favorite gifts (and a few hints I’m dropping on my baby daddy as well.)
The card is the foundation of any gift. If you open the card and it sucks then you pretty much assume that the gift will suck too. Just sayin’. (And not to seem totally selfish and materialistic but Gifts are my 3rd love language. I love them. Small or big, inexpensive or fancy, I love gifts and I love giving gifts even more.)
I love any type of stationary and this Mothers Day Card from QuillandFox via Etsy will scream “fasten your seat belt, the gift you are about to open will knock your rubber cleaning gloves off!”
What an awesome way to spend time with your mom then by attending a canvas painting class together! There are several here locally in OKC and one worth mentioning is Wine & Palette. You simply show up, open a favorite bottle of wine, and get inspired by local artists who guide you step-by-step through a featured painting. And at the end of the night you get to leave with your own masterpiece! I am personally giving this to my Mom for Mother’s Day and I am probably more excited than she is!
Another unique gift idea is a gift certificate to attend a Michael’s Craft Class. Michael’s classes range from cake decorating, oil painting, jewelry making, Martha Stewart Crafts, and Scrapbooking! To present her with this unforgettable gift, print out the Class Calendar, attach it to a paint brush, charm, or an item themed towards her interest, along with a gift card for the class. Mom’s rarely take time out for themselves and this is the perfect excuse for her to get away, guilt free, and tap into her creative energy.
A gift basket full of DIY or crafing goodies would make any crafter swoon. Craft supplies can really add up! The below picture is a DIY Wedding Basket but you could adapt the same concept for Mother’s Day.
This adorable new apron from Funktion can do double duty for gardening, used as a tool belt, and can hold your brushes and tools when working on projects.
PS: I own this exact apron!
Magazine Subscriptions are a luxury that Mom’s usually don’t indulge in the time it takes to read them or think about purchasing one for themselves.
HGTV Magazine is a must-have in any DIYers mailbox.
If you live far away from your BMF (Best Mom Forever) this map from Everyday Atlas will melt her heart.
And this rustic frame from The Little Mason Jar would be perfect on a nightstand. As a busy Mom I need a reminder, next to my bed, to thank my Savior for my blessings before I turn off the light.
I know I am biased but a Refunk My Junk Workshop Gift Certificate would definitely make any lady smile.
If none of these gifts are right up your alley, you can never go wrong with a pedi or massage!
What is on your Mother’s Day wish list?
I scored some new sheets for my master bedroom re-do from Target this weekend. High five for progress! I chose the Room Essentials Honeycomb Pattern Sheet Set from Target and I have been Ob.Sess.Ing. over the honeycomb pattern all weekend.
I’ve got a fever and the only cure is more Honeycomb. Travel with me around the ol’ internet in search for more of this pattern I can’t get enough of!
Honeycomb End Table via BricolageOakland Etsy Shop.
Lamp Drum by Shades of Light.
Honeycomb Hardware. Can’t find the source of this knob… Does anyone know where to score this?
Quilted Honey Comb from Moda.
DIY your own Honeycomb Stencil Tutorial from Intergalacticgalacticgalactic.
Honeycomb Pattern Necklace via indomina Etsy Shop.
Honeycomb Shelves via A Beautiful Mess Blog.
Honeycomb Glassware Set from West Elm.
Hand Painted Honeycomb Pattern Chest from Grandin Road.
I am back in blogging business! After a week of my camera being out of commission it’s fixed and I have a quick little tutorial to share with you all about Metallic Pigments.
I had a friend send me some powdered pigments last year. It was a box that included an array of pigments but what caught my eye the most were the metallic Mica pigments. So I whipped up this silver metallic dresser using the Silver pigment.
Since August this continues to be my highest traffic blog post. And month after month I received questions asking me “where do you get metallic pigments from?”. So I asked my friend and she said the company was no longer making them. Whaaat? I have been searching everywhere and finally found some metallic pigments I felt were at an affordable price but still high enough quality to share with you folks.
So let me introduce to you Metallic Pigments:
These metallic powdered mica pigments that are non-toxic and can be mixed into virtually any medium and applied to any surface! Since they are not metals, they will never rust or tarnish. These metallic powdered pigments are ideal for mixing into clear or dark wax to add a metallic sheen to your furniture projects. The 3 gram container will tint approximately half a pint of wax and should be enough pigment for one large project.
So now that you know all about pigments your wondering how the heck you mix these into your wax? Let me show ya! It’s super easy.
Start out with Clear or Dark Wax. I prefer to use Clear Wax but that’s just me. You will also need a paper plate (ooh la la, fancy!), a paint stir stick, pigments, and a brush.
Scoop some wax out onto your paper plate.
Sprinkle some pigments on the wax. I don’t measure I just eyeball it. If the color doesn’t look saturated enough I add a little more. That’s how I do my cooking too. But my husband is the measure-every-teaspoon kind of cook so you can measure your wax to pigment ratio if you must. I never have so I can’t help you in this department.
I then mix it up with my stir stick.
And then I brush it on. You can wipe off after brushing for a more subtle effect. This is Emerald Isle with Copper Pigments.
I have not tried mixing the pigments into paint directly but when I do I will let you know how it works out. I have mixed colored non-metallic pigments into paint (like black into Maine Harbor Blue to make a Navy). When mixing pigments into paint it’s important to mix the pigments with either water or vodka first and then add it to your paints.
To see the full reveal of this Emerald piece you will have to wait until Friday. Sorry loves.
Here are some paint and color combos that I think are worth trying.
Vermont Slate with Antique Silver tinted Wax.
Virginia Chestnut with Antique Gold tinted Wax.
Destin Gulf Green with Antique Copper tinted Wax.
Seattle Mist with Antique Silver tinted Wax.
California Gold with Antique Gold tinted Wax.
Blue Montana Sky with Antique Copper Wax.
Can you tell the options are endless?
I’m off to pack my suitcase for Blissdom, a blogging conference in Dallas.
Ugh. Welcome back old high school insecurities! I hate deciding what to wear to stuff like this! I leave for the Big D tomorrow morning and will be staying at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center a.k.a. Fancytown, where the conference is held.
Until then, are you excited about Metallic Pigments? I feel like I might put some on everything I own. Including my body. It’s an all natural product so what could it hurt? Ha!
Straight up now tell me do you really want to love me forever? Oh Oh Oh.
What better way to kick off a Valentines Day wrap up post then with a little Paula Abdul. (Feel free to chime in anytime by couples skating backwards, wearing leg warmers, or a check the time on your Swatch Watch.)
I think I am finally back to my posting schedule of Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays after An Affair of the Heart. It takes me at least a week to get my life back in order after a show since I have to restock all of my retail locations.
I had an awesome Valentines Day thanks to my amazeballs Facebook Fans who assisted in a plea to my hubs for a new staple gun, nail gun, and compressor for Valentines Day. After 52 comments and 78 likes to my post asking for your help he caved in. I walked into the garage on Valentines Day to find this.
Swoon! This guy really knows the way to my heart! Expect a full review on both of these bad boys soon because I already have some uses for it on my project to-do list.
Scott probably felt ripped off when I gave him this piece of original art I found at a garage sale a few weeks ago. It was $1.00 but the meaning behind it is worth so much more, right?
I think it fits our little family perfectly, don’t you?
We are going to put it above his nightstand in our master bedroom makeover we have been working on (not much in the last few weeks, but we have made progress.)
So how was your Valentines Day? More romantic than a compressor and a piece of second-hand art?
Ya’ll know I don’t sew. I have a sewing machine that is still in the box from LAST Christmas. It’s sad. Today I am sharing a quick and easy No Sew pillow tutorial to show off your state pride! Even us non-sewers can have pretty pillows!
Here is what you will need:
Decorative Pillow Cover from Hobby Lobby $4.19 with 40% Off Coupon.
Steam-A-Seam found in the sewing section at Hob Lob $2.63 with 40%off Coupon.
A printed out photo of your state.
For the Okies, I used this one, and just copy and pasted it onto a word document to make it larger.
Scrap of Fabric
Pillow Form. I don’t know how much these are because I used one from a pillow I was tired of.
Cut out the image of your state and trace onto a sheet of Steam-A-Seam.
No, my thumb is not bruised. I like to try on nail polish at CVS before I buy it .
Once you cut out your state peel off the front of the Steam-a-Seam and stick it to the back of the fabric.
Use the Steam-A-Seam as your template and cut the fabric while the Steam-A-Seam is still adhered.
Peel off the other side and stick it to your pillow form.
I guess you could sew the edges with a sewing machine to make it extra sturdy for kids to use.
Oh, yes, I have cats on my ironing board. I never thought too much about it until this picture. Now I just look like a weird cat lady.
Since mine is just going to sit on my front porch I am not too worried about sturdiness.
And you can now make your own No Sew State Pride Pillow to greet your guests too!
You could also iron on just about any shape and remake an old pillow.
Mustaches, super hero logos, initials, I think that Steam-A-Seam is really a game changer for a non-sewer like me!
What can you cut out and iron on a pillow?
Happy Day After Christmas to ya! Did you survive? I received a new Nikon D5100 and I can’t wait to tell you all about my plans to take it off of Automatic and get fancy with Manual!
We are still in our jammies and I have taken a grand total of 2 naps today! Even our 2 year old slept in until 9:30am this morning! He played and played until he could play no mo! I would love to have some adorable new photos from Christmas to show you, but I still have to install the software for my new camera onto my computer. So instead of flaunting my Pinterest Perfect family (that’s dry sarcasm at it’s best.. We are hardly Pinterest Perfect around here! We ate on paper plates and drank out of plastic cups if it makes you feel any better!)
I have actually had my new camera for over a week now; I purchased it from Bedford Camera in OKC. I was waffleing between the Canon Rebel T3i and the Nikon D5100 . What actually gave me the confidence to get a fancy DSLR camera was taking a photography class from Shoot Fly Shoot at the Haven DIY Blogging Conference this past summer. I was always afraid that I would pay big bucks for a nice camera, and then just leave it on automatic out of fear or lack of knowledge. But after taking the class from Kevin and Josh from Shoot Fly Shoot I felt better equipped with their nuggets of wisdom to tackle the M (Manual!). You can see Shoot Fly Shoot’s camera recommendations by clicking here.
So I have been patiently waiting since the Haven Conference in June to take advantage of Christmas Sales.
After talking to the salesman at Bedford and doing plenty of online research, I settled on the Nikon D5100 . It was on sale from it’s original price of $799.00 to $599.00. Amazon had it on sale for $599.00 and after calling my local camera store, they agreed to match the price! Woo hoo for shopping local!
I then ran home, plugged it in, and let it sit there for a week.
I just stared at it.
How the heck was I going to figure this darn thing out?
I know I took a class at Haven, but I can’t remember half of what I learned. So I dug through my blog conference folder and found a flyer for Shoot Fly Shoot’s Online Photography 101 class! It is a $69.00 investment and so far it seems well worth the money. I am about half way through their course and I am already feeling so much more confident.
Once I install the Nikon software onto my computer I will have to show you some of my photog moves from Christmas day!I can’t wait for my photography to get better, which also equals my blog gets better!
Have you taken a photography course? What words of wisdom do you have for me as a DSLR virgin?
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Asking Santa for Craft tools on your Christmas list? Have a crafty friend, sis-in-law, or are you needing to give your hubs some gift giving ideas for you? Here is my list of top must-have craft tools and products to add to your Christmas list!
This lightweight and portable projector easily makes enlargements up to 10 times the size of the original artwork. No set-up or assembly required. Projects in colors or black and white. Simply place your artwork under the Tracer Projector and immediately see a larger version projected against a screen or wall, which means no need for transparencies! Perfect for signs, murals, wall sayings, or projecting an image onto a piece of furniture.
Mod Podge Rocks!: Decoupage Your World by Amy Anderson $7.99
This super cool book has over 40 modge podge projects for you to tackle! This is a gift that will give all year long! Throw in a jar of Modge Podge and some scrap book paper to help your friend get started!
If you are like me, my bow making skills were not ones I was born with. Truthfully, my bows SUCK! But since I bought the Bowdabra my bows have gone from frumpy and lumpy to fab overnight! Now, I know the box looks super old-ladyish. So if the folks at Bowdabra are reading this: Please move away from the mauve and gold lame bows! Take my advice and you will see an immediate spike in sales! (You can thank me later for that little nugget of advice Bowdabra!)
So, looking past the box, this is a must have in any bow-handicapped person’s toolbox.
A Whimsey Box Gift Subscription $20.00
Whimsey Box is a subscription service that delivers a craft box to your door monthly packed full of goodies for your to get your craft on! Plus, you can use this link to get $5.00 off!
I own this sweet little Glue Gun, and for $14.00 this baby packs some major cordless glue gun action into an affordable price range. I have many a scar from glue gun drips on my fingers, so don’t let the price tag fool you! Plus, there is just something so free feeling about using a glue gun where the cord doesn’t drag you down!
This custom and adorable camera strap is from the Etsy shop August Blossoms. I. Want. One. (PS: Mission accomplished on my camera purchasing mission yesterday!)
What about Miss Mustard Seed’s book Inspired You: Letting God Breathe New Life Into Your Heart and Home and a box or two of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paints? A perfect gift for a DIYer!
What’s on your craft-must have list that you can not live without?
Although I have most everything on this list, the Artograph Tracer Projector And Enlarger is on my Christmas list this year! And, am I the ONLY one who is not finished Christmas shopping?
Remember this little guy I picked up on my trip to Eureka Springs?
Well, he’s had quite a makeover since then.
This dresser is having it’s own Pretty Woman moment, wouldn’t you say?
Want to know how to transform your own hooker “a.k.a. old dresser” into Richard Gere’s date?
Let’s walk thru this makeover, step-by-step:
First I ripped off the loose pieces of wood on the drawers of the dresser. And then using an oribital sander, I smoothed out the rough edges.
I then painted the entire piece Omaha Ochre.
And then after a little measuring, and mostly eye-balling it, I taped off using Frog Tape Delicate Surfaces.
And then I painted the entire piece a second coat of Simply White.
I removed the tape and protected the entire piece with Durable Satin Finish.
Let’s review the before & after again, shall we?
I love the final result, don’t you?
I love the imperfections in the wood.
And that I was able to keep her original knobs.
And look at the crisp, clean lines!
I hauled her down to Feathered Nest this week. I hope she goes to a good home. One where they won’t judge her for her hooker past and treat her like the Julia Roberts she really is.
What piece of furniture can you give a second chance with a little paint and a lotta love?
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