Thursday, September 18, 2014

My DIY Sharpie Mug Experience

Ok lovelies.  DIY Sharpie Mugs are nothing new.  But since I made some I thought I'd share how the process went for me.
I joined a Fall Mug Swap on Instagram last month and could not find what I thought was the perfect mug for my buddy.  So I thought it'd be cool for her to have some scripture mugs in my handwriting. 
I picked the tips I thought sounded the best basically!  
And those were to clean the mug with rubbing alcohol, let dry for 24 hours after decorating, place in cold oven, turn oven on to 450, once heated to 450, bake for 30 minutes and then completely cool. 
So here's how it went....
First of all writing on a mug is not as easy as it seems! Using the rubbing alcohol I started over so many times! Once I liked them, I let dry overnight then did the 450 oven baking and let them cool in the oven. 
Well that was too hot for the pink sharpie! It faded! I was so sad! So I went back over the pink parts and did the baking at 350 instead and it was much better! 
The only thing I didn't do was see how they stood up to the dishwasher.  I did use the rubbing alcohol after the first failure baking and the green was set so I'm sure that with hand washing they should be just fine!  I don't know about you but I don't put 'special' mugs, even store bought ones, in the dishwasher. Just one of those 'Jennifer' things!

Despite the writing part being tricky, I love how easy these are! And the possibilities are endless! 
Have you made some of these? I'd love to hear about your experience!

Happy Thursday!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Show & Share #162

Another Wednesday is here!
Loved all the links from last week!

Most Viewed

What a fun dress! What a cute figure Robyn has too!

And My Favorite

So lovely and peaceful!

Lovely posts ladies!!

On to the Party!
*Link to a specific post--not your home page, no giveaways, or no etsy shops
*Link a post you've done in the last month
*Post the party button on your blog and follow me
*Visit & comment on at least TWO other links posted
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As always,  thanks for being here!!
Have a happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Show & Share # 161

Whew! What a busy last 5 days!
Ladies retreat over the weekend was awesome and hosted bunco Monday night! Fun stuff!
 And hey if you linked up last week because of my lovely friend Bethany then let me say...."thank you" big time! Hope you're here today! And speaking of Bethany she had the most viewed link from last week......

and my favorite link....

Aren't these great?! Love them both!!

On to the Party!
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*Link a post you've done in the last month
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As always,  thanks for being here!!
Have a happy Wednesday!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Chic Couture-New Warby Parker Styles for Fall!

Chic Couture posts are usually on Fridays but thought it would be fun to switch it up a little since I'm going out of town Friday! **Show & Share Link Party is below this post!**

Ah Fall is upon us! For many this means boots, scarves and sweaters! It's also a perfect time for new glasses! Warby Parker's Fall Collection is out today with 9 new styles and with these new styles means there's a style fit for everyone. 
Take a look!
Annette-Petal Tortoise
This one is my favorite!!

Hardy- Striped Pacific
Very smart!

How hip!

This is how Warby Parker describes their Fall line........

"We’re introducing nine new shapes—which means 
there’s a signature look for everyone in the room. 
For the bold, we created three clever styles in 
crystal. For the polished professionals, we updated 
three hardworking acetate frames with titanium 
temples. And for the folks who really mean business, 
we designed a handful of angular silhouettes. 
Two new hues were also added to the mix: Striped 
Pacific and Petal Tortoise. The first is a streaked 
combination of rich, seaworthy blues; the second 
is a painterly mix of soft pinks and earthy browns."

I've mentioned before that I have too dry of eyes to wear contacts and so having stylish glasses is really a must for me. I like how Warby Parker offers a good variety of frames and hues. And I like how with every purchase of glasses, Warby Parker distributes a pair of glasses to someone in need. Bravo!

Be sure and check out their new styles for Fall today!

*Simply put, I was asked to help announce the new Fall line. I accepted because I wear glasses daily. If I can help my fellow daily frame wearer out with where to get stylish frames then I've done a good thing.* All opinions are mine.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Show & Share #160

Well if you didn't noticed, I totally flubbed up last week's party! (Got the link up opened late.)
Let's just blame it on the cold I had!!
I'll do better today! In fact, I'm opening the link up early!!

Most Viewed Link 

And My Favorite Link

Such lovely posts lades!!

On to the Party!
*Link to a specific post--not your home page, no giveaways, or no etsy shops
*Link a post you've done in the last month
*Post the party button on your blog and follow me
*Visit & comment on at least TWO other links posted
(You can grab a party button to the right ---> just click on the buttons tab!)

As always thanks for being here!!
Have a happy Wednesday!

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Tour Through Blogland with Vintage Gwen

Hey there! It's Monday and I have a treat for you!
I was invited to participate in some blogging fun called A Tour Through Blogland. Basically this tour is a way to get to know bloggers better and I thought it'd be fun AND I get to share a little about a few of my favorite bloggers! Before I share about Vintage Gwen let me introduce you to the fabulous Bethany of Pitter and Glink, who invited me to the tour. 

Bethany is one of my favorite bloggers because she is just so dang creative! All of her crafts and diys always leave me smiling.  Creativity seems like it comes with ease to her and I so admire that! She makes everything look effortless, she builds furniture even!! She made this vintage table! This is one of most  favorite projects of hers and repinned images (and hers too I'm sure!) fun is this makeup pouch? I could seriously rave about Bethany all day long! Be sure and visit her blog!
And now let me share a little and answer the tour questions.
1. What are you currently working on?
The answer really makes me sad a little...nothing in particular! I have so many home projects I need to do and finish it's not even funny.  I have a 3rd bedroom that needs to be cleaned out, I'd like to finish my bedroom by hanging curtains and photos, I have photos to add to my gallery wall and I recently bought a new bed frame that's going to need to be painted. I"ll just be honest, if there are 'life things' going on then I don't get to create.  And there's been some 'life things' going on lately.  My youngest brother got remarried and we just gave them a reception, Lil' Hunkie just started PreK but then there's some 'life things' coming up like a ladies retreat and a bridal shower.  So it's all about juggling! 
I'm hoping the next thing I get to work on is my bed frame!

2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?
Whoa! Talk about the hardest question of all time!!!
I totally agree with how Bethany answered this question:
 "I think everyone who blogs brings a unique perspective to the web, and while readers of a blog can easily see that blogger's uniqueness, I think it's sometimes hard for the blogger to describe that uniqueness. Some people want their blogs to fit into a certain box, but I try not to limit myself to one specific craft or project type.  I try to stay true to things that I really love, so you won't see me jumping onto any band wagons just for the heck of it."  
I love crafting. And so if I see something I'd like to try my hand at I give it a go. I want the things I share be something a reader could do, so a lot of my crafts I focus on being uncomplicated. 

3. Why do you write/create what you do?
Again, I love crafting! I was doing it long before I decided to blog about it. And I love baking and cooking and simply put I love Jesus. Oh yeah and I'm a tad bit of a beauty junkie! So I write about what I like and love. Annnd I really like writing. I almost went into fashion journalism instead of apparel merchandising in college.  Annnd it might be on my bucket list to write a children's book.  So I know that some may say a blog should have one main focus like just crafts or just recipes but I think that's a pretty small box and takes a lot of energy to maintain. 

4.  How does your writing/creating process work?
Again such a hard question for me! First of all I like having a 'blogging calendar' to go by. So Wednesdays is always the Show & Share link party, Thursdays I try and share a craft/diy, Fridays beauty/fashion and Saturdays is Chapel (devotional type post). I fit recipes in here and there.  And sometimes special posts come along like this one! And inspiration is just about everywhere now since we have Pinterest and the magic of hashtags. One of my favorite things to do is to look through hashtags on Instagram to get ideas. Yep, I'm a visual person!
And there's always tons of great, creative, inspiring bloggers out there.  
I invited Emily to the tour and I'm so excited she accepted!

Emily is a  hip creator let me tell ya! I love the simple, yet modern spin she puts on things. Her and her hubby are currently remodeling their home and it's going to be so rad when they are done! Just look at what they've got going on in the kitchen....

And guess what else I love about Emily? She lives in Oklahoma like me and loves Jesus too!
Be sure and visit Emily at her place!

Well, hope you enjoyed my little part of the tour!
Happy Monday lovelies!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Currently at Vintage Gwen

Happy Thursday!!

Thought I'd try a new kind of post here on the blog!
It's a 'Currently' post about a few things you are currently doing or loving and sounded like fun! Some bloggers do this weekly but I think I'll do monthly. I would love to here your 'currently's' so make sure and share!

Reading: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Great book on how important being thankful is! 

Watching:  not a lot.  We have one TV, yes you read that right one and so if it's not a kid program then I let hubby man the control. I am looking forward to Downton Abby though!!

Listening:  Bethel's You Make Me Brave album! So, so good! Did you know that you can listen to whole albums on You Tube? You can even make your own playlists! It's what I do while I'm doing my church secretary thang!
(The title song is one of my favs!)

Making:  table signs in PicMonkey for my brother's wedding reception on Saturday!

Feeling: on the mend after having a nasty cold earlier this week.  And hopeful for our Ladies Retreat in a week!

Planning:  brother's wedding reception, Ladies Retreat, a bridal shower later in September. Oh you know the usual!

Loving:  the recent Denver memories and fun I made with my sister, friends and a special young woman who finally had her turn at getting married. Best trip ever!!

There! That made me happy!

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