Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Show & Share #29

Welcome to Show & Share #29!

Great news!! We are finally moved!! Of course I still have a lot of work ahead of me upacking but at least we are in!! Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes, they truly helped!!

Last week's most viewed link:

Party Rules--

*Link to a specific post--not your home page, no giveaways, or no etsy shops
*Link something you've done in the last month
*Post the party button or my button on your blog (and follow me, the host Lindsay, & my co-host Marie.)
*Visit & comment on at least TWO other links posted
*Come back to see if you've been featured!
Be sure and check the other hosts to see if you've been featured by them!!

Southern Lovely

Have fun and Happy Wednesday!!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Birchbox Beauty Bash {3}

It's that time of the month! Birchbox Beauty Bash time!!
I've been enjoying playing with all my samples, how about you?  And I had fun expeirmenting with red lipstick for Valentine's day!!  A bold lip look is now in my makeup look rotation!

Let's party!!
What to link up?
Birchbox Posts
Beauty Advice
DIY/Handmade Products

Anything makeup, skin care, hair, fragrance, bath and body or beauty tools related!!

*Link up anything in the list above.
*Link to a specific post, not your homepage.
*Follow myself and Allison and post the party button somewhere on your blog.
*Visit others and have fun!



As usual the party will be open for a week so you have plenty of time!
Have fun and Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

{Guest Series} The Best of Me-Southern Lovely

Welcome to the final Best of Me series guest!

Hello lovely friends of Vintage Gwen. I am excited to be here today!
Since I consider Jennifer a dear friend of mine, it is wonderful to be in her space today!

I'm Lindsay, from Southern Lovely. Over at my place you will find all sorts of DIY's, sewing, painting & lots of hot glue projects. It's kind of a little of this & that. :) I have a great time creating it all though.

When Jennifer explained her 'Best of Me' series, I had to think what I wanted to talk about. Then it hit me, as far as projects go, my favorite is our loft area. It's a place in our home where I go to breath & relax. I love this space, it definitely makes me happy.

It wasn't always like this though. We gave it a big makeover several months ago.

Started with this space..

Added the board & batten

Used this art piece as the inspiration for the color scheme.
The blues & yellows were the perfect combination for this space.

And this is it!
The space I love.
The best of me. :)

Board & Batten tutorial

Painted Rug


Desk makeover

So I'd love to know what space makes you happy?

Thanks so much for having me, Jennifer!

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Wasn't that great inspiration? I tell ya, Lindsay has such a sense of effortless to her projects that I love!
As you already know she is behind our awesome Wednesday link party, Show & Share.  I'm so honored to be one of her partners, it's been amazing! Thanks my friend!!

And thanks to all of my guests, I so appreciate you lovelies helping me out during our move!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Show & Share #28

Welcome to Show & Share #28!!

No most viewed or favorite link this week. But I do want to say thank you for your awesome support of this link party!  You gals are wonderful and I'm missing getting to have the time and go through the links.  We haven't moved yet.  I'm a little frustrated.  So your support of the party is helping me keep my chin up!

Party Rules--

*Link to a specific post--not your home page, no giveaways, or no etsy shops
*Link something you've done in the last month
*Post the party button or my button on your blog (and follow me, the host Lindsay, & my co-host Marie.)
*Visit & comment on at least TWO other links posted
*Come back to see if you've been featured!
Be sure and check the other hosts to see if you've been featured by them!!

Southern Lovely

Have fun and Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Moving Update...

Happy Tuesday all!  No Soiree Day today.  Just wanted to give a quick update on our move.  We haven't yet!  I'm afraid things are being drug out a little, hoping to get some good news, i.e. a soon closing date, today.  I'm missing you all!!  If you pray, I would appreciate one!

If you're a new follower...thank you so much!!  I'm trying my best to keep up and check everyone out!
Hope everyone is having a good week so far!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

February Birchbox

Happy Friday lovelies!
I was sweating over my February Birchbox!  I changed my address to our new house and come to find out the address was wrong! Even though we haven't moved yet I've been checking the mailbox and it finally came yesterday!  A few days after normal time...whew! Thanks post person!!
From Twitter I had an idea what would be in the box and I'm excited to try out the goodies!

This month's goodies...Beautyblender sponge, Eye Rock Designer liner, Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint, Mineralogie Ultimate Cream Concealer.  Lifestyle Extras are Chuao Chocolatier Spicy Maya ChocoPod and a music download.  How fun!

I've never mastered fancy eyeliner techniques so these stickers look fun!
 Thinking I'll have to pair this with a red lip!

I did eat the chocolate {of course!} and oh my! The package states "Unusual, Unexpected & Delicious"...all very true!! It's just the right amount of spiciness!

Next Friday will be our 3rd Birchbox Beauty Bash so get those posts ready!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

{Guest Series} The Best of Me-Romance On A Dime

Welcome to my next Best of Me guest!
I'm in desperate need of today's post! So it's perfect timing!

Hello! My name is Betsy from Romance on a Dime. I'm SO excited to be guest posting for Vintage Gwen! The "Best of Me" series has definitely been so inspiring to read and I'm really glad to be a part of it. Thanks for having me Jennifer!!
I blog about all sorts of stuff, such as thrifty living, menu planning, budget/DIY decorating, and organizing and simplifying life. I still consider myself a newlywed (1 1/2 years into marriage). A couple of my most popular series are 31 Days of New Uses for Old Things, Take it on Tuesday blog hop, and Cutting your Grocery Bill 101.
Awhile ago, I shared my best projects of 2011, but what I'm going to share today is a more recent post that quickly climbed the ladder of most page views. It's currently the fourth most viewed post on Romance on Dime!
Ready for free printables and a tutorial on How-to put together your own Home Management Binder?

DIY Home Management Binder/Planner

I spent a lot of time looking through all the ideas for printable planners, home binders, lists, and daily to do sheets I could find. I did go back and forth about whether I wanted a planner that fit into my purse or not (last year my planner did). I finally decided to make my own planner using a 3-ring binder and several printables I found. Here are some of my favorite printables:
Week at a Glance from Mommy Tracked (I LOVE the color and the scalloped edges!!):
Daily Planner Printables from Desiring Virtue - I LOVE these daily pages! Each day of the week has a different main task: Mon. - Laundry, Tues. - Kitchen, Wed. - Office, Thurs. - Town, Fri. - Cleaning, Sat. - Outdoors, Sun. - Lord's Day/day of rest. What is great is now they have blank daily sheets!!
Daily Docket from Simple Mom - this one I actually scanned in and spent HOURS editing and changing sections to be able to print it on a smaller sheet. Then, I decided to save it for another year and use the above daily planner.
Perpetual Birthday Calendar from The Project Girl
Money Saving Mom also has lots more printables to choose from! The one I'm definitely adding to my home management binder is her 2-hour House Cleaning Checklist.
I'm also a big fan of FlyLady and her beginner baby steps towards keeping an orderly, clean home. In the process of going through her fly lessons, I put together my own control journal resource sheet, which lists my morning routine, bedtime routine, and the cleaning zones I've mapped out in my home:
At first I had the idea to laminate the daily planner sheets and write on them with dry erase markers (so I wouldn't have to print a million pages). Since I don't have a laminator, I checked into the cost of a local copy place - $2/page - NO WAY!! I decided to instead put my daily planner sheets inside a sleeve and write on it with dry erase markers. It works really well!!
I put my Home Management Binder together, with these sheets:
Year at a Glance
Yearly Goals (still working through this)
Monthly Goals (still working through this)
Blogging Goals/resources
Monthly page
Have you put a Home Management Binder together this year? What pages do you think are important to have?

I would love to invite you to stop by Romance on a Dime each Tuesday for the Take it on Tuesday Blog Hop!!

Thanks for reading.

Awesome!! I've been thinking about making a cleaning schedule and now I have the tools! Thanks Betsy!!  Be sure and check out all of Betsy's fun on her blog!

Happy Thursday!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Show & Share #27

Welcome to Show & Share #27!

Great party last week lovelies!! Be sure and check out Lindsay's special Valentine Features from the party HERE.

My favorite Valentine project is from the Artsy Fartsy Mama!
Valentine Clothesline Art

Let's Party!

Party Rules--

*Link to a specific post--not your home page, no giveaways, or no etsy shops
*Link something you've done in the last month
*Post the party button or my button on your blog (and follow me, the host Lindsay, & my co-host Marie.)
*Visit & comment on at least TWO other links posted
*Come back to see if you've been featured!

Southern Lovely

Have fun and Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day and....

{2011 Valentine Sugar Cookies}

Happy Valentine’s Day lovelies!
And guess what else is today?
It’s my 1 year blog anniversary!!
What a great day to have your blog anniversary on huh?
{I didn’t plan it that way! But at least I won’t forget the day!}

Boy I can’t believe it’s been a year! A fun one too!
I’ve been so blessed to meet some very lovely people and can’t wait to meet more!
Looking back I really had no clue about blogging but just knew it looked fun and appealed to my creative side and I wanted in on the fun.
At times it’s challenging but I’m learning and that makes it worth it.

Thank you to each and every one of you!
This wouldn’t be as fun without you!

I of course want to celebrate this moment with a giveaway!!
But alas! We are still trying to get moved!
So when things are settled we will celebrate! So stay tuned!

Have a sweet day today!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Vintage Gwen Chapel-A New Image of Jesus

I recently heard a Christian comedian talk about this scene in the Bible…
“And they were bringing unto him little children, that he should touch them: and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me; forbid them not; for to such belongeth the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:13, 14 ASV
He said that due to most artists this scene is depicted as Jesus sitting with children around him, maybe one in His lap…the children behaving, nice and clean. But according to the comedian this isn’t so. It is his opinion that the children were dirty and climbing all over Jesus.

I think I agree!
I thought about Lil’ Hunkie and our normal day to day routine. When he’s in play mode, we usually have several moments of wrestling and tickling and him climbing all over me or his daddy. The image of Jesus playing with children like we play with Lil’ Hunkie makes me smile, does my heart good. I know Jesus to be relatable. And this new image of Jesus and the little children makes Him even more so.

Thank you Mr. Comedian!
And thank you Lord for loving your children and enjoying them, rather they are clean, prim and proper or dirty, and wanting to play!

Happy Weekend!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Chic Couture-Valentine Accessories

Got big plans for the 14th?
 Even if you don't there's no reason not to have fun with some stylish accessories!! 
Here's some fun Valentine's Day accessories I've rounded up!

{I'll be wearing the "Kiss Me"!}

Hope you have a sweet Valentine's!

Happy Friday!

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