Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Soiree Day-A Little Birdie Birthday

Bird party themes are popular right now and I found a fabulous one!!  This was for a girl's 2nd birthday but could be adapted for a baby shower up to age 5 I would think.  It's cute, trendy and best of all simple.  
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Photos courtesy of Northwest Lovelies.

Way cute!  Make sure and visit Northwest Lovelies for all the resources!!
{And to pin!}

Happy Soiree Day!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Vintage Gwen Chapel-Not That Into You


A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of being youth minister to our teens.  Our youth pastors use some awesome curriculum and I kicked off a series themed Not That Into You.  Basically sometimes in our walk with God there's times that we are so into God.  Sometimes not at all.  And sometimes we're in the middle.  By the end of establishing the differences of the three there was just one question to ask.  
Which one are you because it's time to own where you're at.  Man did that ever hit me square in the face!  So I decided to be bold.  I put tape faces on the floor...an into God face and a not that into God face and left the middle blank.  I stepped in the middle and told the teens I wanted to be honest and own where I'm at with God.  Then I asked them to be bold and asked them to come to the front and stand where they were at.  Honestly I was expecting a little bit of a spread, some in each section.  To my surprise they all joined me in the middle.  I had to fight the tears so I could pray!
Why was I surprised? Because they truly listened and got the lesson.  Because we all could work on our relationship with God and being in the middle told me that they had a relationship established but it just needs work.  Because God moved.  
This coming Wednesday is the final lesson.  I'm excited to see how it ends!

How about you? Where are you at with God?
I encourage you to not be discouraged if it's not perfect.  I won't ever be perfect.  But rather own where your at and move forward. Big, tiny, petite, large...any shape...just move forward.  
Psalm 24:5 NLT
"They will receive the Lord's blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior."

Be blessed!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Chic Couture Fashion & Beauty Link Up {1}

Welcome to the first Chic Couture Fashion & Beauty Link Up!  
Thanks to all you who voted in the poll to add fashion to Birchbox Beauty Bash.  Obivously the majority was yes and so I felt like a name change was in order.  Fridays are Chic Couture days for me so why not name it that? We'll see how it goes!
Here's the details!

And don't forget Birchbox posts!! I still want to see those! Or any monthly club posts!

Rules:
*Link up anything in the list above.
*Link to a specific post, not your homepage.
*Follow me via GFC, rss feed, or email and post the party button somewhere on your blog.
*Visit others and have fun!



VintageGwen


As always the link will be open for a week!
Can't wait to see your links!
Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Easy Sewing Machine Cover

Well today is the last of my craft room projects. My sewing machine isn't really all that old.  It came with a flimsy plastic cover that just didn't last long, especially with Lil' Hunkie around.  So I knew I wanted to make a new cover for it since it has to be stored on the very bottom shelf of the bookcase, plus there's all that light!   I had a stretched out in the neck knit shirt that was in my pile of things to do something with that I thought would make the perfect cover! Bonus: this cost nothing!

I shared this over at The Crafty Scientist a couple of weeks ago in case you missed it!

Here's what I did!

Supplies:
Shirt
Sewing machine and general sewing supplies
Scrap fabric
Pins
Hot glue gun

Such a cute shirt!! Glad I thought of a way to keep it around!

Good ole' Singer!

Started off by cutting off the top 1/4 of the shirt.  I had eyeballed measured and the top of the lace on the bottom half was just right for length wise so when I cut I allowed for a seam.

Now I have a tube basically.  I slid the shirt down over the machine and pinned at the ends of the handle to leave a slit.  

I then marked underneath....

Next I turned the shirt inside out and using the seam as a guide ran a stitch from both sides inward towards the marks....

Then I measured the sides, about 3 inches from the edge, and ran a stitch on both sides....

Finally I made a couple of rolled flower pins, pinned them on and done!!




I love it and love that it was free!

Happy Thursday!

{See my Link Parties Page for the link ups!}

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Show & Share #50 & {Darlings}

Welcome to Show & Share #50!

Wow! Our 50th party! How exciting is that?!  Thanks for making it great each week!
Here's my favs from last week...










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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!







Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Soiree Day-Vintage Carnival 1st Birthday

Happy Tuesday! 
 I hosted our church's ladies meeting Friday night and I tell ya, I wore myself out getting the house ready! I really think it's the excessive heat we are having! I started the day out by doing the touch up paint on the outside of the house and felt like I was on one our Mission Trip's to Mexico! Sheesh!  So I took me a little break!  All is well now! 
I found the loveliest Vintage Carnival 1st Birthday while browsing Someday Craft's link party last week and am excited to share it today!












All photos courtesy of Lauren Rebecca.

True loveliness! This soiree is a great example of  DIY planning and using what you have. Or what your mother has! I  really love how it turned out!  Be sure and visit Lauren's blog for more pictures and party resources!

Happy Soiree Day!

Friday, July 20, 2012

July Birchbox

I'm so glad I get Birchbox! When you've had a challenging week, receiving that pretty pink box sure can cheer up a stressed out mommy!  I got this month's Glamour Magazine themed box on Tuesday and I've been busy with others things so I haven't tried anything out yet but I sure am excited to!  And I must say since I was a little disappointed in the Gossip Girl themed box that this box makes up for it!


Here's what I got:
Ada Cosmetics Bronzer
{I'm not a bronzer gal so I'm excited to try this! It's the cute little pot!}
Alterna Bamboo UV+ Color Protection Fade-Proof Fluide
Jouer Lip Enhancer
Stila in the moment shadow palette
{Yay for an eyeshadow sample!}
Suki Nourishing Kit
Lifestyle Extras:
Larabar uber Roasted Nut Roll
{Never had one before....it was yummy!}
Birchbox Exclusive Earbuds

What was in your box?
Don't forget the link party next Friday, I'll be adjusting a few things!

To find out more about Birchbox go HERE.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pick Your Plum Block

Ok I really don't know what to call today's craft room project!  I bought this a while back when it was one of Pick Your Plum's deal along with 5 additional pieces of metal.  I wanted the extra sheets to use on the cork board that's in Lil' Hunkie's bedroom and thought the block stand would be cute in my craft room.  I really like how  it turned out and it was oh so easy!

Supplies
Pick Your Plum block with metal sheet
Paint and brushes
Sanding block
Scrapbook paper
Mod Podge
Magnets


I mixed my navy blue craft paint with a metallic silver craft paint to tone down the navy and it gave it a little bit of shimmer! After painting it I lightly sanded, especially on the edges.


Then I cut out a piece of scrapbook paper and mod podged it on. {I only applied paper to the front.}
And done! So simple!



Do you have one of these?
If I ever find money in the laundry this is where it'll go...using a magnet for cash and that little ledge for coins! Though Hunkie is good about emptying his pockets!

Happy Thursday!

{Linking up to the parties on my Link Parties page.}

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Show & Share #49

Welcome to Show & Share #49!

Well there's no features today.  I spent yesterday working on potty training with Lil' Hunkie and wore myself out emtionally!  We didn't have much progress.  I thought he was ready and he probably still is, he's just Lil' Hunkie and not anyone else and will do it in his own time.  Kudos and hats off and roses to those of you who do it in one day! Or even in 3!
So thank you all for partying last week! And thanks for returning today, this is truly a great party because of you all!  Is the countdown on for back to school yet?  Can't wait for some of those projects to start coming through!  Now let's party!
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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!






Happy Wednesday!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

{Sweet Sponsor} Scentsy Consultant Kari Doherty



Surely everyone knows by now what Scentsy is!  

"Scentsy began with a simple idea — a safe, wickless alternative to scented candles — and quickly grew into one of the most successful direct selling companies in the world. This wickless concept is simply decorative ceramic warmers designed to melt scented wax with the heat of a light bulb instead of a traditional wick and flame."

I love it!  If you're like me, then you enjoy a nice smellin' house, especially if you have a little one still in diapers! Before Lil' Hunkie came along, I burned candles like nobody's business so I was glad when I was introduced to Scentsy by my good friend, Kari a couple of years ago.  I've been pleased ever since!  And to me their scents are more concentrated therefore last longer than others. And yes I've tried others.  And of course the best part for me is no more open flame.  Currently, I have Jane in the kitchen which covers the kitchen, dining room, and living room.  And then there are plug ins in each bathroom.  And my favorite scent? French Kiss! And I think Rio Beach is the perfect bathroom scent!

I'm so very excited to have Kari join my sponsor group!
And she'd love to be your consultant!  Be sure and visit her site at https://kariswarmers.scentsy.us/Scentsy/Home and check out Scentsy's other product lines; Layers and Velata.

And be sure to watch for my 2nd Annual August Bash coming up!  There just might be some Scentsy up for grabs!

Happy Monday!

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