Saturday, March 30, 2013

Vintage Gwen Chapel-Sing To The Tomb

I was going to prepare somewhat of a worship set for today, it being Easter weekend.  But when I got to thinking about which songs to share, well the set would be long! 
So I picked one.  Now this song may not be very Easter-y to you but as a christian aren't all songs basically about what Jesus did and still does for us? As I was listening to this I actually got caught up thinking about today.  Jesus has been crucified and is in the tomb.  Knowing what I know....that Sunday is Resurrection...I pictured myself singing this song outside the tomb. You know sometimes we think a situation is dead, that there's no hope.  But God is not done working.  Work has to be done in the unseen before we have victory. 
So I challenge you to sing to the tomb today. 
For sweet victory is just a day away.

Be blessed this weekend!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday This & That

First of all the winner of the #ReadyDoneClean Giveaway is Dana!! 
An email has been sent!

And second of all....
I sat down to write this post about Easter clothes but just wasn't feeling it.  Perhaps it was because I was tired or perhaps it's because today is Good Friday.  You know the day that was bad for Jesus but good for us. And so Easter clothes just wasn't as important to me as me recognizing this day is. 
I've been reading the #SheReadsTruth Holy Week plan this week and it's been oh so good. Even though it's almost over it's not too late to read through.  Or even do this.... if you're an Instagram user....go to the search function and search #shereadstruth and just look through the pics.  I do this through out the week and am blessed at how others interpret the same reading. 

{These are mine for the week!}

And lastly I did want to share probably one of my most favorite manicures that I have come across to date.  I can't stop thinking about it! Why? Because of the cross.....

I like it all but funny how I think I need that cross!
This awesome mani is by Trina  and Julep featured her on their Facebook and Instagram this week! I'm so glad they did! I like girls who love nail polish and Jesus!!

So I'll be reflecting on the cross today and spending time with my guys. 
And maybe figure out how to get my hands on some studs! ☺
Happy Good Friday lovelies. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Garland

Well I managed to get an Easter craft done. 
And since it was so easy I'm not even sure I'd call it a craft!
I helped out with a recent wedding at my church so my focus has been on that instead of crafting lately. 
I had a box of old costume jewelry that was given to me still at my parents house and so while there recently I decided to bring it home and get it out of my mom's way.  There's a ton of clip on earrings and quite a few that are onesies. So I thought it'd be cool to somehow use them in an Easter garland. Because it's so close to Easter I kept it really, really, simple! And as I'm typing I realize it'd be pretty simple to change the bunnies out for something Springy!

Easter Garland Supplies
Assorted clip on earrings
Ink marker
Ribbon/Twine (not shown)
Tiny clothespins (not shown)

I would have bought a pink ink pad but I kept forgetting! So I have ink markers among my crafting supplies so just used that, it didn't turn out very bright but that's ok. The tags were leftovers from the wedding shower.  And I bought the stamp in the dollar section at Michael's so I guess you could say this is my almost zero cost garland! Not bad!

Don't be surprised if you see more of these earrings!

Happy Thursday lovelies and Happy Easter!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Show & Share #85

Welcome to the party! Can't wait to see what you've got!
Don't forget there's still time to enter my #ReadyDoneClean Giveaway! There's a Swiffer, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and a $25 Home Depot Gift Card up for grabs!


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 on your blog (and follow me & the host Lindsay )
*Visit & comment on at least TWO other links posted

Thanks for being here and Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Soiree Day-The Wonder of the Cross Printable

Anyone else having trouble being excited for Easter Week? Honestly it's the dang weather!!  It snowed Sunday morning! It didn't stay but the cold sure did. Ugh!  So I'll be pushing through and see how I can enjoy this week. I do have Lil' Hunkie who makes things fun. And there's always the fact this is Holy Week and the fact that Jesus paid once and for all for our sin.  Which regardless of the weather I'm always thankful for!  I made a printable in honor of the wonder of the cross. 

Just right click and save. 
Enjoy and have a great week!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Chic Couture-Spring Manicures

With the first day of Spring being this last week it got me to daydreaming about spring manicures.  I say daydreaming because we had a little bit of sleet yesterday! Brrr!  I'm tired of the cold! But at least I have pretty manicures to take my mind off the temperature! Here's some pretties I found on Pinterest....

They make me want to bust out the nail stamper!! I do have a wedding to go to tomorrow! ☺

And speaking of stamping.....
You gotta see the Plum for today!!
4 choices in stamps! Each $3.99.
A set of 6  wooden spoons, 6 wooden knives, and 6 wooden forks for $3.99.

Oh my the cuteness!! I want that quatrefoil stamp so bad!! I see a splurge coming on!!

Be sure and check out Pick Your Plum today!
Click HERE or in my side bar!

Happy Friday Lovelies!
And don't forget I have a giveaway going on now too!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

DIY Stained Crates, A Makeover, & A Giveaway!

I'm excited to team up with Proctor & Gamble and Home Depot to bring you a simple home staining/painting project and a much needed linen closet makeover! They sent me a #ReadyDoneClean pack that helped me to "Get it ready, get it done, and get it clean". 
So, I'm keeping it real today since you'll get to see how badly the makeover was needed!
But before I get to the good stuff I had to come up with some storage containers for the bottom of the closet. I'm loving the crate trend right now.  So I did some measuring and then went shopping. Turned out that if I got 2 then they would not be able to sit the same way. So I reasoned it out and decided that I'd be sorry if I didn't buy 2! Then I did a little research on Pinterest and found how I wanted to stain the crates.

I had just given the house a good cleaning for the personal shower I hosted so my craft room is clean. (Yay!) But an excellent tip is to use a Swiffer Sweeper to free your space up from any dust. I gave the crates a light sanding outside and then got to work using Minwax's Express Color Wiping Stain & Finish in Pecan. This was my first time using a stain and I loved it! I almost used it all, there's probably enough left for a small project. I then got out a stencil and some paint to add a pretty touch to my crates. I grabbed a Mr.Clean Magic Eraser and had to clean my stencil from the last time I used it.  Ahem....lesson learned to always clean a stencil after using. But the Magic Eraser worked like a charm!  Now I was ready to tackle freshening up the linen closet. Here's the before....

Ugh! See? Keeping. It. Real!
Ok so obviously there's wasted space at the bottom and I was in desperate need of more nail polish storage space!( Lil' Hunkie has gotten into my nail polish and painted on himself and the cabinet so 'higher ground' was a must!)  Also, the red cube is what I used at our previous home for medicine storage and so with adding the crates I wanted a more uniform look.  Here's the after...

Ahhh! Makes me smile! I even got a 'good job' from my husband!
Before adding the crates in I grabbed the Swiffer Sweeper and ran it along the ceiling, walls and top of the door to get any cobwebs or dust. Then I Swiffered the floor and grabbed another Magic Eraser and cleaned the base boards and even cleaned up some scuff marks that I was surprised to see!  

And then the linen closet makeover was on and didn't take long at all! The two baskets and tray I had already and weren't really in use.  I also put into use a sheets organizing trick I saw on folded sheets in one of the pillowcases!

So whether you have a big or small project coming up, you can find all of your painting/staining supplies, including the Swiffer Sweeper and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, at The Home Depot near you.
Be sure to visit for more painting and DIY tips!
And to help you get started I've got a #ReadyDoneClean Prize Pack to give away!

Included is:
Swiffer Sweeper
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
$25 Home Depot Gift Card

Giveaway will end March 28th at midnight CST and winner will be announced Friday the 29th.

{Giveaway is for US Residents only and must be 18 or older to enter.}

Happy Entering!!
*This post is sponsored by Proctor & Gamble and Home Depot. They provided me with a prize pack to review and a prize pack to giveaway.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Show & Share #84

Hello Lovelies!
Make sure and check in tomorrow, I have a cool painting/staining/spring cleaning/get organized project to share and another giveaway!


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 on your blog (and follow me & the host Lindsay )
*Visit & comment on at least TWO other links posted

Thanks for being here and Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Soiree Day-Simple, Classy Bachelorette Party

You know sometimes you just gotta roll with the punches.  That's what I had to do with this bachelorette party I hosted over this past weekend.  First of all, it was really more of a personal shower.  I'm using the term 'bachelorette party' because when I was searching for ideas, mainly tasteful game ideas, it was pretty much slim pickins'! So I'm hoping this party provides some 'classy, tasteful' ideas for others.  Because, in my opinion, one does not have to be 'dirty or nasty or insert your own word' to celebrate getting married.  The bride to be is extremely shy and my intention was to provide a simple, fun, let's try something new kind of night....not embarrass her at all.  
Last week was a long one for husband's grandma went to heaven on Monday and then one of my husband's coworkers lost a family member the same day.  So 2 funerals, 1 out of town, in one week and spending extra time cleaning since we were gone made me be crunched for time when preparing for the party so I didn't do some of the decorations I wanted to do and some of my food didn't come out as planned. And I just didn't get really good pictures! BUT! It still turned out very nice and we had a great time.  
Enough of my rambling, on to the details!!

Last week I shared how I came up with a purple and gold theme. 
I already had the gold tablecloth. I found the purple tulle in the clearance section at JoAnn Fabrics. I got one yard and simply used it as a runner. Then I sprinkled little jewels on the purple fabric only.  Found them in the wedding section at Party City. The only other decor thing I bought that you see is the purple votive (clearance section at Michael's) that I put a battery operated candle in. I love those things! I left it on and Hunkie was going to bed and tried blowing it out! I had a good laugh over that! ☺ 

So here's where the 'let's try something new' part played in. When planning for the food I wanted it to be more like a tasting party.  And keeping with the purple color I chose to do purple foods. All the savory dishes were things I had never made before so it was really fun!
Mini Square Quiche with Brown Tomato
(there are purple tomatoes but the closet thing I could find was the brown, still tasty)
I used Zestuous's Mini Quiches Recipe as my guide. I was surprised how easy quiche is to make! It's definitely added to the party food list!
Red Onion Chutney with Cream Cheese & Goat Cheese served on Crostini
Oh my! This was my favorite! I could eat this everyday! I mixed the goat cheese with cream cheese to dial down the tangyness.  I used these two recipes as my guides...Kitchen & My Baking Addition
Purple Potato Gratin with Bacon
This was fun and yummy! My first time making a cheese sauce so I'm not sure if it was the best or not. Anything with bacon is a home run, right? Used Eating Out Loud's recipe. I spooned it into the individual ceramic spoons which are also fun!

Blackberry Dump Cobbler
This is the easy, use a cake mix and dot with butter recipe that I grew up on.
Rice Krispie Treats with Purple and Gold Sprinkles
Again, I kept the desserts easy since the savory I had never done before. I did use a flower cookie cutter so they'd be a pretty shape!
Pound Cake Bites with Vanilla Icing
This is what didn't really work.  I wanted the bites to be covered more in a glaze and then wanted a chocolate seal on them. Well the chocolate seal didn't work out so I just drizzled the icing on and then added gold and purple sprinkles.  Thank goodness for the sprinkles...they saved the day!

I put extras of everything on the back side of the table so the ladies could always go back to the table instead of my dirty kitchen.  I also made Purple Acai and Blueberry Green Tea....very yummy as well!

Mary Kay Case with Lip gloss and a Perfume Sample
I used some awesome tags from Ellinee for these and my game prizes.

(And I didn't think to get pictures! *Sad face!*)
Pantie Jar
I did find this idea in a forum online.  I filled an apothecary jar with 12 pair of assorted panties in the bride's size and had guests guess how many were in the jar. Then the bride got to take all the panties home.  I had a gift bag close by so they'd be easy to take home and actually I went through them one by one as I put them in the gift bag so the bride could see all the different styles which was totally fun cause we oo'd and aw'd over each one! (Got all 12 pairs in the Target clearance section!)
Wedding Etiquette/Traditions Trivia
I simply googled and found a website that I picked 20 questions from. Good, clean fun!
My mom gave me some animal print makeup bags that she hadn't ever used that I filled with beauty samples that I used as prizes.  $0 cost for prizes, how about that?!

Then the bride opened her gifts! Great night I must say! 
You can't go wrong with good food and good friends.

Happy Tuesday Lovelies!

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Vintage Gwen now on Bloglovin'!

I've been meaning to use Bloglovin' and so now that Google Reader is going away then it's a done deal! I'm holding out on Google+....I know several of you use it but I can barely keep up with Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest! Oh and Instagram!
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