DIY framed ribbon Cross project

Using things I had on hand, I previously made a ribbon cross and
framed it.  I love how it turned out.
And so I thought I would share this project with you today.

 (I am using different ribbon/paper than I had used in my original project, I guess I 
must've used all of that particular ribbon..  but i wanted to go ahead and share the 
details of how I made it with you )

I picked out some decorative scrapbook paper, ribbon, and a frame.
Other items that I used were a pair of scissors and a tape runner.

I just cut the paper to the size needed for my frame.
Then cut 2 small pieces of ribbon, and attached them with my tape runner
to the scrap of paper.

Placed it in the frame.. and that's it.

You can also use wider ribbons, washi tape, add embellishments etc..  a fun
and simple project with a beautiful result to display.

A Recipe Box Makeover

I was looking at my sad little recipe box and decided it was time for a diy project.
It is perfectly functional, used fairly often... but a makeover was in definitely
in order.

So I took it outside, and got out my can of metallic silver spray paint.

After it dried, I took it back inside. 
I went through my scrapbooking paper stash and found a chevron print paper that I 
wanted to use, mod podge, a paper trimmer, and a foam brush. 

Then I simply cut the paper down, and mod podged it on.

What an improvement.
It always impresses me at how the simplest of projects can make
a huge difference.

Bedroom Makeover Progress

We have slowly been giving our daughters room a new look...

Here is a reminder of the before...

Then we chose 'African Elephant Gray' for the walls...
and a few accessories...

This is where the room is at now...  we are slowly pulling it all together.

As you can see she has a lot of furniture pieces...  but that actually works,
because she has a lot of stuff to put in & on all that furniture.

The last pic.. well, that is her dog.  She kept trying to help me take photo's.
 I guess she thought she should be included as well. ha.. :0)

(just in case anyone wonders - she is a brindle colored chipoo or poochi, 
whichever way you want to say it. :0)
She is half miniature poodle/half chihuahua)

Friday Favorites... 7/11/14

It's been a fast paced week... and I am looking forward to the weekend.
Let's get to the friday fave's shall we?

1).  My haircut.. going from really long to really short took me a while
       to decide to 'go for it'... but I am glad I did. (so far)  
       It's much easier to style, but I say that mostly because my hair is 
       really thick and it doesn't take long to dry now.  ha.. :0)

2).  & 3).  As a glass lampwork artist I don't usually keep too many beads, or
        make a lot of jewelry for myself - just a handful over the years.  So I decided
        to keep these 2 sets of beads and make myself some new bracelets. 
        I love how they are turning out.

4).  Our Garden gave us tomatoes and zucchini this week.. yum.

5).  Simple artwork using canvas, adhesive vinyl, and spray paint.
      Love a simple project like this one... (see the full post HERE)

Have a great weekend!

linking up at:
High Five for Friday

Personalized Canvas Artwork using spray paint and vinyl

Here is a super simple way to create a piece of personalized canvas art for your wall...

The one I am showing now, I made this one for my daughters room.
Using a simple 8x10 canvas, some spray paint, glitter, and scrap piece
of adhesive vinyl.

I took my scrap piece of vinyl and drew what i wanted to cut out...
the letter K.

You could easily use a silhouette (or cricut etc.) to cut it out...
but since I was simply doing the letter K, I just opted for this method.
If I was doing something more detailed I would have used my silhouette.

After I cut it out, I simply took the backing off the vinyl and placed it onto the canvas.

Then I took it outside and gave it a blast of spray paint, using black and a pretty metallic silver.
I also added some colorful glitter to it while the paint was wet.   What girl doesn't love a
little sparkly glitter?
Well, I know what girl... the girl that has to clean up the mess that comes from using
glitter! ha..   The wind let me have a large dose of glitter up and down my arms.
Not cool wind... not cool.

After the paint and glitter it looks a little something like this.

I then peeled off the vinyl letter, (over the trash can for the hope of it catching 
any falling glitter).
Then I took it back outside and sprayed a clear sealer over the whole thing..
after that was dry, I chose to add a small embellishment to the letter.
I could have definitely added a lot more to it, but I chose to stick with simple
for this one.

Here is another one that I recently did.
 (I used the silhouette for cutting out the letters on this one).  

I do love a simple project.. :0)

Weekend fun and Cutting my hair...

First up I wanted to share a couple of the photo's from our Fourth of July.

We decided about midday on the 4th to go visit our son, so we packed an overnight
bag and off we went.
Basically, because that is how plans go a lot of the time around here.
We think we have plans figured out, but then we change them up practically at the
last minute. :0)

We had a good time while we were there.
We actually went to the roof of a family members building that is in town
to watch the city's fireworks display, so we had a pretty good view of them.

We shopped a little the day after and then came back home.  It's always
so much fun going and seeing him, whether we get to see him a few minutes
or for quite a while.  Love all the time that we do get to spend together.

Something else that I did over the fourth of July holiday was
I cut my hair... short.
It had gotten really long - probably about mid back length.
(It was much longer than the before photo that i used.)

Well cutting my hair was actually sort of a process, over a couple of weeks.
First, I cut a few inches off.
Then several days later closer to my shoulders.
Then a few days after that, I decided to just go for it.

It's layered fairly short in the back... layered through the sides, and then long at the front.
(I had it tucked behind my ears in this photo so ya can't really see that -oops! )
I do have side bangs as well, but I had them in a tiny clip on the side above.

It is so much lighter (my hair is super thick),
and it doesn't take long to dry or style it now, that is for sure.
I have also realized there are actually several ways to style it.
I can flip the ends out for a more edgy look - or curl them under,
tuck the hair behind my ears (like I did in the above photo), leave it straight,
curl it, can easily add volume, barrettes/clips/headbands look really good with
a cut like this, and earrings actually show - ha.   The only time you could tell I
was wearing earrings before was if I had my hair up.
So far I like it, which is a good thing since I am kind of stuck with it. :0)

The holiday weekend was a lot of fun, but definitely went by too quickly.
As they say - time flies when you are having fun.
So about making plans... I am curious, do you make plans and stick to them,
or do you end up making plans at the last minute? Maybe a mixture of both?

I guess we fit in the mixture of both category. ha.

Happy Fourth of July

Hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July Holiday.

3 ingredients - Ranch Chicken

I thought I would share one of my daughters favorite foods of all time...
It is probably one of the easiest things to make as well.

3 ingredients.. ranch chicken.


Chicken breasts or tenders
Ranch dressing
Panko (japanese style) bread crumbs

Dip your chicken into the ranch, roll in the bread crumbs..
and bake or add a small amount of oil to a pan and fry.

So simple, and so good.
We serve them as chicken strips, or I like them cut up on a salad.