Saturday, December 22, 2012

DIY Candy Cane Wreath

A sparkly candy cane colored wreath is just what you need for your front door this holiday season. 
Trust me. This bad boy is noticeable even from across the street.
If you're looking to stray away from your traditional wreath then here's what you need to make.

It's super easy, but definitely takes A LOT of time.

One foam wreath- Mine was 16"
1/2 yard of Muslin
1 yard of Fabric- I used Red Sparkle Felt
1 yard of Fabric- I used Plain White Felt
A pack of Straight Pins
Ribbon of your choice.

Step 1: Tear and attach the Muslin to the foam wreath. (About 2 inch strips all the way across, doesn't have to be perfect) Attach on the back with Straight Pins.

Step 2: Cut all your fabric (both colors) into 4 X 4 squares. (They don't have to be perfect) Fold diagonally. Then fold it diagonally one more time. It should look like the picture above. Then stick Straight Pin through the corner.

Step 3: Take your folded piece of fabric with the push pin and start pinning a line around the wreath. (Pin the front, and both sides, not the back)
Make sure you pack it close together! The more fabric the better.

Step 4: Add your bow

Wahhh Laaaa. 
You're done. & your door looks beautiful!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Sparkle Ugg Boots Giveaway

The only thing better than having MY FIRST GIVEAWAY going on RIGHT NOW, is having ANOTHER ONE starting!!

I'm sponsoring Stephanie over at the The Vintage Modern Wife! She gathered her lovely December Sponsors and put together this AMAZING giveaway!

See Below.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

DIY Light Up Tacky Sweater

Since it's right around the holidays, it seems like EVERYONE, and I mean everyone, is looking for tacky/ugly sweaters to wear to their holiday parties. 
You see them online.. too expensive.
You see them in stores.. too expensive.
You can't figure out how to make your own? Look no further.

I'm going to show you how to make the Ultimate Tacky Sweater. (Which lights up of course)

1 Sweater (Can be ANY color/size) - Walmart 
1 Set of Gold String Beads - Hobby Lobby
Hot Glue Gun- Already Had
3 Packs of Battery Operated Lights- Michaels
Scissors- Already Had

3 3x4 Material to make pockets

Step 1: Layout your sweater. Outline in block letters what exactly you want your sweater to say.

Step 2: Take the hot glue gun and outline each letter. (I would do one letter at a time so that the glue doesn't dry too fast)

Step 3: Your going to place the Gold String Beads on top of the hot glue and outline your letter. (You'll probably have to cut the beads to make it fit the outline!)

Step 4: Use the edge of your scissors and cut a few tiny slits through each block letter. Stick lights halfway through, and hot glue near the hole so they don't move.

Now you're pretty much done. EXCEPT, what are you going to do with the battery packs that are attached?!

You have 2 options:

1) You can wear jeans or pants with pockets and set the battery pack inside your own pockets.
2) You can sew a few pieces of fabric into the INSIDE of your sweater and set the battery pack in there.

I have done option 1 before , but we tried option 2, and I must say, it's a lot more comfortable.

Optional Part:
Take your fabric, needle, and thread. Hand sew pocket on the inside of the sweater. (We put 3 pockets inside mine) One on EACH SIDE , level with my hips. And the last one is in the very front, about an inch from the bottom of the sweater.

You're going to only sew the left/right/bottom part of the fabric, so that you can insert the battery pack through the top. **Make sure you put the switch at the top, when setting the battery pack in the pocket! It makes it easier to turn lights on/off.

Wahhhh Laaaaa. You're done.
Now go rock you're fabulous tacky or in my case, TAC-E sweater.

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win all the AMAZING prizes in my VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY

Sunday, December 16, 2012

My First Giveaway

I'm so excited to announce MY VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!
These lovely ladies below teamed up with me to give you one AMAZING giveaway!
(Which could not have had better timing since it's the Holiday season.)

Check out the list below to see what each blogger is giving away!

1. Kaitlin from Kaitlin Leigh - A Starbucks Glitter Tumbler
2. Brandi from Brooklyn State of Mind- $15 Target gift card & a Holiday Glam Surprise
3. Melissa from Grin & Barrett- $25 Starbucks gift card
4. Meg from You're Meaghan Me Crazy- Crocheted Infinity Scarf
5. Haley Brianna from The Ink & Anchor- Ad Space
6. Crystal Taylor from Billie Jean- $15 Anthropologie gift card
7. Kelsey E. from Stories of Kel- 1 Premiere Ad Space
8. PipLey Vintage- 30% off all store items include sale items
9. Stephanie from The Vintage Modern Wife- ELF Eyeshadow Palette
10. Kelsey G. from Beauty without Limits- 1 Month Ad Space
11. Amy from Not Your Average Baby Blog- 1 Month Ad Space
12. Abbey from The Makings of a Mess- Ad Space
13. Brittany from The Domestic Geek- Ad Space
14. Jessica from Sew Do Something- $20 Gift Certificate to her shop
15. Lisette from Northern Belle Diaries- 2 Month Ad Space
16. Sarah from Scissors and a Whisk- Frost Bitten, Twice Shy Nail polish Set

Good Luck!!

Oh!! & check back tomorrow to see a DIY LIGHT UP TACKY SWEATER

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Happy Holidays (Blogger and 'N SYNC Style)

Let's get serious for a moment, shall we?
We all clearly still reminiscence on the good ole' days,
when the Holidays came around and we popped our *NSYNC Christmas CD into the player.
Switched to Track 04 and sang our little hearts out to Happy Holidays.

Who am I kidding? I still do that!

Well, what better way to spread Holiday Cheer then by bringing all these amazing BLOGGERS together for y'all to hear. (Okay okay, we're lip syncing, but close enough right?)

Like what you see?! Here's a list of all the talented ladies who participated in this shin dig:

Genna from Freed At Last
Holly Jean from Perfectly Imperfect
Meghan from Shine On
Micah from Unabashedly Me
Sar from Life of Love
Sarah J from Sunlight After Rain
Sarah S from Scissors And A Whisk
Stephanie from The Vintage Modern Wife

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My blog got a makeover

Hiya Friends!

I've got something exciting to announce.
My blog got a makeover!
Eeeeek! (So much excitement over on my side of the screen)

I couldn't be happier with how my "new look" turned out!
Thanks to the fabulous, Dana, over at The Wonder Forest!

Hope everyone is staying warm, and surviving through finals!!
I have another SURPRISE tomorrow that involves Nsync & a lot of really talented bloggers.

Don't forget to enter the Ipad Mini Giveaway!

Monday, December 10, 2012


Do you want an Ipad Mini!? 
I thought you'd say YES!!
I'm sure you'd love to get your hands on one - especially if it was FREE.
Well Happy Holidays - Your Wish Is My Command!!
I'm teaming up with THE greatest group of gals to give one lucky person an iPad Mini this week.
1// Kaitlyn  2// Kaitlin  3// Meg  4// Samantha
5// Brandi  6// Emily  7// Allie  8// Emily
9// Karla  10// Laura  11// Carisa  12// Casey
13// Allie  14// Carolynn  15// Natalie  16// Jami
17// Anna  18// Traci  19// Lauren  20// Ashley
21// Andrea  22// Ashley  23// Christina  24// Melissa
25// Ashlee  26// Kristyn  27// Sara  28// Brittany
Black or White? You choose. Want something engraved? Sure!
All you gotta do is use the Rafflecopter below to your heart's delight.
The giveaway will run through 11:59pm on Thursday (12/13), so get moving!!!!

1// Giveaway is open to US RESIDENTS only
2// Winner will be notified via email on Friday 12/14/12. You will have 48 hours from the timestamp on the email to respond, or a new winner will be chosen.
3// WINNER WILL BE VERIFIED. If you claim to have done a task you did not - a new winner will be chosen!!!

4// View the Terms & Conditions listed on the Rafflecopter below
Now why don't you enter and win yourself an iPad Mini (:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Holiday Ornament Swap

Eeeek! It's December. Finally!!

That means ..

Hot apple cider
Holiday dresses
*Nsync Christmas Album
Christmas cards
Branched trees
ABC Family 25 days of Christmas movies
Gingerbread houses
Wish list
Family time
No school
Crackling fireplaces
Christmas cookies
Lots of RED
Les Mis comes out

Speaking of ornaments. Lovely Erin from Living in Yellow , and Jessah from Dreaming of Dimples,  had a fantastic idea to have an Ornament Swap!! I was so excited to participate in this swap, and let me tell you.. I received the sweetest, cutest ornament EVER. 

Natalie over at Adventures as Mrs. Janney sent me my ornament.
Isn't it just the cutest!?
It has a Christmas tree on both sides and has little gems and stars hanging from them! And my absolute favorite part is all the little snow balls that swish back and forth when you hang it!
She did a PERFECT job at picking out my ornament! Thanks, girl! 

I swapped with Tracy over at Someday Sunday !!
Go check out the ornament I had made for her and her sweet family!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Instagram Love

School is overwhelming me.
So my blog may have to be neglected for a few days! 
BUT, everyone needs a study break now and then..

So come browse & follow me on INSTAGRAM.
I love looking at other people's photography, so I'll definitely FOLLOW BACK.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Turkey Week & a HUGE GIVEAWAY

I can't believe Thanksgiving break is already over! It always goes by so fast.  But since I was a little MIA last week, I thought I'd share some pictures!!
There was lots of food eating, Black Friday shopping, birthday celebrating, Christmas decorating, movie watching, baby holding, corn hole playing, & hanging lizards from people's ears during my week.

Clearly my week was full of randomness! But now for something even MORE exciting!!
Go enter Stephanie from The Vintage Modern Wife's GIVEAWAY!
She gathered all her sponsors and friends together to create a GIVEAWAY worth $300!!!
Perfect timing since Christmas is right around the corner.

So STOP reading. GO enter. NOW.

Prizes Include: 
The Vintage Modern Wife- $10 shop credit to Vintage Modern Moments
Vintage Sunshine- 3" Ornament Hoop and 1 month medium ad space
Maddux Monologues- $25 Target Gift Card
Tales of a Twenty Something- 2 months large ad space
Ramblings of a Southern Belle- $20 Amazon gift card
A Bunch of my Nonsense- 1 month medium ad space
Kaitlin Leigh's- $10 target gift card
A Happy Wife in New Orleans- 1 month medium ad space, $10 Starbucks gift card
Island Living with One Haole Girl- 2 months large ad space
Houtz House Party- Mary Kay Satin Hands Set
Yours Truly- Custom blog post signature
Marcy's Mustache Diaries- 1 month medium ad space, $10 Starbucks gift card
Texas Lovebirds- 1 month large ad space with guest post
Green House on the Hill- 1 month large ad space
Berice Baby- 3 months 200x200 ad space
That's What She Said- 1 month large ad space, $10 Target ad space
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

Ruffles. Ruffles. Ruffles.
I can't get enough of em'.

Check out the ruffles I'm sporting' this Wednesday!

Sunglasses: Vince Camuto (Similar Here)
V Neck Shirt: GAP (Similar Here)

Ruffled Jacket: Forever21

Skinny Jeans: Forever21
 Ryder Boots:Macys

I'm also over at Abbey's blog, The Makings of a Mess! Go check out my Thanksgiving snack & what I'm thankful for this Turkey day!!!

pleated poppy


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