Saturday, June 23, 2012

Ever had a "What was I thinking, do over " Moment?

Pin It Have you ever wished you could just do something over? Maybe thinking what in the world was I thinking.  I have had a couple of those moments.  One I remember is a really bad perm, yes, perm, an Ogilvie Home Perm - in the silver box.  This was in the mid 80's and "wings" were in.  I had straight hair with zero body and wanted wings but no such luck. I had thin limp and no body in my hair, the curling iron did not even work.  So I talked my mom into perming my hair for body and waves so I could achieve "the look."  Well, I also requested she roll it on the smallest rollers to get lots of curls and waves.  So we rolled and rolled.....and rolled applied the magic solution that was going to change my look and give me wings, so I thought.  As you can already imagine the tiny rollers and perm equals frizzy poofy poodle like hair times 2.  When it was wet it was curly but dry it increased in volume 3 fold and I was mortified.  I clearly remember to this day my mom sitting on the top stair looking in to the bathroom and me standing in the mirror crying with this new look of mine.  Usually you don't wash your perm right away so the curls can set but I washed it three or four times right away to lessen the volume.  It didn't really work because I had enough for three heads of hair.  We also quickly discovered my hair took perms really well.

I did make it through after washing my new curls several times and figuring out a style through the trials and tears of fixing my hair.

There are other things that I don't really think "what was I thinking" that I would I change, for example my wedding cake and my daughters nursery.  With the internet and Pinterest as a look book of sorts and the endless ideas out there I sometimes say, If I was getting married again, or if I had another baby's room to decorate, I would do this or that.

I'd love to here about your funny "do over" stories?  Any other crazy perm's out there?

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I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed here are my own.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Flood ® Wood Care Specialists

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Flood Wood Care for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Discovering Flood® Wood Care could not have come at a better time, my deck needs to be powerwashed and stained after a few summers of neglect.  I also have a playset that needs attention both a powerwash and restaining to bring back the color of the wood.  The project seems so daunting, dragging out the power washer then waiting for the wood to dry then staining.  I guess that's why we have put the job off for a couple summers.  It's hot here in Atlanta and the sun is blazing most days so any exterior wood takes a beating.

How to get a long lasting finish? Here is the key from Flood® Wood Care.  Proper prep is vital for a new finish to properly penetrate and protect the wood. New wood should be thoroughly cleaned with Flood® Cleaner/Brightener. If the wood has been previously finished or stained, in most cases you should remove the existing finish with Flood® Wood Finish Remover before applying a new coat. For detailed instructions, see the individual prep product pages.

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Flood® Wood Care  has a great staining made simple guide that walks you through your project.  Maybe it's a deck, fence, siding, patio furniture or a playset.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Haven Conference Business Cards

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Eeek!  I'm so excited about my business cards for the Haven Conference.  I can't wait to meet all the creative bloggers that I follow on line in person.  One thing that gets special attention at blogging conferences is business cards and the swap of cards as you meet new friends.  Here are the cards I will be bringing with me!

I even made the cute turquoise wooden box that will be available in my shop soon!

Each card is in a cute notebook printed envelope with twine wrapped around it and a mini golf pencil attached with measuring tape printed washi tape and DIY related charm.
Tape measures, saws, hammers, work gloves and more...

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tea Stained Wooden Sample Box - Organic Bloom - SALE

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When I received my frame color samples from Organic Bloom I knew I had to make a fun box to put the swatches in.  I cut the wood with my new miter saw and Gorilla Glued it together and added nails to secure it.  I used Minwax custom mixable stain. The color below is Green Tea. I think it turned out great!!

In celebration of summer and my new cute swatch sample box I'm having a 10% off sale on your Organic Bloom frame order.  If you are interested in ordering please leave me a message in the comments and I will email you.  Please be sure to leave your email as many don't have their email connected to their profile and I won't have any way to get in touch with you.

If you click to the right of the post on Organic Bloom there is some information there about the frames etc...  If you know the sizes your interested in please let me know that too.  I have several files to pass on with styles and colors.

 Organic Bloom Frames Sale

The sale will run June 6th - June 12th
I will invoice via paypal.
Shipping will be free which is a big savings

 Photo via Organic Bloom

Mini frames

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Monday, June 4, 2012

A great on line magazine - Etzcetera

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I have discovered a great on line magazine called Etzcetera.  
Kim Archer is the creator and she is the most fun.  

Meet Kim:

This fabby magazine is published four times a year and it's filled with really and truly great stuff and it's only $4.50.  I have found a few etsy shops to now add to my favorites and also there have been some great artists featured, tutorials and inspiration.

If you sign up for the newsletter you get this great free ebook!

Here is a recap of the first issue and it's FREE just click the image below and it will take you to the site to look at the first issue.

Issue 2 – September/October 2011

Featuring Kate Mason, Renee Ludlow,  Tatum Woodroffe, Fox and Deer’s Ngaire Bartlam, Lea Ingram’s Little Bits of Pretty fundraising, Janelle Wind’s Sew Easy feature + our regular features including Tamar Bostock and Lisa Pate. Tutorials, stories + lots more.

Issue 3 – November/December 2011

Our Handmade Christmas edition is jam packed full of Christmas goodies, interviews, things to make, bake and sew. Featuring Ruby Ju, Ngaire’s Advent article, family traditions, Amanda Davie, Cat Ivins, Helen Rosser, Lisa Pate, Ally Nicoll, Mardi Winen, Janelle’s Sew Easy feature, Tatum Woodroffe and Tamar Bostock.

Issue 4 – January/February 2012

Happy New Year. Issue 4 features Gabbie from Simply Soap, Illustrators Jo, Sarah and Rachael, BootsNGus, Janelle’s final Sew Easy installment, Lisa Pate’s Crafting With Kids, Tamar Bostock, summer food for entertaining plus we welcome creative contributors including Mardi Winen, Yvette Adams, Sophie Koschmann, Liz Weber, Leanne Allinson, Ros Davidson, Mel Nunn, Jasmine Barton and Belinda Moon.
Plus there’s sewing, scrapbooking and jewellery making projects + much more in Issue 4.

Issue 5 – March/April/May 2012

Issue 5 features Heidi Swapp who drops in for a chat about family life, her brand new product line and what excites her the most about what she does.  You will ooh and ahh over Ruby Ju’s high tea party.  Have a cuppa and a chat with  Tamar Bostock as she explores the humble cup of tea.  Encourage creative play with your kids with Lisa Pate and do a project for the littlies in your life with Mardi Winen.  We also meet some inspiring creative business owners.  Meet 15 year old Rhi – a truly talented Tassie school girl.  Her artwork is exceptional and finally you will be keen to try Gabbie from Simply Soaps easy peasy soap balls, and much more.
And just today  
Issue 6 is available

Issue Six – June/July/August 2012


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