Wednesday, March 21, 2012

And The Winners Are...

Thank you everyone who participated in the contest. Thank you vendors, for donating your product. Thank you customers, for taking your time to do this. Having said that, drumroll please!

1. Winner of *Cozy Covers* by Rachel's prize:

2. Winner of Reeb Photo's prize:

3. Winner of Amanda Haynie Photography's prize:

4. Winner of Bella Moda's prize:

5. Winner of Handmade by Heather's prize:

6. Winner of Kamber's Thirty-One: 
Brittany Kaye

7. Winner of Shaklee with the Bauers:
Amy Kalk

Winners~ it's your responsibility to contact the businesses to claim your prize. If the vendor does not hear from you within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen! Thanks everyone! <3

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Here you go, guys--finally! Some awesome vendors have joined me in this giveaway. You can win prizes from any of these. Here are the rules:

1. Become a follower of my blog. (Sign in, and actually become a follower!) 
2. Like my facebook fanpage:
3. Like the fanpages listed below. It would be nice to write on their wall too, let them know I sent you, and to thank them for their donation. :)
4. Comment on this blog to let me know you did all of the above. 

Here's how it works:
It's easy. Do all of the above. Wednesday evening, I'll tally up all the comments, and go right on over to I'll choose a winner that way, one winner for each of the prizes. I will make sure the person chosen has followed all the steps listed above. If a non-local person is chosen for a local prize, I'll choose another. I will announce the winners here on my blog Wednesday evening. If a winner doesn't respond within 48 hours, I will choose another. It is the winner's responsibility to contact the vendor. 
Any questions? Y'all ready? 

1. Prize from *Cozy Covers* by Rachel: $20 shop credit, good towards anything, not to be combined with any other offer. 

2. Prize from Reeb Photo (locals only): free mini session, with a free 8x10, 5x7, and 8 wallets. 

3. Prize from Amanda Haynie Photography (locals only): free mini session.

4. Prize from Bella Moda Indy: $15 shop credit good toward anything in the store. 

5. Prize from Handmade by Heather: $25 credit good toward anything, and a trio of bohemian headbands.

6. Prize from Kamber's Thirty One: free Cinch Tote.

7. Prize from Shaklee with the Bauers: free Basic H.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Refinishing fun

I love refinishing furniture. It's easy, and it makes me feel accomplished. I did one last night that I *love*. It was a night stand in this old furniture set that we've had sitting around forever. I'll post step by step of what I did. 
Here it is when we got it (for free, of course!)
It had already been stripped, which made it pretty easy for me. It has this weird piece of tile something or other on top of it too. 
So first, I just got some $.96 white spray paint from Walmart. Quality, folks. I sprayed about 3 coats on it. Let it dry about 5 minutes in between each coat. 

After that, I took a fine grade sandpaper to it to distress it a little bit. Not too much though. 

After that dried, I wanted to do something with that weird tile piece on top. So I got went through my gazillion fabrics and found one I liked, and cut it to fit the top. 

I got a sponge brush, my mod podge. Yes, I make my own mod podge. It's super easy, and way cheaper, and works just as good. Just mix 1/2-2/3 part Elmer's glue to 1/2 part water. Shake it up, and you have mod podge. SO. I just brushed some podge over the tile piece evenly, and laid the fabric across it. I also podged on top of it as well. Be sure to get all the edges good as well. This will need to dry overnight. The next day, you're ready for the next step. 

Spray the fabric with a couple coats of polyurethane clear coat. That will dry fairly quickly too. I had to get a knob, because this one was a weird, ugly one that was just glued on. A drill through the drawer and a cheap knob fixed that problem. And you're done! 

Stand~ $0
Paint~ $1
Clear coat~ $3
Fabric ~ <$1
Mod Podge~ <$1
Sponge Brush~ $1
Knob~ $3
Sandpaper~ $2
Total~ $12 (most of which I already had on hand)
Total time~ about an hour
Before and after:

Friday, March 9, 2012

Craft fair craziness

Sorry y'all. I had to postpone the giveaway. I've been so crazy lately. It first started with a family emergency we had with my husband. We were in the hospital for 4 days. After lots of tests, time, energy, and tears, we finally found out he has a gluten allergy. This has been a CRAZY change in our lives. Our son has a nut allergy. While I thought that was difficult, that's NOTHING compared to a gluten-free diet. Store bought items are expensive. Restaurants either don't have it, have no clue what gluten even is, have 1-2 items, or are more expensive as well. We are learning to cope with it, and it is becoming easier day by day. He's doing good so far! 

We did take a mini getaway to Chicago to try to calm our lives down for a bit. A friend let us use a Groupon she got for this quaint hotel in the city that was ADORABLE. We took the city bus, walked the magnificient mile, ate at Chipotle (we don't have one of those close by, and it's super gluten-free!), and bought shoes and socks for a homeless guy. It was a good time, and a breath of fresh air. 

After I got back, a friend told me about a local craft fair. I'm all about doing those, but the thing was--it was in a week. And I had barely anything on hand. We also found out that a fellow mom friend of ours lost her 3 year old in his sleep, completely unexpectedly this week. We're putting together lots of fundraisers, auctions, etc. for it. 

SO--with the all the family craziness and preparation for the craft fair, I had to put off the giveaway. I'll start getting things together for it next week, I promise. :) Thank you guys for bearing with me <3