Monday, April 7, 2014

Liebster Award Nomination

Y'all.... it is a yucky day.... It is pouring rain outside and dark. The kind of dark where you still think it's 5:30am at 9:00am because the clouds are so thick outside....

This is sleep in and do nothing weather... BUT! I have a two year old :) So we are up and "atem"!

One really awesome thing that got me excited today was a nomination for the Liebster Award by the adorable Rebecca @ Sweet & Simple Life Blog. What an honor!

For those of you that don't know, the Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to promote other small, up and coming blogs to their readers. It's a very nice gesture and a great way to spread the blog love around the internet.

The way it works... I will list 11 facts about myself, then answer the questions posed by Rebecca. I will then come up with 11 new questions and nominate 11 other bloggers who I want to share in the blog love!

So, here goes!

Facts about me....
1. I'm a mom to a crazy-wonderful two, almost three year old boy.
2. I am about to give birth any minute to a baby girl that I can't wait to meet!
3. I went to private Christian school my entire life.
4. I am naturally a messy person... I hate cleaning.
5. My favorite food is anything with cilantro in it.
6. I secretly believe that I can communicate with animals.... no really...
7. Crafting runs in my family. My mom and grandmother are amazing.
8. My husband and I met at Christian camp when we were just teenagers.
9. The first thing I want to do when baby girl is born is see if she looks like me... Her brother looks just like my hubs.
10. I was a middle school teacher before I became a SAHM.
11. I have coached gymnastics, cheerleading, and softball, all of which I LOVED coaching.

O.K.... Onto Rebecca's questions!

1. How would you describe your blog using 5 words or less?
My goal is to inspire creativity (O.K. that's six words, so shoot me...)

2. How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging about 3 years.

3. What is your personal style?
I am a little Banana Republic meets Old Navy with a splash of Ann Taylor thrown in there.

4. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be, and why?
I would spend every vacation minute I have in the Caribbean, I don't care where... I LOVE to snorkel and lay out at the beach. It's my happy place.

5. Do you have a signature recipe, and if so, what is it? If not, what is the one recipe you want to try and make?
I do! I make the best BBQ chicken pizza out there....

6. What is your favorite season, and why?
Spring! I love watchig my yard become a colorful landscape!

7. Coke or Pepsi?
I'm from Georgia where coke was invented... so Coke.

8. What did you want to be when you grew up (or what do you want to be when you grow up)?
Well, I always wanted to be an artist or something like that... I guess I'm kind of doing that, just not getting paid to do it! HA....

9. If you could go back in time, what time period would you choose to explore?
I would love to explore the early 1900's in the united states, just before the Titanic sank... I don't want to deal with that kind of drama.

10. What one person (or people) have inspired you in life?
My mother, grandmother and great grandmother are all major inspiring factors in my life. They are/were all very creative and talented in diferent ways. Each one has contributed to a skill that I have and love using.

11. Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?
I am double jointed in my thumbs and elbows.... It's not very useful, but it's kinda cool. I can also pick up almost anything with my toes. The comes in REALLY handy when you're pregnant!

Now for my 11 questions...

1. Do you have any pets? If so, what is your favorite things about them?
2. What is your favorite blogging topic?
3. How did you meet your significant other, if you don't have one... What would be yoru dream date?
4. What is the one TV show you can't miss every week?
5. If you were to take a trip to Disney, what is one thing you couldn't miss?
6. Cats or dogs... why?
7. What is your least favorite household chore?
8. Rollercoasters... yes or no way?
9. What is your interior decorating style?
10. What is your favorite physical feature and why?
11. What blog can you not go without reading?

Alright... Here are the bloggers that I am nominating for the Liebster Award. If you've been nominated before, I'm sorry, but it's still fun isn't it?? :)

1. Cait @ Home Sweet Ruby
2. Brittany @ Perpetually Day Dreaming
3. Scarlett @ Scarlett Rose Collection
4. Kiri @ Wonderfully Random
5. Marissa @ A Lovely Living
6. Sarah @ Year of Sarah
7. Aimee @ Aimlessly Elegant
8. Lindsey @ Everyday Originals
9. Sarah @ Someday Sarah
10. Katie @ The Babbling Brunette
11. Emily @ Small Stuff Counts

Go check out these other bloggers and share the love!

HAve a GREAT day....Hope yours is sunnier than mine! :)


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Giveaway Winner and a Headband Tutorial

I know all you care about is who won the giveaway... But, you're either gonna have to wait, or scroll down to the bottom of this post to find out...

O.K. I'll wait on you.................

Are you done now? Good... So, I ordered a ridiculous amount of fold-over elastic for headbands for Baby Girl...

See... I told you, don't judge. It was cheap and I couldn't decide on colors, so I got them all... If I don't use it for headbands for her, I'll make some for me and as gifts...

Anyway! I wanted to show you how I make my headbands... I have seen a ton of tutorials out there, but almost all of them use glue, and I am just not into glue on a headband. With my luck, the dang thing will break the day we are getting ready for some big event that I really want her to be wearing an adorable headband for. Traumatic..... I KNOW!

So, I sew mine.... But even if you don't have a sewing machine, you can do this!

 1. I start by measuring out 13 inches of elastic. This is the average size of a newborns head. You can change the sizes depending on the age group you are making it for.

2. I also cut out a piece a little longer than an inch.

3. I overlap the ends of the 13 inch piece about 6/8th's of an inch and sew both ends down.

 4. This gives you a loop or hole.

5. I then slide that extra piece into the loop on both sides.

6. and I sew it down to the headband.

7. It should look like this.

 8. DONE.... See told you that was easy...

9. The reason I put the extra piece on there is to slide the alligator clips that hold my bows onto the headband. That way, this headband is totally interchangeable with any bows that I make so I get more use out of them!

O.K. Did you wait for the winner??

Liar....

The winner of the Bubba Jane's Boutique Giveaway is

KRISTEN GILLIS!

Congrats!

(The winners of the My Vintage Window giveaways are chosen randomly by rafflecopter.com and random.org)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hospital Door Sign

Today's craft is super easy and not complicated at all...

The other night we were talking with family friends who recently gave birth at the same hospital we will be having Baby Girl at... The biggest thing that has changed from when I had Little Man, is that now, the hospital doesn't have a nursery... not at all. The baby stays in your room the entire time. Now, this doesn't really bother me, because we never had Little Man stay away from us in the nursery at all... but, they would take him to do a hearing test, or a vision test... Now, they do all of that in your room.

The only problem with this is the lack of privacy and the constant flow of people coming into and out of your room at all times of the day. As if nurses in and out aren't enough! We were joking about making a "Do Not Disturb" sign that says Nurses Only! Haha...

I doubt they would honor it... but, who knows!

Anyway, it got me thinking about what I was going to put on Baby Girl's hospital room door to let people know that is our room. I have seen some really cute things on Pinterest and Etsy, but nothing the really peaked my interest.

So... What did I do??

I made something of course! :)

I wanted more of a garland type of door hanger, so I pulled out some materials and got started!
The only materials I used were felt and scissors and my sewing machine.

I first cut out as many felt flowers and leaves as I could. I used colors that I like and that I think look like spring!

After I cut them all out, I arranged them in a continuous line, linking them with leaves and layering as much as I could. I even chose to cut out the letters for "BABY QUINN" and incorporate them in the garland.

Once I had them laid out in a way that I liked, I began feeding them into my sewing machine. I didn't bother pinning it together first, because I just did it piece by piece. But, you could pin it if that makes you feel more comfortable.

The last thing I did, was attach some jute string to use to tape or tie it to the hospital door.

I think it turned out GREAT!!

I think it looks creative and springy and definitely NOT cookie cutter.

I cannot wait to hang this on our door because I am SO ready for her to be OUT!! 

Don't forget to join in on the amazing giveaway that we have going on right now from Bubba Jane's Boutique!

You only have a few more days before the winner of the $50 gift card is chosen!

You can go HERE to enter.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bubba Jane Giveaway Reminder

Hey Y'all! Sorry I have been absent for the last week. Getting things ready for baby girl's arrival has kept me pretty busy! I did want to remind you of the giveaway that is ongoing right now!

Bubba Jane's Boutique is giving a $50 gift card to one special My Vintage Window reader!


I also wanted to show you some more of the new things they have in stock for the spring! Bubba Jane's is always adding new merchandise, so you should check back to their site often!

Some of my favorites are....

This black and white cinch-waist dress

Victorian Affair Dress

This pink dress with sleeve cutouts!
When In Paris Dress- Coral

I know a few Alabama fans who would "Roll Tide" over this scarf!
Elephant Scarf

And I am in LOVE with these anchor bangles!
Anchors Away Charm Bracelet

So... Don't forget to enter the giveaway so you can get some of these beautiful things in your own closet!

You can go HERE to enter the giveaway.

Have a GREAT day y'all!


Friday, March 14, 2014

A High Five to Friday...

I love Friday... Even though I don't work outside my home, it is still a good day because it means my hubby will have two days off to spend with us and we always spend some quality time with family and friends over the weekend.... Today, I'm linking up with Lauren at Lauren Elizabeth for High Five for Friday.

This has been a big week in my world as things are coming together in baby girl's room.

1. Here you can see her bed and the dresser that I found for $90!! It was already painted and distressed, so I didn't have to do anything to it! Just fill it up with adorable baby girl clothes.


2. Her curtains have gone up in the room as well. I love the fabric that I bought and how it pulls all the colors together!


3. I made this hat for baby girl... It was a really easy pattern and I loved making it.


4. We got to spend last Sunday sleeping in because my mom took little man for the night, and these two were not happy when we eventually dragged ourselves out of bed


5. This kid made his own recliner out of a box, and sat in it and watched his movie and ate his popcorn... Silly boy...

Like I said, I love Friday.... And I love looking back over the week to see what we have all been up to!


Don't forget to enter the March giveaway from Bubba Janes Boutique
They are giving away a $50 giftcard to one of my lucky readers!!

You can go HERE to enter!


Have a GREAT Friday!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Diaper Bag Essentials

I love seeing what other people put in their diaper bags! It's a good way to see what your diaper bag is missing... So, I'll share what's going in mine.

Which by the way, I got!!
Remember this bag from Bubba Jane's Boutique?? Well, I finally got it and it is PERFECT! The perfect size, color and shape. It will fit all my must-haves. I am not a traditional diaper bag kind of mommy. I want a bag that look GOOD! And this one does... Dont forget to go HERE and enter the Bubba Jane's $50 Gift Card Giveaway so you can get your own fabulous bag.... Or whatever else your heart desires!




O.K. on to the goods!

  1. A sweet, soft baby blankie
  2. Paci and a paci clip
  3. Nursing cover, a hand pump and bottle. incase it isn't easy to nurse (like in the car)
  4. Diapers (Obviously!)
  5. Water and a snack for Mommy
  6. Burp cloths
  7. Ziplock bagies for those smelly diapers
  8. A few changes of clothes
  9. Bib
  10. Nursing pads
  11. Diaper Cream
  12. Wipes
  13. Hand sanitizer
  14. My Moby wrap, for when little one gets heavy

These are the major things I cary in my diaper bag at all time. What do you keep in your diaper bag??

I would seriously LOVE to know what I am missing!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hand Drawn Wreaths... A Tutorial

Well, I just wasn't up to getting my giant chalkboard down from over my kitchen cabinets with this cold... But, I did want to share something artistic with you today... So, I went back to the basics of pen and paper.

I wanted to show you a simple way to draw a laurel wreath.

These things are everywhere right now, and they are so easy to draw!

If you don't believe me, just keep reading. The steps are simple.

I always start with the basic wreath shape. Sometimes that is a perfect circle, sometimes it's not.

After you've chosen your wreath shape, sit down and draw a sample leaf sheet. This should be leafs and things that you are comfortable drawing and can duplicate. These shapes should be very simple! You can see mine in the photo above. I numbered them for you. When you are drawing your wreath, these are the images you will combine to create the overall wreath.

I usually choose two or three to combine together... Although I'll show you one where I used almost all of them in combination.

This first one is quite simple. It uses a perfect circle wreath shape and #2 and #4 leaf shapes.
Draw your leaves on your circle... Then go back and add details. Then in the final step you add your "berries" in the places that look like they need filling in. Remember, these look the best when they are NOT perfect!

This next one uses the branch wreath shape and #2 and #5 leaf shapes.
I started with a basic branch shape, then filled it in a bit more to make it fuller. I added "berries" to the ends of some of the branches. I the filled in the bare spots with the simple leaf shapes.

This last one is where I got a bit more creative... I tried to use as many of the leaf shapes as I could and I mirrored them top to bottom.
If you are going to try this kind of wreath, you may want to start with pencil and go back and fill in with your pen. I LOVE this one and when I finally get my chalkboard down this is the one I will be using on it. It is simple, yet looks complicated because of how many shapes are used. 

I then filled each one in with hand lettering.


These would be beautiful on a handmade card or letter, and I know they would all make beautiful chalkboard art. These wreath tutorials transfer very easily to chalk and work exactly the same way as with a pen... except easier because you can erase... haha....

Hope you get inspired to try these easy little shapes! They are truly beautiful and a fun addition to your artistic tool box!

Have a GREAT day!


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