Friday, July 29, 2016

Wait 4 it -- featuring Doodlebug Designs and Echo Park :)

Hi everyone :)

I wanted to share a layout I made using the "Under the Sea" collection from Doodlebug Designs and "Let's Be Mermaids" collection from Echo Park.  I also threw in some Bella Blvd. and Heidi Swapp goodies :)










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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

My journey -- one year later :)

Hi everyone :)

Today marks ONE YEAR since I started my weight loss journey :)

I am down 69 pounds so far, and have 11 more to go :)

I wanted to share some photos of my journey :)

I started obviously in July 2015 -- but didn't take a photo of myself then, so the one I have from May 2015 -- I was the same weight in July 2015 -- so it will have to do :)

So far I have gone from a size 18 pants to a size 8 (!!!!!) pants, and from a size 2X shirt to a size Medium (!!!!!!) shirt!!!!! :)




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Monday, July 25, 2016

Live Out Loud -- featuring Pink Paislee :)

Hi everyone :)

Our latest sketch challenge is LIVE over at The Memory Nest :)

I used Pink Paislee's "Fancy Free" collection on my page :)








And here is our sketch :)



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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mermaid -- featuring Marion Smith's Rendezvous collection :)

Hi everyone :)

I wanted to share a layout I made using the latest sketch from "Stuck Sketches" :) 

I used Marion Smith's "Rendezvous" collection .. along with some old buttons, Bella Blvd. alphas and the Mermaid is an Ad tag from the store "Justice" :)










And here is their sketch for this challenge ;)


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Monday, July 18, 2016

Like A Boss -- featuring Simple Stories :)

Hi everyone :)

Our latest sketch challenge is live over at The Memory Nest and I had a ton of fun making this one :)

I used Simple Stories "Carpe Diem" collection on my page :)








And here is our sketch :)





And for those that have been following my weight loss journey -- I wanted to give an update -- Saturday we headed to the mall to get Brookie some things and also get me some MORE pants in a (possible) smaller size .... when I tried the next size DOWN, they FIT!!!!!!!!! OMYGOSH!!! I was almost in TEARS as I was trying on a SINGLE DIGIT SIZE!!!!!! I have NOT been in a single digit size since I cannot tell you when -- almost a decade at least!!!!! EEK!!!

And the shirt I tried on is a MEDIUM!!!! It has been a DECADE since I have been able to wear a shirt that doesn't have some form of a "L" in it (Large, X-Large. 2X-Large... seriously people, it's been that long!!!)

So while in the fitting room, I took a picture of me in the SMALLER sized outfit!!!! :)

As of Saturday, I was down 66 pounds with 14 more to go -- when I weighed myself SUNDAY ... I was DOWN 67 pounds, now with only 13 more to go!!!!! :)

I have been on my journey for almost a year now ... and I wanted to share a before photo (I didn't take one in July 2015 when I started, but April 2015 I was the same size as when I started) and a NOW photo :)



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Friday, July 15, 2016

My BIGGEST project to date! -- featuring Dove of the East and Tim Holtz :)

Hi everyone :) 

In early May, we helped a friend pack a moving truck for a move across the country -- and he had a VERY old trunk that he couldn't take with him and he offered it to me ... ummmmmmmmmm YES!!! :) 

Oh was this girl in BAD shape! Yikes! Here she is when I got it from my friend --





He had this in a storage unit -- and if you know anything about Phoenix, Arizona ... it is a DESERT which translate into HOT HOT HOT!!! 

So sitting a storage unit for the past FIVE (yes, 5!!!!) years ... it had seen better days! YIKES!! What have I gotten myself into here?!?!?!?



The wood was cracked, the canvas completely trashed ...  metal pieces missing .... 






So I thought I needed to do some homework before I tackled this ... so I hit up some vintage trunk restoration sites and learned that most of them wanted me to SAVE it if I could ... I realized I didn't want to put A LOT of $$$$$ into this project (Heck, the trunk was free... soooooo ...LOL!) .. so I decided NOT to restore it to it's original glory and went with a decoupage method :)

The canvas was the HARDEST part to take off -- the sites stated it would be easy (to a degree), but since the canvas on this was so trashed, it took me two weekends to get that off ... 

Once I got the canvas off -- I realized that the bottom of the trunk was completely ROTTED out -- so I took it off ... (I bought a new piece of wood from the hardware store and stained it for the bottom)

Here it is after I got the canvas off and the wood sanded down and the bottom taken off ....  




Here is the new bottom piece I got from the hardware store after I stained it ....





Next, I stained the remaining wood slats on the trunk :) 







And here is the finished project -- 


I used papers from "Dove of the East" and a travel pack of diecuts from Tim Holtz :)









Some closeups :)















And here is our new coffee table in our family room :)








And here is the trunk before and after :)



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