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Monday, August 29, 2011

The perfect Mail Station!!

I'm in LOVE!!!

I came across this wonderful blog: A bowl full of Lemons

And fell on this awesome DIY Mail Station

I have not attempted this project yet, but I do intend on doing it in the near future.  It's a perfect mail station to place on your kitchen counter.  I always have piles of paper on my counter... my kitchen is screaming for one of these stations.

She used a file box, hanging file folders, a calendar and clips to create this masterpiece.

Do you have piles of paper/mail on your counter or do you already have a system to keep paper off your counter?

Friday, August 26, 2011

To warm your heart...

My little Emanuelle sleeping peacefully on the floor with her teddy.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Noella Beauty Works - GIVEAWAY

Noella Beauty Works is having a GIVEAWAY!! She reached 3000 sales and decided to offer this to a lucky winner:

1 'Get Started Kit', upgraded with a large 30 g jar of foundation (with a rotating sifter)
(kit includes, 30 g jar Foundation, 10 g Jar Mineral Veil, 5g jar Eyeshadow, 10 g Jar Blush ...you choose Foundation type (Sheer or Premium Coverage) and all colors)
3 Eyeshadows of your Choice

This is one amazing prize!!

I've ordered from Noella Beauty Works before and her products are awesome!  I truly love her stuff!!

Go and visit her blog to join in on the fun!  Noella Beauty Works

***There's currently a coupon listed on her website Noella Beauty Works; you'll receive a free eye shadow with your purchase of $10 or more.

If you do purchase from her store, could you mentioned that I sent you... PLEASE :) 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Daily Planner!!! Part 1

I've been using a FranklinCovey planner for the last year and love it. The size 5.5''x8.5'' is perfect (for me)... I just adore it. HOWEVER when it was time to order refills... not so in love anymore. The pricing for refills is ridiculous; it's basically the price of a new planner ($25-$30) plus the refills are kinda blah looking.

I did try a MomAgenda, however I found it too big, lots of unnecessary pages, only U.S. holidays, a whole section on U.S. stores, not a binder, and it's pricey. hehe I just don't like it.

I have made the bold decision to make my own planner!

I went to Bureau en Gros (Staples) and purchased the following:

Avery 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" Durable View Binder, 1", Black

Avery Pre-Printed Dividers Months

Avery Pre-Printed Dividers A–Z

Avery Durable Write-On Dividers

I also went to a craft store and purchased this scrapbook paper:

I will be using this paper to cover the front of the binder.

Everything I bought (so far) came up to $22.76 (before taxes).  I still need to buy a few little things to decorate the front of the binder.

I realize that I could have skipped buying the dividers and made my own, however I want it to be functional as soon as possible... I do plan on making my own at one point.. just not right away... 

My next step is to design my own inserts for the planner.  I need to create the monthly calendars, weekly calendar and also the address book.  I may even be lucky and come across some cute free templates...

If you have any ideas or suggestions.. please feel free to share. :)

To be continued....

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Personalized Frame!!

I had an old Ikea frame that I was no longer using, but did not want to it throw out.

Here is what I came up with:

I started off with this frame:

Using a bit of sand paper, I sanded the frame to make it a slightly rough so that the paint would stick.  I put a coat of primer on it before I went ahead and did two coats of white paint.

To do the inside of the frame I purchased:

- Natural chipboard letters and flourishes:

- Delta Ceramcoat Pink acrylic paint and Stickles Diamond crafting sparkles:

- And one sheet of White Bristol board.

I painted all the letters I needed along with the flourishes with two coats of pink paint.  Once they were completely dry, I applied the Stickles sparkles with the help of a small paint brush.

I measured the inside of the frame and cut the Bristol board according to those dimensions.  Once that was done, I glued the letters and flourishes onto the Bristol board with the help of liquid glue.

I then inserted the Bristol board into the frame and hung it up.

VoilĂ :
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