Sunday, November 20, 2011

November 2011

When I was younger I loved the summer months, I simply loved everything about them. I couldn’t wait for the longer days, the sun tan, and the heat! There was something to be said for having summers off and being able to do whatever I wanted whether it was watching old tv shows or going to the lake with friends. But now as I get older (yikes) I find myself wanting more and more of the fall-like weather.
I don’t know what it is about the cold brisk nights, short days, and dreary weather. There is now there is something to be said for the feelings that fall and winter bring. I realized today how much I love the smell of leaves now that they are falling off their branches and settling onto the damp ground and fireplaces nearby bring thoughts of warmth and good books and staying inside all day. The air seems to change the moods of everything around, as if it almost simplifies things. There is no need to go out, no need to run errands, no need to stay busy. I think my favorite thing though, about this cold weather, is the feeling of wanting to be close to someone, for their warmth and security. <3

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fall is finally in the air...

As the nights are finally starting to cool down, days are below 95 degrees, pumpkins are in every store and Starbucks finally has its coveted pumpkin spice lattes, I feel finally feel like fall is here!
The changing of the leaves and cool weather makes me nostalgic for big sweaters and hot tea. The idea of spending all afternoon by the fire with my sweets is a feeling that I crave all year around! And when it is here, i cannot help but smile. With all of this change means endless craft ideas and fall decor! Once again I have a list a mile long of things that I want to create and re create. :)
Our house is decorated with fall foliage, pumpkin spice candles and candy corn. I am ready for all of changes that fall will bring and the endless possibilities that will lead us into the new year.
Can you believe it is already THAT time of year?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Rehabbed Sewing Machine Base

Months ago I was at a friends house and she has the most brilliant table in her entry way! It was her grandmother's sewing machine base turned into a table, now my grandmother didn't have one to pass down but i thought this table would look cute in our spare room/sewing room so i figured it wouldn't be too hard to find one.. And I was right!

I looked and found an old Singer Sewing Machine base on Craigslist for $40. It was all rusted and not in the best condition...

After a bit of sanding and scrubbing with small metal/wire brushes I was able to lift the loose paint chips and remove most of the rust. Next I spray painted two coats of Rustoleum Gloss Black Spray paint and let fully dry.

Now that the base was complete it needed a top! Once again I turned to Craigslist and found a company that was selling fully fabricated granite remnants for cheap. I put felt squares on the top of the base and laid the granite on top, the table is so heavy I dont have to worry about it going anywhere.

My table is complete and ready for my machine or a vase of flowers!
One project down... a few more to go <3

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Projects, projects, projects

It has been so long since I last had a blog, way too long! Life has been hectic with restructuring and redesigning in so many different aspects. Among all of this there has been drives across the desert, making quilts for a very special cause, and some serious crafting possibilities.
I might be late to the party but is by far the best website i have seen in a very long time. It is a virtual pinboard where one can share ideas about everything imaginable. From healthy and not so healthy recipes to brilliant ideas and amazing craft projects and home decor ideas. Its as simple as 1, 2, 3.
1. Create user-name and password (or just link to social networking site)
2. Create boards
3. Start pinning!

It is very easy to spend hours finding the most amazing ideas and then actually accomplishing nothing because you can peel yourself away from the computer.
Because of this very fact, being crazy inspired and needing to create new projects, my goal is to finish all of my current projects by the end of this year.
I will completely strip, sand, and refinish the large table and six chairs sitting in my garage (pictures soon!), restore sewing table, re decorate our spare room, refinish a beautiful pie safe for said spare room and reorganize our home office.
Lots of work ahead!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Must Ride on Heels Pt. 2

Here they are! These are the official pictures from Beka's photoshoot last month.
Photographer: Daniel Dare
Location: Rock Inc/Random Field/Downtown Sacramento
Hair/Makeup & Styling: Yours truly

Enjoy <3

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Must Ride on Heels

This weekend was a photo shoot for Beka, a singer working with Z in the studio. Hair, makeup, and styling done by yours truly.. More pictures will follow once we get them from the actual photographer.


Friday, July 22, 2011

All is fair at the Fair..

Today was our adventure to the 2011 California State Fair, and an adventure it was! From seeing the baby animals and live stock to the farm, exhibits, and the bug showcase.. We even rode them monorail! However the most exciting part about the fair was simply the food. I literally ate my way through the fair (with the help of friends of course).
It started at the request for deep fried Kool-Aid from the pregnant one of us. The best way to describe it would be a fruit punch flavored donut, bright pink in color and covered in powdered sugar. It was rather interesting.
From there we moved on to the promenade - where there was food cart after food cart! I ventured for the fried veggies which consisted of fried mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, and artichokes. I was slightly disappointed to not find deep fried avocado this year, a favorite from years past. Our complete table consisted of fried cheese curds, more veggies, a giant corn dog, and a sandwich called the fat Darrel.
Needing to walk after our fried deliciousness we ventured to the exhibits. Along the way I snagged a cup of Dippin Dots which were refreshing as the heat was slowly rising.
I'm not too sure where we went next but I know we made our way back to the promenade to finish with desert. After deep fried Oreos, deep fried peanut butter cups, and a deep fried snickers (my favorite by far out of the deep fried sweets) I thought we were done, but how can one deny the opportunity of a maple bacon sundae per Shan's request. Unfortunately it was very disappointing. I believe a disgusted *shudder* would be the best way to describe it. There may have been another cup of Dippin Dots to erase the memory of the not so tasty sundae...
At the end of the day sunburnt, tired, puffy from sodium and a raging headache I'm not sure all is fair at the fair... But I will definitely be back next weekend for my much awaited funnel cake.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Time time to simplify...

I periodically go through spells where I want to simplify everything! I want to make things easier, purge unnecessary items, throw away my cell phone and simply just be.. unfortunately its not that easy to do. However, one thing that has been driving me crazy is my hair, which is very easy to simplify!
I've been growing my hair out for the past four years, four years of washing, drying, straightening or curling every other day, cut and color appointments every ten weeks and for the past few months, Brazilian Blowouts every three months [which was heaven for my curly, frizzy hair].
Basically four years of high maintenance hair, and I was SO over it! In the past five weeks i have cut at least eight inches off of my locks, and I couldn't be happier.
Amongst the hair madness I did discover amazing shampoo, literally amazing, and best of all it is so simple! There are no crazy dyes or chemicals in it, it is completely sodium and sulfate free, and it is vegan and gluten free too!
The product is called Dermorganics!

The shampoo and conditioning masque are infused with Argan oil to help lock in moisture and lessen dry time. Its basically helping to seal any damaged hair strands or split ends, plus it makes your hair super soft! I honestly have never had a shampoo make my hair feel so clean with out any build up nor a conditioner that my hair just soaks up so quickly. The downside is that the shampoo is very thin and half of it ended up at the bottom of the shower but it is still worth it regardless!
I have yet to find it at Ulta, Total Beauty, or any other commercial beauty product supply store. But it is found at or have your hair stylist pick some up at their supply store!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Oh so thats how its done!

I am completely obsessed with so many different products right now! However, currently my most favorite is Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips!

I seriously cannot get enough of them. At first I was skeptical as I have tried other versions of these nail "stickers" and they either don't stick or peel off incredibly fast. But these nail strips are completely worth the $8.50 for 16 strips! They have so many bright colors and fun prints that are great for going out or for a long weekend in which you don't want to worry about having perfectly manicured fingers.
The packaging/ads claim they last at least 10 days, I find that I generally get about 7-10 days out of them. Inside each little box are two packs of the strips, the trick is to only open one pack at a time and to use one strip for two nails. [The strips are definitely long enough to accommodate this.] That way you get two full nail sets for the price of one!
It is literally as simple as peel, stick, and file and then you are done! There is ZERO drying time so no chance of smudging at all. My only complaint is that they do not have dark colors yet, I'm holding out in hopes they release new colors for fall/winter 2011.

Today I put on the "It Girl" color and it is an amazing shade of bright pink! I recommend the leopard print, the gold glitter, and to definitely give them a shot for yourself! <3

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Blog!

A little bit about me: I am a newlywed with three adorable dogs who is currently completely obsessed with beauty products! From shampoo to lotions to nail products I have fallen in love with new products. I cannot wait to share my fabulous finds, my adventures, and my thoughts. I hope you you enjoy :) Ps. My review is coming very soon!