February 29, 2012
February 28, 2012
February 27, 2012
We are ALMOST done with my daughter's bedroom makeover. The walls are painted along with the doors & baseboards! All this room needs is a rug & some small decor items I ordered and am waiting for to arrive. Here is a little sneak peek of her bedroom! Like I shared in a previous post, my daughter's room colors are shades of pink & yellow. (like my blog! oh you noticed?) I chose to incorporate these colors in her gallery wall since her walls were painted a light gray color and the room needed some color! Here is the wall before & after the gallery wall...
I absolutely love how much color and life this gallery wall brought to my daughter's room!
I know most of you either have a gallery wall in your home or have been wanting one! I have been seeing them ALL OVER blogs & pinterest and I was planning to do one in my living room (still want to!) but the living room will probably be the very last room we makeover in this house so I decided to do a small gallery wall in my daughter's room! I have NEVER done one in my life and I've seen people use newspaper and such to arrange on the wall to see where they would like to place their frames but.... I couldn't find any newspaper! (go figure! I usually have it everywhere and the one day I need it! ah!) So I ended up using my favorite picture hanging thingies (that's what I call em!) to hang the frames for the gallery wall. I call this gallery wall hanging technique "The Cindy Way" aka the "use what you've got" way or in my case don't got (have). I took a picture of the hanging thingies so you know what I'm talking about...
These thingies (ok I guess they are called picture hangers? go figure!) are perfect for me and my clumsy self! I am not good with tools! I wish I were! I wish I could build beautiful furniture and such like Ana White and many other talented bloggers but I can't even use a hammer without smashing my fingers! My husband won't even let me touch his drill! Not because he's selfish and doesn't like to share but because he knows my clumsiness and I'm pretty sure he thinks I will end up hurting myself. Which reminds me of the time I ended up hurting myself with my glue gun! Nope, I didn't get hot glue on my hands (which I have, but that's not what I'm talking about) I ended up burning my foot with hot glue when I made my first wreath! YES MY FOOT! That tells you how clumsy I am! Anyways! I'm getting way off topic aren't I?
Here is how I hung my gallery wall:
I layed out my frames first before putting them up to make sure I liked the way they looked...
I took a picture hanger thingie and my first frame and sort of scratched the wall with it holding the frame in front to mark where the middle of the frame was and where I wanted to place it. (I didn't take a picture because both my hands were occupied while doing this) Here is how you use the picture hangers: You take a hanger and with your hand drive it into the wall, moving it side to side until it goes all the way in...
You might end up with a couple holes on the wall trying to perfectly align the frames! Remember I NEVER said this was the perfect way to hang a gallery wall! This is just what I used and how I did it! It took me less than 10 mins to hang all the frames on the wall and I didn't even use a hammer! woo hoo! Here are some more pictures of the finished gallery wall...
I used leftover fabric for one of the frames. I turned one of my favorite pictures of my daughter into black & white and the other two prints you can find in my etsy shop. I can't wait to show you all the full reveal!
February 23, 2012
You must visit PB&J Stories to view the rest of the room!
February 22, 2012
February 17, 2012
Congrats Tausha!! Please e-mail me by Monday so I can forward your info over to Amber!
Hope you a have a lovely weekend!
February 16, 2012
February 14, 2012
We Have a Winner!!
Please e-mail me with your address so I can forward it to Amber!
Guess what I'm doing today people? I'm painting my daughter's room! yay!
So I will be busy busy today! Hopefully I can get it all done if not most of it!
February 13, 2012
February 10, 2012
...and maybe last. As you will probably notice my son in the beginning says "this is the last one!" We recorded like 5 videos. I completely blanked out a couple times and I didn't know what to say. So we started over and over and then finally this one was the best. Hope you guys enjoy "getting to know" the author of this little blog & my kids! Oh yes and you might end up getting distracted by looking at my son's funny faces and completely tune me out! :D
BTW we had an AWESOME shopping day! I got tons of stuff for both my son's and daughter's rooms. I can't wait to show you all! Have a Great Weekend! Don't forget to enter the I heart feathers giveaway!
February 9, 2012
February 8, 2012
February 7, 2012
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February 6, 2012
Hello Cinsarah readers! My name is Amber DeBirk and I am excited that Cindy invited me to tell you about myself and my company, Localgivingtree.com. I’ve had a chance to get to know Cindy through her blog and her hip designs—I just love her work! I appreciate her commitment to her family, helping other businesses thrive, community, and all things creative—that must be why we connected!
Now let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am married to my best friend Bill, and a mother to two sweet girls, Indy Rose (6) and Willa Grace (4), plus my old man retriever Murphy (13). I am very involved in my community and the arts. I have wrote grants and fundraised for numerous local and national nonprofits and started our town’s first community market that sells locally grown produce, arts, and crafts. I am also a fused glass and mixed-media artist that works mainly with recycled glass and scrap materials. I am obsessed with upcycling and love teaching my girls crafts that are kind to our environment.
Now where does Localgivingtree.com fit in to all of this? It’s simple. I had been approached by numerous daily deal sites to offer my fused glass creations and classes on their websites. I always declined their offers, because everything that I sell, I always donate a portion of my sales to various nonprofits that are important to me and my family. I always thought it would be great to offer my artisan creations on the other “deal” sites, but something was missing…after many conversations with my crafty friends, Localgivingtree.com was born!
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I would love for our “tree” to grow, and there are many ways that you can help with that. Spread the word about Localgivingtree.com by following us on Twitter (@localgivingtree), tweet about us to your family and friends, like us on Facebook (facebook.com/localgivingtree), subscribe to get our deals emailed to you by clicking here, share our deals via Twitter, Facebook, your blog, or Pinterest. If helping your local communities “Grow” means something to you, I encourage each of you to try shopping differently and challenge your family and friends to do the same at localgivingtree.com!
Now you don’t think I would ask you to do all of this stuff just out of the goodness of your heart, do you? Although, Localgivingtree.com has been shared by many people without the incentive I am going to offer you. Here’s the “deal,” it is our goal to get as many new subscribers as we can during the month of February, so I am offering a FREE mini-fused glass pendant made out of scrap glass by myself J, just for you signing up to get our emails! It’s free to subscribe, and we want our “tree” to grow, can you help us do that? Anyone can get this offer, so Tweet it, Blog it, Facebook it, and let’s see how the power of “sharing,” which is what Localgivingtree.com is about, can grow. To get the free handmade pendant, you must sign up through this link, click here.
Thanks for letting me share with you what Localgivingtree.com is all about. I am truly passionate about our commitment to giving back, and promoting the work of many talented people like you as well! If you are interested in featuring your handmade product or blog on Localgivingtree.com, please feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!
P.S. Localgivingtree.com will be offering a stellar giveaway tomorrow on Cindy’s blog, all handmade items, value of more than $50! Come back tomorrow and enter!
February 3, 2012
It's a Maytag and it's from Sears. You can find it here. It's got pretty good reviews. Does anyone have a maytag dishwasher? Any recommendations for microwaves would help too! I kind of want the appliances to all match so If I go with a maytag dishwasher I more than likely will get a maytag microwave too! ANY ADVICE would be SUPER HELPFUL and APPRECIATED!!
Hope you al have a wonderful weekend!!
We have a fun giveaway planned for next week and if you are participating in my HUGE group giveaway for March, expect an e-mail from me either Monday or Tuesday with more info!
February 1, 2012
Oh TOMS! I used to loathe you! Although I loved your mission (ONE for ONE), I simply disliked your style and the way every one and their grandmas owned a pair of your popular shoes. (No offense to anyone who already owns a pair of Toms or if you are a grandma who wears them! My mom is a grandma and she sometimes uses my sister's Toms!) I promised I would NEVER buy myself a pair...that is until you came out with the one thing I can't resist! BALLET FLATS! I have a weakness for flats! I love them in all colors & patterns and although I don't buy myself many shoes, I tend to ALWAYS buy a pair of flats when shoe shopping. So guess what people?! I stayed up last night and bought myself a pair of TOMS! Gasp! I can't believe I did it! I mean they are the MOST Expensive pair of shoes I have EVER purchased for myself! I always buy myself super cheap and uncomfortable shoes that tend to end up all stinky and gross and in the garbage! So I'm hoping these flats are as comfortable as the other Toms and that they last me a lot longer than my current stinky ones! Here are the ones I chose...
Aren't they gorgeous?! They aren't something I would normally pick. I tend to stick to the neutrals. I was about to pick the gray ones but I fell in love with these! It felt so good to have this pop up once I ordered them...
I don't only get a cute pair of flats but I got to help someone out too!
I can't wait to get my flats! If you are thinking about getting a pair of ballet flats...
use code: ShareToms for $5 off your order!