Monday, June 30, 2014

It's the end of June already?!

Wow, what is happening with this year?!  I feel like this whole year has been just flying by.  I can't keep up!  I think my head is still left somewhere back in May.

Here is what my June looked like according to my Instagram...

My hubby and I are complete weirdos. LOL!  But after almost 6 years, if were're still having fun then that's all that matters.

"just because" flowers from my hubby....he must like me or somethin'

This was the month that I started trying to paint watercolor portraits...  I'm pretty happy with them

I know I'm biased and all, but seriously my daughter is the cutest little girl EVER.

Is your year flying by too, or am I just a little crazy??

Friday, June 27, 2014

"You know nothing, Jon Snow" watercolor painting

Hi everyone!  I'm back again with another watercolor portrait.  I decided to stick with the Game of Thrones theme and try Jon Snow, mostly because all of the ladies I know were begging me too. haha! 

Here is a close-up of my finished portrait...

This is the whole painting.  I don't think it's my best but I still kind of like it.  I don't paint too many men so that's always a challenge for me, and I'm still learning watercolors so it's not too bad.  I have a hard time getting the shadows as dark as I would like them to be.  Something is also a little off on the face but since I have been staring at it for a couple hours I can't figure out what it is.  Maybe the eyes?? 

Here are a couple progress shots

Here is a reference photo for the people who may not watch Game of Thrones:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dressing up a plain gray maxi dress

I know I've already posted so many outfit posts about maxi dresses but I can't help it!  I love them!  They are so versatile!  Just to show you what I mean I created an outfit started with just a plain gray maxi dress and then started accessorizing.  Once you start adding all of your little details you can end up with a nice edgy/dressy look that's very put-together.

Dressing up a plain gray maxi dress
Dress  |  Necklace  |  Belt  |  Shoes  |  Purse  |  Bracelet  | Jacket

What do you think??

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky

Hi everyone!!  Sorry I've been a little quiet here in blogland the past couple days.  I've been pretty sick so I've just been trying to rest up...well, rest up as much as you can with a 16 month old running around. LOL!

 Anyway, this is my last week co-hosting the Wake Up Wednesday Linky so join up with us and get your blog noticed!!  If you follow me, leave me a comment telling me how and I will make sure to return the love!!  Also, if you link up, make sure you share on social media so the party grows!  Thanks!!

And now I am going to curl back up in bed with my hot tea and read a book....



          
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I wanted a new tablecloth for the small square table in my breakfast nook. I looked for a red checked one, but couldn't find exactly what I had in mind. In a fabric store one afternoon, I found a fabric I liked, and decided to make one. I'm glad I did- I got what I wanted, and very inexpensively. The fabric was on clearance. I got enough for the tablecloth and four napkins, all for about $6.00 - See more at: http://yesterfood.blogspot.de/2014/06/sew-easy-tablecloth-and-napkins.html#sthash.wIIDR56x.dpuf


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I love walking around Pottery Barn and places like that to get inspiration in my home decor. I refuse to pay the high prices.


It’s NOT All In The Going… Finding My Freedom

It's Not All In The Going - Finding My Freedom | MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter.com
I was raised going to church every Sunday and my Sundays didn’t consist of only one service. Oh no. We went to early morning prayer at 9am, Sunday School at 9:30am, Morning Service at 11am – there would be a sort break between services for an early dinner and then we would return by 6pm for Evening Service. Add to this our weekly Bible Study and prayer services I was in church no less than 4 times a week, sometimes more. This was my childhood, this was my life. Yet, I had to take a journey that finally helped me realize it’s not all in the going,


6 Reasons To Make Your Own Stevia Extract 

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Do you want to get in on some DIY fun and a Giveaway? Recently, I posted on How To Make Your Own {Non-Processed} Stevia Extract using fresh or dried stevia herb and quite a few of you decided to give it a go and Make-Your-Own just like us!


I am always on the lookout for easy Chicken Dinner Ideas, how about you? Especially since it's summer and hot outside, I jump at any chance to not have to turn on my oven. Which means we typically grill or eat fresh salads, and I'm not opposed to that!



I love breakfast or let me correct that, I love pasties, rolls or anything sweet for breakfast.
Coffee cake, crumbs cakes, cinnamon rolls, donuts, really any sort of sugary, fruit, dough like creation.


Did you know that recipes are the most popular and most pinned items on Pinterest?   I love finding new recipes to try and with the exception of one or two duds, all the recipes I've tried from Pinterest have been delicious!  


Wow! We made it! We are in the final week of school.. are you ready? With the start of summer vacation, comes the end of another great school year. With the end of the school year comes the last opportunity to show our appreciation for the teachers!


Thursday night I was getting on PicMonkey: photo editing made of win so I could resize a picture so I could post it to instagram (you can find more information on that here), and what did I see out of the corner of my eye? A Starwars-esc graphic that said something about “fonts” and “all”.  Fonts?  All?  I like fonts.  I like “all”.  Don’t judge me, but my heart started beating faster.

Capturing Some Normal Mommy Feelings

No matter how you feel throughout the day, just remember there's every other mama going through their own set of emotions and struggles and triumphs that day, too. You don't have to feel alone. 



Summer Flower Pots --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Just like a piece of jewelry adds some sparkle
to my ordinary outfits,
flower pots bring some bling to my outdoor living spaces.


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So I am still using up scraps and this is a nice project to make with them. I am making notebook closures. 

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10 Fun Summer Date Ideas

My husband and I absolutely LOVE summertime and warm weather.  We are very outdoorsy people, so I thought I would share our list of things that we want to do this summer.

  1. Picnic in the park-  Go for a nice walk in the park and bring a basket for a nice lunch date.
  2. Mini golf- Have fun and flirty time and place bets on who will have the best score at the end.  Loser buys the ice cream!
  3. Bonfire- Sometimes summer nights can get a little chilly, so gather around a nice warm fire and roast some marshmallows.  Maybe even start a marshmallow fight!
  4. Back yard BBQ- What's better than firing up the grill and inviting over some friends for a cookout.  Throw in some cards or a drinking game and that's even better.
  5. Check out the stars-  Lay out a nice blanket, maybe even pop open a bottle of champagne, and try to find constellations together
  6. Go biking/skating- Nothing is better than going out and being active together.  Just soaking in the sun and getting a nice workout at the same time.
  7. Boating- You could spend a nice lazy day in the river, bring a few fishing poles and see who gets the bigger catch, or if you're feeling adventurous you could try some tubing or water skiing.
  8. Drive-in theater- It's a nice classic date with a summertime twist.  You can bring as many snacks as you want and no one will yell at you for talking during the movie!
  9. Go to an amusement park/water park-  Who wouldn't want to ride some roller coasters or fly down one of those speed waterslides?! 
  10. Food festival-  Have fun trying new foods together, and seriously who doesn't LOVE to eat!?
What are some things that you want to do this summer?? 

Erica Jacquline

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Social


This weeks questions:

1. What’s your favorite scary movie?
I don't know that I have a "favorite" but the ones that always scared me the most were the Freddy Krueger movies.

2. What is your favorite weird TV show you think no one else watches?
For a while a was a little obsessed with the "Say Yes to the Dress" shows. haha!!  Those are the one were a lot of really obnoxious women are looking for their perfect wedding dress and having a really hard time.  I just liked to see what one they ended up with.

3. What is the song you can sing all the words to without any music?
"I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz.  It me and my hubby's song <3

4. What is your favorite book to re read?
I have re read the Lord of the Rings book SO. MANY. TIMES. that I had to rebuy them because they were falling apart.

5. The one website you visit more times a day than others?
Facebook.  I'm addicted

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Game of Thrones watercolor portrait

I'm still trying to get a little bit better with watercolor so I wanted to attempt another portrait.  This time I tried Daenerys/Khaleesi from Game of Thrones.


Ignore the line under her eye... the paint found a rough spot on the paper and stuck to it. lol!  It's definitely not perfect and I've got a lot of learning to do but I think you can at least tell who it is supposed to be!  Maybe??  Okay, if not here is the image I used to draw and paint it.


Sorry, I don't have any progress photos for this one.  I didn't have much time so I kind of took it and ran with it until it was done.

My husband is SUPER obsessed with this show.  I have a love/hate relationship with it...  If you've ever watched it then you probably know why.  Any time you start to like a character they die or something completely awful happens to them!  I think the only reason I still watch is because it's like a train wreck and I can't look away.  I HAVE to know what happens to the characters and that keeps me watching.

Are there any shows out there that you love to hate??

Linking up to: Artsy Corner Thursday, Creative Every Day, Paint Party Friday, Friday SketchesArtists Playroom, Sunday Sketches

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Three Rivers Arts Festival

I've lived in Pennsylvania for a very long time and I am obviously a HUGE lover of the arts, so it may come as a surprise to you that I have never gotten my butt out to the Pittsburgh Arts Festival!  The festival showcases over 300+ artists from all over the country!  They also have live bands, a bunch of different food booths, and a craft section for younger children.

This year the festival ran from June 6th-13th.  We went last Sunday and had a lot of fun!  Little miss Paige got a little cranky because she was hot and she wanted to run free but other than that it was great.  She loved the fountain.



I've decided that I am going to try to be a showcasing artist next year at the festival.  I have to wait until open submission time at the end of this year to try to get accepted, but fingers crossed I will get to try it out next summer!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky



    
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You won't need a fork for these Mini Cherry Hand Pies.  And you won't get any complaints that the servings weren't the same size.  You will, however, get a most delicious cherry hand pie - 
not too sweet and with the flakiest butter pastry imaginable!


Finally, I can share my little Cottage Garden that is my back yard........ 
The weather has finally warmed up enough to plant my annuals and replenish what perennials
 I lost over the Winter.


Strawberry and White Chocolate Cookies
I don’t know if it’s just me, but when Summer comes around, I just have to make something with strawberries and white chocolate…

DIY Greenhouses for Raised Garden Beds


Small Raised Garden Greenhouses
I live in a Plant Hardiness Zone 3 which doesn't give us a long growing season.   To make matters worse our yard faces north and we live in a mature neighborhood with lots of trees which = shade.  Getting a high yielding crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini has been a challenge, especially trying to grow them organically.



Caramel Brownie Muddy Buddies | a.k.a Puppy Chow

Caramel Brownie Muddy Buddies | a.k.a Puppy Chow
One of our favorite summer snacks to take to the pool are the classic Muddy Buddies.
I rarely stray from the original recipe well, because it is so good.
But a few weeks ago while my kids were coming up with ideas for recipes, one of their friends suggested Brownie Muddy Buddies.



Tulips & Orchids
A friend asked me to make her a carseat canopy for her nephew, so I figured I would include the tutorial for how I did it.  These covers are actually pretty simple to make, and really don't take much time.  It's so much easier to have one of these than to drape a blanket over the seat, because a carseat canopy allows for the handle to still be accessible.


Bean-bag-toss-game-with-shooting-stars
Do your kids seem to have more energy when it's warm and sunny outside? Mine does. 
As I was trying to think of things for our next theme learning day on space, I came up with a fun little toss game to help our daughter work off some of that extra energy.  


Don't Drink and Type  --- Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Have you ever made a really costly mistake?
A costly dumb mistake?
Yeah, been there, done that.
But when it could have easily been prevented...
ouch...it hurts even more!


This recipe has revolutionized my family’s summer. My kids go crazy for this ice cream recipe and they can even make it themselves. Chocolate ice cream is a summer necessity in our house, and probably almost every house in the country. Nothing beats playing outside in the heat for hours then coming in for a bowl of homemade chocolate ice cream , there are few things that can top that!


FABBY: Father's Day Buffet Setting

 I decided to go for a buffet table for Father's Day 2014...opposed to a sit down dinner.
I used my 'Multiple Choice' mix and match black and white china to give it a masculine aura to the the buffet setting; among other elements accordingly.

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