Tuesday, November 20, 2012

#XSREGirl Casting Call At Palisades Mall

First off I'd like to say that I know I'm more known to talk about accessories for decorating your home, but today I want to tell you about a new store that's all about accessorizing yourself.     XSRE is a hot new store popping up in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland.   XSRE has a great selection of accessories for women of all ages in one superstore.  The selection in jewlery, handbags, footwear, kids, legwear, hair, intimates, novelties, belts, headwear, travel, cosmetics, pet, electronics, coldweather and eyewear is just amazing and all at affordable prices!     

This Sunday, November 25th from 2-4pm at the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, NY they are having an open casting call to be the XSRE girl.   A professional photographer will be there to take the photos.  The lucky fashionista will win a six month modeling contract and become the face of her store.  XSRE is also running a contest for all the girls who show up and have their photo taken, to have a chance to win gift cards by having their photo receive the most "likes on the XSRE Facebook  page.   

If you are in the area and know of any young, hip, fashionista-type girls who want to try out or just have a fun day of shopping head on over.       

Disclosure:  This post was compensated by The Blogger Connection

Thursday, November 8, 2012

DIY Reusable Weekly Menu Board With #TBCcrafters

Hello everyone, it's another Thursday and that means another great round of "Thrilling Thursday Crafts" with The Blogger Connection Crafter Group.  (#TBCcrafters). Last week I had so much fun going around and seeing everyone else's projects.  It put a new found fire under my butt to get the ideas I have out of my head and actually create them.

This week I'm going to share how I made this Weekly Dinner Menu Board.

Lately I've been trying to be very good about planning out my weekly dinner menu by the sales at my local grocery stores.     I've always either written out the menu in notebook or on some sort of printable I've found searching the web.    I don't know about you, but I'm so overwhelmed with paper everywhere and no where to store it, display it or organize it.   My "desk" is my coffee table in the living room.  It does make it hard for me to be organized and productive.     I'm working on a solution to that.

So, when I was thinking about what project I could do for this week, it came to me to make a pretty, reusable menu board.  One that I could display in the kitchen without having a piece of paper taped to my fridge. (pet peeve of mine, BIG TIME)    

My kitchen is mainly blacks, whites and neutral colors so I knew I wanted it to match all that.
Damask is my favorite pattern right now so I took a clip from a picture I had on my computer and created the "Dinner Menu" as a Word Document, then printed it out.  

In my travels to Goodwill I found this frame with a tag on it for $4 but it was my lucky day because they had just changed the half price color to red and scored it for only $2.

Next I carefully took the frame apart, it was tricky separating the picture from the mat (it was professionally done)  Then I painted the mat black with regular spray paint.

 I waited for that to dry and put the whole thing back together cleaning both sides of the glass while it was all apart.   All that was left to do was to tie a ribbon around a dry erase marker and attach it to the frame so it's handy and always where I can find it.
There it is... I think it came out cute and it looks perfect in my kitchen!  

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Welcome Winter?

It's only November 7th.   I don't know about you, but I am NOT ready for winter just yet! 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Because You Just Have To Laugh.

I had all great intentions of posting some sort of DIY project today.  I have the ideas, supplies and even have some pictures taken.   But it just wound up being a bad day for me.

I've been so sick for the last few weeks.  First, I was fighting a nasty sinus infection/bronchitis and then this weekend I caught a horrible stomach bug from my 3 year old grandson Tyler.  It.Was.Not.Fun.
Even though I'm finally feeling better physically, I'm still pretty worn out mentally.    Every little (and not-so-little) thing set me off today!   Finally, I had to get out of the house and get some air.

So, instead of not posting anything at all and staying pissy for the rest of the night,  I figured I would make myself laugh and try to get out of my funk.     The first place I go for a laugh is my Pinterest board "Just Cuz I Love It."  It's where I pin funny photos, sayings, ecards and anything that gives me a good chuckle.  
And then I saw it, this photo....
On Pinterest this photo brings you to a post on HaHasForHooHas.com titled "The Fart That (Almost) Altered My Destiny"   My friend Cheryl  had sent me the link to this post a while ago and said it was the funniest thing EVER and that I had to go read it.  Hey, it's got the word FART in the title, it's gotta be funny right?    OMG funny doesn't even describe it.  Hilarious doesn't even give it justice.  
I would like to give props to Anna for a very very well written post!  It won't only make you laugh, it will make you laugh so hard you'll cry.  (and maybe even pee your pants a little too)
Honestly, it took me a good 20 minutes to get through the whole thing.  But you've got to go read it for yourself.   That is, only if you are not offended by bodily functions.   My advise before clicking the link is that you make sure you have time set aside and that you've gone to the bathroom.     


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Personalizing Fake Pumpkin For Fall Decorating #TBCcrafters

I was so excited to hear that The Blogger Connection was doing this awesome weekly Blog Hop for craft lovers.    I'm not what you would call a "hard core" crafter at all.   I love to putz around with small, easy home decor kinda things.    So for the first week of this blog hop we are going with all of the above.   
I'm not going to get into some long tutorial because as you can tell it's super simple to do.   

First I started with  fake foam pumpkins from Walmart, Mambi Stickers from Michaels, polka dot ribbon and raffia.   For my bigger pumpkin I used the numbers for my home address and put the pumpkin outside in the flower box with some mums.   

For my next project I used the littler pumpkins as personalized place settings at a brunch with my high school girlfriends.  I even found black and white polka dot napkins to complete the whole look.  If I really wanted to be O.C.D., I could have brought a matching tablecloth with me too.  All the girls were excited to take home their little personalized pumpkins.    I figured they would be cute on their desks at work.        

See, I don't think cute crafts and home decor projects need to be involved to make a big impact.   

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