Friday, December 3, 2010

12 DIYs of Christmas : : 2

Okay... confession time. I've had my Christmas decor up for about 3 weeks now. Lights on the house, Christmas tree, interior decor, the whole she-bang. EXCEPT, I haven't done any of my exterior decorating. In fact... *GASP*... my fall decor is still out on my front porch. I know. I am so ashamed. BUT, this will all be amended this weekend. The small red ribbons are going out on Bruce (our blue spruce in the front yard), the large red ribbons (that I have to buy new every year because those things don't survive a season) will go on the trees that line the street AND, my wreath will go up. Well... a wreath will go up. Because after finding this DIY, I can't decide which wreath I want up now. I have a gorgeous bright red holly berry wreath that I LOVE. But check this one out:


Again, I pulled this DIY from Good Housekeeping. I'm SUCH a fan of GH. I've been a subscriber for a few years now and I think I'm going to be a "lifer". :) I usually can't wait till I get a new magazine in and I read everything and look at everything, turning down corners for things I want to come back to. Sorry... I digress. Haha...

Pretty wreath right? It's so easy it's ridiculous! Here are the instructions:

*At your crafts or floral supply store, purchase an 18-inch grapevine wreath.
*At the floral supply area of the craft store, look for natural pods in a variety of shapes, pinecones, and seasonal nuts from an assorted-mix package to add texture and variety to the wreath.
*Using a hot glue gun, add these dried decorations to the wreath.
*To make stick stars, use sticks from outdoors broken into 3- to 4-inch lengths or use cinnamon sticks.
*Glue them on top of each other to form the star shape and add them to the wreath.
*When all the pieces have been added, place wreath on newspaper or another surface you don't mind getting messy, and spray-paint the entire thing white.
*Allow to dry.
*Loop with wire in back to hang.

That's it! Simple huh!?!? And just think, if you're a traditionalist like me you can tie it off with a big red bow. OOOOORRRRR if you like flair like me (what can I say, I'm a traditionalist with a side of flair) you can tie it off with a big silver, gold, purple, pink, OR WHATEVER color you want. AMAZING, I know. So now I have to decide if I'm going with my usual wreath, or if I'm going to jazz up my front porch with a brand new wreath... oh the decisions!!!!


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

12 DIYs of Christmas : : 1

Throughout the next few weeks, I'll be posting some nifty (and thrifty) little DIY ideas for getting your home North-Pole worthy before Santa (and the family) comes to visit. To start with is the easiest idea ever and it's super cute. It's a kissing ball. Now, where I'm from, my uncles used to go out in December with their shot guns and actually shoot some mistletoe out of trees to use for decoration. Yes... that's how country I am. lol. But evidently, a kissing ball has been used for centuries interchangeably with mistletoe. Probably, because lots of kissing balls actually had sprigs of mistletoe on them. If you're the curious type, like me, you can read more about this and the legends HERE.

But, enough of that... on to that crafting! I pulled the pictures and instructions directly from the Good Housekeeping website and I'm sure if you went over there, you could browse around and find lots of different DIY Christmas Crafts, but this Kissing Ball is the one I wanted to share with you today:


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*Wrap a 4-inch Styrofoam ball in a 14-inch fabric square; secure with a rubber band.
*Thread the end of 1 1/2 yards of ribbon down through the band, around the ball, and up through the band's other side so ribbon ends match up (knot them to hang the ball).
*Wrap 14 inches of ribbon around the ball's other side (crossing first ribbon, as shown); tuck ends into band.
*Hide band with a shimmery bow and festive sprigs.


Isn't that just darling? And to think of all the color combinations and fun you could have with this idea! Gosh, I just love GH, don't you? ♥

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thankfulness Part 2

Here's part 2 of things that I'm thankful for. Don't forget, if you're doing something similar, please post the link to your post as a comment so we can share in our thanksgivings. :)

I'm thankful for our health. We may not be on the cover of any Health or Fitness magazines, but I'm very thankful that we can see, hear, breathe, eat, walk, talk, sit, stand, and move about normally without any problems. I'm also thankful that we're still alive and do not have any apparent health problems like cancers or diseases. I pray that we remain in good health throughout our lives and that if we do face a life-changing illness, we rely on God to see us through the storm.
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I'm thankful for the good times we have with good friends. Although they most certainly do not happen nearly as often as they should anymore. That is the thing about growing up... usually moving on actually involves moving and that creates a challenge for social get-togethers.
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I'm thankful for the family I married in to. There was never a moment where they treated me like an outsider. From the moment I met them, I was part of the family and I couldn't ask for better in-laws. ♥
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I'm thankful that 5 years ago (I can hardly believe it's only 5 years, it feels like I've known her my whole life) I met this wonderful person who has seen me at my best, and my worst and has loved me the same through it all. She makes me laugh and reminds me to enjoy the little moments of life. Rainbows and kittens to Amanda.
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I'm thankful for this team that I'm on via Etsy. I'm glad that I've formed friendships with people that I never would have known if it werent' for this team. I'm thankful that I have a place to go and talk about my problems and praises and am always well received.


So... what are YOU thankful for? Blog about it and post the link to your blog below as a comment.  

Monday, November 8, 2010

Expanding the shop...

Lately, I've been wanting to expand the shop a bit. I have realized that on Etsy there are 1,680,123 items in Jewelry. Which means if people want to buy anything jewelry related, there's a very, VERY slim chance that they will actually stumble upon my shop and purchase my jewelry.

I've also taken into account the fact that jewelry making isn't the only hobby of mine and I also like to sew, paint, and make other things. So... this passed summer I started working on Children's Mobiles and I've finally added some to my shop. You can see them all HERE.

But mobiles aren't the only thing I've been wanting to add. Off and on, during my time on Etsy, I've added paintings to my shop, then taken them out, then added them again, then deleted them again. The thing is, I really love painting, but I burned myself out on it about a year and a half ago. Then there's the problem with storage. It takes a lot more room to store several paintings than to store several pieces of jewelry. And finally, there's the problem with shipping. How to ship, how to package, on the frame, off the frame, rolled, unrolled, etc. It boggled my mind and I wasn't sure what to do.

Until now.

Now, I've completed a series of paintings that I absolutely, 100% ADORE! They're small, and easy to do quickly so I don't have to worry so much about storage. They're small so I don't have to worry about shipping. And they're Pride & Prejudice-themed so they're exceptionally lovely. So now, I'm expanding my shop a bit more to include these small paintings that you can purchase individually or as a group. They are painted on 8X8 canvases and are sprayed with a sealer.






The Collection - $40
The collection is not listed in my shop as an item for purchase, but feel free to contact me and we will work out the arrangement. 


So... what do you think?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thankfulness Part 1

For the month of November, each week I plan to post a new blog about things I'm thankful for. I would love to do a little Link Love with anyone out there doing similar posts. Just include a link to your Thankfulness post (not your entire blog) in a comment below. Let's count our blessings and see what God has done... anyone else love that song? I know it's an old hymn, but it's one of my favorites. :)

For Part 1, I'm doing the BIG things in life. So here goes:

For my husband and our marriage. We aren't perfect, our marriage isn't perfect. But I'm thankful that four years ago, we were encouraged by friends to start talking and that 3 months later we got married. It was hard in the beginning, but now, I wouldn't trade anything for my time with him. We'll be together, even in Heaven.
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 Our home. This is our first home we bought (for either of us). I love that it's an old home (built in the late 30s, early 40s) that has been remodeled by previous owners and I'm looking forward to doing some remodeling myself. I have such plans for the landscaping next year... :)
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 His job. He has a great job and we work for a great congregation of people. I'm so thankful that this job came along when it did because it definitely saved us in so many ways. I love being here and would love to be here for years and years and for Joey to be one of those Youth Ministers that get to stay at a place for like 10 years.
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My job. I'm thankful that almost 4 years ago, after getting married with netiher of us having jobs, I was able to get a job with a wonderful company that has continued to provide ample opportunities to me. I love that I get to work remotely from home and that I have a supervisor that is absolutely a pleasure to work with.
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Well, stay tuned for Part 2 next week. And don't forget to post a link to your post in a comment below so we can all Count Blessings together.

♥Regina♥

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Project ADD

Do you ever have that problem where you start on a project, only to remember that you need to work on another project? So you move to the next project and remember you were suppose to do something else with your time. But in the back of your mind, your responsibilities (i.e. work, children, laundry, cooking, cleaning, errands, etc.) are lurking reminding you that you were suppose to take care of them first. Then you get so torn in different directions that you literally feel as if your brain is going to explode and you're just exhausted...

Yeah... me too. This is what I call Project Attention Defecit Disorder or Project ADD. Right now, even as I'm writing this, I'm thinking about all the things I should be doing, could be doing or would be doing if I wasn't writing this. ARGH! Sometimes, I even feel like I'm crazy. Like my brain is on some hyperactive over drive and the people in the command center are plastered to the wall because of the force of the over drive and no one can reach the big red button that stops the over drive. Anyone else?

Here's a little look-see into some of the things I've been doing. Mind you, this does not include working, keeping house, cooking, or anything like that; This is just the "side" projects. :)

After the "copright infringement fiasco", I've been busy sketching out new designs and ideas for Children's Mobiles. Two that are currently in the works are the Birds and Clouds which can actually be found HERE in my shop, and the Woodland Dreams which is the owl mobile sketched below...

It's all very exciting. I just wish I could get some other projects wrapped up so I could focus more intently on this particular project.

I did however, clean my work table off in my office. Before it was cluttered with beads, wires, and all things jewelry crafting. Now it is clean except for only my mobile-making supplies. I love cleanliness. :)
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We finally bought the cribs last weekend! It took two trips to Lubbock and borrowing the church van but we got them home! YAY! This is the one I've put together... the other one, as you can see, is still in the box. That will have to wait until tomorrow or Friday. But isn't it LOVELY! I just love the brick cherry finish against the creamy, pale yellow walls. Delightfully lovely! :)
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And along with cribs...

We're also busy getting the rest of our home Children-Ready. Which means taking out all of these (which belong to the old alarm system)
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I'm quite the handy-woman. Really. I know my way around a drill set, hammer and screwdriver. Just don't ask me the proper name for saws because that is a test I quickly fail. ;)
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I also have this box of stuff (plus more else where) that I need to get photographed and added to my shop. And I have more things to make... It never ends...
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I have also sketched out a few animals trying to figure out the proper nursery decor. Later (when I find the time), I'll do some paintings for the nursery based on these sketchings. I do have a few more animals I'd like to sketch out first. PLUS, at some point, hopefully my friend (who makes baby clothes and accessories) will make a blanket using these sketches for patterns. EXCITING!!
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And then of course there's other things I'd like to work on to add to my shop. Like these lovely bib necklaces that I've sketched out. I will have to wait to make these though, I'm not buying anymore supplies until I have sold either mobiles or jewelry. :)
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So, that's that. Just a few of the "side projects" that I'm working on, while still doing all the other things in my life. What about you? What projects are taking over YOUR life?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Oh My Supplies!!

I have opened up a new shop! It's called Vivat Regina Supplies and of course, it has lots of supplies in it. I'm guessing that it will mostly have beads since that is the supply that I personally have a lot of. But from time to time, it may have more variety.

Here's just a preview of some of the things that can be purchased and I hope you will pass the word on to others who might be looking for beads for their projects. :) Thanks!

$1 for 8 beads

$5.25 for 16 nuggets

$1.85 for 52 beads  

$8 for one HUGE cross

$4.95 for 28 beads


So... got beads? ;)



Sunday, October 3, 2010

Because Boobies Matter...

When I first joined Etsy over a year ago, Treasuries were a big deal. I wouldn't go so far to say they were the diamond ring in the Cracker Jack box, but they were definitely something to plan for (sometimes staying up until 2 in the morning trying to get one), something to sacrifice for, something to celebrate upon grabbing... it was a great thing to snag one. It was exciting. It was fun. Then Treasury East came along, and with its arrival, the excitment departed. Now anyone and everyone could get a Treasury and you could make 10 a day if you wanted. So I lost interest.

But now, for the first time in a long time, I'm excited about Treasuries again. Why? Because one of the teams aka groups I'm in on Etsy is having a Treasury Challenge. So tonight, for the first time in a long time, I made a Treasury. And I'm excited about it. So excited in fact that I wanted to come straight away to blog about it and show you all my lovely. :) According to the TeamEPE Treasury Challenge Guidelines, I had to use so many members from TeamEPE AND I had to tag it with certain tags.

I called mine "Because Boobies Matter..." because to me, losing my breasts would be a horrifying experience. I would feel like less of a woman, and I know many women who are experiencing that and that's exactly how they feel. I know, people tell them and would tell me that at least I'm alive and at least I'm cancer free and at least there's something the doctors can do so I can see my children grow up... but really, in my core, I would feel so different, such a loss and the only reason is because really, when you get down to the heart of the matter, boobies matter. They aren't just lumps of flesh or "extra baggage". They are part of me, part of you. They are what are children lay against when they are little. They are what nourish our children when they are nursing. They matter. And in my opinion, let's not just work to raise awareness so we can save lives, let's save the boobies too. :)


And because I am indeed in a Challenge, it would be SOO awesome if you would go comment and click on my Treasury. Thank ya much, God Bless and say a little prayer today for those touched by Breast Cancer. ♥

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Weekly Wishlist Fall Series - Perfect Pumpkins!

Ha! I bet you thought I had forgotten again didn't you? Or maybe you forgot yourself that I was going to post two Weekly Wishlists this week... haha... either way, no, I didn't forget. Thursday I was busy painting the NURSERY!!! YAY!!! And yes, pictures will come soon... :) Friday I was out running around, getting groceries, making a payment on the layaway for the cribs, having a nice evening with the Hubsy... you know, business as usual. LOL. This morning, my blogger wasn't working, and this afternoon THE football game was on [OU vs. TX for those of you who care... haha] so this is my first chance to post. But I'm here... and the blog must go on... :)

So, I love pumpkins. I've loved pumpkins from the time I was little and Granny would let me draw faces or scenes or whatever I wanted all over our pumpkins. We weren't allowed to carve them since that was wasteful, but I got very creative at drawing faces on my pumpkins. I also loved the pumpkin that turned into a stage coach in Cinderella. I was always sad when the pumpkin was smashed and ran over by the horses after midnight...

Anyway, I've been browsing around Etsy and I've found some absolutely GORGEOUS pumpkins. They would be perfect for decorating the inside and outside of my home. I hope you like them too... Enjoy!

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Also available in other colors... like CLEAR! I want these for my kitchen! :)
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Other styles available!
Perfect for my entry way... and probably yours too, huh? :)
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The most lovely sign ever. I would love to put it on my back patio or in my front yard!
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I WANT THESE SO BADLY!!! I want to put them in my front yard next to my lovely blue spruce named Bruce. Yeah, I name my trees. Only the ones that I love dearly. :)

If we had a mantle, I would demand my husband to let me buy them. No, I would buy them and then wait until they came in to tell him. HAHA!!
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Yep, I know. You're just as in love as I am! It's like window shopping, but without the crowds, limited parking, and aching feet later. :) So which one is YOUR favorite?
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Weekly Wishlist Fall Series - Jewelry!

Well... my oh my... I seem to have forgotten something last week didn't I? haha. I did think about doing my Weekly Wishlist last week, but when I thought of it I was busy and then I didn't think of it again. Oops. BUT, to make up for it, I'm going to do two this week. Because it's my blog and I'll post if I want to! Haha!

Alright, so this week we've got two posts coming... and the first one is all about Autumn-Inspired Jewelry! After all, why should we let our homes and front doors have all the decorating fun? EXACTLY! We shouldn't! We should get to have our own cutesy fall decorations just for us! Enjoy...

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Do you have any seasonal jewelry that you ONLY wear at certain times of the year?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Books & Books & Books &....

Usually, date night for us is on Tuesdays. We go to Lubbock, take care of any errands that need ran, then we go eat at Zookini's (which has half-priced buffets on Tuesdays), and then we'll either go to a movie or go walk around the mall. We had it in the meal plan and budget to go on a date today BUT yesterday I got a call from the Children's Home and they scheduled a last minute training session for this Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-10. SOO... we decided to go out last night. Plus, we had to go pick out a doorknob/lock set for the new front door that will (HOPEFULLY) be installed this week...more on that in another post.

So last night we headed to Lubbock where we bought our new doorhandle/lock thingymajog, I got a few new clothes, we ate delicious steaks at Texas Roadhouse, and then we went walking around in the mall. We went and looked at the animals in the pet center (always fun), we browsed and window shopped, and then we stopped off at the Barnes & Noble store on our way out of the mall. I went to the Children's Books section and browsed and browsed and browsed some more. So often when I go to Barnes & Noble, ESPECIALLY the one here in Lubbock, I am taken back to Fox Books from "You've Got Mail". f-o-x. Mainly because our B&N is two stories and has a children's book reading area... :) But maybe I'm the only obsessed "You've Got Mail" fan out there... but I certainly hope not. haha.

I can't wait till we have kids in our home!!! I've decided that when we bring the kids to Lubbock, I'll take them to B&N and let them pick out a couple of books to read at bedtime. :) I'm so excited. I believe in reading to your children every night. Every night. Even when they're too young to understand, to young to know what you're doing or what you're saying. I'll still read to them. I want to generate a love and passion for books like I had when I was little. And the reason I had that love and passion is because my Granny read to me every night. Then when I got older and could read, I would read to her every night. She bought me books all the time and I loved them. I read like crazy! I still have a quite a few books from when I was little. Unfortunately, when my aunt and uncle moved in with my grandfather when they retired and to help take care of him, they threw away or sold in a garage sale a LOT of my old books. That's only the beginning of my issues with them for all of that BUT... perhaps that's for another blog. Anyway, thankfully, I still have some books but as I was browsing through B&N last night, there's definitely some books that I need to make sure to buy when we start getting kids in our home. Like these:

I really need ALL of the Little Critters books. They were a favorite of mine growing up! I always used to look for the little mouse in the illustrations.
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I think when one of the kids is old enough, I'll take them to B&N and let them pick out 3 or 4 of the Little Miss and Mr. Men books at a time. After all, they're only about $5 a book!!!
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And where would we be without Eric Carle's WONDERFULLY illustrated books! I think it's a perfect opportunity to encourage literacy AND artistry at the same time.
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And of course, this classic MUST be included in the collection!! I also recently learned at our Basic Medical Care Training Class that this book was written psychologically to help children fall to sleep. Evidently the pictures start small with more wording on the pages and it builds until the pictures are large with little wording on the pages, before it goes back down to smaller pictures and more wording on the pages. Apparently, this is to grab the child's attention, build their excitement with larger pictures and then slowly quiet them down with smaller pictures and more talking... GENIUS! And apparently there are more books out there that use that same concept or a similar one. ALl good things to know before becoming a parent. :)
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So... what books did YOU love as a child AND what other books should we make SURE we have on our "Must Get" list???