My Life in Pictures- July 30th

Our gardens are one of my favorite things about our home here in Apex! I love to watch them grow and transform every year. And even though we complain about how much time and work goes into keeping things looking great, it’s beauty like this that makes it so worth the effort! This is one of my favorite spots in our garden, our picket fence, and my huge purple butterfly bush! In the spring and summer there are always an abundance of butterflies and dragonflies around this spot. It’s so lovely!

Happy Monday Everyone!

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Pin of the Week- July 26th

I just love this sweet little birdhouse! The tin roof is so cute! I have several in my garden that are shabby and sweet, and they make me happy every time I see them. I would love to have this one to add to my collection! Image found on Pinterest Here

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Wordless Wednesday

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My Life in Pictures- July 23rd

This past week has been super busy around the house and studio! However, the girls and I were able to get away for a bit, and we took all the pups to Lake Pine for a nice long walk around the lake. I think we all needed it! The weather was a bit hot, but it’s always pretty around the park. I just love all the wildlife they have around Lake Pine as well, and the dogs go crazy for all the squirrels and ducks! It’s a beautiful place, and in the hustle of the city, a near by calm spot where you can take off for an hour and just have fun. And perhaps the thing I love the most about walking the dogs at the lake is that they are nice and tuckered out for the remainder of the day, or at least a few hours.

Have a Happy Monday Everyone!

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DIY Pet Portrait Instagram Necklaces

 

Today I have a super cute DIY for you all! I’m going to teach you all how to make these adorable necklaces from your favorite instagram pictures of your pets. This is a super easy craft, and it’s very economical as well. This would be a great craft for a party! You could also make batches of them for holiday gifts for your girlfriends, teachers, dog park friend, etc. If you buy your supplies off of Etsy, you can make these little cuties for about a dollar a piece! I bought all of my supplies from Sun and Moon Crafts on Etsy. You can see their shop here.  So gather your favorite instagrams of your favorite furry friends, and let’s get crafting!

 

Here’s What You Need:

*1″ Clear Glass Tiles

*Amazing Glaze, craft glaze, or decoupage medium( I used Amazing glaze)

*Jewelry Bails

*Cardstock printed with your images

*Chain, Ribbon, or Cording for hanging

*Paintbrush

*E6000

 

Step 1: Print image sheet- In photoshop elements or a photo editing program reduce down your instagram pictures to a little less than an inch(.0875), then drag them onto a blank 8.5×11 page. Once you have all the images you want on your page, save and print. Now gather all your suplies together. Cut out square pictures.

 

Step 2: Apply Photo with Glaze- Apply a thin layer of glaze to bumpy side of glass tile. Then place image face down on glazed side of tile and press and smooth out any bubbles. Let dry.

 

Step 3: Glaze Back of tile- Paint a layer of glaze on the back side of the tile. Let dry.

 

Step 4: Glue Bail- Place a small dab of E6000 in the top middle of the back of your tile. Then firmly press on a jewelry bail. Let Dry. Finish by hanging on a chain or ribbon, and enjoy!

Don’t you just love them! I love being able to wear my favorite gals around my neck! It’s like carrying a little piece of happiness with you all day! Not only is this such an easy craft, it’s also so economical! Definitely a fantastic craft for keeping or for giving! Hope you all enjoy!

Happy Crafting!

 

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Pin of the Week- July 19th

Pillowcases by Rose Hip at rosehip.typepad.com

I love to craft! When my daughter Ashlee was little I used to sew all the time for her, and now that she’s grown she does most of the sewing these days. I still love to sew and frequently craft with my girls. One of the new things we are all learning to do is crochet. I saw this pin today and just fell in love with the vintage sweetness of these pillowcases! I am now on the hunt for some fabulous fabric to make the cases with and coordinating yarn to crochet sweet edgings to them. Wish me luck! And you can see this lovely pin Here

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Wordless Wednesday- July 18th

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Tuesday Tip- July 17th

 

One thing I always tell people when they ask how to get great pictures of their children is that you have to relate to them. Don’t be afraid to make a fool out of yourself and get a little silly. Most of the time when kid’s get around the camera they immediately want to slap on that forced “cheezy” smile. Your goal is to make them forget that the camera is there and really start a dialogue with you, and one of the best ways is to be silly, ask them silly questions, or sing silly songs. I frequently sing the “Wheels on the bus” song and change the sounds the animals make like the babies on the bus go woof, and that always gets cute, and most importantly, natural smiles for me. More than anything though I believe that you really have to like kid’s and be able to relate to them at their level to be able to get that perfect personality shinning through. Be silly, but also be really genuine, and you’ll be amazed at the results!

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My Life in Pictures- July 16th

Last week we were up in our mountain cottage near Boone, NC. We had such a wonderful relaxing week! We were able to catch up on some reading, being surrounded by the beauty of the mountains, ate some great BBQ, and did not get to go hiking, but enjoyed the rain anyways. The dogs enjoyed their stay as well, and caught up on their much needed naps.Here’s to lovely summer vacations, relaxing and enjoying all the great and small things that life has to offer!

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Pin of the Week- July 12th

This is one of my absolute pins from Pinterest! I love the photograph, it is just lovely. But really the reason why it’s one of my favorites is that I would really love to be there! I have been wanting to take a trip to Italy for years now, Rome, Venice, and Milan, and a dozen or so other cities as well. It looks like such an amazing place to visit with it’s amazing architecture, rich history and culture, and heavenly cuisine. I hope to experience it myself someday!

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