Archive | September, 2011

More Carnations? Well Tarnations!!!

30 Sep

Along the same lines as this post

I made another carnation necklace. This one is different in that the flowers don’t have clips in the back, so I decided to sew them directly onto the necklace!




Button Earrings

29 Sep

I found these really cute button earrings on a few weeks ago and just had to have them.  And by have them, I mean make them!

you’ll Need:



50 Things: Kindness

28 Sep

Kindness for most is easy.  How hard could it possibly be?  You smile, say thank you, open doors, and excuse yourself.  However, all it takes is one person to cut you off during rush hour, one person to let a door slam in your face, or one jerk to flip you off for not moving fast enough.  does that or does that not completely ruin your day!??!  Don’t let it anymore.  You are in charge of your attitude, so let the title of your day be Kindness.

Store associates wear nametags for a reason.  Call them by their name, it makes their day to feel like a person, not just another worker.

When you say “I appreciate it”, replace “it” with “you”.  People know you appreciate their acts, or what they are doing to help, but it’s so heartwarming to hear someone say, “I appreciate you”.

Write someone a thank you note, just for being who they are.

If someone tries to start a conversation with you, let them.  They are reaching out for some contact, so reach back.  That’s how friendships are made.

If you make eye contact with someone, smile AND say hello.  Dont just mouth it, say it straight out loud, “Hello, how are you!?”  Listen to their answer.

Let someone cut you in line somewhere.  On the road, in line at McDonald’s or the bank, anywhere.  Someday someone will return the favor, and most likely when you really need it!

If someone is cruel to you, let it roll off.  They havent read this yet!



P.S. Stay Tuned for a guest post, by none other than Pennies editor, Caroline.

Chop Shop

27 Sep

Hey.  You know those really ugly earrings at Wal-Mart?  You know, the ones with all of the dangly bits and gems, and chains, and what not?

Why not chop them up and make something new?!



A Carnation? Well Tarnations!

26 Sep

The Carnation Necklace

You will need:

Happy Creating!!!



Project Gone Wrong..Or Right?!

25 Sep

Well, this didn’t turn out exactly how I had planned… 

You see the idea was to dye one of Husbands white tee shirts.  It was the perfect length to be a shirt dress for me (he is 6 foot, I am 5 2′).  I was trying to dye it black with liquid Rit dye.  The directions said to stir constantly for an hour, less the dye stick to some spots, and not so much to others.  Looking at my sink filled with black inky liquid, and my soon to be awesome tee-shirt, I thought “Nope… I havent the time nor the patience to stir anything for an hour.”

This is what I ended up with.


To my horror, I was left with a Dark blue/gray splotched tee shirt, that had not only shrunk three sizes, but now looked like a hot mess.  If I learned anything from my Mom, it is to take a deep breath, and find a plan B.  It wasnt at all what I had in mind, BUT it wasnt awful.

So I am going to wear it anyways.  C’est  La vie!



50 Things: Motherhood

24 Sep

For number fifteen, I decided to ask mothers:

What is your favorite part about being a mom? These were the answers I received from some wonderful Mommies.

“when both kids crawl into my bed in the morning and fall back asleep, I just lay there and think about how wonderful the world is in that peaceful, snuggly moment.” – Joy Bennet, mother of two

“The best part about being a mom is hearing your child say, “I love you mom” melts my heart!   My kids are 28 and 32 now.” -Margo Truscott, mother of two

“My favorite part about being a mom is hearing my sons voice and watching him mature every day.” -Sarah Crabtree, mother of one

“My favorite part of being a mom is when both my children laugh at each other. Or that good morning mom smile Seth gives me. ” -Ashley Barrett, mother of two

“When he looks at me and genuinely smiles, just because he sees my face…he gives the best kisses, and the best hugs. He makes me feel better when I’m having a bad day..the best to describe it: he truly has faith like a child.” -Mandie Welch, mother of one

“When Riley sees that I’m upset and says, “mom, I love you! do you feel happy now?”” -Lindsay Johnson Gale, mother of two

One of the best things for me is watching Skylar succeed at doing something that he has been struggling with for a long time! It’s such a joyous triumph! I also love when Audrey and Skylar are playing together nicely, their giggles make the hard times worth it!” -Jennifer Glynn, mother of two

“There’s no way to pick one favorite! I love it every time she smiles, kicks her legs, sighs, holds her hands together, even looks at me! The list could go on forever. I love knowing that someday she’ll feel the same way about her kids.” -Bailey Grattelo, mother of one

“I believe that my favorite part of being a Momma has changed as my girls have entered different phases. When they were was the way that they loved and adored me…that they thought I hung the moon. It was the smiles, the baby talk, the first words..the baby smell.. As they have grown (11 and almost 14)..I would have to say that the best part is watching them live out the values that we have tried so hard to instill in them. To see them have compassion and to see them be themselves(not copies).. Honestly though, THE best part about being a Momma is being able to understand better God’s love. See, as a Momma..I would totally give my life for my children..I would rather suffer than see them suffer.. Just as Jesus willingly suffered and died for my sins, so that I could be allowed in the presence of that you and I wouldn’t have to suffer. So..Love..true, complete, enveloping, consuming, unselfish love. That’s THE best part.” -Heather Dawkins, mother of two

“Watching my babies sleep in their cribs, and seeing their smiles when they wake up in the morning!” -My mom, mother of three