Friday, July 29, 2011

Tutorials Coming Soon!!!!

Hello again! Man has it been a busy week! I am so excited about this weekend and a much needed break  is in order! This weekend I have several crafts lined up to work on and I will be posting some video tutorials very soon. Be sure to look out for them especially if you are interested in chipboard letter crafts, wooden lettered canvases, marble magnets and some different ways to create your own flower bobby pins or other hair crafts! I am super excited to share my tutorials with everyone!! If you have any ideas that you would like to see done let me know. Also feel free to share your tutorials with me and I would be glad to feature you. If you are interested in beauty consultation or tutorial videos check out YouTube channel KaceesLife
Thanks so much! Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday, Sun and Sperrys!

It's the weekend!!... and THANK GOODNESS! Today's blog is just a bit of everything! On Friday I finally got my new shoes in the mail and I LOVE THEM!!! They're Leopard Sperry Angelfish and man are they cute! As a college student and a woman with a height of 6 feet...I don't often add to my closet nor do I find many shoes my size. Needless to say I'm pretty stoaked! HAHA :D Today we definitely soaked up the sun at the lake....after 8 hours we are exhausted! There is nothing better than coming home to a clean house, taking a shower and relaxing after a big day on the water. On this weekend's trip we took my best friend Kacee. It was her first time to go out on the lake with us since we bought our boat two years ago. We had a pretty successful day considering she is a red-head with ivory skin and we managed to enjoy the sun without any sunburns. The heat has definitely peaked in the South. My dashboard today read 121F......YIKES!!!! I'm looking for my next craft to avoid the heat. Any suggestions?? Let me know! :D Enjoy!
Aren't they adorable!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Like Mother Like Daughter

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a great week! Today I was going through photos on my computer and I thought I would share a few that I absolutely love. Recently my mom finished several projects for her interior design business and I thought that they would be a great post! One is an adorable store where my dad set up the lighting. The other is a gorgeous modern black and white kitchen. My passion for creativity is definitely influenced by my parents and this is proof! Enjoy! :D
This is a store that my mom designed for a couple. It's similar to the type of store we owned for a decade before my mom decided to do only consultation work.

I LOVE the blue! :D

My Dad did the lighting! He does awesome work!

I adore this kitchen!

My mom's extremely talented. She hand draws the cabinets and kitchen details for her jobs.
Down lit glass cabinets are great to show off colorful glassware.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mischief Managed!

Hey again!! This weekend was quite eventful! On Friday, my Best Friend of 10 years finally got braces now that she is able to finance them on her own. She's only 21 years old, so that's pretty impressive to me! On Saturday, we spent time at my parents and decided not to go to the lake because of a blue algae scare. Instead we went to see Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II. As a reader of all 7 books I was thoroughly satisfied with the way the movies depicted the literature and I was especially pleased with how well they concluded the series!! It was definitely bittersweet. I remember the first two HP films opening on my 12th and 13th birthdays so we had an opening night movie viewing/camping slumber party (back when taking a bunch of girls to the movie didn't require you to take out a second mortgage.) Haha Well it's the end of an era, but I still want to revisit Harry Potter world in Orlando, have some more Butterbeer and stay up late watching ABC Family's Harry Potter marathons. :) Until then, Nicholas Sparks it is! Orders went out this weekend so don't hesitate to ask about any special canvas or magnet orders. I've included some pictures! Enjoy!
Magnet orders going out!! Place your customized request today!!
Canvas and Magnet orders!
Customized Black/White Flower Canvas with Name

Jackson is always worn out after a weekend at the Grandparents!! :D  So sweet!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Oven Baked Chicken!

Hello again! I hope everyone has had a wonderful Tuesday! I am certainly ready for this weekend but then again, I'm always ready for the weekend! HAHA I will be headed to the lake with my parents and my little man, Jackson. He's a perfect water dog. Although it took him some time to get used to his lifejacket (a gift from granddaddy and grandmamma), he's now at a point where he can get comfortable with grandmamma on the raft and enjoy the water. I'm sure he loves all the attention he gets, too once we dock and say "Hi" to everyone at lunchtime. Well, the lake is still 4 days away but until then...I'm posting a dinner that my mom has made for me countless times and one that I've tried a few times on my own but with a few differences.

Oven Baked Chicken with new potatoes and carrots.

1 whole chicken (hen) or 2 bone-in chicken breasts 
               (It really depends on how many people 
                     you are cooking for)
New Potatoes
Baby Carrots
Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
To start, be sure your chicken is clean. Clean any feathers that remain and cut off any extra fat, but leave the skin. The skin gives a ton of flavor. Clean and cut your new potatoes in half to ensure even cooking. In a casserole dish, place the chicken, potatoes and carrots together. Season with salt and pepper and your favorite chicken herb like Parsley, Thyme, Rosemary or Dill. My mom likes to use Rosemary and I use Thyme so it's really up to you according to your taste. Cover the casserole dish and bake in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour. (Atleast an hour to 1hr 30 min for a whole chicken). About halfway through cooking, be sure to rotate your vegetables into the juices from the chicken to prevent them from drying out. It's that easy!

*You can add some cut stalks of celery if you want. 
*Be sure to utilize your whole chicken if you have it...stuff the inside with plenty of potatoes, carrots and celery. 
*Instead of new potatoes you can use regular baking potatoes.

You can use a meat thermometer or simply cut open the thick side of the chicken and check for any pink remaining. 

This is why this recipe does not call for olive oil or butter. The chicken will cook down and give you a nice amount of juice to help steam the veggies. You can use this to coat as well when plating.

Jackson seems to like it! :D

If you have any suggestions about this recipe or questions let me know! Enjoy!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Updates

Hey Everyone! Well another week has begun and it's going to be a hot one! I wanted to post today about a really serious issue. Today my dashboard read 116 degrees and my car was so hot I could barely breathe. To top it off, we are one of 15 states under severe heat advisories. You know it's bad when CNN news posts heat stress disorder symptoms to watch out for. This is really serious! It's caused by severe heat and humidity, two things that we never go without in the South. It's really easy to let yourself get dehydrated, too. My mom got very sick one summer and almost had a heat stroke from working in the yard. It's so important to stay hydrated! Just keep in mind, suffering dehydration outside in the summer is about the same as suffering from a fever during the flu. Your body temperature rises and your proteins start to break down. Essentially, you could suffer severe brain damage from heat stress. So stay hydrated! Atleast the heat gives us an excuse to stay cool inside and work on arts and crafts in our spare time. On a lighter note...haha :D I have done some updates to my previous post "Magnet Love Cont.". As promised, I included some other magnet collections that I have for sale. So check it out and let me know if you have any questions or suggestions! Enjoy

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Magnet Love Cont.

Hello!! I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Saturday! I have been putting together some sets of glass magnets to sell and I thought I would post the ones that I had thus far. These magnets are sold in sets of 6 but I would be glad to customize any set number or color scheme upon request. You can have them personalized in other ways as well. The pre-made sets I've posted below are what I consider single layered magnets. Double layered magnets consist of a background pattern and either a letter or shape layered on top. The glass gem and magnet are then added so you have a nice layered look with a personalized letter or whatever you would like. I will be posting more sets very soon. Until then, feel free to look and let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy!
Adrienne Glass Magnets
1 1/2" Diameter (Jumbo)
$5.00 (set of 6)
Lily Glass Magnets
1 1/2" Diameter (Jumbo)
$5.00 (set of 6)
Emma Glass Magnets
1 1/2" Diameter (Jumbo)
$5.00 (set of 6)

Note: The Emma magnets are a mix and match set. You can choose which patterns and whatever number combination. (Example: 3 patterns, 2 of each, or 6 patterns, 1 of each...etc)
Avery Glass Magnets
1 1/2" Diameter (Jumbo)
$5.00 (set of 6)

Haven Glass Magnets
1 1/2" Diameter (Jumbo)
$5.00 (set of 6)
Sloan Glass Magnets
1 1/2" Diameter (Jumbo)
$5.00 (set of 6)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Magnet Love!

Wow! It's been a busy week! The sun is definitely cooking here in the South. When we're not on the lake, I'm staying cool and enjoying craft time, especially with my momma!! This week we made flat backed marble magnets! They are so easy to make and definitely a favorite of mine. Today, I wanted to share some of our craft time photos and put together a tutorial. To start you need a few items:
Jumbo Gems... they're about 1 1/2" in diameter.

I use Marble accents from JoAnns Fabric store. For about $2.00, you get roughly 2 dozen gems.

Mod Podge (Gloss) 

Hot glue gun and small circular magnets.

Scrapbook paper of your choice. I suggest small repetitive patterns. Tip: I purchased the gems first at Joann's and took one with me to Hobby Lobby to see which paper looked best with it. I would also suggest vibrant and bold colors because they show up better through the gem than pale colored paper.
Scissors and a flat paint brush.

First, you need to trace the marble on the scrapbook paper. (make sure you angle the pencil under the marble so you don't have extra paper around the edges.) Note: Marble Accent Jumbo Gems are not identical. They are oval/circular shape in general but each have their own individual grooves so be sure you cut your paper according to each gem. Otherwise I would suggest buying gems that are more uniform.
Once you have your scrapbook paper cut out, "paint" a thin layer of mod podge with your paint brush on the face up side of the paper and seal to the back of the marble. Be sure to press firmly to seal all of the edges and smooth out any pockets of glue.
The Mod Podge only takes a few minutes to dry. Once this is done you can add your magnet. Add a small dot of  hot glue to the back of the magnet and attach to the center of the gem. Be sure not to add too much hot glue if you want a clean magnet on the back.
The hot glue only takes a few minutes as well and you are ready to put them on your fridge! 
Experiment with different patterns. You might find a paper with a specific repeating pattern. Try centering the pattern on the gem and then on some others offset the pattern. You might find that the abstract look is more appealing. I hope you find this craft as enjoyable and EASY as we did! Thanks Mom! Enjoy!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Preserving Memories!

It's almost the 4th of July and many of my friends are getting together with their families for the holiday. Two summers ago we had a huge family reunion to get together and celebrate a memorial for my grandfather. He had passed the previous December and we hadn't visited each other in so long. We gathered in my birth state, Mississippi and spent a week catching up. My grandfather was a wonderful artist in the Delta and he was well known for his work around the area. We held a memorial/art show to celebrate his life and work with family and friends of the south and spread his ashes in the Mississippi River. Because it's that time again I thought I would share a project that my mom and I put together for the reunion. Instead of recording vacations , we made a scrapbook of my grandfather's life and our family. It's a great thing to have around the house too.
For the front, we chose a picture of my grandfather as a boy since it was in his honor.
We had very old pictures of my grandfather and family that we wanted to use in the scrapbook. Instead of cutting up the originals, I took them to Walmart to scan them and make duplicates. 

I love this page, you can find them at your crafts and scrapbooking store. I'm still working on completing this page but it's a great way to share family history.
Showing off his work.

These are actually newspaper clippings that I scanned at Walmart and printed onto 4 x 6" prints. It's a great way to incorporate old keepsakes. I even printed the article on the left on 2 separate prints and overlapped them to get everything in.

My grandfather has many badges from his Scout Leader years so we made a faux sash out of scrapbook paper and added some of the patches. 
Incorporating some of his smaller artwork.
We then made pages of his children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren to show the generations.
3rd Generation Tom


Taylor aka Getus (as our grandfather nicknamed him) 

4th Generation Tom (Repetition, it's a southern thing!) :D

This scrapbook means a lot to me and I hope that you will be inspired to experiment with different uses for a scrapbook. Enjoy!!