Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Open For Business

Hey Everyone! 
Just wanted to update you on what's been happening! I have recently opened my Etsy shop, creativesouthernb and I have a few of my handmade items available for purchase. It's never too early to start on Christmas gifts!! Head over to my shop to check it out or you can send a "message to buyer" to me for any custom orders that you may have in mind! 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Wedding Gift Craft

Hello Hello! 
The weather is beautiful outside and I could not be happier that our Fall this year has turned out some gorgeous red and orange trees. The city is already working on lighting the square for Christmas and I will definitely be posting some great photos from the lighting ceremony. If you live near the Fayetteville area and are interested in going to the ceremony, it is November 17th and the parade starts at 6:00 PM. You can find more information at the official website.
For today's tutorial I am sharing a personalized wedding gift that I made for a great friend. You can find all sorts of ways to make this on Pinterest by looking up "State Heart" or you can buy them on Etsy. I painted my version on a canvas, rather than printing it. Here's how I did it!

You need: 
Canvas (I used 11" x 14")
Painters Tape
Acrylic Paint
Printed Outline of the State you want
Scotch Tape
Lettered Stickers

I printed off an outline of the Arkansas, cut it out and used scotch tape to place the outline. I placed the letters in the open space of the canvas with the date of their wedding. Then I used painters tape to keep a white border around the edges of the canvas.  

Painting from the inside of the state outline outward I covered the canvas in a single coat. The grey needed three coats for a full cover. 

I removed the stickers and outline. There were some imperfections, as to be expected, because canvases are not a completely flat surface. 

I started to touchup the imperfections until they were gone.

I added a heart where the wedding would be taking place. 

I bought an 11" x 14" frame from hobby lobby and finished off the canvas. 

Here are some great pictures from the wedding!!

It was a blast!!!
Congrats Jenni and Nick!!
Have fun in Playa Del Carmen!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I'm Back!!!

I am so excited to be back! It has been forever and a day, I know. I apologize for skipping since FEBRUARY but I took care of some very important things in preparation for Dental School, like studying and taking the Dental Admissions Test. Now that it is done, I am finally able to relax a bit and enjoy this wonderful Fall weather we have been having! I am so excited for the holidays as I always am! Just a heads up as to what is to come....later I will be giving DAT advise along with some video how to's to help improve your score if you wish to apply to dental school, and today I will be posting a step by step tutorial on how to make Snowy Pine Cones for Christmas!! Check out my video on Youtube, it will help out a lot!

DIY Snowy Pine Cones
You need:
Pine Cones
White Acrylic Paint
Small Paint Brush
Elmers Glue
White Fine Glitter

1. First paint the outer tips of the pine cones.
2. Paint the spines of the pine cone inward just a bit as if snow had fallen into the cone.
3. Let Dry
4. Apply elmers glue to the outer tips only of the pine cone spines. 
5. Pour glitter onto the glue, dusting off any excess.
6. Let dry. (Approx 30 min)
You can use these pine cones any way you want during the holidays. I suggest in a glass hurricane so you can see them all piled up together.


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Super Easy Sides

Hey Everyone!
I am enjoying time at my parents and I wanted to share two yummy recipes that I love for sides. Wilted Kale is a great southern dish to serve with pork chops, steak, chicken...whatever you want. If you've ever had wilted salad or greens, you'll love this recipe!

Wilted Kale and Bacon
2 1/2 lbs Kale (about 4 bunches), tough stems and center ribs cut off and discarded
10 Slices of Bacon (1/2 lbs)
4 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 Cups water

Stack a few kale leaves and cut crosswise into 1/4 inch-wide strips with a sharp knife.
Cook bacon in a wide 6-8 quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, then transfer to a paper towel. Cook garlic in remaining bacon fat over moderately low heat, stirring, until pale golden.(about 30 seconds). Add kale (pot will be full) and cook, turning with tongs until wilted and bright green, about 1 minute. Add water and simmer, partially covered, until just tender (6 to 10 minutes). Chop bacon and toss in with the kale. Salt and pepper to taste.

Roasted Variety Potatoes
40 oz. bag of Sunrise Medley Potatoes
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 F. Scrub/rinse and half potatoes. Spread potatoes out on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper (or you can substitute any seasoning of your seasoning salt). Bake for 30-45 min until a fork slides through easily.

You could roast potatoes or roast purple potatoes. LOL 
Your guests will be impressed!!!

I LOVE these sides! They're super easy and great for last minute cooking plans.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Pinterest To-Do List

Hey Bloggers,
I thought I would share what is currently ruling my life right now...
When I'm not working on schoolwork, I studying this little guy and sometimes he can be a bit temperamental. Whenever I get a break it's to work on MORE studying and I am definitely missing my craft time!!! I had a few extra minutes today so I looked through my Pinterest DIY board and decided to share my favorite projects that I would like to complete this year. It's everything I can do not to go crazy with only school and work so hopefully I can work on these projects every once in a while and actually have something to share with you guys!! If you want to try these projects yourself you can find them on My Pinterest! Be sure to check those out, let me know if you have any questions and be sure to Follow me if you're already a Pinterest lover yourself!! Enjoy!

I'm thinking instead of Blue, maybe black or aqua glitter!!

I LOVE this T-shirt Upcycle! Now I just have to pick a T-shirt that's cute enough but one that I'm willing to cut up! LOL

I ADORE these pants!!! I think this is a project for me and my mom!

Mod Podge Rocks!! These are so cute but I don't know about the floral patterns. 
I'll have to dig through my scrapbook paper piles :D

I don't typically go for these colors but with the painting in the background they are beautiful!! This is a super easy and inexpensive craft I wanna try!

A magnet board and some fabric to cover! Such a cute idea! Plus, how adorable are 
those brooch magnets?!?! 

I have a ton of chipboard letters that need some revamping and I love how easy this is!

Be sure to share some of your Pinterest projects!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Design Seeds Blog Makeover!

Hey bloggers!
Today I spent some much needed time getting rid of the Christmas color scheme and I designed something brand new! I used Design Seeds For All Who Love Color for inspiration. They have a ton of great color schemes that you can use for blog or website designs or even in your home. The color scheme I chose this time is...
"Ceramic Summer"

Using Design Seed is SUPER easy! Browse through various categories and when you find the scheme you love, scroll over the separate colors and it will give you the HTML color code for each. If you are redesigning your blogger site...copy and paste the code in the template designer. TA DA!!
Oh! I almost forgot! Here's the background I chose...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January Update! HydraCoach Review!

Hello Everyone! I realize it has been almost 3 weeks since my last post! I have been busy preparing for school, studying for the DAT and enjoying what is left of my break. School starts this Tuesday and the anxiousness is beginning to set in. Especially when you don't want break to end yet you're so ready to be back in a routine. I have much to share with you in the upcoming posts to make up for my absence! Recently, my Best Friend Kacee has been helping me with my makeup. It sounds kind of silly but she comes to me for craft problems and I come to her for makeup problems haha! However, being on a budget, I would much rather spend my money at Hobby Lobby than at Ulta, Sephora or some other expensive beauty store. So I plan to share some tips and ideas with you regarding how to purchase quality products on a budget. With her help I will also share what colors work best, especially since she has red hair and pale skin and I have brown hair and olive skin. Be sure to look out for beauty tips regarding those and I will definitely be featuring some videos and suggesting YouTube videos to follow for more help! I will also be sharing two review/How to videos on the Baby Cakes Mini Cupcake Maker and the Baby Cakes Cake Pop Maker. I know, I know! I promised to review them right after Christmas but I only just bought the Cake Pop Maker after falling in love with the Cupcake Maker. No matter, I will definitely share both videos and share some techniques!

For this post, I will share another product I have from Christmas! I received a HydraCoach water bottle from my parents and I wanted to talk about that and do a small review. I have never really been a water drinker. Yes, I drank water when I would workout and every once in a while, but mostly I was a Diet Coke drinker. I wasn't addicted to Diet Coke but it was just what I preferred. I would say on average I would have two a day, maybe 3 or 4 if I needed the extra caffeine for school (otherwise I would drink coffee or tea). The main reason I drank Diet Coke was because I often felt drowsy or weak during school and it had no sugar so I didn't have to worry about it. I did start to experience headaches everyday at around 2 PM and after I emptied out our recycle trash of 5 various cardboard coke boxes I decided it was time to take a break. My HydraCoach was just the push I needed!! I started on December 27th and made a goal for myself. For optimum health, you are supposed to drink 8-8 oz glasses of water or if you count that out on your fingers, 64 OUNCES of water!!! Who drinks that much?!?! I certainly don't! So I made a goal for myself, 44 ounces. I'm not sure why 44 but it seemed like a good, fair number and I began to drink water everyday. 
If you have never heard of the HydraCoach it looks like this...
These awesome bottles have a digital screen with 3 modes. You can program your goal (44 ounces) and then the date and hour. Based on this info, the bottle will register how much water you drink, per hour and in ounces. It also calculates the percent of your goal that you have reached. 
These are my results!
Date  Ounces Oz/Hour Percent
27-Dec 38 3.7 86.4
28-Dec 36 3.3 81.8
29-Dec 34 3.6 77.3
30-Dec 37 3.8 84.1
31-Dec 42 3.9 95.5
1-Jan 36 3.5 81.8
2-Jan 32 3.1 72.7
3-Jan 33 2.9 75
4-Jan 46 4.2 105
5-Jan 31 2.6 70.5
6-Jan 36 3.3 81.8
7-Jan 26 1.4 59.1
8-Jan 32 3.7 72.7
9-Jan 35 3.1 79.5
10-Jan 37 3.5 84.1
11-Jan 40 4.1 90.9
12-Jan 35 3 79.5
13-Jan 37 3.5 84.1
14-Jan 35 3.7 79.5
I guess you could say that drinking more water is my New Years Resolution and so far it has done WONDERS for me!!! I have had more energy and more drive during the day and my headaches have gone away. In fact, the only headache I have suffered was on January 7th. I had a busy start to my day and had little time to drink my water. Once my headache set in, it took 20 minutes into drinking water to make it go away WITHOUT aspirin. So basically, I have been dehydrating myself. Yes, it gets a little boring but I drink really cold water and for a change I may have a small cup of hot tea in the morning. It gives me that extra boost without making me feel terrible. Once school starts, I imagine I will sometimes need a little more caffeine but as long as water is my main drink and a diet coke is in moderation, I can keep my goal! If you are having these issues, you should definitely give the HydraCoach a try...its super easy to get started and the results are so worth it! Let me know if you have any questions! Enjoy!

Today I'm Listening To:
Set Fire To The Rain by: Adele