Thursday, November 17, 2011


today i'm going to be sharing with ya'll a little crafty craft. woo woo! these are my fave. this one's also very handy and so easy to make!

after i was accepted and on the lovely & oh so addicting pinterest for like 3ish days much thanks to miss Taylor Carlson who blogs right here, i knew that a more fashionable display case of a jewelry organizer was a must buy. i didn't know what exactly i wanted, just something-anything better then storing them away in the cupboard or in a tangled mess for absolutely no one to see. after all, jewels are a decoration in themselves and should not be in hiding.
so i went out in search of the perfect displayer for my preciously colorful jewels thinking that i would just buy a generic stand, ya know the ones that are tiny and everywhere (they would hold like 5 necklaces :/) but came up with a better craftier idea instead.
i found the outer white woodwork frame at Pier1 Imports. It is meant to be a frame where you would hang pictures off of each clothespin which is also fun, but i worked it in a different way.

[The original frame]

the frame has 3 rows of wires built into it, which is what caught my eye - necklaces hang perfectly from it (even the longest ones). 
i also clothespin some of my favorite necklaces for easier removal.
step 2 to this process is the black chunk of metal...

as you can see in the picture i do hang bigger earrings from the bottom wire, but there wasn't a place for the smaller studs. for this, i went to one of my new favorite stores (seriously toward the end of the summer i was in there twice a week hehe)... The Home Depot. 
i was in search of a material that had tiny enough holes for a small earring.
the employees were unsure at first, but i had faith the store would have something of the sort. 
sure enough, they found me just what i needed.
i ended up using a sheet of metal mesh, cut it to fit the back using the ever handy tin snips and glued her together with mr. E3000. 
i felt like such a handyman :) 

now both my earrings and necklaces (of all lengths) have a beautiful place to call home. 

this project wasn't the cheapest craft i've ever made, but to me the prettyness of it makes up for it. don'tcha think so too?!

[the frame was $28 and the sheet of metal $20]

~but you don't need to buy the frame with wire already strapped on, you could handyman this part yourself and decrease the cost.  all you would do is maybe find an old frame and paint it up or buy one, then grab some wire from your local hardware or crafting store-- and put the two together!~

hope you too can find a fun way to display your jewels, smile big :) A

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November Browns

November Browns

November is here and seems to already be flying by. Before we know it, we'll be chowing down our Turkey-gobble gobble & plentiful array of Pies (pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin!!!). Mmm my tummy is excited just thinking about all of the wonderful foods it's going to have the honor of choosing between. Lucky tummy. Growl growl. 
With this scrumptious holiday right around the corner, it's a time for our hearts to be thankful. And we shouldn't wait till the day of either. This year i have decided to write down at least 1 thing i'm grateful for each day during this month of thankfulness. If you haven't already, it's not too late to get started. That way when it comes time to say what you're thankful for at your thanksgiving dinner you can say well let me just pull out my list! Be thankful for what you have. Always.
I found this fun fashion/outift design site last night called Polyvore, check out all of its goodness here!
I could play around on it for hours. It's like photoshop for clothes. So I put together a "brown" outfit or as my family would say "the paperbag".  With the weather and our skin color turning duller, brown can be a fun color to spice up a bit. Brown instantly draws my brain to the month of November, maybe because turkeys are brownish i don't really know. Smile because you're thankful :) A

Sunday, November 6, 2011

killing my first deer ever with my Lee

Soooo i killed my first deer this past weekend. Oh the excitement. Oh the thrill. Oh the emotions. Oh my gosh i did it. I killed an animal with much much much of lee's help but otherwise all by my very self. 

Let me take you back... The alarm went of at 5:25, i did not want to get out of my cozy bed. Now looking back i'm so glad i did. I had a funny, dizzy tummy ache the whole ride to the spot from waking up so fast and early, in my head i was like grrreat i'm going to be either peuking or pooping my pants out here and lee will not be so happy with me. He was very caring about the tummy issue though and as it turns out the fresh, fast blowing winds did me lots of good. Bye bye tummy ache, here we come deers. 

So we trudged our way out there in the pitch blackness, me trying to keep up as best i could with lee because i am not the biggest fan of walking through the woods in darkness all by my lonesome and boy is he is a very fast walker even while carrying loads of equipment. I thought the walk was never going to end, it did. Lee got us all situated and we hopped into the very warm temperatured blind. It was the warmest hunt for us yet, even though it was also the windiest. Normally the cold makes me a not so happy camper, but this time was a different feeling we had high hopes after seeing 2 shooting stars on the way in. By the way I forgot to mention that this was my 3rd year going after those sneaky deer with lee. 

Right away while still too dark to shoot we saw a doe and a little while afterward what we thought may have been a buck, it was too dark to tell. I wanted to get em' so badly. I was already satisfied. Just seeing them (and not squirrels) so up close and personal is an adrenaline rush in itself. After that excitement my nose got cold so i pulled my hat down over my nostrils and started to take a little nappy poo. I don't know how long lapsed by but all of a sudden i hear lee "wake up, wake up" in his excited urgent matter voice at first i thought he was being a booger just interrupting my sleep but this time it was the real deal

And well, I wear contacts and after sleeping they dry up = not good. Trying to get all set up with a sleepy face on was not what i had planned on. Oops. And there was the deer so close to us. Lee told me about 4 times to wait till it turned broadside before shooting, each time i responded with an enlightening "i can't see out the scope" because my eyes were so dried up :/ he was shaking, i was shaking our hearts were a beating. The whole black out eye thing was not helping the situation. Mr. deer walking a little closer, turned to just the right angle for me to point, aim, & shoot. 

Kapowww. One shot right through the heart. My first shot not at a target of some sort and it couldn't have been more perfect. The deer did almost a back flip and dropped dead instantly. Big screams followed the kill which is a no no in hunting land woopsies again. High fives were next. Then very exciting "i did it lee's", "i killed my first deer", then came the tears of joy, followed by "we don't have to get up early anymore"(favorite thing) & "it didn't even hurt my shoulder" (one of my biggest fears).  It was a roller coaster of emotions, i really couldn't believe what had just happened. 

The best part is that i was with my very best friend. Lee is such a patient man both for me and his deer. He doesn't give up and fall asleep on them like me. I do have to give a big shout out to my dad for instilling the "hunting genes" in me and talking me through my tears and fears as best he could back in the day. For a girl who cried at hunter safety i never thought this day would come. But that's the beauty of God's plan. He has led me to lee and changed up my girly girl ways. Love is about making sacrifices, or else you're not really loving. I enjoy being with lee doing what he is so very passionate about, it's even now becoming a hobby of mine. 

I love my first deer kill adventure so much and thanks to lee it's a memory we'll both never ever forget as he captured the whole thing on video for his outdoor filming company True Calling Outdoors. I'm an even luckier girl. Anyone want to come over for movie night, just let us know! Gosh i still can't believe it. So many thank yous to my leland john. Let's go get another one soon ;) 

hope everyone else had a splendid weekend and maybe even killed some deers of your own.
smile :) 
A, the Deer Slayer

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Meet my A's

(<--Arica almost 18, Andie a teenager on the 30th--->)

I ventured home to see the familia after too many weeks far far away from them for hugs, european talk, and lots of souvenirs. The girls had no idea that I was leaving a day earlier then expected and skipping a class or two oops sorry professors family comes first, sooo only momma and myself were in on mission arrive a day early. It broke my heart to talk to each of them and explain that I wasn't leaving until after Friday's night classes = very late, they knew that meant not much time with them. Man is it killer for me to try and hold something like that in people! But boy did we get them good. Tears, screams, and lots of laughs accompanied each surprise. I sure love my little A's. They are my sisters, but most of all my bestest friends. I am so blessed by the uniqueness both hold deep within. Each at a different stage in the adventure of life, both keeping me a child at heart. They are the most stylish little things too dontcha think?! Momma helped us take some sister pictures this weekend, one may even be going on our Christmas card in a month or two but shhhh I'm not supposed to say anything! And Christmas is exactly 55 days away oh yeah oh yeah oh yeahhh! We even got Dad to join in for a picture at the bottom, he is a goof! I cherish my family and the hours we spend together sometimes being lazies on the couch, maybe arguing about something silly, or maybe dancing like crazies...the moments we spend together are priceless. 
PS I'm still working on the art of mastering my modelicious serious face I'm laughing at it too, 
Smile :) A