Sunday, November 20, 2016

Upcycled woodent tray - Mrs. Claus' Bakery

I've been keeping myself busy along with clearing out my storage room.  I have a few wooden trays that were just waiting for some fun updo so I went to work.  ;)

Once again I used some Country Chic Chalk Paint and my Silhouette.


I painted the tray, then stencilled on the design (I cut the stencil with my Silhouette).  When I was happy with it, I did a bit of sanding and then finished it off with a coat of clear wax and a bit of brown wax here and there. 

I am -patiently  impatiently waiting to get all of my Christmas stuff out as I have the perfect place for this one.

I am playing along in a couple of link ups.
First up the Link Party Palooza - be sure to check it out, LOTS of great inspiration!
Next in the DIY Salvaged Junk link up.  


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Reclaimed wood signs

I think I have said it before but I love to upcycle things.  Such a satisfaction in taking something that someone has discarded and creating something new.

Today, I am sharing some signs I created.  I love the distressed shabby look.  Hubby, not so much, so I am slowly sneaking bits and pieces into our home :)  He hasn't noticed yet, LOL.


Speaking of hubby, he had cut apart a pallet for me awhile back.  It was during a time of low crafting mojo for me so they were sitting unused for a long time.  He tried to take them to the dump but my daughter and I rescued them (again, LOL).  

I'm glad we did because the crafting mojo is back and I am having fun!

Some of the projects have been painted with Country Chic Chalk Paint, some have been left as is.  I love chalk paint, as it is so easy to create the distressed wood.  

This gorgeous piece, well it was already shabby painted... it was an old flimsy crate that I took apart. I just had to sand a little to smooth it a bit then I just stenciled the letters.  So easy!

There will be more projects to come... I have been busy!

Products used:

Reclaimed Wood





Monday, October 17, 2016

Stress...how it affects nail health and some solutions.

Stress... it does a body good harm. In today's society there are so many stressors on our everyday life, not to mention illness or infection.

(for more information on stress and ways to cope, click on image)

 Nothing good comes from stress and it can show itself in many ways.  Everything from ongoing colds, stiff sore muscles, upset stomach and even our nails show visible signs of stress.

Some people, when under stress,  tend to nibble and pick at their nails and cuticles which of course causes damage but stress itself can cause brittle nails and sometimes even horizontal grooves called Beau's lines (there is a temporary cessation of cell division in the nail matrix).   When you are emotionally or physically strained, the body shifts energy away from the nails cells to higher priorities.  These will eventually grow out and healthy nails are once again possible.  The lines are simply evidence that the body had a problem.  The healthy nail is growing at the cuticle behind the Beau’s lines. As the healthy nail continues to grow, the lines will grow out and will eventually be filed off.  

Keep reading for some information on what dietary changes you can make for strong, healthy nails.

In the meantime, of course covering them up with some Jamberry wraps is a great way to camouflage these grooves and with over 300 trendy designs to choose from there is something for everyone!



Now, a protein-rich diet (meat, fish, eggs, dairy) is important for strong nails.  Our nails are made of protein so it makes sense that to have healthy nails we need to incorporate adequate protein in our diets.  Along with that, you can also improve nails by eating omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins, both found in salmon, avocado and nuts (a little handful goes a long way).  The Jamberry Beauty Boost multi vitamin is enriched with biotin, a B vitamin that helps to strengthen brittle nails.


Finally, to prevent peeling and flaking rubbing cuticle oil on cuticles at night will create a protective moisturizing shield.




Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Pink Products to help you show support for Breast Cancer Awareness.... which is your favorite?

Pink.  I love pink.  Always have, always will.  Any excuse to wear pink is good to me.  Of course with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is pink popping up everywhere!

Check out these great ways to show your support (click on the photo for more information).


Some of my favorites are for sure those sunglasses, the KEEP jewelry and that beautiful pink scarf.

Of course can't forget to deck out your nails!  $3 from the sale of each one of these is donated to the Cancer Foundation.