Monthly Archives: June 2014

Happy Friday!

Friday!

Hey Ladies and Gents!  I hope you all had a fabulous week!  This one went by very slowly and to tell you the truth I am a bit exhausted.  I am having trouble writing this post and I currently feel like my brain consists of cotton.  Thankfully, I don’t have too many things on the books for this weekend and most of them should be relaxing and fun.  

Here are my five favorite things from this week:

1.  Have you guys met Becky?  She is the sweet blogger behind BYBMG and I got to collaborate with her on a giveaway for a gorgeous, handmade Toms makeup roll.  (It is still running, so if you have not entered you can do so HERE.)  Stop by and show Becky some love!

Brush roll

 2.  I believe I have mentioned to you guys in the past that my hubby bought me a DSLR camera for Christmas.  It is a beautiful Canon EOS Rebel SL1.  Unfortunately for both of us, I had no idea how to use it and was super intimidated by all the buttons and advanced terminology (such as aperture, ISO and shutter speed).  There are a lot of things I can learn on Google but this was not one of them.  I finally took a class last weekend and it pretty much rocked my World.  The teacher, Okello Dunkley, couldn’t have been nicer and it felt like a friend was telling you how to work a camera instead of a boring and structured course.  I went in to the class barely able to turn my camera on and left there feeling comfortable and confident that I knew how to use it in manual mode!  I went directly to Taylor’s friend’s house to pick her up from a pool party after the course and I got some amazing shots with my camera!  The class was $99 and Mr. Dunkley teaches it all over the Country.  I highly recommend it.  You can get more information here.  

This is one of my favorite photos from the party.  Every single time I look at Taylor’s face (on the right) I crack up.  Just this photo was worth the $99 fee for the course.

Kids

3.  If you follow me on Instagram (AND YOU SHOULD – hehe) you probably saw this sweet card that my hubby left for me the other day with an Almond Joy (my fav).  He is a good man.

Almond Joy

4.  I found this picture on Facebook last week and it makes me laugh so hard I cry. 

Homeless

5.  I just bought the most gorgeous dress for Fourth of July!  It’s on sale right now, too!  

Dress

If you guys are interested, here is my button for bloglovin.  I am trying to increase my followers.  If you are on there as well, please let me know in a comment so I can follow you back. 

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I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  Here are the buttons for the link-ups I am participating in today.  If you have a chance, stop by and show these lovely ladies some love!

 

 

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Meet At The Barre

DIY: Vinyl Record Dessert Stand

DIY Vinyl Record Dessert Stand

Guess what guys?  Taylor is turning 9 next month!  I don’t know where the time has gone!  I oscillate between feeling like I have never been without her and that I just gave birth to her the other day.

This year she has chosen a Rock Star theme for her birthday party.  Once we settled on that I immediately started browsing for decorations on Etsy (because you KNOW I love a good theme party) and I found some amazing vinyl record dessert stands that would have been perfect! However, most of the sellers were in Australia or London and the shipping was $25.  I couldn’t force myself to pay that much for an item that we would only use for one party, so I started to source materials and realized I could make it for much less than that.  

I ordered this cupcake stand kit for only $3.99 from Etsy.  It came really quickly and I was happy with it.  (Sidenote, you can use this kit to make a dessert tray for many different themes.  For instance, how cute would this be for a tea party or an Alice and Wonderland theme?)

Tea Party Cupcake Stand Next, I scoured Ebay and found my three records.  I used a 7 inch record for the top tier, a 10 inch record for the middle tier and a 12 inch record for the bottom. 7 inch record10 inch record 12 inch record

I invested less than $20 on the whole project (including all records and the cupcake stand kit).

I waited a week for all my supplies to arrive and then one night after work I spread them out my bed (my favorite spot to do non-messy DIY projects) and Taylor and I got to work.

Supplies

For this project, you will begin by putting the metal washer onto the screw and then a felt washer.  Put the screw though the hole of the 12 inch record from the bottom up.  Put a felt washer over the screw on the top side of the record, and twist on one of the cake stand rods.

Cake Stand Rod

Then, put a felt washer onto the top of that rod and sit your 10 inch record on top.  Follow that with a felt washer and screw on the last middle rod.Editted 7 Again, put another felt washer and then your 7 inch record.  Top with another felt washer and screw on the top of the cake stand.

DIY Vinyl Record Dessert Stand

It took me and Taylor about 5 minutes to put the whole thing together.  Lots of felt washers and screwing but it was very quick.  I am really glad that we made our own stand instead of buying one.  I love to take part in a quick (and non-messy) DIY project with my girl.

I have a lot more exciting things planned for T’s party.  If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen the invitations we just sent out.  I will have a post up on them next week but here is a preview…Invites

 

Want It Wednesday!

Want It Wednesday!

 

Good morning!  Welcome to Want It Wednesday!  Here are the things I would buy this week if I had an unlimited shopping budget…

1. Crate & Barrel’s Galvanized Drink Tray.  How cute would this be for a man cave?  Love it!

2.  Kate Spade New York Say the Word Mugs Collection.  I need to have that cake mug!

3.  Saint Laurent Y Leather Clutch.  I have posted this before in black.  I just discovered it in red.  Gorgeous!  The red goes so nicely with the gold hardware.

4.  Salvatore Ferragamo Pandy Sandals.  I am not going to lie.  I’ve put these in my cart a few times but I haven’t been able to pull the trigger.  On one hand I cant justify spending $150 on jelly sandals but on the other they are probably pretty durable and I should be able to get a few Summers out of them.  Maybe when they go on sale…?

What are you guys loving this week?

Link Love!

Custom Prada Shoes

Usually I do a link love post on Thursdays but I came across so many awesome things today that I had to expedite it.  

Above:  Guess what ladies?  Now you can design your own custom Prada heels!  The only thing missing is the ability to include a monogram.  

More links I am loving this week are:

–  There is new installment of Jimmy Kimmel’s wildly funny “Mean Tweets” series!  It is the second NBA edition and it features my personal favorite, Dikembe Mutombo.

–  The Pioneer Woman does it again.  I am TOTALLY making these Blackberry Cheesecake Squares in the near future!  Mmmmm!

–  Pretty soon you will be able to text your friend a smell.  Not sure how I feel about this…could be gross.

Meet Becky {+ a Giveaway!}

Good morning, my lovelies!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and enjoyed your Father’s Day!  How nice was that weather?  My goodness!  It was perfect.

This morning I am starting something a bit different.  I have decided to periodically introduce you guys to some of my blogging friends.  That has been my biggest surprise (category:pleasant) since starting A Little Glitter.  I have met some really sweet and wonderful people.  For some reason I thought the other bloggers would meangirl me.  I totally expected it to be like high school (but with internet tough guys thrown in for good measure).  Weirdly, every single person I’ve come in contact with has been smart, helpful, funny and NICE.  I’ve not encountered one mean blogger.  Weird.

Today I would you to meet Becky of BYBMG.  Here is a short bio as well as the answers to some questions I sent her.  

http://bybmg.blogspot.com

I’m Becky. Wife to Russ. Mama to Henry (4) and Wesley (1). I’ve been blogging for about a year and a half over at bybmg. Middle school teacher is my full-time gig. Over at bybmg, I write about what I wear, mommyhood, crafting, and thrifting among other things. I love sweets, all things pumpkin, sewing, thrifting (mostly for clothes), avoiding housework, and making life fun for my boys. I have a small Etsy shop where I sell things made from Toms flags, metal stamped necklaces, and a few of my other creations. I love to meet and connect with others online, so connect with me and say hello!

My blog address: http://bybmg.blogspot.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/bybmg
Etsy: etsy.com/shop/bybmg
Instagram: http://instagram.com/bybmg
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bybmg/

What is the name of your blog and why did you call it that?

When I first got on twitter back in 2009, my screen name was Mrsbmg. The letters BMG are my initials. Then I started focusing more on my Etsy shop and such, and named my shop bybmg since its made by me! Now all my usernames are bybmg along with my blog. It’s short and sweet.

What made you start blogging?

I originally started blogging with a couple tutorials when I was revamping the nursery for our second child. Then, I stumbled upon the link up What I Wore Wednesday, and started participating in that, so my blog is a mix of fashion and DIY along with motherhood.

What is your favorite part?

My favorite part of blogging is that it is motivating and a great creative outlet. I’m motivated to get dressed and make things; I love to share what I do. My least favorite part is that darn comparison feeling to other bloggers. It’s hard to not get bugged by the number of page views, or lack there of. I know it takes many years to build a blog, and I’m not in it for the numbers, but it’s hard not to focus on that sometimes.

What is so something about yourself that you wish to share?

I’ve been sewing since elementary school on and off. My mom showed me how to use my sewing machine and I went rom there. I’ve never been much for patterns. I think I’ve used a pattern maybe 5 times in my life. I like trial and error, which sometimes is messy and doesn’t always look 100% professional, but it’s all about the joy and learning. My motto is: Made with Love, Not a Pattern. I price my products low. I’m not out to make a living on my Etsy shop; I just want people to be able to afford handmade and possibly get a little extra money in the process.

Becky has been sweet enough to offer one of the gorgeous handmade jewelry rolls from her Etsy shop for a giveaway!  You can enter below!  Good luck!

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