Monday, April 7, 2014

DIY Picture Frame Book Ends

Hello my friends! This has been a crazy couple of weeks. With work schedules and living, and cleaning I haven't had a heck of a lot of time for crafting. However this last weekend I was finally able to complete my very first craft project in our new home! I've got so many ideas for things I want to do to this place that I'm having trouble keeping track of them all. (Let alone all the $$ I would need to accomplish them!)

So we've lived here a month, and I haven't yet unpacked a few rooms. My craft room for one, and the bedroom for another. The bedroom has been stressing me out because I can't relax in there without unpacking. But to unpack my bedroom I had to start with my books. I have some really cool built in shelves in our bedroom that I planned to put my books on. The issue is that they're kind of floating in the middle of the wall with no way to support the books on each end.

I tried looking for some bookends at a few places, Walmart, etc but couldn't find anything that hit the spot. I wanted something a little more...me...so to Pinterest I went. I stumbled across this blog. I loved the idea of pictures as my bookends. So off I went. The blog says to use some shadow boxes, but I couldn't find any, so it was regular old picture frames for me. I found these at Walmart for about $2.50 a piece. SCORE!

Of course when I got them home I was too excited to get started to wait and take a picture, but you'll get the idea. I started off by painting my frames. I chose black and purple to match my re-done antique dresser.
(See the can of Diet Coke? I was a happy girl, crafting and caffeine!)

In her post the blogger attached a peice of MDF to the back of her shadow box frames for stability. Now I couldn't find what I needed that fit that description so I went with some wooden letters that added some great stability. The letter "E" seemed to do quite nicely, so this is me painting the support to make sure it can help hold up the books. 

The next order of business was to add some weight to the picture frame. The regular frame itself was not heavy enough to help support the weight of the books. I whipped out my hot glue gun and some of these floral beads. I glued beads to the supporter and to the cardboard backing of the picture frame. When it was all done, it was nice and heavy. 

I did this on all four picture frames. I then sealed the paint and the beads with a nice coat of spray on Mod Podge. (Let me tell you how great the room smelled after two hours alone with the door closed with hot glue and Mod Podge!)

The result of this adventure were four decked out picture frames ready for family pictures. I chose a few different ones to represent the people in my life I love the most. You would never know that these were reinfored in the back and ready to hold up the written word! 

The result is a few picture frames that I can change the pictures out in every so often, but still have a really great bookend! 

Our wedding picture likely won't change however...



(Do you notice my jewelry hanger fits nicely on the wall next to the bookcase? I am loving that I'm able to pull most of my craftiness together into one space!) 


I am so happy with how these turned out! It's made my bedroom more relaxed and peaceful. (At least for me!) Now I can relax in bed with a good book and know that the shelves are ready for my next reading adventure. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Chevron Homestead Sign VOTES NEEDED!

Since moving into our new apartment, my brain has been spinning like a hamster running in a wheel. How can I decorate this place and give it my "stamp". It's an apartment so I can't do too much to it in ways of paint or wallpaper. But I can do something with it, but what...?So therein lies the issue. 

For the longest time I've wanted to make one of those signs that says "established...". Do you know what I mean? My grandparents had a wood sign posted outside their home for all the years I can remember. I am not a wood decor kind of girl...I am a quilty kind of girl! 

I spent a few hours fiddling around with my quilt program and came up with a couple of different options. My favorite colors are purple white and silver (or black depending on what it is). I have all hand-me-down furniture and so I don't really have one cohesive design in my home decor wise. So my jumping off point is just my favorite colors. I did re-do this dresser a few months back and it's become one of my most awesome pieces of furniture. So I figured maybe something like this might get the creative juices flowing. 


And flow they did! I came up with several plans for the new sign I'm going to make, but the problem is I can't chose which one I like the best! So I need your help dear readers. Take a look at these two established signs and tell me which one speaks to you more. It comes down to the lettering mostly. 

I'm leaning more towards this one, but I can't decide! 

This one speaks to me too, but I can't decide which one I like more. 

So help a girl out! Tell me which one you like the most! Or if you don't like either one, say that too. (Just nicely because I'm not the kind of girl who cries pretty...)

This is going to be the very first piece of decor that I make that will be the jumping off point for all decisions in the future, so I'm hoping I don't screw it up! I'm so excited to crack open my sewing machine and fabric stash you can't even imagine. It's been almost a year for this quilter and I'm going nuts! So as soon as I've decided which one of these I like most I'll be diving right in. 

Thanks for all the help everyone! Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Breaking (Back Into) Blogger

Hello friends! It's certainly been a while since I've whipped out the blogger interface and written anything. I'm not even sure who is still reading. (Echo-ing silence fills the auditorium!) There have been so many changes to the blogging world in the last year. I see trends going on that I'm not able to keep up with, I see new ways of posting and new awesome social media outlets. I see blogging friends that I've been fans of since I started blogging disappear, and new ones crop up. I've seen old friends re-name their blogs and have tremendous success. I've seen new ideas for ways to gain readers, I've seen amazing projects and stories. I want to be a part of this again. But there's one tiny problem.

I'm scared.

I want to break back into this world, it used to bring me so much joy. And I'm going to but it's like a brand new experience all over again. This last year for me has been a roller coaster. There have been some awesome moments, and a lot of not so awesome moments. All combined it's kept me away from this world that I've grown to love so much.

Where am I going with this post? I'm not too sure myself. For all intents and purposes, I'm feeling like coming back. I am a little more stable in my personal life and once again feel like CRAFTING! I haven't had the opportunity to do so in so long and I'm going NUTS!!! So today I decided to heck with unpacking I'm going to sit down and do some crafting. Just for me. It's nothing special, but I did want to share it with you all.

When you move for some reason your stuff tends to disappear. I'm not quite sure where it heads off to. Does it end up in the same place as all those lonely missing socks from the dryer? Does it take a vacation to the Caribbean and never come back? Do the neighbor kids that are helping you  move see something and decide to find it a new "home". I'm not so sure. All I know is that in the process of unpacking my kitchen after this last move, all of my dishcloths have up and vanished. So today I sat down with my crochet hook a ball of yarn and several episodes of "Bones" and made a few to put in the kitchen.

I loved this project because it's so simple that I can do it practically without thinking. It just takes an hour or so and viola, more dishcloths!


So here's the few that I've worked up,and I hope whoever is still reading emjoys this rambling post. Next time I think I'll post an update on where we're at and my new apartment that I get to decorate!

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you next time.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fingerless crochet gloves. Perfect for the fall weather!

Hello all! I hope you're having a great Sunday. I just popped in to show off some things really fast before I get back to enjoying my lazy perfect weather Sunday.

With the weather changing I've been doing more crochet projects. This has two reasons. First off, I haven't been able to set up my sewing table again yet since the move. It's in the works, but as of right now it's still in boxes and scattered all over the storage room. Second reason is that I've been dealing with a back problem which makes my mobility limited. I need something creative to do to not lose my mind and so I've gotten back into my crocheting lately. 

I've been crocheting since I was 13, but it's kind of been a dormant hobby. But I think these two projects turned out rather well if I do say so myself. I'll be having them for sale officially on my Etsy shop very soon. (need to do some maintence after the long hiatus!) In the meantime take a look and tell me what you think.

This pair of fingerless gloves is a short style coming up to the wrist. It has a flower on the back to add some fun! Extra warm and stylish for the changing weather. 

This pair of gloves is longer with an optional strap around the wrist for added security. It also adds a bit of style! 

Both of these can be custom ordered, (if you're interested) or you can just feast your eyes and wish you had something this cool (or warm) to wear! :-) 

Thanks for popping in my friends! Have a great remainder of your weekend! 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Long Time No Blog!

Wow. I mean seriously. Wow. Where do I even start. I've been out of the blog world for so long it feels like I'm starting over. I've missed it! I've missed you guys! I've missed reading up on posts, and doing crafty things. So I decided today now that life is calming down a little to come back! The rest of it will work itself out, and I'll re-learn how to blog I suppose.

First thing's first. I've got myself a brand new home! After six months of life tossing me around like a Kleenex in a tornado, we've finally found a home again. Feast your eyes!

 


Our living room...the red wall HAS GOT TO GO!!!

Red wall is HIDEOUS! 




Love our kitchen, and apparently the three year old does too! 


We haz pantry


My bedroom. The vinyl saying is gone now...it was crumbling, gross, and just not me...

Our huge backyard! 

My master walk in closet! 

My master bathroom! (I promise it looks better now!)

Bedroom across the hall! 

Downstairs living room! 

Unfinished bedroom downstairs, we're going to use as the man cave...and apparently hubby wants Sponge Bob to stay put...go figure! 

 
My future sewing room! The orange wall is hideous, and will be painted over ASAP! 

Remember this post a while back about my friend from high school who got married and took on a ready-made family? Well I'm living with his family! It's a long story, but the Readers Digest version of it is that Alisha and I have been friends since high school and just basically lost touch. We re-connected when she married my friend Nathan, and we've gone through some crap together ever since. We decided that family is what you make it, and decided that we'd make this a family. So we're living together, and waiting anxiously for her solider to come home! 

We're slowly unpacking and putting things away. Finding places for everything and re-discovering things that have been in storage for six months. I am itching to get back to my crafting! We need to find a few things to re-create a sewing room, namely a TABLE! So as soon as I get those things together I'll be diving headfirst back into crafting. What a great excuse now too! New house, new projects.

The best part of this for me is that we're into our new place just in time for my FAV time of year...the "Brrs". SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER, DecemBER! I love fall, and how I have several reasons to celebrate it.

I cannot wait my friends to get back into the swing of blogging. I've missed it, missed you guys, missed reading about your lives and getting inspired by your creativity! Have a wonderful week friends, and I'll see you again really soon! :-)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Summer, Pools, Flip Flops, and Textbooks? (Sponsored Post)

Summer is officially upon us guys! It's longer days, warmer weather, swimming pools and flip flops!

However, some of us are still in school with summer school and summer semesters in college. My dad is actually one of the later ones. He's in his 50's and back in school to get his masters in teaching! We're so proud of him! 30+ years in the field of construction management and he realized his old body is going to give out on him sometime. (His words not mine!) So he decided to go get his education furthered to prepare. To me that's a great example that it's never to late to learn as much as you can! 


The one thing that is hard for my Dad is the ever rising cost of textbooks, and supporting a family at the same time. As his kid, I try to do whatever I can to lessen the burden on him and give back wherever I can. So when I ran across CampusBookRentals.com I decided to check it out for him. I was actually very pleased at what I found! Check out some of the perks. 


-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices

-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods

They also have a new program called RentBack. RentBack is a new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students! Which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options! (selling their books back at the end of the semester) Isn't that awesome?! 



One of the other cool things about this company is that they make a donation to Operation Smile with every textbook rented! Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the world. 

So if you're in college, or know someone in college that needs some good deals on textbooks, check out campusbookrentals.com and see how they can help you with your textbook needs! 


And if you're not in college, or don't have to worry about school until fall, then go get in the pool and drink a Diet Coke! (I mean seriously, why are you online anyway?) 


Happy Weekend! 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hitting Rock Bottom

Hello all my blogging friends. I know it's been quite a while since I've checked in here. Life has thrown us a few curve balls in the last couple of months, and I really haven't had much time to check in with all my friends. It's something I've sorely missed! (And need to get back into!)

Today I'm not going to go into the in-s and out-s of what's been going on, because I honestly don't want to come across as whining or being ungrateful. I'm counting my blessings daily and trying to keep on keeping on. Today's post is honestly me reaching out to you my friends for some advice. It's times like these that I appreciate and love even more the community of bloggers that we belong to. You have such a network of people to draw from in times of need!

First of all I want you all to know that any and all comments, advice are welcome. I'm honestly at a point where there can be no bad advice. So here's the question. How to recover when you've hit rock bottom financially?

Let me first give you some background on us so you know where we're coming from. When Eric and I first got married six and a half years ago, I had some debt that I was managing, but quickly it got out of control. We could blame this on several factors, but what it all boils down to is that we were irresponsible with our money. We were young and in love, and made some horrible choices. When we first got married, Eric was paying on some payday loans, that we let go on for about two years, living off of them so to speak. It finally got to a point that we decided to suck it up and pay them off, and I'm glad we did! The sense of relief was awesome!

Then two months later, Eric lost his job. We were totally blindsided and had nothing in reserve. We spent a year and a half living on unemployment and food stamps, looking for work. We ended up having to move back to Utah with my parents (a tad humiliating) and look for a job.

Fast forward to feb of this year. Our landlord told us he wasn't renewing our lease because he had family that needed our apartment. We once again had nothing in reserve, and we were barely scraping by as it was. We ended up having to live with friends for a couple of months, and now with my parents once again. (If it was humiliating before, it's completely embarassing now...)

So here it is. Eric has a job that pays about $11.75/hour with benefits and a 401K. He's been there a year and a half, and it's looking steady. We don't have a car payment because we bought a car outright. We do have car repairs come up every once in a while. Our insurance is paid through his work, so we do't have to worry about that. We have no credit cards, because everything is in collections. We've had two cars repossessed, and both he and I have student loans. Our credit is so bad we couldn't finance a can of peas if we tried.

We are completely horrible with our finances. We have hit rock bottom because of this. We get paid on a Friday, and by Sunday night it's gone. (I honestly think our biggest problem is that right there, we go for so long with literally no money that when we do have $$ again we just go crazy and spend it!)

I'm sick and tired of this. I think it could all be fixed with willpower, but I honestly don't know where to start to get things fixed. My question to you readers is this. How do you recover from rock bottom with your finances? How to apply willpower and budgeting? What has worked for you in your financial life? What hasn't worked? What luxuries do you allow yourself when creating a budget? How do you keep from overspending?

Please give me all comments and suggestions you can think of. I need a jumping off point so we can get some momentum to get things turned around.

Ready...set...go!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Springtime Updates

Well my friends, it feels like it's been forever since I sat down and updated this blog. We had a very long, very stressful month and a half but I think we're finally at a point where we can breathe a little easier.

So we moved! Our landlord needed our basement apartment for family at the end of our lease, so he told us mid-Feb that he wouldn't be renewing the lease. So we scrambled around for a place to live. We couldn't find the right fit for us under our time crunch and financial situation, so we ended up moving in with some friends. We're living with them for a while as we attempt to find the right place for us. It's been a little over a week and so far there's been no eye gouging or hair pulling, so we'll see how it goes.

I don't have my craft station set up in full, so for a little while I'll have to get my craft fix by going and sniffing things in Hobby Lobby...maybe that will help! Other than that I've got a stash of yarn sitting here I can attempt to make something with to keep my hands busy.

Also, I've stumbled upon a great product that I wanted to share with you all. It's called It Works! and it's completely incredible! They have products to help with pretty much everything ranging from weight loss, to supplements, to skin care products. I have tried the supplements line and it's pretty much changed my life.

As many of  you may know, I struggle with depression and anxiety pretty hardcore. I was given a week's supply of the supplement called "Confianza" to try. Confianza is a naturally based supplement that increases your energy levels while reducing stress and fatigue. Its special blend of herbs was developed to provide a safe way to enhance your ability to cope with all forms of stress: physical, emotional, or environmental.

I took this supplement every day for a week and was amazed at the results. It boosted the effects of the anti-depressant that I take everyday, and it made my stress levels and anxiety virtually go away. Nothing else I've ever tried has made this big of a difference to the way I feel about stress and anxiety! I was taking these supplements during the week of our move, and normally I would have been wigged out and stressing to the max. With these supplements, I was still stressed, but it brought the levels down to a manageable level for me. I have NEVER before felt something that gave me that drastic a change.

The best thing about their entire product line is it's 100% natural. Nothing in it is in any way manufactured or hard for your body. It's all natural herbs and extracts from things that God placed here on this earth for us to use.

You can check out more information on this product line, by going to my website http://ajohnson.myitworks.com. All the information is there, along with ingredients listed and a wide range of products to help with every concern you have.

I don't push stuff on people if I don't believe in it. And even when I believe in it, I don't want to pressure you for a "sale" or anything of the sort. I honestly believe in these products and what they can do to help everyone, and wanted you to have this knowledge because I thought it would help you out. So check it out or not, that's up to you!

So that's my shameless plug for the day, but honestly go check it out! They're AMAZING!

Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday and enjoying this beautiful Spring weather!

Friday, March 1, 2013

March Sponsor Love

Happy March everyone! I'm thrilled today because it's 45degrees and sunny! That may seem cold, but we've been stuck in the teens and 20's for the last month, so I'll take it! It seems a pity that I'm stuck inside packing and hunting for a house! I think I need some ideas on how to get me outside enjoying the sunshine...

And what a coincidence I'm introducing to you my March Sponsor!

I believe Kathy from Adventure Mom will give me all the ideas and inspiration I need for some awesome outdoor activity! She is a local blogger who is all about the great outdoors! Take it away Kathy!


How do you raise kids that value the nature and outdoor
adventure more than electronic media?


Advancements in technology have created a generation of kids that are more adept
at navigating an electronic tablet than their own backyard.

Adventure Mom aims to help modern moms take kids outside by offering
easy-to-replicate exploration ideas. We’re helping adventurous moms raise
adventurous kids who are worn-out after a day full of outdoor fun.


I think Kathy has the right idea! Her blog definitely gave me some ideas on what to do this weekend to enjoy this awesome weather. How about you guys? Need some inspiration?

Make sure to go check her out on her Facebook page as well as follow her on Twitter. And most definitely check out her blog for awesome ideas on how to have adventures beyond the electronics in your home! Check out her button in the sidebar and show some love to Adventure Mom! 

Have a great weekend ya'll! 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Moving...version 34.2

I stopped and counted the other day. In my 30 years of life, I have moved a grand total of 37 times. No my father was not in the military, and no we aren't hippies (two most commonly asked questions). Life has just happened and my family growning up moved a lot...and as a married person we've moved a few times. When we moved to Utah I was pretty sure I was done moving for a while.

Until last week when our landlord showed up at our door.

And announced he wasn't renewing our lease.

It's up at the end of March...and he has family who needs our little apartment.

So out we go.

Needless to say...it's been a tad crazy around here the last week.

We thought we had a place to crash with my parents, but that fell through...so now we're scrambling to pack and find a place and keep our sanity and our marriage in tact...Can I just tell you how annoying it is to be packing when you have absolutely no idea where you're moving to? Yeah...it's the best...

(insert sarcastic groan here)

So I'm busy this week scouring the apartment listings, and finding boxes, and going through my things and donating lots to the thrift store. I'm going to have some sponsored posts go up in the next few days from my amazing sponsors, but other than that, it might be a little quiet around the blog for the next few days.

Tell me, how many times have you moved in your life? What's your secret to packing and staying organized? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear your story! 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Start Drooling Over the Best Marbled Cheesecake Brownies!

Yep...still sick. And when you're sick, you do whatever you can to make yourself feel better. I have no shame in admitting that I've likely eaten more than my fair share of the recipe below. Oh well...that's life! 

So I'm sharing with you one of my most favorite recipes...with a swirl! These brownies are incredibly easy to whip up, and gives you the chocolate fix that you are craving. (admit it, you know you are!) This is one of those homemade recipes that has been kicking around my cookbook for years, that is just "standard" and today I thought I'd share it with you guys. 

Its made with apple sauce instead of butter, and egg whites, so it's a healthy (or at least low fat) version than what I've grown up with, but still delicious! At just over 100 calories per brownie, that's my kind of party!

Marbled Cheesecake Brownies
  


Brownie:
1 cup Applesauce
2 cups sugar
4 egg whites
2 tsp baking powder
8tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup flour

Cheesecake filling:
1 8oz pkg cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg white
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp evaporated milk

Directions:
Blend together applesauce sugar, egg whites salt and baking powder in a bowl. Add in cocoa powder mixing completely, then add the flour. Make sure it's mixed in well!

 

Pour brownie mixture into a greased 13X9 inch pan and set aside

 

Combine cream cheese, sugar, egg white, vanilla, lemon juice and evaporated milk in a bowl and whip with electric mixer until light and fluffy.

 

Spoon cream cheese mixture over brownie mix in pan. Using a knife slowly swirl the mixes together to create the marbled affect.
 

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until tootpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

 

Let cool completely before cutting and serving.


These went fast at my house...and rightfully so. The brownie part is the family recipe, but I decided to play around with the filling to see what kind of result I'd get. Good thing I did! 

This is the last bite of thse little sinful devils that I made short work of just now. 
Do you want the nutritional information on this brownie? Click on the "Magic" button below to grab it! 
So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this blog and go get busy in the kitchen! 

I'd love to hear from you if you make these? 
What are some of your favorite sinful desserts? 

PS. Have you checked out the advertising available on Quilted Euphoria? Packages start at just $10! So click here to check out the details and send me an email if you're interested! 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

March Advertising Sponsorships

Happy Sunday all!

I am currently writing this from my sickbed...I woke up yesterday with a sore throat and stuffy head...and figured that wasn't going to keep me from going to the "Build Your Blog Conference" hosted by Six Sisters Stuff. So I went...(and had a blast! More info and pictures on that coming soon!) But by the time I got home I had lost my voice. So I guess it's my turn with this stupid cold that everyone has had recently. (Grumble...)

So today I wanted to announce that Quilted Euphoria will now be selling ad space! 
*Insert wild cheering and applause*
 

This is the first time in almost two years of blogging that I've offered this up, and I wanted to give you my awesome readers first stab at it, before I started pimping marketing this blog out elsewhere! ;-)

So check out the stats below, and if you're interested in advertising with me, just shoot me an email at amber (at) quiltedeuphoria (dot) com. Happy Sunday guys!


This blog began in April 2011. 

As of February 1st, 2013
GFC followers: 281
Followers via facebook: 394
Unique page views last month: 4,551
Average unique page views per day: 250 

Average posts per week: 2-3
All of my social media networks are slowly growing! 
So this is a great way to jump in and maximize your exposure. 

The Packages:

The large package: $20 (buy two months for just $35!)

Quilted Euphoria

You will receive your 250X250 button posted in my sidebar. Plus a feature on my blog introducing you to my readers, and getting your name out there. Plus you will get a shoutout in each of my posts during the month. (IE I will post a little love and drive some traffic to you at the bottom of each post that month) 

The medium package: $15 (Buy two months for only $25!)

Quilted Euphoria

You will receive your 175X175 button posted in my sidebar, and I will do a shoutout on facebook and twitter and help promote you each time you have something that needs love. You can send me links to whatever you want to get highlighted that month, and I will help promote you. 

The small package: $10 (buy two months for just $15)

Quilted Euphoria

You will receive your 125X125 button posted in my sidebar for the month. You will get a mention in a group sponsor post for that month. I will help send traffic to posts you tell me need some love via my social media outlets. 

I also offer free advertising in the form of button swaps, guest posts, and sponsoring giveaways for my blog! Shoot me an email with questions or comments. 

If you'd like to sign up to become a sponsor, please send me an email and we can get started! We're now starting advertising spaces for March! 

I'm really excited to start offering ad space, so now's the time to jump on board and book your space. Have a great weekend dear readers, and I hope to hear back from you soon!