Friday, December 28, 2012

Recap: 2012's Resolutions

I am proud of my accomplishments this last year. I think it's so easy to set the bar way too high and then be unhappy with not meeting unreal expectations of ourselves.
This last year my resolutions were to live a healthier lifestyle, be more authentic, speak kinder, and try new things.
My results are as follows:
-I have lost over 20lbs since Jack was born last year. I still have more work to do, but I am happy with what I have accomplished so far!
-I made this space more authentic this year. Sometimes that means taking a break from blogging for a few days at a time because I don't have any fresh ideas or just want to spend time with my family more (no offense!). I've also learned this year that it's impossible to make everyone happy and at the end of the day, my husband and kids mean more to me than the opinion of anyone else.
-I have to be honest and say that I haven't always chosen to say nice things 100% of the time, but I am working on understand how my attitude and words affect others. I want to be a source of joy, not annoyance for others.
-Finally, I think a tried a lot of new things this year! First off, I completed my first half marathon in Disneyland! Then, I experimented as a red head, challenged myself to cooking at home for a whole month, and flew to Utah to visit friends.
It was fun to accomplish new goals and it has made me so excited for 2013! My husband and I already sat down to discuss new goals for the upcoming year. I'm sure it will be filled with crafts, messes, lazy days, and maybe even a trip to Disneyland:)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

DIY: Numbered Coasters

I had been wanting to make a set of numbered coasters for a while but wanted them to look more vintage than shabby chic.
I found these blank wood coasters at Joann for $1 and I used a coupon that was about to expire on them...making them just $.60. Sweet!

I found a font I wanted to copy (this one is EcuyerDAX from and I printed the numbers out to create stencils. I traced each number with a sharpie marker and then free handed the boarders and lines.

I gave them two coats with a clear satin sealer that resists water and then one more coat of matte Mod Podge so I think they are well protected from our cold drinks;)

Now we have a new place for our newly thrifted owl glasses.

Hope you are having a lovely Tuesday!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

DIY: Replace the Glass in an Old Clock

Our old living room clock had an accident and fell off the wall. The glass shattered everywhere and left us with either replacing the glass or the clock as a whole.
After going to the home improvement store (and them having NOTHING in the entire warehouse to help me) and being referred to a glass specialist (do you know it's hard to cut glass in a circle?)...I ended up at Walmart.
Yup, Walmart.
For once, that store actually had something I needed!
I bought this cheap $6 frame with thin plastic (instead of glass) and decided to take a chance on cutting it to fit in the clock.
I took the face out of the clock and traced it onto the plastic:

 I cut out the circle and it splintered just a bit:
 I put the plastic back into the frame, sealed up the clock and it is good as new!

It looks exactly the same and is a lot lighter now too.
Happy Wednesday!


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