May 15, 2016

May Swap

The theme for this month's swap is Tickled Pink. So anything thing pick. I love doing these color swaps. Its fun to see what everyone puts together.


The spending minimum is $10. You are more than welcome to spend more which I think most of us do, but please spend wisely. One GOOD useful item is better than a bunch of smaller items that might not be as useful. I hope that makes sense. So just keep that in mind when your shopping and putting together your package. Also, PLEASE be mindful when you are packing your items for shipping. Package them well so nothing is broken.

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   Once you have signed up send your $2 to graceyloudesigns@yahoo.com through PayPal. Please check the box "I'm sending money to friends and family" Signups will stay open until the 18th. On the 18th, I will send an email out to everyone who signed up requesting your shipping info. I will start emailing partners out on May 22nd if I do not have your shipping info by this day you will NOT be able to participate. If you have paid I will refund your money at the end of the month. The shipping deadline this month is June 3rd. 

April 20, 2016

DIY Flower Headband

I have loved these fresh flower headbands for a long time now, and I knew that when my daughter had her baptism pictures I wanted her to wear one. I called around and asked for quotes from local floral shops, and they quoted me anywhere between $75 and $90 and that they needed time to do it. Since I waited until the last minute that was not an option, and no way was I going to pay that. So I went to a floral shop and picked out some flowers then ran to Micheals  and got the other things I needed and the total cost was $22. So a WIN in my book and it turned out darling, so today I am going to show you how I made mine.



What you need :


Pliers 

Flower Tape

Wire

Flowers ( I used Roses and Ranunculus. I wanted a peony, but they were not in season)

Greenery


I am not sure what the green leafs are called or the white little flowers. Sorry


The roses were beautiful. They gave the same look as a peony would. They probably worked better than a peony would have since they are a lot lighter.


The ranunculus is also similar to a peony. 


When I envisioned the crown I wanted it to be dainty and elegant. She had a beautiful full dress that I wanted to be the main focus. 

Step 1:


I took two pieces of the thicker wire and twisted them together to make it extra strong.

Step 2:


I took the fabric tape and wrapped it all the way around the wire headband. As I wrapped the tape I pull on it so that it fit really snug.

Step 3:



Pull the branches off the of the greenery. Mine are about 2-3 inches long.


Step 4:

Take the branch and take it securely to the wire headband. As I went around I left  1 inch in between the next branch.


Step 5:


Cut the flowers down with a 3-inch steam. Cut a piece of the thinner wire.


Step 6:


 Stick the wire through the base of the flower. 

Step 7:


 This part can be tricky. I took the flower with the wire through it and started to wrap it around the headband. After I had wrapped it around a few times I added the little sprig of white flowers. I wanted the flowers to lay facing outward so I had to end up cutting the stem a little shorter and bending the wire until I got it the way I wanted.  I repeated this step with tall the flowers. 

Step 8:


After you have the flowers on the way you want you can go back and add the little white flowers to the open spaces.  All these flowers would work well for a teenager, but for my little 8 years old it was just too much. I ended up taking off one of the white ranunculi. Then it looked just the way I wanted it.


I absolutely love how it came together.


Photo Credit: Journey Photo

April 18, 2016

Mother's Gift Guide

Mother's Day is is May 8th this year. I put together a little gift guide to help make finding something for the Mother's in your life just a little easier. I choose things that I think any lady would enjoy getting whether it be your Wife, Mom, or Grandma. Best thing is almost all my picks are under $100.


Bite Beauty Spring Fling Lip Kit ($39)- This is perfect for the lady in your life that loves lip stick. The colors that come in the kit are all wearable, and Bite Beauty has some of my very favorite lipsticks. They are creamy and pigmented and last a good while.

Ted Baker London Sumacon Plain Bow Bag ($59)- Could this bag get any cuter. Perfect for a Saturday farmers market bag.

Kate Spade Tea Kettle ($50)- This would be great for the tea lover in you life. It's darling.

Fuji Instax Camera ($60)- This was on my gift guide last year and I put it in this one too, because these little cameras are so fun. 

Makeup Eraser ($20)- EVERY person that wears makeup needs one of these in their life.

Kate Spade Sunnies ($150) - I love these so much and think they are the cutest pair of sunglasses I have seen in a while. I love the shape and they come in several different colors. 

Essie Nail Polish ($8)- Getting a few fun colors of nail polish for Spring and Summer is a fun idea. 

Alex and Ani Bracelets ($38)- THIS IS THE BEST one I have seen yet. I mean who doesn't want a Unicorn bracelet. 

Makeup Bag ($12)- You could get a cute makeup bag like this one and fill it with some of these other things for the ultimate Mother's Day gift. 

Too Faced Peach Palette ($49)- If you can find this whoever you get it for will be over the moon. This is a gorgeous palette that has an assortment of shades from neutrals to fun colors. Great all around palette.

Heidi Swap Lightbox ($41)- I recently got this for myself and I love it. A great way to add a little fun to your space. 

Kate Spade Live Colorfully Perfume ($75)- This perfume smells beautiful. You don't have to get this exact one, but Women love getting any perfume. 

Salt Water Sandals ($39)- I love these sandals. I own a few pairs and am always finding myself wanting more colors. They are unique and comfortable. 


What would you like for Mother's Day? I would love anyone of these things... HINT HINT to my lovely Hubby :)




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