SnapKnot Contest!!

Super stoked about this contest!  You have an opportunity to win a Canon D800 or a 5D Mark III.  Just think how awesome that would be to win something so great!!  I’ve been waiting for a nice camera to start my photography business for a good couple of years.  Winning one of these cameras would be an ultimate dream come true!! Follow the links for your chance to enter! Good Luck everyone!!

Big thanks to the SnapKnot wedding photography directory for offering this great camera giveaway!

Love Always, g


Hello, is anyone there!!!

Here I am!  I’ve been a little too busy for my own good with homeschooling, my schooling, planning a wedding within a month, and diving right into youth department chairman for our local fair, this is where I have come to the conclusion that I have a little problem with putting to many things on my plate.  Sooo, with the new season, I have some major plans on how I will spend my time in a healthy manner that will not only benefit my sanity, but also the sanity of the people I surround myself with, also known as my loved ones!

You will find me here sharing my little ideas on how I try to make my life less complicated (if that is even possible) and truly enjoy the benefits of a simple life.

Here are a few things on my list this week (I am a list maker):

1. Spend 15 minutes creating a plan for an upcoming project. Research, write, sketch, brainstorm! Make a due date and hold yourself accountable!

2. Spend 15 minutes creating excuses as to why I will not do number 1 and then rip it up!

3. Practice on my time management.  Procrastination is not an option.


Have a beautiful day!


Valentine’s Day Workshop


Happy Valentine’s Day!

I threw a little Family Valentine Workshop over the weekend for all the kitties in the family, with the help of my Mama, sister, sister-in law and best friend!  I made some Valentine garlands with baker’s twine and newspaper hearts.  Went to my local Salvation Army to purchase some Vintage silver platters, only to buy all the Vintage Glassware I could find, as every other Friday is 50% off.  I found a nice punch bowl with eight glasses still in the box, 3 small glass bowls, 1 large bowl, glass cheese platter, 3 tarnished silver platters (which I covered with paper doilies, and cut out wax paper hearts), even found some vintage paperdolls and a few other things for myself all under $25!

Covered a few tables with newspaper and paper doilies that I purchased in the dollar section from Target.  Went to the hardware store and had some wood cut down to craft with.  You can never go wrong with wood!  I always find interesting pieces in the scrap section with insane mark downs and then have them cut it down to my preference at no charge.   I crammed the tables with endless crafting supplies.  Scrapbook paper, construction paper, decorative scissors, modge podge(my favorite), markers, lace, twine, chalkboard paint, glitter, composition notebooks(bought on clearance during back to school season), paper doilies, soft pastels, water colors and each crafty mama brought their own supplies too!  My sister in law even printed up some Vintage Valentine Images from flickr, a major resource for inspiration.  The images are endless on the web, I found these Space Themed Valentine’s for Jacob.  My Mama also brought some Vintage Victorian images, we had so much to work with.  The kids even decorated Valentine Mail Boxes supplied by my sis!

Our menu was very simple with kid friendly snacks.  Peanut butter celery, cheese and crackers, strawberries, grapes, carrots, cucumber, garlic bread, Homemade Spaghetti  for the kids and Fettuccine Alfredo for the Mama’s.  Along with lots of goodies!  Everyone had so much fun and it was nice to see all the little creations lying around!  The two images above were created by my boy.  The top one was for me and the one above was for Daddy, but he was little jealous that mine had the wood piece.  I hope everyone had a lovely day!

Ancient Pocket

My cousin has this lovely blog here, where she offered this nice little giveaway and guess who won by the luck of the draw!  Seriously, she entered the numbers and by chance there was my name!  So now I have $25 to spend at this place.  There was so much to choose from, but as always I found my way to the clearance section and found this little guy:

Timer and clock all in one, how could I pass it up!

Stop by her little blog as she brings  a sense of pure nostalgia,  from images of a small town in Iowa, vintage photos accompanied with small history lessons, found treasures from the local thrift (lucky girl finds all the vintage toys from our childhood), abandoned spaces, little bits of inspiration through her art and life experiences in a new place.  Thank you cousin for all your love and support.