I came across another addicting site... Polyvore. It's like paper dolls for grown-ups! You drag & drop all your favorites to create outfits. You can even upload your own wardrobe images.
When I'm shopping, I tend to follow the same simple formula: 1.Jeans...a must 2.Adorable shoes 3. Big chunky earrings & bracelet 4.A cute top
I live out west so this assemble will get me just about anywhere... dinner, church, shopping... you name it.
While the above ensemble features some pricey items, I try to get the most out of my $ by combining a few wardrobe investments with a few disposable bargains. I tend to spend money on jeans & shoes and find bargains on shirts & jewelry.
How about you? * What do you splurge on? * Where do you count your pennies?
Blogging is a new pastime of mine and I'm learning as I go. I have met so many wonderful people through my Etsy Store, JoyFrameworks, and this blog has given me another opportunity to further those relationships & make new ones too! As an added bonus, it has also turned out to be another creative outlet for me. I relate it to being an online hostess. Planning the ambiance, providing conversations starters and making people feel welcome. I'm really loving it.
Well, now to my real reason for this post. I need blog help :( I started out this morning with a plan to google the answer and then thought why not just ask all you wonderful bloggers.
So my question is in regards both to etiquette and the actual process.
1. Do you reply to comments left on your blog? Does it cross a privacy safety net to reply? Is it rude not to?
2.How do you reply to comments on your blog? Really... in layman's terms, please. Do they need to be public or is their a private response option?
Your generous help is sincerely appreciated!
I chuckle inside because I've probably only received a couple comments, but those meant the world to me! I'm also hopeful that I have a slew of invisible readers that are just waiting to test the waters.
I can't quite put my finger on it yet, but God is working in me. Ever since I found this blog (thank you Flower Patch Farmgirl), it consumes the back of my mind. I visit it often reading & re-reading the posts. What an amazing testimony, what an encouragement. What is that verse that says "those who were forgiven much love much"? I feel that way often when I think about what God has done in my life. I am SO grateful for His grace...eternally grateful. Then I think of the individuals mentioned in this blog and I think wow, how awesome is He. The other day I purchased a necklace
in a meek effort to offer some support to Katie Davis' ministry.
I just can't help but think about how trivial some of my daily tasks & conversations are, but I'll press on. I know that God has me where I'm at for a reason. To teach my children in the way of the Lord, to continually share the gospel of Jesus Christ at every opportunity & to above all else, love one another. I pray that I will not sheepishly allow witnessing opportunities to pass by just because I hesitate or feel uncomfortable. I pray that I will boldly profess my love for the God that saved me. I pray for Katie Davis & her ministry that God will strengthen her and allow her to do His will where He has her. To God be the glory!
and of course, behind the deadline I set for myself. I tend to set strict, practically unreachable, goals for myself. Not sure why. It always looks good on paper, but I forget to include life on my to do list. Anyhow, I figured I should at least give a hint of some of the fun items I'm planning to add to my Etsy shop.
numerous memo boards...
new colors of existing products...
and 2 completely new products...
I'm so excited! I promise they'll be a reality soon!
Here are a few architectural salvage images that caught my eye...enJOY!
Remember that adorable doily & lace patterned dresser...
I personally would prefer a darker stained wood with a creamier paint, but that's just me. I was amazed at how easy it was to create this look. Here is the tutorial from Better Homes & Gardens:
Unfinished pine chest of drawers
Oval paper doilies to fit drawer fronts
Spray stencil adhesive (not spray glue)
1/4-inch-wide auto-detailing tape (available at auto body stores)
White satin-finish spray paint
Clear acrylic spray sealer
Rigid plastic strip (such as an old credit card)
1. Prepare chest and drawers. Remove drawers and knobs. Lightly sand and wipe drawers and chest. Using painter's tape, tape off outer 3/4 inch of each drawer, wrapping tape around edge of drawer.
2. Affix doilies to drawers. Following manufacturer's directions, use spray stencil adhesive to adhere double layer of doilies to center of each drawer.
3. Apply auto-detailing tape to drawers. Start in one corner of one drawer and run strips of tape diagonally across corner, spacing strips 1/4 inch apart (see Photo 1). When that corner is complete, move to next corner and run strips diagonally across corner. The strips bordering lace should meet at a point on center with doily. Repeat for opposite side of drawer. Fill in corners with additional strips of tape, forming lattice pattern. Lightly run plastic card over tape to seal it to drawer. Repeat with remaining drawers.
4. Paint design. Apply 2 light coats of spray paint to taped drawers, letting paint dry 1 hour between coats (see Photo 2). After final coat dries 1 hour, carefully remove tape and doilies. Let paint dry completely.
5. Finish all pieces. Apply 2 coats of clear acrylic sealer to drawers and chest. Reattach knobs.
This is definitely one of my top choices for refinishing that ol' dresser.
I'm hoping to find time in the next couple weeks to refinish an old dresser that has been sitting in my garage for almost a year. The dresser is a beautiful dark rustic wood, but the room its going in already has a lot of dark wood. So, I thought I'd browse for some inspirations...
Love this doily and lattice dresser...
and this dresser with wall paper covered drawers...
how about classic in black...
or, in my favorite color green...
I love the chippy paint and two-toned colors...I think I'd use white & grey...
this one just caught my eye...I love the mixture of bold & neutral colors and the mix of styles...
now all I need to do is make a decision and find the time...
Welcome! I love to give new life to items of the past & have definitely taken a liking to ceiling tin. Creating has always been in my blood, a definite gift from God, but lately it has turned in to something more permanent. As I've refined my tastes and turned my focus to the things I love, instead of the things that pay, my shop has really taken off. I am a stay-at-home mom with two young lovely ones and an amazing husband. I also homeschool my kids, so my creative time usually takes place during "recess" or late at night. Hope you all enjoy! To God be the glory.