Dresses from Shabby Apple

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

DIY Scratch-Off Valentine's Day Card

Happy Tuesday y'all!

I wanted to share with you this cute tutorial on how to make your own scratch-off Valentine's day card!

1. Download the free card template HERE and type in your date night choices.
Or you can get creative and make your own!

2. Print the card onto card stock and trim. Print the heart template and cut out, then cut a strip of clear Con-Tact paper long enough to make four hearts. Trace around the heart template on the paper side of the Con-Tact paper.

3. To make the scratch-off solution, mix 2 parts metallic acrylic paint with 1 part dishwashing liquid. Using a small, flat paintbrush, apply a thin coat of the scratch off solution onto the front side of the Con-Tact paper and let dry for an hour. Repeat with a second coat, and add a third coat if your paint looks streaky.

4. Cut out the hearts (following the traced outline, peel off the backing, and place over the heart spaces on the card. Package the card with a new penny.

Happy crafting!

I got these instructions and template from Better Homes and Gardens.

Monday, January 30, 2012

14 Day Love Challenge

Happy Monday y'all!

I saw a really cute idea for ways that us ladies can make Valentine's Day extra special for our husbands this year!

I want to share with you the 14 Day Love Challenge!
(I saw this idea and stole it from Stacie's blog!)

WARNING: This post may be a little more x-rated than most :)

And Chris, if you're reading this STOP RIGHT NOW or you'll ruin all your surprises!!

February is just around the corner, and instead of celebrating our love just on one day, let's get creative and spread it out a little. Starting on February 1st, let's begin doing things (small or big) to express to our husbands how much we love, respect, and appreciate them!

Here is a list of ideas to get you started:
  1. Get 14 index cards and write one thing you respect about your husband on each card. "Hide" one per day in a place that he is sure to find it. I promise you, by day 3 or 4 he will be hunting for them!
  2. One night after the kids are in bed, prepare a candlelight picnic in your living room. A blanket on the floor, strawberries, cheese & crackers, something chocolate, and a bottle of wine/champaign/sparkling grape juice. Bonus points if you're naked!
  3. Do something to bless him at work. Something slightly public so those he works with notice, but nothing too embarrassing. One idea I had is getting him several small gifts and having various co-workers give them to him on your behalf at appointed times throughout the day. 
  4. Choose one day to send him love texts all day long. Think of things to say that you know would encourage him or put a smile on his face. (Sexting is not recommended, but I guess that's up to you!)
  5. Make his favorite dessert for him.
  6. Spend 5 minutes per day in focused prayer just for your husband. Thank God for all of his wonderful qualities. Pray for areas in your marriage that need growth. Pray that God would help you to be the spouse that your husband needs. 
  7. Initiate intimacy every other night for two weeks...or if you're really a Superwoman, go for once (or twice!) a day. Try some new things to break up "business-as-usual". A new lotion, new lingerie, new location...
  8. Think of a little project that is on his "to-do" list that he just hasn't been able to get around to. Do it for him and leave him a little note that says, "Because I love you. From, a helper suitable for you!"
  9. Plan your Valentine's date. Arrange childcare, get reservations, plan something romantic. Don't leave all the planning up to your man and then act disappointed when the date didn't meet your expectations.
  10. Kidnap him from work for a lunch date.
  11. Download the song that you danced to at your wedding. Dance together in your living room and think of how far you've come since that day!
  12. Find a good time to ask him, "What is one thing that I could do differently to be a better helper to you?" No matter what he says, don't defend yourself or make excuses. Thank him for his honesty and tell him that you will work hard to be more attentive to that. (If he says, "Nothing", it's probably either that he can't think of something off the top of his head or he's nervous to tell you because he doesn't want to hurt your feelings or get in a fight. Give him the freedom to tell you his idea whenever it comes to him, and promise him that you will respond graciously. You want to know!)
  13. Watch a movie (one of his favorites, a "guy" movie, or something really romantic) wearing either sexy lingerie OR nothing at all! If you have kids, just keep a blanket nearby incase they wander out. :-)
  14. Make him his favorite breakfast one morning. Decorate the table (or tray if you do breakfast in bed) with candy conversation hearts.

I would LOVE to know if you're in and hear any more ideas that you have, so leave me a comment. This is going to be a lot of fun!

And if your marriage is struggling and all of this seems like way more work than fun, I challenge you to "fake it till you feel it". When you do what you CAN do, God will step in and do the IMPOSSIBLE. He can restore the love and intimacy that seems dead right now. So go ahead and take the 14 Day Love may be 14 days away from a miracle!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Happy Wednesday y'all!

Here's what I'm loving today!

I'm loving that I only have one class today!
Three weeks in and school is already stressing me out :(

I'm loving my new Erin Condren life planner!
It is so cute!
I can't wait to start using it. I bought a whole bunch of cool color pens for it :)
Hopefully now I can start de-stressing my life by planning it better.

I'm loving the orders I've been putting together and the new items in my Etsy shop!

What are you loving today?

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rainy Days...

Well I knew it.
I even said it.

Rock Hill has seen a wetter than usual season this year.
It seemed like every time I checked the weather they were calling for rain.

And after having a beautiful Christmas break with very few rainy days,
I jinxed it.

I said to my mom,
"I bet it starts raining and doesn't stop on the first day back to school just because I'll have to walk around in it all day."

And what do you know.
First day of classes started Monday, and...

Luckily, my mom is awesome and got me the best rain coat for Christmas!

It is so comfy and keeps me (and my hair!) dry while I'm walking to class.
Making my rainy days a little more bearable :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year, New Wardrobe from Shabby Apple!

Happy Thursday y'all!

I wanted to let you know about an amazing deal from my sponsor
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Right now Shabby Apple is having a sale to ring in the new year!
They are offering 20% off 

Wanna know the best part?
This sale is going on for the entire month of January!
Just enter the code NEWYEAR at checkout for 20% off!

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Happy shopping ladies!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


In 2012 I want to...

... craft more.
... stress about school less.
... stress about life less.
... spend more time with my husband.
... spend more time with my family.
... be a good mommy to my furbabies.
... recycle.
... read at least 25 books.
... volunteer helping animals.
... be the best vegetarian I can.
... get organized.
... save money.
... get in shape.

What do you want to accomplish in 2012?