Monday, July 25, 2016

KEEP collective jewelry

I love basic everyday jewelry!  For me a bracelet that can go with everything because it can be dressed up or down, is a worthwhile investment.  Always a fan for items of sentimentality KEEP collective has found a special place on my wrist.

How did I discover these great pieces?  It's all thanks to my best friend Melanie who became a KEEP consultant and introduced me and has gotten me addicted.  But instead of me raving about it, figured she could more accurately share just what makes KEEP so special.

First here is a peek into one of my latest obsessions!

 Little note about what these mean to me and why I love wearing them!!!

 - Mrs : for my hubby and me,

 - Stacked Hearts: for my most valued relationships (hubby and I, best friend Melanie and I, my parents, my brother and I, etc..)

 - Mrs W : I'm a teacher

 - U.S. Map : US History teacher, Geography teacher, goal to travel to all 50 states

 - Blessed : constant reminder of how blessed I am in all facets of my life, God looking out for me

 - Arrow : goals to attain, journeying ahead

Hi everyone! My name is Melanie, and as Marie said above I am a KEEP consultant.  Today I want to share with you more about why Marie and I both love KEEP, and why we think you'll love this arm candy too! 

The idea behind KEEP is that YOU get to create YOUR jewelry.  KEEP what matters to you close at hand. Share who or what you love. What's YOUR story?

The reason I joined KEEP is because I love their mission to spread happy.  I was first drawn in because of the amazing jewelry (I had a wish list that was a mile long!).  I wanted to earn some free product and commission to help fund my new-found obsession.  As I began to design pieces, I heard stories from women about the things that were most precious to them.  It is so inspiring and such a privilege to have conversations about aspirations, loss, and family. It's a dream that I get paid to help people tell the stories of their one-of-a-kind
lives!  There is so much cruelty and tragedy in the world, and I want to be part of something that helps people keep their joy and happiness close at hand.  KEEP helps remind us of what's most important in life and that each of us is truly blessed.

Just like Marie, I have a few favorite KEEP keys I wanted to share.

- Palm leaf : represents growth and honor. I wear it to remind me that life is a process and to find lessons in each day.

 - Hearts bar : I wear this to represent my two daughters.

 - Knot : represents my marriage and "tying the knot."  It helps me remember that when things get tough, our bond only gets tighter.

 - Arrow : I wear this one just about every single day! for me, it represents moving forward and the quote, "When life seems to be pulling you back, it means you will soon be launched into something great."

 - Color bar : I wear the blue bar for the thin blue line in support of my husband as a policy officer.

 - Key : when I wear the key, it helps me to think about the "keys to my heart and happiness" and to keep those things at the forefront of everything I do.

Steps to creating your KEEP story.

Step 1 - Check out my online catalog here:

Step 2 - Choose your keeper! Bracelet or necklace? Metal or leather? Single or double? Silver, gold, or rose gold?

Step 3 - Choose your keys! Keys are charms that tell your story. They slide on and off your keeper and fit snugly so they stay in place while you move.

Step 4 - Place your order or ask me to make a mock-up of your design so you can see it before purchasing. Your beautiful package will arrive at your doorstep in 4-7 days!

If you are new to KEEP and want to learn more, this is a great video to watch: 

Join the fun and design your own KEEP bracelet today.  It's time to share your story.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Candied Conversation Hearts Craft

Another year has passed and Dave and I find ourselves celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary. WOW!

I seized the opportunity to make a lovey dovey craft to commemorate one more year together.  We never do anything BIG for our anniversary. Usually we choose to just spend the day together and treating each other as our gifts.  It works for us, and we love it! We've spent an anniversary at the zoo, our favorite roller coaster amusement park (my blog post on Cedar Point), and a day shopping for new clothes.  This year we spent a few hours at the gym to counterbalance our dinner plans, a movie, then plan on ordering wings, and devouring some ice cream.

But since we don't exchange gifts I've been doing a little craft to represent another year passed.  My choice to do a candied conversation hearts craft came from a fellow grad student offering us a whole bag of the candy! Immediately knew I should finally set aside time to make this craft since I've only been wanting to for the past several Valentines! So time like the present.

Candied Conversation Hearts Craft

Time: 2 hours

Supplies : candied hearts, Elmers glue, paper and frame or a canvas and paint.

Since I'm a perfectionist I laid out all the hearts in the shape of the large heart. Then after that was assembled I went through and glued each one of them.  For now I have the piece stationed on a clipboard. Another option I'm considering is a shadow box and filling the bottom of the box with the leftover candied hearts!

#ThrowbackThursday :
Last year for my wedding anniversary craft, I made a DIY First Dance Frame , a perfect way to capture those first dance moments as husband and wife. Take a peek at my craft of our first dance together to "Forever". And back to our first anniversary DIY when I created Special Occasion Card Collections. Already thinking what's on my list to make for next year!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fire & Ice Gift Box

Themed gift boxes are my thing!

Shopping and making these make me a happy girl.  So I try and find any excuse to think up a theme and run with it.  Good for birthday parties, baby showers, and church auction donations.  Even thought up some for work promotions, get well baskets etc so stay tuned.

These snack boxes are perfect for those salty or sweet snack lovers.

Can be especially easy gifts for those people who are hard to buy for or if you want to show you're thinking of them for a mere $20-$30. Plus this is one of those boxes that you know will be appreciated!

Who doesn't LOVE a box full of treats?!

This FIRE & ICE box is full of fiery freshness!
For someone who likes spicy this snack box will have their mouth singing.
And then help them cool it down with some minty freshness.


Fiery Item options:


   * Flamin' hot,   cheddar jalapeno,    flamin' hot limon,    xxtra flamin' hot
Fritos flamin' hot
   * flamas,    spicy sweet chili,    spicy nacho,    spicy street taco,    ranch dipped hot wings
Doritos Dinamita
   * chile limon,    fiery habanero,    nacho picoso
   *  flamin' hot,    chile limon
   * flamin' hot,    chile limon
Lays Stax
   * buffalo wing,    chile limon,    flamas,    xtra flamin' hot
Hot Sauce / Tabasco
Cinnamon Bears
Cinnamon Hard Candy
Red Hots
Hot Tamales

Icy / Fresh Item options:

Orbit gum
Lifesavers Mints
Andes Mints
Tic Tacs
Junior Mints
York Peppermint
Gatorade Frost

See previous post on:  
Building a Baby Basket

Coming soon:

Sending some Sunshine

"You're on Fire" Box
     - work promotion
     - report card
     - graduation

Sweet & Sour Box
     - someone sweet in a sour situation

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Patriotic Pallet Project

Pallet projects are all the rage.

If you find yourself in possession of a pallet you should definitely seize the chance to make it into an American flag.  Even though we just celebrated the 4th of July it still makes a great garden or porch piece to display all summer long. Would put one in my classroom if I thought it would fit!

Couple choices when it comes to making the US flag.  You could go with the traditional American flag look by replicating the straight red and white stripes and it'll look great! Mainly these boards have identical well spaced stars.  You'll see this style all over pinterest.

But to go with a more modern look, switch it up.  Try a chevron pattern and variable sized stars like this completed project.  Both are cool ways to display your American pride.

American Flag Pallet

Time: ~ 1 hour
(not including drying time)

-wood pallet
-paint brushes
-acrylic craft paint
-painters tape
-stencil for stars OR star sponge stamps

1. Start with white to prime the stripes. While that is drying paint the blue portion.
2. When its completely dry, apply painters tape to create a chevron pattern.
3. Paint the taped chevron sections red.
4. Create white stars in the upper left blue corner.  You can freehand them, use stencils, or sponge stamps to create the needed state stars.

All done! Just have to find the perfect spot for it! Happy pallet painting! 

Other "American" posts on the blog:
American flag beer bottles
Patriotic dipped strawberries
Red, White and Blue recipes