Thursday, June 21, 2012

back from vacation

Hubby & I are settling back in after a trip to Florida to see his Grandpa.  Visiting with him is always fun.  We looked through old family photo albums and heard a lot of great stories.  Hubby & I love genealogy so it was really neat to put a face and story with a name :)
We also picked blueberries and went on a river float.  Then Hubby & I went deep sea fishing, it was a pretty rough day to be out on the water!  We spent some time at the beach but didn't snorkel this time because the water was too rough.

Now that the fun is over, it's back to yard work and home organization for me haha.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

DIY canvas wall art

Don't forget to enter the MyMemories Suite digital scrap booking software GIVEAWAY by Tuesday June 19th 11:59pm central time!

After painting tons of walls and shuffling decor in our house lately, it was time for some new wall art.  I didn't want anything fancy and didn't want to spend much.  So, hubby hesitantly went along with my idea to paint something for the wall.

I was totally into the idea of a bold color with a silhouette of something, and since we were in the middle of taking SCUBA classes at the time I had sharks on my mind.  Here's what came of my super inexpensive DIY canvas art project.

To be honest, I loved the look when I finished painting it... but after its been on the wall for awhile I'm thinking about painting something else :)  Decisions, decisions, lol.

Here's how I transferred my design onto the canvas:

1) Paint the background color on the canvas (on all 3)

 2)  Draw your image on paper (Since my middle canvas was placed vertical and the outer 2 were smaller, and horizontal, I taped computer paper together in that fashion)

3) Cut out your design and determine which parts of it will be on each canvas

4) Trace it on the canvas (I used a pencil) and paint the inside of the image black (take care to make sure that the image lines up from canvas to canvas)

After hanging this on the wall the image didn't line up just right between pieces.  Instead of pounding more nails in the wall, I just got out the black paint and made some adjustments :)

I actually enlarged the drawing I made when transferring it to the canvas, so it looks a little different than the original paper cutout.

Friday, June 8, 2012

My Memories Suite Software GIVEAWAY!

Who doens't love a fun giveaway!?  MyMemories contacted me to try their digital scrapbooking software and host a giveaway so one of my amazing readers can win a copy of it too!

I LOVE scrapbooking, but not how much time it takes to print pictures and set up all my papers and cutting tools etc. so I rarely do it anymore.  This program makes it really easy to create all the fun looks of a scrapbook but in digital form!  (plus this way my animals can't steal and chew on my paper cutouts :) )

Check out a couple of pages I put together:

There are a lot of really cool embellishments to use, great photo enhancement and editing options, and cool shapes among other features.  You can make pages simple, or detailed it's all up to you.

Calendars are really easy to make with this too!

and now the GIVEAWAY DETAILS for your chance to win!!

To Enter:
Simply check out MyMemories website and tell me in a comment below which album template you love the most by Tuesday June 19th 11:59pm central time.
*those who follow my blog get an additional entry, just let me know in a separate comment below*


The winner will be announced on Wednesday, June 20th 2012!
 I will need the e-mail address of the winner (so you can get your prize!), so either provide this information along with your entry, or send it to me privately at

If I do not have the e-mail address of the winner by the end of the day on the 20th, a new winner will be chosen.

MyMemories is also providing my readers a promo code for $10 off when you purchase the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software!

Promo Code: STMMMS47642

You can also check out MyMemories on their blog, facebook page, and on twitter

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Summer and such

The weather has been so nice lately, making it nearly impossible for me to stay inside and craft at the moment.  So, blog posts have been suffering as a result.  I think I'll be expanding what I post on here so it's not all sewing/crafts, but some of everything else too :)

So what's happening lately? Yard work. Lots and LOTS of yard work. Fun stuff... not really, but it sure will be nice when it is done. As a break from that, Hubby and I have been trying to be out on the water whenever possible.