Thursday, October 31, 2013

Just call me a Picker

I love garage saleing. Most of you probably already know that! 
The things you can find when garage saleing is just thrilling to me!

(I secretly wish my career could be a picker. . . still waiting for Mike & Frank to answer my emails)

Here's my finds from my latest trip treasure hunting!


Vintage Nancy Drew books?! Yes please. I wanted to be Nancy Drew growing up (who am I kidding? I still do.)
 

Glass cloche and mini stoneware jug? Don't mind if I do.
 

Fall decor cheaper than the dollar store? Okay.
 

Vintage horse called "Wonder Horse" I'm hoping I struck gold and he's really worth a fortune. One can dream can't they?!
 

What about you? Do you like garage saleing? What cool things have you found?


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Friday, October 25, 2013

DIY Inspiration

Do you ever get "stuck" and want to make something DIY but don't know what to do? 

That is me sometimes. 

My favorite way to fix it is of course to head over to Pinterest.

Here's five projects that inspired me today!

1. An old cabinet door turned into a welcome sign!
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2. This is so cute!!
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3. What a great re-purpose for an old dresser!
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4. Great idea for Christmas gifts!!
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5. I LOVE this idea!! It's going high up on my to DIY list! :)
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I hope these pins inspired you!
When you are "stuck" where do you go for inspiration?

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

$50 Etsy Giveaway

I know I know . . . I just had a giveaway right? Well this one is even cooler than the last one! It's in honor of my bloggy friend Bree hitting 300 posts! 
A bunch of us got together to help her celebrate! Check it out.
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So just recently I hit my 300th post! Crazy! I was really excited and asked a few of my friends to help me celebrate.

I love the handmade community, and try to buy handmade as much as possible. Especially with the holidays coming up, I am always on the lookout for handmade items I can purchase as gifts for my family.

So to help you with the upcoming holidays, or if you want to do a little shopping for yourself, I asked some of my friends to join me in a $50 Etsy Gift-Card Giveaway!! Here are the awesome ladies that are giving this to one lucky reader!


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You can click on their picture to go straight to their blog!!
From top, left to right:
The Giveaway will close on October 30th and we will announce the winners on Halloween. :)
Good Luck!
 
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Top 4 Best Web Sites for Family Research

Last week I told you about starting your family tree and Ancestry.com. If money is an object and you're not able to purchase an Ancestry.com membership to view documents, don't be discouraged. There are many great free sites that can help you on you hunt for information.


(It's not as creepy as it sounds)

When visiting FindAGrave.com you want to choose the option to search over 106 million records.
That will take you to this page, where you enter in the person you're looking for.
Enter in the name and as much information as you have. Birth and death year, country, state, etc. 


If your search comes up with no results, try taking out some of the specific information. Older gravestones did not have a birth date. Just a death year and age when died. You can use this information to narrow down the possibility of your ancestor.

Once you click on the person you can see more information. Often you can find a photo of a headstone, and even who their parents and other relatives were.
Visit this memorial here

2. Local county genealogy sites

Most  counties have a genealogy site for their county, housing many records pertaining to the people who lived there. How to find them?  
GOOGLE
Just search for the county where your ancestors lived.
For example: "Ontario County genealogy"
Best site I found:
This site gives me information on vital records, wills, and much more!


This site is completely free for anyone. You can search by your ancestor and find so much great information. I have found several marriage records for my ancestors and enjoy searching on this site a lot!


The USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.
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The most difficult part of a genealogical research is determining where to begin. Is there a certain person you want to start with? You mom's side? You dad's?

One of the first things to decide is how you’re going to keep all of the information in order, and that depends on your personal preference. Some people choose to use a basic notebook or 3-ring binder where you can write down the information. If a blank piece of paper leaves you feeling clueless on where to start, there are spreadsheets and forms available on various websites.
There are also computer programs and websites that organize your information automatically. (Ancestry.com lets you build your family tree without a subscription, FamilySearch.org also has a tree builder)
You have to be careful with this, because if you accidentally put someone in the wrong place with the wrong information it can affect the entire tree.

Whether you write it out on charts or notebook paper or upload information to a computer, there’s really no right or wrong way to do it as long as you can keep it organized. 
 
Just remember to have fun!
If any of you have put this information to use yet, I'd love to hear about it!
 
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

And the Winner Is...

Thanks to everyone who entered my $25 Express Giftcard Giveaway!!

I'm so happy I was able to share a gift with my fabulous friends and readers!



And

The

WINNER

IS

. . . 

Breanna P.


Thanks again for entering!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Burlap Sack Wall Decor


I don't know about you, but I have several burlap sacks at my house. . .
I've gotten them from flea markets (hubby brings them home from beer festivals) and I love using burlap as decor. (If you don't know this about me then I don't think you've been paying attention)


Because I have burlap sacks I want to use them, so I had a good idea to make an easy wall hanging from one of my favorites!

I started with the burlap bag . . .


And an empty wall  . . .


I grabbed a scrap piece of furring strip wood from Lowe's (less than $1 for an 8 ft piece)


Before cutting, I marked the length I needed based on the width of the burlap sack. Cutting was easy with our Dewalt double bevel miter saw (not a paid endorsement). It's the only saw I feel safe using.


I stained the wood with some stain I had on hand. Minwax Gel Stain in Aged Oak. 
Because I wasn't picky on the color and detail I did not sand or prep the wood in any way.

To attach the burlap to the wood I used our brad nailer. It makes the job easy and secure.



Lastly I used picture hangers (from Hobby Lobby) to give the wood a way to hang on the wall.



It's ready to hang! I've got my level, hammer and nails!

The Reveal . . .



I love the simple and rustic way to decorate my room. What do you think?
Do you have burlap sacks you need a project for?

Here's another idea to use your burlap sacks:
Coffee Sack Chair Makeover

Don't forget to enter my giveaway. 2 days left to win a $25 Express giftcard.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Express Giftcard Giveaway

Fall is here and I know we're all thinking about updating our wardrobe with new sweaters and boots! 

Express has long been my favorite go-to store for just about everything. Their quality is good, their fit is pretty good, and they have coupons!!

Here's some of my favorite things from Express this fall.


Rhinestone Front Tunic Sweater

Jacquard Striped Tunic Sweater

Military Peplum Jacket

Striped Fit & Flare Sweater Dress

Tall Wedge Boot

photo courtesy of Express

How would you like an extra $25 to spend on a shopping trip to Express?
Use the widget below to enter.
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