Thursday, October 8, 2015

Rhinestone Choker

 I love simple elegance, not too fussy but makes a statement. 
I have been looking  for a choker like this forever
but could never find anything close to what I had pictured in my mind.
 I finally had to make what was in my head,
and Aleene's  jewelry and metal glue made it super easy to create.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Bananas with Dark Chocolate, Coconut/ Peanut Butter Spread and Toasted Coconut.

 Watching what you eat is probably one of the hardest things to do, especially if you are and on the go and never home.  I am the biggest sweet eater. I always love to have something sweet after I eat a meal.  Giving up sugar was one of the hardest things to do but I knew I had to cut sugar from my diet because it is just plain not healthy.  I needed to make better choices and really after the first few weeks it gets a lot easier.  It seems like your mind gets clearer and you are calmer, not so emotional.  Well that's how it effected me anyway.  Fruit has been my saving grace. I now grab a piece of fruit when I want something sweet and I have to say it works.

There are some days that fruit alone just does not do it.   This little concoction I made up has helped me on those rough days. It is just the right amount of sweet to satisfy me and believe me when you really are needing that little extra decadence this will work.
To date I have lost about 11 pounds and that is something pretty remarkable for me.  I have been trying to get past a certain weight for about 2-3 years and nothing has worked. This little diet I am doing has been the first time I have seen any true weight loss happen and I could not be anymore thrilled. I  have just a few more pounds until I am at my goal weight,  but like I have said before, this is a marathon not s sprint so maybe by Christmas I will have reached my goal.
I really wanted this to be a lifestyle change.
This Peanut Butter, Chocolate Banana with toasted Coconut is delicious
 and satisfying. Eat it as a snack or as an after dinner treat. 
I try and use  Organic Dark chocolate, bananas and coconut when available.
It will definitely help when you feel like grabbing that pint of ice cream.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Black Cat T-Shirt: DIY

 My Latest DIY for I Love To Create
Tutorial for the little Black Cat Shirt
Have a Beautiful Day
Love to you All.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Gold and Black, Sequin Shirt DIY

 I just love sequins. The sparkle and shimmer. 
 They are so mesmerizing to look at.
 Clumping them together gives an even  more mesmerizing effect.
I made this top with an Black Hanes T-shirt, some of Tulips sequins in Gold and Black 
The sequins have made this inexpensive tee look like something you bought for much, much more.
Oh yeah, did I mention it is completely no sew.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Color Block No Sew, Fringe Shirt DIY

 This Shirt was made because of my Tee shirt scrap pile and the many
 Fringe shirts that I searched for on Pinterest.
Many of the fringe shirts I came across where  just cut out of one shirt which leaves your colors limited. I thought it would be nice to color block a fringe shirt using two different shirts. Super exciting  if you have a favorite Football team. Like Garnet and Gold or Orange and Blue.   These are Carolina Tar Heel colors which is pretty appropriate since my Family roots are from there.
 Another great thing about this shirt is it is completely no sew. My personal favorite.
 I found this half used white shirt from another project that  I had done and this poor blue shirt that was faded in the front, a match made in heaven. A great way to recycle.
Today I hope to finish this post and go outside to enjoy the beautiful Sunshine and Air.
there is just something different about the way the Sun hits the earth this time of year. I think even if I didn't have a calendar I would know that it is September. 
It just feels different, you know what I mean?

I had a fabulous day with my Mom and Grandmother Polly on Saturday.  My Mom and I meandered through Marshals and I found an awesome Teal Kate Spade crossover bag for Fall.

 My Grandmother gave us a list for the Grocery Store so we headed there to pick up her groceries.   After that we  picked Polly up and took her to have Coffee at Dunkin Doughnut
 (Our favorite meeting place.).

We took a selfie. Did I mention that she is 99 and will be 100 on October 13. Big Party is planned.
Then Grandmother mentioned how she wished she had some Liver and Onions so we went and picked her up some for her dinner (eww), then me and my parents went to dinner.

more Selfies with the Parents.
 All and All it was a wonderful day spent with the people I love.
I am really so very Lucky to have all of these wonderful people in my life.
Thank you  parents for being so awesome.
Ok let's go make stuff.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Warm Banana Bowl.

 I hope all of you are having a wonderful, relaxing Sunday.
This Warm Banana Bowl is something I have been eating lately for my first meal. I hesitate to call it breakfast because I don't usually eat until around 11am- 12pm  for my first meal.  I know lots of people say you need to eat earlier but I just can not do it.  As long as I can remember I have never been able to eat earlier than that and it works for me so that is what I do. 

 I have replaced my oatmeal with this for the time being because I am watching my carbs pretty closely ( Fruit carbs are an exception.)   It's is warm and nutty with a tropical twist. On this particular day I added some  brie cheese I discovered which adds just a touch of a creamy flavor to off set all the sweet, sort of like a little cream or milk but even better. I am sure there are lots of other things you could add to this bowl like cranberries,
 sunflower seeds and shredded coconut, the possibilities are endless.

This banana bowl is really quick and easy,  great for that crisp 
Fall morning when you want something more than just  cold cereal.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Candy Kisses Sweatshirt DIY

Fall is upon us and with the cooler weather so are sweaters, scarves, sweatshirts, coats, boots and booties. Here is a sweatshirt that is easy to make and wraps you in kisses, perfect for that fall night.
I have made so many heart sweatshirts using glitter,  paint,
 and iron on glitter sheets that I wanted to make something just a little different to wear.
 I was traveling though Pinterest and saw a Lip Sweatshirt
 and I thought it would be a perfect project.

Heading over to see my Mom and Grandmother's today. My Grandmother is turning 100 years young on October 13 and a Party is a must. I mean how great is it that I have been able to have her in my life for so long. My Grandmother is still very independent and has a better mind than me and my family combined.   Both my Mom and my Grandmother are my inspiration. I always say if I could be only a 1/4 of my Mother I would be doing fantastic.   She is the most amazing soul I know. So happy that I was blessed to be her daughter.   It is very rare that I am off on a Saturday so when I am I love to head over to see both of them and wonder though stores with my Mom like Michaels, Marshall's, and Target. It is kind of our little therapy.

I hope all of you spend the day doing something that you love to do. 
That is what makes life so great!
<3 you.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pointy Toe, Fringe Flats. DIY

Lately I have been working on a lot of  shoe DIY's.   I don't usually stick to one area when I DIY but in the last two weeks I have really been wanting to do Shoes for some reason. This shoe was created mainly because I have been yearning for a pair of Fringe Loafers, like the ones below by J. Crew. There is a link to them below.
Usually when I crave something I try to DIY it.

Change of Subject.
Because I have been getting a few Emails on the Diet I have been doing,
here is a quick up date. I believe I am doing a version of The Paleo diet.
I do not eat Red meat or Pork, I do however eat Fish and Chicken sometimes and Turkey. The main things I stay away from have been sugar, carbs, rice or grains  (fruit in an exception) and any processes food. I also try and eat organic when its available. When I have reached my goal I will most likely re-introduce Brown Rice and Whole grains back into my Diet.
The real  reason I started this diet was to make it easier for my husband,  he was going on a low carb diet to lower his cholesterol. But the secret is that I have been wanting to get healthier and lose about 15- 20 pounds myself, something I have not been able to do for about 15 years. Boy does it get frustrating. I think I  have finally hit on a diet that works with my body type and lifestyle. 

  The great news is that since June I have dropped 10 pounds (Real Pounds not just water weight.)  I have also, ever so slowly been adding different exercises to tone,
mainly for my rear view and waist area.
(After forty Ladies will understand that this area goes completely south of the equator as you age.)

Even though I am pretty active, I am not a very big fan of doing any kind of  workout routine. To be completely  honest, I hate to exercise, so I sneak 90 butt/ leg kicks in while I have conditioner on my hair in the shower, or I am waiting for my coffee to brew. I feel like if I do it this way I am tricking myself somehow.  I have about 10 more pounds to go so maybe by Christmas I will have reached my goal.  I have taken a different approached to loosing weight this  time. I am looking at this as a lifestyle change more that a diet. I hope to be healthier in the other half of my life and to live a active, free of drugs kind of existence.( As in drugs I mean Blood pressure, Cholesterol medicine.)
I have made up some great recipes that have helped me with this and am hoping to put together a little recipe day every week of the things that fill me up and taste good. 
Thanks for reading my little off the subject rant.
I have had few questions about what I have been doing lately so I just wanted to address it.

Ok, back to Shoes.
Make these fringe shoes in about two hours.


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fox Tea Towel, DIY

Make this cute little Fox Tea Towel for Fall.
Visit I Love to Create for my latest DIY Tutorial.
Have a Beautiful Day!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Lace up Shoe, DIY

 If you are on Pinterest at all I am sure you have seen lace up shoes in your scrolling. The first time I saw them I was wanting to make a pair. This weekend I have finally made a pair and I couldn't be happier on how they turned out. These shoes are exactly as I pictured in my head. Don't you just love when things work out as you pictured them in your head. This DIY is a pretty simple one and can be done with any color shoe ,in fact I have some leopard shoes I found waiting in the wings that I am going to do this to as soon as I have some extra time.
 I know a lot of you have the day off today and I hope you enjoy every minute you spend with your loved ones. Maybe you could even squeeze in a DIY or two. As for me, I will be working, but the great thing is  that it is a short day so I will be home early . YAY!  Luckily I have amazing people to work with so my days are always good no matter what.
Oh Yeah,  and I made a Video for all of you visual people out there.
Have a fantastic day!
Love ya!