One Year Blogiversary… Thank you to my followers

I just got a Happy Anniversary update from wordpress saying that a year ago today I began this blog. Wanted to do a shout out to my followers who make my page what it is.  The support, advice, and endless motivation has kept me coming back here for the past year. Though I have taken a break here and there, I’ve always returned because I missed sharing my life and reading about others.

In the past, I tried to narrow my blog down to have more specific content. There are those people with art blogs, DIY blogs, cooking blogs, etc. The fact that mine is a vast variety felt a bit out of place in the blog world.  However, I have fast come to realize that this blog is who I am. It’s not meant to be contained, shortened, or edited.  It’s a journal of my life but more specifically, my journey.

Thank you for joining me on it.  The road is much less lonely when people walk beside you.  ❤

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And this is random but another craft I want to try is Yarn Wrapped Bottle Craft! Check it out at Craft and Creativity!

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South Carolina Art – Pinterest Inspired

Hello!

So I am posting a lot today guys. Sorry, bear with me! This is probably last photo for today.  I have seen state drawings/paintings on pinterest before and wanted to try making one.  I used a small canvas from Michaels, some paint, mod podge, decorative paper, and a paint brush!! If you want to do it the easy way, just print out the outline of your state (or whichever state you choose). Cut it out. Then trace it with pencil onto the canvas.  Personally, I did mine from eye because I did not have a printer. Other way is PROBABLY EASIER! haha. Once you have your state outline on canvas, use paint to carefully paint around the outside of it. I recommend working from the inside out. Want to make sure you don’t get paint inside your state 🙂 .  I picked up a multi pack of all different sized paint brushes from Michaels for I believe $4.99! Totally worth it! You will notice I have words inside my state and notes inside my moon and star. I used mod podge and decorative paper for this. Basically, while your paint is drying around your state, cut up little squares/shapes of decorative paper.  (You can even use magazine paper!) Once you are SURE your paint on canvas is dry, add a little heart to where you live on your state <3.  Following this, use a paint brush to fill in your state with mod podge. Use cut up paper to fill in your state. This will take some patience. If something isn’t sticking, just add more mod podge. As I was working, I was also painting mod podge OVER the paper to get it to stay down.  It looks white but dries clear so don’t worry!!!!! This is how mine turned out below : )

**And if you see what looks to be an outline of a bigger moon going the other way, you are right! I found out that a crescent moon is very hard to draw symmetrical. I also, according to my husband, had the moon “facing the wrong way.” So me, being my OCD self, tore my original moon off and spent a good hour trying to cut a moon that we both agreed upon looked better. hahaha I do not recommend this unless you have a beer with you . My frustration level was quite high!**

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Pinterest DIY Photo Craft

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DIY Mod Podge Photo Frames

Hello Friends 🙂

I found this idea on Pinterest. Unfortunately, it was not linked to a website so I have no idea of knowing who actually came up with this. Thought it was cute though! Below is what was stated on the “pin” about how to make these….

“Just print off any picture you want, then spray paint a piece of wood black, cut the picture to match the size of the wood. Using Mod podge coat the wood then lay the picture on top. Once it has dried thoroughly, use sandpaper to rough up the edges, then put a layer of mod podge over the picture. paint some eye hooks and use pretty ribbon as a hanger and voila”

Why Bloglovin

Hey Friends!

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So, I’m really behind in technology as many of my friends would tell you. I seriously (not kidding) just got passed down my first cell phone WITHOUT buttons. You know the kind that has the touch screen? Yeah, you probably have one within arms reach right now I bet ha! The entire thing is totally new for me. The only difference between me and Judge Judy is that I do pump my own gas. Other than that, her and I could totally have dinner sometime!!!

Ok, so what I have learned about being behind in technology. When one does not know, one must find out.  I heard someone say on Shark Tank the other day on ABC that their father taught them “People are not entitled to anything. We must work hard to gain.”  AMEN

So in honor of that quote, I have been doing some investigating. I googled “how to promote your blog.”

I was first guided to this awesome list I recommend you check out :

95 Places to Submit and Promote your blog for Traffic and SEO

SO if 95 places seems a bit daunting, I will tell you about the one main one I focused on….

Bloglovin

This page allows you to now only search through tons of blogs by category but also to link up your own!!!!

Linking up your blog is REALLY easy. This is coming from a girl who remember just got a buttonless phone!

Before I joined Bloglovin , they gave me option of signing up through my facebook.This is what I chose to do since it was easier than trying to recall another screen name and password. After joining and searching through some adds, I then discovered how to link my page up. You will find at the top of the Bloglovin page a picture icon that is your profile pic. Put your mouse up to it and a drop down bar will appear  that says Your Profile, Your Blog, etc. Click on “Your Blog” and click “Claim Blog.” In order to claim blog they are going to give you a small link to copy/paste into a new post in your blog. Keep this window open and on a separate page go to your blog and copy/paste link into new post. ( This is just to identify that it is YOUR BLOG that you are about to claim.)  Once you post link in your blog and posted, go back to the bloglovin page you kept open  and click claim blog. It is then linked in your profile.

My blog is linked up here:

http://bloglovin.com/jennylaura

Now, any blogs I follow through bloglovin have the opportunity to view and follow me back if they would like.

I found a great post by J9 Designs that explains why, out of MANY social networks (Twitter, Facebook , Google) , she chose Bloglovin.

It’s easy, free, and gives you more exposure. For me, it’s not so much about having a huge number of followers as it is me being able to “reach” more people. The more people, the more ideas and conversation. I appreciate ALL that visit my blog and find that being “followed” is the largest form of flattery.  ❤

Good Luck! I hope this helped some people 🙂

Keeping Fall Alive

Who doesn’t love fall with all of the beautiful colored leaves? I know I do! The weather is also beautiful.  Even though we are leaning towards winter now, there is still time to save a few leaves! I found on Mommy Savers that I would be interested to give a try! It’s called

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How to Preserve Fall Leaves

I encourage you to check out the tutorial —> here

Let me know how it goes!

Sillhouette Canvas

Hello!

So I finished my Sillhouette Canvas tonight 😉 I started it last night. I think it turned out pretty good. It took a lot of patience but then again, I haven’t painted since I was LITTLE! I hate to say I forgot to paint…but yeah haha. I had moments where I was wishing I had an eraser. I found some cool Modge Podge Sheets that had notes on them at Michaels. I used the same concept that Tater Tots & Jello used but also gave it my own spin by using words as my stencil and Modge Podge paper (instead of magazine paper). Everything else was the same though !  I would recommend getting a multipack of different sized paint brushes… I got mine at Michaels for $4.99 I believe. It just helps to have different sizes if you are outlining a stencil. There may be some small areas that you would need a tiny brush for and then some larger areas that a bigger brush may come more in handy.

Here is a pic of some of the supplies I used….

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Not pictured are the black paint and canvas.

So here is me working on it….

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And here is how it turned out!

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*AFFORDABLE* Mod Podge Sillhouette Canvas

Hello Guys!

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So after finishing my Book Wreath craft, I have decided to try another. I was pleased with the outcome of making the Book Wreath and am extremely happy to have something “I” made hanging on the wall 🙂 .  I went to Pinterest and decided to google “adult crafts.”  God knew that I am pushing it a little too far with the word ADULT hahaha. A craft came up called Mod Podge Silhouette Canvas that BOTH kids and adults can do. Or, they can do them together!! I am not typing out instructions as this was not my idea. I’m the first one to raise my hand and say that errr I’m not that good at coming up with ideas :(. I love it though that I can try other peoples! Thank you to Tater Tots & Jello for coming up with           =====>    Mod Podge Silhouette Canvas !!!

I’ve been wanting to work with Mod Podge! There is a great tutorial on Tater Tots & Jello’s webpage with pictures and such. I noticed a few people in the questions section were asking what to do with the mod podge as it is not quite clear in tutorial when, where, and how much to put on canvas.

This was the response to one of the questions:

“We Mod Podged below to stick it down and then again on top.

I just traced the stencil.  I painted along the pencil lines.  If you’re going to sand, stain, splatter, etc. you won’t even notice the imperfections.”

Another question was referring to how to get a monogram to put onto the canvas. The person was a novice crafter and trying to think of a way to put her own design/letter onto the canvas. 

This was the response:

“I would try getting on the computer and find a font you like, then type whatever letter you want, enlarge it to however big, and print. Then it’s just a matter of cutting it out, then proceeding with your canvas. “

Good Luck! I’m sure ALL supplies can be found at Michaels and anywhere that magazines can be found! 🙂 Michael’s ALWAYS has coupons on their page or in the paper that are 40-50% off!! Currently, there is a 40 % one on their page here: Michael’s  . Have fun saving money and doing art!