ONE ARTSY MAMA BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY!

Monday, March 17, 2014



Happy Birthday to you!! Happy Birthday to you! 
Happy Birthday One Artsy Mama... Happy Birthday to YOU!!!

Today I have an extra special treat for you guys! 
Amy from One Artsy Mama who is a bloggy friend of mine as well as a HUGE  inspiration for me personally is celebrating her blogs 3rd Birthday with an extra special giveaway! 
and Bella Caiden was lucky enough to get in on the fun!

Since One Artsy Mama is turning 3 years old, Amy is giving away not one but THREE PRIZES!
Each of the prizes will be a gift card to the winner's choice : 
Target, Starbucks, Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or Amazon!!! 

Winner #1 will receive a $150 gift card
Winner #2 will receive a $50 gift card
Winner #3 will receive a $20 gift card
How awesome is that!?!?!? AHHHHH I'm bursting with excitement!!!! 

So hurry and enter for your chance to win!!! 
And don't forget to stop by One Artsy Mama and wish her a 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! 




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File This One Under SUCCESS

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Who doesn't love a good up-cycle? I know I sure do. 
And we can "file" this one under SUCCESS!! (I crack myself up) LoL  
This week we had a few sunny days (WOOHOO) so I decided to tackle my mess of a garage and to help me get organized I turned an ordinary filing cabinet into an awesome storage solution!


Filing Cabinets are extremely inexpensive ($29 at Walmart) but can often be found at yard sales/Goodwill/etc for even cheaper and can be used in so many different ways. 
I was lucky enough to have this one given to me from a good friend! (Thanks Naomi)


There is obviously no tutorial needed for this one! I just removed the drawers, added a few coats of spray paint, tipped it on its back, and stuffed it with goodies. 


I am so excited about the way it turned out. It was the PERFECT solution to our hockey stick mess! (My son and hubby are a bit obsessed) and as an added bonus it also holds all of our rakes and shovels. 
A little bit of work and a little bit of play :) 






Now the only question that remains is how on earth with I use these leftover drawers???
Hmmm... You will have to stay tuned to find out! 

(notice there is still plenty of garage mess to clean up) booooo
My name is Shannon and I am a hoarder. 



xoxo 
Shannon

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Beauty Mark Bobbles- $20 GIVEAWAY

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Today I am sharing the COOLEST Etsy Shop with you guys. 
Beauty Mark Bobbles is a fabulous Etsy Shop that sells handmade crochet items for kids. 
I promise one look at the shop and you will fall in love! I know I have.


Beauty Mark Bobbles does not sell your typical crochet items. Jenn is the owner and creator at the shop and she makes amazing items that really excite your kids imaginations. She was sweet enough to let our family try out her travel hockey set. If you know my son you know how OBSESSED he is with hockey so this was the perfect thing for him! 


The second the hockey set arrived the kids could not wait to try it out. We wasted no time getting it set up. The set is amazing. It comes with two nets, 2 sticks, 5 pucks, and a bag to carry it all in. It is the perfect size. It fits in my purse nicely so we have been taking it with us almost everywhere we go. It has been a lifesaver in restaurants where my children seem to have the least patience. 





It's so fun to watch the kids playing together. Jonny has dreams of being a hockey player but he also loves to commentate the games and he has been getting plenty of practice calling the games play by play with his sister. 














The quality of the hockey set is fantastic!!! I don't know a lot about crocheting but I know about durability when it comes to kids toys. This hockey set has had plenty of hours of play. We fold up the nets and put everything into the bag when we are done playing and everytime we get it back out it is simple to set up! The set looks the same as it did the day it arrived which is amazing with my kiddos. 






I couldn't be more impressed with Beauty Mark Bobbles. 
The variety of the items in the shop is really what draws me in. As a hockey/gymnastics mom it isn't always easy to find toys that tailor to those sports, but Jenn doesn't disappoint. 
Look at this awesome gymnast set! Bella is dying to get it. 


And the kids have been eyeing up these crochet food items for their play kitchen as well! 
I am adding them to their Christmas lists as we speak... 
(that's right, it's March and I'm working on Christmas lists) :) 


Smore Set... Perfect for the Spring/Summer nights! 

And Sushi!!! LOVE it!


Jenn is so awesome she is giving one LUCKY Bella Caiden reader a $20 shop credit! 
WOOHOOO!

HURRY HURRY HURRY and enter for a chance to win! 
and make sure you check out Beauty Mark Bobbles and send Jenn some LOVE!





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Sugar Plum by Rachael $50 GIVEAWAY

Saturday, March 1, 2014


Ok I have the coolest Etsy shop and GIVEAWAY to share with you guys today. I have been excited about this for weeks and I just know you all are going to love it. Sugar Plum by Rachael is an Etsy shop that makes "handmade gifts for kids and their fabulous moms." They sell everything from birthday hats and diaper covers, to diaper clutches, tutu dresses, and my personal favorite, Fort Kits.


Rachael is the owner and creator at Sugar Plum by Rachael and she is amazing. She gave our family a chance to try out one of her Personalized Fort Kits and with all this snow and being trapped inside for days it has definitely been well used.


I couldn't say more about the Fort Kit. It is everything I expected and then some. It comes in a gorgeous personalized draw string bag that stores everything you need for your fort building experience... It comes with 2 sheets with loops and strings attached so that it can be easily attached to almost anything. It also comes with a flash light, some clothes pins, some heavy duty clips, some bungee cables, a light stick necklace, and a rope. Everything is neatly packaged and makes for easy storage. The stitching is perfect and everything is reinforced so there was no worry about the ribbons and loops getting ripped off with my rowdy kids.


 

This fort kit is definitely going to be something we enjoy for years to come! In a time when kids spend more time watching TV and their faces buried in electronics nothing makes me smile more then watching their imaginations grow and this toy does just that. Bella loves putting up the tent in all different rooms of the house and I love that she takes her time and works so hard at setting it up. It is so exciting to see how her mind works and to see all the different ways she finds to attach the sheets to different things. 




Now you want one too!!! Don't you? 
Rachael is so fantastic she is offering Bella Caiden readers a chance to win a $50 shop credit!


How awesome is that? The winner can use it on whatever they would like, and trust me there are so many cool things to choose from! 

Here are some of my favs....
(source for all photos below)






So hurry and enter for a chance to win!!!!!
and make sure you check out Sugar Plum by Rachael on Facebook...
Show her some LOVE and tell her Bella Caiden sent you!!!!!
The giveaway will be closing on Thursday 3/6/14 @ midnight EST.
HURRY HURRY HURRY... Go enter and share it with all of your friends.

xoxo
Shannon



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Simple & Affordable Earring Storage

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Hi, my name is Shannon and I have a jewelry addiction.
It's sad, but it's true. In a previous life I was one of those "jewelry ladies" that annoyed my friends and family to hold parties and buy overpriced costume jewelry.
Now it's years later and all I have to show for it is a ton of jewelry that never seems to get worn. 
(it just seems a bit to dressy for my everyday sweat pant and t-shirt attire) 
Apparently putting a necklace on with your pajamas does NOT count as getting dressed...
or at least that is what my husband tells me.


So I recently decided to conquer the chaos and find some affordable solutions to my jewelry organization needs. I decided to conquer the earrings first since when I do want to wear a pair I can never find a match. There is no tutorial needed for this quick solution. It is simply an embroidery hoop and some gorgeous lace or any beautiful fabric for that matter.


I will give you this suggestion though.... If you use lace it is usually a bit thin and tends to slip out of the embroidery hoop even when it is extremely tight. I just cut the fabric large enough that I could use a bit of hot glue to attach it to the back side of the hoop. It worked like a charm!


I just love how the earrings look and how incredibly easy they are to find. Plus it can be personalized for any space. I could totally see using different size hoops and different color fabrics to help organize earrings by color or style.
So many options depending on how many pairs you have and what your style is.
I can't wait to hang mine inside of my closet and load it up with more earrings. I promise I will share those pictures with you when it happens! :) 


What do you think? How do you store your jewelry?
I will be back soon with some more easy and affordable storage solutions for all those necklaces and bracelets you have all knotted up and tangled in your jewelry box! 
xoxo
Shannon 

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Vintage Desk Makeover

Tuesday, February 25, 2014





Around Christmas I mentioned I was refinishing a Vintage School Desk for my sweet little Bella. 
Bella absolutely loves coloring, drawing, and writing notes. She is for sure my mini me. She could spend an entire day crafting up some amazing goodies. Hence the reason for the Arts & Crafts Birthday Party. (You can read all about that here) Since another similarity between us both is that we aren't the best at sharing, I figured it was about time she had her own craft desk. 



I found this awesome "old school" desk on Craigslist for a steal, only $30. 
It was a little different then all of the others I had seen because not only does the top open to store stuff but it can also tilt up like an easel, which is perfect for Bella. 



The first thing we did was pick a paint for the metal finish. We decided to go with a Hammered finish because of some minor rusting and to help cover the imperfections on the metal. I let Bella pick and she went with the blueish color on the left. I love it! 


After we had the metal spray painted the pretty blue we got to work on the wooden top and seat. I used my absolute favorite Howard Citrus Shield Paste Wax in Dark Oak to get a beautiful finish on the wood. If you hate using stains like I do, then this is a must have. When we were sanding we were careful to get off all of the writing (not all of it was the nicest words) but I wanted to leave some of the imperfections to show the age of the piece. I know most people would have sanded deeper for a more "perfect" finish but I really love it just the way it is. 

(don't you just love my "glove") 


After I finished up waxing the wood I stenciled the top for a more personal touch. 
Again I wanted didn't want it to be too "perfect" so I did a little finish sanding over top of the stenciled paint and then applied another coat of the citrus shield wax to give the painted area a little aged look.


I love how the desk turned out. To me the imperfections are what make it perfect! 
Bella could not be more excited that she has her very own desk. She wasted no time filling it with markers, crayons, paper, scissors, and tons of other crafting goodies. 



I really love how the wax settled in the wood grain over the paint.


I can imagine this being a special piece passed down for generations to come. 



One of my favorite spots is the front lip of the desk top. I thought for a second about using wood filler on the holes but just couldn't do it. I can remember being a kid and poking my pencil into the front of my desk during class... mainly from boredom. I'm sure we have all done it and I'm sure Bella will do the same someday too. I'm sure the number of holes will only increase in the future:) 






So what do you think? Did you use a desk like this when you were in school? 

xoxo 
Shannon



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