Thursday, March 31, 2011

What I've Really Been Up To

This isn't a post about coffee....or cups...or crafts. I'm sneaking this one in because I wanted to share what I've really been up to this past week while my MIL was visiting. 

I've been running. That's right, people. I've been running and I've been blogging. I'm trying so hard to get back into my jeans  fitness. There have got to be lots more "mes" out there. Mid-30s, baby or two, busy schedules, etc. etc. I'm a great starter and oftentimes, an even greater stopper. This new blog is an effort to hijack my tendancy to stop after barely getting started. :) How can I possibly let myself stop if there are people out there who would know that I quit??? I'm trying to corner myself into doing a good job. Lol.

If you'd like to join me on my journey, or cheer me on so I get up the next day and do it again, or if you'd just like to see what I've been up to, check out My Run of the Mill Life right HERE

I'd love some company! :) 

Be sure to check back for a fun feature, discount and another giveaway coming tomorrow and don't forget to enter the giveaway for this pendant here.

The 10% discount over at Haley's etsy shop is good until April 3rd! Be sure to take advantage of it! You can get the details here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

55 Followers! Let's Celebrate!! :)

I haven't meant to be so M.I.A. this week. I've had my mother-in-law here visiting and we've had a wonderful time. Here she is with the little guy in front of the Hotel del Coronado . 

 We had a great time and I love that he got to spend so much great time with his Grandma. 

While I was MIA, my blog reached 50+ followers!!! Yea!! Thank you so much for your support. It's so motivating and I appreciate you so much. I think we should celebrate with a giveaway! How about a pendant like this on a brown or cream ribbon (your choice! :)

Pendants were one of my first projects on this little blog, so that seemed an appropriate celebratory prize.
(Check back Friday for a great feature and another fun prize!)

For one entry, leave a comment letting me know that you're a follower of this blog.
For a second entry, share my button on your blog (it's on the left :), and come back and let me know. 
For a third entry, blog or facebook about this giveaway. 

Leave a comment for each separate entry-that's 3 chances to win!! :D 

This giveaway is available for U.S. shipping only.
Winner will be drawn by a random generator and announced next Thursday, April 7th! GOOD LUCK!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Bits of Easter

These are just a few pictures of some of the Easter decor here and there around the house. I love to get things for 75% off after the holidays are long over and then store them away for the following year. This girl loves a good deal!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Feature Friday: Haley Davis from The Autocrat & a DISCOUNT!!

One of my favorite bloggers is Haley Davis over at The Autocrat. Maybe it's that she's another Texas girl, or maybe it's her sense of humor when she's blogging, or the fact that she's a dog person, or maybe it's all her 
A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E projects!
It's probably a combination of it all, but I love reading her blog and seeing all the great things she comes up with. On her blog you'll find things like this way too cute bulletin board made from a ceiling tile. 

Cute party decor and goodies - like these marshmellow pops

 Gift bags that any gal would love, the cutest pin cushions ever....and so much more

Haley now has her own etsy shop that you really should check out. 
GREAT NEWS: She's offering a 10% discount to any of my readers to use on any item in her shop!! Just use the code: COFFEE
This offer is good through April 3rd, so head on over and take a look!

In her shop, you'll find things like this fancy little camera strap

or these burp cloth gift sets that I love so much. 

 Haley makes the cutest banners. How cute is this Queen Bee banner! I'd do a birthday theme around this banner alone! :)

Check out Haley's etsy shop here.

Have a Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Year-Round Blocks * I LOVE 'EM!

In one of my perusals of the blogoshpere, I came across this adorable blog and this post which in turn led me HERE to WhimsiKel. I knew as soon as I saw it that this was a "have to do it" project. This week I finally made a set. 

Here's what you'll need to make one set:

10 wooden blocks (I had mine cut at Home Depot)
white paint
black vinyl letters, black cardstock and modpodge or black paint and letter stencils (3 options there)
distress ink (optional)

So here goes! On with the project!
I LOVE SoCal and the beautiful weather! I couldn't wait to get outside and be in the sun and it's only March! :) Life is good.

Check out my cute little helpers. No dull moments in this house, no sir. 

I painted my blocks (took two coats to get the look I wanted) and then sanded the corners a bit to give them a worn look. I added distress ink to the edges. It's the first time I've used it and I really love the look it gives the blocks. I cut the letters using the cricut and then modpodged them to the blocks. 
I followed the Lanier Creations directions and placed the letters on the blocks like so:
Block One: H Y E D
Block Two: A C R S
Block Three: R P E T
Block Four: V N L O
Block Five: E O M D
Block Six: S M K I
Block Seven: T F B W
Block Eight: U A G L
Block Nine: P J I H
Block Ten: F P S C

Here is the finished project....
all ten blocks

I accessorized a couple of blocks not currently being used.

What do you think? 

Check out all the words you can make!! 

If you make this project and discover new words, let me know! :)

Linking up to these fab parties! :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bottle Caps and Magnets

One day while playing around with my pendants, I got an idea....

What if I put magnets on the back of the glass pendant so that you could pop it in and out of a bottle cap necklace??? My little sister is a teenager who is a great skater/rip-boarder. Maybe she'd like some funky little magnets she could pick from for the same necklace as a stocking stuffer?? So I gave it a whirl and then totally forgot to take pictures. :) My little sister lives overseas, so I skyped her this past week and asked her to take some pictures and send them to me. 

She sent me pictures this morning and here they are: 

A fun and easy way to switch out your jewelry!

Check out these link parties!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I FINALLY Did It! :)

Look what was delivered to my front porch yesterday!!!! 

 I finally ordered the Cricut Expression and I can hardly wait to start on a jillion projects! I've wanted one for AGES!! My sweet husband is in a bit of shock right now because I NEVER spend that much money - especially on one item. However, not only did I get my Cricut Expression but I ordered NINE - count them - NINE-  cartridges. WooHoo! Can we say projects galore!! :) 

Last night my husband said, "Well, Honey, you are now in a very broke place."
My response: "Yes. But I have so much to keep me busy while I'm there." 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bunco Cuteness

So last night I hosted a bunco party with about 12 girls. It was such a fun night. :) The other day when I borrowed my girlfriend Jackie's cricut, I cut out some letters and made this sign for the door.  :D
The green ribbon was in honor of St. Patrick's Day. :)

My little man and I were both in green for the day.

Treats at every table. I know the tablecloth is waaaay wrinkled. I'm a tired new mom. Don't judge. :)


 Time to play!

Friday Feature: Monkey Mommas Crafts and Giveaway!

My girlfriend Jackie over at Monkey Mommas Crafts is celebrating reaching over 50 followers on her adorable blog with a giveaway! 

Check out this cute tutu with a matching headband that she's giving away to one lucky follower!

Some of my favorite items in her etsy shop are below. 

This cute little blueberry hat is probably one of my very favorites. I think I need it for my niece! :)

She makes these hats for kids and adults alike. One girlfriend had matching hats made for her and her daughter. So fun.

And how cute are these?? 

Head on over to Monkey Mommas Crafts and show her some blogger love and maybe even win the tutu! :) Be sure to let her know you're visiting from Coffee Cups and Crafts! :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fleur de Lis Coasters

This project has been on my mental to-do list for ages and I'm proud to say that I've finally gotten started. Whew! It's about time! A while back (a loooong while back) I saw this post on Blueprint Crafts. I thought they were so cute. 
You'll need a couple of things: 

I recently borrowed a friend's cricut - I SOOO NEED ONE OF THOSE - and cut out some fleur de lis shapes. I'm a sucker for all things fleur de lis. 

I used my handy-dandy mod podge to coat the tiles and adhere the fleur de lis. 
I used my hard coat mod podge because I feel like last spring I read somewhere that it handles heat better?? This will be my experimental round. 

I put felt on the four bottom corners to keep them from scratching up the furniture and I still need to coat the top of the coasters with a varnish (that I don't yet own), but here is how they're turning out so far. 

I'm going to let them cure for a month and then see how they handle a hot coffee cup. :) I love them and think they'll make excellent little gifts for girlfriends and sisters! Can't you just picture a set of four, tied with a cute little ribbon and name tag? :D

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