My Girlish Whims

Your Whims Wednesday #182 {And Features}

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | | 3 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday

Here are some of my favorites from last week!

Painted Pumpkin Doormat by 3 Little Greenwoods
pumpkin decor
 
Easy DIY Fall Wreath by Luv a Bargain
Easy DIY Fall Wreath
 
Caramel Apple Sangria by Pink Recipe Box
Cocktail Recipes - Caramel Apple Sangria | www.pinkrecipebox.com
 
DIY Fabric Pumpkins by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Spruce up your Fall Table with these easy to make Fabric Pumpkins. (tutorial) #falldecor #fabricpumpkins
 
Hello Fall Sign and Wreath by Sisters What
hello fall sign and wreath made for only $3!!
 
Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
Featured on My Girlish Whims
 
Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



DIY Gold Chandelier Earrings

Monday, September 29, 2014 | | 2 comments
I finally have a new jewelry tutorial to share with you all!

Sometimes I go through design ruts and I just cannot come up with any new ideas of jewelry to make! When that happens I tend to browse pinterest or go online to some shop websites to get inspiration.  Sometimes I get inspired to try a new technique or sometimes I see something that I think, hm, I could just make that! That's what I thought when I saw these earrings from Shopbop.  I made my own version!

I didn't have any little silver beads, or square ones for that matter, but I had two different sized gold round beads that I used instead.

I started to make my bead links by stringing on one large bead, four little beads, and another large bead onto a head pin and also an eye pin.

Use needle nose pliers to bend the wire on each link 90 degrees directly above the beads

Use wire cutters to trim off all but about half an inch tail

Grasp the end of the tail with round nose pliers and bend back into a loop

Use needle nose pliers to connect the loop on the head pin to one end of the eye pin and squeeze the open loop shut with the pliers.

Repeat this process 7 times, and then make two links on head pins that are only half the size: one large bead and two small beads.

Add chain to each link by linking the chain through the loop and squeezing shut with pliers.

Vary the lengths of the chain so you have a fan pattern that looks something like this:

Next take an eye pin and string on a small gold bead

Alternate stringing on a gold bead and each of the beaded links

After you are done stringing bend the eye pin slightly with your fingers so it is rounded

Create a simple loop on the other side of the eye pin

Lastly, use pliers to open each side of the eye pin loops and string on two pieces of chain.  Open a small jump ring and string on the two chain link ends and an ear wire. 

Repeat this process to make a second earring and you are done!

These are such a fun pair of earrings.  They are long enough to make a statement but they are still dainty and won't overpower your look. 

Instead of using silver or gold beads it would be pretty to use regular beads with color too.  Maybe with a cool ombre effect? Maybe with some colored chain? Hmm, maybe my design wheels are churning again.  Hopefully I will be able to jump start into making my own design for my next project!!

Your Whims Wednesday #181 {And Features}

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | | 6 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday

Here are some of my favorites from last week!

Fall Mantle by Blooming Homestead
#falldecor #fall #fallmantle #neutraldecor

No Bake Cookies and Cream Mummy Pops by Life With the Crust Cut Off
No Bake Cookies & Cream Mummy Pops

DIY Vintage Egg Crate by Riva La Diva
DIY Vintage Egg Crate
 
DIY No Sew Donut Costume by Atkinson Drive 
No-Sew Donut Halloween Costume by Atkinson Drive
 
Inside-Out Carrot Cake Muffins by Luv a Bargain
Inside Out Carrot Cake Muffins
 
Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
Featured on My Girlish Whims
 
Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



24 Years Old

Monday, September 22, 2014 | | 3 comments
This weekend was my birthday! I turned 24 on Sunday and used my birthday as an excuse to celebrate all weekend long! I thought I'd share some pictures from our weekend activities and what I'm looking forward to this next year :)

We started our weekend off celebrating with some friends and went to Margaritas - a Mexican restaurant. Margaritas are always a good way start to the weekend!!

Then after Margaritas we went home and I went to bed. Hah! Seriously it was like 10:15 and I was pooped.  I suck at staying up late on the weekends lately.  

I got up and went for a run Saturday morning and it felt good to get one good workout in for the weekend.  I decided I would officially give myself a "rest day" on my birthday.  I honestly don't remember the last time I had one!!! Probably over a month ago.  I just always work out now!!  After my workout was done we had a little time around the house where my hubby and our dog Jefferson snuggled up so cute.  I love these two :)

 Then we all headed out to a historical site right in our town called Pennypacker Mills, it's a beautiful old estate home on lots of acres where Washington camped at one point.

There was a craft fair we visited on the the grounds then we walked around and hung out by the house. 

We both decided we would be ok with having a back yard like this at our house!

It was so pretty out this day, totally felt like the last official weekend of summer and not like fall yet at all!

We were sitting enjoying the view and rocking when my hubby surprised me with my birthday gift a day early.  Birthday gifts in little black boxes are the best!!!

My birthday presents are not normally this fancy haha :) But I'm so excited, I've wanted a matching band for my wedding band for awhile!!  Since I have a halo style ring I think it looks so nice with a band on either side.

Then on Sunday on my actual birthday we started the day off at our favorite local breakfast spot in town and I splurged on some french toast (actually, I splurged allll weekend long!!!)  Mmh mhhh they were so yummy!

After a leisurely morning we headed out to some local wineries for some wine tasting!  We go wine tasting a few times every year but we found three more wineries we had not visited yet to go see.

It was another BEAUTIFUL day out which made it so fun to drive through some Pennsylvania country.  Of course knowing we would have wine at the end of the drive was putting me in a pretty good mood too ;)

I used the nice sunny summer day as an excuse to throw a sun dress on for one last time too!!

We took this picture at Stone Barn Cellars Winery which is located in a 150 year old barn! The old stone walls were so pretty! They did a really great job of incorporating the old features of the barn with new elements like granite counter tops on the bar and tables.  Such a nice venue.

This was the last winery we visited - Black Walnut Winery. I think I would be ok this this much wine storage at my house!!!

 Well I don't think I will ever own that much wine but we did bring home a couple bottles to add to our collection :)

Overall we had such a nice weekend together.  It was a great way to celebrate my birthday! I'm really looking forward to this next year.  It think I'm in a really fun point in life.  Since I've started losing weight I feel so much better about myself as a person and so much more in control of my life.  I'm really excited to continue this journey and see where I'm at after another year! I'm also a couple months into my new job now where I'm actually content and can see myself staying here for a lot longer than any of the other jobs I've had up to this point. Of course I'm still very much in love with my husband and we are both still on the same page about being content where we are.  We are still young and enjoying this stage of life with no baby plans for the near future.  It's nice to just take a breath and feel like you know, this is it.  I've arrived to my own life and now I just get to live it! So I will embrace my 24th year with a very grateful heart and a bright outlook for the future :)

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