52 Week Money Challenge

52 Week Money Challenge

I have never been the best at saving. I know it's because being a freelance designer I was always waiting to be paid by clients or the fact I was in college and then grad school. Well 2015 is the year I am changing that. I have hung up my freelance hat and taken a full time job as a designer and this is the year I vow to put a dent in my student loans and start to save to buy a house. I want to buy a house by the time I am 30 and I only have 2.5 more years to save. Now I have a budget and plans in place to accomplish those goals, you all should really check out Dave Ramsey, but in the mean time I don't want to forget about the fun things in life. Like a vacation or saving up for a big purchase.

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Creative Spark Link Party #38

Creative Spark Link Party #38

Welcome to Week 38 of the Creative Spark Link Party! We are excited to have our first guest cohost of 2015 this week! Please welcome Candace from Lucky Scarf! Candace is into a little bit of everything from home decor, DIY and has an obession with monograms. Make sure you stop over to Lucky Scarf and see Candace's favorites for the week and get to know her. If you're interested in become a guest host click here

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DIY Dr. Seuss Pinwheels in 15 Minutes or Less

DIY Dr. Seuss Pinwheels in 15 Minutes or Less

Today we will be making DIY Green Eggs and Ham pinwheels.  Dr. Seuss was a big part of my childhood. I remember not only reading Green Eggs and Ham but also eating green eggs and ham at the same time. So when I heard that the Craft Lightning theme was Dr. Seuss this month I knew I had to be apart of it. Craft Lightning projects are crafts that can be completed in 15 minutes or less. 

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Creative Spark Link Party #37

Creative Spark Link Party #37

Welcome to Week 37 of the Creative Spark Link Party! We know that you are constantly looking for inspiration and we wanted be able to provide a place for you to come for inspiration! So every Wednesday hop on over here to Creative Spark Wednesday where FOUR (eek!) blogs, Weekend CraftMy Paper CrazePlease Excuse the Craftermath and Two Purple Couches, join together to feature projects, provide a place for bloggers to link up and a crafting/DIY hub of inspiration. So what is a Link Party? It’s the perfect opportunity to share YOUR projects and gain inspiration from other crafters who are linking up their own!

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Creative Spark Link Party #36

Creative Spark Link Party #36

Hello 2015! Welcome to Week 36 of the Creative Spark Link Party! If you missed last week we had some exciting announcements to make! Kristy is back from Europe and we are screaming from the ROOFTOPS with joy! We've missed her so much! We have another big announcement we have a NEW cohost! Emily for Two Purple Couches will be joining us and not just this week but indefinitely! We are so lucky to have her. We have admired her link ups week after week and got to know her through her featured posts and always cheerful comments. It just seemed natural to reach out to see if she would like to come on board! 

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Creative Spark Link Party #35

Creative Spark Link Party #35

Hey there! Happy New Year's Eve!!! And Hello 2015! Welcome to Week 35 of the Creative Spark Link Party! If you missed last week we had some exciting announcements to make! Kristy is back from Europe and we are screaming from the ROOFTOPS with joy! We've missed her so much! We have another big announcement we have a NEW cohost! Emily for Two Purple Couches will be joining us and not just this week but indefinitely! We are so lucky to have her. We have admired her link ups week after week and got to know her through her featured posts and always cheerful comments. It just seemed natural to reach out to see if she would like to come on board!

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Creative Spark Link Party #34

Creative Spark Link Party #34

Hey there! Welcome to Week 34 of the Creative Spark Link Party! If you missed last week we had some exciting announcements to make! Kristy is back from Europe and we are screaming from the ROOFTOPS with joy! We've missed her so much! We have another big announcement we have a NEW cohost! Emily for Two Purple Couches will be joining us and not just this week but indefinitely! We are so lucky to have her. We have admired her link ups week after week and got to know her through her featured posts and always cheerful comments. It just seemed natural to reach out to see if she would like to come on board! 

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The Search for Artwork for My Home at Minted.com

The Search for Artwork for My Home at Minted.com

In the past few months I have moved into a new home and have increasingly been discouraged by the art work that I own from my old apartment. I think I am at a different place in my life than I was before so the art just does not seem right for the space at this time. Being a designer I am overly opinionated when it comes to art which is why my walls are still fairly blank after months of living here. 

In the past I have used Minted for invitations for wedding and baby showers and I have always been extremely happy with the designs especially the print quality.

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Creative Spark Link Party #33 & Giveaway

Creative Spark Link Party #33 & Giveaway

Hey there! Welcome to Week 33 of the Creative Spark Link Party! And what a big week it is! We have some exciting announcements to make! Kristy is back from Europe and we are screaming from the ROOFTOPS with joy! We've missed her so much! We have another big announcement we have a NEW cohost! Emily for Two Purple Couches will be joining us and not just this week but indefinitely! We are so lucky to have her. We have admired her link ups week after week and got to know her through her featured posts and always cheerful comments. It just seemed natural to reach out to see if she would like to come on board! 

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Holiday Home Tour

Holiday Home Tour

I wanted to invite you into my home this holiday season. See this is a special holiday season for me since this is my first year in my new (rented) home and my first year celebrating the season on my own. While I have lived on my own before it had been in grad school where I travelled home for the holidays and there was no real need to decorate. This year I was very excited to decorate but boy can it be overwhelming. It took me almost a month to pick out a fake Christmas tree, I started looking in early October!

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Melted Snowman Cookies

Melted Snowman Cookies

Along with an ugly sweater party my work is also having a Christmas cookie contest. Now I am naturally competitive it runs in my family. Don't get me started on our family game nights! A few years back my sister had made melted snowman cookies for Christmas and I knew these would be perfect for the contest. Also any excuse to go to my sisters to bake is a welcomed one. Now I don't want to cheat so I did not ask my sister to make these I just asked for her guidance. 

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Creative Spark Link Party #32

Creative Spark Link Party #32

Hey there! Welcome to Week 32 of the Creative Spark Link Party! We know that you are constantly looking for inspiration and we wanted be able to provide a place for you to come for inspiration! So every Wednesday hop on over here to Creative Spark Wednesday where three blogs, Weekend CraftMy Paper Craze and Please Excuse the Craftermath

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How to Make an Ugly Sweater

How to Make an Ugly Sweater

Every year at work there is an annual ugly sweater contest. This is my first Christmas at this company so I was excited to hear about this! I knew I had to bring my A game. I had so much fun with this project and hope you will be full of inspiration to make your own ugly sweater. 

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Chalkboard and Vinyl Christmas Signs

Chalkboard and Vinyl Christmas Signs

Can you believe that it's already December?! Do you know what that means? It's the last Silhouette Challenge of 2014! We always like to make these challenges the best by thanking you guys for crafting with us through out the year. This week we will be giving away not one but TWO Silhouette cutting machines! First place will win a Cameo and second will win a Portrait! So make sure you stick around until the end of this post. 

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How to Cut Wooden Discs

How to Cut Wooden Discs

The past two Winters I have been really into crafts and decorating with these wooden discs. Problem is I have been spending a small fortune to buy them on Etsy and have you seen how much craft stores are charging for them? Well on Thanksgiving I noticed my Brother-in-law had done some landscaping in his yard and had a pile of branches to burn. After dinner I went our back and grabbed two small branches. 

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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Cooking Enthusiasts

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Cooking Enthusiasts

I don't know about you guys but I am fully in the swing of Christmas shopping and I have a few people on my list I am not quite sure what to get. Beyond the crafting world I tend to find myself in the kitchen...a lot! Today I am partnering up with Wayfair.com to show you some of my favorite kitchen items that would make great gifts for cooking enthusiasts. 

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Creative Spark Link Party 31

Creative Spark Link Party 31

Hey there! Welcome to Week 31 of the Creative Spark Link Party! We know that you are constantly looking for inspiration and we wanted be able to provide a place for you to come for inspiration! So every Wednesday hop on over here to Creative Spark Wednesday where three blogs, Weekend CraftMy Paper Craze and Please Excuse the Craftermath

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Holiday Craft Party After Party!

Holiday Craft Party After Party!

Last week I had so much fun partnering up with Kelly from Simply Kelly Designs and throwing a Holiday Craft Party. Well the party is not over yet! Welcome to the After Party where we are going to recap our projects from the last week, announce a winner for the Michael's gift card and show off some of our favorite holiday projects that were linked up!

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Creative Spark Link Party #30

Creative Spark Link Party #30

Hey there! Welcome to Week 29 of the Creative Spark Link Party! We know that you are constantly looking for inspiration and we wanted be able to provide a place for you to come for inspiration! So every Wednesday hop on over here to Creative Spark Wednesday where three blogs, Weekend CraftMy Paper Craze and Please Excuse the Craftermath(on temporary hiatus), join together to feature projects, provide a place for bloggers to link up and a crafting/DIY hub of inspiration.

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