Friday, October 4, 2013

Inspired by Style Your Life Blog

I truly want to use this blog and I hold myself back by stressing over content, and the point is JUST TO WRITE AND SHARE.  So, I'm back. *smiling*

Being in Italy has catapulted my urge to live to the fullest.  Part of that is taking the time to dress well.  I can remember the days of going out in my pajamas and thinking that was completely acceptable!  But yet at the same time totally coveting the outfit of the trendy girl nearby.

The reality is I was a bad dresser.......I'll admit it.  Not that I didn't know what looked good, I just could not put it together myself.  It. was. so. hard.  But I am over it (sort of), it's a work in progress.

I do have to give credit where credit is due and that is to my Bestie Dawn AND to styleyourlifeblog.com authored by Jennifer Rosson.  I LOVE this blog because Jennifer is very down to earth (like I know her LOL) and she is great at what she does.  She post outfits from casual to cocktail.  And she is not high end all the time.  Yeah sure you may click on a link and find a pair of to die for heels out of your price range but she will also have great outfits with pieces from the Gap or Target.  She keeps a simple and clean site that features whats most important THE CLOTHES.  And I also love her weekend and travel boards with outfits that you can mix and match all the pieces with just a couple of pairs of shoes.  These weekend/ travel boards prove there is no need to over pack and really makes planning less stressful.

And to boot she does personalized birthday boards.........here is mine......OH YEAH when I saw that post I was like THAT'S ME, IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! (INSERT RUNNING MAN)

Style Your Life Blog is out of San Diego.  I am bummed I didn't find her when I lived in Mission Valley because that is basically her hood. But for my peeps who are still there she does lots of local events.

Here is Jennifer's about me page and a page on Six secrets to Style....the number one being Confidence.

So, if you can admit that you are fashionably challenged, or just looking to be inspired hop on over to her blog because it's just great.   Oh and on a side note for those with bambinos she does kids boards too, mostly near the beginning of the school year.

And although I am a work in progress, it's fun, and 40 years from now I just may walk out the door looking like this...

...But I will do it with Style!

xo, Kristina

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Inspired Secretary......


A Secretary is a piece of furniture that I have always wanted.  I finally got one and was inspired to paint it when I saw this on MMS blog.  Here is the before shot.

I painted it in Annie Sloan chalk paint, a mix of Provence and Paris Grey.  As I was painting one of the glass panes broke and so I replaced it with chicken wire.

I used rubb and buff in Grecian Gold for the handles and chicken wire.  I left the inside the original color, because I had no desire to paint the cubbies and I loved the look from my inspiration.




The pictures do not do it justice because I am sooo happy how it turned out.

Linking back to 


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sunburst Mirror made with shims!

I had this big blank wall that you could actually see from outside, looking into our family room, from the front of the house.  It drove me crazy!

So I went from this 

to this!


 It was really easy! And looks GREAT!!





Wednesday, December 7, 2011

a lovely Hutch, sad to see it go....

This Hutch was sturdy, made of maple,  had some great storage, and was my favorite piece so far.






Before
I sanded the top, re-stained with Minwax Walnut, & painted with ASCP in Old White.



Saturday, July 2, 2011

USA Block art



So I was at Home Goods with my friend Ro and spotted these blocks on clearance for $1.50, didn't need them, didn't know what to do with them, BUT had to buy them.  They already had the word love on them but I felt I could do better.....

A little Mod, yes we are on a first name basis now, some scrap book paper, and Ro's Cricut cutter.....




These will go in the family room for the Holiday weekend but outdoor pics come out the best for me so far........




xo, Kristina
linking to itsacraftylife.blogspot.com

Friday, July 1, 2011

Independence Day and Red, White, & Blue Treats

I hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing, firework filled
 Fourth of July!!!




Our Independence can only be celebrated because of the sacrifice provided by our Active duty, Retired, and Veteran service members.  Here are a few links to the Military related Non-profit organizations that we are currently supporting.  Hubby and I have been very busy with all of these organizations over the last year, please click on each logo to read more about them.




Vets House Inc.




And here are a few of my favorite Fourth treats from around the web.  These are all easy, yet would be the hit at any celebration!

These festive kabobs (I am a big fan of the kabob, btw) can be found here.


I think these are my favorite!! Found here.

Finally, these have an adult kick, but can be made in a kiddie version too!  Found here.

xo, Kristina

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

How time flies....

Soooo I want to do this whole blog thing.....then I'd better get posting....but time just flies, and it's not like I haven't done anything to post about I just haven't mastered time management or the art of picture taking........one day......


So here are a few things I have been up to with more detailed posts to follow, hopefully soon!


Remember the awful lamp situation that I photographed when I transformed my cork board......
Well it's been remedied, not a hundred percent, but to a level that makes me happy.  

I need lamp shade advice.  This one is so plain.....HELP.

Little Miss Momma inspired me to make this......

And I also made one for Boo Kitty!

(warning cute child pic overload)





I finally used Modge Podge and it's awesome..........
More to come on this later......


While I spruced up the lamps I hit up this table that has been in the garage for about a year..........


I think "she" looks so much better now!


I also polished up some stemware I got at the Habitat store, no real purpose for these they are just pretty! 



My favorite piece to date is one that I am donating to charity.   We are supporting Vets House Inc. here in VA Beach.  This piece is going up for auction, I am sooooo thrilled to be a part of the event, and I will let you know how it goes.  



There are also three other pieces that I cannot wait to start....
one will require me to strip and re-stain for the first time.

This one is a treasure chest that was actually filled with TREASURE!


And finally, the ultimate Miss Mustard Seed inspiration piece.


I hope you all come back to see what I do with the rest of these pieces.  
xo, Kristina