Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award

Guess what?  I was given the 
**Versatile Blogger Award** 
by countrymaverickess!!  I am sooo excited!!  

This is my first blog award and I will display it proudly! 
 Thank you so much!  Go on over to  
and become a follower of hers!  Her blog is awesome!  Thanks to her again!
I guess there are certain things you need to do once you receive this award:  
First, I need to tell you 7 things about myself:
1- I'm a SAHM of one boy
2- My favorite TV shows are, The Office, HGTV Design Star & Shear Genius 
3- My secret wishes are: That I had a British accent and that I could sing well
4- I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it if someone had a room that needed a makeover and gave me a budget and said go for it.  That would be awesome!
5- It's hard not to compare myself with other moms.  I hardly ever think that I am a fantastic mom
6- My husband was my first date. (Everybody all together now...awwww)
7- I don't like playing outside.  I'm an indoors girl.

Anyone still with me?  Ok, good, now I get to award this awesome award to 15 other bloggers.  I will post the list when I decide which ones I am going to give it to!
Thanks again countrymaverickess!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


I just wanted to thank all of my followers 
for making it to 80!!  I have 80 followers!  
I know that that is a far cry from what a lot of you guys have,
 but, I'm hoping to get there someday soon, and I am on my way! 
So thank you to eveyone!  Please continue
 to check out my blog, and, I would LOVE it 
if you would introduce my 
blog to your friends!! 
 90, here we come!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Wood Letters

This is really not a tutorial today, it's more of a look what 
I made.....and I am selling them too.  
I have been decorating wood letters like these for a 
while now.  I've done them for things such as, baby nurseries, 
shower gifts, I did a little boy's name for his room, and decorated the
 letters in an animal theme, I did a letter "h" for a salon in the salon's cute colors of black and pink.  These are just examples of what I have made. 
 Whenever I make them, they are always a big hit with everyone. 
 I'm telling you this because I am selling them, and thought 
I would ask if anyone was interested in ordering any.
They are perfect gifts for anyone! (And, Mother's Day IS coming up!)
They can be any word, name, initial, baby name, school name, team name, holiday etc etc.... 
anything that you want it to say.  
AND they can be decorated in any 
color scheme and theme.
This "cake" that I made is just an example of the many possibilities.

Please let me know if you would like to place an order!  
I would be happy to make your letter/word for you!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Winner Winner Winner!!

The winner of the AWESOME $30 gift card to Foster Weld is........ (Drumroll please).........

Congratulations!!!  I am so jealous!  Please check back here and let us know what you get with your gift certificate!

Just wanted to thank Foster Weld for donating this great prize!  You can find them at (click here) -->

Monday, March 21, 2011

Foster Weld $30 Gift Card Giveaway!!!!!!!!

You know how I told you that Foster Weld was
 going to do an awesome giveaway on my blog? 
 Well, here it is.  It's a............
$30 gift card to their store!!
I'm so excited about this!  By now you probably have read on here
how awesome they are!  
Their belts, buckles & cuffs are so cool & unique....
I wanted to share a picture of another item that they have.

Aren't these the CUTEST kid's belts?  Any little boy
 or girl would look stylin' in one of these!!

As you can see, Foster Weld has something for everyone
So, go check out their store!

In the meantime, enter their $30 gift card giveaway!

What you have to do.....
*MANDATORY (1 entry) Go to
and then come back and leave a comment about what item
you would love to have if you won the gift card
*Become a follower of this blog (1 entry)
*Blog about this giveaway on your blog, 
and link it back to here (1 entry)
*Get a friend to be a follower on this blog as well (1 entry)

As you can see, there are a few ways to enter.  
You can do all of them, but just 
remember to leave a separate comment on 
here for each thing that you do.
And, also leave your e-mail address
with your comments

I am very jealous of whoever the winner will be! 
It's an amazing prize!

Good Luck!
The contest will end on 
Monday March 28th!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Foster Weld

Hey guys!  
I have talked a lot this week about the 
company Foster Weld, and how awesome 
their hand made
belts, belt buckles and wrist cuffs are!
Stay tuned for this Monday!!
Foster Weld is doing an AWESOME giveaway 
here on my blog. Be sure to come back
and check it out!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Foster Weld..About Us

I thought I would post on here the "about us" section from Foster Weld's website, just so you could get to know them a little better.

We quit our day jobs to do this. Why? We like playing with metal. And we're pretty good  at it. We know, because 
- people buy our stuff in stores from Portland to Philly 
- nobody ever said "don't quit your day job." (Not that we'd have listened.) 

It's just a lot of fun to make stuff, using hand grinders, machine tools and plasma cutters especially, and we like knowing that everything that comes out of our shop here in Indianapolis is distinctive, original and built to last. Handmade, hand-painted, hand-distressed... No two pieces are exactly alike, which is decidedly unlike 99% of the cra-- excuse us, *merchandise* you'll see out there on the market. And it's been like that since we started It basically comes down to this: We're doing what we love, and we think it shows in everything we create. Whether it's a ten-dollar cuff or a $2000 cabinet, you get the fruits of our passion, our drive, and our inspiration. Hope you like metal fruit. 

-Foster Weld

Now you know why they are so cool!  They make their own stuff by hand, no 2 items are alike, they take great care in what they make and make it to last.  I highly recommend that you go check out their website.

They have everything: 
cool belts
unique belt buckles
awesome cuffs 
etc. etc.

And remember to use the code FW15 to get 15% off your order!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Foster Weld....15% off your order!!

This is just a reminder to head on over to
Foster Weld
 to take advantage of their 15% off deal going on this week.
  (Code: FW15)  
You will NOT be sorry!!  

The other day, my sister stole borrowed my 
wrist cuff that I had gotten from Foster Weld.  Well, ALL of 
her friends wanted one for themselves 
after they saw it on her.
That is what is so cool about Foster Weld's items that they sell.  
They are so unique and so different from the "ordinary"
 accessories that you see out there.  
I also love how their items are individually hand-crafted, 
and even come with a signed postcard from 
the person who made it for you.
So, go on over and check them out!
Remember to use code: FW15 for 15% off!

Remember to use Code: FW15 for 15% off your order!

Click here

Monday, March 14, 2011

Foster Weld

Ever wanted to have that one 
accessory that is different and unique?  
I have the PERFECT item!!  It's from a company 
called Foster Weld.  They hand make all of their awesome products, 
so no two items are exactly alike.  This is my wrist cuff that 
I LOVE and i'm always getting comments on it.  

They make everything from wrist cuffs to belt buckles and belts as well.  
One of the cool things that I love about their products
 is that they are totally customizable. You can personalize
 your item with a name, date, etc etc... 
AND, this week they are giving a 15% discount
on all orders when you put in the code: FW15

Here are some of their products that I LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Click here to go to their site!:

Oh, crap

So folks, I spoke too soon.  I had a sore throat today, 
so I went to the docs.  I have Strep....AGAIN!!  
**2nd time this month!! **
The doc put me on a stronger medicine so I am really hoping
 that it's going to work this time!

The Crafty Side Of Life

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Also, I wanted to let you know to come back tomorrow (Monday)
I am reviewing an awesome product that would be perfect for those who 
love to wear one of a kind, cool accessories.  
Please come back a take a look this week, because they are
giving a 15% discount to all of my blog friends
AND, next week they
are giving away a $30 gift card!!
Hope to see you tomorrow!

The Crafty Side Of Life

Well, after a LONG break, I am back.  We ALL had Strep, which 
was oh, so fun! Not.  And then, when we were all on Amoxicillin 
and getting better, my son had a reaction to his medicine and 
woke up COVERED with red spots.  
(This picture is of his back...look at those spots!!)


The doctor changed his medicine and luckily the spots went away.  
It was so sad to look at him with his polka dots.
But, we are so happy that he is all better now!
That was a long few weeks.
Now, on a happier note, it's time
 to get back to crafting!

The Crafty Side Of Life


Friday, February 25, 2011

Ick! Strep!

I'll be back to posting soon. 
The whole family has Strep Throat 
including me.  So, for the time being, 
we are all going to rest!  See ya soon.

The Crafty Side Of Life

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Oh So Fabulous Giveaway winner!!

So, the winner of the Oh So Fabulous $15 gift certificate 
is.......... Sarah!
Please leave a comment letting me know your email address. Thanks!

Everyone, please go visit Oh So Fabulous on Etsy.  
She has some really cute
items for sale!!  

Friday, February 11, 2011

A-Z Printable

Here is a freebie that I created.  Please
feel free to take it and use it!
(If you wanted to follow me, that would be awesome too!)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Posh & Pampered Giveaway Winner!!

The winner for the "Match Made In Heaven" charm from
Posh & Pampered is: (Using 
Katie from Ohh Baby

Please check out my new 
giveaway below from
Oh So Fabulous
She is giving away a $15 gift certificate
to her Etsy shop!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

"Oh So Fabulous" Giveaway!

This week's giveaway from Oh So Fabulous is so cool! 
 She is giving away a $15 gift certificate to her shop!  
She has so many cute things!!  

Here is just a sample of what she has:
She Has The Cutest Clipboards......

Really Cute Chipboard Scrapbooks.....

Such Cute Printables.....


It's an amazing shop, and you will be glad that you
went and checked it out!!!!

So, here is what you need to do to enter:
1 ENTRY: Go check out her Etsy site and then come 
back and tell me what your favorite 
thing on there was
1 ENTRY: Be a follower of my blog, The Crafty Side Of Life
1 ENTRY: Add my button to your blog

When you do any of these, please let me know in the comments field
 Also, post a separate comment for each thing that you do

Thanks So Much!  
And, Good Luck!
Here is the link to Oh So Fabulous:

Friday, February 4, 2011

Washcloth Cupcakes/Teacher Gift

This is what we are doing for teacher gifts for Valentine's Day this year!!  Just wrap one of these washcloth cupcakes in a cellophane bag with a few candy conversation hearts, and you have a CUTE gift!

Here is what you will need:

*Washcloths, *Cupcake wrappers, *cupcake toppers

First, you need to lay out the washcloth, and fold
it in half, and then in
half again. (You can fold it
again after that for a third time, it depends on how
tall you want your cupcakes)

Then, take the end and fold it like in the picture above.
And, then start
rolling it, starting at the end
where you just folded it, and it should look
like this:

Then, put the rolled up washcloth in one of the
cupcake wrappers.
  Once the washcloth is in there, you can
fluff it up, and
spread it out a little bit.

Since they are washcloths,
little heart soaps 
 to the top is a perfect finish!

Or, you can stick cute suckers
 in them like this

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Giveaway From Posh & Pampered!!

This is such a cute giveaway!!  I'm really excited about this!
Posh & Pampered is giving away one of her
"Match Made In Heaven" Charms!

When you go over to her Etsy site, you will fall
in LOVE with everything that she has for sale!

Here are a few other things that she makes:

 If you are having a girl, or know of someone who is,
this is a 
perfect baby gift!  
They are bracelets that the girl will wear at each of her milestones.
They come in a set of 3 bracelets
a bracelet for her blessing, one for her baptism and 
one for her wedding.
And, with each bracelet comes a rolled up scroll
with a scripture and a place to write the date of the event.
Such a great gift that will last a lifetime
AND it comes packaged in a cute box!

She was so nice to send me this necklace as well.  She had taken a quote
that my son had said, and stamped in on the necklace and added
 a picture of him on a frame charm, and
finished it off with a little heart charm.
 I LOVE it!  Truly a keepsake!

Like I said, you are going to  LOVE 

everything she has to offer on her site.  

Please go visit her Etsy site!  Click on this link!
Posh & Pampered

Here's what you have to do to enter the giveaway:
1 entry: Go to Posh & Pampered's Etsy site (link is posted above) and look around.  Then come back and let me know what 
your favorite item is that she has for sale on there
1 entry: follow my blog
1 entry: Put my button on your blog

Get 2 extra entries if you buy something from
Posh & Pampered!!

After doing any of these steps above, please comment on here
and let me know what you did.

Good Luck!
I will pick a winner on Monday, Feb 7th!


The Crafty Side Of Life

Friday, January 28, 2011

Crepe Paper Wreath

Are you looking for a CHEAP and EASY Valentines project?  Here it is.  I think it turned out pretty cute.

AND, all you need is 3 things to make this!

*Crepe Paper- I used about 3/4 of a roll and it made a wreath size about the size of a dessert plate, but you can make one as big as you would like
*A piece of wire

Your first step is to cut the Crepe paper into about foot long strips.  You don't want to fold the whole roll into one bunch, because if you do that, it will be much harder to punch a hole all the way through.  That is why you take little strips at a time.  Makes the hole punching a lot easier!
So, as I just said, you want to fold the Crepe paper like this:

And when you have that piece folded, punch the wire through the middle like this: 

And repeat until you have the whole length of the wire covered
like this:
(I added some white Crepe paper as well)

When you're done, add a few embellishments and a piece of ribbon to hang it from like this:

They would be so cute in any color!!

The Crafty Side Of Life