Monday, February 18, 2013

A Simple and Sweet Valentine's Gift

For Valentine's Day this year, I decided to keep things super simple. Things are really tight financially for us right now so I knew I couldn't go out and buy M a fancy gift but being our first V-Day together, I didn't want to do nothing either. So I spent a dollar. Yes $1.

The teal/mint mailbox was $1 in the Target Dollar Bin before V-day and I snatched one up. (sidenote... does anyone remember when it was near impossible to get your hands on these mailboxes?! people would go to 8 different Targets trying to find one and they would fly off the shelves in less than a couple days). Everything else that I used for this gift I either had on hand or printed. 

I had scraps of heart fabric which I hot-glued to the mailbox and I have a pint of chalkboard paint that I have come to love just having on hand for whatever I suddenly decide needs to have some chalkboard love. 

I honestly dreamed up this project in less than a minute and didn't think too much about it. Just started warming up the glue gun and shaking up the paint.

That being said, I didn't do the best job of getting the smoothest finish on the paint. A spray can is so much better for that but I still could have been neater with my painting. I will probably even go back with another coat now that the holiday is over and try to smooth it out.
I wanted to use some cute V-day cards to put in the box but I just didn't have the time to create them myself in photoshop and lets face it, others are better at it. So thanks to The Dating Divas 140 Free Valentines Day Printables post, I found some super cute ones available free as long as I have a printer. Which I do. Obviously.
I made a list of 14 things I love about M and wrote them on the cards.

These are the two sets I used: 

After that I just wrote on the chalkboard... not my best chalkboard work but its small and again, didn't paint it smooth enough (makes a HUGE difference in the difficulty of writing in chalk).

He loved it and it was a special little something for just him... and only a $1 ;)

To celebrate, we avoided the crowds by eating at Chipotle and seeing Safe Haven (which I have been so excited to see after reading the book and being an avid Nick Sparks fan!) He surprised me on the way home by stopping at my favorite Yogurtland. A simple and sweet date with a simple and sweet gift.

Hope you had a fabulous Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

three65: January

1st: Foodie Fight trivia with the fam bam
2nd: 13 goals in 2013 (handwritten version)
3rd: Yellow Toms
4th: New Click magazine M got me for Christmas
5th: Saturday morning snuggles
6th: Sunday dinner at my parents
7th: Weight Watchers 7pp lunch
8th: My favorite ever boss's last day. :(
9th: Prettiest sunrise on my drive to work.
10th: Lady parts check-up day
11th: New branding labels for the shop
12th: First brand new ready-to-ship strap in progress
13th: Mint and chambray OOTD
14th: Evening to-do list... *No NCIS allowed* (I'm obsessed)
15th: Finishing touches on I Heart You
16th: Chipotle treat

17th: The kids at work made me "Chuck-E-Cheese"
18th: Hot tea and cuddles - no sickies please
19th: Hair day! Hadn't had my hair done in over a year!
20th: Mini cannoli bites at Sunday dinner
21st: NCIS obsessed
22nd: Hair before and after - mousy brown to dark and auburn
23rd: Excited to see my puppy
24th: Snack for the kiddos (fruit pizzas)
25th: Rainy, headache, stomachache, boo
26th: Date night at Bruxie's and Les Mis after
27th: They love each other
28th: Signed up for a new small gym
29th: A way too many points delicious pasta
30th: Cousin's birthday
31st: Self-portrait to close the month and 5 things about me on IG.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

River turns 1!

Our puppy turned one on the 4th! 

We actually don't know when her real birthday is but I wanted to have a birthday so I made it up. We got her on August 4th and the shelter said she was approximately 6 months then so I decided her birthday would be February 4th :)

This puppy has brought more joy (and a little turmoil) to our lives than we ever thought possible. And I never thought I could possibly love a dog as much as I love her. She is the sweetest thing ever even then she's a total brat. She gets that from her dad ;)

Happy Birthday River-girl!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Shop Update: January

I don't know what it is about blogging lately that I cannot find motivation for... it is such a struggle for me lately but I am determined to work on it because I have so much I want to blog about.
Anyway... I have been talking a lot about revamping the shop this year and its turning out to be an even  bigger monkey to take on than I anticipated. That being said, its going to be a slow, possibly year long, revamp but I'm excited about it despite the work.

I will do a shop update post every month to share which straps are completed and re-listed in the shop. Below are January's straps and information about what the revamp entails.

The revamp involves a lot of different components.

The biggest thing is that straps are now entirely made and ready to ship. Before, I would make one strap, photograph and list it and then everything was made-to-order from that point on. I am now making as many straps as I can get out of the amount of fabric I have and listing all that I have ready to ship. This means straps ship in 1-3 days instead of 1-2 weeks. And takes a crazy amount of stress off my shoulders with trying to make straps in a timely manner and work a full time job which keeps me out of the house 10 hours a day.

The second biggest thing is that all straps now come with a lens cap pocket (!!!). No more need for requesting a custom order... every strap is automatically equipped with that handy little pocket. 

Straps are now 3" wide to accomodate many different lens cap sizes. Pockets are also deeper.

I also went and got all legitimate like and straps now come with a logo label on the pocket on the back of the straps. 

And lastly, straps now have names... a minor change but one I am happy about. I may have to enlist some help... some of these are so hard to name! Like the one below.

There will be lots of new straps as well as revamping the old ones. The first 4 of this months straps are brand new to the shop and this last one is a strap that was previously in the shop but hasn't been in awhile. I am forcing myself to make February a revamp month involving all old strap designs... no new stuff allowed! :) 

Because the revamp is going to take time, you may notice that the new straps have a different price than the old. That is temporary as I am working to remake all the old stuff to replace those listings with the new price. 

The best part about this month's update?! The information I am about to give you about not one but two giveaways happening this week. Annnnnnnd there are THREE coupon codes out there in blog land! Ready?!

Mrs. Monologues is giving away one I Heart You strap and she has a coupon code for her readers.
Aubrey at The Kinch Life is doing a review of and giving away a never before seen strap
 and she also has a coupon code.
Lauren at Wifestyles is doing a review and has a coupon code as well. 

Check them out and maybe you'll be a lucky winner. Coupon codes are good through the end of March!

Happy Monday friends.