Easy Seasons Tree Painting Idea

Seasons Tree Painting

If you know me, you know how much I love Pinterest! :) When Pinterest first came out, I didn’t exactly understand the idea of it, however, once I started investigating and seeing all of the cool ideas that came from Pinterest, I wanted to know more! What was the first thing I pinned? A painting, and not just any painting; it was a Seasons Tree Painting that’s super colorful. I thought that it would look perfect in my bedroom!

Seasons Tree Painting

Now, I’m not a painter. I like to paint, but I could never come up with something like this on my own. So, who do I turn to? My sister who graduated with an art degree and could draw and paint anything you showed her. :) I showed her my idea and she told me, “pshh…piece of cake…we’ll do it together.” Together? When I can even draw a straight line? LOL :) Yeah, sure!

Well honestly, we did it together! :)

Seasons Tree Painting

We started with the backgrounds of each panel and made them gradient.  It really wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, in fact, it was quite fun!  :)

Seasons Tree Painting

Then it was time for my sister to get to work with her skills.  :)  She then painted a lovely tree!  You don’t even want to know what my tree would have looked like!

Seasons Tree Painting

After the tree was drawn, we then pained the leaves which consisted of swirling paint  with sponges.  It was very fun to do because you could not really mess it up.  Just like filling in the blanks!  And I do have to say that it turned out very pretty!!  :)

And then it was time to hang! Doesn’t it look awesome?! It’s something that you’d look at every day because simply, how can you miss it? It really does brighten up the room!

Seasons Tree Painting

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell review

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”

I read this book shortly after I finished Eleanor and Park and I do have to say that I enjoyed it a great deal.  There were a few time however, that the story tend to be rather slow and you just wanted to nudge the characters along a bit.  LOL  :)  But over all, I think it was definitely a cute, modern day story.  While the timeline was bout 10-20 years ago, you can still totally picture it happening today.

The story takes place in the early to mid 90s among a newsroom involving pals Beth and Jennifer.  Throughout the book we read the gossip between these two besties that concern their their romance, life, job, etc.  Beth is dealing with her marriage-phobic boyfriend (Chris) and Jennifer is dealing with her baby-mania-stricken husband (Mitch).  However, what they don’t know is that the newly hired computer guy, Lincoln, is in-charge with weeding out all things unnecessary or pornographic among the newroom…and their conversations continuously pop up within his system.  So what does Lincoln do?  Read their messages of course!  Being the nice guy that Lincoln is, he does let the girls slide on their inappropriate office mail as he slowly finds himself getting hooked on their conversations.  Their literally like a drug for him that he cannot escape and before he knows it, he’s falling head over heels for the unlucky-in-love Beth.

Is this creepy?  Yes.  LOL  Very much so, but yet the story keeps you pulled in as you wonder how it’s going to develop each time Lincoln and Beth cross paths.  Will Beth be understanding when, if, she finds out?  Will Lincoln have enough guts to tell Beth what he’s been doing?  What would you do if you found out that someone knew so much about you because he/she was reading your personal emails to your work pal?

This is definitely an easy read.  I think I pretty much read it on a 6-7 hour car ride to Chicago…and something that I think you all should check out!

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Contributor: Brooke – Polymer Clay Owl Pendant

Polymer Clay Owl Pendant

Polymer Clay Owl Pendant

It is always so much fun to come join Jess as a guest contributor.
I am coming over from Artistic Endeavors 101 today.
I work a lot with Sculpey clay.
It is my favorite brand of polymer clay and great for beginners.
Today I want to share this fun little owl pendant.

Pick up some Sculpey polymer clay in any colors you like.

You will also need:

  • jump rings
  • wire
  • pliers
  • chain
  • glass marble
  • toothpick

Polymer Clay Owl Pendant

Condition your clay.
Do this by breaking off a piece and squeeze and roll it in your hands until it becomes soft and pliable.
Roll it into a ball about the size of a fifty cent piece.
Roll it slightly to make it more oblong than round.
Press the marble into the bottom half of the oval.
Use your fingers to gently pull the clay up around the marble to hold it in place.
Pinch at the top of the marble to create a little pointy beak from clay.
At the top of the oval, pinch to create the tufts at the top of the owl’s head.
Condition another clay color.
Roll 2 small pea sized pieces of clay and press each onto the owl’s face.
Use the toothpick to poke a hole into each eye.
You can use the toothpick to create some texture on the beak as well.
Cut a piece of wire about 1 inch long.
Fold it to make a u shape and press it into the owl’s head.
Follow manufacturer’s directions for baking in the toaster oven.
Once the pieces are cool, add jump rings and chain.

Polymer Clay Owl Pendant

A sweet owl pendant.
You could also use it as a zipper pull or keychain.
For easy clean up, wipe hands with baby wipes before washing them.
Have fun.
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Amazing Ways To Treat Your Friends On Their Birthday

Amazing Ways To Treat Your Friends On Their Birthday

When it’s a friend’s birthday, and it’s a big one, you have to do something enormous to celebrate. Even though you have known her for years, you can still struggle to figure out what you want to buy her for a gift. A big birthday deserves a big birthday bash. You need to decide if you are going to tell her about the party or organise a surprise. If she’s in the know, you can find out what she would like to avoid all the guessing. Here are the top ten things for the ultimate birthday celebration:

Funny card – Aging isn’t a lot of fun, but sometimes having a giggle about it helps. Find a humorous card to give her. Imminent big birthdays can be quite stressful for some people. If your friend is showing signs of upset about her coming of age, think about booking her in for a spa day to de-stress and feel fabulous again. The voucher for his can be tucked into the birthday card you choose for her, or gift wrap it in a cute box with ribbons.

Flowers – The next thing on your list should be a bouquet of flowers. You can present these to her at work or at home yourself. Alternatively, look for a company like Serenata to deliver them to her. Bouquets are always welcome and look amazing at home or at the office. Of course, at the office, all the girls can coo over them and make a big fuss of her! You can use the card to hint at what may be coming next or just wish her a very happy birthday.

Balloons and decorations – When you are throwing a party for someone it’s important to get the venue looking right for the job. Balloons are a lovely way to bring the party spirit to any room, but there are plenty of other things you can do too. Use confetti on the tables to add some sparkle, and use centrepieces or table decorations to glam up the room. You can hire chair coverings to bring some chic to the party, or you can have a go at making some if you have the time. Some people like to create a montage of photos of the birthday girl. Your local print shop can help you with this, but it will take some time to put together.

Catering – If you are throwing a party for your friend, it can be great to hire some caterers, but not always financially viable. Going all out for your friend’s birthday will cost some money. You can always arrange a collection from all her friends and family to increase the budget. If you are preparing the food yourself, you can buy ready-made party packs from the grocery store. Alternatively, find some nice recipes for finger foods and get baking! You may be feeling extra bold and choose to make the birthday cake yourself. You can buy candles in the shape of numbers, or try to fit enough single candles on to add up to big number!

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Party tokens – It has become quite trendy to offer tokens to guests at gatherings or parties. You can have some tees printed, or go for something like personalised chocolate boxes. You might want to include some sample sizes of perfumes or body creams. Some beauty shops sell these quite cheaply in bulk. Other ideas include mirror compacts and travel brushes.

Presents – Instead of a spa package, you could give her a hair care day at the local professional hair salon. Nail bars offer luxury packages too. If your friend has been talking about diets and losing weight, a gym membership, or a set of exercise classes might be welcome. You could hire a personal trainer for her to enjoy! Perhaps your friend has a special interest collection you could contribute to? Or maybe she likes music? Gifts for friends can be tricky, but careful questioning can provide you with some great ideas.

Limousine – Spoil your friend rotten on her big day with luxury travel to and from her home. A limousine will help her feel special on her birthday, and it’s certainly a nice way to travel to and from work! You might want to hire a limo to get her to the party, or even carry on to a great nightclub. Save the hassle of flagging down a cab, and hire a chauffeur to take you all around town for the night.

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Champagne – No birthday would be complete without a glass of bubbly to celebrate. You might prefer to organise a cocktail party instead. There are some yummy cocktail recipes that use champagne so get the best of both worlds for your bestie’s big bash.

Club – VIP entry to the hottest club in the city is an awesome way to celebrate a big birthday. Instant entry and access to the best seats in the venue go a long way to making anybody feel special. Some nightclubs offer all-inclusive packages and personal waiting staff. That way, you can all get whatever you want without having to worry about extra cash. Make it a girls only night or invite partners along to make a great night out with friends.

Awesome activities – Take your friend out to do something she’s never done before. Pick something wild that should be on a bucket list, or choose an activity that is more mainstream. Things like ten pin bowling are great fun, but skydiving or swimming with dolphins can be once in a lifetime activities. Remember, you’re going with her, so make sure you’re willing to see it through!

When your best pal comes of age, it should be a cause for celebration even if the number is so big it’s scary. You’re only as old as you feel, so go all out and have as much fun as you can. Take your time to find out what she might be up for and what she would most appreciate. Most of all, make it memorable and have a fabulous time.

Easy Macaroni Salad recipe

Easy Macaroni Salad

For as long as I can remember, Mom has been making this Easy Macaroni Salad for cookouts and get-togethers.  It’s so simple, but yet so delicious…and it’s practically always gone first at any event.  There really are no amounts to this recipe because you can add as much or as little of each ingredient as you’d like.  I’m pretty sure your family will come to love this very non traditional, easy Macaroni Salad!  :)  ENJOY!

Easy Macaroni Salad


  • shell pasta
  • onion, diced
  • green bell pepper, diced
  • miracle whip
  • pepper


  • Cook pasta according to package directions, then rinse over cool water.
  • Place pasta in a large bowl with onion and bell pepper.
  • Add miracle whip (enough to coat evenly but no too much extra).
  • Mix everything together and server topped with freshly ground pepper.
  • This is better if it sits in the fridge up to 2 hours before you serve.