Thursday, January 23, 2014

DIY Studded Candles

Hey ya folks!  How's it going?  I just wanted to stop in with this quick little project I just finished.  You see, I bought these birch log candlesticks the other day and then couldn't find candles that I liked to put on them.  So, there they sat for about a month with nothing on them.  I tried some teal candles, but since I have nothing else teal in my house, they drove me nuts and off to my mom's house they went.  :-)  Again, there sat the candlesticks all lonely and everything.

Then, two nights ago, I couldn't sleep so I searched on Pinterest for diy candle decorating.  Let me just tell you, there is not a lot out there.  Apparently, I'm the only weirdo who can't just find candles I like in the store.  So, I got to thinking, what did I want the candles to look like?  I decided I wanted a kind of tribal print and maybe some studs.  I remembered that I had seen something done with tacks, so off to good old Walmart I went in search of solid colored candles and some gold tacks.  Of course, my Walmart didn't have gold tacks, so instead, I bought some gold brad fasteners and hoped for the best.  

So, there isn't much explanation needed for this.  Figure out what pattern or design you want and just start pushing the brads/tacks in.  I do think tacks might work better for this because they probably wouldn't bend as much, but really, I didn't have any trouble.  The great thing is, if you mess up, you just pull the brad out and start again!  So, here they are!

I think I would have rather had black candles and used the gold brads to stud them (or possibly even some white brads), so I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for some, but I like these for now.  :-)  What do you think?  Are you up for making some studded candles of your own?  You could do so many different designs and even spell out a word with several candles!  Use your imagination!  What design would you do?  What else have you seen that used tacks or brads as studs?  Leave me some comment love!
Love ya like a lazy girl loves naps,
The Lazy Girl~ Jamie

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

One Word

So, a lot of the bloggers that I follow are talking about their one word for 2014.  One word that describes their goals, resolutions, what have you.  I don't usually make resolutions because, let's face it, I don't keep them.  Sure, I'd like to, but I'm usually realistic enough to know that I won't.  That being said... I'm actually going to try to make some improvements this year.  I'm going to be honest, a couple of these I'm really not sure I can do.  I'm scared.  Of failing myself, but especially of failing in front of all of you (although, I'm not sure anybody actually reads this blog, so maybe that's not such a big deal).  So. here goes nothing.  My one word for 2014.

Less clutter
Less weight
Less time (spent doing things that don't bring me joy)
Less sadness

Less Clutter~
Both visually and mentally.  In my home and in my head, my spirit, my heart.  I know I can have less clutter in my home.  I got this!  The clutter in me on the other hand, that's a bit more difficult to get rid of, but I'm going to try.  I want more room in my heart and spirit for the things that are truly important.  God, my husband, my children. 

Less Weight~
This one is pretty obvious.  I need to lose weight.  I am at my biggest and I am uncomfortable.  It affects my health.  It affects my life.  I have no willpower to diet and because of a health problem, no energy to exercise, but I am going to find a way.  I am going to push myself to exercise.  I am going to try my hardest to at least cut down on the sweets.  That will be my starting point.  Who knows where I'll go from there!

Less Time~
Less time doing things that don't bring me joy.  The first thing that comes to mind is less time mindlessly wandering the internet.  I spend most of my day doing it and it needs to stop.  There are so many things I could be doing instead!  Cleaning my house would be a good start.  It would bring me joy to have a home that myself and my family can feel comfortable in.  Crafting!  I love to craft and DIY and I rarely do it.  Bonus for you guys?  I'll have more to blog about.  :-)  And there's so much more I could do.  Also, less time spent doing things that I don't like to do for other people at the cost of spending time doing things I actually want to do.  Sometimes, I'm a people pleaser and I agree to do things for people or with people when I don't want to.  Of course, I still want to have a kind heart and be helpful to others, but there needs to be a balance.  Time for a change.  :-)

Less Sadness~
This is my toughest one.  How do you control your sadness?  Especially when you suffer daily from severe depression.  I don't know the answer to this.  I've searched for it for many years and have yet to find it.  I know I can't get rid of my sadness.  Certainly not all of it.  But I can choose joy.  I can choose to focus on the things in my life that are good, instead of always focusing on the bad.  This will be hard, but I am determined.  I deserve to be happy.  My husband deserves a happy wife.  My kids deserve a happy mom.  I WILL DO THIS.

So there you have it.  My one word for 2014.  What about you?  What is your one word for the year?  Leave a comment and let me know what goals you've set for yourself.  Let's help each other!

Love ya like a lazy girl loves naps,
The Lazy Girl~ Jamie