Category Archives: Original Content

Creating Art with Diamond Dotz and 5D Diamond Painting

 Everything You Need To Know About 5D Diamond Facet Art 

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Since I was young I have enjoyed crafts and I love discovering new skills and techniques to add to my growing list of skills.

Recently I discovered a new craft that uses resin facets to create a variety of different works of art – Diamond Painting. This relaxing and easy craft goes by a couple of names including 5D Diamond Painting, Facet Art, Crystal Art, Diamond Embroidery and Diamond Dotz.

The best thing about this craft is that with little instruction a magnificent piece of art is created! One thing I appreciate about Diamond Painting is the simplicity and ease – you simply grab a stylus, pick up a facet diamond and place it on the predetermined place.

Here I will show you what typically comes in a kit, tips for keeping those ‘diamonds’ safe and the best way to work through your projects in addition to some tips I have discovered to make this craft even more enjoyable.

The shimmer and shine is created by the flat facets on the geometric shapes, and the cuts allow each edge to reflect light.

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DIY Halloween Wreath for under $10.00

DIY HALLOWEEN WREATH for under $10.00 at Dollar Tree

Living in a tiny house, the decorating options can not be as extravagant as I may want at times. I am always looking for ways to decorate, while keeping the space available in my home. One of the easiest ways to decorate for the upcoming season is with a wreath and this DIY Halloween Wreath is the perfect way to welcome all the ghosts and ghouls of the season.

This was an easy, project that took about 4-5 hours, and I know you will love it!

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Know Your Apples – A Guide to Apple Varieties

How ’bout Them Apples – A Guide to Apple Varieties

When I think of the holiday season I think of apples – from their scent to taste there is nothing that this fruit can not create. One of our favorite snacks is apples with peanut butter and caramel.

There are many varieties of apples and each apple has it’s own flavor and own taste, and it can be hard to decide which you want for the family pie. Here I have provided a simple listing of apples and what the apples ideal use is.

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DIY Wine Cork Pumpkin

DIY WINE CORK PUMPKIN

If there is one craft supply that is in abundance at my house, it is corks. I have family that only drink’s wine and the corks get saved for me. Since, Fall is upon us, and so I thought i would make a DIY Cork Pumpkin for my Fall decorating.

This was an easy, relaxing project that I know you will love!

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On a more personal note: A Story Of Return After Loss

The Incredibly Way This Journal Was Returned To Me

Almost a decade ago my life was very different than it is today. I was married to another man and desperately unhappy. When the ultimate end happened and we separated I was forced into putting almost all of my personal effects into storage, and because of the frantic nature of our separation I had to put everything in boxes for a undetermined amount of time. I had about 28 days to find a new home for me and my beloved cat Sebastian which was 190 miles and 3 hours from where I was currently living. To say I was under a time deadline is a understatement.

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When Strength is Found in the Routine

When Strength is Found in the Routine

When the word routine pops in your head, I am sure you are thinking of the definition which is a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.

A couple of weeks ago I woke up early to take my father to the hospital for what should have been a routine procedure to improve blood flow in his lower legs. The main reason I thought this would be so routine was that he had literally had the same surgery with spectacularly positive results a couple weeks prior. This first surgery started at 8 and by 9:30 I had a call that he would be released around noon.

When we entered the hospital and began to repeat the same process we had 14 days prior, I was worried but mainly was looking forward to the process being over, and having my father healthy again.

I stayed with him until the last moment when they wheeled him away and decided that I would pick up some donuts for the nurses (it happened to be Nurses Appreciation Week) to deliver when I returned to pick him up. I drove home wondering if I was making the right decision to leave, wondering if I was really treating this as routine, and not giving it the thought and seriousness I should. Should I stay? Should I go home? I wrestled with that decision and in the end decided to head home.

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Best Pet Costumes on Amazon

Dress Your Pet with Amazons Best Pet Costumes

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There are no doubts that I am a fan of my pets! For as long as I can remember I have wanted to dress the cats up. I attempted to make Maggee a Ladybug costume this past Halloween, and I always use a cute hat for Murfee, but this it mostly because I have not found the perfect costume, until now!

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Our Top 7 from the Natural Products Expo 2017

A Month Later .. The 7 Items I am Still Thinking About From Expo West 2017

Attending an expo or trade show can be overwhelming to say the least, and it is a lot of information and products to see. This yearly event is held in Anaheim California, has over 80,000 attendees, and over 3,100 exhibitors – that is a lot of people to talk to and meet.

As you walk the floor, the colors, sights and samples are abundant, and favorites emerge. At times the favorites become clear once you are back home enjoying the take away sample. It is in that spirit that I wanted to share my favorite finds from the Natural Products Expo 2017.

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Building Real Relationships In An Email World -DealsAmongUs

Review Blogging: Building Real Relationships in a Email World

Building Real Relationships in an Email World

As an actively pitching blogger, I have found that one of the most difficult things is creating real connections with the public relations, marketing and owners of the companies I work with.

There no doubt that one of the biggest struggles in blogging and working with companies is how to create a real line of communication in an online world. I have a couple of things that I started doing in the beginning and have served me well the past couple years.

The best methods I have found are the following..

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The Path to Becoming a Review Blogger

The Path to Becoming a Review Blogger

A couple of years ago I had the desire to start a blog, but did not know where to begin. I started by writing a couple of posts about the daily mail that I received. Much of the items were free and sent to me via sampling programs and such.

It became clear very quickly that while I thought that was a viable topic, it was not enough to fill an entire blog. I began to brainstorm, and that is when I received the suggestion to do product reviews.

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