I'm always looking for new and creative ways to spruce up things around my house, and love quick and easy crafts! I am slowly working on adding more great ideas to my blogs that I love/have done, etc. I hope everyone enjoys everything I have posted so far! I have added a new gaming page since I am an avid gamer myself. Feel free to follow my blog, and please give me your feedback! Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Traveling to My Own Beat

    If there is one hobby that I could say is my true passion, it's traveling. The culture and history of the world intrigues me and captivates my mind. I have traveled many states and cities and there are always new discoveries that amaze me in their own unique way. Seeing things on television on Discovery or Travel Channel don't even do them justice. Once you see those places or artifacts in real life, it's life changing. I have been lucky enough to have an uncle who has taken me many places in the world. My travels started when I was still in high school when I went to St. Thomas. It was beautiful with crystal clear waters. It was much different anything I had ever seen.
In the harbor in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

    The next stop on my voyage was Hawaii. You would think that it was much like St. Thomas, but it wasn't anything like it. The weather is always a cool 75 degrees and the culture that thrives here is unlike any other. We stayed in Waikiki where there are many things to do! We went to Pearl Harbor, the Dole Plantation, and all kinds of things. A friend and I took a day trip tour to the where we traveled around the whole island going to many places like Volcanoes National Park, Kona Coffee Farms and Plantations, and even the botanical garden. Before we took the plane back to the island we were staying at we visited the black sand beaches where sea turtles would just swim up and stay a while. 
Black sand beaches at the Big Island

    After Hawaii comes Salt Lake City, Utah. This is where it started at least. We landed in Salt Lake City only to stay a little while. We traveled to Moab, Utah, a quiet little town. It was a big change of environment, weather, and culture. Out west the heat is a dry heat, not very humid like the south. I just love it out west! Moving along. We got there, rented a car, and were on our way to many places like: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Mesa Verde, Zion National Park, and then through Lake Powell. This trip was so much fun and I learned a lot. 
Cayonlands National Park

    Last but definitely not least is New York CITYYY! I can remember it as if was yesterday. To Time Square we traveled by plane from Birmingham. We stayed right in Time Square in front of the jumbo trons. It was so pretty with all of the lights and people everywhere. First we went down 5th Avenue (You know I had to at least walk down 5th to feel VIP) haha! Then it was time to hit every museum in New York! Where all did we go you ask?! Well let me just tell you, we spent COUNTLESS hours in the Museum of Natural History, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. I remember spending 8 hours one day in I believe was The Met, and having to go back the next day just to see everything! These museums are CRAZY big!
 This so far has been it for my great adventures around the world. Mark and I are planning on doing a lot of traveling soon and I can't wait! I would love to visit the top museums and national parks around the world. Maybe someday I will. As for now, I hope you enjoyed my latest blog! Until next time...

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~ Miriam Beard 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Back To School!

Its been a while since my last post. I have been so busy working in my classroom and trying to keep the house from being utterly destroyed Ha. I have got a new job that I love. I am the Special Education Teacher at Duck Springs Elementary! It is a cute little school out in Attalla. All of the faculty are so sweet, and have helped me in more ways than they probably think. This will be my first actual year as a teacher and I am so excited to see what the future is going to bring. I have a couple of pictures from my classroom. I painted and rearranged a few things. I wanted to make an exciting room where my students would enjoy and feel comfortable. I am still in the process of doing a few more things to it as far as decorating, but for the most part it is complete.
My classroom!
I hope everyone has a great school. year and I will be sure to keep posting to let everyone know how its going! Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Have A Seat & Enjoy!

  My newest creation in my DIY projects is my kitchen chairs! The table and chairs was a hand down from my mom when Mark and I got married. It's a cute little table, but I'm not a huge fan of the chairs so I decided to change them up a little.So yesterday at work I decided randomly to reupholster them. As many of you all know I love crafts and projects and all sort of fun hobbies. Some of them I randomly think up myself while others I read about in magazines I read. This idea is one that I read recently and it worked perfectly so I hope you like it!
  The chairs were made from strands of some type of thick paper I believe, so I knew a staple fun would work fine for my project. There are a few supplies you will need when doing this project and they are:  
  • measuring tape
  • scissors
  • staple gun
  • extra staples
  • fabric
  • foam
You should measure the object you want to cover before you go buy the foam and fabric. I bought all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby. Now that you have all your measurements you can go shopping! (*Note: You might want to check your color scheme so you will know what color you are wanting to go with.) I also bought a heavy duty stapler just to make sure it would go through enough. Now for picking the foam and fabric that is going to be up to you. I bought a Poly Foam 1x22x22. I got the squares big enough so they would overlap onto the back of the seat. I didn't make it go all the way around because honestly that would cost more money and no one is going to be looking at the bottom of your seat. If they do, you might want to rethink that friendship...lol Anywho, as far as the fabric I bought 4 yards and had some leftover to have for later. 

Time to craft!
1. Now that you have all of your supplies let's upholster! Lay out your foam wherever you are going to be working.
2. I then laid my seat face down on the foam. I started by pulling up the foam on one side and stapling.
3. Staple down to the corner. When I got to the corner I sort of twisted the corner and laid it down and stapled it. (It seemed to lay better when I twisted and laid it down.)
4. Do this all the way around. (It might help if you had someone to help you.) I pulled the foam pretty tight, but not wicked tight or anything.

 5.  Lay out your fabric and measure just enough to overlap just as you had the foam. (Again, no one is going to see it so that is up to you.)
6. Start on an edge again and staple down to the corner. (Remember to pull tightly so it isn't to loose.) When you come to a corner just twist the fabric, lay it down, and staple it. You will also want to twist two sides on each corner. If you look in the picture posted below you should be able to see mine. It adds more of a classy finish.

 7. And your seat is done! Now just repeat steps 2-6 for the rest of your seats! I hope you enjoyed this project and I hope it was helpful to everyone. Please feel free to comment and have a great day!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

More DIY filing cabinet ideas!

I've been trying to work on this project for a while, but never have the time. I finally started it yesterday, and am pretty pumped on how this is going to turn out! I just bought three cans of spray paint from Lowes (the color is Valspar Gloss Exotic Sea) I went ahead and sprayed the whole cabinet for now, but I think I want to do something different with the doors and handles but not fully set on that idea. One idea that I AM going to do is by some kind of lace fabric pattern and lay it on the sides of the cabinet and spray on the pattern. Not sure what color I want to use so I'm welcome to ideas! Just toss em in the comments box :) The room is gray btw so something that will go with that. The gray really makes the blue pop! :) I would love your ideas and comments! Thanks! Have a wonderful day!

Let it GROW, Let it GROW, Let it GROW!

I decided this year that I was going to embark on something that I had never done before...grow a garden! Not just your average flower garden, a vegetable garden! At first I thought this would never result in anything because I do not have the time at all, but somehow I was determined to make it work.So since this was my first veggie garden I didn't want to spend a ton of money just in case it didn't work out for me. I went to Lowes and bought some regular old cinder blocks (that are so ugly) haha and enough potting soil that I felt like could cover my entire yard....I made my garden 3x3 and poured all the soil in.

(*Tip: I should have put something over the grass so that it wouldn't grow up through the vegetables.) Butttt I didn't so moving on. I then went ahead and bought my plants (not seeds because I'm to impatient for that) and planted them far enough from each other. I made sure that I watered them daily esp when it didn't rain (because it has been wicked hot this summer!) and gave them plant food. As you can prob see in the picture I ended up adding another block to each side and and some more plants. My friend Megan brought over some squash and watermelon a little later. She said she thought they would prob die because they were so fragile but they are huge now! I'm not the best gardener, but I was pretty proud of what I did grow :) Enjoy! Thanks!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What is going on?!

I haven't had much time to blog about anything going on or any new projects I've been working on because I've been working my life away! Besides that I haven't done much of anything...My husband did decide however, that we were going to start watching the show Lost. It didn't look like a show that would appeal to me, but I decided to just go ahead and watch it anyway. Did I enjoy it?! Heck yes I did! haha This show is very captivating. It has kept me pulled in since episode 1.
The show is about a plane that gets off track somewhere from Australia to Los Angeles. It loses signal with the base and ends up crashing on some what seems to be deserted island. There were about 43 people that survived the crash, and are trying to make it off the island somehow. The show has all sorts of twists and turns that keep you itching for more, especially at the end of each episode! (Something crazy always happens at the end of each show.) As the people are on the island with all the strange things that are happening, there are flashbacks of some of the main characters on the show, and how they all end up connected.
I guess this is mine and Mark's new hobby for the next while since we work so much lol. It might sound crazy to write about a show, but its amazing. :) I'm very eager to see what's going to happen in the second season!
As for now, have a blessed day and I will talk to you all later! :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

A little spice is oh so nice :)

So I decided yesterday that I was tired of the same ol thing for dinner.  Don't get me wrong I love chick,  but was getting a little burn out with the way I prepared it.  So i decided to switch it up!  I knew I wanted something spicy, but wasn't sure how to go about fixing it.  I looked in the spice cabinet and grabbed these things: garlic powder, crushed red pepper, salt, pepper, sage, and basil.  (They may not go together but it happened haha) I mixed about (a little less for some)  1 tbs of each into a bowl, stirred and covered the chicken.  After that I looked in the fridge to see what else I had... ok I've got an anahiem (excuse the spelling)  pepper,  bell pepper, onoins, and a mixture of squash, celery, carrots. I threw all of them in a skillet with some EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and set the stove on about a 4 1/2.  After about 3 minutes I put in the chicken and let it cook! It was so good! I hope you all enjoy this recipe and try it yourself!

Saturday, February 19, 2011


This show is going to be amazing! I've never been but am totally wickedly pumped for it! Check it out :) That's all I have to say about that...

Friday, February 18, 2011

"I read about it...in a book..."

Fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, biography, true crime, and much more. There are many genres to choose from when deciding what to read. I love to read and ever since I got my Nookcolor I have more books to read than I have time for! So I've decided that ever book I read (good or bad) I would like to talk about on my blog with all of you! Please feel free to give your feedback! I want to know what you think and I love to hear from you! So here goes!

My first book is called Columbine and was written by Dave Cullen. I usually enjoy reading non-fiction or true crime books so this was right up my alley! I guess I find it more interesting knowing that things are real? I also find it kind of interesting seeing how these people act, think, feel. I guess because at one point I wanted to go into psychology. Anyway, I saw the cover of this book whlie looking online and was pretty much pulled in. It's a picture of the school (small on the bottom) and the sky...I guess all the blue and white of the sky makes it stand out. I saw the name and thought, " I already know the story of what happened what more can there be?" This book really surprised me on how good it was!

The book is about the tragedy that took place at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked in Columbine and started shooting everyone in their path. Teachers, students, other faculty. They didn't care who was killed or injured. They wanted this massacre to be bigger than the Oklahoma City bombings. But why did they even want to do this in the first place? What did their parents think? What were they like in the years before the shooting? This book gives every detail I feel...

Parts of this book may be a little disturbing. It was for me especially when they were giving a detailed account of what happened that day, but still interesting. It also talks about how they lived, where they worked, how they acted, etc. They seemed pretty normal looking in from the outside, but they were anything but normal. Eric seemed to be the ringleader of this disaster, but Dylan was depressed and ended up going along with whatever Eric said. Their parents saw no signs and always seems to treat both children in a loving manner.

As this book progresses, it talks about the aftermath and what has become of it till today. It gives many details of family and loved ones that were injured or killed that day. It talks about what they went through and how they felt. Some were angry, others were crushed, a lot ended up having to have therapy for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). I will say though that this book is not ALL sad...There are some uplitfing moments! Even though Patrick Ireland was shot, and paralyzed on one side, he managed to drag his body to a window and fall out. He was taken to the hospital and immediately to surgery. They thought he would never be able to walk, or talk correctly (make sentences, anything), but he did. He can walk, talk, make sentences, pretty much anything! It was amazing!

I would recommend this book to anyone. It was a great read and kept my attention the whole time. I hope you all enjoyed my blog on this book. Like I said  before please give your feedback so I can hopefully make it better the next time :) Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

More Great Ideas! ~From Flea Market Finds to Savvy Storage~

I have some more great ideas for everyone! I love doing crafts that give a vintage look to my home, but I'm not the most creative person. Sometimes I may be able to come up with a few things on my own to create something cute, but most of the time I am looking for new things! I look online a lot for new ideas that are crafty yet inexspensive! I'm DEF not going to spend tons of money decorating my house. I would rather make it myself and save some money doing it! Lately, I have been finding TONS of ideas with Better Homes and Gardens. I will usually post them on my blog, give directions and tips, then do the craft myself. :) Then I can post my own pictures and tell you what I thought about it in the end. So I found some pictures of these cute, savvy, flea market crafts. Feel free to click on the link and look at the pictures. I am definitely going to be doing some thrifting soon to see what I can find! Of course it doesn't have to be exactly like the picture, make it your own! But it sure does give you somewhere to start! Check out this site and post comments or even some ideas you may have to change up the project to make it your own! (and post pics if you try it!) Thanks and have a great day! :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

DIY Headboard - Better Homes and Gardens

This is another project that I am about to start working on! I have been looking and looking for a bed that I liked...problem? Well, I am def not going to spend a ton of money on a bed that I just think is "ok" and trust me I've looked everywhere! I found this link with DIY headboards and LOVE it! I believe I will also try this craft after the filing cabinet project :) Tell me what you think. I love the feedback! Enjoy!

A Great Craft In Store For You :)

There are a few things I've been wanting to do around the house to spruce a few things up! One thing being our filing cabinet! My mom had given us the filing cabinet because we greatly needed a place to store files, etc. I knew it had to be painted, but wasn't sure what color, or how to go about it. I came across this great idea while online and thought I would share it with all of you and also try it myself this weekend! Painted filing cabinets with decorative paper on the doors, how cute is that?! I will definitely share my pictures and tips with you that I find! These are pics that I found on the internet for now :)
So you pick the color that you want to paint the cabinet (your main color). Then I read to take the doors off of the cabinet, but you could also just tape around the doors and spray paint around it. (Probably what I am going to do! haha) After painting it be sure to let it dry good. As for the paper, I'm sure places like Hobby Lobby and other craft stores will have paper like this. (You could even use wallpaper I'm sure, just message me if you get lost with the whole paper situation.) I would advise taking the handles off of the doors before you put the paper on and just cut around the areas where the paper should not be. (Cutting around those areas seems to be the hardest part of this craft.) Then just put the handles back on the doors and put everything back in place! And you're done! I really hope you all enjoyed this craft. I can't wait to try it! 

This craft looks to me on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hardest) about a 4 or 5? I will be sure to update that again AFTER I do it! :) Thanks!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Nailed it!

I recently had a photoshoot that I was going to do and it said that my nails should be manicured. I don't like to paint my nails 1.because it takes them so long to dry, and 2. It's hard for me to paint my left hand and it peels quickly. I didn't want to spend loads of money to get them done and then it peel off the next day.

So I one day I was strolling through walmart (like everyone else does looking for things to buy that they really don't need) and I came upon these stickers for nails. I was very skeptical at first, but thought "Hey, I'll just give it a try," so I got 2 different kinds. I went home and started putting on these stickers and surprisingly enough they were easy to apply and looked great! I've been wearing them a few days now and they look amazing! I highly recommend these for anyone! They come in so many different colors and patterns. They would be great for weddings, pictures, proms, anything... Hope everyone loves them and good luck! 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Forever and Always...

When Mark and I decided to get married I never dreamed everything that a wedding would entail...I just wanted to be Mrs. Gentry! I would have never survived the wedding madness alone, luckily I had my mother to guide me through the exciting, and sometimes frustrating plans of organizing a wedding. It seems like a lot of people we know are getting married/having children and since I'm not having children anytime soon I thought I may give some helpful tips on wedding planning I learned along the way from someone I know is genius at this stuff...my mom.

We found the chair covers online and went ahead and ordered them. They weren't really a bad price but my mom had a few friends who would use them later and just rent them from her. I guess this was helpful if you know people that could just rent them from you later on or you could use them again. This way you could either get your money out of them or make your money back!

Another thing that you can see in this picture is the centerpiece. Of course this is just a rolled up piece of silk brown material, but in the middle is a circular mirror. She founds these mirrors dirt cheap around town. (I'm sure Hobby Lobby, Wal-mart, etc.) Each centerpiece only ended up costing us like $5 or $6 dollars a table.

Here is one of my favorites!! We saved at every angle possible for our wedding and it turned out beautifully and I loved my wedding dress but didn't want to fool with wearing it around all evening so I found a cute little white dress to wear. (Try not to stare at my whiteness...ha) So would you like to know where I found this cutie-pie dress?! The THRIFT STORE! I see all these women spending tons of money on this and that and a dress on top of everything (and some going as far as buying a second dress for the reception.) I don't have that kind of money nor if I did would I do something that crazy! I found this dress one day long before I decided to get married in the thrift store and luckily enough it came in handy! Everyone loved it! So start thrifting!

 One last thing that I thought was neat. The picture on the left was taken a few weeks before the wedding. Notice the difference in the hair? I had bought some clip in hair extensions a year or so prior to clip in every once in a while. As much as I color my hair I thought it would never work for my wedding because the hair didn't match. A friend of mine who is a stylist colored the hair and my hair and It matched perfectly! They were a lot cheaper than having glue-in or sew-in extensions, and I could take em out whenever I needed. My hair was too short to do anything cute so I'm glad I had these handy!

Earring Holders!

I wanted to share something that a friend of mine had shared a while back. I thought this was a great idea myself! An earring dolly! It holds all your earrings nice and neatly so it is easy to choose a pair you wanna wear! It is so easy to make and I think it is very vintage looking (depending on the materials you use to make it.) I love how this craft can be helpful to women daily, but yet can also show their style! Here are the steps to make this craft:

~Find an old (or new) picture frame! (I love old an vintage but you may love new and modern)

~You will need hemp string, and super glue/hot glue

~Take the glass out and the back off of the frame.

~Get your hemp and depending on how big your frame is and tie a knot on one end (with excess string hanging) now stretch it across and tie it to the other side leaving some excess...Cut

~Do this 3 or 4 times down the frame (yet again depending on how big your frame is)

~I used hot glue on the back of the tied string to keep it in place. That part is up to you.