Simply Crafty: DIY Chevron Make-Up Bag

Hi there!

ERMAHGADDDD I’m still sick! For those of you who follow me on Twitter, I’m sorry all I can talk about is being ill but in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a MISERABLE sick person. Like incredibly unpleasant to be around because all I want to do is whine about being sick. It’s come back that is isn’t strep, so now I have no clue why my body hates me right now. Sigh. Bear with me, Happy Evani will come back some day.

Since I’m drowning in Halls cough drop wrappers, I’ve decided to repost a guest post I did at one of my favorite blogs Anna Delores Blog. So in case you haven’t seen it, here goes! Feel free to pin this, that would make my day! (Here’s the original post if you’re interested!)

So simple right? Anything I can paint chevron on, I will!

Will you do me a favor? Send happy thoughts, pray, ANYTHING that you can do, that this sickness will go away? My birthday is on Wednesday and I’d really love not to feel miserable…

I haven’t read any blogs since Friday and the unreasonably high amount on my Bloglovin count makes me want to just clear-all. So in case I do that, feel free to leave me a comment with any Friday or Weekend blog entries you recommend (whether they’re your blog or not!). I mean in general, your blogs are the most important ones for me to read anyways! 🙂

Also who watched that Ravens vs. Patriots game?!? AMAZING right?! 31-30, the Ravens fought hard for that W!

Last sidenote, the Emmys this year were hilarious! Can we just cut out all the award winning and keep doing the funny skits and stuff? That’s the best part. That and the SUPER awkward moments when they do close ups on the nominees faces and they have no clue what to do. That’s my JAM.

Hope your Monday is significantly better than mine!

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Finding joy in the Everyday

Happy Thursday loves!

I cannot get over the wonderful and thoughtful responses I got on my blog yesterday, seriously it floors me everyday that I have people even remotely interested in my life. I appreciate every single response and while I’m cutting back on fanatically replying to every comment, I will definitely be responding to you all on that one. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

Last night, despite having to a long to do list, Rob and I ventured to Davis for Farmers Market after work (I think Rob’s still trying to cheer me up from my monthly slump because I know farmers markets aren’t his favorite thing in the world). I attended UC Davis for my undergrad and every time I go back to visit, my heart hurts a little. Davis is the only other “city” I’ve ever lived in besides Sacramento/Elk Grove and it’s full of SO many wonderful memories of college. And Farmers Market was one of my FAVORITE things about living in Davis. I used to stop by for my Market Salad after class every Wednesday so Rhonda, the woman who worked there gave me her cell phone number and I would call her when I was on my way so that she would make sure to set aside my salad for me!

The Market Salad from Monticello Bistro = BEST SALAD EVER.

Wednesdays are Picnic in the Park nights, lots to do for families, see all those bounce houses for kids in the back?

DIY Giftbags

After grabbing a few brews with our friend Chris, we ventured home to work on my latest project: Gift bags for my Mom. My Mom is a principal and for staff appreciation, I hand-make bags for her to give her staff. I didn’t plan on posting about it on the blog (not really sure why I wouldn’t but that’s why the picture quality is AWESOME sucky) so I didn’t take process pictures but I’m happy with how they turned out!

I started with stamping the bags, then painting a design using the stamp as a frame. The black paint is actually chalkboard paint written on with chalk marker. I free handed all the names and designs. I love the sheen of chalkboard paint, it really makes black pop. I dressed up the tags with some washi tape and used a stamp to say Thank You. There’s a million more things I wanted to do but with a few hours, making 11 bags that was all I managed before climbing into bed at midnight.

Pardon the blurry picture. And clearly I had Target on my mind last night 😉

Despite being tired, I really do love crafting and making an idea come to life. Rob even stayed to help me with the stamping and although I think that relinquishes most of his man card, I love him for it! ❤

I’m SO excited tomorrow is Friday because that means the weekend is almost here!

Happy Thursday!

Simply Crafty: Lovely Package Exchange & DIY Giftbox

Happy Hump day everybody!

I am OBSESSED with receiving snail mail. That’s a huge part of why I even signed up for Birchbox. So when Danni over at Oh Hello Friend announced her annual Lovely Package Exchange, I jumped at the opportunity. The idea was to spend extra time on packaging the gifts, rather than just stuffing it in an envelope. I was fortunate to be paired with Emily from the lovely blog Turt and Elephant and while collecting her gifts, I dipped into my growing pile of empty birchboxes to hold her gift.

I do want to note that the painters tape adhered a little too well to the birchbox so the sides ended up a little fuzzy-feeling after I pulled them off the sides. I was really happy with how it turned out and possibilities are endless. Needless to say, everyone’s Christmas presents will be in birchboxes! 🙂 I love a good upcycle.

Emily let me borrow some of her beautiful photos to show how I wrapped her present! I think I like the color teal?! Here’s Emily sweet post on what she received. Her photography truly puts mine to shame, teach me your ways Emily!

And here are all the goodies Emily got me!! I was completely blown away by her handmade details, especially the hand embroidered tag, which is EXTRA special because nothing pre-made ever comes made with my name. She got me 4 beautiful rolls of washi tape, a fabric covered notebook and those adorable felt bows! Such beautiful details and her packaging put mine to shame! Thank you so much girl! Check out Emily over at TurtAndElephant!
I got a little over eager and signed up for 2 package exchanges in July but I couldn’t be happier about them! I just LOVE snail mail and I’m an all-or-nothing type of gal…

Also, check out my guest post over at Rima’s, one of my bloggy BFFs! While she’s off enjoying herself in NY, I just get to blog about it (womp womppp). She’s going to enjoy it enough for the two of us! Have so much fun love!

Do you do a little happy dance when you get snail mail too?

Happy Hump de hump!

Simply Crafty: Fun in the Sun Baskets

Happy Sunday everyone!

I am SO excited to say that by the time you read this, I will be back on the road to California! I love vacation but I cannot tell you how happy I will be to sleep in my own bed and hug our two puppies (oh and that big guy I call Rob).

I am a little sad to report that my brother’s team lost in the championship to a powerful team from Hawaii but overall, everyone is in good spirits. Our team just made a few too many errors but they had such a spectacular season that they should be proud of. Way to go boys!

Since we were playing teams from other states, the ritual is to bring baskets with trinkets from your home state to share with the first team you play. Since we were the first game for 2 teams, we brought baskets for 36 kids! And guess who was asked to put these together? This girl! 🙂 Happily of course, because I have a thing for making gift baskets.

I was pretty happy with what we ended up with considering I had a $200 budget and only 2 weeks to come up with these bad boys! We went with a California “Fun in the Sun” theme and luckily I found these buckets at Michaels for $0.50. Most of the key items were from Amazon: sunglasses, beach balls, and silly bands. Rob designed the postcard picture in photoshop, the tattoos were on sale at Party City and we got quite a bit donated, which really helped us stay under budget.

I know you might totally never need to make 36 baseball themed baskets but for the sake of helping any other lost souls with a time limit and budget, I figured I’d throw it out there!

And before I go, was way too excited about this not to share!

Anna Delores, as in my friend Emily at Anna Delores Blog! The Disney fan in me is DYING! A tweet from the Disneyland Resort Twitter announcing her work in the Downtown Disney gallery! Way to go friend! 🙂

Also in case you missed it, my fabulous friend Rima did a yummmmy guest post on Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

How was your weekend? What did I miss while I was gone? 

Simply Crafty: DIY Chalkboard Paint

Happy Monday readers!

I got the crafting itch this weekend and luckily I got around to it! Finding this blog post on Pinterest from one of my favorite blogs A Beautiful Mess, I just knew this had to be it. I’m sorry nearly everything I do is teal but I can’t help it, I just gravitate towards that color!

I had 2 options of things to chalkboard. 1 was an IKEA frame (NYTTJA) but with a plastic face, I was unsure it would work. 2 was a Michaels frame that cost $1. I can’t get enough of those things, I hoard them in DROVES.

The steps are listed on the above image but basically all you do is mix 1 tbsp unsanded grout with 4 fl oz of acrylic paint (you can mix colors to your liking!). Paint it onto your surface and let it dry. Once fully dry, you condition the paint by rubbing chalk lightly all over and gently wiping off with a paper towel. Then it’s ready for you to play with!

I figured since it was Mother’s Day, I could make it Mother’s Day themed. (Don’t worry, I got my Mom an actual present too) That’s a picture of me and my siblings, aren’t they cute?!
(We’re working on my brother’s smile haha love you bud)

I know this seems out of order but I do most of my blogging right before bed so it makes more sense for me. Oh and there’s a 9-5 job in there somewhere 😉 This is the NYTTJA frame from IKEA and although the plastic took in some of the chalkboard paint, I don’t recommend it for repeated use.

I love the idea of being able to change the color to whatever you want. It’s as easy as it sounds so if you give it a try, let me know how it goes!

My weekend was a mix of stress and relaxation, mainly because I let things sit in my mind too long even when I can’t do anything about it (Can I get an amen ladies?!).  Saturday night was date night with Rob, where we had sangria and tapas before we met up with friends for beers at DeVeres. Sunday was church and relaxation with the family to celebrate Mother’s Day. Overall, a great weekend celebrating the wonderful women in my life!

Happy Mother’s Day to my beautiful Mommy! Thank you for being my biggest fan and loving us unconditionally! I wouldn’t be who I am today without you.

Lastly, Simply Evani has joined the Facebook and Twitter world so take a second to like my page or follow me on Twitter! I’d love that very much!