Saturday, March 31, 2012

Simply Spray Review

I'm really excited to do this post.  I have been waiting patiently to do this. After finishing our coffee table, I had mention that I wanted to paint our couch.  Which sounds crazy, right?!  How do you even paint a couch?  What kind of paint to you use?  Well.. well.. I have some answers because guess what...

I painted my couch.

There is an awesome company called Simply Spray that sells fabric paint.  Not just fabric paint but puff paint, stencil paint, upholstery paint.. so believe me when I say there have paint for any type of fabric.

Of course, I was sold when I heard upholstery.  I had to try it! 

Here are some before pictures of our couch before.
We haven't always been so kind to this couch.  It has survived living with three Marines and a baby.  Did I mention we also have a dog too..
 But let's say the color wasn't so forgiving with any type of stains.  And believe me there were stains..
Let's get up close and personal..

Ok, let's get to the more exciting part.
We decided to try to charcoal grey.

drum roll please..
No more stains! Yay! And mostly important, it's non-toxic.  So any parents out there, no worries.
AMAZING, right!?  The pictures don't do it justice either. It took about 4 coats to get the color this dark with 14 cans of paint. Wait 72 hours after painting, then it's like you have a  brand new couch!
We are so happy with the results.  Our couch finally fits with the rest of the living room.  

My biggest worry about using this product was how was the couch going to feel after painting it.  I was amazed with the results.  The couch feels exactly the same.  
We actually had some friends that came over that thought we got a new couch.  When I told them I painted it, they didn't believe me.

If you want to check out all the colors they off, go here or visit their Facebook page.
I HIGHLY recommend them.

Linking up HERE!
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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% mine.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Girl Behind the Blog

I have decided to join The Girl Behind the Blog series (What we are learning).. how exciting and awkward.  I'm just awkward. 
You should totally join too!


So here is my video, prepare yourself with awkwardness.

P.S.  YouTube picks the best thumbnails ever.. lol

Now go over to Ashley's or Andi's blog and join!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

7 Questions with Gentri!

 THREE silly photos.. say what?!

1. What is your favorite color TO WEAR? I seriously wear every color.  I love all colors.. except maybe brown.  It's my least favorite.

2. You are given the choice between visiting every country and landing on the moon. Which would you choose?  Visit every country.  I would LOVE that!

3. What's your favorite animal and why?  I'm going to go with a flamingo.  When I started high school, I was given the name flamingo because of my long skinny legs.  Then people started buying me flamingo things.. so.. it's my chosen favorite animal now.

4. You are forced to do one of the following, which would you choose? Sky dive, scuba dive, or this:  SKY DIVING! It's on my bucket list.

5. You are given the chance to go back in time. Which era would you visit?  This is a really hard one.  There are so many.  I would want to be able to go and meet Jesus then first forward me to like the 1920s or the 1950s please.
6. If you had the power to remove one thing (ie: flies, mosquitos, junk food) from the earth for good- what would it be?
Sadness.. no one should ever have to be sad.  So SMILE!
7. What is one thing you've learned from Pinterest that made you think "GENIUS"!
Seriously.. this questions is way to hear to narrow down.  The majority of things I see on Pinterest.. I think BRILLIANT!  now why didn't I think of that!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Crafty Sasse Wednesday Link Party 31

I seriously had the hardest time narrowing it down to 3 features this week.  Seriously, you all amazed me!
So why narrow it down to 3?

Last week features:
Chasing Our Sunshine's Painted Wood Bowl

Mom 4 Real's Camera Cap Leash 

Yesterday on Tuesday's Hippity Hoppity Cupcakes

Attack of the Hungry Monster's Easy Peacock Feather Tutorial

Inspired by Family Magazine's Rolled Paper Flowers

If you were featured, please grab a button.
You have also been pinned on my Pinterest here.

You know the rules.
Let's party!
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ottoman to Bench

There is this story about this coffee table who was being sold on Craigslist.
You might remember this little coffee table.
And how we decided to turn him into an ottoman.
 Well, it was decided he didn't make a good coffee table.  He was just too tall. So we got a new coffee table.
 Just around that time, our son learned how to climb on our dining room chairs so we moved them to our bedroom  (because doesn't everyone keep dining chairs in their bedroom.. right.. )
Then we had a dining room table with no chairs..
& a ottoman with no home.

Then we put the two together and it was like peanut butter and jelly.
What do you all think of benches at dining room tables?
(all pictures are from here)

What do you think?

 Makes me want to reupholster my ottoman again..

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sunday Social

Just in case you missed it, read about the fundraising raffle for suicide prevention and how to get involved here.
and there are only 2 days left in this amazing giveaway from my sponsors!

How to participate:
1.  Follow your hosts (The Kurtz Corner & The Sasse Life).
2. Follow the Featured blog. (Pamela's Heavenly Treats)
3.  Link up your blog's home page -- not a specific link or you will be deleted!
4. Visit at least 2 other blogs and make some friends!
5. Let your friends know by posting this button. The more, the merrier!
The Sasse Life

Featured Blog:
Hi! I am Pamela from Pamela's Heavenly Treats. I am a wife, mother of 6 (5 boys and a baby girl), homeschool teacher and I have a small Healthy Cupcake & Cookie business. Everything that I make is made with 100% Whole Wheat Flour and my secret ingredients.  I LOVE to bake and my family loves to test out all my healthy treats. I just opened up an Etsy Shop-Pamela's Heavenly Treats where I make my healthy cupcake and cookie mixes. Come on over to my blog at Pamela's Heavenly Treats where you can get mouthwatering healthy cupcake and cookie recipes and pictures of my treats.
Let's see 5 silly things about me
1. I don't like getting my picture taken, I feel weird don't know why, I am always the one behind the camera.
2. When I eat, I have to eat my veggies and sides before I eat my meat.
3. I always have my hair in a ponytail, when I have my hair down, my kiddies ask me where I am going.
4. I never wear makeup, I have a makeup case but it never gets used.
5. I use the same mug every morning for my coffee, eventhough I have a cabinet full of mugs.

Let's get social! 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Out of the Darkness

On February 28th, I let you all in on my secret project.
So excited to finally open up Loved.
(Psst.. Jamie from The Letter 4 gave Loved a little HUGE makeover, check it out)

On April 15th, my cousin will be doing the Out of the Darkness walk in honor of my aunt and her mother.
Click here if you would like to donate.
with that being said.
I want to host a fundraising raffle to help her raise money.
Sounds like fun, right?
I need YOUR help!
If any of you would like to donate a prize for the raffle, that would be amazing.  
If so, please email me at

Did you know..

Suicide takes the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans every year.

Between 1952 and 1995, suicide in young adults nearly tripled.

For young people 15-24 years old, suicide is the third leading cause of death.

By 2010, depression will be the #1 disability in the world. (World Health Organization)

It is estimated that there are at least 4.5 million survivors in this country. (AAS)

If you would like to help me make this a reality to be able to raise money for the Out of the Darkness.  Please let me know!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

11/16/62 - 11/15/08

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Crafty Sasse Wednesday Link Party 30

It's that time again! Thanks for everyone who linked up last week.

Don't forget to stop by here to see this AWESOME giveaway.  Don't want to miss this especially if you are a blogger.
Last week features:

Nutmeg Place's Wallpaper Backsplash

Our Pinteresting Family's Dresser Makeover

If you were featured, please grab a button.
You have also been pinned on my Pinterest here.

You know the rules.
Let's party!
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight & Giveaway

I'm SO excited to introduce you to some ah-mazing people.

Blog. Shop. Facebook. Twitter.
 I was never a crafter until I became a mom of a wonderful little boy who fills my days with smiles and love. Now I am a full time mom and crafter of Pandora's Craft Box. I share my journey as a mom and crafter in hopes to inspire other and meet other wonderful bloggers. Come and join me, I promise you will like what you see!
Loren is giving you $25 American Express Gift Card.

Hi Sasse Life readers! I am so excited to be here today!! Kim has been an amazing friend since we crossed paths!! I'm Franchesca, and I blog over at Small Bird Studios. I run a little shop where I sell subway art and photo transfers on tiny canvases (SUUUPER fun for instagrams, just sayin' :) You can check out that spiffiness here. I also design blogs and donate a portion from every design to March of Dimes, an organization near and dear to my heart since our world was rocked to the core. I would love for you to pop over and say hello!

Franchesca is giving a $50 design credit toward a blog design.

hi! i’m nicole, the creator of the lovely poppy. thanks so much for stopping by.
i’m passionate about my day job, where i manage a program for children with autism, but i also love coming home and creating for the lovely poppy. working with children with developmental disabilities pushes me to be creative in so many ways. the lovely poppy pushes me to be creative in a different way and the combination has been so invigorating for me. it’s therapeutic to walk into the studio and create something for someone else to enjoy and feel good wearing. my love for design and creating also inspired me to open poppy pixel designs in early 2012, where i design new spaces for handmade business owners to display their passions. between the lovely poppy, my full-time job, and now poppy pixel designs i certainly stay busy, but love every second of it.
favorites: diet mountain dew, running, traveling, frozen yogurt, washi tape, football (the green bay packers), decorating, bright colors, vacuuming, my puppy, clearance racks, saturdays & mornings, autism research, handbags & sewing.

Nicole is giving away one large sponsor spot for a month.

We are 4 sisters that grew up stealing eachother's clothes, hogging the bathroom, laughing till wee hours of the morning, and doing projects together. We have since grown up and moved away and we started our blog as a project to do together again despite the distance. We have a love for fashion, crafts, recipes, and just making beautiful things.
They are giving away a Be Still print.
The Letter 4 has launched their new site, The Letter 4 Plus 1.  Please, please go check it out.  You won't be disappointed on how amazing these ladies are.

Also, I decided to throw into that a mix a Large ad here at The Sasse Life!

THANK YOU SO MUCH, LADIES.  You all are awesome!
Click here to enter the giveaway..
there are lots of way to enter. 
Winner takes all.

If you would to become a sponsor, please email me at or visit here for details.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday Social

Happy late St. Patrick's Day!  I hope you all had a great time!

How to participate:
1.  Follow your hosts (The Kurtz Corner & The Sasse Life).
2. Follow the Featured blog. (52 Mantels)
3.  Link up your blog's home page -- not a specific link or you will be deleted!
4. Visit at least 2 other blogs and make some friends!
5. Let your friends know by posting this button. The more, the merrier!

The Sasse Life

Featured Blog:
Hi! I'm Emily from 52 Mantels, a blog about all things home including weekly mantel makeovers, easy DIY projects, seasonal crafts and simple recipes! I'm blessed to be the stay-at-home mother to one adorable little girl and the lucky wife to an ever-supportive hubby (who puts up with my endless projects!).

I adore: Winter Parties, Spring flowers, Summer nights and Fall clothing! Throw in a sugar-free vanilla iced coffee and I'm a happy girl! 

Five Things About Me:

1) I recently became a full time mom, but before that I worked as a nurse in the neonatal ICU for almost 7 years.

2) I can't go to Target without visiting the Dollar Spot and the Starbucks counter. Target has managed to combine my great loves!

3) I spent a year living in Africa (Southern Sudan) and in that year I white water rafted part of the Nile River. Scary and FUN!

4) Speaking of Africa...I went on safari during an R&R time and one night woke to find a baby hippopotamaus standing by my tent opening, literally touching distance from me! And, I would have touched him if I didn't know how deadly momma hippopotamouses could be!! Yikes!

5) I enjoy going to weekly playgroup probably more than my daughter! The time I get to spend talking to other moms makes me feel refreshed...and, normal! 

Let's Get Social!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Crafty Sasse Wednesday Link Party 29

Last week's features:

Paint Speckled Pawprint's Gorgeous Bathroom Makeover

 The Little Giggler's Onesie Redo

Somewhere In The Middle's Snickerdoodle Bars

Thanks for everyone who linked up last week.  You all are so inspiring!
 If you were featured, please grab a button here.
                               You have also been pinned on my Pinterest here.
You know the rules.

7 Questions

Head over to Pandora's Craft Box for a chance to win a Large Ad space with us AND a Loved brooch!

Seven Questions with the lovely Gentri Lee.

1. Pick a boyfriend: Edward Cullen, Peeta Mellark, or Harry Potter
Well.. I didn't know Peeta Mellark was until I googled it.  The Hunger Games are on my list to read.   I am not a Harry Potter fan.  So I will go with Edward Cullen then I would go Team Jacob. Can I do that?  But just in case my husband reads this.. totally go Team Garrett.
(my birthday card from the husband)

2. If you HAD to have a crazy hairdo, what hairdo would you choose and why? (mohawk, mullet, etc)
Honestly, I'm a little jealous of Gentri Lee's bird nest hairdo she choose.  I would say a colorful mohawk.

3. If you could be a celebrity what would you like to be celebrated for? (Dance, Singing, Acting, Reality TV [ie no reason], Political Leader, etc)
Being a singer would be pretty cool since you know I can't sing.  SO I choose an actress.

4. Be honest- do you brush and floss your teeth daily?
Yes I do!

5. What is one fear you are working to overcome?
Red lipstick.  I'm slowly overcoming my fear because I want to be best friends with it.

6. White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, or Semi-Sweet (isn't that just dark chocolate)??
All of it except white chocolate.  It's not even chocolate..

7. What is one trend you wish you could pull off? 
Headbands.. maybe one day I will be able to pull it off.

Crafty Sasse Wednesday will be up later today!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Friday Shout-Out Guest

So this a just a little late but..
that means DOUBLE the party for Sunday. So come join and link up for new friends.
What is this blog hop all about, you ask? Myself, Cinthya and a Guest Host will be hosting this blog hop every Friday for the duration of three days. The Guest Host will be a featured blogger picked randomly every week (and can only be featured once every month) from the list of everyone who link up. They will have the benefit of joining Cinthya and Myself in hosting the Friday Shout-Out blog hop along with getting some free promotional space on our blogs (hence the Shout-Out). We will post their button on our page for a week for free. Who doesn't love free advertisement?!
Meet out guest host for this week: Kim from The Sasse Life!
About Kim:
She is an awesome mama to her son Cooper who happens to be my little monster's best friend. They love to play together. Kim comes up with wonderful DIY project and is one to help any blogger in need. You should defiantly stop by and say hi!

How to join in:
1.  Follow the hosts, Loren and Cinthya (Pandora's Craft Box and Eye Heart) and our Guest Host,  The Sasse Life  via GFC or Linky Followers. 
2.  Be sure to link up the HOME page of your blog as this is a Social Blog Hop. 3. Be social and visit some of your fellow bloggers who linked ahead of you.
4. Post the "Friday Shout-Out" Button on your blog to show your support and spread the love. Help us make this blog hop grow.