Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Crafty Sasse Wednesday Link Party 37

It's been too long since our last party.  I'm super excited to see what you all have been working on since we last met up.  So let's get this party started.

Let's go back a couple of weeks and feature some projects.

one - Sew Fantastic's Lacy Pillowcase Dress

two - Embracing Change's Chair Makeover

three -  Back For Second's Double Stuffed Brownies

If you were featured, please grab a button.
 You know the rules.
Let's party!

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: Maggie McKenney Photography

So happy to introduce you to Maggie!  Take it away!

I am so happy to be guest posting on Kim's blog today~ The Sasse Life. I stumbled on her blog recently and have been hooked ever since!  She has been more than sweet & very patient with me...as I am a little challenged technically & not so savvy about the blogging world.Thank you Kim!~  :)  My name is Maggie McKenney and I am a photographer among many other things~   I am blessed with a wonderful life, happily married with three growing kids!  You can learn more about me on my blog and FB page.  ~ I am inspired and touched the most by people and their stories. YOU! I would not be able to create anything at all without the spirit of other artists out there who are willing to give and enjoy sharing~ . I like to share too.
So, in the midst of stacked up edits that really need finishing and the kids now out of school, I have been working on my new "art " room with the help of my ever patient husband Mark. It was his idea after all, that I have my own room to bead and paint & create...I think he just wants all my junk in one spot! What started as a one room project has spilled into the hall, the foyer...hey, "let's just paint the whole house"...my words.....now the house is in "upside down"mode and it makes me feel a little out of control. ....I was tired of the yellow and change is good! Now we will need new carpets and a new sofa....it's a snowball effect~~
this is how we are spending the long holiday weekend. :)
how it all began

almost ready to stain the floor! thinking of a light grey with turquoise?  ideas???

 beer time....and a little Jackson Browne on Pandora~ nice! done for today....stay tuned !

unrelated but very related....considering how u look at life. I snapped this pic of my one and only calla lily this morning ....just perfect in everyway, it's swirling body of pinkness~
happy day to all :)

It's looking great, Maggie! Thanks for showing us all your hard work and beautiful photography.

Send Something Good

I have been waiting for this day for a while. So exciting to reveal all of this.

First, before I reveal who I had.

I was given Roopa from Bright Phosphenes. This was so much fun to get to know her on her blog. I had even more fun finding things that she might like.
(Sadly, the only picture I took was a really bad one so I'm borrowing one she took)

Honestly, just go stop by her blog and say hi. You can see all the details.

Now for my box.

Here was everything in it:
Prayer Magnet
Peel Off Face Mask
Nut Roll Candy Bar
Paper Weight
Magnetic Hook

Loved all of it.

Just actually got done eating the candy bar :)

Thanks you so much!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Sponsor Feature & Giveaway

I'm SO excited to introduce you to some AMAZING sponsors.  So go check out all these lovely ladies' blogs and get to know them! Don't miss out.  
P.S.  There might be a giveaway at the end of this post.

Hi! I'm Carly, a seventh grade Language Arts teacher turned SAHM to my son, Gunner. Texas Lovebirds started as a series of "Dear Peanut" letters to our unborn child and has now become a way for me to document our little life together. We'd love for you to join us on the ride! 

I'm just a girl in love with many things including God, my husband, reading novels, sewing, baking, couponing, graphic design, blogging and so much more!

When it comes to work and getting a project done I am a natural leader, confident, good at what I do and know I'm good at what I do. When I'm around family, I'm totally laid back, love to have fun, love to stay out late, going on random trips, love to just laugh. Now when I'm around people I don't know I am COMPLETE opposite, quiet, AND shy, but trying to work on that ;)

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 Hi! I'm Mar, I used to be a veterinary technician, but now I'm a
full time stay at home mommy. My blog is all about my life, andb raising my daughter. Full of stories, concerns, and adorable photos of my little bean, readers can go through my thoughts and step into our life as attached parents. I refer to myself as crunchy, but not full granola, and my baby girl is a huge adventurer who's always laughing, and making me laugh right along with her. The recent TIME Magazine article created
huge debates between moms about attachment parenting, or not, my blog will help you see what a life as an attached family is really like. It's normal, I swear! So head over and take a look, if nothing else you can just stare at the cute pictures of my adorable bean!

Hi everyone! I am Dontaye Scott-Neal a true DIY'er and Interior Decorator. I am a military spouse and I currently live in North Carolina aka the southern tea state. I started my blog to share my passion for design with people around me who also love it. I love to paint and reupholstery is my favorite DIY. I love HGTV and that is my home channel. Touch the remote and we have problems LOL! Most of all my friends are true DIY'ers as well. My blog is very new and I ask that you guys hang in there because I have  a lot to show and tell. I'm so happy to have had this opportunity and hope to meet all of you very soon.

Hi lovely readers! My name is Chelsea and I am a 20-something blogger from Vancouver, Canada but living in Auckland, New Zealand with my cute Kiwi boyfriend. I don't have any cute kids or an awesome shop, but I do have a silly sense of humor, lots of stories to share and a passion for eating edamame, buying far too many clothes {I love thrift shopping!} and attempting DIY projects. If that doesn't convince you to come visit me, nothing will! I would love to meet you all! XOXO

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Guest Blogger: The Life of the Wife

Excited to introduce you to our last but never least blogger, Jenna from The Life of the Wife.  You need to follow her for all your makeup tutorials & questions!  You won't regret it!

Hello people! I'm beyond excited that Kim asked me to be here today (she's seriously one of the SWEETEST people I've met in bloggy land)! I'm Jenna, and I am the writer, owner & sarcasm director over at The Life of the Wife. I like to write about the not-so-ordinary, the funny, the crazy, and then every so often, I like to write about the NORMAL things that happen in my life.

 I used to be a makeup artist (in my previous life before baby), and I continue to SOAK UP everything beauty-related. I started doing these Beauty Q&A posts, and my readers seem to love them, so I thought I'd share something along those lines with all of YOU wonderful people.

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I think every girl/woman/person who has any normal feelings in their body gets anxious when you know you have to take pictures. Being a blogger has really changed that for me.
I think I've gotten pretty used to taking pictures of myself as of lately.
Does that mean it makes me any less ANXIOUS? Absolutely not.
But I can assure you, these tips WILL make you feel better and LOOK BETTER in pictures.
And who doesn't want one less thing to worry about, right? 

Ok..enough chatter..here we go! :)

Ok, so normally, I would never say that. But for pictures -- YES! If you normally wear one swipe of blush, add another layer (at least). Start light, and add more as you go. The light when taking pictures automatically washes you out--so LOAD UP! 

2-LIPSTICK (and a hint of gloss)
Don't forget the lipstick! Normally, I am a gloss/tinted balm girl, but on picture days, you better believe I slap on some lipstick. Go one to two shades DARKER than your NATURAL lipstick (ie if your lips are pinky-mauve naturally, go with a darker pinky-mauve color not ORANGE). 
Lipstick is your friend...it wants to gives your face some contrast in pictures.

You can use eyedrops right before pictures, to make sure there aren't any annoying bloodshot eyes. Makeup-wise, you can line the inner rim of your eyes with a soft white pencil. It will open your eyes and make them look brighter

Usually, I am a fan of a little SHIMMER. Not in pictures. Avoid anything that is going to reflect light off of your face. If there is a camera flash, the shimmer will make you look oily and greasy.
No bueno. Apply a light brush of sheer powder or use blotting papers right before your photog starts snapping away!

I cannot stress this enough. Find a window. Go to it. Bring a mirror. Start applying. You'll thank me, I promise. You will see all the imperfections, yes..but that is what makeup is for in this case. If you apply your makeup under florescent bathroom lights, you will go outside and realize that you didn't look as good as you though you did (totally never happened to me ;)

That's all kiddos. I hope you enjoyed my little tips! 
Happy Makeup-ing!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Guest Blogger: The Letter 4

Super excited to have one of my bloggy BFF's to come by.   Here is Jamie from The Letter 4!

I'm so happy to be gracing the pages of my dear friend Kim's blog today! Kim is such an inspiring person and I am so happy to call her my friend :) My name is Jamie and I blog over at The Letter 4. We blog about projects, recipes, mommy stuff, and most recently inspiring people and their stories.
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I started our blog with my sisters about a year ago. For me it was going to be a nice hobby, a distraction, something to do. It was at a time in my life where I was feeling low. I needed a distraction. That was the goal. Nothing huge. It wasn't long till we started getting good feedback and the comments and the traffic made me feel special. I would get those comments on my projects and I wouldn't feel low anymore. I started noticing though that although the blog made me happy it wasn't a lasting happiness. I realized that something was missing in my life. A couple of months later and my sisters and I decided to start raising money for a cause to help someone in need. I thought it was a nice idea, I didn't have my whole heart in it though. How would I be able to help someone if I wasn't even 100% perfect myself? We started into it and I realized...this work, helping people, was making me happy. A lasting happiness that I had forgotten about because I had become selfish. There was so much work put into starting of our shop. Six months later and I had heard so many amazing inspiring stories and met so many inspiring people that had inspired me to stop thinking about myself. I truly believe that I have already gained so much from this project. I have had the privilege to meet people like Kim who also have a same goal to try to make a difference. And maybe the only difference that I will make in this world is a difference in me, but I am so grateful for this work that reminds me to forget myself. Cause that's truly the only way to be happy.
See Love . Give Hope . Create Possibilities
  -xoxo Jamie

Love this so much!  Thank you so much, Jamie!  We have one more blogger tomorrow.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Guest Blogger: Raising Bean

 Our next guest is actually a friend of mine from high school.  Exciting, right.  So I'm really excited to introduce you to Mar.

Hey All! First things first, I want to thank my friend Kim for giving me the opportunity to guest post on her blog today! I've been in a huge repurposing mood recently, bookcase to dog bed, pillowcase to dress, and what you'll be seeing today a bookshelf into a bench. When Kim asked me if I'd be interested in guest posting I immediately knew I'd post about the repurposed shelf. I'm so excited to share its journey into its new life with you!

So as you can see its a very boring, white, storage shelf that we acquired from Ikea. It used to live above our tv in the basement. Unfortunately during the move into our new house the tv stand warped and is no longer level so putting it back at its original home wasn't an option. But the now lonely shelf was still in good condition and toy storage in our basement is limited. My collection of the different themes of The Game of Life board game takes up all the room left behind my all of our books. 

I picked up some bench feet at Home Depot and painted them white. Then I put them on at each corner of the shelf, now bench. I also ModPodged fabric onto the back of each storage space, to create some depth and make it all purdy like.

Next thing to conquer was making a cushion. Now, I have to admit when I got to this step I was stumped, I had never sewn or used a sewing machine before. I had absolutely no idea how I was going to accomplish this step. So I did the only logical thing.. I bought a sewing machine and called my sew savvy mother in law to come teach me. This also served purpose because I wanted to make a dress for my daughter to wear for her one year photos. My priorities are straight, and first things first, I made her dress! Not too shabby, eh?

Once her dress was made it became time to focus on the cushion. I lined up four 2x12x12" foam cushions to make it comfy for the booties to sit on. Once the fabric was sewn together I shoved in the cushions and closed up the last side. Ta Da! From shelf to bench! It was super easy, and now my little bean has storage for her toys, and I have extra seating I can bring upstairs onto our main floor for extra seating space for when we throw parties! Win win for everyone. Plus it's super cute!

Keep an eye an my blog to see the bench in use at our daughter's first birthday party! It's the 19th, and I know I'll be posting pictures and some cute stories from it the week after.

ADORABLE!  Thanks so much for sharing!  Don't worry, we have another blogger stopping by tomorrow.  See you then!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Social

I hope you all are having an awesome Sunday!  Let's get social!

How to participate:
1.  Follow your host.
2. Follow the Featured blog.
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!

Featured Blog:
Bear Rabbit Bear

My blog is a fun, crafty blend. I write about anything from quick refashions to cupcake recipes! You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin', and Pinterest. A few of my most popular posts have been my Kool-Aid icing cupcakes and my Princess' Minnie Mouse party. Starting TODAY (May 20th!) I'm hosting a super fun week on my blog that is all about making totally cute, easy clutches. We're even give a few away! Stop by and check it out. 
5 silly facts: 
1. I've never seen Beauty and The Beast all the way through.
 2. I like cucumbers but hate pickles. 
3. My little one is only 2 and is already tired of posing for pictures for my blog. 
 4. I'm the clumsiest adult that I know.
 5. I'm so clumsy that I accidentally kicked my gym teacher in the face in high school while trying to do gymnastics.

Let's Get Social!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: Our Reflection

I'm SUPER excited to introduce one of my new sponsors, Laura from Our Reflection.  Amazing women of God!  So here she is..

Is a blog name really "that" important? 
Should you completely stress yourself out over it? 

I guess I answered yes to both these questions because that's what I did. For weeks. Seriously. If I was going to jump into the world of blogging, I wanted our name to reflect who we really were. I came up with a list of at least a dozen possibilities but they had already been taken. I was literary beating myself up with why couldn't I come up with a simple blog name. Then it hit me. "I" can't do anything on my own. I needed to take the advise I'm constantly giving to others, step back and pray about it. And that's exactly what I did.

God knew my thoughts. I didn't need to do a hour long prayer with "thees" and "thous" for God to understand what I was trying to say. I simply asked God to use me as a dispel for His will. To be someone who would help spread His word though my blog. Not being someone throwing a bible at you, but by leading by example.

My husband and I are in a couple bibles study and one night when he was speaking about how husbands should treat their wives, he turned at looked directly into my eyes and said, "When I look at my wife, I see Jesus face transparent before hers. There is nothing I wouldn't say or do to her, that I wouldn't say directly to Him." 

I was breathless. So beautifully said, I was bit in aw. My husband is an amazing, admirable man. I rehearsed in my mind, over and over those words he spoke to me that night. My husband is the reflection of a mighty and faithful servant. That was it! That's how I wanted our family to be known, as faithful servants. And to be this, we needed to live in His reflection. 

That's how our little blog came to life. I made my news years goal and on January 1, 2012, Our Reflection came to life. I have my weekly link up parties but I'm now focusing more on posting what's in my heart. What we can do to make a difference in the lives of others. What we can do to live in His reflection.

I hope you found this encouraging. I would love to hear your stories of how God's working in your life. Come drop by and say hi.

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Thank you so much, Laura.  Love this story!  She is also has a little surprise for you all.  She is giving away this ADORABLE teal weekender bag!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Guest Blogger: The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife

SO excited to introduce you to Melissa from The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife.  You may have seen her around here a time or two before.   Wait until you see her adorable project!

Hello everyone! I am Melissa from The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife. I am so excited to be guest posting today for Kim! She is so sweet and has been an amazing bloggy friend. Ok, so she asked me to put together a tutorial so I thought I would share this Anthropologie Inspired Centerpiece I did a few months ago. Hope you like it!!

I've recently seen this centerpiece on Pinterest and I LOVED the idea so I thought I would do a blog on my own experience doing the project. The original idea is from Homemade Ginger.


Styrofoam Balls
Food Coloring 
Fake Flowers

The first step is to cut the Q-Tips in Half.

Next stick the Q-Tips into the styrofoam balls. Spread out nice and evenly.

The next step I totally forgot to take a picture of but it's pretty easy. All you have to do is cut the flower off of the stem and poke the stem into the Styrofoam Ball.

Next mix your food coloring with water in a bowl. I just did blue because thats the color of my living room. The original post mixed green and blue to get a teal color, which is also very pretty. Then dip the Q-tips into the food coloring.

Let it dry overnight and stick it into a pretty vase!

As easy as that, makes for a beautiful centerpiece!

Thank you so much Melissa.  Come back tomorrow!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Guest Blogger: Mister G and Me

This lady is taking a little break from blogging.  But don't worry!  I have lined some really awesome bloggers to stop by.  Let's start this next week off with Ashley from Mister G and Me! Here's Ashley!

Hello Sasse Readers!  My name is Ashley and I blog over at Mister G and Me!  I'm so happy to share a DIY project with you today! 

Have you ever felt amazing after working out only to realize you have to run to the grocery store now and you look a fright?  Sounds like you need an "after-gym" bag!   Before you think about buying a cute little pouch to hold your freshening up necessities-- take a look around your house.  I bet you have everything you need to make one!  
You will need:
Reusable shopping bag
Sewing machine and thread
Cut out 2 square or rectangle pieces out of your bag.  Pin your zipper to one piece.
Sew the zipper to the material.  Pin the other piece to your zipper and sew.
Your pieces should look like this.  Then pin the sides of your pouch-- but not the bottom!
And sew both sides.
Important: Open your zipper before you sew the bottom!
Pin and sew the bottom of your pouch.
Looking good!  Cut the corners like this.
Then trim the sides.
Turn your pouch inside out.
Don't worry-- it will look pretty messy for a minute.
Ta-da!!!  Stuff your pouch with your favorite things to freshen you up after a workout-- mini bottle of fash wash, mini moisturizer, deodorant, and lipstick, mascara!
Easy, green, and functional!  That's something to feel good about!

I have lots of other DIY projects, crafty ideas, and recipes on my blog, Mister G and Me!  I'd love if you would come and say hi!  A big thanks to Kim for having me over today!  xo, Ashley

How cute is that?  Thanks so much for coming by, Ashley!  Stop by to see who will be here to tomorrow.  You won't be disappointed.