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Adorable Sealife Designs

I’m so happy to have been able to find the time to draw again. It has honestly been way too long since I’ve been illustrating that I’m quite ashamed that I’ve let my God given talent and passion slip out of my own hands over being consumed with other less important things that I let blindly consume my daily schedule. These certain things were effecting my own well being not to mention some of the effects that  it was having on my family life as well. Never again, I hope to say. I find such joy in being creative.

The two illustrations above I created this morning/afternoon and I am extremely happy with them. I am working on Sealife line to go along with my already created Safari animal line which can be found on my Zazzle site.  I’m planning on drawing dolphins, seahorses, whales,  and many more well loved ocean animals. If there’s one you really would love to see, feel free to leave a comment and let me know!

As with my safari line, I also plan to create numerous  invites for those who plan on throwing a ocean themed get- togethers. I may even use them for my own baby shower this go around. Excited that I only have to wait four more weeks to find out if I’ll be having a little boy or girl!

Ramblers Way, Made in America

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Ramblers Way. All opinions are 100% mine.

For many of those that know me, know that I prefer to purchase products that are Made in America and support companies that are located in the USA like Ramblers Way. This company is doing everything they can to limit their carbon footprint!

This company of which I speak is located in Kennebunk, Maine. I used to live in Maine and knew of lots of hometown business like Tom’s of Maine which creates natural care personal products and it brought me great joy to know that Ramblers Way was started by the same people!

One huge aspect that really makes me proud of this company is that they have brought manufacturing facilities into distressed small towns and are helping to revitalize the communities! I’m all for keeping jobs local and right here in the USA!

Rabblers Way is definitely worth checking out if you are looking for one of a kind wool apparel to wear all year round! I know when most people think of wool, they of itchy uncomfortable attire but with Rabblers Way, you can think again! Using modern technology to create a smooth, luxurious wool from which they create garments that are light, soft, and can be worn year-round. The Company sources, grows, and produces their fine woolen apparel using 100% domestic resources!

I highly recommend checking out their website and supporting a company that’s set out to give their customers and country the absolute best!

Visit my sponsor: Made in America

Oh to Be Creative! Easy-to-Make Alligator Hair Clips

It’s so fun to be able to show and tell! And I really proud of my latest attempt to be creative. This year has seemed to be flying by without me personally having much to show for it.  And with that being said, I plan on being more creative from now on out since I’m feeling a bit better and have finally caught up with all that I fell so behind in doing when I was feeling really sick during this second pregnancy.

In the above picture, are several alligator clips that I lined with a variety of different color and styles of ribbon.  I honestly had no idea how easy these clips were to make! I may never purchase these again now that I’ve tried my hand at them and seen how they’ve come out so fantastically.

So how would you go about making these? Well, this is what I’ve used and did!

What You Will need to make your own lined Alligator Clips!

  • 1.75 Single-prong clips (I purchased mine from the Hair BowCenter.com )
  • 3/8 ribbon (grosgrain or velvet are known to stay in hair the best) The Selection above were purchased at Micheals and Target.
  • Scissors
  • Glue (I use Tacky Glue for my hair clips but some people prefer using a hot glue gun)
  • A lighter to seal the ends of the ribbon

I am going to refer you to Hair Clip Tutorial I found over at The Green Wife. She has some great photos that show you how to line your clip. She unlike me fully lines her clips where I only partially line mine to save on ribbon plus you won’t see the back of the hair clip when worn in your hair. Again, it’s a personal preference. So if you want to line your clips exactly like I do, you’ll want to use only 4.5 inches of ribbon instead of 7 inches.

** A handy tricky I do while using Tacky Glue to adhere the ribbon to the clip would be  to use other blank alligator clips to hold the ribbon in place while it’s drying. This saves so much time and frees up your hands to work on more clips or the need tend to your toddler like myself! **

I hope you enjoyed what I’ve shared! I plan on posting more how to’s and sharing more of my hair accessory creations soon! I can’t wait to try my hand at embellishing and making bows!

If you have any hints or tips about creating hair clips whether it be how you go about it or where you like to purchase supplies, be sure to share them here, I’d love to know about them.

FWCT: Online with God, A 90 Day Devotional by Lauria Lazzaro Knowlton

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Online with God, A 90 Day Devotional

Zonderkidz (April 9, 2010)

***Special thanks to Pam Mettler of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Laurie’s first published work was a note passed to a boy in elementary school. You would have thought that this most embarrassing moment would have stopped her writing career. But instead, Laurie is the author of thirty five books and author/illustrator of two more. Laurie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and two daughters.

Visit the author’s website.

Product Details:

List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (April 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310716152
ISBN-13: 978-0310716150

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My Thoughts:

I would highly recommend this book for tween girl crowd! The daily devotions are written from a tweens point of view and cover numerous topics that would commonly come up in daily life.  Each devotion is only about a page long and explains what the Bible has to say about the certain issue mentioning a life verse to take to heart. It’s a great book and I look forward to more from this author for tweens!