Thursday, May 21, 2020

Moving Forward


Shew.

I recently saw a post circulating on Facebook with the prompt to post the last photo on your phone's camera roll when things were still normal. That seems like such a wild statement. My last photo was a picture of my kids sitting at the kitchen counter with St. Patrick's Day cards they opened from their grandparents. The older two were wearing school uniforms.

I haven't been as great at posting here as I intended to back when I launched this blog in January. (Yikes! It's almost June!) But it has been a crazy run the past few months.

We successfully finished online learning to complete the school year and received report cards in the mail today. School wrapped up earlier than expected for us - the last day would have been just a few days ago if schools hadn't closed.

I quickly began receiving requests from family members for fabric masks and I took my time sorting out all the details and features before finally settling on a final product I was happy with and comfortable making for others. They have been keeping me busy the last month. I find myself having a set work schedule through the week and take the weekends off. It's something I always dreamed of for my Etsy shop, but it's weird that it's happening in this way.

If you're still needing a mask, I post spots daily Monday-Friday, typically between 2:00-4:00 PM central time.

*I've also published a page here with all the information regarding the masks I've been making, so it's available if you need that!


Monday, March 9, 2020

Opal Paper Co. Inventory Sale!


I'm doing a bit of spring cleaning at Opal Paper Co. and have discounted all of my planner clips* by 50%! I'd like to make room for new products and designs, and since all of my items are ready-to-ship, I have quite a stash built up!

Now is the time to snag all the planner clips you need to be prepared for a full year of planning! Some options are as low as 75¢!

See everything on sale in my Etsy shop here!

*Planner clips listed with April's subscription box are not included in this sale.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

April Subscription Box

DISCLOSURE: THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. THIS MEANS I GET A COMMISSION IF YOU DECIDE TO MAKE A PURCHASE THROUGH MY LINKS. THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. READ MY FULL AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE HERE

  

I can barely believe we are a week into March already! I recently announced April's subscription box on Instagram, and I am super excited about it!

We've had a few warm days here since March began, and April's tulip-themed subscription box is the perfect reminder that spring is on the way! 

This box is a little different than the past two boxes for a couple different reasons:
  • It's a mini subscription box: there are only three items included
  • It's mix & match: the pens and glitter planner clips are available in different colors (more on that below!)
 Each box contains: 
  • One color-changing tulip pen — The white tulip at the top of these pens changes color when exposed to sunlight! Color options are blue, pink, and purple. Colors are subject to availability. 
  • One glitter tulip planner clip — Choose between blue, pink, or purple. Colors are subject to availability.
  • One purple tulip shaped paper clip.

As always, there is no monthly commitment to the subscription boxes I am offering! If you want to purchase in March but not in June, but again in July, there is no need to sign up, unsubscribe, then resubscribe. Subscription boxes will be available as a regular listing in my Etsy shop for anyone to purchase. Although quantities may be limited, I may offer a wait list and restock them as necessary throughout the month, depending on demand. They will ship within 3-5 days of being ordered.
 
Lastly, one person each month who purchases a box will randomly be selected to receive a 10% off coupon toward the next month's subscription box. Yay!

April's subscription box is available for purchase here

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Bathroom Makeover: Framing a Builder's Grade Mirror

We've been in our house a little over a year now, and I have been working on some projects here and there as I've had time. One thing I've been dying to do is get rid of the builder's grade mirror in the kids' bathroom. Since it is glued to the wall, the next best thing to replacing it completely was to frame it ourselves. After researching (there are many blog posts and YouTube videos on this project!), we figured out what would be best for our situation and quickly got to work!

Tools & Supplies we used:
  • Wood (we used 1x3)
  • Stain (we used Minwax Polyshades in Espresso)
  • Staining cloths
  • 3M Between Coats Finishing Pads
  • Mirror Adhesive & Caulk Gun
  • Painters Tape
  • Miter Saw
  • Chisel
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Clamps
  • Measuring Tape
  • Level
My husband measured and cut the lumber to size using his miter saw. We decided to keep the plastic clips at the top of the mirror there and mount the wood directly to the mirror. He used a chisel and rubber mallet to notch where the clips would sit behind the wood & stained the pieces.

  

Once the stain was dry (we only used one coat), I used the 3M finishing pads to even out some spots before mounting the frame to the mirror.

  

I used so much tape because I was so paranoid about it falling before the adhesive had time to cure. Ha! I don't know if you need this much, just use what you're comfortable with! I mounted the bottom piece first and held it in place with some books stacked between it and the faucet. It sits directly on the top lip of the counter, which kept it level. I mounted the right side next, and used some leftover wood pieces between the frame and the wall to keep that corner from shifting. The left side of the frame was next, and that's the piece I was most worried about shifting or falling. That's why it has the most tape! The top piece was the final piece, and once everything was in place I let it cure with the tape for 2 days. I also didn't let the kids shower in there to keep the moisture out. That may be overkill, but I really didn't want to risk interfering with the adhesive at all.

Paint color is "Iced Lemonade" from Sherwin Williams.

I am so very pleased with how it turned out!

This mirror and the wall paint were the first steps in this redecoration. My husband also built me a shelf for over the toilet (sneak peek in this photo!) which I need to decorate. I have a few more things to finish in here before it's complete, and then I'll do a full bathroom makeover reveal!


Saturday, February 1, 2020

March Subscription Box

DISCLOSURE: THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. THIS MEANS I GET A COMMISSION IF YOU DECIDE TO MAKE A PURCHASE THROUGH MY LINKS. THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU. READ MY FULL AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE HERE.

 

I had so much fun putting together March's subscription box! March is my birthday month, so I pulled that into March’s subscription box theme. This is the perfect box to grab & have on hand for your own birthday month or to gift to someone else! Available February 1st through February 29th, the March subscription box is just $10! 

Included in this subscription box is:
•Fabric tape (3 strips of each print)
•Gold pen holder (elastic band for attaching to your planner or book)
•Cupcake planner clip
•1 sheet of gold birthday stickers
•Gold raindrop paper clip with ice cream charm
•Starburst candy 

I hope you love this box as much as I do! February's box sold out before the end of January and I didn't do a restock, but remember, there is no monthly commitment to the subscription boxes I am offering! If you want to purchase in March but not in June, but again in July, there is no need to sign up, unsubscribe, then resubscribe. Subscription boxes will be available as a regular listing in my Etsy shop for anyone to purchase. Although quantities may be limited, I may offer a wait list and restock them as necessary throughout the month, depending on demand. They will ship within 3-5 days of being ordered.
Lastly, one person each month who purchases a box will randomly be selected to receive a 10% off coupon toward the next month's subscription box. Yay!
 
You can purchase the March subscription box in my Etsy shop here.