Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April's Pinterest Party

Once again, I had two Pinterest Parties this month with a fun (and easy) craft for anyone!

Everyone personalized a canvas tote bag. As usual, I found a tutorial on Pinterest. I'm not patient talented enough to paint that lace pattern, so we painted over doilies to create the vintage feel.

Everyone chose a letter to stencil in the center. I hand-painted a monogram for one young participant and even created a more "boy" friendly pattern.

I have extra totes available if you're interested in purchasing one for yourself. These make great gifts..especially for teachers with the end of the year coming up! They'd also make perfect summer totes.

Monday, April 29, 2013

This weekend...

Linking up with Join the Gossip.

I had a really great weekend, but it didn't last long enough!

Friday night, we celebrated Emily over at Be Blessed, Y'all. Her birthday is tomorrow, so we celebrated a little early by eating at our fave local Mexican place and hanging out after.

Saturday started off with a great game of Ultimate Frisbee in the perfect weather!

That evening, I had a private jewelry party with a small group of girls from my church's youth group. Each girl got to design her own cross bracelet and assemble it to her perfect fit. They chose between silver and antiqued gold crosses and hardware and among blue, yellow, while, black, and brown leather for the straps. Everyone had a great time, and I hope they all enjoy their new custom bracelets!

After the jewelry workshop, my boy took me to see my old high school's production of Flashdance! I had never seen the movie, but we loved it! Everyone did a great job singing and dancing.

Oh, and I debuted my new mint pants!!

Sunday after church was a lazy rainy day, and I loved every second.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What I'm loving this Wednesday...

This Wednesday is a very special Wednesday.

Today marks 5 years that this guy has been mine...

We have been through a lot of good times as well as some very hard times over the years, but I wouldn't trade a second for anything else.

We went to Melting Pot to celebrate this weekend, and it was so amazing! I had never been to a fondue restaurant, and I loved it!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, March 18, 2013

This weekend I...

Linking up to share what I did this weekend...

I was in Savannah for St. Pat's...and I believe that's all I need to say about that.

What did you do for St. Patrick's Day?

Monday, March 11, 2013

This Weekend, I...

Linking up again to share my weekend activities.

I had one of the best weekends ever involving some of my besties and the beach!

I'd like to point out that I won putt-putt this year.

Glad these girls were there to give me some relief from the very  "guy-ish" guys.

Funniest Football Fail

The boys did a Polar Bear Plunge...notice the girls were smart enough not to do this.

And I made it home just in time to watch The Walking Dead with my dad.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

And the Winner is...

Congratulations to Holly! She is the lucky winner of my Monogram Necklace giveaway!

As a special "thank you" to everyone who entered, use code "monograms" to receive $5 off of your monogram necklace order in my Etsy shop!

Monday, March 4, 2013

This Weekend, I...

First time linking up with LeeAnn from Join the Gossip to share what I did this weekend.

My weekend was jam packed with middle schoolers and formal attire. I work for a local Cotillion director, and this weekend we had our final Spring Balls.

We had 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders attend 7 different Oriental Balls and a 5-course Instructional Dinner over four days. It was hectic, and my feet are really happy to be out of heels.

How lucky am I that my boy came to help!? He looked so handsome in his tuxedo, and all of the girls LOVED having him there. Everyone kept cutting in to dance with him. Since we had an Oriental theme this year, everyone got a fortune cookie after their meal...his read "you look great, and you know it." Not really a fortune, but still true!

All of the girls wore white dresses, and the boys rented tuxedos. It was one of the cutest things I have ever witnessed. Have you ever seen a 5th grade boy wait around in the lobby for a special little girl to arrive and then willingly help her off with her coat? It is adorable!

Obviously, we had to make a Waffle House trip at midnight in our formal attire. Check out this distinguished gentleman mulling over his hash brown order.

Don't forget to enter my Monogram Necklace giveaway ending tonight!

Giveaway Ending!

My Monogram Necklace Giveaway is ending tonight at midnight!! Winner will be announced tomorrow, so be sure to get all your entries in!!


Friday, March 1, 2013

Pinterestin' Friday

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You can now link up for Pinterestin' Friday, so I can see all of your favorite pins from the week.

Ground Rules:
1. Follow Hand Made and Lovely through GFC
2. Create a post with a few pins you found this week, and link back to this blog post by copying and pasting the code above.
3. Check out other people's links and leave a comment or two!

All original posts can be found through my Pinterest page...follow my boards to see all of my finds!

Be sure to enter my Monogram Necklace giveaway ending next Tuesday!

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Linking up with Jamie again for...

This Wednesday, I'm loving that in ONE WEEK I'll be leaving for the beach. Well, actually, in one week (exactly) I'll be headed to the dentist. But...in one week and a few hours, I'll be leaving for the beach! I can't wait to spend a few days relaxing with friends and pretending I'm still in college by taking a Spring Break.

I'm loving this new book I've started.

Has anyone read The Pact? I literally just started, and I am only a few pages in...but it's one of those that gets you hooked from the start, and I like that in a book. Have you started any good books lately? I'm always looking for my next read.

I'm loving that my current phone contract ends Friday. I'm thinking I am going to get the iPhone 5. Reviews??

I'm loving that I've got an estate sale and lunch date with my dad today. I absolutely love going to estate sales/yard sales because you never know what you might find. I'm always on the look out for mason jars and Pinterest Party craft ideas. One of the last ones I went to, I found this little guy...

I'm loving the giveaway I posted yesterday...

You can win a Hand Made and Lovely monogram necklace as well as the chance to buy more for 50% off! You should go enter!

As always, I'm loving my lovely followers...Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Monogram Necklace Giveaway

Who doesn't love a giveaway, and who doesn't love a monogram??

I have been offering these Monogram Necklaces at local craft fairs and sales for months, and they have proved very popular. They make great gifts, and of course every girl needs one for herself.

By entering, you will have a chance to win one lightweight, bright silver Monogram Necklace with your choice of initials (21" chain). As a special bonus to the winner, you will also have the opportunity to purchase more of these necklaces for 50% off with free shipping! That's only $9 per necklace (no limit)!

Visit my Etsy shop to see more of my jewelry for sale. "Like" Hand Made and Lovely on Facebook to keep up with my latest creations.

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Giveaway will end Tuesday, 3/5 at 12am. The winner will be announced and notified via email (be sure your email is connected to your account) the next day. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email or another winner will be chosen.

Good luck!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


I can't even remember the last time I linked up with Jamie for WILW...

This Wednesday:

I'm loving the weather! So far I've been able to walk 4 miles each day, and it's been great! It's February, and I get to walk outside in a t-shirt.

I'm loving this fun Pinterest Party idea I found:

Magnetic Chalkboard
I might have to have this be my April Pinterest Party Craft! I'll, of course, add my own flair and a little twist to it.

I'm loving this new style of earring I'm making:

I've never made dangle earrings with the post stud earring backs before, but I love the result. If these prove to be popular, I will definitely be making more in the future. I currently have white, navy, black, red, and yellow available in both styles. (I might have to keep a pair of the navy with filigree bottom for myself.) Keep up with all of my latest jewelry on the Hand Made and Lovely facebook page.

Happy Hump Day!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Pinterestin' Friday

So, how long has it been since I've shared my favorite Pins of the week with a little thing I like to call "Pinterestin' Friday"??

I love these funny Valentine cards.

I may have to do this heart wreath for next February's Pinterest Party.

To see more of my pins, follow my boards on Pinterest!

Have a great weekend! Stay lovely, my friends.