Thursday, March 10, 2016

DIY Home Decor: Gallery Wall | Beautiful Wall Decor Inspiration

Hello! Lovelies

Long time no talk. It's been a month or longer since I last posted but today I am back.


 If you know me I am a very eclectic person who loves mixing a lot of different textures and styles. So recently when I decided on changing the wall décor In my bedroom I thought why not go for a gallery wall?! That way I can mix all the things I love and if it doesn't match perfectly that's okay, because that's the beauty of a gallery wall.
 
 
Recently I had the pleasure of working with Misty Michelle to make a custom wooden sign for my gallery wall. The really cool thing about Misty's shop is that you can take any picture you have and turn it into a beautiful art keepsake. She adds your picture to wood and then you pick a nice quote to go along with it. For my gallery wall I used this custom wooden sign as my starting point. And then searched for different things to go along with it. I am by no means done yet but that's the beauty I think of a gallery wall you can just keep on adding different treasures you find along the way.
 
I've incorporated:
 
Vintage Family Photos
 
A Dream catcher from my sister in laws baby shower
 
A Crucifix
 
Angel wings
 
And an "E" for Emily
 
But like I said I am not done yet. I can't wait to find more unique pieces to add along to the wall.
 
I really hope you check out Misty's shop she has something for everyone and is great to work with. Kids Mother's day is not that long away now so why not have Misty create a beautiful gift for your Mother.
 
 
 
 
Below are some fun pictures I've sourced from Pinterest. I hope they give you some inspiration into making your own creative and unique wall.
 
 
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 If you have a Gallery wall in your home I'd love to see it. Tag me on Twitter or Instagram. @ ChicCountryGirl
 
~Emily
 
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Monday, January 25, 2016

DIY: How To Make Planner Stickers | Using a Silhouette Cameo

 Hello! Lovelies
 
So this past week I have been playing around with my new Silhouette Cameo. At first I had a hard time figuring out what to do and not to do. After a couple days of reading and watching a lot of YouTube videos and just messing around with the software myself I have finally figured out how to make my own planner stickers. Which is amazing because since I can now make my own it will save me a lot of money as I've been buying a lot from Etsy sellers.
 
So today I thought i'd share with you how I make mine. Other people might have a better or simpler way of making them but this way has worked for me.
 
 
 
 
 

Start off by opening up Silhouette design studio. Once opened go up to your right hand corner of the page and select "Design page settings" here is where you select the page size you will be printing on. My sticker sheet is 8 1/2 x 11 so I put "8.500 x 11.000".
 


Once you've selected your page size you'll need to add your registration marks. This is so your Silhouette machine can read where to cut. Registration marks is right next to the page size. Once you click it select the "Style" pull down and click "Type 1" for Cameo. You must keep your designs within the selected border space.


Now you want to import your images into the Silhouette Studio software. You'll do this by going to the upper left corner of your screen and click "File" then scroll down until you see "Merge" which you will then select and choose your images you want to work with.


After you have all your images on your page you will want to shrink them down to the size you want. Do this buy clicking the outer edge and dragging them in or out to make them bigger or smaller.


If you'd like to duplicate a design go to your top right hand corner and select the "Replicate Window" and chose where you want them to be replicated "Left" "Right" or "Below" the image. Or you don't have to replicate them at all. I just like have at least two or three of every sticker I make.


After you pick all your images and arrange them in the order you want and replicate them your image will look like the above screen. Once it does print your sheet on sticker paper.

 
After you print your sheet come back to Silhouette studio and trace your images. This is how your Silhouette Machine will know where to cut out the stickers. Do this by selecting the "Trace Window" this is easy to find it looks like a little green & yellow box. You'll then click "Select Trace Area" and drag your mouse around your images. Once all selected press "low pass filter" and mess around with the "threshold" and "scale" until it looks similar to the above screen. Once it does click where it says "Trace outer edge". A red line will then appear around the outer edge of all your stickers. Make sure to zoom in a bit to check that it's only around the outer edge, this is very important because this is where your cuts will be. If it's not correct undo and repeat the last step again.


When your trace looks good go to your cut settings. It automatically will select "Standard" but you'll want "Advanced". Then under "Material Type" find "White Sticker Paper" set blade to "1" , Speed "6", Thickness "3" and then load paper into machine and click "Send To Silhouette". It will then begin cutting and once done you will have a sheet of cut stickers to use in your planner or else where.



I really hope this has helped you make your own Planner stickers, If you have any questions please comment below and I will try my very best to help you. I know it's hard at first but remember to not give up. You will figure it out sooner or later.
 
I'd love to see what designs you come up with. You can always tag me on Instagram @ChicCountryGirl or on my planner Instagram @ThePaperCraftersSociety.

The above designs can be found here & here, I did not design them AngieMakes.com did.
 
If you'd like to learn more about the Silhouette Cameo click the link here. I bought mine from Overstock.com if you sign up for the email list and get 10% off your Silhouette!
 
 
~Emily
 
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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Fashion: Game Day Style | Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Hello! Lovelies
 
Today is the big day for Broncos fans, The super bowl is so close we can almost taste it. So I thought id go through my closet and look for some things that are blue & orange. I was born and raised a Bronco fan. I mean being from Colorado what else could I be?!
 
Since its game day I thought I'd share my OOTD with you all. I went for a casual and comfortable look. I am not one of those girls who wears heels to a sporting event or even a sports bar for that matter. You can look cute, stylish and girly without them.


Hat - Wish You Were Northwest, Shirt- Vintage 90s Flannel Shirt- Vintage 90s or 80s Jeans- SO Skinny Jegging Clutch- Louis Vuitton Boots- Bearpaw Emma  
 
 
 
For my game day outfit I went for Vintage touches. Both my top & flannel shirt is 18+ years old. My Mother gave me the top and I stole the flannel from my Dads vintage collection. And with that I paired my favorite pair of jeggings and winter boots. The "Wander" hat is my favorite, I've had it for about a year and I love it. It's from a little shop called Wish You Were Northwest, if you haven't checked them out you must. And as for my clutch I thought it added a girly and oh so chic element with it being Louis and all. I'm currently obsessed with it.
 
Today I will not be attending the game in person, I've actually never seen them play live in person. But that's okay, maybe one day. I will either be watching the game with my parents or at my brothers with family & friends. But if your looking to attend a game you might just want to check out TickPick it's a great place to find tickets to see the Denver Broncos or any other NFL team you support.
 
Who are you rooting for today (It better be the Broncos!) ?
 
~Emily
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

My 2016 Bucket List | Ideas for a wonderful year!

Hello! Lovelies
I'm sure you've heard this a lot already but I can't believe it's 2016, where did 2015 go? With a new year comes new hopes, dreams and resolutions. This year I haven't really set any resolutions for myself. Of course there are things I'd like to work on like: losing weight, learning something new, and to quit drinking soda. The usual things. But half the time most of us give up on them before mid February. So this year I thought id make a bucket list of fun adventures and ideas. If I don't complete them all that is okay. I am not setting no rules for this challenge of mine, it's more ideas and things to do. It's not set in stone. Just something for me to look at and hopefully complete a good few.



I hope this list gives you some inspiration and hopefully along the way I will document my 2016 bucket list and share my experiences and the adventures I go on with you here and on my Instagram account.
So lets get started with the list.
(These will be in no particular order I just had to start somewhere.)
1.Local Travel: Everyone always says they want to visit far away exotic lands, yet you can find new and fascinating places you've never visited in your own area. Search for must see places in your neck of the woods or maybe look for hidden treasures.
2.Photograph the little things: Everyone always gets the camera out for big events and occasions like: birthdays and weddings. Why not photograph your everyday life. Game night with the family or flowers in your backyard. Find the beauty in everyday.
3.Print pictures: Like I said above, I want to photograph lots of different things this year. So why not actually print them. They are doing no good sitting on your memory card or laptop. Hang them and share them with family & friends.
4. Support local events: Find fun and exciting events hosted by local towns. This is a fun way to be entertained and sometimes they are even FREE.
5.Explore small town attractions & museums: Where I live we have lots of little museums in towns with a fewer than a thousand people.
6. Visit farmers markets: Meet the local farmers who grow your food. Supporting your local community is good for everyone.
7.Help local charities: Volunteer, organize a fund raiser or bake sale and help those in your community that are less fortunate than yourself.
8. Be Bold : Whatever that means to you. Maybe wearing red lipstick for the first time or standing up for yourself. Always be heard!

9. Explore: Explore everything | Your town, new places, old favorites, new friends.

10.Picnic: Where you live there maybe a beautiful park or beach, where I live we have the mountains. Make a nice lunch or stop buy a local deli and pick out some yummy food. Pack a blanket and some tunes and head out for a day of eating and relaxing in nature.

11. Take a risk: Step out of your comfort zone. Just take a few baby steps

12. Be a healthier person: Mind, body & soul

13.Take a road trip: Maybe across country or just a weekend trip somewhere near your home.

14.Walk More: Take a stroll around the lake or hike up a mountain.

15.Learn: Take a class at your local community center.

16.Eat something new: Cook something you've never tried before or go out to a restaurant that has food you've never tasted before.

17. Garden: Grow your own food. Plant a rose garden and watch it bloom.

18.Create: Be more creative. Learn a new craft or take up sewing. Maybe learn to paint.

19. Go vintage shopping: At a Vintage shop or look through the racks of a local thrift shop. You can find amazing things just waiting to be brought back to life.

20. Go green: Recycle & Redo | Take something old and make it new again. Find old wood furniture and sand it down repaint it or stain, add new knobs and let it breathe new life.

21.Write down my thoughts: Keep a journal and update it more than twice in 2016. Write about your day to day life what you get up to and who you've seen. Or maybe dig a bit deeper and write about an important topic that affects you.

22. Genealogy: Discover who your family was and where they came from. The history of your blood can be very interesting.

23.Revamp your home: Make your home beautiful and cozy. Put all those old family photos in frames and decorate your home with them. Do simple DIY projects and add little touches of things you love. To make your home feel like you.

24.Party: Have little house parties with family & friends. Pick a theme: roaring 20's anyone? Or maybe make the food of the country you love most or wish to visit. Doesn't have to be over the top just have fun.

25. Enjoy 2016: Most importantly enjoy the year, your life and the things and people around you. 2016 will only come around once so make the most of it.


I hope this gives you some ideas for the year. What's on your bucket list for 2016?

~Emily

Monday, December 14, 2015

DIY Christmas: Homemade Christmas Crackers | The Perfect Holiday Party Favor

Hello! Lovelies
 
Christmas parties and dinners are in full swing. Why not be the hostess with the mostess this Christmas?! Todays DIY is how to make your very own Christmas Cracker and if you don't happen to live in the UK or a commonwealth country you just might not know what they are here's a little info via Wikipedia:
 
"A cracker consists of a cardboard tube wrapped in a brightly decorated twist of paper, making it resemble an oversized sweet-wrapper. The cracker is pulled apart by two people much in the manner of a wishbone, the cracker splits unevenly. The split is accompanied by a mild bang or snapping sound produced by the effect of friction on a shock-sensitive, chemically-impregnated card strip (similar to that used in a cap gun)."
 
 
 
Now my DIY doesn't feature the popping noise that traditional crackers do because I don't know where Id buy the cracking strips but maybe if you live in the UK you might be able to find them or buy online.
 
 



 
Supplies you'll need:
Toilet Roll Tubes
Tissue Paper
Bakers Twine
Candy
Jingle Bells
 
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil
 
 


 
 
1. Measure out your tissue paper 8 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches. Place tube in the middle towards the edge and tape with clear tape. And roll up, once you've rolled it up tape that side as well. 2. Cut two 10 inch pieces of bakers twine and place a jingle bell in the middle and tie around the end. 3. Place your candy in the open end (how ever much you want or will fit). Then tie up that end as well.
 
 
If you've happened to ever have a real British cracker they come with paper crowns and little plastic toys. So if you are making these for young children you could always go to the dollar or party store to find little toys. But since I am making mine for adults I just used chocolates.
 

If you make these for yourself I'd love to see how you add your personal touch so please share a picture and tag me on Instagram or Twitter @ChicCountryGirl
 
 
I hope you enjoy this DIY and have a lovely week, Only 10 days and counting until CHRISTMAS!
 
 
 
 
~Emily
 
 
Disclaimer: Any photos used are mine unless otherwise posted with a * . This post was 100% created by me and photos are copyrighted to TheChicCountryGirl, If your sharing any of them please give credit to this site. This is not a sponsored post, All items were paid for by me.

Friday, December 11, 2015

DIY: Snow Globe Mason & Apothecary Jars | A Winter Wonderland In a Jar

Hello! Lovelies
 
 
 Glass jars, faux tress, & glitter: what more does a girl need? But seriously those three things make for a beautiful and chic Christmas display. And the great thing is that its simple and easy to do. You can also pick from many different jar shapes & sizes. White trees, green big or small. You can make these 100% unique to you and your Christmas décor.
 
 
 
 
 
 
You'll need:
 
Glass Jars
Faux Snow
Faux Trees
Mini Heidi Swapp Kraft Houses
Glitter
Glue
 
 
 
 
 
1. Start off by selecting your jars. A great place to look for affordable glass jars is: Hobby Lobby & Vintage stores. For this tutorial I have used mason and apothecary jars.
 
2. If you can't find miniature Heidi Swapp houses you can skip those and look at the village & doll house section for miniatures to use instead
 
3. I then glittered my house with two different glitters. One for the roof and the outside walls. You could also use decoupage or paint them.
 
 4. While you are waiting for your glitter or paint to dry on your house fill up your jars with snow.
 
5. Once glitter or paint is dry place your tree and house inside your jar.
 
Optional: If using a mason jar and plan on making it a proper snow globe you will need to glue your tree to the underside of the lid. Also if making for a child or want to shake you'll need to do that as well so it doesn't move around.
 
 

 


If you make a DIY snow globe for yourself i'd love to see a picture, tag me on Instagram or Twitter @ChicCountryGirl


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend & a great Christmas.

~Emily
 
 
Disclaimer: Any photos used are mine unless otherwise posted with a * . This post was 100% created by me and photos are copyrighted to TheChicCountryGirl, If your sharing any of them please give credit to this site. This is not a sponsored post, All items were paid for by me.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Makeup: Gwen Stefani Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette | Review

Hello! Lovelies
 
 
 Urban Decay has out done themselves yet again. This time with a beautiful limited edition palette created by the one and only 90's Cali punk queen, Gwen Stefani. Probably when you think Gwen, you think bright & bold colors that aren't always wearable for an everyday gal. And well with this palette you get a mix of both. This palette features a bold blue and a vivid pink along with a beautiful range of neutral everyday shades. That even my mother would be comfortable with wearing.
 
This might be the nicest packaging Urban Decay has ever released. From the little UD Gwen Stefani plaque on the front to the gold case. It also features a beautiful full size mirror perfect for doing your makeup on the go.
 
 

 

 




 
It features 15 shades in all. Ranging from light shimmery shades to a dark matte black and plum brown. The colors also feature fun and oh so Gwen names like: "Harajuku", "Anaheim"  and "Punk" just to name a few.
 
Another great thing about the collaboration between Urban Decay and Gwen is that it doesn't just stop at the palette. They will be releasing lipsticks which when you buy this palette you get a sample of and just this morning I heard rumors of a brow product being released as well. So if your a huge Gwen Stefani fan or just love anything Urban Decay then this limited collection just might have something for everyone.
 
 
 
 

If you'd like to try this palette for yourself you can buy it in-store & online at Sephora.com or at UrbanDecay.com
 
 
5 Stars ☆☆☆☆☆
 
Pros:
High Pigmentation
Great color range
Perfect palette for traveling
 
Cons:
Limited Edition
 
 
~Love
 
Emily

 
Disclaimer: Any photos used are mine unless otherwise posted with a * . I was not sent this item to review. I purchased this item with my own money. The opinions are 100% my own.