Monday, October 27, 2014

DIY State Canvas

I went to a garage sale the other day and the lady running it came up to me and asked me if I'd like this canvas before she took it to salvation army. After shuddering at the sight of it, I finally said yes thinking of all the possibilities I could do with this free gift!

A few coats of grey paint...

A hand cut out Michigan... (the whole picture couldn't print out on one page so I just let it get cut off and free handed in the rest)
 A little tracing...

I filled everything in with white paint that ended up a bit grey and put a red heart on where Detroit is (ishhh.....)

This picture now sits on our new bookcase that we got from a family friend who's moving!

Total spent on state art piece:$0
Total spent on bookcase: $0
Total spent on decorating top of bookcase: $2 (on those cool vintage spools of thread!)

Monday, September 29, 2014

My Whole30 Recap

I know I've been basically silent but I've been busy, y'all! I've been learning, cheering, and most recently, whole30ing it up. While on the whole30, I worked out 4-5 days a week so while I didn't necessarily lost weight, I lost inches and gained a whole lot of muscle. *flexes*
Also what I lost including inches...
-Love handles !!
-Splotchy face/ breakouts
-2ish jean sizes  (I bought a new pair of jeans right before starting and took the tags off without thinking... BAD IDEA! They're too big now!)
-Horrible snacking habit

What I gained...
-Healthy eating habits
-The ability to cook myself more than just a frozen waffle or pasta
-Better sleep
-Several instagram followers
-New gymnastics/ cheer skills

Was the whole30 hard? YES! Did I cheat every once in a while? YES. I ate an oreo once and a couple bites of a friend's frozen yogurt. IT HAPPENS! But I also do have a huge stash of candy that I've been given that I didn't touch at all which makes me so proud of myself. Big wins for little set backs!
Follow me on instagram @chicaesartistica to see some food pics, catch up with my whole30 and see what else I've been up to!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sweet 16 Birthday Gift Basket Idea

Here in Michigan (and in most other states) the driving age in 16. So for those special girls (and maybe boys?) who are getting their license, here's a great birthday gift basket idea for them. Disclaimer: this basket is obviously aimed at girls but feel free to modify it for boys!
 This is more of an "emergency" car kit than a real emergency. I figured I'd leave that stuff up to the parents and this is cuter anyways ; )
 In the basket is gum, ponytails, a nail file, chapstick, tissues, hand sanitizer, air freshener, chocolate, a starbucks gift card, panty liners, and (not pictured) cheez its.

 I found a cute little bin at the dollar store and stuck an index card in the little display window.

 I poofed the bottom up with tissue paper and then wrapped the whole thing in clear wrap.