Tuesday, July 31, 2012

DIY Bohemian Braid

I have been on a total bohemian kick lately. I admit it- I am in LOVE! I especially love those messy boho braids so when I found this amazing 8 step photo tutorial I knew I had to share!

boho braid
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Inspire Me | Vol. 3

I know, I know. I skipped a week but last week was an epic one, and not in a good way. My mother, me and my nearly 1 year old son were in a really scary car accident, my car was totaled and my nerves were shot for at least a week. You will never know how scary it is to have a child in your car during an accident until it happens, which I PRAY to the good Lord doesn’t!

I may be exaggerating but I felt like my son was in a bubble or like he had angels around him. A trailer came off of the truck it was behind and slammed into mine and my son’s side of the car. We all walked away from it and went home but I was pretty sore for a few days. I am still feeling inspired and would love to share my little lineup!



After this week, I believe in angels.

frekled nest

I found a really cool blog this week called ‘freckled nest’ it has great tutorials and I’ve even started the arrow bracelet below.

arrow diy

Don’t you just have an urge to try it? If so, click here.


My mama always taught me to count my blessings. Luckily, I have too many to count!


Girls trip? I’m thinkin’ yes!

get well soon flowers1

get well soon flower


I had to post this, it’s just too cute!

inner peace

and this.

jessica redfield gawhi

My heart aches for the families of the shooting victims in Colorado. I feel so unbelievably impacted by Jessica Ghawi-Redfield..  reading her blog and seeing her impact on other people really struck a cord with me. Rest In Peace <3

love dad

My brother posted this on his facebook the other day. He towers over my dad now.. but he is 6’7. Winking smile


I am so lucky to have found my soul mate and best friend.


Refreshing Starbucks in the pool.

xmas in july crafts

Christmas crafts in July! Who can resist?

I will soon be having a button to share and a linky party for you to join in on the fun. If you would like to learn more email me at sewcalmama@yahoo.com

Friday, July 27, 2012

August Sponsor Call- Free Ad Spots


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DIY Smudge Stick

Ever since I moved out of my mom’s house a few years ago, she’s made me Smudge Sticks. I can remember her burning hers throughout the house when I was little and.. well, forever.  Anytime we were going through a family tragedy or just stressful times I would ask my mom to “burn sage.” 

I’ve started making my own and want to share a simple picture tutorial to show how easy it is! 


cover photo
“Smudging, the sacred smoke blessing, is a ceremony for cleansing and purification for the physical and spiritual bodies. Smudging calls on the spirits of sacred herbs and plants to drive away negative energies and to restore balance.”
Sage is believed to be a masculine plant that reduces or eliminates negative energy.

You can use an abalone shell to catch ashes while cleansing your home as well as a spot for your smudge stick.

You will also need a nice and thick yarn or thread as well as a handful of fresh sage. This particular stick turned out to be 12 inches long but you can make them any size you’d like.


Let your stick dry out for a week or even longer. 

hang and dry

Once it’s dry, you can start cleansing your home of negative energy! 

Start at the North end of your home and work you way around clockwise, circling and meeting back in the same room you started in. Some people use a feather to bat the smoke in a clockwise motion while it burns in an abalone shell. It’s up to you though.

I hope this helped in ridding all negativity from your life and home. <3 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Inspire Me | Vol. 2

This week has been an all around amazing week for this Mama. I have been inspired more than ever by a variety of things. Especially my sweet fiancé and handsome almost ONE year old son!

I can’t share them with you so I want to share some of the inspirations I’ve come across while internet browsing this week! If you would like to check out Volume 1 (click there <-----  :D )

I think the most inspiring things in life are the little things.

What do you think?


True Love <3

the love dare

Daniel and I have started  reading this book. So far we really like it! We sat on the deck last night after we got Liam to bed and read some. I can’t wait to see where it takes us!

Check it out here: The Love Dare on kindle!

bread in a bottle tute

Quick Bread-in-a-Bottle recipe <3


Photo bucket Art

holding hands

Photo bucket Art


Marilyn Monroe Pixel Artwork made of real people!

mason jar sewing kit

DIY Mason Sewing Jar Kit

the creative place. blogspot

DIY: lovely washi tape notebook from a composition book!


This cleaning checklist has inspired me to clean my house! Now that is some magic right there! :D

chalkboard wall calander

Chalkboard wall calendar.

sewing place

Adorable sewing space <3

What happened this week that inspired you?

Monday, July 9, 2012

DIY Jewelry Box {upcycled}

Here are a couple before and after shots of my latest DIY project.. I was feeling a little crafty over the weekend and here are the results- an upcycled jewelry box lined with paisley fabric! Tune back in later this week for the full length picture tutorial.

What did you and your family do over the weekend?

Inspire Me | Vol. 1

I have been seeing so many inspirational things lately all over the internet, especially on my Pinterest and Facebook pages. I’ve decided to dedicate a weekly post to all things inspiring and beautiful. I don’t want to limit this series to a particular category of inspiration so beauty, fashion, quotes, shops, recipes, and photography are all coming your way! This amazing round up of awesomeness will be brought to you every Monday morning from here on out!
Inspiration; from my eyes to yours.
[ Janis Joplin ]
[ DIY Birdie Mobile----> CLICK HERE FOR TUTORIAL ]
[ Without coffee I wouldn’t be awake enough to be inspired, so THANK YOU COFFEE! ]
owl flowers 8x10
[ Owl Flowers Print by Flora and Fauna Prints ]
[ Chickadee Print by Flora and Fauna Prints ]
band bracelets
[ Bright Bracelet Bands I recently listed on my Etsy Shop]
[ Coco Chanel quotes ]
[ coffee cake-in-a-cup ]
[ yummy homemade chocolate chip cookies]
[ Henna Paisley Fabric I used for my latest DIY project COMING SOON! ]
baby wipe holder
[ DIY Baby Wipe Holder that my friend Jessica made for her little girl ]

If you have a certain something that you think is “Inspire Me” worthy, feel free to drop me at line at sewcalmama@yahoo.com and you may be featured in Vol. 2!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Handmade Gift Exchange Summer 2012 [To Receive]

I was having a pretty rough day last Monday, life has been all but calm and I needed to take a nice long drive to clear my head. When I got home from my little adventure.. I noticed a package on my front porch. I hadn’t received my gift from the Gift Exchange so I concluded that this HAD to be it!
And I was right, it was!
I felt like a little kid on Christmas, let me tell you! I got my snoozing son settled in his crib and ripped that sucker open! And there it was- my sign! Not only was it a wooden sign, but it was a different kind of sign too- the ones that you look for on days that you really need them. It couldn’t have come at a better time!
It was a gorgeous handcrafted sign, wrapped in burlap ribbon with a wooden Starbucks tag attached. The more I looked at it, the more I fell in love. It was totally “me” in every aspect. The chevron print, the Bel Air sign, the piece of record… its just screamed “TIA!”
I could go on and on about it all day so to make a long story short, I love it! I am so happy with the results of this exchange and I am eagerly awaiting the Winter one.
It’s funny how someone you’ve never really met can make your day so special.