Archives for March 2014

healthy boundaries = healthy relationships

I’ve been through some muck in my life, I’ve lived through times where I let people dictate how I spent my time, I spent all my energy trying to save, help and be there for others. Often with little appreciation or notice. After watching it in others it was a mirror that showed me how bad it was. I decided to take control and research everything I could on how to set healthy boundaries.

I learned some skills and a new mindset for how and when to say no or even, “that doesn’t work for me”.

It was LIFE CHANGING!

I love to use my life experiences as teachable and helpful lessons for others so hopefully they don’t have to go through what I did.

I invite you to be a guest and listen in on a Free class I’ll be offering. You can dial in on your computer to listen or call in. Everyone who registers for the free call will be sent a recording of it, regardless if you were able to listen to the call live or not.

I will be talking about ways we can all surround ourselves with people that support us in our goals, say no when needed and help eliminate toxic relationships.

It’s a win – win.

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Thrifty Thursdays – Covered bench makeover

 

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I absolutely love to find solid wood furniture that just needs a little pick me up.  This looked great in the room it was in but my daughter wanted it for her Paris, hip themed room. So some black paint and funky zebra fabric and viola! Beautiful and new feeling.  Enjoy!

For this one we unscrewed the top from the base. Painted the base with primer then black paint.  Using heavy duty staples I stapled the new fabric to the underside of the top.  Picturing the top as a clock, staple at 12 o’clock, then 6, then 3, then 9.  Then fill in the spaces between. Making sure to pull taught and even.  Screw back on the base and your set.

 

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What are your favorite furniture makeovers? I’d love to hear.

 

 

 

 

Thrifty Thursdays – End Table Makeover

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End Table Makeover

I LOVE to get my hands on ugly furniture and make them over.  Sometimes I do intricate painting on them other times I just need something to match my decor and I know I’ll change it again later.

This is an end table my sweet mother in law gave me, she knew I could find a way to paint it and give it an updated look.  I’m going to be repainting it soon after our home remodel is done but it did it’s job well while being carried around tons by the 3 year old. I intentionally scratched it up a bit when I did it. This gave it a distressed look right away and no one was afraid to use it.  If I was doing a more permanent job on it I would have sanded it well and primed it first before painting.  For what I needed it for just painting it seemed to work just fine.  Enjoy! Do you ever paint paint furniture to match a wall in your house?  Even if it’s a trendy one that you know you’ll be re-painting?  I’d love to hear your makeover stories! Share in the comments below.

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Unique cards from the Bride & Groom

Planning a wedding… I loved it.  I’ve done it twice and cannot wait to help Skylar plan hers (many years from now).

As a Bride there was never a card that fit exactly what I wanted to say. So I created them.

Finally a card saying thank you to my future in-laws:

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And a card for my own parents:

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And the same idea but from the groom:

For the groom’s parents: https://www.etsy.com/listing/182990061/

For the bride’s parents: https://www.etsy.com/listing/165318678/

 

Earlier this week I also introduced Thank you cards for the wedding party. these are unisex cards so they will work for bridesmaids or groomsmen.

You can also order in groups of five cards.

 

Love them all?  You can order as a set. Just click the photo.

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Weddings bring out the best in us. Use that time to be real, authentic and say what you are feeling.  Finding a good man or woman that you want to spend the rest of your life with is magical and beautiful. Celebrate it and give thanks to all of those around you that helps make you both who you are.

Thrifty Thursdays – Cheap and easy Breakfast Skillet

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Cheap & Easy Breakfast Skillet:

We are OBSESSED with this in my home right now.  It has a variety of food groups and it pretty simple and CHEAP!

It includes:

  • 2.5 lbs cups Diced Potatoes (3 large potatoes)   (Cost: $1.13 for 2.5 lbs. We buy the 20lb bag from costco for about $9.  We’ve also used organic potatoes, for that we paid $3.69/lb at Aldi.  So for 2.5 lbs it’d be $3.08)
  • 1/4 c. Vegetable oil (we had this so I’m gonna guess $0.20)
  • 1 medium onion (.25)
  • 1 diced tomato  (We got a 5 pack of roma tomatoes from Aldi on sale for $1.00  so for 1 tomato it’s $0.20)
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese ($2.00 for a block of cheddar at aldi,  we used 1/2 of it.  So for 1/2 it was $1.00)
  • 1/2 cup chopped brocolli ($4.59 for 48oz at Costco  = 4oz for $0.38
  • 3 eggs  (we use organic from Costco, $6.50 for 2 dozen, so about $0.27 each;  $0.81 total)

= Total of $3.97 for a huge skillet breakfast for 4 people!  AMAZING

Optional:   chopped fresh spinach, other veggies

Instructions: Chop the potatoes into 1/2″-1″ squares.  Heat up the oil in a large frying pan over med/medium low heat.  Add in potatoes.  Cover and allow to cook, stirring every 5 minutes.  After 30 minutes add in chopped onion.  Continue cooking until potatoes are tender and starting to crisp.  Then add in veggies, I add in a few Tablespoons of water here and re-cover, it helps steam the veggies.  Start making scrambled eggs in a separate pan (or make before you start the skillet and set aside).  Then top the potato mixture with the scrambled egged and shredded cheese.  Serve immediately.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

We used to  buy hash browns and diced potatoes already chopped, shredded. But when we realized what the savings were if we would do that ourselves we dove in and have been doing it ourselves ever since. PLUS we know there are no extra added ingredients that we don’t like.

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I’d love to hear what your favorite breakfast recipes are!  Share in the comments below:

Thrifty Thursdays – New blog series debut

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Welcome to my new Thrifty Thursday blog!

I love to live  life where I save money on the things that I can so I have money to do the amazing things I REALLY want to use my money on. For me that is traveling, and currently paying off the mortgage.   To accomplish those things and still live a good life I love to find unique and fun ways that fit into my lifestyle but also save money, reduce waste or help save something from a landfill.

Here is a BIG difference between me and some other thrifty, money saving bloggers.  I REFUSE to take on a “thrifty, bargain basement mindset”.  I live an abundant life, full of great blessings, family, a business I love and I believe we should surround ourselves with things we love (like art!) 🙂    I think it’s important to know why your saving money, do not fall into a “I’m poor” mentality.  I know people of all income levels that struggle with money, I know people of all income levels that feel abundant and happy.  It seems to be the American way for us to live a bit beyond our means no matter what we make.   I’m putting my foot down.  I refuse.  We work hard in our family to not use our Credit cards, pay cash for things in full and still live a great life.

We are just beginning the process of painting all the trim in our home, next we’ll be ripping off all the sheetrock in our kitchen, living and dining room.  Our house was built many years ago and it greatly suffers on proper insulation.  In the last year we’ve done 2 bedrooms and re-insulated. I can hardly believe the difference.  Since we do it all ourselves, it’s relatively cheap to do. (A couple hundred bucks).  But the savings on our heating and a/c bills are huge without leaks all over the place.  I realized when I found a vine from our fence outside that had made it’s way under the wall and was growing up into our living room awhile back that somewhere there is something wrong.   So today I’ve been home with Aspen, we’ve been painting trim all day.  It was going really good til he went rogue and painted the doorknobs.  He is 3, so ….

I look forward to sharing great bulk cooking recipes, ideas and other cheap food ideas.  I also LOVE to find furniture and other pieces and give them new life.  It one time took me 8 hours to sew a pair of rectangle curtains… so I’m not very talented in that area. However, there is much room for growth.  I have a few basic things that I’ve done in the last few years that have saves us big time. Good think for me I only needed to sew rectangles on those…     I also want to share ideas on how to save money and do other things, like giving up things that it seems like “everyone else” has.   And lastly I love talking about money and the mindset of money.  How to change our thinking so we don’t shut off abundance and blessings from flowing in, how to keep ourselves connected and in the flow of money.

Today’s topic: Clutter and Stuff

Tip:  When you buy, are given things, or receive gifts. In your mind categorize them into these categories:

Lifers: They are things we will use and keep for as long as possible. They are heirlooms, art, some decorative things.

Passing Through: These are things you will need and value but won’t need them forever.  Things such as baby items, toys, baby furniture, etc.  Items for an event (Example; when we got married we had a luau in our backyard for our reception.  We had bought a trellis, some silk flowers that were mixed in with real flowers, other decor, a tiki bar, etc.  Once the wedding was done we knew we didn’t have room for them anymore.  So we sold them all.)   These are things that you can re-sell, donate or pass on to others who need them when you are finished with them.  Don’t mistake these for the first group.  This is where clutter begins, we think because these items were special during a certain time period that we need to save them or hang on the them.  You don’t. Free yourself.  Take some nice photos of them to remember them and let them move on to others who will be grateful for them.

Fillers: These are things that are hand-me-downs, thrift store finds that you don’t love but needed until you can find exactly what you want or afford.  My entire first apartment was filled with these. It was cute but as I’ve gotten older I’ve been able to be a bit more picky about what I surround myself with.  I know really aim to have NOTHING in our home that we don’t use or REALLY love.  We rarely keep stuff anymore just because, or because it’ll do.

Projects:  These are things you pick up to re-do, makeover.  Art projects, hobbies, etc. These are things that make you happy and feel good.   A few years ago my dad after years of raising 5 kids and after my mom had passed away had to analyze his hobbies.  He was realizing he had more hobbies than he did time to do them.  Guiter, building and fixing boats, cars, woodworking, and a few others.  So he picked his top 2 and had to let the others go. This actually helped free him up so he could really dive in and enjoy those.

Momentos:  Yearbooks, photos, old trophies, concert booklets and guides, etc.   Pick a box or tote and make a pledge to only hang onto that much.  This is key for raising kids too.  Realistically they aren’t going to want 7 bins of momentos when they move out someday.  Pick the best, more memorable. Take photos of the others and put them in an album and add that in.

Here are a few things that for me where in the Passing Through group. I had them in my studio last year. It was fun to work on them and fun to see them all find great new homes when I was done with them:

If you have things to sell try ebay, craigslist, garage sales, giving away, consignment shops or donate!  You’ll feel amazing as you start to clear out things that no longer have a place in your home. Plus energetically and physically you’ll be making room for things that genuinely make you feel good.

Embracing Ease.

 

Some big announcements around here. Let’s break them down:

 

My Harmony Tour trip to Israel and Palestine has been changed.  When the Pope decided he would be visiting Israel in May it started making all the plans we had harder to make happen. Instead of compromising what the trip could do and mean for the women there we’re embracing trust and ease and have decided to move the trip to October.  This is when the weather is tolerable again and it gave all of us enough time to line up our new plan.  After a moment of personal disappointment when I found out the official news I am now loving it. It also has given me one more month to raise my last $1500 so that is really great.

There is a little more than a week left on my Indiegogo campaign. If you haven’t done so yet, check it out. You can see a video I’ve made about the project there.  Or see the bracelets I still have available here.


New Artwork coming soon!

 

I’ve been patiently waiting to feel when inspiration will strike again on my next artwork series. It’s hit! I’m running with it today as I begin to paint the series.  I don’t want to give too much away but this palette is a sneak peek.  I can’t wait to share it with you in the coming weeks and months.


The Finding Myself in the Moonlight online course is BACK!!

 

We’ve had an amazing first run of this course earlier this year.  After it begun I had many people who told me they didn’t realize the course was all done online.  So let me be clear, this is a course that can be done from the comfort of your own home from anywhere in the world.

This is a course that every woman should take. It’s all about living a life that is true to you!

 

I’ve been getting AMAZING feedback about the course, read what women have said:

 

“I’m relearning some important things about myself that got pushed aside when everyone/everything else became a priority.” 
-Molly

 

“I am realizing how unrealistically high I set expectations for myself and how miserably I beat myself up over them when I fail to meet them. I would never dream of expecting the things I place on myself from others.” – Amy

 

“I know I will never put myself back in that space of loneliness and low self worth again or let anyone talk to or treat me like that again. I am done with all of that. “ Angela

 

A sample of what this course will provide:

 

Learn more Here: http://noellerollinsart.com/finding-myself-in-the-moonlight-2/


 

Stay tuned, I will be announcing  my NEW online Summer course for teens and beginning artists. It’s going to be fabulous, it’s based on the most common questions I get from parents and beginning artists on what the next steps are after you discover you love painting, drawing or creating.


 

Want to feel good?  Watch this amazing video about Johnny the bagger.

Watch how a 19 year old young man with down syndrome CHANGED the entire store he worked for.

http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=108

 

 

Wishing you an incredible day!  **Noelle

 

A course for women EVERYWHERE

The Finding Myself in the Moonlight online course is BACK!!

 

We’ve had an amazing first run of this course earlier this year.  After it begun I had many people who told me they didn’t realize the course was all done online.  So let me be clear, this is a course that can be done from the comfort of your own home from anywhere in the world.

This is a course that every woman should take. It’s all about living a life that is true to you!

 

I’ve been getting AMAZING feedback about the course, read what women have said:

 

“I’m relearning some important things about myself that got pushed aside when everyone/everything else became a priority.” 
-Molly

 

“I am realizing how unrealistically high I set expectations for myself and how miserably I beat myself up over them when I fail to meet them. I would never dream of expecting the things I place on myself from others.” – Amy

 

“I know I will never put myself back in that space of loneliness and low self worth again or let anyone talk to or treat me like that again. I am done with all of that. “ Angela

 

A sample of what this course will provide:

 

Learn more Here: http://noellerollinsart.com/finding-myself-in-the-moonlight-2/