My Favorite Memories of 2015

2015 is officially coming to a close. It was one of the best years that I’ve had so far! I just wanted to take some time to share some stories and highlights from throughout the year.

• My favorite part of the year was having Josh back in the United States for almost 4 months after being stationed in Japan for two years. He came home on February 15th, and tried to surprise me because I thought he wasn’t coming home until the following week. Nice try, but I figured him out! While he was home, we spent as much time as we possibly could together and ate at nearly every restaurant in town. After his leave was over, he completed MSG (Marine Security Guard) school in Virginia, and I made at least six road trips down there to see him every chance I could. On June 4th, he was off on a plane again to his next duty station in Mongolia. I haven’t seen him since then, but we have big plans for 2016!

• I paid off my car! I bought a 2012 Ford Focus named Elsa in April of 2014 and submitted my final payment in May of 2015. She was my first “big girl” purchase. We’ve spent nearly 26,000 miles together already with many more to come.

• Two words: Country. Concerts. Need I say more? My best friend Rica and I went to so many over the summer! My favorites were Parmalee, Lee Brice, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban, but of course I love them all. The best experience was the time we met Parmalee at a local bar/concert venue and got to hang out on their tour bus. I am still fan-girling about it to this day. I love them. Enough said.

• I got to meet up with my long distance bff in  Washington, D.C. I haven’t seen her since last summer, so it was great to catch up and see her again. I also got to become an auntie because she had a beautiful baby girl earlier this month!

• I finally turned 21! I’m an adult now! (even though people still think I’m only 17)

• My biggest accomplishment of the year was graduating from Penn State University with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) at age 21 with ZERO debt. I also already have a year and a half of nursing experience. It took a total of three and a half years to complete my ASN & BSN versus the traditional four year nursing program. I’m not going to lie, I am pretty proud of myself for this.

• I spent a lot of time with my friends which is something I have not done in years past. I don’t know how we did it! It’s so nice knowing that I have such an amazing group of friends that are there for me. There are definitely more girls nights to come in 2016!


There you have it, a little synopsis of 2015. Overall it was a great year, and I can’t see what is yet to come.

Stay tuned to see what plans I have for the new year!

DIY Refurbished Window

A few weeks ago I posted about finding all kinds of crafting props in my old shed (see it here). I’m so excited to share how one of my projects turned out! I searched and searched on Pinterest for ideas for a refurbished window. SO. MANY. OPTIONS. Here are a few of my inspirations:

diy window frame diy window frame

diy window frame diy window frame

Now here is how I made my own version! It was really easy, and if you find yourself an old window frame, you can make one too! (P.S. They sell window frames on Etsy, & you might even be able to find some at a local yard sale)

What you’ll need:

  • Window frame
  • Sander and/or sandpaper
  • 2 colors of spray paint
  • Crafting paint/ paintbrush
  • Vaseline
  • Chicken wire
  • Burlap
  • Twine
  • Mini clothespins
  • Glitter
  • Mod podge
  • Staple gun

Step 1. Wash it & let it dry. It looked like a whole new window just by doing this! There was so much dust! 

Step 2. Sand it & wipe off all of the dust. I used this handy gadget that I bought at Lowes. It worked really good, and it got all of the loose paint off. I’d recommend wearing a mask especially if it’s a really old window that may have lead paint on it. 

sander

Step 2.5. Optional A). Keep the glass in the frame. Make sure to cover its entire surface before continuing on to step 3. B). Bust out the glass. I took the option B route, but I did not do it on purpose. I’m not sure what exactly I was thinking, but for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to try to take out the glass. Let’s just say that plan failed miserably. 

broken glass

Step 3. Spray paint with a base color. You won’t see very much of this color in the end, but it will serve as an accent/ pop of color. I used teal. 

layer one

Step 4. Vaseline! Spread a thin layer of Vaseline on areas where you want the base color to show through. I put it on the corners and parts of the edges of the frame as well as a few other random spots. (I found this idea on Pinterest, so for a better explanation of this process click here)

Step 5. Spray paint the frame a second color. This time I used a chocolate brown color. 

layer 2

Step 6. Repeat the Vaseline process in step 4. 

Step 7. Paint the final layer. I used regular old craft paint from Michaels which was on sale for 4 for $2. I kind of mixed two beige/white colors  together and did several layers to get the look I was going for. 

painted frame

Step 8. After the paint dries, get the sander back out. Gently sand the areas where the Vaseline was applied as well as any other area of the frame where you want your other colors to show through. This gives it an old rustic, worn look which I absolutely am in love with right now. Here is what it looked like after this process:

   

I forgot to take pictures of the following processes which would have been very helpful since they are the most complicated. Oops. This is my first diy post! Please forgive me!

Step 9. Measure the chicken wire to fit one of the window frames. Cut it with pliers to the appropriate size. You can keep it the original color, but I spray painted mine with the same brown I used on my frame.

Step 10. Using the staple gun, staple the chicken wire behind the frame. Make sure you pull it right so that it’s not flopping around. Once it’s staple all the way around, do the same with the burlap.

Step 11. Staple gun the twine in any pattern you’d like on the opposite window frame. I tied a knot around each staple to hide it, plus it looks cuter like that if I do say so myself! You might need someone to bravely hold the string while you staple. Make sure you don’t leave the string too loose or it will be too floppy when you clip stuff onto it.

Step 12. You can actually do this step at anytime. Click here to see how to make the glitter clothespins.

Step 13. This is the last step, I promise. (And it’s the easiest) Add pictures using your glitter clothespins!

 

Viola! Now you have your very own rustic-burlap-chicken wire-diy-refurbished-window frame just like all of the adorable ones on Pinterest! 

I hope that my directions aren’t too confusing! Please leave a comment if any step needs clarification! Also let me know how your own turns out! 

All I have left to do with mine is find the perfect place to display it!