Monday, August 21, 2017

My 'Everyday Amazing' story, inspired by the upcoming book "So Close to Amazing" by KariAnne Wood Part 1

Hi y'all! So today's post is about to get REAL. If you came here for a DIY or tutorial, well I'm sorry to say that's not happening today. No, today, I'm telling you Part 1 of my "Everyday Amazing" story which I was inspired to share by my good friend, KariAnne Wood's upcoming book titled "So Close to Amazing" which you can preorder here.

You guys. YOU. HAVE. TO. BUY. THIS. BOOK. I'm serious. I have laughed until my tummy hurt, I have cried, prayed, reflected, been confronted with my own personal shortcomings but most of all realized that BECAUSE of all of the above, I'm actually 'amazing'. Yes, I am amazing. Why? Well, because for one, I am a creation of God! Also, I rock at a lot of really neat things, and at the same time rock at being bad at many things, too! :)

If you're new to my blog, my name is Evey. This is me, well how people are used to seeing me...when I'm onstage at Home Shows, on Tv and morning news shows or just on social media.

Photo by Stefanie Photography
Here's a more recent one:

Photo by: Hector Rivera Photography

And here's also what I look like, quite often when my health fails me and I end up in the hospital...

The reality is, I have 6 autoimmune illnesses, 2 genetic disorders and COPD. That means I spend about a quarter of my life in and out of the hospital. That means, I won't live as long as I'm supposed to. That means, I've coded 7 times in my life. That also means, I live my life to the FULLEST. It means I find the beauty in EVERY. DAY. It also also means I love every aspect of my life, and I try to experience as much as possible.

I had the opportunity to read KariAnne Wood's So Close to Amazing before it hits shelves on September 5th, and it has been everything I thought it would be and more. If you know KariAnne, you know she's an incredibly kind and selfless being. You know that she is bubbly, funny, very talented and has an incredible eye for design. She also has an incredible story. This well written memoir is both emotionally moving and very funny. It tells her story in a thought-provoking and beautiful and amusing manner.

It has inspired me to share the following video...I must warn you, it's long and likely the first time I've spoken so candidly about what it's like to live with chronic pain and illness, as well as what it's like to follow my dreams not just in spite of, but BECAUSE of the above. Hope it inspires you to follow your dreams but to also buy KariAnne's AMAZING book! Don't forget to enter to win a signed copy of the book via the rafflecopter widget below! Also, check out the other reviews and 'So Close to Amazing' stories by some of my bloggy friends below via the linky party!

KariAnne: Thank you for writing such a personal, and incredible book! Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey to sharing your story with the world. Love you lots, lady!

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Embossed Favor Bag tutorial with the Cricut Cuttlebug!

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Hi, yall! I'm SO excited to begin sharing some of the projects from the wedding I worked on last month!

The first one I'm sharing was created using my amazing, brand new, mint-colored Cricut Cuttlebug which retails for $89.99. Make sure you take full advantage of the current deal going on over on the Cricut website! 30% off mats, blades and tools (valid until 7/5 only)!

Also, if you use the code CHRISTMASINJULY at checkout, you will receive free shipping within the U.S. (valid until 8/1).

The Cuttlebug is an adorably cute, compact die cut and embossing (manual) machine by Cricut. Just like the Air2, it comes in various colors to match.

Check out the sweet embossed favor bags I created for the reception! They held beautifully hand piped cookies by my incredible friend, Dawn. Thank you Dawn! I LOVE YOU!

Here, via FB live, is how I made them! Honestly, I made a ton in just a show amount of time. The Cuttlebug made it a very easy, quick and fun experience. My daughter helped me, of course!

You can see all of the embossing folders that Cricut has for sale, here.

I'm excited to add some more to my collection, especially the holiday and birthday ones for card making.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Be sure to share you Cricut projects on Social Media, using the hashtag #cricutmade. Until next time!

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Etched Wine Glass Tutorial: How to impor your own designs into the NEW Cricut Design Space!


Hey, ya'll! I think by now you must all know how much I love my Cricut Air 2! 
FYI, you can get free shipping in US with code CHRISTMASINJULY, until Aug. 1st!

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I've made some fun decorations as well as signs with it and shared here with y'all!

Mickey Mouse Party Decor
Bookish Crafts

One of the best parts about the Cricut Explore Air 2, (besides how pretty my mint machine is) is that it easily cuts my own designs.

Both of the above were designed on Photoshop, then imported into Cricut Design Space.  Design Space makes it super easy to create your own designs, even handwriting or artwork, and cut it on the machine! Yes. I just said, "even handwriting"! Imagine the possibilities...taking a loved one's note and turning into one of a kind artwork, or using your own fonts that go along with your brand and using the machine to make stencils or vinyl decals for all of your brand's needs!

The other thing it does is turn my fun (you guessed it) book-inspired designs into incredible statements of my passion for said books! Today, I'm show you how I make my custom (ACOTAR-inspired) etched stemless wine glasses. Yes, the very same ones available for sale in my shop!

Night-Court Insignia Etched Wine Glass
Aren't they so awesome!? If you read the book series, I promise that they're even MORE awesome. :)

More importantly though, I'll be teaching you just how to import your VERY OWN design into DS3! I promise it's SUPER easy and if you watch the video, you'll be able to do in no time. You'll also see all of my secrets to making these sweet etched glasses and maybe be inspired to make your own version inspired by YOUR favorite book, or movie...the possibilities are quite endless as I mentioned above.

So here you go!

Hope you enjoyed it! Please feel free to leave any questions either in the YouTube comments section, on SM or here on the blog!

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Is it really worth it to buy a Cricut Air 2? What other tools will I need to purchase alongside it?

Hi y'all!

If you visit my little corner of the internet, you know that I often share Cricut crafts and DIYs. Y'all know that I LOVE my Cricut Air 2 VERY much! :)

Many people often ask me if buying a Cricut Air 2 is truly worth their money...they wonder if they'll use it enough to justify the cost. I also get asked what tools need to be bought alongside it in order to properly use it.

Here's a quick video I did explaining why I think it truly IS worth the cost, and what other tools you will need to purchase alongside it in order to properly use it.

Now see for yourself how much I use this baby! :) Honestly, I do so much more that I never get around to photographing or posting to the blog but here are some of my favorite projects that I have done using my Cricut machines:

A Keychain in honor of my favorite college football team...

A bunch of T-shirts for both my daughter and myself...

Plenty of signs and other home decor items for all seasons and some even inspired by my favorite books...

Bookish Signs and Gifts

Custom Bookish Etched Wine glasses
As you can see, I truly DO use it quite often and in my humble opinion, it truly DOES pay for itself! The above doesn't even take into account all of the parties or photoshoots I've styled! Stay tuned for some fun ones this summer, including a WEDDING and a Sweet 16! 

From now until 7/31/17 use this link and the code CHRISTMASINJULY at checkout, for free shipping on all U.S. orders! As soon as that link/code expires, I'll post a new one, or feel free to email me for it.  As always, if you sign up for Cricut Access Standard, use this link and you get 10% off all orders on and in Cricut Design Space.

Show us YOUR Cricut creations by using the hashtag #cricutmade on Social Media! I often feature my favorite projects by other artists on my Instagram and FB page! If you have been on the fence about making the purchase and diving into the Cricut world, hopefully this post helped push you in the right direction! ;)

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