Wood Initial Welcome Sign & Wooden Blessings Sign

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In Kentucky, people are huge fans of the wooden, rustic, country look…you’d think we’d be sick of wood with all the trees at mountains at our every turn, but nope. So these were both gifts, one made for a friend to give to her Father for Fathers day and another for one of my husbands family member who is having a household shower this weekend. The C, is for the household shower, clearly..I wanted to add a Bow or a flower or burlap or something but my husband says to leave it plain because the woman who it was made for, doesn’t like flowers or bows or anything like that. He says she likes things simple, so I kept it as simple as possible. Anyways, the heart is wood burnt, excuse that it is not perfect but it was my first time using a wood burner.

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No there again is not a tutorial. I am busy busy busy and even when I cant share tutorials I still like to share what stuff I am working on. I do not have a good camera and I continue to stay disappointed in the pictures I produce with just my Iphone! So please forgive that there may not always be a lot of tutorials. But for now, enjoy and Stay Sunny!

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Frozen Cake!

Know a little girl who loves Disney’s Frozen?! Well this cake is perfect. It is super easy, and got tons of compliments. I know it is by no means perfect but it was my first cake I’ve ever made so I think it coulda been worse.

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So not all of my posts are going to be tutorials. Really a lot of my projects have deadlines which makes it hard to stop in between steps and take pictures or log what I am doing. However while in the process of deciding what I wanted this cake to look at I turned to Pinterest, where I wasn’t looking for tutorials, but just pictures for ideas of things I could do for this cake. So with this I am giving back what I took, ideas and inspiration. I will try and work on some tutorials but for now, this 5 year old LOVED this cake. It has been almost a week and people are still talking about it. Not too bad eh??!!

Speaking of Pinterest, follow me to see some of my projects I’ve pinned: https://www.pinterest.com/burstofsunblog/

 

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DIY Wooden Door Hanger

I made a door hanger for my grandmother for Mother’s Day. I personalized it with all her great grand kids names on it, and it has went crazy. Everyone is asking for them so I have been left and right busy busy busy! So sorry for my absence and lack of tutorial for it. I started to make a tutorial for it but part of the way through forgot to keep taking the pictures! If you would like a tutorial on this just let me know, here is the final product!

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I created a stencil for what I wanted and traced it out on a piece of plywood. I cut it out with a jigsaw, sanded it down, and painted to my hearts desire. Then I added a top coat of Polyeurthane to coat it and protect the design and screwed two small eye screws on the top. Tied it up with twine and Ta-Da!! She LOVED It and it has been a hit with all my Facebook friends! Give it a try! It’s super fun to create something so awesome!

 

Again thanks for stopping by, stay sunny!

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DIY Photo Pendant!

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Hello Sunshine!

This super easy project makes a beautiful personalized gift and the possibilities are endless with what you can include in it. It only takes a few minutes to make, then a couple of hours to dry. It’s literally the most simple process to have such an adorable outcome. First off let me apologize that I currently do not have a camera, so again these are going to be I-phone pictures. Eventually I am going to upgrade to a nice camera but that time is not now so bear with me!

Not only can you use pictures of family like I done, but you can just use words cut out of a magazine, you can stick charms in it, cute scrapbook paper, the possibilities are endless! You do not have to make it a key chain either! This could be a necklace or turned into any number of jewelry items! This is such a fun exciting project so lets just do it!

TIP: Don’t touch the photo with your fingers while they are sticky with Mod Podge which is what I done that made it look dirty and speckled on the picture!

Also that big light spot on the very right on my oldest nephew is a glare from the light, its not on the actual product, so no worries! They wont always turn out perfectly but what homemade gift ever does?! This could be a gift or something you just make for yourself (I have a pendant necklace I made with a picture of me and my grandfather when I was young that I wear around to take him with me sometimes)

Things you will need:

Mod Podge (or some type of glue to glue the picture down to the metal pendant)

Small Picture to fit pendant (I explained how I got mine to the size I needed further down in the post)

Pendants (mine are a Mod Podge brand of plate pendants I bought at Michael’s a few years ago)

Chain and links (for whatever your project may be, whether it be a necklace or keychain)

Pliers (for the above jewelry making part of this project)

Scissors or Exacto Knife (for the cutting of the picture)

Modge Podge DIMENSIONAL MAGIC! (The most important key to this project)

 

Step 1:

Cut & Glue Picture into the pendant!

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You are just going to cut down your picture to fit the pendant or plate you are using. To get mine to a small enough size I went to the Kiosk machines at Walmart and chose under the Prints option “Collage” It makes really small options so I just put a few different pictures on there but on the smallest and next to smallest option I put the same picture, so maybe one out of the two would fit the pendant, and the smallest did *Just barely, I have a lot of nieces and nephews (& 1 more on the way)*

Then once I got the picture cut down to the right size, I just used some standard Mod Podge to glue it down to the plate. Then I let it dry completely.

 

Step 2:

 Slowly apply a generous coat of Mod Podge DIMENSIONAL MAGIC to the entire top of the pendant.

Photo Pendant Step 2This is where the Magic Happens, What would normally just be a tiny picture glued onto a piece of metal will now become a professional looking piece of jewelry. Now all you do is slowly apply a generous amount of dimensional magic to your picture. Then take a needle and pop out any bubbles that are in the dimensional magic. Even the tiniest bubbles will still be present on the final product if you do not get rid of them. You do have a few minutes before it will start affecting the Dimensional Magic so try and move quickly because after a few minutes you will not want to tamper with it any. It will look cloudy and blurry at first but It does eventually dry clear after a few hours. The bottle’s instructions say to leave it sit 3 hours to dry but personally I like to let mine sit overnight just to be on the safe side. So do not attempt to move it, leave it on a flat surface overnight to fully dry and harden.

 

Step 3:

The final step is to add whatever jewelry pieces needed to finish your piece!

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This part is super easy. After the pendant is completely dried, just attach your rings and chains to create your final piece. In my case that is 2 jump rings, a small chain, and a keychain ring. But you can make these into any jewelry pieces your heart desires just by altering what jewelry pieces you add to it. I just used pliers to open the jump rings and attach the chain to the pendant on one side and the key chain ring on the other! Ta-Da! Done!

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That’s it, you are done! See how simple! 3 little Steps! It is very shiny and has a clear dome-resin like coat on the top of it. *it looks much better in person take my word for it* I hope you enjoy this and hope it inspires some amazing jewelry adventures for you as well.

 

As always, Stay Sunny!

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4 Overnight Heatless Curls Hairstyles!

Topic of the day: Hair!

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Ahhh Hair, most of us have it, most of us hate what we have. As for me, I have frizzy uncontrollable hair. As much as I love to straighten and curl it for a polished look, it isn’t ideal everyday. Some days I just want to sleep in, and the damage the curling irons and straighteners do to your hair after everyday use is ridiculous. That is what brought this project on. I was straightening or curling my hair every day, 5 days a week, which was fine for a while. However recently Ive noticed some changes in my hair, its dry and frizzy (more then usual) around the ends, it refuses to grow, its damages and fried, and is now breaking off. I noticed the hair around the crown of my head had been breaking off to bang length. This was not working for me, so I decided to lay off the heat styling. But that left my hair looking crazy like I hadn’t even bothered to comb it after rolling out of bed. I work a respectable 9-5 job and cant be showing up looking like the hairy lion from the Wizard of Oz! So I took to testing out a few tricks I could do to my hair where it would practically fix itself, and here is the outcome!

So as I’m sure you are sick of the rambling I’ve done about my poor poor hair, lets get into this!

Goal: Find a heatless way to style my hair cute that takes literally no effort and lets me sleep in a few extra minutes in the morning, and go!

(Warning: All pictures are unedited, some are taken right before bed with no makeup and some right after waking up, Consider yourself warned)

 

Heatless Style #1:

According to the post from Pinterest where I found this idea, the girl calls this the Friar Tuck! this one probably had one of my favorite outcomes of the options which is why I’m showing it to you first! You just take a headband and wrap it around your head and then wrap sections around it, grabbing more and tucking it as you go. Then you go to bed, and when you get up the next morning, fight with it for a few minutes to get the hair out of the headband, run your fingers through your hair, and curls! The original post has a video on it that shows you exactly how to do it. You can find that at:  http://www.byebyebeehive.com/2012/02/curl-your-hair-without-heat.html?m=1

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Results: I really liked the outcome of this one, probably the tightest curls I got from any of the methods I tried, and also you don’t even really feel the headband and it doesn’t bother you while trying to sleep.

 

 

Heatless Style #2:

Standard Braids. All I done was part my hair into two pig tails and braided them. then I went to bed. After waking up I just un-braided my hair and ran may fingers through it to seperate the hair! That’s it, pretty simple!

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Results: This one also gave me pretty good curls and was one of the most comfortable to sleep in because you aren’t worrying about the hair coming out. (& You look less crazy to your sleep partner!)

 

Heatless Style #3:

This clip option is simple, you just take your hair into two large sections, twist them up, and clip them on top of your head. Wake up the next morning, run your fingers through your hair, and bam!

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Results: This one gave me more of a loose waves kinda look. Still not a bad result though to have very little effort put into it. Just make sure you put the clips high on your head because if they are on the sides of your head they will hurt and be uncomfortable on your head when you sleep.

 

Heatless Style #4:

This is just another take on style #3. This was just an attempt at breaking my hair up into 4 sections instead of 2.

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Results: This gave me a crimped look, which I still liked..HOWEVER…let me stress not to put the clips on the side of your head like I have in the picture. This can cause for very uncomfortable sleeping arrangements. The clips will hurt your head as you are trying to sleep if they are low enough that you are laying on them. Take it from my experience, keep them on the top of ya head girl!

 

Now whichever one you try would depend on what kind of outcome you want on your hair. For a more curled I would go with #1, wavy I would go with 2 or 3, and crimped would be 4! Now I know, haha! Of course everyone’s hair is different and has different textures but give them a try and see which works best for you! It’s really easy, each take less then 5 minutes to do and it saves a ton of time styling your hair in the mornings! I think I’m in loveeeee! #lazy girl dream come true!

 

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Easy 3 Ingredient Banana-Pineapple Smoothie!

Hello Sunshine!

Another Smoothie Already? I know right! But heck why not treat yourself to a delicious healthy treat first thing in the morning. This one is SUPER easy, So Delicious, and only 3 ingredients!!! You heard me right, takes like 3 minutes to make! So lets just get right into it.

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Ingredients:

1 Frozen Banana (I peel and cut them up first and then put them in a ziploc bag in the freezer)

1 Cup of Frozen Pineapple Chunks (I buy these already in frozen chunks in bags)

1 Cup of Almond Milk (Or Milk of Choice)

 

THATS IT!

BLEND & TA-DAAAA!!!

 

Try this smoothie out, its so good! Let me know how it goes. Thanks again for stopping by! Stay Sunny!

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DIY Inspirational Change Jar!

Hello Sunshine! Thanks for stopping by!

I am completely crazy about making ordinary things cute and adorable! Even the boring jars you throw your loose change in. While at work a friend of mine keeps an old coffee container on her desk with her loose change in it. The theory, if your change is at work on your desk in a container, you’re not sitting and counting it out (assuming you work while you’re at work haha!) I personally don’t have an issue with dipping into my money because I love to save money. However it is hard for some people not to dip into savings as soon as they get it *cough cough my husband* So if you are struggling to keep that money saved back, change is an easy way to save back money but you wont even miss it. Put it somewhere in your office or not as easily accessible to keep it saved.

Now seeing as how I am keeping my change at work, I don’t want some clunky coffee container on my desk junking up my space. My alternative: a cute decorated jar to hold my change and double as a cute desk accessory!

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Let me apologize ahead of time for the not so glamorous photos, I took them with my Iphone and the project was a spur of the moment decision! But still take a gander and see how I done this SUPERRRR easy simple project! And, Go!

 

Step 1:

We are going to start off with a plain jar (I got mine at the Dollar store for $1). I picked a quote “Dream Big” to inspire me to save money for all the things I dream of doing or buying. I got on Picnik and picked a pretty font and just printed out my quote.

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Step 2:

The next step is super simple, just take the printed out quote & cut it small enough that you can fit it in the jar. Then secure it with scotch tape in the position you want your quote to be in.

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Step 3:

The thirst step is the fun part… You just take your warmed up hot glue gun and trace the quote. *TIP: Definitely take your time, I did not and take my time and now mine looks layered because I didn’t go slow and make the words very thick and went back later thickening them up. It is noticeable up close if you end up doing more then one layer of hot glue*

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Let Dry!!!!!

**NOTE: I forgot to take pictures but after the hot glue dried I took the jar outside and spray painted it with a light pink spray paint. After it dried I done another coat or two to make sure it was opaque.**

 

 

Step 4:

You are almost done now, see this project was super easy! Now its time to tackle the lid. A regular jar lid is not ideal because then you would have to screw the lid off every time you want to add change or money to the bank. Most lids come apart so I just took the middle piece of the lid and traced it onto a piece of cardboard. A cereal box or anything cardboard would work for this, I used a box from fiber one bars. I then threw the original piece aside because this cardboard cutout will now be taking its place.

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Step 5:

Now, super simple easy step. Cut out a hole in the cardboard circle you just made with a blade or exacto knife. You can make this however large or small you would like. I tried to make mine big enough that I could put folded up dollar bills in mine in case I felt super saving-savvy and wanted to save back bills as well as change.

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Step 6:

Another easy-peasy step, paint the cardboard cut out and lid a color of your choice. I chose gold because I am loving the pastel and gold classic colors. I used a Folk Art metallic acrylic paint from Walmart that was super cheap and a small foam brush to apply. Let dry and put the lid back together.

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Ta-Da!

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Wasn’t that simple? Just put the lid on your dry painted jar and start saving to your hearts desire. And now not only do you have a cute bank to save change in but an inspirational accessory to make your desk a tad bit cuter.

Again thank you for stopping by and I hope you stay tuned for more projects and other random sunshine coming your way soon.

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Delicious Tropical Smoothie Recipe!

Hello Sunshine!

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve become a huge fan of smoothies lately. I recently decided to try and live a little more of a healthy lifestyle (not saying I’m not gonna still have my chocolate fix every now and then). However I have found that smoothies are a guilt free way to enjoy a delicious breakfast or snack! I done tons of research on different smoothies, I can be picky at times. However this Tropical Passion Smoothie is a go for any picky eater! It tastes delicious and you are getting some good healthy fruit in ya body!

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I originally found this recipe from ‘Blogilates’ She is a great youtuber/fitness guru. She made this smoothie look so delicious and easy I had to try it. So I decided to give it a try. Just for reference I’ll put the recipe below, its superrrr simple!

 

Ingredients:

5 Frozen Strawberries

1 Banana

1/2 Cup of Almond Milk

1/2 Cup of Orange Juice

About a handful of Ice!

Directions: Blend together until well mixed and boom!-delicious smoothie!

 

*Tip: I’ve learned fruit blends up better when frozen, but if you decide to freeze your banana let me suggest you un-peel it first. I froze one just the way it is peel and all, and dear lord did I have a time getting that frozen sucker unpeeled. *

Also if you don’t necessarily like Almond Milk let me suggest you just try it in smoothies. It’s good for you and you cant even taste the Almond Milk in delicious Smoothies. You can always use regular milk as an alternative if you definitely do not want to try almond milk but all I’m saying is…almond milk is great for smoothies.

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Thank you for stopping by and I hope you try and enjoy this delicious smoothie! It’s like vacation in a cup! If you make it send me some pictures because I would love to see some other delicious smoothies! As always Stay Sunny!!!

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