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Sunday, November 29, 2015

DIY: Big Paper Rose Tutorial

I absolutely love the look of paper flowers. So, I decided to film a tutorial on YouTube for a big paper rose. I'm also posting the pattern here for download! Please subscribe to my blog and YouTube channel for more tutorials. Please leave a comment if you would like to see a tutorial on a different type of flower. :)


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag for Giving Birth

     If you're not pregnant, then this post may not relate to you. Just a little warning. However, maybe you plan on getting pregnant one day so this may be right up your alley. :) I worked on two videos this week. I know, that huge for me! I've been slacking on the video making lately. Life has been busy and I don't see it slowing down after my little "bundle of boy" comes along. The first video I filmed was "What I Packed in My Hospital Bag." This just shows what I'm bringing along to the hospital. Hope you enjoy. :)

**Update: I said in the video that I would update on my blog the items I brought to the hospital. Some items I needed and some I did not! lol While I was in the hospital, I wore the hospital gowns. I didn't wear the clothes I brought. I only stayed one day in the hospital. They asked me to stay one extra day, but I wanted to go home. I wasn't getting any rest whatsoever in the hospital. You will want to bring some kind of shoes for the shower, I didn't so this is highly recommended. Also, some slippers for when you are walking around. Also, bring a nice outfit to get your baby's picture in. I'm filing a video introducing my sweet baby boy Carson to everyone. I will also post the cute pictures from the hospital. The hospital I delivered at had a photographer that came to my room and took pictures of the baby. It was so nice to have that option.

There were a few things I didn't need to bring. I didn't need to bring my own feminine products because the ones the hospital had worked much better.  Also, the hospital doesn't clip babies nails, so you will definitely want to bring some to do this yourself. Carson had long fingernails and scratched his face a few times. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them below. I look forward to sharing my birth story with you either here on my blog or on my YouTube channel. I'm not sure yet..... The YouTube channel I will use is http://www.youtube.com/camrynscloset  Please subscribe to stay up to date on all my social media!


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Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Paint Laminate Furniture

This brown laminate chest of drawers used to be in Camryn's room. I decided to get her a new one and paint this one for the baby's room. As you can see, it was pretty "blah" before. It is just a cheap chest my husband purchased from Walmart when he lived in Fort Bragg. I wanted to paint it a bright color that would stand out in the room. The colors I have in the nursery are navy, white, and turquoise. My husband tells me that it clashes but I don't think so. I'm doing a nautical theme and the mobile has all of the above mentioned color in it. So, what does he know about decorating anyway! LOL I wanted to share my experience with how I painted this chest using spray paint. 

I love using spray paint. It is so much faster. However, if you don't use the proper techniques, you will end up with a furniture piece that chips. As we all know "Ain't nobody got time for that."  Here are the steps I used to complete this project.
 
Step One: You definitely want to prime your furniture piece. The good news is, you can get spray primer for that too! Primer is important. Laminate has a shiny finish, you want to prime so the paint adheres better to the furniture and helps cover the color of the furniture. Primer will adhere to laminate. You don't want to forget this step. There are different primers available. You can brush them on or paint them. The one I posted was the Kilz Original. You can purchase all the above products at Lowe's.

Step Two: I used Valspar Paint and Primer in One spray paint. I still recommend using a primer even though the paint says it has primer. I just feel like it helps with the painting because you don't need as many coats. The color I chose is "Exotic Sea." I love the way it turned out! I also painted some wall decor with this spray paint for the nursery. I though I'd share those. I will be posting a YouTube video to show the nursery soon!
 Sorry for the horrible quality of the anchor. It was taken with my iPhone that is on the fritz!

Make sure you lay something down when you are painting to protect your floors. My cousin Breanna and I had a mini disaster while painting this chest. We were spray painting away, and when we finished we noticed the paint went into the central air unit! We weren't even close to it! We took the water hose and sprayed it off, which removed most of it! So, be warned. I would paint in your yard or far, far away from your house!

Step Three: This is the final step in painting laminate (over than letting it dry/ cure.) I gave the top of the chest 3 coats of Polycrylic to help protect it from the paint chipping and peeling. I didn't paint the entire piece, only the top. Polycrylic is great for painted furniture. It is clear and really seals the piece to keep it from being damaged. I prefer using Purdy brushes. They are great and last a long time. I purchased the ones I used from Home Depot, but you can get them anywhere.
I kept the handles the same color on this chest. You could always spray them as well. :)

Here's the finished product. I'm very happy with how this turned out! I hope you found this blog post helpful. Please subscribe to my blog and my other social media. I have two YouTube channels. I have a beauty / hair channel where I focus on my hair extensions, makeup, and fashion: http://www.youtube.com/sarasweetie99
I also have a DIY channel called Camryn's Closet. You can find my maternity / pregnancy tutorials there as well. http://www.youtube.com/camrynscloset



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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It's A Boy!! Pregnancy Update!

I haven't posted here in a long time. Please accept my sincere apologies. As you can see from the title, I'm pregnant! I'm about 29 weeks to be exact. We found out that we are having a boy. Which is very exciting for my husband T.J. and daughter Camryn. I have a few names in mind for him but nothing definite. If you have any cute names for boys, please list them in the comments! I had so many names picked out when I was pregnant with my daughter, but boy names are harder for me. I haven't found many that I like. 

So far, I've gained 16 pounds. My Doctor said that was about where I need to be. Weight was an issue when I was pregnant with Camryn. I gained a lot of weight! I couldn't believe how big I was! I was extremely swollen at the end of my pregnancy which added to the weight gain. I instantly lost that weight after Camryn was born. However, it took me a looonnngggg time to lose the baby weight. I ate whatever I wanted to with my first pregnancy. I kept telling myself that it was okay because "I was pregnant." I don't have that mind set with this pregnancy. I haven't exercised much with this pregnancy, I need to start.Stretch marks are whole different problem. I got stretch marks on my thighs and hips. I only got a couple on my stomach. I hate stretch marks! There really isn't anything you can do to prevent them. I don't haven't noticed any so far, so fingers crossed. 

I just wanted to update my blog since I rarely do. I always have good intentions about keeping up my blog and YouTube channels, but having a daughter, working a full time job, and a side business leaves me with little extra time. I'm leaving you with a few pictures of my baby bump. I haven't kept up with the once a month pregnancy photos. I'm a slacker. Until next time.......

21 WEEKS :)

28 WEEKS

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sharing Custody is So Hard!

Sharing custody of my duaghter has been the hardest things I've ever had to do. I miss my daughter when she is at her father's house. Camryn is my world. I love her more than anything. Her father and I divorced in 2009. We have shared custody of her ever since. We do 50/50 custody. It is hard on her to be split between parents. It is also hard on me. I try to stay strong when she is with me but when she leaves I get so depressed. I try to keep myself busy doing a diy project, spending time with my new husband TJ,  or working on videos but she is always on my mind. I sort of feel guilty that she has to live this life of being shared. Don't get me wrong, she is loved on both sides and treated extremely well.

Her father and I get along well and we try to work together to make things easier on Camryn. I think that is a very important aspect of sharing custody. You have to work together, get along, and put your child first.We try to keep the same schedules at both places.  We are working on keeping discipline the same. Keeping discipline the same and having the same expectations is very important.

I just felt like sharing this story. Sharing Camryn is something I struggled with for a long time. I want to be with her every day. I hate being a part time parent. She is my world. It really just breaks my heart when she cries because she doesn't want to leave me when it's time to go to her Dad's. Things don't always work out the way you want them to so life goes on. I just put my faith in God that He will watch over us. I will make the most of every second I spend with her and put on a happy and brave face. Does anyone reading this deal with a similar situation? How do you deal with it? I think it is harder on me sometimes than it is her but it just doesn't seem to get easier.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Blog Giveaway ~ Chevron Cutting Edge Stencil

If you are a subscriber to my Camryn's Closet YouTube channel, you know that I used Cutting Edge Stencils in my new house. I love these stencils! They look awesome and I've gotten so many compliments on them. I decided to to do a blog giveaway of a chevron cutting edge stencil. Here are the rules! 

1.) You must be a subscriber to my blog, Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/sarasweetextensions ), and my DIY YouTube channel ( http://www.youtube.com/camrynscloset )
2.) You must comment on this post what you would use the stencil for.

That is all you have to have a chance to win the stencil. The contest will run for 3 weeks! If you win or plan on trying the stencils on your own, I recommend going to cuttingedgestencils.com and purchasing the level to help keep your stencil straight. It helped me a lot with my project! I posted some pics of what the stencils looks like and my YouTube video on how to use the stencil. 

Check out the above video for a "how-to" on the Cutting Edge Stencils! Also, check out http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/chevron-stencil-pattern.html to view the stencil for yourself. :)




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Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Year's Outfit and Hair Ideas 2013 / 2014

Okay, so I'm not doing anything fancy for New Year's Eve this year. I'm staying at home and inviting my family up to watch Dick Clark. I'm doing the family thing. However, I love thinking of ideas on what I would wear to a party if I had to get fancied up. Anything Carrie Underwood wears, inspires me. she is always gorgeous and has teh best style of any celebrity I've seen. I know I would wear anything with sparkle. I would wear a fancy hairstyle with some sparkle in my hair. So, I'm going to share my ideas with you.

This first outfit is inspired by Carrie when she appeared on Jimmie Fallon. 
Outfit #1:
The top and skirt are both available at Nordstrom. This would be my top choice of outfit for New Years.
I would wear the bootie shoes with it and black tights. Also, this would look gorgeous with the Allison headband from Sweet Extensions. 
This headband is available here.

This hair tutorial I did with the headband would look gorg with any New Year's outfit choice! 

Outfit #2 
 
The top dress is from Asos and the bottom is from Delia's.

Yes, these shoes are Jimmie Choo's. They are way out of my price range, but hey, I'm dreaming here!

Here are some hairstyle tutorials that would be perfect with either outfit. 

 

 
As for New Year's makeup....YouTube has tons of great tutorials. I would go with a smoky eye for sure! Makeupgeek has great tutorials. She's one of my faves. :) 
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