Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils.

When Amy Anderson of Mod Podge Rocks fame asked if I would share about her new Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils, I didn’t have to think twice. Amy is an amazing woman and an old blogging friend of mine. She is actually one of the first bloggers that I met in real life and I was taken with her fun style and creativity.

With our journey into essential oil use and the collection that I am acquiring, I needed something to keep all of those cute little bottles in. I went to Michael’s and bought one of those cheap little boxes with the gold clasp in the front. Like this…

wooden box

My DoTerra essential oil bottles fit perfectly inside the box. I have a few oils that I bought from Whole Foods before I was introduced to DoTerra. They came in bigger bottles, and they even fit just right.

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But how BORING is that box? I knew exactly what it needed! Glitter, of course! How about gold to match the little gold clasp? And how to apply the glitter? With Amy’s Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils and Mod Podge Spouncer Applicators.

Peel and stick stencils take most of the human error out of stenciling. You literal just peel them off of the backing and stick them onto the surface that you want to stencil. I wasn’t sure how well it would adhere to the wooden box, seeing how porous it is, but the stencil held quite well! It would do better on a non-porous surface such as glass or plastic, but I was quite happy with how it turned out. I used the Starlite design, but you can choose from five others, including a really cool wood grain design. The spouncer makes it easy to apply the Mod Podge. Once you are finished with the stencil, just rinse it clean and allow it to dry. It’s good for up to 20 uses!

EO Box front2

The glitters are totally fun to work with. They come in a little poof bottle that you squeeze. The glitter comes out of the tiny nozzle tip, landing right where you want it to land. It cuts down on waste and mess too, which I love. I was amazed at how much glitter was in the small bottle…it’s only about 2 inches long!

EO box top

Now my precious DoTerra oils have a beautiful, sparkly home. They have become something that we use on a daily basis, so it’s nice to open a fun little box every time I reach for the oils.

EO Box front

I was given product for free to review. As always, opinions and honest and my own. Thanks for reading today!

Simple Sewing For Baby (and a giveaway!)

Simple Sewing Book Review by thesoutherninstitute.com

I have not the slightest clue how much time and work it takes to write a book, so I am over the moon excited for my friend Katie Lewis who has just published her first sewing book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners.  If you don’t know Katie, she is the gal behind The Red Kitchen, super fun, enormously talented, and a blogging friend of mine.  If you bought the Fall 2013 Sew Fab Pattern Bundle then you have her Underpants pattern in your sewing pattern collection right now!  When Katie asked me to be a part of her book tour there was no other choice for me but to say “YES!”.  It just so happened that I had a nephew due when Katie asked me to join the tour, so I flipped right to the Baby section of Simple Sewing and chose a project.

 

What nephew doesn’t need a cozy little blanket from his auntie to snuggle with?  I’m secretly hoping that this becomes his very favorite.  You know, the one that gets dragged with him to the playground, gets peanut butter and jelly stains on it, and is tucked into bed with him every night.  This baby blanket that Katie has designed is made with flannel on one side and quilting cotton on the other, and there are so many adorable fabrics to choose from.

Simple Sewing Book Review by thesoutherninstitute.com

The projects in Simple Sewing are perfectly suited for the beginner sewist, and the great thing about them is that they are totally practical projects that you’ll love to use or give.  They are quick and easy sews which make them great gifts when you’re in a pinch for time, but want to give something special.  I wish I had this book when I was first learning to sew, but I’m glad that I have it now.  It will definitely come in handy!

Simple Sewing Book Review by thesoutherninstitute.com

Simple Sewing Book Review by thesoutherninstitute.com

My sweet little nephew has arrived since I finished the blanket!  He hasn’t exactly told me but I think he likes it.  Let’s put it this way, he didn’t cry when I wrapped him up in it and I think I see a little smile in the top photo, don’t you?

Simple Sewing Book Review by thesoutherninstitute.com

Simple Sewing Book Review by thesoutherninstitute.com

Whether you are new to sewing or have been sewing for awhile, I think you’d love this book.  Simple Sewing has so much to keep you busy, and if you have a young daughter like I do, it’s the perfect resource for her if she is wanting to learn to sew too.  There are a few places that you can buy Simple Sewing.  You can find it at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Books & Things.  You can also enter to win a copy below.  Don’t you love a good giveaway?  You can check out more Simple Sewing projects from An at Straight Grain and Jessica at Happy Together.

Thanks to Katie for having me on the tour!  I’m honored to be a small part of this journey.

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I received a free copy of Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners to review for this book tour.  All opinions on the book and its contents are my own and are honest.

Autumn Bliss.

Autumn Bliss review by www.thesoutherninstitute.com

A dear friend of mine, Denise Thompson, and friend Lori Ramsey have released the perfect eBook for fall.  It’s called Autumn Bliss, and if fall is your favorite season then you are going to LOVE this book.  Autumn Bliss is 129 pages of encouragement, fall decorating ideas, inspiring quotes, scripture from the Bible, fall recipes, and so much more.  

Autumn Bliss is the only book that you’ll need this season.  It contains so many great ideas!  There is no way that you won’t find at least several things that you’ll love.  It’s written from a Christian perspective, so if you’d prefer a book with a secular slant, then you may not like that aspect of it, but aside from the Christian theme there is so much to be taken from this book.  

Are you planning a Harvest Party?  Need ideas for invitations, decorations, activities, drinks, and food?  Look no further because it’s all here, including directions for leaf placemats and pumpkin bowling, and a recipe for Cashew Caramel Corn. 

Autumn Bliss review at www.thesoutherninstitute.com

I love the idea of making fall scented playdough and Autumn Bliss tell you how.

 

This is such a lovely book.  Denise and Lori have done a wonderful job putting together something that will help you to remember to slow down and enjoy this time of year before the rush of the holidays takes a hold.  Autumn Bliss will have you wanting to curl up with your family while enjoying the coziness and beauty of the fall season.  I love it and I think you will too.  You can find it on Amazon for only $3.99.