Friday, January 24, 2014

Handmade Christmas Gifts 2013

I love the Holidays and gift giving; Especially handmade gifts. It was nice to get a little crafty for the Holidays; though I wish I would have made more time to create more masterpieces. There are a lot of sharpie mug tutorials floating around on Pinterest and craft websites. I found inspiration from many blogs and websites and decided to be economic about some Christmas gifts this year. Check them out!

All of the mugs are from the dollar tree! Can't go wrong with a mug for $1! I designed all of them with regular black and gold Sharpie brand permanent markers and also touched up with Gold Sharpie paint pens. The Sharpie paint pens are IDEAL for this project. I highly recommend them.

I baked them for 30 min at 350 degrees F. I did not preheat the oven before baking. I put them in the oven, started the 350 and left them in there until they cooled completely once I turned the oven off.

I didn't make one for myself so I don't know how long the Sharpie lasts when hand-washed. I suppose they will last a while if you're gentle when washing them.

I also put together a little treat bag to fill the mugs that included a small 1.76 oz coffee bag from Fresh and Easy and a few chocolates.

Mug 1- Top Left/Top Right: Better Latte Than Never/Stay Grounded
Mug 2 - Bottom Left/Bottom Right: Have a Nice Day/ Start Each Day Laughing

Mug 3: Top Left/Top Right: Coffee Keeps me Grounded until it's time for Wine
Mug 4: Gold is Best

Mug 5 - Top Left/Top Right: Caffeine, It maintains my sunny personality
Mug 6 - Bottom Left/Bottom Right: Audrey Hepburn Quote


Mug 7 - Bottom Left - Better Latte Than Never
Mug 8 - Bottom Right: Keep Calm and Craft On


Until Next time! Craft your Heart, Craft your Soul!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

30 before 30 Bucket List


I should have started this list right after I turned 29 or even before then … but regrettably, it didn’t cross my mind until recently. 2014 is going to be a challenging and adventurous year for Carlos and me. Our plan is to travel to Brazil in June to experience the World Cup as we both have been anticipating for four years. Brazil is supposed to be our late honeymoon and the last big trip before we start planning on extending our family. Though, our conceiving time-frame is now TBD per our most recent conversation (sorry Mom!). In addition to Brazil plans, I am still taking evening courses at school to graduate with my Associates Degree in Business Management by 2015. We will fly out to Brazil the day after my last final of Spring Semester!!! (Crazy, I know) Needless to say, I will be a busy bee. Keeping busy will only help us save more money for this trip! It’s a great thing. Additionally, as most people have experienced, things don’t always turn out as planned and there could be a major employment change for me the first quarter of 2014. However, I’m on a mission to stay positive along the way.

So since this is the year I am going out of the country for the first time (Mexico doesn’t count, it’s too close to home) I decided to challenge myself a bit more and do an ever-so-popular 30 before 30 bucket list. Though, because of Brazil, I won’t have much financial wiggle room for adventures such as skydiving, hot air balloon rides, and other trips (which is why those are not on my list), I think most of these goals are within reach. Join me on my Journey and be sure to come back and visit for the 30 before 30 updates. I pray that I don’t flake on this list! Encouragement is welcome! I HAVE to do this for myself.


30 before 30 Bucket List (in no particular order & subject to change)

 

  1. Visit Brazil
  2. Learn and dance Samba - coincides with Brazil
  3. Travel out of the country (filler)
  4. Get a tattoo
  5. Get a Brazilian Bikini Wax – Boom for some Sexiness in my pants!
  6. Learn a song on the Guitar - tasking myself to learn “Lucky” (Mraz & Callet) and “You and I” (Michaelson) I am learning both songs to sing with my classmate so I would like to eventually know how to play it on the guitar. Definitely challenging myself! Coming out of my shell people! (1/8/14)
  7. Write a song
  8. Record a song
  9. Post a YouTube video of me singing
  10. Stay out until 5 am - PST or Brazilian time (I am often times incapable of staying awake past 2 am)
  11. Get rid of some of my craft stash - a craft stash is all the hoarding of craft supplies one crafter might be storing.
  12. Learn to make champurrado - one of my FAVS
  13. Learn to make tamales - Any kind: Guatemalan, Cuban, Mexican, etc.
  14. Learn to make Pozole - any volunteers to teach me?
  15. Pay it Forward - Pay for someone’s Starbucks in the drive-through behind me, etc.
  16. Sew a skirt and a dress – probably using a pattern
  17. Cut my hair short again - the cut may come sooner than later. Tired of this “longness!”
  18. Ride a horse - surprisingly, I’ve never done this (that I am aware of)
  19. Attend a professional football game (Even if it’s in nose bleed)
  20. Go on a spontaneous outing with my hubby
  21. Run/jog 1, 2, and 3 miles without stopping
  22. Post 30 blog posts or more on the blog
  23. Call my friends at least once or twice a month - or more if reciprocated - Calls made: 1/6/14
  24. Volunteer – thinking of the Do Good Bus or other local community volunteerism
  25. Greet at least 1 stranger a day or week (Hello, good morning, good evening, etc) - this one is going to be tough for me.Greetings: 1/8/13 - Introduced myself to one of my new classmates
  26. Learn self defense techniques - I’m thinking a self defense meet-up to save money
  27. Learn to French braid and learn to French braid my own hair
  28.  Take the train and spend a day in LA with my Mommy and Sisters - Girls day out!
  29.  Take my husband to dinner - Girls can be “romantical” too!
  30. Treat myself to a day of pampering - Hair, nails, the works! I don’t do this enough.

    Saturday, November 23, 2013

    Life Update

    I haven't blogged for over a year. Why? I haven't a clue. Has my passion for blogging, crafting and fashion disappeared? Heck no!?! Lets just say, my journey in the last 13 months has been... interesting.

    They say the first year of marriage is the toughest year and as blissful as our first year was together, it was quite a roller coaster in between all of the LOVE. After mine and Mr. Godinez's amazing, perfect nuptuals and wedding celebration, we hit so many roadblocks. I'm sure our trials are insignificant compared to what other people go through; but nonetheless, they are/were roadblocks. First, I returned to work after our honeymoon to a new boss and went through a couple transitions at work since September 2012. Needless to say, I had a lot on my plate and there was little time for blogging or crafting.

    Wedding Shadow Box

    Then around April, my husband was forced to make a change in his career, to say the least. There is so much more to the story but to sum it up it involved deceit and disappointment. He walked away from a business he helped build-up and we lost friends whom we thought would be in our lives forever. We also had to move in with my Mother, which has been a blessing in and of itself. We have our own room and I now appreciate what I hadn't appreciated before. Space. My Sister, who also lived here with her son until recently, setup a craft space in the garage for all of our projects. Sadly though, I haven't utilized that space as much as I would like to. I'm slowly but surely getting back into the groove of crafting.

    To top it all off, at the end of July, while playing roller hockey at the local rink, Carlos fractured his fibula and dislocated his ankle. He had surgery to insert a metal plate and eight screws. Yikes! Thank you baby Jesus I have insurance for both of us and we have the support of our families and each other to get him to 100% recovery. He is now going through physical therapy and is doing very well. He can put 50% weight on his foot now, but until he's 100%, his best friends are his crutches. Me and his crutches have a love-hate relationship.

    \Through all of this I have developed anxiety. It's a daily struggle and it's incredibly frustrating. I haven't been anxiety-free in over 3 weeks. I didn't have a primary care physician before this started and I can't find the energy to go through the list of doctors and TRY one out. I haven't had the best luck with doctors lately. I wish there was a reallllly good website for doctors reviews. A Yelp of Medical reviews. There are some websites out there but I don't think they're very really reliable. I need to get a handle on it but I'm not sure what's holding me back.

    Although my future at work is still unclear, we don't have our own place to call home, my husband won't be able to walk for another two to four months, and I am suffering from daily anxiety; I'm ALIVE, I have LOVE, and I have amazing family and friends in my life. I've learned to adapt to change and also embrace change. I have also learned to look forward to change. Change is a scary thing but God closes doors only to open new ones and everything happens for a reason. I am simply BLESSED.

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    Wedding Wednesday: I'm Married!



    My apologies for not living up to my New Years "Hopefuls" of 2012. Particularly the one about me blogging more. Yeah right!

    I just wanted to let you all know that I'm here and well and loving Married life! Not that it makes much of a difference since we have been cohabitating for 4 blissful years.

    Our Wedding was amazing and we both really enjoyed ourselves. I will post more details probably sometime next year. I will leave you with a few of my favorite pictures from our special day.










    Photo's Courtesy of Green Photography. Amazing Photographers!

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

    Sew in Love Bridal Shower: The Decor



    I have been a busy Bride! This is interesting to post because Carlos and I just got Married this Saturday the 29th and I'm just now getting to posting about the Bridal Shower

    Anyway... I'm excited to finally get to sharing all of the Bridal and Wedding Festivities.

    So to start... Yes my friends... the theme was Sew in Love! Does that just SCREAM Nicole or what? ummm... yes!

    So here is the adorable decor my Mother dreamed up and executed. She's so freaking amazing!!!!
    
    The entrance at a different angle
    
    The Sangria/Lemon Water Station

    The Plates

    The food bar!!! Filled with my favorite egg souffles from Panera Bread, Quiche, Fruit, Pan Dulce, and Diane Salad!
    Mimosa Bar!!!! We was feeling good that afternoon!

    Undies and Vintage Furniture


    The front entrance
    Customize Furniture with lovely sayings. This one is mine and Carlos'!

    My special mugs
    The coffee Bar

    The pictures don't even describe how amazing everything looked. I didn't notice half the things that were incorporated I was so overwhelmed by it all. I couldn't have asked for a better Bridal Shower Decor! Great job Mommy! Love you so much!

    Tune in next time for more Sew In Love Bridal Shower Details

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

    Craft My Soul: Shop Now Open!



    I'm so excited to share that I have finally listed some items in the Craft My Soul Etsy shop. I definitely have some more crafting to do but this is definitely a start.



    Hope you like what you see! Spread the word or add my shop to your favorites. 


    Saturday, August 25, 2012

    Bells Are In The Air



    I'm so excited today is my Bridal Shower. I know that a lot of time and effort was put into this event and I am really looking forward to celebrating with my closest Girlfriends and Family. They all mean the WORLD to me!


    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

    Wedding Wednesday: Budget Friendly Wedding Dress



    Hello Blog readers!

    I don't have any personal wedding updates to post today but I came across this gorgeous white dress from OASAP on one of my favorite blogs, Wearing it on my Sleeves, and thought that I could post some lovely budget friendly wedding dresses. I found all of these bridal finds at OASAP. They have amazing products and they offer free shipping worldwide.

      
    For the Effortless Chic Bride
    OASAP: Bohemian Flower Pattern Sleeveless Ankle Length Dress - $86
    

    For the Greek Goddess Bride
    OASAP: One Shoulder Pleated Bound Waist Dress - $140
    
    For the Princess Bride
    OASAP: Boat Neck Flouncing Detail Short Sleeve Princess Dress - $110
    
    For the Vintage Bride
    OASAP: Semi Sheer Cap Sleeve Dress with Wrap Front Design - $109
     
    For the Tea Party Bride
    OASAP: Luxurious Lace Bound Waist Pleated Dress with Cropped Sleeves - $125
    
    For the Bohemian Bride
    OASAP: Long White Exquisite Cut out Sleeveless Dress - $69

    I hope you like my budget friendly wedding dress picks. Although my Beautiful wedding dress was not budget-friendly, If I were on a budget I would totallu snatch up one of these beauts!

    Friday, August 17, 2012

    Birthday Sushi



    In June, our friend Miguel celebrated his Birthday. It's pretty much become tradition for the four of us to go on a double date for Birthday Sushi at our favorite Sushi joint. So in keeping up with tradition we dined out at Azabu Sushi in Whittier, CA.

    We ALWAYS have a great time there. Our Sushi man, John, is hilarious! He also makes the best sushi... EVER! The Sushi is AMAZING.

    Group Photo

    The Birthday Boy
    
    My Sue Sue
    
    After we paid the bill we walked off our sushi in uptown Whittier. We stopped into a candy/fudge shop called Village Sweets. I love me a quality candy store! Well... the fudge was amazing. They had Pistachio, Rainbow Sherbert, and a Tamarindo fudge. AMAZING!

    Here are some funny photo's from the cute little candy spot

    I loved their decor!

    Just call me the Candy Monster
    
    A couple of hotties right here!
    
    It was a great night with the Chavez's! 
    

    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    West Covina Relay For Life 2012



    This year I participated in the West Covina Relay For Life on June 2, 2012.
    Our team was called Fighting Familia.

    I walked in honor and in memory of my Mother In Law who left us too soon on December 24, 2011. I participated to make a difference in the fight against Cancer.

    It was a 24 hour event and the goal is to fundraise and walk the event for 24 hours. Since there were only 7 walkers on our team and we couldn't gather enough participants to walk for us, we did not last the full 24 hours. I'm hoping next year we make a goal to have a representative from our team always walking so we make the 24 hour goal. It can be done because there were a couple teams who accomplished it.

    The positive is that raised a total of $2,155.00 as a whole. Not bad for a first year team!

    Here are some photo's from the event.

    Our Team (missing one)
    We got to hold the closing walk sign
    
    Eric, Carlos, and Nicole Walking

    
    Karina, Team Captain Lindsay, and Tori Walking
    My Amazing Friend Tori
    Our Event Candy Bar Fundraiser
    

    Team Shirts. Some Lost and Some Survivors.
    
    Me and my boo!