Glitter Word Art…One Last Post for the Craftaholics Anonymous® Creative Team!

DIY Canvas Glitter Word Art | jRoxDesigns

2013 was full of fun and exciting adventures!  One of the adventures I am so sad is finally coming to a close is my time with the Craftaholics Anonymous Creative Team.  I’ve had 12 months full of exciting posts to share with the CA readers and am so happy to have gained more friends to share my own projects with here at jRoxDesigns.  I had the opportunity to get to know each of the other amazingly talented bloggers on the team over the year in a sort of crafting and business “support group” as we call it over at Craftaholics Anonymous!  Even when life was crazy and I didn’t have a lot of time to craft I was always able to look forward to a big project to share each month.  I feel like I have grown so much by being part of the team and I am forever grateful for opportunity!

DIY Canvas Glitter Word Art | jRoxDesigns

So, even though it is time to say goodbye I still have one more post to share!  Just in time for Valentine’s Day I whipped up some easy glitter word art.  It was fun and you could definitely use the same technique for tons of different projects.

DIY Canvas Glitter Word Art | jRoxDesigns

Check out the full tutorial on Craftaholics Anonymous®!

   

2013 Craftaholics Anonymous Creative Team

Happy 1st Blog Anniversary to jRoxDesigns!

Can you believe it?  My little blog is a year old already!  Well technically it was last week but life has been a little bit crazy over here.  Thanks to all of your love and support I have been swamped with orders from my Etsy shop and branching out with my photography!  I just finished editing a photo session with two sweet kids who have a very special surprise to share with their Daddy and a couple more sessions that I am just dying to share with you guys soon!  By all the time I’ve been spending in the workshop too lately it looks like you guys are loving the new selection of chalkboard speech bubbles and wooden letters in the Etsy shop too!  Not to mention the half a dozen special infinity tattoo designs I am working on right now.  How cool is that?  You guys are absolutely the best!  So, I’m sorry I haven’t been around as much lately but I promise I have so many new fun things that I hope to get up here to share with you soon!  To celebrate today I thought I would let you take a stroll on back to all of my favorite posts over the last year.

One of my most popular posts is Emma Grace’s Photo Project which is one project I am so proud of.  For all the hours and time that I’ve spent editing photos and preparing each shoot it is by far my most rewarding project!

 Photo Project by jRoxDesigns

Emma Grace’s Nursery has been one of my favorite projects I have done in years.  I poured my heart and soul into creating that room from scratch and I can’t help but smile so big every time I walk in there.  You guys seemed to love the reveal too because I heard back from so many of you that you too were in love with her French Provencal Dresser makeover!  Guess what..if you sit tight I hopefully will have a couple new photos to share of some new custom-made furniture we created for her as well as some toddler friendly updates!

Custom Painted French Provencal Dresser by jRoxDesigns

I still can’t believe how many views my post where I shared with you my journey to get my first tattoo has gotten!  You know what is crazy is when you are scrolling through your feed on Pintrest and there is your tattoo staring back at you that was pinned from people you have never met!  Or even crazier when your big sister calls to tell you your tattoo also showed up on her feed today pinned by one of her friends who had no idea it was mine!  Crazy!!!  Then when I actually decided to offer custom designs in my Etsy shop I never could image how big of a response I would get!  You guys are amazing!!

Personalized Infinity Tattoo by jRoxDesigns

Who doesn’t love baking?  Because I sure do!  That’s why I loved being able to share with you some of my favorite pumpkin pie and irish cream cupcake recipes along with an amazing recipe to make your very own vanilla extract!  Don’t worry we will have plenty more where those came from!

Homemade Vanilla Extract | jRoxDesigns

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes by jRoxDesigns

Irish Cream Cupcakes by jRoxDesigns

Do you know where big wooden letters and bubbles come from?  I let you guys take a quick behind the scenes tour with me to see what goes into making some of my favorite products!

Wooden Letter Overview | jRoxDesigns

Speaking of sneak peeks…remember when I gave you a little glimpse into what I’m hiding in my camera bag, diaper bag, studio and workshop?  That was so much fun!

What's In My...Week by jRoxDesigns

I love holiday crafts and this Valentine’s Day garland was so much fun!  I’m thinking of making garland that I can personalize to use for photo shoots!  Pregnancy announcements, save the date cards anyone?

Valentine's Day Garland by jRoxDesigns

After being sick of my old worn out kitchen rug I gave it a fun facelift with a bit of creativity with the help of some paint!

I celebrated Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day by sharing my own personal journey with HG.  It was by far my most difficult post to write but since I wrote about my story I have had several women who are suffering or have survived HG reach out to me.  Their stories of strength and encouragement made it worth finally telling my story.

Newborn Photography by jRoxDesigns Photography copyright 2011

I’ve been able to take my photography journey to a new level by booking several sessions this past month!  I absolutely love being behind the camera and being able to capture that one special moment in life that you can hold on to for forever.  I loved being able to share with you some amazing pictures that I took at a friend’s wedding.  That post along with the photos I shared from the very first wedding have also got a lot of love from you guys.  I can’t wait to show you some new photos soon!

Wedding Photography by jRoxDesigns Photography copyright 2012

Wedding Photography by jRoxDesigns Photography copyright 2012

Do you know what happens though when you end up with maybe a couple hundred…or more photos that you have taken over the last year?  Yepp, you get an awesome family yearbook printed!  I always share our book with friends and family who come over to the house and everyone is just amazed by how great it looks.  I’m still just amazed at how easy it was!  I can’t wait to make more!

2012 Family Yearbook by jRoxDesigns

If you don’t know already I absolutely LOVE graphic design.  So creating free printables to share with you all like the Holiday and Fall Bucket Lists was so much fun.  Looks like it’s time to create a new one for Summer soon!

Holiday Bucket List Printable by jRoxDesigns

What were your favorite posts?  What would you like to see more of?  I would love to hear from you guys!  Thank you for all the love and support over the past year you guys are amazing!!!

   

Valentine’s Day Goodies and Star Wars Valentines!

Did y’all have a great Valentine’s Day?  We usually don’t get a chance to do a lot of celebrating since the hubby is off at work taking care of all the other love birds out there that are looking for a romantic dinner!  The kids and I usually hang out and give each other lots of kisses, hugs and say “I love you!” to each other all day!

Jake and I did make some super cute Valentine’s this year.  We found the original idea from Megan at the Brassy Apple to use glow bracelets as light sabers.  How cool is that?  We wanted ours to be a little different so we made our own!  I downloaded the font Star Jedi from here and then found a couple different graphics from quick Google searches to use.  It only took about 15 minutes to create them and they were the hit of his classroom!  Aren’t they fun?

Valentine's Day at jRoxDesigns

Before Jeremy had to run off to work he surprised me with a few things like these BEAUTIFUL roses!  I love having fresh flowers in the house!

Dozen Red Roses

There was also a box of chocolates…but when I opened it up what was inside was a lot better than chocolates!  I got a gift card to Home Depot!!  Jokingly I may have said something last week that I didn’t understand why people want fancy jewelry that they can only wear on special occasions a couple of times a year.  I may have said that all I really wanted was a sheet of 24/32 cabinet grade plywood to finish my bookshelves and of course he was listening.  Now that’s how you spell love in the Smith house!

Home Depot Gift Card for Valentine's Day

No need to worry though…my chocolates were still there…they were just hiding in the microwave. So my breakfast may have been these yummy strawberry and cream cheese pastries and a couple of chocolates! 🙂

Strawberry and Cream Cheese Pastries and Chocolates for Breakfast

Did I mention that my littlest Valentine even left me a love note?  I love that little boy!

Love Notes from Little Valentine

So did you do anything special yesterday?  Or do you keep it low-key like us and exchange a couple of small gifts?

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will you be my VALENTINE? :: Little Sweetheart Edition

Valentine’s Day is only a couple days away!  I know you have been planning out something sweet for your big sweetie this year but don’t forget about those little sweethearts too!  Check out some of my favorites and especially all of those handmade goodies from some awesome Etsy shops!

1. Twirly Skirt – EverythingSorella on Etsy

 2. XOXO Pajamas – Hanna Anderson

3. Stripe/Heart Sweater Dress – Old Navy

4. Heart Breaker Tee – J.Crew

5. Heart Ballet Flats – Gap

6. Heart Coin Purse – Oktak on Etsy

7. Sweetheart Mary Jane Shoes – Snanimals on Etsy

8. Heart Skinny Jeans – Gap

9. Crocheted Valentine Owl – Adrialys HC on Etsy

10. Bow Tie – Toma’s Tutus and Things on Etsy

11. Little Heartbreaker Tie Shirt – Sweet Threads Clothing on Etsy

Looking for more Valentine’s Day goodies?

Follow me on Pintrest and check out my Valentine’s Day board!

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