January 17, 2015

An Organisational Mess

There has been some serious radio silence around the blog lately. Things have been hetic – my computer has been on its way out for some time now and it’s been getting progressively worse. It made everything difficult – blogging for some reason was the hardest. Now I’ve got my new computer (it’s like a whole other world trying to learn this thing) and things are getting themselves back on track. Sort of.

I have organisation problems. It’s not how I wanted to start off 2015 – with everything around me a mess. We are trying to get everything together to finally clear up and organise the office which will be the place my shop and blog will find their permanent home. I’m trying to organise things for the shop – processing ideas, purchasing new stock after the Christmas over-spend and working out options for new adventures. We are basically trying to organise everything. It’s chaos and it’s driving me nuts!

Enter my new organisational hero – Emily Ley. I’ve been following Emily on Instagram (@emilyley) for a while now and have only really just started taking notice of the products Emily sells and boy let me tell you, I’m in love!! Emily is the owner, creator and designer of the Simplified Planner which is designed to help you better organise all aspects of your life without making it complicated. Not only are Emily’s planners super helpful and popular but she also has a collection of Free Printables in her Printable Library. Since Emily is currently on medically ordered bed rest to help keep her twin babies ‘baking’ longer, Emily has been filling up her Printable Library with lots of new goodies. Whilst checking it out last night I stumbled upon a blog planner. At first it look too simple but once I started at it a little longer and thought about what I really needed in a blog planner I realised it was PERFECT! I plan on printing out a whole bunch of them and turning them into a notepad to keep on my desk – once it’s built that is. I’m hoping it will keep me organised and keep the blog more regular with posts.

Are you super organised or like me and an unorganised mess!?

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January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! I hope you NYE celebrations were wonderfully glittery!! For us it was quite but fun. We whipped up some CopyCat Red Rooster Chicken Ceaser Wraps and headed down to the local beach to watch the fireworks and enjoy a little summer picnic. Oh my goodness you guys, those CopyCat wraps were AH-MAY-ZING! I wasn’t expecting them to be as super delicious as Red Roosters but I was so pleasantly surprised when I bit into the yummy wrap and found it tasted pretty dang similar. I’ve decided that since they were such a hit, I’m going to have to share them here on the blog. That will have to be another time though, because my brother ate all the leftovers before we ticked over to 2015.

Last year I picked a couple of words I wanted to live by in 2014. I chose; grow, inspire and love. Now I’d completely forgotten the words I’d chosen until I scrolled back 12 months in my Instagram feed and found my post. When I look at them and then back at 2014 I can honestly say I think I followed those words. I’ve grown beyond measure, in so many different ways. I’ve been inspired almost every day, sometimes by the simplest of things and I’ve loved. I’ve loved a lot, I’ve tried to appreciate the small things in life more, a clear, beautiful day. A cooling breeze, an evening spent watching movies in the summer heat. I’ve tried to soak all those tiny things in and appreciate them instead of consider them insignificant because I don’t have a throng of beautiful pictures to share on Instagram.

For 2015 I want to choose words that I can live by, words that I feel. I haven’t picked them yet, I’m still mulling but I know I have so many dreams and things to accomplish in 2015 – who knows if I’ll do every single one, but one thing is for sure… I’m going to do my gosh darn best. What are your words for 2015?

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December 31, 2014

Goodbye 2014

Happy New Years Eve!! I can hardly believe that 2015 is just a few hours away from being right here!!! 2014 has been a whirlwind year, it went too fast but at the same time it feels like a lifetime. So many wonderful and not-so-wonderful things happened this year but as I sit here today, getting ready to pack up our dinner and head out for the early fireworks show, I’m grateful for it all. The good, the bad, the inbetween. I feel like I’ve learned so much in this past year and yet I feel like I have millions of miles to go. I may not have accomplished everything on my resolutions list from this year but I’ve ticked off things I didn’t even have on there and this year. No resolutions. They are too easy to skip over. Instead, goals. Big goals, small goals – even teeny tiny goals, but somehow looking at them as goals instead of ‘resolutions’ makes them so much more achievable.

We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be perfect at everything – and then we end up doing nothing because the fear of not being perfect is just too overwhelming. So this year one of my bigger goals is to work on my perfectionisim. I may not be the perfect blogger with my posts planned out days in advance and wonderful giveaways ready at every turn, but I’m doing my best. I’m 19, I’m finishing up school, running a small business and trying to live life. It’s tricky and it’s part of the reason I’ve been so absent these past few months – in my mind it was better to not be blogging at all then to just drop  by once a week. But I’ve decided to try and build this blog back to what I want it to be and that means dropping in more frequently  - even if it’s just to say hi. My plans for 2015 are big, bold and some might say unrealistic, but I think I can give them a good crack. What about you?

Happy New Year everyone! See you in 2015!

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December 10, 2014

Glitter Bug Christmas: Nativity Scene Ornament Tutorial

Is it just me or are the holidays coming around a little too fast?? I keep seeing all these photos of beautifully decorated houses and I keep wondering when they had the time! It has all come around so fast and I literally hung most of our inside lights on Monday night! Our tree didn’t even go up until the 3rd!! I’ll get the rest of the decorations up this week – hopefully, maybe… actually don’t hold me to that.

I may not be able to get our house decorated but I have managed to get a few tutorials done for you guys for your Christmas tree. I’m working on more and I hope to have lots of d├ęcor and gift tutorials up for you guys in the coming weeks. One thing is for sure ALL my tutorials will be easy and inexpensive because ain’t nobody got time for all the time and money! Today I’m sharing a super easy tutorial on how to make this adorable Nativity Scene Ornament. It won’t take you more than 20 minutes TOPS and it’s super cheap coming it at just $2.05!

You’ll need:

·         Clear ornament
(plastic or glass, mine was a photo ornament that breaks in half)
·         Nativity scene silhouette
(I used this one)
·         Artificial snow
(alternatively; table salt or fine grain sugar)
·         White glitter (optional)
Flower sequins (optional)
·         Sewing thread
·         Hot glue gun & glue sticks

1.      Start by re-sizing and printing out your silhouette. I printed mine on cardstock. Cut your silhouette out using precision scissors or a cutting machine.

2.       Cut a short length of thread. You don’t need it to be too long – about 4 inches. You will probably only use about 1-2cm. Place a small dab of hot glue on the back of your silhouette and place your thread into the glue.

3.      This step is optional but I think it adds something. Grab a cotton pad and wet it, run the cotton pad over the inner surface of your bauble – both sides. Tip some white glitter (fine or chunky) into both sides of the bauble and swirl it around. Tap out the excess until you have a coverage you like. You want it to look like a sprinkling of snow!

4.      Grab you nativity scene and work out how low you want it to hang. Squeeze some hot glue onto the top of on half of your ornament and press the thread into the glue.

5.      Add your artificial snow and flower sequins (if you want) – this part is MESSY guys, I swear this stuff is worse than glitter! I used a spoon to put mine in! You won't need much either.

6.      Close up your ornament and shake gently until the snow is evenly distributed and HANG!

See I told you it was simple. Just a few easy steps and you have a super cute, meaningful ornament that will help to remind you of the true meaning of Christmas. I love catching a glimpse of this ornament hanging on our tree, with the twinkle of our fairy lights shining through the cut out – so magical and Christmassy! If you make an ornament like this please feel free to share it on my Facebook page, tag me on Instagram (@glitterbugblog) or use the hashtag #glitterbugchristmas so I can see all your marvellous creations!!!  XO

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December 7, 2014

100+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Everyone!

Wow it’s already December! How did we get here?! I know things have been very quiet here on the home front but guys, I’ve been so busy!! I have been totally unprepared for Christmas this year and literally only began crafting for Christmas the final week of November!! I’m still crafting like a mad woman and I’m slowly getting things together and the house is coming together nicely. I’m hoping to share some photos of our decorated house – but who knows! But today I’m sharing my Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Everyone!

I don’t know if I’ve told you but I LOVE Christmas, like really love, like Joanie loves Chachi love. That’s real love guys. I don’t know what it is but around mid- November I notice a change in the air, I associate a lot of things with smells and Christmas is one of them, every now and then I catch of wiff of something in the air and it just smells like Christmas to me. I love everything about the festive season, the glimmer of the holiday lights, watching the trees slowly go up around town, wreaths get hung on the door and the shopping centres get decked out. It’s a marvellous time of year for me but for the past few years I’ve been working so hard to change my family members minds about Christmas and I’m finally getting through. For me family isn’t about expensive presents, it’s about being together, being grateful for what we’ve been given and decorating your house. It’s taken me some time to get my family around to the idea of Christmas without focusing on the commercialisation or the gifts but it’s working and this year we decided to have stockings to reduce the pressure of “are these gifts enough..?” “it doesn’t look like much” – come on you know we all do that.

So for us this year, I’ll be making and hanging stockings (don’t judge I said I was behind!) and we will be filling them full of little trinkets for under $5 (if it’s $10 or more it’s a gift) and I thought I would share my list of stocking stuffer ideas! Guys there are so many things on this list – like over 100 but stocking stuffers can easily be found at the dollar store or Kmart and the best stocking stuffers are fun takes on practical items! SO! Here is my HUGE list of Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Everyone!

Stocking Stuffers for Him

·         Socks (I know, I know! But these are SO practical and I can get good quality socks for $1 a pair! Practical stocking stuffers are great!)
·         Novelty USB (these are more pricey – around $10 but they are so cool!)
·         Headphones (you can grab these for $2-$3 each and they are great!)
·         Mini speakers (again around $10)
·         Wrist watch
·         Sunglasses
·         Flip flops (you can get plain ones for $2)
·         Phone cover
·         Handkerchiefs (see my Monogrammed Hankie Tutorial HERE)
·         Novelty t-shirt
·         Jar of lollies (grab a $1 jar from a discount store and a bag of their favourite lollies – easy!)
·         Flavoured nuts, chocolate covered pretzels (same as above)
·         Beef jerky (my brother is getting this!)
·         Fun santa hat
·         Mints (everyone could use mints!)
·         Mini flashlight
·         Underwear (you can get a pair or a two pack for around $5)

Stocking Stuffers for Her

·         scented candles (I found some for $1 at Kmart)
·         reed diffusers (around $5)
·         puzzle books (crosswords, word search, Sudoku)
·         cook book
·         tote/beach bag (BUY or DIY)
·         novelty USB (again more pricey at around $10)
·         headphones (these are universal – perfect for everyone!)
·         pretty pens
·         pretty notebook/notepad
·         purse/clutch (BUY or DIY)
·         sunglasses
·         jewellery (Kmart has great jewellery for under $5)
·         shoes/flip flops (I found Big W or Kmart always has great discounts)
·         nail polish (easily found for under $5)
·         knitting/crochet pattern book
·         yarn
·         phone case
·         tablet/kindle cover (BUY or DIY)
·         small planner (the discount store are great for these!)
·         pretty diary stickers (discount stores sell stickers that work for this purpose)
·         coffee voucher
·         coffee capsules/pods
·         pretty coffee mug (easily DIY)
·         purse sized tissue & cover
·         nail file
·         plain or novelty t-shirts
·         jar of their favourite lollies
·         handmade cookies
·         wind chime (Kmart has some for $2.50)
·         keychain
·         coasters (DIY)
·         magazine (easily found under $7)
·         small fabric bundle (fat quarters are around $2.50 each)
·         mini sewing kit
·         apron
·         pretty zippered pouch with Panadol
·         vase
·         candle holder
·         wall art (you can easily download a free print and frame it)
·         slippers
·         mittens
·         scarf (BUY or DIY)
·         travel mug
·         coffee cup warmer (DIY)
·         small plant/flowers (small ‘potted colour’ can be found for $3-$4)
·         pretty fridge magnets (DIY or try discount stores)
·         pretty camera strap (DIY or buy)
·         Christmas jewellery
·         Soaps, body lotion, bath salts etc.
·         Mints
·         Pretty/fun wine glass or glass charms
·         Bubble bath (BUY or DIY)
·         Pretty tea towels (BUY or DIY)
·         Cute/pretty measuring cups
·         Baking utensils
·         Fun sticky notes
·         Washi tape/fabric tape
·         Embellishments
·         Make up brushes (my favourites are under $5 from Kmart)
·         Make up (lip gloss, eye shadow pots, make-up removing wipes)
·         Hat (check the sale sections of the shop)
·         Nail stickers
·         Hair clips

Stocking Stuffers for Kids

·         Socks
·         Underwear
·         Joke book
·         Kids make-up kits (more for kids 8 and up)
·         Shoes
·         Nail polish
·         Puzzles (pocket size – BUY or DIY)
·         Headphones
·         Fun pens (like the ones with the fuzzy tops)
·         Colouring books (novelty character packs can be found in department or grocery stores)
·         Colouring pencils/crayons
·         Wrist watch
·         Cute sunglasses (heart shaped, star shaped)
·         Kids jewellery (ice creams, ponies etc.)
·         Stickers
·         Character sticker books
·         Fun shaped rubbers/erasers
·         Bouncy balls, tennis balls etc.
·         Marbles
·         Teddy bears/stuffed toys
·         Mini toy cars (these can be found for around $1)
·         Cute t-shirts
·         Jar of their favourite lollies (this is awesome for kids who may not get lollies much)
·         Keychain (great to put on their backpacks)
·         Kids magazine
·         Apron (a great idea is buy or DIY a matching mummy and me set!)
·         Cute posters or poster book
·         Mittens
·         Scarf
·         Beanie
·         Hat
·         Fun pencil case
·         Christmas jewellery
·         Flavoured milk straws
·         Headbands/hair accessories
·         Chewing gum
·         Kids bubble bath (the ones in the plastic squeeze bubbles in character shapes)

Stocking Stuffers for Pets

·         pet toys
·         pet clothes (DIY from baby onesies)
·         pet bed (see my DIY Crochet Pet Bed HERE)
·         pet treats (BUY or DIY)
·         new collar
·         new lead
·         fun boys bow tie
·         girls bow
·         fun Christmas costume
·         water bottle/travel bowl

·         food bowls

I hope that there were plenty of ideas there to get you all thinking! I've got some DIY tutorials coming up this week so stay tuned! XO

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