High Five for Friday

8 Jun

Friday, Friday, thank God it’s Friday!

Linking up with Lauren at From My Gray Desk blog!

1.  I’m obsessed with watching House Hunters on HGTV – and now I have the opportunity to feel like I’m on the show. Haha, kidding… sort of. This week I set up a time to meet with my Relator so he can show me three new houses.  Even though there won’t be camera men following us around, I’m still pretty excited to see more than one house this weekend.

2. I took my sister and her boyfriend out for ice cream. It was a nice evening just chatting and catching up. I don’t get to hang out with my sister very much since we always seem to work different hours. I enjoyed seeing them both : ) They’re adorable.

3. Last weekend I got to spend time with some of my favorite people. We all became close friends in college (minus one, I’ve know her practically my whole life : ) ) We live all over the state and don’t get to see each other too often, so I always enjoy the time we spend together. One of the girls had a party at her house so we all headed to her place for the weekend.

4.  I squeezed a (long) nap in on my afternoon off : )

5.  I finished this project, and am still trying to find the perfect place to hang it. Lately I’ve been obsessed with anything gray… so picking out the paint color was way easy! I think I’m now going to be hooked on crafting new things from old pieces. : D

Have an awesome weekend!

-Ashten May

Website Wednesday

6 Jun

Many of you may already be familiar with this blog, but I wanted to share it with those of you who aren’t – this website is currently one of my favorites. She blogs about everything from home decor to hair styles and food to fun finds. I found her on Pinterest a few months ago and find myself checking out her latest posts almost daily. Don’t be surprised if you are soon hooked too. : )

Dont just take my word for it, check it out for yourself!…


Have you come across any new blogs via Pinterest lately?

-Ashten May

Happy Anniversary : )

4 Jun

Saturday was my 4 year anniversary at work. I started at ETC actually 5 years ago. I worked one year as summer help (not included in the 4 years), then started part time and finally was hired on full time once I finished college.  Seems crazy! I look back at when I started there and how my life has changed since. I was a young kid just finishing my first year in college when I started. Now I’m a college graduate and have been for a year.

Every year for our anniversary we get a balloon and a chocolate bar, along with our new certificate. It’s always a nice little “surprise.”

I never forget my anniversary date because it happens to be the exact same date as my parents wedding anniversary. This year they are celebrating 28 years. Since my anniversary has landed on a week day in the past, I’ve always brought by balloon home the same  day. Each year my mom smiles when she sees it and asked if I bought her a balloon to celebrate her anniversary. I always smile and saw we can share . : ) But since I don’t eat chocolate, she always gets the chocolate bar. I’m nice like that!

Who doesn’t love an old picture or two? : ) Here is the happy couple almost 30 years ago. Everyone says I look just like my mom.

Happy anniversary all around!

-Ashten May

Message Board

2 Jun

Lately I’ve seen so many old picture frames revamped in new and unique pieces of functional wall art. So naturally, I wanted to give this trend a try.

I picked this beauty up for FREE at a garage sale. This was laying by the curb in a free pile and i scooped it right up. My mom happened to be out garage sale-ing with me and heard the lady in the garage cheering that someone was actually taking this picture. I know what you’re thinkin’… why on earth would you want that piece? Just wait!… : )  I had an idea as soon as I saw it.

This frame is 2 feet tall by 4 feet wide,  the perfect size for a message board.

I began by prying the back off and removing the painting.  I was left with this pretty cool wood frame. The frame also had a canvas/metal matting on it, I decided to leave that in place because it helps to add a little more dimension to it. I sanded the entire the thing lightly to give it a little texture so the paint would stick well.

Because there was the canvas/metal matting, I decided to choose two colors. I painted the wood part light gray and the matting white. I just used regular indoor paint from Menards. It took 3 thin coats to get the coverage that I wanted.

After the paint had dried, I cut a piece of chicken wire to fit the back of the frame.  Stapling this stuff to the frame gets tricky! It is definitely a two person job. I just used a staple gun to attach the wire and then hammered the staples a little bit further into the wood so they were flush. I also bent over any of the raw wire edges, this way there weren’t any sharp parts sticking out.  Almost finished!

I tend to be a little messy when I’m crafting, can you tell by the picture above?😀

The entire time I was working on this project I had pictured in my mind that I would hang this picture horizontally. Once I was finished with it, i decided that it looked pretty cool vertically too.

I found these adorable mini clothes pins at Hobby Lobby in the wood craft section. I knew they would be the perfect item to complete my message board.  I like how the wall color behind becomes the background for the board.

What do you think? Have you revamped any old  picture frames into a new piece?

-Ashten May

High Five for Friday!

1 Jun

Happy Friday!

I’m back! I’ve been crazy busy and blogging just hasn’t fit into my schedule lately. Since today starts a new month I figured it was a good day to start back up. Yet, I still can’t believe it’s June already…

Here’s my high five from the week…

  1. I signed up for my first ever 5K! I’m a little nervous since i’ve never ran in a race before, but heck… why not try it. I jog for fun a few times a week, so this should motivate me to work on achieving a faster time
  2. I spent Wednesday night at the bank working with a loan office. I’m hoping to buy a house within the next few months😀 My pre-approval letter is currently in the works. So excited!
  3. Monday was Memorial day. I spent the day sitting outside, simply relaxing. I’m now sporting a pretty sweet tan (I know, I know.. it’s not good for my skin)
  4. I found out today that Eric Church is coming to Wisconsin for a concert in October. I have seen him quite a few times before, but he never puts on a bad show. He’s definitely my favorite country singer🙂
  5. This week I discovered the my hair is finally long enough to pull up into a pony without half of it falling down. Now that it’s summer, wearing my hair up becomes a daily occurrence. (Note to self: Shorter hair might be cuter, but longer hair is way more practical)

Have a great weekend!

-Ashten May

Website Wednesday

31 May

I don’t know about you, but I’m all about saving money! I came across this website one day and have got so many people hooked on checking it out. She posts about everything from coupons to store deals and online savings. There is truly something for everyone on this site. She posts TONS of saving opportunities every day, so check back often… you never know what you will come across.

I’ve received free subscriptions to magazines, birthday/anniversary/holiday cards and countless coupons that have saved me a ton of $$! I’ve been able to ring up about $50 worth of “treasures” at target and bring my total down to $20 just by using coupons I’ve found from this site. Who doesn’t want to use coupons for clothes at target?


Check it out!

-Ashten May

Heaven and Hell

23 Apr

Here is another story i’d like to share with you. Again, I’ve had this one saved to my computer for awhile and I’m not sure who the credit should go to. If you do, please share!

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, “Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.” The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, “You have seen Hell.” They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, “I don’t understand.” “It is simple,” said the Lord, “it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.” When Jesus died on the cross he was thinking of you!

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

-Ashten May

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