Tuesday, July 9, 2013

We've Moved!

Wondering where we are at??? 
Check out the NEW A Ruffled Life at www.aruffledlife.com
We miss your face, so come say hi!

Monday, July 1, 2013


Okay I am over-the-moon, pass-out, I-could-just-die excited about this little HUGE announcement I am making...A Ruffled Life is getting a makeover! For the last three months Amber of A. Green Designs has been helping (more like SUPER HELPING) me redesign my blog in Wordpress. I am elated! It will be a lot of the same style blog posts, but with some extra blog features. You will have the option to follow me on BlogLovin or FeedBurner. There are links to my work elsewhere and a mini portfolio page. ANNNNND... there is glitter! Lots and lots of glitter! Here is a sample of my design pallet for the new A Ruffled Life look! EEEEK!

So stick around because the new and improved A Ruffled Life launches this week! Wahoo! 

Oh and a PS: So sorry I have been MIA this past week! If you follow me on Instagram you know that I have been crazy busy planning a super birthday party for my good friend Stacey...and I also got tonsillitis. Both time consuming!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A CheckUp on Nugget Liam

You want to know what's craaaaazy? This kid. How big he is. He's practically a toddler. Actually I think he really is a toddler, but I'm clinging to whatever remaining baby-ness that lingers. I think that's subconsciously part of the reason I still breastfeed. That, and the health benefits and yada yada yada ;). Also, did I mention he still sleeps next to me? As if we lived in a one-room hut and there were physically no other options? Yep. This is true. And, I'm not sure if you noticed, but my better half happens to be a pretty tall dude. So between my little dude and my better-half dude I spend most of my sleep in fetal position in the bottom corner of our king-size bed. So, that's fun.

^ This is the cleanest this kid's feet have looked since he started walking sprinting at 12 months. I kid you not, he can run a 7-minute-mile (Actually I am kidding. That would be impossible. I'm just being dramatic to illustrate a point, so clam down). The second a door (or the gate blocking Jada's dog food) is open he B-lines straight for the road (or to Jada's food and promptly stuffs 8 pieces of dog food in his mouth and sits in her water bowl). YOLO, I guess.

^ This is a Clint pose. Like he is a casual model lounging. You can almost see that Clint-smirk like, "Check out how simultaneously funny and cool I am".

^ And don't let this angelic, tucked-in-bottom-lip, big-toe-grabbing face deceive you. There's a plan formulating behind those big brown heavenly eyes. Man don't you just want to eat those kankles up!?

^ This one I like to call "I think it's time to go now...he's ripping the tassels off my pillow...".

^ And now he's mad that I took the pillow away.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Funky Gift Topper!

Do you ever have those creative moments where you hit a stroke of crafting genius? Like when you think of a craft or creation you never thought of before and it's like "Ah-ha! That is brilliant!"
I had one of those moments when I was staring at my craft closet wondering what in the crap I was going to wrap my friend Stacey's birthday gift in. Stacey likes an funky and fresh gift topper as much as a blogger should, so I knew conventional bows were kind of a no-go if I wanted to make my gift card (boring gift) really special.
And then I saw it...a mini Styrofoam ball I had cut in half for this craft last December. It was flirting with me and I wasn't about to walk away. I set that blank canvas Styrofoam ball down on my craft table and started pulling other supplies from the shelves.
Gold pipe-cleaner? Uh, yea.
Pink and green lace flowers. Of course.
Pearls and lace bows and sequins. This is a craft project after all.
And then I plugged in the trusty glue gun and glam-ed out that Styrofoam ball like a boss.
I must admit, It turned out pretty darn fabulous. It sends off a Tim Burton meets Marie Antoinette kind of vibe, don't cha think?
I like it!
I am thinking of adding some of these to my shop (and giving my shop a face lift while I'm at it...because it really needs one). Stay tuned for some new products from yours truly ;)
Annnnnd....there is a slight chance I went overboard and posted 13 photos of this one gift on this post. So, there.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Four on Friday...going all out for this one!

AND NOW!...IT'S TIME!...for a mega edition of 4 on Friday! Okay so it may not be a big enough deal for capitalization and exclamation points, but it is exciting enough for you to read along and click on some of my favorite links for the week! We can at least agree on that, can't we?

I have had some interesting stuff going on in the world of Instagram...If you haven't read this post, you should know that I am guest Intagram-ing for The Neighborhood! You can follow them along @letsneighbor! The sick "environment" and "baby moccs" shots above are from @letsneighbor. And now lets talk about naked ladies and Liam wearing women's clothing. "Are you redecorating again Alix??" You may ask. And the answer is, "Yes, my poor mantel is ever changing!" And I don't think my mantel has ever felt for sexy ;). Oh and yes, that is Liam wearing a sun hat at the mall. He put it on himself and walked around the store bumping into things...but, he did look fab-u-lous! If we aint Insta friends, we should be! Follow me along @aruffledlife. There's more naked ladies where that came from ;)

Time for my top 4 pins from the week! Woot Woot! Oh Pinterest, you sneaky devil you, stealing all my free time! Because I blog and DIY, I like to consider my time on Pinterest as "research". Makes sense, right? I feel like we should be Pinterest friends too, no? You can check me out (wink wink) HERE, and I'll keep doing the "research"...you know, keeping it fresh.

4 DIY links: 

Marshmallow. Numbers. Need I say any more?

 a DIY TEEPEE fit for a princess (or prince!)

and some swoon-worthy cement and metallic planter boxes!

4 laugh-your-tushy-off links: 

annnnddd a Deer Dance Off...because why not?!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

$15.00 Art Wall (yes you heard me right...$15.00!)

I don't know about you, but I have had it up to HERE with how expensive it is to frame stuff! I mean, $120.00??? Come on! We recently moved into a house that has quite a bit more wall space and my small collection of framed photos just isn't cutting it. So I got creative, went to the secondhand store, and made some DIY magic happen! Find out how I created an entire art wall for $15.00 flat!!!

Also, you can find the above rad "LOVE" pint and other dope stuff at Caravan digital downloads!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Instagram for The Neighborhood

Have you heard? You may have heard. But in case you haven't heard, I thought I ought to let you know...I have been making a guest appearance on Instagram outside of @aruffledlife!
That's correct...I am guest Instagram-ing...guest Insta-ing...guest Gram-ing? Well, no matter how you say it I am guest posting on Instagram for The Neighborhood! And it has been kinda rad! I have met some new Instagram friends and I have been working really hard to post some quality photos that have something to do with being a part of a neighborhood.
The Neighborhood turns being a neighbor into a verb and I hope to give some examples by posting images of getting out on neighbor walks, hosting neighborhood movie nights, and supporting neighborhood local businesses.

You can check out all my images on @letsneighbor. Don't forget to post your own neighboring images and use the #letsneighbor so we can follow along!