Monday, March 4, 2024

Bowmanitaville Buzz: Feel the Excitement with Stampin' Up! and Color Street Updates

Are you ready to add a splash of color and creativity to your March? Brace yourselves, because Color Street and Stampin' Up! have some thrilling promotions and new products lined up to elevate your nail and crafting game!


Dazzling New Shades: Get ready to indulge in a kaleidoscope of colors with Color Street's latest nail polish strips. From vibrant spring hues to chic neutrals, there's a shade to suit every mood and occasion.
New Releases:
  • Gel Eyeliner is coming in early March. There are 6 amazing colors to choose from (I will probably get all of them lol)
  • New Cheek Balm shades are launching in late March (I don't have any details at the moment)
  • April Color Play box is called Sweet Tea Social, and the hinted theme will be an afternoon tea party with sweet, pastel glitters to embrace the season's beauty
Buy More, Save More: Stock up on your favorite strips and enjoy enticing discounts when you purchase multiple sets. It's always Buy 3, get 1 free on the website! Just add any 4 (or more!) to you cart and the 4th one will automatically zero out! 
Join Special: Start small and dream BIG with a limited-time Mini Kit! The Mini Kit offers essentials to start your Color Street journey for just $49 USD ... only available through March. The Mini Kit includes everything seen here ...
Mini Mascara, Cosmic Orchid - Hy-Gloss Lip Oil,
2 Full sets of Nail Strips, 2 Sets of 25 pack 2-finger Testers,
Set of Core Catalogs, Bag of Nail Files, Nail Buffer

Host Special: host a qualifying party in March and unlock Purple Passion, a perennial blue coated in purple glitter. And hosts who go above and beyond and increase their sales to $300 will receive a mini Hy-Gloss Lip Oil in Cosmic Orchid for FREE!! ...
Purple Passion Nail Polish Set PLUS Mini Hy-Gloss Lip Oil

**All links are at the end of this post


Discover a treasure trove of new Stampin' Up! products designed to spark your creativity. From whimsical stamps to intricate die cuts, there's no shortage of inspiration for your next crafting project!

Exclusive Kits: Stampin' Up! offers exclusive kits that contain everything you need to create beautiful projects, taking all of the guesswork out! They're perfect for the beginner crafter, and even better for the experienced that just wants to create something quickly. There are various themes and occasions to choose from. Check out the entire line at the Shopping tab at the link below
Online Specials: Exclusive, limited-time specials are offered on the shopping website. To see the current specials, check out the shopping tab at the link below
Paper Pumpkin: One issue crafters often run into is feeling overwhelmed by their project. Lack of inspiration, proper supplies and crafty know-how might discourage you from even starting a project and unlocking your creative potential! Among the items in each Paper Pumpkin monthly craft kit is a reusable rubber stamp. So after you’re done creating your monthly craft, you’ll have a valuable stamp to add to your collection. You even get a free clear stamping block with your first craft box. Plus, you get a different color ink pad every month as well.
Join Special: When you sign up as a demonstrator with Stampin' Up!, you can choose your own Starter Kit! That's right, you can pick any products you want! Choose $125 worth of products and just pay $99. That's amazing, right? For all of the details, check out the opportunity tab at the link below.
Hostess Rewards: Stampin' Rewards are the product rewards you receive based on sales. You can pick out any exclusive Hostess Products, or any products from the catalog based on your earnings. Did you know that you can earn rewards on your own order? Just place an order for $150 or more and you qualify for Stampin' Rewards! You don't even have to hold a party!

With so much excitement in store, March is shapiin,ng up to be a month full of creativity and self-expression. Whether you're a nail aficionado or a crafting enthusiast, Color Street and Stampin' Up! have something special just for you! For updates, promotions, and exclusive offerings throughout the month, come follow my Facebook Page or or join my Facebook Group (links are below). 

March awaits, filled with endless possibilities and delightful surprises!

Until next time!

Links to all of the above specials can be found right HERE

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

I'm Making Homemade Dog Food

Sometimes I feel like I'm doing something wrong with raising my dogs! It seems like almost every dog I've had, needed some sort of special diet. Either from allergies or illnesses, I've had to cook for them! I've even had to make homemade treats for one of my dogs! Pumpkin Biscotti he absolutely loved, but was soooo time consuming to make. Here's my Hogan (he passed away at age 9 years), who developed food allergies and would get terrible ear infections from store-bought treats ...

A few months ago, my vet told me that my Paisley was overweight and I needed to change her diet. Now mind you, just 2 short years ago when Margo was a puppy I was told she had food allergies that were causing her failure to thrive. The food she was eating was going right through her instead of absorbing into her system. She was constantly hungry, had diarrhea, ate the other dogs poop all the time and wasn't gaining any weight. I went through soooo many dog foods trying to find something that helped. After numerous brands and products, I finally found one that worked and all 3 of my dogs have been on it since. These are my 3 current furbabies (Paisley age 3, Chesney age 7 and Margo-Rita age 2) ...

Now, my vet was telling me I had to change Paisley's diet, so initally I shrugged it off. However, the last couple of weeks I finally admitted that she was overweight and I started looking into healthier food. Well, that 'fresh food' that we keep seeing advertised? Yeah, that would cost me over $200 A WEEK!! for all 3 of my dogs. If I only order for Paisley, it would be over $60 a week. I figured I'd try homemade first.

I remember my vet explaining that most dry dog food is made up of mostly carbs, which causes weight gain. He suggested that I cut her dry food down from 1.5 cups a serving to 1/4 - 1/2 cup, add 1 cup of leafy vegetables, and 1/4-1/2 cup meat protein. I remember laughing at the time imagining feeding my dogs a handful of lettuce.

But I decided to give it a try. I checked my freezer to see what meats I had on hand. I ended up grilling 1 pound of hamburger, a boneless porkchop, a boneless chicken breast and 1 pound of liver and chopped it all up. Then I steamed some sweet potatoes, spinach and green beans, and chopped them all up. I grabbed some baggies, measured out about 1/2 cup of meat and 1 cup of veggies. I only used about half of all the meat when I ran out of the veggies and came out with 7 servings. Which if I only feed Paisley this, would last 3.5 days. I added 1/2 cup of dry dog food at feeding time and she loves it! I also added a little spoonful to the other dogs dishes and they love it too!

Today, I decided to try a new (hopefully cheaper and longer lasting) recipe. I took the leftover chopped up meat, a container of fresh Spring Greens and some frozen berries. I know, the berries are added sugar, but it's all I had lol. I chopped everything up, measured them out and came up with 12 servings! That sounds much better to me lol. I'll be starting Paisley on this new diet tomorrow, so hopefully she likes it. The vet had suggested adding a little bit of beef broth if she doesnt like it, so I'll try that when I mix in her dry food if needed.

Funny side note ... today is Wednesday, I just started Paisley on the new diet on Sunday night. The hubs was laying on the couch, petting Paisley last night (Tuesday night - so only 3 full days on the diet) and says to me "Do you think she lost any weight yet?" I just kinda looked at him dumbfounded and said "If she did, we need to eat this diet too!"

Have you ever made dog food? I'd love to hear your story. And if you have any recipes, I'd love to try them out! Feel free to share below, or add them to my Facebook page (link below).

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Here's a picture of Paisley as she is now at 88 pounds. Hopefully she'll be a lot thinner and healthier the next time I share a pic of her ...


Saturday, February 10, 2024

Mini Pot People Shelf Sitters

Here's one of my latest craft projects ...

It all started by winning this box of pots at an auction for $4 … it’s a box of 48 2-inch terra cotta pots. I looked it up on Amazon and they go for around $20.

My first thought was to add succulents to a few and put them on my little kitchen shelf the hubs recently made me. However, this is how my brain works …

----> potted succulents  ----> painted pots for succulents ----> pot people! ----> pot people with succulents for ‘hair’ ----> my kitchen is wine themed - pot people with wine!

So that’s when I began searching my craft stash to see what I had. I found the paint, paint brushes, twine, and wooden balls. Then I went on Amazon and found fake succulents and mini wine bottles & glasses (I put a link to everything below)

I began by painting the pots. I envisioned stacking the 2 pots with the smallest end of each together to form the head and body, and adding a succulent for the ‘hair.’ So I painted one pot completely to create the clothes, and the other I just painted the top rim. (2 coats of paint)

While those were drying (& because I’m terrible at drawing/painting) I went to my Cricut Design Space and created faces out of permanent vinyl. When the paint was completely dry, I added the faces to the pots ...

I attached a small wooden ball to twine, fed the twine through the painted pot and attached the larger wooden ball. I repeated that to create the hands and feet, adding a dab of glue to hold. Making sure the twine was in place, I used glue to add the pots together. Once the glue was dried, I added some small fish tank gravel to the top pot and added a succulent. 

List of items ...

Found on Amazon

  • 2-inch Terra Cotta Pot (2)
  • Twine
  • Assorted Acrylic Paints
  • Wooden Balls - 2 small, 2 large (I just picked 2 sizes I thought would work)
  • Small Gravel (I had fish tank gravel on hand)
  • Mini Wine Decorations
  • Glue (I used e6000)
  • (optional)Cricut Explore 2
  • (optional)Cricut vinyl

**Of course, if you're able to paint/draw you don't need a Cricut. You can just paint the faces on.

And that's it! Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you create pot people, I would love to see them! Feel free to post them on my Facebook page (link below). And of you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Until next time!

Click HERE for all my links

Thursday, February 8, 2024

My Fairy Rock Garden

My fairy rock garden! I absolutely love it and can't wait to create it again this coming Spring. 

Have you ever created a rock garden? Or a fairy garden? I've been wanting one for years! A couple of years ago, I finally gathered a bunch of miniatures and created a fairy garden in front of my house. The hubs and I had created a flower bed along the front of the house years before, that I had my Lilac and Peony planted. I always put my large fountain there and added big pots of flowers.
I had a bunch of gift cards for Michaels Craft Store, so I bought some miniatures and supplies from there. I also used some bird houses that I had collected to create little houses for my fairies and gnomes. Here's what it looked like ...
I absolutely loved how it turned out! However, by Fall I realized that I was hardly out in front of my house to fully enjoy it. Most of my time was spent on my back deck and in my backyard. As I gathered everything up to put away for the Winter, I decided that the next Spring I would find a place to create one in my back yard.
The following Spring, we were doing some yard work and decided that I wanted to dig up my hosta plants that I had in front of my back deck. They had become so ever grown, and I just didnt want them any longer. 
The moment the hostas were cleared out, I knew this would be the new home for my fairy garden!
I spent the next several days designing it in my head. In the meantime, we were putting up a privacy fence along our back property line. While digging the holes for the fence posts, we came across many (many!) rocks of all sizes. I began stacking the ones I wanted to keep 'for something'. The hubs just laughed and rolled his eyes at me and my obsession with saving rocks. As my pile grew, it dawned on me - A rock garden! And that's how I came up with the idea of my Fairy Rock Garden.

I started by adding pea gravel for the base ...

My old 'rock' fountain was perfect to add, and we found the gorgeous garden fencing (with a gate!) at our local Menard's (home improvement store) ...

I then began adding, stacking, and arranging my rocks. I picked out small pots from my collection and planted some small plants and flowers to add ...

I really had no set design, so I just kept adding, stacking and arranging/rearranging the rocks and plants until they fit ...
I added my birdhouses, fairies and miniatures. My grandchildren came over one day and painted some of the rocks as a little craft project, so I added them in. The grandchildren now search for cool rocks when they're out and they bring them to me to add to our garden lol
I was really sad last Fall when I had to take it all apart and pack it up for the Winter. But I am sooo looking forward to creating a new one this Spring. Fortunately we don't have to wait too much longer, just 3 more months! In the meantime, I'm on the lookout for new miniatures and decorations (and more rocks!) to add this year.

And again, here's the final garden ...

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Feel free to ask any questions or leave a comment below.

Until next time!

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Beginners Guide To Stamping

Welcome to the world of creativity and self-expression! If you're a beginner eager to dive into the exciting realm of paper crafting, Stampin' Up! products are your perfect companions. In this blog post, we'll explore the basics and guide you on how to make the most of these fantastic crafting supplies.

Understanding Stampin' Up!:

Stampin' Up! is not just about stamps; it's a comprehensive crafting system that offers a wide array of high-quality products. From stamps and ink pads to coordinating paper and embelishments, Stampin' Up! provides a seamless and coordinated crafting experience.

Essential Supplies For Beginners:

To kickstart your creative journey, gather a few essential Stampin' Up! products:

A. STAMPS: choose a stamp set that resonates with your style. Whether it's florals, sentiments, or geometric patterns, Stampin' Up! has a variety to suit every taste. Stampin' Up! offers 2 different types of stamps ...

    1. Cling - the traditional 'red rubber' stamp

    2. Photopolymer - stamps are entirely transparent for perfect image placement

Both types of stamps cling to acrylic blocks for easy stamping

B. INK PADS: invest in a few versatile ink pads. Stampin' Up! ink pads come in a spectrum of colors and are designed to coordinate with other products, ensuring a cohesive look in your projects. The flip-open, stackable ink pads store ink upside down and the ink is fast-drying, dye based and acid free.

C. PAPER: explore Stampin' Up!'s beautiful selection of patterned paper and cardstock. The coordinated color families make it easy to mix and match for stunning results. The classic heavyweight Cardstock is dyed all the way trhough, so you won't see any white edges when you cut or tear. And our Designer Series Paper (patterned paper) is acid free and lignin free, making it ideal for all paper crafting projects.

D. TOOLS: basic tools like a paper trimmer, adhesive, and clear blocks for mounting your stamps will make your crafting process smoother. Stampin' Up! offers tried and true tools to make your paper crafting time easier and more productive.

Simple Stampin' Techniques:

Now that you have your supplies, let's dive into some beginner-friendly stamping techniques ...

a. Direct Stamping: ink your stamp and press it directly onto your paper for a clean and straighforward design. Make sure the you use a smooth up and down motion, with no wiggling when pressing onto the paper.

b. Masking: Create depth by masking off areas with scrap paper and stamping over them. Check out this step by step tutorial from an older blog post showing how I stamped on a post-it to use as a mask ... Masking Techique 

c. Embossing: add texture and dimension to your projects by heat embossing with Stampin' Up! embossing powders. Here's a great card I created using heat embossing ... Heat Embossed Card 

d. Coloring: use Stampin' Up! markers, watercolor pencils, or blends to add pops of color to your stamped images. There are numerous 'outline style' stamps that you can use several colors to color in. Here's an axample of how I used blends to color in a card ... Coloring Example

Stampin' Up! products offer endless possibilities for creativity, making it easy for beginners to embark on their crafting journey. Remember, there are no rules in crafting - just have fun, experiment, and let your creativity flow.

Happy crafting!


Thursday, January 11, 2024

Canva InstaGrid Tutorial

Are you on Instagram? How do you post ... randomly? by theme? 

I use to just post randomly. Whatever was on my mind or whatever I wanted to share. But awhile back, I found a way to create Instagram puzzle grids in Canva and fell in love with the way it looks!

Here's what my Instagram looks like right now ...

Isn't it pretty?!! As you scroll, it looks like one continuous picture! I just love it so much and I want to share with you how I made it, so I created this pic tutorial ...

To create this in canva, start off by creating a custom design that is 3240x6280 px ...

Once you have the design open, click on 'File' menu and select 'View setting', then 'show rulers and grids'  ...
You'll see the rulers across the top and left hand side of your design. You can then click and drag the ruler from the top down and position it at the 1080 mark on the left hand side. Once in position, click the ruler again and drag another guide to the 2160 mark. Repeat, adding gridlines at 3240, 4320, and 5400 marks. Click and grab the ruler on the left side of your design and position it at the 1080 mark, repeat for the 2160 mark. When finished, it should have 18 equal boxes and look like this ...
The gridlines will not print or appear on your finished picture, they're just to be used as guides. Each of the 'boxes' will be a Instagram post/picture. At this point, I duplicate the page and begin working on the duplicate. The first page I leave blank, so that I always have a clean template that I can just duplicate over and over.
Now you can begin creating! I usually start adding various elements to the background. You can search for swirls, dots, stars - whatever kind of look your going after. Then I add some frames to plop in some uploaded pictures ...

Focus on each of the squares as individual pictures/posts and continue to create your design. If you're going to create a few of these, you'll want to make sure they flow together. Duplicate the 'template'. Whatever design elements you have on your created page, add them to the bottom of the duplicated page and line them up so that they look continuous. When you're ready to create another design, use that page as your base and continue same as above. It may sound a little confusing, but this is what mine looks like at this point. I duplicated the snowflake and stars and lined them up at the bottom of the top page. I'll use that page as my next design ...

Once you have the entire design complete, save it as a JPEG file (When you have multiple pages, Canva will download them all as a zip file. Make sure to save just the current page). Here's what one of my completed designs looks like at this point ...

After you've saved your design, you'll need to split it up into 18 different images. There's an easy (& FREE) website that will do that for you! Go to 
Click on 'Choose File' and navigate to where you saved your design and upload it. A preview will appear.
Then click on 'Both' under How to split the image
Under Split by, select 6 vertical and 3 horizontal
Click 'Split Image'
It will automatically split your image into 18 separate images, and can be downloaded individually or all of them in a zip file. Click on your preference to save your images.
When the images are split, they will be saved from the top left to the bottom right. When posting, you'll need to post them in reverse order - from bottom right to top left. Otherwise they won't line up properly when posted ...

I usually rename them, starting with the last one renaming it 001 and proceeding until I've renamed the first one 018. This way, it keeps them in the proper order and makes posting them easier. When posting to Instagram, the frequency is entirely up to you! You can post 1 per day to give you 18 days of posts, or you can post multiple per day or even a few per day, but every other day. Like I said, it's up to your preference! Just make sure to keep them in the porper order. I like to have my puzzle look complete, so I post 3 per day over a couple hour period. That way if someone is looking in the afternoon, it always looks complete lol

I learned this from a social media trainer that I follow and I absolutely love it. I hope you found this useful and will attempt it on your own Instagram. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to answer. 

Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Window Christmas Tree Using Lights

Do you live in a small space? Maybe you don't want to put up a big Christmas tree or deal with all of the ornaments and decorations? Well, here's a great option I found ...

A Christmas tree made out of string lights and put up on a window!

I have a small living room and every year it's a struggle to rearrange furniture to find the best place for our tree. During the pandemic, we weren't going to have many visitors, everyone was 'sheltering in place' for the most part, so I decided it was the best time to give it a try. Plus I had a dog and a new puppy that was getting into everything and I was afraid they would pull ornaments off the tree or knock it down. Here are the culprits at the time, very cute but very mischievous lol Paisley and Chesney ...

I first seen the idea online somewhere - Facebook, Pinterest, I'm not sure. I wish I had the link with the exact details, I'm sorry that I don't. But going from memory, you need Command hooks - clear for windows - 1 large for the top and small ones for the sides, bottom & base, strand lights (depending on the size of your tree, I think I used 100), and optional decorations. I found a plastic metallic star for the top and some red mini garland at the dollar store and I had the red ball ornaments for the base.

I have a bay window in my living room, at the front of my house that I decided to decorate. I used a small Command hook to place the star in the top middle first. Then a large hook right under the star to hold the lights, so it looks like the star is on top of the tree.
I positioned the small hooks spaced evenly along the sides and bottom of the 'tree', forming a triangle. I then ran the string of lights from the bottom to the large top hook, up and down to form the tree. For the 'base' of the tree, I positioned 2 rows of 3 hooks to hang the red ball ornaments. Then I added some red mini garland strands across the lights, using the hooks on each side ...

This is what it looks like from the outside ...

I'm so sorry that this is not as detailed as I had originally planned. It's been several years since I've done this and just came across these pictures that I thought I'd share. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment, message or contact me and I will do my best to help you out.

Thanks for stopping by today!