Friday, December 31, 2010

I am a lamo, and need blog design help~~

**Andrea from Keppin it Thrifty has an awesome CSN giveaway ending Jan 2nd, so hurry on over to enter for a chance to win $35.00. I'm there, and really hope I win, he he **
**Also Ami from Alillilly has an awesome Cutting Edge Stencil giveaway going on until Jan 2nd as well. Go enter, or don't because I really want this one too, lol. **


**Also a quick update, just letting you know I have a mac, if this makes any difference in setting this up, and you know sometimes blog button codes, DO NOT have a height or width in the html, to edit. What do you do then? I have gotten some really good responses, BUT, I am still kind of stuck. Only because I want my sponsor section to have 2 or 3 columns, and within those, to have the buttons all the same size, neatly arranged. I am kind of freaking out about this, because it is seriously driving me crazy I can't figure it out, so if anyone can help, I'm still here, and totally waiting. **


Hey everyone, it looks like Im about to pull another all nighter, trying to figure out how to get these darn buttons all nice, aligned, pretty, the same size, you know. I can't even see straight anymore, and laugh all you want, but I finally resorted to putting up a linky, lol, to display them in as much order as I could. I have been reading tons of tutorials, and emailing everyone I can to get some help, my sweet Ami, @Alililly tried to help, but after reading that she spent like 2 hours trying her best as well, I thought there must be a secret to it. So someone, PLEASE help us lamo bloggers, who haven't got a clue, but desperately want to learn.

I really want  to know how to get my sponsors buttons all the same size, all neat in my new sponsors section, oh and while you are it explaining, maybe you can tell us how to get the buttons at the bottom of a post as in this is where I am partying today, all cute, and small, and the same size as well.

Gosh, someone please spare me another night of no sleep, I desperately need your help. Anyone???
Anyone???

Love you guys, even if you are laughing at me, but I know you need the help too, so if you find the answer, PLEASE share it with silly me.

Thanks guys!!!

As always ENJOY!

Special requests, or mad love always welcome:)
bellabeforeandafter@gmail.com

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Amaze me August #17 ~~ Mt very first POST ~~

Hello everyone, and Welcome to my 17th edition of


WISHING everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Like all of you, I am excited about some upcoming challenges, and goals I have set for myself ONCE AGAIN!!

I will of course share them with you, in hopes that it will once again help me, and in return maybe help you too. I have truly enjoyed this new blog of mine, and all the wonderful friends, and experiences since I've started back in August. I still remember the day, my house was a mess, and I had just about had it. I put my foot down, started a blog, five minutes later, I was taking BEFORE pics, and a couple hours later I had my AFTER pictures, and I wrote up my very FIRST BLOG POST. I was hooked, I was amazed that I actually looked forward to cleaning my house, in a weird kind of way, so that I could blog about it. Whatever works right? So needless to say, it was a good thing. 

Here's a few pictures of the Before, to see the entire post click HERE, and read all about it. 



This is my 17th edition of my weekly party!


I can hardly believe it. You guys really are AMAZING, last week I ALMOST made it to 40 link ups. Come on lets get it past 50 this week, and if you could add my button to your blog, the post, or if you have a link party section, 
I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT!!


ENJOY the PARTY
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GRAB A BUTTON be nice :)

Check out the AMAZING projects, and make sure to go say hello to others, and let them know you saw them here.


LINK UP, HAVE FUN,and THANKS AGAIN!!

As always ENJOY!

Special requests, or mad love always welcome:)
bellabeforeandafter@gmail.com

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Free Calendar from Elle~~ @ ~~ SWITCHEROOm

Hey everyone, I came across a new blog today. Actually she came across me first, and then I went to check her out, and well, FELL IN LOVE. I literally spent 2 hours, going thru each and every one of her posts, and absolutely LOVED each one. 

ELLE @ SWITCHEROOm
SWITCHEROOm

Elle has very generously designed and offered up a FREE printable 2011 calendar for me, and you and you and you. She just wanted to give everyone a little present, and perfect timing. Who doesn't need an incredibly cute, designer calendar, FOR FREE!!

Check it out HERE I love it!!!

She has started a blog documenting her journey of transforming her house in Manilla, Phillipines, which by the way was flooded out in 2009 by Thyphoon Ondoy, into a WOOHOO kinda home. 

She is so cute, and has had some very challenging rooms to work with, and very minimal money to work with. Yet she has managed to do so much. Here is a sneak peak at just some of her many little transformations. Trust me when I say, you HAVE to go check her out, and say hello. Trust me you will be humbled when you see how she manages, and you too will be incredibly inspired. I promise. 
DIY, side table, before and after, teal furniture






So what do you guys think?? Not only is she incredibly busy remodeling her home, which she shares with all boys, he he, she also does weekly posts about inspirational HOME offices she wishes she had, or sharing other  great finds from the web with all of us. She has incredible taste, and I adore all the things she has shared, I just really love this girl, and HOPE you go check her out.

Remember to let her know Bella sent you, and yeah you can THANK me later, for introducing you all to my newest friend. 

Elle @ SWITCHEROOm

now go grab yourself that FREE Calendar, and say hello.



Special requests, or mad love always welcome:)

FEATURES ~~ Part Three ~~ A LOT LATE ... sorry!!

Ready for part THREE of my much delayed FEATURES. 
I was supposed to do this on Thursday, but just didn't happen. 
Hope everyone had a FANTASTIC Christmas, and I for one, am super relieved and looking forward to the new year. 

Here are some of my favorites from 
WEEK 15 and the rest from **6 Weeks 2 JINGLE**

Heather from Tallgrass Design wanted a dummy, but didn't want to pay for one, lol. So she made herself one.  You will not believe how simple, and anyone can do it. I want one,  so bad, (don't really know why) but it just looks so darn cool. Make sure you go check it out, and you can have a dummy too!!

Thanks HEATHER!!
Ami from AliLilly made another fabulous decoration using tissue paper, and well junk mail. How can you not love that?  Being cheap can be oh so cute I tell you. She also made a super looking garland, to hang her stockings from, and it looks great. Make sure you go say hello, and just because Christmas is over, doesn't mean you can't make this for another time of the year. Just imagine the possibilities.

Thanks AMI!!
Ambrosia from For the Love of Boys came up with these Dinner Talk Jars. What a great idea for those of you lucky enough to not live with blabber mouths like me. I need BE QUITE jars, at dinner time, he he. But for real, what a great thing to have, so you can actually have interesting conversations at the table. Go say hello, to see just how she made them.

Thanks AMBROSIA!!
Oh, and here's just ONE more FABULOUS idea from Ambrosia. These coasters, made from tiles of course, and wrapping paper. How fabulous, oh I just LOVE IT.

Go say hello, For the Love of Boys

Sunny from Life in Rehab did am amazing job hanging all her stockings on this ladder.  I really love this idea even if you have a mantle, which I do, but I am always looking for ways to hang the stockings other than the mantle. Go say hello and see how she did it.

Thanks SUNNY!!
Megan from Homemade Ginger made a stunning wreath, I just think it looks so fabulous, and elegant. Great job girl. Go say hello to her, and check out some of her other incredible creations.

Thanks MEGAN!!
Brandy from Life of Perks wanted a new tree skirt, so of course like any creative crafter, she made one, from a fleece blanket. Perfect, complete with lovely ruffles. Go check it out, and much more.

Thanks BRANDY!!
Chelsea from Creative Mamas redid simple notebooks, with scrapbook paper , and hot glue, oh and a little staining to create an aged effect, and they turned out so cute. I love simple, fast, and CHEAP projects.  Go say hello to these girls.

Thanks CHELSEA!!

Jenn from Rook #17 did some ADORABLE donuts from SOCKS. Don't know about you, but my kids love donuts, and I bet they would really love to play with these. Go say hello to Jenn. and check out so much more.

Thanks JENN!!
Brandi from Don't Disturb this Groove redid her LAUNDRY ROOM people. This is a picture from her  awesome LAUNDRY ROOM, I am just in shock. This looks nicer than most of my home, lol. Just beautiful, and I had to share it with all of you. Go say hello to a new blogger, and let me tell you she rocks. !!

Thanks BRANDI!!

Ladies PLEASE grab a FEATURED button and display it proudly!


Make sure to come back tommorrow for MORE great FEATURES. I LOVE sharing some of my favorite projects with you, and really HOPE you take a few moments to go say hello to these talented ladies, and let them know you saw them featured here.

As always ENJOY!

Special requests, or mad love always welcome:)
bellabeforeandafter@gmail.com

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

FEATURES ~~Part Two ~~



Ready for part TWO ~~ Here it is ~~
Thank you everyone, and keep it up, I enjoy having you all so very much, and doing these FEATURES is the very least I can do to put a smile on your faces. I wish I could feature all of you, but naturally I can't, SOOOO, please take a look at some of my favorites from Week 14 and more from **6 Weeks 2 JINGLE**

ENJOY!!!

Denise at JunkDog Designs made some really cool microscope glass necklaces. You have to go read how she did, it because I can't explain that here, silly..... :) You know her blog is full of all things thrifty, junky, and glittery, he he. Oh and she loves her dogs, go say hello to her will ya. :)

THANKS DENISE!!
Mandy at Sugar Bee Craft Edition made one of the most beautiful wreaths EVER. Why do I love it so much, well, because it is made from the most gorgeous colored RED leaves, REAL leaves. All rolled up into little rosettes. Oh man, tell me you don't love it?? Go say hello to the very talented Mandy!!

THANKS MANDY!!
Tricia at Leafy Treetop Spot MADE these cute little baby booties. I know you guys know how much I adore her, well, here is another reason why. She can even make shoes people, hehe. Totaly cute I tell you, Just adorable. Go say hello, and check out much more, I promise you will not want to leave :)

THANKS TRICIA!!
Michelle at The Real Life MOM made a stunning little DREAM catcher. She found this beautiful little ornament, and put it in a lantern, with a flameless candle, and oh my, what a sight to see. I simply love it. My princess would so want one. Go say hello to Michelle, I bet she would LOVE to have you!!

THANKS MICHELLE!!
Sourkraut at Langes Fadchen Faules Madchen did an INCREDIBLY declicious looking Citrus Brine Chicken. That picture is of her dinner, pouring some yummy citrus sauce over her spuds. Perhaps all the cold weather is making me drool over this, but DANG it look so YUMMY!! Go say hello to Sourkraut, she is so fun, you will love her.

THANKS SOURKRAUT!!
Miranda at Mangoes and Chutney just made one of my favorite desserts, even easier, and actually looking even tastier than ever, BUT without all the mess, usually associated with smores. Welcome to the new and improved MUFFIN TIN SMORE, Yummy!! Go check her out, she has an amazing food blog, and I kinda like it, ALREADY, he he.

THANKS MIRANDA!!
Macey at Olicvia Renn did her version of a VERY expensive PB advent calendar. Buckets made from plastic cups, oh yeah, I'm telling you. She did SUCH a great job on this, don't they look totally REAL???? Oh some people just are so creative, I seriously would have NEVER EVER thought of that. Go say hello, and tell her once again, how AWESOME this is. :)

THANKS MACEY!!

Diane at Pittypat Paperie did the coolest thing ever. She used poster board, to make these adorable, CHEAP, and terribly cute Christmas trees. I love them, and must make some for out Christmas Dinner. Can't wait, they will be so cute. :) Thanks so much for the inspiration Diane! Now you go say hello to her, will you.

THANKS DIANE!!

Ladies PLEASE grab a FEATURED button and display it proudly!


Make sure to come back tommorrow for MORE great FEATURES. I LOVE sharing some of my favorite projects with you, and really HOPE you take a few moments to go say hello to these talented ladies, and let them know you saw them featured here.

Wishing all of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.

As always ENJOY!

Special requests, or mad love always welcome:)
http://www.blogger.com/bellabeforeandafter@gmail.com

FEATURES ~~ Part ONE of three ~~

Thanks to everyone for hanging in there, and being patient, while I have been busy. I have about three weeks of FEATURES to do, so this is PART ONE of Three Days of FEATURES. Then I should be caught up, and back to normal. I absolutely LOVE having you all participate in my weekly party. I look forward to seeing many more. I am nearly at 40 links this week, woo hoo, SLOWLY but surely you guys are spreading the word, and more and more people are starting to come.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for your SUPPORT!!!

Now on to the FEATURES, these are from
WEEK 13 and some from **6 weeks 2 JINGLE**
Kimberly at Restoration House redid this BEAUTIFUL table for her breakfast nook. It was a lot of work, she says, but the finished table was surely worth it. I love everything about that room, she decorates with some very unique things. I just loved it. Make sure you go say hello.

THANKS KIMBERLY!!

Michelle at Dream Home DIY made this AMAZING HUTCH, all by themselves, like TOTALLY from scratch. Can you believe it? I was blown away, it looks so rustic and old, I think they did an incredible job. I so wish I could do something like this, or at least have a good friend, who will make one for me, he he. Make sure you go read all about the process, and say hello to my sweet talented friend.

THANKS MICHELLE!!

Megan at Fowl SIngle File made these cutie birds. Aren't they the cutest?? Can you hear them chirping?? Megan makes a bunch of cute things, and she is really talented with those needles, knitting, crocheting, yeah she is good. I want me some little birdies, and she gives us such inspiration. Now go see for yourself, and say hello will ya.

THANKS MEGAN!!
Corey at Craftastic redid this cork board. How beautiful, and fun, and colorful. I love the ribbons, the black and pink, and she even covered up tacks, can you see? Adorable right!!! Make sure you go say hello to Corey, she is NEW to blogland, and could really REALLY use some more followers. She has very cute things going in, now GO check her out everyone. You will be impressed I promise.

THANKS COREY!!
Sarah at The Ugly Duckling House made the most SIMPLE wreath possible, hello, but HOW darn cute can it be. I just love how simple it is, and clean and fresh looking all white like that. She is so cute,  with her little footsies,  chilling on the couch, making this wreath. It was an awesome tutorial. Her house, is getting worked on, little by little, and her blog, tells all about the transformation. Go say hello and check out their Ugly Duckling House!!


THANKS SARAH!!
Kimbo at Girl and a Glue Gun made this QUICK present for all those little snake lovers out there, yes please, over here, my youngest son, thank you. How cute is this?? When I saw it, I was like oh man, for real, that easy, out of a tie, how awesome. We all have an old ugly tie laying around, and if not, wouldn't be hard finding one at the goodwill for a buck ya know. Go say hello, and see ALL of her wonderful ideas for Christmas gifts this year, how awesome!!

THANKS KIMBO!!
Kyra at Racks and Mooby redid this DOLLAR store santa, that was ugly plain glass, by spray painting him. What a transformation, I can hardly belive it. How the details pop now. What a fabulous idea right? Hello Santa, you are so cute now, he he. Thanks Kyra for giving us such a great idea. Make sure you go see this and much more, she has tons of fun things to do and see.

THANKS KYRA!!
Michelle at Polka Dots and Pizza saw a cute pattern for slippers, and she just winged it, tried to make them without the pattern. I'd say she did a GREAT job. Way to go girl. I sure wouldn't mind having some of those, and my kids could use some too. Hmmm, maybe I can wing it too, and try to make some myself. Go say hello, and check this and much more out.

THANKS MICHELLE!!
Shelley at Army Wife Quilter made these adorable stockings for her family. Aren't they like a piece of art, I CAN NOT believe more people havent seen this TALENTED mama. You have to go say HI to Shelley, and check out these AWESOME stockings, and while you are at it, make sure to see her other amazing projects too, there are tons.

THANKS SHELLEY!!

Ladies PLEASE grab a FEATURED button and display it proudly!


Make sure to come back tommorrow for MORE great FEATURES. I LOVE sharing some of my favorite projects with you, and really HOPE you take a few moments to go say hello to these talented ladies, and let them know you saw them featured here.

Wishing all of you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.

As always ENJOY!



Special requests, or mad love always welcome:)
http://www.blogger.com/bellabeforeandafter@gmail.com
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In my spare time I enjoy cooking, and baking. In fact my mother and I have been making cakes for over 30 years. I also love gardening, traveling, and all things crafty. I struggle daily to keep my like organized, along with my never ending battle to keep the house clean. I adore my three kids MOST of the time, and can usually be found doing the mom thing from morning till night. I try to catch a few mommy moments, but those are hard to find in this wonderful life of mine. I am blessed and happy, and am thrilled you stopped by today :)