Sunday, November 29, 2015

General Finishes - I am grateful giveaway series

Disclosure: Remember all opinions I share about the products in my post are 100% my own with complete honesty.The post contains sponsored links from General Finishes.

Well friends this winds us down to the last (but certainly not least) of the giveaways for the "I am grateful" series.

As I prepare for this last post about what I am grateful for, and looking back over each of my posts this month, I realize that I didn't even touch on half of what I am grateful for.  But, I feel today is when I need to highlight that I am so very grateful for my abilities to do what I do.  To be able to create, paint, build, etc has given more opportunities in this life that I never could've imagined.

I was able to audition and be on one of my all time favorite TV shows...HGTV Flea Market Flip (you can read about my experience HERE, HERE, HERE, & HERE).  Never in my wildest dreams did I think that would happen.  I feel incredibly blessed to have had that experience.

I've been invited to attend many amazing events from conferences to VIP announcement parties to launch events.  I've met some pretty awesome celebrities...which is always fun!

I've met and have become friends with people I never would've otherwise met.  I've been able to paint pieces for clients that I've become friends with & dearly love!  Some of my customers pieces are for their children, and to see their eyes light up when they get their furniture home makes my heart so happy.

I've been given the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing brands including paint brands.  I've formed friendships with some pretty fantastic owners of these companies.

I am forever grateful that I've been given my creative mind and my hands to hold the talent to create!!!  I am grateful that I have a job that I truly love!

One of my favorite paint brands that I've been so fortunate to work with is General Finishes.

I've painted many pieces with this fantastic paint line.  This post will take you to see many of projects that I used General Finishes products on.

I absolutely love General Finishes paint from milk paint to chalk style, gel stain, top coats...all of it.

The paint goes on so smooth, adheres amazingly, and distressing is a dream.
General Finishes Green Patina
The gel stain is so easy to use.  You don't even have to sand all the way to the bare wood to use.
Dining table top with Gel Stain
Lamp Black
Java Gel Stain dining table top

And, if you are new to using General Finishes they offer really great tutorial videos on General Finishes YouTube.

General Finishes is generously offering one winner the chance to win...ready for this...

A case of 10 pints OR 8 quarts

Pearl effects is limited to one can because of the expense but any mix of other products is ok!

That is an incredible prize package.  And, I am so excited for one of you to win this great prize package of General Finishes products.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

I guess you can guess what this post is all about by the title :)  The Trans-Siberian Orchestra!

I've been going to see The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) faithfully every year since 2004 (I believe)!!  Every year that I've been blogging I always say I am going to write about the experience...and I fall short.  But, this I am!!

I need to be apart of the TSO Fan seriously I do!  I have never classified myself as a groupie, but I LOVE TSO :)   A quick fun fact about me before I get into our night with TSO.  Even though I was a "cowgirl" I never cared for country music...I am & have always been into hard rock/heavy metal.

I have been wanting to take Katie (my oldest) to see TSO, and I felt this year it was time.  She had no idea what to expect even though I have shown her videos & pictures.  We choose to go to Reading, PA this year.  It's a hike for us, but it was nice to have the day together.  And, this is an experience I was excited to share with her.  I was able to get some of the best seats in the house...front row on the floor!  #blessedgirls

We walked into the arena and down to our seats on the floor.

Bryan Hicks...Absolutely the best narrator.  He looks just like our Herb at school (security)

One of my favorite things about TSO is their genuine personalities.  You can feel their love of what they do the entire time they are on stage!  It's so powerful. So very uplifting!

The pyrotechnics are off the charts.  They truly rock it (literally)...


My girl was completely in awe throughout the whole show.  Such intense look on her face, and at times I'd have to ask if she was ok.  She just zoned out.

Bill Hudson

 Katie was intrigued by the guitar players, and the girls singing!  She clapped, smiled and danced the whole time.  We had such great seats that it was so easy for her to see it all!

One of my very favorite members has always been Chris Caffery...  I love this shot I caught of him.  Love this guys energy!

Chris Caffery
 If you don't follow along with Chris Caffery on should.  Chris is the real deal.  He is so very real, kind & his heart is gigantic!  He also makes his own hot sauce...for real we should be best friends!
Russell Allen
 I could listen to Mr. Allen sing all day long!  His voice is heavy metal very soulful, and fun!!

Dave Z

Rob Evan
 This performance that Rob did of An Angel Returned... CHILLS every.single.time.

 Just watching this guy play guitar was inspiring on so many levels!!

After the first half, Chris introduced the band...


Derek Wieland
 The second half of the show is just as electrifying as the first half!!




 Roddy Chen is one of my all time fav violinist.  Katie has been talking about him a lot today! He is amazing.


Roddy Chen
 I had a hard time getting pictures of the girls singing.  I am always blown out of my seats listening to these ladies sing!  Not only are they super talent singers, guitar players, but no one would even deny they are HOT!

It was hard to get to get a good picture, but this is at the end of the show.  Fireworks were off the hook!  Katie was all smiles :)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Band Members

Some pretty crazy highlights of the night...

First off I have never been to a single TSO concert that I felt like I didn't want it to end.  I just could listen to this band play all the time.  I am never disappointed any part of the show.  The members are always so personable.

Chris Caffery was on stage in front of us...literally in front of us.  I could actually hear him talking into his mic :)  I told Katie to wave at him, and as soon as she did, he came off the stage.  I told her look, high five him!  Well instead he came & played next to her.  She was beside herself & didn't know what to do!



That totally made her night!!  And, then at the end of the concert guitarist Bill Hudson came to the side of the stage & called Katie over to give her a guitar pick... WHAT the WHAT!!!

And, then if that wasn't enough... My sweet girl was called up by the drummer Jeff Plate to give her one of his drum sticks.  MY mind was blown!  How incredibly amazing blessed is she!?!


We had a bit of drive home, and this girl was wound up on excitement from her first of many to come TSO concets!  We made a pact that this will be a yearly tradition to go see them together!  #traditions

She was still beaming this morning...and so is momma!!

Thank you Trans-Siberian Orchestra for making my girls first concert such a memorable experience.  She will remember this for the rest of her life!!