Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I was my Biggest Barrier!

I am excited to announce that I will be creating a YouTube Channel where I will provide step by step tutorials on Do-it-Yourself crafts. This has been a long time coming. I've been thinking about creating a channel for awhile now, but because I'm not the most tech savvy person, I was reluctant. I thought that I would have to buy all this equipment...I had questions on lighting, editing - it was all so overwhelming...and... I admit, I was afraid to take the plunge and record myself. I'm still terrified, but I get so many compliments on the crafts I create, like my pop-up greeting cards, DVD sleeves, jewelry, and decor. I love teaching and creating, so I thought, why not? What's really stopping me? I finally came to the conclusion (or the stage of acceptance) that it is ME and all of my excuses that's stopping me. I was the biggest barrier and I realized that I shouldn't be.

So here I am.

I started filming my very first tutorial yesterday and plan to have it up no later than Monday!

I will keep you posted on the link to my channel. Stay tuned. ☺

For up to date information, follow me on: Twitter: @leymesina


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Monday, October 5, 2015

Haleykins and the Candy Bandit is Now Available!

Hey Everyone!
I just wanted to let everyone know that my children's picture book, Haleykins and the Candy Bandit, is now available on Amazon!

I remember when I began writing this book. I was in the car with my daughter, Haley, who was 4 at the time. We were waiting for my son to get out of school. Haley and I were looking at the Halloween decorations around the neighborhood. She said, "that would be sad if there was no candy when we go trick-or-treating."

I've always wanted to write a children's book, so I thought, why not start with a Halloween book? Both of my kids were born in the month of October! So, I began writing and creating ideas of what I wanted the pictures to look like.

Now that it's finally here, I am so excited to share it with you all!

Check out the cover for Haleykins and the Candy Bandit below:

Get your copy today on Amazon.

Ta-ta for now,


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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday Night Post

I've literally spent the weekend catching up on the TV show, 2 Broke Girls, and repainting my dining table. I know, I've been on this major reVamping mood lately. I think its just time for a new look. I've always had lots of earth tone colors and everything just started to blend in. So, I painted my dark wood dining table and changed it into a deep teal color (tropical skies to be exact). I Also removed the blinds to my sliding door and added curtains with a similar hue to the table. That already adds a pop of color to the room. Next up: making pillow covers for the couch and turning a coffee table into an ottoman. Just have to find the right table first.

Wish me luck!

Post pictures soon.


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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Thrift Store Find, Writing, and all that Jazz

I've been really into up-cycling, re-purposing, and making handmade items. If you don't know or haven't checked out my Etsy site yet, please take a moment and visit. I've been working on handmade items on and off for the past year, but with working full-time, going to school, and having a family, I haven't had a chance to create new items.
 Original: Purple / Re-purposed: Gold & Black

I've been really into the 1920s lately. When I saw this mirror, I just had to have it!

What do you think of my thrift store find? 
Update on Books: 
While it's been a crazy roller-coaster ride, I did finish the children's book I've been working on - which will be released the fall of this year, just in time for Halloween. I've also started writing a relationship book and I'm hoping to have that complete in a few months (fingers crossed)!

What about the THIRD book of the Goddess of Night Series?

I'll be honest, I have been staring at the blank pages for the third book in my Goddess of Night Series, Transcend - at least I have a title, right? The past few years...oh my gosh...years...have been so crazy with moving, work, the kids extra-curricular activities and trying to squeeze in date nights. Since school is done - for now, and that's another topic I'll write about later - and I've gotten use to everyone's crazy schedule, I can now say that I've gotten my own schedule back on track. I even have a 2 year monthly calendar (specifically for writing) where I write down exactly what I need to do each day, to make sure I reach my deadlines!
I've decided that 2015 is the year to get serious and have fun. I have a good, no great, feeling about it. Just call me optimistic. I take my son, Ray, to acting class twice a week. It's about a 40 minute drive from where we live, so during those drives, I'll listen to some of my favorite songs. The one's that inspire me to write. I'm definitely getting back in zone and I'm very excited about that. 
Stay tuned for my next post in a few days!

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Monday, January 5, 2015

My Winter Vacation

I went on vacation with my family to Solvang, CA - a place I haven't visited before. My parents came up with the idea. So when they came out to visit us, we would take a mini vacation. I am so glad that we did! This place is amazing and definitely has that small town charm. We went during the holidays and it was just awesome to see all the holiday decor. We visited many small shops, bookstores (of course) and the Thomas Kinkade art galary. We indulged in the famous Aebleskiver (shown below), sweets, and tasty dishes. If you're ever in Southern California - this is definitely a great place to visit!

I've added some pictures of the town for you to see. 

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