Monday, February 27, 2012

DIY Sunburst Mirror - Must Do Monday

Did you catch the fever for a sunburst mirror last year when they were all the craze? I admired them but haven't really committed to wanting one. If I don't know where or how to use something in my home, or have someone to give it too, then I don't usually make something just because it's popular.

Nonetheless, here are some I admired:

I might could put one of these in my laundry area and I'm picturing it with some scrapbook paper mod podged on the clothespins.

Silverware is a fun look too.

Here's my favorite and I might do this for my dining room, but I don't think hot pink will go with my decor. This one is plastic, but I was also thinking of real spoons spray painted a fun color.

Here's a link to 27 more- Addicted 2 Decorating

I'd love to hear you thoughts on whether or not you think these are still popular and if you made one.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Feature and giveaway- Pinks Parlor

Welcome back to the weekly feature. This week's featured shop is Pinks Parlor. Here is what Christina had to share about Pinks Parlor.

Pink's Parlor makes custom hair accessories for the unique soul. You'll find one of a kind items for all ages & specialties. We offer hair bows for children, hair flowers for teens/adults, and fascinator hats for evening/going out wear. Our designs help to highlight both your inner & outer beauty, and are a great accent to that special oufit.

Custom made crafts are like a secret between the artist & the client; pieces are designed specifically with the client's inner desires in mind. Handmade goods are quite the intimate item; lots of love, care & attention to detail are given to each and every one. This fashion allows you to break convention and let your spirit soar without boundaries. Self expression is sexy!

Pink's Parlor believes in doing your part for the environment & our community. The fascinator bases & felt in flowers are made from 100% Eco-fi, which is a high quality polyester fiber made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. In our pieces you can still be cute & flirty while being green.

Here are some of my favorites:

Blue Lady Feather Fascinator w Gems

Thursday, February 23, 2012

P52- Cabin fever

This week's theme for P52 is cabin fever. My Bella portrays that often when she sits at the side light windows at the door wishing she could get outside and chase whatever it is she is seeing. Sometimes its cats, sometimes squirrels, and sometimes only she knows.

Pecan pumpkin muffins

Good morning! Doesn't that look yummy for breakfast?

Last week I made red velvet cupcakes for Valentine's dinner. I use buttermilk in my recipe, but then I always have a lot of the quart left over. (I should have just done the milk and vinegar substitution.) Does this happen to you?

I'm on a mission to waste less these days and to use what's in my pantry before it goes bad. It seems we always have a pantry full, and never anything to eat. Does this sound familiar? I purchase ingredients for dishes that sometimes don't get cooked, especially at the holidays,  and then I have these odd things left over in my pantry.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Serving tray- Must Do Monday

A while back I happened to find a wooden serving tray at a thrift store. Of course it needs a good redo, so here are some I've come across for inspiration.

Here are a couple of DIY trays from cabinet doors:

Friday, February 17, 2012

Friday feature - BelleCosette

Let's hear it for FRIDAY! And for this week's featured etsy shop- BelleCosette.

Here's a little info about Scharlyn, in her own words:

P52- True Love

So far, I'm keeping up with P52. I don't know what I'll do for some of the upcoming themes, they will be a challenge. This week was easy- true love.

There is no truer love than that of a pet! They love so unconditionally. And Bella is the most caring dog I have ever met. Last weekend I was sick and the hubby was feeling a little discouragement over some other issues, and Bella spent all day loving on both of us. She is so sweet. She knows when something is not right with one of us, and pays extra attention to us at those times.

I took this photo of her on Tuesday night. I wish she would have been somewhere other than under the table so I wouldn't have chair legs sticking out of her head, but you take what you can get with her, because sometimes she will not be still!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ruffle necklace- Tried it out Thursday

This week (or rather last night) I made myself a ruffle necklace. Maybe I still have Valentine's Day on the brain, but I chose a red and white vintage flocked swiss dot scrap from my Grandmother's stash for my necklace. I think it would actually look really cute with a navy blue shirt for a patriotic look.

I used a scrap that was about thirty inches long by three inches wide and followed the tutorial by Poppy Chic Designs. I used about 21 inches of chain from my jewelry making stash and added a lobster clasp to it. I took a short scrap of red with white swiss dot and made another tiny ruffle and folded it into a flower. I sewed a button in the center and then sewed the flower to the necklace.

I think it's pretty cute! If you have been wanting to try this project, go ahead! It's quick and easy, about thirty minutes give or take.

Sharing here:

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ruffle necklace - Must Do Monday

I've got lots of fabric pieces and scraps. One of the fun things I want to do with them is make a ruffle necklace.

Here are three that inspire me:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentines for my sweetheart

I'm putting together a basket of some of my hubby's favorite candies as a little Valentine's gift for him.  I made tags for each candy with cheesy cute sayings on them. You may have already seen some of these around blogland and around Pinterest.  A couple of them are my own version, (at least I have not seen them anywhere else).

I printed the sayings on cardstock and punched them out with circle and circle scalloped punches. I used K&CO. scrapbook papers, ribbon, and some stickers from my stash to make the tags. Each candy is packaged in a clear cello bag.

Milk Duds- Life without you would be a DUD.

Starbursts- My heart BURSTS with love for you.

Red Hots- You're a Hottie!

Tootsie rolls- I like the way you roll.

Twizzlers- You twizzle my fancy! (My play on you "tickle my fancy".)

Hershey's kisses- I love your kisses.

Any candy in a shovel- I DIG you.

Sharing at some of these great parties:

Friday, February 10, 2012

P52- Drink up

This week's theme for p52 was drink up! We are big coffee drinkers around here, so it was only fitting that I shoot one of my coffee cups. Sadly, the good coffeemaker died the day before I took this shot, so we have a substitute Mr. Coffee until the other replacement arrives. I don't like Mr. Coffee makers, but I do like having the words in the background with my cup. I focused on the cup and let the rest be a little blurred.

Friday feature- Silverlakesound

Today's featured etsy shop is Silverlakesound.  Gina sells fine art, photo prints, fabric flowers, hair accessories, and doll miniatures. Let's take a look at some of those accessories and flowers.

Here's a little snippet about Gina and her creations:

As a homeschooling mother of five and full time Children's Director in the Bay Area, I have to fight for the quiet time in my studio. But this is where I come alive, where God speaks to me, and moves through me. Everything I create is for me to enjoy as much as it is for everyone else!
Gina is offering 25% off for any of  my followers! The code is REVELATION320. Go check out Silverlakesound and take advantage of that great deal!

You can find Gina blogging over at Family In Real Time and Silverlake Sound.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Button charm bracelet

A while back I posted some button jewelry projects that I wanted to do. I have had some vintage buttons from my grandmother's stash picked out for quite some time, and I finally got around to making a button charm bracelet.

I started with an 8 inch chain bracelet from Michael's, my vintage buttons, a couple of heart buttons and vintage looking buttons purchased from Michael's clearance, and some 9mm jump rings. You can also use any chain cut to length and clasps of your choice if you don't have a premade bracelet.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

God's conversation hearts

Here's a quick little Valentine's day gift I'm putting together for our Sunday School class members.

I can't take credit for the sayings and verses. You can find a printable for that part HERE.

I purchased Ferrara brand conversation hearts in mini boxes from Wal-mart. Here are the dimensions for the box/tent I made. Cut a strip 2 1/4 inches wide from a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock. At 4 1/4 inches, score. Score again 1 inch from that score line. Trim so that remaining section is 5 1/2 inches. Score that piece 1 1/4 from end. Fold on score lines.

I attached my box inside the tent with a glue dot. I folded the top tab over, and punched a heart out of red cardstock. I punched holes through the heart and folded and front layer of cardstock. I then ran a ribbon through the holes to tie it together. I got those cute pom pom critters from Michael's and I'm just attaching one to each box - just because they are cute.

Here is a side view of my box.

Have a great day!

I'll be sharing here:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentine's mantel reveal

I finally got my garland finished and hung on the mantel this past weekend, so now I can finally reveal the whole mantel to you. Every project seems to be done just a few minutes here and a few minutes there, so it takes me a while.

More doily projects- Must Do Monday

I'm becoming a little obsessed with doilies. Here are some more great projects with doilies. These involve home decor and art.


(I'm thinking you could stiffen or starch crocheted doilies to make a wreath too.)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Friday, February 3, 2012

P52- Shadows

This week's assignment at P52 with my3boybarians was shadows. I so badly wished this had been the assignment a few weeks ago. The same day I took my made with love photo, I came across an awesome scene with a beautiful shadow. I'll share it with you last. Now for the photos I took just for this challenge- I went out last Saturday and looked around my yard for some interesting shadows. The first thing I came up with was the pattern the sun was creating though the fence.

Interesting  but not spectacular, so I moved on. I decided to photograph this leaf and its shadow.

Here is the photo I took several weeks ago. I don't have the skill to capture the image as magnificently as it appeared to the eye, but what a sight it was! I was shooting into the sun, so it was difficult, and the view just wasn't the same from another angle.

Thanks for coming by!

Friday feature- Ravencrow Designs

Today's featured shop is Ravencrow Designs.

Here is a little about Sherry and her work:

My medium can be from anything found in nature to recycled items. I have piles of trinkets and treasures of the finest quality that were collected during my travels that will soon be transformed into a unique one-of-a-kind items just for you.

There is a special place in my heart for the modalities of Healing Arts as well as Creative Arts. Creating is a form of meditation for me. I am most happy when I am able to touch the hearts of others and share my gifts. Each unique piece is infused with much gratitude and love.
Let's take a look at some of those unique pieces.

Knit Scarf in Pink, Green and Blue Pastel Colored Nubby Yarn

Hop over to Ravencrow Designs and save 20% from now until Feb. 9, 2012 with code "Friday".

Thursday, February 2, 2012

DIY Baker's twine - Tried it Out Thursday

Hey ya'll! We're getting closer to Friday. I'm still working on some Valentine's things, and doing so as frugally as possible and with what I have on hand. You may have seen these heart doily jars on pinterest or in blogland. Sumo made her version with baker's twine. I wanted to make some using heart shaped doilies and baker's twine, but I didn't have baker's twine and didn't want to buy any.

So what did I do? I made my own baker's twine, inspired by this tutorial here.  I didn't follow the video and I didn't have crochet thread. This is what I had:

the cotton twine from my disastrous twine balls!

I grabbed it up along with a red marker and stretched some out on a piece of paper. I just colored every 1/4 inch or less, flipped it over, and colored again. Note: I did get ink on my hands doing it this way, so the video tutorial may be a better way. Nonetheless, I made my own baker's twine.

Then I used it with some heart doilies, two Ball jars and a random jar I had on hand to make some quick Valentine's decor. For the small jar, I punched a heart with a scalloped heart punch and then punched holes in each of the scallops.

I'm happy with my little display.

What have you tried out recently?

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Who says #1 never wins? Here's the winner of the Firefly Myst giveaway-

Here are your random numbers:

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