Monday, August 25, 2014

Slow traffic

Just a note to say that things will likely be slow on the blog this week. As if they could get any slower... I only post a couple of times per week anyway. Those couple of posts are a struggle and juggling of time. I just don't have time to create projects or posts. So... I've decided to save myself the stress for a week or two, and LET IT GO.

I'm not going away forever, just reevaluating. I'm not as motivated by blogging as I used to be. I do still love the community but it's getting a little old or stale. I see the same old projects over and over. I'm not bashing anyone- I'm guilty too. I have no new inventions to share. Just my take on the classic stuff. And that's okay, but sometimes it gets old.

I think everyone must struggle with this because it seems what gets linked up at link parties is of little substance now days or is a recipe. I get it- we all have to eat so it's easy to post a recipe since you are going to cook anyway. I've done it many times. But what I'm tring to say is I no longer even enjoy reading blogs. I do still have a few favorites, but they seem to be overloaded with recipes and trivial guest posts too. Again, please don't take this as blogger bashing. It's just where I am right now with this hobby of mine. If you have some positive thoughts or advice to share, please do.

Until later....

If you enjoy fashion, I'll still be maintaing my fashion/style blog, Savvy Southern Chic. Please visit me over there.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

5 Minute Bling Bracelets

I was in Michael's recently and came across these rhinestone connectors. Jewelry, especially bracelets with words and symbols are so popular right now, so I decided to snatch them up and make my own bracelets.

I have these chain bracelets in my stash that I got at a yard sale a few years ago. Yes, I know, I should have done something with them by now, but that's why it's called a STASH.  I chose three of them to work with.

All I did was cut away some of the chain from the middle and replace with jump rings and the connectors. Done.

Even if you have to cut chain and add clasps, you can still make all three in 10-15 minutes.  If you are just beginning with jewelry, here's the break down of supplies:

Wire cutters
about 20 inches of chain (depending on the length you want them, 20 inches should do all three)
6mm or 8mm jump rings

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

10 Projects that Rule

When you're out getting back to school supplies together, grab a few extra rulers or yardsticks. Here are projects using rulers and yardsticks.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DIY Striped frame

Do you love stripes? A quick look through my wardrobe and you know I do. Stripes are easy to add to home decor as well. Grab some paint and painter' tape.
I'm working my way though a stash of plain wooden frames and getting some Christmas gifts knocked out. I found this cute dragonfly cut out at Michael's and  have some dragonfly fans in the family. The dragonfly was already striped, so I knew it would be a perfect accent to a striped frame.
To make your stripes, first paint your frame in your base color. I started with Delta ceramcoat acrylic in purple dusk. When that dried, I marked off about every inch with painter's tape. Note: Use a quality brand painter's tape. I used a cheap one and had to do some touch up.

I painted the exposed part with  Craft Smart acrylic paint in purple. I peeled off the tape and let it dry. Once dry, I added a top coat of Mod Podge for sealer and shine.
I glued the dragonfly on and was done.

If you liked this project, you make want to check out this chevron striped ladybug frame.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

7 Ways to Organize and Decorate the Home Office

Whether you have kids going back to school, you are going back to school yourself, or neither, now is a great time to get the home office organized. This time of year kicks off the busiest time of the year for many. An organized home office can help you cope with the many activities and tasks ahead. Here are seven great (and pretty) ideas for organizing the home office:

1. Make a pretty perpetual calendar:

Monday, August 4, 2014

Cookies for breakfast

It's back to school here for the kids in my town this week, and I'm sure it is or will be soon for many of you. That means you may have a little less time for getting healthy breakfasts, so here are seven healthy breakfast cookies recipes that you can make ahead. And it should certainly appeal to the kids- who wouldn't want cookies for breakfast? You don't have to tell them they are healthy. This round up features a variety of paleo, gluten free, egg free and low sugar recipes.


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Friday, August 1, 2014

DIY Canvas Seahorse Art

 Did you see my new canvas art on display with my summer mantel?  I had so much fun with the chevron ladybug frame, I decided to do another painted chevron piece but with a coastal theme.

Here's a quick run down of what I used:

Blank 11X14 canvas
chevron shape Frog Tape
craft smart acrylic paint (Michael's) in Robins Egg blue
Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint in Laguna blue
craft smart satin acrylic paint (Michael's) in coral reef
Silhouette Summer Sea Life
foam brush

I first painted the entire canvas with the Robins Egg blue. I find it easier to paint the lighter color first. It's easier to cover with the darker. After the first color thoroughly dried, I placed the  Frog Tape. Next I painted the Laguna blue. I peeled the tape off and let it all dry.

I cut a stencil for the seahorse with my Silhouette and then traced the seahorse lightly onto my canvas with pencil. I filled it in with the coral. This took several coats. I went back with the Laguna blue and painted on a dot for the eye with a pencil eraser.

I'm loving the pop of color this piece adds to my mantel.

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