2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Link Up

2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Link Up
THE HANDMADE HOLIDAY LINK UP IS A LINK PARTY FOR ETSY SHOPS, HANDMADE SHOPS OR A HANDMADE ITEMS THAT YOU SELL

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~43~

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Happy Friday and welcome to the Inspiration Board Spotlight. Another week of wonderful creativity and inspiration. Thank you to all of you who came and shared your projects. I’m amazed at all the talent out there.

Here are the projects in the spotlight this week.
 
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Crocheted twine baskets by DK’s Crafts. Perfectly neutral and natural. A great accent piece for a mantel or side table.


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More unique genius from Suzy’s Sitcom. Faux Porcelain made from silk flowers dipped in plaster and then spray painted. So pretty and delicate.


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I love these spring plates from Creative Chaos. Use an adhesive image, spray paint the plate, peel off and the original plate pattern peeks through the paint. A great way to use thrift store plates.



Lish over at Imprintalish has been very busy. Check out her fabulous kitchen makeover. So light and bright with pretty details.

 
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52 Mantels turned her neglected porch from ordinary to fabulous with a new reclaimed wood tabletop and loads of great details. I love the sunny yellow color scheme.


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This Honey Ginger Salmon by Bringing Beauty looks delicious and even though my family doesn’t do cartwheels for fish, I think they’d like this. Definitely on my list to try.  


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I have a teen son but his room doesn’t look like this – at all. It All Started with Paint transformed her son’s room into an amazing space. Do you think if I redid my son’s room he would keep it neat?


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The weather is warming up and these Lava Flow drinks by Baking with Blondie look so refreshing. Seriously, I just lost my train of thought because I was staring at the photo for so long…


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It just doesn’t get any cuter than bunnies and gingham. Knot all that I Seam created these darling Easter bunnies for her daughter. Adorable!

 
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We just entered spring but I have summer on my mind. These coral transfer pillows by Adventures in DIY are making me long for sand, shells, coral and hot summer days.


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A great twig letter project by Bliss Bloom Blog. Learn how to bend twigs to make letters. There are so many fun applications for this –  welcome, dream, eat and more. I’m off to find twigs!


 
This week on the Inspiration Pinboard
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1. Half Dozen Eggs – Alderberry Hill
2. Mosaic Eggs – Sweet Ann
3. Rainbow Birthday Cake – Meaningful Mama
4. Watercolor Easter Eggs – Oh My Creative
5. Decoupaged Eggs – 52 Mantels
6. Perfectly Polka Dotted Eggs – Show Tell Share


If you were in the spotlight, please feel free to grab a button.
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Thank you again to everyone who linked a project and to everyone who came to visit. I loved looking at all the projects and visiting your sites.

Please come back next week for another link party.
Link parties are held every Tuesday.
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Carolyn 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Celebrations: cupcake candle flags

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Cupcake and cake flags are so popular right now and the sky is the limit when it comes to decorating sweet treats with flags. I love using these tall super skinny birthday candles for celebrations so I thought it would be fun to incorporate the candle and the flag.



I made a few different types of flags. Leaf green striped flags with a tiny piece of matching velvet ribbon for Easter treats.



Pretty in pink birthday flags with tiny crepe paper streamers.



All occasion “I {heart} U” flags.




This “Take One” flag would be fun for a buffet table or cupcake stand.



Just remember to leave enough room at the top for the candle to burn.  



  
Have a happy day and thanks for visiting.

Carolyn


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Good Taste: cupcakes ~ and black & white inspiration



Yum! I made these cupcakes the other day. I wish I could go on and on about the ingredients and provide you with the recipe, but I must confess, they are from a mix.



These are my new go-to quick dessert. They’re Duncan Hines Triple Chocolate Decadent cake mix. This isn’t a sponsored post – I just really like this cake. My family loves it too. Whip up a batch and in the eyes of your family, you’re a rock-star!

The cupcakes are all gone but while I was editing the photos, the dark chocolate and white powdered sugar got me thinking about the different black and/or white projects I’ve made. So I created a black and a white pinboard collage.



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{White Pinboard} top left – clockwise: Fuzzy Yarn Sheep, Spring Candles, White Camellia, Capiz Shell Tidbit Stand, Paper Flower Jar Lids 



Thanks for visiting.

Carolyn

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party 43

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Hello friends! Welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. I’m so happy you could join me and can’t wait to see what you’re going to share this week.

I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some in the spotlight on Friday.

A few rules:
  • Link up your own project - something you created, made, did, etc.
  • Link to a specific post, not your blog home page (No Etsy shops or giveaways).
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on the post you’re linking, on your home page or a page of link parties. Or, if you prefer, add a text link.
  • Follow homework.  You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
  • Please visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.
I’m ready to be inspired - don’t forget to add my button somewhere on your blog. Spreading the word helps bring more visitors to your linked project.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Celebrations: spring napkin rings

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Spring flowers are popping up all over my house 
{unfortunately not in my garden yet}.



Last week I posted about this spring centerpiece that I made out of painted paper napkins. You can see the post here.



I had some leftover painted napkins and made a few more flowers that I used to create these napkin rings.



The rings are made out of floral wire and covered with a green paper napkin and Mod Podge. I used a hot glue gun to adhere the flowers to the wire and covered the flower base with more of the green napkin.



As I mentioned in my original centerpiece post, the napkins are super thin {cheap} which makes them all the more delicate and airy. Great for crafting but not very good for using with a meal.



A trial run place setting for Easter.




Happy Monday everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for visiting!

Carolyn

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~42~

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Happy Friday and welcome to the Inspiration Board Spotlight. We are officially in spring and I can tell everyone is loving the change of season. The warmer weather brought out some beautiful projects – a bounty of wreaths, party ideas, recipes and more. Thank you to everyone who linked up a project and to everyone who came by to visit.
Here are the projects in the spotlight this week. 


  {Also, see the bottom of this post for the winner of the Cherry on Top blog redesign}

 
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Gorgeous tea stained coffee filter wreath by Design Dining and Diapers. I love white and neutrals and this incorporates different hues of white and beige with satin ribbon and burlap bunting.


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These couldn’t be any cuter. Nifty Thrifty Things created carrot napkin holders out of orange paper and pretty light green napkins. A fun craft to do with the little ones.


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I love learning new things and this stenciling technique using Mod Podge is brilliant. Ginger Snap Crafts made these cute family blocks and shows us how to use Mod Podge to create clean stencil lines.


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Beautiful egg vases by The Artsy Girl Connection. I love all the embellished eggs out right now but the natural beauty of these egg shells is so refreshing.


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A creative and unique party invitation by Capernaum Home. A little garland has all the party details and it’s tucked into a paper covered tube {toilet paper roll}! Fun!


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Beautiful simplicity by Home Sweet Homemade. Wine corks tied together with plain twine and a simple handwritten place card. Sometimes simple makes the best statement.

 
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Beautiful hydrangea wreath by Woven Home. Hydrangeas dry so nicely and are perfect for crafting. Check out the drying tips in Woven Home’s post.


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A new spin on tile coasters. Small Home Love created these using copies of blueprints. I’ve always thought blueprints made such interesting crafting paper and these are a perfect example of why.


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I have to confess, until a few weeks ago I didn’t know anything about The Hunger Games. Apparently, it’s a big deal and I’m a little late to the party! Raegun Wear made these fantastic cookies in honor of The Hunger Games premiere. Amazing!


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These pancakes look soooooo good! Because she ran out of berries, Will Cook for Smiles whipped up these lemon pancakes on a whim. Head on over for the recipe.


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This week on the Inspiration Pinboard
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Top Left – clockwise:  Homemade Rainbow Chips – Sugar Swings,  Eat Sign – Vixen Made,  Easter Hat – Meeha Meeha,  Swarovski Inspired Bracelet – Unfortunately Oh,  Homemade Lollipops – Meaningful Mama,  Bird Bracelet – Stefanies Sammelsurium, Delightful Daffodils – The Seven Year Cottage

If you were in the spotlight, please feel free to grab a button.

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The winner of the Cherry on Top Blog redesign is:


 

 Congratulations Terry. I'm sending you an email with more information.

If you didn't win but would still like to spruce up your blog, Cherry on Top has offered homework readers a $10 Shoppe Credit. Visit Cherry on Top and enter "homework" in the additional comments field on the order form.





Thank you again for linking up and visiting!
 
Carolyn