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

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Upcycling: pumpkin bottle birdfeeder


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Happy Halloween everyone! Today’s project is a recycled soda bottle birdfeeder. And since today is Halloween, once you’re done with your pumpkins you can save the stems, dry them out and make a fun pumpkin birdfeeder to enjoy through fall.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Celebrations: ghouliciously green halloween {avocados from Mexico}


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Avocados from Mexico for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.



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Are you having a Halloween celebration? Why not go green on Halloween? Here are some last minute ghoulish party ideas that will be a sure hit!


The Inspiration Board: link party [74]


Now on to the Inspiration Board link party. Thank you so much for joining me on my favorite day of the week when I get to see what you have been creating. I truly appreciate each and every visit, comment and link. Are you working on last minute Halloween goodies and costumes? Or, have you moved into fall decor. Maybe you're way ahead of the curve and working on winter holiday projects. I can't wait to see - I'll be featuring some of the projects on Friday.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Celebrations: spring garden pumpkin


This little pumpkin has it’s seasons mixed up. Pretty paper flowers, twigs, berries and a feathered friend are perched on this pumpkin and will add a little spring color to my fall décor.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~73~

 Are you ready for Halloween? I have a few last minute things to do but I’ll be ready by the time the little trick or treaters arrive at our door. I always wait to buy the candy until the last minute so that we don’t eat it all before Halloween. I also have to put out the spooky decorations, get more pumpkins and make a costume. OK, I confess, I’m not ready at all.

But I bet you are because you’ve been sharing all your wonderful creations on the Inspiration Board. Plus, all the beautiful fall ideas, wonderful recipes and more. Thank you to everyone who linked a project, stopped by to visit or left a comment. I truly appreciate each of you  Here are a few projects in the spotlight this week.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Celebrations: inspiration board halloween spotlight

Today I have a special edition of the spotlight to share with you. Halloween is almost here and this year the Halloween projects were so abundant and amazing that I compiled a round up of Halloween ideas. All of these projects were shared here on the Inspiration Board within the last few months. Please note, I started working on this treasury a few weeks ago so this round up doesn’t include projects from the last two link parties (sorry).

Thank you everyone for sharing your creativity. I hope you enjoy these fun Halloween ideas.



Halloween Features1 LabelSkulls & Skeletons: 
Skull Candle Holders – Oh My Creative   |   Boneyard Wreath – Crafty Journal   |  Glitzy Coffin – Alderberry Hill   |   Brain Freeze Floats – Jacolyn Murphy


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [73]


Hello everyone and welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. My favorite day of the week when I get to see what you have been creating.

Thank you so much for joining me. Whether you’re linking up a project or visiting to get some ideas I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by. I know there is no shortage of link parties and I'm so happy to be on your party list. I truly appreciate each and every visit, comment and link. I'll be featuring some of the projects on Friday.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Good Taste: chocolate tea bag tags



Well, the weather was turning to fall and I thought some hot tea would be nice. But then we had a sudden last burst of summer. So let me start off this post with some advice – don’t make these chocolates on a hot day and try to take pictures of them next to a hot cup of tea. Both you and the chocolates will be melting before long.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~72~

Happy Friday and welcome to the Inspiration Board Spotlight. If you linked up a project this week, thank you so much for sharing. We’re having a late blast of hot summer weather here in Southern California so I am especially enjoying all the Fall and Halloween projects that I’m seeing. I’m also filing away all the cold weather recipes that you shared and wishing for cool fall weather. I hope wherever you are you’re enjoying the season.

In the meantime, as I patiently wait for fall, here are a few projects in the spotlight this week.



pincushionI love embroidery hoop projects and this embroidery hoop pin cushion by Yellow Spool is so pretty. What a great idea. You can hang it or lay it flat. Either way, it’s such a sweet place to house your pins.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Dirt: a nursery and new elm tree

I recently posted about our poor front yard white birch tree and it’s untimely end. So sad but I do have a huge supply of twigs and branches for projects. I also mentioned that I was on the hunt for a new tree for our front yard.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [72]


Fall is definitely in the air. Literally where I live. I love summer - I really do but the last month has been so hot it felt like an endless summer. Finally there's a crisp cool feeling in the morning and the evening. I love it! Now that I'm feeling fall, I'm even more excited to see what you have been creating.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Celebrations: glowing eyes treat bag



I had so much fun making my Halloween Spooky Jars that I wanted to make another glow-in-the-dark project. This one is a little more kid friendly and not as scary as those darn spooky jars that keep watching me all day.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Dirt: twigs, branches and a new tree


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In the past, I’ve made several projects using twigs and branches. Most of the twigs came from the White Birch tree that was in our front yard and provided shade for our dining room bay window. Sadly, our birch tree died. I kept hoping it would come back but it was not to be.

I had someone help take it out and asked him to save me all the branches and twigs. I knew what was coming. When my husband got home he gave me that look. You know the one… 

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~71~

 
Happy Friday everyone and a big thank you to everyone who came by and shared a project on the Inspiration Board this week. As always, there was an amazing variety of inspiring projects – home décor, recipes, fall crafts and of course, Halloween projects. Here’s a sampling of some of the projects in the spotlight this week.


 
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A safety pin and bead bracelet by Redfly Creations. Such a pretty combination blue and crystal beads on this unique and genius way to make a bracelet.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Good Taste: baked ravioli with pesto dipping sauce


Today I’m sharing with you Baked Ravioli with Pesto Dipping Sauce. Doesn’t it look fancy? Here’s my secret – it was super easy to make. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

homework: reading {craft-a-day} & giveaway


I have such a fun book that I’m reviewing today. Craft-a-Day by Sarah Goldschadt is a simple and whimsical craft resource. I just love looking at the cover and the cute projects inside. It’s jam packed with patterns, instructions and over 400 photographs.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [71]



Thank you for joining me for the Inspiration Board link party.  Whether you’re linking up a project or visiting for inspiration I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by. I know how busy life gets - especially this time of year and I truly appreciate each and every visit, comment and link.

Are you ready for Halloween? Costumes made? Decorations up? Candy purchased, eaten and replenished?  I still have to make my son's costume but I have plenty of time... right? I can't wait to see what you've been up to. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some on Friday.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Celebrations: halloween scary jars




Since I don’t have little kids in the house I can decorate a little bit more ghoulish for Halloween. I’ve seen various spins on pictures in jars and scary altered portraits and I thought I’d combine the two ideas and make some Halloween Scary Jars.

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~70~

The countdown to Halloween has begun and everyone has been pulling out all the stops on costumes, décor, treats and more. What a fun time of year! Thank you to everyone that shared a project on the Inspiration Board this week and to all of you who came by to visit during the week. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy looking at all your creativity.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. I’ll see you next week – until then, here are a few projects in the spotlight this week. 




IMG_3091Dollar Store items are turned into Halloween Skull Candle Holders by Oh My! Creative. A touch of glam and beautiful glow from the candles make these all the more fun.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

homework [tips]: how to remove a rust stain

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I love crisp white linens and towels - like these beautiful vintage linens found on Pinterest. Nothing looks cleaner than bright whites. Unless of course, you get a stain. Most stains can be removed with a spot remover or by bleaching the heck out of it. But not a rust stain.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Inkling: David Tutera Celebrate cards {easy as 1-2-3}


Don’t you love receiving real cards? I always save all the cards that I get and it’s always extra special when somebody hand makes a custom card. Now it’s easier than ever to create beautiful custom cards with the David Tutera Celebrate card line.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [70]



It's my favorite day!  I’m so happy you’re joining me for the Inspiration Board link party. Whether you’re linking up a project or visiting for inspiration I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by. I know how busy life gets and I truly appreciate each and every visit, comment and link.

We've entered that crazy busy, time as we dash through the holidays. I bet you've been making some amazing things. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some on Friday.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Celebrations: cornhusk & white pumpkins



It’s October! I’m officially bringing out the pumpkins. This year, I wanted to do something different with my pumpkin décor and keep things natural. So where do you start to get that true natural pumpkin look? At the dollar store, of course.