Friday, June 24, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight

I hope you enjoyed the Link Party on Tuesday. The party is growing which means more creative sharing and inspiration. Thank you so much to everyone who linked up a project. Besides the spotlight here, I also spotlight some of the linked projects on my Facebook page and Twitter.



Creative Jewish Mom always has wonderful craft projects but she super-sized her talent with these giant paper flowers. I didn’t realize how big they were until I saw this picture on her blog.
Inspiration: Big Impact


Suzy at Suzy’s Sitcom has mad crafting skills and she wows us again with a fruit carving. Check out her step-by-step tutorial on how to carve fruit for your next get together.
Inspiration: Edible Art


I just love this Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub by Natures Heirloom. A pretty jar and homemade label make the packaging perfect. A great gift idea - or make some for yourself - after a long day of crafting, gardening or baking, who doesn’t need a little TLC for their hands?
Inspiration: Pretty Pampering

What a great summer project by Paper Vine. Little dinosaur toys encased in plaster of paris kept her kids busy excavating for days. Brilliant.
Inspiration: Summer kid fun


If you follow my blog, you may know that I’m learning to crochet. This is on my list of project goals. A beautiful blanket with crocheted edging by You Seriously Made That.
Inspiration: Detail


 
These are the most beautiful cookies I’ve ever seen. The Enchanted Oven has created toile cookies with gorgeous delicate piping and wedding cookies with yummy wedding dresses.
Inspiration: Delicate delicacies


Shelstring upcycled her baby changing table into a potters bench. The transformation is wonderful. What a great way to make use of a keepsake item that you don’t need any more.
Inspiration: Upcycled memories


I’ve seen a lot of painted bottles recently but these bottles from Beach House in the City are just gorgeous. I love the shape of the bottles and the fact that there’s still a translucency to the glass even with the paint. Beautiful.
Inspiration: Subtlety


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



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Thank you again to everyone who linked up. I loved looking at all the projects and visiting your sites.

Please come back next week for another link party. Link parties will be held every Tuesday.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Etceteras: summer beach jars

Summer d├ęcor can mean many different things depending on where you live. For me, nothing says summer like the beach.

To bring a touch of the beach inside, I dressed up these plain glass sugar jars that I found at the dollar store with different beach-themed items.

 
I made a wire hanger and used the same white cotton twine for all of the jars. For the lantern, I strung mother of pearl flat beads around the rim and added a votive candle for outside dining.

Note: Some glass cannot withstand the heat of the candle. I have read that you should put the candle in an actual votive holder and then place it inside your homemade lantern. Also, place baking soda or sand at the bottom of the jar to help reduce the risk of fire.

I borrowed a pretty shell from my son’s “found” shell collection to make a simple and pretty vase.

Ocean-blue sea glass around the rim of this jar makes a nice candle holder that can be used as centerpiece.

   
I love having touches of my summer favorites here and there. How are you decorating for summer?


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This project is linked at the following:

 IhookedupwithHoHlamespice    Photobucket  

And other link parties here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Inkling: scratch paper memo boxes

Do you keep scratch paper by your main phone or your kitchen central?  There are several options for phone messages and notes. Little scratch pads, post its, memo pads, dry erase boards etc.

I like to use scratch paper. I have a really pretty ice-blue linen covered box with beautiful cardstock sheets by my phone but it’s too nice to use for scratch paper so it sits there as a decorative item. The other option is to use post its but they always seem to disappear. I needed something that was pretty enough to be decorative but that I'd use.

My solution was to use my paper stash and make my own scratch paper. It was time to whittle down the paper stash anyway.

I found a box that was a nice size for kitchen central. I covered the box in what else… security envelope paper. I then cut down sheets of paper to fit inside the box. I used paper left over from projects, bits of origami paper, print outs and more security envelope paper.

I made an even smaller box for the smaller scraps of paper that measure about 2" x 2". Some of the paper is heavily patterned but the back side is blank and can be used for notes or messages.

A great way to recycle paper trimmings left over from projects or from junk mail.

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Childmade   A Crafty Soiree IhookedupwithHoHlamespice      Photobucket     

And other link parties here.