Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Dirt: little shells and succulents

I'm having so much fun bringing touches of summer inside my home.

I saw this great idea to Summer-ize your home in Better Homes and Gardens. A nice big over sized shell filled with succulents.

I was fresh out of giant oversized shells but I did have some small scallop shells. And since succulents are pretty hardy, I thought they might not mind a small little shell home.

I clipped some new growth off some of my established succulents and nestled them into the pebbles.

You can use them in a variety of ways.

A centerpiece


Or even place cards

If they take root,  I’ll have to move them from their little starter homes. But for now, I’m enjoying them as they are.

This project is linked at the following:

       A Crafty Soiree Party Button Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom Somewhat Simple IhookedupwithHoHlamespice   

And other link parties here.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Upcycling: white faux rust tin cans

A few months ago I posted a project with faux patina on tin cans. I used a texture image from this site and chose rusty blue images.
I love the cans but lately I’ve been gravitating toward muted shades and especially white.

Here are my new faux rust white tin cans.

I found the white paint with rust image here. And the white peeling paint image here.

I used the same technique as the original cans I made.
  • Wash your cans and remove any label residue with Goo Gone or other similar product.
  • Download the image and print out on printer paper. The paper needs to be thin enough to adhere to the ridges in the can and I found regular multi-purpose printer paper words great.
  • Cut your paper to fit around the can.
  • Mod Podge your paper to the can.
  • Tip: Mod Podge small sections at a time and press the paper down into the ridges. Don’t press too hard or your paper will rip.
I opted to not put a coat of Mod Podge over the paper because even the matte finish Mod Podge gives it a slight sheen.

Let dry and enjoy your instant rusty cans.

This project is linked at the following:

Childmade UndertheTableandDreaming Tip Junkie handmade projects Nothing But Country  NightOwlCrafting  A Crafty Soiree Party Button
Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom Somewhat Simple IhookedupwithHoHlamespice 36th Avenue   

And other link parties here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party

Welcome to my link party. The party has been growing every week and I hope guests are visiting your sites to see your projects.

I’ll be featuring some of the projects later this week either here in the Spotlight on Friday or via Twitter or Facebook.

A few rules:
Link up your own projects – something you created.
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.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay awhile and check out some of the party links. Enjoy!


Monday, July 4, 2011

Celebrations: fourth of july

Happy Fourth of July to those of you in the United States. Today is a holiday, so I'm posting lightly and leaving you with these beautiful images.

Today’s Inspiration: red, white and blue

Photo Credits:  
1. Red Hearts by Forbidden Cheesecake
2. White Cake by White Cabana
3. Blue Glass by Style Me Pretty

Please join me tomorrow for The Inspiration Board Link Party.
Hope to see you there.

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight

Thank you so much to everyone who linked up a project on Tuesday. Besides the spotlight here, I also spotlight some of the linked projects on my Facebook page and Twitter. There were so many beautiful projects submitted – here are a few in the spotlight.

This red coral powder room by Inspiration & Realisation is wonderful. The theme is carried out on the towels, artwork, cabinet knobs and more.
Inspiration: beautiful decor

I love quilts and the colors in this quilt by Sweet Bee Buzzing are so warm and happy.
Inspiration: blissful color

Beach, blue and bottles – three of my favorite things. Shabby Beach Nest takes regular bottles and gives them a beach glass look.
Inspiration: favorite things

Saraccino hand carved these stamps for another blogger. The set includes the blog name, an owl and “handmade”. I love the uniqueness of these.
Inspiration: unique personalization

Welcome to Heardmont made word art by wrapping beautiful blue yarn around wire formed into the word “amour”.
Inspiration: amour art

Crafty Butt made this amazing Rustic Chandelier. The original chandelier that inspired the project was a hefty $2,800. Crafty Butt’s knock-off version is every bit as good.
Inspiration: designer knock-off

Rook No. 17 shares her recipe for Vanilla Bean Peach Preserves. You can practically taste the ripe fruit in her descriptive words and photography.
Inspiration: summer preserved

A special Fourth of July Spotlight:

Inspiration: independence and freedom

Born of the Fourth of July Mantle by Rock N Regalia

Pretzel Sparklers by Homespun with Love

Treat Table – Tribute to George Washington by Jacolyn Murphy

Patriotic Pillow by Houseful of Handmade

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


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.

Happy Fourth of July to those of you celebrating this weekend.