Friday, August 5, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight {9}

The Inspiration Board link party is growing. More beautiful projects were linked up this week than ever. Thank you to everyone who linked a project and to everyone who came to visit. I also feature projects on my Facebook page and on Twitter. Here are just a few in the spotlight this week.



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I love these concrete planters from The Self Life. They have such a nice clean look and look great on this kitchen sill.
Inspiration: clean and bright

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls from A Cristy Craft. Beautifully made and presented.
Inspiration: light and healthy

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Beautiful wall art by Home Sweet Homemade. Driftwood, shells, and beads make a bedroom sparkle.
Inspiration: delicate touch


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Meijos Joy created this adorable little mouse. But it gets even better…it’s a pop open little purse.
Inspiration: cute and functional

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  I’m always drawn to vintage graphics and feedsack cloth. Throw in some lavender and I’m sold. Dreaming In Color combined all this goodness into pretty sachets.
Inspiration: sweet vintage scent

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  JacO’Lyn Murphy threw a pool party. All the party details are wonderful but I really love these snorkel/scuba soda cans.
Inspiration: clever summer fun

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Paper boat place cards by Nifty Thrifty Things. Crisp folds and a pop of red and white are perfect for a summer table setting.
Inspiration: nautical love

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A fun kid craft by Little Wonder Days – shaving cream painting. I love the colorful swirls.
Inspiration: make room at the craft table for me

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Adorable back-to-school lunch box printables by Rook No.17. Sweet school graphics and spelling paper will surely get kids excited about school. Maybe…
Inspiration: the best kind of school supplies

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You have to see the before picture to truly appreciate the transformation of this chair. A beautiful dumpster rescue by Domestic Imperfection. I think it’s perfection.
Inspiration: dumpster diving

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Chocolate Lava Cake by Home Savvy A to Z. I really don’t have to say anything…I think the picture speaks for itself. Yum!
Inspiration: pass me a fork, please


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This week’s color inspiration: pink
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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 will be held every Tuesday.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Little Craft: scare owl

Have you seen those plastic owls that people put in their gardens to scare away other birds and pests? Some even move their heads and say “hoo hoo”.  I’m not sure how effective they are. I’ve heard stories of real birds landing on top of them.

To test out a scare owl, you can make one with your little crafters. This is a great project if you’ve planted a new garden and are trying to establish seedlings. I made this scare owl out of throw away plastic so that it would be water proof in my garden.

The body of the owl is an ice cream lid, the wings are cut from a frozen food tray and the feathers are made from plastic sheet protectors.

I used my glue gun to assemble the pieces. Regular glue would be more kid friendly for this project, just make sure the glue you use will hold up in hot or wet weather.

Once the body, feathers and wings are assembled, glue on flat marbles for the eyes and a bead for the nose. Glue your scare owl to a stick and let your little crafters place it in the garden.

Hopefully, it will scare away any pesky critters. If not, it’s still a cute plant stick.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sew and Tell: fabric strip towel

Photo Courtesy of Sumo's Sweet Stuff
A few weeks ago I featured this adorable fringed baby quilt by Sumo’s Sweet Stuff.


 
Since I don’t have any friends having babies, I used her tutorial to give new life to a kitchen towel.

I found an old towel that was one step away from being a dust rag. It had a few little stains but was still in pretty good shape {not falling apart and completely stained}.
 
I cut fabric strips a little wider than the towel and sewed them together. For this project, you sew the wrong sides together. If you sew, you automatically pin and sew right sides together so you have to keep reminding yourself.

Once the pieces were sewn together, I cut the seams to fringe them. Sumo’s Sweet Stuff has a great tutorial with pictures on this process, so head over there if you want to make one.

From almost a dust rag to a new kitchen towel. 


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party {9}

Welcome to The Inspiration Board link party. Whether you’re linking up a project or stopping by for some inspiration, I want to thank you for taking the time to visit.

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.
Please take a few minutes to check out some of the beautiful projects and make someone smile with a comment or two.


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Monday, August 1, 2011

Inkling: air mail envelopes

I found a box of air mail envelopes recently and used them to make a few goodies.

I love the graphics on air mail envelopes, especially vintage air mail envelopes and stamps. For these projects, I used new envelopes but you could just as easily do a variety of crafts using vintage air mail graphics.

These little tags are easy to make using just a few envelopes.

Cover a small gift box – this little 2 inch box is a perfect size for party favors or a small, precious gift.
Air mail envelopes rolled up can be used as an invitation or a fun way to announce an event.

Use pieces of the envelope to embellish a jar to hold your stamps.




I hope you enjoyed these “par avion” crafts.

Please join me tomorrow for The Inspiration Board Link Party and let me know what you’ve been working on.




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