Friday, October 21, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~20~

Another amazing week on the Inspiration Board. The variety of projects amazes me. Delicious treats, fall and Halloween décor, sewing and needlework and more. 

Thank you so much if you linked up your project – I’m truly inspired by all of the submissions. 

Here are a few in the spotlight this week.

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Sugar Swings made these pretty candy corn striped madeleines. Candy Corn isn’t my first choice for candy but I could eat the whole plate of the madeleines.
 
 
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I love seeing new things and this locker hooking rug by Totally Lauren Amber is so pretty. A great way to use up scrap fabric and learn something new. 

 
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Incredibly unique candles by ArtDrops. Real snail shells turned into these sterling beauties. Wouldn’t a bowl of silver snails with scented wax be fantastic in a powder room?
  

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Little embroidery hoop fabric baskets to organize crafting supplies by Always a Project. The fabric choice, the zig zag edge and lining really kick these up a notch.

 
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{left} Pretty fabric pumpkins by Polka Dot Bungalow. The grapevine wire and neutral colors work so well together.
{right} I love the simplicity of these wire pumpkins by Melanie’s Crafts. This idea can be adapted for so many other seasons.
 
 
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Gorgeous pumpkin pie by Ode to Inspiration. I commented on her post that it was “almost” too pretty to eat. I think we both laughed about that because as we all know - pie is meant to be eaten. Yum! 

 
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Abundant felt loop wreath by Blissful Meandering. The gray and yellow are so pretty and I can’t get over the amount of felt loops. Definitely a labor of love – that I love. 

 
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Beautiful jewelry box by Dazed and then Some. This project wasn’t a restored thrift store find. This was a new raw wood box that was painted and distressed. The peacock blue chippy paint gives the box such a rich feel. 

 
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All I can say is Wow! A yardstick buffet by Corner House. Such a great idea and so beautifully crafted. Head over to Corner House for the “how to”… {fyi - you need a lot of yardsticks}. 


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This week’s inspiration pin board

{comparing apples to apples}
Features 20 apple collage
1. Caramel Apples by Katherine’s Corner
2. Apple Gourds by Measured by the Heart
3. Hedge Apple Garland by Project Possessed
4. Bite Sized Apple Pies by Lady with the Rocker

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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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Giveaway: autumn and halloween goodies


I have some really fun and timely crafting supplies that I want to share with you as a way of saying “thank you” for reading and following my blog. Your support, visits and comments are so appreciated – they make me smile and brighten my day.


Here’s what is in the prize package:

(2) packages of Martha Stewart Beverage Labels
(1) package of Martha Stewart Halloween Silhouettes (precut and ready to stick)


(1) Martha Stewart One Piece and Cap Easy to Stitch Kit
(1) Dimensions Handmade Embroidery Kit – Teacup Ornament
(1) Dimensions Handmade Embroidery Kit – Bird on Flower Pillow Cover


(1) Lalibert Chiffon Chic Flower Kit (makes 10 flowers – 5 brooches / 5 alligator clips)
(1) Package of Brenda Walton Butterfly Vellum Stickers by K&Company 


(1) EK Success Spider Web Edge Punch
(1) Halloween Rubber Stamp

Here’s how to enter:
  1. Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect (on the right sidebar)
  2. Leave me a comment (anonymous or “no reply” comments will not be eligible unless you include your email address).
  3. The contest will run from Thursday, October 20, 2011 (1:00 a.m. PST) until Tuesday, October 25, 2011 (6:00 p.m. PST).
  4. Contest is open to U.S. residents only
  5. I will draw a winner from the comments and announce the winner on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
  6. For extra entries, Tweet or post to Facebook about this contest and leave me an additional comment letting me know.
 
These products were provided by ek success to do with what I please. It’s my pleasure to share them with one of you. 

Thank you ek success! 

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sew and Tell: fabric covered vase


This is a quick and easy way to change the look of your décor to match the seasons.


Simply wrap a vase you have on hand with fabric and embellish with seasonal accents. The vase I used is cobalt blue but the size and shape were perfect to hold my fall foliage.


I wrapped the vase in a circular piece of fabric and tied it tightly with string.



I used pretty trim to wrap around some eucalyptus pods and hot glued them to the fabric. I thought they looked like little flowers and loved the burst of color.


When I’m done with this look, I’ll simply remove the pods and fabric and reuse the vase. You can use any type of container to achieve this look – just dig through your recycling bin for water bottles, cans and jars.
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 Tickled Pink at 504 Main

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party 20

Welcome to The Inspiration Board link party. If you’re new to the party – thank you for joining in the fun of creative sharing. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some in the spotlight on Friday. If you’ve linked up projects in the past – thank you so much for coming back each week.


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 visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.
I’m ready to be inspired and can’t wait to see what you’ve been making.


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Monday, October 17, 2011

Celebrations: gold pumpkins


I had several names in mind for this post; “accidental gold pumpkins”, “craft fail gold pumpkins”, “jumping on the painted pumpkin band wagon” and more. I decided to keep it simple and go with Gold Pumpkins.


Originally, these pumpkins were going to be blue with gold stencil. I think I’ve mentioned that I’m “stencil challenged” and I wanted to stencil with gold paint using a doily onto the blue pumpkins.


I stenciled away but the result was blah. The gold didn’t stand out enough and it was all smudgey. I stared at them for awhile and went with Plan B. For awhile I’ve been toying with the idea of using spices to add color to a project. 


I grabbed a bottle of cinnamon, paprika and turmeric. Perfect fall colors. I covered the pumpkin in Mod Podge and started sprinkling cinnamon. I had imagined a perfectly flocked pumpkin coated in cinnamon. Instead I had a big mess. 


Plan C – wash off the Mod Podge and cinnamon and salvage my dollar store pumpkins. As I washed the pumpkins, they started getting mottled so I stopped washing, stood back and thought, I could live with this pumpkin. You can still see the texture of the spice in the above photo.


I painted a few dollar store gourds and nuts in metallic paint to coordinate with the pumpkins.


I pulled out my skeleton gilded leaves that I made a while back to really gild the lily.
Phew – I’m so glad I saved my dollar store pumpkins. 



Thank you for visiting.
I hope you can join me tomorrow for the Inspiration Board Link Party.


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UndertheTableandDreaming Childmade Tip Junkie handmade projects   Tickled Pink at 504 Main

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~19~


What a wonderful week on the Inspiration Board. Beautiful seasonal and year-round projects, food, décor and more. Is anyone else stunned that October is halfway over and we’re heading into the holiday season.

Thank you to everyone who linked up and to everyone who came by to visit. All the projects linked up were amazing - here are a few that I’m spotlighting this week.
 
   
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A coiled magazine page bowl by Saved by LoveCreations. Recycled magazines turned into a work of art. Beautiful! 

 
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Felting has been on my list of projects to learn and these Billy Buttons by Max and Me are just so bright and cheery. 


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A painted leaf and acorn wreath by Lady with the Red Rocker. I love the contrast of the green and metallic gold against the black door. The best tip is what she used as a wreath base – great cost saving idea! 

 
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Beautiful fall pumpkin mobile by The Rooster and the Hen.  An original way to display pumpkins and a great idea if you are out of shelf or mantle space. 

 
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Fun and whimsical cake topper by Zween. The coiled wire is the perfect setting for this little birthday bird.
  

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Pretty glitter tea lights by Frugalicious Me. These would make wonderful favors for a variety of parties; showers, weddings or the holidays. 


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This gluten free pumpkin bread {disguised as a cake or is it vice versa) looks delicious. I know there’s a lot of interest for gluten free recipes so head over to Design, Dining and Diapers to learn how to make this.
 
 
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I’m amazed at this yarn ball light by The Crafty Scientist. I’ve used this same technique to make bowls but the perfectly round orb with the light shining through is fantastic. 

 
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I couldn’t decide which photo to use of the Miss Kopy Kat “fall-i'-fying” post. Beautiful fall décor inside and outside. Head over to see all the inspiration. 

 
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This vignette is so pretty. Villa Barnes made the candle holders out of lamp parts, paint and prisms. The clock face and white pumpkin add the finishing touches. Lovely!
 
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This week’s pin board {let there be light}
 
Features 19 Light Collage
1. Freehand henna designed paper lantern – Creative Mind
2. Punched can lights – Mums Boven
3. Cut paper lanterns – Nifty Thrifty Things


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

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I hope you enjoyed this week's spotlight.

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

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