Thursday, November 24, 2011

Celebrations: thanksgiving

Today in the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving. Family and friends are gathering and feasts are being prepared and eaten. And while I prepare the Thanksgiving meal for my family, I’ll leave you with these Thanksgiving quotes.

He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart.
~J.A. Shedd ~

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.  
~Native American Saying~

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


Please join me tomorrow as we kick off the holiday season.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Etceteras: berries and cream

I’m very behind on fall and Thanksgiving decorating this year. I’m hosting Thanksgiving tomorrow and needed some additional fall d├ęcor to spruce up the eating area.

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I used the above beautiful images from BHG for my inspiration and got to work.

My original plan was to use twigs and some faux floral berries that I had bought. Then I remembered the piles of berries in the backyard that our ficus tree has been dropping. 

I scooped up a jarful and started gluing them to the twigs I collected from our front yard. 

I arranged the faux berry twigs in this milk bottle I recently found at the thrift store. 

The colors of these berries that we usually consider a mess and nuisance are beautiful.

This time of year, fall foliage is everywhere and it’s just a matter of putting the pieces together to make a pretty arrangement.

Dead twigs, fallen berries and a thrift store milk jar have become a pretty berries and cream arrangement.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Inspiration Board: link party 25

Welcome to The Inspiration Board link party. If you’re new to the party – thank you for joining in the fun. 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.

I’m hoping to get the features up on Friday as regularly scheduled but with Thanksgiving, I may be a little late this week. Wish me luck with my Thanksgiving dinner {last year my oven broke with the turkey half way done}…

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, November 21, 2011

Celebrations: potpourri christmas trees

The holiday season is upon us and I’m happy to kick off my holiday project list with these potpourri Christmas trees.

I recently participated in the STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam series at Under the Table and Dreaming and this was the project I submitted. 25 bloggers received STYROFOAMTM  products and got busy creating holiday projects. For my STYROFOAMTM project, I was inspired by Christmas trees I had seen in some of the trendy catalogs. Those trees were made from an assortment of natural materials including be driftwood, pinecones and other woody materials.

I searched the craft supply stores and lucked out by finding several bags of potpourri at the dollar store that included these white pods.

To make these trees, here is what you will need:

  • (2) 6” x 3” cones of STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam
  • (1) 9” x 4” cone of STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam
  • Craft glue or glue gun
  • Potpourri
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Moss Sheets
  • Thread

  1. Start from the bottom of your cone and working in a circle, glue on your pods.
  2. Fill in any gaps with broken bits of pods.
  3. Let dry.

  1. To make the tree trunk, roll a piece of heavy corrugated cardboard into a circle and glue to secure.
  2. Insert toothpicks into the cardboard trunk and press into the bottom of the cone.
  3. Make sure your tree is balanced and make any adjustments to the trunk as needed.
  4. Secure with more glue.
  5. Cut a piece of sheet moss and glue around the cardboard.
  6. Wrap thread around the moss to secure.

Add some holiday embellishments and enjoy your potpourri Christmas trees.

I was thrilled to be a participant at Under the Table and Dreaming for the STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam series. It was such fun creating these trees and it got me all the more excited for the holidays.

To see all the projects in the DOW STYROFOAMTM Brand Foam series click on the button below.


This project is linked at the parties listed here and

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Giveaway: plaid holiday cheer

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays and Plaid Crafts is kicking off the holiday season with some good cheer. Plaid has put together a sweet prize package of some items just in time to craft your way through the holidays.

The holiday package includes:

(4)  FolkArt holiday color paints
(4)  FolkArt Extreme Glitter holiday color paints
(1) Sparkle Mod Podge
And a value pack of 25 brushes

Here are some fun project ideas from the Plaid website.
Mod Podge gift boxes.

Glitter paint ornaments.

Gift bags and wrap.

Here’s an example of some fun gift tags that I made with Plaid glitter paints.


Here’s all you have to do to enter for a chance to win this fun and festive Plaid gift prize.
  • Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect (on the right sidebar)
  • Leave me a comment and tell me how you would use the Plaid craft supplies.
  • For extra entries, Tweet or Facebook about this contest and leave me a comment letting me know.
 Contest Rules:
  • This contest will run from Saturday, November 19, 2011 (1:00 a.m. PST) until Wednesday, November 23, 2011 (6:00 p.m. PST)
  • Anonymous or “no reply” comments will not be eligible unless you include your email address
  • I will draw a winner from the comments using a random number generator and announce the winner on Friday, November 25, 2011. 
Good luck!

And here’s more good news - Plaid is having a Crafty Christmas Contest.


Here’s the scoop from Plaid:

We're celebrating the holiday season with a craft contest! We'd like to see your best Christmas or winter holiday projects. Send us a photo of your favorite Christmas creation which uses at least one Plaid product. Beginning November 18 and for the next 5 Festive Fridays--Plaid staff will select their favorite project of the week and award a $50-value basket of Plaid products.  After week 5, we'll select a grand prize winner from the previous weekly winners. The winner will be awarded $100 and even more products from Plaid!

Prizes include:
Grand Prize: $100 cash and a Plaid gift basket of merchandise worth $50 retail value
Runners-Up: 5 recipients will receive a Plaid gift basket of merchandise worth $50 retail value. 

This giveaway is sponsored by Plaid Enterprises, Inc. and I received no compensation for hosting this giveaway.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Giveaway: shabby apple little black dress winner

The winner of the Shabby Apple Boogie Woogie dress is:
Random Number Gen
Anissa said…
already liked shabby on fb.

Congratulations Anissa!
I’ll be contacting you with all the details. 

Thank you to everyone who entered for a chance to win. 

Check back tomorrow for another fun giveaway.

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~24~

There’s no shortage of creativity this time of year. Thank you to everyone who linked up a project on the Inspiration Board this week. If you didn’t have a project to link but came by for a visit, I hope you enjoyed all the wonderful ideas. 

Here are a few in the spotlight this week.

It’s no secret that I love crafting with twigs and this twig vase by I Can’t Stop Crafting is right up my alley. The silver spray paint takes the twigs from rustic to rustic-chic.

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Table setting ideas with three unique and beautiful themes.

{left} A whimsical autumn tablescape using whites, neutrals and natural elements by It’s Overflowing. Beautiful details and objects.

{middle} A Christmas tablescape by The Ivy Cottage. Votive candles and twinkle lights perfectly reflect the gorgeous reds and metallics. 

{right} Succulents and other details make this causal table setting by Style Baggage so inviting. The post also contains a handy cheat sheet on how to properly set a table. 

Palette projects are a big trend right now and I love the turquoise color of this palette shelf by Flea Market Trixie.

A super unique project by Artsy Fartsy Mama. A safety pin beaded bracelet. Hop over to the post to learn how to make one.

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What can you say about shortbread. It is just so buttery good and you can see {and almost taste} the flaky goodness in this photo. Head over to The Lazy Hobby Hopper for the recipe.

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Advent calendar time is just around the corner and these are both great ideas.

{left} Toilet paper roll advent calendar by Brown Paper Packages. Each little ornament is filled with a treat and hangs from a small tree. 

{right} A magnetic box advent calendar by Lil Pink Pocket. Each box is filled with a note for a fun activity.

A sweet dress form ornament from Sandy's Space. Wouldn’t a tree filled with little dresses be adorable for little girl’s room? I love the paper clip hanger. 

A straw painting by Grow Creative. The colors in this painting are beautiful. A great way to create abstract artwork if you’re not steady with a paintbrush. Head over to Grow Creative for a tutorial and even a color wheel to help you choose colors that work together. 

Jenn at Rook No. 17 whips up the most beautiful {and I’m sure delicious) treats. Eggnog Fudge with Dark Chocolate Ganache is her latest inspiration. Head over to Rook No. 17 for Jenn’s original recipe.


This week’s Inspiration Pinboard
{Crazy about Quilts}

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1. Sunshine yellow embroidered paisley squares – Craftastical
2. Pretty patchwork IPad Sleeve – Pink Stitches
3. Sweet Scallops Tote – Cherished Bliss
4. Mother’s stitches quilt – Root Cellar
5. Memories T-shirt quilt – Clever Faeries

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


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.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Inkling: coiled thankful cards and a martha stewart craft station

Families have different Thanksgiving traditions for expressing thanks. Some may go around the table and say what they are grateful for. Others use a thankful tree or thankful garland.

We don’t have a specific tradition but I think it’s nice to at least write down something that you are thankful for.

This year I created these thankful coiled cards. I’ll put them out on the table and my family and guests can write down something they are thankful for.

The coils are made out of a 65# cover stock called Brown Bag Kraft. I typed up my message several times and fed the paper through my printer.

To cut the strips, I used my new Martha Stewart Craft Station that EK Success generously sent me to test out. It certainly made cutting the strips a breeze.

Blog Martha Crafting Station
I only used the Craft Station as a paper cutter but I can’t wait to try out all the features. Aside from the glass cutting mat, it’s an LED light box for tracing and a table top for stamping and dry embossing table – check out the cool metal stencil pictured above.

I’m so happy with the way these coiled thankful cards turned out that I may start a new tradition in our family.

Thank you EK Success for the Martha Stewart Craft Station.

The Martha Stewart Craft Station will be available this month (November 2011) at Michaels craft stores. Or, visit the EK Success website for more information.


EK Success provided me with the Martha Stewart Craft Station but the opinions in this post are mine. 

This project is linked at the parties listed here and 

Listed under "Carolyn's Homework"