Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party 34


 
Welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. Last week’s party was amazing and I can’t wait to see what you have been up to this week. If you’ve linked up before, if you’re new or even if you’re just here to visit, I’m so appreciative that I’m on your party list. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some in the spotlight on Friday.


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 working on.


Don’t forget to add my button somewhere on your blog. Spreading the word helps bring more visitors to your linked project.

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Thank you for visiting.
Carolyn

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fresh Look: breakfast room prints


One of my goals for the new year is to freshen up some areas of our home.


There’s a narrow wall on each side of the bay window in our breakfast room and these prints have been hanging there forever. There are two of them – one on each side of the bay window and they fit perfectly. But is was time to freshen up the look.


I painted the frames white and used pressed ferns for an overall cleaner and brighter look.


Instead of cutting a new matte board, I placed the new paper on top of the old matte leaving just the edge of the original border showing. Much easier than cutting new matte board.


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The difference is amazing. The new prints brighten up the entire wall. I tried to get a photo of the entire bay window and both prints but there was too much sunlight coming in through the window – which I guess is the point of a pretty bay window.


Now that my first “fresh look” project for 2012 is done, I can’t wait to freshen up more areas.



Thanks for visiting.

Carolyn

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~33~


This week the Inspiration Board had on overall feel of pink, red and sugary goodness. Mixed in were beautiful general crafts, home décor and a whole lot of inspiration. 

Thank you to everyone who linked up a project and to those who just came by to check out the links. I truly appreciate your links, comments and visits.

Here are a few projects in the spotlight this week:



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Pretty, romantic, vintage and just plain gorgeous dessert table by Homespun with Love. Brilliant use of thrift store linens and ribbons to make the garland backdrop. The details are absolutely lovely.


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This coffee table was definitely saved by love! Saved by Love Creations rescued a sad coffee table and transformed it into a clean and bright piece. Beautiful stencil work on the table top.


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I love this simple diy by Nifty Thrifty Things. Make your own baker’s twine using embroidery floss. I can’t wait to try this and add a rainbow of baker’s twine colors to my stash.


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Silver Boxes shows us how to make industrial style letters using everyday items. Unique and inventive – I can think of a lot of fun projects using this technique. The first thing that comes to mind is to spell out EAT for my kitchen - fun!


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I’ve come to the conclusion that there isn’t a piece of bark that I’ve met that I haven’t loved. And this lemon bark by Moments with the Montanos looks like it would melt in your mouth. The best part – the recipe is super easy. 


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A personal and sentimental anniversary gift by TV Designs. A family tree with the couple’s initials stitched in the middle of the tree rings and the children’s initials on the leaves. Very original and well done – a true keepsake.
  

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52 Mantels creates a chalkboard tabletop and beautiful display of objects. Great fun to be able to write on the table top around all the objects. I’m also in love with the yellow and green vase at the end of the table (which match my kitchen).


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This Green Muenster grilled cheese sandwich by Everything Under the Moon elevates grilled cheese to a new level. Muenster cheese, guacamole, and applewood bacon… oh. my. goodness. I just keep staring at the picture because I want one…now!
  

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What a sweet pillowcase by Yesterday on Tuesday for a special sweetheart. Using fabric scraps and heat n’ bond you could change out the look of your pillow quickly and easily for different seasons.
  

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This little girl’s room by Desire Empire is darling. A palette of pinks accents complement the white walls, bedding and furniture and create a pretty in pink space.
  

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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 are held every Tuesday.
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Carolyn

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Little Craft: valentine twig arrows

Here’s a sweet little project that your little crafters can make for Valentine’s Day.


Make some simple Valentine Cupid’s arrows out of items on hand like twigs and felt. Use craft glue to adhere the felt arrow heads and feathers to the twig. 


Add baker’s twine or even attach a sweet message. For little crafters who are too young for twigs, you can use straws instead of twigs. 


A fun project to make with your little crafters and a nice alternative to the box of grocery store Valentine cards. 



Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn



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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Celebrations: valentine vases {pink & glittery}

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? I usually don’t go all out but a little splash of red or pink  is always fun.


I found this bead garland in the Christmas clearance aisle. It was so ridiculously pink and glittery I had to have it for Valentine’s Day.


I unstrung the beads and used them to decorate a few plain vases.


For this vase, I glued the pink matte beads around the rim.


This vase had a rim, so I strung the glitter beads on a piece of wire and wrapped it under the rim. 


I have very few flowers in the garden right now but I was able to scrounge up a few pink Camellias and some Jasmine for the small vase.


I still have a lot of beads left, but for now, I think this is enough pink.

Thanks for visiting.


Carolyn

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party 33

Welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. So glad you could join me for my favorite blog day of the week.

Thank you to those who have linked up in the past and are back for more inspiration. There are many link parties available and I’m so appreciative that I’m on your party list. If you are new, thank you stopping by. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some in the spotlight on Friday.


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 working on.

Don’t forget to add my button somewhere on your blog. Spreading the word helps bring more visitors to your linked project.


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Want to host your own link party? Click here to sign up for InLinkz

Monday, January 16, 2012

Etceteras: winter scarf wreath


I’m always in awe of those beautiful yarn wrapped wreaths. You know, the ones where the yarn is wrapped around the wreath form so neatly and precisely.


Here’s my version. I used a winter scarf wrapped around a wreath form.


The scarf was just the right length to go around the form – with the scarf fringe dangling at the bottom. I used a rubber band to tie off the bottom.


A little greenery brightens up the masculine tones of the scarf and finishes off the wreath.


The best part is, the scarf can be unwound, washed and used again.

Thanks for visiting

Carolyn


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Friday, January 13, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~32~


Thank you to everyone who linked up a project on the Inspiration Board this week. I’m loving all the home décor updates, the soft pastels and all the Valentine’s Day ideas. As always, there were so many inspiring projects linked up.


Here are a few in the spotlight this week.


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Wow – check out this wood slice mirror by That’s my Letter. I love twigs and branches and this mirror takes crafting with branches to a new level. Gorgeous!


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My craft room looks just like this. No, not really – not at all. This is stunning and so clean and bright. A beautiful spare bedroom to craft room transformation by Live Laugh Rowe


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A bright and cheery homemade kitchen rug by Happy Go Lucky. A vinyl remnant, fabric and a few other supplies and you have a custom rug in the fabric of your choice. 

 
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I got a Kindle for Christmas. I love it and once get past those darn Angry Birds, I’m sure there are a lot of other neat things I can do with it. In the meantime, I need to make a pretty case like one of these. 

 
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This makes me want to stop everything and make a journal. There’s something about a brand new journal with all those pages waiting to be filled that is so inspiring to me. Such a pretty shabby journal by Shabby Art Boutique

 
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Fun kitchen printables by Over the Big Moon. I love the “Be Grateful” print. I might add for my family “Be Grateful… even if you don’t like what I cooked”. 

 
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Adorable party favor boxes by Crafting Rebellion. Plain Dollar Store party favors get a style transformation complete with little hangers. 


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Love this Valentine globe by Yesterday on Tuesday. Find a thrift store globe and give it a coat of chalkboard paint. You could use this over and over as a message center. Fun!


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It’s summer in Australia. So Desire Empire’s beachy white summer holiday mantel is right in season down under. Beautiful shells, driftwood and bits of décor make me long for summer.
  

 
This week on the Inspiration Pinboard 

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Left: Tissue paper wreath – Salvaged Whimsey
Middle: Little girl ruffled outfit – Ode to Inspiration
Right: Marshmallow Conversation Hearts – Craftberry Bush
 
 
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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Thank you for visiting. 

Carolyn