Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party 47

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Welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. I’m so happy you could join me. I know everyone is super busy so I’m thrilled that you took the time to stop by and share your creative projects. If you don’t have a project to share, thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy the projects.

 I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some in the spotlight on Friday.

A few rules:
  • Link up your own project - something you created, made, did, etc.
  • Link to a specific post, not your blog home page (No 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 - 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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Monday, April 23, 2012

Sew and Tell: stamped fabric pillow

Last week, I posted about some fun stamps I tried out. 

On one of the projects, I used craft paint and stamped some plain white canvas fabric. I mentioned that I planned on making a pillow out of the stamped fabric. Since I received some requests to see the finished pillow, I thought I’d better bust out the sewing machine.

For some reason, I couldn’t decide how I wanted to make this pillow. The stamped fabric was very bright and cheery and since my projects usually have more of neutral or pastel palette I may have been on sensory overload. I should have stepped away and stared at a beige wall or something but I persevered!

I ended up choosing some pink coordinating fabrics to use as a top and bottom border for the pillow.

And since I was working outside my usual color box, I decided to go crazy and add a bright green ribbon to the pillow.

Not at all what I first intended to make but it was fun creating something so bright and cheerful. 
{ Watch for that pretty pink bird in the photos to make a starring appearance in a future craft }

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Friday, April 20, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~46~

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Thank you to everyone who came by to visit or shared a project on the Inspiration Board. With so many link parties available, I honored that I’m on your party list. There were so many beautiful projects on the board this week. What’s trending now? Cherry blossoms, lavender, organization, gardening and graduation. Here are the projects in the spotlight this week.

chandelier061-500x332How brilliant is this? Make a chandelier out of wire hangers by Nifty Thrifty Things. And not just brilliant, it’s so pretty and feminine.

Darling cherry blossom cupcakes by Sugar Swings. The cherry blossom flowers are made out of… wait for it… vanilla tootsie rolls. I love this idea – my mind is spinning with possibilities.

purse-001Did you know you can use freezer paper to make your own stencils? Twigg Studios raises the bar on custom stencil work with this beautifully intricate stencil pattern. And then takes it to another level be making a little purse out of the fabric.

Sweet lavender sachets by Woven Home. The monogram and needle work were done on a sewing machine. It’s amazing what sewing machines can do these days.

stencilsGrow Creative used a stencil to create this water color painting. How fun would it be to make several of these, frame them and create a wall collage.

I’m in awe of this farmhouse table and bench. Domestic Imperfection used an online tutorial and finished this in three days. Did I mention I’m in awe?

This is some serious yumminess. Butter, sugar, coconut – oh my. My Predilections shares her family coconut pound cake recipe. She says it’s “moist, rich, dense and delicious” and I believe it. Pure torture staring at this photo – I would love a piece right now.

thai food 062I love this project by Meaningful Mama. Mama and kids gathered flowers and created fairies together. Sometimes the best projects are those created with love.

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A light and bright sun room complete with this shabby chic cabinet. Fox Hollow Cottage adds the perfect touch with these one-of-a-kind treasured décor pieces.

Graduation season is just around the corner and Celebrations at Home shows us a great graduation party idea. This party is centered around the theme “keys to success” for a college grad but the pretty details can be modified for any age graduate.


This week on the Inspiration Pinboard
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1. Tinted Bottles – It’s Overflowing
2. Spring Centerpiece – Oh My Creative
3. Chalkboard Lid Jars – Cottage in the Oaks
4. Vases and Votives – Design, Dining and Diapers

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

Thanks for visiting.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Dirt: lavender

Last week, I posted about a ceramic box that I freshened with a faux ceramic paint makeover. I used lavender from my garden in the photos {above}. I’ve used lavender several times as a prop or as décor but I don’t think I’ve ever made anything with lavender.

I researched lavender projects and couldn’t believe the amazing things you can do with this herb. Lavender water, soap, potpourri, sachets -  not to mention using it as an edible herb in a variety of recipes.

I decided to make some lavender bath salts and potpourri. But first I had to cut and dry my lavender.


I cut bunches of lavender, bundled them up and hung outside to dry. Nope, this isn’t my backyard. I took pictures of my lavender drying but the photo above from the website Everything Lavender is so much prettier.

These bath salts are extremely easy to make and would make a great gift {Mother’s Day is just around the corner…}. Here’s what you need
  • Salts – you can purchase fancy bath salts or just use Epsom Salts like I did
  • Lavender Essential Oil {I left this out because I’m really sensitive to perfumes and fragrance}
  • Dried Lavender buds
Once your lavender is dry, remove just the buds for this project. Mix your salt, a few drops of essential oil and the lavender buds in a small bowl.

Place your lavender salts in a pretty jar and seal. I picked out this pretty jar from my jar stash and then couldn’t find the lid. To seal my jar, I rolled corrugated cardboard into a coil and used it like a cork stopper. A ribbon and tag finish off the look.

With the remaining dried lavender, I made some Lavender Rose Potpourri.

I dried the rose petals in the oven on a cookie sheet. I used the lowest setting on my oven which is 170 degrees and the petals were dry within a half hour.

I mixed the remaining lavender buds, the dried rose petals and some whole lavender flowers to create this potpourri. Use whatever you have on hand, dried leaves, bark, cinnamon sticks etc. You can also add the essential oil to the potpourri for more fragrance.

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