Monday, July 16, 2012

Inkling: don’t touch ~ don’t eat printable tent cards

I have a fun downloadable printable for you today. If you have ever had a craft or diy project ruined by curious fingers or a baked item or food dish eaten by hungry kids you may want to print these out.

Recently, I was working with Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and made these cute pendants. If you’ve used this product or something similar, you know it takes awhile to dry. I told my family to not touch the pendants. Fortunately everyone listened but one fingerprint would have spelled disaster.

I also recently made this faux hobnail vase. The hobnails are made out of puffy paint and they needed to dry overnight. I practically stood guard over this project all night!

A friend once told me that she had made cookies to take to a school event for her son. Her older daughter came home with several friends and devoured the cookies.

These are the first tomatoes from my garden. You may remember my post about my diy tomato cages. A lot of care has gone into these little tomatoes. I’m planning on using them to make something yummy for a future post.

Now that I’ve made these cute “DON’T TOUCH” and “DON’T EAT” tent cards, I can put them next to my project or food item and hopefully my family will read them and obey them!

Don't eat capture
Dont Touch Capture
To download the PDF printables for these cards – click the links: 

And a special thanks to the Graphics Fairy for the cute vintage “finger” graphic.

Thanks for visiting.
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Friday, July 13, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~58~

Happy Friday. I’m back from traveling and trying to get caught up. It’s good to be back looking at all the inspiring projects and working on a few of my own. Thank you to everyone who shared a project on the Inspiration Board this week. The board was filled with bursts of color - so cheery to come home to!

Here are a few projects in the spotlight this week.

Summer, beach outings, driftwood, sailing… put it all together like Alderberry Hill did and make a darling driftwood boat.

Wedding season is in full swing. This bridal ruffle cuff by One Perfect Day is so romantic and pretty.

One of the most unique little projects I’ve ever seen. Saraccino created a little shrimp out of a bendy straw. Adorable!

Cherished Bliss made the cutest little toddler tote. The little pink whale looks perfectly content riding those giant ric rac waves.

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Who doesn’t love the Beatles? Just a Little Creativity pays homage to all the great Beatles hits with this dresser makeover for her teenage child.

The pallet projects are still hot, hot, hot! Live, Laugh Rowe created a fabulous serving tray from a pallet. I have got to find a pallet so I can start making some of these great projects.

Two other hot trends are chevron patterns and monograms. Hey Little Mother combines both with this pretty coordinated wall hanging.

  Monster Circus made these trivets from gray tiles, copper spray paint and wire. I love the clean and modern look.
Glass Cheese Cloche 25The Concrete Cottage made the sweetest cheese board cloche out of a 70’s looking thrift shop find. A complete transformation.

DSCF7954A beautiful rosette cake by Life’s Creative Journey. The frosting looks so light and airy – almost too pretty to cut into… I said almost.

This week on the Inspiration Pinboard
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Turquoise Tablescape – The Single Nester   |    Rainbow Quilt – Describe Happy   |  
Picture Frame – Sew Woodsy   |   Side Table Makoever – Knot all that I Seam   |  
Poppy Pillow – Claiming Our Space
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.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Be My Guest: vanessa of nifty thrifty things

Hi friends,
I'm still away but you will love today's guest. I'm so thrilled to have Vanessa of {nifty thrifty things} here as my final guest. I love Vanessa's style, her projects and beautiful photography. Here's how Vanessa describes herself and {nifty thrifty things}:

I love decorating, designing and most of all, being thrifty.
I started this little space on the web to blog about things I like, things I love and things I convert into things I like and love. Always trying to stay on the thrifty side.
Being frugal on my spending has always been part of me and I believe that you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your home comfortable and cozy.

Currently I live in northern Germany. This is where I’m from and where I grew up. From 2008–2010 I lived in Texas though, where I met my best friend and now husband. Eventually we’re planning on making Texas our home and settle down.


Hi everyone! My name is Vanessa and you can usually find me blogging over @ {nifty thrifty things}. I'm super excited to be here at Carolyn's blog today and to share one of my favorite tutorials from my blog with you:

I'm in love with all kinds of decorative tape. After trying the DIY version of washi tape, I also tried my hands on fabric tape. I love that you can use up scrap fabric and make the tape in any pattern you can find fabric in.


What you'll need:
  • Strips of fabric
  • Strong double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper clips
How to:
  1. Apply the tape to the wrong side of your fabric scraps. (Leave the backing on until you're ready to use the fabric tape)
  2. Cut the fabric around the double sided tape.
  3. Cut strips to desired width.
  4. Roll up the fabric tape strips and secure with a paper clip to keep it from unrolling.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Be My Guest: trish & bonnie of uncommon

Hi Friends,
Today's guests are the dynamic duo Bonnie and Trish of Uncommon. Bonnie and Trish are sister-in-laws and the creative force of Uncommon - Creating the Extraordinary. I met these ladies through link parties and loved all of their projects. We soon became bloggy friends. At Uncommon you'll find a variety of all things crafty - sewing, decorating, and entertaining.


Hi Homework readers! We are Trish and Bonnie, and we blog over at Uncommon, where we can help you create the extraordinary! We are thrilled to be here today! Carolyn was sweet enough to let us guest post while she is away on vacation! 
Today we are going to show you how to create these adorable...
Burlap Covered Letters

 Supplies for Burlap Covered Letter...

Paper Mache' Letter {this one is from Joann Fabric}
Burlap Fabric {enough to cover letter}
Wooden Rectangular Base {this one is from Joann Fabric}
Craft Acrylic Paint in Linen and Sponge Brush
Dark Colored Marker or Pencil
Hot Glue Gun and Glue sticks
Spray Adhesive
First, gather all your supplies. Next, place your paper mache' letter on the burlap and trace around the letter with the pen or pencil... 

Cut out the burlap letter {HINT:Cut to the inside of your tracing line to prevent the ink from showing!}. Paint the  wooden base and paper mache' letter on all sides with the linen colored  paint and allow to dry.

 Spray the paper mache' letter with spray adhesive and apply the burlap cut out letter...

Next, apply a light coat of the linen colored paint all over the burlap . You will need to push the sponge brush down into the texture of the burlap. We allowed the paint to dry and then touched up a few areas that we missed!

Of course, the burlap letter looks fabulous without the paint as well. Depending on where you will use the finished letter will determine if you might like to skip the painting step! The final step is to simply glue the burlap letter to the wooden base using your hot glue gun...

That's it! This is such a simple and quite inexpensive project that packs a punch! You can use these so many places to add texture and personalization. This one was used in a kitchen bookcase, we also have an easy tutorial for those DIY vintage crates !

There is just something about the combination of burlap and letters that makes a home feel cozy and welcoming!
We hope that you have enjoyed our tutorial on creating a Burlap Covered Letter...

Bonnie and Trish
A big "Thank you!" to Carolyn for having us stop by!
We would love for you to stop by and visit us at Uncommon! You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party 58

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Welcome to the Inspiration Board link party - my favorite day of the week when we get to share our creative ideas. Whether you’re new to the party or a regular I’m so happy that you’re here. A special thank you to those of you who stop by and leave me a sweet comment. You all make my day!

What have you been up to? I can’t wait to see. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some 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 – [I have a new Link Party just for giveaways – see the Giveaway Link Party tab at the top of the page.]
  • 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.

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

Monday, July 9, 2012

Be My Guest: lucy of craftberry bush

Hi Friends,
I'm still away but today's guest is the incredibly talented and artistic Lucy of Craftberry Bush. Lucy's projects really speak to me. Most of the time, they say "take me home to your house!" I truly love all of her projects. Her artistic and creative talents are reflected not only in her crafts but in the styling and photography on her blog. 

Here's how Lucy describes her blog. 

I planted this little Craftberry Bush in the hope its fruit would inspire you to create. I am grateful to have you here, where creativity is always in bloom.

Enjoy the beautiful project that Lucy is sharing with us today. I'll see you all soon.

Hello everyone ! I hope you are having a great week . 
My name is Lucy and I have a little blog called Craftberry Bush.
I am honoured to be here over at Carolyn's while she enjoys a little break ! 

Summer time is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and at our home we embrace the cooling and calming colours of the sea...

And in the spirit of summer, hot days and beachy fun,
 I wanted to show you a super easy craft ...

I look forward to weekends at the cottage and this year I'm especially looking forward to visiting the quaint antique shops, where you find very unique items...

It was at one of these shops that I saw this lantern last year and subsequently showed you how to make your own here 

But this year, I wanted to change it up...
And this is how I did it....

White spray paint or paint
Coloured paint
Hot glue gun

1. Paint or spray paint a piece of burlap (I used a burlap sheet from Canvas Corp) and allow to dry
2. Measure around jar or vase and cut to size (leave approx 1" extra at the top)
3. Stencil or paint design onto burlap and allow to dry
4. Wrap burlap around vase and secure with hot glue 
5. Wrap a piece of thick rope around bottom of vase 
6. Using this tutorial, tie a fishnet around vase
7. Instead of tying the top, I tucked the burlap and the net into the vase and secured it with glue
8. To make the handle: Use a piece of jute to tie some of the thick rope onto the net, secure with glue for extra stability and repeat on the other side

I'm sorry I didn't complete a picture tutorial, but I'm hopeful looking at the final product and following the instructions will enable you to add this sweet little beachy lantern to your decor.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know and I'll do my best to help you out...:)

You can see a similar picture on this place mat I painted of the same little crab.  I wouldn't recommend using spray paint on this one as it not food safe. also makes me want to eat lobster...yumm 

Thank you Carolyn for having me and thank you for reading along ! 

Have a beautiful day! 

much love,


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