Friday, September 7, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~66~ {plus a new sponsor giveaway}


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Enjoy the beautiful features and then scroll to the bottom of this post to enter a giveaway from Wholeport.

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Thank you everyone for linking up your beautiful projects on the Inspiration Board this week. For some of you my blog may have appeared messed up with parts missing for several days. If you sent me an email or comment about the problem, I truly appreciate it. It appears to only have affected Internet Explorer readers and I’m hoping the problem is fixed. Please let me know if you see anything strange.

For those of you able to link up – thank you, thank you! All the projects were amazing. Here are a few in the spotlight this week.


 
Hutch108cForever Decorating was busy doing what she does - decorating. A beautiful display of silver, chickens and all types of fall goodies.

 
Painted-Drop-Cloth-Soap-WrapsI have got to get on the drop cloth train. I’ve seen so many wonderful projects made with drop cloths. Here’s a great way to use up smaller pieces. Painted drop cloth soap wraps by Live Laugh Rowe.  


1-pm074Cute sweater pumpkins by Alderberry Hill. I love white pumpkins and these soft and fuzzy sweater pumpkins would look great in any décor.

 
spinach-and-artichoke-dipGame day food by Cookin Food. Truth be told, I could skip the game and the main course – just give me a bowl of this Spinach and Artichoke Dip and I’m one happy camper.

 
babynamesubwayartI love this baby subway art by It’s Always Autumn. The colors and font choices are so clean and pretty. My son is sixteen. Is it too late to for me to make one of these?

 
1DIY pillow 1These beautiful pillows by Creek Line House came from very humble beginnings. The trellis print pillow in the middle was originally one of those very, very flat seat cushions. Remove the foam and insert happy plumpness and you have a designer-look pillow.


giftcardpocketSweet and simple gift card pockets by The Life of Jennifer Dawn. Pretty fabrics and pinked edges are so much nicer than store-bought card holders. These would be great for business cards too!


Mini-Snickers-CheesecakeI can’t show these to my husband, unless I want to make them - which I might. Two of his favorite things are cheesecake and Snickers. Mini Snicker Cheesecakes by A Pumpkin and Princess. Oh, yum!

 
loveprint51Gorgeous embroidery sampler by Home Sweet Homemade. Each heart is a different stitch embroidered on upcycled paper. This is such a unique twist to the classic sampler. Beautiful and lovingly made.

 
Blueberry-DonutsPretty to look at and yummy to eat. Heart shaped blueberry donuts by Growing Up Gabel. The best part – these are baked donuts so I would not feel guilty eating one {or four}.

 
C4CCCE98-2A beautiful post by Kathe with an E. A birthday tea party for her late mother. The table is set beautifully with thoughtful treasured items. Truly lovely.



This week on the Inspiration Pinboard
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Features 66_CollageSpeech Bobble Pendant – Monster Circus   |   Frosted Entry Windows – The Happier Homemaker   |   White & Ivory Organza Flowers – One Perfect Day    |   Sugar Scrub – RuthAnne with an E   |   Tufted Headboard – Stars and Sunshine

If you were in the spotlight, please feel free to grab a button.
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{ The Giveaway }

Wholeport just launched a brand new website and to celebrate the launch, they are offering a special 15% discount off everything on their site through September 20th. In addition to the discount, all orders will receive a special free gift as a thank you from Wholeport. 

6-001Here are some pretty items you’ll find at Wholeport.


Wholeport is also offering a prize to a homework reader. You could win a DIY quilting kit for an iPad case. Super cute! To enter the giveaway, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below.


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Carolyn

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Homework: reading {artful halloween}

Is it too early? I wasn’t sure if I was ready for Halloween projects yet but the days fly by so quickly and I didn’t want to find myself the night before Halloween without any spooky decorations.

Fortunately, I received a book titled Artful Halloween by Susan Wasinger.


The book is filled with fun artful Halloween projects and ideas that are easy to create.


Blog Halloween Book-001I love these whimsical fabric ideas. A felt embroidered owl and a napkin stamped using a potato.


Blog Halloween Book-002Decorating pumpkins is a hot trend and there’s an entire section on pumpkins. Beautiful pumpkins with great tips and techniques.


Blog Halloween BookThese blood spattered paper flowers were right up my alley. I had all the materials on hand and the step-by-step instructions were easy to follow.

I decided to use my flowers in a spooky centerpiece and found a crow from last year.


And no word is spookier to me than Edgar Allen Poe’s use of the word “nevermore”.


Here are my blood spattered flowers. I used more of blood drip technique but they still scream “gory” to me.


Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."
For more information about the book Artful Halloween click here.


Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn
I received a complimentary copy of the Artful Halloween from Lark Crafts. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% mine.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Giveaway: NOVICA. the world is your market



I’m so excited to show you my new bracelet and tell you about today’s giveaway. Have you heard of NOVICA?

NOVICA is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market.


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They carry thousands of items – tableware, décor, fashion, jewelry and more. I was thrilled to be offered the chance to review a product and offer a giveaway.




I spent quite a bit of time on the NOVICA site because I couldn’t decide what to get. I finally settled on this beautiful bracelet from Thailand that I’m modeling above.

Now, I have to say, it took a few weeks for my bracelet to arrive. But that’s because NOVICA works directly with artists, stressing their stories as much as the art. Goods are shipped direct from the country of origin – cutting out the middle-man – and arriving with an exotic postmark and handwritten postcard




When my bracelet arrived from Thailand it was nestled in this beautiful box. 


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A little booklet tells the story of the artist and the product. The jewelry box is made out of mulberry bark. It’s handmade and uses a sustainable practice. Yay for being green!



I was surprised [and thrilled} that the bracelet is actually one long strand so I can also wear it as a necklace.



I love my bracelet. It’s absolutely stunning and I’m now a big fan of the NOVICA site and their products.


So here’s the best part. NOVICA is offering a $50 gift certificate to a homework reader. You can get a beautiful bracelet like the one I got or choose from any of their thousands of items. Here are a few words from NOVICA:

We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow. 
In the spirit of the Internet, let us bring you together. 
 
NOVICA. The World is Your Market.

And here are a few links to help you start choosing what you would like.
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Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [66]


From my archives - fall inspiration board

Hello friends! It’s my favorite day and I’m so happy you’re joining me for the Inspiration Board link party. Whether you’re linking up a project or visiting for inspiration I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by. I know how busy life gets and I truly appreciate each and every visit, comment and link.

Here in the U.S. we had a three-day weekend and “unofficially” waved goodbye to summer. My mind is on fall décor and the upcoming holidays. 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.
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on your blog.
  • 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.
If you have a giveaway, I have a separate giveaway link party -  see the Giveaway Link Party tab at the top of the page.

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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Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn
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Monday, September 3, 2012

Little Crafts: crepe paper jellyfish


Jellyfish 5_FinalHere’s a fun under-the-sea craft that little ones can do.
Make a crepe paper jellyfish.


Depending on your little crafters age, you can make this project simpler or more elaborate.

Materials Needed:
  • Cupcake liners
  • Crepe Paper (for this project, I used white, pink and purple)
  • Glue
  • Needle and thread

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  1. Start with two cupcake liners stacked together to form the base of your jellyfish. I found that one liner was too flimsy so I used two. Thread your needle and poke the needle up through the cupcake liners.
  2. Cut rounded-edge strips of crepe paper and stick them onto the needle. For smaller children you can just glue them on. Once you are done covering the cupcake liner with the crepe paper strips, poke the needle back through creating a loop to hang your jellyfish. Tie off the bottom of the threads.
  3. Cut various lengths and widths of crepe paper to form the tentacles.
  4. Flip the cupcake liner over and start gluing the strips of crepe paper to the inside. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.

Hang your jellyfish and let the tentacles flutter in the breeze (or ocean current).


And the best part is these sweet jellyfish don’t sting!

Happy Labor Day to my U.S. friends ~ enjoy the day off!

Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn
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