Monday, April 30, 2012

Brooches to necklace - Must Do Monday

A couple of years ago, I started collecting vintage brooches and earrings with the idea of repurposing them to other pieces. I fully intend to make a necklace. Here are two for inspiration:

This one uses other pieces, but brooches would work:






Saturday, April 28, 2012

Giveaway reminder

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!


Just a quick reminder of my giveaway going on now. You could win one of these pairs of earrings (your choice)











Click over HERE and comment to enter (you must be a follower).

Friday, April 27, 2012

May the Force be with You

The hubby is a huge Star Wars fan so naturally these cuties caught my eye on etsy-




Aren't they cute?

That's it for this week's fabulous Friday finds. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Upcycled serving tray

After a lengthy search in all the thrift shops, I found a wooden serving tray in need of much love and attention. It was pretty dirty and needed cleaning and repainting. Here is the tray I found.


Here is my after:



I painted it with several coats of lime acrylic craft paint from Joann's. I lined the inside with fabric. I used a spray adhesive to attach the fabric. My initial thought was to use scrapbook paper, but it would not have been long enough and would have required two pieces. I wanted it to be seamless, so I turned to my fabric stash.


I think the black and white goes nicely with my dark furniture and the green gives a nice pop of spring color. Now I just need to put it in use and style a nice little vignette with it.

I'll be sharing my tray here:
Small Things with Love



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Make earrings for Mom

It's time to start thinking about what you will make or purchase for mom, sis, aunt, and all those special women for Mother's Day. It will be here before you know it.

How about some earrings? Even the mosts inexperienced crafter can make them. Here's a dainty pink pair I made:


To make these you will need:

4 beads (these came from Michaels)
2 silver spacer beads
2 6mm ribbed round spacer beads
head pins
earring backs (I'm using kidney ear wires this time. You can also use hook ear wires)

On a head pin, place a round silver bead, bead one, 6 mm spacer and bead two. Begin a wrapped loop. Slip it over your lever back and complete the wrapped loop. Done.


One of these would make a great mother's day gift for yourself or someone else. If you don't want to make your own, you can also purchase a pair in my shop.

I'll be sharing my tutorial here:

Monday, April 23, 2012

7 Chevron projects- Must Do Monday

I'll admit I'm way behind on this trend, but seeing that it has remained popular for a couple of years now, I might be inclined to try some chevron projects. It's a fun pattern, but when it first hit, I just didn't see it as fitting in with my decor or style and I actually do use or give most of my projects, so I don't make something just because it's popular. I do now see some ways I could incorporate it and it has grown in me quite a bit, so here are some projects I like.




Friday, April 20, 2012

P52- Things that grow


This week's P52 challenge is things that grow. The flowers and trees are all budding and blooming so photo opportunities abound. This is my lantana with buds that will soon form blooms of flowers.

Fabulous Friday Finds

Hey everyone, and a special hello to my new followers. Thanks for your interest and I hope you find a little inspiration here.

This week I came across something that I absolutely fell in love with - crocheted beads! Okay, some of you have probably seen these before but I tend to be behind the times and trends, so it was new to me. I first discovered this beauty by SvetlanaN:



I was intrigued to know how to make these beads so I googled crochet beads and found some tutorials. I don't know how to crochet (yet- I have hooks and hopes to learn), so I decided I'd see if I could buy some already made. Sure enough, there are lots of listings on Etsy. What can you not buy in the handmade market on etsy?



Wouldn't it be fun to make a bright spring or summer necklace with some like these?

What fun thing did you discover this week?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

P52 -Sacrifice

Techically, I took this photo a day late. The challenge for the week ending April 14 was Sacrifice.  I did not get to take the photos I had in mind for that and I didn't take any Easter photos. But I did take pictures of my friend's baptism on April 15 and the linky is still open so I'm going to slide it in. I just came inside from snapping a few shots for this week's theme and saw this photo lying on the table. It hit me like a ton of bricks! This SO fits the theme because Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.


At the end of each Baptism, our pastor has the congregation cite Matthew 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." He has the candidate light a candle from the red one which signifies Jesus just prior to being dunked and then they exit the pool with their candle afterwards. This is what I captured here.

Buttermilk oatmeal muffins- Tried it out Thursday


Remember when I was searching for recipes to use buttermilk so I wouldn't waste what I had? Here's another recipe that uses buttermilk. This one is from and then I do the dishes.


Buttermilk Oatmeal Muffins (adapted from Sweet Savory Southern)

Makes 16 muffins

1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

2 eggs, beaten

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Handful of chocolate chips (optional)- I used peanut butter chips.


Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease a muffin tin or line with paper muffin cups.


In a bowl, soak oats in buttermilk for 15 minutes. Stir in eggs, sugar, oil, applesauce and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; stir into oat mixture just until moistened. Fill prepared muffin tin three-fourths full. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, if using. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool in pan 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

My hubby loved these.


Sharing here:


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WIWW

Hi. I don't regulary do WIWW posts here anymore, but thought I'd play along today. Here are a couple of outfits from last week, one work and one play.


Left: Cardigan- Old Navy; blouse- Sear's; skirt- consignment; shoes- Target

Right: Blouse- Chico's-thrifted; sweater- Talbot's- thrifted; Levi's jeans, shoes- Payless

I decided to try out some trends I've been seeing- the shirt tail out and cuffed jeans. The cuffed jeans remind me of being a kid, so I have not been quick to embrace it. I also realized most of my jeans are boot cut or flare, so I can't cuff them. What do you think of these trends?

Linking up at The Pleated Poppy.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Have you heard of Hellocotton?

It's a way to follow your favorite bloggers. I just discovered this through The DIY Dreamer.

There's a hop going on so you can find others there and gain some followers.


The DIY Dreamer

I decide to play along because it's always fun to meet new creative minds! You can follow me at hellocotton through the link in my sidebar.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Make a Belt - 5 ways - Must Do Monday

I love accessories! They can make or break an outfit sometimes, and a key accessory is the belt. Here are five ways to make one:









or make a flower attachment for a ready made belt






What do you think? Are you ready to make a belt?

If you pin these, please pin directly from the source, not here. That's the proper thing to do.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Fabulous Friday Finds- Repurposing easter items

Hello and Happy Friday! In place of the Friday features, I'll be sharing neat things I find on the net during the week.

  • Since Easter just passed, I thought this was an appropriate find to share. Real Simple has 25 new uses for Easter things. My favorite is using Easter grass for packing material. Genius! I have some old blue grass that I don't care for (blue grass? what was I thinking) and now I know how to use it.



  • The empty egg carton? Paint palette!


Do you have some additional tips? Please share in the comments!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mini painted birdhouses

Seems like birdhouses are all over blog land these days. Most are using their's for home decor. You may have noticed mine in my Easter mantel.


The first one you see below was purchased from Michael's unfinished but already on a pedestal. I painted parts of it and then used Mod Podge and scrapbook paper for the roof and sides.


The next two also came from Michael's but they were not on pedestals. I purchased the wood bases at Michael's and already had a dowel.  The hubby cut the dowels to the length I wanted and I glued the dowels to the bases and birdhouses with wood glue. Drilling a hole first would have been better, but we didn't have a bit in the appropriate size. Again, acrylic paint and scrapbook paper brightend up each one.




Just an FYI- some light sanding is needed on each birdhouse before you start painting. I didn't sand enough and up close you see I have some rough edges.

Sharing here:

Monday, April 9, 2012

Tin can caddy- 3 ways to make one

I'm not sure I even have the space for a caddy right now, but if I do (and my craft space sure needs revamping), these three DIY tin can caddys are certainly inspiring. Maybe I'll make one of my own.







Sunday, April 8, 2012

P52 - Foolin around

I hope you are having a wonderful Easter! And I hope it's because you know the risen Saviour.

Now that my visiting and celebrating is pretty much over, I'm posting my photo for P52 this week. The theme is foolin around. I knew that I wanted to get a shot of Bella playing for this. She does some of the funniest things when she gets her toy and gets on her back and twists around with it. It was Friday afternoon before I could get some shots. Earlier in the week she would stop playing whenever I picked up the camera. Here are a couple that I liked.






Saturday, April 7, 2012

Missing something?

There was no Friday Feature today. As much as I like to feature and promote others, I've decided to discontinue this as a regular post. I just need to cut something out and this can be time consuming to communicate with others and make sure I have the post done on time. This post was not getting many views each week either, and no one commented with their opinion last week here or on Facebook, so it doesn't seem to be worth the time it involves.

Maybe I'll replace it with a different kind of regularly scheduled post, but it won't be something that demands I do it each week. That way there will be a little less stress involved.

Thanks for reading and following and I'm open to any suggestions of something you'd like to see here. I'm thinking of doing a "Friday Finds" where I just share neat tips or things I've found. That might still include neat Etsy shops, but will include other things too.

How have you had to change your blog or posts to manage time?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bird nest napkin rings and Easter tablescape

I found these napkin rings on the net from Scissors and Spatulas and decided I had to try out my own. Instead of mini wreaths, I purchased some wood napkin rings and painted them. Here are the supplies I started with.


I just glued the eggs into the nests and then attached the nests to the painted rings. I discovered that the wire that was holding the nest to the package was perfect for wiring it to the ring, so I can remove them from the rings if I ever want to change them up.


Once my napkin rings were done, I went about setting my Easter table.




I went to the Dollar Tree for some plain white plates and they did not have four alike! I came home with these green ones instead, which I really like now that the whole tablescape is complete.



I wanted to do something similar to my gumdrop and candy tablescape from Christmas, so I placed some egg candles and painted wooden eggs on candlesticks the same way I used ornaments at Christmas. Yes, I painted the wooden eggs. My secret for the polka dots is to dip a pencil eraser into paint and make my dots.



I wanted an egg tree for a centerpiece, but I don't have one and decided instead to use these colorful daisies I bought last year and hadn't used yet. I tucked some egg picks into the arrangement.


Lastly, I placed my book page eggs into a couple of bowls and placed one on each end.


Thanks for stopping by. I'll be linking up at

Tablescape Thursday and