Monday, October 31, 2011

October Wrap Up

Oh October...where do I even begin! This month has been ridiculously busy for our family!

This has been an unusually busy season for me. That's really my family calendar and looking back there was only one night that both my husband & I were home together with just our family. Because of this busy time I have fallen way behind in keeping up with the blog. Thankfully Tiffany has had some cute projects going on. Let's look back and see some of what she and I have shared.

Burlap Runner

How to easily hang things on the wall

Pinterest inspired bathroom

Fabric Rosette Tutorial

We hope you've been inspired. I'm busy working on a few projects that I'm excited to share with y'all soon. I'm also excited to see that my November looks less 'full' than October!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pumpkin painting tip!

If you're painting pumpkins this weekend, consider having everyone use the same color paints. So while your pumpkins won't be designer made, at least your pumpkin patch will be coordinating!
To see how to make the Pumpkin Specimen art, click here.

Giveaway {Navy Mango}

We have a winner!!
#10 Christi!!

Christi, please email us and we'll set you up with
Lisa so she can make your coasters!!
Thank you again to all who participated! Stay tuned for the next giveaway :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

How to make Fabric Rosettes

Lindsay & I were challenged last week to come up with a craft that
college girls would want to do with us.
So after careful consideration, we decided on these fabric rosettes!!

They're fun and easy to make, so I thought I would explain how we made them, in case you're interested in making some too :)

Here are a few things you can do with them...
Add color to a bag.

Add personality to picture frames.
I use this chalkboard for grocery lists and memory versus.

Dress up a sweater.

Or use them in your hair.
I put this one on a head band for my daughter.

So here is how you make them...

1. Cut a 1 inch strip of fabric, 1 yard long.

2. Fold one end of the fabric in half (so that the pretty side is on the outside)
& hot glue it together.

3. Roll the folded end 10 times & use another dot of glue to hold it in place.
You've created the center.
It should look like this.

4. Begin to turn the material over itself while twisting it around your center, hot gluing every so often to keep it in place.

Keep the fabric folded as you go, so that the pretty side is all that you see.
Don't stress over making it perfect. Some loops will be bigger than others.

Fight the urge to make your twists too tight. Instead of rolling the fabric, you're really just making nice soft folds.

5. When you near the end of the material, you can either...
Fold it to the back and glue it down.
Or...Glue a piece of felt on the back. Make sure the felt is smaller than the flower so that you can't see it. You can then add a safety pin, a hair clip, etc.

You can add a pearl or button to the middle if you have one on hand.
I've also seen them used on necklaces, wreaths, little earrings, etc.
There's so many possibilities, I may need to get some more fabric!

Momma Hens Coop

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oh my goodness!

I just have to share with you something I stumbled upon on Pinterest! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these customized return address stamps. {I am also totally envious of her adorable handwriting!}

I think I've just added something new to my Christmas wish list. Actually I REALLY would want these to be on every Christmas card I sent. Soooo, that leaves me with a dilemma. :)

Really, some people's talent amazes me. You've got to swing by her Etsy shop and see more of her goodies. As a part-time card designer wannabe I am inspired by her goodies for sale. My personal fav is the Samuel self inking stamp. So pretty!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ruffled Burlap Table Runner

I've noticed that burlap is so IN right now.
Our local Hobby Lobby is out of almost every color every time I go. Perhaps it's IN every Fall, and I'm just now realizing it. Regardless, I'm loving it!!

My mom & I made these table runners last week! They were super easy. But I have to admit that I did most of the talking and she did most of the sewing!
Here is the tutorial on how to make it.
It's a great little way to dress up a table without having to use many decorations. If I'm lucky enough to get more burlap from Hobby Lobby, I may just make another one for the dining room table.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Giveaway {Navy Mango}

We're having another giveaway!!

These come from Navy Mango and are adorable! I love things that are monogrammed or personalized so I'm crazy about these. They would make perfect little Christmas gifts or (if you're like me) a sweet little gift for yourself! Lisa also sells hand-painted garlands, cute luggage tags and Biblical Christmas Advent Calendars. Check it out!

Giveaway #1 Monogrammed Stone Coasters

Made from ceramic stone tiles and permanent black ink (that won’t melt, freeze, fade or rub away), the coasters are baked in the oven and purposely not glazed or sealed. The stone itself is naturally absorbent. Each coaster has rubber bumpers on the bottoms so not to scratch your furniture. The set includes 3 tiles with one ”Script”, one “Numbers” and one “Seek Joy” coaster. Personalized with a monogram of your choice!

Giveaway #2 Personalized Gift Magnets

What better way to show off your photos (or recipes and Christmas wish-lists)!! These are great because they can be so personal! They’d make great party favors or teachers gifts. Each one could have a different Grandkid’s name on it, so that their artwork could be displayed on the fridge. They could say "Happy Birthday", “laugh”, “relax”, “exercise” or even “put that back!! Get creative with words and colors!

So you want to win?!!!

Here's how to do it:
1. leave a comment here telling us you'd like to win & which prize you'd like
2. become a follower of our blog and leave a comment to tell us you did
3. become a fan on Facebook and leave a comment telling us you did 4. visit Lisa's site and come back to tell us which is your favorite item

The giveaway begins TODAY and runs until Thursday, the 27th! Winner will be announced next Friday! Good luck to you!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fall Printables

Check out the Fall printables that Kristin over at
A Simply Klassic Home has put together!

So cute! They remind me of all of the wonderful things to be thankful for this season! Best part is...she's allowing us to download them for free!! So grab a cute frame and head on over to her blog! Here's the link to print them.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Apothecary Jars

I love my apothecary jars!
To see Lindsay's turtorial for how to make them, click here. I like them so much, that I made 3 of them! And now I change them out for the holidays...

For Christmas, I'll use peppermints and spell out J O Y.
For Valentine's Day, maybe Hershey's kisses and I U.

You can get these wooden letters from Hobby Lobby.
So many possibilities!!

Tuesday To Do Party


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