***Come link up your crafts to this week's party!***

Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 33

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! 
Keep linking your projects and spreading the word about our link party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 33

Stop on over at Tutus& Tea Parties to see what her favorites are too!

 My favorites from last week:



Daily Chaos of a Country Girl shows off her amazing Easter banner - so beautiful!

 


 Giggles Galore shows how to add more color to your Easter baskets with easy lollipop covers.



This menu board from Little Miss Maggie is so cool - she made it out of a table top!



One Dog Woof shows how to make fabric flowers, and shows off her adorable house number wreath.

Go ahead and grab the "I was featured" button for being so Pinspirational. 


You deserve it!


FeatureHandyAndy






Projects from your hosts this week:





Here are the rules:
  1. Link up to 2 of your "pin worthy" projects, crafts or recipes {please, no shops or giveaways}
  2. Visit at least 2 other links that you love and pin their post {Please don't just link and run! Lets all help each other out. That's what this party is here for.} Psst - I see the clicks on each link and you guys aren't clicking...which means you aren't pinning. :-/
  3. I'd love for you to grab the party button and post it somewhere on your blog. The more participants, the more pinning we can all do {and the more people will possible pin you}!


If you want to learn more about Pinterest and how it can benefit your blog please read this.


Feel free to leave your Pinterest page link in the comments so we can all make some new Pinteresting friends. :)




You can follow my Pinterest page here
And Tutus & Tea Parties has a page here.
 {follow our boards to see what projects we pin each week}


Grab the party button!
 
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Friday, March 30, 2012

Guest Posting at Bella Nest Today

Happy Friday! I'm guest posting over at Bella Nest today, so head on over there and take a look!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Easy DIY French Manicure/Pedicure

Hello All! Let me preface this post by saying that this is the one and only beauty tip I will ever give you all, because it's the only one I have. Let me also say that through this post I realized that I do not have a future career in hand or foot modeling. So, sorry about these pictures.

Anyway, I love the way a french manicure looks, but I hate paying to get my nails done. Problem is, I don't really have a steady hand to paint only the tips of my nails. So, here's how I do it at home.

Things to gather:


White nail polish, clear top coat, nail polish remover, and q-tips.

Start by painting the top half of your nails with the white nail polish, like so:


Next, dip the q-tip in nail polish and rub off the nail polish until you've got the white tip that you want.



After you've done that, just paint a clear coat on the top and you're done!



Again, sorry about the terrible pictures, and sorry if this is super simple, but it works!

Have a good one!

P.S. Link up to these parties!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 32

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! 
There are so many great projects, it's hard to pick features!
Keep linking your projects and spreading the word about our link party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 32

Stop on over at Tutus& Tea Parties to see what her favorites are too!

 My favorites from last week:



A beautiful bench redo from Pitter & Glink - so bright and gorgeous!



52 Mantels decorated this Happy, Spring Mantel - so cheery!



Are We There Yet created a beautiful name sign for their new grandbaby.



This amazing Suitcase Table is so cool! Head over to Art Is Beauty to check it out.



These Easy Yeast Rolls from Country Momma Cooks look so delicious! I'm totally trying these!

 

Go ahead and grab the "I was featured" button for being so Pinspirational. 


You deserve it!


FeatureHandyAndy






Projects from your hosts this week:
{we'd love a pin too}


Barefoot Sandals made from an old t-shirt from Tutus & Tea Parties.



Painted Paper Lanterns from Here's to Handy Andy.


Here are the rules:
  1. Link up to 2 of your "pin worthy" projects, crafts or recipes {please, no shops or giveaways}
  2. Visit at least 2 other links that you love and pin their post {Please don't just link and run! Lets all help each other out. That's what this party is here for.} Psst - I see the clicks on each link and you guys aren't clicking...which means you aren't pinning. :-/
  3. I'd love for you to grab the party button and post it somewhere on your blog. The more participants, the more pinning we can all do {and the more people will possible pin you}!


If you want to learn more about Pinterest and how it can benefit your blog please read this.


Feel free to leave your Pinterest page link in the comments so we can all make some new Pinteresting friends. :)




You can follow my Pinterest page here
And Tutus & Tea Parties has a page here.
 {follow our boards to see what projects we pin each week}


Grab the party button!
 
PinterestButtonCoHost







Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Painted Paper Lanterns

Hello All! I hope you're having a good week! Today I'm sharing a bit of personal news because it informs my project today and the projects that will inevitably follow. First off -- no, I'm not pregnant. However, Handy Andy and I are going through training to become a host home for Safe Families for Children, and will also be getting our foster care license this year most likely. Instead of explaining to you what Safe Families is, I'll just make you go to the site to read up on it! :)

In short, Handy Andy and I are both passionate about providing a safe, loving environment to children in crisis situations, and this is the direction we are heading with the goal of hosting children beginning later this year/early 2013.

In addition to training, we are getting our house ready by transforming our guest room into a gender-neutral, age-neutral kids room [why yes, that is challenging -- any suggestions??]. At this point I've picked a green, blue and yellow color scheme. I'm also thinking about an alphabet/words theme, but I'm still pondering that one.

Anyway, for the first little decor project, I decided to use something I already had...


White paper lanterns! [sorry, I didn't take a before picture, so this is off the internet]

I got these probably over a year ago on clearance at Hobby Lobby, and I think my mom bought them for me...so they were actually free! I love the look of these paper lanterns, but I couldn't find a spot for these in our house before now.

Once I decided on the color theme for the room, I got inspired to give these lanterns a makeover and [eventually] hang them in the kids room. I took some tempera paint I had, brushes, and a few jar lids to trace, and here's what I ended up with:



There was no special trick to this, but I did have to watch how much paint I brushed on at one time because the paper is really thin and was pretty fragile when it got wet. The circles were kind of annoying to trace and paint, so I only did the big one with circles. They turned out so cute! And this little project was FREE! I can't wait to hang them up!

Also, I recently purchased some clearance fabric to make some curtains out of...which should definitely be an adventure. Stay tuned!

Have a good one!


P.S. Linking up here!

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 31

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! We were so close to 100 links!
Keep linking your projects and spreading the word about our link party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 31

Stop on over at Tutus& Tea Parties to see what her favorites are too!

 My favorites from last week:



This Blossom Pillow from Dandelions and Lace is so cute - I love that fabric!
 


I love this Home Sweet Home Wreath from Cup of Jo - simple and adorable. 

  
Directions Not Included shares how to make an apron from a kitchen towel. So brilliant!


Go ahead and grab the "I was featured" button for being so Pinspirational. 


You deserve it!


FeatureHandyAndy






Projects from your hosts this week:

I had a guest post from Christina Johnson showing some DIY Home Improvements for Spring.


Here are the rules:
  1. Link up to 2 of your "pin worthy" projects, crafts or recipes {please, no shops or giveaways}
  2. Visit at least 2 other links that you love and pin their post {Please don't just link and run! Lets all help each other out. That's what this party is here for.} Psst - I see the clicks on each link and you guys aren't clicking...which means you aren't pinning. :-/
  3. I'd love for you to grab the party button and post it somewhere on your blog. The more participants, the more pinning we can all do {and the more people will possible pin you}!

If you want to learn more about Pinterest and how it can benefit your blog please read this.


Feel free to leave your Pinterest page link in the comments so we can all make some new Pinteresting friends. :)




You can follow my Pinterest page here
And Tutus & Tea Parties has a page here.
 {follow our boards to see what projects we pin each week}


Grab the party button!
 
PinterestButtonCoHost












Happy Birthday, Friend!

It's is the Blogaversary week of one of my most favorite bloggy friends -- Amy from One Artsy Mama! In celebration of this, OAM has been hosting a giveaway every day this week! Guess what you can enter to win over there today??


That's right, a springy pre-made scrapbook made by yours truly!

Don't forget to head over to One Artsy Mama's blog to enter to win this, and all the other cool stuff she's giving away this week -- and don't forget to wish her a happy bloggy birthday!



One Artsy Mama

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

DIY Home Improvements for Spring

Guest Post by Christina Johnson

Whether it’s a crocus flower pushing up through a bank of snow or a shaft of sunlight breaking through a cloudy sky, the first signs of spring are always a welcome sight. Spring is a season bursting with energy. It’s the perfect time for homeowners to try their hands at some DIY home improvements that will give their homes a fresh new look. Here are five DIY projects that are easy, fast, affordable and
fun.

1. Country Flower Box



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A planter filled with spring blooms on the front porch sends a cheerful greeting to visitors. Homeowners can easily customize inexpensive flower boxes by dressing them up in beadboard, painted in bright spring colors. Molding can be used to contour the edges.

2. Eco Table Cover

Topping as inexpensive side table with cork gives it an organic look that suits the sensibility of spring. Cork sheets, available at hardware and crafts stores, can easily be cut to fit the surface of the table. Cement adhesive holds the cork firmly in place. The edges can be trimmed with wood molding for a finished look.

3. Spring Wall D├ęcor



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Homeowners who may be wondering what to do with old CDs can reuse them to create a springtime tableau. The square plastic containers work perfectly as mini picture frames. Photographs of nature in all her springtime glory are fitted into the CD cases. A foam board backing holds the photos in place. The CDs look best when arranged in a symmetrical grid configuration.

4. Light Up Spring

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Many lampshades features inner linings that make it easy to add a touch of spring to the shade. Rice paper, available at crafts stores, can be cut into flower or leaf designs, and then glued onto the shade’s lining. Spray adhesive works best to attach the design. When the lamp is turned on, the springtime pattern will appear as a subtle shadow.

5. Shades of Spring

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Homeowners can welcome the light of spring into their homes by creating a seasonal window treatment and can do so without fuss or expense. While making Roman shades can be tricky, the look of Roman shades can be fabricated by stitching the folds into half of a length of fabric. A simple piece of balsa wood can be used to hang the faux shade. For best effect, the shade should cover no more than half of the window.

Christina Johnson who works remotely for Elliman Prudential in the New York City Rentals market. She is using her journalism major to combine what she loves most, writing and her career. Her specialties include home decor design and DIY home improvement projects.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 30

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! 
Keep linking your projects and spreading the word about our link party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 30

Stop on over at Tutus& Tea Parties to see what her favorites are too!

 My favorites from last week:


 

I love this simple placemat tutorial from Vixen Made -- I will definitely be trying this!




Turtles and Tails gave these plain Ikea chairs a little facelift with some jute - love!



This DIY Pouf from Decorating the Dorchester Way is beautiful! I love the fabric!

Go ahead and grab the "I was featured" button for being so Pinspirational. 


You deserve it!


FeatureHandyAndy






Projects from your hosts this week:
{we'd love a pin too} 

 Tutus & Tea Parties made a serving tray using drinking straws.


Office organization from Here's to Handy Andy.


Here are the rules:


  1. Link up to 2 of your "pin worthy" projects, crafts or recipes {please, no shops or giveaways}
  2. Visit at least 2 other links that you love and pin their post {Please don't just link and run! Lets all help each other out. That's what this party is here for.} Psst - I see the clicks on each link and you guys aren't clicking...which means you aren't pinning. :-/
  3. I'd love for you to grab the party button and post it somewhere on your blog. The more participants, the more pinning we can all do {and the more people will possible pin you}!


If you want to learn more about Pinterest and how it can benefit your blog please read this.


Feel free to leave your Pinterest page link in the comments so we can all make some new Pinteresting friends. :)




You can follow my Pinterest page here
And Tutus & Tea Parties has a page here.
 {follow our boards to see what projects we pin each week}


Grab the party button!
 
PinterestButtonCoHost









Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Organizing My Office/Craft Room

I've been crazed for the last several weeks and haven't had much time to do any crafts, so I will share an ongoing project that we've been working on...

Our craft room [better known as Sparty's Room] is generally treated as the catch-all for craft stuff, school stuff, financial stuff, etc. Over the last several months it has become a monster. I took some pictures of it a while ago, but I can't find them now...they must have gotten lost in the abyss that was Sparty's Room. Anyway, one afternoon, Handy Andy and I were talking about how it would be better if we moved the oak book shelf that was in Sparty's Room and replace it with a wider, taller shelf to hold all my crafting supplies.

At that point Handy Andy said his signature line "I can make you that!" And he did. Literally, less than two hours later, the book shelf and books were relocated to the living room, and he had crafted a huge shelf for Sparty's Room. Did I mention my husband is amazing? Okay, good.

After that, I headed to Hobby Lobby to get some boxes, baskets, containers, whatever...to hold all my junk. Check out my clearance storage containers if you missed it. Aside from those, I got several photo boxes to store scrapbooking stickers and such, a big paper storage binder, a few miscellaneous containers, and a big basket all on sale [that's how I roll]. I also used some jars to hold some random things.

I finally was able to organize all my crafty stuff into one place, and it is beautiful. Did I mention I'm a little OCD? Yeah, I love to organize. Anyway, here are some pictures of my lovely shelf in all of it's organizational glory...[sorry about my crappy iPhone pictures, my camera is broken again]



Now all I need to do is get the rest of the room cleaned up and we'll be all set.

Hope you're having a good week!