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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Makers No. 28

You guys. I think last week's party was our biggest and best yet. Thank you so, so much to you all for coming and linking up with us each week! 

The Makers- Link Party Tuesday's 8am est

Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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Here's to another week of some fabulous finds! You are one talented group!
As always, be sure to pin from the source :)


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Our featured blogger is one of a kind with her fun mix of funny, talent, and love of bold color. If you've never been by to e-meet Dena at Hearts and Sharts you are in for a new found blog crush!

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This is just one of her many amazing furniture makeovers. Would you believe that this pieces had lost it's legs. I bet this dresser was sure glad when Dena came along and gave him back his glory!
So go on...go meet Dena and check out some of her awesomeness. Here are a few posts to get you started.
Follow Hearts and Sharts: Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || Pinterest

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Marlene at Jade and Fern (which I was so glad to discover through this party,) made these awesome modern hexagon coasters by hand. Aren't they DIY perfection?

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Kayla at Homecoming always amazes me with her handy work and these DIY plant stands are no exception and have been on my list for quite some time!

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Would you believe that this was an old faded striped umbrella before Ahsley and her husband of Bigger Than the Three of Us got a hold of it and turned it into this fun slice of shade?

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I loved reading the story at Kruse's Workshop of how this bathroom came to be this beautiful spot! That tile work was done by them. Doesn't it look lovely?

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Wait till you see what ingenious material was used to make this tufted headboard at Draven Made. And you can't beat the price right?

Pretty inspiring huh? Don't forget to grab a button if you were featured and check out more of our faves from last week's party on our Pinterest board.

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The Makers Link Party
 
Wanna be featured? Don’t forget to follow your hosts in some way and link back to the party on either your party page or post!
 
>Link up to 3 specific posts on your blog, not your blog’s homepage
(anything you’ve created, but no etsy shops or giveaways)
>Please link only posts that you haven’t shared here before
 
>Grab The Makers Link Party Button and link back somewhere on your blog
(must link back to be featured)
>Pin the Featured Bloggers winning post
>Visit some other links and let them know you stopped by
 

Tiny Sidekick
 
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Marble Paper Filing Cabinet

Last week I was working like crazy to get my new craft space/office/library/kids' space all finished up. It is done and I LOVE it. I will be sharing a full tour soon, but in the meantime I wanted to share one of my favorite DIYs from the room with you all today. 

A couple months ago I posted a round up of some amazing marble paper DIYs. Around the same time, I ordered some marbled paper from Paper Mojo, but I still hadn't done much with it. I decided to use my favorite piece to fancy up our plain cheap-o filing cabinet.

The lighting in that photo is pretty horrible, but can you tell how gorgeous that piece of paper is? It is really so gorgeous - the metallic gold and inky black! I just love it. I'm so happy that gorgeous piece of paper has a happy permanent home in my craft space now. 

If you want to DIY your own marble paper filing cabinet, here's what you'll need:
  • old filing cabinet
  • marble paper (I got mine from Paper Mojo)
  • decoupage (I used gloss)
  • gold leaf
  • metal leaf adhesive
  • metal leaf sealant
  • foam brush
  • brush


So, here's what we started with. Sad little thing, right? Don't worry - we'll fancy her up right quick.

I started off by pulling the drawers out of the filing cabinet and removing the drawer pulls and lock. 

I took those drawer pulls and gave them a coat of metal leaf adhesive. The adhesive needs to dry for 30 minutes to get nice and tacky before applying the metal leaf. When the adhesive is ready, apply the metal leaf, brush off the excess, and then apply a layer of sealant.

While the drawer pulls were drying, I placed the paper on top of the drawer line up the placement of the marble design. 


Then I cut the paper to fit the two drawer fronts. To adhere the paper to the drawer front, apply an even coat of decoupage to the entire drawer font, and then smooth the paper onto the drawer front. 


Then apply a coat of decoupage over the top of the paper. When the decoupage is dry, reattach the drawer pulls and lock and return the drawers to the cabinet. Voila! Gorgeous new filing cabinet.



And here's a little sneak peek of my new craft space! Can't wait to share the whole space with you all soon:

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Ice Cream Themed First Birthday Party

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Guys! It's finally the day. I've been working on and posting about my son's ice cream birthday party for weeks now, but today is finally the day I share all the details. Get ready for lots and lots of photos.

For the party theme, my two older kids and I tried to come up with things that my one year old likes. We considered a power cord theme for a minute (he really does like power cords), but my six year old convinced me that was a bad idea. We ended up going with an ice cream theme because the kid loves ice cream, it is adorable, and makes for great treats. (I had no idea July was National Ice Cream month when I was planning it - that was just a lucky coincidence.)


Even though it was a small party with mostly family and close friends, I still decided to send out real paper invitations because... I like real paper invitations, dangit. I painted an "I scream, you scream" watercolor (which will be a free printable coming soon) that I used on the invitations, adding the party information at the bottom. 







I printed the invitations on the wrong side of printed cardstock so the backs had fun designs. I'm working up a more detailed tutorial on how I made the invitations in case anyone wants more info on that.

We had the party in our backyard around lunch time. It is HOT here in Vegas in July, so we decided to make it a water party. We set up a little wading pool and attached the sprinkler to spray on the trampoline to keep the kids (and, let's be honest, some of the adults) nice and cool.







I made my son and daughter happy ice cream cone tees to wear for at the party. (You can get the free cut files to make your own over here.)

For lunch we had grilled cheese sandwiches that we made out on the grill, watermelon, grapes, and potato chips. 

But the real stars of this party were the treats, of course! We kept the ice cream from melting by keeping it in a chest freezer we brought out from the garage and decorated with custom-made ice cream shop magnetsNext to the freezer, I set up a little table with cones, cute Poppytalk cups decorated with "yum" labels, and wooden spoons fancied up with "hooray" washi tape (cups and tape both from Target).




On the other side of the freezer, we had a toppings bar with all the goodies needed for a messy, yummy sundae.

Besides sundaes, we also had cupcakes served in cute cups with frosting piped to look like soft serve swirl, ice cream floats, and marshmallow ice cream cones.

For favors, I packaged up marshmallow ice cream cones with paper toppers, and hung them up on a piece of pegboard.


I also added some cute ice cream erasers I picked up from the dollar spot at Target to the favor table.



These gorgeous coral color roses from Bouqs were the perfect addition to the favor table. 

The smash cake was maybe my favorite part of the whole party, and it was so simple and kind of last minute. I just baked a cup cake in addition to the layers to create the scoop on top. It was a big hit.

I dressed up the high chair for smash pictures with a quick and easy chair cover, washi tape, and some tissue tassel garland.

I just - Guys, I really loved this theme. Ice cream! Sprinkles! I'm a big fan of sprinkles. If you like these party ideas, I would love if you pinned the image below. Thanks! :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Makers No. 27

Hey there, friends! I'm excited to be back to our regular party after a bit of a break last week. Can't wait to see what you all have been cookin up!

Don't forget to follow your hosts in some way:
Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
This week's featured blogger is the super talented June of Nostalgiecat. Her blog is full of cool, modern, unique DIYs, and I pretty much want to make every single one. She has done some amazing things with concrete including these amazing DIY cement knobs she shared last week. 

>>> Pin the top post HERE! <<<

June has so many really unique and amazing DIYs on her blog it was difficult to narrow it down to just three favorites, but here's just a small sampling of some of the great stuff you will find at Nostalgiecat:  Be sure to follow Nostalgiecat on social media so you don't miss a thing! 
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It was a real challenge to narrow all of your great projects down to just five features. Be sure to check The Best of the Makers Pinterest Board because we have pinned way more than five favorites.
This Restoration Hardware Baby Inspired Rope Shelf from Seeking Lavender Lane is basically perfect.

You will not believe the before pic of this Vintage Inspired Painted Fan from Sparkle. Seriously - go check out that before.

The Pie and Tie-Dye Summer Party from Club Narwhal has loads of lovely details, but I am particularly obsessed with the tasseled table runner she made.

I love One Krieger Chick's Watercolor Outdoor Sign and desperately wish I had a pool area to make one for.

Finally, Colleen from LemonThistle is teaching us how to turn any plug-in lamp into a wired ceiling fixture. Pin this one for future reference for sure!
 
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 Be sure to grab a button if you were featured, and thank you so much for sharing your amazing talents with us!
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The Makers Link Party
Wanna be featured? Don’t forget to follow your hosts in some way and link back to the party on either your party page or post!
1. Link up to 3 specific posts on your blog, not your blog’s homepage
(anything you’ve created, but no etsy shops or giveaways)
2. Please link only posts that you haven’t shared here before
3. Grab The Makers Link Party Button and link back somewhere on your blog
(must link back to be featured)
4. Pin the Featured Bloggers winning post
5. Visit some other links and let them know you stopped by
Upcycled Treasures
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