Monday, September 15, 2014

Crochet Sugar Skull at The Darice Craft Blog

Hey guys! I have exciting news to share today! I am joining the blog team over at Darice, and my first post is up today.

I am sharing a free pattern for a fun crocheted sugar skull.

This little guy can be endlessly customized with different colors, embellishments, and beads. Fun, right? Head on over to Darice to get the free pattern!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Troop Birthday Girl: A Summer Camp Party

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Today I'm sharing my daughter's fourth birthday party that we celebrated a couple weeks ago. We planned a summer camp themed party, and it ended up being a really fun time. I totally recommend a summer camp party, guys. 

I decided to give the party a little bit of Troop Beverly Hills theming because, well, I love that movie with all of my heart. The summer camp party became a "Wilderness Girl Jamboree." 

I found a lot of great inspiration online and created a pinterest board to store it all. And Shindigz, purveyor of awesome-sauce party supplies, sent me some goodies to try out and make the party extra great. 

I decided to go with a mint, forest, pink, and gold color scheme and created a "Troop Birthday Girl" logo (which I love). 

The party was held at a little park behind our church. When the guests arrived they received green fabric sashes to wear and to hold the badges they would earn for different activities.

For decorations, I hung a glittery banner across the front of the pavilion as well as God's Eyes in the party colors.

We made a couple A-frame tents in a pink and white striped fabric for the kids to play in as we waited for everyone to arrive. We used a combination of this tutorial and this tutorial to help us build the tents. They will find homes in our kids' rooms post-party. 

When everyone was there we sang songs around the campfire and roasted marshmallows.

Other activities included making jewelry and three-legged races. Everyone earned badges for each activity. The badges were one of my favorite details of the party. 

I made the "badges" (we don't need no stinkin' badges) using the Create-A-Buttons available at Shindigz.  These are so cool, guys! The kids LOVED them and couldn't wait to get the next button. The buttons were really nice quality and looked exactly like I wanted them to look. I will do another post showing how I made these, and I can share the image files too if anyone wants them.

For food, we just had snacks and desserts. My daughter wanted chocolate cake with chocolate frosting - so we had a little cake for her and cupcakes for everyone else.

I displayed the cupcakes on a piece of burl wood we got on our trip to the Redwoods last spring. I love the gold cupcake wrappers with the little pink flags.

We also had fruit, popcorn, and s'mores trail mix (made with chocolate chips, golden grahams, and mini marshmallows). 

For favors we tied pink and white bandanas onto sticks. They were filled with candy and other goodies.

I really enjoyed putting this party together - I will take any excuse to spend time looking up Troop Beverly Hills quotes and parties online - BUT the best part was that the kids really had a lot of fun too.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Makers No. 34

Hey there, friends! Welcome to the party! Thanks for being here and sharing all of your talent with us. Let's see what you've been up to!

The Makers- Link Party Tuesday's 8am est

Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

the makers link party

And now for our features!
featured at the makers week 34

The Makers Link Party
Our talented featured blogger this week is Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling.

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Not only is Amy one of the nicest people you will ever e-meet, but she is all about simple crafts with a modern edge that are beautiful and elegant. If you've never been by to visit her, you are in for some inspiration overload! Go over to Delineate, the party will be right here when you get back.
And so you don't miss what is coming next at Delineate, follow along!

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The Makers Link Party
DIY basket made from saucepot Anderson and Grant
I love this upcycle idea! Jamie from Anderson + Grant took an old sauce pot and turned it into a basket.

Carrie at Carrie This Home did a fantastic job making over her deck on a budget! She has some great tips for a product that sealed in the splinters which saved them a ton of money.

Board and Batten Entryway
I've always wanted to try Board and Batten and love the grid pattern that Kira at Seven Town Way did in her entry. She has a great tutorial that you've got to check out if this project in on your to do list.

Summer ain't over just yet and this corn salad with basil from Sarah at Homeology Modern Vintage, would be the perfect side for any summer meal.

I've started decorating for fall a bit and love the texture and color of this fall wreath from Kendra at Joy in Our Home.

Be sure to grab a button if you were featured!

Tiny Sidekick
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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
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Another BIG Craft Giveaway

Back in July some blogger friends and I decided to share some of our craft supply collections with all of you, and we had such a good response, we decided to do it again! Here's how it works: First, check out what I'm giving away here and enter in the Rafflecopter widget below. Then hop on over to some of the other blogs to see what goodies they are offering.

Today I'm giving away some leftover swag from the conference I attended in the Spring as well as some other goodies. Let's check it out:

  1. Assorted cotton fabrics in pieces 1/4 yard to 1/2 yard
  2. Rit dye in pink and purple
  3. Photo frame all ready to be fancied up
  4. Five packages of pretty glass beads
  5. Amy Tangerine fabric brads
  6. Blank pink notecards with white envelopes
  7. Six rolls of paper tape in bright colors
  8. Two crocheted hearts in red cotton
The giveaway is open to U.S. Residents 18 and older. Enter to win in the widget below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And be sure to hop over to the other and check out these other great giveaways! I will keep my fingers crossed for you!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

DIY Black and White Geometric Art

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A couple weeks ago I posted about the new gallery wall that I put together in our Master bedroom. I made a few new pieces of art for the gallery wall, and the one I'm sharing with you guys today is definitely my favorite.

This DIY Geometric Art was inspired by a book I ordered a month ago called Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico. It is full of really cool designs and patterns, and I thought one would make some great art for my gallery wall. 

I started with a canvas that had already been painted a couple of times. It's most recent incarnation involved attaching silk flowers to the canvas with hot glue. I ripped all the flowers off and gave the entire canvas a coating of white spray paint to start over. Of course, you could start this off with a new canvas, but I though the texture left from the hot glue and previous paintings added something to the piece.

I opened up my book to the inspiration image and got to painting.

I started off by mapping out the stripes and different areas of the canvas. I could have plotted things out more with pencil first, but I just jumped right in with paint because I was going for a more kind of primitive look and wasn't too worried about mess ups.

For the section of the painting with the circles, I painted the circles first and then went back and filled in all the black around the circles.

And then I painted lots and lots of triangles. LOTS.

To give it a more finished, fancy look, I framed it out with some thin wood around the edges. Back in January, Sarah from Life on Virginia Street made some gorgeous DIY art, and I especially loved the framing technique she used. I've been dying to give it a try, and this was my opportunity.

I used the lattice wood Sarah recommended, mitred the corners, and gave one side and both edges a coat of metallic gold spray paint and the other side a coat of black acrylic paint.

Nailed the frame into the canvas, and it was all ready to hang!

The frame really finishes the piece and makes it feel so much more special. I love, love it.

What do you think? Do you like the geometric look? Have you framed a canvas before?

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