Archive | March, 2011

Decorating a wall for all seasons — Spring Specimen Wall Art!

31 Mar

 Do you have an area or spot in your home that you like to change out seasonally? 
I don’t an entry way buffet or table to display seasonal items, so I created a little place in my kitchen that I love to change out during the year.
At Halloween I created these Halloween Specimen Art frames…
During the winter I made some Felt Snowflake frames…
And now that Spring is upon us, I thought it would be fun to create something new for that space. The other day I was tooling around Tai Pan {a really cool home decorating store in Utah/California} and I came upon this $10 frame.
 {Check out what she my friend My friend Ellie G. from Less Cake {More Frosting} did with the same exact frame — 
It’s long and skinny and I thought it was the perfect shape for my kitchen wall.  
And then the another night was at Ikea and I found these super cute, inexpensive frames that I fell in love with.
I combined the two and something exciting happened!! 


The first thing I did was I painted the silver frame white with some glossy craft paint. Now don’t laugh at me, but I didn’t even know that glossy craft paint existed until about a month ago. Can you believe that? I love it!
Once I painted my frame, I went to work on the gallery frames. I found three coordinating scrapbook papers and cut them out to fit inside of the frames. Then I decided to do three different things in the three frames.
The first frame I used a Canvas Corp. tiny burlap-wrapped canvas. I met PSA essentials at CHA this year and they were sweet enough to send me the awesomest customized stamp pad. I love it! More information to come on that {as well as a giveaway} but suffice to say that I love it.
I used their alphabet letters and made a “h” to represent our last name.
I used a circle stencil to cut around the stamp and then I sealed it with Mod Podge and used Plaid’s Dimensional Magic to create a 3-D look. After that dried, I hot glued a giant bottle cap from  Bottle Cap Inc. to the canvas with the “H” on top to the first gallery frame.
I wrapped the burlap frame with some pretty Maya Road ribbon that they sent me. I love the lace look of it. And I also attached a pretty ribbon flower, also from Maya Road, at the top of the frame.
The second gallery frame I added scrapbook paper to and then some Washi tape.

Do you know about Washi tape?? It is the coolest stuff!!! I am working on some projects for a Studio 5 segment and I am loving it!! So cool! You can buy Washi tape on etsy — like here.

I added the Washi tape to this second frame. And then a birds nest to the center.
The third gallery frame I added the third scrapbook paper to and also some Washi Tape.And the I put the glass on top of it and then I wrapped some twine around the glass and tied the twine . I did this two times at the top and bottom. Then I put the glass and paper inside of the gallery frame. I used some tiny little black clothespins from the Canvas Corp and attached some B&W family pictures to those. So that third frame is a little photo gallery that can be switched out. I really love it!

And that is my little Spring/Summer Kitchen Wall. 
 I love that it’s interactive and can be altered over the season/years with different pictures and momentos.
And the white and fresh vibe makes me so excited for Spring! 

PSI’m linking up with Melissa @ The Inspired Room’s Gallery Party


 xoxo



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Featuring YOUR Creative Spaces and a $100 Pottery Barn Giveaway!!

30 Mar
Winner of the gift  card is #36 Lauren from Elephants Trunk!

Wow – I have had such a wonderful time going through YOUR creative spaces over the past few days. 

Over 100 spaces have been linked up and I can only say I am blown away!!!
I said I would do a wrap up, but I seriously every single one deserves to be spotlighted!!! 
 What incredible spaces to create in!  
Here are just a few of the dozens that have been linked up. If you are looking for inspiration,
come over and have a look. 
You will be amazed!!! 
 This room is incredible, but in particular this ladder/organizing system is rocking my world @ Whisperwood Cottage
I am in love with this room and rug. So pretty @ Blue Sky Confections
This wall pegboard is genius @ This Blessed Nest

So creative – paint a blackboard wall @ Lilliedale
I am loving the bright, vintage vibe in this creative space @ Being Brook
I love this room and quirky inspiration holder @ A Bit Tattered Art

 Check out this room and find out how to turn a wine rack into cool fabric storage @ Project Anthologies

The orange and white color theme are so bright and crisp in this office @ Build, Sew, Reap
 I adore this homemade desk @ Social Salutations
What a difference a little paint and imagination make @ C.R.A.F.T
You don’t need an expensive desk to have a beautiful workspace, I love this DIY sawhorse desk @ Aisle to Aloha
Add the look of wallpaper by stenciling a focal wall like this one @ Clean and Scentsible
And the key to a well run craft room is organization. I love this system {and the pink and green color scheme} @ Hoot Designs
I adore this romantic and beautiful craft space @ Songbird
This room and quirky frame wall makes me happy @ I Am Momma Hear Me Roar
Awesome idea – turn a spice rack into an organizing tool for you crafty space @ Amy Cornwell
And if you don’t have a designated craft room, repurpose a different space in your house like Amanda did @ Serenity Now
There were quite a few great craft spaces made out of closets. I love that idea. Like this one @ Gwenny Penny
And there were a few that repurposed their spaces like this dining room to craft room @ Tale of Many Cities


 Another great idea is to carve out a small corner of another room like this crafty area in a play room @ She’s Crafty

Even a formal living room can be converted into a creative space, like this one @ Sit Relax and Read

And it cap it off — who wouldn’t LOVE their own Creative Cottage?? @ Boxoftrix

Seriously, every single space linked up was so inspiring. 
I am leaving the linky open in case you want to link up YOUR crafty space later.
I thought it might be a great way for people to find YOUR blog and creative spaces.

And one of my favorite sponsors — GroopDealz sent me an email offering a giveaway for this Crafty Space Feature.  
They are giving one of YOU a Pottery Barn gift card 

to help YOU create a more beautiful crafty space. 

Isn’t that nice???

In case you aren’t familiar with GroopDealz, they are the hot deal-of-the-day site, with a  crafty/fun spin. I love the specials for great discounts they feature like I picked up $25 worth of Garnish {beautiful packaging} items for $15 the other day!! Great deal.

or 
and 
Basically you enter your email and each day Groopdealz emails you with the deal of the day and you can decide if you want to buy it or not. 
So how can YOU win a  
$100 Pottery Barn gift card? 
Easy! 

  • Sign up to get Groopdealz’s deal of the day emails. {You can unsubscribe at any time} one entry.
  • Like Groopdealz on Facebook where they have tons of giveaways and ways to win. one entry. 
  • Follow Groopdealz on Twitter where you can find out about their monthly iPad giveaway. one entry. 
and if you have done all of these and want an extra entry: 


  • Let me know what YOU would buy with the $100 Pottery Barn gift card. one entry. 
Leave me a comment for each thing that you do so I can make sure you get an entry.

{this giveaway will run until  Monday, April 4th}
 Thank you for sharing YOUR Creative Spaces!!!
Have a Beautiful Day!!! 
xoxo



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Featuring YOUR Creative Spaces and a $100 Pottery Barn Giveaway!!

30 Mar
Winner of the gift  card is #36 Lauren from Elephants Trunk!

Wow – I have had such a wonderful time going through YOUR creative spaces over the past few days. 

Over 100 spaces have been linked up and I can only say I am blown away!!!
I said I would do a wrap up, but I seriously every single one deserves to be spotlighted!!! 
 What incredible spaces to create in!  
Here are just a few of the dozens that have been linked up. If you are looking for inspiration,
come over and have a look. 
You will be amazed!!! 
 This room is incredible, but in particular this ladder/organizing system is rocking my world @ Whisperwood Cottage
I am in love with this room and rug. So pretty @ Blue Sky Confections
This wall pegboard is genius @ This Blessed Nest

So creative – paint a blackboard wall @ Lilliedale
I am loving the bright, vintage vibe in this creative space @ Being Brook
I love this room and quirky inspiration holder @ A Bit Tattered Art

 Check out this room and find out how to turn a wine rack into cool fabric storage @ Project Anthologies

The orange and white color theme are so bright and crisp in this office @ Build, Sew, Reap
 I adore this homemade desk @ Social Salutations
What a difference a little paint and imagination make @ C.R.A.F.T
You don’t need an expensive desk to have a beautiful workspace, I love this DIY sawhorse desk @ Aisle to Aloha
Add the look of wallpaper by stenciling a focal wall like this one @ Clean and Scentsible
And the key to a well run craft room is organization. I love this system {and the pink and green color scheme} @ Hoot Designs
I adore this romantic and beautiful craft space @ Songbird
This room and quirky frame wall makes me happy @ I Am Momma Hear Me Roar
Awesome idea – turn a spice rack into an organizing tool for you crafty space @ Amy Cornwell
And if you don’t have a designated craft room, repurpose a different space in your house like Amanda did @ Serenity Now
There were quite a few great craft spaces made out of closets. I love that idea. Like this one @ Gwenny Penny
And there were a few that repurposed their spaces like this dining room to craft room @ Tale of Many Cities


 Another great idea is to carve out a small corner of another room like this crafty area in a play room @ She’s Crafty

Even a formal living room can be converted into a creative space, like this one @ Sit Relax and Read

And it cap it off — who wouldn’t LOVE their own Creative Cottage?? @ Boxoftrix

Seriously, every single space linked up was so inspiring. 
I am leaving the linky open in case you want to link up YOUR crafty space later.
I thought it might be a great way for people to find YOUR blog and creative spaces.

And one of my favorite sponsors — GroopDealz sent me an email offering a giveaway for this Crafty Space Feature.  
They are giving one of YOU a Pottery Barn gift card 

to help YOU create a more beautiful crafty space. 

Isn’t that nice???

In case you aren’t familiar with GroopDealz, they are the hot deal-of-the-day site, with a  crafty/fun spin. I love the specials for great discounts they feature like I picked up $25 worth of Garnish {beautiful packaging} items for $15 the other day!! Great deal.

or 
and 
Basically you enter your email and each day Groopdealz emails you with the deal of the day and you can decide if you want to buy it or not. 
So how can YOU win a  
$100 Pottery Barn gift card? 
Easy! 

  • Sign up to get Groopdealz’s deal of the day emails. {You can unsubscribe at any time} one entry.
  • Like Groopdealz on Facebook where they have tons of giveaways and ways to win. one entry. 
  • Follow Groopdealz on Twitter where you can find out about their monthly iPad giveaway. one entry. 
and if you have done all of these and want an extra entry: 


  • Let me know what YOU would buy with the $100 Pottery Barn gift card. one entry. 
Leave me a comment for each thing that you do so I can make sure you get an entry.

{this giveaway will run until  Monday, April 4th}
 Thank you for sharing YOUR Creative Spaces!!!
Have a Beautiful Day!!! 
xoxo



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Spring Project — Make Chevron Subway Art!! {Tutorial}

29 Mar

 I have been ooohing and aaaahing over all of the Chevron projects around blogland lately.

It got me motivated to make some Chevron art for my home.

 
And since the weather here has been so dreary and grey, I was aching for some
happy, sunny art to lift my mood.

And what better song than the Beatle’s “Here Comes The Sun”?
chevron subway art at the bottom

Here’s what I did:

get a board
So I grabbed another board left over from my Laundry Room Board and Batten project and went to work. I made a stencil on my Silhouette. I think I am addicted to making stencils. They are so easy to make, plus you can use them for other projects.
And I am sure there will be some more Chevron projects coming along soon 🙂 
cut out the stencil
chevron stencil
You can buy the Stencil plastic at your local craft store. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby. They were 3 pieces to a package – so about $1 per sheet. 
Pretty cheap for a Chevron Stencil, right?
paint the board
yellow paint
I painted my board with some white craft paint. And once it was dry I stenciled the board. I was a little nervous about how my stencil was going to turn out. Should I trace the chevron on with pencil and then fill it in later with paint? No, I decided to paint over the stencil using a foam brush, and I am so happy I did that. It worked out incredibly well. I didn’t even have to tape the stencil on to the board. And since my board is longer in width and length than my stencil, I stenciled up one side of the board, and then by the time I came back down to the first section, that part was dry and I was able to blend the paint in and do the other side of the board.
sand it down
Once the board was finished, I sanded the paint off. I was going for a kind of “Beachy” look and the paint I used was a little too yellow. I liked the color a lot better once the paint was sanded off and toned down. Then I made the words to Beatle’s song on the Silhouette “Here Comes the Sun” and I printed that off. I used contact paper – my secret weapon. It’s so much cheaper than vinyl. It is a little tricky to use. You have to make sure that you get the settings right. I keep my depth setting on 2-3 for contact paper because it’s so thin. Then I laid the contact paper on top of the board and used some turquoise craft paint for the words and let that dry. And then I sanded the words too. And put a light coat of polyurethane spray over the whole board.
paint on the letters
silhouette interfacing
peel if off
cut out the pennants on the silhouette
cut out the pennants
Of course if you don’t have a Silhouette to make this project.
{You could cut the pennants out with scissors and then use Mod Podge or something like that to make them lay flat. I also sewed a small zig zag stitch all the way around each pennant. And you could use painter’s tape to create the Chevron Stripes.}
chevron subway art pennant closeup
Then I sewed the pennants to some baker’s twine that I had by folding the back over the twine and sewing it. {You could also hot glue them if you wanted}. And I made a loop at each end of the twine and put them through the point of an upholstery tack.
upholstery tacks
The last thing I did was I put upholstery tacks along each side of the subway art for a little more added interest. I think they add to the rough beachy charm of the piece!!
{I bought the upholstery tacks at Walmart}
chevron subway art full sign
And now I have a piece of Spring-ish Subway art for my Family Room Wall!!!
And I love that it goes with my Chevron Pennants and Chevron Plate on my Family Room Mantel! 
Have a Terrific Day!! 
PS – I’m linking this up over at The Lettered Cottage’s How To Party!! And these fun parties: 
xoxo

Spring Project — Make Chevron Subway Art!! {Tutorial}

29 Mar

 I have been ooohing and aaaahing over all of the Chevron projects around blogland lately.

It got me motivated to make some Chevron art for my home.

 
And since the weather here has been so dreary and grey, I was aching for some
happy, sunny art to lift my mood.

And what better song than the Beatle’s “Here Comes The Sun”?
chevron subway art at the bottom

Here’s what I did:

get a board
So I grabbed another board left over from my Laundry Room Board and Batten project and went to work. I made a stencil on my Silhouette. I think I am addicted to making stencils. They are so easy to make, plus you can use them for other projects.
And I am sure there will be some more Chevron projects coming along soon 🙂 
cut out the stencil
chevron stencil
You can buy the Stencil plastic at your local craft store. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby. They were 3 pieces to a package – so about $1 per sheet. 
Pretty cheap for a Chevron Stencil, right?
paint the board
yellow paint
I painted my board with some white craft paint. And once it was dry I stenciled the board. I was a little nervous about how my stencil was going to turn out. Should I trace the chevron on with pencil and then fill it in later with paint? No, I decided to paint over the stencil using a foam brush, and I am so happy I did that. It worked out incredibly well. I didn’t even have to tape the stencil on to the board. And since my board is longer in width and length than my stencil, I stenciled up one side of the board, and then by the time I came back down to the first section, that part was dry and I was able to blend the paint in and do the other side of the board.
sand it down
Once the board was finished, I sanded the paint off. I was going for a kind of “Beachy” look and the paint I used was a little too yellow. I liked the color a lot better once the paint was sanded off and toned down. Then I made the words to Beatle’s song on the Silhouette “Here Comes the Sun” and I printed that off. I used contact paper – my secret weapon. It’s so much cheaper than vinyl. It is a little tricky to use. You have to make sure that you get the settings right. I keep my depth setting on 2-3 for contact paper because it’s so thin. Then I laid the contact paper on top of the board and used some turquoise craft paint for the words and let that dry. And then I sanded the words too. And put a light coat of polyurethane spray over the whole board.
paint on the letters
silhouette interfacing
peel if off
cut out the pennants on the silhouette
cut out the pennants
Of course if you don’t have a Silhouette to make this project.
{You could cut the pennants out with scissors and then use Mod Podge or something like that to make them lay flat. I also sewed a small zig zag stitch all the way around each pennant. And you could use painter’s tape to create the Chevron Stripes.}
chevron subway art pennant closeup
Then I sewed the pennants to some baker’s twine that I had by folding the back over the twine and sewing it. {You could also hot glue them if you wanted}. And I made a loop at each end of the twine and put them through the point of an upholstery tack.
upholstery tacks
The last thing I did was I put upholstery tacks along each side of the subway art for a little more added interest. I think they add to the rough beachy charm of the piece!!
{I bought the upholstery tacks at Walmart}
chevron subway art full sign
And now I have a piece of Spring-ish Subway art for my Family Room Wall!!!
And I love that it goes with my Chevron Pennants and Chevron Plate on my Family Room Mantel! 
Have a Terrific Day!! 
PS – I’m linking this up over at The Lettered Cottage’s How To Party!! And these fun parties: 
xoxo

One of my Favorite Things — Jo Totes Camera Bag Giveaway!!!

28 Mar

 
Congratulation to Jennifer @ Always in Wonder! 

Happy Monday!!
I am so thrilled. 
 Giddy, actually about this giveaway!!!
Today I am spotlighting one of My Favorite Things!! 
Have you heard of Jo Totes? 
If not, you are missing out!! Jo Totes are the most stylish, well-made, and gorgeous camera bags on the market today!! I have been looking for a camera bag for a while and I was so giddy to find Jo Totes. My friend Shelley at House of Smith’s introduced me to her Jo Tote bag and I fell in love. 
So I knew I had to share Jo Totes with YOU! 

This is my Bronze Rose bag. I love it. I took it to across the country and back and it has held up SO well. It’s incredibly well made. I also love the removable pads with Velcro that it comes with that let me rearrange the bag according to what I am doing. 
I have been using it as a camera case AND a purse and it’s great. 

Another great thing about Jo’s totes is how affordable they are. For the quality you get, the price is fantastic. This is a bag that will last you for YEARS through tons of wear and tear! 
And — they are so stylish. I love this inner fabric — squeeal!!!
And I can’t wait for their Millie bag to come out! It’s the perfect size to take on smaller day trips! 
April from Jo Totes is giving away a Rose Bag to one of YOU 
{in your choice of color, anything that is in stock}

The padded interior can be custom fitted not only to protect a camera
and lenses, but also to accommodate and organize items like a wallet,
music, phone, keys, cosmetics and more.  Padding is sewn directly into
the interior lining on all four sides and the bottom of the bags. The
bottom is also equipped with four metal feet to guard your bag from
rough, dirty, or damp surfaces. Inside of each Jo Tote are removable
pads which are completely customizable—you can use as many or as few
pads as you wish, arranged in the way that best suits your camera,
lenses, and other items. Each bag also includes pockets, strong and
comfortable shoulder straps, a top-zippered closure, and a removable
cross-body strap.

Here’s how YOU can win:
  • Head over to Jo Totes. What is The Name and color of your favorite bag? one entry. 
  • “Like” Jo Totes on Facebook and leave them a comment there — saying you are coming over from Tatertots & Jello. 2 entries. 
  •  Follow Jo Totes on Twitter. one entry. 
  • Share this giveaway on twitter and add @jenjentrixie and @jototes to your tweet so we can see it. one entry. You can copy — {Check out the awesome @jototes giveaway on Tatertots and Jello @jenjentrixie http://bit.ly/dFhVdF}
  • Or share it on Facebook or on your blog. one entry each. 
Good Luck and have a Happy Monday!!! 
{this giveaway ends April 4th}
PS– 
I have a bunch of fun projects to show you this week!
One involves Chevron!!
Plus, a couple great guest projects
And, I have had such a great time looking over 
I can’t wait to show them off on Wednesday!!!
{Clean & Scentsible’s Office linked up to the Show off YOUR Creative Space linky!}
xoxo



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One of my Favorite Things — Jo Totes Camera Bag Giveaway!!!

28 Mar

 
Congratulation to Jennifer @ Always in Wonder! 

Happy Monday!!
I am so thrilled. 
 Giddy, actually about this giveaway!!!
Today I am spotlighting one of My Favorite Things!! 
Have you heard of Jo Totes? 
If not, you are missing out!! Jo Totes are the most stylish, well-made, and gorgeous camera bags on the market today!! I have been looking for a camera bag for a while and I was so giddy to find Jo Totes. My friend Shelley at House of Smith’s introduced me to her Jo Tote bag and I fell in love. 
So I knew I had to share Jo Totes with YOU! 

This is my Bronze Rose bag. I love it. I took it to across the country and back and it has held up SO well. It’s incredibly well made. I also love the removable pads with Velcro that it comes with that let me rearrange the bag according to what I am doing. 
I have been using it as a camera case AND a purse and it’s great. 

Another great thing about Jo’s totes is how affordable they are. For the quality you get, the price is fantastic. This is a bag that will last you for YEARS through tons of wear and tear! 
And — they are so stylish. I love this inner fabric — squeeal!!!
And I can’t wait for their Millie bag to come out! It’s the perfect size to take on smaller day trips! 
April from Jo Totes is giving away a Rose Bag to one of YOU 
{in your choice of color, anything that is in stock}

The padded interior can be custom fitted not only to protect a camera
and lenses, but also to accommodate and organize items like a wallet,
music, phone, keys, cosmetics and more.  Padding is sewn directly into
the interior lining on all four sides and the bottom of the bags. The
bottom is also equipped with four metal feet to guard your bag from
rough, dirty, or damp surfaces. Inside of each Jo Tote are removable
pads which are completely customizable—you can use as many or as few
pads as you wish, arranged in the way that best suits your camera,
lenses, and other items. Each bag also includes pockets, strong and
comfortable shoulder straps, a top-zippered closure, and a removable
cross-body strap.

Here’s how YOU can win:
  • Head over to Jo Totes. What is The Name and color of your favorite bag? one entry. 
  • “Like” Jo Totes on Facebook and leave them a comment there — saying you are coming over from Tatertots & Jello. 2 entries. 
  •  Follow Jo Totes on Twitter. one entry. 
  • Share this giveaway on twitter and add @jenjentrixie and @jototes to your tweet so we can see it. one entry. You can copy — {Check out the awesome @jototes giveaway on Tatertots and Jello @jenjentrixie http://bit.ly/dFhVdF}
  • Or share it on Facebook or on your blog. one entry each. 
Good Luck and have a Happy Monday!!! 
{this giveaway ends April 4th}
PS– 
I have a bunch of fun projects to show you this week!
One involves Chevron!!
Plus, a couple great guest projects
And, I have had such a great time looking over 
I can’t wait to show them off on Wednesday!!!
{Clean & Scentsible’s Office linked up to the Show off YOUR Creative Space linky!}
xoxo



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