Monday, January 31, 2011

Link Party Monday

Once again there were a bunch of great projects linked up to last week's party! If you missed it, you can check them all out here. It was really tough to narrow it down to my top five picks but here they are!


I love the color and patterns that Eye Spy DIY used for these Coordinating Accessories. She made a zippered pouch, checkbook cover, wallet, and rosette bobby pins! She even has tutorials for all of them!


Of course I have to include something yummy-looking. I'm really sorry to anyone who is dieting right now. I just couldn't help it! These Sour Cream Banana Donuts from Inside BruCrew Life look amazing! They also have a recipe for Apple Cider Donuts. Just looking at them makes me drool on myself.


Alison's Wonder Scraporium threw an awesome Pirate Pool Party complete with this cool invite and lots of fun activities!


I love these adorable XOXO Characters from La-de-la-de-da. Great Valentine's project for kids! Or those of us who love any excuse to use fun little wiggle eyes. ;)


This Thrifty House will show you how to Paint Laminate Furniture. I didn't even know that was possible! This is great for those of us who are on a tight budget and have an IKEA addiction!


If your project was featured, feel free to grab a 'featured' button from my Buttons Page. Now it's time to link up and wow me with your talents once again!

RULES:
  • Link up anything related to the domestic arts: crafts, recipes, photography, cleaning tips, money saving tips, decorating, etc.
  • No advertising or Etsy shops.
  • Link directly to your post - not your home page.
  • Please add my button to your post or sidebar to spread the word. :)
  • By linking up you give me permission to use content from your post for the purposes of featuring your project.

This party will be open until Friday at Midnight. My favorite projects will be featured at next week's party!
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Secure Curtain Rods

This tip is pretty simple but my husband convinced me that other people might be able to use it so here it is!

We have decorative curtain rods that look nice but don't want to stay put. After opening and closing them a few times, the rod slides out and the decorative end twists around like this:


I thought about asking my husband to drill holes in the hooks and rods so that I could put a screw in place but that would be a lot of work and it would be difficult to get them lined up correctly.

Then it hit me...


We had this caulking cord laying around in the basement. You could probably use clay as long as it is a kind that doesn't dry out and harden.


I just tore off little strips and put it in each of the cups that holds the rod.


Then I put the rod in place with the decorative end exactly where I wanted it.


Now no matter how many times I open and close the curtains, the rods don't move a bit!

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Blogger Commenting Basics

Most of you already know the ins and outs of commenting on blogger but there are a lot of new bloggers out there who I thought might find this helpful.

When I first started blogging I would get comments on posts and respond with a comment underneath theirs. Thinking that maybe it ran in a thread form that would alert earlier commentors to new comments like on facebook. I quickly realized that it didn't work this way though and learned how to respond to comments directly from my email.

However sometimes I get this:


Getting a No-Reply email address makes responding to comments much more difficult. I could leave my response on their blog but I feel really weird talking about my blog in someone else's comments section. I could respond in a comment below theirs but like I said, they won't receive notification of my response. Usually this is what I have to do though and just hope that they come back and check the page.

Responding back and forth is one of the best ways to build relationships. So please, help me out here and come out of hiding! It's easy I promise! I will also show you how to do it without jepordizing your security.


Go to 'Edit Profile'.



Check the 'Show my email address' box. Then scroll down a bit and enter the email address that you would like it to go to.

If you are worried about your main email address getting spammed, you can create an email address just for commenting. By creating a different email address you can also choose whether or not to include your last name in your emails.

That's all you have to do to stop leaving No-Reply Comments!

Now, if you are wondering how I get comments delivered to my email account just follow these easy steps:



Go to your Dashboard. Click on 'Settings' then 'Comments'.


Scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter your email address. You can enter up to ten email addresses so you can enter your 'commenting email address' as well as your main email.

While you are on this page would you go ahead and check 'No' for 'Show Word Verification for Comments'?

I promise you will get way more comments if you get rid of word verification. There have been many times when I have commented on a blog then gone to a new page without realizing that the previous page was still waiting for me to verify a word. I've had this blog for over a year without word verification and I have only gotten one spam comment. Besides, since you are now getting comment notifications you can immediately go and delete any spam comments you receive.

With the click of a few buttons you will now: receive more comments, get notified every time someone comments on your blog, be able to respond to those comments directly, and get responses to comments you leave! Sweet, huh?

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

My New Craft Room

I think you have all seen my old craft closet by now. About six months ago I mentioned that my crafting area had moved to another room and I am just now getting around to showing you the full reveal. It was often in a state of chaos and I kept hoping that I would find time to get it all organized and decorated. Well, it still needs some fun, colorful decor but at least it is organized! So here we go....
As you can see, this was originally the storage area. We went through everything, got rid of a bunch of stuff and moved the remaining items to another area.

We were left with a dark, dingy area with nasty shelves. My amazing husband, Shelby, ripped out the shelving, ran some electrical, installed an additional light fixture, installed some ceiling tiles, and put up drywall on the left wall.

I painted the cinder block walls with Drylock Masonry Waterproofer to protect against leaking. Then Shelby put in a some carpet and built a crafting counter.

Here it is all finished! Like I said, it definitely needs some color and decorative touches but other than that it is perfect!

My favorite part is this awesome 8 foot countertop. The backsplash was damaged so Shelby was able to pick it up for less than $25! He built the stand for it out of 2x4s.

We picked up some bookshelves from Walmart that fit perfectly along the other wall.

For all of the smaller stuff, I used my favorite organizational tool - plastic shoe boxes!



And my handy dandy labler, of course.
Just like when I organized my power cables, I put everything in snack sized ziploc bags and added labels so that everything is easy to find.

I picked up a couple of these organizers at JoAnn Fabrics for all of my beads.

I already showed in this post how I folded my fabric collection.

All of my magazine clippings and such are organized in three ring binders.

To keep my wrapping paper in place, I put two screws on each side and stretched pieces of string across. This keeps them all contained and upright while still easy to access.

All of our storage bins are now stacked just across from my craft "room".
And now, just to be dramatic, here is the before and after side by side:

What a difference!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

CSN Stores Review

As you may remember, CSN Stores recently contacted me about doing a review. There were a bunch of really cool items that would look great in our next house. I really wanted the Kit Cat Clock but since we are working hard to save money, I decided to go with something closer to the amount of the promotional code they gave me. I ended up choosing this adorable kitchen timer:


It looks like a vintage kitchen scale only a miniaturized version at four inches tall. It looks really cute on my kitchen counter and I have used it several times and it works great!

The CSN Stores website was easy to use and my order arrived in perfect condition only three days after placing my order. I will definitely keep them in mind for future purchases!

***I was given a gift certificate to CSN Stores in exchange for writing this review but all opinions are strictly my own.***

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Link Party Monday

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to comment on each link. I've been sick all week and haven't spent much time on the computer. I did visit every link though and I loved all of your projects! Here are the top picks of the week:


Plan a romantic date night at home and download this Free Invite by My Digital Creations.


Have some fun in the kitchen with your kids! Make these adorable Monkey Pops from Mason Bay.


I loved the mustaches on a stick that I saw around Halloween. The Greenbean's Crafterole put a Valentine's spin on it and made these Lips On A Stick!


Use old wine corks to create a fun Menu Board like this one from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!


Gretchen over at The Pike Fam took my Snowball Votive holder idea, put her own spin on it and came up with this adorable Snowy Mirror Art.

If your project was featured, feel free to grab a 'featured' button from my Buttons Page.
Now it's time to link up and wow me with your talents once again!

RULES:
  • Link up anything related to the domestic arts: crafts, recipes, photography, cleaning tips, money saving tips, decorating, etc.
  • No advertising or Etsy shops.
  • Link directly to your post - not your home page.
  • Please add my button to your post or sidebar to spread the word. :)
  • By linking up you give me permission to use content from your post for the purposes of featuring your project.
This party will be open until Friday at Midnight. My favorite projects will be featured at next week's party!
This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting Polish The Stars.
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