Monday, March 28, 2011

Link Party Monday

I'm sorry that I didn't get the link party up last week. I've been in a bit of a funk. It seems like I go through phases where I am really excited about blogging and post all the time. Then there are times that I just don't have the energy or interest to post for awhile. That's where I'm at right now. I even have a bunch of projects completed - I just have to edit the photos and write the post but I can't seem to find the motivation. I haven't even been checking my blog feed. What's that about? Does this happen to any of you, or is it just me?

Anyway, that's why I've been a bad blogger lately. :( I'll try to post some projects soon. At the very least, I will make sure to keep the link party going. There are some awesome bloggers linking up and I have really enjoyed visiting everyone's links. I would hate to see the party come to an end.

Enough rambling. Check out all of the amazing links from the last party here. Now on to my favorites....



Paisley Passions has an amazing Craft Room! I am so jealous!



This Tie Bib from Saturday Mornings is just adorable!



Posy The Porcelain Pig found these awesome Butterflies while thrifting and came up with this fun way to display them. I love unique, whimsical decorating touches like this. :)



House on Ashwell Lane has gathered up some fun ideas for Kid's Room Decor. I especially love the game boards. She even included my Spirograph Art! I swear, that's not why I'm featuring it though. I actually like the other project ideas way more than mine!


These Bacon Wrapped Eggs from A Little Bit of Everything are making me hungry!!

If your project was featured, feel free to grab a 'featured' button from my Buttons Page. Now on to this week's link party!

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!

Polish The Stars




Monday, March 14, 2011

Link Party Monday

This link party just gets better every week! Which makes it a lot of fun but it is also making it harder and harder to choose my top five! That's a good problem to have though. :) Check out all of last week's links here. On to my favorites...



Love this Painted Rug from My Simple Home Life.



Ask Anna... shared some amazing tips for Getting Rid of Water Grime. She is also hosting a Spring Cleaning Event that you should check out!



How adorable is this Tulle Bedskirt?! It is an amazing Pottery Barn knockoff from Life Without Whiteout. It makes me wish I had a little girl of my own to decorate for!



If you or someone you know is about to have a baby, you must check out this Nursery Mobile from Stay at Home Mom's Quest for her Bathing Suit Body. I especially love the owl. So cute!


This Growth Chart from Racks and Mooby is such a great idea! You can take it with you if you move and I love how this one will go with just about any decor.

If your project was featured, feel free to grab a 'featured' button from my Buttons Page. Now on to this week's link party!

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!

Polish The Stars




Friday, March 11, 2011

Pirate Flag

My guys recently decided that they needed a pirate flag for their Man Cave. I have no idea why. Boys.
Luckily I already had everything I needed in my stash. Since we are focusing getting out of debt and saving up for our next house, I have been trying to do as many projects as possible with the supplies I have on hand.
First, cut a 15"x24" piece of black fabric. Fold over a 1/2" hem all around and sew. Take one of the short sides, fold over 1" and sew with a 1/4"hem. This will be the pocket for your dowel rod.

I searched for images of pirate flags for inspiration and came up with this. To print out this stencil, just right click on the picture and save. Then print whatever size you need. For this flag, I printed it at a full page size.

To apply the skull and crossbones to my flag I used the freezer paper method. You can find my tutorial here.

Once the paint was dry, I peeled the freezer paper away and my pirate flag was ready to go! I just slid a 3/8" dowel rod through the pocket and hung it in the Man Cave.

It probably would have turned out better if I had used a heavy black canvas instead of this thin black fabric but it'll do.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Reversible Wrist Bands

My wardrobe was looking a little blah so I decided to add some style with these quick and easy wrist cuffs!
You can make them as basic or funky as you want just by your choice in fabric.
Since they are reversible you can make one side basic and the other side funky so that you can instantly change your look depending on where you are going!

SUPPLIES:
2 Fabric Pieces (width = 2" x length = the size of your wrist plus 2")
Fusible Interfacing (1 1/4" wide x the size of your wrist long)
1" Velcro Piece
I have weird child-size wrists that are less than 6" around so I cut my fabric to be 8" long x 2" wide. My fusible interfacing was 1 1/4" wide x 6" long.

Take your two fabric pieces and put them together with the print sides together and the wrong sides facing out. Sew them together with a 1/4" seam leaving an opening of about 2-3" to use for turning out later on. Snip the corners.

Remove the paper from one side of your fusible interfacing and iron it on. Let cool. Remove the paper from the other side.

Turn your fabric right side out. Use a pen to push the corners out.

Iron it flat on both sides to get the other side of the fusible interfacing to adhere to the fabric. Then sew around the entire thing.

Sew one piece of the velcro onto one end. Flip it over and sew the other piece on the opposite end on the opposite side.

Now you have a fun, personalized wrist band!

That you can change instantly!
In case you were wondering, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. My skin really is that pasty white. I'm so white I practically glow in the dark. Is Summer ever going to come?!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sunburst Mirror

The switch from Dark Victorian to Retro Funk has begun!!! I am really happy with how it is all coming together and I can't wait to see it all completed. One of my first projects for the living room was a sunburst mirror. Apparently they are back in style because I have been seeing them all over the place lately!


Here is my version and it only cost $3!!!


I started out by picking up some small dowel rods (1/8" x 12") $.99/pk at JoAnn Fabrics and a 5" mirror at Dollar Tree for $1 (with the candle holders). This project also used some items I already had on hand: hot glue gun, box cutter, 16 gauge wire, acrylic paint, and a foam paint brush.


I started by hot gluing four of the dowel rods together at their original size. Then I took four more rods and used the box cutter to cut them each down to about 9" long. I glued to the first four, alternating long and short.


This will all be covered so there is no need to be neat. I do suggest putting down some cardboard or something else to keep from gluing them to your surface.


Fill the rest in with your remaining dowel rods. Cut them down with a box cutter and arrange in whatever way makes you happy. Cover the entire center with a bunch of hot glue to keep everything in place.


Use a foam brush to cover with a fun shade of acrylic paint. Most of the sunburst mirrors you will see out there are a metallic color but I wanted to add a pop of color so I chose a bright orange.


Once the paint is dry, hot glue the mirror to the center.


Cut about a 3" piece of 16 gauge wire and bend to form a hook to hang it by. Hot glue this to the back.


All finished! I had picked up some little 3/4" inch mirrors at JoAnn's for about 10/$1 to add to some of the ends but I decided that I liked the way it looked without them.

I love the way it turned out! It added a pop of color and funk to a blank wall.

Now I just need to decide what color to paint the walls:


I really like the one on the far right. I just want to find something a shade lighter so that all of the rooms aren't the same exact shade.

I also need to pick up some pretty gerber daisies for my Coca-Cola vases. :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Link Party Monday!!!

EDIT: The link party should being working now. Sorry about the delay!

I'm really excited about this week's link party! You guys shared so many amazing links last week (check them all out here) and I can't wait to see what you have for me this week.

I have been working on a ton of stuff lately and haven't had much to show for it. I'm finally starting to get things finished up though and should have plenty of projects to show you in a couple of days!!! Thanks for sticking with me! In the meantime, I have really enjoyed seeing the projects from those who actually complete the projects they start. ;)

Here are just a few of my favorites...



I have been loving the zipper trend and this Zipper Wreath from Paisley Passions is awesome!



You won't believe how easy it is to make this No Sew Infinity Scarf from My World Made By Hand!



Learn proper Napkin Etiquette from You're Talking Too Much. Helpful *and* entertaining!



Gorgeous Kitchen Cabinet Transformation from Posy the Porcelain Pig! Seeing this makes me look forward to finishing my own kitchen makeover! Check out their review of a new cabinet refinishing product, too.



This Mixed Metal Necklace from The Answer Is Chocolate is absolutely beautiful!


Of course, I HAD to share the Pink Hair Makeover from Still Waters. Absolutely beautiful! When I was coloring my hair it was usually electric blue but I did have it this shade of pink for awhile. I love how Stephanie's turned out!

Alrighty...it's that time again...If your project was featured, feel free to grab a 'featured' button from my Buttons Page. Now on to this week's link party!

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!

Polish The Stars