Thursday, September 30, 2010

Quote of the Day ~

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Be Inspired Showcase ~

Today Sarah from Citified Country Girl is showing off her very chic rustic sunburst mirror. 

Se collected the materials on a camping trip  - I love that there is a story behind the twigs themselves. 

The natural woods add so much character...

This is a super creative take on the "sunburst" mirror. And just think, you can have a lovely mirror that holds a memory from a great weekend!

You should also check out this awesome wall she stenciled.
Thanks Sarah for inspiring us!

I would love to show off your amazing talents while inspiring others. So be sure to email me if you have a project you would like to see highlighted in an upcoming showcase!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Candy Corn Display ~

Holiday | Entertaining Inspiration
I will start this post reminding all of you how much a dislike candy corn - I know, you are probably thinking, who doesn't like candy corn? Me! Now as much as I dislike it, it does scream Halloween to me. And I know others like it, so I have come up with a fun way to display the awful treat. 

I started with this Jiffy Pots from Home Depot - they were $1.99 for 26.
I then grabbed a pedestal...

Added this broken clock face to the top...

I had a few left over black RedVines. So I cut them in half and added a spooky black crow to top them off. 

I then filled the Jiffy Pots with candy corn and a few skeleton hands for a little more spookiness. I decided to keep the pots simple, but you could easily add some ribbon, paper or even a little bling to embellish them.

And to complete the display, I added a few sticks from my backyard. 

Even though I won't be eating any of these holiday favorites, I can't wait to display them for Halloween!

Jiffy Pots - Home Depot
Candy - Grocery Store
Crow & Skeleton Hands - Dollar Tree
Glass Bowl & Stand - Goodwill
Burlap Garland - Michaels

Linked to:
Fall Festival at This Blessed Nest
First Link Party at Eighteen25
Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello
Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge

Monday, September 27, 2010

I Still Love Mirrored Furniture ~

Design | Inspiration 
 I don't know about you, but I still adore mirrored pieces. I love how they can open up a space by providing a reflective illusion of more space.

I find them simply romantic and glamorous...

How about you? Do you see the glamor and romance in these pieces too?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Kids Bat Project ~

Kids | Craft Inspiration

My kiddos are always asking to make "art" or a "craft" (which I love). So, today we made bats....spooky, Halloween bats. We started with the following supplies:

Black construction paper, scissors, stapler, white crayons, pencil and goggly eyes - yes, I am sure goggly is a word!

I freehand sketched the bat wings and the body (don't worry, they don't have to be perfect) and then cut them out for each kiddo.

They then colored the wings with their white crayon (yes, this is Princess Aurora and Spiderman joining forces) - 

Added their goggly eyes -

And I (Mommy) stapled the two pieces together -

And there you have it -

Your very own spooky bat! 
Super easy, quick and the kiddos love them. Really, they have been flying them around the house and continue to add more gorgeous details to the might want to glue the eyes on!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bat Vase ~

DIY | Project Inspiration
 DecoArt recently sent me a few items to try out. I decided to try out the Americana Gloss Enamels on a recent Goodwill vase. I started by printing out a bat image from the Graphics Fairy. I downloaded the image and then re-sized it to fit my vase.

I cut out the image and taped it to the inside of my vase. 

I then traced the image with my paint brush and the Gloss Enamels. 

The paint went on really well, but you can definitely see the strokes. You can kind of see in the image below. To cure the image onto the glass you can either air cure for 21 days or bake in the oven after the surface has dried for 48 hours. Of course, I couldn't wait that long to post - so I will be baking it tomorrow.
I like how it turned out and love the graphics simplicity.  But I am thinking I might add a spooky word or even the number 31...hum.

What do you think - would you add anything else?

Gloss Enamals - Michaels
Glass Vase - Goodwill
Burlap Garland - Michaels
Roman Bust - Flea Market
Twigs - Backyard

Linked to:
Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Be Inspired Showcase ~

Welcome to the first Be Inspired Showcase! This is when I get to highlight one of your fabulous projects. Today Tara from Pretty 'n Peach is showing off an amazing Pottery Barn inspired quilt that her and her Mom made.

The fabric combination is super fun.

Do you see those details? They are just amazing!

I think they rocked this one for sure! Head over to Tara's Blog Pretty 'n Peaches to see more! I just love the back as well!

I would love to show off your amazing talents while inspiring others. So be sure to email me if you have a project you would like to see highlighted in an upcoming showcase!


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